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Abstract

Describes the work of the Center for Inquiry Schools in Indianapolis, Indiana. Authors Leland, Wackerly, and Collier were part of the original cohort of teachers and university faculty who founded a progressive magnet school. Premised on inquiry-based teaching and learning, the Center for Inquiry has grown from one to four schools.

Author Biography

Chris Leland is a professor of Literacy, Culture, and Language Education at Indiana University-Purdue University, Indianapolis (IUPUI). She teaches literacy courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels and connects with teachers in the Indianapolis area. She worked with the teachers who founded the Center for Inquiry and has continued to involve them in shared research projects. She has written numerous articles and two co-authored books: Creating Critical Classrooms (2008, 2015), and Teaching Children’s Literature: It’s Critical (2013).

Amy Wackerly is a 4th grade teacher at the Center for Inquiry (CFI) in Indianapolis Public Schools (IPS). She graduated from Indiana University-Purdue University, Indianapolis and has been teaching at CFI for the past 16 years. Amy has presented at numerous conferences at the local, state, national and international levels. She was the 2015 IPS Teacher of the Year and a Top Ten Finalist for the Indiana State Teacher of the Year.

Christine Foxen Collier was a founding member of the Center for Inquiry (CFI) schools and has served as principal of the original school, leading its authorization as the first IB World School in Indiana to offer the Primary Years Program. She led the replication at CFI School 84 where she currently serves as principal. She will open the fourth CFI school in July of 2016. Ms. Collier was named a National Distinguished Principal in 2011.

 

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