Schoolutions

Olivia Wahl

A podcast to inspire and connect PreK-12 educators, administrators, caregivers and community members as they identify and share solutions for issues they are facing in public education. Host Olivia Wahl, a veteran teacher and educational consultant, interviews those who are in the trenches, asking them to share their experiences—their trials as well as successes. You'll gain ideas for where to begin as you tackle similar challenges, next steps and what to expect along the way. Most importantly, you will be reminded of what keeps us motivated when the public education system feels broken and how we can reframe educational problems as inquiries, finding hope with others.

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Season 2 Schoolutions Trailer
Aug 22 2022
Season 2 Schoolutions Trailer
I am thrilled to share that Season 2 of Schoolutions Podcast will kick off this September with the new school year. For new listeners, my name is Olivia Wahl, and as your host, I will continue connecting you with others that have creative solutions to issues we face in public education. Over Season 1's 20 episodes, guests shared their stories and ideas around an incredible variety of topics. Give them a listen if you haven't already. This season's guests will offer their expertise, teaching us about:using tools and strategies to change how we listen to each other the courage it takes to teach and to know when to quit nurturing equity-centered, reflective learningwhat universities are seeking in candidates graduating from public high schoolscombating school violence and bullyingunderstanding speech pathology and reading interventionsengaging in rich tasks that nurture thinking about mathstudent activismand so much morePlease follow, share, give a review and look for new episodes every Monday. As a veteran teacher, educational consultant, and mom of two boys in public schools, we're in this together! Parker J. Palmer's words from his book, The Courage to Teach, capture the essence of this podcast - he says - "This is for those who have good days and bad, and whose bad days bring the suffering that comes only from something one loves. It is for us who refuse to harden our hearts because we love learners, learning, and the teaching life. When you love your work that much—and many teachers do—the only way to get out of trouble is to go deeper in. We must enter, not evade, the tangles of teaching so we can understand them better and negotiate them with more grace, not only to guard our own spirits but also to serve our students well."And with that said - here's to finding inspiration together throughout Schoolutions Podcast, Season 2!
S2 E9: Fighting for Our Planet by Applying International Fieldwork in the Classroom with Helen Corveleyn, Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching Recipient
Nov 7 2022
S2 E9: Fighting for Our Planet by Applying International Fieldwork in the Classroom with Helen Corveleyn, Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching Recipient
Helen Corveleyn shares her STEM facilitator journey and stories about international fieldwork with listeners.  Helen offers ideas for applying fieldwork as well as creating social-emotional, literacy, and STEM connections for children throughout the school day. STEMPresidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST)STEM job stats & 100Kin10 Path to 100KNGSS (Next Generation Science Standards)Hopewell Valley Education Foundation & Nature Harmony ProjectColby Cedar Smith - Call Me Athena: Girl From DetroitYoung Audiences of New JerseyHawaii-Aleutian Standard TimeNational Science FoundationThe White House Office of Science and Technology PolicyGilder Lerhman InstituteProject Dragonfly through Miami University of OhioHelen's Awards & Honors:New Jersey County Teacher of the Year (2020)I Can STEM NJ Role Model (2021)Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST) (2022)Helen's Publications:The Promise of Pickles: Hydroponics in the ClassroomGrowing Environmental Hope Amid a PandemicHelen's Book Recommendations: Last Child in the Woods Richard LouvNature Journaling: John Muir Laws Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teachings of Plants by Robin Wall KimmererConnect with Helen on:FacebookInstagramTwitter
