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.
Giving Students Their Learning Back Through Restorative Practices with Dr. Dominique Smith, S12 Episode 8
How do we turn behavior into a teachable moment? That’s a primary question that Dominique Smith, Doug Fisher, and Nancy Frey address in The Restorative Practices Playbook. In this episode of 3Ps in a Pod, Dr. Dominique Smith joins hosts Paula and Kathy to talk about restorative practices and how he went from being a naysayer to an advocate for this work.
Dr. Dominique Smith shares about how his own experiences as a student and as a teacher influenced his journey with restorative practice and why this approach to behavior is so important at all levels.
He explains how the teacher’s relationship with a student is the most powerful impact on that student’s behavior and learning. Creating that relationship is difficult but important. He also notes that restorative practices work is not about getting rid of discipline or consequences but about teaching about behavior through the consequences.
Smith also uses concerns about students’ cell phone use to illustrate how relationships and restorative practice can change the expectations and climate in a classroom environment.
If you enjoyed this episode, you may also enjoy our past episodes with Dr. Dominique Smith:
S7 Episode 9: Social Emotional Learning for Staff and Students with Dr. Dominique Smith S1 Episode 3: Restorative Practice You can join the waitlist for the Restorative Practices Playbook two-day event with Dr. Smith at azk12.org/RestorativePracticesPlaybook.
Learn more about the Arizona K12 Center at azk12.org.
Looking Ahead with Aspiring Teachers, S12 Episode 7
What is drawing Arizona’s future teachers to education, and what are these aspiring teachers’ hopes and fears about teaching here? That’s what we’re talking about today with two Northern Arizona University education students and one of their education professors.
Hosts Josh and Juliana welcome NAU College of Education students Alexa Negrete and Ainsley Brubaker and Associate Clinical Professor of Educational Studies Michelle Novelli to the podcast to talk about their excitement about the world of education.
Negrete and Brubaker share why they have chosen to join the education profession and also why Novelli has chosen to work specifically with aspiring teachers.
Negrete and Brubaker reflect on what they see themselves bringing to their teaching as individuals and also what their generation of teachers bring to the classroom and their advice to today’s high school students considering becoming teachers.
Negrete, Brubaker, and Novelli also discuss the Arizona Teachers Academy that provides pre-service teachers with a free education degree, mentoring, and professional development for teaching three years in Arizona.
Learn more about the Arizona K12 Center at azk12.org.
Stepping Back in the Closet? Reflecting on the LGBTQ+ Educator Experience
As educators, we strive to build a safe and supportive environment for all our students as well as our colleagues. In this extended episode, you’ll hear from a few Arizona educators who identify as gay or lesbian and a former teacher whose son came out as gay during his middle school years as we together discuss the LGBTQ+ experience within the world of education.
Host Donnie welcomes Maria and Mike to the podcast to share about the bright moments and the challenges they’ve experienced because of their identities and the impact of that on their teaching and education work, while Stephanie shares about her son’s experience.
Mike and Donnie also share about some of the challenges of being men in a female-majority workplace.
Donnie and today’s guests talk about the need for training and professional development related to caring and supporting for LGBTQ+ students and staff.
Here are some resources connected to today’s episode:
Learning for Justice’s Gender and Sexual Identity Resources The Safe Zone Project GLSEN Learn more about the Arizona K12 Center at azk12.org.
Paws in Schools, S12 Episode 5
If you miss having a four-legged friend with you at school every day, you may love this episode. Today, we’re exploring the Pawsitive Peers Foundation school therapy dog program in Mesa Public Schools, which allows staff to adopt local shelter dogs and train them to be certified therapy dogs.
Mesa Public Schools boasts one of the largest in-school dog therapy programs in the country, and hosts Daniela and Kathleen talk with dog lover and 2022 Arizona Teacher of the Year Nancy Parra-Quinlan about the program and the impact of therapy dogs on students and staff.
Parra-Quinlan explains the details of the Pawsitive Peers Foundation program and shares about her experiences training her dogs “Bear” and “Olaf” to become in-school therapy school. She also speaks to how she and the dogs navigate students’ possible fears or anxieties about dogs and to the benefits that the dogs provide for students and, in turn, that the students provide for the dogs.
Learn more about the Pawsitive Peers Foundation at pawsitivepeers.com and find photos and information about the program in action at Mesa Public Schools at mpsaz.org/commed/pawsitivepeers.
Here are some additional resources about therapy dogs in school:
“Therapy Dog Programs: Improving Student and Staff Well-Being” from the National Association of Secondary School Principals “Review of the Research: Are Therapy Dogs in Classrooms Beneficial?” from the Forum on Public Policy “Therapy Dogs in Educational Settings: Guidelines and Recommendations for Implementation” from the National Library of Medicine Learn more about the Arizona K12 Center at azk12.org.
Away from Home: American Indian Boarding Schools, Season 12 E5
In recognition of National Day of Remembrance for U.S. Indian Boarding Schools on September 30, we are discussing the history of American Indian boarding schools and the continued legacy of this part of our history.
Hosts Daniela and Donnie welcome Marcus Monenerkit from the Heard Museum to the podcast to speak about the history of American Indian boarding schools and the Away From Home: American Indian Boarding School Stories exhibit at the Heard Museum.
Monenerkit shares about what students and families experienced, including a bit of his own family’s experiences and about the American Indian boarding schools now present on Steele Indian School Park in central Phoenix. He speaks to the trauma and challenges students and their families faced and how that continues to affect American Indian individuals and families today.
He also details some of the policy and mindsets that led to the creation of American Indian boarding schools, how they changed over time, and what current-day American Indian boarding schools are like today.
Here are a few resources connected to today’s discussion:
Away From Home: American Indian Boarding School Stories exhibit at the Heard Museum Video about the history of American Indian Boarding Schools from the Heard Museum Statement by U.S. Department of the Interior Secretary Deb Haaland on the Truth and Healing Commission on Indian Boarding School Policies Act Learn more about the Arizona K12 Center at azk12.org.
Mentorship: Building Relationships with Teachers, S12 Episode 3
You know how important it is to build strong relationships with students, and it’s just as important for mentors to build that trust and rapport with teachers. Today, hosts Kathleen and Paula talk with Treva Jenkins from Maricopa Unified School District about how to build those strong relationships with new teachers to best support their growth and confidence in the classroom.
Jenkins, a beginning teacher mentor who also teaches a class of students, shares how she prioritizes relationship-building and listening in her first year of mentoring a teacher. She notes how important it was for her to find a veteran mentor to support her work as a mentor and encourages other mentors to do the same.
Jenkins also explains how she prioritized continuing to teach a class that can double as a clinic for beginning teachers to visit and watch Jenkins teach and interact with students. She emphasizes how active listening is often the most powerful thing a mentor can provide a new teacher.
Consider enhancing your mentoring and coaching skills with one of these upcoming events at the Arizona K12 Center:
Supporting a System of Growth, Feedback, and Accountability: An Experience for Instructional Coaches and Instructional Mentors at azk12.org/SystemofGrowth Arizona New Teacher Induction Network Meeting at azk12.org/AZNTIN Learn more about the Arizona K12 Center at azk12.org.
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.
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!
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!