Principal and Instructional Coach Goal Setting

As this school year comes to a conclusion many school leadership teams will be working on a school improvement plan for the coming year. These improvement plans should serve as a starting point for identifying a principal’s and instructional coach’s goals that will support the plan. Student achievement needs to be the starting point for […]

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Learning Resilience

The International Resilience Project in A guide to promoting resilience in children: strengthening the human spirit by Edith Grotberg reports: “resilience is a universal capacity which allows a person, group or community to prevent, minimize or overcome the damaging effects of adversity.”  and “many children are not resilient and many parents and other care givers do […]

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Instructional Coaching Modules with Steve Barkley

Self-paced Instructional Coaching Modules Steve is excited to introduce five self-paced, fully facilitated 10-hour Instructional Coaching modules available online through the Academy for Educators. For more information on the Instructional Coaching modules, visit the Academy for Educators.

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Nurturing Teachers’ Curiosity

An ASCD Education Update article by Kathy Checkley called Wonder Years* explored how to nurture students’ natural curiosity; “wondering” creating learning. As I pondered Checkley’s thoughts and suggestions for increasing student curiosity to extend student learning, I realized that in many ways the work of instructional leaders is to promote teacher curiosity to generate teacher […]

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Learning: A Social Contract Between Teacher & Student

The following contract was shared with me by Mary Palmer who is an instructional coach at Century High School (CHS) in Bismarck, ND. Mary has been a secondary English teacher for twenty five years at CHS and has also served as a secondary staff developer for the district. The Bismarck district has been implementing a […]

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Teacher Evaluation…Ratings or Learning

Charlotte Danielson’s article in Education Week, Rethinking Teacher Evaluation, caught my attention with this statement: “I’m deeply troubled by the transformation of teaching from a complex profession requiring nuanced judgment to the performance of certain behaviors that can be ticked off on a checklist.”  Danielson identifies that school systems must be able to document for the […]

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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…