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About The DBQ Project

The DBQ Project was founded in 2000 to support teachers and students in learning to read smart, think straight, and write more clearly. As teachers, we believe all students can develop high-level critical thinking skills if they have consistent instruction and a chance to practice. We also believe that when we provide teachers with materials that blend educational best practices  and content-specific questions, we promote and support transformational change in our schools.

Why DBQ?

Our professional development workshops and materials have transformed the way school districts across the U.S. comply with state and national standards in language arts and social studies classrooms. Hear supervisors, teachers and students talk about the results they have seen by using our DBQs and LBQs.

Supervisors

Supervisors like The DBQ Project because our lessons increase student engagement and address both content and literacy standards. The DBQ Project supports teachers.

Teachers

Teachers like The DBQ Project because our lessons help differentiate instruction and have support materials for both teachers and students. We help teachers support their students.

Students

Students Like The DBQ Project because our questions are interesting and challenging. When they complete a DBQ, they have a sense of accomplishment that comes from doing authentic and demanding work.

“I appreciate that authentic literacy is woven throughout the entire instructional process when using DBQs. DBQs provide teachers with a wealth of primary and secondary sources, which is what Common Core Literacy Standards require teachers to use. The DBQ project has done the "searching and finding" of quality resources, which is the most time-consuming task for teachers. I appreciate how The DBQ Project has made this process accessible to all students with scaffolding available as needed for teacher use- no longer a "gem" just for AP students! This holds much promise for our district.”

– Lisa Ammons, High School Literacy Coach, Savannah Chatham County Public Schools