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Best Practices in the Question Formulation Technique

Over the last five years, more than 200,000 educators have implemented the Question Formulation Technique (QFT) in 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 Santa Clara County Office of Education, will be coming to San Jose, California on January 27-28, 2017 to lead a Conference on Best Practices in the Question Formulation Technique. The conference offers an exciting opportunity to work closely with Dan Rothstein, one of the co-creators of the QFT. Participants will get to explore the many ways the QFT is stimulating student curiosity, increasing student engagement, promoting deeper learning, and helping to build the democratic habit of mind of asking questions.


Northern California Conference on Best Practices in the Question Formulation Technique

Friday, January 27 &
Saturday, January 28
San Jose, California
Santa Clara County Office of Education

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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 Conference: Educators new to the QFT and experienced practitioners alike will gain new ideas and valuable resources in our day and a half long conference that they will be able to immediately apply and share with their students and colleagues. The conference offers a mix of large group and small group introductory and advanced sessions 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. There will also be an opportunity for participants to self-organize and create working groups on topics of most interest to them.

Educators as Innovators, Thinkers, and Leaders: We also see the conference 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. Dan Rothstein, co-author with Luz Santana of Make Just One Change: Teach Students to Ask Their Own Questions, will also share some of the key lessons he has been learning from educators in the field in the five years since Harvard Education Press published their book.