February 2010 - Steve Barkley

Building Teams to Maximize Student Achievement

I just returned from a trip to Muscat, Oman where I provided two days of peer coaching training for the teachers and administrators at ABA, a World International Baccalaureate School (pre K- 12). The training included several coaching conferencing practice activities allowing staff to interact with others within and beyond their grade and content area […]

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Coaching Teachers for Expertise

I’ve been reading with great interest an article in ASCD’s (February 2010) Educational Leadership, “The Strive of It” where Kathleen Cushman explores “What conditions inspire teens to practice toward perfection?”. Cushman describes The Practice Project sponsored by What Kids Can Do, which examines the questions: ”What does it take to get really good at something? […]

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Coaching Co-teaching Teams

I recently provided coaching to co-teaching teams at an inner city middle school. Some teams were content and special education teachers, some were content and Title I or special education support staff and in some cases three colleagues were simultaneously working with students. On Wiked at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, co-teaching is defined […]

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Reflection and Coaching

I recently provided a faculty professional development session at Edgewood High School in the Buckeye Local School District , Ashtabula, Ohio. I have been working with the Learning Improvement Team (LIT) designing professional learning plans around their school goals. (Teachers learning to impact student learning.) I was asked to provide the entire faculty with a […]

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