October 2007 - Steve Barkley

Peer Coaching at Walton High School

I have had the wonderful opportunity over the past two years to work with the teachers and administrators at Walton High School in Cobb County, GA.After my most recent training session I posed the following questions to Principal Tom Higgins and Lead Teacher Suzanne Schott. Feel free to contact them or me your questions or […]

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School Based Professional Development

I am currently working with two state departments of education and one county wide school district that are focused on designing and implementing building based professional development plans. In each case we are using a backwards design approach starting with desired student achievement. After identifying specific student achievement goals, designers focus on what students would […]

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Technology and Learning Styles to Encorage Effort

Recently two of my back to back presentations connected my thinking to look at how technology can bring learning style options to increase students’ effort. At the Arkansas Department of Education, I was working with the statewide professional development specialist looking at using coaching to help teachers increase student effort. The next day I was […]

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Professional Learning Communities – Conversations for Student Achievement

I have often recommended that forming PLC’s, so that teachers have at least some students in common, greatly increases the power of conversations to impact student achievement. I recently had the opportunity to observe Twin Lakes Elementary School’s K-2, 3-5, Special Education, and specialist (music, physical education, library and computer) Teaching and Learning Teams.(PLCs)My thinking […]

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