Checking Progress on School Improvement Plans

I was asked to facilitate a session with school leadership teams examining the status of their progress with their school improvement plans. Taking a measure in January is great as there is still time for adjustments to impact outcomes. I began by having the teams review the student achievement goals and the degree that the […]

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Words Coaches Use Or Don’t Use

On a recent cross of the Atlantic flight I read an article in British Airways Business Life addressing, “How persuasion words and labels can have seemingly imperceptible influences on us.” It was written by Steve Martin, the author of, Yes! 50 Secrets from the Science of Persuasion. Martin shares examples that I found interesting: People consider […]

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Low-Stakes Feedback

In a blog from Mind/Shift titled, The Importance of Low-Stakes Student Feedback, (Katrina Schwartz- January 6, 2014),  Bernard Bull, assistant vice president of academics and education professor at Concordia University is featured in a discussion of assessment, grading, and feedback. The presence or absence of formative assessment also has a big influence on grades. “By formative […]

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Coaching Teachers’ Dual Roles

In a report titled, Teaching the Teachers: Effective Professional Development in an Era of High Stakes Achievement, you’ll find an excellent summary of the research on professional development that changes teacher practice and leads to increased student learning. It suggests that the Common Core requires teachers to foster classrooms of collaboration, debate, and reflection which are […]

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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…