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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    • 4.9 • 276 Ratings

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

    321: Artificial Intelligence with Vicki Davis

    321: Artificial Intelligence with Vicki Davis

    Join us as we immerse in Vicki Davis's journey as an educator, author, and host.  With over 20+ years of experience in education, specializing in technology and her vast understanding of artificial intelligence, Vicki has touched the life of many students and educators throughout her career.

    Quotables

    *All quotables are from the interviewee

    "I would never say every single teacher has to embrace technology, but we have to embrace children. We have to embrace the nobility of teaching and we do have to embrace learning."
    "All that our kids are going to know is massive change...So we need to educate ourselves about how we can learn."
    "You have to relate to educate."


    About Vicki:
    Vicki Davis is a classroom teacher, book publisher, mom, author of the Cool Cat Teacher Blog, and host of the 10 Minute Teacher Podcast. With over 20+ years in education, Vicki has received many acknowledgments which include top education influencer awards, and a feature in USA Today. However, the award closest to her heart is being named STAR Teacher at her school and district this past school year. Over the years her blog has grown into a vibrant community of over 6000 posts, and her podcast has been recognized as a top podcast in education. Each post and episode is a fresh chapter in her shared adventure in education and technology. When the school bell rings, you can find Vicki juggling roles as an IT Director, Computer Science and Digital Technology teacher. Her classroom more than just a space; it’s a dynamic, fun learning community that extends beyond school walls, as they share and engage with the world. Vicki’s family includes her husband, three unique children, two of whom learn differently, (she never says the word “disability”), two dogs, and yes – Cheeto! Vicki’s varied educational journeys of her children ignite her drive to inspire every learner, celebrating their individuality. Vicki enjoys celebrating Cool Classrooms, explore Cool Apps and Technology, and share Cool Teaching Tips. When she is not immersed in a film project, assisting teachers, or fending off gnats in my hometown of Camilla, Georgia, she loves to spread her wings. Over the years, Vicki has conducted over 100 workshops, keynotes, and spotlight sessions globally, often with her students in tow!


    Connect with Vicki:
    Fb: https://www.facebook.com/coolcatteacher

    IG: https://www.instagram.com/coolcatteacher/

    Website: https://www.coolcatteacher.com/

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    • 43 min
    320: Positive School Climate with Matthew Ebert

    320: Positive School Climate with Matthew Ebert

    Join us as we untangle the inspirational journey of Matthew Ebert, a powerhouse in education and expert in school leadership. With over twenty years of education experience, Matthew's transformational insights have touched the lives of millions of educators worldwide.

    Quotables
    *All quotables are from the interviewee



    "People are not robots. The investment in the adults... the operationalizing of this idea of care pays off in the long run even if it's messy."
    It’s [winning] laughter. It’s joy. It’s people being happy to come to work, and kids being happy going to school.
    "Winning [in education] is a long term strategy that comes from taking care of each other."


    About Matthew:
    Matthew Ebert is a human-centered leader with 20+ years of experience in education, primarily focused on school leadership in urban settings. Matthew’s consulting is grounded in his experiences as a teacher, director of academic innovation, academy leader, and a decade of successful leadership as a public charter school principal. Throughout his leadership tenure, Matthew has developed teams that exceed expectations, consistently achieving strong results. He is committed to cultivating healthy work and learning environments in which individuals feel seen, heard, and valued. In addition to helping team members consistently attain their personal and professional goals, Matthew has facilitated dramatic and consistent growth in student achievement in both Baltimore and Boston, in metrics focused on academic achievement and school climate. Matthew’s leadership is based in the idea that we are all here to take care of one another.
    Connect with Matthew:

    www.linkedin.com/in/matthewebert1982
    https://www.linkedin.com/company/ebert-educational-consulting
    IG: eberteducationalconsulting
    X: eberteducation


    Published Works:

    EdWeek


    Creating A Culture Of Care
    Telling An Excellent Teacher It's Time To Leave
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    • 52 min
    Bonus Episode: Maximize Results with Teacher Support Strategy

    Bonus Episode: Maximize Results with Teacher Support Strategy

    Welcome to a special bonus episode of Empowering Educators! In this episode, we delve into proven teacher support strategies that can significantly enhance student learning outcomes. Discover how to help educators improve their skills and foster a more effective learning environment!



    Quotables:

    "Every classroom deserves a teacher who is growing in capacity so that students have the opportunity to become an even better version of themselves. "
    "It's no longer enough to have a conversation about goals and dreams or to only check in on a colleague randomly when you have time. You've got to execute a support strategy consistently and with urgency."
    "When things are working, we diagnose that magic so we can replicate it. "


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    Email: gretchen@alwaysalesson.com
    Blog: Always A Lesson
    Facebook: Always A Lesson
    Twitter: @gschultek
    Instagram: Always.A.Lesson
    Linkedin: Gretchen Schultek Bridgers
    Book: Elementary EDUC 101: What They Didn’t Teach You in College


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    • 12 min
    319: Leadership in Education: Insights from Ryan Pelkey

    319: Leadership in Education: Insights from Ryan Pelkey

    Ryan Pelkey is an educator/speaker/writer and advocate of teacher mental health. With 25 years in education he has seen most, done most and been a part of some amazing schools and taught over 10,000 students.

