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12 Tools for a Successful Start to the New School Year - 207

 12 Tools for a Successful Beginning to the New School Year 1. Greet students when they enter your class. 2. Use a seating chart to help you learn their names. 3. Develop your "Spidey Sense." 4. Know you. 5. Plan - big (unit) & small (daily). 6. Include opportunities for checking for understanding (formative assessment). 7. Get better at giving feedback. 8. Start and stop class. 9. Have a way for you to stay in touch with parents. 10. What will you do? 11. Attitude check and adjustment. 12. Reflect on what happened. What do you think? Have an awesome year! Check out these other links for more information: https://teachinglearningleadingk12.podbean.com/e/10-secret-ingredients-for-better-unit-planning-187/ https://teachinglearningleadingk12.podbean.com/e/9-thoughts-for-successful-daily-lesson-plans-188/ https://teachinglearningleadingk12.podbean.com/e/reflecting-at-the-end-of-the-day-189/ https://teachinglearningleadingk12.podbean.com/e/3-ways-to-stay-in-contact-with-parents-151/ https://teachinglearningleadingk12.podbean.com/e/114-classroom-management-starting-class/ https://teachinglearningleadingk12.podbean.com/e/112-classroom-management-withitness-and-emotional-objectivity-part-one/ https://teachinglearningleadingk12.podbean.com/e/113-classroom-management-withitness-emotional-objectivity-part-2/ https://teachinglearningleadingk12.podbean.com/e/episode-93-formative-assessment-for-the-classroom-part-1/ https://teachinglearningleadingk12.podbean.com/e/episode-94-formative-assessment-in-the-classroom-part-2/ https://teachinglearningleadingk12.podbean.com/e/episode-95-formative-assessment-in-the-classroom-part-3/ Here are some of my youtube links: https://youtu.be/vHN9Ym4_cR0 Opening Class https://youtu.be/SFWTxLwl7_E Do You Need a Timeout? https://youtu.be/N-kD9YqEWgk Use Their Names https://youtu.be/QK9EbDr5Gb0 Greet Kids at Your Door https://youtu.be/0rm1THfbpbA Make Contact with Parents Now Books on Feedback and Checking for Understanding - Formative Assessment: How to Give Effective Feedback to Your Students by Susan M. Brookhart Checking for Understanding: Formative Assessment Techniques for Your Classroom by Douglas Fisher and Nancy Frey Length - 33:49

33mins

2 Aug 2018

Rank #1

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9 Thoughts for Successful Daily Lesson Plans - 188

Planning is important. Being successful in the classroom requires planning. Planning means taking time for reflection and a focus on what needs to be done and how you are going to do it. Last episode, I shared my 10 Secret Ingredients for Better Unit Planning. Today, I am talking about my: 9 Thoughts for Successful Daily Lesson Plans 1. What are you trying to accomplish each day? 2. Block or Chunk Time 3. Think engagement - How? 4. How will you know if they are getting it? 5. Specific activities for expanding understanding of the content vocabulary. 6. How you will begin/close. 7. Be flexible. 8. Use small group activities and learning centers to provide opportunities for practice. 9. Daily plans should always be driven by individual needs. Remember - planning is important and an essential tool for helping us assist kids in achieving their dreams. Thanks for listening. Other Resources: Lesson Plan Templates (As with anything find what works for you but work to include what I talk about in the episode.) Dave Burgess and Teach Like a Pirate Assessment Strategies (Stickies, mini-whiteboards, and more) Laura Robb's Vocabulary is Comprehension My interview with Laura Robb about Vocabulary is Comprehension Learning Stations Length - 17:55

17mins

22 Mar 2018

Rank #2

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Classroom Management: Shh-ing and Pleading Does Not Work - 214

Getting better at classroom management requires that you be specific in who you address for what off-task behaviors and that you handle it now. Today, I am talking about the inability of more shhh-ing and pleading to help you manage student behaviors in your class. Instead, you need to follow the next three guidelines: 1. Go to the specific person(s) 2. Follow your rules and consequences 3. Don't ignore the real issues Thanks for listening. Other Classroom Management Topics: It's Ok to Start Over - episode 85 Consequences - episode 86 Rules - episode 87  Length - 24:25

