Strategically Planning for Teacher Development

As a school leadership team designs a plan for achieving school improvement goals, planning for teacher growth is often a component. Frequently missing from the planning is an assessment to decide “who needs what training and support?” Here is a process that I’ve found helpful. Begin by identifying a classroom where the desired learning and […]

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Questioning and Coaching

As I read the September 2015 ASCD Educational Leadership, which is focused on questioning for learning, I was struck with how many of the issues explored equally connected to coaching work with teachers. A research alert (page 8) cites a study from the journal, Neuron (October 2014), that indicates when a person’s curiosity about a topic […]

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Goals and Behaviors

The title of a TEDxTalks video recently caught my attention: If you want to achieve your goals, don’t focus on them. Reggie Rivers illustrates that goals are of little value if they don’t lead to the identification and implementation of specific behaviors that will produce the desired goals. If I’m focused on the behaviors, the […]

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Creating Innovators

I recently shared a blog  that reviewed  the preparation I had done to assist a staff in looking at how to build innovation into the  opening of a new high school. As I explored the topic further I found a video  of Tony Wagner that examined five elements he identified as crucial for teachers to […]

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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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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…