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How does the Galileo Educational Network support professional learning and research partnerships?
The Galileo Educational Network is a comprehensive and complex network. Six guiding principles guide how this network engages with partners:
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A Catalyst for Change: Why the Carnegie Unit Needs to Go
When teaching and learning decisions are guided by student learning instead of expected time in the classroom, it unravels other
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Learning to Change, Learning to Innovate (Part 4)
Alberta’s high schools are changing. From structure to improved student engagement, the goal is a system rooted pedagogically sound organizational
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Learning to Change, Learning to Innovate (Part 3)
Alberta’s high schools are changing. From structure to improved student engagement, the goal is a system rooted pedagogically sound organizational
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Learning to Change, Learning to Innovate (Part 2)
Alberta’s high schools are changing. From structure to improved student engagement, the goal is a system rooted pedagogically sound organizational
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Learning to Change, Learning to Innovate (Part 1)
Alberta’s high schools are changing. From structure to improved student engagement, the goal is a system rooted pedagogically sound organizational
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Adaptive Change: Alberta’s High School Redesign
While research was an essential component of the initial High School Flexibility Enhancement Pilot Project, it remained unclear what features
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Critical Media Literacy: Integral to Students’ Learning
In a world currently serving up fake news and post-truths, it’s easier than ever to consume falsehoods and spout them
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Leadership: A Teacher’s Evolving Role
Immersing teachers in a full year of professional development and learning helped to create the conditions which led to their
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Learning Tools and Technology: Why More Work is Needed
It is important students learn about which technologies are most appropriate to the task or the discipline and for collaboration
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Assessment: Feedback from Teachers
The Focus on Inquiry study saw Galileo mentors/researchers work with teachers and students in Alberta classrooms as they operated through
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Assessment: Becoming Authors – A Case Study
Creative writing is a classic school assignment. But getting students to write without understanding how actual authors do the job
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Dimensions of Inquiry: Assessment
One of the most powerful influences on student learning is quality formative assessment. This means students are provided with timely,
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Dimensions of Inquiry: Academic Rigor
Gaining deep understanding, developing strong habits of mind, and how you approach problems in multiple ways – that’s academic rigor.
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Dimensions of Inquiry: Authenticity
Teaching in response to student learning – an easy concept to understand, but how does it really work in the
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Dimensions of Inquiry
When inquiry is front and center, teachers and students discover that each discipline, or area of study, has its own
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Inquiry for Students, Inquiry for Teachers: New Research Supports Focus on Inquiry Findings
From teachers who build towards inquiry in the classroom, to those same professionals who seek improvement by adopting these principles
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Inquiry in the Classroom: What Teachers Need
Discipline-based inquiry results in highly engaged students and teachers who say they are more reflective when it comes to task
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Bats, Buildings and Saving the Species: A Science Inquiry
Here’s what happens when Grade 1/2 students become interested in bats, and how that fits in with the science curriculum
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Tasks and Activities: Challenges and Misunderstandings
We’ve been talking about strong tasks – the ‘hard fun’ when students confront those big issues and questions that even
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What happens when teachers design great tasks?
Highly-engaged students and teachers who say they’ve become more thoughtful about task design and more reflective about their practice in
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Designing Great Tasks with a Focus on Inquiry
Planning for student learning is essential for effective teaching. For many educators, designing classroom tasks that are not only interesting,
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The Focus on Inquiry Foundation: Frameworks and Rubrics
During the Focus on Inquiry study, participants were engaged in design-based professional learning, creating the change and studying the impact
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Professional Inquiry
Discipline-based inquiry has been shown to positively impact student achievement and provide intellectually engaging learning environments. Timperley (2008) states To
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Inquiry and the Curriculum Conundrum
We’ve defined inquiry and discussed how intellectual engagement is an important component of learning. The Focus on Inquiry study found
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Inquiry and Intellectual Engagement
In our previous blog posts we provided a definition of inquiry that was appropriate to K-12 schooling and pointed to
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Let’s Clarify What Inquiry Really Is
The Focus on Inquiry study uncovered how to deepen engagement in learning through inquiry, a dynamic process of coming to
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Building a Culture of Inquiry
This is the first in a series examining a joint research project involving the University of Calgary and Galileo staff.
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Finding an Inquiry Topic: Essential Questions
Once you’ve determined which learning conditions are ripe for starting an inquiry, it’s time to sit down and design your
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The Learning Environment 
Teachers create the environments and conditions that sponsor student learning.  Each student’s prior understanding, background and deep knowledge of how
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A Design for Inquiry
Think of inquiry as a topographical map. It’s a living, interrelated place full of its own diversity, history and character.
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What is Inquiry?
Quite simply, inquiry is a systematic investigation into a problem, issue, topic or idea. But there are many different understandings
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Knowledge Building and the Spirit of Inquiry
Consider this: One cannot get on the program at a scientific meeting or be awarded a patent by simply repeating
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What We Know About Learning
We have typically judged the success of learning in terms of how much knowledge a student has acquired. But what
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Rubric for Discipline-based and Interdisciplinary Inquiry Studies
The purpose of this rubric is to support teachers as they strengthen pedagogical practices and design learning.
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