April 2013 - Steve Barkley

Defining Student Achievement

Many of the readers of this blog who have worked with me in trainings for instructional coaching, designing professional development, or facilitating professional learning communities are aware that I focus on a backwards planning process that begins with identifying desired student outcomes. (See earlier blog.) I stress that it is critical for the definition of […]

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Giving Feedback

On the March 18th Time Ideas blog, I found an interesting article by Annie Murphy Paul titled, Four Ways to Give Good Feedback. Paul poses that how we offer feedback can really make a difference. I’ve added my comments considering teachers’ application with students and administrators’ and instructional coaches’ use with staff. I’ve grouped Paul’s first […]

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Educating Entrepreneurs

While presenting at the ECIS Leadership conference in Berlin, I was fortunate to attend a keynote presentation by Yong Zhao,   an international scholar, author, and speaker with a  focus on the implications of globalization and technology on education. He is the author of Catching Up or Leading the Way: American Education in the Age of […]

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Learning in Communities

I was invited to observe in the video production class of Pat Phillips, an instructor at the Career and Technical Education School in Bismarck, North Dakota. During a pre-conference and observation with Pat, I was reminded of an earlier blog I had written on studio learning. Pat and his students work and learn as a […]

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