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 in the trenches, asking them to share their experiences—their trials and 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 in others.

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S3 E23: Providing Healthy School Meals to All Students with Food Service ESP, Talisa Jones
5d ago
S3 E23: Providing Healthy School Meals to All Students with Food Service ESP, Talisa Jones
“Students can’t learn if their stomachs are grumbling. Universal school meals are proven to reduce child hunger.” (National Education Association) Infamous lunch lady Talisa Jones (@tj_thatsit) shares stories about her role as a Food Service ESP. Talisa lives her mission every day…ensuring the students in her school receive healthy, delicious school meals that represent their cultures and heritage. Talisa’s advocacy work stretches far beyond the walls of her school kitchen as a popular spokesperson for the National Education Association (@NEAToday). Talisa is focused on ensuring that Congress passes the Universal Meals Program Act S. 1568/H.R. 3204. Make that happen by taking less than five minutes to vote via this link: https://www.nea.org/advocating-for-change/action-center/take-action/provide-healthy-school-meals-all-students Episode Mentions:Education Support Provider (ESP)The Labor of Lunch: Why We Need Real Food and Real Jobs in American Public Schools by Dr. Jennifer GaddisUniversal Meals Program ActNational Education AssociationConnect and Learn with Talisa:at her website on Instagramon TikTokon YouTube#tj_thatsit #thelunchlady #talisanicole #universalmealsprogramact #foodservice #foodserviceesp #schoolmeals #breakfast #lunch #schoolmealideas #kidslunch #lunchideas #breakfasttime #lunchtime #schoollife #schoollunchbox #healthykids #kidsfood #food #healthymeals #healthyfoodGet solutions from Schoolutions!#solutionsfromschoolutions #schoolutionsinspires #schoolutionspodcast
S3E22: What We Know Now About the Science of Reading (NYSED Literacy Brief 1) with Olivia Wahl & Dr. Wendy Bunker
Feb 12 2024
S3E22: What We Know Now About the Science of Reading (NYSED Literacy Brief 1) with Olivia Wahl & Dr. Wendy Bunker
Olivia Wahl and Dr. Wendy Bunker introduce the seven recently released Science of Reading Literacy Briefs by the New York State Education Department. The briefs were produced for the NYSED by Nonie K. Lesaux, PhD and Katie C. Carr, M.Ed. This episode focuses on Literacy Brief 1: Science of Reading: What is it? Literacy Brief 1 centers around five key ideas that Olivia and Wendy break down and connect to the students, educators, and caregivers most impacted by them.Episode Mentions:NYSED Literacy Briefs (all) & Literacy Brief 1: Science of Reading: What is it? Dr. Nonie K. Lesaux, Professor of Education and Human Development at the Harvard Graduate School of EducationKatie C. Carr, M.Ed.National Reading Panel Report 2019Phonological & Phonemic AwarenessGovernor Hochul’s Back to Basics plan to improve reading proficiency in New York as a part of her 2024 State of the StateDr. David Kilpatrick, PhDOrton-Gillingham Connect & Learn with Olivia & Wahl Educational Consulting, Inc.at her website on Twitter on Instagramon Threadson Facebookon LinkedInon TikTokon YouTubeConnect & Learn with Wendyon Facebookon LinkedIn#wahleducationalconsulting#whatweknownow #discoursenotdebate #oliviawahl #drwendybunker #scienceofreading #nysed #collectiveefficacy #whenyouknowbetterdobetter #thoughtpartners #instructionalcoaches #conversationinspiration #parallelpractice #collectiveefficacy #professionalcapital #reading #writing #talking #problemsolving #tasks#teachers #learning #education  #teachersfollowteachers #coachesfollowcoaches #edchat #NYSLiteracyInitiative #ReadNY Get solutions from Schoolutions!#solutionsfromschoolutions #schoolutionsinspires #schoolutionspodcast
S3 E21: Securely Attached with the Creator of Attachment Nerd, Eli Harwood, MA, LPC
Feb 5 2024
S3 E21: Securely Attached with the Creator of Attachment Nerd, Eli Harwood, MA, LPC
