RBT Downloads

15 Minutes to a Transformed Lesson

This article details the steps in a content-focused planning conference. The exclusive focus for 15 minutes on digging into the content itself yields a much clearer learning target and a better lesson.

Supervising and Coaching Principals

This article describes in detail what supervisors of principals can do on school visits and at principals' meetings so that those events improve the instructional leadership capacity of the principal. 

Effective Effort Quotes: Powerpoint Presentation

50 Ways to Get Students to Believe in Themselves

This document lists the ways teachers and schools act when they want all the students to believe in themselves and act from that belief. It is divided into verbal behaviors, classroom mechanisms, focused instructional strategies, direct teaching of effective effort, district policies, and key ways to connect students to families and community.

Quotes About the Power of Feedback

This powerpoint summarizes research about feedback with potent language. 

The Big Rocks of High Expertise Teaching

This document breaks out the highest leverage instruction strategies supported by decades of research.

High Expectations Teaching: Making the Growth Mindset Come Alive in Daily Practice.

This is a PowerPoint presentation developed by Jon Saphier used for High Expectations Teaching work.

Adult Professional Culture

This article describes the importance of Adult Professional Culture (APC) for school improvement. It lays out the essential elements of APC and what skillful leaders do to build it.

Learning Forward FAR Session Materials

"Coaching Teams to Use Formative Assessment for Results" - December 7, 2015

by Nancy Love, Robin Whitacre, Nina Smith

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Link to Soapbox Discussion

Sudbury Post-Assessment Video

Content Teams and Error Analysis -- How School Leaders Create High-Functioning Teams that Use Data to Plan Re-teaching

This article describes what high functioning PLCs or Common Planning Time teams do. The Appendix to the article provides a rating scale for the developmental level of the team. 

John Adams' Promise - How to Have Good Schools for All Our Children, Not Just for Some (ESSAY 1)

Curriculum reform, structural reform, funding reform, organizational reform - all these 20th century efforts have failed to make a significant dent in the achievement gap and the performance of disadvantaged students, especially in cities and poor rural areas. Could it be that we have focused on many good targets but missed the most important one.      

John Adams’ Promise - The Significance of the Geographical State and the Ten Processes of Education Reform (ESSAY 2)

You can’t fix a problem if you don’t define it properly. A central issue for improving schools in the U.S. is this: there is a common core of professional knowledge about teaching and learning that gets results for students. Large segments of it are missing in action from each of the ten processes that form the supply chain of our teacher workforce. No one is accountable for seeing professional knowledge even shows up in these processes, much less in an integrated way. This is eminently fixable, but only if we redefine the problem and radically refocus our resources.

John Adams' Promise - Including Student Results in Teacher Evaluation - A Case Study in Focus on Teaching Expertise (ESSAY 3)

In this era of accountability in education, teachers are asked to be accountable for student results as never before. In Montgomery County, MD, this accountability appears in the written evaluation of every teacher. This paper describes: (a) how this accountability avoids a reductionist numbers game tied to test scores; and (b) how joint responsibility for student learning has come about through a powerful alliance of union and administrative leaders.   

The Courage to Lead

There are cases available all over the country that show that individual schools and occasionally whole districts with many children in poverty get very good achievement results - in some cases as good or better than nearby affluent suburbs. 

Conversations That Produce School Improvement

Schools that make the most learning gains for students have leaders who ensure the frequency and quality of professional conversations. Conversations among adults about teaching and learning permeate the building. That means they happen at all times of day, in formal and informal settings, and all the adults involve themselves. 

Bonfires and Magic Bullets

This essay makes the case for both why and then practically how we can make teaching a true profession. It answers the questions: what characterizes a true profession? What is getting in the way? What are the steps to take?  This essay has been widely used as a study group resource and reading-in-common by educators throughout the country.

Growing Lilies in the Desert

This essay describes a practical plan, now well underway in Massachusetts, to fix the dysfunctional personnel pipeline that creates our educator workforce. The plan builds the large knowledge base about teaching and learning into all the levers of influence that impact what teachers know and can do. It makes the case that the geographical state is the unit of enduring change in American education. It goes on to describe how state policy and law can press the levers of influence on teacher capacity into alignment, both with each other and with professional knowledge. 

Supplements to The Skillful Teacher: Introduction to the Motivation Section of the Skillful Teacher

For those who have wondered where the domain of feeling and the whole child enters into the picture of skillful teaching, this section is for you.       

Barry Jentz Program Overview

A summary of the RBT program by Barry Jentz "How to Make Decisions That Transform Your Leadership and Organization".    

The Skillful Teacher Quiz Downloads

SST Reading Assignments

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SST Collegial Discussion Readings

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SST Worksheets for Experiments

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ATSR Supplementary Materials

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ATSR Collegial Discussion Readings

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Crosswalks for Teacher Evaluation

The Crosswalks for Teacher Evaluation map various rubrics to relevant sections of The Skillful Teacher and The Skillful Leader III: Strengthening Teacher Evaluation.

ATSR Binder Replacement Pages

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Strengthening Teacher Evaluation: Taking Action to Improve Ineffective Teaching (The Skillful Leader III) Excerpts

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The Skillful Leader III Supplements

The listed items are supplemental materials to accompany Strengthening Teacher Evaluation: Taking Action to Improve Ineffective Instruction (The Skillful Leader III) textbook.

The Skillful Leader II: Confronting Conditions That Undermine Learning Excerpts

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The Skillful Leader II Supplements

The listed items are supplemental materials to accompany The Skillful Leader II: Transforming Ineffective Teams: Maximizing Collaboration's Impact on Learning textbook.

Data Binder Replacement Pages

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Data Collegial Discussion Readings

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Data Introductory Materials

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