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Being an educator in the 21st century is indescribably complex. There’s a constant pressure to meet standards and help students achieve, but there’s also a need to allow learners to color outside the lines in an effort to prompt creativity.

The Arizona K12 Center believes effective teaching and learning is grounded in quality teacher development and teacher leadership. To support educators along the continuum, the Center developed “3Ps in a Pod” to further dissect practice, policy, and passion in the field of education. Voiced by several of the Center's directors, "3Ps in a Pod" features numerous guests with ideas, perspectives, and stories relevant to what educators do both in and out of the classroom. This is a conversation, not a lecture. Ditch your notebook, but be ready to share. There’s no need to cram for a pop quiz, but we hope you’ll pledge to be a lifelong learner.

3 Ps in a Pod: An Education Podcast Arizona K12 Center

    • Education
    • 5.0 • 127 Ratings

Being an educator in the 21st century is indescribably complex. There’s a constant pressure to meet standards and help students achieve, but there’s also a need to allow learners to color outside the lines in an effort to prompt creativity.

The Arizona K12 Center believes effective teaching and learning is grounded in quality teacher development and teacher leadership. To support educators along the continuum, the Center developed “3Ps in a Pod” to further dissect practice, policy, and passion in the field of education. Voiced by several of the Center's directors, "3Ps in a Pod" features numerous guests with ideas, perspectives, and stories relevant to what educators do both in and out of the classroom. This is a conversation, not a lecture. Ditch your notebook, but be ready to share. There’s no need to cram for a pop quiz, but we hope you’ll pledge to be a lifelong learner.

    Teaching While Always Learning with Author Tom Rademacher, S12 Episode 16

    Teaching While Always Learning with Author Tom Rademacher, S12 Episode 16

    Today, we welcome author and Minnesota’s 2014 Teacher of the Year Tom Rademacher to the podcast. 
    Hosts Donnie and Kathleen talk with Rademacher about his two loves of teaching and writing. His books, It Won’t Be Easy, An Exceedingly Honest (and Slightly Unprofessional) Love Letter to Teaching and Raising Ollie: How My Nonbinary Art-Nerd Kid Changed (Nearly) Everything I Know, combine both those aspects of Rademacher’s work.
    Rademacher shares his reflections about the teacher shortage and what has and hasn’t changed for today’s new teachers compared to when he entered the classroom.  
    He also discusses how he approaches diversity, equity, and inclusion in his practice as a white male and the need to continue learning. That learning often comes directly from students, he notes. He also mentions how he has learned to give space for others’ sharing and to recognize the amount of time he is the one speaking.
    In closing today’s episode, Rademacher talks about how diverse great teachers are and how they don’t all fit the same make or model, but shares a vision for how joy, flexibility, and passion can combine to make a dynamic teacher.
    Learn more about the Arizona K12 Center at azk12.org.

    • 35 min
    Revisiting Service and Leadership with Dr. Nancy Pratt, S12 Episode 14

    Revisiting Service and Leadership with Dr. Nancy Pratt, S12 Episode 14

    This week of Veterans Day, we’re revisiting an episode from November 11, 2020, when hosts Angelia and Danielle welcomed Dr. Nancy Pratt to 3Ps in a Pod to share about her military experience and how that has carried into her education career.
    Then the Director of Instruction and Innovation at Cave Creek Unified School District, Pratt is now the Director of Instruction at Buckeye Elementary School District. But before realizing her interest in teaching, Pratt was a young woman in a Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) military briefing class at Arizona State University, realizing she had something special to offer.
    Pratt became a transportation officer stationed at Fort Lewis near Tacoma, Washington. She shares in this episode about the direction she received from her experiences in the military, how her military experience has shaped her education career, and the direct connections between training military officers and working in education with both students and adult learners.
    Enjoy this episode on the intersections of military service and educational leadership in this week’s 3Ps in a Pod.
    Learn more about the Arizona K12 Center by visiting azk12.org.

    • 27 min
    Preparing New Teachers through the Arizona Teacher Residency, S12 Episode 13

