Happy 2013!

This has been an exciting year in the life of the Right Question Institute. Last year, we changed our name to the “Right Question Institute,” and Harvard Education Press published our book, Make Just One Change: Teach Students to Ask Their Own Questions. At the time it was published, Mike Rose (author of Why School? […]

Update: Upcoming Fall Appearances

The Right Question Institute has several exciting events in the New England Area this fall! Check out event details below. EDCO Collaborative: “Teaching Students to Ask Their Own Questions” On Thursday, November 1st, Luz and Steven will be leading a workshop at the EDCO Seefurth Education Center in Waltham, MA.  For more information or to […]

Update: California Appearances

The Right Question Institute is heading west in October! Check out some of our exciting upcoming events and media appearances below. Dan Rothstein and Luz Santana on KQED’s “Forum” with Michael Krasny Tune in Wednesday October 17th at 1 pm EDT / 10 am PDT to hear Dan and Luz discuss the work of the […]

Giving a TEDX Talk

A couple of months ago I gave the opening talk (14 minutes) for a day long TEDxSomerville (MA) event. There was a full house, more than 300 people, and, as I later found out, many of them were part of a burgeoning ‘creative economy‘ in the city. Somerville, I learned from one of the TEDx […]

A question is…a unique and potentially sophisticated instrument.

A question is more than the simple thing we might think it is – it’s a unique and potentially sophisticated instrument. – Leon Neyfakh in “Are We Asking the Right Questions” in the Boston Sunday Globe IDEAS section, May 20, 2012 Week in and week out, The Boston Sunday Globe IDEAS section offers one of […]

Dominique’s story: Using RQI skills to prevent an illegal eviction attempt

This is another posting from our volunteer guest blogger, Nathalie Alegre. For more information about Nathalie, see the intro to her piece about Earldine Tolbert and RQI’s voter engagement initiative. Dominique is a young woman  new to Philadelphia and intent on obtaining her GED, the high school equivalency certification. “Getting the GED,” as it is […]

The Lasting Value of the Voter Engagement Strategy for Election Day and Beyond

We have a guest blogger on the Microdemocracy Blog. Nathalie Alegre immigrated from Peru with her family when she was 17 years old. After attending community college in Miami, she transferred to Yale University and in 2008 received a B.A. in Environmental Studies and is currently engaged in environmental organizing in New Haven, CT. She’s been interviewing some of the great […]

“He Prizes Questions More Than Answers”

We’ve been so busy that we haven’t been able to set aside the time to write. But, the stories coming in are too compelling for us not to write, so we’ll get started again. Before we start writing about them, though, a short piece in yesterday’s NY Times helped spur me back to the keyboard. […]

Teaching the RQP Civic Engagement Strategy and Learning Lifelong Skills in a Women’s Prison

Sheila teaches adult education at the county jail in Wilmington Indiana. Her courses are the only education inmates get while they’re in jail; she teaches them to read, prepares them for the GED, overall college readiness and life skills. Sheila was trained to teach adult education using traditional methods, focusing on independent study, testing, drilling. […]

Recent Right Question Project Trainings in Israel

Here’s a report on some fascinating work I did in Israel in February. It was a very moving experience and a wonderful opportunity to work with staff from Jewish and Arab organizations doing great work in a challenging context. Enjoy. Dan RQP in Israel Report 2009