Peer Coaching and Professional Learning Communities

I was asked this week to provide a day of training for teacher leaders who facilitate professional learning communities within their district. The K-5 PLCs are grade level teams while the 6-12 PLCs are content focused. The request asked that I also introduce peer coaching and how it would support the work of PLC’s. I […]

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Teacher Learning with a Purpose

I am often caught by the incongruity when leaders (including myself) miss the opportunity to model the model….when we forget to “walk the talk” ….when our behavior with staff doesn’t mirror the behaviors we are recommending they use with students. (The administrators who give a lecture on why lecturing is an ineffective instructional process.  The […]

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Rule #12- We Are Powerful, Natural Explorers

In an earlier blog I mentioned that I was reading John Medina’s book, Brain Rules. I just finished and the last chapter on exploration was reinforcing and enlightening. What follows are some quotes from Medina and some of my personal connections. BABIES With a granddaughter approaching five and a grandson approaching one I found many familiar […]

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It’s A Small World

TEXAS Last February, I shared a blog about the Leander Independent School District in Texas where staff have focused their professional development, PLCs, and  classroom observations around seven critical student behaviors. Learning Objective: Students articulate the learning objective/target and find meaning in their learning. Assessment for Learning: Students assess their progress toward achieving the current […]

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Student Beliefs And Student Achievement

Last week I had the opportunity to return to the Pride Academy in East Orange, NJ and spend time with staff as they prepared for the start of a new school year. Last year the Pride Academy received an Effective Practice Incentive Community (EPIC) Silver Gains Award for Driving Dramatic Student Achievement Gains. I’ve worked […]

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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…