Inquiring Teachers offers professional development for librarians and other information literacy educators. It was established in 2018 by Andrea Baer, Ph.D. Andrea develops and facilitates all of these professional development opportunities. In addition to regularly scheduled online courses, Andrea offers online and in-person workshops for groups and institutions and one-on-one consultations regarding instruction.
Inquiring Teachers works from an understanding of teaching and learning as at once social and personal, a process shaped by our unique experiences and backgrounds as well as our local and global contexts. This professional development is unique in its emphasis on reflection and community and in its integration of learning research, accessible theory, and everyday teaching practice. To foster this environment, classes are small (no more than 15 people) and all participants are given ongoing personalized and detailed feedback.
Inquiring Teachers professional development is also informed by an appreciation for the complex and multi-layered nature of digital environments, which continually create new opportunities and new challenges for individuals and collectives to reflect, engage, and learn. Participants are invited to explore how as educators we can encourage the curiosity, open-mindedness, and criticality that we hope to foster in our classrooms, in our students, and in ourselves. In community we explore the interconnections between professional practice, lived experience, research, and theory.
Andrea has offered online and in-person professional development to instruction librarians and other educators since 2013. Over the years this rewarding work has expanded, leading her to establish Inquiring Teachers. Andrea holds a Masters in Information Sciences from the University of Tennessee and a Ph.D. in comparative literature from the University of Washington. She is currently the History and Political Science Librarian at Rowan University and has been an academic librarian since 2011.
Prior to becoming a librarian Andrea taught literature, writing, and language arts in and beyond higher education. Her teaching praxis and scholarly work are informed by her varied teaching experiences and her interests in inquiry-based learning, critical literacy, and reflective practice.
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