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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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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This program will give our students the opportunity to develop the important skill of facilitation, especially as it relates to dialogue about civic issues that impact our surrounding communities and campus. Also, this program allows our students to be a part of a learning community of peers from such diverse institutions, which [will] broaden their network and perspectives.

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--Amy Chan

Director of University Community Service Center, University of Chicago

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Civic reflection can help us form a framework to enable our institutions to comprehend -- discuss -- and thoughtfully deal with the ethical questions and challenges we all face each day.

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--Joe Kanofsky

President, Highland Community College