Team as the Theme

This week I provided the opening day keynote for the staff of Bismarck, ND School District.  I will be consulting with the district throughout the year with a focus on their mission and vision. Mission: All students will have the academic, social, and personal skills to be career, college, and community ready. Vision: “Together, we […]

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Rule 4: People Don’t Pay Attention to Boring Things

Actually, it should be Rule #1 for staff developers, coaches, facilitators, and administrators planning the back to school sessions with staff, students, and/or parents. It is listed as Rule #4 in John Medina’s book, Brain Rules. A teacher in one of my summer workshops recommended the text to me and I am enjoying it as […]

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Looking at the System

I spent this week with two groups of educators determined to increase student achievement in their communities. I was part of Wood County, WV school district’s Innovation and Dropout Prevention Grant.  Wood County formed a Dropout Prevention Leadership Team to study graduation rates, trends, and data to assess the dropout status, and to develop a […]

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Using Pre-Conference for Teacher Reflection

During coaching workshops this week I modeled pre-conferences several times. In each of the cases teacher reflection led to establishing an observation focus that the teacher did not have in mind at the start of conferencing. Reflecting on my practice I identified two processes that “pushed” teachers’ thinking. #1 Student Behaviors- Common questions that 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…