Parents as Coaches

Working with schools inTurkeythis week I had two opportunities to meet with parent groups examining how they support (coach) their children’s school success. The large number of parents who attended and the interest of those staying after to ask questions suggest that this is a topic for continued exploration. We began by having parents explore […]

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Time for Professional Learning Communities

On a recent visit to the website for Learning Forward, formally National Staff Development Council, I found an article from the Indystar.com website concerning plans that Brownsburg Schools, IN have for creating time for teachers to be engaged in Professional Learning Communities. This short report quoting Dr Jim Snapp, the superintendent, identifies many leadership strategies […]

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Advisors and Mentors: Using Open Questions and Confirmatory Paraphrases

I have been working with the principal, Charlie McDaniel, of the new East Ridge Middle School (ERMS) in Lake County, FL. The administrative and guidance leadership of the school worked to create an advisory program for the 6th,7th,and8th grades students coming to this brand new school. Students will stay in the same advisory group through […]

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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…