Inquiry Institute

About Inquiry Institute

Inquiry Institute participants during a Saturday class.

Rice University Inquiry Institute is a 4-day professional development workshop for K-12 teachers and instructional coaches and specialists. Educators of all subjects and grade levels that have an interest in the theory and practice of inquiry-based education are welcome to apply.

Inquiry is an approach to learning that involves exploring the natural or material world in a way that leads to asking questions, making observations, planning investigations to develop explanations, rigorously testing those explanations, and discussing/debating results with others. All of this is in the service of coming to a deeper understanding of phenomena and hands-on practices.

Within this workshop, instructors use hands-on exploration and focused reflection to give participants a thorough grounding in the pedagogy and practice of inquiry. Participants examine different ways of teaching hands-on content, explore the process skills of inquiry, engage in a full inquiry experience, and consider ways to include inquiry in their own classrooms.

Summer 2022 Inquiry Institute Program*

Inquiry Institute is free to attend. Materials and supplies will be provided.

Registration is closed.

Registration is first-come, first-serve. Registration has now closed.

Dates and Times

June 14–June 17, 2022
8:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m.

Rice University
6100 Main Street
Houston, TX 77005


Inquiry Institute is free to attend. Materials and supplies will be provided. Participants will be responsible for providing their own lunch and parking each day. A lunch break will be provided if participants wish to purchase lunch off campus. Parking location and rates are available here.

Registration is due by May 8, 2022.

Space is limited, so sign up today. Acceptance is on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Benefits & Expectations

For completing the program requirements, participants will receive:

  • 24 professional development hours;
  • Hands-on, minds-on activities;
  • Access to professional reading materials;
  • Content and pedagogical experiences to bolster your existing skills;
  • and Networking with other like-minded educational leaders.

CPE certificates are provided at the conclusion of the program.

Program Flyer

Below is copy of the Inquiry Institute flyer. You can access a PDF version for download here.

Inquiry Institute Flyer

Inquiry Institute Administration

If you have any questions about Inquiry Institute, you can contact the program lead.

Ericka Lawton, M.S.
Associate Director for Educational Leadership and STEM Initiatives
713-348-4761 |

*Program times, dates, locations, and compensation subject to change before the first day of the program.

Contact Information

Telephone: (713) 348-8211
Fax: (713) 348-3825

Mailing Address

Office of STEM Engagement
Rice University
P.O. Box 1892, MS-7836
Houston, TX 77251-1892

Street Address

IBC Plaza Houston
5615 Kirby Dr.
Suite 730
Houston, TX 77005-2445