I am on the “opening day” tour that I take part in every fall…working at schools with teachers during a pre-service day or week prior to students returning from summer break. My first session was August 3rd in Mississippi and the last one will be September 8th in New Jersey. A common topic of my […]

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With all of my flying time I recently had the chance to read Readicide: How Schools Are Killing Reading and What You Can Do About It by Kelly Gallagher. Readicide had been recommended to me in a recent coaches’ workshop but my interest in reading it was enhanced as I just finished working with a high […]

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Assessment and Differentiation

Two weeks back I featured Steve Sassaman’s work on Co-operative Learning that he presented at the High Schools That Work Conference. This week another colleague, Penny Jadwin, shares her work at the conference focused on Formative Assessment and Differentiated Instruction. Penny’s Bio: In creating my presentations for the SREB/High Schools that Work 2010 Summer Conference, […]

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How To Effort…How To Study

My most recent read is Whistling Vivaldi And Other Clues to How Stereotypes Affect Us by Claude Steele. I had the pleasure to attend a presentation by Steele years ago where he highlighted the impact of stereotype vulnerability on African American students and females in math classes. It struck me at that time that if […]

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Cooperative Learning

Along with several of my colleagues at Performance Learning Systems (PLS), I had the opportunity to present professional development workshops at the national SREB, High Schools that Work Conference in Louisville, KY. Knowing that many schools, especially high schools, are focused on increased student engagement I asked Steve Sassaman to share some of the material […]

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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…