Posts in Professional Development
Ep. 26--A Conversation with Dr. Gravity Goldberg on Teaching Like Yourself

In this episode Dr. Gravity Goldberg discusses ways in which one can approach their craft mindfully and thoughtfully so that they are presenting themselves authentically to their students. Also in this episode we discuss empowerment and equity--definitely a good episode for pre-service when teachers are gearing up for the new school year.

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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. 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. 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. 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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