Inquiring Minds

Children learn best by doing. The Inquiring Minds partnership offers teachers an opportunity to move their classroom to a community site for a week of hands on, multi-sensory learning. Student learning is enhanced by meeting curriculum expectations through meaningful connections to the real world.

During this 2013-14 school year, our 11 sites will welcome 198 classes to experience the wonders of engaged learning. Students will fill their blank journals with observations, interview notes, sketches, reflections and wonders while connecting with all manner of curriculum.

The application process for the upcoming 2014-15 school year has begun.

The 2014-15 application is now available on our Application page.

Important Dates

  • April 25, 2014: Application deadline, 4:00pm. Plan to be early or but don’t be late.
  • May 17, 2014: Teachers can expect to have been notified about their applications ultimate status.

Please feel free to contact site coordinators directly for more information. All our sites accept teachers and others interested in learning more about week-long, site-based learning as observers. Ask to spend some time on a site to get an idea of how it works.


For those interested, here are the two promised links from the presentation at our information evening about brain development by Dr. Lindy VanRiper:

How Brains are Built – The Core Story of How Brains Develop

The Whole Brain Child by Dr. Daniel Siegel – downloadable “Refrigerator Sheet” PDF

2 responses to “Inquiring Minds

  1. Hi Marianne,
    Sadly, we are not working on a 2014 Beyond the Classroom Conference. We have had a number of changes in site coordinator positions in Edmonton Inquiring Minds and our resources for planning and delivering a conference are just not deep enough. We are putting our focus right now on the Edmonton Inquiring Minds Application process for 2014-15.

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