"For educators to seek only a path 'back to normal' is to have missed all that this moment had to teach us."
Our BIG Question Looking Forward:
What have we learned from this tumultuous moment about education and schooling, and what might we create for learners facing an uncertain future?
After what we have experienced over the last year and a half, one thing is certain: education and school will never be the same.
Our forced shift to remote and/or hybrid learning in schools because of the pandemic taught us all much about technology, teaching, and change. In many ways, it exposed very real cracks in the foundation upon which our systems are built. In other ways, we found new opportunities for learning and community building that will profoundly influence our work into the future.
But perhaps our most profound learning was about learning itself. As we adults attempted to navigate the uncertainty and chaos that this crisis brought, the most important lesson of this moment is the reminder that deep and powerful learning only happens when it’s relevant, real-world, collaborative, driven by inquiry and passion, and shared transparently.
Unfortunately, that's not what learning in most classrooms looks like.
In this new ebook written by BIG Questions Institute co-founders Will Richardson and Homa Tavangar, we suggest that now is the perfect time to ask whether the learning environments our students need today are the same as the ones schools offered them pre-pandemic. And that this is no time to go back to a "normal" which in many ways wasn't all that great to begin with.
Instead, we must start by revisiting some of the fundamental underpinnings of our work with students in schools. We must start with nine urgent questions that will recenter and recalibrate our work going forward.
In the book, you'll find activities, resources, and strategies that will help your school community deeply interrogate each of these questions. And when you download, you'll get an invite to the new BQI Community where we can continue the conversations and the work together.
We stand at an inflection point in education. To move forward, we need to take stock of who we are now, and what we might become in the future. Let this ebook be your guide.
DOWNLOAD YOUR FREE 9 QUESTIONS EBOOK NOW!
Start some powerful conversations around what your school might become to help students face an uncertain future.
BQI Events Calendar
Here are the latest events from the Big Questions Institute:
July 25, 2021 - ATLIS Retreat (Homa and Will)
July 29 and 30, 2021 - "Timeless Learning" Workshop with Pam Moran and Ira Socol (Register here)
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, India (Homa)
August 16 and 17, 2021 - Staff Professional Learning Days, Awty International School, TX (Homa and Will)
August 18 and 19, 2021 - "PBL Like You Mean It!" Workshop with Sylvia Martinez and Gary Stager (Register here)
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
September 13, 2021 - Keynote, ICAISA Conference (Homa and Will)
September 21 and 22, 2021 - "Equity by Design" Workshop with Jacinta Williams and Shelley Paul (Register here)
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)
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
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 (Register Here)
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.