Robin Fogarty and Associates

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From Staff Room to Classroom

The PD day is just the tip of the iceberg. It’s what’s below the surface, learned deeply, that is taken to the classrooms for the real of teaching in ways that students can learn.

Bringing Your School To The Brink Of Greatness!

Robin Fogarty and Associates can bring this leadership session to your site. The target goals of the 2-day RFA Seminar is Leading Schools in the transformation of their schools are: prepare leaders, teachers and students how to move to the next level in their journey as a school on the brink of greatness. It’s the next step after the standards-based instruction initiative to move schools from good to very good, from very good to excellent, from excellent to outstanding.

The question is how does the RFA Staff Room to Classroom Seminar orchestrate that critical move to that next level of recognition? When we bring this unique “think tank philosophy, no-fail system for student success and the architecture of collaboration, it will change, forever, the way you support a learning culture.

Experience what happens when your entire leadership team synchronizes their efforts across the school with this elegant and achievable mission: moving your school to the brink of greatness. Following the unshakable message for student success: “Whatever it Takes” and making it happen

Know students who want to come to school every day because they might miss something if they stay away. Think about teachers energized with their sharing and expertise. Celebrate all stakeholders who believe in, commit to and ardently protect the “right of every child to leave our schools as intelligent, educated and empowered human beings, ready, able and willing to face the known and unknown challenges of their world.

Client Feedback: In our most recent staff development survey, our teachers have indicated the highest level of transfer ever recorded!  Nearly 89% responded that they have integrated 5 or more strategies per SD day this year!  (We have a 100% response rate, BTW…).  Unreal! “The Staff Room to Classroom Seminar was the catalyst that has lead to district-wide professional development reform.  Collaboratively using From Staffroom to Classroom as our guide, we continue to provide teachers with meaningful and transferable instructional best practices.  We are seeing the transfer in observations and walk-throughs daily!” Thanks for your inspiration! Tony Brazouski, PhD Executive Director of Academic Achievement

From Staff Room to Classroom: Planning and Coaching the Adult Learner - Level I Training

From Staff Room to Classroom: The Adult Learner and Change Theory


  • Teaching teachers and reaching teachers are two different things. We know that the most expensive in-service is the one that teachers do not apply in the classroom. So, we have developed a cost-effective way to bring staff development to your site. Your team will have the skills to reach teachers with techniques they will learn in the workshop.
  • We train your team in the skills and strategies needed to conduct and coach on-site professional learning sessions. In this seminar, participants learn four skills of the staff developer. They learn how to create, present, facilitate, and mediate professional development programs for immediate on-site use. In brief, this research-based, user-friendly, four-day professional learning experience begins with Knowles’ ideas about the adult learner and some things we know about how to best work with them. The focus then shifts to Fullan’s, “change theory” and to Guskey’s “change through professional development model”.
  • In turn, this leads to the National Staff Development Council-supported elements of effective staff development and how to design the training modeled on the research of Joyce and Showers. In closing, the content then highlights, Fogarty’s six levels of transfer and Fogarty and Pete’s seven strategies for transfer that help learners apply the ideas in their classrooms.

When it comes to teaching the adults, people often ask,
“Is it easier to teach adults or kids?”
The answer is always an unequivocal;
“Kids are easy, adults get grumpy!”

From Staff Room to Classroom: Planning and Coaching the Adult Learner - Level II Training

From Staff Room to Classroom: Coaching For Transfer


  • Mentor, master teacher, expert coach or peer coach, it does not matter. What matters is that there is an academic coach.
  • The coach is the missing link between learning in a staff room setting to applying that learning in a classroom setting. With the coaching in place, active transfer from the staff room to the classroom increases from 5% to 95% (Joyce and Showers, 2004). Academic coaching is the key to this astonishing shift from inert knowledge to deep understanding.
  • Armed with a repertoire of instructional strategies and coaching techniques, that span the spectrum from observation and modeling to video-analysis and journaling; from managing data and identifying needs to reflective dialogues and relevant transfer; from pre and post conferencing to self awareness and self appraisal, the coach is the force that moves the adult learner along the path to reflective practice and significant change.
  • In no uncertain terms, the academic coach makes the difference in the learning journey of the teacher and of the students in that classroom.