    Preparing New Teachers through the Arizona Teacher Residency, S12 Episode 13

    One year ago, the Arizona Department of Education and Northern Arizona University came together to announce the creation of the Arizona Teacher Residency. Housed within the Arizona K12 Center, the Arizona Teacher Residency now has its first cohort of residents working in the classrooms of supervising teachers in Osborn, Roosevelt, and Tempe Elementary school districts. Today, you’ll hear from one resident and supervising teacher pair about their experience with the program so far.
    3Ps in a Pod host Kathy Wiebke welcomes Arizona Teacher Residency Director Dr. Victoria Theisen-Homer to the podcast to talk about the creation and envision of this new program. Hector Campos, one of the members of the first Arizona Teacher Residency cohort, shares about what excited him about this program and how delighted he was to find out that his supervising teacher would be Edgar Ochoa, the middle school social studies teacher who inspired him to become a middle school social studies teacher. Campos now works with Ochoa in his classes at Pastor Elementary School in the Roosevelt School District.
    Theisen-Homer shares about some of the unique structures of the program and how those structures support residents and their supervising teachers, while Ochoa and Campos, as a supervising teacher and resident pair, share how they have experienced the residency program so far. Campos also shares about what he has learned through the Arizona Teacher Residency and why he recommends the program to others interested in becoming a teacher.
    The application is now open to join the second cohort of the Arizona Teacher Residency. Learn more about the Arizona Teacher Residency and apply at aztr.org.
    Learn more about the Arizona K12 Center at azk12.org.

    • 30 min
    Connecting with the 2023 Arizona Teacher of the Year Ty White, S12 Episode 12

    Connecting with the 2023 Arizona Teacher of the Year Ty White, S12 Episode 12

    Just three days after being named the 2023 Arizona Teacher of the Year, chemistry teacher Ty White joined us for a conversation about what brought him into teaching, how he approaches his practice, and about receiving this exciting honor. 
    3Ps in a Pod host Josh Meibos welcomes Ty White to the podcast, who talks through the evening he was named the Arizona Educational Foundation’s 2023 Arizona Teacher of the Year and shares about the significance of having two of his elementary school teachers join him at the Teacher of the Year celebration.
    White also shares about some of the larger projects he has coordinated with students, including a partnership with SARSEF, an electric go-cart project, and an aerospace project with Biosphere 2. He also shares about what he is thinking about focusing on in his next year as Arizona Teacher of the Year, including STEM literacy and accessibility for all. 
    Here are links to some of the STEM organizations White mentioned:
    SARSEF at sarsef.org InSimEducation at insimeducation.com Learn more about the Arizona K12 Center at azk12.org.

    • 31 min
    The State of the Teacher Shortage with Dr. Richard Ingersoll, S12 Episode 11

    The State of the Teacher Shortage with Dr. Richard Ingersoll, S12 Episode 11

    Arizona has been in a teacher shortage for years, and today we explore this issue with Dr. Richard Ingersoll, a professor at the University of Pennsylvania and expert on the K-12 teaching force, about what he sees as the foundational issues of this shortage and what steps may help us move forward.
    Ingersoll is recognized for his research in teacher turnover and workplace trends and the impact of beginning teacher induction and mentoring. In this episode, he shares with hosts Kathleen and Kathy about what he sees leading to the teacher shortage seen in Arizona and across the country. He reflects on what changes to the profession could reverse this shortage. Ingersoll especially focuses on the impact of induction and mentoring and the need to professionalize teaching as a career.
    Ingersoll will be sharing Arizona-based data and reflections at the 1st Annual Arizona Induction Symposium: The True Cost of Teacher Turnover on October 28. 
    Learn more about the Arizona K12 Center at azk12.org.

    • 28 min
    Whole Student Learning Through Art, Music, and Physical Education, S12 Episode 10

    Whole Student Learning Through Art, Music, and Physical Education, S12 Episode 10

    Today, we’re focusing in on special area teachers and classes by welcoming an art teacher, music teacher, and physical education teacher to the podcast to discuss the importance of these special areas and what they’d like other educators to know.
    Hosts Josh and Donnie welcome to the podcast Kyle Bragg, an elementary physical education in Scottsdale Unified School District, Rusty Carle-Ogren, a middle school band in Sahuarita Unified District, and Jen Pulbratek, a high school ceramics teacher in Peoria Unified School District.
    Bragg, Carle-Ogren, and Pulbratek share about the unique opportunities their classes offer students. They talk about what they would like other teachers to know about their classes and why they so enjoy teaching special-area subjects. They also discuss the standards their classes address and how what they teach fits into the Whole Child Approach to Education.
    Learn more about the Arizona K12 Center at azk12.org.

    • 37 min

Customer Reviews

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127 Ratings

Mrs. Buzan ,

The Positive Lounge

I love that this podcast is so positive and up-to-date. Every week revolves around a trending topic and even though some of this touch on important, sensitive educational issues, the moderators keep the focus in a problem-solving realm rather than a blame analysis. I've also noticed that every episode cycles around ideas and actions that are within individual teachers' locuses of control.

Catherine @ReadersLeadPD ,

Entertaining, educational and hits the spot!

Full of valuable information and insight. I’m relatively new to this podcast, but so far I love the frequency, the variety of topics, the length and caliber of guests.

Please keep up the nice work. It is greatly appreciated!

MoHo93 ,

Great Resource!

I think this podcast is a great resource for teachers to go to for insight on different topics to support them and their students in and out of the classroom!

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