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Always A Lesson's Empowering Educators Podcast

Gretchen Bridgers | Education Podcast Network

Educators! Is your passion tank running on empty? Look no further. Gretchen of Always A Lesson has a double dose of just what you need. Come fill yourself up with an Empowering Educators podcast to start your day feeling… EMPOWERED! Includes empowering messages weekly with new episodes released early Monday morning just in time for your commute. Excellent source of professional development, inspiration, empowerment, as well as techniques and strategies that are best practices. Listeners include new teachers, teachers in distress or transition and teacher leaders. #education

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269: Interview with Erica Harrell
2d ago
269: Interview with Erica Harrell
Tune in and listen as Erica Harrell shares about her experience and knowledge with creating effective Professional Development opportunities for educators. You'll be inspired as Erica shares her challenges and wins along her education journey. ()Quotables When you are the expert…it’s often hard to make the information digestible for others because you want to give so much.  Facilitators who really hit the nail on the head, get to know their learners.  When you can be willing and transparent to show all the data, that’s when growth happens.  As a PD facilitator there is a time to be the GPS and a time to be the map. About Erica: Erica Harrell is the CEO of Erica Harrell Consulting, an education consulting firm created to help dedicated educators create strategic professional development plans to increase student achievement and improve staff capacity. Erica has over 12 years of experience in K-8 education. She began her career as a special education teacher and has held multiple leadership roles from instructional coach to principal to Director of Leadership Development. In all of her roles, Erica has always had the desire to grow and help others do the same. As a school leader, Erica has led teams to develop strategic and comprehensive project plans for multi-day and multi-week professional development series and coached leaders to ensure high-quality session facilitation. Under her leadership, a team of school-based leaders facilitated 4-week summer professional development with an average of over 90% of participants rating sessions and operations as “Platinum” (highest rating on 5-point Likert scale) multiple years in a row. Erica is originally from Upstate New York. She attended University of Maryland, College Park for undergrad. She holds a MEd in Instructional Leadership from Relay Graduate School of Education. Erica currently lives in Maryland with her husband and one year old son. Connect with Erica: (IG: @ericaharrellconsulting) Email: Info@ericaharrellconsulting.com (Podcast: The Power of PD Podcast) Come Chat on Clubhouse! Instructional Coaching Club (- www.clubhouse.com/club/instructionalcoaching) Join the Always A Lesson Newsletter Join  (here) and grab a freebie! Connect with Gretchen Email: gretchen@alwaysalesson.com Blog:  (Always A Lesson) Facebook:  (Always A Lesson) Twitter:  (@gschultek) Instagram:  (Always.A.Lesson) Linkedin:  (Gretchen Schultek Bridgers) Book:  (Elementary EDUC 101: What They Didn’t Teach You in College) Leave a Rating and Review: This helps my show remain active in order to continue to help other educators remain empowered in a career that has a long-lasting effect on our future. ( Search for my show on iTunes or Stitcher. Click on ‘Ratings and Reviews.’ Under ‘Customer Reviews,’ click on “Write a Review.” Sign in with your iTunes or Stitcher log-in info Leave a Rating: Tap the greyed out stars (5 being the best) Leave a Review: Type in a Title and Description of your thoughts on my podcast Click ‘Send’
269: Interview with Erica Harrell
2d ago
269: Interview with Erica Harrell
Tune in and listen as Erica Harrell shares about her experience and knowledge with creating effective Professional Development opportunities for educators. You'll be inspired as Erica shares her challenges and wins along her education journey. ()Quotables When you are the expert…it’s often hard to make the information digestible for others because you want to give so much.  Facilitators who really hit the nail on the head, get to know their learners.  When you can be willing and transparent to show all the data, that’s when growth happens.  As a PD facilitator there is a time to be the GPS and a time to be the map. About Erica: Erica Harrell is the CEO of Erica Harrell Consulting, an education consulting firm created to help dedicated educators create strategic professional development plans to increase student achievement and improve staff capacity. Erica has over 12 years of experience in K-8 education. She began her career as a special education teacher and has held multiple leadership roles from instructional coach to principal to Director of Leadership Development. In all of her roles, Erica has always had the desire to grow and help others do the same. As a school leader, Erica has led teams to develop strategic and comprehensive project plans for multi-day and multi-week professional development series and coached leaders to ensure high-quality session facilitation. Under her leadership, a team of school-based leaders facilitated 4-week summer professional development with an average of over 90% of participants rating sessions and operations as “Platinum” (highest rating on 5-point Likert scale) multiple years in a row. Erica is originally from Upstate New York. She attended University of Maryland, College Park for undergrad. She holds a MEd in Instructional Leadership from Relay Graduate School of Education. Erica currently lives in Maryland with her husband and one year old son. Connect with Erica: (IG: @ericaharrellconsulting) Email: Info@ericaharrellconsulting.com (Podcast: The Power of PD Podcast) Come Chat on Clubhouse! Instructional Coaching Club (- www.clubhouse.com/club/instructionalcoaching) Join the Always A Lesson Newsletter Join  (here) and grab a freebie! Connect with Gretchen Email: gretchen@alwaysalesson.com Blog:  (Always A Lesson) Facebook:  (Always A Lesson) Twitter:  (@gschultek) Instagram:  (Always.A.Lesson) Linkedin:  (Gretchen Schultek Bridgers) Book:  (Elementary EDUC 101: What They Didn’t Teach You in College) Leave a Rating and Review: This helps my show remain active in order to continue to help other educators remain empowered in a career that has a long-lasting effect on our future. ( Search for my show on iTunes or Stitcher. Click on ‘Ratings and Reviews.’ Under ‘Customer Reviews,’ click on “Write a Review.” Sign in with your iTunes or Stitcher log-in info Leave a Rating: Tap the greyed out stars (5 being the best) Leave a Review: Type in a Title and Description of your thoughts on my podcast Click ‘Send’
