Building Students’ Success

Steve Mintner, a science educator and teacher trainer colleague, has had some amazing success with increasing student achievement. In spite of some very challenging circumstances where there were zero prerequisites, his AP Biology and AP Chemistry classes had unprecedented success for his school in the number of passing scores and the number of students scoring […]

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PD-Changing Or Not?

In an online post, Barnett Berry, reported that states and districts spend about $18 billion annually on professional development and that the funds are spent in highly fragmented ways, typically driven by the preferences of local administrators (often at the district level) who make most of the decisions about how and what teachers are to […]

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Happiness and Engagement

Trevor Ragan’s blog, The Three Types of Happiness, introduced me to Tony Hsieh’s  book,  Delivering Happiness .  Hsieh describes happiness with respect to pleasure, passion, and purpose: Pleasure (“Rock Star Happiness”) Attending an amazing concert, enjoying a fun night out, or eating at your favorite restaurant – this type of happiness is ok (often times […]

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Student Peer Pals

When exploring the student behaviors that create desired student learning, I often suggest that students as tutors to each other creates multiple learning opportunities. I found an awesome example in practice at the Isbell School in Frisco, Texas. Isbell Mission Statement:  Our Isbell family creates meaningful relationships while inspiring a community of lifelong learners.  Principal, […]

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Coaching Co-teaching Teams

 Frequently when doing school wide observations of teaching and learning with instructional coaches and principals, questions arise regarding the co-teaching settings we experience. I find rather often that many schools have no clear picture or guidelines of ways to assess how the quality of learning is impacted by the efforts of the teaching team. I […]

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Coaching Teachers Around Student Behaviors

I just finished a week working with administrators and coaches conducting observations of student learning throughout a school district K-12. Our focus all week was on identifying if student learning behaviors that we saw were the ones necessary for reaching the desired student learning outcomes. In many of the debriefings that we had I was […]

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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…