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June 9, 2019
Why Is It So Hard to Change Our Education System? Three Guesses
We've been trying to reform education for over 100 years. Why is it so hard to make changes that are so clearly necessary. Join us as we try to unpack what's standing in the way of progress. If we could make a single change what you propose? Follow: @MsSackstein @blairteach @tomwhitby @sgthomas1973 @bamradionetwork Shawn Thomas is in her 20th year of teaching in the largest county in Georgia. She has taught Kindergarten, Second and Third Grade, and ESOL (English to Speakers of Other Languages) K-5. Nancy Blair is a middle school principal in Georgia. She previously served as a school improvement consultant. Tom Whitby is former contributing Editor at SmartBrief, founder of #Edchat, Twitter-Using Educators, and NYSCATE Network.
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10 min
May 14, 2019
Does Conventional Grading Support Authentic Learning?
Join us as we take another look at the connection between grading and learning. Follow: @MsSackstein @blairteach @sgthomas1973 @bamradionetwork Shawn Thomas is in her 20th year of teaching in the largest county in Georgia. She has taught Kindergarten, Second and Third Grade, and ESOL (English to Speakers of Other Languages) K-5. Starr Sackstein (NBCT) is a certified Master Journalism Educator through the Journalism Education Association (JEA). She serves at the New York State Director to JEA. She is the author of several books, including Teaching Mythology Exposed: Helping Teachers Create Visionary Classroom Perspective. Tom Whitby is former contributing Editor at SmartBrief, founder of #Edchat, Twitter-Using Educators, and NYSCATE Network.
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10 min
April 22, 2019
Content Versus Skill: Is Content Knowledge Still King?
In this episode we look at whether the Internet has made deep content knowledge less important that mastering the skills of processing information. Follow: @MsSackstein @blairteach @sgthomas1973 @@bamradionetwork Shawn Thomas is in her 20th year of teaching in the largest county in Georgia. She has taught Kindergarten, Second and Third Grade, and ESOL (English to Speakers of Other Languages) K-5. Starr Sackstein (NBCT) is a certified Master Journalism Educator through the Journalism Education Association (JEA). She serves at the New York State Director to JEA. She is the author of several books, including Teaching Mythology Exposed: Helping Teachers Create Visionary Classroom Perspective. Nancy Blair is a middle school principal in Georgia. She previously served as a school improvement consultant.
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11 min
April 8, 2019
The Nation is Demanding a Discussion About Race, Are We Ready to Talk?
The national need to talk about race is rising, but even here on EdChat, we see a reluctance to talking about race among educators. Why is this and what can we do about it? Follow: @tomwhitby @blairteach @sgthomas1973 @bamradionetwork Shawn Thomas is in her 20th year of teaching in the largest county in Georgia. She has taught Kindergarten, Second and Third Grade, and ESOL (English to Speakers of Other Languages) K-5. Nancy Blair is a middle school principal in Georgia. She previously served as a school improvement consultant. Tom Whitby is former contributing Editor at SmartBrief, founder of #Edchat, Twitter-Using Educators, and NYSCATE Network.
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12 min
March 25, 2019
A No-Zero Policy: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly
Grading is one of our most popular topics. In this episode, we look at the notion of a no-zero grading policy. Follow: @tomwhitby @blairteach @jbeardensclass @jenbearden @bamradionetwork Ed Chat Archive: http://edchat.pbworks.com/ Tom Krawczewicz teaches both Computer Science and English at DeMatha Catholic High School where I have been since 1991. He is the Computer Science and Engineering Department Chair and the Director of Academic Resources at DeMatha. Shawn Thomas is in her 20th year of teaching in the largest county in Georgia. She has taught Kindergarten, Second and Third Grade, and ESOL (English to Speakers of Other Languages) K-5. Nancy Blair is a middle school principal in Georgia.