24mins

27 Sep 2018

Rank #3

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Dana Stahl: The ABCs of Learning Issues - 275

For the past 35 years Dana Stahl, M.Ed., an educational consultant, diagnostician, child-parent advocate, and learning specialist, has worked with families, educators, psychologists, and service providers to help identify learning issues in children and to provide the assistance, resources, and guidance needed to address these issues. Her recently published book, The ABCs of Learning Issues, is critically acclaimed and has been featured in Chicago Parent, L.A. Parent, Midwest Book Review, Education Update Online, and Special Needs Book Review.  The ABCs of Learning Issues also received the Parent and Teacher Choice Award and the NAPPA Award (National Parenting Product Awards). In 2014 she founded Educational Alternative LLC, building upon her experience in diagnostic assessment, educational intervention, and advocacy to help parents find schools and programs for their children.  She explores alternative and educational options with students and families and advises on appropriate day and boarding school placements and differential instruction for children with learning deficits; on therapeutic needs for special needs children, and on college searches for schools with learning disorder support programs. Dana also provides career vocational planning for individuals experiencing failure to launch and who need guidance in selecting career choices that match their specific skill set. Dana Stahl, who struggled from a learning disability, became a learning specialist to assist children with learning issues to find compensatory strategies to reach their social, emotional, and academic potential.  She also provides life coaching and counseling for children with learning disabilities, Autism, ADHD, and Dyslexia, as well as career and vocational counseling. She earned a B.S. in Special Education from Boston University and a Masters of Education Diagnostic Prescriptive Clinician from The College of William and Mary.   This is episode 275 of Teaching Learning Leading K12, an audio podcast for educators. Our talk focuses on Dana's book, The ABCs of Learning Issues: A Practical Guide for Parents. Thanks for listening! Please share and subscribe. Enjoy! Connect With Dana: http://educationalalternativesllc.com/ https://www.facebook.com/EducationalAlternativesLLC https://www.linkedin.com/company/educational-alternatives-llc/about/ https://twitter.com/DanaStahlMEd danaconsults@gmail.com914-907-9144 Length - 33:23

33mins

3 Jan 2020

Rank #4

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Todd Whitaker talks about his book Dealing With Difficult Parents - 240

Todd Whitaker talks with me about teaching teachers and school-based administrators how to work with and talk with parents. His book "Dealing With Difficult Parents" (Routledge, 2016) written with Douglas J. Fiore is an awesome tool that every educator should take time to read and put into practice. Our discussion focuses on practical techniques that you will find helpful. Todd is a professor of educational leadership at the University of Missouri and professor emeritus at Indiana State University. He has spent his life pursuing his love of education by researching and studying effective teachers and principals. Prior to moving into higher education, he was a math teacher and basketball coach in Missouri. Todd then served as a principal at the middle school, junior high, and high school levels. He was also a middle school coordinator in charge of staffing, curriculum, and technology for the opening of new middle schools. One of the nation’s leading authorities on staff motivation, teacher leadership, and principal effectiveness, Todd has written over 50 books including the national bestseller, What Great Teachers Do Differently. Other titles include 75 Ways to Be a Better Teacher Tomorrow, Ten-Minute Inservice, Your First Year, What Great Principals Do Differently, Motivating & Inspiring Teachers, 5o Ways to Improve Student Behavior, Classroom Management From the Ground Up and Dealing With Difficult Parents. Todd is married to Beth, also a former teacher and principal, who is currently a faculty member of educational leadership at the University of Missouri and professor emeritus at Indiana State University. They are the parents of three children; Katherine, Madeline, and Harrison. Thanks for listening. Please share. Enjoy!  Connect with Todd: http://www.toddwhitaker.com Email: t-whitaker@indstate.edu https://www.amazon.com/Todd-Whitaker/e/B0045AYYBC https://twitter.com/ToddWhitaker https://www.instagram.com/toddwhitaker1/ Length - 59:38

59mins

6 Apr 2019

Rank #5

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Rigor and Differentiation in the Classroom with Barbara R. Blackburn - 220

