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Elizabeth Pittman - Dallasite Amongst the Kiwis
Elizabeth Pittman, a chemistry teacher at Spruce High School, was driving in her car and listening to NPR when she heard a story about a restorative discipline pilot program being implemented in New Zealand public schools. Pittman was intrigued by the story on the pilot program, which rethinks how teachers and administrators discipline students. She ended up applying and receiving a Fulbright Distinguished Teacher Award to travel to New Zealand to study the pilot program in person. In today’s episode of Ed Talk with Dr. Bob Bravo, Pittman talks with the Dallas ISD Chief of School Leadership about the process of applying for a Fulbright, why she is interested in learning about restorative discipline in New Zealand, and what she hopes to bring back to Dallas ISD from the experience.
Chief of Police, Craig Miller - Working With Dallas ISD Police
With 130 officers and 220 employees, the Dallas ISD Police Department is among the largest of all police departments in the state. In this episode of Ed Talk with Dr. Bob Bravo, a podcast hosted by the Dallas ISD Chief of School Leadership, Dallas ISD Police Chief Craig Miller discusses the benefits of the school district having its own police department. Miller also tells Bravo about when it’s appropriate for a teacher or school administrator to call the Dallas ISD police department, how a teacher can work to deescalate instead of escalate a situation, and how students misusing cell phones is the biggest issue the police department faces.
Dr. Janice Lombardi and Lisa Curry - Putting a Ribbon on Top, A Blue Ribbon
Two Dallas ISD schools—Trinidad “Trini” Garza Early College High School at Mountain View College and Harry Stone Montessori and IB World School—were named National Blue Ribbon schools in September. Curious what is it like to lead or work at a Blue Ribbon School? Or what sets a Blue Ribbon School apart from other schools? This episode of Ed Talk with Dr. Bob Bravo, a podcast hosted by the Dallas ISD Chief of School Leadership, talks with Trini Garza Principal Dr. Janice Lombardi and Lisa Curry, who served as principal last year of Harry Stone, to learn the answers to these questions and more. The conversation also offers advice for a Dallas ISD principal or teacher who is interested in striving for Blue Ribbon status at their school.
Irma De La Guardia - Bilingual Teacher of the Year
In today’s episode of Ed Talk with Dr. Bob Bravo, Dr. Bravo picks the brain of Irma De La Guardia, the 2014 Bilingual Education Teacher of the Year who this year transitioned into a role as Assistant Principal at Cabell Elementary. In the episode, De La Guardia talks about her effort as a teacher to take advantage of every instructional minute and what inspired her to move out of the classroom to become an Assistant Principal. She also offers helpful tips for newer teachers, as well as advice for more veteran teachers who may be considering a transition into school administration, and discusses the professional development opportunities she has pursued to continue to improve her craft.
Joe Miniscalco - It's All About Leadership
In this episode of Ed Talk with Dr. Bob Bravo, listeners can learn more about the leadership development opportunities in Dallas ISD. Dr. Bravo, Dallas ISD Chief of School Leadership, talks with Joe Miniscalco, Executive Director of the Dallas ISD Leadership Academies, about the district’s efforts to develop the leadership skills of administrators and interested teachers. The discussion also goes into a new speaker series that brings policy makers and national education leaders to talk with Dallas ISD staff.
School Leadership - Lesson Objectives and Demostrations of Learning
In this episode of Ed Talk with Bob Bravo, Dr. Bravo, Dallas ISD Chief of School Leadership, speaks with Brian Lusk, the Executive Director of the H. Grady Spruce High School feeder pattern, and John Quincy Adams Elementary Principal Nancy Bernardino. The conversation explains how Learning Objectives (LOs) aim to focus a class on what a teacher wants students to learn in a lesson, while Demonstrations of Learning (DOLs) help teachers check if students understand the lesson. The podcast also talks about how a teacher can determine if they have written an appropriate LO and DOL and explains the resources available for teachers who want further guidance on the topic of LO and DOLs.
Let's Think About That!
I love listening to Cathy Fosnot. She is my math hero! It is a "long journey of mathematical learning" and it was a wonderful opportunity to have her here in the South working with our facilitators on this journey.
I appreciate the variety of topics covered and guests interviewed on Ed Talk with Dr. Bravo. I learn so much about instruction every time I “tune in” and enjoy Dr. Bravo's facilitation of these important conversations. I particularly liked hearing from Joel Breakstone with SHEG and CA Teacher of the Year, Lovelyn Marquez-Preuher. I look forward to more learning opportunities!
It’s quickly apparent why Lovelyn Marquez-Prueher was selected as one of five Teachers of the Year by California's Department of Education. She teaches students whose first language is not English, and also Students with Disabilities alongside regular education students in her 8th Grade English classes at Dodson Middle School. (Shout out, San PEdrO!) She holds ALL students to the same high expectations. She believes in them and differentiates her instruction to meet their needs. Way to go!
The questions are to the point in this Ed Talk, and the answers serve us well as we look to work together as teachers, administrators and parents to do the very best by our students. I love that Marquez-Prueher suggests teachers open their doors to each other to share best practices and to share challenges - being open to “constructive criticism”. I agree that some of our best growth occurs when we learn from each other. I also love that she’s trying the work of the Right Question Institute by using the Question Formulation Technique. Keep up the great work!