17 episodes

We are just as exhausted as you with the lack of educator voice, autonomy, and humanity in our education system right now. From the lack of safety for children in schools to the poor leadership structure, there isn’t a shortage of things that could be better.

In conversational style story-telling, we will chat with the experts in education - teachers, school staff, and former students - to bring you real experiences that are happening in schools today. We offer these stories so you can hear the truth, connect to your power, and help empower you to speak up for what’s best for children in our public schools.

The combination of Joanna’s 26 years as a Latina educator and Hallie’s 12 years of navigating the profession post ACT 10, plus their 10 years of co-teaching in an innovative, integrative education program - we’ve got a hefty dose of real-ness and a fresh perspective (and applicable tips) that will help you feel hope for the future of education and our children.

New episodes come out every month!
Connect with Joanna and Hallie NOW:
Follow them on Instagram @EducatorsAmplified
Email them your stories and thoughts at educatorsamplified@gmail.com

Welcome to Educator’s Amplified - The Podcast!

Educators Amplified Hallie Schmeling & Joanna Rizzotto

    • Education
    • 5.0 • 28 Ratings

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We are just as exhausted as you with the lack of educator voice, autonomy, and humanity in our education system right now. From the lack of safety for children in schools to the poor leadership structure, there isn’t a shortage of things that could be better.

In conversational style story-telling, we will chat with the experts in education - teachers, school staff, and former students - to bring you real experiences that are happening in schools today. We offer these stories so you can hear the truth, connect to your power, and help empower you to speak up for what’s best for children in our public schools.

The combination of Joanna’s 26 years as a Latina educator and Hallie’s 12 years of navigating the profession post ACT 10, plus their 10 years of co-teaching in an innovative, integrative education program - we’ve got a hefty dose of real-ness and a fresh perspective (and applicable tips) that will help you feel hope for the future of education and our children.

New episodes come out every month!
Connect with Joanna and Hallie NOW:
Follow them on Instagram @EducatorsAmplified
Email them your stories and thoughts at educatorsamplified@gmail.com

Welcome to Educator’s Amplified - The Podcast!

Listen on Apple Podcasts
Requires macOS 11.4 or higher

    'Educator's Amplified' Evolves

    'Educator's Amplified' Evolves

    Joanna and Hallie are talking today about the evolution of the podcast and themselves on this episode. From “What are you up to now?” to “What is Educator’s Amplified?” - the ladies cover all the questions you want answered. 
    Exciting evolution shared this episode: THEY WILL BE ON THE RADIO ONCE PER WEEK! Educators Amplified and BustEd Pencils have teamed up for an education collaboration on Civic Media Radio on Wednesday nights at 7:00pm CST. Listen live on civicmedia.us! 
    Thank you to educators who are doing the work in the classroom every day AND to all of our listeners for supporting us. We are so grateful.

    • 22 min
    Amplifying a Teacher’s Rally

    Amplifying a Teacher’s Rally

    This episode we talk about all things rallying! There was a WEAC sponsored Rally on May 20th, 2023 to support Governor Evers Budget. So we have a play-by-play of the rally for you! 
    The best part: Listen to lots of different voices of educators and supporters at the rally. Hear their insight into what’s happening in education and the need for funding. 
    Additionally, check out the article that was written by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel on the Rally as well - See how Wisconsin teachers support the WI governor's education budget: https://www.jsonline.com/picture-gallery/news/2023/05/20/weac-rally-support-governor-evers-education-budget/11921111002/
    Thank you to our sponsor NEA! 
    Thank you to Josh Evert and DJ DripSweat for your talent! 
    Email us anytime at educatorsamplified@gmail.com 
    Find us on Facebook and Instagram @EducatorsAmplified 

    • 37 min
    All About the Teacher’s Union

    All About the Teacher’s Union

    In this episode there is a lot covered! Being amplified is Ted Kraig, a WEAC Region 7 Uniserv Director. His experience working with the teacher’s union is to help frontline educators (teachers, paraprofessionals, school secretaries, guidance counselors, school social workers, and school psychologists) maintain professional level working conditions. He has a wealth of knowledge and understanding on what it is like to be a public school employee without actually being one. 
    Listen to this episode to learn more about how educators are treated within the workplace. Hear about how Ted helps educators in a range of situations: education law, teacher improvement plans, salary negotiations, public school funding, professional work time, and much more! Be prepared to learn a lot from Ted - he is direct, well-versed, and clear about the educator experience in schools and how professionals should be treated.
    To all frontline educators who work within public schools - if you haven’t already - join your union! Whether you have a local association or not, Ted explains how you can join at weac.org/joinnow and all the support you will receive. Educators - we need support now more than ever - connect with those who have your back! 
    Connect with us via Facebook and Instagram @EducatorsAmplified or through email at educatorsamplified@gmail.com and give us your answer to the question: IF YOU COULD WAVE A MAGIC WAND AND MAKE YOUR BIGGEST CHALLENGE WITHIN EDUCATION DISAPPEAR, WHAT WOULD IT BE?
    Thank you to our sponsor: NEA (National Education Association)
    Thank you to our producer: Josh Evert at Silver City Studios in Milwaukee, WI
    Thank you to DJ DripSweat for our original music.
    If you are interested in learning more about education from around the nation, go to: nea.org

    • 1 hr 3 min
    A Millennial Teacher’s Experience (Katerina)

    A Millennial Teacher’s Experience (Katerina)

    In this episode, it’s time to amplify Katerina - a teacher that Joanna and Hallie used to work with. Katerina is authentic, passionate, and gets right to the point. She shares her journey to becoming a teacher instead of pursuing her dreams of becoming an astronaut.
     
