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PodcastPD is a podcast focused on professional development for educators. Each episode features interviews with educators, experts, and thought leaders in the field of education, discussing a wide range of topics related to teaching and learning. Previous episodes include conversations about instructional strategies, classroom management, technology in education, educational policy, and more. The podcast is aimed at teachers, administrators, and other education professionals who are looking to stay current on the latest trends and research in the field, and to gain practical insights and strategies for improving their own practice. Whether you're just starting out in your career or are a seasoned veteran of the classroom, PodcastPD has something for everyone.
PodcastPD is hosted by AJ Bianco and Christopher J. Nesi.

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PodcastPD is a podcast focused on professional development for educators. Each episode features interviews with educators, experts, and thought leaders in the field of education, discussing a wide range of topics related to teaching and learning. Previous episodes include conversations about instructional strategies, classroom management, technology in education, educational policy, and more. The podcast is aimed at teachers, administrators, and other education professionals who are looking to stay current on the latest trends and research in the field, and to gain practical insights and strategies for improving their own practice. Whether you're just starting out in your career or are a seasoned veteran of the classroom, PodcastPD has something for everyone.
PodcastPD is hosted by AJ Bianco and Christopher J. Nesi.

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    Calm in the Chaos: Stoic Wisdom for Successful School Leadership - PPD136

    Calm in the Chaos: Stoic Wisdom for Successful School Leadership - PPD136

    In this episode, we delve into how stoic philosophy, used for centuries by leaders and influential figures, can be applied to school leadership. Our guests are Glenn Robbins and Danny Bauer.
    Topics Covered:Stoicism and Leadership: Discussion on the relevance of stoic principles in modern educational leadership.Experiences of School Leaders: Insights from Daniel Bower and Glenn Robbins on applying stoic wisdom in their roles as educational leaders.Practical Applications: How stoic virtues can be applied in decision-making and handling everyday challenges in schools.Case Studies: Real-life scenarios discussed in the book, provide practical examples of stoicism in action within educational settings.Resilience in Leadership: Strategies for maintaining calm and resilience in the face of educational challenges.Book Overview: A look into the content and key takeaways from "Calm in the Chaos."Key Takeaways:Importance of self-reflection and control in leadership roles.Stoic virtues like wisdom, justice, courage, and temperance are essential for effective leadership.Insights into handling difficult situations in schools with a stoic mindset.The relevance of ancient wisdom in modern educational challenges.We encourage you to check out "Calm in the Chaos: Ancient Stoic Wisdom for Successful School Leadership" by Daniel Bower and Glenn Robbins, available from February 6th, 2024.
    What We're Listening ToChris - Mobituaries
    AJ - Reclaimed
    Danny - Follow Your Different, Hello from the Magic Tavern
    Glenn - Fresco Podcast, Powerup Podcast, Play-by-Play Podcast


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    • 56 min
    Is Professional Development Broken? - PPD135

    Is Professional Development Broken? - PPD135

    In this final episode of 2023, Chris Nesi and AJ Bianco engage in a lively discussion around the critical question: Is professional development (PD) broken? As they navigate through various aspects of PD, from its current state in education to personal experiences, they offer insightful perspectives and pose thought-provoking questions about the future of PD in the education sector.
    Episode Highlights:Introduction and Festive Greetings: The hosts share their excitement for the holiday season and prepare listeners for the episode's engaging discussion.Topic Introduction - Is PD Broken?: Chris and AJ introduce the central topic of the episode, contemplating whether professional development in its current form is effective or needs a major overhaul.Reflections on Past PD Experiences: The hosts reflect on their personal experiences with PD, including traditional models and their evolution over time, especially in light of the pandemic.The Impact of the Pandemic on PD: Discussion on how the pandemic has altered the landscape of professional development, including changes in participation and formats.Exploring Solutions and Alternatives: The conversation shifts towards potential solutions and innovative approaches to making PD more effective and engaging.Listener Interaction: Chris and AJ acknowledge live listeners and respond to their comments, adding depth to the conversation.Conclusion and Thoughts on Future PD Trends: The hosts conclude with their final thoughts on the future of professional development and how it might adapt to better meet educators' needs.What Are We Listening To?Chris: Art of Manliness (#944) - The Leadership Qualities That Will Set You Apart From the Pack
    AJ: No Quit Living (#418) - Brian Johnson
    We also wish you and your family a happy holiday season!

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    • 42 min
    AI for Admin with Adam Schoenbart - PPD134

