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Prerequisite: Completion of Teaching Students to Ask Their Own Questions: Best Practices in the Question Formulation Technique or the equivalent.
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Meaningful engagement begins to take root when all stakeholders can ask questions, participate in decision-making and feel a genuine sense of agency --whether as policy-makers, teachers, or those devising professional learning.
Questions at the Core: Extending the Question Formulation Technique to Sustain an Inquiry-based Culture in Schools picks up where our popular course Teaching Students to Ask Their Own Questions: Best Practices in the Question Formulation Technique, leaves off. In this three-week course, you will learn how to scale up and expand your expertise with the Question Formulation Technique (QFT) to jumpstart and create a deeper culture of inquiry: in your classroom, school, district, and/or organization. The program will prepare you to:
Overseen by the Right Question Institute’s Director of Professional Learning, Sarah Westbrook, this course is designed for those who wish to boost their expertise with the QFT. Administrators, superintendents, department heads, curriculum leaders, classroom teachers, and other educators are encouraged to join this course.
Using insights from classroom teaching, this course serves as a launch point for more expansive use of the QFT. In it, you will explore how to imbue educational efforts with inquiry, curiosity, question formulation, and agency in learners.
During three weeks of virtual learning, you will delve into practice and theory, engage in discussions, and reflect on how the course enhances your specific context. And while a district leader may have a different set of responsibilities than a classroom teacher, both are in powerful positions to help build a culture of inquiry through question-asking in their school community.
All materials are provided at the start of the program. You should plan to devote a total of 15 hours of work or approximately five hours per week. Participants completing all individual assessments and contributing to group discussions prior to the end of the program period will receive a certificate indicating completion of 15 clock hours of instruction.
This program is a professional growth opportunity for classroom teachers, instructional leaders, and school and district administrators. All participants will explore how to extend question formulation beyond a single use of the QFT to a deliberate, integrated approach to teaching and professional learning.
During the three weeks, teachers will:
During the three weeks, school and district administrators will:
During the three weeks, everyone will:
Instructional Design Philosophy
All RQI courses use participation and active engagement to reinforce learning. RQI uses a constructivist learning approach, meaning participants come to the program with different experiences, backgrounds, and expertise. They build upon that foundation of knowledge to engage with course content and walk away with a learning experience unique to their circumstances. The program design prioritizes active, peer-to-peer learning and metacognition. Participants are encouraged to make their own meaning, ask their own questions, seek out their own answers (and further questions), solve problems, and draw on the diverse perspectives of other individuals in the course.
Nonie Lesaux focuses on promoting the language and literacy skills of children from diverse linguistic, cultural and economic backgrounds.
Luz Santana is the co-director of the Right Question Institute and the co-author of Make Just One Change: Teach Students to Ask Their Own Questions.
Dan Rothstein is the co-director of the Right Question Institute and the co-author of Make Just One Change: Teach Students to Ask Their Own Questions.
Tuition assistance is available for this program on a need- and application-basis. Tuition assistance is granted based on participant and institutional needs. Requests for tuition assistance have no effect on an applicant's prospects for admission. You may access the tuition assistance application after you have submitted your program application.