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The support you need to light up every student

You know your students best. With BetterLesson‘s PersonalizedPD, your coach will provide the support you need to tackle the unique challenges you face in your classroom.
Is PersonalizedPD a fit for you?

How will PersonalizedPD help you?

Teaching is hard work. Your coach is ready to help. On your schedule, tackling your individual challenges.

Lets You Light Up Your Students

Learn the best way to reach every student as quickly as possible.

Saves you time

No more searching the web for lesson ideas and strategies, your BetterLesson Coach has got you covered!

Fits with what you’re already doing

PersonalizedPD targets an item on your already full plate and supports you to address it.

Provides a portfolio of your accomplishments

All your growth is saved online and can be printed as a snazzy, expertly-formatted portfolio.
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Handpicked Strategies to Fit Every Need

Select from nearly 30 Student Growth Areas

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Pick the challenge most relevant to your students

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Activate Prior Knowledge and Engage
Collect Evidence
Apply Reading Strategies
Accept Feedback
Annotate Evidence
Organize, Analize, and Evaluate Evidence
Draft a Text-dependant Response
Write an Effective Argument

Select from strategies that specifically target your classroom needs

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Easy-To-Use Tools to Capture Growth!

Once you choose your Teaching Challenge, our simple and elegant workflow tool will support you and your coach to select an appropriate strategy and implement it in your classroom.
Each time you try a new strategy, you simply enter your reflections and student progress. Our online tools record your notes and data, compiling them into a robust portfolio.

Let’s hear it from the teachers themselves

”Traditional professional development programs are not tailored to fit individual teacher needs, and for that reason they are inefficient uses of time. I love the TeachCycle process because it is the most effective way to improve my skills and improve the achievement of my specific students.“
5th-Grade Science Teacher, Florida
”PersonalizedPD helps me become a better teacher.“
7th and 8th-Grade Math Teacher, Illinois
”I feel incredibly supported and also that I will be able to make some major strides in how I teach, trying strategies that help me to be a more effective teacher.“
High School ELA Teacher, Arizona

Meet the Coaches

We have the right coach for every teacher.
Meet some of them now.
Afrika Afeni Mills
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Afrika Afeni Mills
K-12 Coach
Abbey Goldstein Moss
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Abbey Goldstein Moss
Blended Coach
Cheryl Belknap
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Cheryl Belknap
Science Coach
Daniel Guerrero
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Daniel Guerrero
Blended Coach
Kelly Kennefick
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Kelly Kennefick
Math Coach
James Dunseith
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James Dunseith
Math Coach
Jenna Keaney
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Jenna Keaney
ELA Coach
Marley MacDonald
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Marley MacDonald
Elementary Coach
Michele Morris
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Michele Morris
Elementary Coach
Juan Matos
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Juan Matos
Blended Coach

