September 2016 - Steve Barkley

Creating Trust for Coaching

Elena Aguilar posted a blog in Education Week Teacher titled, How Transparency Can Build Trust, that provides examples for coaches dealing with ‘less than enthusiastic’ teacher responses to coaching services. As I have worked this month with two schools implementing new coaching programs, her closing paragraph ran very true to me: “As coaches, we often experience what we […]

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Instructional Coaching and School Improvement Plans

I’ve been facilitating meetings with instructional coaches who are planning the focus of their work for the year in connection to their school’s improvement plan. I begin by having them review the student achievement goals and the degree to which the staff is united to reach those goals. Next we identify the needed student behaviors […]

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Homework/ Home Learning

I have written earlier about the impact of the word “work” in describing the learning activities in which we want students to engage. My thinking was initially triggered by Alfie Kohn’s writing in Students Don’t “Work”- They Learn . Homework defines this conflict for me most clearly. Can it really be a quality learning activity if […]

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Conditions Promoting Innovation

A colleague sent me an article concerning innovation that triggered my thinking about students implementing/experiencing innovation in classrooms and teachers innovating in building ever better learning for students. Daniel Dworkin and Markus Spiegel posted Leadership May Not Be the Problem with Your Innovation Team  for the Harvard Business Review. 1500 companies had completed an assessment designed […]

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