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Once a week Highlights and amplifications from the Twitter discussion of the week on #EdChat. Hosted By Tom Whitby and Nancy Blair and members of the EdChat team of moderators including MaryBeth Hertz, Kyle Pace, Jerry Blumengarten, Jerry Swiatek, Steven Anderson, Shelly Terrell, and Bernadeth Wall in the UK.

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Once a week Highlights and amplifications from the Twitter discussion of the week on #EdChat. Hosted By Tom Whitby and Nancy Blair and members of the EdChat team of moderators including MaryBeth Hertz, Kyle Pace, Jerry Blumengarten, Jerry Swiatek, Steven Anderson, Shelly Terrell, and Bernadeth Wall in the UK.

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Insightful even for veteran teachers

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I’ve been teaching language arts for 31 years, and these podcast are part of my personal professional development. I listen during my two hours at the gym (Brain Rules: We learn better when we are moving). Some new ideas and some old ideas that are articulated in new ways make these podcasts invaluable for my growth as a professional educator.

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Insightful even for veteran teachers

By Veteran LA Teacher - Jun 18 2018
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I’ve been teaching language arts for 31 years, and these podcast are part of my personal professional development. I listen during my two hours at the gym (Brain Rules: We learn better when we are moving). Some new ideas and some old ideas that are articulated in new ways make these podcasts invaluable for my growth as a professional educator.

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#EdChat Radio

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Once a week Highlights and amplifications from the Twitter discussion of the week on #EdChat. Hosted By Tom Whitby and Nancy Blair and members of the EdChat team of moderators including MaryBeth Hertz, Kyle Pace, Jerry Blumengarten, Jerry Swiatek, Steven Anderson, Shelly Terrell, and Bernadeth Wall in the UK.

Is Your Lesson Plan a Blueprint, Burden, or Boondoggle?

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Some teachers love lesson planning, many don't. What are the factors that make lesson planning a useful tool versus a dreadful waste of time?

Follow: @tomwhitby @blairteach @jcordery @bamradionetwork
Ed Chat Archive: http://edchat.pbworks.com/

Jim Cordery has been a teacher for over 20 years, most of them spent teaching Middle School Math. He is working for Brooklawn Public Schools in Brooklawn, New Jersey. He has taught Social Studies, Reading, and Language Arts. Nancy Blair is a middle school principal in Georgia and previously served as a school improvement consultant. Tom Whitby is a former contributing Editor at SmartBrief, founder of #Edchat, Twitter-Using Educators, and NYSCATE Network.

Jan 24 2017

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What Has Most Impacted Your Perspective as a Teacher?

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Join us as we recap our #Edchat discussion on the people and experiences that have shaped us as teachers.

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Ed Chat Archive: http://edchat.pbworks.com/

Tony Sturgeon has been teaching 7th grade language arts for 20 years at Hamilton Southeastern Schools in Fishers, Indiana. He is the department chair and has taught some college classes to preservice teachers and current teachers looking to renew their licenses. Nancy Blair is a middle school principal in Georgia and previously served as a school improvement consultant. Tom Whitby is a former contributing Editor at SmartBrief, founder of #Edchat, Twitter-Using Educators, and NYSCATE Network.

Sep 16 2016

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How Do You Determine If You Are a Successful Educator?

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We all want to be successful educators, but how do we know if we are hitting the mark?

Follow: @timwolffssd @tomwhitby @blairteach @ShiftParadigm @sgthomas1973 @bamradionetwork
Ed Chat Archive: http://edchat.pbworks.com/

Tim Wolff is a passionate and enthusiastic educator who is the principal of John G. Whittier Elementary in the Scranton School District in Scranton, PA where he resides with his wife Molly and two daughters Pearl and Olive. Shawn Thomas is in her 20th year of teaching in the largest county in Georgia. She has taught Kindergarten, Second and Third Grade, and ESOL (English to Speakers of Other Languages) K-5. Nancy Blair is a middle school principal in Georgia. She previously served as a school improvement consultant.

Jul 28 2018

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Controlling Your Professional Development: Opportunities and Challenges

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There are assorted new tools and opportunities available to personalize professional development. Many educators are buying in, many are not. Learn why some educators are so enthusiastic about controlling their professional development, while others remain disinterested.

