Episode 13: Katie Martin: Teacher, Author, Blogger, Leader in Education, Education Consultant, TED Talk Extraordinaire, and Public Speaker!

Episode 13: Katie Martin: Education Leader, Teacher, Author, Blogger,  Education Consultant, and Public Speaker! 

Our guest for episode 13 is Katie Martin!

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Dr. Katie Martin is the Head of Partnerships- West at AltSchool where they have been building a technology-enabled network to empower and connect families, students, and teachers.  Over the last 5 years she has worked in diverse contexts to learn, research, and support deeper learning that leverages technology to ensure maximum impact on learners and their trajectory in life.  She has also served as middle school English language arts teacher, instructional coach, and led the district new teacher mentoring program.  Katie has a Bachelor’s Degree and Master’s Degree in middle school education and her Ph.D and specialized in new teacher induction and ongoing support to impact teacher efficacy and effectiveness. 

At the university, district, and school level Katie aspires to create experiences that empower all learners to develop knowledge, skills, and mindsets to thrive in a changing world. As a mom, she wants her kids to have learning experiences in school that build on their strengths and interests and as an educator; she is passionate about making sure we do the same for all kids. Katie’s experience in research and practice continue to guide her belief that if we want to change how students learn, we must change how educators learn. 

In this episode we discuss:

  • TED Talk —  “Teachers Create What They Experience”
  • How to change and open the eyes of educational leaders, systems, and programs in order to change how their students are learning? 
  • Her NEW book! Learner-Centered Innovation: Spark Curiosity, Ignite Passion, and Unleash Genius
    • What steps should teachers and ed leaders take to design a culture for learning and innovation?
    • How do we address those already in education that need to “unlearn” before they can grow.
    • What can we do to change how our educators learn so that our students can be the beneficiary? 
  • Sharing is one of the BEST ways to learn, we discuss best practices, ways to share, and where Katie goes to learn about innovation in education.
  • Her Perspective on Education

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Episode 12: Jennifer Casa Todd: Author, Blogger, Teacher-Librarian, and Role Model for Using Social Media and Technology in Education

Episode 12: Jennifer Casa Todd: Author, Blogger, Teacher-Librarian, and Role Model for Using Social Media and Technology in Education

Our guest for episode 12 is Jennifer Casa Todd!

Follow her blog and on Twitter!

Jennifer is currently a Teacher-Librarian in Aurora, Ontario Canada, recently identified as on Canada’s top 10 News Makers of the year in EdTech for 2017 according to MindShare Learningand author of the book, Social LEADia, published by Dave Burgess Consulting.  Her book Social LEADia: Moving Students from Digital Citizenship to Digital Leadership   It is full of examples of students who are leveraging social media for good, and the teachers who are empowering them to do so.  Before this, she spent six years at the District level as a Program Resource Teacher for Literacy and Literacy Consultant.  She loves learning and connecting with other educators around the globe so please feel free to reach out to her to connect!  She would love to hear from you, please check the show notes for the ways to connect with her!!  

In this episode we discuss:

  • Why does digital leadership matter?
  • Using social media in the classroom: Best practices and success stories
    • One student even earned a scholarship because he did this so well!!  🙂
  • Student Voice and ways social media can help students share
  • How districts can use and model best practices in social media
  • Digital Citizenship Summit in Canada – http://digcitsummittor.com/
  • Her Twitter Chat: #ONedSsChat ; Follow them @ONedSsChat
  • Her Perspective on Education

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Episode 11: Ken O’Connor, The Grade Doctor: Former Teacher and Department Lead, Independent Consultant, Staff Development and Facilitator on Grading, Assessment, and Learning

Episode 11: Ken O’Connor, The Grade Doctor: Former Teacher and Department Lead, Independent Consultant, Staff Development and Facilitator on Grading, Assessment, and Learning

Our guest for episode 11 is Ken O’Connor.

Ken has been an independent consultant from 1996 to the present. He has been a staff development presenter and facilitator on assessment, grading and reporting in 47 states and 9 Canadian provinces and one territory and 25 countries outside North America.  His twenty-three year teaching career included experience as a geography teacher and department head at L’Amoreaux C.I. and Maplewood High School in Scarborough, Ontario (1976-90) and teaching at four other schools in Toronto and Melbourne, Australia (Grade 7-12) starting in 1967.  Ken was a Curriculum Coordinator responsible for Student Assessment and Evaluation and Geography for the Scarborough Board of Education (and then the Toronto District School Board) from March 1990 to June 1999.

