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The Effectiveness of BetterLesson:
Evidence & Research

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BetterLesson Has Earned ESSA Level III Certification

Through third-party partner LearnPlatform, BetterLesson has earned Level III certification for its alignment with standards outlined by the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). This achievement represents a major step forward in verifying the effectiveness of our High Quality Professional Learning in achieving student academic outcomes and impacting teacher motivations. 

ESSA Level III: Promising Evidence

  • At least one correlational research study has demonstrated a positive relationship between use of this tool and student outcomes.

  • Study establishes the product as eligible for all types of federal funding.

Previously, BetterLesson earned ESSA Level IV Certification: Demonstrates Rationale, in June 2023. Building evidence is a continuous effort, and we are dedicated to the ongoing process of generating, sharing and applying our research findings.


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BetterLesson's ESSA III credential from LearnPlatform

Efficacy Study Findings

On average, teachers using more BetterLesson High-Quality Professional Learning (HQPL) were associated with:

Higher Student Reading Scores

Having a teacher who used more BetterLesson high-quality professional learning (HQPL) were associated with higher reading scores among elementary students.

Higher Teaching Self-Efficacy

Elementary school teachers using more BetterLesson HQPL were significantly associated with higher teaching self-efficacy and value for  professional learning (PL).


Higher Mastery-Approach Goals

Among secondary school teachers, using more BetterLesson HQPL experiences were significantly associated with higher mastery-approach goals and value for PL.

Higher End-of-Year Math & Reading Scores

Elementary students who had a teacher using BetterLesson coaching had higher end-of-year math & reading scores compared to students whose teacher did not use coaching.

This study provides results to satisfy ESSA evidence requirements for Level III (Promising Evidence)  given the correlative study design and positive statistically significant findings. 

The Four Levels of ESSA Evidence

The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) requires federal funds to be used for evidence-based interventions and defines four levels of evidence to meet this requirement and encourage innovation. 
The Four Levels of ESSA Evidence

How to Use ESSA Funds for Professional Learning

The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) offers funding for schools to help their educators participate in vital professional development.

BetterLesson offers an impact-ready, high quality professional learning ecosystem including Workshops, 1:1 Coaching, Learning Walks, and BL Connect, a self-directed online learning platform — and your ESSA funding covers many of these opportunities. Learn more about how to get the most out of your funding and give your educators the personalized support they need to thrive in the classroom.

High Impact and Non-Evaluative

One key thing to know—coaching with BetterLesson is non-evaluative, so anything you say during your sessions stays in your session. It is not tied to your end of year evaluation or your annual bonus, it's truly just to help you unlock your highest potential.


“This coaching experience was tailored to my vision and goals. Amazing support and a portfolio was created to help me track my progress and learning as well as reflect on my practice. The regularly shared meetings were timed perfectly for check-ins.”

Math Coach, Fairview Elementary School

“[My coach] met me where I was and worked with me on what I needed. She was able to offer suggestions, be a sounding board, and give encouragement when needed. This type of coaching was empowering.”

Grade 9-12 Teacher, Naperville North High School

“My BetterLesson coach was so encouraging and it absolutely contributed to my level of confidence and willingness to take risks. As a result, I have begun to incorporate new and more varied processes to my educational practice in my classroom.”

Teacher, Yeshiva Ketana of Manhattan

Meet the Coaches

BetterLesson coaches are all former teachers and school administrators with real-life classroom experience. Their job is to help you succeed as an educator, and coach you through any pain points you may be experiencing.


BetterLesson partners with K-12 district leaders that seek to empower every educator to support the diverse needs of their students through research-backed pedagogy. Our strategically aligned and differentiated professional learning programs turn district goals into student achievement. We combine innovative technologies and immersive adult learning experiences, delivered throughout the school year, to enable educators to establish sustainable change-in-practice. Our programs offer districts both guiding structure and personalized attention to support educators at every level.