Follow: @hadleyjf @tomwhitby @blairteach @shiftparadigm @bamradionetwork

EdChat Archive: http://edchat.pbworks.com/

Hadley Ferguson is the new Executive Director of the Edcamp Foundation. She is one of the Founding members of Edcamp Philly and the Edcamp movement. She helped create the Foundation and has served on its Board since its creation, acting as the Board representative to the Public Relations Committee. Nancy Blair has returned to public education as a middle school principal in Georgia. She previously served as a school improvement consultant. Tom Whitby is contributing Editor at SmartBrief, founder of #Edchat, Twitter-Using Educators, and NYSCATE Network.

Mar 31 2015

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How Can We Encourage Parent Involvement?

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Parental engagement varies from school to school. I this segment we explore ways to create stronger collaboration between educators and parents.
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Amy Brown is an energetic educator who is passionate about improving the education of America's youth. She's currently a literacy specialist at a suburban Chicago high school and loves going on adventures with her husband and two children. Nancy Blair is a school improvement consultant and cohost of Edchat. Tom Whitby is contributing Editor at SmartBrief, founder of #Edchat, Twitter-Using Educators, and NYSCATE Network.

Jun 10 2014

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Differentiation: How Well Are Teachers Trained, Supported and Equipped?

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Tune in to highlights and commentary from the 6/11/13 #Edchat on the challenges of differentiating instruction.
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Justin Staub is a Social Studies teacher and building technology leader at the Downingtown STEM Academy, an International Baccalaureate world school with a 1:1 Macbook Program. Twitter @MrStaubSTEM / blog drstaub.wordpress.com. Nancy Blair is a school improvement consultant who frequently worked with the High Schools That Work. Tom Whitby is contributing Editor at SmartBrief, founder of #Edchat,Twitter-Using Educators, and NYSCATE Network.

Jul 02 2013

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Shifting from Teaching Kids What to Learn to Teaching Kids How to Learn

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Educators on the leading edge of preparing kids for an unknown future are shifting to teaching kids how to learn. Learn more.

Follow: @tomwhitby @blairteach @schug_dennis @bamradionetwork

Ed Chat Archive: http://edchat.pbworks.com/
Dennis Schug is a proud Middle School Principal on the East End of Long Island, NY. He is in his sixth year in his current position, after serving as an Assistant Principal for three years, and a classroom teacher for a decade. A founding team members of Edcamp Long Island, and he is also one of the co-moderators for #NYEDchat.
Nancy Blair is a middle school principal in Georgia. She previously served as a school improvement consultant. Tom Whitby is former contributing Editor at SmartBrief, founder of #Edchat, Twitter-Using Educators, and NYSCATE Network.

Dec 04 2015

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Five Ways to Rejuvenate Yourself and Stay Energized During the School Year

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In this segment we discuss the highlights and takeaways from our #edchat discussion on how to stay energized during the entire school year.

Follow: @geospiegs @wmchamberlain @blairteach @bamradionetwork

EdChat Archive: http://edchat.pbworks.com

Peter Spiegel is a 6th grade geography teacher and a 12 year veteran of the Newton Public School system in Newton, Massachusetts who recently moved to Maine and is currently working as a curriculum consultant and educational blog writer.
William Chamberlain is a husband, father, and an educator. He teaches in the school he grew up in and wouldn't have it any other way. Nancy Blair has returned to public education as a middle school principal in Georgia. She previously served as a school improvement consultant.

Feb 17 2015

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What Are the Qualities of a Modern Teacher?

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The role of the teacher has changed and the evolution continues. In this segment we look at what it really takes to be a teacher today.

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EdChat Archive: http://edchat.pbworks.com/

Genise Reid is an instructional administrator in Birmingham, Al. She has been in education for 20 years. She is excited about serving learners, both teachers and students. She believes that collaborating in effective teams is a catalyst for strengthening school culture and for enhancing teacher learning. Nancy Blair has returned to public education as a middle school principal in Georgia. She previously served as a school improvement consultant. Tom Whitby is former contributing Editor at SmartBrief, founder of #Edchat, Twitter-Using Educators, and NYSCATE Network.

