WMS Launches The Center for Authentic Inquiry

Teachers and schools have a new place to look for resources, research and news on inquiry-driven learning. Last week, WMS launched The Center for Authentic Inquiry, an independent organization that works to advance student-directed learning initiatives.
The Center for Authentic Inquiry was announced at last week’s ISANNE schools visit to WMS, where close to 30 educators from peer schools came to campus to learn more about building a culture of inquiry in schools.

“Thus far, The Center has worked to establish relationships with like-minded professionals in education by conducting interviews and collecting materials,” said Linda D’Arco, Director. “The development of our resources will take some time, because we don’t want this to be a White Mountain School initiative. The Center is a resource for all teachers. We want it to become a landing place for anyone who is interested in inquiry-driven learning, so we’re reaching out to schools who might have materials to share, suggestions to make or student work to post in the portfolio section. We’re hoping that our work with The Center for Authentic Inquiry will lead to greater collaboration between schools and maybe even some professional development programming in the future.

Helping to the launch of The Center for Authentic Inquiry was one of the proudest moments in my career. As someone who has spent her entire professional life in independent schools, being a part of something that is this visionary is just not commonplace. Many schools have difficulty advancing new ideas. They get stuck in bureaucracy or “what-iffed” to death. Sure, there was an evolution here, but I’ve been really impressed with the School’s initiative and the teachers’ collective work around inquiry. The fact that WMS wants to build something that is non-proprietary, that is free and open to everyone, is really exciting.

I’m thrilled to be a part of it.”

To view The Center for Authentic Inquiry’s new website, visit www.authenticinquiry.org
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Questions or comments to share? Please contact Linda at authenticinquiry@whitemountain.org

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