Professional Development - Page 2 of 52 - Steve Barkley

Podcast: Multi-Year Teacher Collaboration

In this week’s episode of the Steve Barkley Ponders Out Loud podcast, Steve ponders “Multi-Year Teacher Collaboration.” Listen as Steve discusses how increasing teacher collaboration across multiple years can lead to an increase in student achievement. Subscribe to the Steve Barkley Ponders Out Loud podcast on iTunes or visit BarkleyPD.com to find new episodes.  Thanks […]

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Learning in Roleplay, Simulations, and Live-Events

Many teachers are looking to increase a student-centered, constructivist focus to learning in their classrooms, believing that students need to be actively engaged in seeking and understanding meaning. Anne Sample (2000) provides these guiding principles for teaching and learning which support this teacher focus (page 25): knowledge is constructed from the experience of the learner; […]

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Teachers Taking the Lead

Joellen Killion and Cindy Harrison have written a second edition of Taking the Lead: New roles for teachers and school-based coaches.  I was delighted to be asked to write the forward for the book. Here are some of the thoughts I shared: As opportunities for teacher leadership and instructional coaching increase, there is a heightened […]

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Planning Questions for Critical Thinking and Learning

The National Council for Excellence in Critical Thinking defines critical thinking as an “intellectually disciplined process of actively and skillfully conceptualizing, applying, analyzing, synthesizing, and/or evaluating information gathered from, or generated by, observation, experience, reflection, reasoning, or communication, as a guide to belief and action.” The process tends to help us judge and evaluate situations based […]

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Leadership Actions to Lead Teams

The following is excerpted from an article I wrote for the InterED publication of AAIE, The Association for the Advancement of International Education: Leading with Teams: Today’s Leadership Requirement. (You can find the entire article here.) “If
 we 
want 
to
 be
 able
 to 
get 
these 
complex
 systems 
to 
work 
better, 
we 
need
 to abandon our 
reliance 
on
 the 
leader‐as‐hero
 and 
invite 
in 
the 
leader‐as‐host.
 We
 need
 to
 support 
those 
leaders 
who 
know 
that 
problems 
are […]

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Identifying Evidence for Progress on Process

I recently worked with a group of teacher leaders who were preparing to have PLC teams identify evidence of progress that was present or missing from their year-long PLC goal. Initially their only focus was on student assessments. I asked them to consider evidence regarding how the process they planned had been implemented as well. […]

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