Starting science fair projects with the QFT
Plaster volcanoes erupting with baking soda. Lemon-powered batteries. The science fair has some well known classics. But how can students tap their own curiosity to pursue unique STEM projects they’re invested in? For advisors in the Massachusetts Science & Engineering Fair program, it starts with questions.
Nov. 30: Empowerment in Practice
Learn a practical way to foster greater client agency and empowerment — in the legal system and beyond.
Join us on November 30 for a webinar, Legal Empowerment in Practice. People working on the front lines in legal services, criminal justice, adult education, direct services, community-based organizations, and public agencies are especially encouraged to attend.
If you can’t make it on November 30, we’re offering another webinar on December 1: Legal Empowerment and Criminal Justice.
Choose to be Curious
Lynn Borton, host of the radio show Choose to be Curious, recently had a conversation with Naomi Campbell, director of RQI’s Legal Empowerment Program. They talked about the ways questions can become powerful tools for self-advocacy and agency.
Come see us in Philadelphia
We want to see you in person! We’ll be attending the National Council for the Social Studies annual conference in Philadelphia, from December 2-4. You can find us, together with InquirEd and Educating for American Democracy, at “The Question Hub”— booth 624 in the exhibition hall. Stop by and say hello. Also, join us for one of our sessions on Friday and Saturday about teaching students to ask their own primary source questions.
What we’re reading
Here are some stories that got us thinking, and asking questions, over the past month.
Want resilient and well-adjusted kids? Let them play — The Hechinger Report
Play is crucial for middle schoolers, too — The Hechinger Report
Stop hurting your own feelings: Tips on quashing negative self-talk — KQED, MindShift
Upcoming learning opportunities
November 30: Legal empowerment in practice
December 1: Legal empowerment and criminal justice
April 11-May 1: Teaching Students to Ask Their Own Questions: Best Practices in the Question Formulation Technique. With the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Deadline to register is April 3.
What your gifts mean
When you make a gift to the Right Question Institute, you help bring free resources to teachers and schools. Plus, you help equip people in low-income communities with skills and strategies for solving problems, participating in decisions, and making their voices heard — contributing to a more inclusive educational system, society, and democracy. Thank you for your support.