Instructional Coaches and Principals: Planning Backwards

In recent weeks I have had over thirty conferences with principal/coach teams, sometimes including other members of a school leadership team. In some cases meetings were with a coach and the two principals from the two schools where she was assigned. In other cases the meeting was with a principal and up to three coaches […]

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Becoming a Learning Organization: Any Signs of Progress?

My current reading for my airport/plane time is Phil Schlecty’s book, Leading for Learning, How to Transform Schools into Learning Organizations. I am still early in the book. It’s intriguing for me to read Schlecty’s descriptions of how the education reforms of the 1960’s and 1970’s were prevented from changing schools due to the social […]

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Teacher Collaboration

The title of an article in the September 2010 Kappan caught my attention, “Why Don’t Teachers Want to Collaborate? A Leadership Conundrum. David Piercey, an organizational psychologist in the Edmonton Public School in Alberta, states that while the research evidence that collaboration works is strong, the practice is more the exception than the rule. I […]

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Relationships and Compelling Whys

There is lots of talk about the three R’s… Rigor, Relevance and Relationships. In last week’s blog, I examined the need to consciously build “knowing students” into the initial weeks of school.Knowing is an element of relationships that creates the opportunities for relevance. In Simply the Best…29 Things that Students Say Best Teachers Do Around […]

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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…