Jon Saphier

Guest Blogger

Founder and President, Research for Better Teaching, Inc.

Acton, Massachusetts

Jon Saphier is the founder and president of Research for Better Teaching, Inc. (RBT), an educational consulting organization in Acton, Massachusetts, that is dedicated to the professionalization of teaching and leadership. Since 1979, he and his RBT colleagues have taught in-depth professional development programs centered on the knowledge base of teaching to educators in more than 200 school districts each year in the United States and other countries.

He is author of “High Expectations Teaching: How We Persuade Students to Believe and Act in ‘Smart Is Something You Can Get,'” published by Corwin.


Posted Mar. 9, 2017

If We Don’t Believe Our Students Can Actually Achieve, Then What Are We Even Doing? Let’s Start There.

Many students growing up in the United States have historically encountered a pervasive message that their ability is fixed and…

By Jon Saphier

Read Post


Featured Posts

Posted Mar. 13, 2018

We Could Have More Black Teachers If We Removed These Barriers

There is a growing body of evidence that Black students perform better when they have a Black teacher. It is a problem, then, that only…

By Max Marchitello, Chad Aldeman

Read Post

Posted Mar. 14, 2018

Stephen Hawking Showed Us That Every Student Has Hidden Talents, Even Those With Profound Disabilities

Last night, I heard the news of Stephen Hawking’s passing. He and I had been corresponding these past few weeks and I knew he had…

By Brett Bigham

Read Post

Posted Mar. 14, 2018

A Bullet Took My Student and I Want to Remember Him by Saving Other Lives

Take a moment and think back to when you were 12 years old. See life through the eyes of your 12-year-old self. What were you…

By Valerie Groth

Read Post

Browse by Date

Keep Up With
Education Post

Sign up for weekly emails featuring our top blog posts:

Want more? Get our morning update and join us in #Voices4Ed.

What We’re