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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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    Is Professional Development Useful? - PPD138

    Is Professional Development Useful? - PPD138

    Introduction:
    AJ and Chris discuss the format of this episode: finding educational topics to talk about from around the internet.Topics Discussed:
    Professional Development: Is it useful? The AJ and Chris debate the effectiveness of PD, especially when it feels too politically correct or irrelevant to the actual classroom experience.Job Offers: How long do you have to decide on a job offer? Chris and AJ share their experiences and suggest that a 24-hour buffer is reasonable to make a decision.Technology Fails in the Classroom: A practicum student shares a disastrous observation experience due to technology issues and poor planning. Chris and AJ empathize and offer advice on resilience and learning from mistakes.Pork Roll or Taylor Ham?: Chris and AJ tackle a classic New Jersey debate. Chris stands firm on calling it pork roll, while AJ prefers Taylor Ham.Conclusion:
    Chris and AJ reflect on the importance of resilience in teaching, the need for personalized professional development, and the value of learning from challenging experiences.They also invite listeners to share their thoughts, feedback, and questions for future episodes.
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    • 39 min
    The Educator's Guide to Self-Care - PPD137

    The Educator's Guide to Self-Care - PPD137

    In the latest episode of Podcast PD, AJ and Chris engage in a compelling conversation with guests Kevin and Jason from the 2Principals Podcast. The episode delves into the unique challenges educators face in achieving mental well-being and a healthy work-life balance.
    Key Insights from the Episode:
    The Importance of Mental Health in Education: Kevin and Jason emphasize the need for educators to prioritize their mental health. They discuss how the demands of the profession can lead to burnout and stress, making it crucial for educators to find strategies to manage their mental well-being.Work-Life Integration: The guests introduce the concept of work-life integration instead of work-life balance. They suggest that finding a way to integrate professional and personal life can lead to a more fulfilling and less stressful experience in the education sector.Practical Tips for Self-Care: The episode provides practical tips for educators to practice self-care. This includes setting boundaries, taking breaks intentionally, and finding activities that help recharge and rejuvenate.The Role of School Leadership: Kevin and Jason, both school administrators, share how they support their staff's mental well-being. They discuss creating a supportive school culture, offering professional development focused on self-care, and being available to listen and help when needed.Community and Professional Networks: The guests highlight the importance of having a supportive community and professional network. They share how connecting with like-minded educators can provide a sense of belonging and support.What Are We Listening To?2Principals Podcast - Are you tired of feeling stressed out and overwhelmed? Do you struggle to find balance between your work life and personal life? If so, you’re not alone. Many people, especially those in leadership positions, find it difficult to maintain their overall health and well-being. That’s where the 2Principals Podcast comes in. Hosted by Kevin and Jason, two experienced leaders in education who are dedicated to helping everyday leaders learn practical ways to live a more balanced and fulfilled life. With each episode, we tackle a wide variety of conversations related to leadership, mental & physical health, stress management, and work-life balance. Regardless of where you are on your journey, the 2Principals Podcast has something to offer.


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    • 1 hr 6 min
    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

Customer Reviews

4.4 out of 5
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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