Professional Development at RBT

Studying Skillful Teaching: Promoting Motivation, Learning, and Achievement (SST 18-227)


Thursday, Nov 2, 2017
Tuesday, Nov 28, 2017
Tuesday, Jan 9, 2018
Tuesday, Jan 30, 2018
Wednesday, Feb 28, 2018
Thursday, Mar 22, 2018
Snow dates, if necessary: February 7, 2018 and April 4, 2018


8:00 AM to 3:00 PM


Carver Public Schools
3 Carver Square Boulevard
Carver, MA 02330

Current Status: 

In Progress


Nothing is more complex, challenging, or important than assuring high levels of learning for each and every student. And no single factor has a greater impact on student learning than skillful teaching.  This is RBT’s cornerstone program for building teachers’ capacity – the knowledge and skills as well as the courage and conviction - to promote students’ motivation, learning, and increased achievement. It is based on the belief that teaching is a process of decision-making; and that skillful teachers never stop learning through experimentation, data analysis, study, and collegial sharing about what works best for their studentsThe reflective dialogue is consistently rated by our clients as an invaluable asset for building common and coherent language among their educators.

Hear from some of our clients about this program.
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  • Teachers (at least 1 year of teaching experience recommended)
  • Mentors
  • Teacher Leaders
  • Instructional Coaches
  • Instructional Leaders
  • Supervisors and Evaluators of Teaching and Learning


While providing an overview to a comprehensive model of the knowledge base on teaching, participants will study, apply, and reflect on practical ways to:

  • Examine powerful beliefs and expectations that influence students' motivation to learn
  • Support students in developing a growth mindset  
  • Design lessons that focus students on what learning is most important (objective) and what success looks like (criteria for success)  
  • Apply research-based instructional strategies
  • Collect, analyze, and use formative assessment data to inform timely decisions about what happens next for students’ learning
  • Strengthen cultural proficiency in instruction, curriculum, class climate, and school environment


Course schedules are designed to balance in-class learning and reflection with out-of-class application. Course readings draw upon the course text, The Skillful Teacher, and current professional articles.  Course assignments, of which there are three, strengthen participants’ capacities in the areas of planning, teaching, and reflecting.  Participants are expected to come prepared to each session having completed course readings and assignments and ready to engage in critical thinking and dialogue with fellow educators. 

37.5 Hour Program

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




Participants completing all program requirements are eligible to receive three graduate credits through Fitchburg State University. Please note that there is a separate fee for graduate credits, payable to Fitchburg State.


Kathy has worked in education as a teacher, curriculum developer, assistant principal, and principal. In 1993 she was one of 12 Kennedy Library teachers of the year. She has also served as a Commissioner for the New England Association of Secondary Schools and Colleges. Kathy’s areas of interest...Full Bio