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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

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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.

    S11 Episode 9: A Data Story of Hope and Possibility with Shane Safir and Dr. Jamila Dugan

    S11 Episode 9: A Data Story of Hope and Possibility with Shane Safir and Dr. Jamila Dugan

    When you hear about using data in your teaching practice, you may think about test scores, but Shane Safir and Dr. Jamila Dugan are expanding our idea about data and how we can use it to support our students and our teaching.
    Safir and Dugan are the co-authors of Street Data: A Next-Generation Model for Equity, Pedagogy, and School Transformation and will be speaking at this summer’s Teacher Leadership Institute.
    In this episode of 3Ps in a Pod, they talk with co-hosts Paula, Marlys, and Kathleen about what street-level data is and how it is different than “satellite data” or “map data.” Safir explains how people can collect street data through deep listening and how that deep listening can bring systemic change to schools and districts. Dugan explores how that deep listening and street data can bring voice to the marginalized and the vulnerability required to get to that transformative level.
    Safir and Dugan also reflect on how difficult teaching has been the past few years and share encouragement for those working to continue on and deepen their practice.
    Advance your teacher leadership and your understanding of street data at the 17th Annual Teacher Leadership Institute: New Possibilities Through Connections and Experiences from June 13-15 in Tucson. Learn more and register at azk12.org/TLI2022.
    Learn more about the Arizona K12 Center at azk12.org.

    • 46 min
    S11 Episode 8: The Power of Relationships in Teacher Leadership with Biju Padmanabhan

    S11 Episode 8: The Power of Relationships in Teacher Leadership with Biju Padmanabhan

    Welcome a new school principal and a new co-host of 3Ps in a Pod to today’s episode! New co-host Paula joins Marlys to talk with first-year principal Biju Padmanabhan about his transition from the classroom to leading a school community and what he’s learned through the past year.
    Padmanabhan is the principal of Gililland Middle School in Tempe Elementary School District and has worked to uplift the others around him through his leadership style. He shares with Paula and Marlys about what it means to center shared leadership and how he approaches leadership from a learner’s mindset.
    He also talks about the experience in his very first days of teaching that caused him to consider becoming a school leader. Padmanabhan reflects on the power of human relationships and community to strengthen a school and the great things going on at Gililland Middle School that “satellite data” doesn’t always show.
    Interested in what stepping into teacher leadership may look like for you? Join the Arizona K12 Center at the 17th Annual Teacher Leadership Institute this June. Learn more and register at azk12.org/TLI2022.
    Learn more about the Arizona K12 Center at azk12.org.

    • 23 min
    S11 Episode 7: Community, Collaboration, and Charm: The Camp Plug and Play Experience

    S11 Episode 7: Community, Collaboration, and Charm: The Camp Plug and Play Experience

    Tony Vincent is a familiar face at Arizona K12 Center’s technology events and will again be “the cruise director” at this summer’s Camp Plug and Play. 
    In this episode, Vincent shares the history of Camp Plug and Play and gives an overview of the returning strands “campers” can explore in depth this summer – Get Google Certified, Making HyperDocs, and Making Media – and introduces this year’s two new strands, Gamify Learning and New and Notable Tech Destinations.
    He also talks about what to do when something goes wrong with technology, even when you’re a “tech person” and how to use Wordle-like activities, like Flippity, in the classroom.
    Learn more about Camp Plug and Play 17.0: The Creative Technology Camp for Teachers at azk12.org/CPP. Spots are limited, so register soon!
    Learn more about the Arizona K12 Center at azk12.org.

