21 episodes

Learning and leadership evolve but what remains constant are school professionals who believe in student success. As Stephen Covey and Bud Spillane often said, “The main thing is to keep the main thing the main thing.” In a school setting, that means kids. This podcast journey is an opportunity to meet educators who love what they do and affect positive change in their school community.

The Answer Key: Learning and Leadership in the K-12 World Fairfax Network, Fairfax County Public Schools

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Learning and leadership evolve but what remains constant are school professionals who believe in student success. As Stephen Covey and Bud Spillane often said, “The main thing is to keep the main thing the main thing.” In a school setting, that means kids. This podcast journey is an opportunity to meet educators who love what they do and affect positive change in their school community.

    What to Ask Writers and Illustrators

    What to Ask Writers and Illustrators

    Students are writers and illustrators! That’s the message from the rock stars of children’s literature, and the reason a distance learning series called Meet the Author is such a popular FCPS venue for blended learning opportunities. This episode features author Dorie Hillestad Butler and illustrator Nancy Meyers, the award winning duo behind King and Kayla – chapter books about a young girl who solves mysteries with the help of her canine buddy. Interview questions are discussed and the importance of modeling the writing process.

    • 26 min
    Math Workshop!

    Math Workshop!

    Math Workshop is transforming how students learn math in elementary school. What are the essential components of math workshop, and how do you, as teachers, structure class for student engagement, math discourse, and number sense routines? Educators share the significance of building math communities, small and large group lessons, quality math activities, guided math, and opportunities for reflection. And yes, math is fun and fun to teach!

    • 31 min
    Instructional Coaches

    Instructional Coaches

    Instructional Coaches are an important part of a school community. Take a listen and learn what an instructional coach does, and how their many roles support professional learning, school goals, and ultimately, student success.

    • 26 min
    Portrait of a Graduate: Update

    Portrait of a Graduate: Update

    Learn how teachers and administrators are intentionally teaching skills and attributes known as Portrait of a Graduate, and reaping positive results. In many ways, POG has improved the culture of school communities, boosted student attendance, and reclaimed the joy of teaching. This is part two of a series. Guests include: Andrea Hand, Manager of Best Practices for Teaching and Learning for FCPS, Amy Miller, school principal, and Luke Williams, science teacher.

    • 33 min
    ESOL: English Language Learners at FCPS

    ESOL: English Language Learners at FCPS

    The number of English language learners is increasing across the country. Fairfax County, Virginia is no exception. At Fairfax County Public Schools language acquisition happens in all content areas, across all grade levels, and with purposeful professional development. Meet educators who can describe English language instruction, and the rewards and challenges of English for Speakers of Other Languages or ESOL.

    • 34 min
    Questions From New Teachers at Great Beginnings 2018

    Questions From New Teachers at Great Beginnings 2018

    From instructional differentiation to student engagement, educators Natasha Saunders and Elizabeth Dean address many frequently asked questions from new teachers. The role of collaboration, technology, parent involvement and self-care are also discussed. Great Beginnings refers to a series of on-going, professional development seminars designed for teachers at FCPS.

    • 42 min

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