Professional Development at RBT

Coaching for Sustainable School Improvement (CSSI 18-107)


Jul 24, 2017 to Jul 25, 2017
Oct 3, 2017
Plus three webinars


8:30 AM to 3:45 PM


RBT Conference Center
One Acton Place
Acton, MA 01720

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Helping teachers to recognize the need to improve their practice as well as how to do it is a challenge. It requires a trusting partnership between teachers and their instructional coaches that honors and recognizes the complexity of teaching. This program prepares coaches to play the vital role of improving instruction by working with individual teachers to hone their practice, providing just-in-time professional learning opportunities tied to teacher and school goals, and strengthening a collaborative professional culture. The program features the innovative use of participant classroom and coaching session videos to refine their coaching skills. It was developed with support from the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education and in collaboration with Jim Knight of the Kansas Coaching Project at the University of Kansas.

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  • School and District Instructional Coaches


Through practice exercises, study of teaching and coaching videos, and highly interactive workshop sessions, participants will learn to:

  • Implement the components or activities of instructional coaches, including enrolling teachers, setting student goals, explaining and modeling instructional practices, observing lessons, debriefing, and refining teacher practice
  • Strengthen coaching communication skills for developing healthy relationships with teachers, such as listening, questioning, and being a witness to the good
  • Apply research on helping behaviors
  • Incorporate principles that establish coaching as a partnership
  • Advocate for systemic conditions that support coaching such as collaboration with principals, protected time to work with teachers, confidentiality agreements, and a strong professional culture


  • Materials include program handouts, Unmistakable Impact and What Coaches Do: Participant Workbook by Jim Knight.
  • Customized in-district programs also include planning with district leadership, specialized workshops for principals, and monthly face-to-face and/or virtual follow-up sessions for coaches.
  • Adaptable to whatever instructional framework a district is using, including, but not exclusive to RBT’s skillful teaching programs.

18 Hour Program plus three (3) 2-hour Webinars

For questions, please contact us at or (978) 263-9449.






RBT’s Director of Program Development, Nancy is a leading expert in school data use and professional development. She has worked with schools across the country to develop Data Coaches and high-performing Data Teams and to put research about effective professional development into practice. As...Full Bio