Jun 23 2015

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Teaching Students in Poverty

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In this segment from the 9/10/13 #Edchat, we look impact of poverty on what goes on in the classroom.
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Edhcat Archive: http://edchat.pbworks.com/
Rafranz Davis is an instructional technology specialist and math educator in Texas. Nancy Blair is a school improvement consultant who frequently worked with the High Schools That Work and Making Middle Grades Work initiatives. Tom Whitby is contributing Editor at SmartBrief, founder of #Edchat,Twitter-Using Educators, and NYSCATE Network.

Oct 01 2013

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What I Plan to Do Differently This School Year

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To start the school year, we wanted to check in with the community and find out what educators are planning to do differently.

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Ed Chat Archive: http://edchat.pbworks.com/

Tracy Brady has been a world language teacher in the East Syracuse Minoa Central School District since 1996. Her areas of certification include French and Spanish, and she is a "techie rebel" at heart. She is currently the past president of LECNY (Language Educators of Central New York). Nancy Blair is a school improvement consultant who frequently worked with the High Schools That Work. Tom Whitby is contributing Editor at SmartBrief, founder of #Edchat,Twitter-Using Educators, and NYSCATE Network.

Aug 11 2015

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5 Ideas for Faculty Meetings That Can Make (Almost) Everyone Happy?

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In this segment, we talk about the dreaded faculty meeting. Tune in for some proven ways to make them more productive and appealing?

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Ed Chat Archive: http://edchat.pbworks.com/

Paula Naugle teaches 4th graders in a suburban, public school near New Orleans. She is a moderator for #4thchat and #LAedchat on Twitter and a co-founder and organizer of #edcampNOLA. Although she is a veteran educator (30+ years), she is a technology integration innovator. Nancy Blair is a school improvement consultant who frequently worked with the High Schools That Work. Tom Whitby is contributing Editor at SmartBrief, founder of #Edchat,Twitter-Using Educators, and NYSCATE Network.

Jul 28 2015

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Moving from Compliance to Meaningful Student Engagement

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Compliance is not the same as meaningful student engagement. Join as we talk about getting students to move from going through the motions to owning their learning.

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Ed Chat Archive: http://edchat.pbworks.com/

Mark Weston Ph.D. has worked at all levels of the educational system — classroom, school, congress, US Dept of education, technology companies and universities. He's currently an Associate Dean at Georgia Tech. Nancy Blair is a middle school principal in Georgia. She previously served as a school improvement consultant. Tom Whitby is former contributing Editor at SmartBrief, founder of #Edchat, Twitter-Using Educators, and NYSCATE Network.

Dec 23 2016

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Moving from Teacher-Centric Teaching to Student-Centric Learning

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Moving from teacher-driven classrooms to student-centered learning involve dealing with fixed ideas among teachers, administrators, and students. How can we best make the transition?

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Ed Chat Archive: http://edchat.pbworks.com/

Mark Weston Ph.D. has worked at all levels of the educational system — classroom, school, congress, US Dept of education, technology companies and universities. He's currently an Associate Dean at Georgia Tech. Nancy Blair is a middle school principal in Georgia. She previously served as a school improvement consultant. Tom Whitby is former contributing Editor at SmartBrief, founder of #Edchat, Twitter-Using Educators, and

Mar 02 2018

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What Are the Attributes of a Positive School Culture?

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Highlights from the #edchat discussion on school culture.
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Edhcat Archive: http://edchat.pbworks.com/
Kaitlin Morgan is a World and US History teacher at Woodlake High School in CA. She strives to create a meaningful classroom experience through the integration of technology, CCSS standards, primary resources, and various engagement strategies. Nancy Blair has returned to public education as a middle school principal in Georgia. She previously served as a school improvement consultant with the High Schools That Work and Making Middle Grades Work initiatives of the Southern Regional Education Board. Tom Whitby is contributing Editor at SmartBrief, founder of #Edchat, Twitter-Using Educators, and NYSCATE Network.

Aug 19 2014

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Demystifying Formative Assessment and Grading

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In recognition of Connected Educator Month, the weekly #edchat was dedicated to the musings of long-time connected educators on the state of connected education.
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Mark Weston Ph.D. has worked at all levels of the educational system — classroom, school, congress, US Dept of education, technology companies, and universities. He's currently an Associate Dean at Georgia Tech. Nancy Blair has returned to public education as a middle school principal in Georgia. She previously served as a school improvement consultant with the High Schools That Work and Making Middle Grades Work initiatives of the Southern Regional Education Board. Tom Whitby is contributing Editor at SmartBrief, founder of #Edchat, Twitter-Using Educators, and NYSCATE Network.

