Professional Development at RBT

Foundations in Teaching: Preparing for the First Years (FIT 20-107)


Saturday, Sep 7, 2019
Saturday, Sep 28, 2019
Saturday, Oct 19, 2019


8:33 AM to 3:33 PM


RBT Conference Center
526 Main Street
Acton, MA 01720

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Beginning teachers need practical skills so that they can be successful in their first years of teaching. This program focuses on three major areas: an introduction to the belief in the growth mindset that says “smart is something you can get through effective effort”; classroom management and climate emphasizing the elements that need to be in place for a classroom to run smoothly and productively; and the development of clear learning objectives as the anchor for creating daily lesson plans. Participants will learn research-based theories and strategies, experiment with them in their own classrooms, and share their observations with colleagues.

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  • Beginning Teachers


Practice exercises, readings, video clips, case studies, collegial problem-solving, and fieldwork will help participants to:

  • Explain the impact of a growth mindset belief on student motivation, learning, and achievement
  • Explain how a teacher's personal relationships with students impact student behavior, motivation, and achievement
  • Establish efficient and effective routines to maximize student learning time
  • Set and communicate high standards of behavior clearly and credibly to students
  • Analyze the causes of off-task and disruptive behavior and increase each person's repertoire of responses
  • Use the Body Language of Meaning Business effectively
  • Use appropriate moves to get students to pay attention and stay on task
  • Frame mastery objectives that guide planning and focus learners on what is important

18 Hour Program

For questions, please contact us at or (978) 893-0109.




Participants completing all program requirements can optionally receive one graduate credit through Fitchburg State University for an additional fee.


Sue has worked in PK-12 education for over thirty years as a special education and general ed classroom teacher, curriculum designer, staff developer, instructional specialist, and administrator.  She has taught both pre-service and graduate level courses at the college level and has presented...Full Bio