Professional Development at RBT

Summer 2019 Sampler Day


Friday, Mar 1, 2019


9:00 AM to 4:00 PM


Research For Better Teaching
526 Main Street
Acton, MA 01720

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Please join us on Friday, March 1, 2019 to preview a sampling of our summer course offerings including:

  • Coaching High Impact Teacher Teams with Nancy Love from 9am - 12pm
    • High-impact teacher teams build their collective expertise in the practices that matter most for increasing student achievement: they clarify learning goals, they plan for and infuse formative assessment practices throughout their instruction, they analyze results based on pre-established success criteria, and they take timely, targeted action to provide feedback, re-teach, and extend learning. In short, they use data frequently and in-depth to make sure that each student succeeds.
  • Adult Professional Culture with Jon Saphier from 1pm-2pm
    • This is a course about how school leaders build strong adult professional community (APC). It is a course for principals, assistant principals, team leaders, instructional coaches, and central office personnel who interact with school leaders.
  • High Expectations Teaching with Jon Saphier from 2pm-3pm
    • 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.
  • Social Emotional Learning with Jon Saphier, Abbie Lareau, and Leah Levine from 3pm - 4pm
    • SEL is rightfully at the top of most districts’ agendas these days. After all “Emotions are everywhere. There is never an instant of waking life when they are not present and influencing the energy level we bring to tasks, the level of focus, the amount of investment” (The Skillful Teacher, p. 313). This workshop for school and district leaders will profile the 12 SEL approaches and lay out the playbook for a district to assesses how it is in addressing the SEL needs of its students,  and allow participants to draft a plan of action for effective SEL implementation.

Please sign up via this form to let us know which sessions you plan attend.  Attendance will be confirmed via email.

Contact with any questions.




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

A senior consultant at RBT, 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 former...Full Bio

Abbie Lareau is the Director of Client Services. She has worked as a teacher, administrator, staff developer, and consultant in urban and suburban districts in Massachusetts and Connecticut for over twenty years. Abbie has also dedicated her efforts to teaching and creating courses and programs...Full Bio

Leah Levine is the Director of Outreach and Development.  She is a Massachusetts native who has served as a dedicated educator and administrator in a number of capacities throughout the United States and Latin America for over 15 years. In recent years, Leah has put her experience and...Full Bio