Renowned therapist and attachment theory expert Eli Harwood (a.k.a. "The Attachment Nerd") shares her journey and insights with listeners. Eli offers advice about navigating tantrums, allowing space for teenagers to practice making mistakes and condoning vs. accepting behaviors. Listeners will leave wanting to become members of Eli's Nerd Herd and empowered by understanding their attachment patterns thanks to Eli's recently released guided journal, Securely Attached.Episode Mentions:Dr. Karyn Purvis The Verdict Is In - The Case for Attachment Theory by Dr. Dan Siegel 1/30/2020Affect Regulation, Mentalization, and the Development of Self by Peter Fonagy, Gyorgy Gergely, Elliot Jurist, and Mary Target 4/17/2005Some of Eli's Reels That Will Rock Your World:What can we learn from our dogs when it comes to the power of greeting the people we love?What do you mean by teenagers are practicing grownups?What must we remember when a child is in the thick of a tantrum?What is the difference between accepting vs. condoning a behavior?Brené  BrownConnect and Learn with Eli:at her website on Twitter on Instagramon Threadson Facebookon LinkedInon TikTokon YouTube#eliharwood #attachment #securelyattached #attachmentnerd #nerdherd #parenting #loveon #attachmenttheory #studentsupport #teachersupport #parentingsupport #parentinghacks #parentsfollowparentsGet solutions from Schoolutions!#solutionsfromschoolutions #schoolutionsinspires #schoolutionspodcast
S3 E20: What We Know Now - A Conversation About Research with Olivia Wahl & Dr. Wendy Bunker
Jan 29 2024
S3 E20: What We Know Now - A Conversation About Research with Olivia Wahl & Dr. Wendy Bunker
Olivia Wahl and Dr. Wendy Bunker discuss different types of research that can support the practices and beliefs of educators. Their work as instructional coaches focuses on helping educators, coaches, and administrators label and align what is seen and heard within the walls of classrooms with experts and current research. Through this labeling process, educators, coaches, and administrators understand why their practices and beliefs matter and impact their students’ growth.Episode Mentions:“My Research is Better than Your Research” Wars (1/17/24)Evidence-Based Does Not Mean What You Think It Does(1/16/24)National Reading Panel Report 2000Empirical ResearchQuantitative ResearchQualitative ResearchAction ResearchOlivia Wahl’s Bio & BeliefsEvidence-Based ResearchCollective EfficacyConnect & Learn with Olivia & Wahl Educational Consulting, Inc.at her website on Twitter on Instagramon Threadson Facebookon LinkedInon TikTokon YouTubeConnect & Learn with Wendyon Facebookon LinkedIn#solutionsfromschoolutions #schoolutionsinspires #schoolutionspodcast #wahleducationalconsulting#whatweknownow #discoursenotdebate #oliviawahl #drwendybunker #research #empiricalresearch #quantitativeresearch #qualitativeresearch #actionresearch #evidencebasedresearch #collectiveefficacy #whenyouknowbetterdobetter #thoughtpartners #instructionalcoaches #conversationinspiration #learninglabs #parallelpractice #collectiveefficacy #professionalcapital #reading #writing #talking #problemsolving #tasks#teachers #learning #education #practice #conferring #modeling #teachersfollowteachers #coachesfollowcoaches #edchat Get solutions from Schoolutions!#solutionsfromschoolutions #schoolutionsinspires #schoolutionspodcast
S3 E18: What We Know Now - A Thought Partnership with Olivia Wahl & Dr. Wendy Bunker
Jan 15 2024
S3 E18: What We Know Now - A Thought Partnership with Olivia Wahl & Dr. Wendy Bunker
Olivia Wahl and Dr. Wendy Bunker are embarking on a new adventure. Every other Monday, Schoolutions followers can now look forward to a new series: What We Know Now. Olivia and Wendy will engage in discourse around current topics in education. Episodes will stay laser-focused on the week’s chosen topic and run only 10-15 minutes. Tune in and look forward to gaining insights from Olivia and Wendy’s diverse perspectives based on their vast professional backgrounds.Olivia Wahl has been an educator for over twenty years and leads institutes for teachers nationwide. She provides PreK-12 professional learning in leadership, coaching, and literacy instruction. Her work supports teachers with conferring and using student work to drive instruction while supporting culturally responsive practices. Olivia advocates for play and inquiry-based learning experiences alongside reconceptualizing the Gradual Release of Responsibility to enhance student voice