Ep. 25--A Conversation with Dr. Jane Kise on Differentiated Coaching

In this episode we discuss Differentiated Coaching, with Dr. Jane Kise as well as leadership as it relates to a holistic approach, and gender equity. She has recently published two books, Holistic Leadership, Thriving Schools, and Step In, Step Up, a book she co-authored with Barbara K. Watterston. An excellent episode that covers lots of ground.

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Ep. 24--A Conversation with Dr. Isabel Sawyer, and Dr. Marisa Ramirez Stukey on Professional Learning

In this episode co-authors Dr. Isabel Sawyer and Dr. Marisa Ramirez Stukey discuss the difference between professional development and professional learning, as well as what approaches yield better results when it comes to faculty-based adult learning. Also, in this conversation we learn some approaches to professional learning processes that stick.

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Ep. 23--A Conversation with Lorenzo Dickerson about Desegregation in Albemarle County Schools

This episode was part of a kick-off event with Community Middle School in Albemarle County Schools. It was recorded live with the students of the middle school as an audience. In this episode we talk with documentary filmmaker, Lorenzo Dickerson, who has also begun an African-American film festival called the Maupintown Film Festival that runs in July in Charlottesville. He grew up in the Albemarle/Charlottesville area and attended rural Albemarle County schools growing up.

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Ep. 22--A Conversation with Jennifer Abrams on Finding one's Voice

This episode is a great one not just for new teachers, but for anyone who works with people (basically everyone then…) In this episode, we’ll talk about Jennifer Abrams’ work as a voice coach (see her blog for more information) the ins and outs of self-advocating, and speaking up when something is not right. We will also discuss her upcoming book, Swimming in the Deep End.

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Ep. 21--A Conversation with Dr. John Almarode on PLCs

Dr. John Almarode joins us again for a discussion about PLCs. As part of the Visible Learning team they have worked to reimagine PLCs and employ Visible Learning ideas to make sure that the teacher is put back at the center of the workings of a PLC. We discuss equity, pre assessment, as well as ways that teacher teams can ensure their work is effective within their PLCs.

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Ep. 20--Teacher Talk- A Conversation with Brandon Readus and Whitney Hinnant

This episode, we discuss elementary education, and how equity figures into it. Guests Brandon Readus and Whitney Hinnant teach at Woodbrook Elementary in Albemarle County Schools. Brandon is a Gifted Resource Teacher, and Whitney is a Multiage Kindergarten/First grade educator, both are certified culturally responsive educators, and  equity consultants. They also co-host the podcast, Black Teacher Code, which can be found on Soundcloud.


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Ep. 19--A Conversation With Carol Ann Tomlinson About Differentiation

This episode is one that allows us to learn more about the thought behind Differentiation—where it’s going, where it’s been, and also provides the opportunity to hear some of the ideas around education from Carol Ann Tomlinson, who really has transformed modern education practice. It was a pleasure and privilege to have a conversation with her. In this episode, we are also joined by Mindy Moran, who was a student of Carol’s and is a lead coach with Albemarle County Schools.

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Ep. 17--A Conversation With Diane Sweeney on Student Centered Coaching

In this episode, we talk with Diane Sweeney about Student-Centered Coaching, what it is, and some of the ways in which it can be practiced. In addition, we discuss the relationship of coaches to their buildings, and also about the importance of connection outside of one’s own coaching model.

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Ep. 16--A Roundtable on Establishing a Coaching Model

Albemarle County Public Schools’ Debbie Collins, Asst. Superintendent of Student Learning, Jennifer Sublette, Director of Professional Learning, and John Hobson, Lead Coach-Social Studies join me to discuss the processes, and philosophies involved in the process of designing a coaching model, as well as the way in which the ACPS coaching model has both persisted and evolved in the past decade.

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Ep. 15--A Conversation with Dr. Bernard Hairston on Equity

This year, Albemarle County Schools has taken on a mission to improve achievement and opportunity gaps in diverse groups of students.  To discuss the equity work that has been ongoing in ACPS, I sat down with Dr. Bernard Hairston, and learned more about the work.

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Ep. 14--Teacher Talk-a Conversation With Chris Shedd

In this episode, I had a chance to talk with Chris Shedd about his work at Burley Middle School in Charlottesville, Va. We covered a lot of ground. Teaching American History in Charlottesville, using 3D printing, and students constructing a Google Expedition of the former slave quarters at Jefferson’s Monticello. It was a good conversation.

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Ep. 13--A Conversation with Elena Aguilar about Resilience and Coaching

In this episode, we had the chance to talk with Elena Aguilar about her new work, Onward, as well as to discuss some of her work as an instructional coach. We talk about emotions, stories, bright spots, and who the coaches are in her life.

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Ep. 11--A Conversation with Bob Garrity on Restorative Practice

This episode is rich with information about Restorative Practices, Mediation, and a little bit on bullying.  I've been aware of Bob's work for six years now, and respect how he is able to navigate conflict with students and teachers so that they are able to negotiate the best possible outcomes.  I learned a lot from this conversation.  I'm sure you will too.

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Ep. 10--A Conversation with Drs. Pam Moran and Matt Haas

Dr. Pam Moran is the current Superintendent of Schools for Albemarle County, VA, a district that has come to be known for its leadership and innovative practices.  Dr. Matt Haas is the Deputy Superintendent, and will be taking over the position of Superintendent in July.  In this conversation we discuss the transition for the district, as well as some of the changes coming through the High School 2022 initiative (see Blog Supplement for more info).

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Ep. 8--Teacher Talk-a Conversation with Allison Sprouse

For this episode, we talk with Allison Sprouse, high school English teacher at Stuarts Draft High School in Virginia.  Along the way, we cover Teach Like a Pirate, NBCT, and standardized tests just to name a few.  It was a fun conversation, and having known Allison and worked with her, I couldn't think of a better way to start off our teacher podcasts.

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Ep. 7--A Conversation with Zaretta Hammond about Culturally Responsive Teaching

Zaretta Hammond's work has really opened up a world of possibilities when it comes to teaching students equitably and meeting them where they live.  During her visit in Charlottesville, VA, I had the opportunity to sit down with her for a discussion about her work. 

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