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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

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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

    238: Diagnose the Disconnect

    238: Diagnose the Disconnect

    We can't help people grow when we are expecting everyone to learn at the same rate or in the same way. In order to lead or teach effectively, we have to be able to get under the hood and diagnose the disconnect. We have to let everyone grow in a way that is meaningful to them and we have to provide the support they need to get better! Tune in to hear tips on how to help diagnose the disconnect you may be experiencing with those you lead.
    https://alwaysalesson.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/diagnose-the-disconnect.png ()QuotablesWe need to water our initiatives with intention and follow through.
    We can't just guess what we think is happening and apply a solution, we have to do case by case scenarios.
    Look under the hood of your own instruction and leadership to diagnose the disconnect.
    When we expect everyone to learn at the rate or in the same way we kill their potential.
    When we are growing people's skillset sometimes we need more rounds of practice to get muscle memory.
    When we know our people we can grow our people.
    Episode Mentionshttps://www.amazon.com/gp/product/195160010X/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8andcamp=1789andcreative=9325andcreativeASIN=195160010XandlinkCode=as2andtag=alwales-20andlinkId=1f98989426cb4032de4906ffa9e46ba4 (Teach Your Class Off)
    https://alwaysalesson.com/episodes/220-bonus-edition-interview-with-cj-reynolds/ (Episode 220: Bonus Interview with CJ Reynolds)
    https://alwaysalesson.com/episodes/18-seeds-that-sprout/ (Episode 18: Seeds that Sprout )
    Join the Simply Coaching SummitIf you support and lead teachers, this virtual retreat is for you! July 12-14, 2021.
    https://www.sctacademy.com/2021-simply-coaching-summit?ref=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.sctacademy.com%2Fa%2F19590%2FQ42Ns5mv%3Ffbclid%3DIwAR1ndrHjjslJwn_lJlUmPmd-IlC2ETPHmsm-4oyra-NdEnoOzwIq2YeklOk (Simply Coaching Summit)
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    Connect with GretchenEmail: 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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    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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    • 19 min
    237: Building Capacity in Others

    237: Building Capacity in Others

    https://alwaysalesson.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/empowering-educators-podcast-7.png ()QuotablesOur single decision to provide an exquisite learning experience to students and teachers effects the trajectory of so many lives.
    You have to be available and make an invitation in order to be personable and visible.
    Students give you just as much as you give them. They are a participant.
    Join the Simply Coaching RetreatIf you support and lead teachers, this virtual retreat is for you! March 19-21st, 2021!
    https://www.sctacademy.com/simply-coaching-retreat?ref=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.sctacademy.com%2Fa%2F19590%2Fs6BtaxLo%3Ffbclid%3DIwAR0WDBsSKduDM1cTNOanw6juk0AKumceRet-Lvk4pciHOrFMnOxhsYAtUo0 (Simply Coaching Retreat)
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    • 13 min
    235: Bonus Episode- Interview with Dustin Pearson

    235: Bonus Episode- Interview with Dustin Pearson

    Dustin is a seven year educator in suburban Kansas City Missouri who teaches high school special education. Dustin is a devout believer and practitioner of relationship building with all stakeholders and uses differentiated instruction, PBL, Inquiry, and career based practices to prepare his students for post secondary success. Dustin is also a leader, writer, learner, and implements a holistic whole child approach that is based on reflection, mindfulness, and compassion. Dustin is completing his first novel on building effective co teaching teams and will begin his doctoral in Educational Leadership in the summer of 2021. Tune in to for this special bonus edition episode which includes an interview with Dustin Pearson.
    QuotablesBuild relationships with all stakeholders. Build strong partnerships with partners and work together. Communicate all the time and have that consistent flow of communication.
    90% of parent interactions are positive. They just want you to have a positive experience with their child.
    I take what I do seriously, but I don’t take myself seriously. When I look at great teachers, I look at someone who really has passion for really helping our youth be better citizens for tomorrow. I look at someone who is a relationships builder with stakeholders. I look at someone who is a communicator. I look at someone who is innovative and takes chances. I look at somebody that has a growth mindset and someone who is striving to be better.
    New Teachers- We are here to help and we are here to support you, guide you and to listen to you. Maintain the positive mindset and know that everyday is new day to grow and to have an impact. Reach out because there are so many educators that want to help you.
    Distressed teachers- Know that you are not alone. What you are feeling is natural because you are human. Those feelings aren’t always going to be there. Be a little selfish and take care of you first. If you can’t or don’t take care of you, your students aren’t getting the best of you. Adopt mindfulness.
    Stop thinking within the wall of your school or district. There is something out there for everyone if you are willing to look. Explore multiple outlets for growth.
    If you set up the environment so that students can excel and teach each other you can step back for a moment and just watch it unfold.
    Building Effective Co-Teaching Teams is a book Dustin is currently writing. It explains how Dustin has used them, what it is, sample lessons, different models, and educator spotlights from educators around the world. Coming soon!
    As a mentor you need to ask why. Ask why did you do this? What is your goal? Give resources and strategies that are available.
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    Links Mentionedhttps://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/schools-of-thought/id1500612972#episodeGuid=65e34635-4887-4be0-8894-d8769b152e02 (School of Thought Podcast with Gretchen)
    Connect with GretchenEmail: gretchen@alwaysalesson.com
    Blog: https://alwaysalesson.com/blog/ (Always A Lesson)
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    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)
    Connect with DustinTwitter: https://twitter.com/dustinpearson2?lang=en (@dustinpearson2)
    Email: dpearson16@outlook.com
    Website: https://weareoneteameducation.wordpress.com/ (https://weareoneteameducation.wordpress.com/)
    YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCYEjO9Dr9q6aJ8-SBApIUAQ (We Are One Team)
    Check back soon for Dustin's Book!
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    • 40 min
    234: Why Your Mentorship Program isn’t Working

