Charting New Paths in PreK-12 Education

Charting New Paths in PreK-12 Education

If you’ve ever wondered what makes good schools great or how struggling schools overcome seemingly insurmountable barriers, this podcast is for you. If you’ve ever wanted to get a peek between the lines with some of your favorite Solution Tree authors, you’ve come to the right place. This two-part podcast shares solid advice from successful educators, as well as author interviews that will intrigue and enlighten. Tune in twice a month for an educational experience that is sure to inspire and inform you as you chart your own path to school success.

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November 15, 2022 53 min

A true innovator in education, Jorge Valenzuela sits down with us to talk about what it’s like to be an advocate for educators and students and being a part of action research in schools, helping to shape the future of effective instruction in a variety of ways. From research-based STEM strategies to lessons learned from his daily work in computer science to project-based learning strategies, and now, his current work in equity and...

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When you engage in acts of kindness and generosity, or even witness this in others, you get a physiological boost. Science proves it. This research inspires the work of educator, social-emotional learning expert and author of From Burnt Out to Fired Up, Morgane Michael. “Together we can bust this culture of anxiety and stress by being kind to one another,” she says. 

 In this podcast, Prisma Lopez-Marin talks with Morgane about life...

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Adlai E. Stevenson High School District 125 in Lincolnshire, Illinois, has achieved legendary status in the world of professional learning communities (PLCs). The PLC at Work process, implemented by thousands of educators around the globe, originated in this very high school. 

 Today, your host Prisma Lopez-Marin is joined by education leaders of Stevenson, past and present. Dr. Timothy D. Kanold is former superintendent of Stevenso...

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Adlai E. Stevenson High School District 125 in Lincolnshire, Illinois, has achieved legendary status in the world of professional learning communities (PLCs). The PLC at Work process, implemented by thousands of educators around the globe, originated in this very high school. 

 Today, your host Prisma Lopez-Marin is joined by education leaders of Stevenson, past and present. Dr. Timothy D. Kanold is former superintendent of Stevenso...

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Finally! Professional development created specifically for K-12 teachers by teachers. In today’s episode, we’ll explore the new online learning platform, Avanti. What makes it unique? Why is it so useful for busy classroom teachers? How can you get the most out of it? How much does it cost? Executive vice president of Solution Tree Cameron Rains joins us to reveal the exciting features that comprise the first-of-its kind tool that ...

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Author and education leader Kyle Palmer uses the mashup word "parentship" to bring clarity to the important work of creating partnerships with parents or adults who care for students. In this podcast, we go in depth with Kyle to uncover what this word really means to him, as well as his personal investment in leading Lewis and Clark Elementary in Liberty, Missouri, to become a Model PLC at Work school.

 Kyle takes us back to...

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In this episode we talk to a dream team of school leaders who worked together to make amazing things happen in a troubled district in Clute, Texas. Brazosport Independent School District is located about 50 miles south of Houston on the gulf coast. It serves eight different municipalities and students who come from diverse experiences and  backgrounds–from high poverty to highly affluent. As award-winning superintendent Danny Masse...

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Those who teach diverse students know firsthand that there is a deep divide in education–an opportunity gap that many people talk about but few understand how to close. Lauryn Mascareñaz, author of Evident Equity: A Guide for Creating Systemwide Change in Schools, has seen this divide in her work as a classroom teacher and instructional coach in Denver, Colorado, and the San Francisco Bay Area. Her passion for equity and culturally...

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There’s a school in Louisville, Kentucky that rose from having the lowest mathematics proficiency out of 92 elementary schools in the state to earning national recognition and multiple awards, including Model PLC at Work® designation. How did this happen? In this conversation, Kenwood Elementary School Principal Jill Handley joins Solution Tree Associate Mona Toncheff to reveal key highlights of the journey. 

After Kenwood was selec...

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It’s the 10 million dollar question every teacher asks: How do I get my students to truly engage in their learning? According to author and education expert Katie White, student self-assessment is key to developing student agency. Katie has done a ton of thinking and writing on this subject and, in this podcast, she’ll reveal some truly valuable information you can use. 

 We’ll peek into Katie’s most recent book, Student Self-Assess...

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A Conversation with Tongue River Elementary School (Part 2)

You simply cannot become an effective professional learning community (PLC) without true collaboration that focuses on student learning and results (data rules!). This hard-won knowledge is what drives the servant leadership Principal Annie Griffin provides her staff at Tongue River Elementary, which recently received the distinction of Model PLC at Work® school.

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A Conversation with Tongue River Elementary School (Part 1)

You simply cannot become an effective professional learning community (PLC) without true collaboration that focuses on student learning and results (data rules!). This hard-won knowledge is what drives the servant leadership Principal Annie Griffin provides her staff at Tongue River Elementary, which recently received the distinction of Model PLC at Work® school.

In this pod...

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This podcast just may topple everything you thought you knew about Depth of Knowledge or DOK. Join us on an exposé of this familiar phrase in education as author, educator, and international presenter Erik M. Francis opens up on his new book, Deconstructing Depth of Knowledge.

Along the way, he sheds light on the true meaning of DOK and reveals how you can “tame this monster” to do what it is intended to do. Erik speaks from the he...

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Many teachers are simply and understandably burning out! The fire and passion that once sparked for teaching are simply becoming extinguished. In this episode, bestselling author Marcia L. Tate takes listeners on a journey through her latest book, Healthy Teachers, Happy Classrooms, which tackles this problem head-on. 

 Join us as we delve into authentic experiences that inspired Marcia’s work. We will also explore how this book can...

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Professional Learning Communities at Work® is not a checklist. It is a way of being that permeates the daily practice of all stakeholders in a school community. The work is driven by a shared belief that all students can learn. All students deserve access to the resources necessary to achieve the highest level of success. 

 In this podcast, we talk with leaders from Lake County Schools in Tavares, Florida, assistant superintendent f...

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Educator and author Zachary Wright experienced a pivotal moment as a teacher that opened his eyes to the injustices inherent in our education system. In this podcast episode, Wright speaks candidly about that experience and how it motivated him to self-reflect, deepen his knowledge of educational inequity, and become a fierce proponent of hyperlocal activism. 

Join us as we explore the content of Wright’s latest book, Dismantling a ...

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Educators everywhere can relate to this experience: The next shiny new initiative is announced and you scramble to adapt, only to be disappointed when the results don’t meet the promise. But what happens when you try a different approach? 

 In this episode, we speak with Greg Dufoe, superintendent of Adel Desoto Minburn Community Schools in Iowa; Kim Timmerman, principal of Adel Desoto Minburn Middle School, a Model PLC at Work® sch...

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Listen in as Steve Gruenert and Todd Whitaker, best-selling authors of more than 50 well-known titles on education and leadership, discuss their new book Leveraging the Impact of Culture and Climate. The conversation will delve into the difference between culture and climate, and why educators need a solid understanding of both to engage in effective school improvement. We’ll also hear about the inspiration and expertise that drove...

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Welcome to a community like none other. Our new podcast, Charting New Paths in PreK–12 Education, is dedicated to hardworking education professionals like you. This two-part podcast shares solid advice from successful educators, as well as author interviews that will intrigue and enlighten. Each episode provides practical guidance and authentic, inspirational stories from practitioners in the field and your favorite Solution Tree a...

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