The process of an inquiry-based EMBRACE Seminar™ is both a means to an end and an end in and of itself.
In order to facilitate an EMBRACE Seminar™ one needs to fully immerse themselves in the experience. This requires simultaneously dissecting the seminar experience from the perspectives of student and teacher. Even though there may be a wide range of opinions, we all share the subject of inquiry in common. We believe that a shared medium is the glue that holds the seminar together.
We teach EMBRACE Seminar™ Leaders to:
Regardless of your group size, if you want to improve inquiry-based teaching and learning we will consult with you and customize professional development to fit your needs.
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Teachers and administrators participate in a live reading and engage in an EMBRACE Seminar™ to practice collective discourse, providing an experience from their students’ perspectives.
The EMBRACE Seminar™ leader will learn to prepare a text, plan to launch, and skillfully sustain the facilitation of an inquiry-based discussion aimed at strengthening student voice.
Teachers plan and co-lead an EMBRACE Seminar™ focused on a shared medium of high complexity. This is followed by a reflective conversation with their EMBRACE Seminar™ consultant.
Building confidence to lead inquiry-based discussions takes practice. EMBRACE Seminar™ consultants will co-lead sessions as needed. This option is available online or in person.
EMBRACE Seminar™ consultants will observe teacher-led discussions and provide customized coaching and specifically tailored feedback. This option is available online or in person.
Sustaining a culture of inquiry takes dedication, time, and practice. Regularly participating in EMBRACE Seminars™ with your staff keeps the practice fresh and the instruction vibrant.
Talking about a shared experience brings us closer. It doesn’t matter whether we agree or disagree. The dialogue itself is intrinsically valuable as it also provides us the opportunity to imagine through others’ perspectives. We will remotely lead EMBRACE Seminars™ around your One Book Project.
Have you ever read a book and then seen the movie? Was it the same or different? Why? Once you discuss the book, then you are ready to engage the film from the perspective of a director. We offer EMBRACE Seminars™ that are specifically designed to compare and contrast the book with the movie.
Regardless of the content or population, the value of student participation and ensuring that student voice is heard is at the core of our method. We customize professional development sessions that apply to all disciplines and sub-populations.
Leading one-to-one and small groups can be challenging. Learn nimble questioning strategies will equip you to deepen the thinking of your child or your group.