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Inquiry work provides an opportunity for teachers and administrators to think about their practices with a focus on student learning. Engaging in inquiry is important and exciting work. When teams of educators come together to study student data to inform instruction, they are forming powerful professional learning communities. The great potential of this work is to address the needs of our struggling students and to improve outcomes for all children.

Although there is a good deal of research that identifies effective classroom and school strategies, making sure that teachers and administrators have access to the most rigorous research has proven more challenging. The purpose of this Web site is to offer easy access to research relevant for the work of Inquiry Teams.

The resources on this site will help teams to develop a change strategy. The research database provides summaries of promising practices to improve student outcomes in English Language arts and mathematics. The scaffolded planning tools can help you identify interconnected strategies at the classroom and school levels. Using these resources, you can:

Find research related to the learning challenges of your target population.
Identify classroom- and school-level strategies that are supported by research.
Find links to New York State performance indicators aligned to a particular learning challenge.
Use tools to scaffold your Inquiry Teams' dialogue and decision-making.

This site is intended to supplement resources you may locate on your own, and with the help of your School Support Organization and Senior Achievement Facilitator. Developing a change strategy is a process unique to each school. The research can serve as a guide, as can the additional resources offered on this site, but your own judgment and experience can help you navigate to a change strategy that will work best for your kids and your school.

Terms of Use

You may use or download content for research or educational purposes, or for your personal, noncommercial purposes, provided you keep unchanged all copyright and other notices with them. You agree that you will make only lawful use of the research abstracts on this website, and will only use them in compliance with all federal, state and local laws and regulations. You agree that you will make no use of the abstracts that violates anyone else's rights, including copyright, trademark, trade secret, right of privacy, right of publicity or other rights.