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Educators! Is your passion tank running on empty? Look no further. Gretchen of Always A Lesson has a double dose of just what you need. Come fill yourself up with an Empowering Educators podcast to start your day feeling… EMPOWERED!



Includes empowering messages weekly with new episodes released early Monday morning just in time for your commute. Excellent source of professional development, inspiration, empowerment, as well as techniques and strategies that are best practices. Listeners include new teachers, teachers in distress or transition and teacher leaders. #education

Always A Lesson's Empowering Educators Podcast Gretchen Bridgers | Education Podcast Network

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    • 4.9 • 267 Ratings

Educators! Is your passion tank running on empty? Look no further. Gretchen of Always A Lesson has a double dose of just what you need. Come fill yourself up with an Empowering Educators podcast to start your day feeling… EMPOWERED!



Includes empowering messages weekly with new episodes released early Monday morning just in time for your commute. Excellent source of professional development, inspiration, empowerment, as well as techniques and strategies that are best practices. Listeners include new teachers, teachers in distress or transition and teacher leaders. #education

    CH Bonus: Adapting to Different Teacher Needs

    CH Bonus: Adapting to Different Teacher Needs

    The end of the school year is the perfect time to reflect and prepare for the following year. It is important that we don't assume teachers need the same support year after year, and that we get to the root of the problems we can help with. Listen in on this Clubhouse Chat where we share strategies for adapting your coaching methods to meet the needs of all teachers.
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    Find the true root of the problem.

    Divide and conquer.

    To be an effective leader, you don’t have to do it all.

    Lean on folks, but don’t push.

    You have to figure out what someone needs in order to get better, and a lot of times, it is not what they are asking for.

    People first, mindset second, professional growth third.

    You can be an effective professional and still be yourself.

    When you can leverage the talent within your building you become such a stronger leader.



    Link to Coaching Summit
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    Email: gretchen@alwaysalesson.com

    Blog: https://alwaysalesson.com/blog/ (Always A Lesson)

    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AlwaysALesson/ (Always A Lesson)

    Twitter: https://twitter.com/gschultek/ (@gschultek)

    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/always.a.lesson/ (A.Lesson)

    Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/GretchenSchultekBridgers/ (Gretchen Schultek Bridgers)

    Book: https://alwaysalesson.com/product/elementary-educ-101-what-they-didnt-teach-you-in-college/ (Elementary EDUC 101: What They Didn’t Teach You in College)



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    • 58 min
    265: Interview with Beth Segner

    265: Interview with Beth Segner

    Beth Segner found herself burnt out where she was in education. That burn out ultimately lead her to a role of coaching which reignited her passion for education. Beth chats all things coaching and early math education. Tune in to hear actionable steps you can take right now to ensure you stay motivated, focused and productive!
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    If they’re not seeing it in action, chances are, they are not going to implement it.

    We as coaches are connectors.

    You will be successful because you’re always trying to improve.

    There’s no set number of years that makes a great educator.



    About Beth:
    Beth Segner is a math instructional coach at a K-5 school in Tennessee. She has experience in coaching new and veteran teachers, best practices for math instruction, co-teaching strategies, systematizing data meetings to maximize effectiveness, and math interventions for struggling students. Beth aspires to contribute to the work of developing teachers’ capacity to understand math more deeply, follow the CRA model for mathematical understanding, and reduce math anxiety in students. Her educational passions include developing number sense, conceptual understanding, productive struggle, and the belief that EVERYONE can learn math.
    Connect with Gretchen

    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/elementarymathcoach/?hl=en (@elementarymathcoach )

    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/elementarymathcoach/ (The Elementary Math Coach )

    Website: https://bethsegner.com/ (www.bethsegner.com)



    Linked - Media Mentioned:

    https://gfletchy.com/ (Graham Fletcher)

    https://brenebrown.com/ (Brene Brown)



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    Email: gretchen@alwaysalesson.com

    Blog: https://alwaysalesson.com/blog/ (Always A Lesson)

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    Twitter: https://twitter.com/gschultek/ (@gschultek)

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    Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/GretchenSchultekBridgers/ (Gretchen Schultek Bridgers)

    Book: https://alwaysalesson.com/product/elementary-educ-101-what-they-didnt-teach-you-in-college/ (Elementary EDUC 101: What They Didn’t Teach You in College)



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    • 31 min
    CH Bonus: Prepping Our Leadership Now for the Upcoming School Year

    CH Bonus: Prepping Our Leadership Now for the Upcoming School Year

    As we get closer to the end of the school year, sometimes we feel like we are being pulled in every direction. Schedules also change in the spring semester, and sometimes we find ourselves with nooks and crannies of time that we didn’t have before. Listen in on this Clubhouse Chat where our guest educator – Mel – shares her tips and tricks for leveraging your time now in order to be better prepared for next year.
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    Celebration is helpful for the brain.

