Feedback for Students and Teachers

I had a request to facilitate a workshop for principals and instructional coaches examining feedback as an element impacting student learning. I began the session with an exploration of current thinking by having coach and principal share their thoughts in response to these questions: How important do you believe feedback is to student learning? Why? […]

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Soft Skills for Students and Teachers

During the past four years, I have had the opportunity to work with school leadership and teachers in the Bismarck, North Dakota district. A special opportunity has been working with the Career and Technical Academy staff. Recently I was in a discussion concerning their work with Career Ready Skills and realized the connectedness to skills […]

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The Root of School Innovation

As a member of the Learning Forward Foundation board, I am part of a team exploring a think tank for innovation. “We are inviting leadership teams to engage in the Learning Forward Foundation’s year-long Innovation Think Tank Challenge. Innovation within our educational systems is important for ensuring that we meet the needs of each child […]

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Transition to Middle School

I have continued my work presented in an earlier blog exploring the transition for students from elementary school settings to middle schools. As part of prepping grade five and six teachers working with instructional coaches to plan purposeful actions, we asked sixth grade students to record on Flip-Grid Video their responses to these questions: As a […]

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Steve Barkley Presenting at Fifth Annual Educational Bridges Conference

Renowned education consultant Steve Barkley will present at the fifth annual Educational Bridges Conference in Cape May, NJ, April 26 – 28, 2017. As a featured speaker, Steve will present the opening session, “Learning and Changing Through Questions: Guiding Questions to Help Get the Most Out of the Conference,” in which he’ll provide a framework […]

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Building a Coaching Culture

I was recently asked to facilitate on Skype a meeting with coaches and administrators from a school that was in its initial year of instituting a peer coaching program supported by lead teachers who have full teaching assignments. They sent me some key questions they wanted addressed. When my partner, Michelle, saw the questions she […]

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Steve Barkley

For the past 30 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…