Robyn R. Jackson, PhD
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.
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 and tripled her course enrollment within one year without a decrease in her
students' test scores.
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
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)