St. Ignatius

Studying Skillful Teaching

A Course for Novice & Veteran teachers from Research for Better Teaching, Acton MA

Registration for the course is currently closed.

Course Description

The Studying Skillful Teaching program aims to help teachers build their capacity to improve their practices and their students’ achievements. Participants develop common language and conceptual frameworks about teaching that relate to each state’s professional standards. Another purpose of this program is to strengthen adult professional culture first among the participants, then through them in their schools. This is accomplished through studying the knowledge base on teaching, as guided by the essential question “What do skillful teachers believe, know and do – individually and collaboratively – to promote the learning and achievement of each and every student?”

Course Outcomes

During this program, participants will study, apply, and reflect on practical ways to:

  • Examine powerful beliefs and expectations that influence students’ motivations to learn
  • Support students in developing a growth mindset
  • Design lessons that focus students on what learning is most important (objective) and what success looks like (criteria for success)
  • Apply research-based instructional strategies
  • Collect, analyze, and use formative assessment data to inform timely decisions about what happens next for students’ learning
  • Strengthen cultural proficiency in instruction, curriculum, class climate, and school environment 

Where & When

June XX-XX, 20XX 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
with two Fri-Sat follow-up dates in the Fall, to be scheduled shortly.
Location: St. Ignatius College Preparatory, 2001-37th Avenue, San Francisco, CA.
Contact: Please contact Paul Molinelli if you have any registration or payment questions.
Instructor: Deborah Reed

Course Fees

$975 per person, payable to "Research for Better Teaching." Please send payment to:

Research for Better Teaching
One Acton Place
Acton, Massachusetts  01720

If you are paying with Title IIA Funds, RBT will contract with your local school district.

Graduate Credit

Participants who complete all course requirements will receive a certificate of completion. They may pay an additional $325 to receive three (3) graduate credits from Fitchburg State College (Mass.). No partial course credit will be granted for meeting only a portion of the course requirements.

Registration for the course is currently closed.

***Please contact Paul Molinelli if you have any questions about the course.