Oct 28 2014

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Rearranged: How Should the Ideal Classroom Look?

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There is a new trend that is driving both rethinking and redesign of classrooms. What is the ideal classroom design?
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Edhcat Archive: http://edchat.pbworks.com/
Rob Pennington has been teaching social studies for 12 years. He taught for two years in New York City and now a 7th and 8th grade Social Studies teacher in Norwalk, CT at Roton Middle School. Nancy Blair has returned to public education as a middle school principal in Georgia. She previously served as a school improvement consultant with the High Schools That Work and Making Middle Grades Work initiatives of the Southern Regional Education Board. Tom Whitby is contributing Editor at SmartBrief, founder of #Edchat, Twitter-Using Educators, and NYSCATE Network.

Sep 17 2014

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Why Do Many Kids Start Out Loving School and Grow to Hate It

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We've all seen the well-documented trend where kids who were eager learners in the early grades, become apathetic about school in middle school and above. What's really going on with this dynamic?

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Ed Chat Archive: http://edchat.pbworks.com/

Shawn Thomas is in her 20th year of teaching in the largest county in Georgia. She has taught Kindergarten, Second and Third Grade, and ESOL (English to Speakers of Other Languages) K-5. Nancy Blair is a middle school principal in Georgia. She previously served as a school improvement consultant. Tom Whitby is former contributing Editor at SmartBrief, founder of #Edchat, Twitter-Using Educators, and NYSCATE Network.

Jan 22 2018

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Do Kids Really Lose Their Early Love of Learning, Or...?

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Highlights and commentary from the 5/7/13 #Edchat on the apparent loss of curiousity and desire to learn by time students get to middle school.
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Justin Staub is a Social Studies teacher and building technology leader at the Downingtown STEM Academy, an International Baccalaureate world school with a 1:1 Macbook Program. Aside from teaching, Justin is finishing his doctoral degree in Educational Leadership / Educational Technology. Nancy Blair is a school improvement consultant who frequently worked with the High Schools That Work. Tom Whitby is contributing Editor at SmartBrief, founder of #Edchat,Twitter-Using Educators, and NYSCATE Network.

May 21 2013

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Content Versus Skill: Is Content Knowledge Still King?

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In this episode we look at whether the Internet has made deep content knowledge less important that mastering the skills of processing information. Follow: @MsSackstein @blairteach @sgthomas1973 @@bamradionetwork Shawn Thomas is in her 20th year of teaching in the largest county in Georgia. She has taught Kindergarten, Second and Third Grade, and ESOL (English to Speakers of Other Languages) K-5. Starr Sackstein (NBCT) is a certified Master Journalism Educator through the Journalism Education Association (JEA). She serves at the New York State Director to JEA. She is the author of several books, including Teaching Mythology Exposed: Helping Teachers Create Visionary Classroom Perspective. Nancy Blair is a middle school principal in Georgia. She previously served as a school improvement consultant.

Apr 22 2019

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Finish This Statement: Faculty Meetings Would Be Better if...

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Beyond professional development, faculty meetings are among the areas of school life that teachers would love to see improved. This week we asked for suggestions.

Follow on Twitter: @HarveyAlvy1 @dbuckedu @ShiftParadigm @tomwhitby @sgthomas1973 @bamradionetwork

David Buck is a Professor of English at Howard Community College in Columbia, MD, teaching composition and literature. From 2010-2014, he served as Director of eLearning. His professional interests include educational technology, OER, mastery-based learning, and innovative pedagogy. Harvey Alvy has served as a teacher, principal, and university professor, and was honored to be a National Distinguished Principal. He is the author of Fighting for Change in Your School: How to Avoid Fads and Focus on Substance, and co-author of Learning From Lincoln: Leadership Practices for School Success.

Dec 11 2019

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Given the Opportunity, How Would You Redesign Classrooms and Schools?

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If you were given the ability to redefine and redesign classrooms, schools,  and learning what would you do?

