March 2014 - Steve Barkley

Instructional Leadership and Vision

“A key leadership role for school principals is shaping a school vision of academic success for all students, based on high standards,” according to the Wallace Foundation report, The School Principal as Leader: Guiding Schools to Better Teaching and Learning.  Citing a Vanderbilt University study, the report identifies the importance of principals spelling out high standards […]

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Examining Deep Learning

In a MindShift blog, Beyond Knowing Facts, How Do We Get to a Deeper Level of Learning? , I found this list of competencies for identifying deep learning. -mastering content -critical thinking -effective written and oral communication -collaboration -learning how to learn -developing academic mindsets You can find a video clip defining deep learning and information […]

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The WOW that Keeps on WOWing

 It turns out creativity is contagious. At least it is at Everett School District in South Central Pennsylvania where one creative idea grew to encompass the entire community. Like many schools last year, Everett was struggling with budget cuts. Two of their four elementary schools were closed. Morale was low. Parent involvement was slim. Teachers […]

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Facilitating Conflict

I recently presented a keynote (Leading Teams) for the NJ Learningforward Conference. (Power point available here.  ) One topic I explored was supporting teams using elements I had pulled from Patrick Lencioni’s book, The Five Dysfunctions of a Team. I chose to take his dysfunctions and present them as areas of concentration for team builders, […]

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Moving Learning Walk Insights to Teacher Change

Here is a request I received from an instructional coach. I read your blog titled, “Coaching Teachers’ Dual Roles”  , and the following resonated with me: “I think it’s necessary that coaches and instructional school leaders provide facilitation and training for PLC members to experience effective collaboration, debate, and reflection that produce new teaching and learning […]

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