300 episodes

Educators, this podcast will leave you feeling empowered with actionable steps to implement into your role immediately. Gretchen shares stories, lessons learned and practical tips. Buckle up for a transformation unlike no other!



Listen as you work out, clean the house, do errands and so much more. This show is an excellent source of professional development, inspiration, empowerment, as well as techniques and strategies that are best practices. Lessons shared applicable to all educators!. #education

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

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Educators, this podcast will leave you feeling empowered with actionable steps to implement into your role immediately. Gretchen shares stories, lessons learned and practical tips. Buckle up for a transformation unlike no other!



Listen as you work out, clean the house, do errands and so much more. This show is an excellent source of professional development, inspiration, empowerment, as well as techniques and strategies that are best practices. Lessons shared applicable to all educators!. #education

    311: Innovative Teaching Strategies

    311: Innovative Teaching Strategies

    Tune in and be empowered by our listeners as they share innovative teaching strategies for student engagement. Explore cutting-edge teaching methods to captivate students' attention and foster deeper learning. From gamification to interactive technology, discover strategies that ignite curiosity and enhance engagement in the classroom.
    In this episode, Gretchen reminds us as educators that "...we don't always need the physical work sample--sometimes listening to the words they're using and the level of complexity of the topic they're able to talk about will determine how much knowledge has been consumed..."
    Quotables: You are going to hear from folks all over the United States with what is working for teachers and students in classrooms...in regards to engagement!...we don't always need the physical work sample--sometimes listening to the words they're using and the level of complexity of the topic they're able to talk about will determine how much knowledge has been consumed...We know when students are more involved in the learning process, their learning outcomes will soar.
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    Connect with GretchenEmail: gretchen@alwaysalesson.comBlog: Always A LessonFacebook: Always A LessonTwitter: @gschultekInstagram: Always.A.LessonLinkedin: Gretchen Schultek BridgersBook: Elementary EDUC 101: What They Didn’t Teach You in College
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    • 17 min
    310: Interview with Rebekah Shoaf

    310: Interview with Rebekah Shoaf

    Tune in and be empowered by Rebekah Shoaf. Rebekah shares all about her experiences in education and the valuable lessons she has learned along the way. Rebekah shares about burnout, the different types of burnout and the best way to avoid it. This episode will truly reignite your passion so be sure to tune in today!
    Quotables
    *All quotables are from the interviewee 


    Having a burn out is really a sense of having lost your purpose, your power, and your passion.



    Every teacher has the potential to be a leader. 



    As an educator, stay connected to who you are as a learner and find the things that excite you and drive you and keep you connected to what you teach. 




    About Rebekah
    Rebekah Shoaf is an author, educational consultant, and social entrepreneur. In addition to being the founder and CEO of the Bronx-based bookstore-without-walls Boogie Down Books and What If Schools, Rebekah’s first book, Educating with Passion and Purpose: Keep the Fire Going without Burning Out, was published in 2023 by Jossey-Bass. Rebekah has been an educator for more than two decades as a high school English teacher, founding faculty member, teacher leader, university instructor, and instructional and teacher leadership coach with the New York City Department of Education. She currently works with schools, districts, and other organizations across the country to promote transformative, innovative, learner-centered practices that advance educational justice. A Miami native, Rebekah graduated magna cum laude from Harvard College and is a culinary school alum, a marathon runner, the owner of a pink Vespa, and everyone’s favorite aunt. Learn more about her at rebekahshoaf.com.

    Resources Mentioned by Alissa:

    Book by Rebekah: Educating with Passion and Purpose: Keep the Fire Going without Burning Out 
    Website: www.rebekahshoaf.com




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    IG @whatifschools and @boogiedownbooks
    Email rebekah@whatifschools.com


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    Book: Elementary EDUC 101: What They Didn’t Teach You in College


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    • 39 min
    309: What to do When You Can’t Hack the Problem

    309: What to do When You Can’t Hack the Problem

    Have you ever ran into a problem that you just can't seem to hack? This episode is for you! Tune in as Gretchen shares a practical story about a problem she had trouble hacking and how she overcame it. You'll walk away with tangible steps to hack your own problems and you'll leave this episode feeling empowered to take it on!
    Quotables


    Some problems aren’t meant to be solved by you.



    Say to yourself, “I’m not dumb. I’m not lazy. I’ve just run out of tools and that’s okay.”



    Trust that hindsight is 20/20. It will make sense later.




     

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    Book: Elementary EDUC 101: What They Didn’t Teach You in College


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    • 14 min
    308: 3 Ways to Grow Your Potential this Year

    308: 3 Ways to Grow Your Potential this Year

    It's a new year! Tune into this special episode of the Empowering Educators Podcast as Gretchen shares three ways to grow your potential in the upcoming year. You'll walk away from this podcast with a list of three tangible things you can do to level up your teaching whether you are working with students or coaching teachers.
    Quotables


    The only way we are going to become better is if we shift our behaviors into better behaviors.



    We want application. That is the only thing that is going to change us and allow us to transform into something better. 



    If some of the foundational stuff has cracks in it, it’s just going to fall flat. 




    Links Mentioned:
    Episode 256: Habits over Resolutions

    Simply Coaching Summit

    Teacher Leader Mastermind
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    Linkedin: Gretchen Schultek Bridgers
    Book: Elementary EDUC 101: What They Didn’t Teach You in College


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    • 20 min
    307: Behind the Scenes of the Podcast

    307: Behind the Scenes of the Podcast

    It's the last podcast of the year! In this special episode, Gretchen reflects over the behind the scenes work of the podcast. She talks about who she intended the podcast for: new teachers, teachers in a slump and teacher leaders and how it has evolved over time. Gretchen shares how she has used the head, heart, hands strategy to plan every episode- a strategy that will serve you well in planning for professional developments that you may lead. Be sure to tune into this fun episode of the Empowering Educators Podcast.
    Quotables


    It’s important that you hear from other people what’s working. 



    Am I being true to what I originally intended?



    If you revisit your mission statement and your core values, that might light that fire back up. 





    Podcasts Mentioned:
    Melissa Emler Episode 20
    Melissa Emler Episode 210
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    • 19 min
    306: Building Credibility with Teachers

    306: Building Credibility with Teachers

    Do you have credibility with the teachers that you lead? It may just be the secret sauce that you are missing. In this episode of the Empowering Educators Podcast, Gretchen talks all about credibility and what that looks like. Lacking in the credibility area? No worries! Gretchen shares tips and tricks on how you can gain credibility with teachers.
    Quotables


    Credibility sets the tone.



    You can be successful and imperfect.



    Be caring and invested in other people.






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    Linkedin: Gretchen Schultek Bridgers
    Book: Elementary EDUC 101: What They Didn’t Teach You in College


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    • 18 min

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275 Ratings

275 Ratings

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A must-listen for educators everywhere

Finding a podcast that speaks directly to my heart and my profession is like striking gold, and Gretchen does exactly that. This podcast has quickly become my go-to-source of inspiration, motivation, and invaluable insight into the world of education.

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