Parents as Coaches

Working with schools inTurkeythis week I had two opportunities to meet with parent groups examining how they support (coach) their children’s school success. The large number of parents who attended and the interest of those staying after to ask questions suggest that this is a topic for continued exploration. We began by having parents explore […]

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Connecting PLCs Coaching and Teacher Goals

I just finished working with three international schools who were identifying the connections of teachers’ individual professional development goals, coaching, and professional learning communities (PLCs). Here are some of the issues that emerged during this work. #1 Of course, all three should be grounded in student achievement…establishing that the outcome of energies and resources invested […]

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Teachers Flipping for New Student Behaviors

You’ve probably seen the YouTube video clips of teachers who have flipped their classrooms or flipped homework. In these examples teachers have recorded their lectures, demonstrations, or explanations for students to view online at home and taken the work that was previously given as homework and had students work on it in class. I was […]

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Problems with Grading

I had the opportunity while presenting at the Texas ASCD Conference in Austin to attend a session presented by Tom Guskey-Toward More Effective Grading Policies and Practices. (See link for his book.) I’ve always enjoyed listening to and reading Tom’s work as it engages my thinking. I was particularly interested in this topic as I […]

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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…