Workshops

Get started with 4QM thinking, and learn how you can use it to improve your students’ learning, at an upcoming workshop.

We’ll explain how to use 4QM thinking to plan a unit that’s clear and coherent, and that teaches students to really think about the history they’re learning. We’ll give you some materials and ideas that you can use right away — but more importantly, we’ll get you started using the 4QM framework to unlock your creativity in a way that enables you to both cover your content and engage students in meaningful historical inquiry.

49th Annual New England Regional Social Studies Conference

March 18-March 19, 2019

8:00 am-4:00 pm

Framingham State University, Framingham MA

NERC 49

We’ll be at the NERC conference again in spring 2019, doing two workshops: an overview/introduction of the Four Question Method,…

Past Workshops

At Massachusetts Council for Social Studies Fall Conference

October 29, 2018

8:30 am-3:00 pm

Holiday Inn and Suites, Marlborough MA

Teaching & Learning With The 4QM

We will be at the MCSS conference again this fall. This conference offers three sessions over the course of the day, with lunch and a keynote address. We will have separate workshops for each of the three sessions, and you can attend any or all of them: they work together or separately. The first will be an introduction and overview of the Four Question Method, emphasizing our focus on creating “philosopher-citizens.” After that we’ll be doing a workshop on Question Three and historical explanation, and one on creating meaningful assessments that actually require kids to demonstrate their historical thinking skills. We look forward to seeing you there!

At Connecticut Council for the Social Studies Fall Conference

October 26, 2018

7:30 am-3:00 pm

Four Points by Sheraton, Meriden CT

Introduction & Overview of the Four Question Method

We’ll be presenting a one-hour session that gives an overview of the Four Question Method and how we use it to create “philosopher-citizens:” high school graduates who can use their knowledge of the past to act from wisdom in the present. This is a great opportunity for folks from Southern New England to meet us – we look forward to seeing  you there!

At Masconomet Regional High School

September 10-September 10, 2018

10:00 am-3:00 pm

Masconomet Regional High School, Boxford MA

Custom Workshop for Masconomet History Faculty

This workshop is not open to the public. It is a custom workshop for the history faculty of the Masconomet Regional School District in Boxford MA. If you’d like to plan a custom 4QM workshop for your teachers, visit the “Work With Us” page here.

Pittsfield (MA) Public Schools

July 31-August 2, 2018

9:00 am-3:00 pm

Pittsfield, Massachusetts

Custom Workshop for 8th Grade Teachers in Pittsfield Massachusetts

This workshop is not open to the public. We will be helping eighth grade teachers in the Pittsfield Public Schools revise their curriculum in light of the new Massachusetts frameworks for history and social sciences, which have an especially strong emphasis on civics in grade eight. If you’d like us to plan a custom workshop for your teachers, go to the “work with us” page here.

Match Charter Public High School, Boston

July 11-July 13, 2018

9:00 am-3:00 pm

Match Charter Public High School

Custom Workshop for Match History Faculty

This workshop is not open to the public. It is a three day custom workshop for the history faculty at Match Charter Public High School in Boston. This is our second summer working with the Match faculty. If you’d like to plan a custom 4QM workshop for your teachers, visit the “Work With Us” page here.

Artifacts and Archives: Using Primary Source Materials to Teach WWII

July 10-July 12, 2018

9:00 am-3:00 pm

The International Museum of WWII, Natick, MA

The 4 Question Method

This summer, July 10-12, the International Museum of WWII will offer teachers enrolled in this 3-day workshop exclusive access to the collection and the opportunity to learn more about the War, effective techniques for incorporating primary sources in the middle and high school history classroom, and strategies for highlighting the relevance of this history to events in the news today.

Learn about the 4 Question Method (4QM), a pedagogical system for constructing lesson and unit plans with clear purpose and focus.

This was pretty @#%-ing awesome.

2017 Workshop Participant

Fantastic inquiry method, engaging program.

2017 Workshop Participant