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Charting New Paths in PreK-12 Education

If you’ve ever wondered what makes good schools great or how struggling schools overcome seemingly insurmountable barriers, this podcast is for you. If you’ve ever wanted to get a peek between the lines with some of your favorite Solution Tree authors, you’ve come to the right place. This two-part podcast shares solid advice from successful educators, as well as author interviews that will intrigue and enlighten. Tune in twice a month for an educational experience that is sure to inspire and inform you as you chart your own path to school success.

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Raising Equity Through SEL: A Conversation with author Jorge Valenzuela
A true innovator in education, Jorge Valenzuela sits down with us to talk about what it’s like to be an advocate for educators and students and being a part of action research in schools, helping to shape the future of effective instruction in a variety of ways. From research-based STEM strategies to lessons learned from his daily work in computer science to project-based learning strategies, and now, his current work in equity and social-emotional learning (SEL), Jorge draws from his life and teaching experiences to support educators in the vital work they do each day with students.   Listen as Jorge describes pivotal moments in his work and how his experience in the field inspired and informed his latest book, Raising Equity Through SEL.  Join the conversation to learn:●      How to connect equity, emotional intelligence, self-awareness, and empathy among students and adults with curriculum and instruction that works for all learners●      Insights for developing emotional-intelligence skills for adults and students●      The work Jorge has done developing new frameworks and models to support educators through the International Society for Technology and Education (ISTE)●      How equity, SEL, STEM, and computer science intersect●      The true power of bridging his work with Solution Tree, professional learning communities, and ISTE●      The importance of continuous improvement for all educators Jorge Valenzuela is an education coach, an author, a professor at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia, and the lead coach at Lifelong Learning Defined. Awarded the Make It Happen Award by the International Society for Technology in 2021, Jorge has drawn from his action research methodology, helping school leaders and teachers reach their unique success paths to innovation in school leadership, tiered instruction, project-based learning, computer science and STEM education, and social-emotional learning across the curriculum. Additionally, he facilitates workshops throughout the country.*To learn more about Jorge Valenzuela: https://www.solutiontree.com/presenters/jorge-valenzuela.html*More about his book. Order today! https://www.solutiontree.com/raising-equity-through-sel.html*Twitter: @JorgeDoesPBL*LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jorgedoespbl/  
53:05 11/15/2022
From Burnt Out to Fired Up: A Conversation with Morgane Michael
When you engage in acts of kindness and generosity, or even witness this in others, you get a physiological boost. Science proves it. This research inspires the work of educator, social-emotional learning expert and author of From Burnt Out to Fired Up, Morgane Michael. “Together we can bust this culture of anxiety and stress by being kind to one another,” she says.  In this podcast, Prisma Lopez-Marin talks with Morgane about life as a Kindergarten and first grade teacher in British Columbia and how this intersects with her Small Act, Big Impact 21-day kindness challenge. Morgane launched the Small Act, Big Impact project grassroots style, going into schools and facilitating projects with students and teachers. Get to know more about Morgane and her revolutionary work of making a big impact one small act at a time.  Tune in to:●      Be inspired to build cultures of belonging and kindness in your own community●      Get ideas of how to launch your own Small Act, Big Impact projects●      Learn how to cultivate student empowerment ●      Discover what it takes to start a movement–from strength within to inspiration and support from others●      Hear about the many different ways burnout manifests and how to self-assess well being●      Go behind the scenes of Morgane’s latest book From Burnt Out to Fired Up Since 2008, Morgane Michael has been an elementary school educator with the Greater Victoria School District in British Columbia. She is a passionate advocate for social-emotional learning, kindness education, and educator well-being, and she leads professional development initiatives aligned with those efforts throughout her province. Links: More about Morgane: https://www.solutiontree.com/presenters/morgane-michael.html Visit Morgane’s website: https://smallactbigimpact21days.wordpress.com/ More about her book. Order today! https://www.solutiontree.com/from-burnt-out-to-fired-up.html Twitter: https://twitter.com/MorganeMichael LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/morgane-michael-477623152/ Instagram: https://instagram.com/smallactbigimpact
