“In all my years as a school leader, I’ve never heard such high praise for professional development sessions as for the ones we did with BQI.”
~Dr. Heather Rogers Beck, Head of School, Canadian International School, Singapore
A BIG Question:
How might you grow in these challenging times to create a more just, relevant, and sustainable experience of school for your students?
Educators around the world are facing an epic design challenge.
Amidst a global pandemic, worldwide racial and social reckoning, an infodemic, and impending climate catastrophe and more, we must confront the truth that schools have contributed to the dysfunctions and also have the potential to be part of the solution.
As unsettling as these contexts are, the crises also present an opportunity -- to decide what is worth carrying through the post-pandemic portal, and what we will leave behind. Students deserve adults who will embrace the present and future with radical honesty, radical empathy, and fearless inquiry -- a willingness to interrogate the core of current systems and practices. As educators, we need to develop new structures and skill sets that center individual and community well-being, equity, and the new literacies for addressing the confounding problems of our time. And we must acknowledge that the job description for principals, school heads, and superintendents has expanded and mutated as crises hit closer and closer to home.
While we all acknowledge limited resources, time, energy, and intellectual bandwidth to commit to reimagining the experience of school for our current and future students, these conversations cannot wait. Educational leaders must now budget and plan for ongoing generative, community-wide discussions around the future of teaching and learning to design a more relevant, just, and sustainable model for education through uncertain times. To not begin this work in earnest now is to put relevance, wellness, and equity at increasing risk.
Let us help.
The Big Questions Institute was created to help educators of all stripes build their capacity to see and accept this moment for what it is and to peer into the future with skill. We ground that work in "fearless inquiry," a disposition of deep questioning and truth-telling of our practice and mission.
We are educators, coaches, futurists, parents, and passionate learners who have worked with hundreds of schools and communities in six continents over a combined 40 years of service. We will challenge and support you to make better sense of today and to design and aspire to a more relevant and equitable school experience for your students.
The BIG Questions Institute offers original, visionary keynotes, workshops, and other professional learning opportunities for individuals, schools, districts, boards and education-related organizations.
"I have attended several online professional development sessions offered both by local school boards and international organizations. Your summer leadership session which focused on an inquiry based approach was outstanding on many levels: relevant and timely content, structure and format. Your sessions were my monthly ‘opium’!!"
~Suelyn Cheong, Principal, Unionville High School, Markham, ON
Here's What They're Saying About the Big Questions Institute!
BQI Events Calendar
Here are the latest events from the Big Questions Institute:
October 1 and 2, 2021 - Keynote and Workshops, Tri-Association Conference (Homa and Will)
October 6, 2021 - Keynote, Mediterranean Association of International Schools (Homa and Will)
October 7, 2021 - Keynote, Pennsylvania Association of Independent Schools Directors Meeting (Homa and Will)
October 7, 2021 - Full-Day Workshop, Association of Colombian-Caribbean American Schools Directors (Homa and Will)
October 8, 2021 - Wisconsin State UDL Conference Keynote (Homa and Will)
October 11, 2021 - Awty International School Professional Development Day (Virtual)
October 13, 2021 - Parent Presentation for Mission Laique Francaise (Virtual)
October 18, 2021 - Keynote, Southern Association of Independent Schools, Atlanta, GA (Homa and Will)
October 26, 2021 - Parent Presentation for the American School in Japan (Homa and Will, Virtual)
October 29, 2021 - The School of Digital Development Conference, Oslo, Norway (Will, Virtual)
November 1, 2021 - Traverse Bay (MI) Area Intermediate School District Conference Keynote (Will, Virtual)
November 1, 2021 - "Designing for Care" free webinar with Jesse Stommel (Registration opening soon)
November 2, 2021 - Keynote, Chappaqua (NY) School District In-Service (Will)
November 6, 2021 - "Using Big Questions to Design 'Islands of Sanity' in Schools" Workshop with Homa and Will (Registration Opening Soon)
November 8, 2021 - Keynote and Workshop, Northwest Association of Independent Schools, Tacoma, WA (Homa and Will)
November 15 & 17, 2021 - "Designing for Care" Two-day Workshop with Jesse Stommel (Registration opening soon.)
December 4, 2021 - "How to Ungrade" 90-minute workshop with Jesse Stommel (Registration opening soon.)
January 8, 15, & 22, 2022 - "Writing about Teaching" Workshop (with additional sessions in February, March, and April) with Sean Michael-Morris and Jesse Stommel (Registration opening soon.)
June 4, 2021 - STL in STL Conference Keynote and Workshops (Homa and Will)
June 7, 2021 - Staff Professional Learning Day, Cheshire (CT) Academy (Homa and Will)
June 8 and 9 - Staff Professional Learning Days, Awty International School, TX (Homa and Will)
June 11, 2021 - "How to Ungrade" FREE Webinar with Jesse Stommel
June 23 and 25, 2021 - "How to Ungrade" Workshop with Jesse Stommel
June 29, 2021 - "Storytelling for School Change" Workshop, Klingenstein Center, Columbia University (Homa and Will)
July 14 and 15, 2021 - "Fearless Inquiry" Workshop with Homa and Will
July 19, 2021 - "Timeless Learning" FREE Webinar
July 25, 2021 - ATLIS Retreat (Homa and Will)
July 26, 2021 - Keynote, School Administrators of Montana Annual Conference (Will)
July 29 and 30, 2021 - "Timeless Learning" Workshop with Pam Moran and Ira Socol
July 29 and 30, 2021 - Staff Development, Marymount School, Barranquilla, Columbia
July 29, 2021 - Keynote, American International School, Chennai, India (Homa)
August 2 and 3, 2021 - Opening Day Keynote and Staff Development, Canadian International School of Singapore (Homa and Will)
August 18 and 19, 2021 - "PBL Like You Mean It!" Workshop with Sylvia Martinez and Gary Stager
August 26, 2021 - Opening Day Keynote, Montville (CT) Schools (Homa and Will)
August 30 and September 1, 2021 - Board and Leadership Retreat, The Overseas School of Colombo, Sri Lanka
August 31, 2021 - "Equity by Design" FREE Webinar
September 9, 2021 - LCEEQ Board Presentation (Homa and Will)
September 13, 2021 - Keynote, ICAISA Conference (Homa and Will)
September 15, 2021 - Keynote, Green River Regional Educational Cooperative Bowling Green, KY (Will)
Please contact us about bringing a BQI online (for now) event to your school or organization. Let us help you design your future through powerful inquiry.