Grading, Learning, and Parents

In 1972 I was a teacher on the staff of a new K-8, open concept, multi-level, team-teaching, non-grading school. As we met with parents we would share in great detail their child’s most recent skill mastery and current areas of study on a grade level continuum of skill development. There were no report cards. We […]

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Innovation and School

I was recently asked to explore innovation with the staff of a new high school as they prepared to start the first year in a new building with lots of flexible space, increased flexibility of schedule for staff and students, increased technology options, and encouragement from administration to take risks and feel free to fail. […]

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Planning Professional Development for Yourself and Others

A report in the Washington Post caught a lot of attention in early August as school administrators prepared for the coming school year. Study: Billions of dollars in annual teacher training is largely a waste   A new study of 10,000 teachers found that professional development — the teacher workshops and training that cost taxpayers billions […]

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Thoughts for Exploring PLC Progress

I have had several requests this summer to explore PLC concepts with school administrators, coaches, and teacher leaders. I’m thinking that some of the questions and concepts we explored might provide you with ideas for beginning of the year staff conversations. I found this statement on twitter which gave me a great opening definition. That […]

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The Beginning of the Year Messages

It’s that time of year again when my schedule often contains “opening day” presentations. Sometimes I’m part of an end of summer professional development event or part of a getting started session for administrators or teachers. In any case, one of the discussions I try to facilitate explores what messages educators want to communicate to […]

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Leading Through Learning

For the past three years I have had the opportunity to consult with NJEA’s Priority Schools Initiative.  Schools that opted to apply for the NJEA Priority Schools Initiative have to demonstrate a commitment to include all stakeholders in the school improvement process; teachers, parents, ESP, administrators, the local association, the school board, and the broader […]

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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…