Resources

The resources below provide a framework for conceptualizing and developing your inquiry based approach. It is helpful to refer back to these resources as the inquiry process moves through the steps of the Spiral. These are also helpful as points of discussion and reference during staff meetings and colleague collaboration.

For additional resources, see the VideosNOII Case Studies and AESN Case Studies.

Network Newsletters and Presentations

Network leaders and regional Network groups meet on a regular basis. As well, Judy and Linda often present Network learning both locally and globally. Below are a number of presentations and resources from these events:

Fall 2016 Network Newsletter

Spring 2016 Network Newsletter

Fall 2015 Network Newsletter

Lower Mainland Network Meeting – Jan. 19, 2015

Spiral of Inquiry: for equity and quality

Spirals of Inquiry: for equity and quality  (Linda Kaser and Judy Halbert, 2013) is the primary resource to reference throughout the inquiry process. The handbook offers specific inquiry tools, research evidence and examples from practice in BC schools that will assist in conceptualizing inquiry-based learning and developing strategies for shifting thinking and practice. It presents an approachable and yet innovative framework for inquiry that is now influencing schools and districts across BC and in other parts of the world. Proceeds from book sales will go directly to inquiring schools. For information on how to order, click here.

Spiral Playbook

 The Spiral Playbook (Halbert & Kaser 2017) is a condensed, plain language version of Spirals of Inquiry and tells of the work of many educators in BC and the Yukon. It is also a fundraiser for the Aboriginal Enhancement Schools Network. You can obtain copies by contacting Jennifer at the BCPVPA offices. All proceeds go to educator leadership in developing Indigenous world views through small grants to schools.

Spiral of Inquiry Brief

Spiral of Inquiry Brief (Linda Kaser and Judy Halbert, 2016) is the powerful resource to share with colleagues new (and new-ish) to the professional inquiry process. Developed in partnership with The Association of Independent Schools of New South Wales Limited, this is a helpful tool for staff professional learning and leadership development.

Spiral of Inquiry - New Zealand

The New Zealand Ministry of Education has created a Leading Learning website featuring a variety of online resources connected to the Spirals of Inquiry. You’ll find resources to support all stages of the Spiral, including collaborative inquiry examples, videos, links to the work in BC, and more.

Creating and Sustaining Inquiry Spaces For Teacher Learning and System Transformation

The European Journal of Education article Creating and Sustaining Inquiry Spaces For Teacher Learning and System Transformation  (Linda Kaser and Judy Halbert, 2014) provides a succinct overview of the progress of the Networks over the past 15 years. During this time, a great deal has been learned about shifting practice through inquiry networks. This article provides a description of the key features of the inquiry framework that has evolved through this work, offers suggestions for creating and sustaining influential educator networks and provides some observations about how this approach is shifting practices at the classroom, school, university and policy levels. 

Leadership Mindsets: innovation and learning in the transformation of schools

Leadership Mindsets (Judy Halbert and Linda Kaser, 2009) outlines an alternative way of thinking about school leadership. Drawing from international case study research over many years, from the experience of hundreds of school leaders serving widely diverse communities, the authors argue that there are six distinct mindsets that characterize the way successful, learning-oriented leaders operate and make sense of their professional world. This is a great option for staff book club, and a must read particularly for newly-appointed school leaders. Click here to see a review of this book (originally published in Education Canada produced by the Canadian Education Association).

Learning First - Beyond PD: Teacher Professional Learning in High Performance Systems

Beyond PD: Teacher Professional Learning in High Performing Systems is one of a series of reports on teacher quality systems in top performing countries commissioned by the Center on International Education Benchmarking of the National Center on Education and the Economy. See how the Spirals of Inquiry and BC schools are highlighted in leading transformational change. 

First Peoples Principles of Learning (English | French)

The First Peoples Principles of Learning, developed by British Columbia’s First Nations Education Steering Committee, is a key resource to guide both the inquiry process and approach to learning. It is a useful resource for school/district wide professional learning, as a tool to help shift thinking around using wise ways to develop Aboriginal understandings. Thanks to Richmond School District’s Coordinator for Library and Information Services, Gordon Powell, and Ecole Secondaire R.A. McMath Secondary School teacher Carl Ruest, for translating the Principles into French, as well as creating a French/English version.

Aboriginal Understandings Rubric

The Aboriginal Understandings Learning Progression Rubric, developed by Laura Tait with the Nanaimo School District (SD# 68), is a powerful tool for formative assessment.  Many Network schools have used this rubric as part of their inquiry and everyday teaching practice, as a means of assessing current learning and planning future progression.

Resource Guide on Aboriginal Worldviews and Perspectives in the Classroom

The Resource Guide on Aboriginal Worldviews and Perspectives in the Classroominspired by Scott Benwell and Kaleb Child from School District 85 (Vancouver Island North), is a call to action for educators and leadership to create and enhance learning environments to serve each learner, family and community. Aboriginal voice is dominant in this resource guide and reflects the opinions of community members.

Nature of Learning: Guide for Practitioners

The Nature of Learning: Guide for Practitioners (OECD 2010), was developed by the Centre for Educational Research at the OECD as part of the Innovative Learning Environments Project.  The document outlines 7 Principles of Learning that are helpful to consider throughout the inquiry process. BC and Network schools are one of the 5 innovative learning labs being researched as part of the Innovative Learning Environments Project. 

Innovative Learning Environments - Final Report (Draft)

The Innovative Learning Environments Final Report on Implementation and Change (2015), written by David Istance with the OECD, contains the first draft final report of the Innovative Learning Environments Project.This draft report is being circulated in this version for feedback. On the basis of this feedback it will be revised in the latter half of May 2015 with a view to its subsequent publication. The aim of the report is to extend the framework already developed by ILE in relation to individual innovative learning environments by incorporating wider directed change that seeks to grow and sustain innovative learning.

Learning First - Integrating Quality Professional Learning

Integrating quality professional learning into the daily life of teachers: Insights from high performing systems (2015) is a resource for educators and education reformers wanting to improve teacher professional learning in their schools. Ben Jensen, CEO of Learning First, presented a synopsis at this report at the 2015 NOII Symposium. The report illustrates the experiences of four high- performing systems (British Columbia, Hong Kong, Shanghai and Singapore) in the development of their teacher professional learning.