DAY 1: Festival of Inquiry: exploring the Inquiry Mindset through Curiosity, Questioning and Student-centred Assessment

PL # 13899

  • Starting on 17 Jul 2023
  • Cancellation permitted until 30 Jun 2023
  • Event registrations closed on 17 Jul 2023

Delivery Format : In Person

Event registration is Closed


In this highly engaging offering, internationally recognized inquiry experts Trevor MacKenzie and Jessica Vance will challenge your mind to rethink the role of the teacher and the learner in the inquiry classroom. You will participate in activities that can be immediately applied to your practice through practical instructional strategies that engage the questions, wonders and curiosities of learners that align to curricular standards and outcomes.

From the start of day one to the conclusion of our final hour with one another MacKenzie and Vance will facilitate sessions that intentionally engage participants in several opportunities to develop questions about their own professional practice, identifying barriers that most commonly get in the way of us all embodying an inquiry mindset. During the two days attendees will be tasked to consider alternatives to our professional approach that are rooted in specific constructivist frameworks, structures, and protocols that seamlessly transfers and supports students, teachers, coaches, coordinators and leaders. Be ready to take Critical and Creative thinking elements to a new level! 

Registration includes a copy of the presenters’ latest publications:
Inquiry Mindset Assessment Edition: Scaffolding a partnership for Equity and Agency in Learning. Trevor Mackenzie (2021)
Leading with a Lens of Inquiry: Cultivating Conditions for Curiosity and Empowering Agency. Jessica Vance (2022)

Morning tea, lunch, workshop resources and online offerings are included. You will also have access to ongoing support and connections to a wider global community of Inquiry educators.


Trevor MacKenzie

Trevor MacKenzie

Trevor MacKenzie is an experienced teacher, author, keynote speaker and inquiry consultant who has worked in schools throughout Australia, Asia, North America, South Africa and Europe. Trevor’s passion is in supporting schools in implementing inquiry-based learning practices. He is a highly regarded speaker known for his heartfelt storytelling, kind demeanor, and student-first philosophy. 

Trevor’s graduate research focused on identifying and removing the barriers to implementing inquiry-based learning in the K-12 setting. He is an inquiry practitioner currently as a teacher with the Greater Victoria School District in Victoria, Canada. He has three publications: Dive into Inquiry; Inquiry Mindset Elementary Edition; Inquiry Mindset Assessment Edition; all published by Elevate Books Edu. He has vast experience supporting schools across several years in implementation strategies in public schools, international schools, and International Baccalaureate programs

Trevor MacKenzie is an award-winning English teacher who believes that it is a magical time to be an educator. By increasing student agency over learning, weaving in strong pedagogy, transformative tech use, and sharing learning to a public audience, Trevor’s learners are ready to take on important roles in the 21st century.

Jessica Vance

Jessica Vance

With a professional teaching and leadership background in both the private and public international schools (IB PYP Educator & PYP Coordinator), Jessica Vance, brings a unique perspective to her role as Enrichment & Environment Coordinator. Her passion for student centered learning, collaboration, and coaching stems from the students themselves, finding inspiration in their natural curiosity as they authentically engage in learning experiences inside and outside of the classroom. Jessica strongly believes in the power of leading with a lens of inquiry, facilitating innovative professional learning opportunities and coaching sessions that provide the space for educators to collaborate and reflect, while supporting their professional growth as inquiry practitioners.

Her journey and experience as an inquiry educator in IB schools and Place Based Education fuels her passion and global work in coaching both teachers and leaders in their roles, as well as supporting schools in implementing inquiry based learning. Jessica understands the power of curiosity to guide next steps, creating the space we all need as learners as we actively engage in a reflective practice. In her newest publication, Leading with a Lens of Inquiry, she outlines the ways in which we, as leaders, need to support and facilitate our teachers in the same ways in which we want our teachers to engage with their students.

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Festival of Inquiry - Day 1

Date / Time

17 Jul 2023 Starts: 08:30 Finishes: 15:30

Delivery Format : In Person

Perth College


31 Lawley Crescent

PL Hours : 6.50

Learning Area

  • Assessment Strategies
  • English
  • Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Inquiry-based Learning
  • Science

School Area

  • Early Childhood (PK - 2)
  • Middle Primary (3-6)
  • Secondary (7-10)
  • Senior Secondary (11 - 12)
  • Leadership

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