Facilitating Conversations: Empowering Teams

Conversations among teachers are critical to real change occurring in classrooms. Instructional coaches and teacher leaders are often tasked with facilitating team or PLC conversations that lead to actions to  increase student success. Margaret Wheatley states on her website: “One of the things we need to learn is that very great change starts from very […]

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Grade Level Meeting or PLC

Teacher: “I used to go to a grade-level meeting and now I go to a PLC.  What’s the difference?” Professional Learning Communities are more focused on learning than on teaching. At grade-level meetings the conversation is mostly about teaching: looking at pacing guides, assessment dates, available resources, ordering materials and scheduling activities. But when we’re […]

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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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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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Podcast: Supporting or Hijacking Professional Learning Communities

In the fourth episode of the Steve Barkley Ponders Out Loud podcast, Steve ponders “Supporting or Hijacking Professional Learning Communities.” Listen as Steve explores how PLCs can positively impact student success through quality school-based leadership. Subscribe to the Steve Barkley Ponders Out Loud podcast on iTunes or visit BarkleyPD.com to find new episodes. Thanks for […]

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Leaders and Teacher Collective Efficacy

My current reading is Jenni Donohoo’s book, Collective Efficacy: How Educators’ Beliefs Impact Student Learning.  “Collective teacher efficacy refers to the collective self-perception that teachers in a given school make an educational difference to their students over and above the educational impact of their homes and communities.” (Tschannen-Moran and Barr, Leadership and Policy in Schools) […]

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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…