Charting New Paths in PreK-12 Education

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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. Curious about what new developments are in the works at Solution Tree? Stay tuned!

Success stories, author interviews, school funding strategies, and cool tools for your educator toolbox are waiting for you in this podcast designed with educators’ most pressing needs in mind.

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Coaching Globally: RCG Founders Chat with Vicky Dearing
Feb 29 2024
Coaching Globally: RCG Founders Chat with Vicky Dearing
On this episode of RCG Founders – Education Leadership and Legacy, a miniseries within Charting New Paths, we chat with Vicky Dearing, one of the founders of Results Coaching Global. Vicky shares a wealth of insights on the impact of professional development, her journey towards education leadership, and her experience with Results Coaching Global.  Vicky reflects on how she fell in love with teaching throughout the different grade levels, and how it opened many doors for her including her becoming a principal and coaching leader. Join the conversation to see:●      What inspired the idea to create Results Coaching Global, and how Vicky was invited to join the founders●      How RCG got its name and mission ●      Vicky’s expertise and experience of being a principal and how it aids RCG today ●      How RCG makes an impact on educators and leads schools  About Vicky DearingVicky Dearing, MC.C., is the Results Coaching Global Founder. She has spent her entire career in education. She has been a teacher, administrator, and principal, leading a school to a national blue ribbon school of success. She began working with coaching during her time as principal and stepped into leadership coaching when she joined her RCG colleagues. Vicky has been a co-author for both RCG books and has a master level of credentials with the international coaching federation, and is a lead instructor with Results Coaching Global Founder. Links:●      Learn more about Results Coaching Global with Vicky Dearing: https://resultscoachingglobal.com/our-team/  ●      Follow Vicky Dearing on: Twitter https://twitter.com/co244 LinkedIn https://www.linkedin.com/in/vickydearing
Reaching Summit: A Conversation with Luis F. Cruz
Feb 9 2024
Reaching Summit: A Conversation with Luis F. Cruz
In our last but certainly not the least episode of Reaching Summit, author and speaker Luis F. Cruz joins Prisma Lopez-Marin to discuss his excitement for the upcoming Summit on PLC at Work® and how he felt attending his very first summit.  Luis shares his growth from being a struggling middle school principal to teaching and leading over 5,000 educational leaders to success.  Tune in to discover: ●      What attendees can expect from his closing keynote at The Summit on PLC at Work® ●      Ways educators can respond to this resistance to the PLC process effectively ●      How Luis balances change that enhances his leadership skills #SolutionTree #education #K12 #teachers #PLC #schools #podcast About the author Luis F. Cruz, PhD, is the former principal of Baldwin Park High School and Holland Middle School, located east of Los Angeles, California. He has been a teacher at the elementary level and administrator at the elementary, middle, and high school levels. Dr. Cruz is an educational consultant who presents throughout the United States on PLCs, school culture, the role of school leadership teams, RTI, and the conditions needed for students and parents learning English as a second language to be academically successful.  Books mentioned in this interviewTime for Change: Four Essential Skills for Transformational School and District Leadershttps://www.solutiontree.com/time-for-change.html  Going to The Summit on PLC at Work®?In addition to learning from presenters, you can test drive some of our digital tools at our ed tech booth. Learn more at https://www.solutiontree.com/digital-tools.
Reaching Summit: A Conversation with Nicole S. Turner
Feb 1 2024
Reaching Summit: A Conversation with Nicole S. Turner
In our third episode of Reaching Summit, author and educational coach Nicole S. Turner joins Prisma Lopez-Marin to discuss how educators can coach their collaborative teams, work with teachers one-on-one, and create a practical plan to use in the classroom.  Together, they’ll explore Nicole’s passion for instructional coaching, her many years of experience as a coach herself, and the strategies from her keynote on supporting instructional coaches and teachers.  Tune in to discover:●      Her experience presenting and leading breakout sessions at The Summit on PLC at Work®. ●      The misconceptions people may have about instructional coaching●      Why instructional coaches can play a major role in teacher development  #SolutionTree #education #K12 #teachers #PLC #schools #podcast About the author Nicole S. Turner is an educational coach and author with over 17 years of K-12 classroom and leadership experience. She has worked with thousands of educators, instructional coaches, and administrators across the United States through conferences and custom professional development sessions. She specializes in helping educators master their roles through hands-on learning activities.  Books mentioned in this interviewSimply Instructional Coachinghttps://www.solutiontree.com/simply-instructional-coaching.html  Simply Instructional Coaching Plannerhttps://www.solutiontree.com/simply-instructional-coaching-planner.html   Going to The Summit on PLC at Work®?In addition to learning from presenters, you can test drive some of our digital tools at our ed tech booth. Learn more at https://www.solutiontree.com/digital-tools.
