July 2009 - Steve Barkley

Secondary Reading Coaches

While attending the recent SREB High Schools That Work summer professional development conference, I received a copy of their new report, A Critical Mission: Making Adolescent Reading an Immediate Priority in SREB States. In the introduction, Virginia Governor Timothy M Kane states,”Nationwide, students in the middle grades and high school are failing to develop the […]

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Studio Learning for Students and Teachers

I have finished reading David Perkins’ Making Learning Whole: How 7 Principles of Teaching Can Transform Education. I’ve mentioned my earlier reading in a previous post. The seven principles align well with the work I have done through Performance Learning Systems in Live Event Learning. Live Events (real life learning experiences with real consequences) create […]

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Someone forwarded me an interesting post from the Providence Journal, written by Julia Steiny (April 26,2009) titled School Revolution is a New Responsiveness to Kids. Here are some of her statements that caught my attention: American schools will improve when they’re designed to be engaging to the humans inside of them, and to nourish their […]

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Coaching and Leadership

I received a request from a new instructional coach and am writing this post as a response: I was wondering if I could ask you one more question for my paper and presentation. I was hoping you could make some correlations between teacher leadership and instructional coaches. Do you feel that instructional coaches are teacher […]

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