In this episode we discuss:

  • Discussion on traditional vs standard grading
  • What are the issues or concerns with traditional grading
  • 3 Reasons for Assessment – Diagnostic, Summative, and Formative
  • Keys to a Successful Implementation of Standards Based Grading
  • Why traditional grading has lasted SO long
  • “Only in schools if do we penalize students for not knowing then what they know now” – Tom Schimmer

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Episode 10: Jimmy Casas: Award Winning Author, Top Notch Leader, Professor, Former Principal, and Role Model for Leadership in Education

Episode 10: Jimmy Casas: Award Winning Author, Top Notch Leader, Professor, Former Principal, and Role Model for Leadership in Education

Our guest for episode 10 is Jimmy Casas.

Jimmy served for 22 years as a school leader where he was named the 2012 Iowa Secondary Principal of the Year and a finalist for the 2013 National Secondary Principal of the Year. Since then Jimmy has continued his impact on education as the CEO and Founder of ConnectEDD, senior fellow for the International Center for Leadership in Education, and still gets to teach as he is an adjunct professor at Drake University where he discusses Educational Leadership!

In this episode we discuss:

  • His journey into education
  • His new book, Culturize. Get it here!
  • Leadership in Education – it is the biggest issue in education today
  • EVERY person in your organization has the ability to lead
  • How to address awfulizers, whether they are your peers or even your leader those that suck the life out of culture
  • His Perspective on Education

Interested in other books that Jimmy was involved in?

  • Start. Right. Now. – get it here!
  • What Connected Educators Do Differently – get it here!

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Episode 8, Part 2: William Parker: Former Teacher, Award Winning Principal, Author, and Host of the Principal Matters Podcast!

Episode 8: William Parker: Former Teacher, Award Winning Principal, Author, and Host of the Principal Matters Podcast!

Our guest for our 2 part mini series of episode 8 is William Parker.

William has been working in education for 25 years: 12 years as a teacher and 13 as an administrator.  He is the 2012 Oklahoma Vice Principal of the year and is currently the Principal at high school in Oklahoma.  He also is currently the Executive Director of OASSP/OMLEA.

He is the author Principal Matters (Updated & Expanded): The Motivation, Action, Courage and Teamwork Needed for School Leaders and recently published his second book: Messaging Matters: How School Leaders Can Inspire Teachers, Motivate Students, and Reach Communities. 

In this episode we discuss:

  • Messaging Matters: How School Leaders Can Inspire Teachers, Motivate Students, and Reach Communities
    • Newsletters
    • Chief Communicators
    • Strengthening School/Community Relationships
  • Communication in districts and why it is so important

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Episode 9: Tyler Tarver: Creator of Tarver Academy, youtube connoisseur, keynote speaker and former teacher turned district administrator. Currently the Director of Ouachita Baptist University at New Life Church!

Episode 9: Tyler Tarver: Creator of Tarver Academy, youtube connoisseur, keynote speaker and former teacher turned district administrator. Currently the Director of Ouachita Baptist University at New Life Church!

Our guest for episode is Tyler Tarver.

Tyler has worn almost every hat possible in the district and recently no has taken his skills to the collegiate level!  He is a pioneer in educating students through video and has created a huge list (over 700 videos) of content that can be found on http://www.tarveracademy.com or on his youtube channel, Tarver Academy where he has over 24,000 subscribers!

In this episode we discuss:

  • His journey into education
  • Why video in the classroom is so awesome!
  • Highlight his Do’s and Don’ts with Video
  • Discuss the popularity and success of Tarver Academy
  • A NEW book that he is currently working on
  • His Perspective on Education

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Episode 8: William Parker: Former Teacher, Award Winning Principal, Author, and Host of the Principal Matters Podcast!

Episode 8: William Parker: Former Teacher, Award Winning Principal, Author, and Host of the Principal Matters Podcast!

