(PRWEB) October 25, 2011
Research for Better Teaching, Inc. (RBT - http://www.RBTeach.com), a recognized professional development organization for educators with focus on sustainable school improvement, has announced that Nancy Love, the company’s director of programs, spoke at the Sixth Annual Instructional Coaching Conference in Lawrence, Kansas on October 10 and 11. This year’s conference, which drew over 200 instructional coaches and administrators, included a focus on data coaching.
Ms. Love, the co-author of the highly-regarded book, The Data Coach’s Guide to Improving Learning for All Students, has established RBT’s leadership position for Skillful Data Use(SM) programs. RBT has a full portfolio of publications and programs to equip Data Coaches and their teams with the tools needed for effective use of data in identifying areas for improvement in teaching and learning. At the conference, she sat on two panels with other leading coaching experts: the first focused on Defining Coaching as the discussion topic; the second addressed Coaching in Hard Times. Ms. Love also held a breakout session entitled The Data Coach’s Role that delved into the details of what makes a successful Data Coach.
“Nancy Love’s Data Coach’s Guide is essential reading for any instructional coach, or any other educator, who works with data. Her book is the definitive work on coaching and data,” commented Dr. Jim Knight, Director of the Kansas Coaching Project, which sponsored the conference.
As background, Kansas Coaching Project of the University of Kansas Center for Research on Learning conducts research on instructional coaching, on-site professional development intended to teach educators how to use proven instructional methods. The project offers several opportunities throughout the year to learn more about coaching. This includes the once-a-year Instructional Coaching Conference that brings together some of the nation's experts in instructional coaching for three days of presentations and learning activities.
About Research for Better Teaching, Inc. (RBT) http://www.RBTeach.com, Research for Better Teaching, Inc. is an established professional development organization for educators offering nationally recognized programs to school districts for administrators, teachers, and coaches. RBT prides itself in being a partner with the educational community in supporting sustainable school improvement. Founded in 1979 by Jon Saphier, RBT has been leading the way for improved skills for teachers and furthering the mission to provide quality education. Programs, publications and consulting focus on building in-house professional development to ensure skillful teaching, developing teacher evaluation systems, training Data Coaches and Data Teams, and developing leadership skills for strong school cultures. RBT is headquartered in Acton, Massachusetts, outside of Boston.