58:14 10/18/2022
(SHS - Pt.2) Building and Sustaining the Original PLC at Work® : A Look Inside the School That Started a Movement
Adlai E. Stevenson High School District 125 in Lincolnshire, Illinois, has achieved legendary status in the world of professional learning communities (PLCs). The PLC at Work process, implemented by thousands of educators around the globe, originated in this very high school.  Today, your host Prisma Lopez-Marin is joined by education leaders of Stevenson, past and present. Dr. Timothy D. Kanold is former superintendent of Stevenson and was among the teaching staff in 1983, when principal Dr. Richard DuFour was just beginning to formulate a plan for what would become PLC at Work. Adding to Tim’s humorous and poignant look back through time, current superintendent Dr. Eric Twadell shares what it was like to receive the torch and sustain the work that had transformed Stevenson into a National Blue Ribbon School, and Troy Gobble adds insight as current principal at Stevenson and a true PLC at Work leader.  Listen in as they reflect on their experience with Solution Tree, the impact of PLC at Work, and their success in becoming a Model PLC at Work school. This is your opportunity to hear firsthand what it takes to build and sustain a high-functioning PLC from key players in the school that started it all. It’s a conversation among true professionals, PLC experts, and long-time colleagues and friends. You won’t want to miss it! Tune in to hear our guests reflect on●      Their work with the original architects of PLC at Work, Dr. Richard DuFour and Dr. Robert Eaker●      The obstacles Stevenson staff overcame to become a PLC (HINT: It wasn’t always pretty)●      The origin and true meaning behind the three big ideas and four critical questions of a PLC at Work●      The importance of consistently celebrating short-term wins, even as you work diligently toward long-term goals●      How equity and access came into play as Stevenson ramped up their work as a PLC●      The nuts and bolts behind transitioning mindsets from “only some students will learn at high levels” to “success for every student”●      The beauty of building a school culture driven by a commitment to continuous improvement and positive change, no matter who is at the helm●      How PLC not only transforms a school but the people who work within it and the communities they serve *To learn more about Troy Gobble and book him for PD, visit: https://www.solutiontree.com/troy-gobble.html*To learn more about Dr. Timothy D. Kanold and book him for PD, visit: https://www.solutiontree.com/timothy-d-kanold.html*To learn more about Dr. Eric Twadell and book him for PD, visit: https://www.solutiontree.com/eric-twadell.html *To read the success story of Adlai E. Stevenson, visit: https://www.allthingsplc.info/evidence/details/id,695*Subscribe to our podcast Charting New Paths in PreK-12 Education...on your favorite podcast app for free: https://www.solutiontree.com/podcast
39:50 09/28/2022
(SHS - Pt.1) Building and Sustaining the Original PLC at Work® : A Look Inside the School That Started a Movement
Adlai E. Stevenson High School District 125 in Lincolnshire, Illinois, has achieved legendary status in the world of professional learning communities (PLCs). The PLC at Work process, implemented by thousands of educators around the globe, originated in this very high school.  Today, your host Prisma Lopez-Marin is joined by education leaders of Stevenson, past and present. Dr. Timothy D. Kanold is former superintendent of Stevenson and was among the teaching staff in 1983, when principal Dr. Richard DuFour was just beginning to formulate a plan for what would become PLC at Work. Adding to Tim’s humorous and poignant look back through time, current superintendent Dr. Eric Twadell shares what it was like to receive the torch and sustain the work that had transformed Stevenson into a National Blue Ribbon School, and Troy Gobble adds insight as current principal at Stevenson and a true PLC at Work leader.  Listen in as they reflect on their experience with Solution Tree, the impact of PLC at Work, and their success in becoming a Model PLC at Work school. This is your opportunity to hear firsthand what it takes to build and sustain a high-functioning PLC from key players in the school that started it all. It’s a conversation among true professionals, PLC experts, and long-time colleagues and friends. You won’t want to miss it! Tune in to hear our guests reflect on●      Their work with the original architects of PLC at Work, Dr. Richard DuFour and Dr. Robert Eaker●      The obstacles Stevenson staff overcame to become a PLC (HINT: It wasn’t always pretty)●      The origin and true meaning behind the three big ideas and four critical questions of a PLC at Work●      The importance of consistently celebrating short-term wins, even as you work diligently