and engagement. She is the creator, producer, editor, and host of Schoolutions - a podcast to inspire and connect PreK-12 educators, administrators, caregivers, and community members as they identify and share solutions for issues in public education. Dr. Wendy Bunker has been an educator for over thirty years. She has served as a secondary English teacher and a K-12 Reading Specialist. Currently, she works as an ELA curriculum specialist for Oneida-Herkimer-Madison BOCES (Board of Cooperative Educational Services), serving districts as an instructional coach and facilitator of professional learning. Wendy is a proponent of instruction that gives all learners equitable access to literacy. Her work as a coach with administrators and teachers focuses on building instructional systems that engage all learners. Wendy acquired her Doctorate in Literacy from Syracuse University. She is deeply grateful to Kathleen Hinchman, Ph.D., and Benita Blachman, Ph.D., whose knowledge and contributions to the field of literacy provide daily inspiration for her work.   Episode Mentions:Cris TovaniSam BennettOneida-Herkimer-Madison BOCESThe Reading LeagueProfessor Benita BlachmanDr. Maria MurrayDr. Heidi Beverine-CurryConnect w/ Olivia:at her website on Twitter on Instagramon Threadson Facebookon LinkedInon TikTokon YouTubeConnect w/ Wendy:on FacebookGet solutions from Schoolutions!#solutionsfromschoolutions #schoolutionsinspires #schoolutionspodcast
S3 E16: The OT Toolbox: Making Occupational Therapy Resources Accessible for All with Colleen Beck
Jan 1 2024
S3 E16: The OT Toolbox: Making Occupational Therapy Resources Accessible for All with Colleen Beck
Colleen Beck, OTR/L, has been an Occupational Therapist since 2000. As the creator and author of The OT Toolbox, LLC, she has written thousands of blog posts on occupational therapy, created thousands of accessible resources and tools for therapy professionals, and strived to advocate for the profession as well as those we serve (children, families, educators) on The OT Toolbox social media channels. In this episode, Colleen describes her tailored toolboxes, OT interventions that should be on listeners’ radars, and her favorite blog posts. Listeners even get a sneak preview into a day in the life of Colleen Beck and learn more about how she has built her team over time.Episode Mentions:Elizabeth R. Skidmore (PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA, FACRM), Associate Dean for Research, SHRS; Professor, Department of Occupational Therapy at the University of PittsburghWeighted Vests and Compression Garments BlogAmerican Occupational Therapy AssociationLearn More from The OT Toolbox About:Zones of Regulation Activities Breathing Exercises for KidsBecoming a Member of The OT ToolboxThe OT Therapist ToolboxThe OT Teacher ToolboxThe OT Caregiver (Parent) ToolboxConnect and Learn with Colleen & The OT Toolbox:at The OT Toolbox Websiteon Twitteron Instagramon LinkedInon Threadson Facebookon Pintereston TikTokon YouTube#theottoolbox #occupationaltherapy #occupationaltherapist #ot #therapy #autism #physiotherapy #otstudent #pediatricoccupationaltherapy #sensoryplay  #finemotorskills Get solutions from Schoolutions!#solutionsfromschoolutions #schoolutionsinspires #schoolutionspodcast
S3 E15: Expanding Opportunities for Homeless Students with Erin Patterson of SchoolHouse Connection
Dec 25 2023
S3 E15: Expanding Opportunities for Homeless Students with Erin Patterson of SchoolHouse Connection
Erin Patterson is the Director of Education Initiatives with SchoolHouse Connection. In this episode, Erin illuminates what makes SchoolHouse Connection the nation’s leading expert on the early care and education of children and youth experiencing homelessness. Listeners learn how SchoolHouse Connection supports infants, toddlers, and pregnant and expectant parents, along with statistics and consequences children struggle with when experiencing homelessness. Erin inspires through her mission to overcome homelessness through education and works to expand opportunities for the most underserved students – those experiencing homelessness, in foster care, and in the juvenile justice system.Episode Mentions:NPR’s Morning EditionBarbara Duffield - Executive Director of