Teachers in America

Teachers in America

A podcast for K-12 educators covering the ever-changing learning landscape. Featuring educators from around the country, every moment is a chance to create connections, share stories, and explore classroom ideas that will influence the future. Teachers in America is produced by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, inspiring the thinkers and doers of tomorrow.


June 5, 2024 37 mins

Writing can serve as means of empowerment and healing. 

Today we are talking to Briana Morales, 2024 Illinois State Teacher of the Year and high school English teacher at Gordon Bush Alternative Center in East St. Louis. Throughout her career, she has empowered her students through storytelling. In this episode, Briana will share how she uses healing-centered engagement and writing to help students process trauma and reveal their pu...

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Vocabulary can be the catalyst for building reading comprehension skills.

Today we are exploring vocabulary instruction and how it ties to comprehension with K-12 curriculum integrator Abbey Behnke. In this episode, Abbey shares instructional strategies and activities to engage students in vocabulary learning. Plus, she’ll discuss how to incorporate vocabulary instruction into all subject areas, how to help multilingual le...

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In honor of 2024 Teacher Appreciation Week, Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona joins HMH's CEO Jack Lynch to discuss pressing issues in education. Together, they explore the integration of AI in the classroom, tackling teacher burnout, competitive salaries, and building respect for the teaching profession. Plus, Secretary Cardona shares an experience for his early days as a teacher and advice from influential educators that...

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Teachers collect data in a number of ways, but how do you plan with it?

Third grade teacher and HMH Teacher Ambassador, Latonia Grant joins us today and talks how data has been a valuable tool in her planning and instruction. In this episode, Latonia will provide data-driven planning tips, like how to lead data talks and set goals with students, and how to establish collaborative planning norms and expectations.


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Across the country, more schools are considering a 4-day school week. But how would that look like for students and teachers?

Today we are talking to Dr. Claudia Singkornrat, a Florida science teacher at Pompano Beach High School, the only school in Broward County Public Schools that offers a 4-day school week. Claudia will give insight on her school’s 4-day schedule and how it impacts student learning. Plus, she’ll share ...

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It takes a community to support early readers in building foundational literacy skills.

In this episode, kindergarten teacher Melissa Hawkins joins us from Hawai'i to discuss how she communicates with families to ensure students are practicing skills rooted in the Science of Reading, even when they aren’t in school. Plus, she shares strategies to make foundational literacy skills fun for students in person and online....

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It’s hard for students to feel intimidated by math when their using it to make cookie dough.

Middle school math intervention teacher Melody Jacklin, from Michigan, shares how she’s helped her students build math confidence through hands-on STEM projects, like mixing cookie dough and creating 3D printed bubble wands. Tune in to hear strategies on creating relevant and meaningful math lessons, incorporating STEM challenges in math ins...

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February 29, 2024 59 secs

We're back for season 6 of Teachers in America! Get the scoop from our host, former teacher and Senior Director of Community Engagement, Noelle Morris on what's in store for the new season.

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. If you or someone you know would be a good candidate for Teachers in America...

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December 21, 2023 2 mins

We've complied some of our favorite moments and memorable words of wisdom from our season five guest.

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. If you or someone you know would be a good candidate for Teachers in America, please email us at shaped@hmhco.com.

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After three-decades in education, Jennie Mau decided to try something new—teach junior high.

Jennifer "Jennie" Mau from Clovis, California has been serving Title 1 students and families for 35 years as an elementary school teacher, after-school program coordinator, instructional specialist, and now as a junior high reading intervention teacher. Today she joins us to talk about why she decided to take on a new cha...

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November 30, 2023 16 mins

To advocate for her child, Sherrye decided to become a teacher herself.

In this episode, we are joined by math intervention teacher Sherrye Scott from Cypress-Fairbanks Independent School District in Texas. When Sherrye realized her daughter needed additional help in school, she transitioned to a career in education. With 22 years in the classroom, Sherrye has found a passion for intervention. She shares how she incorporates social-...

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Kahletsyalusla, an Oneida word meaning heartfelt encouragement, is at the core of Dr. Artley Skenandore's work as principal and cultural leader at Oneida Nation High School in Wisconsin.

In this episode, Dr. Skenandore will share how he encourages students to stay connected to their Oneida history, culture, and language, organizing powerful field trips to their homeland and incorporating their clan system into their ...

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When Mr. Bzovi and his ELA department saw a need for reading intervention resources, they knew they could count on their administration to help. 

In today’s episode we are joined by assistant principal Randolph Hull and reading intervention teacher Joshua Bzovi from the South Redford District in Michigan. The admin-teacher duo will share how they’ve teamed up to support their middle school students in reading. Plus, they’ll give ins...

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Eric is a true role model to his students: he shows that having a disability does not limit your ability to accomplish your goals.

In today's episode, we are joined by Eric Cavalli, an adapted physical education teacher from the Manor Independent School District in Texas. Eric uses a wheelchair for mobility and is an inspiration to his students. He has encouraged students to participate in the Special Olympics progra...

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In Blanca's class, students value, help, and learn from each other in English, Spanish, or Spanglish.

In today's episode, we welcome Blanca Hernandez a kindergarten dual language teacher from San Antonio, Texas. After the bilingual program at her school moved to a hub campus, Blanca worked tirelessly to bring the program back. Her dedication to bilingual education was recently recognized, as she was awarded the H...

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Writing is more than putting thoughts on paper. How do you successfully guide students through the writing process?

In this episode, we are joined by Rhode Island educator Kayla Dyer, a former 4th grade teacher and currentin her district. She'll discuss instructional best practices that get students excited about writing. Plus, she'll share teaching tips for new and not-so new teachers, including how to join a co...

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How can you motivate reluctant readers to reach for a book?

In this episode, we are joined by Texas teacher Russell Souders, who has been teaching for 29 years. He'll share tips on how he sparks his third-grade students’ interest in reading, including how he uses programs like HMH Into Reading to engage students in literacy instruction.

Teachers in America profiles K–12 teachers across the country. Hear first...

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Past NSTA President and Into Science Texas author Dr. Karen Ostlund joins us in our new episode of Teachers in America to talk about best practices to engage students both in the physical and virtual science classroom. Plus she'll share exciting new changes to the TEKS and what it will mean for teachers and students in Texas. 

Teachers in America profiles K–12 teachers across the country. Hear firsthand from the people who are ...

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Morning meetings can set the tone for the rest of the school day, even the rest of the school year.

In our latest back-to-school minisode, we welcome back 30-year seasoned teacher Teresa Meredith. Tune in and hear her expertise on creating a classroom community space and establishing expectations in the first weeks of school. Plus, she’ll give insights on how to structure morning meetings and address different student beha...

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Connecting with your students this school year can be as simple as asking what's their favorite dipping sauce.

In our 13-minute minisode, we welcome back North Carolina State Teacher of the Year Leah Carper as she shares her number one social and emotional learning strategy that has been successful with her Gen Z students. Plus she dives into programs that  support all students, including universal free lunch.

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