August 2008 - Steve Barkley

Several Oregon Districts Prepare for Coaching

I recently worked in three Oregon School Districts as they invested in professional development to maximize the value of coaching programs. The following piece from Joellen Killion in the Winter 2007 (Vol 28,No 1) illustrates the importance of training coaches. In the Lebanon, OR district, building administrators and coaches completed two days of training last […]

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Advisors and Mentors: Using Open Questions and Confirmatory Paraphrases

I have been working with the principal, Charlie McDaniel, of the new East Ridge Middle School (ERMS) in Lake County, FL. The administrative and guidance leadership of the school worked to create an advisory program for the 6th,7th,and8th grades students coming to this brand new school. Students will stay in the same advisory group through […]

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The Principal/Coach Partnership

I had another of those weeks where several projects that I am working on run together or overlapped. I am preparing to facilitate a training for the Arkansas Department of Education for principals and coaches. They asked me to include partnership agreements as presented by Killion and Harrison in Taking the Lead: New Roles for […]

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Engagement for Students and Teachers

In a recent article in Education Week (July 16, 2008) Engagement is the Answer, Joseph Renzulli,, suggests schools need to adopt a new guiding principle, “No Child Left Bored”. He recommends that the drill and practice teaching especially present in the classrooms of poor and struggling students be replaced with teaching to develop high-end […]

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Partnership Principles and Coaching

While presenting at the National Staff Development Council’s Summer Conference, I had the opportunity to attend a research presentation by Dr. Jim Knight, from the University of Kansas Center for Research on Teaching and Learning. Jim is doing important research documenting the impact of coaching on teacher change. In his presentation, Jim shared the principals of […]

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