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Experts Speak on Inquiry-Based Education in Ohio on February 26 and at SXSW EDU on March 9
District leaders, teachers, and national experts in inquiry-based education discuss why inquiry is being embraced as a more engaging education pedagogy

CINCINNATI, Ohio — February 18, 2020 – 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 SXSW EDU, 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

SXSW EDU: 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 SXSW EDU. The panel will include Matthew Miller, Superintendent of Lakota Local School District and Christina French, Director of Elementary Curriculum and Instruction at Lakota.

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 However, registration for SXSW EDU must be completed through the SXSW EDU 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.


Media Contact:
Jennifer Harrison for inquirED

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