Critical Thinking and Creativity

Two weeks back I posted a blog on critical thinking and creativity which connects to an article I just read from Doug Reeves in ASCD’s  Express  where he examines “The Assessment Gap in  Career  and College Readiness.” Reeves identifies  the call in Common Core Standards and from employers and college faculty for 21st century skills, […]

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Coaching and Professional Capital

I just returned from presenting at and attending the European Council of International Schools Leadership Conference in Vienna. My session was on Instructional Coaching. I had the opportunity to attend Andy Hargreaves keynote where he discussed several elements of teaching that for me point to the value of coaching from peers, instructional coaches, and administrators. […]

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Creativity and Critical Thinking

I am preparing a workshop presentation for middle and high school teachers titled Teaching with and for Creativity and Critical Thinking.  The current writing regarding 21st  century  skills that are necessary for students to be college ready and career ready stresses the need for both. Here is a partial list of skills students should be […]

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While reading The Resilience Revolution: Discovering Strengths in Challenging Kids by Brendtro and Larson, I was introduced to the Circle of Courage model illustrating the basic needs for children: Belonging Mastery Independence Generosity  The creators of the model state that when the Circle of Courage* is in balance, children develop their strengths and experience positive […]

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Distributing Leadership

I am currently reading a 2012 report from OECD, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, Preparing Teachers and Developing School Leaders for the 21st Century: LESSONS FROM AROUND THE WORLD. The section on developing school leaders identifies the major responsibilities that leaders have for developing, managing, and evaluating the quality of teaching and learning…all at […]

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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…