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Best Practices in the Question Formulation Technique (QFT) hosted at Teachers College, Columbia University

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Tuesday, August 15, 2017 from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM (EDT)

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Registration Type Sales End Price Fee Quantity
Early Bird Registration - Individual Jul 14, 2017 $110.00 $3.19
Early Bird Registration - Group (3 or more) Jul 14, 2017 $99.00 $2.97
Regular Registration - Individual Not Started $130.00 $3.59
Regular Registration - Group (3 or more) Not Started $110.00 $3.19

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Dan Rothstein and Luz Santana, Co-Authors of Make Just One Change: Teach Students to Ask Their Own Questions (Harvard Education Press) and staff of the Right Question Institute (RQI), in partnership with Teaching Residents at Teachers College, are excited to announce a one-day seminar on Best Practices in the Question Formulation Technique (QFT) hosted at Teachers College, Columbia University.

This one-day seminar offers a special opportunity to work closely with Dan Rothstein and Luz Santana, the creators of the Question Formulation Technique (QFT), and to collaborate with educators from New York city and the region to explore how the QFT simplifies the difficult task of teaching students to ask their own questions and leads to greater student curiosity, more ownership of their learning and the development of a fundamentally important democratic habit of mind.

Now, more than 250,000 educators from pre-K through higher education, in all subject areas, and in a wide range of communities all around the world are successfully using the QFT to teach all students how to ask their own questions.

• A Dynamic, Flexible Strategy to Improve Education for All: There are many demands on teachers today to ensure that their students demonstrate inquiry and question-asking skills (i.e. for Next Generation Science Standards, the C3 Framework for Social Studies, the Common Core State Standards, Project-Based Learning, Inquiry-Based and Personalized Learning). Teachers are also often evaluated (see, for example, Danielson’s Framework for Effective Teaching) on questioning in their classrooms, and only reach the highest level when students are asking their own questions.

The QFT addresses all of these areas by offering a deceptively simple strategy that makes it easier for all educators, novices and veterans alike, to excel at developing their students’ ability to ask better questions. In addition, the QFT leads to an important and often overlooked key element for success; joy in learning for students and well-deserved joy and satisfaction for teachers when they observe a classroom of students who now want answers to their own questions. Teachers also report that the QFT is a powerful tool for increasing equity in the classroom, creating opportunities for the voices of all students to be heard.

• An Active Learning and Working Seminar: The seminar on Best Practices in the QFT offers a mix of large group and small group activities with an emphasis on hands-on, active learning.  It provides a rich, differentiated learning experience in which educators new to the QFT and those experienced in using it leave with a deeper understanding of the strategy along with the ability to immediately apply and use it with students and share with colleagues.

• An Opportunity to Learn and Collaborate with Great Educators: Educators often state that a highlight of RQI’s seminars is the chance to collaborate with a community of teachers, librarians, specialists, instructional coaches and more representing a range of grade levels and serving diverse communities across the country.

• This is a time in our country and our world, when educators are more important than ever. These seminars celebrate the great work being done to stimulate student curiosity, engagement and learning, and honor the key role you play in promoting democratic habits of mind, the most fundamental of which is the ability to ask your own questions.


Space is limited. We don’t want to miss the chance to learn with you. Register soon! 



Tuesday, August 15, 2017

9:00 – 9:30

Registration and Breakfast

9:30 – 10:00

Welcome and Introduction

10:00 – 10:30

Deep Immersion in the QFT

10:30 – 11:00

Unpacking the QFT & Classroom Examples

11:00 – 11:15

Preview a QFT Lesson Planning Workbook

11:15 – 12:15

The Art & Science of the QFT & Facilitation Principles

12:15 – 1:00


1:00 – 2:00

Work with QFocus Design, Testing, & Feedback

2:00 – 2:15

Q&A Discussion with Facilitators

2:15 – 3:15

Self-organized Working Groups

3:15 – 3:45

Reflection, Evaluation, & Next Steps

3:50 – 4:00

Access to Additional Resources & Closing Remarks


Payment Information

Cost: Registrations before July 15, 2017: $110 per individual. $99 group rate for 3 or more. After July 15, the cost is $130 per individual and $110 group rate. Space is very limited and we encourage you to register soon.

We have three options for payment: paying by credit card, paying by check, or paying by invoice. Please include attendee names on all checks and purchase orders.

If your school or district will be unable to provide payment until a later date due to budgeting allocation, please email and we can provide additional support so you can register and capitalize on early bird registration rates and provide payment at a later date.

If paying by credit card, full payment is due upon registration.

If paying by check, payment must be received within 30 days of registration and not fewer than 10 days before the event.

If paying by invoice, you must supply a purchase order number within 30 days of registration. We cannot hold spaces without a purchase order.


Cancellation, Transferring Registration, and Waitlist Policy


To cancel your registration, contact us in writing no later than July 21st to receive a refund less a $25 cancellation fee. After July 21st, no refunds will be issued.

Transferring Registration

We will accommodate transfers whenever possible.


Space for this event is very limited. If the event is closed, please contact RQI to be placed on a waitlist.

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Teachers College, Columbia University
525 West 120th St.
New York City, NY 10027

Tuesday, August 15, 2017 from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM (EDT)

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The Right Question Institute

The Right Question Institute aims to strengthen democracy by teaching a strategy that allows anyone, no matter their educational, income, or literacy level, to learn to ask better questions and participate more effectively in decisions.

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