Professional Development at RBT

Online Programs

Research for Better Teaching is pleased to offer a variety of self-paced online courses.  

Making Student Thinking Visible Online Course

In this online course you will learn skills used to Make Students Thinking Visible (MSTV). You will hear from Jon Saphier, founder and president of Research for Better Teaching, Inc., and Lucy West, Founder of Metamorphosis TLC, on the concepts, embedded values, and operating principles of MSTV. You will explore in depth these principles and practice building a robust talk environment that builds student confidence and extends their capacity to manage discussions. Along the way you will learn about teaching habits that have to change and about the preparation and planning needed to fully integrate MSTV into your classroom. 

Here's what Nancy Barile from Revere High School, Revere, MA had to say about her experience in her blog.

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For a preview, view the video below.

This self-paced, online course has two purchase options: coached or audit.

Take the course for credit with coaching

This 45-hour option includes interaction with a coach who provides feedback on assignments including a mid-course evaluation and capstone final project.

Participants successfully completing all course requirements are eligible for three graduate credits, continuing education units (CEUs) or 67.5 Professional Development Points (PDPs) (in MA only).  If the participant opts for graduate credits through Fitchburg State University, an additional cost of $385 is required, which is paid directly to the university. The course should be completed within four months.

          With Coaching Version: $575 per participant      Click here to purchase

 

Course without coaching

This 20-hour option does not include coaching. Participants successfully completing all course requirements are eligible for continuing education units (CEUs) or 20 Professional Development Points (PDPs) (in MA only). In addition, it is not eligible for graduate credit.  The course should be completed within three months.

          Without Coaching Version:      $375 per participant      Click here to purchase

Enroll a group.

To register a group, please call (978) 893-0109 or email registrar@rbteach.com to reach an RBT Client Services Representative who can assist you with your registration.

More Than Numbers: Improving School Culture and Student Performance Through Data Online Course

Research for Better Teaching has partnered with Momenta to develop an online course about using literacy data to target instruction that meets students' needs and enhances academic success. This course not only walks you through the tools for effective data analysis and tracking student progress, but also provides guidance on how to build an adult professional culture of rich, open discussion and deep collaboration.

This is a self-paced online course comprised of 11 units, which include video examples, photos, readings, reflections, assignments, and checks for understanding. The 11 units cover an initial introduction to the course, a review of the data behind the Momenta method, and guidance for how to support an open adult professional culture. This is followed by detailed steps for analyzing and using the data throughout the year to drive instruction. 

View the introduction to the course by Jon Saphier:

 

As a result of the learning experiences in the course, participants will become more cognizant of:

  • The evidence behind this method and understand what makes this approach different from other courses about data.
  • The conditions for using data effectively, the role school culture plays, and how teachers can help build a strong professional culture in their school.
  • How to organize data meetings and essential resources for these meetings
  • Create and use specific graphic organizers and manipulatives to help  analyze the data
  • Understand the importance of taking an urgent approach to both using data to plan and change instruction as needed.
  • How data can help meet the needs of all students addressing their individual needs, the needs of similar grouped students and the needs of the whole group.

As a result of the learning experiences in the course, participants will become better able to:

  • Identify assessments to use at data meetings, organize the data, create student data cards, create data charts to display the data, and graphic organizers to analyze the data.
  • Use the data to group students for small group instruction and understand what skills need to be addressed for each student.
  • Implement a tiered model for reading instruction - a prevention model that provides an instructional framework for delivering assessment-driven instruction, differentiated instruction to all students.
  • Comfortably share with colleagues both learning from them and them learning from you.
  • Develop skills that will make participants stronger teachers by using the data to drive instruction and enabling them to know their students and understand their students' educational needs.

As a result of the learning experiences in the course, participants will become more competent in their ability to:

  • Demonstrate behavior that reflects concern for the welfare of students; behavior that is compassionate and open-minded both with students and colleagues.
  • Demonstrate passion for learning and teaching.
  • Take a leadership role in providing all students a safe, caring and supportive learning environment; one that demonstrates an appreciation of diversity.
  • Support the existence of a learning and working environment that is collaborative in nature (engaging students, professionals and parents) in an effort to provide a safe talk environment and one that provides excellence in learning opportunities for all students.
  • Take a leadership role in helping colleagues understand the benefits in using data and open, sharing data meetings in an effort to provide the best education for all students.

There are two options for taking the course: With and Without Coaching

  • The With Coaching version is 50 hours and is eligible for 3 graduate credits, continuing education units (CEUs) or 67.5 Professional Development Points (PDPs) (in MA only).  If the participant opts for graduate credits, an additional cost of $385 is required, which will be payable directly to the issuing university. This version includes a mid-course and end of course project and participants receive feedback on assignments from our MTN coach, Grace Marie Greeno.  The course should be completed within four months. Cost per particiant: $575. Register here.
  • The version Without Coaching is 35 hours and is eligible for continuing education units (CEUs) or 20 Professional Development Points (PDPs) (in MA only). The course should be completed within three months. Cost per participant: $375.  Register here.
To register larger groups of teachers, please call (978) 893-0109 or email registrar@rbteach.com to reach an RBT Client Services Representative who can assist you with your registration.