Leadership - Steve Barkley

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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Encouraging Vulnerability: Permission to Screw-up

Based on a recommendation from Simon Sinek, I have been reading Permission to Screw-up: How I Learned to Lead by Doing (Almost) Everything Wrong by Kristen Hadeed, who is the founder and CEO of Student Maid. Hadeed began cleaning some homes as a college student who wanted a pair of jeans that her parents had […]

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Reframing Change

I recently connected with Heather Lyon, an Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum, Instruction, and Technology for a suburban school district in Western New York and the author of Engagement is Not a Unicorn (It’s a Narwhal).  Heather kindly shared the following thoughts on how we perceive CHANGE. She presents a valuable framework for understanding the importance […]

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Patience

I found two articles about patience that caused me to ponder connections. The Harvard Business Review posted Becoming a More Patient Leader by David Sluss and Empowering Parents posted 4 Steps to More Patience as a Parent  by Denise Rowden. The Chambers English Dictionary defines patience as, “the quality of being able calmly to endure […]

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