Public School Leaders and Curriculum Experts to Host Two Events on Inquiry-Based Education: Ohio Symposium February 26 and a SxSWEdu Panel on March 9

District leaders, teachers, and national experts in inquiry-based education discuss why inquiry brings excitement back to teaching and learning and is being embraced as a more engaging education pedagogy

Note: Media may attend the Ohio Inquiry Symposium for free. See details for requesting media credentials below.

CINCINNATI, Ohio inquirED, the pioneer in helping schools transition to inquiry-based education, announced today it will host two important inquiry-education events – an Ohio Inquiry Symposium with Lakota Local School District on February 26 and “Beyond the Textbook: Empower Teachers & Students,” an official panel of SxSWEdu, in Austin, Texas on March 9. 

Inquiry-based based learning is a student-centered process engaging students’ drive to discover, their need to question, and their ability to create solutions that could transform the world around them. The teaching model has gained wide and popular adoption in Europe and is growing in favor in the United States. 

Lakota Local School District, co-host of the Ohio Inquiry Symposium in February, is a public district with approximately 15,000 students that has adopted inquiry education in its K-6 social studies program, supported by ongoing professional development and curriculum supplied by inquirED. The symposium will feature teachers, district leaders, and experts in this form of pedagogy as well as classroom visits to see inquiry education in action. Symposium registration is $50 but is free to members of the media.  

  • Ohio Inquiry Symposium 
  • Wednesday, February 26, 2020 
  • 10:00 a.m. (local, EST) - Introduction to Inquiry Professional Development
  • 12:00 p.m. - Lunch and Learn Panel of Lakota Administrators and Teachers
  • 1:00 p.m. - Classroom Visits
  • Lakota Local School District, 5572 Princeton Road, Liberty Township, OH 45011

SxSWEdU: Leaders from Lakota School District will also join Shanti Elangovan, CEO and co-founder of inquirED, on March 9 for the “Beyond the Textbook” panel at SxSWEdu. The panel will include Matthew Miller, Superintendent of Lakota Local School District and Christina French, Director of Elementary Curriculum and Instruction at Lakota.

  • SxSWEdu
  • Monday, March 9, 2020, 5:00 p.m. (local, CST)
  • Hilton Austin Downtown, Salon C – Floor 4, 500 E. 4th St., Austin, TX 78701

“Inquiry education can transform teaching and learning,” said Elangovan. “We’re excited to be able to meet with education leaders, parents, and community members at these two events and share what an inquiry education is and why it’s so successful and important.” 

Media may RSVP for the Ohio Inquiry Symposium to Jeanette Hardy Baum [email protected]. However, registration for SxSWEdu must be completed through the SxSWEdu conference. 

About inquirED
inquirED develops inquiry-based, standards-aligned curriculum and education resources that empower students to develop future-ready knowledge and skills. Their programs are used by schools and districts across the United States and include year-long social studies curricula for students and professional development to assist teachers and districts as they shift to inquiry. 

About Lakota Local School District
Located in southwestern Ohio, Lakota Local School District is the largest suburban public school district in southwest Ohio. It's also the eighth largest school district in the state and the largest of all 10 public school districts in Butler County. Employing about 1,700 teachers and support staff, the K-12 district serves the communities of West Chester and Liberty Township.


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