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PrincipalPLN was started by Jessica Johnson, Spike Cook, and Theresa Stager in 2014. It features amazing guests talking about all things connected school leadership.

    The Authority: A Better Approach to PLCs with Steve Ventura

    The Authority: A Better Approach to PLCs with Steve Ventura

    In this episode, originally from The Authority Podcast, you'll hear about Achievement Teams, a better approach to PLCs.
    Steve Ventura is a former elementary and secondary teacher, has worked as both a school and district-level administrator, and is currently the president and lead consultant at Advanced Collaborative Solutions. He is passionate about helping school-based leaders instill a culture grounded in collective teacher efficacy through his flagship work, Achievement Teams.

    Steve’s book, co-authored with Michelle Ventura, is Achievement Teams: How a Better Approach to PLCs Can Improve Student Outcomes and Teacher Efficacy, published by ASCD.

    In this episode, Ross and Steve discuss:
    Why collaboration mattersThe causes of ineffective PLCsA better approach to PLCsImproving student outcomes and teacher efficacyThe 4-step structure of Achievement Teams meetingsEstablishing relational trustFind Achievement Teams from ASCD or wherever you get your books. Learn more at https://www.steveventura.com

    About today’s guest
    Steve Ventura is the president and lead consultant at Advanced Collaborative Solutions. He is a highly motivational and knowledgeable speaker who approaches high-stakes professional development armed with practical, research-based strategies. Steve is a former elementary and secondary teacher and has worked as both a school and a district-level administrator. He is passionate about helping school-based leaders instill a culture grounded in collective teacher efficacy through his flagship work, Achievement Teams. Connect with Steve:
    LinkedInTwitterInstagram About the host
    Ross Romano is a co-founder of the Be Podcast Network and CEO of September Strategies LLC. He is a leadership development and performance coach for professionals in a range of industries and consults with organizations and high-performing leaders in the K-12 education industry to help communicate their vision and make strategic decisions that lead to long-term success. Connect on Twitter @RossBRomano and LinkedIn

    We’re thrilled to be sponsored by IXL and MyFlexLearning. 

    IXL’s comprehensive teaching and learning platform for math, language arts, science, and social studies is accelerating achievement in 95 of the top 100 U.S. school districts. Loved by teachers and backed by independent research from Johns Hopkins University, IXL can help you simplify and streamline technology, reliably meet Tier 1 standards, improve assessment performance, and more. Visit IXL.com/BE today to learn more about how IXL can elevate your school or district.
    MyFlexLearning is the scheduling platform that helps middle and high schools meet the individual needs of all students. Create and manage time for flex blocks, WIN time, activity periods, RTI, counselor and teacher appointments and much more. And with a built-in accountability tool and reporting features, solve your challenges around getting kids where they need to be and understanding how flex time is spent. Make your flex time work for you. Visit myflexlearning.com/BE to learn more and receive $500 off the first year. 

    • 44 min
    EdTech Startup Showcase: Classroom Mosaic co-founder Ben Gustafson on the necessity of easy and effective observations

    EdTech Startup Showcase: Classroom Mosaic co-founder Ben Gustafson on the necessity of easy and effective observations

