March 2012 - Steve Barkley

Academic Optimism

I mentioned in the last blog that I was reading Bryan Goodwin’s Simply Better: Doing What Matters Most to Change the Odds for Student Success. I was introduced (p.121) to […]

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The Work of Coaches

I am often asked to assist district staff in exploring ”what should be the work of our coaches?”  and “How can we guarantee that our coaches’ work will positively impact […]

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Teachers’ Beliefs and Behaviors

Often when working with coaches and principals, I ask them to examine the elements that Joellen Killon shares when describing Heavy Coaching (earlier blogs). She suggests:” Coaches can’t afford not to impose […]

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Peer Coaching-Social Capital

In the last week I had the opportunity to provide an introduction to peer coaching to secondary teachers in North Dakota and Istanbul, Turkey. The sessions included defining peer coaching, […]

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