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Disrupting the Teacher Opportunity Gap

Aligning 12 Processes for High-Expertise Teaching

This cohesive handbook for education leaders outlines the actions necessary to create workplace environments that enable and prioritize continuous professional learning about High-Expertise Teaching.

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  • Grade Level: PreK-12
  • ISBN: 9781071907832
  • Published By: Corwin
  • Year: 2023
  • Page Count: 456
  • Publication date: August 08, 2023

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The teachers aren’t the problem—it’s the system that needs fixing.

The missing element in 70 years of school reform is a surround-sound focus on High-Expertise Teaching. We could have it in any district, regardless of zip code, if we reengineered the twelve processes that impact teachers’ knowledge and skill. A handbook for action and a persuasive case for making every school a reliable engine of constant learning, this book outlines the actions necessary to ensure High-Expertise Teaching reaches more children, more of the time.

Informed by a substantial research base and decades of implementation, scholar-practitioner Jon Saphier presents the foundational elements of High-Expertise Teaching in this capstone work, along with

  • A comprehensive plan for effective implementation to scale
  • An assets-based approach to high expectations, culturally responsive teaching, and rigor
  • Templates for re-engineering school- and district-based processes
  • Guidance for leaders on honing their own skills to implement change

Excellent teaching is complex and demanding, with challenges beyond what any teacher-preparation program can cover. That’s why we must create a workplace environment that enables and prioritizes continuous professional learning about High-Expertise Teaching.



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Jon Saphier

Dr. Jon Saphier is the Founder and President of Research for Better Teaching, Inc., an educational consulting organization in Acton, Massachusetts that is dedicated to the professionalization of teaching and leadership. He is a recognized expert on supervision, evaluation, staff development, and adult professional culture. Since 1979, he and his RBT colleagues have taught in-depth professional development programs centered on the knowledge base of teaching to educators in hundreds of school districts each year in the United States and overseas.

In 2001, he was appointed a panel member for the National Research Council of the National Academy of Sciences to study the best methods for transferring research knowledge to classroom practice. In 2010 RBT’s Skillful Teacher model was adopted by the country of Singapore as their national program for training beginning teachers.

Beginning in the summer of 2001, Dr. Saphier became a member of the core faculty for aspiring urban principals of New Leaders for New Schools. Additionally, Research for Better Teaching provides training on “Observing and Analyzing Teaching” to KIPP principals and KIPP teacher leaders continuing to the present. /p>

Sloan-Kettering’s annual IDEA Institutes voted him “Best of the Best” for their first 25-year history. Dr. Saphier presents each year at Ron Ferguson’s Achievement Gap Initiative Conference at Harvard. Dr. Saphier has done on-site coaching to over 1,000 principals on instructional leadership.

He has a bachelors from Amherst College, and a masters degree from the London School of Economics. He was a combat medic in Vietnam. After the war he entered teaching and holds degrees in early childhood from Univ. of Mass. and a doctorate from Boston University. He has been a high school history teacher and has taught fifth grade, second grade, first grade and kindergarten. He has been an administrator and a staff developer in an urban K-8 school.

He is an author and co-author of nine books, including The Skillful Teacher in its 7th edition as well as numerous articles. The Skillful Teacher has sold over a half million copies and is the bible of teaching in hundreds of districts around the country. It is used as a text in 60 university teacher preparation programs, including Harvard, Yale, Princeton, Columbia, Dartmouth, Brown, Middlebury and Williams.

RBT designed and trained all administrators on their Professional Growth System in Fairfax Va. late 80s through early 90s, Montgomery County Public Schools late 90s through the present, and 50 other districts nation-wide. RBT provides continued support for Montgomery County’s "Center for Skillful Teaching".

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Defining the Problem

The Blind Spot in Policy, Reform, and Long-Term Planning

The Solution -- Elevating High-Expertise Teaching: the Missing Element in School Reform

School-based Processes for High Expertise Teaching

The Skillful Culture Builder

How to Make Decisions that Stay Made

To See into the Soul of a School, Visit Common Planning Time Teams (CPTs)

BILTs Building Instructional Leadership Teams – Charter and Operation

Crafting the Role of the Coach

District Based Processes for High Expertise Teaching

Where to Show Up and What to Do

Teacher Evaluation for Constant Learning

Supervising and Developing Principals

Leadership Skills for High Expertise Teaching

The Nature of Professional Knowledge

Leadership Preparation Programs

The Courage to Lead

Political Savvy and Mobilization

System Issues

High Expectations Teaching

Rigor and Curriculum Coherence

Ports of Call on a White Educator’s Journey to Culturally Proficient Instruction

The Rest of the Story

The Plan

The Unwritten Chapters – Seven Potent Processes Hiring, Hiring, duction, Access and Academy, Pre-Service Education, Certification and Recertification



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