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Communications by Design (CBD) is an education technology consulting company devoted to supporting teachers' efforts to transform teaching and learning. This podcast is hosted by our team of instructional and technology integration coaches. Find more and connect with us immediately at cbdconsulting.com/elevateedu (you can even talk to a coach live via our virtual coaching office!).

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Communications by Design (CBD) is an education technology consulting company devoted to supporting teachers' efforts to transform teaching and learning. This podcast is hosted by our team of instructional and technology integration coaches. Find more and connect with us immediately at cbdconsulting.com/elevateedu (you can even talk to a coach live via our virtual coaching office!).

    Remote Learning: 4 Principles and Strategies to Help

    Remote Learning: 4 Principles and Strategies to Help

    The need for remote learning in the face of school closures and indefinite social distancing is greater than ever. But what does it look like? How do we achieve quality teaching and learning and connect with students and families in meaningful ways?

    We walk that road in this episode by providing 4 principles and several tools and strategies to support your remote learning needs.

    And as always, we are here to help if this content isn't enough by itself. Visit cbdconsulting.com/elevateedu to connect with our resources or contact us directly!

    • 20 min
    How Do We Teach Critical Thinking?

    How Do We Teach Critical Thinking?

    Teaching skills effectively is an ongoing challenge for educators of all levels. A large part of the challenge stems from the confusion of defining the skill and determining what it actually looks like in the classroom. Critical thinking is no exception.

    For this episode, the Communications by Design team of instructional coaches investigates how to teach critical thinking, presenting a series of strategies and ideas from educators doing just that and doing it well.

    Our team works to support K-12 educators in instruction, technology, and more. We host Project-Based Learning training events, provide online courses on topics like how to teach skills, and provide direct, 1:1 coaching for educators anywhere (in-person or virtually). Find more about our services and resources at cbdconsulting.com/elevateedu

    • 22 min
    How can we motivate students?

    How can we motivate students?

    Posing the question of what to do about the ongoing epidemic of under-motivated students, the Communications by Design team of instructional coaches posed the question to a number of compelling West Michigan educators. Listen to this concise treatise on leveraging powerful instructional strategies to re-engage and re-motivate students.

    • 14 min
    How does relationship grow empathy? with David Theune, Fulbright Scholar

    How does relationship grow empathy? with David Theune, Fulbright Scholar

    You heard him first on episode 22 discussing his work to grow empathy in students by sharing student stories. David Theune has now returned from the Netherlands where he, as a Fulbright Scholarship recipient in 2018, began an international expansion of his vision for sharing story. 

    That experience has influenced David in several ways, both in the solidification and expansion of past and present thinking. Listen as David talks with Zach about the experience in the Netherlands and the impact it has and will continue to have on his work with students and other educators.

    Follow David's work and the international Share Chair Podcast:


    David on Twitter: @davidtheune | Email: dtheune@springlakeschools.org
    The Share Chair Podcast: @sharechairpod
    Listen to the Share Chair Podcast: soundcloud.com/thesharechairpodcast

    And remember, David's call is for others to join him in taking up this mantle, the noble work of giving students voice and growing empathy. Connect with David to get involved.

    • 42 min
    What is the purpose of K-12 education? w/ Tracy, Dave, & Luke

    What is the purpose of K-12 education? w/ Tracy, Dave, & Luke

    We asked 3 leading educators what they thought about teaching and learning and the purpose of the education experience. Listen here to the insightful and profound reflections of Tracy Horodyski, Dave Stuart Jr. (davestuartjr.com), and Luke Wilcox as they dive deep into the reality of education, the world, and our students today.

    Connect with these educators at:


    Tracy: twitter.com/tracyhorodyski
    Dave: davestuartjr.com
    Luke: lukewilcox.org | statsmedic.com

    The Communications by Design team of instructional coaches is always interested in connecting with and supporting you in your goals to grow teaching and learning practices. We coach educators in all things instruction and technology and offer a wide array of services such as project-based learning events and support, online learning courses, virtual coaching and consulting, and much more.

    Find everything at cbdconsulting.com/elevateedu

    • 34 min
    085: Going Gradeless...and It's Working! with Becky Malaski and Liz Stark

    085: Going Gradeless...and It's Working! with Becky Malaski and Liz Stark

    Laingsburg, Michigan teachers Becky Malaski and Liz Stark were tired of the “grading game” and wondered if their students’ grades really reflected their learning.  So, they ditched grades! Now, students work harder than they ever have and are focused on mastery--not completion or compliance.  Becky and Liz share the strategies they have implemented to give students more choice, more ownership of their learning, and more quality feedback on their work. 

    Click here for teacher resources

    Connect with Liz and Becky: 

    elizabeth.stark@laingsburg.k12.mi.us

    rebecca.malaski@laingsburg.k12.mi.us

    Our team of instructional coaches is available to help ANY teacher, ANYwhere. Learn more or just peruse our other resources (blogs, classes, monthly newsletter) and services (events, virtual support, quick chats or calls) at cbdconsulting.com/elevateEDU

    • 37 min

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