What’s better than a good story? A story with a message! Join Brent and a different guest each episode as they share a story or two from their experiences in education, along with the lessons they've learned that have helped them grow as educators. So pour yourself a cup of coffee, sit back, and enjoy as Brent sits down with other teachers and administrators to share some entertaining and inspirational stories of growth.
E96: Back to Better
In this episode, Brent shares some of his reflections on the 2020-2021 school year, focusing not only on the challenges, but on the skills, knowledge, and experiences we gained because of them. As we prepare to welcome students back in August, Brent reminds us that we are better than we were 15 months ago. So let’s not just settle for things getting back to normal. Let’s get back to better!
E95: John Eick & Changing the Conditions of the Test
Back as a guest on the podcast for the fourth time, John is a passionate educator doing amazing things as the Executive Director of Westlake Charter School in Sacramento, California. He is also the host of the incredible Learn With John Eick Podcast, one you definitely want to check out. In this episode, John and Brent take inspiration from Star Trek’s Captain Kirk and discuss how we can rewrite the unwritten rules of education to make students and adults more successful. Bottom line -- just because it’s always been a certain way doesn’t mean it has to continue being that way.
E94: Toby and Leah Price & How We Say What We Say Matters
Toby is a former elementary school teacher and currently an assistant principal at Gary Road Elementary School in Mississippi. He is a passionate educator who actively shares encouragement, resources, and expertise through Twitter and his blog. His wife, Leah, has been an educator and is currently working at home taking care of their three children. In this must-listen episode, Toby and Leah share an educator’s and parent’s perspective on the importance of how we report on student progress. It’s not just what we say, but also how we say it that matters.
E93: Choosing to Be Thankful
In this episode, Brent flies solo to talk about how a simple song lyric can remind us that we have a choice -- to water the tree of thankfulness rather than the weed of negativity.
E92: Evan Whitehead & Advocating for Your Own Mental and Physical Health
Evan has been an educator for 23 years, had multiple roles in the field, and has been a school district administrator for the past 11. In this episode, Evan talks about balance, boundaries, and breaks as he transparently shares his powerful story of the importance of advocating for our own mental and physical health.
E91: Mike Earnshaw & Teaching and Leading Outside the Box
Mike is in his seventh year as an elementary principal in Lansing, Illinois. Before moving into administration, he taught middle school English Language Arts for 15 years. Mike is the author of the book The EduCulture Cookbook (to be released spring/summer 2021), co-host of the Punk Rock Classrooms Podcast, and shares his thoughts on education on his blog. In this episode, Mike shares stories of how we can break away from the stereotypes to teach and lead in a way that makes people excited to come to school.
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