    AI for Admin with Adam Schoenbart - PPD134

    In this episode, 134, we are excited to have Dr. Adam Schoenbart join us to delve into the fascinating world of Artificial Intelligence (AI) in education, especially focusing on its implications for administrators.
    Key Points DiscussedAI in Education:
    Adam's perspective on AI as a powerful and disruptive technology in education.The potential of AI in enhancing student learning, administrative tasks, and communication.Emphasis on AI being used as a tool rather than a solution to all problems.Integrating AI in Professional Development:
    Chappaqua Central School District's approach to introducing AI in their professional development days.Differentiating sessions for staff based on their comfort and experience with AI.Focusing on idea generation and enhancing existing work practices.Administrative Perspective on AI:
    Discussions around the safe and thoughtful implementation of AI in schools.Concerns about academic integrity and the responsible use of AI by students.Strategies for administrators to support staff in exploring AI, such as identifying specific needs or problems that AI could address.Practical Applications of AI:
    Adam’s use of AI in rewriting content for the district website.AJ's exploration of AI for generating ideas for school management and staff support.The importance of using AI to save time and improve efficiency in administrative tasks.Ethical Considerations and Future of AI in Education:
    Navigating the balance between innovation and privacy concerns.The evolving nature of AI tools and their increasing integration into various aspects of education.Encouragement for educators to continually learn about and adapt to AI advancements.Resources MentionedChatGPTCanva’s AI toolsCodebreaker’s AI chatbot toolBooks by Phyllis Fagell on Middle School EducationWhat We're Listening ToChris: Build A BIG Podcast
    AJ: Principal Matters Podcast
    Adam: Search Engine Podcast

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    • 53 min
    The AI Educator: Redefining Your Role - PPD133

    The AI Educator: Redefining Your Role - PPD133

    The use of artificial intelligence and large language models in K-12 classrooms raises various questions that touch on educational efficacy, ethics, accessibility, privacy, and the future of learning.
    Topics Discussed:
    Data PrivacyTackling Bias and Ensuring Fairness in AIThe Changing Roles of Teachers with AI IntegrationPreparing Students for a Future with AI
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    • 24 min
    The Future of Teacher PD - PPD132

    The Future of Teacher PD - PPD132

    Join us in this insightful episode as we delve into "The Future of Teacher PD." In the ever-evolving education landscape, it's crucial to reevaluate how educators receive professional development (PD). Are traditional workshops and seminars still effective? We explore emerging trends like micro-credentials, blended and flipped PD, and the importance of autonomy and voice in PD.
    We discuss the pressing need to involve teachers in PD planning, recognizing that they hold the key to success. Dive into the challenges and opportunities, including addressing diverse needs, assessing and evaluating PD offerings, and working within budget constraints.
    Looking ahead, we make predictions about the evolution of teacher PD, especially in light of emerging technologies. How can we harness AI to enhance PD effectiveness and foster a culture of continuous learning among educators? Our guests offer valuable recommendations and insights to shape the future of teacher professional development.
    Please listen in to gain a deeper understanding of the changing landscape of teacher PD and the role technology will play in shaping its future. Stay ahead of the curve and be part of the conversation on the future of education.
    What Are We Listening To?AJ - Strike Force Five - A new podcast hosted by Stephen Colbert, Jimmy Fallon, Jimmy Kimmel, Seth Meyers & John Oliver. All proceeds go to support their out-of-work staffs.

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    • 38 min
    Setting Goals for the New School Year - PPD131

    Setting Goals for the New School Year - PPD131

    In this episode, Chris and AJ discuss their goals and plans for the upcoming school year. Chris shares his experiences with having student teachers and emphasizes the importance of guiding them through the complexities of classroom management, technology integration, and adapting their teaching style to high school students' needs. AJ shares his goal of being more involved in classroom activities as an instructional leader to support teachers and improve student behavior. They also discuss the challenges of maintaining a positive classroom culture and effective teaching strategies. Tune in to gain insights into the world of education, from fostering classroom engagement to managing discipline effectively.
    Episode Highlights:
    Chris and AJ reflect on the start of the new school year and their respective roles as educators.Chris discusses his experiences with student teachers and how he guides them through classroom management and instructional strategies.AJ shares his goal of being more visible in classrooms to support teachers and address behavior issues.The hosts explore the importance of building positive classroom cultures and establishing strong relationships with students.Chris and AJ emphasize the need for educators to adapt their teaching styles to meet students' needs and interests.They discuss the challenges of teaching high school students and the importance of developing effective classroom strategies.Chris and AJ talk about maintaining a balance between implementing teaching philosophies and accommodating school and district requirements.What Are We Listening To?Chris - Sold a Story: How Teaching Kids to Read Went So Wrong - There's an idea about how children learn to read that's held sway in schools for more than a generation — even though it was proven wrong by cognitive scientists decades ago. Teaching methods based on this idea can make it harder for children to learn how to read. In this podcast, host Emily Hanford investigates the influential authors who promote this idea and the company that sells their work. It's an exposé of how educators came to believe in something that isn't true and are now reckoning with the consequences — children harmed, money wasted, an education system upended.
    AJ - Everybody Pulls the Tarp
    Stephanie Skrocki - 20,000 Hertz - Music of Zelda - Part 1 & Part 2

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    • 38 min

Customer Reviews

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35 Ratings

35 Ratings

Bwbasinger ,

Love this podcast!!!

I just listened to the episode on AI. It has so many insightful ideas and questions! It has my mind buzzing with ideas for using AI and PD sessions I can lead at my school.

Holly L. ,

Fantastic!

I love Podcast PD! Chris, Stacey and AJ are so personable and relatable. They invite high-quality guests with actionable tips. The variety of topics appeal to educators in various roles. This is my new favorite show. Thanks for creating this!

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Top notch podcast

Thoughtful conversations with important topics.

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