Follow on Twitter: @HarveyAlvy1 @RitaWirtz @tomwhitby @sgthomas1973 @bamradionetwork

Rita Wirtz has served as a Title I ESEA Program Evaluator in the California Penal System, Curriculum Consultant for Sacramento County Office of Education, School Principal, Reading Instructor, K-Adult Teacher, and Special Needs Educator. She has written a number of reading books for parents and teachers (including Reading Champs: Teaching Reading Made Easy and Stories from a Teacher’s Heart: Memories of Love, Life and FamilY. In addition, her blog on Bam! Radio’s Ed Words continues to bring fresh insights to the world of education and life. Harvey Alvy has served as a teacher, principal, and university professor, and was honored to be a National Distinguished Principal. He is the author of Fighting for Change in Your School: How to Avoid Fads and Focus on Substance, and co-author of Learning From Lincoln: Leadership Practices for School Success.

Nov 27 2019

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Are Teachers Prepared to Teach Social Emotional Learning?

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To what extent should teachers be responsible for students’ social and emotional learning? Moreover, are teachers prepared to assume this responsibility?

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Harvey Alvy has served as a teacher, principal, and university professor, and was honored to be a National Distinguished Principal. He is the author of Fighting for Change in Your School: How to Avoid Fads and Focus on Substance, and co-author of Learning From Lincoln: Leadership Practices for School Success.  "Sean Thomas is in her 20th year of teaching in the largest county in Georgia. She has taught Kindergarten, Second Grade, Third Grade, and ESOL (English to Speakers of Other Languages) K-5. Tom Whitby is a former contributing Editor at SmartBrief, founder of #Edchat, Twitter-Using Educators, and NYSCATE Network."

Nov 19 2019

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Will We Ever Solve the Teacher PD Problem?

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This week we grapple again with teacher professional development that ignores what teachers need and want. Is teacher PD an insoluble dilemma? If not, what will it take finally fix teacher professional development?

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Mario Christner is a global citizen from Switzerland, raised in NY and have lived in Spain, Canada, and now in Mexico. This year he launched Thrive a social impact startup inspired by my 8-year long self-discovery journey and realizing many students share that struggle. Thrive offers curriculum and PD to prepare students for their future using design thinking to take on the UN's Sustainable Development Goals.

Oct 22 2019

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What We’ve Learned (or Haven’t) About the Ideal Class Size

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There’s competing data and diverse perspectives about the extent to which class size matters. In this episode, we look at what we’ve learned about the ideal class size.

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Harvey Alvy has served as a teacher, principal, and university professor, and was honored to be a National Distinguished Principal. He is the author of Fighting for Change in Your School: How to Avoid Fads and Focus on Substance, and co-author of Learning From Lincoln: Leadership Practices for School Success.

Oct 14 2019

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We're 20 Years Into 21st-Century Learning: How Are We Doing?

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We've been working on 21st-century skills and learning for 20 years. In this episode, we assess how our teaching strategies are performing and what we still need to do.
Follow on Twitter: @monicagmehta @HarveyAlvy1 @ShiftParadigm @tomwhitby @sgthomas1973 @bamradionetwork

Monica Gupta Mehta is an educator of 20 years, an educational psychologist, a Social and Emotional Learning entrepreneur, and a parent of three, one on the Autism spectrum. Monica has dedicated her post-graduate career to promoting the inclusion of SEL curriculum in all schools.  Monica maintains a growing database of SEL resources for teachers at https://everythingSEL.com, has begun a Medium publication at https://medium.com/everythingsel, Harvey Alvy has served as a teacher, principal, and university professor, and was honored to be a National Distinguished Principal. He is the author of Fighting for Change in Your School: How to Avoid Fads and Focus on Substance, and co-author of Learning From Lincoln: Leadership Practices for School Success.

Oct 07 2019

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Is It Time to Update Our Thinking About Social Media In School?

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Social Media can be a dangerous minefield for educators to navigate. In this discussion, we expose some of the digital traps and how to avoid them.

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Starr Sackstein (NBCT) is a certified Master Journalism Educator through the Journalism Education Association (JEA). She serves at the New York State Director to JEA. She is the author of several books, including Teaching Mythology Exposed: Helping Teachers Create Visionary Classroom Perspective.

