Learning PLC Skills and Practices by Doing PLCs

Over the last several months I have had requests from some school leaders to provide a day or two day training for their staffs in PLC skills and strategies. Most often these leaders are identifying either a desire to initiate PLCs on a solid footing or a desire to fix PLCs that have gone wrong […]

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Value from Coaching and Collaboration

A blog post on Ed Surge by Karen Johnson , 5 Things Teachers Want from PD, and How Coaching and Collaboration Can Deliver Them—If Implementation Improves, provides an important summary that I believe could guide a productive school based leadership team conversation concerning the quality of coaching and collaboration within your school. Coaching and collaboration (PLCs) […]

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Impact of Teachers Showing Their Belief in Students

On a recent flight I was checking back on “items saved” on my computer and ran across a Mindshift post titled, How Showing and Telling Kids ‘I Believe in You’ Can Empower Them at School.  It was excerpted from a chapter titled, “Teaching Mathematics for a Growth Mindset” found in Jo Boaler’s book, Unleashing Students’ […]

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Choosing Power Standards

I had the opportunity to facilitate 35 teacher leaders and administrators from Wood County Schools in West Virginia in identifying K12 math power standards. Working with a district leadership team in two Skype consulting sessions, we designed and tested a process for a one day work session where the initial power standards were decided upon. […]

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Reframing a Gripe to a Goal

Michael Shapiro posted a blog titled, Converting a Gripe into a Goal, for Small Business Daily. He presented the work of speaker, Mike Murray,….“ There are ways of defining a problem that make it unsolvable. Often, it’s the way we frame a problem that makes it appear to be impossible to tackle. When we redefine it, […]

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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…