Teacher Professional Development Resources | Steve Barkley

Teacher Professional Development Resources

Continuous teacher growth is the driving force behind continuous student achievement. I posted a blog titled, There Is No Mountaintop, to illustrate that every year a teacher’s learning from the previous year can advance his/her skills and positively impact student learning. In addition, this new learning opens the door to new questions and ideas. If you place everything you know about teaching and learning inside of a balloon, the outside of the balloon represents areas for future learning.


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How can a year-long Professional Development plan help school leaders and teachers?




  1. Educator Learning for Student Learning: Coaching Impact
  2. Leadership Teams
  3. Feedback for Students and Teachers
  4. Focusing on Learning
  5. Scaling Teachers Up or Cutting Them Loose?
  6. PLCs and Coaching for Teacher and Student Learning
  7. Nurturing Teachers’ Curiosity
  8. Value from Coaching and Collaboration
  9. Teachers Using What They Know To Increase Student Learning
  10. Moving Learning Walk Insights to Teacher Change
  11. Teachers’ Peer Observations: Reflecting and Learning
  12. International School Leadership Opportunity
  13. Working & Learning Online With Steve Barkley
  14. Case Study: The Austin Independent School District
  15. Motivation: Feeling Great About the Work You Are Doing
  16. Exploring Feedback
  17. Empathy and Leadership
  18. Teachers’ Soft Skills: Critical to School Success
  19. Looking at Climate and School Culture from Another Lens
  20. Administrators’ and Instructional Coaches’ Involvement in PLCs
  21. Leadership Actions to Lead Teams
  22. Identifying Evidence for Progress on Process
  23. Accountability
  24. Planning Questions for Critical Thinking and Learning
  25. Teachers Taking the Lead
  26.  Teacher Pause and Student Thinking
  27. Learning in Roleplay, Simulations, and Live-Events
  28. Teachers Observing Teaching
  29. Finding Understanding with Same/Different Exploration
  30. Increasing Student Participation in Learning Conversations
  31. Reflection and Insights
  32. Teacher Talk and Student Talk
  33. Five Core Communication Skills for Student to Student and Teacher to Teacher Dialogue
  34. Planning Instruction from Student Outcome Goals
  35. School Leaders: Getting Teacher Input or Empowering Teachers
  36. Belonging and Relationships
  37. Facilitating Discussions In Classrooms Using the Fishbowl Strategy
  38. Motivate Your Team with Guest Speaker Jim Malanowski
  39. Comfortable with Discomfort
  40. Teaching and Leading With Stories
  41. Managing vs. Leading
  42. Team or Franchise?
  43. Teaching & Learning Perseverance
  44. My Responses to Coaching Questions
  45. The Coach Approach to School Leadership
  46. Play, Do, Learn
  47. Bloom’s Taxonomy and Questions for Life
  48. Exploring and Coaching Teacher Credibility
  49. Thoughts on Mentoring and Supporting Beginning Teachers, Part 1
  50. Thoughts on Mentoring and Supporting Beginning Teachers, Part 2
  51. Responding to a Teacher’s Classroom Problem
  52. Engaging Students for Maximum Learning
  53. Stretching to Learn
  54. The Impact of Knowing and Being Known
  55. Guiding Learning From Complex to Patterns
  56. Exploring Classroom Management
  57. Trust and Vulnerability
  58. Exploring Multi-Grade and Multi-Level Learning
  59. What do our students need us to learn?
  60. Effective Professional Development
  61. Recognizing the Value of Success Skills
  62. Teacher Professional Goals
  63. Modernizing Assessment
  64. Passion in Teaching and Learning
  65. The Beginning of the School Year Messages
  66. Building Trust to Support Teacher Growth
  67. When Do Teachers Cooperate and When Do They Collaborate
  68. Success Skills for New Teachers
  69. Is the Leadership Team a Team?
  70. Grades and Reliability
  71. Conversations Focused on Student Learning
  72. Watching Play, Watching Learning
  73. Observing Student Production Behaviors
  74. Creating Opportunities to Develop Collective Teacher Efficacy
  75. Lifeguard or Swim Coach? The Role of Struggle
  76. Continuing ISG Jubail’s Coaching Conversation with Emma Ahmed
  77. Looking Back and Looking Forward
  78. Supporting Teachers in Successful Parent Conferences
  79. Designing and Facilitating Discussions for Inquiry and Learning
  80. Caring, Vulnerability and Trust
  81. Supporting Parents Supporting Learners
  82. Supporting Educator Learning to Build Student Learning
  83. Coaching Co-Teaching
  84. Professional Growth Plans
  85. The Letting Go Paradox in Leading and Teaching
  86. Developing and Coaching Teachers’ Professional Growth Plans
  87. Where to Begin with a Beginning Teacher
  88. An Environment for Growth: The Role of Vulnerability and Discomfort
  89. Moving from Fear to Growth
  90. Teacher Resilience and Teacher Collaboration


