school leaders - Steve Barkley

It’s Time for the Coach/Principal Stage-Setting Conversation

Each summer I post a blog encouraging coaches to request a conversation with their principals. Scheduling time, especially uninterrupted, for necessary coach/principal conversations is often difficult. Summer may provide the perfect opportunity for a coffee hour to catch up and/or establish a plan for the start of the new year. I see this conversation as […]

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Co-generative Dialogues

After reading a recent article, I was introduced to a term (new for me) that sparked my interest and sent me off googling for more knowledge and examples. The term was “co-generative dialogues,” sometimes called “cogens.” In an ASCD post titled, 7 C’s for Effective Teaching, Christopher Emdin describes co-generative dialogues—or cogens— as “structured exchanges […]

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Peer, Coach, and Administrator Support for Change

“Accomplishing worthwhile things isn’t just a little harder than people think; it’s 10 or 20 times harder.” (Austin Kleon) I am working with several schools and districts that are setting the stage to implement changes in curriculum, programs, and/or instructional strategies in the coming school year. Most are planning professional learning opportunities over the summer. […]

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Inclusion, Purpose, Caring, and Empathy

In a Fortune article describing the experiences of employees in the best 100 companies to work for, I read the following: These companies doubled down on what decades of research tells us actually matters—trust, respect, purpose, and community. The best companies go beyond perks to create aspirational workplaces. They foster a culture of inclusion, purpose, […]

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Podcast: Leading Like a Coach

School principal and author of “Leading Like a Coach,” Matt Renwick, promotes school leaders working with a community in which each member contributes their strengths and ideas to improving instruction. He explores five key elements from his book. Create confidence through trust. Organize around a priority. Affirm promising practices. Communicate feedback. Help teachers become leaders. […]

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Negative Feedback?

Two articles from INC. caught my attention, (Why Great Bosses Rarely Give Negative Feedback, Backed by Science and Why Emotionally Intelligent Leaders Avoid the ‘Feedback Sandwich,’) as they connected with comments from some teacher leaders who were exploring coaching skills with me. Our conversation arose as we were exploring the impact of teachers receiving approval […]

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