HMH Learning Moments

HMH Learning Moments

A podcast for K-12 educators covering the ever-changing learning landscape. From educators in the classroom to leaders outside of the field of education, every moment is a chance to create connections, share stories, and explore the ideas and innovations that will influence the future. HMH Learning Moments is produced by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, The Learning Company™, inspiring the thinkers and doers of tomorrow.... Show More

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June 23, 2020 38 min

Meet Sarah Lerner, an advisor for the yearbook and an English and journalism teacher at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.

On February 14th, 2018, 17 individuals at the school lost their lives to gun violence. In the aftermath of this tragedy, Sarah and her students wrote and published an award-winning yearbook in the space of a few months honoring the victims.

Sarah is passionate about mental health and advoc...

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This week on HMH Learning Moments, we are joined by a middle school educator out of Washington state for an important minisode of Teachers in America. Bianca Cole discusses what it is like to teach not only her class, but her son, during these times of change. From the effects of COVID-19 on Seattle to the BLM protests that have taken place across America, 2020 has already presented Bianca with ample teaching moments outside of her...

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Meet Debra Liese, our very first minisode guest, who met with Noelle to discuss Homeschooling during COVID-19. Debra is a publishing professional with a background in education who, like many parents, has been working remotely full-time while helping to teach her children whose public schools have been shuttered during the COVID-19 crisis. Currently the Curator of Ideas at Princeton University Press, Debra previously homeschooled o...

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Meet Chris Dier, a teacher of World History and AP Human Geography at Chalmette High School in St. Bernard’s Parish, Louisiana. A Louisiana native, Chris was uprooted by Hurricane Katrina in his senior year of high school, but eventually returned to earn two Master’s degrees from the University of New Orleans. Now working in the same high school where his mother taught before him, Chris’s focus is to provide an equitable and multic...

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Learning Moments: Teachers in America profiles K–12 teachers across the country. Hear firsthand from the people who are shaping young lives in the classroom every day.

In today's episode, you'll learn more about our host, Noelle Morris. In addition to being our host, Noelle is the Director of Content and Programming at HMH, a former teacher, and forever friend of teachers. Her career in teaching and education consulting spa...

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Meet Ms. Debra Reynolds, a 7th grade World History teacher at Wicomico Middle School, part of Wicomico County Public Schools in Maryland. A passionate history buff, she's known for a long time that she wanted to become a history teacher in her hometown of Salisbury and is now finishing her third year teaching. As a second-year teacher, she was recognized by her county with the first-ever Rising Star Award. And she's also an...

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Meet Julia Allan, a Kindergarten teacher at Northfield Elementary School, part of Howard County Public Schools. When she turned 30, Julia decided to quit her job in the hospitality industry to become a teacher—and now, she teaches in the very same classroom where she attended Kindergarten in 1986. In this episode, Julia talks with Noelle about social-emotional learning, equity in education, the stress of getting students to their b...

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Meet LaQuisha Hall, a 17-year teaching veteran who currently teaches English Language Arts at Carver Vocational-Technical High School in Baltimore City Public Schools. In 2018, she was the Teacher of the Year for Baltimore. She is also the founder of the girls’ mentoring program Queendom T.E.A., the Baltimore branch of Project LIT, and the SheRose Awards which honors the unsung “sheroses” of sexual assault and domestic violence. La...

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Can your students tell the difference between fact and fiction online? This episode of Shaping the Future delves into teaching media literacy to K-12 students. Dock is joined by Katy Byron, Editor and MediaWise Program Manager at The Poynter Institute, and Erik Palmer—author, former teacher, and consultant for HMH’s Into Reading and Into Literature programs. Together they discuss questions like: 
- How do we ensure ALL students are ...

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Today's bonus minisode is a follow-up to our last episode about civic education. We're joined by Dr. David Dockterman, a lecturer at the Harvard Graduate School of Education and host of HMH Learning Moments: Shaping the Future, as he talks about how teachers can facilitate difficult classroom discussions, particularly considering questions that may arise about the impeachment inquiry currently in the news. Students may come...

