Upcoming Events


August 17 & 18, 2020

For the first time ever, Kath Murdoch, Kimberly Mitchell, and Stephanie Harvey will be coming together to share their love of inquiry in Portland, Oregon! Please join us as we discuss how to beautifully craft inquiry-based elementary and early childhood classrooms.


DAY 1: August 17th

Kath Murdoch: How Can We Design for Powerful Inquiry Learning?
How do we design an inquiry with and for learners? Kath will take educators through her widely-used model for planning and teaching inquiry and explore how it can be adapted to builds students’ understandings and transdisciplinary skills and attributes. In addition to understanding the way the cycle of inquiry can support this design, Kath will share ways to connect to curriculum, make use of authentic problems and contexts  and involve learners in designing for their learning.

Kimberly Mitchell​​: What Do Inquiry Teachers Do?
We know what inquiry is…but what does it look like on a practical, day-to-day level? What do good inquiry teachers do? Kimberly will share the five key dispositions and strategies of inquiry-based teachers and give you an opportunity to share how you already use them / offer new ideas for using them in your own practice (Get Personal, Stay Curious, Ask More, Talk Less, Encourage Evidence, and Extend Thinking Time). 

Stephanie Harvey: How Do We Cultivate Curiosity?
How do we cultivate curiosity? Steph will take participants on a learning journey to the heart of inquiry: curiosity. She will share ways educators can foster a deep love and appreciation for curiosity, which lays the foundation for inquiry-based classrooms full of student agency.

DAY 2: August 18th

We want to give you some agency in determining the focus for the second day. During registration you will have an opportunity to let Kimberly, Kath and Stephanie know what you would most like to learn during your time with them. They will tailor their learning for you!

Location & Lodging Information

Crafting Inquiry: PDX 2020 takes place at The Hilton in downtown Portland, Oregon (921 SW 6th Avenue). Conference guests are eligible to book a room at the hotel at a reduced rate of $169 per night (limited availability). A “group/convention code” will be provided on your conference registration receipt. Visit www.portland.hilton.com or call 1-800-HILTONS to make your reservation. Enter your group code at check-out for the discounted hotel rate. Reservations must be made by July 24th, 2020 to receive the group rate.

Past Events

The Global Collaborative and Lynn Cuccaro

May 17-18 & August 21-22, 2019


The Learning Square and Anne van Dam

May 17-18, 2019


Responsive Classroom

August 20-22 & October 12, 2018
January 22, 2019



August 20, 2018



October 13-15, 2017