August 2015 - Steve Barkley

Planning Professional Development for Yourself and Others

A report in the Washington Post caught a lot of attention in early August as school administrators prepared for the coming school year. Study: Billions of dollars in annual teacher training is largely a waste   A new study of 10,000 teachers found that professional development — the teacher workshops and training that cost taxpayers billions […]

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Thoughts for Exploring PLC Progress

I have had several requests this summer to explore PLC concepts with school administrators, coaches, and teacher leaders. I’m thinking that some of the questions and concepts we explored might provide you with ideas for beginning of the year staff conversations. I found this statement on twitter which gave me a great opening definition. That […]

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The Beginning of the Year Messages

It’s that time of year again when my schedule often contains “opening day” presentations. Sometimes I’m part of an end of summer professional development event or part of a getting started session for administrators or teachers. In any case, one of the discussions I try to facilitate explores what messages educators want to communicate to […]

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Leading Through Learning

For the past three years I have had the opportunity to consult with NJEA’s Priority Schools Initiative.  Schools that opted to apply for the NJEA Priority Schools Initiative have to demonstrate a commitment to include all stakeholders in the school improvement process; teachers, parents, ESP, administrators, the local association, the school board, and the broader […]

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Coaching Through Questions

I recently posted a video clip regarding the important role that questions play in advancing the effectiveness of instructional coaching. Questions guide the critical thinking of the coach and teacher. As the coach poses the questions she is modeling/teaching the thinking process that empowers the teacher to apply the questioning process to future dilemmas and […]

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