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Multi-Day Institute:
Curiosity Across the Curriculum: Pursuing Engagement, Literacy, and Action through Inquiry

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An Intensive Teaching and Leadership Institute for K-12 Educators

Join us in Charleston, South Carolina over the Martin Luther King, Jr. weekend for a practical and personal institute with a team of nationally recognized author-educators.*

Presented by Harvey "Smokey" Daniels, Nancy Steineke, Chad Everett, Kristin Ziemke, and Sara Ahmed

This institute helps us all step further away from the passive "curriculum of mentioning" and commit to the more engaging and challenging practice of student-directed inquiry. We elicit kids' questions and place them in the center of our thinking, aiming for high engagement and a climate of collaboration, passion, and fun.

The institute is a blend of keynote sessions, breakout workshops, and job-alike meetings, where you'll spend part of each day working in a group that matches your grade range. You'll also join a team of colleagues in a multidisciplinary inquiry project, drawing on the complex sights, spaces, people, and history of our newest inquiry city, Charleston, South Carolina.

Founded in 1670, Charleston became an important economic engine for the colonies and fledgling nation, complicit in the reality that this wealth depended greatly on slave labor. South Carolina, united with the rest of the colonies, fought in the Revolutionary War, yet it was here that the first shots of the Civil War were fired. Numerous historical attractions and museums, as well as remarkable shops and restaurants, make Charleston a powerful destination for sightseeing and inquiry.

Our weekend kicks off Friday night at 5:00pm with light appetizers, cash bar, and an interactive learning session featuring our entire institute staff and concludes on Monday at 11:45am. Throughout the weekend, we'll keep the phrase "critical curiosity" in mind. We will try out everything we want our students to experience, including asking questions about the historical and social identity of Charleston, and how it fits into our nation's fabric.


These strands, which link back to the fundamental structures of Best Practice (Zemelman, Daniels, and Hyde, 2012) are woven into all aspects of our learning weekend:

  • Content-Area Reading and Writing: Strategies that develop deeper thinking, build knowledge, and invite kids to comprehend and create complex nonfiction texts.
  • Teaching with Inquiry: Four models of student inquiry, with a ladder of ten ways to find time, get started, support, publish, and celebrate students' investigations.
  • Social-Comprehension Lessons: Explicit lessons on social identity, empathy, and interpersonal skills that create safe, collaborative, and brave classrooms.
  • Just-Right Technology: Selecting and using technologies that truly amplify thinking, enhance interaction in the classroom, and help kids learn from—and teach—the world.
  • Growing Upstanders: Helping kids to address real problems, build awareness, offer aid, or take action with humanity in mind.
  • Instructional Leadership: Modeling and exploring the roles of principals, coaches, librarians, and district leaders.

*Agenda and presenters subject to change.

Who Should Attend?

  • Classroom teachers of grades K-12
  • Literacy/instructional/tech coaches
  • Reading/writing/technology/media specialists/librarians
  • Special educators
  • Administrators and district leaders
  • Teacher educators (homeroom, resource, etc.)

Pricing Information

The cost of this institute is $955.00 per person and includes the following:

  • a handout collection designed specifically for this institute
  • breakfast each day, lunch on Saturday, and dinner on Sunday
  • a personalized certificate of attendance with a value of 2.0 CEU credits or 20 class participation hours.

A discounted rate of $915.00 per person is available if you register 3 or more at the same time.

Event Photography Notification

Please note that during this institute, photography, audio, and video recording may occur. By attending this event, you agree to be photographed, filmed, and/or recorded and give permission for Heinemann to use your likeness in any promotional and/or marketing materials. If you do not wish to be photographed, filmed, and/or recorded, you must see a Heinemann facilitator or staff member to sign an opt-out form, and have your picture taken for identification purposes. Failure to do so will assume permission has been given to use your likeness in any marketing and/or promotional materials.

Upcoming Dates & Locations

01/17/2020-01/20/2020 - Charleston, SC

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Availability: Available When: 01/17/2020 - 01/20/2020 Where:
Francis Marion Hotel
387 King Street
Charleston, SC 29403
Special Room Rates:
Single: $169.00
Double: $169.00
(You must mention you are attending a Heinemann event.)
Reservation Phone: +1(877)756-2121
Reservations must be made by 12/26/2019.
Closest Airport: Charleston International Airport (CHS)

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