May 2012 - Steve Barkley

The Experience

The experience economy was a term I found this week that was new to me. Searching for more information I found the book, The Experience Economy Updated,  by Pine and Gilmore. They write to inform businesses of the need to create experiences for their clients. “Companies stage an experience whenever they engage customers, connecting to […]

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Leadership Team Planning

My reading this week was Viven Stewarts’s book, A World-Class Education: Learning from International Models of Excellence and Innovation.  I found it interesting and would recommend it to you. Stewart examines various international education programs that are top of class currently or have made tremendous improvement in the past 30 years. She identifies why they […]

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Whats Your Plan for Engagement

After listening to an ASCD podcast featuring an interview with A.Wade Boykin and Pedro Noguera, the authors of Creating the Opportunity to Learn: Moving from Research to Practice to Close the Achievement Gap, I am thinking that this question about engagement  should be added to coaching conversations and PLC explorations of teaching and learning. The authors […]

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Discomfort – The Source of Why

A recent article by Lois Brown Easton, The Why, How, and What of Professional  Learning(Tools for Learning Schools, Spring 2012, learningforward) introduced  me to the work of Simon Sinek.  Sinek, the author of Start With Why, identifies that the common communication  process  flowing from what to howto why should be reversed. He suggest that the […]

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