VIDEO: Big Ideas of a PD Plan

This week, Steve Barkley ponders three “big ideas” that a Professional Development plan should focus on.

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Teachers and Leaders as Learners

Will Richardson in an interview with Connected Educators, describes the need for teachers to be “transparent learners” and “master learners.” Richardson suggests that as transparent learners, teachers show examples of not only what they are learning, but also how they are learning. Students often see their teachers as experts in content and may miss the […]

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VIDEO: Year-Long PD Plan

This week, Steve Barkley ponders how a year-long Professional Development plan can help school leaders and teachers.

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Growth Mindset: Students, Parents, Teachers, Systems

I recently revisited Carol Dweck’s work with growth and fixed mindsets as I was preparing a presentation for parents at an international school in Portugal. My workshop was dealing with the value of students investing increased effort and perseverance in learning. I wanted to gain parents’ support for teachers’ practices that asked students to stretch […]

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VIDEO: Relationships for Significant Learning

This week, Steve Barkley ponders how an educational coach can help teachers facilitate the kind of relationships students need for significant learning to happen.

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How Do Principals Plan for the Work of Instructional Coaches?

I was recently asked to answer that question in a 90 minute session for principals. What follows is the direction I took: I opened with a piece that I thought set a pretty compelling reason for principals to explore their plans for working with coaches. On average, a principal accounts for 25 percent of a […]

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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…