    • 25 min
    S11 Episode 6: Cultivating Curiosity with Trevor MacKenzie

    S11 Episode 6: Cultivating Curiosity with Trevor MacKenzie

    Trevor MacKenzie is back on 3Ps on a Pod to talk with hosts Kathleen and Marlys about inquiry-based learning and what that truly looks like in the classroom.
    MacKenzie is a teacher, author, and speaker focused on the power of inquiry in learning. He will also be leading this summer’s 2nd Annual ATA Beginning Teacher Institute.
    MacKenzie talks with Kathleen and Marlys about what inquiry-based learning is and how it looks different than classes that aren’t inquiry-based. He speaks to the values that are a part of inquiry, including building a culture of relationships based in “psychological safety and vulnerability and openness.” He also shares how inquiry is like the trunk of a tree with branches that include project-based learning, problem-based learning, and some other frameworks and describes the sketchnote ‘The Tree of Inquiry,’ which demonstrates those relationships.
    While some teachers may be intimidated to move into  inquiry-based learning, MacKenzie explains that they may be thinking of ‘free inquiry,” which is the “deep end” of the inquiry pool. He references the sketchnote ‘Types of Student Inquiry’ that shows the other levels of inquiry-based learning students and teachers can explore.
    This summer, MacKenzie will guide new teachers in how to integrate more inquiry into their teaching. If you’re a teacher who will be in your first three years of teaching this fall, join MacKenzie and other new teachers  June 22 through 24 for the 2nd Annual ATA Beginning Teacher Institute. Google’s former Education Evangelist Jaime Casap and 2021 National Teacher of the Year Juliana Urtubey will also be leading sessions. Learn more and register at azk12.org/BTI22.
    Find more of Trevor MacKenzie’s resources at trevormackenzie.com. Learn more about the Arizona K12 Center at azk12.org.

    • 20 min
    S11 Episode 5: Powerful Moments in Math Class with Dr. Mike Flynn

    S11 Episode 5: Powerful Moments in Math Class with Dr. Mike Flynn

    Inspired by Chip Heath and Dan Heath’s book The Power of Moments, Dr. Mike Flynn has focused his work on how to create meaningful experiences for learners. In this episode of 3Ps in a Pod, he talks with hosts Donnie and Danielle about his exploration into making memorable moments in the math class and how he’ll help others explore that this summer through the Arizona K12 Center.
    Flynn is the Director of Mathematics Leadership Programs at Mount Holyoke College in Massachusetts and will be leading the Arizona K12 Center’s Arizona GEAR UP (Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs) Summer Math Institute on powerful moments in math class.
    It’s essential for students to feel seen and celebrated in their learning but that grew harder in some ways during the pandemic, Flynn explains. He speaks to why those and other moments of recognition are so important to student learning and why we need to infuse more of those moments into our teaching now.
    Flynn also talks about “missed moments” and the need for self-forgiveness.
    Learn more about and register for the Arizona GEAR UP Summer Math Institute June 16-18 in Tucson at azk12.org/gearup. Learn more about the Arizona K12 Center at azk12.org.

    • 31 min
    S11 Episode 4: Arizona Education Legislative Update with Chris Kotterman

    S11 Episode 4: Arizona Education Legislative Update with Chris Kotterman

    Note: This episode of 3Ps in a Pod was recorded before the February 21, 2022, vote by the Arizona Senate on the Aggregate Expenditure Limit. As education policy is continually in flux, especially during the legislative session, check out the resources listed below or a local news source to be the most up-to-date on education legislation and policy.
    More than 230 bills related to K-12 education were introduced into the Arizona Legislature this session and, as of early February, 88 were still active, according to Chris Kotterman, Director of Governmental Relations for the Arizona School Boards Association. 
    In today’s episode, hosts Donnie and Marlys talk with Kotterman about Arizona legislation and news. They begin their conversation with Kotterman explaining the Aggregate Expenditure Limit and the impact the spending limit would have on many K-12 schools across the state. Kotterman then reviews a few education-related bills that are receiving a lot of attention:
    HB 2112, a bill that speaks to what can and can not be referenced in the classroom,  SB 1211, a bill that has teachers post all of their learning materials and activities online ahead of the school year, SB 1657, a bill that expands the Empowerment Scholarship Account (ESA) program Kotterman also shares an update on Proposition 208.
    To stay up-to-date on education-related legislation, Kotterman suggests checking out the Arizona School Boards Association’s advocacy page and signing up for email updates at asbagr.substack.com.
    To learn more about the Arizona K12 Center, visit azk12.org.

    • 29 min

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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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