June 2016 - Steve Barkley

Building Trust and Holding Difficult Conversations

The topic of trust often surfaces when I am providing training in school systems where instructional coaching or mentoring programs are being introduced. Most participants describe the need to build relationships with teachers so that they can establish trust to increase teacher vulnerability and risk taking in the coaching partnerships. I agree that relationships can […]

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Coaching from Teachers’ Agendas

In my training workshops on coaching skills I stress the importance of coaches knowing the teacher’s agenda…. the beliefs, values, and thinking behind the teacher’s decision making. What are the options the teacher considered in planning for learning? As the lesson unfolded what did the teacher perceive and consider as decisions were made about feedback […]

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Coach as Change Agent

I am pleased, through skype connections, to be working with coaches and administrators at ISG, a unique non-profit district of 7 schools in Saudi Arabia. ISG is one of the few international schools that operates as a district with 5 American curriculum schools and 2 British curriculum schools, offering IB, AP, IGSCE and A-levels. Tara […]

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Time to Explore Learning

A recent message on twitter sent me to a blog, (My Time at BIG),  written by Aren Buresh, a high school senior enrolled in Iowa BIG,  a partnership of the Cedar Rapids Community School District and the College Community School District (Prairie). Students from these districts pay no tuition, and the teaching staff is employed […]

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