The Right Question Institute makes it possible for all people to learn to ask better questions and participate more effectively in key decisions.

Teaching Students to Ask Their Own Questions

The Question Formulation Technique, created by the Right Question Institute, is a simple yet powerful strategy to teach students how to formulate their own questions. Learn the Question Formulation Technique today, facilitate the strategy tomorrow, and watch students become more curious, engaged learners.

Questioning, Advocating, and Participating in Democracy

Learn how asking questions and partnering in the decision making process can fundamentally change how individuals participate in democracy.

Rothstein and Santana have put together a straightforward and accessible book about what seems like a simple idea – get kids to ask questions, questions they care about. Don’t be deceived. It’s one thing to get kids or anyone to ask a question or two; it’s another to get them take possession of the questions, to recognize that learning is asking questions and not just memorizing stuff. The art of making questions, nearly lost, is thankfully revived in [Make Just One Change].

The questions I had almost forced me to try and answer them, which better helped my understanding. I knew what I needed to look for.

I’d also enjoy seeing more teachers take a page out of the Right Question Institute and help students learn to formulate great questions.

Their level of engagement in the activity and each other’s ideas was not only exhilarating, but literally heart-warming.

It helps me by getting me to think about questions on my own. Also, it gets my mind in motion to think about the questions other people make.

Hundreds of thousands of people across many fields are enthusiastically using RQI’s resources to help individuals develop their own ability to ask better questions and participate more effectively in decisions.

Resources for Teaching + Learning
Facilitate student curiosity and engagement
Resources for Schools + Families
Build effective school-family partnerships
Resources for Voter Engagement
Make it easier to identify decisions that affect us and to see the connections between decisions on different levels that have an impact on us each day
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Microdemocracy communicates a simple vision: effective participation in a democracy can start when people begin to participate in decisions that affect them in their ordinary encounters with public or publicly funded institutions.

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Over 300,000 educators around the world have used the Question Formulation Technique, and the Right Question Institute and its strategies have appeared in the New York Times, The Boston Globe, The Atlantic, Education Week, and many other publications. See RQI in the Press

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