S2 E7: Thinking About Quitting?  Make Sure You're Practicing Wise Seeing, Wise Being, & Wise Effort Before You Do with Geeta Anand - Pulitzer Prize-Winning Journalist, Author, & Dean at the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism
Oct 24 2022
S2 E7: Thinking About Quitting? Make Sure You're Practicing Wise Seeing, Wise Being, & Wise Effort Before You Do with Geeta Anand - Pulitzer Prize-Winning Journalist, Author, & Dean at the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism
Are you thinking about quitting?  Make sure you practice wise seeing, being, and effort before you do.  Geeta Anand, Pulitzer Prize-Winning Journalist, Author, & Dean at the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism, shares her own stories about times when she chose to give up things dear to her, allowing space for new opportunities.Episode Mentions & Publications:Mary KelleyDartmouth Commencement 2020 on the Green (in July 2022)State funds Berkeley Journalism $25 million to strengthen California’s local news coverage By Ivan Natividad| SEPTEMBER 7, 2022School of Journalism Graduation and Commencement 2022 UC BerkeleyKatherine Bomer - The Journey is Everything: Teaching Essays That Students Want to Write for People Who Want to Read Them Book:The Cure: How a Father Raised $100 Million--and Bucked the Medical Establishment--in a Quest to Save His Children (2009) Awards & Honors:Pulitzer Prize, wrote two of 10 stories on corporate corruption that won the Wall Street Journal the explanatory journalism award, 2003Pulitzer Prize, finalist, wrote lead story in series on how U.S. hospitals are rationing healthcare to cut costs, 2004Society of Publishers of Asia, best breaking news reporting award for coverage of terror attack on restaurant in Bangladesh, 2017International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, winner Danny Pearl Award for the Best Cross-Border Investigative Journalism, 2013, for stories exposing the causes and consequences of the rise of totally drug resistant tuberculosis.Society of Publishers in Asia, winner for Excellence in Business reporting, 2012, wrote several stories in the series Flawed Miracle about India’s healthcare, employment and education challenges.Society of Publishers of Asia, co-wrote stories that won best breaking news reporting award for coverage of Mumbai terrorist attacks, 2008Gerald Loeb Award, finalist, wrote article showing how high hospital costs are bankrupting the Amish, 2008Gerald Loeb Award, winner for series exposing the causes and consequences of high drug prices, 2006Victor Cohn award for career excellence in medical science writing, 2007Connect with Geeta:at via UC Berkeley -  Geeta Anand - Dean and Professor at Berkeley at UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalismon Twitter @GOAnandon Facebook @GeetaAnand
S2 E6: Rethinking Grading: No More "Point-Less" Grading Systems or Points for Compliance Exchanges with Dr. Sarah M. Zerwin
Oct 17 2022
S2 E6: Rethinking Grading: No More "Point-Less" Grading Systems or Points for Compliance Exchanges with Dr. Sarah M. Zerwin
Want to rethink grading and stop the points for compliance exchange?  Dr. Sarah M. Zerwin provides a step-by-step guide to shift away from traditional grading systems in her book, Point-Less: An English Teacher’s Guide to More Meaningful Grading.  Sarah offers listeners invaluable resources, courage, and the vision to begin their journey to more meaningful grading.   Episode Mentions & Publications:Sarah’s *AMAZING* Website Resource Page: Point-less Grading in General, Language Arts, Science, and Math; Teaching Writing; Teaching Reading; WorkshopAlfie Kohn - The Case Against GradesPhantom Policy Learning Goals (AP Lit / 9th-12th Grades)Grading Explanations (LA 12 / AP Lit)  For Students and Caregivers: Regarding GradesKey to What You’ll See in the GradebookInfinite Campus GradebookThomas Guskey & Jane Bailey - Developing Grading and Reporting Systems for Student LearningRecent Writings by Sarah:Books:Point-Less: An English Teacher’s Guide to More Meaningful Grading (2020)Articles:“Why Now is the Perfect Time to Grade Pointlessly.”  (2020)“Planning for Uncertainty.”  (2020)“Pass/Fail or No Grades During Online Pandemic Teaching? A gift.” (2020)“My Students are Rambling.” (2019)Blog:The Paper GradersThis websiteConnect with Sarah:at her website Sarah M. Zerwin: Teacher, Writer, Consultanton Twitter @SarahMZerwinon Instagram @sarahmzerwinon LinkedIn @SarahZerwin