Meet the Coaches

We have the right coach for every teacher.
Meet some of them now.
Afrika Afeni Mills
Afrika Afeni Mills
K-12 Coach
Passion Statement
“I get so fired up when teachers share their success with me – every teacher deserves support like that. The only downside to meeting virtually is that I can’t reach through the computer and give them a high five.”
About
Afrika spent the early part of her 14-year education career as an elementary classroom teacher. She later transitioned into the role of teacher developer, staff trainer, instructional coach, and, most recently, school administrator.
Abbey Goldstein Moss
Abbey Goldstein Moss
Blended Coach
Passion Statement
“I enjoy helping teachers navigate world of digital products and content, supporting them to make the most of new instructional models. My favorite coaching moments are when a teacher recognizes that their blended design has helped students achieve new skills and exceed expectations.”
About
Abbey brings both teaching and policy experience to her BetterLesson coaching, having begun her career as a bilingual elementary teacher in Texas. She later worked in the Curriculum and Instruction Office at DC Public Schools, served as the Implementation Specialist at Education Elements, and was the Director of the Education Innovation Fellowship at the CityBridge Foundation in DC.
Cheryl Belknap
Cheryl Belknap
Science Coach
Passion Statement
“Every teacher faces unique challenges in their classroom. The flexibility of PersonalizedPD means that I can have in-depth, one-on-one conversations with each teacher and really get to know their instructional style, their students‘ abilities, and how I can best support them to improve student outcomes.”
About
Cheryl’s journey in education began as an elementary teacher specializing in a multisensory approach, which led her to become a district consultant for this method. She later became the director of Education and Research programs at the Oceanarium at New Bedford before returning to schools as the Curriculum Director of the Atlantis Charter School system.
Daniel Guerrero
Daniel Guerrero
Blended Coach
Passion Statement
“It wasn’t an easy decision to leave the classroom; I loved teaching and working with kids. Now, however, I am able to connect with amazing, dedicated teachers from across the country, supporting them to find ways to improve outcomes for their kids.”
About
Prior to becoming a BetterLesson coach, Daniel taught upper elementary school in Miami and was a Master Teacher for the Blended Master Teacher Project. Thirty-four of his blended strategies can be found here.
Kelly Kennefick
Kelly Kennefick
Math Coach
Passion Statement
“Many teachers have never had a coach, so they are initially a little wary. It usually only takes a few meetings for teachers to see that I am 100% here for them, on their schedule, meeting their needs, and providing support for their work in the classroom.”
About
Kelly’s career in education began as an upper elementary math teacher in Tolland, Connecticut where she was a student-elected star teacher. She later transitioned into the role of a Math Interventionist, working collaboratively with teachers to plan Common Core aligned units.
James Dunseith
James Dunseith
Math Coach
Passion Statement
“I love the opportunity to ‘geek out’ with teachers about teaching. Helping teachers realize how amazing they are and supporting them to become even better is the best part of this job.”
About
James has 11 years experience as a high school math and computer science teacher, first in the Bronx, then in Worcester, Massachusetts. Prior to becoming a BetterLesson coach, James was a member of the Gates Master Teacher Project. His Algebra I and 12th grade math lesson can be found here.
Jenna Keaney
Jenna Keaney
ELA Coach
Passion Statement
“My goal for every meeting is to help teachers reflect and learn from their most recent strategy, and then take that learning into the next step. I love when teachers leave our meetings raring to try the next thing. That’s what the TeachCycle process is all about!”
About
Jenna has over fifteen years of experience as a teacher, leader, coach, literacy specialist, and PLC facilitator. In her previous work, Jenna was the K-12 Reading and Humanities Coordinator for the Chelsea Public School District, planning, facilitating and evaluating professional development.
Marley MacDonald
Marley MacDonald
Elementary Coach
Passion Statement
“PersonalizedPD means that sometimes I am the one recommending instructional strategies or lessons and sometimes I fill the role of a sounding board, helping a teacher to narrow their focus or think through an implementation plan.”
About
Drawing on her experience as an elementary ELA and science teacher in the Bronx, Marley first joined the BetterLesson team as a coach for the Master Teach Project. In this role, she helped to deliver quality curricula for Kindergarten ELA and 1st and 2nd-grade science.
Michele Morris
Michele Morris
Elementary Coach
Passion Statement
“All BetterLesson coaches have been teachers, so we appreciate how full a teacher’s plate can be. We are all committed to ensuring that the TeachCycle process isn’t ‘one more thing’, but is completely integrated into what teachers are already doing. That’s PersonalizedPD!”
About
Michele has taught upper elementary in Boston, MA and Munich, Germany. Additionally, she’s spent many years working as a Math Specialist in Brookline Public Schools. More recently, she’s supported two cohorts of amazing Master Teachers in the BetterLesson MTP. And now, in her capacity as a Math and Science guru, she brings her coaching chops to PersonalizedPD coaching!
Juan Matos
Juan Matos
Blended Coach
Passion Statement
“One of my priorities as a coach is honoring the expertise and experience that teachers bring to the partnership. As a former teacher, I recognize that technology is best used as an enhancement, not as a replacement, for strong pedagogical practices.”
About
Juan brings eleven years of experience as a both a humanities teacher and instructional coach to his work on the BetterLesson blended coaching team. As a teacher in Boston Public Schools and then in New York City charter schools, Juan developed programs to support students, colleagues, and parents to harness the transformative potential of technology. He then worked as an instructional technology coach at Educate LLC, supporting teachers and administrators to develop and execute action plans around technology integration.

Take a Peek Inside Some Coaching Sessions

At school or at home, PersonalizedPD happens on your schedule and targets your needs in-the-moment.
Meeting virtually means there are no barriers to scheduling.
You select a time to fit your needs and through the wonder of technology, your coach appears on your screen, ready to support you with what you need right now.

Traditional PD vs PersonalizedPD

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Traditional PD
Inconsistent
Hard to Personalize
Passive
Theoretical
Compliance-Focused
Personalized PD
Consistant
100% Personalized
Collaborative
Actionable
Results-Focused
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