CH Bonus: Coaching with a Classroom Management Lens
Jun 20 2022
CH Bonus: Coaching with a Classroom Management Lens
The end of the school year can get a little crazy, which is why now more than ever, it is important to remember that classroom management is a year-round thing. Take the time to check in with your teachers and start planning on how you can better support them in the fall. Listen in on this Clubhouse Chat where classroom management expert, Celeste, shares strategies for establishing strong classroom management routines and how you can support teachers and keep them accountable. ()Quotables Focus on classroom management as a lever to getting to the content. Classroom management is a year-round thing. Reflection makes you an effective teacher. Classroom management doesn’t have to be super complicated, but it needs to be consistent and appropriate. Classroom management is not a one size fits all. Think through all of the hiccups that can happen while teaching, and plan ahead on how to avoid them. Think outside the box. The end of the year is the perfect time to plan how you will support teachers in the fall. Connect with Celeste Instagram: @msceleste_online Youtube: Your Co-Teacher, Ms. Celeste Join the Always A Lesson Newsletter Join (here) and grab a freebie! Connect with Gretchen Email: gretchen@alwaysalesson.com Blog: (Always A Lesson) Facebook: (Always A Lesson) Twitter: (@gschultek) Instagram: (A.Lesson) Linkedin: (Gretchen Schultek Bridgers) Book: (Elementary EDUC 101: What They Didn’t Teach You in College) Leave a Rating and Review: This helps my show remain active in order to continue to help other educators remain empowered in a career that has a long lasting effect on our future. ( Search for my show on iTunes or Stitcher. Click on ‘Ratings and Reviews.’ Under ‘Customer Reviews,’ click on “Write a Review.” Sign in with your iTunes or Stitcher log-in info Leave a Rating: Tap the greyed out stars (5 being the best) Leave a Review: Type in a Title and Description of your thoughts on my podcast Click ‘Send’
267: Interview with Jamal Maxsam
Jun 13 2022
267: Interview with Jamal Maxsam
Jamal Maxsam shares his wisdom about being an effective school leader. He will leave you motivated an inspired to make a change within your school or school district. If you are needing a recharge this summer, this episode is for you! Jamal will leave you feeling empowered to take on another school year. ()Quotables We have to be the problem solvers and we have to see the mission within the mess. That one thing that keeps bugging you is probably your mission. Maybe it’s not time to quit. Maybe it’s time to address the root of the frustration. Leadership is influencing people to take action. Don’t give up on your vision. When you have vision, communicate vision, and act on it- that’s when things happen. It’s not about you and what you do. It’s about how you motivate and support everyone else who’s doing the work.  The role of a leader is to bring out the greatness in others. Your responsibility is not to lead everybody but to lead the right people. About Jamal: Jamal Maxsam is a friend; mentor to new and aspiring leaders as well as Edupreneurs. His mission is to ignite K-12 educators to be champions of change by stepping into leadership or Edupeneurhsip so they can rekindle their joy of being an educator. Jamal is known for his ability to plan strategically; helping those he serves create action steps to accomplish their vision and overcome the challenges of school leadership. Jamal obtained his first leadership role at the age of 16, managing a fast-food restaurant, leading his peers as well as adults. His success continued as he opened a new location of a franchise recruiting and training team members which resulted in several awards for sales and performance. Jamal shifted to education and continued to grow in the ability to develop people. He taught for 9 years then served as a school Principal. He has led a school with as many as 92 staff members, serving approximately 950 families. He also provided support to a school Principal at a school that served approximately 2,100 families. In addition to running his business, Jamal serves on the board of directors of a non-profit organization. Jamal lives in Cincinnati, Ohio with his wife where they enjoy laughing and spending time together. Connect with Jamal: (www.jamalmaxsam.org) (IG: @jamalmaxsam) (Twitter: jamalmaxsam) (LinkedIn: jamalmaxsam) Come Chat on Clubhouse! Instructional Coaching Club (- www.clubhouse.com/club/instructionalcoaching) Join the Always A Lesson Newsletter Join  (here) and grab a freebie! Connect with Gretchen Email: gretchen@alwaysalesson.com Blog:  (Always A Lesson) Facebook:  (Always A Lesson) Twitter:  (@gschultek) Instagram:  (Always.A.Lesson) Linkedin:  (Gretchen Schultek Bridgers) Book:  (Elementary EDUC 101: What They Didn’t Teach You in College) Leave a Rating and Review: This helps my show remain active in order to continue to help other educators remain empowered in a career that has a long-lasting effect on our future. ( Search for my show on iTunes or Stitcher. Click on ‘Ratings and Reviews.’ Under ‘Customer Reviews,’ click on...
