September 2011 - Steve Barkley

Another Look at Collegiality

I was visiting a friend who is a principal and found myself frequently alone as another “usual” school issue arose. As I often do, I began pursuing the bookshelf for a distraction and a chance to find out what I might be missing. I found a copy of Improving Schools from Within by Roland Barth […]

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Risk Taking

According to an article in the Sacramento Bee, the principal at the Oak Ridge Elementary school, Doug Huscher, started his staff development day with this statement posted: How do we create a safe environment for risk taking? Huscher, whose school posted a dramatic improvement in the state’s Academic Performance Index last year, said that risk […]

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Coaches Using Student Behaviors to Begin Coaching Experiences

Those of you who have followed me on this blog or have been in my workshops know that I have been waiting for the release of my new book, Instructional Coaching with the End in Mind. Well, the long awaited day (at least by me) has arrived. I had the opportunity this week to put […]

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Looking at Learning

While reading an article this week about “unschooling” I pondered how some of the statements made by students and parents provide thoughtful points as teachers plan for the start of the new school year: “Being bored makes school miserable for a lot of kids, plus there is the element of compulsion, which completely changes any […]

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