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Reporter Olivia Krauth covers Jefferson County Public Schools, a large urban school district that, like many across the nation, struggles with racial disparity in test scores. Krauth reached out to Kristyn Klei Borrero for her thoughts on how to close the achievement gap.

9 News Denver’s Nelson Garcia spent time with the staff of Rocky Mountain Prep to learn more about CT3’s Real Time Teacher Coaching. Coaches like Sara Carlson and teacher Becca Devlin credit the technique with tripled student engagement at their school.

At a public charter in Denver, Real Time Teacher Coaching is the key to tripled student engagement. It’s helping me manage behaviors, says one teacher. Being able to do that effortlessly lets me be more authentic.

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Tulsa Public Schools reported a 52 percent decrease in student suspensions over last year. As reported by Tulsa World, the drop in suspensions reflects districtwide efforts to build relationships between students and teachers, through No-Nonsense Nurturer.

In follow-up to an August story on the Tulsa Teacher Training Institute, News on 6 talked to CT3’s Karen Smith to learn more about Real Time Teacher Coaching, and how it benefits educators like Krystal Medina.

In September 2016, WBTV spent time with CT3 and the teaching staff of Ashley Park Pre-K-8 School in Charlotte, NC. CT3’s Nataki Gregory explains the importance of Real Time Teacher Coaching and classroom management, while teacher Barry White and coach Courtney Derrick show him how it’s done.

September 2016 story by Time Warner Cable News featuring Real Time Teacher Coaching at Ranson Middle School in Charlotte, NC. CT3’s CEO and Co-Founder Dr. Kristyn Klei Borrero is also interviewed.

KOTV’s story on CT3’s No-Nonsense Nurturer workshop at the Tulsa Public Schools’ first-ever Tulsa Teacher Training Institute in August 2016. Includes interviews with Tulsa Public Schools’ Superintendent Dr. Deborah Gist and CT3’s CEO and Co-Founder Dr. Kristyn Klei Borrero.

Tulsa World’s Nour Habib spent time at the Tulsa Teacher Training Institute. She talked to teachers about their request for more support and professional development in classroom management.

In January 2016, Good Morning America featured No-Nonsense Nurturer work in Project LIFT schools in Charlotte, NC. Read our response to this story here titled “Do No-Nonsense Nurturers Say ‘Please’ and ‘Thank You’? Absolutely!”

Maria Guido, Senior News Editor for Scary Mommy, posts her take on No-Nonsense Nurturer and the use of ‘please’ and ‘thank you’ in classrooms.

Story on WSOC TV aired January 2016 titled “CMS Teaching Method Often Spares Please and Thank You.” Credit to WSOC TV Charlotte.

CT3’s CEO and Co-Founder Dr. Kristyn Klei Borrero interviewed in January 2016 on radio station out of Montreal answering questions about No-Nonsense Nurturer.

Article on NPR Ed: All Things Considered from January 2016 about No-Nonsense Nurturer and the use of ‘please’ and ‘thank you’ in the classrooms of Charlotte, NC.

Relationships take time to develop, but teachers don’t have the luxury of time. How can teachers maximize the time they do have by making small, intentional changes to the interactions they have with students on a day-to-day basis? Check out William Sprankles and Eyka Stephens’ article in the September 2018 edition of ASCD Express.

ASCD Inservice blog: A lot of educators talk about high expectations, but what exactly does this look and sound like in practice? Dr. Richard Frank details “look fors” that leaders should use when establishing a culture of high expectations in their schools.

IdeaMensch, a platform for entrepreneurs, has featured an interview with our CEO and Co-Founder Kristyn Klei Borrero on how she created CT3 and what she’s learned along the way.

In this guest post for the Inservice blog, Carrie Lupoli uses her experience as an educator and consultant to discuss ways in which school leaders can establish a culture of collaboration and coaching in order to improve the effectiveness of their teachers.


The Association of California School Administrators’ weekly newspaper, EdCal, announces exciting changes to CT3’s leadership team in spring 2018.

In this guest post for the Inservice blog, Carrie Lupoli discusses ways in which teachers can support students to use their voice and create a drive to learn, achieve, and grow, much like the drive and dedication of Olympic athletes.

In Larry Ferlazzo’s weekly “Classroom Q&A” blog hosted on Education Week Teacher, he shares our own Karen Baptiste’s article on three ways to support all learning needs in the classroom using the Universal Design for Learning framework along with the No-Nonsense Nurturer model.

A former principal, CT3 associate Joy Treadwell has led energized schools. In this article written for ASCD Express, she shares five ways school leaders can keep teachers fired up, without burning the candle at both ends.

CT3 associate William Sprankles shares his insight on the importance of creating a culture of coaching, where consistent, transparent feedback is the norm to help create a positive and healthy school culture.

As a survivor of childhood trauma and a former school principal, CT3 associate Wanda Perez shares thoughtful and well-researched best practices for educators working with students affected by trauma.

In Education Week Teacher, blogger Larry Ferlazzo hosts Classroom Q&A. He picked up CT3 associate Karen Baptiste’s “Courageous Conversations” op-ed originally published in The 74 and posed the following question, “What are your recommendations for how all teachers, especially those of us who are white, can approach race and implicit bias in the classroom?” Read what experts had to say.

Veteran educator and CT3 associate Karen Baptiste wrote an opinion piece for The 74 in the wake of the Charlottesville protests. She explains how Courageous Conversations are a critical step in dismantling the dialogue barrier that perpetuates inequality in our schools.

Like all CT3 associates, William Sprankles has “been there,” as a teacher and a school leader. He knows firsthand what it’s like to start the year with great gusto, only to wonder “what happened.” Here is some helpful advice on what to do when the start of school… well, sucks.

Everyone gets excited for the start of school, but shortly thereafter, educators can lose momentum and settle into the same old routine. Here are some small things you can do set up giant wins the first week of school.

As an innovative educator and former school principal, CT3 associate William Sprankles has seen firsthand how great leaders maximize their summer preparation time. Here are ten tips to be ready for the fall.

As a former high school principal, CT3 associate Karen Smith in an expert in student accountability and disciplinary structure. Still, a routine traffic stop provided a good reminder to her: we are all responsible for our actions. Principal Leadership is a publication of the National Association of Secondary School Principals.

An experienced special educator, CT3 associate Carrie Lupoli has provided insight on how to hold high expectations for ALL students. Her article appeared in the “Differences, Not Disabilities” issue of ASCD Express.

Educators can’t wait weeks, months or years for effective classroom data! CT3 associate Carrie Lupoli shares three effective teaching strategies to provide instant data for teachers seeking to improve their instruction.

As a turnaround principal at a Washington D.C. high school, Karen Smith grew weary of losing students to violence. She vowed to do all she could to connect the dots and close the cracks the most challenged students fell through. Read more about the life-saving strategies she shares through her work at CT3.

As peers and partners in empowering California educators, the authors share observations on the qualities every school leader should seek when interviewing and hiring highly effective educators, wrote Leadership Magazine of this article co-authored by CT3’s William Sprankles and Kara Backman. The qualities they suggest might surprise you!

ASCD is a global community dedicated to excellence in learning, teaching, and leading. The November 23, 2016, issue of ASCD Express focused on Disrupting Inequity. CT3 associate Vynesha Johnson shared her thoughts on growing up as an African-American in Alaska, and how that experience helped her shift mindsets – a skill she uses in her work at CT3.