Essential Questions Engage Learners

Danielson Components:
3b : Using Questioning and Discussion Techniques
3c : Engaging Students in Learning

Course Summary:
Teachers will explore a variety of types of questions, consider the applications and intentions of those questions and identify the specific characteristics of essential questions. Participants will design EQs using various strategies and tips. Processes for implementing EQs will be provided and teachers will use those frameworks to design a unit or to string units together where the exploration is spiral-like – requiring deeper thinking and arriving at more insightful understandings.

Using frameworks when working with EQs is not sufficient without the ability to get the most from those EQs. The second part of the course focuses on getting the most from the discussions, addresses challenges of implementation and provides suggestions for establishing a culture of inquiry in the classroom.

What You Need To Know

  1. This course will provide you with 3 P-Credits through NYC DOE’s After School Professional Development Program (ASPDP).
  2. P-Credit courses can be applied to the BA+30, BA+60, and MA+30 differentials and NYS PD requirements.
  3. Spring 2017 registrations run from January 3rd, 2017 to April 17th, 2017.
  4. Spring 2017 semester starts on February 13th, 2017 and ends on June 23rd, 2017.

Don’t forget to register with NYC DOE's After School Professional Development Program (ASPDP) in order to earn P-Credits. Failure to register with NYC DOE before the registration deadline will disqualify participants from earning P-Credits.

*Please keep in mind there is a non-refundable, non-transferrable policy for credit fees paid to NYC DOE. Because of this, we ask that you complete your course(s) on time. If you want more information regarding credit fees please email ASPDP at