Frequently asked questions

About CT3 and our strategies

What is CT3?

We provide professional development for teachers. We support teachers, coaches, and leaders in our research-based method of classroom management, entitled No-Nonsense Nurturer, and with high-quality pedagogical strategies and the development and implementation of effective school-wide culture plans.

Why do schools work with CT3? What can CT3 do for my school?

Organizations come to us to explore and become experts in high-quality culturally relevant practices and to be trained in our Real Time Teacher Coaching protocols. Organizations that are struggling typically choose to work with us to help them create schoolwide culture plans and support them in policies and procedures where all teachers have a voice and all students can be successful. In these situations, our associates coach principals on their practice and train site-based Real Time Teacher Coaches.

Many of our schools have seen reductions in suspensions, office referrals, and disciplinary actions after implementing our work at their school.

What kinds of experts developed these programs? Do the CT3 trainers have real classroom experience?

Every member of our organization has been an educator and has a proven track record in education. In developing the work for CT3, we went directly to high-performing teachers, watched and interviewed them, and then interviewed administrators, students, and families to triangulate what we observed. No-Nonsense Nurturer is a compilation of solid teaching strategies developed by great teachers. Real Time Teacher Coaching is a new way to ensure these strategies are employed in the classroom.

What do CT3’s services cost for schools?

Each organization has a unique need, and we work with leaders to determine the need and the appropriate resources as we enter into the partnership. Our model is to provide the training that becomes sustainable without us being on site, which allows us to expand our work to other organizations.

What is “bug in the ear” technology? Is it distracting to teachers?

We train coaches to coach teachers using a walkie-talkie. The coach delivers short, non-disruptive cues to the teacher, who wears an earpiece.

The best time to transform any practice is through real time feedback. We train coaches to be quick and precise with their cues so they don’t interrupt the teachers’ teaching rhythms. With real time feedback, we are able to build the teacher’s muscle memory in the moment, so they can see and feel the impact of student engagement and learn how to integrate management and pedagogical strategies in their practice as though it was second nature. They are able to be more engaged in assessing their students’ needs and delivering stronger content.

Is either program “robotic”?

Our goal is to add methodology and structure to the art of teaching so that educators have the foundation they need to thrive. Precise directions and positive narration are two specific strategies that should become automatic for a teacher. At first this may be an unfamiliar practice, but as teachers infuse their own personality and style into their directions and narration, these practices of high-performing teachers become instinctual and automatic. Teachers are able to concentrate on the specific needs of their students, rather than the management of the classroom. In addition, teachers have the opportunity to express what is working for them and what is not, so that coaching can be adjusted to meet their specific needs.

No-Nonsense Nurturer®

What is No-Nonsense Nurturer?

No-Nonsense Nurturer is a four-step model utilizing best practices that we observed from high-performing educators serving traditionally disenfranchised youth across the country. It is rooted in building strong, positive relationships with youth so they can reach high levels of academic success in classrooms. In supporting teachers in relationship building, we train them in strategies to begin building trust at the beginning of each school year. Strategies include precise directions, positive narration, and fair, consistent accountability systems.

Does the No-Nonsense Nurturer approach ban teachers from using “please” and “thank you”?

Absolutely not. A recent misnomer is that we ban “please” and “thank you” from our work, which is false. No-Nonsense Nurturers teach manners, which include “please” and “thank you,” and we also encourage teachers to use these words when students go above and beyond meeting expectations.

What can No-Nonsense Nurturer do for me as a teacher or for other school staff members?

The schoolwide use of No-Nonsense Nurturer provides a common language to be used by every member of the school staff in every school area, not just classrooms. We have seen transformations in everything from lunchroom procedures to morning assemblies with the use of the No-Nonsense Nurturer model.

Our teachers tell us that No-Nonsense Nurturer provides a sense of consistency and safety in their classrooms. It is not only a tool to better manage your classroom, but a way to create a culturally relevant, positive classroom community built around high expectations and strong relationships.

How does an educator receive No-Nonsense Nurturer training? What is the cost?

We offer training on our No-Nonsense Nurturer model of classroom management in two formats. The No-Nonsense Nurturer online course is self-paced and takes educators approximately six to eight hours to complete on their own. The course includes written content, engaging video exemplars, and a downloadable self-implementation guide, as well as a comprehensive resource section. Educators can sign up for our course individually or in groups.

We also offer the No-Nonsense Nurturer one-day in-person training presentation at your school or district site. The presentation is best for groups between 20 to 200 participants and involves a CT3 associate who facilitates the training with group and self-reflection activities, videos, role-plays, and more.

Real Time Teacher Coaching®

What is Real Time Teacher Coaching?

While many professional development trainings for teachers stop with the “what to do,” we realize that teachers need to know the “how” and the “when” of implementing those strategies.

What can Real Time Teacher Coaching do for me? What can it do for my school?

Our coaches have told us that they feel they can make a lasting impact on classrooms, because they are able to see a shift in teacher practice immediately. As a teacher’s classroom is managed more effectively, they can focus their energy on engaging their students in instruction. Real Time Teacher Coaches serve as a “second pair of eyes” in the classroom to support teachers so that they’re able to truly teach. This increases efficacy for the teacher while also building the long-term capacity and skills of the coach. Using Real Time Teacher Coaching in a school building not only impacts student achievement, it contributes to a culture of coaching.

How long does it take to train a coach? How are coaches chosen?

We work with you to determine the needs of your school, district, or organization. Our training for Real Time Teacher Coaches is typically a one-day orientation training, virtual support, and a gradual release training of eight to 10 days throughout the school year. We also work directly with our clients to help them identify coaches from their leaders, instructional coaches, teacher leaders, or other school or district staff members.

Why do you train coaches instead of coaching teachers yourself?

Teachers deserve the opportunity for professional development more than few times a year with a visiting consultant. We train on-site school or district coaches to build capacity and make Real Time Teacher Coaching a part of a school’s culture, not a one-time professional development opportunity.

Teachers also deserve support from their school community. Our coaching model involves not only coaching in the classroom, but pre- and post-coaching conferences designed to work with the teacher on an individual support plan.