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Creating Quality Essential Questions with Janet Hale

May 12, 2022

Janet Hale shares her expertise and recommendations for creating quality essential questions to be used in your initial or ongoing curriculum mapping initiatives.

Essential questions are a common element in curriculum mapping, yet teachers are oftentimes asked to develop them when they have not had any or sufficient training in this process. This informative session will provide an understanding of essential questions for the purpose of curriculum mapping, with approaches and strategies to create quality essential questions that help drive student engagement and long-term learning.

In this webinar, we’ll cover:
  • Difference among types of questions asked in classrooms

  • Criteria for designing quality essential questions

  • Process for creating and using essential questions through alignment across grade levels

Presentation Slides

Janet Hale’s EQs – Framing Units of Study Template

Speaker Details

Janet Hale
Janet Hale
Janet Hale is passionate about supporting educators in making curriculum decisions that ensure, enhance, and enrich learning and teaching experiences. She specializes in curriculum mapping; curriculum design using various models and frameworks, and standards literacy and alignment. She has taught in elementary, secondary, and special-education classrooms, as well as worked with curriculum, instruction, and assessment leadership for over 30 years. Janet’s knowledge and insights are both strategic and practical. She has written several professional books published by ASCD and Corwin Press, including A Guide to Curriculum Mapping: Planning, Implementing, and Sustaining the Process and An Educational Leader’s Guide to Curriculum Mapping: Creating and Sustaining Collaborative Cultures. Janet is currently staying busy aiding schools and districts with prioritizing standards and determining critical learning focuses.
Kynan Gallagher
Kynan Gallagher
Kynan Gallagher is Product Manager at Chalk, where he works with teachers and education leaders to create solutions focused on planning, organizing and analyzing curriculum. He has several years experience supporting hundreds of schools across the world in getting their curriculum mapping projects underway.

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