Inquiry Institute 2020

Saturday, April 4 - Tuesday, April 7, 2020, Monterey, CA

The Inquiry Institute features an immersion in inquiry-based learning and multiple discussion-based sessions on teaching strategies that support the PDP themes of Inquiry, Equity & Inclusion, and Assessment.  Participants will also begin designing the activities they will teach in the summer or fall.  We look forward to meeting the new cohort of participants and catching up in person with our returners from previous years.



Participants will need to complete some advance reading and homework in preparation for the Inquiry Institute.  You will receive your assignments a few weeks before the event, and you should expect to meet with other participants at your home institution at least once in early March.  There is also some light reading (~30 minutes) assigned during the workshops.  

Unlike some conferences, each part of the Inquiry Institute builds upon the next and your attendance is required at all sessions (sample agenda coming soon).  We recommend that you be caught up on any other work so you can dedicate full attention. The Institute is an intensive experience, and many participants cherish the bonds they develop with other community members who are passionate about education.



Hyatt Regency Monterey Hotel: Your room will be booked by ISEE (regardless of who is covering the expense). If you have any questions, please email


Registration will open at 8:30 AM on Saturday, April 4.  Participants traveling from outside the immediate region should arrange to arrive in Monterey on Friday, April 3.

The hotel is approximately 2 miles west of the Monterey Municipal Airport.  Monterey has a strong Uber and Lyft network. Multiple taxicab companies serve the airport.  A taxi coordinator is on site to assist you with your taxi transportation needs.  No reservations are needed.

Attire is very casual for most of the sessions, but it is entirely up to each individual. Be prepared to dress in layers. Temperatures in Monterey are variable over the course of the day/night. The nights and mornings tend to be foggy and chilly while the daytime can be sunny and warmer.  The last day of the Institute will likely include a closing dinner celebration at an indoor/outdoor venue on the beach.


AGENDA coming soon


Inquiry Institute Instructors and ISEE Staff

Inquiry Institute instructors, 2019

L-R: Scott Seagroves, Barry Kluger-Bell, Jason Porter, Nicole Mattacola, Lisa Hunter, Tiffani Quan, Rafael Palomino, Stacey Sueoka, Nicholas McConnell, Max Tarjan, Mike Jacox, Austin Barnes, Devin Silvia, Mike Nassir