CH Bonus: Creating Mental Health Supports for Teachers
Jun 6 2022
CH Bonus: Creating Mental Health Supports for Teachers
Mental health is a topic that is hard to talk about, but it is time that we address the elephant in the room. Now more than ever, it is important to come together to make a change. Listen in on this Clubhouse Chat where mental health expert, Charle, shares strategies for establishing strong relationships and addressing the mental health needs of teachers, students, and parents. The time is now to start talking and make your voice heard! ()Quotables Mental Health is a systemic issue. We need to acknowledge that feelings are part of the human experience, and how to handle them. Ask teachers what they need, and what can make their experience better. Let’s start the conversation now, before it’s too late. Kids need a space to talk; find a way to make everyone feel safe. Start brainstorming and being creative with what is in our power to control. If we keep doing the same things, we are going to keep having the same problems. Your voice does matter! You’re not going to change policy, and I’m not going to change policy, but together we can make a difference. Don’t give up on the system. Connect with Charle Email: charle@thrivingschool.org Twitter: @CharlePeck Website: thrivingschool.org Schedule a Discovery Call: calltsc.org Join the Always A Lesson Newsletter Join (here) and grab a freebie! Connect with Gretchen Email: gretchen@alwaysalesson.com Blog: (Always A Lesson) Facebook: (Always A Lesson) Twitter: (@gschultek) Instagram: (A.Lesson) Linkedin: (Gretchen Schultek Bridgers) Book: (Elementary EDUC 101: What They Didn’t Teach You in College) Leave a Rating and Review: This helps my show remain active in order to continue to help other educators remain empowered in a career that has a long lasting effect on our future. ( Search for my show on iTunes or Stitcher. Click on ‘Ratings and Reviews.’ Under ‘Customer Reviews,’ click on “Write a Review.” Sign in with your iTunes or Stitcher log-in info Leave a Rating: Tap the greyed out stars (5 being the best) Leave a Review: Type in a Title and Description of your thoughts on my podcast Click ‘Send’
266: Interview with Becca Silver
May 30 2022
266: Interview with Becca Silver
Becca Silver shares how she helps support Teacher Coaches by working on mindset. She discusses the importance of working on personal growth as well as professional growths and how both ares of our lives effect the other. You won't want to miss this important discussion! ()Quotables Coaches are the figure it out people What coaches end up doing is treating teachers the way they want to be treated and not the way the teacher wants to be treated. Don’t treat people the way you want to be treated but the way they want to be treated. There is a skill to be built to sense when something is off. Listen to better understand. If they can talk about it they can move through it and get back to instruction. Being self aware is really powerful. About Becca: Becca Silver is the founder and CEO of The Whole Educator. She is a highly energetic and knowledgeable trainer who approaches leadership development with transformational coaching skills and strategies. Becca is a former educator, instructional coach, life coach and executive coach. Her training programs and customized one-on-one coaching work focuses on fostering teacher buy-in, bridging knowledge gaps between leadership and staff and increasing teacher effectiveness and retention. Connect with Becca: (www.thewholeeducator.com) (IG: @thewholeeducator) (Twitter: BeccaSilver_Edu) (LinkedIn: Becca Silver) Come Chat on Clubhouse! Instructional Coaching Club (- www.clubhouse.com/club/instructionalcoaching) Join the Always A Lesson Newsletter Join  (here) and grab a freebie! Connect with Gretchen Email: gretchen@alwaysalesson.com Blog:  (Always A Lesson) Facebook:  (Always A Lesson) Twitter:  (@gschultek) Instagram:  (Always.A.Lesson) Linkedin:  (Gretchen Schultek Bridgers) Book:  (Elementary EDUC 101: What They Didn’t Teach You in College) Leave a Rating and Review: This helps my show remain active in order to continue to help other educators remain empowered in a career that has a long-lasting effect on our future. ( Search for my show on iTunes or Stitcher. Click on ‘Ratings and Reviews.’ Under ‘Customer Reviews,’ click on “Write a Review.” Sign in with your iTunes or Stitcher log-in info Leave a Rating: Tap the greyed out stars (5 being the best) Leave a Review: Type in a Title and Description of your thoughts on my podcast Click ‘Send’
CH Bonus: Adapting to Different Teacher Needs
May 23 2022
CH Bonus: Adapting to Different Teacher Needs
The end of the school year is the perfect time to reflect and prepare for the following year. It is important that we don't assume teachers need the same support year after year, and that we get to the root of the problems we can help with. Listen in on this Clubhouse Chat where we share strategies for adapting your coaching methods to meet the needs of all teachers. ()Quotables Find the true root of the problem. Divide and conquer. To be an effective leader, you don’t have to do it all. Lean on folks, but don’t push. You have to figure out what someone needs in order to get better, and a lot of times, it is not what they are asking for. People first, mindset second, professional growth third. You can be an effective professional and still be yourself. When you can leverage the talent within your building you become such a stronger leader. Link to Coaching Summit ( the Always A Lesson Newsletter Join (here) and grab a freebie! Connect with Gretchen Email: gretchen@alwaysalesson.com Blog: (Always A Lesson) Facebook: (Always A Lesson) Twitter: (@gschultek) Instagram: (A.Lesson) Linkedin: (Gretchen Schultek Bridgers) Book: (Elementary EDUC 101: What They Didn’t Teach You in College) Leave a Rating and Review: This helps my show remain active in order to continue to help other educators remain empowered in a career that has a long lasting effect on our future. ( Search for my show on iTunes or Stitcher. Click on ‘Ratings and Reviews.’ Under ‘Customer Reviews,’ click on “Write a Review.” Sign in with your iTunes or Stitcher log-in info Leave a Rating: Tap the greyed out stars (5 being the best) Leave a Review: Type in a Title and Description of your thoughts on my podcast Click ‘Send’
