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powerED Up Ken Ehrmann

    • Education
    • 5.0 • 17 Ratings

We are powering education up by empowering you! Join us to talk about everything education with the hosts and weekly interviews. We will interview teachers to find out what makes great teachers and how we can all grow together. Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/poweredup/support

    Value Every Moment with Students and Teachers

    Value Every Moment with Students and Teachers

    Joe Sanfelippo is the ultimate leader. He is the current superintendent of the Fall Creek Wisconsin School District, #GoCrickets. He drives his district, administrators, teachers, and students to think outside of the box and explore what they are most passionate about.  He has created an environment where everyone can lead, and is empowered to do so. His leadership style is most evident in the professional development practices and hiring techniques they have put into place.


    Finding your own leadership style and how you can best thrive.
    Recognizing where we begin to know where we are going.
    Fueling professional development with self-guided passion projects and concluding the work with a teacher-led street fair.
    Empowering teachers to recognize students for who they are and support them on an individual level.
    How to best tell the stories of your classroom, school, and district.


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    • 1 hr 8 min
    Creating Partnerships to Help Young Readers Grow

    Creating Partnerships to Help Young Readers Grow

    The success of a student requires a community effort.  We need to help and best support our youngest learners, and sometimes, schools do not have all the resources they need. Reading Partners is an organization that can help support our young readers in partnership with the schools.


    Teach for America in middle school science for four years, and then taught in Mexico to teach English as a second language 3rd - 6th for eleven years.
    Teach for America is a challenging experience because you don’t have full education training before starting. It is also incredibly rewarding to work in new communities and support children in education.
    Reading Partners: National Non-profit with a mission to make students life-long learners.
    Provide one on one tutoring in the community.
    Visit readingpartners.org to see the areas where they service with virtual tutoring options available.
    Explicit instruction of phonics to teach the foundations of reading.
    Most of the schools are Title 1, and the leadership shows interest.
    While still focusing on phonics, read grade-level texts to the students so they can focus on comprehension.

    Website: www.readingpartners.org


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    • 1 hr 1 min
    SEL with Structure and Purpose

    SEL with Structure and Purpose

    This show has it all and our guest Wendy Turner, 2017 Delaware Teacher of the Year, brings the fire! She is passion from the get go of the conversation up until the last minute.  She is all in on students, teachers, and social and emotional learning.  She clearly defines the how and the why of SEL in classrooms.


    Starting career outside of education first brings life perspective.  Wendy gained so many experiences that created confidence to solve any problem.
    If second graders are going to be successful learners, we have to teach them to be successful humans first.
    Every student shares something nice about the birthday student, even if it is the first day of school.
    Specific programs were put in place to help support social and emotional learning in the classroom.
    Cassel website, including the frameworks for SEL, and the 3 signatures practices
    Foster curiosity and competence in SEL. You have to teach it explicitly, but you have to engrain it into the academics.
    Wendy shares about her professional moves and changes in her career to best serve students and social and emotional learning
    Sustainable and systematic plans to implement true SEL practices into classrooms
    The “Unless Project” from the Philadelphia Zoo
    Skype a Scientist
    The innovative teachers are the ones that don’t won’t to get bored either

    Connect with Wendy:


    Twitter: @MrsWendyMTurner
    Wendy’s Facebook Page
    wendymturner@gmail.com
    Wendy’s Wakelet 


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    • 1 hr 12 min
    Technology to Increase Student Agency

    Technology to Increase Student Agency

    Debbie Tannenbaum 23rd year in teaching and 5th year as a technology coach.  She brings a consistent, realistic, and authentic light into the world of instructional technology.  Her approach has a single target: improve learning experiences for students.  Technology is a tool to help us facilitate a learning environment that will encourage students to be creators, not consumers.


    The shift from COVID was a forced innovation. Teachers are now much more welcoming to the idea of coaches and technology.
    Technology can help facilitate a Universal Design for Learning philosophy of teaching. It provides students multiple ways to access the same content and skills.
    Digital natives versus digital literacy.  Our students are not digitally literate if we do not teach them.
    We need to teach students icons and skills to navigate devices independently.
    As the teacher, start using the phrase “activities are for you or for me.  If it’s for you, I can’t promise I will provide you feedback.  If it’s for me, I will. However, you can always ask for my feedback.”
    It doesn’t need to look perfect, sounds perfect, or be perfect.  Especially when students are making videos.
    Real authentic paths and experiential learning: choice boards, webquest, student-centered.
    Project Zero from Harvard: Thinking routines, scaffolds to help reveal student thinking
    Become a connected educator, leverage social media and different organizations like www.teachbetter.com.

    Connect with Debbie Tannenbaum


    www.tannenbaumtech.com
    @Tannenbaumtech
     Transform Techy Notes to Make Learning Sticky
    Amplifying Instructional Design


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    Recharging and Reflecting for the New Year

    Recharging and Reflecting for the New Year

    Returning from the winter break marks the unofficial half-way mark of the school year.  Ken and Matt talk about the best strategies and ideas to think about as you return from the coveted winter break. There is so much we want to accomplish with students in such a short amount of time. This episode gets a little emotional when Ken and Matt start sharing about the journey they are on with their students how how much they hope to accomplish.


    The value of attending a conference and how to best find ways to attend
    Reset classroom management strategies, rules, and what you expect from students on a daily basis
    State testing is looming in the future and we can't ignore it.
    This is a great time to facilitate goal setting activities with your students.
    A school year is a 180-day journey, we can't expect to solve every problem on day one.  Now is the time of year to really start attacking goals.
    The difficult for semester teachers to "start over" with a new class in January when not many other colleagues are in the same mindset.


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    • 1 hr 1 min
    Leading for a Culture Where All Students Succeed

    Leading for a Culture Where All Students Succeed

    Norah is a well-rounded, experienced educator.  She has taught in special education, led buildings as an assistant and lead principal, and now services the entire district as special education and curriculum supervisor.   Norah is using her background to create systems and transform school cultures to create the most successful environments for students.


    When you feel burnt out in education, seek a purposeful change and fuel your own fire.
    We have to help equip regular education teachers to best service all students and help special education teachers best support all.
    Students should not need a label to get personalized support.
    As a building leader, creating systems to be more preventative and less reactive.
    SEL has empowered our teachers to better support students from a proactive stand point and providing concrete ways to approach what students need most.
    It is important to create quantifiable measures to evaluate our own success of servicing students.
    If you want to shift a culture in a school, you first need to evaluate where you are currently at. What is the current culture?
    We have to pay attention to the whole child and allow it to impact our instructional strategies.


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    • 1 hr 27 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
17 Ratings

17 Ratings

The Real Diddy ,

Gets me in good mindset

Ken and Matt are so real and easy to connect to. I listen to the podcast on my way to work and it gets me in a good mindset for the day ahead. Great variety of guests too!

Jackie Wynkoop ,

Great podcast for educators!

This is a great podcast for educators serving in any role! Ken and Matt do a fantastic job facilitating conversations about a variety of topics, and always have top-notch educators as guests.

Sram840 ,

Best Teacher Podcast

Such a great time listening to this on the way to work and home. Such a great duo with guests that keep you in the know of education. Recommend for ANY educational professional

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