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Podcast for Teachers: Teaching So That Every Student Matters

What are the teacher mindsets concerning PLC’s that encourage practices that impact teacher and student learning? How does teacher vulnerability, sharing student work and peer observation among PLC members increase the impact of PLCs?   Subscribe to the Steve Barkley Ponders Out Loud podcast on iTunes or visit to find new episodes! PODCAST TRANSCRIPT[Ad]: […]

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Brave Teaching and Leading

An article by Joshua Freedman, Leading out of the storm: Taking Schools Forward (not ‘back to normal’) generated my pondering leading to this blog. He describes that when dealing with distrust, anxiety, and volatility our sense of safety is at stake. Leaders desiring to have followers feel safer may respond in either of these two […]

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Podcast: Jim Knight Ponders With Steve About Reframing Mindsets Through Coaching (Part 2)

I had the pleasure to be a presenter at Jim Knight’s TLC21 Conference. Jim joined my session and shared his insights as we explored four different mindsets. In part 2, we examine a longer-term focus rather than the usual education short-term and how we can use our proximity to students for greater learning impact. View […]

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Time for Gratitude

It’s always the right time to think about gratitude. A post in Psychology Today identifies these benefits: Gratitude opens the door to more relationships. Gratitude improves physical health. Gratitude improves psychological health. Gratitude enhances empathy and reduces aggression. Grateful people sleep better. Gratitude improves self-esteem. Gratitude increases mental strength. In a recent podcast that I […]

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Planning for and Supporting Learning Acceleration

I hope you are enjoying a break from school, and finding time for rest, reflection, and renewal before the new year begins. This past year has been one of many different experiences for all of us. Experiences none of us were expecting as we looked ahead at the beginning of 2021. We enter 2022 with […]

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Podcast for Parents: Building Reading Success With Sounds

Heather Kenny, a past kindergarten teacher and reading teacher educator, has developed a children’s adventure show called Sounder and Friends™ to promote beginning reading skills. Heather shares with parents ways to build sound awareness for successful reading. She also includes how parents can spot indicators of children’s missing skills that warrant sharing with teachers. Watch […]

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