Reaching Summit: A Conversation with Marcia L. Tate
Jan 25 2024
Reaching Summit: A Conversation with Marcia L. Tate
In our second episode of Reaching Summit, author and educational consultant Marcia L. Tate joins Prisma Lopez-Marin to talk about how she enjoys presenting and leading breakout sessions at The Summit on PLC at Work®.  The two will dive into Healthy Teachers, Happy Classrooms, Marcia’s popular book. The book provides 12 brain-based principles for avoiding teacher burnout and increasing teachers' health and wellness, which Marcia will discuss during her keynote address. Tune in to discover: ●      What attendees can expect from the 2024 Summit and Marcia’s favorite moments●      Why wellness and movement is so important for K-12 educators ●      Her experience traveling and working with educators around the world  #SolutionTree #education #K12 #teachers #PLC #schools #podcast About the author Marcia L. Tate, EdD, is the former executive director of professional development for the DeKalb County School System in Decatur, Georgia. During her thirty-year career with the district, she has been a classroom teacher, reading specialist, language arts coordinator, and staff development executive director. Marcia is currently an educational consultant and has taught over 500,000 administrators, teachers, parents, and business and community leaders throughout the world The book mentioned in this interviewHealthy Teachers, Happy Classrooms https://www.solutiontree.com/healthy-teachers-happy-classrooms.html  Going to The Summit on PLC at Work®?In addition to learning from presenters, you can test drive some of our digital tools at our ed tech booth. Learn more at https://www.solutiontree.com/digital-tools.
Autism Inclusion for General Educators: A Conversation with Barbara Boroson
May 24 2023
Autism Inclusion for General Educators: A Conversation with Barbara Boroson
Author and Licensed Master Social Worker, Barbara Boroson, joins Prisma Lopez-Marin to chat about her book The General Education Teacher’s Guide to Autism: Essential Answers to Key Questions, how she helps educators work effectively with students on the spectrum, and how she bridges the communication chasms between educators and families. Barbara takes us back to how she grew to have a dual perspective as an autism educator and parent of a child with autism.  Tune in to discover:●      Her take on the neurodiversity movement and the increase in acceptance of autism ●      Why it’s important to create a partnership between educators and parents●      How she works with schools and general educators to ensure that everyone stays prepared for students on the autism spectrum ●      The most common autism-related challenges that teachers encounter Barbara Boroson has been an autism educator for more than 25 years. She is a keynote speaker nationwide at educational conferences, including NSBA (National School Boards Association), NAESP & NASSP (National Associations of Elementary/ Secondary Principals), ILA (International Literacy Association), and ASCD (Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development). Barbara provides professional development and consultative services to school districts, educators, and parents, helping to facilitate inclusion.  Links: More about The General Education Teacher’s Guide to Autism...Order Today!  https://www.solutiontree.com/general-education-teachers-guide-to-autism.html Click on the options below to listen or view the Charting New Paths in PreK-12 Education Podcast:·       Listen to this interview and other episodes: https://www.solutiontree.com/podcast·       View this interview and other episodes on the Solution Tree YouTube Channel : https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLrodUG1VSGXCKMV0on23l1CLGt3DTGcsH
Every Educator Deserves a Coach: A Conversation with Karen Anderson
Apr 11 2023
Every Educator Deserves a Coach: A Conversation with Karen Anderson
In today’s episode, Prisma Lopez-Marin welcomes guest cohost Kim Ennis, general manager of Results Coaching Global to join in a conversation with Results Coaching Global cofounder Karen Anderson. Karen takes us back to the beginnings of this organization that was founded on a mission to develop confident, competent, and courageous school leaders. Follow along on the journey from Karen’s first spark as a young educator to the glow of success as an award-winning administrator of professional development, to an idea that caught fire: dedicating her life to providing educators with the quality coaches they deserve.  Tune in to discover:●      What inspired Karen and her colleagues to commit to coaching educators●      Why dreaming big and doing the work matters●      How RCG has adapted to meet educators’ changing needs ●      What brought RCG and Solution Tree together●      Why the future looks bright for RCG and the educators they serve Karen Anderson served as a public school educator for more than 45 years. In addition to coaching, her expertise includes facilitating groups focused on working collaboratively to discover solutions and improve processes and delivery systems. Karen is a national trainer and former adjunct faculty member at Texas A&M University-Commerce. From 1996 to 2004, she fulfilled the position of executive director of the Texas Staff Development Council, and she is a recipient of their lifetime achievement award. Links: *Learn more about Results Coaching Global: https://resultscoachingglobal.com/Charting New Paths in PreK-12 Education:Solution Tree Podcast page: https://www.solutiontree.com/podcast Solution Tree YouTube Channel: https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLrodUG1VSGXCKMV0on23l1CLGt3DTGcsH
The Metacognitive Student: A Conversation With Author Richard K. Cohen
Feb 10 2023
The Metacognitive Student: A Conversation With Author Richard K. Cohen