    Welcome to the EdTech Startup Showcase, an original series produced by the Be Podcast Network. This series is all about spotlighting and amplifying some of the most innovative emerging companies in edtech.
    We'll bring you the first five episodes of the series directly in this feed. To subscribe to the series, visit https://etss.bepodcast.network 
    In this episode, Ben Gustafson, founder of Classroom Mosaic, is the guest. Classroom Mosaic is a teacher observation platform that powers transformational leadership with effective observations.
    Hear about:
    How Classroom Mosaic got startedTheir vision for transforming teaching and learning The importance of feedback in K-12 educationThe story behind the name "Classroom Mosaic"The future of the company Hear more about Classroom Mosaic:We help K-12 leaders support, develop, and retain their teachers. For over a decade, we've worked with educators worldwide from districts large (100k students) and small (150 students) to transform instructional practice, guide professional development, and impact student learning.
    We believe every student deserves a great education. And a great education starts with great teachers supported by great leaders. Learn more: 
    classroommosaic.comtwitter.com/ClassroomMosaic linkedin.com/company/classroommosaic/twitter.com/Ben__Gustafson linkedin.com/in/bengus28/About today's guests:In 2011, Ben and Tyler founded Classroom Mosaic as seniors at Dutch Fork High. They developed a prototype during a project-based learning class as part of a STEM program. Based on the overwhelmingly positive response they received from the prototype, they took what they learned and started building Classroom Mosaic.
    They launched the first version of the platform in the fall of 2011 from their dorm rooms as freshmen. Within two weeks, Classroom Mosaic became profitable, with multiple school districts using it to support and develop their teachers.
    Since then, we've fallen in love with the problem of supporting teachers well, and our passion for building practical tools for K-12 educators has only grown. We've logged thousands of hours with instructional leaders and expanded our platform to support teacher observations, learning walks, instructional rounds, team observations, teacher evaluations, and much more.
    And we're just getting started. Classroom Mosaic continues to grow and evolve as the needs of instructional leaders, just like you, continue to change. Observations shouldn't feel like a chore. Experience easy & effective observations.
    About today's host:Scott Schuette is a Learning and Development Executive with years of experience driving the creation of innovative, multi-million dollar learning platforms and education programs for major corporate enterprise companies. 
    He is cohost of The Fabulous Learning Nerds, a podcast sharing new ideas, learning tools, approaches and technology that increase learner engagement and impact — All while having FUN! Listen to the show and subscribe here: https://fabulouslearningnerds.transistor.fm 

    We’re thrilled to be sponsored by IXL and MyFlexLearning. 

    IXL’s comprehensive teaching and learning platform for math, language arts, science, and social studies is accelerating achievement in 95 of the top 100 U.S. school districts. Loved by teachers and backed by independent research from Johns Hopkins University, IXL can help you simplify and streamline technology, reliably meet Tier 1 standards, improve assessment performance, and more. Visit IXL.com/BE today to learn more about how IXL can elevate your school or district.
    MyFlexLearning is the scheduling platform that helps middle and high schools meet the individual needs of all students. Create and manage time for flex blocks, WIN time, activity periods, RTI, counselor and teacher appointments and much more. And with a built-in accountability tool and reporting features, solve your challenges around getting kids where they need to be and understanding how flex time is s

    • 38 min
    EdTech Startup Showcase: CareerViewXR creators Katie and Matt Chaussee on learning experiences powered by augmented and virtual reality

    EdTech Startup Showcase: CareerViewXR creators Katie and Matt Chaussee on learning experiences powered by augmented and virtual reality

