January 2009 - Steve Barkley

Learning Oriented Leadership

This week my reading and thinking was focused by an article sent to me by Debra Jennings, a member of New Jersey’s State Professional Teaching Standard Board. I serve as a facilitator to the board and it is currently supporting a statewide initiative for every school to have a School-based Professional Development Committee which functions […]

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Differentiating Teacher Growth the Principals and Coachs Task

In earlier postings, I have discussed the important partnership of principal and coach to build continuous teacher growth. One critical element of that partnership is identifying teachers’ current (individual) development stage or skill level and planning the appropriate support for the teacher’s growth. In a new book from ASCD, Building Teachers’ Capacity for Success….. A […]

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Providing the Experiences Students Need a Live Event Example

I was recently working with a leadership team of teachers and administrators from a 6-8 middle school. After a discussion defining the desired student achievement they sought, we explored “what students needed to do” to move closer to the desired achievement. Here is a partial list of what they brainstormed: -Invest themselves in learning -Seek […]

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