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June 11, 2024

How to Write a Strategic and Engaging Curriculum Unit (Maria Nielsen)

In this episode, we speak with Maria Nielsen - former school principal, current education consultant, and author of the new Solution Tree book - 15 Day Challenge: Simplify and Energize Your PLC at Work. We discuss how to writ...

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June 4, 2024

How to Create Thinking Classrooms in Mathematics (Peter Liljedahl/Nor…

In an earlier episode, we spoke with Alice Vigors about her work in creating cross-content thinking classrooms. In this episiode, we speak with Professor Peter Liljedahl, of Simon Fraser University, about how to create thinki...

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May 29, 2024

How to Develop Community Partnerships through PBL - Part II (Carolyn …

Earlier this week, we chatted with Ryan Steuer and Andrew Larson about the mechanics of embedding PBL within our teaching practice. This week, we speak with Carolyn Brown, Acting VP of the Japanese American Museum of San Jose...

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May 28, 2024

How to Teach through Project Based Learning (PBL) - Part I (Ryan Steu…

In this episode, join me and my guests Ryan Steuer and Andrew Larson - authors of PBL Simplified and Life's a Project - as we discuss the ins/outs of teaching through a project based learning model. In this episode, we …

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May 21, 2024

How Knowing Our Students’ DNA Can Help Us Succeed as Educators (Tom H…

New teachers coming into the profession often struggle in knowing what to do/learn first. Indeed, as my next guests say, for most new teachers, the goal is simply surviving day to day and to make it into their second yearof …

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May 14, 2024

How to Use Data Strategically in School Improvement Work (Chad Dumas)

In this episode, we have the opportunity to chat with Chad Dumas - former school principal, CEO of Next Learning Solutions, and Solution Tree PLC@Work consultant - about how schools should be using data strategically in both ...

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May 7, 2024

How to Create a Culture of Reading in Schools (Lorraine M. Radice)

In an earlier episode with Darlene Prott, we discussed how to help students to engage in the act of reading itself. In this episode, we speak with Lorraine Radice - K-12 director of literacy in a public school district in …

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April 30, 2024

How to Teach Students About Islamophobia and Anti-Semitism (Debbie Al…

These are challenging times in the world and, as we see on university/K12 school campuses, global events are having a direct impact on the teaching and learning environment. How do we teach students about both Anti-Semitism a...

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April 23, 2024

How to Teach Students to Read (Darlene Farrace-Prott)

As Darlene Prott - Founder and CEO of NJ Teacher 2 Teacher says, we may think students should be able to read once they pass third grade but we may want to think again especially if we are supporting multi-lingual …

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April 17, 2024

How to Lead Schools When You Are New to Administration (David Frankli…

Today, principals are coming to the job younger and with less experience. While they come with curiosity and enthusiasm for the job, many still struggle in the role because they do not have a grounding in the basic pillars of...

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April 16, 2024

How to Teach with AI: Practical Tips (Jose Antonio Bowen)

In this episode, Jose Bowen - DEI education consultant and former President of Goucher College - and I discuss his new book Teaching with AI: A Practical Guide to a New Era of Human Learning. Indeed, in his book and …

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April 9, 2024

How to Teach Students About the Impact of Hate and Extremism (Jacquel…

April 7th will be the thirtieth anniversary of the start of the Rwandan Genocide in which 800,000 men, women, and children - mostly from the Tutsi minority group - were deliberately and systematically murdered because of who ...

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April 2, 2024

How to Know When to Retreat as an Educator (Casey Jakubowski)

Educators can't do well by their students if they are not whole themselves. Sometimes, the best course of action is to know when enough is enough and change course to new jobs in the education field or outside of it. …

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March 26, 2024

How to Support Substitute Teachers (Megan Conklin)

In this episode, Megan Conklin - founder of Conklin Educational Perspectives and Trainer at the Washington Education Association - discusses her work in designing and facilitating substitute teacher team training programs and...

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March 19, 2024

How to Make K12 Math Accessible (Jo Boaler)

In this episode of the Have a Life Teaching Podcast, Jo Boaler, Stanford Math education professor and author of ther new book "Math- ish", and I discuss how to make Math instruction more accessible to students in K12 schools....

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March 12, 2024

How to Prioritize DEI in Schools Part II (Roxie J. Patton)

In this episode of the Have a Life Teaching Podcast, Roxie Patton, Founder of RJ Consulting and Coaching, and I continue our conversation on the importance of having educators who understand the students and families they ser...

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March 5, 2024

How to Improve Student Presentations and Public Speaking (Robyn Brink…

When we teach students how to write, we often do so by teaching certain writing "moves" - introducing a topic, expanding on it, and summation, etc. We also should be teaching the communication moves that go along with public ...

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Feb. 27, 2024

How to Involve Newcomer Parents (Ari Gerzon Kessler)

Over 27 percent of all students in America have immigrant parents. In this episode, Ari Gerzon-Kessler and I discuss strategies for better engaging this traditionally underserved population of families. Gerzon-Kessler, a form...

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Feb. 20, 2024

How to Plan for EFFECTIVE Teacher Training/Collaboration (Allison Rod…

In this episode, my guest Allison Rodman, author of the new book Still Learning and the founder/CEO of The Learning Loop, and I discuss what is required to embed effective teacher professional development in schools. We discu...

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Feb. 13, 2024

How to Craft Quality Learning Objectives (Marine Freibrun and Sandy B…

In this episode, the authors of the Formative Assessment Handbook, Marine Freiburn and Sandy Brunet, and I discuss how to craft learning intentions that then allow teachers to align assessment and student engagement to those ...

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Feb. 6, 2024

How to Create Maker Spaces in School (Matt Zigler)

Maker spaces are anywhere and everywhere where students are taking knowledge and creating something physical that adds on to that knowledge in new ways. Students' cognitive skills are developed in the process. Yes, schools ca...

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Jan. 30, 2024

How to Ensure Educator Wellbeing - Part II (Aimee Presnall)

In Part I, Sybil Hall and I discussed what educators can do to take ownership of their own wellbeing. Here, in Part II, Aimee Parkinson Presnall. Founder and CEO of Well-Nest (Australia) and I discuss how individual responsib...

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Jan. 23, 2024

How to Ensure Educator Wellbeing - Part I (Sybil Hall)

There are a wealth of things we can do to reduce the stress and anxiety that we feel as educators. In this episode, weath and wellbeing consultant, teacher, and author Sybil Hall (Burn Bright Not Out) takes us through some …

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Jan. 16, 2024

How to Prioritize DEI in Schools (Maria Underwood)

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) means much more than just ensuring that students are reading books with a diverse character. Join Maria Garcia Underwood, founder of M Ideas Consulting, and I as we discuss what deep DEI...

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