Sep 25 2019

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Strong Allies: Getting Beyond Parents Judging Teachers, Teachers Judging Parents

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How can we get over the hurdles to engaging parents as partners if the process of educating our students?  In this episode, we explore some ideas and strategies.

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Jeremy Bond of West Hartford, CT, is a parent of 8th-grade and 3rd-grade girls, a Board member of ParentCamp Inc., graduate of a Parent Leadership Training Institute program, and frequent chronicler, contributor, and facilitator in professional learning spaces online and off.  A degree and background in journalism and a passion for educational issues brought him to his current communications position at the State Education Resource Center in Middletown, CT, which supports educators and others with an aim toward equity and excellence.@jeremydbond

Sep 16 2019

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Necessary Endings: Saying Farewell to Our Dear Colleague Nancy Blair

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It's been seven years since Nancy Blair joined Tom Whitby on EdChat radio. We've loved her spunk, wisdom and balanced contributions to the weekly chat. She challenged us and provided support. We'll miss Nancy and members of the moderator team bid her a heartfelt farewell.

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EdChat moderators Shawn Thomas, Mark Weston and Harvey Alvy join Tom Whitby bid Nancy Blair farewell.

Sep 07 2019

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What's Behind the Gender Imbalance in Education Leadership?

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The gender balance in education leadership is stark and evolving.  Join us as we look at the shifting demographics of teaching and what it means for the career prospects of men and women in education.

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Dr. Pam Moran is Superintendent of Albemarle County Public Schools in Virginia. She believes that the voices of educators and the young people they serve are critical to informing the transformation of contemporary learning cultures. She blogs spacesforlearning.wordpress.com, among other virtual spaces.

Aug 29 2019

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After the Test: What Next?

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In this episode, we look at how can we promote deeper learning after the summative test.

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Shawn Thomas is in her 20th year of teaching in the largest county in Georgia. She has taught Kindergarten, Second and Third Grade, and ESOL (English to Speakers of Other Languages) K-5. Nancy Blair is a middle school principal in Georgia. She previously served as a school improvement consultant. Tom Whitby is former contributing Editor at SmartBrief, founder of #Edchat, Twitter-Using Educators, and NYSCATE Network.

Jul 30 2019

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How Does Our Political Climate Impact Our Classrooms and Schools?

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This week we look at how our political climate impacts education and more directly the discussions taking place in our classrooms.

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Harvey Alvy has served as a teacher, principal, and university professor, and was honored to be a National Distinguished Principal. He is the author of Fighting for Change in Your School: How to Avoid Fads and Focus on Substance , and co-author of Learning From Lincoln: Leadership Practices for School Success. Nancy Blair is a middle school principal in Georgia. She previously served as a school improvement consultant. Tom Whitby is former contributing Editor at SmartBrief, founder of #Edchat, Twitter-Using Educators, and NYSCATE Network

Jun 30 2019

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How Can We Reconcile the Different Interpretations of "Successful Learning?"

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This week we try to reconcile the different views of successful learning and assessment in search of common ground. Follow: @Jim_Hirz @blairteach @tomwhitby @sgthomas1973 @bamradionetwork Jim Hirz serves as assistant principal at Lewis & Clark Middle School in Bellevue, NE. He has been a professional educator for 18 years, and has worked in numerous school districts in Maryland and Nebraska. Shawn Thomas is in her 20th year of teaching in the largest county in Georgia. She has taught Kindergarten, Second and Third Grade, and ESOL (English to Speakers of Other Languages) K-5. Nancy Blair is a middle school principal in Georgia. She previously served as a school improvement consultant.

Jun 24 2019

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Why Is It So Hard to Change Our Education System? Three Guesses

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We've been trying to reform education for over 100 years. Why is it so hard to make changes that are so clearly necessary. Join us as we try to unpack what's standing in the way of progress. If we could make a single change what you propose?
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Shawn Thomas is in her 20th year of teaching in the largest county in Georgia. She has taught Kindergarten, Second and Third Grade, and ESOL (English to Speakers of Other Languages) K-5. Nancy Blair is a middle school principal in Georgia. She previously served as a school improvement consultant. Tom Whitby is former contributing Editor at SmartBrief, founder of #Edchat, Twitter-Using Educators, and NYSCATE Network.