Dr Barbara Blackburn talks with me today about her book, Rigor and Differentiation in the Classroom: Tools and Strategies. (2019, Taylor & Francis) Barbara has dedicated her life to raising the level of rigor and motivation for professional educators and students alike. She is a Top 30 Global Guru in Education, has taught early childhood, elementary, middle, and high school students and has served as an educational consultant for three publishing companies. A few of her book titles are: Rigor made easy: Getting Started Rigorous Schools and Classrooms: Leading the Way Rigor in Your Classroom: A Toolkit for Teachers Rigor in Your School: A Toolkit for Leaders Literacy from A to Z Rigor for Students with Special Needs Motivating Struggling Learners: 10 Ways to Build Student Success Rigor is Not a Four-Letter Word Rigor and Assessment in the Classroom Rigor in the RTI and MTSS Classroom: Practical Tools and Strategies She often can be found working with teachers and administrators in workshops as well as presenting at state, national, and international conferences. Barbara is an amazing writer and teacher. She creates books that teachers can read and put into action immediately. She has a wonderful gift for making the difficult easy to understand and to use. Lots to learn! Thanks for listening! Check out Barbara's Quick Reference Guide to Rigor just published by ASCD. Rigor Quick Reference Guide with ASCD Make sure that you check out the links below especially the link to the Graphic Organizer for Math Word Problems that Barbara talked about as well as the link to her website's free resources. Learn More and Connect with Barbara: www.barbarablackburnonline.com https://globalgurus.org/education-gurus-30/ http://www.barbarablackburnonline.com/free-resources/ http://bit.ly/GraphicOrganizerMathWordProblems (The organizer that Barbara talked about.) www.routledge.com/eyeoneducation https://www.routledge.com/Rigor-and-Differentiation-in-the-Classroom-Tools-and-Strategies/Blackburn/p/book/9780815394471 https://twitter.com/BarbBlackburn https://www.pinterest.com/barbblackburn/ https://www.facebook.com/BarbaraRBlackburn/ https://twitter.com/RoutledgeEOE https://twitter.com/routledgebooks https://twitter.com/RoutledgeEd Length - 52:53

52mins

10 Nov 2018

Rank #6

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What School Could Be with Ted Dintersmith - 192

 Ted Dintersmith is a successful venture capitalist with an eye on changing school. His four decade career spans technology, business, public policy, and education philanthropy. He earned a PhD in engineering from Stanford University, lead a high tech start-up, and ranked as the top venture capitalist in the US for the years 1995-1999. Ted produced the award winning documentary Most Likely to Succeed and co-authored the book Most Likely to Succeed: Preparing Our Kids for the Innovation Era with Tony Wagner.  Today, we are talking about his latest book, What School Could Be: Insights and Inspiration from Teachers Across America.  Ted travelled across the US visiting schools, teachers, and many others to find inspiring educators and innovation in the classroom. We talk about the common principles that he discusses: PEAK - a. Purpose b. Essentials c. Agency d. Knowledge We also check out a few of the chapters and Ted shares some stories from his journey. Much to learn and think about. Thanks for listening. Enjoy! Find out more information: http://whatschoolcouldbe.org/ https://twitter.com/dintersmith https://www.facebook.com/Edu21C/ http://www.edu21c.com/ https://www.mltsfilm.org/ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rvhb9aoyeZs Length - 1:00:45

1hr

20 Apr 2018

Rank #7

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Why Do You Teach? - 237

Why do you teach? I recently watched an episode of the television show - Schooled (which I like by the way.) On this episode the question of teaching and why is a major part of the storyline. No spoilers...find it. It's a feel-good moment in the show. It got me thinking about why. So here are three of the reasons why I taught and why I made my whole career about working with kids: 1. How many professionals have the possibility of making the positive impact that you can as an educator? 2. You get to work with so many different kids, different personalities, different needs, and different wants. 3. There is never a dull moment! So take time to open your journal and write your three reasons why you teach. Do that today and use your answers to keep you going and to keep you focused on those reasons when the times get rough. You make a difference! Enjoy! Length - 30:18

30mins

19 Mar 2019

Rank #8

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Reflections on Teaching and School Administration with Michael Chanin - 230

