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Welcome to the
Center for Inquiry on Literacy
Some say it is no coincidence
that the question mark is an inverted plow;
breaking up the hard soil of old beliefs
and preparing for new growth.
Inquiry, as Saul Alinsky alludes to above, involves asking questions, and in the process of searching for answers, constructing new learning. As teachers, we encourage our students to having inquiring minds, to investigate their world in search of answers to their questions. As educators, we should conduct ongoing inquiries of our own to insure we are improving our practice and positively impacting children's education. The Maine Department of Education's Center for Inquiry on Literacy serves as a support to such professional investigation. The Center for Inquiry on Literacy seeks to provide:
Collaborative support to schools exploring literacy issues
Opportunities for sustained and reflective examinations of literacy practices
A resource center for research based literacy practices
Professional development opportunities related to literacy
Input into literacy policies and reform initiatives
Please direct any inquiries or questions to:
Lee Ann Larsen, Maine Department of Education, or
Jaci Holmes, Maine Department of Education