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Hiring New Teachers: Candidate Example #1

Jon Saphier - April 10, 2015: Four very different kinds of skill— planning skills, management skills, motivational skills, and instructional skills — enable effective classroom teaching. All of these skills are essential to improving student learning. Unfortunately, we rarely get new teacher candidates with all four. Let’s look at an example of a hypothetical candidate.

Challenging Our Beliefs

Jon Saphier - March 6, 2015: Virtually all the reform initiatives of the late 20th and early 21st century rely on commitment to a particular belief to be effective. These beliefs, however, are rarely an explicit part of the dialog in schools implementing the initiatives. It is important that they be addressed directly...

Workshop for Aga Khan Education Services in Dubai

Starting on January 17th, 2015, President of RBT, Dr. Jon Saphier, will be leading a workshop in Dubai for leaders from the Aga Khan Education Services (AKES), which operates over 200 schools in Pakistan, India, Bangladesh, Kenya, Tanzania, the Kyrgyz Republic, Uganda, and Tajikistan.

Presentation on High Expertise Teaching at the Learning Forward Conference

During his presentation at the recent annual Learning Forward Conference, Jon Saphier endeavored to distill the latest work RBT is doing on system-based instructional interventions. RBT's focus is on enabling deep and sustainable interventions that aim to grow high-expertise teaching and leverage internal capability to do so.

The Nation’s Education Workforce Supply Chain Needs an Overhaul!

Jon Saphier - November 25, 2014: Ten disconnected processes influence the knowledge and skills of the teachers and leaders we have today. These ten processes could instead operate collectively as a SYSTEM. This system could embed and integrate the range and complexity of professional knowledge about high expertise teaching, learning, and leading.

Good Schools? Simple, It's Good Teaching!

Jon Saphier - November 19, 2014: It’s simple to say but hard to do. A decade of research replicated all over the country confirms that individual teacher knowledge and skill are the most significant variables in student achievement. It’s the most important place to focus...

The Ten Basics of High-Expertise Teaching

Jon Saphier - Oct. 30, 2014: Below are the highest leverage teacher skill-clusters for impacting student achievement. Each is selected not only because of the deep research base behind it, but because it causes other shifts as well. Inevitably, each skillset pulls in, like a magnet, a set of related high-power teaching skills.

Common Core State Standards Raise the Bar for Teachers

Jon Saphier - Oct. 17, 2014: The Common Core State Curriculum is a big step forward, but also an enormously demanding one. These standards raise the bar significantly for students’ ability to read, write, think, analyze, argue for, and organize their thinking. More than anything, these standards demand that all teachers teach all students the metacognitive thinking skills.

Strengthening Teacher Evaluation (The Skillful Leader III) Supplements

Check out the newly posted downloads. In particular, see Crosswalk Aligned to Massachusetts Model System for Teacher Evaluation which identifies relevant sections of the book.

What’s Blocking Our Vision?

Jon Saphier - Sept. 26, 2014: Many important educational reform efforts are underway... However, there is a very large blind spot affecting these reform efforts... What exactly does this blind spot conceal? The fact that the knowledge and skill to teach effectively is larger and much more complex than what we prepare teachers to do or hold them accountable for doing.

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