March, 2020
Dear RBT Community,

As many of you prepare for some unexpected time out of school, we wanted to let you know that we at RBT are thinking of you. Community is what makes school such a special place, and we know that as each school and district makes a decision about what is best for their community, each and every one of you will continue to persevere in finding the best way to respond responsibly and will find creative ways to continue to educate.

RBT is working directly with district leadership to determine how to move forward with any planned professional development. In the meantime, RBT has a host of online resources - videos, downloads, and online courses - to support your ongoing professional growth that we hope you’ll check out, and we have listed some additional support below.

Whether you choose to spend some time reflecting on your practice, or just being with your family, our thoughts are with you. Please be in touch with any questions or comments.

Be well,
Virtual Resources
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Most significant teaching skills operate in relation to others. They shouldn't be studied in isolation. For example, giving students useful feedback is empowered if we and they are clear on the criteria for success. The feedback can be about which criteria are met and which are not yet. Similarly there is a relation between exemplars and the should be able to identify with the kids where the exemplars meet the criteria. Similar relationships exist between student self-evaluation and student goal-setting. This diagram shows how many of these relationships work.
How Leaders Strengthen Adult Professional Culture (APC) and Achieve Collective Efficacy
Chapter excerpt from Jon Saphier's upcoming book on High-Expertise Teaching
Four years of public school teaching…and ten years as a principal… convinces me that the nature of the relationships among adults who inhabit a school has more to do with a school’s quality and character, with the professionalism of its teachers than any other factor.
                                                                                   -Roland Barth, 1985
Since Roland Barth’s comment, 35 years of research have proven him correct. This chapter is about that research, and more tellingly, the practical knowledge of how effective leaders build strong Adult Professional Cultures through their daily interactions with others. There has been much written about the characteristics of strong cultures. What we take up here it how leaders get it.
Review the first chapters of The Skillful Leader III: Strengthening Teacher Evaluation: Taking Action to Improve Ineffective Instruction.
Test your knowledge with The Skillful Teacher quizzes .
Students can still make their thinking visible online!

Take our online Making Student Thinking Visible course to learn how to get all your students involved in class discussions.
Registration is open - Register here .
Consider posting these MSTV guidelines in your online breakout rooms for students:
  • Ask speaker to explain or elaborate
  • Paraphrase or restate what the speaker said
  • Add on or comment on another's thinking
Helpful Links
Google for Education
Walk through setting up a Google Classroom, or browse the whole channel here.
Google Classroom Tutorial
When there is diversity in classroom materials, students connect to the experiences of others—and have their own reflected and valued.

Zoom is a free online meeting space. See their support guidance here.
We will survive online
Harvard University
We’ve tried to keep it simple, focusing on the most common teaching practices that are effective in an online environment. Below you’ll see general advice, a variety of course types, and additional tips on student engagement. We’ve broken up the teaching tips according to the common teaching styles (lecture, case, small group discussion, and hands-on). You may want to jump to the section that is most appropriate to your course.
By Flower Darby, Chronicle of Higher Education
Apps and other Online tools
Adventures in Familyhood
Museums, Zoos, Aquairums - all virtual!
A Google Doc listing all the free educational apps.

Free lesson plans and printable worksheets for all ages.
"We have been speaking to school communities around the country that are in a state of uncertainty as school closures are becoming more common. So we curated some resources around the most common topics our friends and partners are surfacing."
Kennedy Center Education Artist-in-Residence at Home
Mo Willems invites YOU into his studio every day for his LUNCH DOODLE. Learners worldwide can draw, doodle and explore new ways of writing by visiting Mo’s studio virtually once a day for the next few weeks. Grab some paper and pencils, pens, or crayons and join Mo to explore ways of writing and making together.
Open Enrollment Opportunities
Space is limited! Sign up today!
Full details here .

Studying Skillful Teaching (6 days)
Instructor: Deb Reed
7/6, 7/7, 7/8, 7/9, 9/22, 10/21

Analyzing Teaching for Student Results (7 days)
Instructors: Rick Rogers, Pat Wiedel, and Deb Reed
7/13, 7/14, 7/15, 7/16, 9/23, 10/19, 12/4, plus site visit

Adult Professional Culture (6 days)
Instructors: Rick Rogers and Jon Saphier
7/21, 7/22, 9/30, 10/26, 12/10, 1/13

ATSR Refresher: Strengthening Instructional Leadership in Observing and Analyzing Teaching for Student Results
(1 day)
Instructor: Laura Cooper
6/23 or 8/12

Skillful Teaching Module: Principles of Learning (1 day)
Instructor: Deb Reed

Instructor: Sue McGregor
Fall Dates TBD

New online version of our
MSTV course

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