Virtual PD Reimagined

Interactive online learning sessions focused on introducing educators to targeted topics

In Virtual Workshops, expert coaches help teachers and leaders master new student-centered strategies through practice and reflection.

Distance Learning Virtual Sessions

In a Virtual Workshop, expert coaches introduce small groups of teachers and leaders to specific topic areas like Fundamentals of Culturally Responsive Teaching, Authentic Assessment, and Mathematical Discourse.

Virtual Workshops reinforce key district initiatives, helping educators integrate new curriculum, instructional skills, and learn-by-doing PD models into their schools.

Areas of Focus

BetterLesson supports educators in the Essential Elements of student-centered teaching and learning:

BetterLesson's Student Centered Focus Areas: Instructional Coaching, Inclusive and Responsive Practices, Flexible Instructional Models, Curriculum and Academic Content

In a Virtual Workshop, BetterLesson coaches use a learn-by-doing approach designed to advance teacher practice.

Each Virtual Workshop is built around the Define-Explore-Build model. Coaches start with a community-building activity to establish the learning community. Then, they define key concepts and invite discussion from participants. During the Explore section, participants will review strategies and test tools that relate to the topic. Finally, during the Build section, participants will create a plan to apply what they’ve learned to an upcoming lesson.

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Flexible, Small Group Professional Learning

Virtual Workshops leverage technology to provide professional learning when it’s most convenient for teachers and leaders, in a small group or learning community format. But this is no webinar – Virtual Workshops are collaborative, active, and tailored to teacher, school, and district priorities

Every participant receives full-year access to the online BetterLesson Lab which contains premium, research-based instructional strategies including videos, templates, and other planning tools.

The Lab allows educators to:

  • Select from thousands of curated strategies that align with the specific elements of practice they are focused on improving.
  • Gain insights on the ways other educators have implemented a strategy to determine how to best adapt it for their students.

Virtual Workshops for Teachers:

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Small groups of teachers, often from the same grade level or content area

Unpack, practice, and reflect on key strategies that engage students and deepen their learning

Aligned to school or district priorities – often a new curriculum or instructional shift

Virtual Workshops for Leaders:

flexible learning topics for teachers

Small groups of leaders, such as in-school coaches, teacher leaders, assistant principals, principals, and district leaders

Unpack, practice, and reflect on key strategies for leading teacher teams, schools, and district initiatives

Aligned to school or district priorities – often change management around a new curriculum or instructional shift

BetterLesson Testimonials

Having participated myself in the BetterLesson PD, I know the caliber of the presenters is extremely impressive. Their energy, experience and passion comes through in every session – and they offer practical hands-on suggestions from their personal teaching lives.

Cyrel Brudny
Principal, Yeshiva Shaarei Tzion, NJ

My BetterLesson coach introduced me to accountable talk. The impact this strategy had in my classroom was still being felt a couple of years later. The students from my math class retained and used their skills as speakers and listeners and applied this to their other classes. The 8th-grade teachers were so surprised when they posed a question and the students began speaking about the topic using the strategies taught to them in 6th grade.

Michelle Scade
Instructional Coach, Woodridge School District 68, IL

Our students have multiple teachers in one subject, attend when they can, and work at their own pace. Our teachers are part time and are spread over 11 campuses. We needed a customized professional development program for our teachers that could be delivered on-line at the teacher’s convenience. Our goal was to improve students achievement as measured by our state standardized tests. BetterLesson leaders and coaches listened to us to understand the nature and specific needs of our school.

Scott Gordon
Regional Director for Instruction, Foothills Education Charter High School, GA

The partnership was established because of the quality and scope of services offered by BetterLesson, including the adaptability and customization to meet district needs. The largest benefit has been the coaching and personalized support that allows exposure to resources and instructional methods.

Amalia Lopez
TSL Grant Project Manager, Lindsay Unified School District, CA

BetterLesson has been a great resource and support for new teachers and teachers changing assignments that provides more consistent development and feedback that what we can provide.

Todd Prusator
Superintendent, Rochelle CCSD, IL

Teachers feel supported in trying new things that they wouldn’t have tried without BetterLesson’s support. Teachers are more thoughtful due to the reflection built into the cycle. And, our veteran teachers really appreciate it as they are often the ones providing support to others.

Adriana Harrington
Director of Project Management, Tennessee Department of Education, TN
  • Cyrel Brudny Principal — AVI CHAI - Yeshiva Shaarei Tzion
    Cyrel Brudny
    Principal, Yeshiva Shaarei Tzion, NJ
  • Michelle Scade, Instructional Coach, Woodridge School District 68
    Michelle Scade
    Instructional Coach, Woodridge School District 68, IL
  • Scott Gordon - Director for Instruction at Foothills Education
    Scott Gordon
    Regional Director for Instruction, Foothills Education Charter High School, GA
  • Amalia Lopez - TSL Project Manager, Lindsay Unified School District
    Amalia Lopez
    TSL Grant Project Manager, Lindsay Unified School District, CA
  • Todd Prusator
    Superintendent, Rochelle CCSD, IL
  • Adriana Harrington - Director of Project Management, Consolidated Planning and Monitoring at Tennessee Department of Education
    Adriana Harrington
    Director of Project Management, Tennessee Department of Education, TN

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