Aspirations in Teaching, Learning, and Coaching

A Mindshift blog, How to Help Kids Find Their Aspirations, introduced me to the Quaglia Institute for Student Aspirations (an independent nonprofit organization dedicated to studying, promoting, and putting into practice the conditions that foster student aspirations in schools and learning communities around the world). They define aspiration as the ability to set goals for the […]

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VIDEO: Professional Learning Communities

This week, Steve Barkley ponders Professional Learning Communities. “A professional learning community can create the group dynamic that would support teachers in their growth process.”

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Transformative Learning

Last week’s blog, explored using innovation to impact schools, teaching, and learning. I mentioned that being focused only on improvements can block transformational change and that leaders will like have difficulties to address in a school open to innovation. My reading took me further this week to examine transformations and what that would mean in […]

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VIDEO: Comfortable with Discomfort

This week, Steve Barkley ponders being Comfortable with Discomfort. “I use the term ‘comfortable with discomfort’ to describe that feeling of practicing teaching consciously.”

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Change…Improvement…Innovation

I presented at a recent education technology conference in Istanbul, Turkey. My presentation Teaching/Learning/Technology asked participants to examine the desired student learning outcomes they were wishing to gain from increased technology in their schools. I serve on the board for the Learningforward Foundation. The board provides scholarships and grants to individuals and groups of educators […]

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Building a Vision and Beliefs

I was invited to spend an afternoon with an administrative team preparing to open a new school in the fall. They requested that I assist in developing their plan for how to work with the new staff to create a vision statement and a set of beliefs that would guide the staffs’ decision making and […]

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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…