Our mission is to ensure that educators and administrators have the tools to support every student through a deep understanding of their needs, behaviors, and backgrounds and build a connection to the content and curricula in the classroom. This is the goal of every member of the BetterLesson team, to support every educator with actionable, timely, and relevant strategies, and to build student-centered teaching skills that ultimately support every student to find their greatness.

BetterLesson virtual coaching is 1:1 professional development that is tailored to meet each teacher's specific needs. You will engage in 1:1 coaching for 30-minute virtual meetings every two weeks, at times that are convenient for them. During these meetings, you will share your teaching and learning goals with a qualified coach and discuss high-quality strategies.

Your administrator has selected a broad focus area in which coaching will be centered on (see full list with descriptions here). From there, you will target an outcome tied to that focus area with your coach to spend your sessions on. It is possible to work on more than one outcome for the duration of your coaching experience. 

Virtual coaching for professional development involves regular coaching sessions conducted remotely through Zoom. You and your coach will engage in discussions, goal setting, action planning, and feedback sessions. The coach provides guidance, challenges assumptions, and supports the individual's growth and development.

Steps in your BetterLesson Coaching Journey:
  • Now
    Complete Your Registration: You will receive an email inviting you to register. Please complete this as soon as you can to start your journey.
  • In about 1 week
    Get Matched with your BL Coach: Based on your registration, you’ll be matched with your BetterLesson coach. Keep an eye out for an introductory email to schedule your first meeting.
  • First Meeting
    Meet Your Coach and Get Started: In your first meeting you'll dive into coaching and get specific on your goals. Note - if you need to cancel a meeting, please do so at least 24 hours ahead. 
  • Ongoing
    Try-Measure-Learn: Schedule a 30-minute Zoom coaching session that repeats every 2 weeks to provide the right balance of maintaining momentum with time to try new strategies in between meetings. Note - if you need to cancel a meeting, please do so at least 24 hours ahead. 

Virtual coaching for professional development offers several benefits, including flexibility in scheduling coaching sessions, access to a broader range of coaching expertise, convenience of remote sessions, and personalized support tailored to your needs.

The duration of virtual coaching for professional development varies depending on what type of coaching has been purchased. Coaching engagements can range from several months to the entire school year, with regular sessions scheduled according to the individual's needs and availability. The recommended cadence for coaching is biweekly (every other week). 

The coach's qualifications, experience, and specialization are the main factors in ensuring a good match. BetterLesson has an arsenal of hundreds of coaches from around the country specialized in specific areas of coaching. Coaches have an average of 9+ years of experience as teachers, instructional leaders, or principals. They embody the BetterLesson values of failing forward, self reflection, and taking a learner stance. If you are not satisfied with your match, you should reach out to your school/district administrator and request a coach switch. 

To make the most of virtual coaching for professional development, it's important to be committed and engaged in the coaching process. Set clear goals and communicate them to your coach, actively participate in coaching sessions, be open to feedback and new perspectives, and apply the strategies and insights discussed during the coaching sessions in your professional life. Regular reflection, practice, and follow-up on action plans are also essential for progress.

Confidentiality is a fundamental aspect of coaching, and BetterLesson cares deeply about maintaining psychological safety. Virtual coaches use secure platforms and communication channels to protect learner information. BetterLesson coaching is non-evaluative and is not punitive. The goal is to create a safe space to connect with a coach to have productive and meaningful conversations around improving teacher practice.

Data that is shared with your district/school administrator:
  • Number of meetings completed
  • Date of last meeting and next scheduled meeting (if applicable)
  • Engagement Status: Active, Inactive, Done or Dropped
  • Highlights: Entries on the participant workspace that you choose to show to your administrator that you select during your meetings with your coach. Entries can consist of meeting notes, meeting clips, reflections and/or self assessments.
  • Outcomes: Topics that you are working on during your sessions that are selected during your meetings with your coach.

Data that is not shared with your district/school administrator:

  • Entries on your workspace that are not highlighted
  • Meeting recordings

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BeterLesson coaches are all former teachers and school administrators with real-life classroom experience. Their job is to help you succeed as an educator, and coach you through any pain points you may be experiencing.