toward long-term goals●      How equity and access came into play as Stevenson ramped up their work as a PLC●      The nuts and bolts behind transitioning mindsets from “only some students will learn at high levels” to “success for every student”●      The beauty of building a school culture driven by a commitment to continuous improvement and positive change, no matter who is at the helm●      How PLC not only transforms a school but the people who work within it and the communities they serve *To learn more about Troy Gobble and book him for PD, visit: https://www.solutiontree.com/troy-gobble.html *To learn more about Dr. Timothy D. Kanold and book him for PD, visit: https://www.solutiontree.com/timothy-d-kanold.html*To learn more about Dr. Eric Twadell and book him for PD, visit: https://www.solutiontree.com/eric-twadell.html *To read the success story of Adlai E. Stevenson, visit: https://www.allthingsplc.info/evidence/details/id,695 *Subscribe to our podcast Charting New Paths in PreK-12 Education...on your favorite podcast app for free: https://www.solutiontree.com/podcast
44:48 09/28/2022
This is how Avanti empowers teachers: A conversation with Dr. Cameron Rains, lead developer of Avanti
Finally! Professional development created specifically for K-12 teachers by teachers. In today’s episode, we’ll explore the new online learning platform, Avanti. What makes it unique? Why is it so useful for busy classroom teachers? How can you get the most out of it? How much does it cost? Executive vice president of Solution Tree Cameron Rains joins us to reveal the exciting features that comprise the first-of-its kind tool that he helped to build.  Tune in to learn ●      Why teachers are such superstars, and what role they played in developing Avanti●      The input teachers across the country provided to help make Avanti so incredibly useful●      The many features Avanti offers, including 250+ short videos featuring classroom strategies●      How to create community using Avanti●      What new features are coming soon in this ever-evolving online learning hub Cameron Rains, EdD, led the development of Avanti. He is an executive vice president of Solution Tree, where he has also served as director of school improvement and vice president of strategic initiatives. Cameron has worked to develop new educational technology products and with schools, districts, and state education agencies to ensure that all students are learning at high levels. *To learn more about AVANTI visit: https://www.my-avanti.com/*Subscribe to Charting New Paths in PreK-12 Education...for free on your favorite podcast app: https://www.solutiontree.com/podcast
50:24 08/30/2022
Parentships in a PLC at Work® : A Conversation with Kyle Palmer
Author and education leader Kyle Palmer uses the mashup word "parentship" to bring clarity to the important work of creating partnerships with parents or adults who care for students. In this podcast, we go in depth with Kyle to uncover what this word really means to him, as well as his personal investment in leading Lewis and Clark Elementary in Liberty, Missouri, to become a Model PLC at Work school. Kyle takes us back to his early days of learning about the power of PLC at Work from Dr. Richard DuFour. He highlights what really drew him to this process of continuous school improvement and the amazing opportunities he's had to put his learning into action. In addition, Kyle delves into his new book, Parentships in a PLC at Work and some of the challenges it addresses from both the parent and educator perspective. For example, how can teachers and parents better understand the effort and hard work that goes into each distinct and complex role to better support one another in the common goal of helping children learn? We address issues like this and so much more in today's podcast. Tune in to learn more about: ●      Meaningful ways to connect with family and build effective, sustainable “parentships”●      How parentships can help schools get even more out of the PLC process●      Practical steps to build a parentship success team (PST)●      Implementing a system to benefit educators, students, and families Kyle Palmer, EdD, is the award-winning former principal of Lewis and Clark Elementary in Liberty, Missouri. He is a passionate believer in the power of PLCs and uses his expertise to help schools build collaborative cultures to improve student learning. He is currently the executive director of human resources in the Center School District in Kansas City, Missouri.*To learn more about Kyle Palmer: https://www.solutiontree.com/presenters/kyle-palmer.html*More about his book. Order today! https://www.solutiontree.com/parentships-in-a-plc.html Twitter: https://twitter.com/DrKylePalmerLinkedIn: linkedin.com/in/kyle-palmer-3a402438Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/kpalmer4 *Subscribe today to Charting New Paths in PreK-12 Education...for free on your favorite podcast app: https://www.solutiontree.com/podcast
44:28 08/18/2022
Our Superpower is Unity of Purpose: The Brazosport ISD Success Story