    As a current administrator, he is active in restorative practices, instructional leadership and bringing the best out of his teachers, students and other stakeholders.
    Listen to Episode 280 which is when we first interviewed Ryan in 2022!
    Quotables

    *All quotables are from the interviewee 

    "I want other people to know that it's okay to want more out of your career, or want more out of your life...and to be able to step up and step out is what it's all about..."
    "A lot of times the focus is on the kids. The focus is on our students, and it should be...but if you treat your teachers well, you're gonna create those environments where the kids are gonna want to be there..."
    "...I know my staff. I know my community and I know my kids and I've really adapted and grown as a leader and a person because of the people I'm surrounded with..."


    About Ryan Pelkey

    Ryan is writing a new book called "...Just- The Dirtiest 4 letter word in a Growth Mindset" which is soon to be published on Amazon.

    His previous book The Boy Who Lost His Ears was a best seller on Amazon for students in grades 3-5. This SEL story shows the importance of listening skills and do we really need ears to hear/listen? Feel free to zoom him into your classrooms as a Pop Up Author!

    He has spoken at educational conferences from Virginia to Australia and Malaysia, hoping to make connections to help people anyway, anyhow and anywhere. Teachers need to be first in schools!

    He lives in Northern Virginia with his family and 2 amazing dogs. A big Yankee Fan, Eagles Fan and Carolina Basketball Fan.

    Find him on X and Instagram @mr_pelkey

    View Ryan's LinkedIn profile, too!
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    Email: gretchen@alwaysalesson.com
    Blog: Always A Lesson
    Facebook: Always A Lesson
    Twitter: @gschultek
    Instagram: Always.A.Lesson
    Linkedin: Gretchen Schultek Bridgers
    Book: Elementary EDUC 101: What They Didn’t Teach You in College


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    • 30 min
    318: Relationships in Education with Michael & Nita Creekmore

    318: Relationships in Education with Michael & Nita Creekmore

    Dive into insightful conversations with Michael and Nita Creekmore, seasoned educators with over 35 years of combined experience. Join them as they explore the importance of relationships in education, drawing from Michael's counseling background and Nita's instructional coaching expertise. Get practical tips, personal anecdotes, and wisdom from their book, Every Connection Matters.Tune in for actionable strategies, balancing career and family life, and fostering meaningful connections in and out of the classroom.

    Quotables

    *All quotables are from the interviewee 

    “When you’re building relationships, you have to build trust, and the more you build trust, the more you can...get into [the] why. What is the root behind this?”
    "...compartmentalize! That's one of the necessary tools to avoid burnout..."
    ”That’s one of the by-products of having the biggest hearts...we take a lot of stuff home.”


    About Michael & Nita
    Michael and NIta Creekmore are a married couple both with more than 35 years combined in the field of children and education. Micheal has been in the field of professional counseling for about 16+ years and in school counseling for 5+ years. Nita has been in education for 19+ years. She has been an Instructional Coach for 5+ years and facilitates learning experiences with other educators. Nita and Michael have 4 children and a pup. Together they have Creekmore Conversations in which they facilitate learning experiences around the importance building, maintaining and restoring relationships in education. Together they wrote, Every Connection Matters: Building, Maintaining and Restoring Relationships Inside the Classroom and Out. They have very productive life inside and outside of education. They love what they do. They love having a large family. And, they also believe that having a healthy balance of it all is so important.
    Listen to Episode 218 which is when we first interviewed Nita in 2020!
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    Email: gretchen@alwaysalesson.com
    Blog: Always A Lesson
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    Twitter: @gschultek
    Instagram: Always.A.Lesson
    Linkedin: Gretchen Schultek Bridgers
    Book: Elementary EDUC 101: What They Didn’t Teach You in College


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    • 41 min
    Maximizing Teacher Impact

    Maximizing Teacher Impact

    Welcome to a special bonus episode of Empowering Educators! In this episode, we discuss how to enhance student learning. Discover how to help educators improve their skills and foster a more effective learning environment!



    Quotables:

    "Each district and school operates so differently and especially as to how they use a teacher leader, aim for, and their name for the role..."
    "I teach the Triple A Method: aim, action, and achieve..."
    "Most important is the evidence...how do you know that you're moving forward?"
    "If you support the growth of teachers, you are a teacher leader and you can participate!"


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    Email: gretchen@alwaysalesson.com
    Blog: Always A Lesson
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    Twitter: @gschultek
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    Linkedin: Gretchen Schultek Bridgers
    Book: Elementary EDUC 101: What They Didn’t Teach You in College


    Gretchen's latest book, Always a Lesson: Teacher Essentials for Classroom and Career Success, is now available on Amazon.
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