Structured Word Inquiry Institute

Monday, June 26–Friday, June 30, 2023

Registration will open
This year’s 10th annual Nueva SWI Institute will be virtual using the Zoom platform. 
Sessions will be recorded and made available daily so people from any time zone can participate. The videos will also be made available for at least two weeks after the institute for participants to review.

What is structured word inquiry (SWI)?

Structured word inquiry was started by Peter Bowers, Ph.D., founder of the WordWorks Literacy Centre in Ontario, Canada. For most of his ten years as an elementary school teacher in international schools and in Canada, Pete shared the common view that English spelling is highly irregular and full of exceptions to be memorized. In his ninth year of teaching, Pete developed a new inquiry-based technique for teaching English to students in preK through fifth grade.

For more information, we invite you to read this recently published article by Pete Bowers, "Literacy instruction that makes sense of English spelling for students of all ages and abilities," which addresses the theory, research, and practice of SWI. 


June 26–30, 2023


Virtual Institute


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I believe that work we’ve begun doing with Structured Word Inquiry is profound and revolutionary. I believe that it is relevant to educators who work in every discipline and with all age groups. I believe that it represents most accurately what we know about teaching and learning and enacts the core values held in our community.”**

Emily Kolatch
  former Head of the Nueva Lower School

What I love about Pete's workshops is that he takes a room full of teachers and turns them into learners.”

- Jonathan Twigg
Primary School Assistant Principal-PYP Coordinator at International   School of Lausanne