Michael Chanin was a special education teacher in middle and high school settings and then became a high school administrator where he wore many hats. Michael's initial background was in Abnormal child psychopathology. He worked as a therapist at Counseling Services of Miami under the supervision of renowned psychiatrist Dr. Abraham Landau. (the Early 70's) He eventually taught children with learning disabilities at Coral Springs High School and was an adjunct professor in the Special education graduate department of Nova University before moving to Marietta, GA. He often presented on the developmental side of children with learning disabilities. Michael taught middle school in Cobb County, Georgia for 13 and a half years and then the high school for 3 years before becoming an administrator for 12 years. He has an awesome sense of humor and a passion for movies and comedy teams of old. Today we are reflecting on his experiences in the classroom and as an administrator. Lots to think about and learn. Thanks for listening! Enjoy! Length - 1:01:19

1hr 1min

27 Jan 2019

Rank #9

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Joe Johnson: Leadership, Coaching, and Consulting - 278

Joe Johnson is a leadership consultant, public speaker, and trainer. His company is Elevate Performance. Joe is a former star defensive back at the University of Notre Dame, a former professional football player with the Jacksonville Bulls of the USFL, and had a successful run in financial services in the corporate world. This is episode 278 of Teaching Learning Leading K12, an audio podcast. Joe was born in Fostoria, OH in 1963. A small town located in Northwestern, OH In 1980, he signed a football scholarship with the University of Notre Dame and went on to be a 4 year starting defensive back for the Fighting Irish football team Eventually, Joe was selected Tri-Captain of the 1984-85 Fighting Irish football team. He played with  #75 Larry Williams who is the current AD at the University of Akron and #55 Mike Golic of ESPN fame. After Notre Dame, he played professional football (#48) for the Jacksonville Bulls in the United States Football League (USFL) and in 1989 transitioned out of Competitive Sports and into Corporate America within Financial Services where he rose to the level of Executive Vice President. In 2009, he decided to share his personal, athletic and professional experiences to help organizations and individuals develop their leadership skills. Thanks for listening. Don't forget to share and subscribe. Enjoy!  Connect with Joe: Joe Johnson Elevate Performance Leadership Consultant/Coach 301-802-5840 joe@elev8toperform.com https://www.elev8toperform.com/ https://www.linkedin.com/in/elev8toperform/ https://twitter.com/elev8toperform https://www.instagram.com/elev8toperform/ Length - 37:58

37mins

23 Jan 2020

Rank #10

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Kasey Bell and Shake Up Learning - 236

Kasey Bell is a guru of all things Google. Many know her from her website Shakeuplearning.com and its amazing resources for learning how to use Google and its tools. She also is the co-host of The Google Teacher Tribe where she and Matt Miller give great advice for making the most of Google apps.  Today we are getting caught up - she was a guest on Teaching Learning Leading K12 on episode 100 - about her website, book (The Shake Up Learning Book ), the podcast, speaking and questions, and her newest addition to the Shake Up Learning world - The Shake Up Learning Show. She is an excellent teacher who has this awesome positive focus that helps you want to know more. I am taking a couple of her Google classes now and I can't stop saying how much I like using them and learning from her. Enjoy the show and remember to check out her newest podcast - The Shake Up Learning Show. Thanks for listening! Connect with Kasey and Listen to her new Audio Podcast - The Shake Up Learning Show https://shakeuplearning.com/ http://shakeuplearningshow.com/ https://www.facebook.com/shakeuplearning https://twitter.com/shakeuplearning https://www.pinterest.com/ShakeUpLearning/ https://www.youtube.com/c/shakeuplearning https://www.instagram.com/shakeuplearning/ https://shakeuplearningbook.com/ https://teachinglearningleadingk12.podbean.com/e/episode-100-kasey-bell-and-google-classroom/  Length - 42:44

42mins

8 Mar 2019

Rank #11

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Jennifer Kushell: Impacting the Lives of Young People - 263