Our guest for our 2 part mini series of episode 8 is William Parker.

William has been working in education for 25 years: 12 years as a teacher and 13 as an administrator.  He is the 2012 Oklahoma Vice Principal of the year and is currently the Principal at high school in Oklahoma.  He also is currently the Executive Director of OASSP/OMLEA.

He is the author Principal Matters (Updated & Expanded): The Motivation, Action, Courage and Teamwork Needed for School Leaders and recently published his second book: Messaging Matters: How School Leaders Can Inspire Teachers, Motivate Students, and Reach Communities. 

 

In this episode we discuss:

  • The Principal Matters Podcast
    • Specifically and episode highlighting the United States and where it ranks in education
  • Education in the United States:  Discussing both sides of the coin, Public and Private Schools
  • Communication in districts and why it is so important

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Episode 7 Part 2: Shanna Peeples: 2015 National Teacher of the Year, Doctoral Candidate at Harvard, and Author

Episode 7 Part 2: Shanna Peeples: 2015 National Teacher of the Year, Doctoral Candidate at Harvard, and Author

Our guest for our 2 part mini series of episode 7 is Shanna Peeples.

Here is a link to episode 1 if you missed it!!

Shanna the 2015 National Teacher of the Year and is a former Secondary English teacher, department chair, and instructional coach at Amarillo ISD in Amarillo, Texas.  Currently she is a doctoral candidate for Education Leadership at Harvard!

She is the co-author of The Best Lesson Series: Literature: 15 Master Teachers Share What Works.  

Here newest book comes out early in 2018 called: Think Like Socrates: Inviting Curiosity and Critical Thinking Into The Classroom

Coming in January of 2018, she will be publishing her first book: Think Like Socrates: Inviting Curiosity and Critical Thinking Into The Classroom.

“True wisdom comes to each of us when we realize how little we understand about life, ourselves, and the world around us” – Aristotle

In this episode we discuss:

  • 2015 National Teacher of the Year
    • What is it like to win
    • What was the process like
    • Learning experiences
  • Her new book – Think Like Socrates: Inviting Curiosity and Critical Thinking Into The Classroom
  • Her Perspective on Education

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Episode 7 Part 1: Shanna Peeples: 2015 National Teacher of the Year, Doctoral Candidate at Harvard, and Author

Episode 7 Part 1: Shanna Peeples: 2015 National Teacher of the Year, Doctoral Candidate at Harvard, and Author

Our guest for our 2 part mini series of episode 7 is Shanna Peeples.

Shanna the 2015 National Teacher of the Year and is a former Secondary English teacher, department chair, and instructional coach at Amarillo ISD in Amarillo, Texas.  Currently she is a doctoral candidate for Education Leadership at Harvard!

She is the co-author of The Best Lesson Series: Literature: 15 Master Teachers Share What Works.

Coming in January of 2018, she will be publishing her first book: Think Like Socrates: Inviting Curiosity and Critical Thinking Into The Classroom.

“True wisdom comes to each of us when we realize how little we understand about life, ourselves, and the world around us” – Aristotle

In this episode we discuss:

  • Her journey into education
  • Why she became a teacher
  • Why it is important to connect on a personal level with your students
  • What is was like to teach English to ESL students – challenges and how she over came them!

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Episode 6 Part 3: Mike Lubelfeld and Nick Poylak: Superintendents, #suptchat hosts, and authors.

Episode 6 Part 3: Superintendents, #suptchat hosts, and authors.

Our guests for our 3 part mini series of episode 6 are Mike Lubelfeld and Nick Polyak.

Michael Lubelfeld, Ed.D. currently serves as the superintendent of schools in the Deerfield, IL Public Schools (District 109). He is the co-moderator of #suptchat – the superintendent educational chat on Twitter.

Nick Polyak, Ed.D. is the proud superintendent of the award-winning Leyden Community High School District 212. He is the co-moderator of #suptchat – the superintendent educational chat on Twitter.

Both are co-authors of a book called The Unlearning Leader: Leading for Tomorrow’s School Today

In this episode we discuss:

  • Characteristics of good leaders
  • How to unlearn things of the past
  • Preparing students for college, workforce, and how to be good citizens
  • Their Perspectives on Education

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