In this episode we talk to a dream team of school leaders who worked together to make amazing things happen in a troubled district in Clute, Texas. Brazosport Independent School District is located about 50 miles south of Houston on the gulf coast. It serves eight different municipalities and students who come from diverse experiences and  backgrounds–from high poverty to highly affluent. As award-winning superintendent Danny Massey puts it, “Our school district really brings all of our communities together.” That’s why his first priority as superintendent several years ago was to transform BISD from a low-performing district to one in which students learn at high levels and staff work together in high-performing teams districtwide. How did he accomplish this? By working with long-time colleague, friend, and fellow believer in Professional Learning Communities at Work®, Clara Sale-Davis. Listen as Clara and Danny share their inspiring success story and reveal the power of working in “unity of purpose.”  Tune in to learn: ●      How Danny and Clara came to believe in PLC at Work as the best process for ensuring learning for all●      The importance of the school board in the work of a PLC●      The steps they took, first at the campus level and later districtwide, to implement PLC ●      How they ultimately became a Model PLC at Work® district●      Why they remain focused on staff and student wellness and social-emotional learning as core to their mission of improving children’s lives●      Advice for applying to become a Model PLC at Work® school or district*To request Clara Sale-Davis for PD: https://www.solutiontree.com/clara-sale-davis.html*More about Brazosport Independent School District: https://www.allthingsplc.info/evidence/details/id,1762*Subscribe today to Charting New Paths in PreK-12 Education...for free on your favorite podcast app: https://www.solutiontree.com/podcast
47:02 08/09/2022
Working together for diversity, equity, and inclusion: A Conversation with author Lauryn Mascareñaz
Those who teach diverse students know firsthand that there is a deep divide in education–an opportunity gap that many people talk about but few understand how to close. Lauryn Mascareñaz, author of Evident Equity: A Guide for Creating Systemwide Change in Schools, has seen this divide in her work as a classroom teacher and instructional coach in Denver, Colorado, and the San Francisco Bay Area. Her passion for equity and culturally responsive teaching led her to Learning for Justice (formerly Teaching Tolerance), a project of the Southern Poverty Law Center, where she served as a teaching and learning specialist. Her work continues as a consultant who helps educators break down barriers many students and faculty face daily simply because of their culture, beliefs, gender identity, or color of skin. Tune in to hear Lauryn address the difficult work of diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) with honesty and candor. As the conversation unfolds, you’ll gain insights and inspiration you can take with you to disrupt systems of inequity in your own school.  Join the conversation to learn:●      The importance of building a coalition to support your work and how to do it ●      Ways you can support both students and staff in showing up as their full, authentic selves each day●      How our current education system was built on inequity, and how you can use that knowledge to create positive change●      The powerful impact small shifts in practice can have on building an inclusive and culturally responsive environment●      The difference between culture appreciation and culture appropriation●      How to use Lauryn’s book, Evident Equity, as a tool to strengthen your DEI workMore about the book...Order Today: https://www.solutiontree.com/evident-equity.htmlMore about Lauryn: https://www.solutiontree.com/lauryn-mascarenaz.html*Twitter: https://twitter.com/laurynmaria*LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/lauryn-mascare%C3%B1azSubscribe to Charting New Paths in PreK-12 Education...for free on your favorite podcast app: https://www.solutiontree.com/podcast
46:57 07/21/2022
You Will Move Mountains: The Kenwood Elementary School Success Story
There’s a school in Louisville, Kentucky that rose from having the lowest mathematics proficiency out of 92 elementary schools in the state to earning national recognition and multiple awards, including Model PLC at Work® designation. How did this happen? In this conversation, Kenwood Elementary School Principal Jill Handley joins Solution Tree Associate Mona Toncheff to reveal key highlights of the journey. After Kenwood was selected as a pilot school to implement the Professional Learning Communities at Work® process, a solid relationship between Kenwood staff and their PLC coach Mona Toncheff began–along with some very heavy lifting and plenty of celebrated successes. Listen in as Mona and Jill talk about the hard work and amazing rewards teachers and students experienced during their three-year journey with Mona and beyond. The dedicated educators at Kenwood, led by their fearless principal Jill, moved mountains. And so can you.  