Jennifer Kushell, CEO and founder of EYP Ventures has been on a mission to impact the lives and futures of young people globally for the past two decades.  As the creator of Exploring Your Potential (EYP) the revolutionary career planning online platform, Kushell aims to dramatically change how we prepare the next generation for the world of work.  This is episode 263 of Teaching Learning Leading K12, an audio podcast. Author of the New York Times Bestseller Secrets of the Young & Successful, Kushell has been called the “Career Doctor” by Cosmopolitan and a “guru” by US News and World Report.  She is an advisor to leading global youth organizations, a frequent delegate of several State Department led entrepreneurship missions and serves as a Trustee of the Global Youth Empowerment Fund, spearheaded by Junior Chamber International and the UN Sustainable Development Goal Action Campaign.  A relentless advocate for ambitious young people everywhere, Kushell has traveled 2 million miles and visited 50 countries.  In 1993, at 19, her Young Entrepreneurs Network was one of the first online communities on CompuServ. In her 20s, Kushell was instrumental in spearheading the young entrepreneur movement in America, garnering 300 million media impressions about the new trend.  In her 30s, YSN.com (Your Success Now) was launched as the first professional social network for young people, engaging 25,000 from 160 countries. From all that, EYP was born!  You are going to love this episode! Thanks for listening today! Please subscribe and share. Enjoy! Connect and Learn More: http://jenniferkushell.com/ jennifer@exploringyourpotential.com https://twitter.com/ysnjen https://www.facebook.com/jennifer.kushell https://www.linkedin.com/in/jenniferkushell/ info@ysn.com http://ysn.com/ https://exploringyourpotential.com/ https://twitter.com/EYP_Now https://www.facebook.com/exploringyourpotential/ https://www.linkedin.com/company/exploring-your-potential/ https://www.instagram.com/exploringyourpotential/ http://bit.ly/yourpathEYP Length - 46:35

46mins

3 Oct 2019

Rank #12

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Daniel H. Shapiro: The 5 Practices of the Caring Mentor - 268

Dr. Daniel H. Shapiro has served for over twenty years as a teacher, school counselor, mentor, and district leader in the Broward County Public Schools in Florida. This is episode 268 of Teaching Learning Leading K12. He received National Board Teacher Certification in early adolescence/English language arts in 2006, earned his master’s degree in school counseling in 2009, and received his doctoral degree in education with a specialization in instructional leadership in 2012. His doctoral dissertation was entitled “An Exploration of the Role of Caring in Teacher Mentoring Relationships.” During his career, Dr. Shapiro received the Florida Governor’s Shine Award for Inspirational Teaching. He was named a Broward County Public Schools 2014 Caliber Award winner and the 2015 Florida School Counselor Association (FSCA) Elementary School Counselor of the Year.  He is now a school counseling specialist and provides mentoring and professional development to school counselors within the Broward County School District. He also serves as an adjunct professor of school counseling at Nova Southeastern University. Dr. Shapiro is the author of The 5 Practices of the Caring Mentor: Strengthening the Mentoring Relationship from the Inside Out. He offers workshops on a variety of topics, is a keynote speaker and provides individual mentoring sessions.  Dr. Shapiro lives with his wife and two children in South Florida. Connect with Daniel: https://danielhshapiro.com/ contact@danielhshapiro.com https://www.linkedin.com/in/dr-daniel-h-shapiro/ https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCI0zchmQnHQom2QTC8JI8qw https://www.amazon.com/Practices-Caring-Mentor-Strengthening-Relationship/dp/1733580808 https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-5-practices-of-the-caring-mentor-daniel-h-shapiro/1130958120;jsessionid=97562EB15A1DED46D087014061FBB11A.prodny_store01-atgap17 Length - 54:24

54mins

8 Nov 2019

Rank #13

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Rigor in the RTI and MTSS Classroom with Barbara R. Blackburn - 194

