Following on from February 2017, International School Basel is hosting a 2nd workshop with renowned professor from University of Arizona, Kathy G. Short, Director, Worlds of Words

Encouraging Conceptually-Based Inquiry

May, 19th (Friday), 2017 at ISB Aesch campus

About the trainer

Kathy G. Short is a professor in Language, Reading and Culture at the University of Arizona and works with teachers around the world on inquiry-based curriculum. Her research focuses on inquiry, global children’s and adolescent literature, dialogue, literature circles, and intercultural understanding. She has co-authored many books, including Teaching Globally: Reading the World through Literature, Critical Content Analysis of Children’s and Young Adult Literature, Creating Classrooms for Authors and Inquirers, Teacher Study Groups, and Learning Together through Inquiry. She is director of Worlds of Words, an initiative to build bridges across global cultures through children’s literature, and is a past President of the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) and the United States Board on Books for Young People (USBBY).

The Workshop

Encouraging Conceptually-Based Inquiry
Inquiry is a conceptually-based, rather than topic-based, approach to curriculum, and yet a focus on topics and knowledge often overshadow the big ideas that underlie our teaching. A conceptual frame for inquiry should be the initial focus of attention in any unit or lesson and then be woven throughout our teaching in powerful ways. We will explore a range of instructional strategies to teach for conceptual understanding through inquiry.


  • May 19th, 2017: Friday
  • Time: 09.00-16.00 (08.30 if you are interested on a school tour) see agenda below
  • Fee: 60CHF (tuition and lunch included) payable once registration is confirmed.
    Fee waived for Local Swiss schools.
  • Maximum 2 places per school
  • Location: ISB Aesch campus, Arlesheimerstrasse 7, 4147 Aesch, Switzerland
  • Inquiries: Luz Maria Gutierrez Vittini, Director of Teaching and Learning, ISB This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

This workshop is open to participants from local primary schools in Basel (fee waived) and Primary Sections of International Schools in Switzerland and neighboring countries.
If your school is interested in sending staff to this workshop please register them following this link.

Registration Deadline: 11 May, 2017

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