"Come to the edge," he said.
They said, "We are afraid."
"Come to the edge," he said.
They came.
He pushed them ...and they flew.



  1. From Staff Room to Classroom: Planning and Coaching Professional Learning- Robin J. Fogarty and Brian M. Pete
  2. A Look at Transfer: Seven Strategies that Work Robin J. Fogarty and Brian M. Pete

From Staff Room to Classroom: Planning and Coaching the Adult Learner - Level III Training

From Staff Room to Classroom: Designer, Presenter, Facilitator, Coach

Designing Skills: Honing the Role of Designer

    Did You Know?
  • PD initiative can be top down or bottom up?
  • Training has five elements: theory, demonstration, practice, feedback, coaching?
  • The training design is the most important component of sound PD workshops?

How does the staff developer create the setting for relevant, purposeful and meaningful professional learning? What are the specific elements that make an effective training design? How does the change agent shape a professional learning experience that embraces the three areas of designing expertise: planning the context and content of the training, preparing the site for optimal learning and providing the creature comforts that can make or break the event? From designing dynamic session that will engage all learners and creating the appropriate climate for the adult learner to the logistical details of arranging the room, to ensuring that all the “creature comforts”, are in place, the role of designer demands the dual skills of an artist and the administrator.

Presentation Skills: Honing the Role of Sage On the Stage

    Did You Know?
  • Presenters have 90 seconds to capture the audiences’ attention!
  • Presenters captivate the audience with emotion, to enhance understanding!
  • Presenters close with targeted points that recap the key information!

How does the expert present information with wit, with authority and with ease? What makes an effective, “Sage on the Stage"? How does the presenter share his/her knowledge base with skill and grace? These are the questions addressed in this highly interactive session. The content focus is on three distinct skill sets: capturing attention, captivating audiences and closing appropriately. Using a fine and full bag of tricks, that includes: creating credibility, demonstrating “stage presence”, sharing compelling stories, using unforgettable quotes, creating tempo and pacing, implementing engaging activities, demonstrating the power of humor, stunning them with visuals, and packing closures with a punch, this session is a must for presenters to excel at their craft.

Facilitating Skills: Honing the Role of Guide on the Side

    Did You Know?
  • Facilitation focuses on the means and methods of group interactions ?
  • The “guide on the side” shifts the focus from the SD to the participants?
  • Skillful facilitation requires “on your feet” decisions about pacing and purpose?

How does the skillful facilitator guide the PD plan, monitor moment-to-moment pacing, and determine the wants and needs of the groups? How does that guide on the side” invite the interaction, involve all participants and help interpret the enduring results of the group work? Highlighting knowledge and skill with collaborative processes, the facilitator must balance the focus from social etiquette and productive communications skills to leadership responsibilities for each member, to the precarious skills of conflict resolution. The facilitator guides the processing skills from brainstorming a wealth of ideas to reaching authentic consensus. Through learned pragmatic practices, the facilitator leads the group along the journey from setting goals to accomplishing them.

Coaching Skills: Honing the Role of Mediator in the Field

    Did You Know?
  • Peer coaching, if managed well, can be as effective as mentor coaching?
  • Coaching increases the chance of transfer and application to 80%?
  • Literacy, math, inclusion coaches embody best practices in coaching?

How does the academic coach create rapport, craft a coaching plan and couch expertise and wisdom into a working model? How does that “coach in the field”, judge the need for support, understand the kind and amount of intervention affordable and provide the skillful synchronization necessary to move their charges along? Based on three inextricable traits, the truly effective coach must focus on trust-building for real communication, talking-time for in-depth understandings, and transfer strategies for authentic change and improvement. Using journal, partner dialogues, video analyses, and cueing questions, the coach mediates learning by fostering linkages to prior knowledge and building bridges to future applications for deep understanding and transfer.