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SD#23 and COTA Teacher Inquiry - Invitation to Participate

Sep 22, 2020 jjamison

BCTF/SD23/COTA Teacher Inquiry Pro-D Project 2020-21

Are you craving time to reflect on your teaching and to have the opportunity to participate in powerful and relevant conversations about teaching and student learning with your colleagues? Would you like to spend time on important teaching questions that are important to your daily work?

This Professional Learning Option might be just right for you!

About the Teacher Inquiry Pro-D Project

Participants in the Teacher Inquiry Pro-D will have the opportunity to define and refine their own inquiry questions on the topics of interest to their group. An inquiry driven learning community. Some examples might include: Indigenizing the Curriculum, Reconciliation, Project-Based Learning, integrating technology and activities, mindful pedagogy, critical thinking, visible learning, ESL, literacy and numeracy, standards-based grading, competencies, self-regulation, differentiation, assessment, Innovative Learning, Heritage Fairs, new curriculum, Visible Learning, etc…. Teachers will then proceed to investigate their questions through case study, appreciative inquiry, collaborative teams, book study, and/or action research.

The first meeting will be on ZOOM and is scheduled for October 23rd, 2020 at 2:05pm. The rest of the follow-up meeting times and locations will be arranged by your group. There may be a final celebration after school on May 27th, 2020 with the location to be determined. Three full time days are allocated for each member. These can be taken as half days

Rationale for the Project:

Research indicates that excellence in professional development occurs when it is linked to the daily practice of teachers and occurs over-time through inquiry and focused conversations with fellow teaching professionals.

Please e-mail your proposals to Daphne Meier (, by October 8th, 2020.  Participants will be notified by October 15th, 2020 if accepted.

One proposal per group. Please include the following:

1)     Names of Participants.

2)     School, grade level, and subject area.

3)     Number of years of teaching experience.

4)     How much experience do they have in teacher inquiry?

5)     Preferred inquiry approach - case study, action research, appreciative inquiry, collaborative teams, or a book study.

6)     Starting question that your group would like to research.  Note that this question gets refined as the process unfolds.

7)     How will your group develop an inquiry driven learning community?

8)     What does your group hope to achieve through this inquiry?

9)     Part of this proposal is to share your findings with others at a celebration on May 30th, 2019. Indicate how your group might record their journey through this process.

We receive more applications than we have spots. Preference will be given to:

  • applications that describe how they will develop an inquiry driven learning community
  • proposal are complete and describe what they hope to achieve through their inquiry
  • small school groups (4 or 5) who would like to collaborate on an inquiry project
  • new teachers (within five years) collaborating with experienced teachers


Any questions?  Contact Joe Jamison via e-mail or at the COTA office – 250-860-3866

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