Practice-Based Inquiry

Practice-Based Inquiry® (PBI)  is a rigorous, formal protocol for using evidence and professional judgment to conduct a whole-school assessment.

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PBI School Visits

 Each year, NCS facilitates at least two PBI School Visits wherein a team of educators visits and observes a school for one week. The educators follow students, observe classrooms, and interview all stakeholders in order to develop accurate conclusions about teaching and learning at that particular school.  The experience enables educators to:

  • Develop instructional visions and leadership style
  • Spend a week focused on learning and teaching
  • Observe how another school operates up-close and in-depth
  • Become trained in and use PBI
  • Engage in formative conversations with fellow professionals
  • Help improve another school's practice

A PBI School Visit is an intensive, powerful professional development experience. To learn more about Practice-Based Inquiry®, see Catalpa Ltd.

Interested in Applying to Be on a PBI School Visit?

Chicago high school teachers (open to a few middle school teachers) of all grade levels and disciplines, including special education and ELL, are invited to apply to be PBI team members!

Click HERE to fill out an application.

Questions? More information? Contact Sarah Howard (