Register Today For Two Exciting Seminars in Los Angeles this May

Join Luz Santana, co-founder and co-director of the Right Question Institute and co-creator of the Question Formulation Technique, in Los Angeles, California on May 4th & May 5th. Work closely with Luz as she leads two unique seminars on simple strategies for building effective school-family partnerships and for teaching students how to ask their own questions. Learn more about these professional learning opportunities for educators, and register today.

May 5th – Introduction to the Right Question School-Family Partnership Strategy

Join us to learn a new way of working with families.

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Strong school-family partnerships are key for student educational success. These partnerships are most effective when parents first develop key skills to support their children’s education, monitor their progress, and advocate for them when necessary.

The Right Question Institute (RQI) has developed an evidence-based strategy that is simple to use and helps parents develop the foundational skills they need to partner more effectively with their children’s schools.

This seminar is based on over two decades of RQI’s experience working with families and the new ASCD publication, Partnering with Parents to Ask the Right Questions: A Powerful Strategy for Strengthening School-Family Partnerships. The seminar will offer an active, hands-on learning experience and will explore in depth how to integrate the Right Question School-Family Parternship Strategy into your ongoing work with families.

Teachers, administrators, counselors, family liaisons and other staff working with families from public, charter, parochial, and private schools …all welcome.

Seminar Description

The Right Question School-Family Partnership Strategy seminar will introduce you to a simple, new way of working with families. You will learn how to use the Right Question School-Family Partnership Strategy to build two foundational skills for participation:

  • the ability to ask better questions
  • the ability to participate more effectively in decisions

Parents who learn these skills are better prepared to play three key roles: support their children’s education, monitor their educational progress, and advocate for them when necessary.

An Evidence Based Strategy: The Right Question School-Family Partnership Strategy has been developed out of lessons from working with parents for over two decades. Parents identified “not knowing what questions to ask” as an obstacle to their participation in their children’s education. Informed by this and other insights from parents, RQI has distilled what is essential to build the skill of question formulation and the ability to participate more effectively in decisions.

An Integrated Strategy: RQI offers a strategy that can be easily integrated into the ongoing work of K-12 educators, counselors, principals, ELL educators, family liaisons, PTO members, and program staff of organizations interested in strengthening school-family partnerships.

Seminar Objectives

This seminar will be highly participatory with opportunities to experience the Right Question Strategy, discuss its value in strengthening school-family partnerships, and practice applying it.

Seminar participants will:

  1. Explore the components of the Right Question School-Family Partnership Strategy
  2. Experience the strategy
  3. Discuss the rationale behind the strategy and why it works
  4. Explore how to integrate the strategy into their work
  5. Discuss how to make a shift in practice to build parents’ skills
  6. Practice integrating the strategy

Parents’ comments after learning the strategy. I learned to…

-Communicate better with my child’s teachers

-Have a plan of action when it comes to my child’s education

-Monitor my child’s education more closely and ask questions to obtain answers

Seminar Presenter

Luz Santana, Co-Director of the Right Question Institute and co-author of Partnering with Parents to Ask the Right Questions(ASCD: 2016) and Make Just One Change: Teach Students to Ask Their Own Questions (Harvard Education Press: 2011).

Why should you attend?

We recommend this session for educators, school staff, and organizations who are looking for the simplest, most powerful strategy for building partnerships with families including those who are:

  • Implementing the CA Family Engagement Framework
  • Working with parents of ELL students
  • Working families of children with special needs


May 4th – Seminar on Best Practices in the Question Formulation Technique

An opportunity for all educators to learn an easy to use, yet profoundly important, strategy for teaching students to ask their own questions.

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Over the last five years, more than 200,000 educators have implemented the Question Formulation Technique (QFT) in diverse pre-K to higher education classrooms all around the world. The QFT offers a deceptively simple yet profoundly important pedagogical practice that results in students who are more curious and engaged, take greater ownership of their own education, and are learning more deeply than ever before.

The staff of the Right Question Institute (RQI), in partnership with the Wildwood Outreach Center, will be coming to Los Angeles on May 4, 2017 to lead a half-day Seminar on Best Practices in the Question Formulation Technique. This seminar offers an exciting opportunity to work closely with Luz Santana, one of the co-creators of the QFT. Participants will actively explore the many ways the QFT is promoting deeper learning and helping to build the democratic habit of mind of asking questions.

A Robust Resource with Many Applications: The Question Formulation Technique is an effective evidence-based resource. The QFT has been used by many teachers to enhance their implementation of the Common Core, Next Generation Science Standards, the C3 Framework for Social Studies, as well as project-based learning, personalized learning, and more. Many districts also greatly value the QFT because it supports teachers in meeting the criteria for demonstrating high level teaching as described in Danielson’s Framework.

An Active Learning and Working Opportunity: Educators new to the QFT and experienced practitioners alike will gain new ideas and valuable resources. Educators will leave ready to use the strategy in their classrooms and share it with their colleagues. The seminar offers a mix of large group and small group activities with an emphasis on hands-on, active learning experiences. Participants will be able to see how and why the QFT works, and learn about applications across grades and subject areas.

Educators as Innovators, Thinkers, and Leaders: We also see the seminar as an opportunity to honor and celebrate your work and the work of educators who, on their own initiative and without any mandate or requirement, are using the QFT simply because it helps their students become more curious, creative, and fully engaged learners. This brings teachers great joy in teaching, something all teachers sorely deserve. Luz Santana, co-author with Dan Rothstein of Make Just One Change: Teach Students to Ask Their Own Questions, will also share some of the key lessons she has been learning from educators in the field in the five years since Harvard Education Press published their book.

“I learned exactly what the QFT is and why it works and why I should do it! I love that this technique will create a student who is a more independent thinker and doer, which is one of the key goals of education.”

“I enjoyed the whole conference. Valuable/useful information, opportunities to discuss with peers, treated attendees as professionals, the “how” and the “why” effectively conveyed. Thank you!”

– 2016 West Coast Conference participants

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