Tune in to learn: ●      How Mathematics at Work and PLC at Work helped Kenwood teachers grow and students succeed●      The journey Kenwood teachers experienced to build efficacy and a collaborative culture●      The difference from year 1 to year 3 in mathematics content knowledge among elementary teachers●      The real impact strong mathematics content knowledge had on student success●      How Kenwood’s culture and sense of belonging set them up for success when tackling the tough work of building their PLC and becoming experts in math content.●      The beauty of a long-term commitment to professional development that offers process change, not programmed instructions●      Advice for others seeking professional development in mathematics instruction or school improvement*To request Mona Toncheff for PD: https://www.solutiontree.com/mona-toncheff.html*More about Kenwood Elementary School: https://www.solutiontree.com/mathematics-at-work/success-stories/kenwood*Subscribe today to Charting New Paths in PreK-12 Education...for free on your favorite podcast app: https://www.solutiontree.com/podcast
50:11 07/06/2022
How to really get students to engage with their learning: A Conversation with author Katie White
It’s the 10 million dollar question every teacher asks: How do I get my students to truly engage in their learning? According to author and education expert Katie White, student self-assessment is key to developing student agency. Katie has done a ton of thinking and writing on this subject and, in this podcast, she’ll reveal some truly valuable information you can use.  We’ll peek into Katie’s most recent book, Student Self-Assessment: Data Notebooks, Portfolios, and Other Tools to Advance Learning to get a glimpse of some innovative self-assessment strategies that can be used for every grade level. Plus, you’ll discover what in the world wrestling has to do with all this. Join us as we delve into: ●      Why self-assessment is so essential to the cognitive development of the student●      The multilayered value of students documenting their personal learning journey●      Making classroom assignments and goal-setting more organic and relevant to student interests and their natural methods for accomplishing tasks●      The relationship between self-assessment and safe spaces for learning●      Intentionally building in time for students to make decisions about their learning and also to recover from mistakes●      Why learning is better when it’s co-constructed and shared in partnership with studentsConnecting back to evidence and digital literacy to maintain a healthy sense of self in the online world More about the book...Order Today: https://www.solutiontree.com/student-self-assessment.html To request Katie White for PD guidance: https://www.solutiontree.com/katie-white.html Subscribe to Charting New Paths in PreK-12 Education...for free on your favorite podcast app: https://www.solutiontree.com/podcast
38:35 06/15/2022
(Part 2) From PLC Lite to PLC Done Right: A Conversation with Tongue River Elementary School
A Conversation with Tongue River Elementary School (Part 2)You simply cannot become an effective professional learning community (PLC) without true collaboration that focuses on student learning and results (data rules!). This hard-won knowledge is what drives the servant leadership Principal Annie Griffin provides her staff at Tongue River Elementary, which recently received the distinction of Model PLC at Work® school.In this podcast, we talk with Principal Annie Griffin, as well as author and PLC at Work expert Brandon Jones, who worked with Tongue River extensively over the course of a year. Brandon and Annie reveal their first encounters with Solution Tree, the most helpful resources they’ve shared with peers, and the challenges that come with building a truly effective leadership team or guiding coalition that is so essential to the work of a PLC. In addition, they delve deep into what it means to be a collaborative team–from practical daily practice to the mind-shifts that must take place. Finally, Brandon takes us into the pages of his book Help Your Team, a resource worth reading if you’re tackling the challenges that come with moving from PLC lite to PLC done right.Tune in to hear:● Principal Griffin’s journey from first learning about PLC as a teacher to leading Tongue River to National Blue Ribbon status with the PLC at Work process.● Annie Griffin, Principal of Tongue River Ranchester, Wyoming● Brandon Jones, author and PLC at Work Associate● How the close-knit culture of commitment at Tongue River keeps driving the momentum of their PLC journey● Why the journey to being a PLC is never ending–and why this is a good thing● How to begin the work of becoming a PLC● How to apply to become a Model PLC at Work if you’re already deeply invested in the process*To request Brandon Jones for PD: https://www.solutiontree.com/brandon-jones.html*Book Co-Authored by Brandon Jones…Help Your Team: Overcoming Common Collaborative Challenges in a PLC at Work®  : https://www.solutiontree.com/help-your-team.html*More about Tongue River Elementary School, a Model PLC School: https://www.allthingsplc.info/evidence/details/id,1893*Subscribe today to Charting New Paths in PreK-12 Education...for free on your favorite podcast app: https://www.solutiontree.com/podcast
