Cycle of Inquiry

The cycle of inquiry is a model for thinking about continuous improvement.  It is commonly used in schools to frame the goals and actions in a school improvement plan, although we worry that not all stages of the cycle are employed to best effect.  One of the goals of the LEAD Connecticut Coaching Model is that educational leaders will employ the cycle of inquiry at many levels; instead of thinking of school improvement planning as a yearly exercise, the cycle of inquiry is employed whenever there is a personal, team, or school issue that needs to be engaged.

The job of the coach, then, is to support the educational leader’s implementation of the cycle of inquiry by such actions as helping the leader set goals, asking for evidence to support proposed actions or presuppositions, generating alternatives, and developing action plans based on a sound theory of action.