Rigor in the RTI and MTSS Classroom: Practical Tools and Strategies is a must read for classroom teachers and building level administrators. Like the title says, "Practical Tools and Strategies", it is exactly that...Practical. Barbara R. Blackburn with Bradley S. Witzel have written a book that is extremely useful for making sure that students at all levels of understanding and development are receiving rigorous instruction. On today's show, Barbara and I talk about the reasons behind the book and why it was important to create tools for teachers working in the RTI and MTSS environments. She explains what she means by rigor, RTI and MTSS so that readers and listeners are given a common definition. We look at the layout and format of the book as well as the collaboration with Bradley Witzel as well as the collaboration between Routledge and the Council for Exceptional Children.  As with all of Barbara's books this one is easy to read and understand. It comes with practical tools for using in the classroom and amazing eresources.So we take a closer look at these. Additionally, we discuss a couple of the chapters and talk about the suggestions and strategies. Great episode for you. Lots to think about. Thanks for listening! Enjoy! By the way, make sure that you see the links below to connect with Barbara. Connect with Barbara: www.barbarablackburnonline.com www.routledge.com/eyeoneducation https://www.routledge.com/Rigor-in-the-RTI-and-MTSS-Classroom-Practical-Tools-and-Strategies/Blackburn-Witzel/p/book/9781138193383 https://twitter.com/BarbBlackburn https://www.pinterest.com/barbblackburn/ https://www.facebook.com/BarbaraRBlackburn/ https://www.amazon.com/Barbara-R.-Blackburn/e/B001JP4CC2/ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_2?qid=1524661800&sr=8-2 Length - 47:55

47mins

3 May 2018

Rank #14

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Teachers at Work: Designing Schools Where Teachers and Students Thrive with Talia Milgrom-Elcott - 223

Teachers at Work: Designing Schools Where Teachers and Students Thrive is a new report produced by 100Kin10. Today, I'm talking with Talia Milgrom-Elcott the co-founder and executive director of 100Kin10.  Teachers at Work: Designing Schools Where Teachers and Students Thrive focuses on what needs to happen in schools to make its teacher corps want to stay and inspire youth. In the introduction of the report, this is stated: “When teachers flourish as professionals in schools, they leave the classroom far less frequently and have significantly  higher satisfaction.” Talia talked with me about this statement as well as much more concerning the future of schools, its students, and its teachers. Under her leadership, 100Kin10 which is focused on training and producing  100,000 STEM teachers in 10 years is becoming a reality as more than 250 leading organizations from across sectors have come together to make the goal possible by 2021. Talia is a frequent public speaker and moderator, focusing on social innovation, science and technology, education, philanthropy, and the tenuous balancing act that is running a start-up, being a mother and trying to have a life. Widely known for her thought leadership, she has been published or profiled in The Washington Post, The Boston Globe, the Smithsonian, CNN Money, and US News and World Report. Talia lives in Brooklyn with her husband and three children. Great information. Lots to learn and share. Connect with Talia and Download the Report- Teachers at Work: Designing Schools Where Teachers and Students Thrive. https://100kin10.org/ Email: info@100kin10.org Link to Teachers at Work: Designing Schools Where Teachers & Students Thrive https://twitter.com/100kin10 https://www.facebook.com/100Kin10 Length - 37:07

37mins

10 Dec 2018

Rank #15

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The IEP Process with Dr. Terrie Young, Amanda Amerson, & Donna McNair - 267

