December 2007 - Steve Barkley

Grade Level Teams and Departments as PLC’S

I am currently working with several schools in Lake County, Florida who are focused on using grade level teams and departments to create Professional Learning Communities, where teachers’ conversations can generate teacher professional development and increased student learning. Collegiality is the goal. The following quote from Roland Barth appeared in an interview in the Independent […]

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While at the European International Schools Conference in Madrid, Spain., I had the opportunity to hear a presentation by Dr Michael Thompson, the author of Raising Cain: Protecting the Emotional Life of Boys (1999) and The Pressured Child: Helping Your Child Achieve in School and in Life (with Teresa Barker, 2004).After identifying that schools 25 […]

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Portfolios for Professional Development

I spent Thanksgiving in Madrid, Spain at the European Council of International Schools (ECIS) Conference. My two day pre–conference on mentoring and coaching was attended by international educators from around the world. They had various positions from headmaster and principals to department chair, lead teacher, and mentor or coach. One group of participants were mentors […]

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