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Best practices, tips, and stories to help you be extraordinary in your classroom and beyond, featuring Curriculum Associates' own National Director Danielle Sullivan and Associate Director of the Educator Community Sari Laberis.

The Extraordinary Educators Podcast Danielle Sullivan & Sari Laberis

    • Education
    • 4.9 • 55 Ratings

Best practices, tips, and stories to help you be extraordinary in your classroom and beyond, featuring Curriculum Associates' own National Director Danielle Sullivan and Associate Director of the Educator Community Sari Laberis.

    Making Learning Irresistible with Da'Jhon Jett

    Making Learning Irresistible with Da'Jhon Jett

    Ever wondered how a teacher can turn a classroom into a hub of excitement and learning that students can't get enough of? Da'Jhon Jett is that teacher, and he's sharing his playbook with us. He's not your average sixth-grade educator; Da'Jhon is a maestro of engagement, harmonizing music and the latest TikTok trends to reach students on their level. Our chat with him is a journey through the art of making connections that spark enthusiasm and transform the classroom into a vibrant community. You'll hear about his unique ice-breakers and find out how he taps into the interests of his students to encourage a thriving environment for academic discourse.

    Visit the Blog: CurriculumAssociates.com/blog
    Follow us on Twitter: @CurriculumAssoc
    Follow us on Instagram: @MyiReady
    Have feedback, questions, or want to be a guest? Email ExtraordinaryEducators@cainc.com to connect with us!

    • 9 min
    Empowering Student Success: Educational Acceleration Strategies with Megan Robinson

    Empowering Student Success: Educational Acceleration Strategies with Megan Robinson

    Uncover the secrets to unlocking your students' full potential with Megan Robinson, Director of Content, Implementation, and Adoptions at Curriculum Associates, as she guides us through the revolutionary practice of educational acceleration. Get ready to transform your approach from remediation to the more dynamic strategy of acceleration, a method that equips students with the foundational skills they need before tackling grade-level challenges. Megan's discussion, rich with insights from pivotal studies like The Opportunity Myth by TNTP, is a treasure trove for educators seeking actionable strategies to elevate engagement and outcomes in the classroom.

    Join us as we delve into the astounding success story of a school that catapulted its math proficiency rates from 17% to 50% in just two years through whole-class acceleration. This episode isn't just about the statistics; it's a celebration of the universal benefits that come from refreshing foundational skills for all learners, ensuring no student lags when moving forward. With Megan's invaluable expertise, we conclude with a powerful reminder of the impact educators have when they remain connected and proactive in an ever-evolving educational terrain.

    Read The Opportunity Myth by TNTP: https://tntp.org/publication/the-opportunity-myth/
    Visit the Blog: CurriculumAssociates.com/blog
    Follow us on Twitter: @CurriculumAssoc
    Follow us on Instagram: @MyiReady
    Have feedback, questions, or want to be a guest? Email ExtraordinaryEducators@cainc.com to connect with us!

    • 12 min
    Transformative Techniques for Engaging Math Students with Jesse Lewis

    Transformative Techniques for Engaging Math Students with Jesse Lewis

    Unlock the secrets of transformative math instruction with our insightful guest, Jesse Lewis, a Regional Math Consultant with Curriculum Associates who brings to light the urgency for change in the post-pandemic classroom. In a landscape where catch-up tactics have leaned heavily on memorization and procedural drills, Jesse advocates for a richer, more resilient approach. He urges educators to dive deep into the mathematics education standards and the eight standards for mathematical practice, emphasizing the significance of developing students' problem-solving prowess and perseverance. We tackle not only the content but also the crucial aspect of classroom management, discussing how to cultivate an environment that encourages self-regulation and collaboration, skills that are indispensable for students as they navigate complex mathematical challenges.

    Imagine transforming your math lessons with tools like fraction strips and double number lines, methods that breathe life into the numbers and concepts that can often seem abstract. Our conversation with Jesse explores these innovative strategies and resources that promise to revolutionize the way we think about teaching mathematics. This episode is not just an exchange of ideas; it's an invitation to join a vibrant community of listeners and educators committed to redefining math education. Share your journey with us, engage with new pedagogical insights, and be sure to glean Jesse's invaluable tips that could very well be the catalyst your teaching methods have been waiting for.

    Visit the Blog: CurriculumAssociates.com/blog
    Follow us on Twitter: @CurriculumAssoc
    Follow us on Instagram: @MyiReady
    Have feedback, questions, or want to be a guest? Email ExtraordinaryEducators@cainc.com to connect with us!

