"I think that the work you are doing with people is very deep, planting seeds within for the future. While people are running around reacting to moment by moment changes, the two of you are holding ground for this critical work. It is visionary, and as usual, ahead of many who are not yet open to this type of thinking."
~Anna Sugarman, Shenendehowa (NY) SD
A BIG Question:
How might you grow through this crisis to create a more equitable, just, and engaged world for all of our children?
This critical moment offers an opportunity to reflect on the experience, purpose, and practice of school. It also demands that we chart a viable, vibrant path to the future for all learners.
Visionary educators recognize that the new story of school will be written collectively in authentic collaboration with peers from around the world. And they also know that the complex challenges confronting us require fresh ways of problem solving and planning. Leading with "fearless inquiry" is about facing these difficult questions.
The BIG Questions Institute was created to help educators make sense of the present (“What is?”) and imagine and design a more relevant, effective future for schools (“What if?”).
The BIG Questions Institute offers original, visionary 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:
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 (Register Here)
June 29, 2021 - "Storytelling for School Change" Workshop, Klingenstein Center, Columbia University (Homa and Will)
July 25, 2021 - ATLIS Retreat (Homa and Will)
July 26, 2021 - Keynote, School Administrators of Montana Annual Conference (Will)
July 29 and 30, 2021 - Staff Development, Marymount School, Barranquilla, Columbia
July 29, 2021 - Keynote, American International School, Chennai, China (Homa)
August 16 and 17 - Staff Professional Learning Days, Awty International School, TX (Homa and Will)
August 26, 2021 - Opening Day Keynote, Montville (CT) Schools (Homa and Will)
September 13, 2021 - Keynote, ICAISA Conference (Homa and Will)
October 1 and 2, 2021 - Keynote and Workshops, Tri-Association Conference
October 6, 2021 - Keynote, Mediterranean Association of International Schools (Homa and Will)
October 8, 2021 - Wisconsin State UDL Conference Keynote (Homa and Will)
October 18, 2021 - Keynote, Southern Association of Independent Schools, Atlanta, GA (Homa and Will)
January 6, 2021 - 90-Minute Workshop: "Futures Thinking for Educational Leaders"
January 13, 2021 - Building Racial Literacy to Confront the Empathy Gap: It Goes Deeper Than Diversity (with NYSAIS)
February 8, 2021 - LCEEQ Conference Keynote and Workshops (Homa)
February 11, 2021 - School Administrators of Montana (Will)
February 20, 2021 - Live Curious Conference Keynote and Workshops (Homa and Will)
March 4, 2021 - ASIA Society Keynote (Homa)
March 4, 2021 - Connecticut Association of Independent Schools Workshop
March 6-20, 2021 - New Leadership Lenses Workinar Series with EARCOS Leaders
March 27, 2021 - Futures Thinking for Educational Leaders (Workinar)
April 9-10, 2021 - BQI Deeper Than Diversity Two-Day Workshop. (Register Here)
April 12-13, 2021 - ATLIS Conference Keynote and Workshop (Homa and Will)
April 19, 2021 - NYSAIS Nurture Belonging and Deeper Learning (Homa)
April 29 and 30 - "Passing Through the Portal" Leadership Sessions, LCEEQ (Homa and Will)
May 4, 2021 - 9 BIG Questions Webinar, NEASC
May 16, 2021 - Closing Keynote at Toddles Inquiry Educators Summit (Will) (Register Here)
May 19, 2021 - Mediterranean Association of International Schools Workshop
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.