How Urgent is the Change?

I spent the last week with administrators, instructional coaches, and teacher leaders from Bismarck Schools in North Dakota. I’ve been working with these educators during the last two years as they focus on their mission and vision. Mission: All students will have the academic, social, and personal skills to be career, college, and community ready. […]

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Changing Role For Teachers: Modeled By Coaches

In the March 2013 Educational Leadership,Will Richardson asked the question,”What do we mean by learning?” (Students First, Not Stuff page 10).     Richardson quotes Seymour Sarason (2004 And what do YOU mean by learning?), “Productive learning is the learning process which engenders and reinforces wanting to learn more.” (p.x) (See Richardson, author of Why […]

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Developing Intrinsic Motivation

In my use of backwards planning to gain student motivation, I am continually asking teachers to identify what student behaviors are needed to reach the student achievement that has been set as a goal. Very often they identify intrinsic motivation. When we take the next step in backwards planning, we have to examine “what teacher […]

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Gaining Teaching Options

My first travels in South America had me spend two days exploring peer coaching with the staff of The British Schools in Montevideo, Uruguay.  It’s fall there and they are preparing for students’ arrival in a few days. Peer coaching was selected as a focus for the coming year and having everyone trained together set […]

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Building Observation And Conferencing Skills

I have had several opportunities in the last month to spend time with coaches and principals doing group observations in teachers classrooms followed by group discussion of individual’s analysis of what they saw happening in the teaching/ learning process. These sessions often conclude with my modeling of a conference with the teacher about the observation. […]

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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…