Dr. Terrie Young, Amanda Amerson, and Donna McNair talk with me about the IEP process. This is episode 267 of Teaching Learning Leading K12, an audio podcast. We started this conversation in episode 246.  Please take the time to listen to that episode, as well. Dr. Terrie Young is the Director of East Central Georgia Learning Resources System where she provides technical assistance and training on special education-related topics to administrators, teachers, and support staff for the ten school districts in the Heart of Georgia RESA Region.  Through Dr. Young’s leadership, the East Central Georgia Learning Resources System won the ASPIRE Leadership Award in 2015 for piloting and leading the region in the statewide student-led IEP initiative. Terrie holds a bachelor’s degree in early childhood education and master’s and a specialist degree in special education with an emphasis in behavior disorders.  Terrie’s doctorate degree is in elementary and secondary administration. Terrie believes that all students can learn and that it is through effective leadership, and teachers building positive relationships with students that true teaching and learning occur.   Amanda Amerson is a Program Specialist with East Central GLRS, where she provides professional learning on special education-related topics to administrators, teachers and support staff for the ten school districts in the Heart of Georgia RESA Region. Amanda has presented at many state-level conferences and collaborates with multiple state and local agencies to improve outcomes for students with disabilities.  She has a master’s degree in special education and has been a special educator for 23 years. Amanda is passionate about education and believes that through collaboration and excellent teaching all students can reach their highest potential.   Donna McNair retired from Washington County Schools in 2010 after 34 years of service as a teacher, school psychologist, and special education director. She has the following degrees: BS in Elementary Education, MEd in Special Education / Learning Disabilities, both from Georgia College; EdS in School Psychology, with additional coursework for certification in Administration from Georgia Southern University. After retirement, Donna provided contracted services with East Central GLRS, and several school systems. She also taught part-time at Georgia College in the Special Education program of the Teacher Education department as well as from 2015-2019 taught full time at Georgia College. Donna is now enjoying lots of “salt air therapy” and more time with grandchildren and her bridge club friends. Lots to learn today. Thanks for listening! Please subscribe and share. Enjoy! Find more information:The following are great links from our state in helping parents and teachers understand IEP development -  Georgia Individualized Education Program Implementation Manual - https://www.gadoe.org/Curriculum-Instruction-and-Assessment/Special-Education-Services/Documents/Implementation%20Manual%202018-19/IEP.pdf Georgia's Special Education Parent Rights Resource Page - https://www.gadoe.org/Curriculum-Instruction-and-Assessment/Special-Education-Services/Pages/Parent-Rights.aspx  Georgia Special Education Glossary of Terms - https://www.gadoe.org/Curriculum-Instruction-and-Assessment/Special-Education-Services/Documents/Supplement%20-%20Glossary.pdf  Georgia Parent Mentor Partnership - http://www.parentmentors.org/ IDEA - Guide to the IEP - https://www2.ed.gov/parents/needs/speced/iepguide/index.html  Length - 40:12

40mins

31 Oct 2019

Rank #16

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Steve Miletto Talks About Getting Ready for the First Day of Class - 206

The first day of class is almost here. Are you ready? Have you actually planned for that first day? Oh, I know...lots of peers say that they have but they really have just gone through the motions. I love the first day of class because you only get that one first day. Here are my 5 Ideas about Getting Ready for the First Day of Class 1. Is your classroom looking good? 2. Have you created the procedures (How you operate your class.) that the kids need to know on the first day of class? 3. Have you created engaging instructional plans for the first day that make the kids want to come back? 4. Have you taken time to reach out to the kids and parents to say hi before school begins? 5. Have you planned to be you? Have fun on that first day of class. You only get one. Thanks for listening. Additional information: https://teachinglearningleadingk12.podbean.com/e/115-top_5_classroom_procedures/ https://teachinglearningleadingk12.podbean.com/e/114-classroom-management-starting-class/ https://teachinglearningleadingk12.podbean.com/e/episode-87-classroom-management-rules/  Opening Class  Dealing with Angry Students Procedures and Routines 5 Ways to Use Your Classroom Walls for Instructional Support Length - 20:23

20mins

27 Jul 2018

Rank #17

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Michele McPhee: Maximum Harm, MS-13, and Operation Mean Streets - 283

