Giving Students Permission to Dream

 Julie B. Martin, Coordinator of Gifted and Talented in Frisco ISD, Texas provides a guest blog that highlights what I believe we need to make happen for all students. I encourage you to enjoy and dream of the possibilities. ​Ashley Nguyen, now a student at The University of Texas, maximized the opportunity Frisco ISD offers […]

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VIDEO: Actions to Impact Change

This week, Steve Barkley ponders the most valuable alternative actions to impact change when proper coaching or PD isn’t offered.

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Happiness and Engagement

Trevor Ragan’s blog, The Three Types of Happiness, introduced me to Tony Hsieh’s  book,  Delivering Happiness .  Hsieh describes happiness with respect to pleasure, passion, and purpose: Pleasure (“Rock Star Happiness”) Attending an amazing concert, enjoying a fun night out, or eating at your favorite restaurant – this type of happiness is ok (often times […]

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VIDEO: Gaining Support for Change

This week, Steve Barkley ponders tactics leaders can use to gain support for change initiatives when the case for change doesn’t resonate with the masses.

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Student Peer Pals

When exploring the student behaviors that create desired student learning, I often suggest that students as tutors to each other creates multiple learning opportunities. I found an awesome example in practice at the Isbell School in Frisco, Texas. Isbell Mission Statement:  Our Isbell family creates meaningful relationships while inspiring a community of lifelong learners.  Principal, […]

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VIDEO: Visible Signs of Classroom Change

This week, Steve Barkley ponders visible signs of change happening in the classroom.

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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…