*photo credit: Sara Ahmed
From Friday January 17, 2020 to Monday, January 20, we will be immersed in inquiry in Charleston, SC, at Curiosity Across the Curriculum: Pursuing Engagement, Literacy, and Action through Inquiry hosted by "Smokey" Daniels, Nancy Steineke, Chad Everett, Kristin Ziemke, and Sara Ahmed.
Interested in following along in real-time? Follow @HeinemannPD on Twitter and @HeinemannPub on Instagram via stories—keep an eye out for hashtag #HCharleston20 on all channels for our ongoing live tweeting and social media posts from participants.
*Update: You can see the whole weekend by checking out the story highlight on Instagram!
Friday, January 17
Chad Everett provided some critical grounding to position our hearts and minds for the work we are about to do, for the transaction we are about to have with Charleston, SC.
At this institute, we live the inquiry so we can best bring this experience back to our schools and students. Here is some thinking that came out of his keynote:
How are you entering in your transaction with Charleston? Any 2 individuals in this room could visit the same place and have a different experience.@chadceverett #HCharleston20 pic.twitter.com/8lyXWW6jyJ— Heinemann PD (@HeinemannPD) January 17, 2020
Saturday, January 18
Author Nancy Steineke began the day helping us understand the necessary social skills—and how to teach them—of collaborative inquiry. As we moved into our breakout sessions, we had the opportunity to practice this as we shared questions about Charleston and formed inquiry groups.
We explored Charleston to follow our curiosities and went deeper in our thinking about identity, literacy, and leadership. Some samples of our thinking is below; more can be found on Twitter via #HCharleston20 and in our Instagram story!
Being an "expert" signals "The End" where as "specialist" shows ongoing learning. @KristinZiemke shouting out learning from her mentor @Stephharvey49.— Heinemann PD (@HeinemannPD) January 18, 2020
Language matters. #hcharleston20 pic.twitter.com/3Ew6xxgGee
One of my favorite things about #hcharleston20 so far is the risk-taking, the self-examination, and reflection of process (& processing) everyone is doing. Metacognition is at an all time high & I salute everyone of these educators. pic.twitter.com/quM63NVuxg— Sara K. Ahmed (@SaraKAhmed) January 18, 2020
Sunday, January 19
Sunday was a day of synthesis as we worked towards linking our understandings of inquiry, identity, varied texts, and modes of presenting learning. Harvey "Smokey" Daniels grounded our thinking for the day through examples of student curiosity leading to inquiry and engagement and Kristin Ziemke schooled us in the myriad ways we can share and interact with new learning, from the high-tech to the low-tech.
In the evening, our gallery walk was a huge success! Take a look at some highlights from the day:
We have to make sure we are giving kids access to a wide variety of things.— Heinemann PD (@HeinemannPD) January 19, 2020
> Interact with print AND digital
>Interact with multiple KINDS of resources
>Provide multiple entry points@KristinZiemke #HCharleston20
#hcharleston20 The inquiry fair has begun! Check out the enthusiastic learners gathered around stations reflecting a weekend of inquiry about a Charleston interest. @KristinZiemke @SaraKAhmed @smokeylit @HeinemannPub @HeinemannPD pic.twitter.com/iJAOkWToq6— Nancy Steineke (@nsteineke) January 19, 2020
Monday, January 20
On this last morning, we reflected on the gallery walk and returned to our thinking from Friday night. Where are the Birminghams in our schools, curriculum, and classrooms? How can we use inquiry as professionals to determine (and lean in to) who is and is NOT being served?
What an incredible learning journey for this institute. Until next time...
Safe travel to everyone who has spent the last few days with us at #hcharleston20. Wondering how you can bring this rich work home to your schools? @smokeylit has you covered. pic.twitter.com/O10qt1CNH6— T. Antao (@TobeyAnt) January 20, 2020
Every time I have a chance to spend 5 minutes with these humans, I leave having learned something that challenges & grows me as an educator. To be able to spend a weekend with them is invaluable. They advocate for doing the real work for our kids #GiveLove 💜💛 #HCharleston20 pic.twitter.com/3uzqRay3x4— Stacy Hansen (@stacrh) January 21, 2020
That’s a wrap on a new city and a refined lens! This #hcharleston20 team together with an incredible @HeinemannPD squad holding us up-Clear eyes. Full hearts. Can’t lose. @nsteineke 🙏🏾 pic.twitter.com/wX50jMZ7DD— Sara K. Ahmed (@SaraKAhmed) January 20, 2020