35:19 05/18/2022
From PLC Lite to PLC Done Right: A Conversation with Tongue River Elementary School (Part 1)
A Conversation with Tongue River Elementary School (Part 1)You simply cannot become an effective professional learning community (PLC) without true collaboration that focuses on student learning and results (data rules!). This hard-won knowledge is what drives the servant leadership Principal Annie Griffin provides her staff at Tongue River Elementary, which recently received the distinction of Model PLC at Work® school.In this podcast, we talk with Principal Annie Griffin, as well as author and PLC at Work expert Brandon Jones, who worked with Tongue River extensively over the course of a year. Brandon and Annie reveal their first encounters with Solution Tree, the most helpful resources they’ve shared with peers, and the challenges that come with building a truly effective leadership team or guiding coalition that is so essential to the work of a PLC. In addition, they delve deep into what it means to be a collaborative team–from practical daily practice to the mind-shifts that must take place. Finally, Brandon takes us into the pages of his book Help Your Team, a resource worth reading if you’re tackling the challenges that come with moving from PLC lite to PLC done right. Tune in to hear: ● Principal Griffin’s journey from first learning about PLC as a teacher to leading Tongue River to National Blue Ribbon status with the PLC at Work process.● Annie Griffin, Principal of Tongue River Ranchester, Wyoming● Brandon Jones, author and PLC at Work Associate● How the close-knit culture of commitment at Tongue River keeps driving the momentum of their PLC journey● Why the journey to being a PLC is never ending–and why this is a good thing● How to begin the work of becoming a PLC● How to apply to become a Model PLC at Work if you’re already deeply invested in the process*To request Brandon Jones for PD: https://www.solutiontree.com/brandon-jones.html*Book Co-Authored by Brandon Jones…Help Your Team: Overcoming Common Collaborative Challenges in a PLC at Work®  : https://www.solutiontree.com/help-your-team.html*More about Tongue River Elementary School, a Model PLC School: https://www.allthingsplc.info/evidence/details/id,1893*Subscribe today to Charting New Paths in PreK-12 Education...for free on your favorite podcast app: https://www.solutiontree.com/podcast
30:45 05/10/2022
Deconstructing Depth of Knowledge: A Conversation with Erik M. Francis
This podcast just may topple everything you thought you knew about Depth of Knowledge or DOK. Join us on an exposé of this familiar phrase in education as author, educator, and international presenter Erik M. Francis opens up on his new book, Deconstructing Depth of Knowledge. Along the way, he sheds light on the true meaning of DOK and reveals how you can “tame this monster” to do what it is intended to do. Erik speaks from the heart, infusing this conversation with intelligence, warmth, humor, and a hint of pop culture. Join us as we delve into ● The why behind Erik’s work and this book● How DOK has come to be so mistranslated and misused● Why the ever-present DOK Wheel is so controversial● Why this is the perfect time in education to reset and get DOK right● Creative ways to think about DOK to help you effectively apply itMore about the book...Order Today: https://www.solutiontree.com/deconstructing-depth-of-knowledge.htmlSubscribe to Charting New Paths in PreK-12 Education...for free on your favorite podcast app: https://www.solutiontree.com/podcast
41:39 04/12/2022
Healthy Teachers, Happy Classrooms: A Conversation with Marcia L. Tate
Many teachers are simply and understandably burning out! The fire and passion that once sparked for teaching are simply becoming extinguished. In this episode, bestselling author Marcia L. Tate takes listeners on a journey through her latest book, Healthy Teachers, Happy Classrooms, which tackles this problem head-on.  Join us as we delve into authentic experiences that inspired Marcia’s work. We will also explore how this book can help you live a healthier, more joyful life and how to share those healthy habits with your students. In this discussion, Marcia covers:●      The root causes and symptoms of educator and teacher stress, overwhelm, and burnout●      Practical strategies proven to help you live better, live longer, and become a better teacher●      Wellness principles and coping strategies you can incorporate into your daily life so you feel rejuvenated and ready to serve othersMore about the book...Order Today: https://www.solutiontree.com/healthy-teachers-happy-classrooms.htmlTo request Dr. Marcia L. Tate for PD guidance: https://www.solutiontree.com/presenters/marcia-l-tate.htmlSubscribe to Charting New Paths in PreK-12 Education...for free on your favorite podcast app: https://www.solutiontree.com/podcast