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10 min
March 10, 2019
Exploring the Differences Between Coaching and Traditional Professional Development
Instructional coaching can be a superior means of professional development and support for teachers if the right conditions are present. Follow: @tomwhitby @blairteach @jbeardensclass @jenbearden @bamradionetwork Ed Chat Archive: http://edchat.pbworks.com/ Shawn Thomas is in her 20th year of teaching in the largest county in Georgia. She has taught Kindergarten, Second and Third Grade, and ESOL (English to Speakers of Other Languages) K-5. Jennifer Bearden is an elementary teacher and blogger in a suburb of St. Louis. She is a co-teacher of first graders and focus on incorporating play into everything. Nancy Blair is a middle school principal in Georgia. She previously served as a school improvement consultant. Harvey Alvy is Professor Emeritus at Eastern Washington University, where he received the Faculty Achievement Award for Teaching Excellence. His most recent book is Fighting for Change in Your School: How to Avoid Fads and Focus on Substance.
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10 min
March 4, 2019
Should We Place Restrictions on Homework?
Can we fix the issues teachers, students, and parents have with homework by applying some simple restrictions? Follow: @tomwhitby @blairteach @sgthomas1973 @bamradionetwork Ed Chat Archive: http://edchat.pbworks.com/ Shawn Thomas is in her 20th year of teaching in the largest county in Georgia. She has taught Kindergarten, Second and Third Grade, and ESOL (English to Speakers of Other Languages) K-5. Nancy Blair is a middle school principal in Georgia. She previously served as a school improvement consultant. Tom Whitby is former contributing Editor at SmartBrief, founder of #Edchat, Twitter-Using Educators, and NYSCATE Network.
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10 min
February 19, 2019
So We Are in the 21st Century: How Has Teaching Changed?
Join us as we pause and assess the extent to which teaching has changed almost two decades into the 21st century. Follow: @HarveyAlvy1 @blairteach @sgthomas1973 @bamradionetwork Ed Chat Archive: http://edchat.pbworks.com/ Shawn Thomas is in her 20th year of teaching in the largest county in Georgia. She has taught Kindergarten, Second and Third Grade, and ESOL (English to Speakers of Other Languages) K-5. Nancy Blair is a middle school principal in Georgia. She previously served as a school improvement consultant. Harvey Alvy is Professor Emeritus at Eastern Washington University, where he received the Faculty Achievement Award for Teaching Excellence. His most recent book is Fighting for Change in Your School: How to Avoid Fads and Focus on Substance.
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11 min
February 3, 2019
Searching for Professional Development that Works
Why is so much professional development so bad? Does it have to be? Join us as we go searching for professional development that works. Follow: @tomwhitby @blairteach @HarveyAlvy1 @bamradionetwork Ed Chat Archive: http://edchat.pbworks.com/ Shawn Thomas is in her 20th year of teaching in the largest county in Georgia. She has taught Kindergarten, Second and Third Grade, and ESOL (English to Speakers of Other Languages) K-5. Nancy Blair is a middle school principal in Georgia. She previously served as a school improvement consultant. Tom Whitby is former contributing Editor at SmartBrief, founder of #Edchat, Twitter-Using Educators, and NYSCATE Network.
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11 min
January 27, 2019
Students Who Are Falling Through the Cracks: How Do You Catch Them?
They are often the quiet students, but they can also be the ones who seem to be doing very well. How do we identify students who may be falling through the cracks? Follow:@tomwhitby @blairteach @HarveyAlvy1 @bamradionetwork Ed Chat Archive: http://edchat.pbworks.com/ Harvey Alvy has served as a teacher, principal, and university professor, and was honored to be a National Distinguished Principal. He is the author of Fighting for Change in Your School: How to Avoid Fads and Focus on Substance , and co-author of Learning From Lincoln: Leadership Practices for School Success. Nancy Blair is a middle school principal in Georgia. She previously served as a school improvement consultant. Tom Whitby is former contributing Editor at SmartBrief, founder of #Edchat, Twitter-Using Educators, and NYSCATE Network.
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11 min
January 14, 2019
How Does Being a Parent Impact Teachers in the Classroom?
