SOURCE: The Great Books Foundation

October 27, 2009 14:00 ET

University of Minnesota/Osher Lifelong Learning Institute to Feature Workshop on The Great Books Foundation's Shared Inquiry™ Learning Model

Workshop Participants Earn Certification in the Shared Inquiry Method Preparing Them to Enhances Classroom and Book Club Discussions With Critical Thinking Skills

CHICAGO, IL--(Marketwire - October 27, 2009) - The Great Books Foundation, an independent nonprofit education organization that empowers readers to become more reflective and responsible thinkers, will host a two-day professional development workshop on the Shared Inquiry™ method of learning on November 17 and 18 at the University of Minnesota/Osher Lifelong Learning Institute. Developed by the Great Books Foundation, the Shared Inquiry Learning Model is designed to enhance K-12 reading and language arts programs by inspiring deeper thinking through reading and discussion. The teaching method can also be used by college faculty to stimulate more rewarding classroom discussions, as well as by leaders and participants in book groups of all kinds.

The two-day Shared Inquiry Learning Model workshop will teach adults how to implement the Shared Inquiry Learning Model to help students of all ages develop essential literacy and life skills -- reading carefully, thinking critically, listening intently, and speaking and writing persuasively. The Minneapolis Public Schools recently implemented the Great Books K-12 reading/language arts program district-wide for ELA and special education in grades 6-12. Before implementing a program in the classroom, educators must complete a Shared Inquiry workshop, preparing them to lead Great Books discussions with their students using the Shared Inquiry method.

"The Great Books Foundation is committed to giving educators valuable tools that will transform their classrooms into lively and stimulating learning environments," said George Schueppert, president of the Great Books Foundation. "We're excited to be working with lifelong learners in the Minneapolis area and help them master this unique discussion model that leads to significant improvements in reading comprehension and critical thinking skills for people of all ages."

Participants in this workshop can earn:

-- One hour of college credit upon completing the 2-day, 10-hour course

-- A certificate for leading Shared Inquiry to apply for clock hours or Continuing Education Units (CEUs)

-- A coupon for a free classroom set of Starting off Strong, with four short lessons that build critical thinking skills in students and leadership skills for teachers

The Shared Inquiry Learning Workshop is $295 per person. Attendees who register by October 27 are eligible for a $45 per person early-bird discount. For more information or to register for the workshop, call the Great Books Foundation at (800) 222-5870 or visit

About the Great Books Foundation

Headquartered in Chicago, the Great Books Foundation ( is an independent nonprofit educational organization established in 1947 to promote liberal education for the general public. In 1962, the Foundation extended its mission to children with the introduction of Junior Great Books. Today, the Foundation conducts professional development courses for thousands of educators each year, publishes books for readers of all ages, and helps readers establish their own discussion groups in schools, libraries and community centers.

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