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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Ep. 3--Discussion of Hammond's Culturally Responsive Teaching and the Brain

This discussion about CRT with Lars Holmstrom and Kimberly Gibson was an enjoyable one and took us through some interesting ideas.  This episode is a good place to start thinking about Culturally Responsive Teaching and how it fits into your practice.  With a topic like this one, there's plenty more from where we left off with our session.

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