Develop Inquiry and Explorer Mindsets
Free courses and coaching from SREB and National Geographic

New dates added! June 6 – August 3, 2022

Join SREB and the National Geographic Society for a FREE virtual professional learning series that will help you develop a STEM or project-based learning culture in your school!

Teachers and instructional leaders of all grade levels and content areas are invited to engage with SREB and National Geographic Society staff and peers worldwide as we show you how to shift teaching and learning in your school or classroom toward an inquiry-based approach.

Two virtual courses will help you inspire your students to embrace the National Geographic Explorer Mindset using the incredible curricular resources, lessons, activities and materials in National Geographic’s Resource Library. With one-on-one support from SREB’s instructional coaches and access to our Powerful Instructional Practices, you’ll learn how to adopt questioning strategies and design and implement engaging lessons that encourage students to explore, analyze and understand their space, place and connections to the human and natural world.

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Need to Know Info

Cost: Free. Although there is no cost to participate, SREB and National Geographic Society request participants’ full commitment to completing both courses and engaging in coaching support.

Dates: This two-course series runs from June 6 through August 3, 2022.

Registration Deadline: June 1, 2022

Download our informational handout (PDF)

Coaching: Throughout both courses, SREB’s instructional coaches will engage with participants in virtual one-on-one or collaborative coaching sessions to plan lessons around your unique standards and context. Coaches will support teachers working solo or in teaching teams, and participants will continue to enjoy SREB’s coaching support into the fall!

Course 1

Developing a National Geographic Explorer Mindset with Your Learners 


Meet inspiring National Geographic Explorers and learn how the Explorer Mindset can enrich a STEM or PBL-focused classroom or school. Step inside the classroom of a National Geographic Certified Educator to see the Explorer Mindset and National Geographic resources in action. Get ready to launch your learning journey with a worldwide community of educators!


1 hour, self-paced virtual course

Access Dates

Access opens on June 6, 2022*

Course 2

Teaching Students to ASK Their Own Geo-Inquiry Questions


Empowering students to ask questions is an essential element of inquiry-based learning and SREB’s Powerful Instructional Practices. In this five-week course, you’ll learn about the Right Question Institute’s Question Formulation Technique (QFT) and explore the importance of curiosity and the connections between curiosity, questioning and how students engage with and explore their worlds. You will investigate the characteristics of geographic thinking and geographic questions and learn strategies for teaching students to brainstorm, ask and refine questions in ways that advance and deepen their learning. You’ll also practice using the QFT process and create an implementation plan that integrates QFT into your teaching practice.


15 hours over five asynchronous paced learning sessions. SREB coaches will provide live interactive coaching during the course and until Fall 2022.

Access Dates

June 22 – August 3, 2022

* Attendees have two weeks from their first log-in to complete this course, submit assignments and access course content. Attendees can begin the course on any date after June 6, but must complete it before Course 2 begins on June 22.

Certificates of Participation

Attendees who fully complete the 16 hours of online coursework and four hours of coaching support with SREB will be eligible to receive a 20-hour certificate of participation.

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