May 2010 - Steve Barkley

Merit Pay

My colleague Dr Jim Doran, the director of international programs at Performance Learning Systems, is a guest on this week’s blog. Jim has been a teacher, coach, and headmaster at international schools on several continents. The following excerpt is taken from an article he published in InterED, The Journal of the Association for the Advancement […]

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Coaching in a Climate of Change

I was invited in May to present at the Reading First Technical Assistance Center’s conference in Philadelphia, Coaching in a Climate of Change. The conference focused on the most effective components of coaching and what is known about the benefits of coaching, the potential losses if there is no coaching, the expanded role for coaches, […]

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Thoughts for Reflection

I recently presented at the Texas Reading First Joint Advanced Coaching Institute and Leadership Summit. Two keynoters that preceded my breakout sessions shared some thoughts that I felt would make for strong faculty discussion points and reflection especially as the end of the school year approaches. The first speaker was Dr. Kati Haycock, the director […]

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PLCs Exploring Classroom Management

An elementary school leadership team asked me to spend a day observing classrooms in the school with the instructional coach, keeping a focus on classroom management, group dynamics and the impact on learning. Then, to plan meetings with vertical professional learning communities to uncover common beliefs and practices that could support the leadership team’s development […]

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Coaching Coaches

To reap the maximum gain from a coaching program, districts need to prepare principals to support and supervise coaches’ work and clarify the program goals for staff. (The Learning System, NSDC, Dec/Jan 2010, Joellen Killion High Impact Coaching Ensures Maximum Results) ”When coaches are timid about their roles and lack a clear goal or focus, […]

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