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How to Use Catalpa Resources

This web-site serves primarily as a on-line warehouse about Practice-Based Inquiry.

In addition, this site energizes the national discussion of the challenges, opportunities and questions that Practice-Based Inquiry raises for American school reform and school research.

Here are the tools you can use to take advantage of what this site provides.

PRACTICE-BASED INQUIRY® ON FACEBOOK

Tom Wilson, (Practice-Based Inquiry® Architect) hosts a Facebook Page on Practice-Based Inquiry®. Take a look.

Tom will post short essays, opinions, comments about PBI with a particular focus on these questions:

  • Why does PBI have so much potential to redirect how we think about accountability?
  • How does PBI ensure rigor?
  • What are the implications of PBI for the national discussion about public schools (e.g. teachers demanding better systems to assess their work.)

facebookJoin in. Like what you like. Comment often to share your responses to PBI and to the issues it connects to.

If you don’t want to join Facebook, you can still view the conversation! If you want to keep your comment private, or make an anonymous comment, please e-mail Tom at Taw@catalpa.org and he will post it for you.

DOWNLOAD DOCUMENTS

Many of the documents in the Resource Sections can be downloaded. Some are prepared to support consulting services. Some may be purchased for minimal amounts. Send an e-mail to request them.

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VIEW VIDEOS

This collection of videos by Tom Wilson, filmed in 2008, introduces Catalpa and Practice-Based Inquiry.

Learn what Tom sees as the most important features of PBI and why he has devoted 19 years of his professional life to its study, development and advocacy.
Click here for video introductions »

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More About Catalpa

Catalpa's most important achievement is the improvement in the quality and utility of information that Practice-Based Inquiry makes available for school practitioners, policy makers and the public about the performance of public schools.

Catalpa has won international acclaim for its ground-breaking work in establishing Practice-Based Inquiry as a legitimate research methodology for organizations that provide professional services. Practice-Based Inquiry has significantly improved the quality and utility of rigorous information that is available to schools, accrediting associations and other professional service organizations.

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All documents are in Adobe Acrobat format (PDF). Adobe Reader is required, but can be downloaded for free from the Adobe site:

Adobe Reader Click here to download it for free.

 

 

"An idea is better than no idea. …That's the way science works. An idea can be tested, whereas if you have no idea, nothing can be tested and you don't understand anything."

---- James D. Watson , Biologist