Here's a video produced by the California Faculty Inquiry Network that could serve as a very useful faculty introduction to the inquiry process ...and here's a related web site with lots of concrete and practical resources about starting and sustaining faculty inquiry efforts...This work has recently morphed into what is being called the California Community Colleges' Success Network (3csn), with regional networks operating around the state. Well worth checking out what they're doing!

Faculty Inquiry Cross-College Discussion Notes: 2010 RPM Institute

[links under college names below are to sub-pages for college-specific material related to their faculty inquiry work--updates, documents, etc.]
First Name
Last name
Lower Columbia
North Seattle
Spokane Falls
Note: Cascadia is not part of formal RPM project but is working on closely related issues and depending on availability will be included in all cross-college faculty connections. Their fall update: "without formal departments, our main challenge is convening math teachers together to examine specific issues around dev ed—we'll be using campus resources to pay part-time faculty to participate in this inquiry effort during 2010-11."

If you choose to use video or audio documentation processes as part of classroom exchanges/visits and need to use a student consent form as part of the study, here are a couple of examples that can be adapted to your local context and project:

And here the are consent forms that Mike Nevins from Everett adapted from Tom Drummond, who's been doing numerous video projects and using versions of these forms for a number of years at North Seattle:

Bellingham Technical College is involved in another portion of our Gates-funded Student Completion grant; their work focuses on implementing the I-BEST model in a precollege context, but they're also using faculty inquiry in their project, and Susan Parker from BTC has shared the files below as examples from their faculty inquiry efforts:

If you haven't found them already, there are a number of useful resources (links, files, etc.) on the Re-Thinking PreCollege Math "Resources" page at the Transition Math Project web site: addition to those materials, there are numerous resources throughout the TMP web site that are a little harder to find unless you know where to look or what to search for, so I thought I might occasionally highlight a specific item around particular critical themes or areas for the RPM project (in this case, faculty inquiry).

* I think the best and most directly relevant material I've run across on this topic comes out of the Carnegie-funded Strengthening Pre-collegiate Education in Community Colleges (SPECC) project; see their Faculty Inquiry Toolkit for lots of good and practical resources for this work on your own campus.

* Check out Ilana (aka Lani) Horn's presentation from the TMP 2008 summer Institute (and any of the suggested pre-readings related to that session). Lani has moved from UW to Vanderbilt, unfortunately, but continues to do some of the best qualitative research work around exploring how various forms of professional learning communities and inquiry efforts work with secondary math teachers.

* Here's a set of questions from a book describing ways to effectively provide professional development for math and science teachers, adapted and modified to fit the two-year college precollege math context:

* The PRISSM (Partnership for Reform in Secondary Science and Math) project in the Vancouver, WA area (2004-2007) produced some very interesting work around collaborative teacher inquiry; the schematic below shows the inquiry model they used and provides a link to an article providing an overview of the work.

* SEDL (formerly Southwest Education Development Lab) has done extensive work over the years around the concept of "professional learning communities" in a K-12 context. Here's a brief article describing their vision of PLC work:

* Here's the "resources" page to a centralized web site supporting work related to professional learning communities in Washington:

PLC Washington

* The Center for Strengthening the Teaching Profession (CSTP) is focused largely on K-12 teachers as well as teacher education issues but they offer a tremendous array of resources, studies, events for teachers, many of which can be valuable and relevant to our work in 2-year colleges and in this project in particular. One good example is the work they've produced related to characteristics of teacher leaders, including a self-assessment rubric, that offers a helpful perspective about leading/participating in faculty inquiry efforts as part of the RPM project. (You also check out their study of high-performing math teachers in Washington--it's not directly about faculty inquiry but does underscore the need for the kind of collaboration we're encouraging you to pursue!)