Join us as we look at how becoming a parent impacts a teacher's outlook on students and teaching practice. Follow: @tomwhitby @blairteach @sgthomas1973 @bamradionetwork Ed Chat Archive: http://edchat.pbworks.com/ Shawn Thomas is in her 20th year of teaching in the largest county in Georgia. She has taught Kindergarten, Second and Third Grade, and ESOL (English to Speakers of Other Languages) K-5. Nancy Blair is a middle school principal in Georgia. She previously served as a school improvement consultant. Tom Whitby is former contributing Editor at SmartBrief, founder of #Edchat, Twitter-Using Educators, and NYSCATE Network.
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10 min
January 5, 2019
What Are the Best Ways to Identify a Good New Teacher Candidate?
We have a bevy of new ways to identify ideal new teacher candidates. What are the current best practices? Follow: @tomwhitby @blairteach @sgthomas1973 @bamradionetwork Ed Chat Archive: http://edchat.pbworks.com/ Shawn Thomas is in her 20th year of teaching in the largest county in Georgia. She has taught Kindergarten, Second and Third Grade, and ESOL (English to Speakers of Other Languages) K-5. Nancy Blair is a middle school principal in Georgia. She previously served as a school improvement consultant. Tom Whitby is former contributing Editor at SmartBrief, founder of #Edchat, Twitter-Using Educators, and NYSCATE Network.
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11 min
November 3, 2018
What Are the Best New Strategies for Communicating with Parents?
Teachers now have many new tools to connect, communicate and stay in touch with parents. What strategies and tools are most effective? Follow: @tomwhitby @blairteach @bamradionetwork Ed Chat Archive: http://edchat.pbworks.com/ Shawn Thomas is in her 20th year of teaching in the largest county in Georgia. She has taught Kindergarten, Second and Third Grade, and ESOL (English to Speakers of Other Languages) K-5. Nancy Blair is a middle school principal in Georgia. She previously served as a school improvement consultant. Tom Whitby is former contributing Editor at SmartBrief, founder of #Edchat, Twitter-Using Educators, and NYSCATE Network.
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10 min
September 22, 2018
How Have Search Engines Changed Teaching and Learning?
Search engines have changed the rules of teaching and learning in many ways. As the answers to many questions can be Googled, some old approaches to instruction are no longer viable. Follow:@tomwhitby @blairteach @MsSackstein @bamradionetwork Ed Chat Archive: http://edchat.pbworks.com/ Starr Sackstein (NBCT) is a certified Master Journalism Educator through the Journalism Education Association (JEA). She serves at the New York State Director to JEA. She is the author of several books, including Teaching Mythology Exposed: Helping Teachers Create Visionary Classroom Perspective. Blogger and co-moderater of #sunchat. Nancy Blair is a middle school principal in Georgia and previously served as a school improvement consultant. Tom Whitby is a former contributing Editor at SmartBrief, founder of #Edchat, Twitter-Using Educators, and NYSCATE Network.
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10 min
August 18, 2018
What Are the Primary Drivers of School Culture?
Top down or bottom up, is it teachers, administrators, parents or something else that primarily drives school culture? Follow: @tomwhitby @blairteach @teachermike72 @sgthomas1973 @bamradionetwork Ed Chat Archive: http://edchat.pbworks.com/ Mike Messner is a teacher of United States History and Civics at Los Altos High School in Los Altos, California. He is also an adjunct instructor of United States history and California history at Skyline College in San Bruno, California. Nancy Blair is a middle school principal in Georgia. She previously served as a school improvement consultant. Tom Whitby is former contributing Editor at SmartBrief, founder of #Edchat, Twitter-Using Educators, and NYSCATE Network.
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11 min
August 5, 2018
Teaching and Technology: The Promise and the Disconnect
The promise of technology in education is great, but barriers to application remain high. Join us as we explore why we have a teacher technology disconnect. Follow: @timwolffssd @tomwhitby @blairteach @ShiftParadigm @sgthomas1973 @bamradionetwork Ed Chat Archive: http://edchat.pbworks.com/ Mark Weston Ph.D. has worked at all levels of the educational system — classroom, school, congress, US Dept of education, technology companies and universities. He's currently an Associate Dean at Georgia Tech. Nancy Blair is a middle school principal in Georgia. She previously served as a school improvement consultant. Tom Whitby is former contributing Editor at SmartBrief, founder of #Edchat, Twitter-Using Educators, and NYSCATE Network.
