Professional Development - Steve Barkley

Reflect Upon Surprise, Failure, and Frustration

I am currently engaged with several school middle-level leader teams who have been studying and practicing peer coaching skills with each other as they consider the value of, and process for, introducing peer coaching to their colleagues. There is a tendency for teaching staffs to predict that the reason these teacher leaders (grade level leaders […]

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Time for Gratitude

It’s always the right time to think about gratitude. A post in Psychology Today identifies these benefits: Gratitude opens the door to more relationships. Gratitude improves physical health. Gratitude improves psychological health. Gratitude enhances empathy and reduces aggression. Grateful people sleep better. Gratitude improves self-esteem. Gratitude increases mental strength. In a recent podcast that I […]

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Planning for and Supporting Learning Acceleration

I hope you are enjoying a break from school, and finding time for rest, reflection, and renewal before the new year begins. This past year has been one of many different experiences for all of us. Experiences none of us were expecting as we looked ahead at the beginning of 2021. We enter 2022 with […]

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Not One More Thing

In the past weeks, I have had several school leaders and instructional coaches share with me that the phrase, “Not One More Thing” is a common response they are hearing from teachers as they explore areas for progressing or growing from current teaching and learning practices. Whether discussing coaching sessions, peer observations, teaching strategies, or […]

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Iteration and Falling

I have written blogs and posted podcasts on building teachers’ professional growth plans and professional learning community goals around hypotheses and evidence collection. I was initially pointed in that direction from an article by Jean Ross, in the Sloan Management review from MIT, “Why Hypotheses Beat Goals.” She suggests that instead of asking “What is […]

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Take a Course with PLS Classes this Year and Get Rewarded

I wanted to share a special offer with you from my partner PLS Classes. PLS Classes provides educators with on-site, online, and self-paced graduate courses. They’ve recently added several new remote learning courses to their catalog of extraordinary classes. As a thank you for your support of Barkley PD, we’d like to offer you a […]

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