265: Interview with Beth Segner
May 16 2022
265: Interview with Beth Segner
Beth Segner found herself burnt out where she was in education. That burn out ultimately lead her to a role of coaching which reignited her passion for education. Beth chats all things coaching and early math education. Tune in to hear actionable steps you can take right now to ensure you stay motivated, focused and productive! ()Quotables If they’re not seeing it in action, chances are, they are not going to implement it.  We as coaches are connectors.  You will be successful because you’re always trying to improve. There’s no set number of years that makes a great educator. About Beth: Beth Segner is a math instructional coach at a K-5 school in Tennessee. She has experience in coaching new & veteran teachers, best practices for math instruction, co-teaching strategies, systematizing data meetings to maximize effectiveness, and math interventions for struggling students. Beth aspires to contribute to the work of developing teachers’ capacity to understand math more deeply, follow the CRA model for mathematical understanding, and reduce math anxiety in students. Her educational passions include developing number sense, conceptual understanding, productive struggle, and the belief that EVERYONE can learn math. Connect with Gretchen Instagram: (@elementarymathcoach ) Facebook: (The Elementary Math Coach ) Website: (www.bethsegner.com) Linked - Media Mentioned: (Graham Fletcher) (Brene Brown) Come Chat on Clubhouse! Instructional Coaching Club (- www.clubhouse.com/club/instructionalcoaching) Join the Always A Lesson Newsletter Join  (here) and grab a freebie! Connect with Gretchen Email: gretchen@alwaysalesson.com Blog:  (Always A Lesson) Facebook:  (Always A Lesson) Twitter:  (@gschultek) Instagram:  (Always.A.Lesson) Linkedin:  (Gretchen Schultek Bridgers) Book:  (Elementary EDUC 101: What They Didn’t Teach You in College) Leave a Rating and Review: This helps my show remain active in order to continue to help other educators remain empowered in a career that has a long-lasting effect on our future. ( Search for my show on iTunes or Stitcher. Click on ‘Ratings and Reviews.’ Under ‘Customer Reviews,’ click on “Write a Review.” Sign in with your iTunes or Stitcher log-in info Leave a Rating: Tap the greyed out stars (5 being the best) Leave a Review: Type in a Title and Description of your thoughts on my podcast Click ‘Send’
CH Bonus: Prepping Our Leadership Now for the Upcoming School Year
May 9 2022
CH Bonus: Prepping Our Leadership Now for the Upcoming School Year
As we get closer to the end of the school year, sometimes we feel like we are being pulled in every direction. Schedules also change in the spring semester, and sometimes we find ourselves with nooks and crannies of time that we didn’t have before. Listen in on this Clubhouse Chat where our guest educator – Mel – shares her tips and tricks for leveraging your time now in order to be better prepared for next year. ()Quotables Celebration is helpful for the brain. Random acts of appreciation can make a difference. Everyone deserves to have their brains stretched. Don’t be afraid to just sit still for a minute and reflect. The only way to grow as a leader, is to expose yourself to people who are different. When you are fully fulfilled, you become more passionate about what you do. Doing anything to build community and camaraderie should be at the top of the list. Link to Coaching Summit ( to Blog Post ( the Always A Lesson Newsletter Join (here) and grab a freebie! Connect with Guests Connect with Melnequa Holloway Twitter: @Melnequah Facebook: Melnequa Holloway Connect with Gretchen Email: gretchen@alwaysalesson.com Blog: (Always A Lesson) Facebook: (Always A Lesson) Twitter: (@gschultek) Instagram: (A.Lesson) Linkedin: (Gretchen Schultek Bridgers) Book: (Elementary EDUC 101: What They Didn’t Teach You in College) Leave a Rating and Review: This helps my show remain active in order to continue to help other educators remain empowered in a career that has a long lasting effect on our future. ( Search for my show on iTunes or Stitcher. Click on ‘Ratings and Reviews.’ Under ‘Customer Reviews,’ click on “Write a Review.” Sign in with your iTunes or Stitcher log-in info Leave a Rating: Tap the greyed out stars (5 being the best) Leave a Review: Type in a Title and Description of your thoughts on my podcast Click ‘Send’
264: Interview with John Schembari
May 2 2022
264: Interview with John Schembari
John Schembari shares about his journey within the education world. He discusses what it takes to be a true teacher leader and how you can leverage past experiences to add value to your teacher leadership journey. ()Quotables A true leader understands that it’s about empowering the community, not necessarily empowering themselves. We cannot do this alone. It requires all of us to step up and give our best. Educators throughout time have had similar concerns and stress… take comfort in that. You can have all the content knowledge in the world but if you can’t transmit it or get other people interested in it, you can’t teach.  Sometimes you just need the right person to say the right thing at the right time. You have to help raise and grow people first and then everything else comes. That ignites my passion, to see the spread of good things. Not bad things.  