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District Spotlight:  Capistrano Unified School District, California

Capistrano Unified School District has had a relationship with The DBQ Project for the past ten years. With the adoption of the Common Core and the C3 Framework, Social Studies Supervisor Nina Glassen and the social studies content lead teachers made a decision to stop using multiple-choice questions to assess student learning and use DBQ Project Mini-Qs instead. According to...

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Using DBQ Online to Make Thinking Visible

The DBQ Online platform includes a feature that allows teachers to view and provide feedback on student work. Teachers can write comments for students on a sticky note like this! How does it really work?  Let's say you are teaching "Why Did So Many Colonists in Jamestown Die?"  Students are annotating Document A and a boy comes up with a...

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The DBQ Project at NCSS 2018!

The DBQ Project recently attended the 98th NCSS Annual Conference. Held in Chicago, more than 4,200 attendees and 190 exhibitors were there from across the country. We enjoy attending NCSS each year and were grateful for the opportunity to exhibit and present at several different sessions. Thank you to everyone who stopped by our booth. We loved getting the chance to...

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Using Features of DBQ Online to Analyze Documents

Here at The DBQ Project, we love that DBQ Online has taken off in many districts. Many teachers have shared their strategies on using the platform, and their main message to us, and one we totally agree with, is: keep it simple and true to the DBQ method! One way to do that is to look at how our online...

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