This event is not open to the public.
This half day, introductory workshop will include:
- A discussion of the importance of the skill of question formulation from various sources,
including educators in the field, academics, and researchers
- An active, collaborative learning experience using the Question Formulation Technique on
an authentic challenge facing educators (to be delivered exactly as the QFT can be taught in
- An exploration of relevant classroom examples and case studies from across the country,
including examples of use with adults
- A working session on best practices in planning and facilitating QFT lessons
- Active work time for participants to break into divisions and disciplines to design a lesson
or larger school-wide plan for integrating the QFT into their existing work and get
feedback from peers and facilitators
Faciliator: Sarah Westbrook, Director of Professional Learning
Sarah Westbrook is a former high school English teacher who is now the Right Question Institute’s Director of Professional Learning. During her over ten years in education, including seven years of teaching in Boston area public schools, Sarah developed a deep appreciation for the innovative work educators do every day for students 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 classroom teachers to highlight their work and identify new opportunities for professional growth. She has presented on the QFT for a range of audiences including National Conference sessions at NSTA, NCSS, NCTE, Learning Forward, and ASCD, the Iowa and Hawaii State Departments of Education, Chicago Public Schools, San Francisco Public Schools, and New York State BOCES districts. She also leads the design and facilitation of the Right Question Institute’s online professional learning course hosted by the Harvard Graduate School of Education.