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Teachers Aid is with Mandy Froehlich and Jon Harper - We've refocused the show on meeting some of the biggest unmet needs every educator has. If you are an educator who gives teaching your all, but still feels that you're not doing enough, this show is for you. Tune in to get social and emotional support for the very personal challenges teachers face. We promise you that you won't hear educators talking like this every day.

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Teachers Aid is with Mandy Froehlich and Jon Harper - We've refocused the show on meeting some of the biggest unmet needs every educator has. If you are an educator who gives teaching your all, but still feels that you're not doing enough, this show is for you. Tune in to get social and emotional support for the very personal challenges teachers face. We promise you that you won't hear educators talking like this every day.

    Four-Day School Weeks Are Coming Faster Than We Thought: What Do You Need to Know In Advance?

    Four-Day School Weeks Are Coming Faster Than We Thought: What Do You Need to Know In Advance?

    The four-day school week is not new, but the speed at which schools are adopting the model is breathtaking. Largely driven by the difficulty in attracting and retaining teachers, school districts are making the leap at increasingly rapid rates. In this episode we ask, what do teachers and school leaders need to consider ahead of time to be prepared?

    Follow on Twitter: @sgthomas1973 @bamradionetwork @jonharper70bd @DocSig @askpang

    Dr. Robert Sigrist currently serves as the Assistant Superintendent of Business and Operations for the St. Joseph School District in St. Joseph, MO. He is beginning his 29th year as an educator. He received his Ed.D. in Educational Leadership & Policy Analysis from the University of Missouri-Columbia. He earned his M.S. in Secondary Administration from Northwest Missouri State University and his B.S. in Natural Science from Missouri Western State University.

    Alex Soojung-Kim Pang, PhD., is the author of “REST: WHY YOU GET MORE DONE WHEN YOU WORK LESS.” Rest has been translated into a dozen languages, and recently appeared in a new paperback edition with a foreword by Arianna Huffington.

    Shawn Thomas is in her 20th year of teaching in the largest county in Georgia. She has taught Kindergarten, Second and Third Grade, and ESOL K-5.

    • 19 min
    A Deeper Look at the Emotional Inner Life of Teaching: The 16 Emotions We’ve Overlooked

    A Deeper Look at the Emotional Inner Life of Teaching: The 16 Emotions We’ve Overlooked

    The emerging emotional science is clear, we often oversimplify how we discuss the emotional experience of teaching and the emotional inner life of teachers. In this episode, we explore two models that reframe what we often simplistically label as burnout and offer a new lens for discussing what those of us who teach are experiencing right now and what we need as we look to the school year ahead.

    Follow on Twitter: @JYooBrannon @kevinleichtman @bamradionetwork @jonHarper70bd

    Dr. James L. Floman is an Associate Research Scientist at the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence. He received his PhD at the University of British Columbia, where he studied the effects of mindfulness and compassion meditation on teacher emotion regulation and prosocial behavior with Dr. Kimberly Schonert-Reichl. Dr. Floman has three core research streams: 1) The assessment of dynamic social-affective processes (i.e., developing and validating EI and well-being measurement tools); 2) EI, mindfulness, and well-being training (i.e., developing, optimizing, and scaling EI and well-being-enhancement interventions for real-world applications); and 3) Affective neuroscience (studying mental training-induced changes in ‘emotional brain’ function and structure).

    Jennifer Yoo-Brannon is a teacher and instructional coach in El Monte, California, with over 16 years of experience teaching high school students, mentoring teachers, and designing and facilitating professional learning. Jennifer’s passions include: building collective teacher efficacy, designing meaningful professional learning, and fostering emotional resilience among all educators. She is an Edsurge Voices of Change Writing Fellow and has written for Edsurge and The California Educator.

    Kevin Leichtman is an adjunct professor and former English teacher of grades 7-12. He is the author of two books and a researcher in the fields of burnout, mindset, SEL, and equity. You can learn more about Kevin by visiting tlceducate.com

    John Griesse has been teaching for 13 years with Fayetteville Public Schools. He spent the first four years teaching all subjects in third grade. The last 9 years he taught in a departmentalized fourth grade. He focused on math, reading, science, and social studies in those nine years.

    • 19 min
    Classroom Management: When Students Are Tired and So Are We

    Classroom Management: When Students Are Tired and So Are We

    For those of us who are still winding down the school year, we look at strategies for managing the final days when students have had enough and so have we.

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    Dr. Todd Whitaker has been fortunate to be able to blend his passion with his career. Recognized as a leading presenter in the field of education, his message about the importance of teaching has resonated with hundreds of thousands of educators around the world. Todd is a professor of educational leadership at the University of Missouri and professor emeritus at Indiana State University. Todd has written over 50 books including the national best seller, What Great Teachers Do Differently. Other titles include: Dealing With Difficult Teachers, Ten-Minute Inservice, Your First Year, What Great Principals Do Differently, Motivating & Inspiring Teachers, and Dealing With Difficult Parents.

    Marjo Burk, Fayetteville Public Schools, 5th Grade Teacher 2021-2022 marks her 20th year teaching public school. Engaging students in learning by building background knowledge and a culture of literacy in an environment of positivity has always been her top priority. Teaching for 20 years has given her the opportunity to teach biology and environmental science in the high school setting, English language arts, social studies, and math in the upper elementary and middle school settings. She is also 2021-2022 Teacher of the Year supporting 13 schools across the Fayetteville Public School district.

