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.

Resource Spotlight

The Spirals of Inquiry: for equity and quality (2013)

This handbook offers specific inquiry tools, research evidence and examples from practice in BC schools. It presents an approachable and yet innovative framework for inquiry that is influencing schools and districts across BC and in other parts of the world. Proceeds from book sales go directly to inquiring schools. To order copies, please contact us.

The Spiral Playbook (2017)

This handbook is a condensed, plain language version of Spirals of Inquiry, and depicts 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. 

The Decision Playbook (2019)

This playbook is a very useful decision-making resource for teachers. Click here to download your own copy! Each copy is $15 with all proceeds going to the Networks of Inquiry and Indigenous Education school grants. Check out Delta Learns website here, for helpful information & tools around decision-making!

Spirals of Inquiry

The Spirals of Inquiry: for equity and quality (2013)

This handbook offers specific inquiry tools, research evidence and examples from practice in BC schools. Proceeds from book sales go directly to inquiring schools. To order copies, please contact us.

The Spiral Playbook (2017)

This handbook is a condensed, plain language version of the 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 (AESN). You can obtain copies by contacting Jennifer at the BCPVPA offices.

Narrowing the Gap Through Collaborative Inquiry | Spirals of Inquiry

Coursera – Introduction to the Spirals of Inquiry

Interested in learning more about the Spirals of Inquiry?
Take the online course Introduction to Spirals of Inquiry – through Coursera!

Indigenous Inquiry & Transitions

Spiral of Inquiry 2020

Check out this video demonstrating the accomplishments that BC School Districts and NOIIE are seeing, around increasing Indigenous participation and success in schools around the province.

Spiral of Inquiry 2019

Check out this video demonstrating the accomplishments that BC School Districts and NOIIE are seeing, around increasing Indigenous participation and success in schools around the province.

Improving Transitions for Indigenous Learners report explores how collaborative inquiry can help educators to improve transitions for Indigenous students. It draws on insights from ten inquiry teams across British Columbia and from the coaches who were assigned to support their inquiries.

The purpose of Networks of Inquiry and Innovation (NOII) & Aboriginal Enhancement Schools Network (AESN) is to create an inquiry community where people learn and work together to ensure that every Aboriginal learner crosses the stage with dignity, purpose and options, and together, we eliminate racism in schools.

Through the Aboriginal Enhancement Schools Network, a number of BC school teams are focusing on improving transitions for Aboriginal students — from elementary to middle/secondary school and from secondary to post-secondary — through a disciplined approach to educator inquiry.

Spirals in Action

Yukon Education

Betty Burns (Yukon Primary Curriculum Consultant), Jesse Jewell (Yukon Experiential Curriculum Consultant), and George Bahm (Yukon First Nations Advisor), facilitated and engaged K-3 teachers in a place-based learning network with the goal of inspiring and equipping teachers to make a meaningful difference for their leaners using the Spiral of Inquiry.

Yukon Education

Amber Harper and Michelle Gillard, teachers at Christ the King Elementary School in Whitehorse, Yukon, along with Yukon Education Learning Network Participants, used the Spiral of Inquiry to make a meaningful difference in the lives of their students by exploring the importance of developing a sense of place.

Yukon Education

Nicole Cross and Camille Luks are teachers at Porter Creek Secondary School in Whitehorse, Yukon. They used the Spiral of Inquiry to make a meaningful difference in the lives of their students by teaching about diversity and supporting inclusion, through designing support for all learners using a Multiple Experts Model.

Nanaimo/Ladysmith (SD68) 2017-18 NOII/AESN Inquiries

Check out this video that quickly highlights all the 2017/18 NOII/AESN Inquiries in SD68.

Professional Learning Resources

A Focus on Equity and Excellence in Networks of Inquiry

This piece is written by Judy Halbert & Linda Kaser, and is published in the QASSP journal for the Queensland Association of Primary School Principals.

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What Matters Most in Our Classroom Environment

This is a powerpoint presentation produced by Griffin State school, presented by Jessica Lewis at the 2019 Symposium. This presentation focuses on what matters in the visible classroom, and how “working walls” can effectively teach and document the learning journey.

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22 Current Resources to Consider for Professional Learning.

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Assessment Literacy – BC Ministry of Education

We encourage everyone to watch this video, to use the accompanying facilitators’ guide and to pay close attention to the classroom and assessment supports that are provided.

Leadership Mindsets: Innovation and Learning in the Transformation of Schools (2009), written by Judy Halbert & Linda Kaser

This book outlines an alternative way of thinking about school leadership. It examines research evidence that leaders will find most useful and suggests how they might use this evidence to maximize their learning and the learning of their students. Leadership Mindsets has been written specifically for aspiring to newly-appointed school leaders who are determined and motivated to create quality and equality for learners in the schools they serve, through networks of inquiry, learning and support.

Adaptive Expertise and the Spiral of Inquiry

Professor Emeritus Helen Timperley
Faculty of Education
The University of Auckland

Click here for Helen Timperley’s powerpoint presentation on how collaborative inquiry, utilizing the Spirals approach, is a key way to develop adaptive expertise and to address complex challenges.

Delta School District’s Culture of
Collaborative Professional Inquiry 

Brooke Moore and the team in Delta have been using short videos for the past few years to tell the stories of individual school inquiries.


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Checklist for Building Developmental Relationships During the Covid-19 Crisis

Click here to check out Search Institute’s simple and sensible resource that provides relationship-building steps/ideas to encourage the building and strengthening of relationships with youth throughout the Covid-19 crisis.

Decision Making Resources

The Decision Playbook

Written by Lee Failing, Robin Gregory, Graham Long & Brooke Moore

About
Young people are powerful. Increasingly they are making decisions on the world stage that are improving our world’s trajectory. If we educators can rally around them and teach them the skills laid out in this book, then we are all empowered to take positive action in the world.

Click here to download the book.

Delta Learns Website

Check out Delta Learns website to learn more about:

  1. Why decision-making moves matter
  2. Stuff that traps us
  3. Classroom decision-making tools

And much more!

The Delta Learns website is brought to you by educators at the Delta School District and Decision Scientists: Lee Failing, Graham Long, and Robin Gregory.

NOII Symposiums

The 2016 Symposium – Passion, Purpose and Persistence: Making it Real – attracted educators from all over BC, the Yukon, the US and Australia, and showcased numerous examples of innovative educational leadership in BC and beyond.

BC Ministry of Education Resources

Indigenous Education in BC

Here is a wonderful resource from the BC Ministry of Education. It provides a framework and content for a professional learning opportunity focused on how to bring Indigenous knowledge, content and perspectives into the classroom.

Click here for the resources!