July 2010 - Steve Barkley

Planning First Day

Recently I was providing leadership skills training for teachers who facilitate professional learning communities at their school. We examined how Questions for Life could be used to create questions that increase the productivity of PLC planning sessions. As a sample we practiced using the following questions to explore planning the opening week of school: What […]

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Thoughts on Linchpin

Thanks to a recommendation from a district staff developer I just finished reading Linchpin: Are You Indispensible? by Seth Godin . I’m recommending it for your reading. Here are a few of the statements I highlighted as I read with my comments added. “The problem is that most schools don’t like great teachers. They’re organized […]

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Coaching With R E S T

My writing partner, Terri Bianco , and I are working on a new book on instructional coaching. We’re writing to provide insight and skills to instructional coaches and to administrators who need to practice instructional coaching directly with teachers and support the work of instructional coaches.We are explaining how the backwards planning process, moving from […]

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Professional Learning Teams

During recent professional development work in two different districts I have been noticing increased teacher interest and willingness to explore a more collegial or team based approach to meeting student achievement goals It was especially motivating for me that one of the sites was all secondary teachers. My thinking was reinforced while reading a recent […]

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