Leadership - Steve Barkley
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Administrator, Coach, Teacher Leader Partnerships

Agreeing on expectations upfront can greatly support the building of trust. This is true in classrooms as students find that they can trust the teacher to uphold expectations around her promises concerning her role and to reinforce with appropriate responses when students meet or do not meet expectations regarding their engagement in learning production behaviors. […]

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Coaching and Leading with Relational Energy

I was introduced to the term Relational Energy in a blog by Kim Cameron. “Positive energy elevates individuals, is life-giving and fosters vitality. In nature, the most common source of positive energy is the sun. It is the life-giving force. All species, including human beings, are inclined over time toward life-giving energy, and they avoid […]

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The Learning and Teaching Environment

Working on the environment should be a continuous focus of leaders in schools and in classrooms. Simon Sinek shared this statement that reinforces our need to focus on creating an environment that supports and encourages those that we lead. “Because we are social animals, we respond to the environment we are in. Leaders are responsible […]

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Building Trust With Expectations

Educational leaders working with instructional coaching, mentoring, professional learning communities, and professional growth plans are increasingly needing to address the topic of a trusting culture that promotes the vulnerability necessary for educator growth. Trust is needed for educator risk-taking. My suggested starting point for leaders building this culture of trust is to, “Say what you […]

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Leadership’s Conscious Focus: Collaboration, Creativity and Culture

Cathy Merrill, a chief executive of Washingtonian Media, provided an opinion piece in the Washington Post titled, As a CEO, I worry about the erosion of office culture with more remote work. She shares a concern regarding many employees, who have been successful working remotely, desiring to stay in a virtual role. She points out […]

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Leaders Modeling Professional Learning

I recently had the opportunity to engage in several conversations and to record a podcast with Chad Dumas, the author of Let’s Put the C in PLC: A Practical Guide for School Leaders. Chad’s website has a post view on Ten Elements of Principal Knowledge — 2-Page Overview of 10 Elements. I invited Chad to […]

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