Wrapping up successful Global Teachers Inquiry Forum
On May 6th, the Faculty of Education open its doors for the Global Teachers Inquiry Project (GTIP) Forum as one of the first in-person event in the faculty.
This year’s keynote speaker was Marc Kuly, he has worked for 15 years in Winnipeg public schools as a teacher, consultant, and mentor. Kuly uses storytelling to build cross-cultural understanding, and his latest research involves the stories inner-city youth tell about their time in school.
During the sessions, Manitoba teachers met to formulate questions, to make a plan for inquiry and to share their inquiries within their peer groups in the Global Teachers Inquiry Project (GTIP) Forum. For the Faculty of Education it is an important conference that helps bridge the gap between the faculty and K-12 teachers.
“Teachers are professionals who have an incredible depth of understanding and rich experience, and they need to be part of the conversation about curriculum, teaching and learning.” – Shannon Moore.
The GTIP was established in the winter of 2012-2013 as an opportunity for a group of social studies teachers to participate in a professional learning community focused on dialogue and reflection about the collective experiences of teaching the inquiry and action based global issues curriculum that was in its infancy at the time. An additional focus of the group was for teachers to engage in action research projects in order to find ways to gauge the effectiveness of teaching and learning experiences. In the 2015-16 year, the GTIP group expanded in order to include other social science courses, and other content areas.
The forum provided the opportunity for 10 teachers from across the province to share their inquiries with the larger community.
As part of the first in-person event this forum is about “respecting practicing teachers as researchers and theorists. This is about recognizing that teachers are always already theorizing/inquiring/reflecting on their own classroom practice,” explains Shannon Moore, Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Education.