Author Richard K. Cohen joins Prisma Lopez-Marin to talk about The Metacognitive Student: How to Teach Academic, Social, and Emotional Intelligence in Every Content Area (Solution Tree, 2021), a book he coauthored with Deanne Kildare Opatosky, James E. Savage, Susan Olsen Stevens, and Edward P. Darrah. A 2021 Foreword INDIES Gold Winner and 2022 IPPY Award Gold Winner, the book explores structured SELf-questioning, a simple, straightforward, and practical strategy that works in all classrooms  to support students academically, socially, and emotionally. Tune in to:●      Understand the need for social-emotional learning that existed before the pandemic, the growing urgency for SEL in today’s classrooms, and how we can rise to the challenge●      Explore the why and what of structured SELf-questioning●      Learn about the work of Dr. Grant Wiggins and Dr. Maurice J. Elias and their impact on the authors’ structured SELf-questioning strategy●      Discover how structured SELf-questioning can help teachers build partnerships with students to provide academic and social-emotional support●      Get tips on how to best use this book as a tool to improve student learning from classroom to classroom and districtwide. Richard K. Cohen is the assistant superintendent of the Metuchen School District in New Jersey and serves as co-adjunct faculty at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey. Before becoming assistant superintendent, Rick led as principal for Red Bank Primary School in Red Bank, New Jersey, and acted as founding director of a new bilingual school, Colegio Americano, in San Salvador, El Salvador. He has served as a leader of social-emotional learning (SEL) at the district, county, state, and national levels.Links: *More about The Metacognitive Student... Order Today! https://www.solutiontree.com/metacognitive-student.html*Bring Richard K. Cohen to your school: https://www.solutiontree.com/rick-cohen.html
A Complete Guide to Blended Learning: A Conversation with Dr. Catlin R. Tucker
Dec 16 2022
A Complete Guide to Blended Learning: A Conversation with Dr. Catlin R. Tucker
What was your experience with the sudden switch to remote learning when the pandemic hit? Did it feel like unchartered territory or familiar ground? Many teachers were caught off guard and unsure of how to navigate this new educational landscape in which technology was so essential to daily practice. Today we are joined by bestselling author Dr. Catlin R. Tucker. In our conversation, she draws from both her classroom experience and her research on education technology to inspire us to think differently and be intentional with how we use technology to connect learners and give them more control over their learning experiences. “It’s exciting to think that we get to decide what technology looks like in the classroom,” Tucker says. “What I see is an opportunity to give teachers a mindset, skill set, and toolset that is flexible to use in a physical classroom, online, or in a hybrid setting.” Tune in to:● Explore the impact online learning has made on both teachers and students● What makes her new book The Complete Guide to Blended Learning such a great resource for designing effective learning experiences● Learn why teachers will never have to be afraid of technology replacing them in the classroom● Discover fresh insights on using SEL skills to build community● Gain sound strategies for teachers and leaders to implement blended learning in schools and districtsCatlin R. Tucker, EdD, is a best-selling author, keynote speaker, international trainer, and professor in the Master of Arts in Teaching program at Pepperdine University in California. She taught for 16 years in Sonoma County, California, where she was named Teacher of the Year in 2010.Catlin has written several books on blended learning, including Blended Learning in Grades 4–12, Blended Learning in Action, Power Up Blended Learning, Balance with Blended Learning, and UDL and Blended Learning: Thriving in Flexible Learning Landscapes. In addition to authoring books, Catlin writes an internationally ranked blog and hosts a podcast called The Balance.Links: *To learn more about Catlin Tucker: https://www.solutiontree.com/catlin-r-tucker.html *More about her book. Order today! https://www.solutiontree.com/complete-guide-to-blended-learning.html *Visit Catlin’s website: https://catlintucker.com/ *Twitter: @Catlin_Tucker*LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/dr-catlin-tucker-7033b531/ *Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/catlintucker/?hl=en *YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/catlintucker *Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BalancewithBL/
Raising Equity Through SEL: A Conversation with author Jorge Valenzuela
Nov 15 2022
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/
From Burnt Out to Fired Up: A Conversation with Morgane Michael
Oct 18 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
(SHS - Pt.2) Building and Sustaining the Original PLC at Work® : A Look Inside the School That Started a Movement
Sep 28 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
(SHS - Pt.1) Building and Sustaining the Original PLC at Work® : A Look Inside the School That Started a Movement
Sep 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
This is how Avanti empowers teachers: A conversation with Dr. Cameron Rains, lead developer of Avanti
Aug 30 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
Parentships in a PLC at Work® : A Conversation with Kyle Palmer
Aug 18 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
Our Superpower is Unity of Purpose: The Brazosport ISD Success Story
Aug 9 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
Working together for diversity, equity, and inclusion: A Conversation with author Lauryn Mascareñaz
Jul 21 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
You Will Move Mountains: The Kenwood Elementary School Success Story
Jul 6 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
How to really get students to engage with their learning: A Conversation with author Katie White
Jun 15 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
(Part 2) From PLC Lite to PLC Done Right: A Conversation with Tongue River Elementary School
May 18 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