    Random acts of appreciation can make a difference.

    Everyone deserves to have their brains stretched.

    Don’t be afraid to just sit still for a minute and reflect.

    The only way to grow as a leader, is to expose yourself to people who are different.

    When you are fully fulfilled, you become more passionate about what you do.

    Doing anything to build community and camaraderie should be at the top of the list.



    Link to Coaching Summit
    https://www.simplycoachingsummit.com/a/19590/xdLFeEkF (https://www.simplycoachingsummit.com/a/19590/xdLFeEkF)
    Link to Blog Post
    https://alwaysalesson.com/10-end-of-year-tasks-for-instructional-coaches/ (https://alwaysalesson.com/10-end-of-year-tasks-for-instructional-coaches/)
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    Connect with Melnequa Holloway

    Twitter: @Melnequah

    Facebook: Melnequa Holloway



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    Email: gretchen@alwaysalesson.com

    Blog: https://alwaysalesson.com/blog/ (Always A Lesson)

    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AlwaysALesson/ (Always A Lesson)

    Twitter: https://twitter.com/gschultek/ (@gschultek)

    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/always.a.lesson/ (A.Lesson)

    Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/GretchenSchultekBridgers/ (Gretchen Schultek Bridgers)

    Book: https://alwaysalesson.com/product/elementary-educ-101-what-they-didnt-teach-you-in-college/ (Elementary EDUC 101: What They Didn’t Teach You in College)



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    • 48 min
    264: Interview with John Schembari

    264: Interview with John Schembari

    John Schembari shares about his journey within the education world. He discusses what it takes to be a true teacher leader and how you can leverage past experiences to add value to your teacher leadership journey.
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    A true leader understands that it’s about empowering the community, not necessarily empowering themselves.




    We cannot do this alone. It requires all of us to step up and give our best.




    Educators throughout time have had similar concerns and stress… take comfort in that.




    You can have all the content knowledge in the world but if you can’t transmit it or get other people interested in it, you can’t teach.




    Sometimes you just need the right person to say the right thing at the right time.




    You have to help raise and grow people first and then everything else comes.




    That ignites my passion, to see the spread of good things. Not bad things.





    About John:
    Dr. John Schembari is an Improvement Coach through which he supports teachers and school leaders by performing on site evaluations, identifying data informed trends, reviewing curriculum/assessment materials, creating improvement plans, coaching individuals one-on-one, developing and delivering group trainings to educators, and implementing evidence-based instructional strategies that improve teaching practices and increase student learning. John’s areas of specific interest include the facilitation of professional learning communities and educator affinity networks, implementation of project-based learning, and the development of teaching practices that promote student engagement, equity, and inclusion. Prior to his time as a consultant, he served as a middle school teacher, high school social studies teacher, founding high school principal, K-12 district CAO, leadership development facilitator, and as national director of teacher and school leader learning. John also has lived/worked internationally in Japan, Saudi Arabia, and The United Kingdom, and, occasionally, performs on site reviews of American curriculum schools in The United Arab Emirates. Raised in New Jersey, he received his undergraduate degree from the University of Mary Washington (VA), his master’s degree in public administration from the University of Pittsburgh (PA), his second master’s degree in educational supervision from Montclair State University (NJ), and his doctorate in educational leadership from Seton Hall University (NJ).
    Linked - Media Mentioned:

    Linkedin - https://www.linkedin.com/in/johnaschembari/ (https://www.linkedin.com/in/johnaschembari/)

    https://www.amazon.com/s?k=cultivating+genuisandgclid=CjwKCAiA4KaRBhBdEiwAZi1zzm7dL9RaYKiptbX6bqAsCSjPfJDAHxHWM0afIXZR5O9vohTHkIm_NxoCDlwQAvD_BwEandhvadid=582217944633andhvdev=candhvlocphy=9014993andhvnetw=gandhvqmt=eandhvrand=8952257047922844262andhvtargid=kwd-1634531577331andhydadcr=7691_9903761andtag=googhydr-20andref=pd_sl_3rd9497dfc_e ("Cultivating Genius" by Gholdy Muhammad)

    https://marshallmemo.com/ ("The Marshall Memo" Kim Marshall)

    https://www.the74million.org/ (The 74)

    https://www.edweek.org/ (Education Week)

    https://www.ascd.org/el (Educational Leadership)

    https://www.themainidea.net/about/ (The Main Idea)



