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Guided Inquiry for Student Learning: CISSL Summer Institute

  • 10 Jul 2013
  • 12 Jul 2013
  • Rutgers University, University Inn and Conference Center
CISSL Summer Institute (July 10-12, 2013)


Guided Inquiry for Student Learning:
Third Residential
CiSSL Summer Institute


Preparing teams of teachers, school librarians and administrators

to implement Guided Inquiry in their school districts

Click here for Application

This is a rare opportunity for a team from your school to learn how to design and implement Guided Inquiry, a method that transforms the way students engage information to build critical thinking, creativity, and deep understanding for college and career readiness.

Based on the extensive research of CiSSL, Guided Inquiry provides a visionary, constructivist approach to addressing Common Core State Standards and developing students as reflective learners in the process of seeking, evaluating and using a variety of sources of information.


July 10-12, 2013

Beginning at 9:00 AM on Wednesday, July 10, 2013 and

Concluding at 1:00 PM on Friday, July 12, 2013


Rutgers University
University Inn and Conference Center
178 Ryders Lane
New Brunswick, NJ

Rutgers University hosts the CiSSL Summer Institute entirely on its suburban campus but those traveling from out-of-town who wish to visit New York City or Philadelphia will find easy access via public transportation.


Dr. Carol Kuhlthau Developer of Guided Inquiry and the Information Search Process model, and Professor Emerita at Rutgers where she directed the graduate program in school librarianship that is rated #1 in the country by U.S. News & World Report

Dr. Ross Todd International researcher and keynoter on the impact of school libraries on student learning, Director of CiSSL, the Center for International Scholarship in School Libraries, and Associate Professor in the School of Communication and Information at Rutgers

Dr. Leslie Maniotes National consultant on inquiry learning, Teacher Effectiveness Coach in Denver Public Schools, and co-author of Guided Inquiry: Learning in the 21st Century and Guided Inquiry Design: A Framework for Inquiry in your School

Ann Caspari - Education Specialist at the Smithsonian Institution s National Air and Space Museum, Washington, D.C. and co-author of Guided Inquiry: Learning in the 21st Century and Guided Inquiry Design: A Framework for Inquiry in your School

LaDawna Harrington Award-winning school librarian in top ranked public school district in NJ, and author of Guided Research in Middle School: Mystery in the Media Center

The Institute Curriculum

The 3-day Institute will address the following:

  • What is Guided Inquiry? Why now?
  • Research foundation of Guided Inquiry
  • CiSSL research that supports Guided Inquiry
  • Designing and implementing Guided Inquiry in K-12 schools
  • Integrating information literacy by learning from a variety of sources of information
  • Promoting creativity, critical thinking, and preparing students for college and careers through Guided Inquiry
  • Developing instructional partnerships between teachers, librarians, administrators, parents and the community
  • Assessing learning through Guided Inquiry

Institute Outcomes

Each participant will come away with:

  • An understanding of Guided Inquiry: Research foundation and design framework
  • A knowledge of the CiSSL research in Guided Inquiry
  • Ability to design and implement Guided Inquiry learning
  • Strategies for information literacy through learning from a variety of sources of information
  • Ability to assess learning outcomes of Guided Inquiry
  • Strategies to develop an inquiry community in your school
  • Capacity to collaborate in instructional teams for guiding inquiry
  • Prototypes of learning materials and assessment tools for Guided Inquiry

Preparation & Follow-up

Participants are asked to bring the details of a curriculum unit, including Common Core Standards to be addressed, which they will develop as a Guided Inquiry project throughout the Institute. Institute staff will follow up periodically with participating teams.

Continuing Education

A Certificate of Completion will be provided to each participant and may be evidence of professional development by your school administration.


$550 per person includes:

  • All instruction
  • 2 nights accommodation July 10 and 11 at the conference center in a double room with bath (or increase the fee to $900 per person for a private room). Because space is limited, preference will be given to teams willing to share.
  • All meals, including breakfast, lunch, and dinner, beginning with continental breakfast on July 10 and ending with a full breakfast on July 12
  • All snacks and breaks each day.
  • Wi-Fi access
  • Intercampus transportation
  • All materials including Guided Inquiry Design: A Framework for Inquiry in Your School (ABC-CLIO, 2012)

Additional Fee

Add $125 per person for dinner and accommodations if you plan to arrive on July 9 to be ready for the 9:00 AM start on July 10.


Public and independent schools are encouraged to participate by sending a team of 2, 3 or 4 members consisting of:

  • The school librarian and
  • One or more classroom teachers
  • An administrator (curriculum coordinator or director of instruction or principal) may join the team on site or virtually

Please complete the application by April 12, 2013. One application per team, please. Space is limited so apply early. Teams that are accepted for the institute will be required to make a financial commitment by May 13, 2013. A limited amount of scholarship assistance may be available to qualifying teams.


Dr. Mary Jane McNally, Institute Director

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