The Design Through Inquiry teacher program supports teachers in transforming their classrooms into highly engaging, innovative, and student-centered learning communities through a dual focus of STEM and using design to solve problems identified in students'. Teachers who successfully complete all requirements earn eMINTS Certification. This program was originally developed through the SEED Grant funded by the federal Supporting Effective Educator Development Grant Program.
FORMAT AND CONTENT
The Design Through Inquiry program provides two years of sustained, evidence-based professional development. Teachers participating in the program engage in face-to-face and online self-paced training and receive in-class coaching. While the program has a STEM and design focus, the PD addresses all aspects of effective instruction for modern, digital age classrooms including involving students in real-world, relevant inquiry; building a positive classroom environment where students feel safe to collaborate with others; designing standards-based lessons that engage students in rigorous problem-solving; and using technology as a fundamental tool for high-level and transformative learning.