Learning Companions

Learning Companion is the phrase my Turkish colleague, Kayhan Karli, uses to describe peer coaching. Kayhan is the Director General of ÖĞRETMEN AKADEMİSİ VAKFI, a foundation that has now provided training to over 70,000 Turkish teachers who historically had received very limited professional development. Kayhan shared that he uses the metaphor of ” Life is […]

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Inquiry in Coaching

I recently had the chance to attend a workshop for parents at an international school implementing the PYP (Primary Years Program) from the International Baccalaureate Organization.  In the workshop teachers were explaining to parents the role of inquiry as the instructional strategy used when exploring the transdisciplinary themes of the program. Parents were shown an […]

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Attributes for Coaches

In Learningforward’s Summer 2012 copy of The Learning Principal, Valerie von Frank writes about coaching for principals. She includes the following list of attributes of effective coaches: Self-awareness: What drives the coach? What inspires her? Honesty: How does what the coach thinks, does, and says align with his stated values?  Sincerity: How do the coach’s […]

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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…