SchoolHouse ConnectionThe McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act District Homeless Education Liaisons - Homeless Education DirectoryHomeless Children and Youth Act (H.R. 5221)American Rescue PlanLearn More:New Data Show Dramatic Increase in Families and Youth in Homeless Shelters, Even While Dramatically Undercounting Families and Youth Experiencing Homelessness: https://schoolhouseconnection.org/2023-hud-data/Infants and Toddlers Experiencing Homelessness: Prevalence and Access to Early Learning Across Twenty States: https://schoolhouseconnection.org/infant-and-toddler-homelessness/ New Federal Guidance Urges Expediting ARP-HCY Funds. Now What? https://schoolhouseconnection.org/expediting-arp-hcy-funds/ Connect and Learn with Erin & SchoolHouse Connection:at SchoolHouse Connection’s websiteon Twitter: SHC & Erin Pattersonon Instagram:  SHC & Erin Pattersonon LinkedIn:  SHC & Erin Pattersonon Threads:  SHCon Facebook:  SHCon TikTok:  SHCon YouTube:  SHC #schoolhouseconnection #homeless #homelessness #education #community #nonprofit #homelessnessawareness #support #volunteer #helpingothers #endhomelessness #humanity #mentalhealthGet solutions from Schoolutions!#solutionsfromschoolutions #schoolutionsinspires #schoolutionspodcast
S3 E10: Fired for Being an Inclusivity Advocate with Teacher Katie Rinderle, Dr. Roberta Price Gardner, and Author Scott Stuart
Nov 20 2023
S3 E10: Fired for Being an Inclusivity Advocate with Teacher Katie Rinderle, Dr. Roberta Price Gardner, and Author Scott Stuart
Ever wonder what it feels like to be a teacher who has to worry about being inclusive and ensuring all children feel safe within their classroom? Teacher Katie Rinderle sure does. As an American former elementary school teacher in Cobb County, Georgia, Katie is the first known public school teacher fired under Georgia's 2022 student protection laws for reading aloud Scott Stuart’s book, My Shadow is Purple, to her students. Join Katie, Scott, and Dr. Roberta Price Gardner as they share their hopes for the global future of inclusive education impacting the lives of our children, public education systems, and higher education.Episode Mentions:My Shadow is Purple by Scott StuartSouthern Poverty Law Center (article)My Shadow is Pink by Scott StuartMorgan Jackson - Schoolutions Episode S1E7Stacey's Extraordinary Words by Stacey AbramsBoard Meeting Where Beth Hudson SpeaksHelen Ruffin Reading BowlConnect and Learn with Teacher Katie Rinderle:support through GoFundMeat her LInktreeon Twitter on Instagramon Threadson LinkedInConnect and Learn with Dr. Roberta Price Gardner:on Twitter on LinkedInConnect and Learn with Author Scott Stuart:at his websiteon Twitter on Instagramon Threadson Facebookon LinkedInon TikTokon YouTube#teachinclusion #teachinclusive #inclusiveeducation #standwithkatie #myshadowispurple #myshadowispink #teachersfollowsteachersGet solutions from Schoolutions!#solutionsfromschoolutions #schoolutionsinspires #schoolutionspodcast
S3 E8: There's a Teacher Shortage and It's Very Real - Warning Bell Substack with Stephen Noonoo
Nov 6 2023
S3 E8: There's a Teacher Shortage and It's Very Real - Warning Bell Substack with Stephen Noonoo
Stephen Noonoo is an editor and journalist who's covered education for more than a decade. Now a tech editor at Edutopia, he was previously the K–12 editor for EdSurge and has also worked at eSchool News, THE Journal, CUE, and SmartBrief.  Stephen created the Warning Bell Substack to look honestly at today's teaching profession. He is dedicated to cataloging the stresses & problems that teachers face. In this episode, Stephen illuminates the driving forces behind the very real teaching shortage and offers solutions to change course. Educators and supporters of public education will leave the conversation feeling seen and heard for all they do.Episode Mentions:Schooutions S2E37: Maracujá: Giving Kids the Time and Space to Discover Who They Are with Rebekah MacdenEWA - Education Writer's AssociationRandi Weingarten - American Federation of Teachers President Becky Pringle - National Education Association PresidentEconomic Policy InstituteUSA Today - Alia WongEdutopiaEmily Tate SullivanEdSurge / The New Republic The Mental Health Crisis Causing Teachers to QuitDaphne Gomez - Teacher Career CoachLinda Darling-Hammond - Learning Policy InstituteChalkbeat -  Matt BarnumCoalition for Community SchoolsEL Education - Community Faces - Humanizing the Immigrant Label: A Better World ProjectUN Universal Declaration of Human RightsSir Ken RobinsonSchoolutions S1E7: Going Beyond Diverse Representation of Race & Identity in Our Libraries w/ Morgan JacksonCris TovaniConnect w/ Stephen:at warningbell.substack.com & Edutopia on Twitter on LinkedIn#warningbell #teachershortage  #TEACHers #EDUcators #teachersfollowteachers Get solutions from Schoolutions!