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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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Why Elementary Teachers Should Teach with DBQs

When we began writing our first DBQs in the late 1990s, the goal was to create units that were accessible to a broad range of high school students. In the early 2000s, with the writing of our US History Mini-Qs, we broadened the reach to include middle school. Our big discovery in the last few years is that appropriately designed...

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DBQ Annual Summit

Congrats to Aiken County Schools: DBQ Online Raises Social Studies Scores by 9.6%!

In 2017-2018, the first year that DBQ Online was implemented, Aiken County's 7th grade SCPASS (South Carolina's Palmetto Assessment of State Standards) scores increased from 57.1% passing to 66.7% passing. That is a 9.6% increase! According to district leadership, the primary instructional shift was the use of The DBQ Project Method and DBQ Online. Pretty cool! At the DBQ Annual Summit...

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