Deepening learning through inquiry, innovation and teamwork.
The Networks of Inquiry and Indigenous Education (NOIIE) is a voluntary network of inquiry-based schools and school districts in British Columbia, with partner networks around the world. Using an inquiry-oriented, evidence-based approach to learning and teaching through the Spiral of Inquiry, teams work towards improving outcomes for all learners in their settings and submit case studies to share their progress in a spirit of generosity, curiosity and growth.
The Network is dedicated to:
The NOII (Networks of Inquiry and Innovation), established in 2000 and initially funded by the BC Ministry of Education, was designed to improve the quality and equity of education in BC through inquiry, teamwork across roles, schools and districts, as well as a focus on applying coaching forms of assessment to assist learners to take greater ownership of their learning. In 2010, the Aboriginal Enhancement Schools Network (AESN) was established to specifically address improving outcomes for Aboriginal learners. AESN schools focused their inquiries specifically around Indigenous education, such as addressing goals associated with their school district Aboriginal Enhancement agreements, integrating Indigenous worldviews and ways of knowing into schools and classrooms, or engaging in land and place-based learning.
In 2018, the Networks adopted a new name to cohesively tie all of the work together – the Networks of Inquiry and Indigenous Education (NOIIE).
The Networks image – Floating Stones – is used with the permission from New Zealand photography, Martin Hill.
NOIIE Winner of the 2019 Cmolik Prize
We are thrilled to announce that the 2019 $100,000 Cmolik Prize for the Enhancement of Public Education in B.C. has been awarded to Debbie Leighton-Stephens, Judy Halbert and Linda Kaser for their innovative Networks of Inquiry and Indigenous Education (NOIIE). The inquiry-oriented, evidence-based approach to learning and teaching has improved education in British Columbia. Thank you to the Cmolik Foundation and Simon Fraser University for this honour and support to further the work of the Networks.