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2014 RQI Summer Seminar in Chicago: Teaching Students to Ask Their Own Questions

The Right Question Institute

Friday, August 15, 2014 from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM (CDT)

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“I learned a whole new way to get students involved in their own thinking and learning process…[the workshop] renewed my energy by its implicit trust in my professional judgment and my students’ capacity for thought.”

– Summer Seminar Participant


Seminar Description

Friday, August 15

9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Educators from around the country and beyond observe that the Question Formulation Technique™ (QFT) is the simplest, most powerful strategy for helping their students learn to ask their own questions and learn how to ask better questions. When students know how to ask their own questions, they are more engaged, take greater ownership of their learning, and actually learn more.

Learning to Use the Question Formulation Technique

The seminar will prepare you to effectively use the Question Formulation Technique (QFT). The QFT is an evidence-based, simple, step-by-step process that consistently results in students who are more engaged, take greater ownership of their learning and learn more deeply. It offers a universally accessible, but rigorous learning strategy that leads to students who:

  • Produce their own questions, and then improve and strategize on how to use them
  • Gain a deeper comprehension of subject content
  • Write more persuasively
  • Improve their research skills
  • Become more active and self-directed learners and begin to use a lifelong skill relevant to learning, work and citizenship

For Public School Educators:

Many districts, schools and teachers are using the Question Formulation Technique (QFT): 

  • In a wide range of classrooms and communities across grade levels and content areas
  • To help students develop critical thinking abilities and meet Common Core Standards, and improve student questioning as required by teacher evaluation frameworks

For All Educators: (public and private):

The Question Formulation Technique is recognized by some of the best minds in education as a unique resource that:

  • Promotes critical thinking, curiosity and creativity
  • Improves driving questions for project based learning
  • Develops 21st century skills

The Right Question Institute’s Summer Seminar offers an exciting, hands-on learning environment with opportunities to learn with fellow educators from a wide range of communities, learning environments, schools, grade levels and subject areas. The seminar will also offer specific thematic streams and time for small group learning opportunities based on professional focus and interest.

There will be workshop strands for educators working in primary grades, middle school, high school and higher education.

Seminar Fee includes:

  • Registration
  • Professional Development Credit
  • Continental breakfast, lunch and afternoon refreshments
  • Seminar materials
  • A copy of Make Just One Change: Teach Students to Ask Their Own Questions (Harvard Education Press: 2011)

“Well-organized and focused, very rich, an excellent use of my summer time… I will leave reinvigorated and inspired.”

“[I learned] a clear method that shifts accountability as well as the actual onus of learning onto the student in a valid, authentic way… The people were so thoughtful, warm, engaging and challenging.”



“The seminar has made me feel like I’m part of a bigger movement to make schools more student-centered and democratic. I loved so many things – the collaboration, the resources, the people, the facilitators!”

“I thoroughly enjoyed how engaging this seminar was this week. It was great to meet new people from all over the country and hear their stories. I enjoyed collaborating with other professionals around a common goal.”

– Summer Seminar Participants

Make Just One Change

The seminar builds upon the ideas and practices outlined in Make Just One Change: Teach Students to Ask Their Own Questions [Harvard Education Press: 2011] and materials available on the Right Question Educator Network.

“[Make Just One Change: Teach Students to Ask Their Own Questions] begins with the seemingly simple request to get students to ask their own questions, but at heart it’s a book about creating a classroom alive with dialogue, inquiry, and respect for students’ minds.”

Mike Rose, author of Why School? Reclaiming Education for All of Us


If you are unable to attend the Summer Seminar that you are registered for, notify RQI in writing or by e-mail.  We encourage you to send someone in your place. To do so, email your change to 

Cancellations prior to July 15 are subject to a $35.00 cancellation and processing fee. Cancellations after July 15 are subject to a $100.00 fee.

Please email if you have any questions about the registration process or the program.

Have questions about 2014 RQI Summer Seminar in Chicago: Teaching Students to Ask Their Own Questions? Contact The Right Question Institute

When & Where

Maine West High School
1755 South Wolf Road
Des Plaines, IL 60018

Friday, August 15, 2014 from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM (CDT)

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The Right Question Institute

The Right Question Institute (RQI) is a non-profit educational organization offering what many people consider to be the simplest, most powerful strategy available for helping people in low and moderate-income communities learn to advocate for themselves, participate in decisions that affect them and partner with service-providers and public officials.

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