5 Ways to Curate Texts That Inspire Readers

Julie Wright on episode 550

Students need to be surrounded by books that inspire them to read and rejoice in books. But how do we curate those texts to inspire our readers? Julie Wright gives practical advice for librarians and all of us teachers (including me) who like to surround students with rich texts that inspire reading. Advancement Courses is […]

Equity Programs in New York State

Dr. Anael Alston on Episode 549

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Dr. Anael Alston is Assistant Commissioner for the Office of Access, Equity and Community Engagement in the New York State Education Department. He talks about what works to engage young men of color in education and his journey and passion for helping all students engage in school and do their best. If this is your […]

How to Give Teachers Choice in Professional Development

Meredith Akers on episode 548

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Meredith Akers is a principal who has been using some unconventional methods of teacher PD. In this episode, she talks about the revolutionary way she recently held teacher PD (using video instruction and face to face meetings) and what she learned. Let’s give teachers choice in their professional development about what they learn. Of course, […]

Secrets for Fun, Engaging Computer Science that Changes Kids Lives

Alfred Thompson on episode 547

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Alfred Thompson has secrets that transform Computer Science classrooms. Yet, he shares them openly. Project-based learning. Passion-based learning. Problem-based learning. These three P’s of teaching perfection have been a mainstay in Alfred’s classroom for many years. In today’s episode, Alfred uncovers how his classroom works, the impact it has on student lives, and how his […]

Using Amusement Parks, Mud Runs, and Escape Rooms to Inspire Your Classroom

John Meehan on episode 546

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Student engagement! We need it! Today’s guest, John Meehan, shares inspiring stories that help us use amusement parks, mud runs, and escape rooms to inspire exciting lessons in our classroom. John is the author of EDrenaline Rush: Game-changing Student Engagement Inspired by Theme Parks, Mud Runs, and Escape Rooms. Get excited. Let’s do this! Advancement Courses […]

5 Ways to Step Back from Teacher Burnout

Amber Harper on Episode 545

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In the high-stress, fast-paced job of teaching – burnout can happen to anyone. In today’s show, we talk about recognizing teacher burnout, how to get help, and steps to tackle it when it happens. Amber Harper, an expert on the topic of burnout, discusses what we can do to help ourselves be our best for […]

Creating Real Opportunities for Student Leadership

Adam Welcome on episode 544

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Students need real leadership opportunities – not just running a note to the office or other tasks that may be called “leadership” but really aren’t. Adam Welcome, co-author of Empower our Girls: Opening the Door for Girls to Achieve More Listen to Adam Welcome Talk about Student Leadership Listen to the show on iTunes or Stitcher Stream by clicking […]

Speed Presentations: Help Students Improve Presentation Skills Rapidly

Rob Donatelli on episode 543

Presentation skills are an essential skill for students to master. How do you help students improve when there are many students in the class. Robert Donatelli has a solution: speed presentations. Learn how to use this technique to help students improve their presentation skills. Listen to Rob Donatelli Share About Speed Presentations Listen to the […]

How Turning on Location Services Could Save Your Life

Pam Shoemaker on episode 542

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Pam Shoemaker is getting ready to retire from teaching. As she and her husband were returning home from looking for places to retire, a storm arose. While location services can be used to perhaps compromise our privacy, in this case, it may have saved Pam’s life. Hear her story and learn how to examine your […]

Close the Attitude Gap – Build a Bond from Day One

Baruti Kafele on episode

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He didn’t like school. But now he’s been a principal and written ten books and travels the world helping principals and educators learn how to engage today’s students — especially inner-city youth. Baruti Kafele has inspiring words for us on today’s Motivational Monday episode. He has authored ten books, recently the Principal 50: Critical Questions […]