    Welcome to the EdTech Startup Showcase, an original series produced by the Be Podcast Network. This series is all about spotlighting and amplifying some of the most innovative emerging companies in edtech.
    We'll bring you the first five episodes of the series directly in this feed. To subscribe to the series, visit https://etss.bepodcast.network 
    In this episode, Katie and Matt Chaussee, founders of Be More Colorful and creators of CareerViewXR, share the story of their company's founding and how it is changing workplace and education experiences.  
    Hear about:
    The origin story of Be More Colorful Content accessibility Immersive media in education: video content, simulations, metaverse, and moreThe future of career and technical education (CTE) - industries are changing, CTE needs to keep up, grab the attention of learners and inform themBridging the Gaps: skills gap, opportunity gap, and awareness gapCTE for all - professional development for parents, teachers, counselors, adult career-seekers, and the incarceratedAbout Be More ColorfulBe More Colorful, based in Fargo, North Dakota specializes in immersive technology solutions for solving workforce development problems. Co-founded by husband-and-wife team Matt and Katie Chaussee, the company has been at the forefront of creating immersive media solutions that help people make better decisions about where they choose to live, learn, work and play. Learn more:
    https://www.bemorecolorful.com/https://www.facebook.com/careerviewxr/ https://www.facebook.com/bemorecolorful/ https://www.linkedin.com/company/careerviewxr/ https://www.linkedin.com/company/be-more-colorful/ https://www.instagram.com/bemorecolorful/ https://twitter.com/bemorecolorful https://www.tiktok.com/@bemorecolorful About today's guests:Katie Chaussee, co-founder and Owner of Be More Colorful alongside her husband Matt, embarked on an entrepreneurial journey that began modestly with a part-time gig providing virtual real estate tours. Over time, their initiative has grown into a prominent EdTech company, employing cutting-edge virtual reality technology to innovate career exploration for students.
    This transition from a "mom and pop VR shop" to an acclaimed industry player wasn't a walk in the park. With a steadfast commitment to their vision, Katie and Matt navigated through both successes and failures, ultimately reshaping their family life.
    From a traditional young family with two children and two-incomes to fully embracing the uncertainties of entrepreneurship, Katie and Matt demonstrated the courage to tread an uncharted path. Katie's journey, less about glory and more about grit, embodies the essence of their venture — a determination to improve career guidance for students through innovative technology. Her role in this endeavor underscores the power of belief in a shared vision and the determination to see it through.
    Matt Chaussee, co-founder and CEO of award-winning immersive media and virtual reality production studio, Be More Colorful, is revolutionizing career exploration for students with the groundbreaking product, CareerViewXR. Together with his wife, Katie, Matthew transitioned from a part-time endeavor creating virtual real estate tours to assembling a skilled team of media professionals who are revolutionizing career exploration with immersive media technology.
    Motivated by his own career journey, which involved seven years of college, five major changes, and finally a degree in Mathematics, Matthew's professional path was marked by a continuous quest for fulfillment. Despite a successful 15-year-long career, his internal dissatisfaction led him to pivot, co-founding a virtual reality production studio with his wife and co-founder (and majority owner) Katie.
    Through CareerViewXR, Matt and his team use virtual tours and virtual reality video to bring real-world job environments directly into the classroom, offering a dynamic and practical tool for students considering their future

    • 34 min
    EdTech Startup Showcase: Pedagog.ai founder Priten Shah on transforming teaching and learning with artificial intelligence

    EdTech Startup Showcase: Pedagog.ai founder Priten Shah on transforming teaching and learning with artificial intelligence

    Welcome to the EdTech Startup Showcase, an original series produced by the Be Podcast Network. This series is all about spotlighting and amplifying some of the most innovative emerging companies in edtech.
    We'll bring you the first five episodes of the series directly in this feed. To subscribe to the series, visit https://etss.bepodcast.network 
    Today, Priten Shah, the founder and CEO of Pedagogy.Cloud and Pedagog.ai, discusses the rise of artificial intelligence in education. Priten emphasizes the importance of navigating the digital transformation in the educational landscape. He highlights the startup's mission of transforming education through AI technology, providing tools to help educators in the classroom while also working to bridge the tech literacy gap. 
    Hear about:
    Priten's journey into edtechThe role of technology in educationExploring Pedagog.aiThe vision for pedagogyLessons learned in the journeyThe impact of AI on societyAbout Pedegog.ai:
    Pedagog.ai is focused on supporting educators in adapting to the age of artificial intelligence in education. The company offers a variety of professional development options, including books, online courses, webinars, and in-person workshops, to help teachers learn about the latest advancements in AI and education. Their suite of tools is designed with educators in mind, aiming to enhance curriculum development and workflow efficiency through AI technology. They also provide tools tailored for student use, enabling them to engage in assignments that leverage AI capabilities in a classroom setting. Learn more:
    http://pedagog.ai/https://twitter.com/pedagogycloudhttps://www.instagram.com/pedagogycloud/https://facebook.com/pedagogycloudAbout today's guest:Priten Shah, M. ED and B.A, Harvard, is the CEO of Pedagogy.Cloud, which provides innovative technology solutions to help educators navigate global challenges in a rapidly evolving world. He is also the author of the Wiley’s Jossey-Bass publication, “AI & The Future of Education: Teaching in the Age of Artificial Intelligence.“ Pedagogy.Cloud has worked with over 200 different educational organizations to adapt and innovate during major world events including the Covid-19 Pandemic. He and his team are currently focused on helping educational organizations adapt to the ever growing capabilities of AI. Priten is also the founder of United 4 Social Change, a civics education nonprofit that focuses on helping teachers integrate interdisciplinary education into their curricula through animated videos, lesson plans, and innovative classroom activities. Connect with Priten:
    http://linkedin.com/in/pritenhshahhttps://twitter.com/pritenhshahAbout today's host:Scott Schuette is a Learning and Development Executive with years of experience driving the creation of innovative, multi-million dollar learning platforms and education programs for major corporate enterprise companies. 
    He is cohost of The Fabulous Learning Nerds, a podcast sharing new ideas, learning tools, approaches and technology that increase learner engagement and impact — All while having FUN! Listen to the show and subscribe here: https://fabulouslearningnerds.transistor.fm 