    Shawn Thomas is in her 20th year of teaching in the largest county in Georgia. She has taught Kindergarten, Second and Third Grade, and ESOL (English to Speakers of Other Languages) K-5.

    • 11 min
    What Do You Say To Students When The Unthinkable Happens… Again?

    What Do You Say To Students When The Unthinkable Happens… Again?

    As we all grieve and grapple with the loss of students and teachers in Uvalde, Texas, we wanted to talk about how we can best respond to students when these events continue to happen despite efforts to prevent them.

    Follow on Twitter: @DrKpsychologist, @drchriscip, @ideasforteacher, @jonHarper70bd @bamradionetwork

    Jelena Kecmanovic, Ph.D., is the founding director of the Arlington/DC Behavior Therapy Institute and an adjunct professor of psychology at Georgetown University. In addition to academic articles, she has written for the Washington Post, The Conversation, Psychology Today Magazine, and others.

    Christina Cipriano, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor at the Yale Child Study Center and Director of Research at the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence (YCEI). Dr. Cipriano’s research focuses on the systematic examination of social and emotional learning (SEL) to promote pathways to optimal developmental outcomes for the traditionally marginalized student and teacher populations.

    Dan Jones earned a BS in Middle Grades Education from Ashland University and a Master’s Degree in Curriculum and Instruction from American College of Education. Dan is an FLGI Master Teacher whose professional interests include e-learning and technology, as well as Project-Based Learning. He is the author of Flipped 3.0 Project Based Learning: An Insanely Simple Guide.

    • 16 min
    The May Mindset: Practical Strategies to Get Your Students (and You) Over the Year-End Finish Line

    The May Mindset: Practical Strategies to Get Your Students (and You) Over the Year-End Finish Line

    In many classrooms, May is not just another month. It’s four weeks that require a special mindset to get our students and ourselves over the finish line as the school year winds down. Listen to this episode on the May Mindset and what’s required to get through this unique month with skill and grace.

    Follow on Twitter:@almutzieher @YaleEmotion @5Silber @MeredithNewlin @Jonharper70bd @bamradionetwork

    Sara Silber is an award-winning elementary school teacher and a lead mentor with 30 years of classroom experience. Sara has written two blogposts, for BehaviorFlip’s Blog-“Social Emotional Growth Maps” and “A Teacher’s Journey Through Hacking School Discipline.” More recently, she authored a chapter in the inspiring book Thank You, Teacher. Sara enjoys working with her students and helping them grow and become independent learners. When she is not teaching or planning, she is finding ways to support her colleagues. She loves to share her expertise, funny stories and other things that happen in the life of a teacher.

    Almut K. Zieher, Ph.D., is an associate research scientist at the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence. Dr. Zieher received her Ph.D. in Educational Psychology, her M.A. in Special Education, and her B.A. in Elementary Education from the University of New Mexico. Dr. Zieher’s experiences as a general and special education teacher lead her to study how teachers learn and engage in social and emotional behaviors to increase their well-being and pedagogical effectiveness. She uses social, emotional and mindfulness approaches to inform training and measure development. Previously she developed and deployed mindfulness training using the skills from Dialectical Behavioral Therapy with pre-service teachers. Currently, she is developing an indirect self-report measure of teachers’ mindfulness to better understand how the mechanisms of mindfulness work. Additionally, Dr. Zieher is focused on improving measures of SEL implementation, including developing a checklist for measuring elementary school teacher’s social and emotional teaching and a teacher self-report measure of emotion-focused SEL implementation.

    Meredith Newlin is entering her 17th year teaching secondary English. Her passion and purpose are to help motivate and inspire educators to rediscover—and keep— their joy for the teaching profession.
    She is the author of Captured Fireflies: Truths, Mistakes, And Other Gifts Of Being an English Teacher and Freed To Teach: 7 Keys To Thrive In an Era Of Uncertainty. She also the creator of The Transformed Teacher podcast as well as a variety of workshops, online courses, and programs for teachers. She also coaches teachers who want to finish and launch their own books.

    • 15 min
    How Teachers Are Managing the Rapid Stream of Small (and Big) Decisions We Make Daily

    How Teachers Are Managing the Rapid Stream of Small (and Big) Decisions We Make Daily

    In this episode, we pause to examine the seemingly endless minor and high-stakes decisions that we need to make in our classrooms every day. Listen in as we identify ways to manage the decision fatigue that some feel.

    Follow on Twitter: @katyfarber @Non_Toxic_Kids @dubioseducator @drchriscip @Jonharper70bd @bamradionetwork

    Dr. Katy Farber is a classroom educator and writer from Vermont. She has written and co-authored several books about education, including Why Great Teachers Quit and How We Might Solve the Exodus (Corwin Press).


    Faige Meller taught for 38 years at the same school “The Center For Early Education” and that’s where she is a substitute teacher. She began teaching in 1977 in the preschool. In 1991 she became one of the kindergarten teachers. She taught kindergarten until retired in June 2015. She started subbing in 2016 and subbed in Toddlers, 3 and 4-year-old program, kindergarten, 1st and 2nd. She did a three-and-a-half-month sub position for a kindergarten teacher from January till April 17th — which included in the classroom and then remote learning.

    Christina Cipriano, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor at the Yale Child Study Center and Director of Research at the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence (YCEI). Dr. Cipriano’s research focuses on the systematic examination of social and emotional learning (SEL) to promote pathways to optimal developmental outcomes for the traditionally marginalized student and teacher populations.

    • 13 min

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