Center for Inquiry

Professional Development for Teachers

What is the Center for Inquiry in Teaching and Learning?

The Center for Inquiry works directly with teachers of Consortium schools to provide teacher-led professional development, sustain a collaborative spirit of professionalism across the schools, develop Moderation Studies to educate teachers about performance assessment, and coordinates the annual Consortium Conference.  Rubrics are developed through the Center, and teacher-designed curricula are supported and shared. Teacher-to-Teacher Publications, a series of books and DVDs published by the Center for Inquiry, is distributed by Teachers College Press.


Upcoming Workshops

Monday March 19, 4:15-6:15
Consortium Social Workers Collaborative
Location:  JREC, 317 E. 67th St.

 At the next session of the NYPSC Social Workers Collaborative we will continue to add to the Resource Bank we began developing at the January Conference, deciding on helpful categories and updating contact information.  Notes from the last session will be available if you weren’t able to attend in January but are still interested in being involved.

In addition, we will discuss supervision, and what protocols and ways we can use peer support to strengthen our work with students and staff.

Monday March 19, 4:15-6:15
Writing in Science
Location:  JREC, 317 E. 67th St.

 The third in our series on writing in science—this session will review procedure writing and then look more closely at the introductory section of the PBAT:  What is its purpose?  What are the most critical elements?  How does repetition become confusing and misleading?  Emphasis will be on the editing stage of the writing process.

 You are welcome to attend even if you didn’t participate in the earlier Writing in Science workshops.


Recent Consortium Workshops

Bronx 8 Social Studies Teachers

Tuesday February 27, 4:00-6:00
Location: Arturo A. Schomburg Satellite Academy, 1010 Rev. J. A. Polilte Ave.

At our last BX 8 SS meeting we discussed how to help one teacher improve a unit using a packet of primary sources and a "jigsaw" lesson. The teacher felt that some documents were very rich for students while others were less so and that students struggled to explain the documents to each other fully. The group determined that they had more success with one longer, richer primary source.


The Center for Inquiry in Teaching & Learning
Annual Consortium Conference

January 29, 2018
Location: Julia Richman Education Complex

Social Workers in Consortium Schools

Wed., December 6, 2017
Our social workers would like to meet and continue to share resources and support and the special challenges of working with students in Consortium schools. We hope to bring together all the Consortium social workers to learn from each other and find new practices and resources that can help our students succeed. In case the social worker from your school has not been on our mailing list, please be sure to share this posting.


Designing a Water Unit in Science

Wed., December 6, 2017
The process of developing and sharing continues with this workshop. You are invited to join even if you didn’t participate previously. Some of the topics we will share and discuss include: possible field trips, connections to current events (Hurricanes Harvey and Irma), and projects that address different science disciplines (e.g., chemistry, biology). Our goal is to complete a full curriculum. We will also discuss outside resources.

Bronx 8 Social Studies Teacher Meet Up

Tues., December 12, 2017, 4:00-6:00pm
Location: Fannie Lou Freedom High School, 1021 Jennings Street, Room 207

Topics to be covered:

  • How much and how to use outlining to support student writing.
  • What kinds of questions will help students to do the kinds of work that we are asking them to do?
  • What kinds of activities get students to "own" the questions?
  • How much research should students do?
  • How do we teach them to do it?
  • How can we use research to support student reading?

Puerto Rican Studies & Activism

Wed., December 13, 2017
Location: Forsyth Satellite Academy, 198 Forsyth Street, Rm. 214

How can the political and humanitarian crisis in Puerto Rico be a political, educational and humanitarian learning opportunity for our students? How can we link the study of Puerto Rico's history with the current crisis, in the wake of debt obligations and the recent hurricanes?

In this workshop we will make use of resources and curriculum developed to explore Puerto Rican history, politics, and activism. Examples of interviews used in this class are a rich source of information and perspective and give students a chance to learn about the island’s past and present through others’ viewpoints.

Students in this class have been in various relief efforts around the city (and are interested in a trip to Puerto Rico at some point this academic year).