Podcast: Instructional Coach & Principal as Partners

In this week’s episode of the Steve Barkley Ponders Out Loud podcast, Steve ponders “Instructional Coach & Principal as Partners.”   Listen as Steve examines the importance of building a strong instructional coach/principal partnership in order to increase student achievement. Subscribe to the Steve Barkley Ponders Out Loud podcast on iTunes or visit BarkleyPD.com to […]

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Empowering PLCs

I just finished reading Empower: What Happens When Students Own Their Learning by John Spencer and A.J. Juliani. I recommend it for teachers and instructional leaders. As I read, my thoughts kept shifting from the book’s focus on empowering student learners to a focus on empowering teachers; especially through their participation in professional learning communities […]

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Podcast: Starting the Year with a WOW

In this week’s episode of the Steve Barkley Ponders Out Loud podcast, Steve ponders “Starting the Year with a WOW” Listen as Steve talks about the book The Pursuit of WOW! by Tom Peters, and discusses how and why you should start the school year by WOWing your students. Subscribe to the Steve Barkley Ponders […]

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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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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…