About John: Dr. John Schembari is an Improvement Coach through which he supports teachers and school leaders by performing on site evaluations, identifying data informed trends, reviewing curriculum/assessment materials, creating improvement plans, coaching individuals one-on-one, developing and delivering group trainings to educators, and implementing evidence-based instructional strategies that improve teaching practices and increase student learning. John’s areas of specific interest include the facilitation of professional learning communities and educator affinity networks, implementation of project-based learning, and the development of teaching practices that promote student engagement, equity, and inclusion. Prior to his time as a consultant, he served as a middle school teacher, high school social studies teacher, founding high school principal, K-12 district CAO, leadership development facilitator, and as national director of teacher and school leader learning. John also has lived/worked internationally in Japan, Saudi Arabia, and The United Kingdom, and, occasionally, performs on site reviews of American curriculum schools in The United Arab Emirates. Raised in New Jersey, he received his undergraduate degree from the University of Mary Washington (VA), his master’s degree in public administration from the University of Pittsburgh (PA), his second master’s degree in educational supervision from Montclair State University (NJ), and his doctorate in educational leadership from Seton Hall University (NJ). Linked - Media Mentioned: Linkedin -  ( ("Cultivating Genius" by Gholdy Muhammad) ("The Marshall Memo" Kim Marshall) (The 74) (Education Week) (Educational Leadership) (The Main Idea) Come Chat on Clubhouse! Instructional Coaching Club (- www.clubhouse.com/club/instructionalcoaching) Join the Always A Lesson Newsletter Join  (here) and grab a freebie! Connect with Gretchen Email: gretchen@alwaysalesson.com Blog:  (Always A Lesson) Facebook:  (Always A Lesson) Twitter:  (@gschultek) Instagram:  (Always.A.Lesson)
CH Bonus: Tried and True Tips for Coaching Teachers
Apr 25 2022
CH Bonus: Tried and True Tips for Coaching Teachers
Coaching can be isolating. Sometimes we are at the end of our rope and thinking what else can I try? Tune in to this Bonus Clubhouse Episode where our guest educator – Kelsey – shares her tried and true tips on how to be the instructional coach that your teachers need. This chat not only provides tips on how to help teachers, but also ways to grow as a coach and not get overwhelmed in this leadership role. ()Quotables A short, pin-pointed coaching cycle can be motivating for teachers. Sometimes it doesn’t matter that you have years of experience or degrees, but that you have an outside perspective. It’s important as an instructional coach to shift and redirect some of the negative and toxic conversations. The best leaders are quiet. Sometimes there are seasons where you need to pump the breaks in order to get somewhere faster. Lean into your master teachers and veteran teachers in your building. Keep feedback new and exciting. You can’t pour from an empty cup; take care of yourself. Link to Coaching Summit ( the Always A Lesson Newsletter Join (here) and grab a freebie! Connect with Guests Connect with Kelsey Bodie Instagram: @kelsey.bodie Twitter: @kelsey_bodie Website: www.kelseybodie.com Connect with Gretchen Email: gretchen@alwaysalesson.com Blog: (Always A Lesson) Facebook: (Always A Lesson) Twitter: (@gschultek) Instagram: (A.Lesson) Linkedin: (Gretchen Schultek Bridgers) Book: (Elementary EDUC 101: What They Didn’t Teach You in College) Leave a Rating and Review: This helps my show remain active in order to continue to help other educators remain empowered in a career that has a long lasting effect on our future. ( Search for my show on iTunes or Stitcher. Click on ‘Ratings and Reviews.’ Under ‘Customer Reviews,’ click on “Write a Review.” Sign in with your iTunes or Stitcher log-in info Leave a Rating: Tap the greyed out stars (5 being the best) Leave a Review: Type in a Title and Description of your thoughts on my podcast Click ‘Send’
263: Wait Until Your Words Have Weight
Apr 18 2022
263: Wait Until Your Words Have Weight
Do your words have weight? Does the feedback you give to those that you coach provide the results that you know are possible or does your feedback land flat? What do you need to do in order to give feedback that people hear and apply? Tune in to gain some practical tips to help you gain influence with those you coach. ()Quotables In order for feedback to create change, it's got to be at the right time with the right relationship between the people. Words have weight only when you value who it is coming from. Being ready to listen- that's the first step. We are in the business of growing people. If we can't reach them as people first, we can't reach them as professionals next. Influence is an honor. Virtual Coaching Summit Ticket ( Chat on Clubhouse! Instructional Coaching Club (- www.clubhouse.com/club/instructionalcoaching) Join the Always A Lesson Newsletter Join  (here) and grab a freebie! Connect with Gretchen Email: gretchen@alwaysalesson.com Blog:  (Always A Lesson) Facebook:  (Always A Lesson) Twitter:  (@gschultek) Instagram:  (Always.A.Lesson) Linkedin:  (Gretchen Schultek Bridgers) Book:  (Elementary EDUC 101: What They Didn’t Teach You in College) Leave a Rating and Review: This helps my show remain active in order to continue to help other educators remain empowered in a career that has a long-lasting effect on our future. ( Search for my show on iTunes or Stitcher. Click on ‘Ratings and Reviews.’ Under ‘Customer Reviews,’ click on “Write a Review.” Sign in with your iTunes or Stitcher log-in info Leave a Rating: Tap the greyed out stars (5 being the best) Leave a Review: Type in a Title and Description of your thoughts on my podcast Click ‘Send’
CH Bonus: Alternative PD Options for Teachers
Apr 11 2022
CH Bonus: Alternative PD Options for Teachers
