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Charting New Paths in PreK-12 Education

Solution Tree

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. This two-part podcast shares solid advice from successful educators, as well as author interviews that will intrigue and enlighten. Tune in twice a month for an educational experience that is sure to inspire and inform you as you chart your own path to school success.

(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
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35 mins
From PLC Lite to PLC Done Right: A Conversation with Tongue River Elementary School (Part 1)
A Conversation with Tongue River Elementary School (Part 1)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
May 10 2022
30 mins
Deconstructing Depth of Knowledge: A Conversation with Erik M. FrancisHealthy Teachers, Happy Classrooms: A Conversation with Marcia L. TatePLC at Work® Is a Belief System Worth Sharing: A Conversation with Lake County Schools
Professional Learning Communities at Work® is not a checklist. It is a way of being that permeates the daily practice of all stakeholders in a school community. The work is driven by a shared belief that all students can learn. All students deserve access to the resources necessary to achieve the highest level of success.  In this podcast, we talk with leaders from Lake County Schools in Tavares, Florida, assistant superintendent for teaching learning and leadership, Emily Feltner, and executive director of curriculum, instruction, and assessment, Amy Cockcroft. These women share authentic experiences from their first connection to PLC at Work to their current reality with humor and candor.  Tune in to hear: ●      Why Lake County Schools has developed unwavering systemwide belief in the PLC at Work process●      How a collaborative culture and focus on learning were key to navigating the tumult of the pandemic●      How PLC at Work associate Anthony Muhammad helped leaders increase student access to high-level learning experiences●      What it’s like to realize your hard work has made a difference and truly has transformed school culture districtwideTo request Dr. Anthony Muhammad for PD: https://www.solutiontree.com/anthony-muhammad.htmlMore about Lake County School District, a Model PLC at Work® district: https://www.allthingsplc.info/evidence/details/id,1791Subscribe today to Charting New Paths in PreK-12 Education...for free on your favorite podcast app or at: https://www.solutiontree.com/podcast
Mar 8 2022
40 mins
Dismantling a Broken System: Actions to Bridge the Opportunity, Equity, and Justice Gap in American EducationKeep the Main Thing the Main Thing: A conversation with Adel Desoto Minburn Community SchoolsLeveraging the Impact of Culture and Climate: A conversation with Steve Gruenert and Todd WhitakerWelcome to Charting New Paths in PreK-12 Education