Professional Development - Steve Barkley

Podcast for Parents: Co-creating a Vibe! – Part 1: Understanding Creativity (Why It’s Important & How It Develops)

This is the first episode in a three part series of podcasts with Dr. Joanne Foster for parents and their children, especially designed so families can listen and learn about creativity – in particular, what underlies creativity; keys to nurturing creative expression at home, school and elsewhere; and strategies for building a more creative and […]

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Podcast for Parents: Future Thinking – Yours and Theirs

Parent, educator, and technology futurist, Frances Valintine, provides insights for parents concerning our role in supporting children to develop an ongoing confidence and passion as learner. What should a parent be considering around guiding youngsters concerning learning pathways? E-mail Frances: frances.valintine@themindlab.com Visit The Mind Lab site. Visit the Tech Futures Lab site.  Find Frances’ book, […]

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What learning are you proud of?

I follow Allison Rodman, the Founder and Chief Learning Officer of The Learning Loop on LinkedIn. Allie recently shared a piece titled, What’s Posted on Your Refrigerator? She identified that this time of year, any of us who are parents have the refrigerator covered with all the recognitions, certificates, and prizes that schools and teachers […]

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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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