Jun 24 2019

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Does Conventional Grading Support Authentic Learning?

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Join us as we take another look at the connection between grading and learning.

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Shawn Thomas is in her 20th year of teaching in the largest county in Georgia. She has taught Kindergarten, Second and Third Grade, and ESOL (English to Speakers of Other Languages) K-5. Starr Sackstein (NBCT) is a certified Master Journalism Educator through the Journalism Education Association (JEA). She serves at the New York State Director to JEA. She is the author of several books, including Teaching Mythology Exposed: Helping Teachers Create Visionary Classroom Perspective. Tom Whitby is former contributing Editor at SmartBrief, founder of #Edchat, Twitter-Using Educators, and NYSCATE Network.

May 14 2019

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Content Versus Skill: Is Content Knowledge Still King?

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In this episode we look at whether the Internet has made deep content knowledge less important that mastering the skills of processing information. Follow: @MsSackstein @blairteach @sgthomas1973 @@bamradionetwork Shawn Thomas is in her 20th year of teaching in the largest county in Georgia. She has taught Kindergarten, Second and Third Grade, and ESOL (English to Speakers of Other Languages) K-5. Starr Sackstein (NBCT) is a certified Master Journalism Educator through the Journalism Education Association (JEA). She serves at the New York State Director to JEA. She is the author of several books, including Teaching Mythology Exposed: Helping Teachers Create Visionary Classroom Perspective. Nancy Blair is a middle school principal in Georgia. She previously served as a school improvement consultant.

Apr 22 2019

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The Nation is Demanding a Discussion About Race, Are We Ready to Talk?

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The national need to talk about race is rising, but even here on EdChat, we see a reluctance to talking about race among educators. Why is this and what can we do about it?
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Shawn Thomas is in her 20th year of teaching in the largest county in Georgia. She has taught Kindergarten, Second and Third Grade, and ESOL (English to Speakers of Other Languages) K-5. Nancy Blair is a middle school principal in Georgia. She previously served as a school improvement consultant. Tom Whitby is former contributing Editor at SmartBrief, founder of #Edchat, Twitter-Using Educators, and NYSCATE Network.

Apr 08 2019

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A No-Zero Policy: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

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Grading is one of our most popular topics. In this episode, we look at the notion of a no-zero grading policy.

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Tom Krawczewicz teaches both Computer Science and English at DeMatha Catholic High School where I have been since 1991. He is the Computer Science and Engineering Department Chair and the Director of Academic Resources at DeMatha. Shawn Thomas is in her 20th year of teaching in the largest county in Georgia. She has taught Kindergarten, Second and Third Grade, and ESOL (English to Speakers of Other Languages) K-5. Nancy Blair is a middle school principal in Georgia.

Mar 25 2019

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Exploring the Differences Between Coaching and Traditional Professional Development

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Instructional coaching can be a superior means of professional development and support for teachers if the right conditions are present.

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Ed Chat Archive: http://edchat.pbworks.com/

Shawn Thomas is in her 20th year of teaching in the largest county in Georgia. She has taught Kindergarten, Second and Third Grade, and ESOL (English to Speakers of Other Languages) K-5.
Jennifer Bearden is an elementary teacher and blogger in a suburb of St. Louis. She is a co-teacher of first graders and focus on incorporating play into everything. Nancy Blair is a middle school principal in Georgia. She previously served as a school improvement consultant. Harvey Alvy is Professor Emeritus at Eastern Washington University, where he received the Faculty Achievement Award for Teaching Excellence. His most recent book is Fighting for Change in Your School: How to Avoid Fads and Focus on Substance.

Mar 10 2019

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Should We Place Restrictions on Homework?

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Can we fix the issues teachers, students, and parents have with homework by applying some simple restrictions?

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Shawn Thomas is in her 20th year of teaching in the largest county in Georgia. She has taught Kindergarten, Second and Third Grade, and ESOL (English to Speakers of Other Languages) K-5. Nancy Blair is a middle school principal in Georgia. She previously served as a school improvement consultant. Tom Whitby is former contributing Editor at SmartBrief, founder of #Edchat, Twitter-Using Educators, and NYSCATE Network.

Mar 04 2019

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