Building Increased Differentiation

In a video clip, Carol Tomlinson explores the frequent question teachers have about how to get started bringing differentiation to their instruction and student learning. She points out that teachers are as different as are their students. That’s an important point for instructional coaches and leaders who identify that differentiation in learning tasks is critical […]

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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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Leadership Teams

A blog on the Gates’ Foundation website explores 4 Ways that Leadership Teams Create Conditions for Success in Schools.  Here are the four with some of my thoughts and observations: #1 Strong leadership teams enable teachers to work with their peers and focus on improvement rather than evaluation I have written and spoken often about the […]

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Return on Instruction (ROI)

I found the term “return on instruction” in Learning Transformed: 8 Keys to Designing Tomorrow’s Schools, Today by Eric Sheninger and Thomas Murray. They suggest it is not a matter of if but when key stakeholders and decision makers will ask for indicators of evidence that illustrate positive effects of technology on student learning outcomes. […]

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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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Hybrid Rotation Learner Behaviors

Some schools have implemented a rotation instructional model that has students learning by moving in small groups among working in teacher directed instruction, a collaborative learning activity, and an independent learning (often technology based) task. Some approached this strategy as a way of increasing differentiation or personalization. Some were focused on a process for increasing […]

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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…