Resources

The resources below provide a framework for conceptualizing and developing your inquiry based approach. It is helpful to refer back to these resources as the inquiry process moves through the steps of the Spiral. These are also helpful as points of discussion and reference during staff meetings and colleague collaboration.

Spotlight

Leading Through Spirals of Inquiry: For Equity and Quality (2022)
Now available! Judy Halbert and Linda Kaser expand on their previous work in this new book for school leadership teams. The book is written for those new or experienced with the Spirals of Inquiry. Order your book here

The Spiral Playbook (2017)

The Spiral Playbook (2017)
This handbook is a condensed, plain language version of Spirals of Inquiry, and depicts the work of many educators in BC and the Yukon. Proceeds from book sales go directly to inquiring schools. To order copies, please contact us.

NOIIE Learning Tour Study Guide (2021)
This Learning Tour Study Guide is intended to help you to prepare for a school visit (on the road or virtually). This resource includes tips for engaging, questions to consider and pointers to resources you might find helpful. To order print copies, please contact us.

The Decision Playbook (2019)
This playbook is a very useful decision-making resource for teachers. Download your own copy! Print copies are $15 with all proceeds going to the Networks of Inquiry and Indigenous Education. Check out Delta Learns website for helpful information & tools around decision-making!

Spirals of Inquiry Resources

Leading Through Spirals of Inquiry: For Equity and Quality (2022)

The Spiral Playbook (2017)

Now available! Judy Halbert and Linda Kaser expand on their previous work in this new book for school leadership teams. Book is written for those new or experienced with the Spirals of Inquiry.

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Skola 2030 Spirals of Inquiry Presentation 

Judy Halbert & Linda Kaser demonstrate how a shared framework — the Spirals of Inquiry — can build coherence and thus change the experiences of learners. Within this video, you will learn the key steps in implementing the Spirals of Inquiry, as well as the importance of it.

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This handbook is a condensed, plain language version of Spirals of Inquiry, and depicts the work of many educators in BC and the Yukon. Proceeds from book sales go directly to inquiring schools. To order copies, please contact us.

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NOIIE Learning Tour Study Guide

This Learning Tour Study Guide is intended to help you to prepare for a school visit (on the road or virtually). This resource includes tips for engaging, questions to consider and pointers to resources you might find helpful. To order print copies, please contact us.

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Narrowing the Gap Through Collaborative Inquiry | Spirals of Inquiry

In this short video clip, Judy Halbert introduces the Spirals of Inquiry phases.

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Introduction to NOII & AESN

The purpose of Networks of Inquiry and Innovation (NOII) & Aboriginal Enhancement Schools Network (AESN) is to create an inquiry community where people learn and work together to ensure that every Aboriginal learner crosses the stage with dignity, purpose and options, and together, eliminate racism in schools.

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Decision Making Resources

Delta Learns Website

Check out Delta Learns website to learn more about why decision-making moves matter, stuff that traps us, classroom decision-making tools, and much more! The Delta Learns website is brought to you by educators at the Delta School District and Decision Scientists: Lee Failing, Graham Long, and Robin Gregory.

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Decision Playbook

Young people are powerful. Increasingly they are making decisions on the world stage that are improving our world’s trajectory. If we educators can rally around them and teach them the skills laid out in this book, then we are all empowered to take positive action in the world. This playbook is a very useful decision-making resource for teachers.

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Spiral of Inquiry and Decision Maker Moves: A Rigorous Blend

This paper on Spiral Decisions explores how you can use the Spiral of Inquiry and the Decision Maker Moves in combination to get the most out of your efforts to improve student learning.

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Indigenous Inquiry & Resources

Valleyview Secondary School ICSEI Presentation (2021)

Students and staff of Valleyview Secondary School (SD73) share their story of collaborative inquiry which utilizes the Spiral of Inquiry as a framework to better understand the educational experiences of Indigenous students — what’s going on for them as learners?

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Nechako Lakes School District ICSEI Presentation (2021)

Leona Prince, Nechako Lakes (SD91) District Principal of Aboriginal Education, explains how the Spirals of Inquiry is a process-driven model which highly relates to the First Peoples Principles of Learning and Aboriginal Worldviews and Perspectives.

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Spiral of Inquiry (2020)

Check out this video demonstrating the accomplishments that BC School Districts and NOIIE are seeing, around increasing Indigenous participation and success in schools around the province

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Improving Transitions for Indigenous Learners (2019)

Improving Transitions for Indigenous Learners report explores how collaborative inquiry can help educators to improve transitions for Indigenous students. It draws on insights from ten inquiry teams across British Columbia and from the coaches who were assigned to support their inquiries.

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Spirals of Inquiry (2019)

Check out this video demonstrating the accomplishments that BC School Districts and NOIIE are seeing, around increasing Indigenous participation and success in schools around the province

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EPIC: Experiential, Project-based, Indigenous, Community

EPIC is an inclusive program, aimed to engage students in a diversity of challenging learning experiences. The program focuses on project-based, experiential learning for all students, with an aim to create understanding of the First Nations Principles of Learning.

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Supporting Learner Transitions

Through the Aboriginal Enhancement Schools Network (AESN), a number of BC school teams are focusing on improving transitions for Aboriginal students — from elementary to middle/secondary school and from secondary to post-secondary — through a disciplined approach to educator inquiry.

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Continuing Our Learning Journey: Indigenous Education in British Columbia – Module 1

This introductory video, posted by the Province of BC, provides an overview of Indigenous
education in BC and explores challenging common assumptions about Indigenous learners.

