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Teacher Professional Goals

Several of the districts I am working with have a policy that requires teachers to set yearly professional growth goals. I have spent time with building and district leaders examining how to maximize the return on investment in these plans. How can administrators support teacher learning and change as a payoff leading to increased student […]

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Podcast: Teaching Acceptance of Responsibility

In this week’s episode of the Steve Barkley Ponders Out Loud podcast, Steve is joined by teacher educator and a PLS Classes instructor, Judy Lalli to discuss creating a classroom environment that models, teaches and supports responsibility. If you’d like to sign up for the PLS graduate course Successful Teaching for Acceptance of Responsibility® Online, […]

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Principal and Instructional Coach Conversations to Build a Partnership

The alignment of an instructional coach’s and principal’s messages to staff is important in maintaining teacher actions what will drive increased student learning. Both principal and coach must make constant decisions and responses to staff during busy school days throughout the year. Rich conversations assist principal and coach in knowing their thinking is based on […]

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Collaboration Building Teacher Efficacy

“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.” (Source: Leadership and Policy in Schools) I’m reading 10 Mindframes for Visible Learning, by John Hatti and Klaus Zierer. Chapter 3 is focused […]

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Podcast: The Power of Peers: Students Supporting Students

In this week’s episode of the Steve Barkley Ponders Out Loud podcast, Steve is joined by Florida Inclusion Network Facilitator, Tim Waite to discuss the Power of Peers program and explore the effects of students supporting fellow students with disabilities. Get in touch with Tim: Tim.Waite@sdhc.k12.fl.us Subscribe to the Steve Barkley Ponders Out Loud podcast […]

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Respecting Teachers’ Goals and Values

Writing for the Harvard Business Review, Do Your Employees Feel Respected?, Kristie Rogers reports that, “When you ask workers what matters most to them, feeling respected by superiors often tops the list. In a recent survey by Georgetown University’s Christine Porath of nearly 20,000 employees worldwide, respondents ranked respect as the most important leadership behavior.” Beth […]

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