Professional Development at RBT

High-Expectations Teaching (HI EX 19-103)


Tuesday, Jul 17, 2018 to Wednesday, Jul 18, 2018
The third date of this 3-day course is still to be determined.


8:30 AM to 3:45 PM


School Library
Lincoln-Sudbury Regional High School
390 Lincoln Road
Sudbury, MA 01776

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For students to believe that “Smart is Something You Can Get” (Jeff Howard, 1986), they must hear that we believe in their capacity to learn. They also need to be in an environment where teachers’ everyday behaviors send the following messages: “What we’re doing is important. -- You can do it. -- And I’m not going to give up on you.” This program teaches what it looks like and sounds like when a teacher acts authentically from a growth mindset. Participants will learn how to choose language, develop classroom structures, and use effective instructional strategies to motivate all students, but particularly to get low-performing, low-confidence students to change their stereotypes about themselves.

Program Flyer


  • Experienced Teachers
  • Teacher Leaders
  • Instructional Staff
  • School Leaders


Participants will:

  • Increase their capacity through videos of live classroom teaching, readings, role plays, and discussion
  • Share stories of their experiments in student motivation with colleagues
  • Be able to better motivate their students to
    • Believe effort is the main determinant of success
    • Learn how to exert effective effort
    • Decide to invest in school
    • Feel empowered in their learning
    • Achieve more

18 Hour Program

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




Participants completing all program requirements may be eligible to receive one graduate credit through Fitchburg State University, pending approval of course syllabus. Please note that there is a separate fee for graduate credits, payable to Fitchburg State.


Founder and President

Jonathon Saphier is founder and president of Research for Better Teaching, Inc. (RBT), a professional development organization dedicated since 1979 to improving classroom teaching and school leadership throughout the United States and internationally. The Ministry...Full Bio