June 2009 - Steve Barkley

Getting Engagement: The Job of Principal, Coach, and Teacher

I have recently worked with new instructional coaches in the Salem Keizer School District in OR and with the principals in Sumner County Schools in TN. Salem Keizer will be beginning its third year of instructional coaching and has expanded the number of coaches in difficult budget times. The district coaches have their own website […]

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Professional Learning Communities and Student Achievement

The real test for the movement to professional learning communities as a school improvement effort is, ”Can we show payoff in student achievement?” In my work with the New Jersey Professional Teaching Standards Board, I had the opportunity to hear a presentation on research that explored the question, “Is there a discernible relationship between schools […]

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What Does Satisfactory Mean?… What Does it Tell You

In my last posting I noted that I am reading David Perkin’s, Making Learning Whole. In Chapter 5, Working on the Hard Parts, he examines the role of feedback in learning. He describes the problem with what he calls the hearts-and–minds theory: “Take it to heart, keep it in mind, and do better next time.” […]

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Academic Learning Time

I recently had the opportunity to spend a major portion of a day observing in teachers’ classrooms with their principal and then discussing the observations with her. Late in the day the principal and I discussed our observations and thinking with the school’s administrative team. My thoughts: If I had videotaped the observations focusing only […]

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