Educator Learning for Student Learning: Coaching Impact

A new report, Effective Teacher Professional Development ,  from the Learning Policy Institute (June 2017) by Linda Darling-Hammond, Maria E. Hyler, Madelyn Gardner, and Danny Espinoza provides great guidance for leadership teams engaged in planning professional learning. Often, as teams plan for needed educator learning to drive increases in student learning, critical components are skipped. Later […]

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Collaboration Skills

I read with great interest a white paper titled, Skills for Today: What We Know about Teaching and Assessing Collaboration.   As a teacher in the 70’s, I approached many lesson designs, grouping my students for cooperative learning.  I did all my teaching during those years as a member of teaching teams which reinforced my beliefs […]

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Being a Warm Demander

How does a teacher communicate caring and expectational beliefs in a way that most positively impacts student achievement? Judith Kleinfeld coined the term warm demanders when describing teachers who most successfully supported student achievement. Creating four quadrants with a vertical scale running from low to high expectations and a horizontal scale running from low to […]

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Why Coaching ?

I found a blog post on twitter for #EducoachOC , Australian educators interested in coaching who have a monthly chat. I have interacted with some of the chat regulars from time to time. This post, by Andrea Stringer, titled, “What’s in it for me?” , was preliminary to an upcoming chat and presented insights and questions […]

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Leaders Assessing and Setting Goals

My end of the year facilitation sessions, both live and on Skype, continue to focus around the examination of the gaps that exists between ‘what educators want students to experience and gain’ and ‘what is the current reality’. A blog,  What Should High School Graduates Know And Be Able To Do?, by Tom Vander Ark,  provides […]

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Shame in School

My partner, Michelle, was recently preparing for a parent workshop she was offering around the importance of vulnerability. She used this diagram to outline the interaction among connection, compassion, courage, gratitude, and vulnerability. Michelle and I are often sharing our explorations, findings and questions with each other as we design learning plans for others. This […]

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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…