Professional Development at RBT

High Expectations Teaching (HI EX 20-106)


Monday, Jul 22, 2019
Tuesday, Jul 23, 2019
Tuesday, Sep 17, 2019
Tuesday, Oct 22, 2019
Tuesday, Nov 19, 2019
Tuesday, Dec 17, 2019


8:33 AM to 3:33 PM


Research For Better Teaching
526 Main Street
Acton, MA 01720

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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.

We will alternately call this belief and knowing how to act from it a belief in “Malleable Ability”, meaning ability can be altered; “Effort-Based Ability”, meaning one’s ability to do something is based on the effort extended to build it; and “Growth Mindset”, meaning believing one can grow one’s ability.

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.

These messages don’t get delivered by osmosis, cheerleading, or signage. They get delivered by what a teacher says and does. It is not a matter of personality but it is a matter of behavior. This program teaches what it looks like and sounds like when a teacher acts authentically from a growth mindset.

The program, which is based on the most current research, delves more deeply into concepts introduced in the RBT programs, “Studying Skillful Teaching” and “Analyzing Teaching for Student Results,” but these courses are not prerequisites.

Program Flyer


  • Teachers
  • Teacher Leaders
  • Administrators



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 stereotype about themselves.

Students will:

  • Believe effort is the main determinant of success
  • Learn how to exert effective effort
  • Decide to invest in school
  • Feel empowered in their learning



  • Participants watch videos of live classroom teachings, readings, role plays and discussions

  • Participants share stores of experiments in student motivation with colleagues


37.5 Hour Program

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





Participants completing all program requirements can optionally receive one graduate credit for the three-day course and three graduate credits for the six-day course through Fitchburg State University for an additional fee.


Founder and President

Jon Saphier is the Founder and President of Research for Better Teaching, Inc., a professional development organization dedicated since 1979 to improving classroom teaching and school leadership throughout the United States and internationally.  ...Full Bio