VIDEO: Questioning Skills in Coaching

Steve Barkley ponders “Questioning Skills in Coaching.”

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Leadership Behaviors for Student Achievement

I listened to a video of How School Systems Improve, by Sir Michael Barber presenting at Harvard School of Education. While Barber was speaking to education policy makers, I thought that several of his points had specific application to school leadership teams designing their School Improvement Plans as well as to instructional coaches considering how […]

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VIDEO: Types of Coaching

Steve Barkley ponders “Types of Coaching.”

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Differentiated, Personalized, or Personal?

Personalized Learning A few years ago I decided to switch my word choice from differentiated to personalized learning. The switch was made because I found that some teachers were differentiating their lesson plans when they didn’t yet know who their students were. In other words they were planning for a higher group and a lower […]

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VIDEO: Communication Skills for Coaches

Steve Barkley ponders “Communication Skills for Coaches.”

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Building and Supporting Teacher Leaders

I recently had the opportunity to work with teacher leaders, instructional coaches, and school administrators in Iowa whose districts are part of the state’s Teacher Leadership and Compensation Program. The Teacher Leadership and Compensation (TLC) System rewards effective teachers with leadership opportunities and higher pay, attracts promising new teachers with competitive starting salaries and more […]

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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…