Podcast: Comfortable with Discomfort

In this week’s episode of the Steve Barkley Ponders Out Loud podcast, Steve ponders “Comfortable with Discomfort” Listen as Steve discusses the need for school leaders, instructional coaches, and teachers to create environments where staffs and students are comfortable with discomfort. Subscribe to the Steve Barkley Ponders Out Loud podcast on iTunes or visit BarkleyPD.com […]

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Conversations About Teaching and Learning

Justin Baeder wrote a great article for ASCD Express titled, Go and See: The Key to Improving Teaching and Leading.   Having read his thoughts, I’d add a little to the title: Go…See… and Converse. Baeder is clear on the value of the conversation: “Making a daily practice of visiting classrooms, observing briefly, and talking with […]

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Coaching Questions: Going Slower to Go Faster and Deeper

Mike Sturm posted a blog focusing on one of Stephen Covey’s  7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Seek First to Understand. Sturm stated, “To me, this habit is the most important of the 7, without question. The essence of this habit is a temperament that favors curiosity, open-mindedness, empathy, and patience — all rolled into one. In order […]

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Establishing the Coach-Principal Partnership

  For an instructional coaching program to successfully impact educator learning that drives increased student learning, it is critical that the principal and coach align their thinking, goals and plans. Sebastian Wren and Diana Vallejo writing in Effective Collaboration Between Instructional Coaches and Principals,  identify several critical elements for successful instructional coaching initiatives, including the coach-principal […]

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Why Coaching?

I found a blog post on twitter for #EducoachOC , Australian educators interested in coaching who have a monthly chat. I have interacted with some of the chat regulars from time to time. This post, by Andrea Stringer, titled, “What’s in it for me?” , was preliminary to an upcoming chat and presented insights and questions […]

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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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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…