Most professional development operates under the flawed theory that the barrier to change is a knowledge gap. The research finds it is actually an implementation gap. (Gulamhussein, 2013)
Teachers need more than knowledge and resources in order to change their practice. To truly build capacity, they need competencies, resources and motivation in concert. (Fullan, 2010)
Educators coached by BetterLesson love the way the program is tailored to the challenges faced in their classrooms. Our approach to personalized professional development allows teachers to experience the shifts required to deliver personalized learning to their students.
Teachers choose an area of focus and the resources that seem most resonant. Our caring and competent coaches guide them through the trial, measurement, and reflection stages that create real impact for students. With BetterLesson, engaged teachers implement and master new teaching practices.
BetterLesson’s Capacity Builders
The BetterLesson Lab
Educators spend most of their time at school in a state of cognitive overload. 'Show and Tell' workshops are no longer enough. We need an effective way for teachers to get the time and repetitions required with a new concept to ensure we are truly building capacity.
The BetterLesson Lab organizes competencies and strategies into a Try-Measure-Learn process that turns professional development into experiential learning.
The Lab Helps Teachers:
- Set a clear goal on a measurable outcome.
- Collect baseline data.
- Try innovative and research and practice-based strategies.
- Collect evidence of efforts and measure progress toward goals.
- Review, reflect and course correct.
The work facilitated by the Lab can be accessed by the teacher and administrative dashboards. At the end of the program, the evidence captured by the Lab is compiled into a portfolio of teacher and student growth.
BetterLesson Case Studies
Exceptional Demonstration of Value
We are committed to providing solutions that truly move the needle for teachers and students. Our process prioritizes collecting evidence of impact through a variety of metrics:
- Teacher Survey Data.
- Video and Photo Artifacts.
- Student Growth Indicators.
- Observed Behavior Change.
Our Partner Success Managers actively monitor cohort progress and work with you to ensure continued alignment with vision and progress towards goals.