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Jackie Acree Walsh

Walsh, Jackie

Jackie Walsh is an independent educational consultant who partners with educators across the country to enhance teaching and leading in classrooms, schools, and districts. Her passion and primary area of expertise is questioning—for both student and adult learning. Based in Montgomery, Alabama, Jackie is also the lead consultant for the Alabama Best Practices Center, which affords her the opportunity to work with networks of school teams, district teams, instructional partners, and superintendents.

Jackie’s early experience as a high school social studies teacher contributed to her passion for questioning. As a designer and facilitator of professional learning for teachers, instructional coaches, and administrators, she links quality questioning practices not only to student thinking and learning but also to adult learning and reflection. Her commitment is to collaborative design that customizes learning to the context of the learners. Her experience spans work in K-12, higher education, a regional research laboratory, and a state department of education.

The author and co-author of numerous books and articles focused on quality questioning, Jackie seeks to make research and best practice accessible to practitioners. Her books, co-authored with Beth Sattes, include: Quality Questioning, 2nd Edition (2017), Questioning for Classroom Discussion (2015), Thinking Through Quality Questioning (2011), Leading Through Quality Questioning (2010),  and Quality Questioning, 1st Edition (2005), She received her A.B. from Duke University, M.A.T. from the University of North Carolina (Chapel Hill), and Ph.D. from the University of Alabama. Follow Jackie on Twitter @Question2Think; email,

Areas of expertise
  • Questioning
  • Differentiation
  • Brain-Compatible Learning
  • Teaching Methods


  • Thinking Through Quality Questioning: Deepening Student Engagement: With the adoption of more rigorous standards, including the Common Core State Standards, questioning to engage all students in thinking at high levels has become an essential classroom practice. In this session, through facilitator modeling, participants will explore how to best use questioning that leads students to thoughtfully respond, stimulates student questions, and deepens student learning.

    Attendees will be able to:

    • Reflect on the kinds of thinking in which they want students to engage—and the kinds of questions that stimulate these levels of thinking
    • Explore the attributes of questions that engage students in thinking
    • Use questioning strategies to scaffold student thinking to higher levels