RBS has been assisting education agencies with improvement initiatives since 1966. This technical assistance has included providing services and products in a collaborative environment with clients that could help to improve student achievement through strategic planning, implementation assistance, coordinating stakeholders and resources, professional development, and assessment of progress and results. The challenges addressed have included the following priorities:
- Aligning standards, curriculum, instruction, and assessment with proven instructional practices
- Recruiting, training, and retaining high quality teachers
- Building a collaborative supportive environment including schools, districts, family, business, and community groups and agencies
- Assisting practitioners to implement and assess educational practices
- Aligning governance with effective practice
- Disseminating useful information resources on needs, requirements, and effective practices to education stakeholders
- Promoting the use of policies and practices that have evidence of effectiveness
- Helping states, districts, and schools to develop internal capacity and find external sources of support
RBS endeavors to meet the highest professional standards in providing technical assistance, such as those advocated by the National Staff Development Council, the U. S. Department of Education, the National Staff Development and Training Association, and the American Society for Training and Development.
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|Services and Sample Projects
|Strategic Planning and Capacity Building for States and Other Education Organizations, Improvement Assistance in Design, Implementation, Coordinating Resources, Professional Development, and Assessment, Reporting and Dissemination, and Recent Technical Assistance Projects
||This program is being implemented in eight Memphis middle schools, involving approximately 6,000 students and 200 teachers. The evaluation design includes both experimental and control groups.
|RBS' approach to improving mathematics teaching and learning includes the following major features: standards-based curriculum, instruction, and assessment; current research on student thinking; substantial time for planning and professional development; problem-based learning; and evidence-based programs.
||RBS' approach to improving science teaching and learning includes the following major features: standards-based curriculum, instruction, and assessment; current research on student thinking; substantial time for planning and professional development; problem-based learning; and evidence-based programs.