Distance Learning - Steve Barkley

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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Podcast for Parents: Developing Mastery Oriented Learners (Part 11)

Mastery oriented learners are intrinsically motivated to learn for competency rather than to be driven by external rewards or fear of punishment. They are empowered learners who make conscious choices about effort to learn. Examine what practices you can implement to empower your student. Subscribe to the Steve Barkley Ponders Out Loud podcast on iTunes […]

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A Time For Reflection

The closure of schools and the move to distance learning has made new learners out of all of us: students, teachers, parents, instructional coaches, and school administrators. I believe that we need to reflect now concerning our day to day decisions and begin to reflect on how our current learning will influence our future practices. […]

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