July 2013 - Steve Barkley

Why Do We Need a Culture of Coaching in Our Schools?

 In many of my presentations I discuss two beliefs behind my work in schools: Teaching is a team sport and Teaching needs to be a public act. Both of these beliefs reinforce the need for schools to have a culture of coaching that defines staff relationships. This week I was in Rochester, NY providing a […]

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Exploring Engagement

I found several blogs I read recently that reminded me of the need to be continually examining teachers’ impact on student engagement and engagement’s impact on student achievement. In a post titled Active’ Student Engagement Goes Beyond Class Behavior, Study Finds, Sarah D. Sparks reports that engagement is more than behavior and includes emotion and […]

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The Sweet Spot of Engagement Boosts Student Learning

SREB/High Schools That Work recently published an article based on a presentation that I provided at their last conference. Instructional Strategies Motivate and Engage Students in Deeper Learning is an 18 page downloadable resource where you’ll find the following article and many others.  It is important for teachers to find the “sweet spot” for engaging […]

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What Does It Mean to Agree to COACH?

This summer I am having several opportunities to provide training to educators who are entering a new phase of their career as an instructional coach. I am also working with school based administrators who are responsible for coaching teachers as part of their leadership role and supporting the work of instructional coaches in their schools. […]

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