A Course for Lead Teachers, Department Heads, and Experienced and Novice Teachers
No single factor has a greater impact on student learning than skillful teaching.
This is RBT’s foundational course for building teachers’ capacity — the knowledge and skills as well as the courage and conviction — to promote learning, critical thinking, and increased achievement in the classroom. The course is based on the belief that teaching is a process of decision-making, not a prescriptive list of do’s and don’ts.
As a result of the course, participants will be able to:
· Apply three concepts of “areas of performance,” “repertoire,” and “matching” to ongoing study of the knowledge base on teaching.
· Use a variety of data—pre-assessments, checking for understanding, ongoing formative assessments, and student work—to inform planning, teaching, and reflecting on lessons.
· Apply five functions of clarity (framing lessons, presenting information, creating mental engagement, getting inside students’ heads, and anchoring learning) to lesson design and implementation.
· Formulate clear and worthy mastery objectives and criteria for student success.
· Strengthen courage and conviction to make a difference in the life and learning of each and every child.
· Expand their repertoire of instructional strategies.
· Use language and apply strategies to enable students to put forth effective effort.
· Develop systems for providing ongoing feedback to students on their performance.
· Design opportunities for students to revisit or extend learning based on formative assessment data.
Location: Jesuit High School, 4133 Banks St., New Orleans, LA 70119
When: Tuesday, July 31 – Friday, August 3;
Saturday, December 1, 2012;
Friday, March 15, 2013
The course consists of a total of six class days, 37.5 hours.
Cost: $825 per participant (More than 25 participants may reduce the cost.)
The fee includes tuition, textbook, materials, and lunches for all six days.
Title II or NCLB funds may be used.
Time: 8:15 am to 3:15 pm
Instructor: Marcia Booth
Three hours of graduate credit or credit for certification can be earned.
Research for Better Teaching is authorized to offer a graduate credit option through Fitchburg State College (FSC) located in Fitchburg, Massachusetts.
The course and its requirements must be successfully completed in order to earn the credit. The fee for this graduate credit course is $255.
For more information,
please contact Malcolm Villarrubia
(Jesuit High School, New Orleans LA)
at email@example.com or 504-483-3958.
Jesuit Faculty at the RBT Workshop
Many Jesuit faculty members cut short their summer break before the 2010-2011
school year to attend a four-day workshop, under the leadership of RBT
(Research for Better Teaching) director Marcia Booth, to improve
and sharpen their teaching skills in the classroom.
Check out the Jesuit faculty in action: Skillful Teacher Workshop Photo Gallery
I was nervous about taking the SST course because of past professional development classes I had taken. But this by far was the most informative that I have ever been to. I use the material that I received regularly in my classroom. I am excited to introduce my class with all the material that I brought back to school with me!
Christina Schlaudecker (History teacher, 10 years)
Archbishop Chapelle High School (Metairie, LA)
RBT’s Studying Skillful Teaching workshop is a comprehensive professional development activity that weaves together the many dimensions of effective teaching into a unified, coherent understanding. It covers writing objectives, establishing criteria, forming effective assessments, developing diverse instructional strategies, and much more. Presentations are engaging, interactive, and thoroughly enjoyable. Teachers in all disciplines and of all experience levels benefit greatly.
Paul Davis (English teacher, 30 years)
Director of Faculty Development
Jesuit High School, Tampa
I have been to dozens of professional development workshops and conferences, and I can honestly say that the SST course is the best I have ever attended. Created by teachers for teachers, it gets to the heart of what teachers need to make their classrooms more engaging and more student-centered. It has renewed my excitement for teaching and has helped me make my students better critical thinkers.
Kathleen Juhas (Math teacher, 33 years)
Academic Assistant Principal
Jesuit High School of New Orleans
The SST course is certainly the most inspiring, challenging, and practical educational course I have ever taken. As a classroom teacher and as a teacher mentor, I learned numerous strategies to help me and the teachers I “coach” turn our students from passive listeners to active critical thinkers and problem solvers. The course redefined “rigor” for me.
Malcolm Villarrubia, Jr. (English teacher, 33 years)
Director of Professional Development
Jesuit High School of New Orleans