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11 min
July 28, 2018
How Do You Determine If You Are a Successful Educator?
We all want to be successful educators, but how do we know if we are hitting the mark? Follow: @timwolffssd @tomwhitby @blairteach @ShiftParadigm @sgthomas1973 @bamradionetwork Ed Chat Archive: http://edchat.pbworks.com/ Tim Wolff is a passionate and enthusiastic educator who is the principal of John G. Whittier Elementary in the Scranton School District in Scranton, PA where he resides with his wife Molly and two daughters Pearl and Olive. Shawn Thomas is in her 20th year of teaching in the largest county in Georgia. She has taught Kindergarten, Second and Third Grade, and ESOL (English to Speakers of Other Languages) K-5. Nancy Blair is a middle school principal in Georgia. She previously served as a school improvement consultant.
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10 min
July 14, 2018
The Qualities of an Exceptional School Administrator
Most agree that school administrators have a profound impact on the school culture, and academic success. What are the qualities that make the difference? Follow: @tomwhitby @blairteach @ShiftParadigm @sgthomas1973 @bamradionetwork Ed Chat Archive: http://edchat.pbworks.com/ Josh Stumpenhorst is a junior high Language Arts and Social Science teacher. He was named the 2012 Illinois Teacher of the Year, 2012 Illinois Teacher Excellence Award Winner, 2012 Illinois Computer Educator Teacher of the Year. He is also an active blogger (stumpteacher.blogspot.com). Nancy Blair is a middle school principal in Georgia. She previously served as a school improvement consultant. Tom Whitby is former contributing Editor at SmartBrief, founder of #Edchat, Twitter-Using Educators, and NYSCATE Network.
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10 min
July 8, 2018
Is Racism Addressed In Education, Is It Just a Token Effort?
Talking about racism on a Twitter chat is a risky proposition, but this week we took on the challenge. Follow: @tomwhitby @blairteach @ShiftParadigm @sgthomas1973 @bamradionetwork Ed Chat Archive: http://edchat.pbworks.com/ Shawn Thomas is in her 20th year of teaching in the largest county in Georgia. She has taught Kindergarten, Second and Third Grade, and ESOL (English to Speakers of Other Languages) K-5. Nancy Blair is a middle school principal in Georgia. She previously served as a school improvement consultant. Tom Whitby is former contributing Editor at SmartBrief, founder of #Edchat, Twitter-Using Educators, and NYSCATE Network.
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11 min
May 5, 2018
How Do We Balance Mandated and Teacher-Selected PD?
Both teachers and administrators don't know what they don't know. So who should determine the balance professional development selections? Follow: @tomwhitby @blairteach @DrGodard @bamradionetwork Ed Chat Archive: http://edchat.pbworks.com/ Christina "Christi" Godard is a Pennsylvania-certified teacher in the areas of K-8 reading, K-12 special education, K-8 elementary education, and 7-12 English employed by Gettysburg Area School District. Nancy Blair is a middle school principal in Georgia. She previously served as a school improvement consultant. Tom Whitby is former contributing Editor at SmartBrief, founder of #Edchat, Twitter-Using Educators, and NYSCATE Network.
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10 min
April 17, 2018
Personalized Learning with Technology: Myths and Misconceptions
Our discussion on personalized learning revealed a fair amount of confusion. Join us as we look at myths and misconceptions. Follow: @tomwhitby @blairteach @sgthomas1973 @bamradionetwork Ed Chat Archive: http://edchat.pbworks.com/ Shawn Thomas is in her 20th year of teaching in the largest county in Georgia. She has taught Kindergarten, Second and Third Grade, and ESOL (English to Speakers of Other Languages) K-5. Nancy Blair is a middle school principal in Georgia. She previously served as a school improvement consultant. Tom Whitby is former contributing Editor at SmartBrief, founder of #Edchat, Twitter-Using Educators, and NYSCATE Network.
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10 min
April 6, 2018
Does Your Professional Development Meet Your Needs?
