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I have long owned a copy of Quality Teaching in a Culture of Coaching, whose concepts were created by Steve Barkley and carefully and superbly word-smithed by his long time colleague Terri Bianco. My copy has seen better days. Pages are highlighted and double highlighted. Notes are written beside key points, and there are many key points. Sticky notes are affxed to at least a third of the pages. As my rancher friends might say about a poorly treated horse, the book looks like it has been “rode hard and put to bed wet.”

I have found Quality Teaching in a Culture of Coaching to be a very useful resource since I frst began studying instructional coaching at the Kansas Coaching Project more than 15 years ago. Steve’s book, in fact, was an important resource for me as I wrote my own book, Instructional Coaching: A Partnership Approach to Improving Instruction. His ideas about questioning, observing teachers, and structuring coaching conversations helped me as I shaped the Kansas model for instructional coach-ing, an approach to coaching that has now been implemented across North America and in many

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