Today, Michele McPhee talks to us about her books Maximum Harm (Boston Marathon murders) and Operation Mean Streets (The threat to our schools and communities from the gang MS-13). This is episode 283 of Teaching Learning Leading K12. ( She had just presented at a state principal's conference.) Best selling author, Emmy-nominated investigative reporter and award-winning journalist Michele McPhee has spent two decades covering terrorism, murder, mobsters, and corruption for television, newspapers and radio. McPhee’s investigative work has led to gunpoint threats delivered by angry Boston mobsters, a frightening encounter on KKK-protected dirt roads in Arkansas, threats from gang bangers, and IRS audits. She chased Gianni Versace’s killer around South Beach, Miami; snuck into John Gotti’s wake in Queens, New York; and posed as a mob moll with an undercover NYPD detective targeting fight fixing in Las Vegas. She was also on the ground at the scene of two terror attacks on American soil. McPhee was among the first reporters at Ground Zero when two human-filled bombs hurtled into the World Trade Center towers on September 11, 2001. She was also a witness to the carnage unleashed by two homegrown terrorists who detonated two pressure cooker bombs secreted in backpacks placed in the crowd along the finish line of the Boston Marathon on April 15, 2013 and is currently at work on a book about the FBI’s involvement with accused bomber Tamerlan Tsarnaev. McPhee is the author of five true crime books, including A Mob Story the book notorious Boston mobster Whitey Bulger had on his bookshelf at his Santa Monica hideout. McPhee was the Boston producer for ABC News working in the Brian Ross Investigative Unit and has broken multiple national stories regarding New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez and his murderous past. She was the first reporter in the country to obtain a picture of accused bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s anti-American missive scribbled on the side of a Watertown boat where he hid for hours during a massive police manhunt. She also traveled to Montreal to interview, with Brian Ross, the world’s most sophisticated counterfeiter of US $20 bills and covered the trial of Boston mobster James “Whitey” Bulger. McPhee was the Police Bureau Chief for the New York Daily News for nearly a decade and has covered high-profile crime cases nationally and internationally, including the death of Princess Diana. She has been a commentator on breaking news for national programs on ABC World News, CNN; MSNBC; and the Fox News Network. She is the recipient of many journalism awards, including the Society of the Silurian’s Feature News Award for her New York Daily News 9-11 coverage. She was awarded First Place for Serious Column in the Boston Herald by the Associated Press. Her work for ABC Boston affiliate WCVB earned her a 2012 Emmy nomination for Outstanding Investigative Reporting. Thanks for listening! Please remember to share and subscribe. Connect with Michele: http://michelemcphee.com/ https://www.newsweek.com/2018/06/22/ms-13-972406.html Maximum Harm https://twitter.com/MicheleMcPhee Length - 23:46

23mins

2 Mar 2020

Rank #18

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10 Secret Ingredients for Better Unit Planning - 187

Better instruction requires planning. Planning comes in two main types for the classroom: unit and daily. Today, I discuss my thoughts about 10 essential elements that need to be included in your unit planning: 1. Start with the end in mind. 2. Create a time frame. 3. Identify what you will teach (content). 4. Develop how you will teach (instructional strategies). 5. Identify resources you will need. 6. Identify essential vocabulary. 7. Develop how you will teach the vocabulary. 8. Create opportunities for learning what the students know and don't know. 9. Make notes about student individual needs. 10. Create a system for identifying what can be eliminated to create more time.  Unit planning is essential for staying focused on what you want the kids to learn. Use these 10 ingredients with your unit planning and you will have better results. Happy planning. Links for Resources: Vocabulary is Comprehension written by Laura Robb My Pinterest Board focused on Teaching Vocabulary My Pinterest Board focused on interactive Word Walls My Pinterest Board focused on Assessment Strategies  Length - 22:31

22mins

17 Mar 2018

Rank #19

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Brian Buffington: Goosechase, A.I., Google Tools, and More Happy Music - 266

Brian Buffington talks with me about Goosechase, A. I., using Google Tools, and new Happy Music. This is episode 266 of Teaching Learning Leading K12, an audio podcast for educators. Brian Buffington is an EDU pioneer, always sniffing out better ways to increase student engagement and learning through technology. He inspires thousands of teachers, admins, and students in regards to instructional technology strategies, professional media production, and digital living education. Brian has presented at national, state, and regional conferences, highlighting EdTech and science education. His background includes teaching middle schoolers about science, owning music venues and vintage clothing shops, and writing songs about cheese and “8th Grade Mustaches”. His most recent endeavors include: “The EdTech Showcase”, a multiple-day event where educator rock stars showcase student-centered creative uses of technology. These showcases are professionally videoed, published, and organized by state standards. Since 2017, he also broadcasted a cyber safety event on Facebook LIVE, “A Parent’s Guide to Raising Digital Natives”. In 2019, Brian directed and produced “Vape News”, a PSA video series aimed to combat student vaping. When Brian is not playing with tech, he’s playing House Concerts and singing #happymusicforthemasses. Along with his wife Brooke, he owns a Creative Arts Company, Studio Blue. The Buffingtons reside in Northeast Georgia, where they raise 2 crazy kids and look for adventure. Thanks for listening! Please share and subscribe. Enjoy! Connect with Brian: https://briankbuffington.com/ https://twitter.com/brianbuffington https://www.instagram.com/brianbuffington/ https://www.youtube.com/user/pioneerRESAtech/featured Length - 51:33

51mins

24 Oct 2019

Rank #20