Open Workshops

The National Park Service and The DBQ Project Present: Asking the Right Questions in the Right Way: Using DBQs to Promote Critical Thinking and Writing for K-12 American History Teachers

St. Louis, Missouri
March 15, 2018 - October 11, 2018

This two-day, interactive workshop is sponsored jointly by The National Park Service and The DBQ Project.

Current debates in the United States about Real News vs. Fake News and how we know what is true mean that teachers need to spend more time teaching history with multiple perspectives. As students need to continually build their content knowledge, teachers need to construct inquiry-driven lessons that build literacy skills and prepare students for engaged citizenship in the 21st Century. This two-day training will provide teachers with instructional strategies, sample lessons, resources from the National Park Service, and practice using the document-based question approach to inspire great teaching and learning.

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The DBQ Project: Content, Inquiry, Literacy, and Citizenship: Closing the Gap for History, Civics, Geography, and Economics, Grades 4-12

El Centro, California
March 19, 2018 - May 8, 2018

We are celebrating the publication of California and American History Mini-Qs for Grades 4-5 (Spring 2018) by inviting upper elementary as well as secondary teachers to this workshop.

Day One: Monday, March 19th, 2018 8:30 – 3:30. This interactive workshop will focus on motivating students to work through analyzing documents and writing an evidence-based essay using The DBQ Project 6-Step Method. Teachers will receive a lesson to try in their own classrooms.

Day Two: Tuesday, May 8th, 2018 8:30- 3:30. The follow-up allows teachers the opportunity to debrief about their experiences teaching a DBQ and to extend and develop ways to teach students to think and write more effectively. Teachers will leave with ideas about scoring, grading, giving feedback, and teaching writing skills.

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Orange County: Historical Thinking and Writing, Grades 6-12

Costa Mesa, California
April 25, 2018

What do Historical Inquiry, the State Standards, and DBQ have in common?

In short, nearly everything!  Attend this training for history-social science teachers and learn how to bring the State Standards to life in the classroom.  This training will provide you with the support you need to employ Document Based Questions and, in turn, allow you to provide all students with the scaffolding they need to analyze documents and produce evidence-based, argumentative writing.


Registration: Naomi Stanaland,
Training: Julie Hull,

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Inquiry and Evidence-based Writing in Elementary Schools (The DBQ Project)

Orange County, California
April 26, 2018

Why might 4th and 5th grade teachers be interested in learning how to teach the sorts of questions that appear on high school AP Exams?  What do historical inquiry, the HSS Framework and DBQ have in common?  This workshop will answer these questions and more!

This spring 2018, The DBQ Project will publish a new binder full of lessons especially for upper elementary students in California. With questions about both California History and American History, 4th and 5th grade teachers will be able to build a scope and sequence for evidence-based thinking and writing before students even reach middle school!


  • Discover how DBQ supports the major shifts of Content, Literacy and Inquiry in the new HSS Framework.
  • Learn how to develop student-centered lessons that align with best practices and promote historical inquiry.


Training questions: Julie Hull
Registration questions: Naomi Stanaland

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LACOE and The DBQ Project: Content, Inquiry, Literacy, and Citizenship

Los Angeles County Office of Education ECW
May 15, 2018 - May 16, 2018

The newly adopted California History-Social Science Framework calls attention to the importance of developing content knowledge, inquiry-driven approaches to learning, building literacy skills and preparing all students for engaged citizenship in the 21st century.

This two-day training will provide history-social studies teachers, grades 6-12 with instructional strategies, sample lessons, and practices to utilize the document based question approach to inspire great teaching and learning while meeting the goals of the new Framework.  DBQ Project Co-Founder Chip Brady will provide practical, hands-on experience with materials and introduce participants to the DBQ materials specifically designed for history, civics, geography, and the newly released economics DBQ binder.

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