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)