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Podcast: Simply Instructional Coaching with Nicole Turner

In this week’s episode of the Steve Barkley Ponders Out Loud podcast, Steve is joined by author and instructional coach, Nicole Turner to discuss her experiences and work as an instructional coach. Get Nicole’s book, “Simply Instructional Coaching” here! Subscribe to the Steve Barkley Ponders Out Loud podcast on iTunes or visit BarkleyPD.com to find […]

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Hypothesis and Evidence: Words to Use In Professional Growth Plans

I have been working with several school organizations updating and examining their teacher professional growth plans. In each case leaders want to focus on maximizing the payoff in student success, growth or achievement from educator’s learning. They want the plan to provide for teacher autonomy while aligning efforts to school-wide goals. Each of these systems […]

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Podcast: PLC+ With Nancy Frey & Doug Fisher

In this week’s episode of the Steve Barkley Ponders Out Loud podcast, Steve is joined by Professors of Educational Leadership at San Diego State University, Nancy Frey and Doug Fisher to discuss their experiences and work with PLCs. Read Nancy & Doug’s book “Better Decisions and Greater Impact by Design” here.  Subscribe to the Steve […]

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Success Skills for New Teachers

I recently provided a workshop for mentors who would be working with new (many first year) teachers to their district. Here is the opening I used to set the stage. The old adage “Experience is the best teacher” isn’t quite accurate. “Experience, with a mentor, is the best teacher.” As a new teacher interacts with […]

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Podcast: Conversations With Coaches #3

In this week’s episode of the Steve Barkley Ponders Out Loud podcast, Steve is joined by instructional coaches & PLS Classes instructors Alice Houck and Marianne Talhelm to discuss discuss their experiences, insights and suggestions around coaching. Get in touch with Alice: ahouck@pls3rdlearning.com Get in touch with Marianne: mtalhelm@pls3rdlearning.com Subscribe to the Steve Barkley Ponders […]

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When Do Teachers Cooperate and When Do They Collaborate

Zachary Herrmann published an article in ASCD’s EL titled, Cooperate or Collaborate, that made connections for me in my work with Professional Learning Communities vs Professional Working Communities and Teams vs Franchises. I’ve been defining these as: PWC – Professional Working Community –teachers collaborating to get work done. PLC – Professional Learning Community- teachers collaborating […]

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