Sarah Westbrook is a former high school English teacher who is now the Right Question Institute’s director of professional learning for the Education Program.
During her years of teaching in Boston area public schools, Sarah developed a deep appreciation for the innovative work educators do every day that often goes unseen and unrecognized. She now partners with schools and districts around the country to design professional learning on the Question Formulation Technique (QFT) and collaborates with individual classroom teachers to highlight their work and identify new opportunities for professional growth.
Sarah believes that cultivating equitable learning environments that engage all students begins with designing active, engaging professional learning experiences that honor the expertise, creativity, and contributions of teachers. She has presented on the QFT for a range of audiences, including NCSS, NSTA, and ASCD national conferences, Chicago Public Schools, Cincinnati Public Schools, New York State BOCES districts, and groups from the Hawaii and Iowa departments of Education. Sarah leads the design and facilitation of RQI’s online course, “Teaching Students How to Ask Their Own Questions: Best Practices in the Question Formulation Technique,” in partnership with the Harvard Graduate School of Education. She holds a M.A.T. in English education from Tufts University and a B.A. in English from Bryn Mawr College.