Secondary Reading Coaches

While attending the recent SREB High Schools That Work summer professional development conference, I received a copy of their new report, A Critical Mission: Making Adolescent Reading an Immediate Priority in SREB States. (Read the entire report here.) In the introduction, Virginia Governor Timothy M Kane states,”Nationwide, students in the middle grades and high school […]

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Studio Learning for Students and Teachers

I have finished reading David Perkins’ Making Learning Whole: How 7 Principles of Teaching Can Transform Education. I’ve mentioned my earlier reading in a previous post. The seven principles align well with the work I have done through Performance Learning Systems in Live Event Learning. Live Events (real life learning experiences with real consequences) create […]

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Someone forwarded me an interesting post from the Providence Journal, written by Julia Steiny (April 26,2009) titled School Revolution is a New Responsiveness to Kids. Here are some of her statements that caught my attention: American schools will improve when they’re designed to be engaging to the humans inside of them, and to nourish their […]

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Coaching and Leadership

I received a request from a new instructional coach and am writing this post as a response: I was wondering if I could ask you one more question for my paper and presentation. I was hoping you could make some correlations between teacher leadership and instructional coaches. Do you feel that instructional coaches are teacher […]

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Steve Barkley

For the past 30 years, Steve has served as a consultant to school districts, teacher organizations, state departments of education, and colleges and universities nationally and internationally, facilitating the changes necessary for them to reach students and successfully prepare them for the 21st century. Read more…