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    Email: gretchen@alwaysalesson.com

    Blog: https://alwaysalesson.com/blog/ (Always A Lesson)

    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AlwaysALesson/ (Always A Lesson)

    Twitter: https://twitter.com/gschultek/ (@gschultek)

    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/always.a.lesson/ (Always.A.Lesson)

    • 46 min
    CH Bonus: Tried and True Tips for Coaching Teachers

    CH Bonus: Tried and True Tips for Coaching Teachers

    Coaching can be isolating. Sometimes we are at the end of our rope and thinking what else can I try? Tune in to this Bonus Clubhouse Episode where our guest educator – Kelsey – shares her tried and true tips on how to be the instructional coach that your teachers need. This chat not only provides tips on how to help teachers, but also ways to grow as a coach and not get overwhelmed in this leadership role.
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    A short, pin-pointed coaching cycle can be motivating for teachers.

    Sometimes it doesn’t matter that you have years of experience or degrees, but that you have an outside perspective.

    It’s important as an instructional coach to shift and redirect some of the negative and toxic conversations.

    The best leaders are quiet.

    Sometimes there are seasons where you need to pump the breaks in order to get somewhere faster.

    Lean into your master teachers and veteran teachers in your building.

    Keep feedback new and exciting.

    You can’t pour from an empty cup; take care of yourself.



    Link to Coaching Summit
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    Connect with Kelsey Bodie

    Instagram: @kelsey.bodie

    Twitter: @kelsey_bodie

    Website: www.kelseybodie.com



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    Email: gretchen@alwaysalesson.com

    Blog: https://alwaysalesson.com/blog/ (Always A Lesson)

    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AlwaysALesson/ (Always A Lesson)

    Twitter: https://twitter.com/gschultek/ (@gschultek)

    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/always.a.lesson/ (A.Lesson)

    Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/GretchenSchultekBridgers/ (Gretchen Schultek Bridgers)

    Book: https://alwaysalesson.com/product/elementary-educ-101-what-they-didnt-teach-you-in-college/ (Elementary EDUC 101: What They Didn’t Teach You in College)



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    • 1 hr 8 min
    263: Wait Until Your Words Have Weight

    263: Wait Until Your Words Have Weight

    Do your words have weight? Does the feedback you give to those that you coach provide the results that you know are possible or does your feedback land flat? What do you need to do in order to give feedback that people hear and apply? Tune in to gain some practical tips to help you gain influence with those you coach.
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    In order for feedback to create change, it's got to be at the right time with the right relationship between the people.

    Words have weight only when you value who it is coming from.

    Being ready to listen- that's the first step.

    We are in the business of growing people. If we can't reach them as people first, we can't reach them as professionals next.

    Influence is an honor.



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    Email: gretchen@alwaysalesson.com

    Blog: https://alwaysalesson.com/blog/ (Always A Lesson)

    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AlwaysALesson/ (Always A Lesson)

    Twitter: https://twitter.com/gschultek/ (@gschultek)

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    Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/GretchenSchultekBridgers/ (Gretchen Schultek Bridgers)

    Book: https://alwaysalesson.com/product/elementary-educ-101-what-they-didnt-teach-you-in-college/ (Elementary EDUC 101: What They Didn’t Teach You in College)



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    • 21 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
267 Ratings

267 Ratings

Keeps me inspired! ,

Wow! A Much Needed Boost

Teachers everywhere are stressed out more than ever before. This podcast tackles the tough topics and says what we’re all feeling out loud. So nice to feel like you’re not alone.

makenzie132 ,

Amazing episode!

This was one of the best episodes ever. Gretchen’s personal story about her son was so beautifully and honestly connected to lessons we can all learn—as parents, people, and as educators. I will be listening to it a couple times to really let it sink in. Thank you, Gretchen!!

Nate804 ,

A Much Needed Podcast

Educators working in such a time as this face challenges like never before. That makes this podcast needed like never before. Great quality content for those putting their hearts on the line day in and day out.

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