Patience

I have written in an earlier blog about the need for teachers and school leaders to have a sense of urgency when it comes to addressing the needs of students as learners and the need for changes in school practices that are stuck in paradigms of the past. I shared John Kotter’s, the author of […]

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Dialogic Listening

I recently had the opportunity to attend Jim Knight’s Teaching Leaning Coaching conference in Dallas, Texas. A special treat was an opportunity to join Jim on stage as we did a quick presentation on what were critical components to our “models” of coaching and then responded to audience’s questions. As Jim shared his model, he […]

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Instructional Coaches’ Questions for Steve

I recently worked for two days with 175 instructional coaches in a large Texas district. It was a return following earlier training I had done for them. As part of the preparation I requested questions that folks wanted to pose from their coaching experiences. Here are some of them with my responses: Balancing time with […]

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Supporting Teacher Leaders

The role of teacher leaders is an important consideration as school leadership teams work to reach improvement plan goals. How do principals and instructional coaches encourage and support the growth of teacher leaders? In a white paper from Discovery Education titled, TEACHER LEADERS:The (Not So) Secret Catalyst for Change,  I found some indicators that identify […]

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A Vision for PLCs

Over the past few weeks I have met with teachers who are new to working in professional learning communities. I find that I need to create a vision of what they are capable of accomplishing, working as a high functioning team. Defining the difference between a PWC (professional working community) and a PLC (earlier blog) […]

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Steve Barkley to Speak at 2016 Teaching Learning Conference

Steve Barkley will present at the 2016 Teaching Learning Conference in Dallas, Texas on Friday, November 4th. Administrators, instructional coaches, and teachers from across the globe will gather at the 2016 Teaching Learning Conference to discuss the essential question: “How can we all work together to achieve our personal best so that we, in turn, […]

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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…