My heart skipped a beat when I heard that, and I almost clapped out loud as a lonely librarian in a crowd of 1000 educators. Instead, I tweeted to the world. For once, change is coming top-down! State Ed spent two days building our capacity for "inquiry," modeling choice-filled, student-centered learning activities wherein students investigate, evaluate, synthesize, investigate some more, synthesize, and conclude until they are ready....to write or present knowledge (A cyclical cycle as long, as synthesis is necessary).
Although NYSED rolled out a different schematic, here is my interpretation of the NYS Inquiry model presented. This in theory, aligns with the Stipling model which teaches lifelong learning skills.
This model also aligns with our locally developed WISE model where students: wonder, investigate, synthesize and express.
Reach out to a teacher offering to brainstorm an Inquiry based learning activity. This can be an extension to their lesson. After all, they should be "researching to build and present knowledge." Otherwise, how are they meeting the CCSS writing standards 6,7,8,9, and dare we say...10?