By Jon Saphier
August 2011
Vol. 32 No. 4
What would happen if we found agreement around the world on what constitutes high-expertise teaching? For one thing, there would be a set of standards universally embraced that clearly defines core agreements about good teaching and learning. It would be obvious that proficiency in the knowledge, skills, and practices that comprise good teaching would be the highest-leverage path to increasing student achievement. Teacher preparation and subsequent professional development for all teachers everywhere would be based on the standards. Every effort would be made to assure that expert practices show up consistently in every classroom — from widely available classroom coaching on these practices to policies that reflect our public will to focus on expertise. Consider this: That scenario is not a distant fantasy; it is fast approaching if we look around the globe. THE UNIVERSALS OF SUCCESSFUL TEACHING  True professions are grounded in

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Jon Saphier

 Jon Saphier (jonsaphier@comcast.net) is founder and president of Research for Better Teaching Inc., an educational consulting organization in Acton, Mass., dedicated to the professionalization of teaching and leadership. Saphier has authored and contributed to eight books, including The Skillful Teacher , now in its sixth edition.

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