Collaborative Inquiry

web-collaborativeinquiry_2015Dates (Saturday Seminars): 


  • January 31, 2015
  • March 7, 2015
  • May 16, 2015

Additional Coaching

Between Saturday sessions, online coaching via Edmodo/Google Hangout (broken into several shorter sessions, after school hours) will be provided to support participants.


St Johns Public Schools



Outcomes for Program:

  • Develop an inquiry stance within ones teaching practices (pursuing passions, wonderings, questions and insights)
  • Acquire tools and processes that support an inquiry stance
  • Build a knowledge base of teacher research as a pursuit of understanding teaching and learning
  • Develop an understanding of collaborative inquiry as professional learning
  • Be prepared to continue teacher leadership development through the Leading from the Classroom Program with Learning Forward Michigan

To participate, contact Amy Colton, LFM Executive Director, at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


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