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Inquiry Design Model



This session is a hands-on opportunity to learn about the College, Career, and Civic Life (C3) Framework for Social Studies State Standards and the Inquiry Design Model (IDM). The distinctive IDM approach to creating curriculum and instructional materials honors teachers’ knowledge and expertise, avoids overprescription, and focuses on the main elements of the instructional design process as envisioned in the Inquiry Arc of the C3 Framework. Learn about the IDM Blueprint, a one-page representation of the questions, tasks, and sources that define a curricular inquiry, and about how IDM can take shape as a curriculum and assessment system. This session is for curriculum developers, leaders, and educators who want to develop inquiry materials for use in their classrooms and to join a larger community of educators who share an interest in invigorating social studies through inquiry-based teaching and learning.


John Lee is Professor and Associate Dean at North Carolina State University. He was an author of the College, Career and Civic Life Framework for Standards in Social Studies and is a founder and co-director of the C3 Teachers project. He has authored or co-authored numerous books including Building Inquiries in Social Studies: The Inquiry Design Model; Teaching Social Studies: A Methods Book for Methods Teachers; and Inquiry-based Practice in Social Studies Education: Understanding the Inquiry Design Model. He has over 30 years’ experience teaching and working with educators to develop and implement innovative curriculum materials, He has advised dozens of organizations, states, and school districts to develop inquiry based curriculum materials.