Teachers’ Soft Skills: Critical to School Success

Valerie Strau, writing in The Washington Post (12/21/17), describes Google’s findings regarding successful employees and teams: The surprising thing Google learned about its employees — and what it means for today’s students. Her focus informs educators, parents, and students about important skills needed to increase work place success. While STEM skills and understanding are important, […]

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Podcast: Teaching & Coaching Student Effort

In this week’s episode of the Steve Barkley Ponders Out Loud podcast, Steve ponders “Teaching & Coaching Student Effort.” Listen as Steve discusses how his formula of Effort x Ability (Focused on a Manageable Task) = Success can be applied by teachers and coaches to find “continued payoff” for students. Subscribe to the Steve Barkley […]

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Motivation: Feeling Great About the Work You Are Doing

An article by Lisa Lai in The Harvard Business Review, Motivating Employees Is Not About Carrots or Sticks, provides some points worth considering in looking at student and educator motivation in schools. Lai states, “I’d like to suggest a new dialogue that embraces the key concept that motivation is less about employees doing great work and […]

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Podcast: Developing Critical Soft Skills

In this week’s episode of the Steve Barkley Ponders Out Loud podcast, Steve ponders “Developing Critical Soft Skills.” Listen as Steve interviews Dale Hoerauf, Principal of the Career Academy and Technical Center at Bismarck Schools in North Dakota, about developing critical soft skills in schools. Contact Dale Hoerauf:  dale_hoerauf@bismarckschools.org Subscribe to the Steve Barkley Ponders […]

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Case Study: The Austin Independent School District

Working & Learning Online with Steve The Austin Independent School District (AISD) is a diverse, urban district that is making great progress in student academic achievement. The AISD team recently participated in Working & Learning Online with Steve Barkley. We asked Trish Jarrott, Coordinator, Employee Effectiveness in the Office of Talent, Acquisition and Development to […]

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Teachers’ Peer Observations: Reflecting and Learning

A recent request from a building principal caused me to revisit my experiences with teachers learning from walk-throughs and learning walks in each other’s classrooms. I believe these experiences create great opportunities for educator learning. Here’s the request:  “We will be conducting some learning walks in the next couple of weeks.  This will be our […]

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Steve Barkley

For the past 35 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…