Social Studies Inquiry Part II

Course Type: 

  • Foundational Services

Foundational Services Type: 

  • Workshop/Networking Meeting

Course Date: 

Monday, June 25, 2018 - 8:30am to 3:30pm


This workshop is intended for educators who attended the initial North Cook ISC Social Studies Inquiry workshop on February 6, 2018 or those who have foundational knowledge in Inquiry-Based Learning. Educators are encouraged to attend as teams and will be supported to create a culture for Social Studies Inquiry-Based learning and task design. 

The morning portion of this workshop will consist of a demonstration of a guided inquiry-based learning task using the IDM (Inquiry Design Model) Blueprint: how to create compelling and supporting questions; design formative and summative performance tasks; identify resources; and consider possibilities for taking informed action. Social Studies Standards alignment will also be discussed.

The remainder of the day will include time and support for attendees to plan inquiry-based tasks with their team using the IDM as a guide. Please bring topics that are being considered for task creation and materials that may be utilized during the process. 

Lunch IS NOT provided. You may bring your own lunch or there are many restaurants in the area from which to choose.


Kathy Creely & JoAnne Roler

Presenter Bio: 

Kathy Creely

Kathleen Creely served as a principal of three elementary schools in suburban Chicago for 19 years. She has been responsible for the implementation and development of a variety of curricular innovations, including a district-wide dual language program, a middle school advisory program, and an elementary gifted education program. She has 13 years of experience as a teacher at the elementary and middle school levels and as a gifted resource teacher and coordinator.

Mrs. Creely is currently a Principal Mentor and Service Provider for Balanced Assessment  and Social Studies for the North Cook Intermediate Service Center. Kathy served as a mentor and leadership coach for the Association of Illinois Middle Schools, working with Chicago Public Schools within the School Transformation Network i (3) Grant. She provides leadership coaching and training, facilitates administrator-staff relationships, contributes to positive growth in schools, and has the ability to translate theory into practice.

Mrs. Creely’s strong leadership, vision, and passion for academic achievement have served children well. Her schools received Those Who Excel awards from the State Board of Educational for Quality Improvement Team work. She was a leader in her school district’s efforts to incorporate Civil Behavior as a foundational value in every aspect of school life.

Kathy has an Educational Specialist’s degree in Educational Administration from Northern Illinois University and two master’s degrees in Reading and Educational Administration from Northeastern Illinois University. She earned a bachelor’s degree from Northeastern with a dual certification in Elementary Education and Physical Education. She has endorsements in science, health and gifted education.


JoAnne Roler

JoAnne Roler has 32 years of experience teaching primarily social studies as well as ELA and French. She was a Teacher, Curriculum Chairperson, and Building Leadership Team member in Lincolnshire School District 103.

JoAnne received a bachelor’s degree from Purdue University in Social Studies Education with a minor in French Education. She earned her master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction from National-Louis University.

She also has 17 years’ experience with the College Board as a contributing author of the AP Social Studies Vertical Teams Guide, and as a workshop and institute presenter for various universities. JoAnne has served as a consultant for public school districts in Illinois, Ohio and Texas, a professional development provider for the State of Illinois, and presenter at multiple conferences. In addition, JoAnne has been an adjunct professor for DePaul University, Southern Illinois University and Dominican University in social studies methods and middle school endorsement classes. She was recognized in the Who’s Who of American Women in 2006 and 2016. 


Grades K-8 Teachers, Curriculum or Instructional Leaders, Administrators




North Cook Intermediate Service Center

Suite 201

2340 Des Plaines River Rd.

Des Plaines, IL 60018



Cancellation Policy

Should you find it necessary to cancel your registration, please do so 7 days in advance of the event by sending a cancellation message to Cheryll DeYoung at cdeyoung@ncisc.orgCancellations after that date will lead to you/your district forfeiting the right to a refund or non-payment of the registration. Because we understand that, as school personnel, circumstances change from day to day and scheduling conflicts may arise at any time, you may send someone from your district in your place.

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