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 of Education of Singapore uses Dr. Saphier’s induction program for all newly hired teachers.
He has led large-scale district improvement projects forging working alliances among superintendents, teacher union leaders, and school boards in school districts such as Montgomery County, Maryland, Eugene, Oregon, and Brockton, Revere, and Attleboro in Massachusetts. He is an annual guest instructor for The Harvard Graduate School of Education’s Achievement Gap Institute and is a well-known keynote speaker on high-expertise teaching, school leadership, and related education topics.
Dr. Saphier is passionate about and actively engaged in public policy efforts to close the nation’s achievement gaps. His expert opinion is often requested by organizations and news outlets such as National Public Radio, and The Washington Post. In 2003, he served as a panel member for the National Research Council of the National Academy of Sciences to study the best methods for transferring well-established educational research knowledge to classroom practice.
He is an author of eight books on education, including The Skillful Teacher, now its 6th edition and used extensively in teacher and leader training programs in districts and leading institutions of higher education. Other publications include How to Bring Vision to School Improvement and John Adams’ Promise. Examples of recent published articles include “15 Minutes to a Transformed Lesson” and “Coaching, Teaching Standards, and Feedback Mark the Teacher’s Road to Mastery” in Learning Forward’s Journal of Staff Development, and “How Coaches Can Maximize Student Learning” with Lucy West in Phi Delta Kappan.