Planning for PLCs: Connecting to Student Achievement

I recently had the opportunity to work with the administrator and teacher leaders at Eustis Middle School looking to establish a plan for teachers to work in PLCs as professional development for the next school year. We used a backwards planning process to establish a focus and a plan. First, we identified the student performances, […]

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Senior Projects

During a recent professional development workshop in Arkansas, I met teacher Judy Bynum who approached me during a break to share how senior projects at her school motivated student effort. As she shared her story, I knew I wanted everyone possible to hear about it. So here it is: Judy, tell me about your school […]

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Creativity

In an earlier posting I mentioned last year’s report, Tough Choices or Tough Times, which said successful countries will be those that can produce the most important NEW products. Those countries would depend on a deep vain of creativity that is constantly renewing itself, and on a myriad of people who can imagine how people […]

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Time, Relationships, and Learning

This week, I was working with one group of high school teachers looking at the need to differentiate teaching strategies. I was working with another exploring how to make the most effective use of a 90 minute block schedule. I also worked with an entire K-12 district looking at learning communities. During the entire week, […]

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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…