March 2017 - Steve Barkley

The Root of School Innovation

As a member of the Learning Forward Foundation board, I am part of a team exploring a think tank for innovation. “We are inviting leadership teams to engage in the Learning Forward Foundation’s year-long Innovation Think Tank Challenge. Innovation within our educational systems is important for ensuring that we meet the needs of each child […]

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Transition to Middle School

I have continued my work presented in an earlier blog exploring the transition for students from elementary school settings to middle schools. As part of prepping grade five and six teachers working with instructional coaches to plan purposeful actions, we asked sixth grade students to record on Flip-Grid Video their responses to these questions: As a […]

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Steve Barkley Presenting at Fifth Annual Educational Bridges Conference

Renowned education consultant Steve Barkley will present at the fifth annual Educational Bridges Conference in Cape May, NJ, April 26 – 28, 2017. As a featured speaker, Steve will present the opening session, “Learning and Changing Through Questions: Guiding Questions to Help Get the Most Out of the Conference,” in which he’ll provide a framework […]

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Building a Coaching Culture

I was recently asked to facilitate on Skype a meeting with coaches and administrators from a school that was in its initial year of instituting a peer coaching program supported by lead teachers who have full teaching assignments. They sent me some key questions they wanted addressed. When my partner, Michelle, saw the questions she […]

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Focusing on Learning

How do school leaders continuously guide the flow of teacher conversations, PLC’s and planning from a focus on teaching to a focus on learning? How do they focus on what they see and hear students doing rather than on what they see teachers doing? I was recently asked to provide some input on work that […]

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