Professional Learning Communities - Steve Barkley

Professional Learning Conversations

I focused on the phrase “professional learning conversations” while reading an article by Dr. Kristine Needham titled 5 Conversations for Professional Growth. She explores the terms ‘professional conversations’, ‘learning conversations’, ‘professional learning conversations’, ‘coaching conversations’, and ‘feedback conversations.’ Dr. Needham shares that the term “professional learning conversations” was coined by Lorna Earl and Helen Timperley […]

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Noise, Grades, and Evaluations

I had another one of those connecting insights moments while on my daily walk, listening to a podcast. I had been in a conversation earlier in the week with a long-time client/colleague who was engaged in conversations within his district around a more traditional grading/reporting system than the proficiency-based model that the system has been […]

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The Push Classroom Vs. The Pull Classroom

I was intrigued as I read Drew Perkins post, Are You Pushing Or Pulling Students In Your Classroom? In the post, he provides a diagram illustrating a push system where factories produce at maximum efficiency and dealers sell the product (pushy salesperson) compared to a pull system where orders from the customers drive the manufacturing […]

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Podcast: PLC+ With Nancy Frey & Doug Fisher

In this week’s episode of the Steve Barkley Ponders Out Loud podcast, Steve is joined by Professors of Educational Leadership at San Diego State University, Nancy Frey and Doug Fisher to discuss their experiences and work with PLCs. Read Nancy & Doug’s book “Better Decisions and Greater Impact by Design” here.  Subscribe to the Steve […]

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Podcast: Coaches Working With PLCs

In this week’s episode of the Steve Barkley Ponders Out Loud podcast, Steve looks at the role of coaches in PLCs. Read “The Case for Coaches in Professional Learning Communities” here.  Subscribe to the Steve Barkley Ponders Out Loud podcast on iTunes or visit BarkleyPD.com to find new episodes. Thanks for listening! PODCAST TRANSCRIPT Announcer: […]

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Collaboration Building Teacher Efficacy

“Collective teacher efficacy refers to the collective self-perception that teachers in a given school make an educational difference to their students over and above the educational impact of their homes and communities.” (Source: Leadership and Policy in Schools) I’m reading 10 Mindframes for Visible Learning, by John Hatti and Klaus Zierer. Chapter 3 is focused […]

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