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Creating Coaching Conversations: Supporting Reflection

October 3, 2019 By admin

I recently provided a day of follow up training and facilitation for a school’s leadership team of administrators and teacher lead peer coaches. One of the issues we examined was the degree that conversation in coaching conferences illustrates a difference from evaluation conferences which can sound more like a report. Peer coaching is new to […]

Podcast: Team or Franchise?

October 3, 2019 By admin

In this week’s episode of the Steve Barkley Ponders Out Loud podcast, Steve ponders “Team or Franchise?” Listen as Steve ponders the continuum of teachers working as individuals to teachers working as teams to teachers working as franchises. Subscribe to the Steve Barkley Ponders Out Loud podcast on iTunes or visit BarkleyPD.com to find new […]

Teachers Generating Student Learning Behaviors

October 3, 2019 By admin

The biggest change in my practice during the last 12 to 15 years has been the switch from a focus on what teachers are doing in the classroom to what students are doing. Thirty years ago, I did a lot of work in teacher training and coaching. When I was doing that work I went […]

Grade Level Meeting or PLC

October 3, 2019 By admin

Teacher: “I used to go to a grade-level meeting and now I go to a PLC.  What’s the difference?” Professional Learning Communities are more focused on learning than on teaching. At grade-level meetings the conversation is mostly about teaching: looking at pacing guides, assessment dates, available resources, ordering materials and scheduling activities. But when we’re […]

Empowering PLCs

October 3, 2019 By admin

I just finished reading Empower: What Happens When Students Own Their Learning by John Spencer and A.J. Juliani. I recommend it for teachers and instructional leaders. As I read, my thoughts kept shifting from the book’s focus on empowering student learners to a focus on empowering teachers; especially through their participation in professional learning communities […]

Podcast: Starting the Year with a WOW

October 3, 2019 By admin

In this week’s episode of the Steve Barkley Ponders Out Loud podcast, Steve ponders “Starting the Year with a WOW” Listen as Steve talks about the book The Pursuit of WOW! by Tom Peters, and discusses how and why you should start the school year by WOWing your students. Subscribe to the Steve Barkley Ponders […]

Steve Barkley Webinar: Instructional Coach and Principal Partnership

October 3, 2019 By admin

Date: Mon, Sep 25, 2017 Time: 10:00 AM – 11:15 AM EDT Cost: FREE Click Here to Register   The instructional coach and principal partnership helps guide teacher learning that produces continuing student learning achievement. In this 75-minute webinar, Steve Barkley will help focus your efforts to maximize the investment that you make as a […]

Building Increased Differentiation

October 3, 2019 By admin

In a video clip, Carol Tomlinson explores the frequent question teachers have about how to get started bringing differentiation to their instruction and student learning. She points out that teachers are as different as are their students. That’s an important point for instructional coaches and leaders who identify that differentiation in learning tasks is critical […]

Bridges Conference 2018 Call for Presenters

October 3, 2019 By admin

Apply to present by Sept 30, 2017 at the Bridges Conference. Partners for Connections in Education (P4CE) is calling for presenters for the 6th Annual Higher Education – K-12 Bridges Conference, which will be held April 25 – 27, 2018 in Cape May, N.J. The Bridges Conference highlights opportunities for K-12 schools to partner with […]

Leadership Teams

October 3, 2019 By admin

A blog on the Gates’ Foundation website explores 4 Ways that Leadership Teams Create Conditions for Success in Schools.  Here are the four with some of my thoughts and observations: #1 Strong leadership teams enable teachers to work with their peers and focus on improvement rather than evaluation I have written and spoken often about the […]