34:47 03/22/2022
PLC at Work® Is a Belief System Worth Sharing: A Conversation with Lake County Schools
Professional Learning Communities at Work® is not a checklist. It is a way of being that permeates the daily practice of all stakeholders in a school community. The work is driven by a shared belief that all students can learn. All students deserve access to the resources necessary to achieve the highest level of success.  In this podcast, we talk with leaders from Lake County Schools in Tavares, Florida, assistant superintendent for teaching learning and leadership, Emily Feltner, and executive director of curriculum, instruction, and assessment, Amy Cockcroft. These women share authentic experiences from their first connection to PLC at Work to their current reality with humor and candor.  Tune in to hear: ●      Why Lake County Schools has developed unwavering systemwide belief in the PLC at Work process●      How a collaborative culture and focus on learning were key to navigating the tumult of the pandemic●      How PLC at Work associate Anthony Muhammad helped leaders increase student access to high-level learning experiences●      What it’s like to realize your hard work has made a difference and truly has transformed school culture districtwideTo request Dr. Anthony Muhammad for PD: https://www.solutiontree.com/anthony-muhammad.htmlMore about Lake County School District, a Model PLC at Work® district: https://www.allthingsplc.info/evidence/details/id,1791Subscribe today to Charting New Paths in PreK-12 Education...for free on your favorite podcast app or at: https://www.solutiontree.com/podcast
40:14 03/08/2022
Dismantling a Broken System: Actions to Bridge the Opportunity, Equity, and Justice Gap in American Education
Educator and author Zachary Wright experienced a pivotal moment as a teacher that opened his eyes to the injustices inherent in our education system. In this podcast episode, Wright speaks candidly about that experience and how it motivated him to self-reflect, deepen his knowledge of educational inequity, and become a fierce proponent of hyperlocal activism. Join us as we explore the content of Wright’s latest book, Dismantling a Broken System and the inspiration behind it. This empowering conversation covers crucial issues such as:●      What hyperlocal activism is, and why it matters●      How to identify the oppressor within oneself and confront negative biases to enact positive change●      Why our education system was built to perpetuate injustice and what we can do about it
32:39 02/08/2022
Keep the Main Thing the Main Thing: A conversation with Adel Desoto Minburn Community Schools
Educators everywhere can relate to this experience: The next shiny new initiative is announced and you scramble to adapt, only to be disappointed when the results don’t meet the promise. But what happens when you try a different approach?  In this episode, we speak with Greg Dufoe, superintendent of Adel Desoto Minburn Community Schools in Iowa; Kim Timmerman, principal of Adel Desoto Minburn Middle School, a Model PLC at Work® school; and Professional Learning Communities at WorkⓇ associate Geri Parscale. These three purpose-filled practitioners share an empowering story of how they shifted daily practice from simply working harder to focusing on the right work–and always holding student learning at the heart of the mission. 
29:57 01/25/2022
Leveraging the Impact of Culture and Climate: A conversation with Steve Gruenert and Todd Whitaker
Listen in as Steve Gruenert and Todd Whitaker, best-selling authors of more than 50 well-known titles on education and leadership, discuss their new book Leveraging the Impact of Culture and Climate. The conversation will delve into the difference between culture and climate, and why educators need a solid understanding of both to engage in effective school improvement. We’ll also hear about the inspiration and expertise that drove this writing project, and how the authors hope the book can help educators become even better in their roles.
33:13 01/04/2022
Welcome to Charting New Paths in PreK-12 Education
Welcome to a community like none other. Our new podcast, Charting New Paths in PreK–12 Education, is dedicated to hardworking education professionals like you. This two-part podcast shares solid advice from successful educators, as well as author interviews that will intrigue and enlighten. Each episode provides practical guidance and authentic, inspirational stories from practitioners in the field and your favorite Solution Tree authors. New episodes drop twice a month, Tuesdays at 5:00 a.m. ET.Tune in to hear Real success stories backed by data and shared by school and district leadersPerspectives from authors on the experience, scholarship, and passion that fuels their workPositive, purposeful interviews that will rekindle your spark for education
01:42 12/30/2021