Educators Amplified

Educators Amplified

We offer real stories from experts in education to share what‘s really going on in our public schools. Let‘s regulate, empower, and transform together!


April 29, 2023 63 mins

In this episode there is a lot covered! Being amplified is Ted Kraig, a WEAC Region 7 Uniserv Director. His experience working with the teacher’s union is to help frontline educators (teachers, paraprofessionals, school secretaries, guidance counselors, school social workers, and school psychologists) maintain professional level working conditions. He has a wealth of knowledge and understanding on what it is like to be a public sch...

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In this episode, it’s time to amplify Katerina - a teacher that Joanna and Hallie used to work with. Katerina is authentic, passionate, and gets right to the point. She shares her journey to becoming a teacher instead of pursuing her dreams of becoming an astronaut.


Hear what led Katerina to ‘make the move’ to leave one District and go to another, from Southeast Wisconsin to Chicago Public Schools. They discuss, in detail, the tw...

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February 21, 2023 53 mins

Joanna and Hallie talk with a (past) student for the first time on the podcast! Xavier talks about his experience as a student and now as a parent in school. Hear an authentic and raw conversation about what it was like for him, a hyper student who was diagnosed with ADHD at a young age, to navigate the school system. He talks openly about the benefit of his meaningful relationships with three teachers that helped him manage his ed...

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January 21, 2023 38 mins

In this episode Joanna and Hallie are dreamin’ - they’ve got big ideas for how schools can transform in 2023 and beyond! And when they say “dreaming”... they actually can *see* this being a reality. 

They work through what they see, hear, and are within education to chat about how schools can transform to spaces where children’s needs are met in developmentally meaningful ways. From the teenage mental health crisis to a concerted e...

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December 21, 2022 66 mins

Joanna and Hallie start by talking about the added stress in our lives right now, especially during the holiday season. It’s *insider info* and expertise that teachers understand from working with children that this time of year isn’t always “the most wonderful time of the year”.

Our guest today, Allie, is in her third year as a classroom teacher. She started her career during a global pandemic and teacher exodus. She is authentic ...

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December 16, 2022 61 mins

In this episode, Joanna and Hallie talk with a Global Leadership Director (wowza!), the optimistic education researcher himself: Dr. Michael Fullan. Michael is an advocate for educators and explains how he writes what he captures from people on the frontlines within education. He has a clear way of expressing what’s going on in schools and how we can work towards making schools a place teachers and students can grow and learn.


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November 14, 2022 39 mins

We made it back, baby, and it’s a new school year! Have educators come back energized? How many new teachers are new at your school? What are you seeing and hearing at your public school?

In this episode, Joanna and Hallie talk about what they see and hear throughout multiple school districts across the state and nation now that we are back to school. They chat about what it’s like to be sitting in the ‘professional development’ me...

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Joanna and Hallie from “Educators Amplified” have partnered with Dr. Tim Slekar and Dr. Johnny Lupinacci from “BustED Pencils” to create an Education Media Collaboration Extravaganza! They’ve come together to offer a K-12 teacher and higher education perspective, because when we hear from each other we can work towards solutions to problems. 

The four of them talk through many layers within education. They discuss what’s not workin...

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May 2, 2022 34 mins

Hallie and Joanna amplify more results from the survey that educators have been responding to. Go to, to take the survey if you haven’t already.

Then, there is another educator on the podcast - Zach! 

Zach highlights how teachers may have felt they were in a “Goldilocks district” until 2020 exaggerated and exposed the hierarchy system within education. He eloquently outlines how decisions are made from ...

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April 8, 2022 30 mins

This episode breaks it all down (not literally), Hallie and Joanna offer a different perspective on how to look at what’s going on in our school system.

To begin, they give the first update on the Educator Survey they’ve been encouraging educators to take… honestly, it looks exactly as they predicted – not so good. Hallie and Joanna discuss four main reasons people are either leaving or considering leaving the education profession....

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February 2, 2022 41 mins

In this episode, Hallie and Joanna start out by discussing how they are doing - hey, educators, we are you - we are exhausted, too! Joanna shares how what we really need right now is stabilization in our schools: teaching about the foundation of sleep and the importance of water intake, nutrition, moving our body, and stress management. This leads them into discussing Adverse Childhood Experiences (things that prevent development a...

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January 14, 2022 29 mins

In this episode, Joanna and Hallie talk about what no one else is talking about: what needs to change in our schools to make things better. So, BIG PICTURE, what needs to change? Leadership and the structure of how schools operate. There is a need to define the problems correctly, in order to come up with solutions because there is a full out effort to dismantle public education, which has caused fear and compliance within educatio...

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December 22, 2021 42 mins

We have our first teacher guest on the podcast - Heather! 

First we discuss Hallie’s experience of presenting at the WEAC Professional Development Institute in November 2021. She’s still thinking about it, feeling good from the connection, and overall feeling hope!

Then we get into talking with Heather, a “cowboy” of electives in education, and advocate for a just public education system. Listen to our conversation about: student/s...

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November 22, 2021 26 mins

In this episode we discuss the foundation of everything we talk about and where we’re coming from … REGULATION!

Regulation is rooted in trauma research, connects to our human body, and helps our mind be at ease. Regulation is all about being at-ease and balanced – and who doesn’t need that these days?!?!

We go beyond just explaining what it is, and offer applicable ways to bring regulation into your life, school, and classroom.

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November 22, 2021 38 mins

Welcome! We start by introducing ourselves and sharing our experience within education thus far. 

Hallie has been teaching for 12 years and is considered a Millennial educator, Joanna has been teaching for 26 years and is a Latina educator; together they have taught for 10 years in an innovative, alternative education program that integrates well-being and academics within the classroom. 

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November 18, 2021 5 mins


This podcast is for educators! Educators are teachers, paraprofessionals, school secretaries, school counselors, psychologists, social workers, school nurse, school lunch staff, custodial and cleaning staff. Plus parents and supporters of education are welcome to hear what’s really going on in our public schools. We want to inspire and empower educators to harness their power within to...

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