education week - Steve Barkley

A Longer Term Focus- Building Resilience

Does thinking longer term as we plan for the next school year allow teachers to focus on building student resilience over a push to catch up on academic content under some definition of learning loss? How do instructional coaches and leaders support teachers in deciding upon the most important student experiences as they return to […]

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Reimaging School

In an interview with Learningforward, Jal Mehta, a professor at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, shared the following: “The challenge with the pandemic is that, for a lot of people, there has been this sense of, “When can we get back to what we had before?” But in the case of schools, it’s pretty […]

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Teacher Leadership and Vulnerability

Nancy Flanagan wrote a blog for Education Week examining a definition for teacher leadership. She included this picture from Twitter which I recall seeing and retweeting. Flanagan connected with the role of great teachers being risk-takers but felt that an administrator stepping into that risk taking role was not very common and that teacher leaders probably […]

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A Look at Pre-Service and Student Teaching

How are colleges presenting this to student teachers? That question was raised several times as I worked with newly selected mentors in Rochester, New York. (See previous blog on Rochester’s award winning Career in Teaching program.) Education Week Teacher carried an article by Sarah Henchey titled Student Teaching: More Than a Custody Arrangement. Henchey made […]

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Professional Learning Teams

During recent professional development work in two different districts I have been noticing increased teacher interest and willingness to explore a more collegial or team based approach to meeting student achievement goals It was especially motivating for me that one of the sites was all secondary teachers. My thinking was reinforced while reading a recent […]

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