    Hear what led Katerina to ‘make the move’ to leave one District and go to another, from Southeast Wisconsin to Chicago Public Schools. They discuss, in detail, the two top reasons for leaving education: #1 is salary and #2 is administration. And listen to how Katerina, Joanna, and Hallie all have their own way of relating to these reasons to leave.
     
    They dive deep into serious issues going on in schools with students, like rising mental health, self-medicating, and extreme behaviors. It’s a raw conversation, but to them it’s a ‘typical day at the office’. 
     
    Hope you enjoy listening to this one as much as they loved chatting again.
    Connect with us via Facebook and Instagram @EducatorsAmplified or through email at educatorsamplified@gmail.com
    THANK YOU to our sponsor: NEA (National Education Association)
    THANK YOU to our producer: Josh Evert at Silver City Studios in Milwaukee, WI
    THANK YOU to DJ DripSweat for our original music.
    If you are in education within Wisconsin and want to join your professional organization now, go to: weac.org/joinnow
    If you are interested in learning more from around the nation, go to: nea.org
     

    • 1 hr 3 min
    A Student’s School Experience (Xavier)

    A Student’s School Experience (Xavier)

    Joanna and Hallie talk with a (past) student for the first time on the podcast! Xavier talks about his experience as a student and now as a parent in school. Hear an authentic and raw conversation about what it was like for him, a hyper student who was diagnosed with ADHD at a young age, to navigate the school system. He talks openly about the benefit of his meaningful relationships with three teachers that helped him manage his education experience. 
    Xavier’s bottom line is that it’s all about the approach and comes down to understanding. Plus a reminder to all students - you are loved. If you want to hear a student’s experience in school, this is a MUST LISTEN!
    Also, don’t forget to RSVP to our Educational Event on March 4th 2023 - Flyer & RSVP HERE: https://forms.gle/NziZqJMXYW8TGE5D8
     
    Connect with us via Facebook and Instagram @EducatorsAmplified or through email at educatorsamplified@gmail.com
    THANK YOU to our sponsor: NEA (National Education Association)
    THANK YOU to our producer: Josh Evert at Silver City Studios in Milwaukee, WI
    THANK YOU to DJ DripSweat for our original music.
    If you are in education within Wisconsin and want to join your professional organization now, go to: weac.org/joinnow
    If you are interested in learning more from around the nation, go to: nea.org

    • 53 min
    Transformation within Education

    Transformation within Education

    In this episode Joanna and Hallie are dreamin’ - they’ve got big ideas for how schools can transform in 2023 and beyond! And when they say “dreaming”... they actually can *see* this being a reality. 
    They work through what they see, hear, and are within education to chat about how schools can transform to spaces where children’s needs are met in developmentally meaningful ways. From the teenage mental health crisis to a concerted effort to privatize education - they cover it all. It all boils down to nervous system regulation y'all! 
    Take a listen and let us know what your thoughts and hopes for public schools are! 
     
    Connect with us via Facebook and Instagram @EducatorsAmplified or through email at educatorsamplified@gmail.com
    THANK YOU to our sponsor: NEA (National Education Association)
    THANK YOU to our producer: Josh Evert at Silver City Studios in Milwaukee, WI
    THANK YOU to DJ DripSweat for our original music.
    If you are in education within Wisconsin and want to join your professional organization now, go to: weac.org/joinnow
    If you are interested in learning more from around the nation, go to: nea.org

    • 38 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
28 Ratings

28 Ratings

Rybombs ,

Best Education Podcast!

I am not an educator, but listening to this - I’m hooked! It’s a must listen.

KarSIKOP ,

The Real Truth

Joanna and Hailey do a great job of digging deep into the root cause of why public schools have a teacher shortage and why schools are not making the gains that we expect! I love the honesty and discussion about how are schools are not meeting the four areas of real education! Schools must also teach not just academics but also the social emotional and physical behaviors needed for all children to be successful! I also believe we need to do a better job of preparing our teachers at the university level to understand that they too can’t be compliant and be able to stand up for what is right for all
Kids!
Joanna and Hailey model that through their podcast and in their everyday lives on how to stand up for children on a daily basis!

jbjbee ,

The REAL Deal

Hosts Hallie & Joanna provide a raw, honest, and unfiltered glimpse into the current realities of education and the teaching profession. This podcast goes beyond national headlines - staffing shortages, licensing, testing, etc. - and “teacher stories” and delves into root causes, realities, and what’s really going on in our classrooms and schools. To every pre-service teacher, veteran educator, and parent: Educators Amplified is a must-listen as every episode is filled with thought-provoking questions and actionable strategies for challenging the changes that need to happen to restore public education. Highly recommend!

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