    • 12 min
    Understanding the Post-Pandemic Impact on Early Education with Kelsey Young

    Understanding the Post-Pandemic Impact on Early Education with Kelsey Young

    Discover the critical insights shedding light on how the pandemic has shaped the educational landscape, as we sit down with the brilliant Kelsey Young, Senior Research Scientist at Curriculum Associates. Through our conversation, Kelsey provides a deep dive into Curriculum Associates' latest research findings, which signal a warning for educators everywhere: our youngest learners' education has been notably impacted by the pandemic, leaving them at a disadvantage as they begin their academic journeys. This episode is a must-listen for those passionate about early education and the long-term implications of these formative years.

    Kelsey doesn't just share the challenges; she brings hope and solutions to the table, discussing the silver lining of phonics improvement and how it can serve as a predictive beacon for reading success. The episode is rich with actionable strategies for teachers, emphasizing the power of early intervention and a strong foundation in early childhood services to close the pandemic-induced gaps. Kelsey's insights provide a fresh lens through which educators can reassess and energize their teaching methods, ensuring that our littlest scholars aren't just catching up, but are poised to thrive in their educational endeavors.

    Read Curriculum Associates' Research: https://bit.ly/3vFnq68
    Find out more about Magnetic Reading: https://bit.ly/3u5yyWG
    Visit the Blog: CurriculumAssociates.com/blog
    Follow us on Twitter: @CurriculumAssoc
    Follow us on Instagram: @MyiReady
    Have feedback, questions, or want to be a guest? Email ExtraordinaryEducators@cainc.com to connect with us!

    • 6 min
    Revolutionizing Literacy Intervention for Middle School Students with Christine Zimmermann

    Revolutionizing Literacy Intervention for Middle School Students with Christine Zimmermann

    Ever wondered how to effectively lift your middle school students out of the literacy crisis they're facing? Look no further for answers as we sit with Christine Zimmermann, Senior Manager of Product Marketing on our ELA team, who brings her expertise on reading intervention strategies that will transform your approach to teaching. In our enlightening chat, Christine tackles the perplexing question of how to support students struggling with foundational reading skills and comprehension and underscores the importance of understanding these differences to drive student success across all subjects.

    Our conversation goes beyond identifying the literacy challenges that middle school educators face, diving into the use of data to inform impactful teaching strategies. Christine shares invaluable insights on prioritizing critical content to close learning gaps and the specialized resources that can catapult educators toward this goal. This episode is an essential listen for educators across the board, promising to not only enrich your toolkit but also to inspire action that can genuinely make a difference in your students' academic lives. Join us as we explore these compelling strategies with Christine and set the stage for a revolution in literacy intervention for middle schoolers.

    Read Christine's Ebook: https://bit.ly/3KM4VBL
    Visit the Blog: CurriculumAssociates.com/blog
    Follow us on Twitter: @CurriculumAssoc
    Follow us on Instagram: @MyiReady
    Have feedback, questions, or want to be a guest? Email ExtraordinaryEducators@cainc.com to connect with us!

    • 6 min
    We Have to Agree to Begin with Elizabeth Bassford

    We Have to Agree to Begin with Elizabeth Bassford

    Ever been perplexed by the intricate dance of teaching reading? Let the wisdom of Elizabeth Bassford, Vice President of Content and Implementation at Curriculum Associates, be your guide on this educational odyssey. As we unpack her vision for revitalizing literacy education, you'll feel the urge to re-enter the classroom with strategies to elevate your reading instruction. This episode isn't just a conversation; it's a masterclass in overcoming the hurdles that have long crippled literacy achievement.

    Elizabeth doesn't just talk theory; she gets down to the nitty-gritty of pragmatism in curriculum choices and the necessity of coherence in instruction. She'll empower you with advice to navigate the latter half of the school year, ensuring that all students encounter grade-level content and engage in the kind of productive struggle that opens doors to lifelong learning. Tune in for a rally cry to educators and decision-makers, stressing the importance of learning from the past to create a more literate future.

    Read Elizabeth's Blog: CurriculumAssociates.com/blog/implementing-science-of-reading
    Follow us on Twitter: @CurriculumAssoc
    Follow us on Instagram: @MyiReady
    Have feedback, questions, or want to be a guest? Email ExtraordinaryEducators@cainc.com to connect with us!

    • 7 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
55 Ratings

55 Ratings

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THE watering hole for educators!

This podcast is like a watering hole or break room for teachers to grow and learn from each other. The guests on the show always have stories that are relatable and make you think about how you can apply some of their ideas or beliefs to your own classroom. You’ll walk away from episodes feeling supported and inspired!

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This is THE podcast for educators.

The content in this podcast is so important. I advise any educator looking to learn and enrich themselves in their careers to listen. The hosts are great, and the show is incredibly well-produced. Definitely a routine listen if you’re in education!

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Research based practical strategies

Sari, Danielle, and their guests do a great job using research to give teachers strategies that they can use in their classrooms today. The length of the podcast makes it very consumable. For busy teachers who don’t have the time to read cutting-edge research themselves, this podcast is perfect to get that research distilled down into tips that they could implement into their practices immediately. Highly recommend.

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