June 2017 - Steve Barkley

Educator Learning for Student Learning

A new report, Effective Teacher Professional Development , from the Learning Policy Institute (June 2017) by Linda Darling-Hammond, Maria E. Hyler, Madelyn Gardner, and Danny Espinoza provides great guidance for leadership teams engaged in planning professional learning. Often, as teams plan for needed educator learning to drive increases in student learning, critical components are skipped. Later […]

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Collaboration Skills

I read with great interest a white paper titled, Skills for Today: What We Know about Teaching and Assessing Collaboration.   As a teacher in the 70’s, I approached many lesson designs, grouping my students for cooperative learning.  I did all my teaching during those years as a member of teaching teams which reinforced my beliefs […]

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Being a Warm Demander

How does a teacher communicate caring and expectational beliefs in a way that most positively impacts student achievement? Judith Kleinfeld coined the term warm demanders when describing teachers who most successfully supported student achievement. Creating four quadrants with a vertical scale running from low to high expectations and a horizontal scale running from low to […]

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Why Coaching?

I found a blog post on twitter for #EducoachOC , Australian educators interested in coaching who have a monthly chat. I have interacted with some of the chat regulars from time to time. This post, by Andrea Stringer, titled, “What’s in it for me?” , was preliminary to an upcoming chat and presented insights and questions […]

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