    We’re thrilled to be sponsored by IXL and MyFlexLearning. 

    IXL’s comprehensive teaching and learning platform for math, language arts, science, and social studies is accelerating achievement in 95 of the top 100 U.S. school districts. Loved by teachers and backed by independent research from Johns Hopkins University, IXL can help you simplify and streamline technology, reliably meet Tier 1 standards, improve assessment performance, and more. Visit IXL.com/BE today to learn more about how IXL can elevate your school or district.
    MyFlexLearning is the scheduling platform that helps middle and high schools meet the individual needs of all students. Create and manage time for flex blocks, WIN time, activity periods, RTI, counselor and teacher appointments and much more. And with a bui

    • 30 min
    EdTech Startup Showcase: Christel Reaves, founder of Connected Class

    EdTech Startup Showcase: Christel Reaves, founder of Connected Class

    Welcome to the EdTech Startup Showcase, an original series produced by the Be Podcast Network. This series is all about spotlighting and amplifying some of the most innovative emerging companies in edtech. 
    We'll bring you the first five episodes of the series directly in this feed. To subscribe to the series, visit https://etss.bepodcast.network 
    Today, Connected Class founder and CEO Christel Reaves shares the story of her company’s work to support education teams with engaging, research-based strategies for increasing student achievement. These include hands-on, interactive activities and technology-based resources to supplement language arts and math curriculum for grades K-8.

    Hear about:
    Christel's journey from struggling student to EdTech InnovatorThe organic growth story of Connected ClassThe power of video in educationAddressing academic gaps and social-emotional learningThe impact and future of Learning LinkChristel’s upcoming goals and what motivates her workAbout Connected Class
    We build communication between the classroom and home environment through exciting games, strategies, and activities to help students succeed academically. Learn more:
    www.connectedclass.com  https://twitter.com/connectedclass_https://www.instagram.com/connected_class https://www.linkedin.com/company/connected-class About today’s guest
    Christel Reaves, founder and CEO of Connected Class, is an enthusiastic educator dedicated to improving learning and equipping educators to succeed.  Her passion for ensuring family engagement throughout the learning process is evident and at the core of every product and service provided by Connected Class. She oversees a team of Instructional Specialists to support schools, focusing on helping educators analyze data, develop action plans, implement instructional strategies, and enhance family engagement for improved student achievement. 

    Before Christel was the founder of Connected Class, she was a classroom teacher, county resource educator and district administrator. She worked closely with the state to remove low performing Title I schools from Intervene status. Over the past 25 years, she has helped many schools improve their student performance and engage families. 

    About today’s host
    Scott Schuette is a Learning and Development Executive with years of experience driving the creation of innovative, multi-million dollar learning platforms and education programs for major corporate enterprise companies. 
    He is cohost of The Fabulous Learning Nerds, a podcast sharing new ideas, learning tools, approaches and technology that increase learner engagement and impact — All while having FUN! Listen to the show and subscribe here: https://fabulouslearningnerds.transistor.fm 

    We’re thrilled to be sponsored by IXL and MyFlexLearning. 

