professional growth - Steve Barkley

Acknowledging Discomfort as an Element of Growth

I recently posted an earlier blog I had written about being comfortable with discomfort on LinkedIn using this lead-in statement: I find it intriguing that teachers recognize that discomfort is part of student learning. They work to create classroom environments where students can be comfortable with discomfort. Yet, they frequently work to avoid discomfort for […]

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Podcast: Compassionate Coaching

Kathy Perret and Kenny McKee join the podcast to share insights from their new book, Compassionate Coaching: How Educators Navigate the Barriers to Professional Growth. “Successful Coaching is a humanistic, compassionate process that places students at its center. Truly effective coaching places people above programs.” Read Compassionate Coaching here.  Contact Kathy Perret: kathyperret@gmail.com Contact Kenneth […]

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Podcast: Expanding Instructional Coaching to a Culture of Coaching

What are the actions that school administrators and instructional coaches can take to support the building of a culture of coaching within a school? How does peer coaching embedded in professional growth plans and PLC decisions encourage a coaching culture? How do school leaders model a culture of coaching? Steve explores these questions, setting the […]

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Podcast for Teachers: Feedback for Your Personal Professional Growth

Like our students, teachers need “good informative feedback”  to support our continuous growth. Sherry St. Clair, experienced teacher, instructional coach, school administrator and author provided insights and strategies. Find out what she identifies and the most important source. Visit Sherry’s website here. E-mail: Sherry@reflecttolearn.com Subscribe to the Steve Barkley Ponders Out Loud podcast on iTunes […]

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Empowering Conversations

I am currently providing one-to-one coaching with a district’s central office and building principals staff around the design of their individual professional growth plans. The goal is to generate plans that are focused on their professional learning that will promote learning throughout the system with maximum payoff in student learning. We use a backwards approach […]

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Coaches and PLCs

This week I took part in a twitter chat with #esc11coach examining the work of coaches with PLCs. (You can find the entire chat here.) As I was planning for the chat, I found an article in the March 2016 Kappan by Rick Dufour and Douglas Reeves titled, The Futility of PLC Lite. The authors […]

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