Instructional Coaches Assessing Impact

In an Education Week blog, Peter DeWitt states that while “Instructional coaches can help teachers improve their instructional practices in any subject at any time,”  they are  a bit more removed from students and therefore can find it more difficult to know the impact of their work. He identifies the need for all educators today […]

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Dialogue in Coaching Conferences

In my coaching training and modeling I stress coaches using open questions and paraphrases to create a dialogue in pre-conferences where the teacher is in charge and guiding the direction of the observation and coaching. I stress how these questions differ from evaluation pre-conferences where evaluators are getting information they need to do the evaluation. […]

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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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Focusing on Learning

How do school leaders continuously guide the flow of teacher conversations, PLC’s and planning from a focus on teaching to a focus on learning? How do they focus on what they see and hear students doing rather than on what they see teachers doing? I was recently asked to provide some input on work that […]

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Four Tenets for Building a Coaching Culture

*All teachers deserve coaching *Every teacher should have a growth plan and growth necessitates feedback *The stronger a teacher becomes the more coaching they should receive *Teacher leaders are the first to request coaching as they work to build the culture A common concern that I hear from instructional coaches is the question of how […]

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Facilitating Reflection

Reflection can provide a valuable learning experience for individuals and teams. Simon Sinek identifies its value in this short clip. “Reflection turns experience into insight.”                                                         John Maxwell I recently worked in three settings where leaders were exploring their facilitation of reflection as a strategy for increasing learning: Mentors supporting new heads of international schools […]

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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…