Studying Skillful Teaching

Professional Development
Graduate Credits: 


The Studying Skillful Teaching program is Research for Better Teaching's cornerstone program for building teachers’ capacity – the knowledge and skills as well as the courage and conviction – to promote students’ motivation, learning, and increased achievement. It is based on the belief that teaching is a process of decision-making, and that skillful teachers never stop learning through experimentation, data analysis, study, and collegial sharing about what works best for their students.

While receiving an overview to a comprehensive model of the knowledge base on teaching, 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

The course schedule is designed to balance both deep learning and reflection with well-matched applications to a variety of classroom settings. 

Audience and Grade Level

Administrators and Teachers, Grades K - 12


67.5 PDPs will be awarded to participants upon completion of this training, in addition to outside readings and assignments (as per DESE regulations). Graduate credit is available through Fitchburg State University at an additional cost of $385. 

Date and Location

This training will be conducted fully onlinewith virtual sessions on the below dates:

  • October 15, 2020, 8:30am - 3:30pm
  • November 5, 2020, 8:30am - 3:30pm
  • December 3, 2020, 8:30am - 3:30pm
  • January 7, 2021, 8:30am - 3:30pm
  • February 11, 2021, 8:30am - 3:30pm
  • March 18, 2021; 8:30am -3:30pm

Note: All days will be conducted virtually, modeling the effective use of both synchronous and asynchronous tools to promote an interactive and rich learning experience. Days include a 2-hour morning Zoom session, flexible time midday for asynchronous learning experiences, and an afternoon Zoom session for processing and reflection.

Cost and Registration

The cost of the workshop is $750 for member districts, and $795 for non-member districts.

Registration Deadline: October 1

For more information, contact:
Events Coordinator
413.586.4900 x5981


A maximum class size is set for each course and registrations are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. If the number of registrations for a course exceeds the maximum seats available or is too low to be able to conduct a quality learning experience, CES will inform you of available options.

Course Cancellation

If you wish to cancel your registration, please submit a request in writing (via mail, email or fax) no later than 7 business days before the workshop’s start date. After that, there are no refunds or billing adjustments.

In the event that a course is cancelled by the Collaborative for Educational Services, we will notify you as soon as possible. Please be sure to provide your best email address and phone number so we can contact you. Although every effort is made to avoid last minute cancellations, if an emergency arises, we will do our best to reach you at the phone number and email address you provide. 

Inclement Weather

Any delays or cancellations are posted online at You may also call 413.588.5979 after 6:30am for information about classes that day. Or for Early Childhood Professional Development information, please call 413.588.5570.