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Private Schools Summer Conference

The 9th Annual Private Schools Summer Conference
Guiding Student Curiosity: Inquiry Based Instruction

Come join us for the ninth annual Private Schools Summer Conference, to be held at Seattle Pacific University’s Center for Professional Education and Gonzaga University’s School of Education. This year’s Private Schools Summer Conference will offer three two-day sessions on Guiding Student Curiosity: Inquiry Based Instruction. Each session will contain the same content and materials.

Inquiry-Based Instruction is a pedagogy that supports students to do the question-asking and answer-seeking. The role of the teacher is to design and guide experiences and an environment that encourage student discussion, collaboration, and critical thinking. Inquiry builds strong emotional bonds and breathes joyful curiosity into classrooms.

Join Inquiry Partners for this exciting two-day educator workshop where we'll learn, apply, and practice the "inquiry five" strategies in ways that best fit the classrooms in which we work today. This two-day learning event will:

  1. deepen your expertise in the brain-based research and specific strategies behind inquiry,
  2. offer you time to plan and rehearse an inquiry lesson, and
  3. introduce you to a community of professionals you will get to work with virtually throughout the school year.

Our approach honors the teacher-as-learner by focusing on the specific knowledge, skills, and dispositions necessary to create inquiry-based classrooms. We hope you join us!

2018 Schedule

June 18–19
9 a.m.–4 p.m.


Guiding Student Curiosity: Inquiry Based Instruction
Seattle Pacific University
3307 3rd Avenue West
Seattle, WA 98119

June 21–22
9 a.m.–4 p.m.


Guiding Student Curiosity: Inquiry Based Instruction
Gonzaga University
502 E. Boone Avenue
Spokane, WA 99258

August 7–8
9 a.m.–4 p.m.


Guiding Student Curiosity: Inquiry Based Instruction
Seattle Pacific University
3307 3rd Avenue West
Seattle, WA 98119

Each conference is:

  • FREE to private school educators employed by State Board of Education approved private schools
  • Training materials are included
  • Provides free clock hours!

Registration for August conference is open until July 27. For late registration email

Conference Meals
Title II, Part A Office at the U.S. Department of Education does not allow the use of federal funds to provide food and beverages at meetings or professional development training sessions. We encourage all conference participants to be aware of these changes and to plan accordingly.

For more information please call: 360-725-6361 or email 







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