Distance Learning - Steve Barkley

Purposeful School Leader Actions

I have been dropping notes to school leaders on LinkedIn as I have viewed announcements of their new leadership positions. My comments are geared to encourage them that while purposeful educational leaders are always important to student success, today especially, teachers, parents, and students are seeking support and direction from school leaders at every level. […]

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How Does Intellectual Humility Impact Educator Reflection?

I was introduced to the term Intellectual Humility listening to a Daniel Pink podcast. He defines it as being less certain about one’s views and more intellectually humble about what one knows and understands. It is a willingness to recognize that what you think and what you believe might be wrong. Pink suggests it not […]

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Collaborating with Parents as Partners Supporting Learners

“At the end of the day, the most overwhelming key to a child’s success is the positive involvement of parents.” – Jane D Hull, Governor of Arizona (1997 to 2003) Early in the COVID-19 pandemic in the United States, as schools began moving to virtual learning at home for students, I began a new podcast […]

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Planning and Designing the “Schools” We Want and Deserve

I have been facilitating many educator conversations around the questions, “What have we discovered?” and “What do we want to do about it?” In a Fast Company article, 5 changes to expect in the workplace after COVID-19 by Diana Vienne, a senior partner with global change-leadership consultancy, Notion Consulting, I found a structure for some […]

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We Are In This Together

The title for this blog emerged when I listened to a Future Ready podcast with Superintendent Matt Miller from Lakota Local School District, Liberty Township, Ohio. Matt started and ended his comments pointing to the collaborative spirit that was critical to solving the initial problems of meeting students’ physical and emotional needs (providing meals) and […]

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Supporting Parents Supporting Learners

As many educators are, I am currently engaged in deep reflection concerning what we have practiced, implemented, discovered, and created during the closure of our school buildings that shouldn’t be dropped when the school doors open back up. One area that I’ve witnessed is the increase in communication and partnerships that educators are building with […]

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