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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.

    AI in Education, Part 2: But Is It Cheating?

    AI in Education, Part 2: But Is It Cheating?

    In this second part of our four-part series on AI in Education, guest host Dr. Chad Gestson asks the question that is on many educators’ minds: “Is AI cheating?” He and Dr. LeeAnn Lindsey talk to Arizona Dr. Punya Mishra about academic and professional integrity, and why AI should be a catalyst to rethink “plagiarism” and “cheating."
     
    Dr. Gestson and Dr. Lindsey are both a part of the Arizona Institute for Education and the Economy, a part of Northern Arizona University, while Dr. Mishra is associate dean of scholarship and innovation and professor in the Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College at Arizona State University. 
     
    Dr. Mishra broadens the conversation to talk about what cheating is in general and how we approach assessment. The discussion about AI and cheating is an opportunity to talk deeply about how we evaluate learning, he shares. That connects to a larger conversation about the purpose of the preK-12 education system, he explains.
     
    The three also talk about the role of agency and autonomy in learning. They also discuss the need for a class like the Theory of Knowledge class that is a part of the International Bacalaureate program for students to better understand the creation and sharing of ideas.
     
    Learn more about he Arizona K12 Center at azk12.org. 

    • 39 min
    AI in Education, Part 1: AI and Workforce Development

    AI in Education, Part 1: AI and Workforce Development

    As artificial intelligence tools have become far more accessible in the past year, “AI” has become a major conversation for not just schools and education but in all aspects of life. That’s why we’re diving into discussions about AI in education in this four-part series with guest host Dr. Chad Gestson, executive director of the Arizona Institute for Education and the Economy, and Dr. LeeAnn Lindsey, strategic planning director of the Arizona Institute for Education and the Economy.
     
    In this episode, Dr. Gestson and Dr. Lindsey set the stage about how they became personally interested in this work, the discussions they’ve heard across Arizona, and why the new Arizona Institute for Education and the Economy is focusing on AI.
     
    Dr. Gestson also gives an overview of how AI came to be where it is today, where it’s going, and what that can mean for Arizona schools and workplace development. Alan Turing published the first significant paper on AI in 1950, launching a focus on this new field before it entered an “AI winter.” Then, an influx of new AI tools and robots launched in the 2000s and has continued momentum. He also references the seven stages of artificial intelligence and talks about four branches of AI that listeners should be aware of: 
    generative AI tools like ChatGPT
    Natural language processing like Alexa, Siri, or other smart speakers
    AI-powered robotics like Roombas
    Robotics process automation like Timely for creating school master schedules
     
    Vince Yanez, the Helios Education Foundation’s senior vice president of community engagement and strategic partnerships, then joins the podcast to discuss the role of AI in workforce development. He and Dr. Gestson discuss how AI will eliminate or alter some jobs while also introducing new jobs. They also discuss what it looks like to prepare students in the midst of this emerging future.
     
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    Learn more about the Arizona K12 Center at azk12.org.

    • 43 min
    National Board Pulse on Education with NBPTS CEO Peggy Brookins

    National Board Pulse on Education with NBPTS CEO Peggy Brookins

    It’s been an exciting last few months for the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards. Today, 3Ps in a Pod host Juliana Urtubey talks with CEO Peggy Brookins about recent National Board news and conversations.
     
    Peggy shares about the vision and work of the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards and the benefits of National Board Certification for educators and their students. She also reflects on how both the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate introduced resolutions in January 2024 that recognize “the importance and contributions of National Board Certified Teachers” (NBCTs) and reflects.
     
    More than 3,500 educators certified as NBCTs in December 2023, more than 700 than the previous year. Peggy talks about some of the dynamics that have led to that increase, including expanding the process to newer teachers and incentives at the state and district levels.
     
    Peggy also talks about the need to better retain quality teachers and how National Board Certification can be a part of addressing that need. She speaks to how networks of NBCTs across the country are helping both advance National Board Certification and also lead in addressing the current challenges in education.
     
    In this episode, Peggy references the Learning Policy Institute’s research and tool that calculates the cost of teacher turnover in a school or district.
     
    If you’re interested in starting your National Board Certification journey, visit azk12.org.

    • 29 min
    Professional Learning Together with Dr. Jennifer Robinson

    Professional Learning Together with Dr. Jennifer Robinson

    When Dr. Jennifer Robinson first attended the Arizona K12 Center’s annual Teacher Leadership Institute, she was the only one from her district but connected with other “lone wolves.” She learned there but has since found even more value in bringing a team to this annual summer conference. 
    She shares with 3Ps host Paula about how she brings a variety of personnel from her school with her to Teacher Leadership Institute and how they synthesize their learning together and also share with the rest of their school together. Dr. Robinson reflects on the power of stepping away from the usual routine and connecting with other districts and those outside of education to transform your thinking about your work.
    Learn more about this year’s 19th Annual Teacher Leadership Institute at azk12.org/TLI.
    Learn more about the Arizona K12 Center at azk12.org.

    • 17 min
    Don’t Burn Out, Burn In with Julia King Pool

    Don’t Burn Out, Burn In with Julia King Pool

    Julia King Pool joined us last season to talk about the psychology behind the concept of burning in rather than burning out. In this episode, she continues that conversation by sharing specific strategies for approaching some difficult scenarios you might have encountered.
    Hosts Juliana and Marlys ask Julia several questions about stressful scenarios educators often find themselves in. These include difficult conversations with a student’s parent, balancing creativity and autonomy with a scripted curriculum, and not feeling supported at school.
    Julia provides research-backed steps for these situations and also talks through strategies to help educators’ wellbeing all around. She references Sabine Sonnentag’s work around recovering from the workday in talking about how educators can work toward balance. Sonnentag outlines four aspects to help recover from a workday, including psychological detachment, relaxation, mastery experiences, and control. Julia talks with Juliana and Marlys about the variety of ways those might look for an individual.
    This episode also references this RAND research report and also Yuval Noah Harari, author of Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind. 
    Learn more about Julia King Pool’s work at BurninMindset.com or by connecting with her on LinkedIn.
    Learn more about the Arizona K12 Center at azk12.org.

    • 34 min
    National Board Support: How Litchfield Elementary Has Grown This Work

    National Board Support: How Litchfield Elementary Has Grown This Work

    National Board Certification is the most respected professional certification available in education and provides numerous benefits to teachers, students, and schools. Today, 3Ps in a Pod host Donnie talks with four educators from Litchfield Elementary School District about how they have structured and grown their support for National Board Certification candidates to, in turn, better support students.
    Joining us from Litchfield Elementary School District are New National Board Certified Teacher (NBCT) Sarah Beyer; National Board candidate Norma Coria; and Allison Paterno, NBCT, and Miriam Wilson, NBCT, two National Board candidate support providers.
    Miriam and Allison share about the support they received when they were going through the National Board Certification and how that inspired them to build out more support for others in their district. They reference how both COVID and the Arizona K12 Center’s National Board Academy pushed them to be creative in how they provide support. They share the ways support can look, including providing time for candidates to work on their components and stipends for NBCTs in the district.
    All four share about why they pursued National Board Certification, and they reflect on the impact the process has had on them as individual educators and on students and their district.
    Learn more about National Board support in Arizona at azk12.org. Attend this summer’s Arizona National Board Academy to help expand your district’s National Board support. Learn more and register at azk12.org/nbacademy2024.
    Learn more about the Arizona K12 Center at azk12.org.

    • 27 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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