Elementary Inquiry: K-12 Vertical Alignment for Teaching Research Skills to Our Youngest Learners

 In Past, Webinar

Wednesday, May 20th, 5:00pm EDT

Raising the bar on equity demands that all learners leave high school equipped with inquiry skills that will empower them to pursue civic reasoning throughout their adult life. In edWeb’s Emerging Tech for Schools and Libraries community, we frequently focus on inquiry instruction for middle and high school students. In this edWebinar, we will walk that learning way back to the elementary years. How can we prepare our elementary learners for success throughout their inquiry journey? Please join Michelle Luhtala for a conversation with Samantha Bremekamp, Media Specialist & Innovation Facilitator at Shrewsbury Borough School in New Jersey, to look at inquiry projects to participate in a discussion about inquiry for young learners.

This edWebinar will be of interest to grades K-12 educators across subject areas. Michelle, Samantha, and Jim will answer questions throughout the presentation.


Michelle Luhtala

Library Department Chair, New Canaan High School, CT

Michelle Luhtala, Library Department Chair at New Canaan High School in Connecticut, was one of five school librarians named as a “Mover and Shaker” by Library Journal in 2015. She is the winner of the 2011 “I Love My Librarian” Award and the Library Association’s 2010 Outstanding Librarian Award. The New Canaan High School Library won AASL’s National School Library Program of the year in 2010. Follow Michelle on Twitter @mluhtala.

Samantha Bremekamp

Media Specialist & Innovation Facilitator, Shrewsbury Borough School, NJ

Samantha Bremekamp is a media specialist and innovation facilitator at Shrewsbury Borough School in New Jersey, going into her fifth year in these roles. Prior to that, while obtaining her master’s degree in library and information science and her teaching credentials, Samantha worked as a reference librarian in a modest-sized 27-branch library system. Inquiry has always been important to her as has her ability and doggedness to get down to the facts. Before becoming a librarian, Samantha was an assistant director at NYU, where she worked with undergraduates and graduates. It was there that she realized how education was lacking that inquiry drive due to a massive loss of school librarians. Determined to help change that, Samantha went back to school and found a job working with preK through 8th-grade students. Having an ability to ask questions and a foundation to find the answers is vital to pursuing civic reasoning through high school, college, and adulthood.

Jim Knox

Curator of Education at Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo

Jim Knox is a TEDx Speaker with more than 3,000 presentations to his credit. As a wildlife expert and keynote speaker, he revels in sharing his passion for working with the world’s most remarkable animals to transport audiences into his wild world. Early on, Jim realized he had a unique opportunity to partner with others to save the world’s wildlife through the power of the spoken word. A graduate of Cornell University, Jim has written for PBS television and appeared on The Today Show, The CBS Early Show, and Fox News, and has been featured in the New York Times.