A Collaborative Continuous Improvement Culture

I spent a day with a middle school staff exploring the need for and strategies to create a continuous improvement culture. I thought the outline of the day with some of the slides we used might be helpful to readers of this blog. We began exploring the concept that there is no conclusion to mastering […]

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Leading With Teams

I just completed two presentations around the topic of Leading with Teams. One was with a high school teacher leadership group where we examined the role and importance of teams from teachers teaching the same course, to departments, to the concept of the whole school functioning as a team. The other was with K12 teacher […]

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Encouraging the Coaching Conversation

Much can be done in the non-verbal postures and the verbal word choices of coaches to promote a coaching environment. What are some things you’d want the environment to communicate? My list includes: Collegial– we are learning together Non- Judgmental– we can disagree with what or how to make improvement, but we all want to […]

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Learning PLC Skills and Practices by Doing PLCs

Over the last several months I have had requests from some school leaders to provide a day or two day training for their staffs in PLC skills and strategies. Most often these leaders are identifying either a desire to initiate PLCs on a solid footing or a desire to fix PLCs that have gone wrong […]

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Value from Coaching and Collaboration

A blog post on Ed Surge by Karen Johnson , 5 Things Teachers Want from PD, and How Coaching and Collaboration Can Deliver Them—If Implementation Improves, provides an important summary that I believe could guide a productive school based leadership team conversation concerning the quality of coaching and collaboration within your school. Coaching and collaboration (PLCs) […]

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Impact of Teachers Showing Their Belief in Students

On a recent flight I was checking back on “items saved” on my computer and ran across a Mindshift post titled, How Showing and Telling Kids ‘I Believe in You’ Can Empower Them at School.  It was excerpted from a chapter titled, “Teaching Mathematics for a Growth Mindset” found in Jo Boaler’s book, Unleashing Students’ […]

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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…