Indigenous Transitions Proposal

2020-2021 Indigenous Transitions Inquiry Plan Submission – Due January 29

*This form is specifically for schools in the Indigenous Transitions Cohort*

The Spiral of Inquiry provides the framework for Network schools to be curious about and (1) scan for what is going on for their learners, to develop a (2) focus for their team inquiry, to explore (3) hunches about what is leading to this situation (good and bad) for learners, to identify areas for (4) new learning, to (5) take action, and to (6) check how much difference these new actions are making to learners.

This Indigenous Transitions Inquiry Plan is based on the first four stages of the spiral of inquiry. The case study (submitted upon completion of this inquiry) will include a description of the actions you took throughout the year and the ways in which you checked to determine whether or not you made enough of a difference to your learners. Make sure you are clear on what indicators you will use during the checking phase well before you reach that stage.

In preparing your submission (due Jan. 29, 2021), please refer to The Spiral Playbook, the 4 Key Questions for Scanning and Checking, as well as other resources available on the NOIIE website – and please make sure to share these resource with your team members, particularly those who may be new to inquiry.

The Spiral Playbook – see more info here
The Spiral of Inquiry Overview – view here
4 Key Questions for Scanning and Checking – view here


  • * required
  • Please list in this format: Joe Smith:, Mary Smith:, ....
  • Please summarize in a few words (one sentence) the specific focus for your inquiry. This does NOT need to be framed as a question.
  • In two to four sentences, explain how your team determined the focus for your inquiry. For example, how did your team engage in the scanning phase of the Spiral of Inquiry to help determine the inquiry focus? What questions did you ask to find out what's going on for your learners? What did you learn as a result?
  • In regards to, "Can you name two adults in the school who believe you will be a success in life?": a) How are the Indigenous learners in your school settings responding to this question? b) How have the responses informed your inquiry?
  • In two to three sentences let us know about the new areas of professional learning you plan to explore connected to your focus area. Be as specific as possible.
  • What kind of actions is your team planning to take that will make a meaningful difference? How will your team gather evidence of your actions (i.e. records of practice, videos, etc.) to use for reflection and checking? What kind of evidence will you gather from participants (i.e. learners, community, etc.) to check if your actions are making a difference?