Midwest Summer Seminar for Educators on Teaching Students to Ask Their Own Questions

An In-Depth Exploration Of The Question Formulation Technique

Midwest Summer Seminar:
Wednesday August 7
8 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Hosted by Maine 207 School District
To be held at Oakton Community College,
Des Plaines, IL


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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.”

– 2012 Summer Seminar Participant

Seminar Description

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. Teachers notice that when students know how to ask their own questions, they are more engaged, take greater ownership of their learning, and actually learn more. The Question Formulation Technique is now being enthusiastically and successfully deployed in a wide range of classrooms from primary to higher education, from urban to suburban to rural communities and with high achieving as well as struggling students of all ages.

The QFT is simple and powerful and teachers can learn it one day and use it in their classrooms next day. It is simple, but using it well does require a small but significant shift in practice.

Educators from primary grades all the way through higher education are gathering near Chicago for a special one-day in-depth exploration of the QFT and its implications of teaching students to ask their own questions. The one-day seminar offers a hands-on active learning experience that will allow novices as well as educators with experience using the Question Formulation Technique to share and learn with peers about best practices for using the QFT. The seminar will be led by Dan Rothstein and Luz Santana, Co-Directors of the Right Question Institute and Co-authors of Make Just One Change: Teach Students to Ask Their Own Questions (Harvard Education Press: 2011) which is becoming a “must read” around the country and beyond for educators eager to see students come alive in the classroom, demonstrate a passion for learning and overcome obstacles that previously had limited their learning.

The Midwest Summer Seminar will offer participants an opportunity to:

  • Deepen their understanding of the Question Formulation Technique™ (QFT™).
  • Explore the implications of the shift in practice that takes place when students are learning to ask their own questions
  • Analyze examples of effective use of the QFT in classrooms around the country
  • Prepare to integrate the QFT into their teaching practices
  • Learn to support colleagues and promote school and district-wide efforts to develop students’ ability to ask better questions.

How Much:

$250 per person.

Seminar Fee Includes:

  • Registration
  • 6 CPDUs
  • Continental breakfast and lunch
  • Seminar materials
  • A signed copy of Make Just One Change: Teach Students to Ask Their Own Questions (Harvard Education Press: 2011)

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“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.”

– 2012 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, Cambridge, MA: Harvard Education Press 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