Another Look at Collegiality

I was visiting a friend who is a principal and found myself frequently alone as another “usual” school issue arose. As I often do, I began pursuing the bookshelf for a distraction and a chance to find out what I might be missing. I found a copy of Improving Schools from Within by Roland Barth […]

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Risk Taking

According to an article in the Sacramento Bee, the principal at the Oak Ridge Elementary school, Doug Huscher, started his staff development day with this statement posted: How do we create a safe environment for risk taking? Huscher, whose school posted a dramatic improvement in the state’s Academic Performance Index last year, said that risk […]

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Coaches Using Student Behaviors to Begin Coaching Experiences

Those of you who have followed me on this blog or have been in my workshops know that I have been waiting for the release of my new book, Instructional Coaching with the End in Mind. Well, the long awaited day (at least by me) has arrived. I had the opportunity this week to put […]

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Looking at Learning

While reading an article this week about “unschooling” I pondered how some of the statements made by students and parents provide thoughtful points as teachers plan for the start of the new school year: “Being bored makes school miserable for a lot of kids, plus there is the element of compulsion, which completely changes any […]

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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…