inquiryHub is a Research Practice Partnership (RPP) that engages in research and development of materials, activities, and infrastructures to promote equitable student learning of mathematics and science.
Our mission is to design, test, and implement tools and strategies for supporting teachers in creating equitable classroom cultures and in co-designing curriculum materials that support meaningful, equitable science and mathematics learning for students of diverse backgrounds.
We are committed to the co-design of new curriculum, new teaching and learning tools, and new learning environments, accompanied by qualitative and quantitative research on their effectiveness. Across these efforts, our partnership shares a set of core commitments which guide our design and development activities. These commitments:
Promote equity in classrooms and in education systems
Center the interests and concerns Black, Latinx, Native American, female and gender nonbinary, neurodiverse, and emerging multilingual students and their communities
Support implementation of the Next Generation Science Standards
Promote agency of participants in research through collaborative design
Support learning and research through Open Access (Creative Commons licensed) materials
Develop and use evidence from a variety of sources for continuous improvement
Funding & Support
inquiryHub has received funding from multiple federal agencies and private foundations, including the National Science Foundation, the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, the Spencer Foundation, and the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation.
Summary of Deliverables
inquiryHub is guided by a culture of co-design, collaboration and partnership, with a focus on building both new materials and a shared vision for equitable teaching and learning. Products created by the inquiryHub partnership include year-long, fully and deeply digital high school biology and chemistry curricula and professional development services in curriculum implementation and assessment. The curricula are accompanied by a 3D assessment system that attends to students' interest and identities and educative supports to support teachers’ implementation. Our high quality professional learning curriculum provides teachers with tools and strategies to support equitable, high quality, three dimensional learning experiences for all students.
inquiryHub began in 2007 and is one of the longest-running and most successful RPPs in education today. inquiryHub brings together researchers with a variety of backgrounds from multiple institutions, including school district leaders, teachers, students, and a host of community partners. The key institutional players in the inquiryHub partnership are Denver Public Schools and the University of Colorado Boulder. Other institutional partners who have contributed substantially over the years include the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research, BSCS, Northwestern University, and Utah State University. Community partners have included Project VOYCE, Denver Parks and Recreation, and The Park People.