S2 E5: Reading Rockets Special Video Series: Looking at Reading Interventions & Supporting Striving Readers with Readsters® Co-Founder, Linda Farrell
Oct 10 2022
S2 E5: Reading Rockets Special Video Series: Looking at Reading Interventions & Supporting Striving Readers with Readsters® Co-Founder, Linda Farrell
Readsters® co-founder Linda Farrell shares about her Reading Rockets Special Video Series: Looking at Reading Interventions. Linda offers tips for caregivers and educators to support their readers and emphasizes the importance of Early Intervention. She explains changes she would make to education and intervention systems to help striving readers. Listeners will leave inspired by the success stories Linda shares of her former students.Episode Mentions:Louisa C. Moats, Ed.D.Decoding DyslexiaLooking at Reading Interventions Video Series on Reading RocketsThe Simple View of ReadingReadsters® Complimentary Assessment Resources Materials Co-authored by Linda Farrell and Michael Hunter:Phonics Plug-In - curriculum for teaching beginning phonicsDecoding Detector - diagnostic tool for determining phonics instructionPre-Reading Probes - diagnostic tool for determining pre-reading instructionFixing Common  Confusions Notebook - pinpointed instruction to help with: b/d confusion: other letter confusions (e.g., j/g, w/v, m/n, p/q, etc.); commonly confused high frequency words (e.g., was/saw, her/here); CVC, silent e confusions (e.g., hop/hope, not/note)Teaching Vowel Sounds Notebook - phonemic awareness lessons for learning how to: segment and blend sounds in spoken words, identify the vowel sounds, and state what the vowel sound is called. Articles by Linda Farrell:The Simple View of ReadingFirst Rule of Reading: Keep Your Eyes on the WordsHelping Students Keep Their Eyes on the WordsA New Model for Teaching High-Frequency WordsWebinars by Linda Farrell:The Simple View of ReadingUsing Decodable Books and Early Leveled Readers AppropriatelyUsing Decodables and Leveled ReadersLinda Farrel Balanced literacy vs systematic reading on VimeoCCSS Reading Foundational Skills: What’s There and What’s Missing? - Linda Farrell on Vimeo
Season 2 Schoolutions Trailer
Aug 22 2022
Season 2 Schoolutions Trailer
I am thrilled to share that Season 2 of Schoolutions Podcast will kick off this September with the new school year. For new listeners, my name is Olivia Wahl, and as your host, I will continue connecting you with others that have creative solutions to issues we face in public education. Over Season 1's 20 episodes, guests shared their stories and ideas around an incredible variety of topics. Give them a listen if you haven't already. This season's guests will offer their expertise, teaching us about:using tools and strategies to change how we listen to each other the courage it takes to teach and to know when to quit nurturing equity-centered, reflective learningwhat universities are seeking in candidates graduating from public high schoolscombating school violence and bullyingunderstanding speech pathology and reading interventionsengaging in rich tasks that nurture thinking about mathstudent activismand so much morePlease follow, share, give a review and look for new episodes every Monday. As a veteran teacher, educational consultant, and mom of two boys in public schools, we're in this together! Parker J. Palmer's words from his book, The Courage to Teach, capture the essence of this podcast - he says - "This is for those who have good days and bad, and whose bad days bring the suffering that comes only from something one loves. It is for us who refuse to harden our hearts because we love learners, learning, and the teaching life. When you love your work that much—and many teachers do—the only way to get out of trouble is to go deeper in. We must enter, not evade, the tangles of teaching so we can understand them better and negotiate them with more grace, not only to guard our own spirits but also to serve our students well."And with that said - here's to finding inspiration together throughout Schoolutions Podcast, Season 2!