    234: Why Your Mentorship Program isn’t Working

    Is the mentorship program at your school not working? After years of experience, I find there are two main factors that make mentorship programs unsuccessful. This leads to less teacher success and more teachers leaving the field due to lack of support. This can all be easily changed with a mentorship program that provides teachers with ongoing support and keeps them invested in their career. Tune in to hear actionable steps that will help improvement your mentorship program!
    https://alwaysalesson.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/Empowered-Educators-Podcast-Episodes-31.png ()QuotablesWhy is your mentorship not working? It's not flexible and it's not personalized.
    Create physical space for mentorship to happen. Space on the calendar and a location to meet.
    We need to support teachers where they are. There needs to be an onboarding process.
    Keep growing and accelerate the effectiveness of the staff as a whole.
    Problem solve whatever obstacles your teachers are facing. Are the mentors still the right match?
    Space, support and strategies are the key features to continue evolving your mentorship program.
    Teachers that are supported will stay around even if it's the worst year ever when they feel heard and are invested.
    When you feel like you have people on your team who are invested, you will work hard for them.
    Join the Simply Coaching RetreatIf you support and lead teachers, this virtual retreat is for you! March 19-21st, 2021!
    https://www.sctacademy.com/simply-coaching-retreat?ref=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.sctacademy.com%2Fa%2F19590%2Fs6BtaxLo%3Ffbclid%3DIwAR0WDBsSKduDM1cTNOanw6juk0AKumceRet-Lvk4pciHOrFMnOxhsYAtUo0 (Simply Coaching Retreat)
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    • 19 min
    233: Become a Standout Leader

    233: Become a Standout Leader

    Do you want to become a standout leader? When you are a standout leader, you effect the teachers you lead and their students. Over time, your effect is ongoing and makes a big impact. In this episode I outline how to become a standout leader that is admirable, effective and top notch. Tune for actionable steps for taking your leadership to the next level!
    https://alwaysalesson.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/Empowered-Educators-Podcast-Episodes-29.png () QuotablesA standout leader is admirable, effective and top notch. They are able to effect teachers and students.
    We can not help others be great if we are not great ourselves.
    Chase your own PD. There is always something you can learn.
    Be a people watcher. When you are in public, look around at people. Who is listening? What makes people draws to others? These things can make you a better teacher and a better leader of others.
    Twitter chats, clubhouse and social media are great resources. Get in there and comment, don't just scroll.
    You can find people inside and outside of your industry to help you grow. What is it that makes these people great in their industry? How can you apply it to yourself?
    If we aren't putting anything into practice, we aren't actually helping anyone. You have to execute. Use a journal and make it concrete.
    Don't forget to get feedback from the people you lead. It is valuable and insightful.
    Use a post it notes to have a visible reminder of your goals.
    Join the Simply Coaching RetreatIf you support and lead teachers, this virtual retreat is for you! March 19-21st, 2021!
    https://www.sctacademy.com/simply-coaching-retreat?ref=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.sctacademy.com%2Fa%2F19590%2Fs6BtaxLo%3Ffbclid%3DIwAR0WDBsSKduDM1cTNOanw6juk0AKumceRet-Lvk4pciHOrFMnOxhsYAtUo0 (Simply Coaching Retreat)
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    • 29 min
    232: Do You Manage or Lead?

    232: Do You Manage or Lead?

    Did you know that could manage and lead at the same time? You don't have to be one or the other, in any one role or title. What you do have to do is ADJUST. You have to be flexible and adjust the way you lead and manage, depending on what those that you lead need at that time. Tune in to hear actionable steps to hone your management and leadership skills.
    https://alwaysalesson.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/Do-you-Manage-or-Lead.png () QuotablesWhen do you manage and when do you decide to be the CEO and the visionary?
    You can be a manager and leader at the same time without changing your job, role or title.
    If we only ever lead in one way we deflate the talent that is within our teachers.
    Managing people is necessary when they are new to something or low preforming. It can also be debilitating if when people are creative or come in with high expectations and a good foundation.
    You need both management and leadership to be successful. You need balance.
    When you are leading some people don't want any bumpers (like a bowling alley) and some people absolutely do want bumpers. You have to decide who you are leading.
    Set your processes for supporting teachers. Have goal setting meetings. Work one on one and ADJUST as you go.
    Flexibility and how we show up to serve people demonstrates our strengths as leaders.
    Categorize the people you lead. Who of those people needs more management verse a hands off coaching style.
    Always evaluate your coaching style effectiveness. How can you model instead of tell? How can you push yourself to do more of what your teachers need vs what you were taught?
    If you know what you need as a learner, don't be afraid to tell those that lead you.
    Links Mentioned in the Episodehttps://alwaysalesson.com/episodes/133-dont-need-title-lead/ (Episode 133: You Don't Need a Title to Lead)
    Join the Simply Coaching RetreatIf you support and lead teachers + are EXHAUSTED, this virtual retreat is for you!
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261 Ratings

E-World ,

Always the Student

Listen to the Voice in. You made a point I wish I was taught as a kid and that was getting goals and working them backwards. Hope that many teachers and parents listen too this one Podcast.

chrisangell ,

There is hope for our schools

Education is tough. I dropped out of my masters program for education years ago. You couldn’t pay me enough to babysit 6th graders. But Gretchen breathes life into a challenging industry. We need this content now! Educators tune in!

Clement Townsend ,

Very insightful and timely

I'm so happy I found this podcast. The topics discussed add tremendous value. Gretchen does a great job of pushing teachers to reach their potential so we can have a powerful impact on students.

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