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Spirals in Action

Sands Secondary School, Delta School District (2021)

In this video, Joanna Macintosh and students from three service learning inquiries share their learning and experiences around utilizing the Spiral of Inquiry framework within student leadership projects to create positive change in their school. Inquiry topics include creating a peer to peer mentorship program to tackle negative social media experiences, antiracism and mental wellness.

Sands Secondary School, Delta School District (2021)

Check out this presentation on the continuation of inspiring innovation and inquiry work in SD 73 this year.

Nanaimo/Ladysmith (SD68) 2017-18 NOII/AESN Inquiries

Check out this video that quickly highlights all the 2017/18 NOII/AESN Inquiries in SD68.

Yukon Education

Betty Burns (Yukon Primary Curriculum Consultant), Jesse Jewell (Yukon Experiential Curriculum Consultant), and George Bahm (Yukon First Nations Advisor), facilitated and engaged K-3 teachers in a place-based learning network with the goal of inspiring and equipping teachers to make a meaningful difference for their leaners using the Spiral of Inquiry.

Yukon Education

Amber Harper and Michelle Gillard, teachers at Christ the King Elementary School in Whitehorse, Yukon, along with Yukon Education Learning Network Participants, used the Spiral of Inquiry to make a meaningful difference in the lives of their students by exploring the importance of developing a sense of place.

Yukon Education

Nicole Cross and Camille Luks are teachers at Porter Creek Secondary School in Whitehorse, Yukon. They used the Spiral of Inquiry to make a meaningful difference in the lives of their students by teaching about diversity and supporting inclusion, through designing support for all learners using a Multiple Experts Model.

Professional Learning Resources

Self-Regulated Learning

Self-Regulated Learning: An Empowering Approach to Teaching and Learning

An invaluable resource showcasing recent research done by an international group of SRL researchers. This resource is a space for educators to learn about SRL, share tools and resources, and work through ideas and challenges to support students to develop as self-regulating learners.

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Walking Forward: Learning from Place, by Heidi Wood and Gillian Judson

An exceptional resource emphasizing the importance of Place being a teacher for all learners, featuring stories from a number of Surrey schools.

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A Focus on Equity and Excellence in Networks of Inquiry

This piece is written by Judy Halbert & Linda Kaser, and is published in the QASSP journal for the Queensland Association of Primary School Principals.

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Assessment Literacy – BC Ministry of Education

We encourage everyone to watch this video, to use the accompanying facilitators’ guide and to pay close attention to the classroom and assessment supports that are provided.

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What Matters Most in Our Classroom Environment

This is a powerpoint presentation produced by Griffin State schoolpresented by Jessica Lewis at the 2019 Symposium. This presentation focuses on what matters in the visible classroom, and how “working walls” can effectively teach and document the learning journey.

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Leadership Mindsets: Innovation and Learning in the Transformation of Schools (2009)

This book, written by Judy Halbert & Linda Kaser, outlines an alternative way of thinking about school leadership. Leadership Mindsets has been written specifically for aspiring to newly-appointed school leaders who are determined and motivated to create quality and equality for learners in the schools they serve, through networks of inquiry, learning and support.

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Delta School District’s Culture of Collaborative Professional Inquiry

Brooke Moore and the team in Delta have been using short videos for the past few years to tell the stories of individual school inquiries.

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Delta Learns “Powerful Learning” Website

This site was created by Delta School-based Educators and Learning Services Staff, and is full of resources on classroom practices and strategies grounded in First Peoples Principles of Learning, woven together with a universal, inclusive approach. The landing pages are organized by assessment for learning principles, and topics include: Relationships, Learning Targets, Success Criteria, Evidence of Learning, Feedback, and so much more!

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Adaptive Expertise and the Spiral of Inquiry

Professor Emeritus Helen Timperley’s powerpoint presentation on how collaborative inquiry, utilizing the Spirals approach, is a key way to develop adaptive expertise and to address complex challenges.

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ICSEI Virtual Congress

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2022 Conference

The Networks once again had the opportunity to present at the 2022 ICSEI Virtual Congress. The theme of this year’s presentation was on catalytic affiliation across the networks, and how it can speed up connections and deepen impact. Dr Catherine McGregor, from the University of Victoria, has explored and written about catalytic affiliation within networks. NOIIE teams across the globe shared their perspectives on catalytic affiliation within their network communities, including topics of flow, kindredness, deeply embedded commitments, sparks and ignition, cwelelep, storied engagement, dissonance and dialogue. The powerpoint presentation, with detailed notes, can be accessed via the button below. With much gratitude, we had the talented Network Leader and artist, Jody Billingsley, illustrate the session highlights. Thank you, again, to all Network members who shared their stories on the international stage!

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2021 Conference 

The Networks recently had the opportunity to deliver three presentations at the 2021 ICSEI Conference. The NOIIE Transitions Study was showcased through a collaborative presentation which highlighted the work of several Transition school teams. A portion of this presentation is captured through videos, shared by Valleyview Secondary School in Kamloops and the Nechako Lakes School District. These videos are also posted on our NOIIE Resources page, under Indigenous Inquiry & Transitions. Network teams from the Yukon, BC (Richmond & Delta) and Sweden participated in a Symposium session, with all contributing a paper describing their work which will later be submitted to the TEL Journal. And finally, seven Network representatives from across the globe presented a variety of images capturing stories about what it means to be a part of the Network. This particular session was simultaneously captured in art form, with gratitude to Network Leader and artist Jody Billingsley from the Delta School District. Jody’s beautiful artwork capturing the key themes of this presentation is found here. Thank you to all Network members who brought their stories to the international stage!