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This episode of Shaping the Future is about K-12 education's democratic responsibility to teach civics. Dock is joined by Sylvia Acevedo, Chief Executive Officer of the Girl Scouts of the USA and author of Path to the Stars: My Journey from Girl Scout to Rocket Scientist, and Dr. Emma Humphries, Chief Education Officer at iCivics. Together they discuss questions like: 

- Why is civic education important in schools?
- How can we e...

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The HMH Learning Moments: Shaping the Future series is hosted by Dr. David Dockterman (AKA Dock), a lecturer at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, as he talks to both K-12 education experts and thought leaders from other industries. Together, Dock and guests will examine leading issues from across the K-12 industry and offer insights for educators in shaping the future of education.

In this episode, Dock is joined by George A...

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Rodney Robinson is the 2019 National Teacher of the Year and Virginia Teacher of the Year. He is a teaching veteran with nearly two decades of experience. In 2015, in an effort to better understand the school-to-prison pipeline, Rodney started teaching social studies at the Virgie Binford Education Center, a school inside the Richmond Juvenile Detention Center. Now, he uses the knowledge he has gained from his students to develop a...

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Tracy Childers is a science teacher at Foothills Community School, a STEM magnet school, which is part of McDowell County Schools in North Carolina. After graduating from college, Tracy spent the next 30 years in supervision and management in the textile industry. He decided to pursue teaching to honor the memory of his two daughters, Casey and Courtney, after they passed away in an automobile accident in December 2002. In the 16 y...

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Monica Fitzgerald teaches reading to vulnerable 7th graders in Syracuse, New York. She has taught in the North Syracuse Central School District for 24 years and has experience working as a classroom teacher for grades K–3, a Reading Recovery Teacher, a Reading Teacher for grades K–7, and a Literacy Coordinator. Monica received her bachelor’s in Inclusive Elementary/Special Education from Syracuse University, and master’s in Reading...

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Many teachers talk about the isolation of teaching. But what if you really were truly isolated? Today’s guest, Garrett Jackson, is a special education teacher in Saipan, the largest of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI), a U.S. commonwealth about 130 miles from Guam—geographically isolated in the western Pacific. And in October 2018 the islands were hit by Typhoon Yutu, which devastated their community.

Before moving to Saipan with...

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Georgette McClain is a Life Sciences teacher at Blanchester High School in Blanchester, Ohio, where she has taught for twelve years. Georgette holds her bachelor’s degree from Wilmington College in Wilmington, Ohio, where she studied Biology and Secondary Education, and earned her master’s degree in Teacher Leadership from Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio. In 2015, Georgette added a Principal license to her teaching certific...

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Alexa Tegtmeier is a third-grade teacher at Curtis Guild Elementary, which is part of Boston Public Schools. Alexa has been teaching for five years and just completed her second year at Curtis Guild. While she was an undergraduate student at Northeastern University, Alexa took a class in urban education that inspired her to volunteer with JumpStart through AmeriCorps. Then, with Teach for America, Alexa taught a summer school cours...

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Donna Gradel is the 2019 Oklahoma Teacher of the Year and a finalist for the National Teacher of the Year award. Host Rose Else-Mitchell first met Donna in Washington, D.C., earlier this year at a reception for all of the state Teachers of the Year. Today’s episode was recorded via phone.

Donna teaches environmental science and innovative research at Broken Arrow High School in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma. Along with her students, Donna ...

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Brittany Mamphey is a 5th grade reading, language arts, and social studies teacher at Mt. Healthy North Elementary School in the Mt. Healthy City Schools District within Cincinnati, Ohio, where she has taught since 2013. She is a 2012 graduate of Bowling Green State University and completed her master’s degree at Miami University (Oxford) in 2016 in the areas of transformative urban education and curriculum development and has just...

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