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Robyn Jackson, Ph.D.

Author of Never Work Harder than Your Students, Founder of Mindsteps Inc.

Dr. Robyn R. Jackson is passionate about the profession of teaching. She helps teachers and administrators understand the principles of mastery teaching and shows them how to apply these principles in order to help every student succeed. As a former high school English teacher and middle school administrator, she refined these principles on her own journey to become a master teacher.

As a best-selling author, internationally recognized keynote speaker, and professional developer, she provides step-by-step advice and strategies on how to use these same principles to become or help others become master teachers. Because she believes that every child deserves a master teacher and that any teacher can become a master teacher with the right kind of support and practice, she started Mindsteps™ Inc., a professional development firm located in Washington, DC to provide the right kind of practice for teachers and the administrators who lead them. She doesn't just want to change how we teach; Dr. Jackson wants to change the way that we think about teaching.

Her accomplishments include

  • National Board Certified AP English Teacher: As a National Board Certified English teacher, she increased the enrollment of minority and non-traditional students in her AP Language and Composition classes
  • Award winning administrator: As a middle school administrator in Montgomery County Maryland, she worked to revise the district's Gifted and Talented program to be more inclusive of underrepresented students and better prepare students for rigorous high school work. She also compiled the final draft of the district’s Middle School Reform Report and helped lead one of the largest middle schools in the district to win the state and national Blue Ribbon.
  • A nationally recognized keynote speaker and consultant: Dr. Jackson has worked with school districts, non-profit organizations, and state departments of education throughout the US and abroad to help schools develop sustainable approaches to professional development and increased students achievement. Her books are translated into four languages.
  • University Professor and Researcher: As an educator, she has served as an adjunct professor at Towson University and Bowie University and presented her own research on equity, access, rigor, and instructional strategies designed to help under-represented and under-served student populations meet rigorous learning standards at several national conferences.

Dr. Jackson is the author of 10 books:

  • The Differentiation Workbook: A step-by-step guide to creating lessons that help every student meet the standards
  • The Instructional Leader’s Guide to Strategic Conversations with Teachers
  • Never Work Harder than Your Students and Other Principles of Great Teaching
  • How to Support Struggling Students
  • How to Plan Rigorous Instruction
  • How to Motivate Resistant Learners
  • The AP* Teachers Resource Book
  • Never Underestimate Your Teachers: Instructional Leadership for Excellence in Every Classroom
  • You Can Do This. Hope and Help for New Teachers
  • Real Engagement: How Do I Help My Students Become Motivated, Confident, and Self-Directed Learners? (co-authored with Allison Zmuda)