    IXL’s comprehensive teaching and learning platform for math, language arts, science, and social studies is accelerating achievement in 95 of the top 100 U.S. school districts. Loved by teachers and backed by independent research from Johns Hopkins University, IXL can help you simplify and streamline technology, reliably meet Tier 1 standards, improve assessment performance, and more. Visit IXL.com/BE today to learn more about how IXL can elevate your school or district.
    MyFlexLearning is the scheduling platform that helps middle and high schools meet the individual needs of all students. Create and manage time for flex blocks, WIN time, activity periods, RTI, counselor and teacher appointments and much more. And with a built-in accountability tool and reporting features, solve your challenges around getting kids where they need to be and understanding how flex time is spent. Make your flex time work for you. Visit myflexlearning.com/BE to learn more and receive $500 off the first year. 

    • 33 min
    EdTech Startup Showcase: Aatash Parikh, founder of Inkwire

    EdTech Startup Showcase: Aatash Parikh, founder of Inkwire

    Welcome to the premiere episode of the EdTech Startup Showcase, an original series produced by the Be Podcast Network. This series is all about spotlighting and amplifying some of the most innovative emerging companies in edtech. 
    We'll bring you the first five episodes of the series directly in this feed. To subscribe to the series, visit https://etss.bepodcast.network 

    Today, Inkwire founder Aatash Parikh joins the show to discuss his company’s efforts to empower students to build and share their body of work. Aatash is an educator and engineer who has worked at companies like Google and Khan Academy, and also as a middle school teacher in the Oakland Unified School District.

    Hear about:
    Aatash’s journey from classroom teacher to edtech founderWhat authentic digital portfolios mean for student learningThe results students and teachers get when they engage with the Inkwire platformThe launch process and initial school successesVision for the future of learningAbout Inkwire
    In a world in which generative AI has called into question the value of traditional curriculum and assessments, Inkwire is a platform that engages students in real projects and helps them demonstrate their original thinking & skills through portfolios. Learn more: https://inkwire.co 

    About today’s guest
    Aatash Parikh is an educator and an engineer. Aatash has worked as a software engineer at companies like Google & Khan Academy and as a middle school teacher in Oakland Unified School District. He holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering & Computer Science from UC Berkeley and an M.Ed. in Educational Leadership from the High Tech High Graduate School of Education. Learn more:
    https://www.linkedin.com/in/aatashparikhhttps://twitter.com/aatashparikh About today’s host
    Scott Schuette is a Learning and Development Executive with years of experience driving the creation of innovative, multi-million dollar learning platforms and education programs for major corporate enterprise companies. 
    He is cohost of The Fabulous Learning Nerds, a podcast sharing new ideas, learning tools, approaches and technology that increase learner engagement and impact — All while having FUN! Listen to the show and subscribe here: https://fabulouslearningnerds.transistor.fm 

    We’re thrilled to be sponsored by IXL and MyFlexLearning. 

    IXL’s comprehensive teaching and learning platform for math, language arts, science, and social studies is accelerating achievement in 95 of the top 100 U.S. school districts. Loved by teachers and backed by independent research from Johns Hopkins University, IXL can help you simplify and streamline technology, reliably meet Tier 1 standards, improve assessment performance, and more. Visit IXL.com/BE today to learn more about how IXL can elevate your school or district.
    MyFlexLearning is the scheduling platform that helps middle and high schools meet the individual needs of all students. Create and manage time for flex blocks, WIN time, activity periods, RTI, counselor and teacher appointments and much more. And with a built-in accountability tool and reporting features, solve your challenges around getting kids where they need to be and understanding how flex time is spent. Make your flex time work for you. Visit myflexlearning.com/BE to learn more and receive $500 off the first year. 

    • 34 min

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