Creating Trust for Coaching

Elena Aguilar posted a blog in Education Week Teacher titled, How Transparency Can Build Trust, that provides examples for coaches dealing with ‘less than enthusiastic’ teacher responses to coaching services. As I have worked this month with two schools implementing new coaching programs, her closing paragraph ran very true to me: “As coaches, we often experience what we […]

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Instructional Coaching and School Improvement Plans

I’ve been facilitating meetings with instructional coaches who are planning the focus of their work for the year in connection to their school’s improvement plan. I begin by having them review the student achievement goals and the degree to which the staff is united to reach those goals. Next we identify the needed student behaviors […]

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Homework/ Home Learning

I have written earlier about the impact of the word “work” in describing the learning activities in which we want students to engage. My thinking was initially triggered by Alfie Kohn’s writing in Students Don’t “Work”- They Learn . Homework defines this conflict for me most clearly. Can it really be a quality learning activity if […]

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Conditions Promoting Innovation

A colleague sent me an article concerning innovation that triggered my thinking about students implementing/experiencing innovation in classrooms and teachers innovating in building ever better learning for students. Daniel Dworkin and Markus Spiegel posted Leadership May Not Be the Problem with Your Innovation Team  for the Harvard Business Review. 1500 companies had completed an assessment designed […]

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Innovation for Teaching and Learning

A project that I currently have underway has me examining the role of innovation for students, teachers, and school leaders. One of the pieces I read was in Education Canada: Bottoms Up….How Innovative Change Starts With Frontline Educators  by Simon Breakspear, the Founder and CEO of Learn Labs. “The purpose of innovation in education is […]

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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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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…