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Student Engagement Through Inquiry is an ongoing project started seven years ago in the Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board located in Mississauga, Ontario. The main focus of the program is using best practices from STEM and Literacy (STEMLit) to support professional learning. Teachers from grades 6 to 12 can choose to attend four sessions a year that focus on a specific aspect of improving their practice. At the end of each year, Board researchers interview teachers and assess how the SETI program has impacted on improving student achievement. The final report is submitted to the School Board and used as the basis for further funding. In other words, if there is no measurable improvement, the program would be closed. For more information on how to bring one or a year of SETI workshops to your school or Board, please feel free to contact us.

Each year of the SETI program has a specific theme. Within a year, teachers participate in four face to face sessions, complete homework between sessions and join a fifth session in June to co-plan lessons for the following year. The four year program consists of:

Year 1 – Introduction to Inquiry
Year 2 – Formative Assessment
Year 3 – Media Literacy, Numeracy and integrating technology
Year 4 – Using Evidence to Improve Practice – with a focus on Cognitive Science research.
Here are a selection of activities we cover in various years.
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