Professional Development - Page 3 of 62 - Steve Barkley

Supporting Educator Learning to Build Student Learning

Rapidly changing issues impacting our schools and communities are driving an immediate and substantial focus on educator learning. It’s important that we implement all that we know in designing and supporting educator learning. Planning backwards, we need to begin with identifying the desired student learning outcomes. What are the most critical areas of knowledge, skills […]

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Today’s Leadership Requirement: Leading Teams That Solve Challenges

I was asked to design a proposal for a client that would describe purpose and process for providing coaching to school and system leadership teams. I thought that the resources for describing purpose and some of the processes might be helpful in your support of school leaders. Margaret Wheatley writes: “In troubled, uncertain times, we […]

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A Time to Be Really Listening

Listening has always been a critical skill for effective coaching. I’ve connected it with questioning skills. Too often when coaches are conscious of questioning, they can get too focused on creating their next question and not really listen as the teacher responds. The pause after a teacher speaks is the time to consider how I […]

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Promoting Reflection for Educator Learning

The Lifelong Learning UK Standards make clear, reflection is a core component of effective continuing professional development (CPD) and key to becoming a skilled teacher. (Benefits of Encouraging Teacher Self Reflection) In recent sessions that I’ve facilitated for teachers’ peer coaching and administrators’ peer coaching, I have stressed coaching behaviors that increase reflection on the […]

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Empowering Conversations

I am currently providing one-to-one coaching with a district’s central office and building principals staff around the design of their individual professional growth plans. The goal is to generate plans that are focused on their professional learning that will promote learning throughout the system with maximum payoff in student learning. We use a backwards approach […]

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Designing and Facilitating Discussions for Inquiry and Learning

The Open University UK’s website responds to the question: Why talk for learning is important? “Talk is a part of human development that helps us to think, learn and make sense of the world. People use language as a tool for developing reasoning, knowledge and understanding. Therefore, encouraging students to talk as part of their learning […]

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