The Teaming Edge Podcast

Professional Learning Communities with Steve Barkley

September 12, 2022 John Willis Season 1 Episode 2
The Teaming Edge Podcast
Professional Learning Communities with Steve Barkley
Show Notes

Teaching is a team sport and a transparent act. Steve Barkley shares his insights on the power of a Professional Learning Community. 

For the past 40 years, Steve has served as an educational consultant to school districts, teacher organizations, state departments of education, and colleges and universities nationally and internationally, facilitating the changes necessary for them to reach students and successfully prepare them for the 21st century. A prolific published author, his weekly blog, Steve Barkley Ponders Out Loud, has evolved into a go-to resource for teachers and administrators all over the world.


  • Steve’s unusual start to his career in education (2:11)
  • Teaching as a Team Sport and a Transparent Act (5:39)
  • Vulnerability in teaching, learning, and leadership (7:37)
  • Power in a PLC (9:53)
  • Teachers as professionals (12:03)
  • Psychological safety (13:14)
  • Steve’s Theory of Action (15:44)
  • Forming a hypothesis (20:59)
  • Individual-Franchise-Team (22:34)
  • Coaching teams where they are (25:04)
  • What are the outcomes for a Leadership PLC? (27:17)
  • How PLCs effectively manage their time (30:29)
  • DuFours 3 Big Ideas (35:47)
  • Implementing best practices (36:27)
  • PLC’s impact and achievement scores (37:48)
  • Learning equity (40:26)
  • Margaret Wheatley’s influence: “acting crisis like in non-crisis times” (43:14)
  • Steve’s one thing: model the model (45:25)

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