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Here’s a text-only version of our March 2021 newsletter:
Learn best practices in the QFT with Harvard
Offered online through the Harvard Graduate School of Education, Teaching Students to Ask Their Own Questions: Best Practices in the Question Formulation Technique, explores how educators can equip students with the lifelong skill of asking better questions.
Learning to ask better questions sharpens young people’s ability to think critically about what they see in the news, make their voices heard, feel greater power and self-efficacy at school, and become more confident and ready to participate in civic life.
An opportunity to learn with National Geographic
We’re teaming up with National Geographic for an online course: Teaching Students to ASK Their Own Geo-Inquiry Questions. It explores how to use the Question Formulation Technique to generate geographic questions — an integral part of National Geographic’s Geo-Inquiry Process. Educators will gain a deeper understanding of both the QFT and the Geo-Inquiry Process and develop an implementation plan to use in the classroom. Limited spots available!
Transforming systems: RQI’s article in Social Innovations Journal
The new issue of Social Innovations Journal is about “innovative practices for systems transformation.” We contributed an article about how our legal program is helping legal professionals strengthen the ability of clients to advocate for themselves, navigate systems, and take action on their own behalf.
Conversations with parents about voting
Julia Sosa shared the Right Question Institute’s “Why Vote?” Tool with parents in Los Angeles. She sat down with RQI (virtually) for a Q&A session to discuss how she used the tool and what it meant to parents in her community.
Free webinar: Inclusion in Civic Learning
On May 13 we’re offering a free webinar with the Emerging America program at Collaborative for Educational Services. It’s part of Emerging America’s Inclusion in Civic Learning series. The webinar will explore how to use the QFT to deepen inclusion and demonstrate best practices to make the QFT work well for all learners, including students with disabilities and English learners.
What we’re reading
Here are some stories that caught our attention this past month:
- Odessa— New York Times
- How to Give Students More Agency in Selecting Their Counselors — KQED
- AI Is Killing Choice and Chance – Which Means Changing What It Means to Be Human — The Conversation
- Paper Beats Pixels on Most Picture Books, Research Finds — Hechinger Report
- What’s the Purpose of K-12 Education in the Age of Automation? — Education Week
At the Right Question Institute, we build people’s ability to ask better questions and participate in decisions that affect them. Your donations help us do that. Your support helps bring free online resources to educators and schools, and it helps spread practical, free tools so that more people can begin to navigate complex systems, advocate for themselves, and strengthen their voice in democracy. Thank you for your support and friendship.