Ep 17: Part II - Why Every School Needs a Certified Librarian with K.C. Boyd (2022 School Library Journal Librarian of the Year)
Jun 5 2022
Ep 17: Part II - Why Every School Needs a Certified Librarian with K.C. Boyd (2022 School Library Journal Librarian of the Year)
Part two of an interview with 2022 School Library Journal Librarian of the Year and Certified School Library Media Specialist, K.C. Boyd.  K.C. offers ideas around Digital Literacy and describes her various Makerspace projects (e.g. Read Poster Project & Divine Justice) that both offer refuge and attract students into her library.  K.C. also shares how critical the role of a Certified Librarian is to mitigating the book banning process alongside institutions like the American Library Association Office of Intellectual Freedom and Every Library).  Some of Many Awards, Honors & Published Writing Highlighting K.C.’s Work:Ace Advocate: K.C. Boyd Is 2022 School Librarian of the Year (School Library Journal, 2022)Recipient of the 2022 School Librarian of the Year Award and Scholastic's ‘15 Librarians to Follow on Instagram’Librarian K.C. Boyd an advocate for students, community, profession (News Literacy Project, 2021)School Libraries 2021: Advocacy is a Necessary Part of the Job for School Librarians (School Library Journal, 2021)2020 Distinguished Service Award, District of Columbia Library AssociationK.C. Boyd, School Librarian, Answers Our Questions! (Every Library - The Medium  2018) K.C. Boyd: A Leader for Readers (School Library Journal, 2016)The Bookend: Librarian Introduces Popular  Street Lit Genre' (American Libraries Magazine, 2015)K.C.’s Social Media Presence:K.C.’s Website FacebookTwitterInstagram LinkedInClubhouse chat group “Boss Librarian and Friends” LinktreePinterestThe Boss_Librarian BlogYouTubeVimeo #EveryLibrary #TheNewsLiteracyProject #JAReaders #KCSaidIt #TrojanLMCMakerspace #workWOKE #DivineJustice #READProgram
Ep 16: Part I - Why Every School Needs a Certified Librarian with K.C. Boyd (2022 School Library Journal Librarian of the Year)
May 30 2022
Ep 16: Part I - Why Every School Needs a Certified Librarian with K.C. Boyd (2022 School Library Journal Librarian of the Year)
2022 School Library Journal Librarian of the Year and Certified School Library Media Specialist, K.C. Boyd, shares about her advocacy and activism work for school libraries and librarians.  K.C. explains how she has found tremendous success in ensuring her students in Chicago and now Washington, D.C., have the right to read and access books that reflect themselves and encourage inquiry, despite their economic circumstances.Some of Many Awards, Honors & Published Writing Highlighting K.C.’s Work:Ace Advocate: K.C. Boyd Is 2022 School Librarian of the Year (School Library Journal, 2022)Recipient of the 2022 School Librarian of the Year Award and Scholastic's ‘15 Librarians to Follow on Instagram’Librarian K.C. Boyd an advocate for students, community, profession (News Literacy Project, 2021)School Libraries 2021: Advocacy is a Necessary Part of the Job for School Librarians (School Library Journal, 2021)2020 Distinguished Service Award, District of Columbia Library AssociationK.C. Boyd, School Librarian, Answers Our Questions! (Every Library - The Medium  2018) K.C. Boyd: A Leader for Readers (School Library Journal, 2016)The Bookend: Librarian Introduces Popular  Street Lit Genre' (American Libraries Magazine, 2015)A Library Journal 2015 ‘Mover and Shaker’Chicago Hope: High School  Librarian K.C. Boyd (School Library Journal, 2014)For Challenged Readers, Custom-Tailored Texts (Education Weekly, 2014)K.C.’s Social Media Presence:K.C.’s Website FacebookTwitterInstagram LinkedInClubhouse chat group “Boss Librarian and Friends” LinktreePinterestThe Boss_Librarian BlogYouTubeVimeo #JAReaders #KCSaidIt #TrojanLMCMakerspace #workWOKE