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Improving Instruction through Strategic Conversation with Teachers

Course Description


This course presents the delicate art of conversations between educational leaders and teachers. Dr. Robyn Jackson, master teacher and teacher trainer, presents cogent strategies to help instructional leaders shift from supervisory feedback to strategic conversations that respect the needs of individuals. Four different types of strategic conversations-reflective, facilitative, coaching, and directive-empower educational leaders to motivate and support teachers. They target teachers' combined will and skill, which in turn directly affect student achievement. Dr. Jackson concludes with valuable tips for instructional leaders to help them maintain focus and confidence for using strategic conversations. She offers encouragement and support for educators in their continuing efforts to improve the quality of instruction and impact student learning.

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Course Presenter


Dr. Robyn R. Jackson

Dr. Robyn R. Jackson earned her Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Maryland. In her work with teachers, administrators, schools, and non-profit organizations, Dr. Jackson focuses on key principles of education rather than isolated strategies. Dr. Jackson founded Mindsteps, Inc. in 2006 to help teachers learn how to help every students meet or exceed rigorous learning standards. Her work with administrators helps them effectively train and support teachers and create highly rigorous school programs that ensure equitable access to college readiness for all students. She also works with school systems and non-profits to remove institutional barriers to equity, access, and rigor for all students, particularly students of color who are traditionally under-represented in advanced courses.

Partner Profile


Public Consulting Group, Inc. (PCG) is a leading public sector management consulting and operations improvement firm that partners with health, education, and human services agencies to improve lives. Founded in 1986 and headquartered in Boston, Massachusetts, PCG has nearly 2,000 professionals in more than 50 offices around the US, in Canada and in Europe. PCG’s Education practice offers consulting services and technology solutions that help schools, school districts, and state education agencies/ministries of education to promote student success, improve programs and processes, and optimize financial resources.

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