Covid has shaken things up in classrooms everywhere, but maybe it is time to shake up professional development as well! We invited multiple instructional coaches to talk about alternative formats for professional development, and how to get away from the one-hour passive meeting that so many of us have found ourselves trapped in. One thing that everyone can agree on, is that teachers don’t need one more thing added to their plate. We can still provide meaningful, authentic learning opportunities that get teachers excited to go back to the classroom each day. Listen in on this Clubhouse Chat where our guest educator – Kimberly – shares her ideas on how you can shake up your professional development, and get teachers excited about learning! ()Quotables It’s not that teachers don’t want to stay current or learn, but that they are so overwhelmed and overworked, that their brains can’t take in any new learning. Sitting for an hour does not equate to an hour of learning - make your time together come alive and be full of authentic learning opportunities. Be an advocate for teachers and see if any current responsibilities can be put on pause for now. Create actionable, bite-sized learning opportunities. Get to know your staff and what works for them; not everyone wants less. Don’t stop those teachers who are eager to learn! Maximize PD without putting more on teacher’s plates. Join the Always A Lesson Newsletter Join (here) and grab a freebie! Connect with Guests Connect with Kimberly Holt Instagram: @eduk8tor_1920 Twitter: @mrsholtskids Connect with Gretchen Email: gretchen@alwaysalesson.com Blog: (Always A Lesson) Facebook: (Always A Lesson) Twitter: (@gschultek) Instagram: (A.Lesson) Linkedin: (Gretchen Schultek Bridgers) Book: (Elementary EDUC 101: What They Didn’t Teach You in College) Leave a Rating and Review: This helps my show remain active in order to continue to help other educators remain empowered in a career that has a long lasting effect on our future. ( Search for my show on iTunes or Stitcher. Click on ‘Ratings and Reviews.’ Under ‘Customer Reviews,’ click on “Write a Review.” Sign in with your iTunes or Stitcher log-in info Leave a Rating: Tap the greyed out stars (5 being the best) Leave a Review: Type in a Title and Description of your thoughts on my podcast Click ‘Send’
262: Belief Over Reality
Apr 4 2022
262: Belief Over Reality
Your mind is a powerful tool. What you believe becomes your reality. What beliefs do you hold that may be holding you back? How can you turn your thoughts into productive actions for your desirable outcome? ()Quotables You become what you believe What do you believe about yourself? Does that belief match your current reality? It doesn’t have to. Thoughts. Actions. Outcomes It starts with the belief in yourself. It’s never too late to turn the boat around. Your reality is not where the story stops. Think, believe and act like your future self.  Come Chat on Clubhouse! Instructional Coaching Club (- www.clubhouse.com/club/instructionalcoaching) Join the Always A Lesson Newsletter Join  (here) and grab a freebie! Connect with Gretchen Email: gretchen@alwaysalesson.com Blog:  (Always A Lesson) Facebook:  (Always A Lesson) Twitter:  (@gschultek) Instagram:  (Always.A.Lesson) Linkedin:  (Gretchen Schultek Bridgers) Book:  (Elementary EDUC 101: What They Didn’t Teach You in College) Leave a Rating and Review: This helps my show remain active in order to continue to help other educators remain empowered in a career that has a long-lasting effect on our future. ( Search for my show on iTunes or Stitcher. Click on ‘Ratings and Reviews.’ Under ‘Customer Reviews,’ click on “Write a Review.” Sign in with your iTunes or Stitcher log-in info Leave a Rating: Tap the greyed out stars (5 being the best) Leave a Review: Type in a Title and Description of your thoughts on my podcast Click ‘Send’
CH Bonus: Secrets to Powerful PD for Teachers
Mar 28 2022
CH Bonus: Secrets to Powerful PD for Teachers
Gone are the days that PD sessions should be viewed as a one-and-done meeting. Professional development should be seen as a whole program experience, that people will talk about and think about after it is over. Listen in on this Clubhouse Chat where our guest educator – Erica – shares her tips, tricks, and secrets on how to plan and implement the most powerful and productive PD sessions for your teachers. ()Quotables We have a lot of talent in our school buildings that aren’t being leveraged and it’s because the ways we are setting up learning opportunities for us adults. Adults learn because they are in a specific role for learning. Start with the end in mind. Less is more – bring it down to a bite-sized learning objective. Learning doesn’t always have to be a PD session; professional development meets learners where they are. Remember there is magic in the simple stuff too. Every minute you spend talking is one less minute that they have to collaborate and implement their learning. Join the Always A Lesson Newsletter Join (here) and grab a freebie! Connect with Guests Connect with Erica Harrell Instagram: @ericaharrellconsulting Facebook: Erica Harrell Consulting Connect with Gretchen Email: gretchen@alwaysalesson.com Blog: (Always A Lesson) Facebook: (Always A Lesson) Twitter: (@gschultek) Instagram: (A.Lesson) Linkedin: (Gretchen Schultek Bridgers) Book: (Elementary EDUC 101: What They Didn’t Teach You in College) Leave a Rating and Review: This helps my show remain active in order to continue to help other educators remain empowered in a career that has a long lasting effect on our future. ( Search for my show on iTunes or Stitcher. Click on ‘Ratings and Reviews.’ Under ‘Customer Reviews,’ click on “Write a Review.” Sign in with your iTunes or Stitcher log-in info Leave a Rating: Tap the greyed out stars (5 being the best) Leave a Review: Type in a Title and Description of your thoughts on my podcast Click ‘Send’
261: Capturing Fear
Mar 21 2022
261: Capturing Fear
