Teaching Students Learning Skills

As I work with school leadership teams and PLC’s establishing plans to reach student learning goals, we often explore what student behaviors are needed for students to learn or master a standard. More and more I believe that identifying the necessary learning skills connected to a desired outcome may be the most challenging part of […]

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Increasing Team Effectiveness

I just completed a retreat weekend with an organization/team that labeled themselves as dysfunctional. I decided I would use a Friday night after dinner presentation to set the stage for a Saturday facilitation where they would examine their current practices and decide on what commitments for change they were willing to make.  I began the […]

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Effort from Interest and an Audience

In the September 2013 issue of Kappan, an article by Bergin, Bergin, Van Dover, and Murphy, Learn More: Show What You Know, explores how a program implemented at an elementary school documented that student effort increased when opportunities to “perform’ were provided. (pages 54-60) The program titled, Above and Beyond, asked students to work on […]

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Identifying School Improvement Goals and Strategies

While working with principals and coaches to develop their plans for the coming year, I identified that very often items that were listed as school improvement goals were really more of what I would call strategies chosen to obtain a goal. The problem was that the goal was often unstated. I suggested  that this a […]

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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…