#solutionsfromschoolutions #schoolutionsinspires #schoolutionspodcast
S3 E7: Patterns of Power: Authentic Grammar Instruction in High School with Holly Durham & Travis Leech
Oct 30 2023
S3 E7: Patterns of Power: Authentic Grammar Instruction in High School with Holly Durham & Travis Leech
This conversation with Patterns of Power grammar extraordinaires Holly Durham and Travis Leech will leave you ready to dive into authentic grammar instruction! Let go of ineffective worksheets and skill-and-drill grammar instruction as Holly and Travis describe the Patterns of Power Process with a focus on grades 9-12.   They explain why traditional grammar instruction focuses too often on rules and what’s right or wrong instead of a true understanding of usage. In Kylene Beers’s words, “...master teachers, Jeff, Travis, and Holly, make things such as colons and commas, apostrophes and appositives, phrases and fragments, become more than things to be learned. Instead, they were turning conventions of language into conversations I wanted to have with kids.”Episode Mentions:Patterns of Power 9-12: Teaching Grammar Through Reading and Writing - Grades 9-12Kylene BeersPointless by Sarah Zerwin(An) Indian Father's PleaLarry FerlazzoTim Ferriss Patterns of Power (Facebook) CommunityHolly and Travis Recommend:Everyday Editing by Jeff AndersonImage Grammar by Harry Noden Teaching Grammar in Context by Constance Weaver180 Days by Penny Kittle & Kelly Gallagher Connect and Learn with Holly:at her website & emailon Twitter on Facebookon LinkedInConnect and Learn with Travis:at his website & emailon Twitter on Instagramon Facebook#solutionsfromschoolutions #schoolutionsinspires #schoolutionspodcast #patternsofpower #grammarinstruction #authenticgrammarinstruction #grammarusageoverrules #POPteacher #teachersfollowteachers #education #student #school Get solutions from Schoolutions!#solutionsfromschoolutions #schoolutionsinspires #schoolutionspodcast
S3 E5: The Role of Read Alouds in the Science of Reading with Dr. Molly Ness
Oct 16 2023
S3 E5: The Role of Read Alouds in the Science of Reading with Dr. Molly Ness
The renowned Dr. Molly Ness shares key points from her most recent book, Read Alouds for All Learners: A Comprehensive Plan for Every Subject, Every Day. Molly helps listeners understand the critical role read alouds play in the science of reading, along with current research and trends. Listeners will leave informed and inspired with a process and plan for integrating read alouds across all content areas.⭐Discount valid on SolutionTree.com only. Enter promo code Schoolutions20 at checkout to receive a 20% discount on the paperback version of Read Alouds for All Learners. Offer expires 12/15/23. Not valid for bookstores, distributors, or resellers. Continental US only. Cannot be combined w/ other offers. For customers submitting a purchase order, payment must be received by 12/15/23 to qualify for this offer.Episode Mentions:Dr. David PortnoyScarborough's Reading Rope Molly's think-aloud clipsDolly Parton’s Imagination LibraryReach Out and ReadUSO Reading ProgramDollar General Literacy Foundation Read with MalcolmKristi Yamaguchi’s Always DreamBe Inspired by Molly’s Writing:The Power and Promise of Read-Alouds and Independent ReadingThinking Aloud is Key to Developing Successful Reading ComprehensionSupercharge Every StorytimeConnect w/ Molly:website & End Book Deserts podcast & The Coalition for Literacy Equity IG @a_reading_mother @endbookdesertsFB @drmollyness @endbookdeserts @mollynessTwitter @drmollyness @endbookdesertsLinkedInGet solutions from Schoolutions!#solutionsfromschoolutions #schoolutionsinspires #schoolutionspodcast