Teachers' Inquiry Project

The Teachers’ Inquiry Project has worked in partnership with the Center for Civic Reflection to provide teachers with an opportunity to think, talk, and connect with one another about the challenges and hopes that animate their day-to-day efforts. TIP is dedicated to bringing teachers together across race, class, age, gender, and institutional affiliation to explore and reflect on their work, create and support good practice, and sharpen their vision for the work ahead. TIP is a resource for teachers in their growth as practitioners of democracy, as they guide young people toward becoming thoughtful and engaged participants in their schools, communities, and the world.

Benefits:

  • Improved teacher morale and renewed sense of purpose inside the classroom and out

  • Strengthened relationships with colleagues, students, parents, and administrators

  • Effective tool for teachers and students to talk with one another across difference about issues that may otherwise be kept under the rug.

View impact case studies that detail CCR's work with teachers, schools, and TIP partners.

What People Are Saying

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Taking time to slow down and reflect is as important as spending time and energy in action to transform the institution. The work of transformation is not only “out there”; it is about transforming what is “in here,” our own internal views and assumptions.

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--Laura I. Rendon

Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies, Iowa State University

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Engaging Elmhurst College students in reflection has made a big impact on learning through service. Participants have the opportunity to critically reflect on their work and to explore the question ‘why serve.’ Whether in a student organization meeting or during alternative break, reflective discussions have deepened the student experience and provided opportunities for student leadership in a very empowering way.

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--Laura Wilmarth Tyna

Director of Leadership, Service and Engagement at Elmhurst College

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As a trained civic reflection facilitator who routinely uses it in my own service-learning classes and work with both student and community groups, I can personally attest to its value as a methodology for engaging diverse audiences in deep conversations (and hence deeper meaning-making) about our society, our values, and the wellsprings of our desire for a more just and equitable world.

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--Chris Skrable

Program Manager, Center for Experiential Learning, Loyola University Chicago