Registration open for the Inquiry Matters Conference

Registration is now open for the Inquiry Matters Conference.

The event is being hosted by Lexington-Richland School District Five in partnership with the University of South Carolina (UofSC) College of Education on April 17 from 8:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.  The event will be offered virtually this year in response to COVID-19 and is free to attend. The event is open to pre-service and in-service teachers from UofSC, UofSC-PDS, and Consortium for Inquiry-based Instruction sites. Attendees must register to attend. To register, visit

Inquiry Matters is a conference hosted and created by teachers for teachers aimed at sharing the power of inquiry as an instructional tool in the classroom and as a means for job-embedded professional development. During the conference sessions, at both the elementary and middle and high school levels, teachers and students will share how they engage in inquiry within their classrooms and schools across the Midlands. The ability for UofSC’s College of Education and School District Five to partner for this event provides teachers from across the state, UofSC teacher candidates, administrators, and staff a day of learning focused on authentically enhancing teaching and learning; and gaining insight on why “Inquiry Matters.”

Through partnering with the University of South Carolina, Lexington-Richland School District Five was one of the first-ever Professional Development School District (PDS-D) of its kind in the nation.  Through the National Association for Professional Development Schools, professional development schools (PDS) nationwide are partnerships between university education departments and schools to prepare new teachers, offer faculty training, help improve classroom practices and enhance student achievement.

Please contact Dr. Shelly Curcio at [email protected] with any questions on the secondary sessions.  Please contact Dr. Heidi Mills at [email protected] with any questions on the elementary sessions.