Inquiries & Investigations

Each year we host an Annual Inquiries and Investigations Symposium as a way to showcase and share work taking place through the inquiry cycle. Presenters and attendees are treated to an afternoon of conversation and reflection around innovations underway in our P.K. Yonge classrooms. This year, we’re also offering a Professional Writing Workshop – see more detail below.


Calling all P.K. Yonge Teacher Inquirers from 2016-2017
Submit your 20 minute session below.
Proposals are due SEPTEMBER 5th.

Inquiry Presentation Proposal


Presenters lead a roundtable conversation devoted to their inquiry work that took place throughout the prior year. All College of Education Faculty & Doctoral Students are invited and all P.K. Yonge faculty are expected to attend. Listen to P.K. Yonge teachers talk about current areas of focus and development through Teacher Inquiry, listen to College of Education researchers talk about their projects, and mingle with future research partners.


P.K. Yonge 2017 Inquiries and Investigations Symposium

Date: September 13, 2017

Opening Session | PAC
Roundtable Presentations | Elementary Building

Time: 11:45am-3:15pm

  • 11:45am – School dismisses
  • 12:00-12:30pm – Lunch served for PKY faculty | Elementary Building
    Pick up your boxed lunch in the lobby and enjoy lunch on the deck.
  • 12:45-1:10pm – Opening Session | PAC
  • 1:15-2:50pm – Roundtable Sessions | Elementary Building
    (1:15-1:35 Round 1, 1:40-2:00 Round 2, 2:05-2:25 Round 3, 2:30-2:50 Round 4)
  • 2:50-3:15pm Sharing, Debriefing, and Feedback | Elementary Building


Roundtable Discussion Presentation Protocol

A 20-minute round table discussion is organized as follows:

  • 10 minute presentation:  describe your inquiry, innovation, or research in as much detail as possible including comments about student learning/engagement that inspired your work or what you have observed about student learning/engagement in response to your effort
  • 2 minutes of clarification questions by your table guests
  • 3 minutes of probing questions by your table guests to deepen your own thinking about your work
  • 3 minutes of table guests discussing your project while you “listen in”
  • 2 minutes of presenter’s “final word” to include a reflection on the conversation among table guests and/or consideration of next steps


Fall 2017 Professional Writing Workshop

We are excited to offer a professional writing workshop for P.K. Yonge faculty to formalize inquiry findings in a publishable format!


Fall 2017 Professional Writing Workshop
September 16, 9-4pm
@ P.K. Yonge, and it’s FREE!



To enact the mission of the school, P.K. Yonge faculty are expected to engage in ongoing research on educational innovation and disseminate their findings. Practitioner or Teacher Inquiry is a central component of professional learning at P.K. Yonge and through Inquiry teachers learn, share, and grow as educators.

One of our areas of strength and the main channel through which we disseminate our work as an institution is presenting at professional conferences. We are eager to explore new ways to share our research.

The Professional Writing Workshop opens the door to new opportunities for dissemination and professional growth for faculty inquirers. Work will focus on writing for educational and professional blogs to support faculty in developing the confidence to share their Inquiry research through professional publications.

Educators Will Learn:

  • Basics of professional blogging
  • How to turn Inquiry research into relevant professional blog posts
  • Basics of writing for professional journals



Cody Miller is the ninth-grade English language arts teacher at P.K. Yonge Developmental Research School, the K–12 laboratory school affiliated with the University of Florida’s College of Education. In addition to teaching, Miller is a Ph.D. student studying English education at the University of Florida. His teaching and research focus on the various ways students construct their identities in ELA classrooms, with a specific emphasis on how young adult literature influences students’ worldviews and meaning-making capacities.

Cody has been published in Teaching Tolerance blog and magazine, ILA and NCTE blog, Multicultural Perspectives, Journal of Practitioner Research, The Dragon Lode, Florida English Journal (forthcoming), SIGNAL (forthcoming)