Research for Better Teaching Wins Award from Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education to Develop Coaching Program

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Grant for 2-Year Initiative in Boston, Everett, New Bedford, Greater Lawrence Technical to Deliver Professional Development Program for Instructional Coaches in High-Need Schools

Research for Better Teaching, Inc. (RBT -, an established professional development organization for educators with focus on sustainable school improvement, announced that it has been selected by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (ESE) to develop and implement a professional development program for instructional coaches in partnership with several high-need school districts. The award from ESE's Priority Partners Turnaround Investment Fund supports a two-year initiative for Boston Public Schools, Everett Public Schools, New Bedford Public Schools, and Greater Lawrence Technical High School.

The Coaching for Sustainable Improvement Program aims to strengthen the coaching skills and instructional expertise of school- and district-based coaches, who work with teachers to improve their practice and results for students. The program features a partnership with instructional coaching expert Jim Knight and the innovative use of videos of classrooms and coaching sessions.

Nancy Love, Director of Program Development for RBT, says, "We are extremely proud to have been awarded this grant as part of ESE's investments to promote innovative approaches to school and district improvement. When coaches have the knowledge, skills, and support to provide ongoing professional development, they become a powerful force for sustainable improvement in teaching and learning."

Through the Priority Partner for Turnaround Initiative, ESE is committed to supporting district and school turnaround efforts by investing in the expansion, service development, and collaboration of partners with a track record of effectiveness in accelerating school improvement efforts. In developing this new program, RBT draws on its years of experience implementing programs that result in Skillful Teaching, Skillful Leadership, and Skillful Data Use(tm).

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