Digging Deeper – Collaboration + Inquiry + Integration = Success – Hybrid

This five-session series will allow teams of two or more educators (made up of at least one librarian and one teacher) the training and time to work collaboratively to create an inquiry-based unit of study, supported by technology-rich learning opportunities.  Sessions will be facilitated in both face to face and virtual settings and include ample hands-on learning opportunities for teams to build their unit project.  


Weekly Outline:  


Overview:  This session will provide an orientation to the course and provide opportunities to explore the following questions: What is guided inquiry? What problem are you trying to solve in your classroom? What do you want your students to know and understand? 

Inquiry Phases: 

OPEN: Invitation to inquiry, open minds, stimulates curiosity 

IMMERSE: Build background knowledge, Connect to content, Discover interesting ideas 

EXPLORE: Explore interesting ideas, look around, dip in 

Learning Outcomes: 

By the end of session 1, participants will:  

  • Gain a clear understanding of the role of guided inquiry in the classroom 
  • Understand how the guided inquiry process is being used in classrooms at every level, K-12 
  • Create a list of curricular topics that might be enhanced by guided inquiry 


Overview: The heart of the inquiry process is asking questions. In this session, participants will explore the following questions: How do we encourage scholarly or academic research and challenge students to search beyond Google results. How does the library catalog fit in? What is the role of Wikipedia in academic research? What are research databases and when should they be used?  

Inquiry Phases:  

IDENTIFY: Pause and ponder, identify inquiry question, decide direction 

GATHER: Gather important information, go broad, go deep 

Learning Outcomes: 

By the end of session 2, participants will: 

  • Identify one unit of instruction/assessment that would be enhanced by the guided inquiry process 
  • Understand how to guide students through the research process 
  • Recognize that the information need dictates the type of information source. 


Overview: In this session, participants will explore ways to make time and space to support student reflection about learning and next steps, including methods for students to create and share learning.  

Inquiry Phases: 

CREATE: Reflect on learning, go beyond facts to make meaning, create to communicate 

SHARE: Learn from each other, share learning, tell your story 

Learning Outcomes: 

By the end of session 3, participants will: 

  • Make space for student reflection throughout the process 
  • Recognize the benefits and drawbacks of using various communication tools with students of all ages and select an appropriate tool for the project. 
  • Design an assessment that allows students to creatively show their understanding and share it with a community of learners 


Overview: Participants will explore formative assessments that will enable them to provide continual feedback to students throughout the inquiry process. Inquiry Projects will be presented, and an opportunity for feedback and reflection will be provided.  

Inquiry Phase: 

Evaluate achievement of learning goals, reflect on content, reflect on process 

Learning Outcomes: 

By the end of session 4, participants will: 

  • Embed a feedback loop throughout a project for continual assessment of student progress 
  • Present a plan for student reflection on process and product. 
  • Be prepared to introduce a collaborative, technology-rich inquiry project to students 


WednesdayJuly 31, 2019  

Time TBD 

Overview:  The last session provides time for final reflections, presentation of projects, and peer feedback 

Inquiry Phases: 

SHARE: Learn from each other, share learning, tell your story 

EVALUATE: Evaluate achievement of learning goals, reflect on content, reflect on process 

Project Description:  

Participants will demonstrate a deeper understanding of how to plan and teach with an educational partner by creating a new, highly-engaging inquiry unit. 


Course Details

Audience Classroom teachers, tech specialists, and librarians
Level K-12
Instructors Jen Thomas & Sarah Hunicke
Dates 6/26 (f2f), Virtual sessions 7/8, 7/11, 7/15, 7/18
Times 6/26 9:00 am-2:00 pm,all virtual sessions 7-8 pm 
Earn 15 PDPs
Location West Bridgewater Middle-Senior HS, W. Bridgewater, MA and Virtual
MassCUE Member Cost $200
Non-Member Cost $240
Limit 30 Participants
Prerequisites none

Jen Thomas & Sarah Hunicke

Jen ThomasJen Thomas 
is a passionate library media specialist and technology educator who energetically runs and maintains both the physical and virtual library spaces at West Bridgewater Middle-Senior High School. She is dedicated to empowering teachers and students and has a strong interest in professional development, blended learning and infusing information and digital literacy into any school’s curriculum. Jen also facilitates online professional development courses with a number of non-profit organizations, is a regular trainer for RISTE, and is on the adjunct faculty at the University of Rhode Island in the Graduate School of Library and Information Studies and Bridgewater State University.  

Sarah Hunicke began her career/journey as a school librarian in 2002 and is currently the Library Media Specialist at Portsmouth High School in Rhode Island.  She was an early adopter of Google Apps, NoodleTools, and LibGuide and makes the most of technology to foster a love a books, engage students, and support teachers.  Sarah has served on the board of Massachusetts School Library Association and is a past president of School Librarians of RI, where she is the current Advocacy committee chair.  She also serves on the RI Teen Book Award selection committee and AASL’s Distinguished School Administrators Award committee. 


This course supports the following Massachusetts Digital Literacy and Computer Science standards:

K-2.CT.c.1 Identify different kinds of information (e.g., text, charts, graphs, numbers, pictures, audio, video, collections of objects.)  

K-2.CT.c.2 Identify, research, and collect information on a topic, issue, problem, or question using age-appropriate digital technologies.  

K-2.CT.c.3 Individually and collaboratively, propose a solution to a problem or question based on an analysis of information.  

K-2.CT.c.4 Individually and collaboratively, create information visualizations (e.g., charts, infographics). K-2.CT.c.5 Explain that computers can save information as data that can be stored, searched, retrieved, and deleted.  

3-5.CT.c.1 Describe examples of databases from everyday life (e.g., library catalogs, school records, telephone directories, contact lists).  

3-5.CT.c.2 Individually and collaboratively collect and manipulate data to answer a question using a variety of computing methods (e.g., sorting, totaling, averaging) and tools (such as a spreadsheet) to collect, organize, graph, and analyze data.  

6-8.DTC.c.1 Perform advanced searches to locate information using a variety of digital sources (e.g., Boolean Operators, limiters like reading level, subject, media type).  

6-8.DTC.c.2 Evaluate quality of digital sources for reliability, including currency, relevancy, authority, accuracy, and purpose of digital information.  

6-8.DTC.c.3 Gather, organize, and analyze information from digital sources by quoting, paraphrasing, and/or summarizing 

9-12.DTC.c.1 Generate, evaluate, and prioritize questions that can be researched through digital resources or tools.  

9-12.DTC.c.2 Perform advanced searches to locate information and/or design a data-collection approach to gather original data (e.g., qualitative interviews, surveys, prototypes, simulations).  

9-12.DTC.c.3 Evaluate digital sources needed to solve a given problem (e.g., reliability, point of view, relevancy).  

9-12.DTC.c.4 Gather, organize, analyze, and synthesize information using a variety of digital tools 

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Digging Deeper – Collaboration + Inquiry + Integration = Success
Wednesday, June 26, 2019 through Thursday, July 18, 2019
West Bridgewater Middle-Senior HS
155 West Center Street
W. Bridgewater, MA

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