Fear can be crippling and truly rob us of our greatest potential. Fear can keep us from taking that new position or doing hard things. How can we overcome fear? Listen in as I share about my experience with fear and the steps I have taken to take control of it instead of it taking control of me. ()Quotables   Perspective and acknowledgment of what was happening really helped me drive out fear. (Fear) is not healthy or productive. It limits your growth, potential and enjoyment. Do you have a strength that you are allowing to be used against you? You have to take the control back. Fear is something you can control. You can manage it by understanding it. If we don’t get ahold of what holds us, we are never going to have the impact we are meant to have.  If we want kids to set goals, take risks and become who they were meant to become- it starts with us. Come Chat on Clubhouse! Instructional Coaching Club (- www.clubhouse.com/club/instructionalcoaching) Join the Always A Lesson Newsletter Join  (here) and grab a freebie! Connect with Gretchen Email: gretchen@alwaysalesson.com Blog:  (Always A Lesson) Facebook:  (Always A Lesson) Twitter:  (@gschultek) Instagram:  (Always.A.Lesson) Linkedin:  (Gretchen Schultek Bridgers) Book:  (Elementary EDUC 101: What They Didn’t Teach You in College) Leave a Rating and Review: This helps my show remain active in order to continue to help other educators remain empowered in a career that has a long-lasting effect on our future. ( Search for my show on iTunes or Stitcher. Click on ‘Ratings and Reviews.’ Under ‘Customer Reviews,’ click on “Write a Review.” Sign in with your iTunes or Stitcher log-in info Leave a Rating: Tap the greyed out stars (5 being the best) Leave a Review: Type in a Title and Description of your thoughts on my podcast Click ‘Send’
CH Bonus: Stress and Teacher Support
Mar 14 2022
CH Bonus: Stress and Teacher Support
Teachers are stressed out now more than ever before. As teacher leaders, it is important that we know and understand the stressors our teachers face so that we can help with solutions. Listen in on this Clubhouse Chat as we discuss the stressors our teachers are facing and how we can help. ()Quotable We need to give them (teachers) a voice especially right now with stress. They might feel like when we are giving them a solution it’s just one more thing because it may not fit there personality, style, or their day to day. Maybe we need to rethink the whole process of the requirement of the lesson plan. When we limit options, that immediately decreases stress.  We have to move past traditional PD. It’s too much. Many of our teachers are mourning traditional practices. We are not going back to normal so we have to help guide teachers to find their new identity.  Help teachers develop the mindset of turning this impossible situation into a possible opportunity. Make time to visit classrooms… just to check in. Teachers want us to listen but they also want us to see what’s happening. The morale and the culture (of the school) helps us to retain teachers. Stamp of Approval To connect with Lori Poole on Instagram: @levelupliteracy or email drloripoole@gmail.com To connect with Inga Parker on Instagram: @love_lead_literacy Join the Always A Lesson Newsletter Join (here) and grab a freebie! Connect with Gretchen Email: gretchen@alwaysalesson.com Blog: (Always A Lesson) Facebook: (Always A Lesson) Twitter: (@gschultek) Instagram: (A.Lesson) Linkedin: (Gretchen Schultek Bridgers) Book: (Elementary EDUC 101: What They Didn’t Teach You in College) Leave a Rating and Review: This helps my show remain active in order to continue to help other educators remain empowered in a career that has a long lasting effect on our future. ( Search for my show on iTunes or Stitcher. Click on ‘Ratings and Reviews.’ Under ‘Customer Reviews,’ click on “Write a Review.” Sign in with your iTunes or Stitcher log-in info Leave a Rating: Tap the greyed out stars (5 being the best) Leave a Review: Type in a Title and Description of your thoughts on my podcast Click ‘Send’
260: Jon Orr and Kyle Pearce
Mar 7 2022
260: Jon Orr and Kyle Pearce
Jon Orr and Kyle Pearce discuss their Make Math Moments Three Part Framework. In their framework they discuss sparking curiosity within students all while fueling student sense making and igniting your teacher moves. Jon and Kyle make it easy to help us inspire our students to dive deeper in the classroom ()Quotables How do we engage our thinkers? How do we get our students thinking in our classrooms and how do we get them more curious? One of the best compliments or feedback we can receive is when the bell rings and the students say, “Wow, that went by fast!” We discovered that what we really need to focus on are, “What are the elements that make moments in our math class?” Caring about kids and who they are is an important part of teaching. Two key characteristics teachers should have is being reflective and being open. About Jon: Jon is a math teacher at John McGregor Secondary School in the Lambton-Kent District School Board in Ontario Canada. When not teaching his students and spending time with family he leads workshops and presentations on teaching pedagogy in the math classroom. He is a co-host of the podcast Making Math Moments That Matter along with his friend Kyle Pearce. Lately he is excited about promoting struggle in his students and talking math with primary aged kids while creating math prompts for MathBeforeBed.com. You can follow his classroom lessons, routines, and educational thoughts at Mrorr-isageek.com, makemathmoment.com and also on Twitter: @MrOrr_Geek About Kyle: Kyle is the K-12 Mathematics Consultant with the Greater Essex County District School Board, where his passion for mathematics fuels him to uncover creative ways to spark curiosity and fuel sense making through the inquiry process using tasks that are contextual, visual and concrete. He shares his most recent noticings, wonderings, and reflections in mathematics pedagogy and effective uses of technology by delivering workshops across North America and blogging on www.tapintoteenminds.com, www.mathisvisual.com, on the Making Math Moments That Matter Podcast, and @MathletePearce on Twitter Linked - Media Mentioned: Website -   ( Podcast -  ( (Peter Liljedahl "Building Thinking Classrooms in Mathematics") (Dan Meyer "3 Act Math Tasks") (Cathy Fosnot "New Perspectives on Learning") (John A Van De Walle "Elementary and Middle School Mathematics Teaching Developmentally") Come Chat on Clubhouse! Instructional Coaching Club (- www.clubhouse.com/club/instructionalcoaching) Join the Always A Lesson Newsletter Join  (here) and grab a freebie! Connect with Gretchen Email: gretchen@alwaysalesson.com Blog:  (Always A Lesson) Facebook:  (Always A Lesson) Twitter:  (@gschultek) Instagram:  (Always.A.Lesson) Linkedin:  (Gretchen Schultek Bridgers)
