Supporting Teachers New to Teaching Through Continuous Professional LearningMaking the transition from an initial teacher education program into coping with the demands of being employed as a full-timeRead more. 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:Read more. A Catalyst for Change: Why the Carnegie Unit Needs to GoWhen teaching and learning decisions are guided by student learning instead of expected time in the classroom, it unravels otherRead more. 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 organizationalRead more. 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 organizationalRead more. 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 organizationalRead more. 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 organizationalRead more. Adaptive Change: Alberta’s High School RedesignWhile research was an essential component of the initial High School Flexibility Enhancement Pilot Project, it remained unclear what featuresRead more. Critical Media Literacy: Integral to Students’ LearningIn a world currently serving up fake news and post-truths, it’s easier than ever to consume falsehoods and spout themRead more. Leadership: A Teacher’s Evolving RoleImmersing teachers in a full year of professional development and learning helped to create the conditions which led to theirRead more. Learning Tools and Technology: Why More Work is NeededIt is important students learn about which technologies are most appropriate to the task or the discipline and for collaborationRead more. Assessment: Feedback from TeachersThe Focus on Inquiry study saw Galileo mentors/researchers work with teachers and students in Alberta classrooms as they operated throughRead more. Assessment: Becoming Authors – A Case StudyCreative writing is a classic school assignment. But getting students to write without understanding how actual authors do the jobRead more. Dimensions of Inquiry: AssessmentOne of the most powerful influences on student learning is quality formative assessment. This means students are provided with timely,Read more. Dimensions of Inquiry: Academic RigorGaining deep understanding, developing strong habits of mind, and how you approach problems in multiple ways – that’s academic rigor.Read more. Dimensions of Inquiry: AuthenticityTeaching in response to student learning – an easy concept to understand, but how does it really work in theRead more. Dimensions of InquiryWhen inquiry is front and center, teachers and students discover that each discipline, or area of study, has its ownRead more. Inquiry for Students, Inquiry for Teachers: New Research Supports Focus on Inquiry FindingsFrom teachers who build towards inquiry in the classroom, to those same professionals who seek improvement by adopting these principlesRead more. Inquiry in the Classroom: What Teachers NeedDiscipline-based inquiry results in highly engaged students and teachers who say they are more reflective when it comes to taskRead more. Bats, Buildings and Saving the Species: A Science InquiryHere’s what happens when Grade 1/2 students become interested in bats, and how that fits in with the science curriculumRead more. Tasks and Activities: Challenges and MisunderstandingsWe’ve been talking about strong tasks – the ‘hard fun’ when students confront those big issues and questions that evenRead more. 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 inRead more. Designing Great Tasks with a Focus on InquiryPlanning for student learning is essential for effective teaching. For many educators, designing classroom tasks that are not only interesting,Read more. The Focus on Inquiry Foundation: Frameworks and RubricsDuring the Focus on Inquiry study, participants were engaged in design-based professional learning, creating the change and studying the impactRead more. Professional InquiryDiscipline-based inquiry has been shown to positively impact student achievement and provide intellectually engaging learning environments. Timperley (2008) states ToRead more. Inquiry and the Curriculum ConundrumWe’ve defined inquiry and discussed how intellectual engagement is an important component of learning. The Focus on Inquiry study foundRead more. Inquiry and Intellectual EngagementIn our previous blog posts we provided a definition of inquiry that was appropriate to K-12 schooling and pointed toRead more. Let’s Clarify What Inquiry Really IsThe Focus on Inquiry study uncovered how to deepen engagement in learning through inquiry, a dynamic process of coming toRead more. Building a Culture of InquiryThis is the first in a series examining a joint research project involving the University of Calgary and Galileo staff.Read more. Finding an Inquiry Topic: Essential QuestionsOnce you’ve determined which learning conditions are ripe for starting an inquiry, it’s time to sit down and design yourRead more. The Learning Environment Teachers create the environments and conditions that sponsor student learning. Each student’s prior understanding, background and deep knowledge of howRead more. A Design for InquiryThink of inquiry as a topographical map. It’s a living, interrelated place full of its own diversity, history and character.Read more. What is Inquiry?Quite simply, inquiry is a systematic investigation into a problem, issue, topic or idea. But there are many different understandingsRead more. Knowledge Building and the Spirit of InquiryConsider this: One cannot get on the program at a scientific meeting or be awarded a patent by simply repeatingRead more. What We Know About LearningWe have typically judged the success of learning in terms of how much knowledge a student has acquired. But whatRead more. Rubric for Discipline-based and Interdisciplinary Inquiry StudiesThe purpose of this rubric is to support teachers as they strengthen pedagogical practices and design learning.Read more.