Vrain Waves seeks to provide teachers powerful professional learning anywhere, and anytime. We feature interviews with educational giants, successful professionals, and sought-after consultants to help teachers feel more informed, inspired, and connected. Join us each week as we highlight educational theory, strategies, and tools that all teachers can put to use in the classroom.
Grading for Equity with Joe Feldman
While almost every aspect of school and life has changed between the 20th century and today, little has changed with how we grade our students. In this episode Joe Feldman stops by to discuss his book Grading for Equity: What it is, Why it Matters, and How it Can Transform Schools and Classrooms!
Principal Kafele on Transformative Change
Principal Kafele is one of the most sought-after school leadership experts and education presenters in America! He has delivered thousands of conference and program keynotes, professional development workshops, parenting seminars and student assemblies over his 34 years of public speaking. In this episode we talk about identity, social justice education, and school leadership!
Dr. John Spencer and the Sporky Food Truck
John Spencer is the author of the best-selling books Launch, Empower, and Vintage Innovation. He is also a successful college professor who has utilized the hybrid learning model. In this episode we discuss how to empower learners during this unprecedented time in education.
Dr. Katie Martin: Clarity and Purpose during a Pandemic
Katie Martin is a best selling author, an acclaimed keynote speaker and a highly sought after educational consultant! Whether you are teaching completely in person, totally virtually, or in a hybrid environment, in this episode we discuss how you can thrive!
Apollo 13'ing it with Zaretta Hammond
Zaretta Hammond, author of Culturally Responsive Teaching and the Brain, joins Becky and Ben to discuss the importance of true collaboration with families during this time of shutdown, what relationship-building really means, and how growing independent learners may well be our most important charge as educators.
You're Not Listening with Kate Murphy
Listening is one of those skills that always gets a lot of philosophical and moral attention but not a ton of practical attention. Kate Murphy’s new book, You’re Not Listening: What You’re Missing and Why It Matters, is an exception, providing an in-depth look at why listening is important for our lives and what we get out of it. The book itself is a call to action, urging the reader to stop missing out on opportunities for lack of listening. As educators, we should be proud of our listening practice, and we hope this interview with Kate Murphy helps you re-center the importance of listening in your pedagogy and beyond. Enjoy!
Ben and Becky bring the heavy weights of the teaching world to our earbuds indeed! I have learned so much from this podcast as they interview influential thought leaders and authors to support out teaching practice. I eagerly await every episode they publish.
Funny, Cerebral, and Practical
My summer PD happens at the pool with Ben and Becky, and they definitely keep my attention. Their online personalities are authentic to the educators they are; smart, passionate, and a bit silly. They are dedicated to the profession, and it shows in the questions they ask their high profile guests. My “to read” list keeps growing because of this podcast, and I love how Vrain Waves prompts deep conversation and action at my school too. Keep the episodes coming.
Super Smart and Super Funny!
Ben and Becky make a perfect pair! This educational podcast hits all levels, great hosts, awesome guests and fantastic educational strategies...