CH Bonus: Collaborative Planning Teams
Feb 28 2022
CH Bonus: Collaborative Planning Teams
Planning as a team is essential. Many times, though, we find that time to plan is not on our side. Listen in on this Clubhouse Chat as we discuss how to structure collaborative planning teams with teachers! ()Quotable Sometimes conversations need more time. Splitting up that time throughout the week allows for those deeper conversations. Modeling - practicing those activities in team meetings. Practicing and perfecting - we know it's as efficient  as it's going to be, and as accurate as it's going to be, and helpful to students learn and achieve. Change our mindset to truly collaborate - give everyone a voice. It can organically work out, without taking work home. Do the pre-work: come prepared with a resource or something for that particular content area. Don't be afraid to slow down. Stamp of Approval To connect with Inga Parker on Instagram: @love_lead_literacy To connect with Denise Newsome on Instagram/Twitter: @MsNewsomesNotes To connect with Melissa via email: mdmillig@ga.aliefisd.net Join the Always A Lesson Newsletter Join  (here) and grab a freebie! Connect with Gretchen Email: gretchen@alwaysalesson.com Blog:  (Always A Lesson) Facebook:  (Always A Lesson) Twitter:  (@gschultek) Instagram:  (A.Lesson) Linkedin:  (Gretchen Schultek Bridgers) Book:  (Elementary EDUC 101: What They Didn’t Teach You in College) Leave a Rating and Review: This helps my show remain active in order to continue to help other educators remain empowered in a career that has a long lasting effect on our future. ( Search for my show on iTunes or Stitcher. Click on ‘Ratings and Reviews.’ Under ‘Customer Reviews,’ click on “Write a Review.” Sign in with your iTunes or Stitcher log-in info Leave a Rating: Tap the greyed out stars (5 being the best) Leave a Review: Type in a Title and Description of your thoughts on my podcast Click ‘Send’
259: Max Out Your Minimum
Feb 21 2022
259: Max Out Your Minimum
After several years of pushing our limits, giving all we have as educators, it's time to truly maximize our efforts. How might we scale back from the stress and give our best when tasks are piling up each day? Allow yourself to be fully present and effective. This happens when you discover that sweet spot in maximizing your small jobs done well. Let's find out how! () Quotables Less is more! Let us reprioritize and share the workload. Cut the fat - what can you scale back on? Find our way back to thriving. Linked - Media Mentioned: Website - ( Podcast - ( ) Come Chat on Clubhouse! Instructional Coaching Club (- www.clubhouse.com/club/instructionalcoaching) Join the Always A Lesson Newsletter Join  (here) and grab a freebie! Connect with Gretchen Email: gretchen@alwaysalesson.com Blog:  (Always A Lesson) Facebook:  (Always A Lesson) Twitter:  (@gschultek) Instagram:  (Always.A.Lesson) Linkedin:  (Gretchen Schultek Bridgers) Book:  (Elementary EDUC 101: What They Didn’t Teach You in College) Leave a Rating and Review: This helps my show remain active in order to continue to help other educators remain empowered in a career that has a long-lasting effect on our future. ( Search for my show on iTunes or Stitcher. Click on ‘Ratings and Reviews.’ Under ‘Customer Reviews,’ click on “Write a Review.” Sign in with your iTunes or Stitcher log-in info Leave a Rating: Tap the greyed out stars (5 being the best) Leave a Review: Type in a Title and Description of your thoughts on my podcast Click ‘Send’
CH Bonus: Prep, Priorities, and Plenty of Rest over the Holiday Break
Feb 14 2022
CH Bonus: Prep, Priorities, and Plenty of Rest over the Holiday Break
Effective time management is the secret of success; prioritizing our tasks can help us achieve better education quality and better teaching results. As an educator, we should always be looking ahead and planning. Join today’s bonus Clubhouse episode, listen to our guest educator - Tammy- share her experience and tips with us! ()Quotable “It’s essential for us to learn this habit of looking ahead, planing ahead, prioritizing, getting in the calendar” “When you take the time before you take the time to really know what’s coming, then you can really maximize your time away” “We prioritize tasks over our time, something I have been getting better at is being really really thoughtful of how I use my time” “When we are thinking about prioritizing our time, and really focusing on things that we need to do that require the quality time and effort and focus, we should have those time to decide in larger chunks” Stamp of Approval To connect with Tammy Musiowsky-Borneman on Twitter: @TMus_Ed Join the Always A Lesson Newsletter Join (here) and grab a freebie! Connect with Gretchen Email: gretchen@alwaysalesson.com Blog: (Always A Lesson) Facebook: (Always A Lesson) Twitter: (@gschultek) Instagram: (A.Lesson) Linkedin: (Gretchen Schultek Bridgers) Book: (Elementary EDUC 101: What They Didn’t Teach You in College) Leave a Rating and Review: This helps my show remain active in order to continue to help other educators remain empowered in a career that has a long lasting effect on our future. ( Search for my show on iTunes or Stitcher. Click on ‘Ratings and Reviews.’ Under ‘Customer Reviews,’ click on “Write a Review.” Sign in with your iTunes or Stitcher log-in info Leave a Rating: Tap the greyed out stars (5 being the best) Leave a Review: Type in a Title and Description of your thoughts on my podcast Click ‘Send’