  1. Maximizing Learning
  2. Comfortable with Discomfort
  3. Warm Demanders
  4. Designing the Environment
  5. Reading Student Engagement
  6. Dilemma of Grades
  7. Developing Critical Soft Skills
  8. The Power of Optimism Pt. 1
  9. The Power of Optimism, Part 2
  10. Compelling Why’s
  11. Developing Critical Soft Skills
  12. From the Pool to the Classroom
  13. Tapping Student Effort – Pictures of Success
  14. Celebrating a School Success
  15. Technology: Teaching & Learning
  16. Looking at New Designs for Teacher Learning
  17. Reflecting on Scaffolding
  18. Modifying Schedules to Increase Student Learning
  19. Guiding Learning from the Complex to the Pattern
  20. Talking In Class – Increasing the Quality and Quantity of Student-to-Student Dialogue in the Classroom
  21. Teaching and Learning With Simulations & Live Events
  22. Increasing Perseverance by Translating Goals into Behaviors
  23. Taking The Lead – New Roles for Teachers & School Based Coaches
  24. Multi-Year Teacher Collaboration
  25. Focusing on Learning or Teaching?
  26. Pre-Conferencing – A Critical Element to Effective Coaching
  27. Play, Do, Learn
  28. Relationships: How Do We Build Them?
  29. Planning Backwards: Goals and Evidence
  30. How Houses Within a School Help Build Relationships & Belonging
  31. Meaningful Learning Environments
  32. Observing Student Learning Production Behaviors
  33. Teachers’ Skills and Beliefs to Support Project Based Learning
  34. Physical Literacy
  35. Stories & Relationships
  36. Teaching & Coaching with Learning Style Preferences
  37. Engaging Students in Project Based Learning
  38. Creating Questions for Learning
  39. Knowledge, Attitude, Skills & Habits
  40. Teaching & Learning With Multiple Intelligences
  41. Signs of Engagement in Quality Learning
  42. Student Success Skills Pt. 1
  43. Student Success Skills Pt. 2
  44. A Look at Differentiated Instruction
  45. Shaping Belief Systems That Support Continuous Teacher Efficacy
  46. Building Student Responsibility
  47. Desirable Learning Difficulties to Increase Learning
  48. The Teacher’s Role in Student Motivation
  49. The Impact of Knowing: Creating Opportunities to Ask & Listen
  50. Teaching Strategies
  51. Student Success Skills: Self Management, Empathy & Resilience
  52. Learning From Failure and Success
  53. Repeat Student-Teacher Matches
  54. Exploring Teacher Communication Skills
  55. Rethinking Goals as Hypotheses
  56. Modernizing Assessment: A Conversation With Tom Schimmer
  57. The Power of Peers: Students Supporting Students
  58. Teaching Acceptance of Responsibility
  59. Consistent and Unpredictable: Creating an Environment for Reflection & Learning
  60. Five Characteristics of Effective Helpers
  61. Using Co-Construction to Build Empowerment
  62. Exploring Multi-Grade & Multi-Level Learning
  63. Discussing Competency-Based Education at Sanborn Regional High School
  64. Teacher Cooperation and Collaboration
  65. Educators Learning With Partners
  66. Asking the Right Questions
  67. There is No Mountaintop to Teaching
  68. A Mastery Curve for Teaching
  69. A Look at Student Screen Time
  70. Supporting Teachers New to Online
  71. Reflections on Being New to Teaching Online
  72. A Time For Reflection
  73. Applying What We Learned as School Begins

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