Apparently, most teachers are dissatisfied with the professional development they received. What can be done to better align PD with teacher needs? Follow: @tomwhitby @blairteach @Blocht574 @bamradionetwork Ed Chat Archive: http://edchat.pbworks.com/ Todd Bloch is a 7th grade science educator from Warren, Michigan. Moderator of #MSchat (middle school chat) Thursday 8 pm ET and a Member of AMLE Board of Trustees. Nancy Blair is a middle school principal in Georgia. She previously served as a school improvement consultant. Tom Whitby is former contributing Editor at SmartBrief, founder of #Edchat, Twitter-Using Educators, and NYSCATE Network.
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10 min
March 2, 2018
Moving from Teacher-Centric Teaching to Student-Centric Learning
Moving from teacher-driven classrooms to student-centered learning involve dealing with fixed ideas among teachers, administrators, and students. How can we best make the transition? Follow: @tomwhitby @blairteach @sgthomas1973 @bamradionetwork Ed Chat Archive: http://edchat.pbworks.com/ Mark Weston Ph.D. has worked at all levels of the educational system — classroom, school, congress, US Dept of education, technology companies and universities. He's currently an Associate Dean at Georgia Tech. Nancy Blair is a middle school principal in Georgia. She previously served as a school improvement consultant. Tom Whitby is former contributing Editor at SmartBrief, founder of #Edchat, Twitter-Using Educators, and
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10 min
February 6, 2018
What Do Most of Us We Really Believe About Growth Mindset?
To what extent do we understand the notion of a growth mindset, and what do we really believe about it? Follow: @tomwhitby @blairteach @bamradionetwork Ed Chat Archive: http://edchat.pbworks.com/ Mark Weston Ph.D. has worked at all levels of the educational system — classroom, school, congress, US Dept of education, technology companies and universities. He's currently an Associate Dean at Georgia Tech. Nancy Blair is a middle school principal in Georgia. She previously served as a school improvement consultant. Tom Whitby is former contributing Editor at SmartBrief, founder of #Edchat, Twitter-Using Educators, and NYSCATE Network.
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10 min
January 22, 2018
Why Do Many Kids Start Out Loving School and Grow to Hate It
We've all seen the well-documented trend where kids who were eager learners in the early grades, become apathetic about school in middle school and above. What's really going on with this dynamic? Follow: @tomwhitby @blairteach @sgthomas1973 @bamradionetwork Ed Chat Archive: http://edchat.pbworks.com/ Shawn Thomas is in her 20th year of teaching in the largest county in Georgia. She has taught Kindergarten, Second and Third Grade, and ESOL (English to Speakers of Other Languages) K-5. Nancy Blair is a middle school principal in Georgia. She previously served as a school improvement consultant. Tom Whitby is former contributing Editor at SmartBrief, founder of #Edchat, Twitter-Using Educators, and NYSCATE Network.
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10 min
January 11, 2018
StudentTeacher Prep: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly
Join us as we take a look at our student teacher programs, what's working and what's not. Follow: @tomwhitby @blairteach @ShiftParadigm @bamradionetwork Ed Chat Archive: http://edchat.pbworks.com/ tps://www.bamradionetwork.com/media/hosts/BlairWestonWhitby.gif" width="100" height="110" align=left>Mark Weston Ph.D. has worked at all levels of the educational system — classroom, school, congress, US Dept of education, technology companies and universities. He's currently an Associate Dean at Georgia Tech. Nancy Blair is a middle school principal in Georgia. She previously served as a school improvement consultant. Tom Whitby is former contributing Editor at SmartBrief, founder of #Edchat, Twitter-Using Educators, and NYSCATE Network
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11 min
December 5, 2017
Formative Assessment: For Teachers or Students?
Some view formative assessment as an exercise for students; some see it as a tool for students. Others see formative assessment as a tool for both students and teachers. How do you use formative assessment? Follow: @tomwhitby @blairteach @ShiftParadigm @bamradionetwork Ed Chat Archive: http://edchat.pbworks.com/ tps://www.bamradionetwork.com/media/hosts/BlairWestonWhitby.gif" width="100" height="110" align=left>Mark Weston Ph.D. has worked at all levels of the educational system — classroom, school, congress, US Dept of education, technology companies and universities. He's currently an Associate Dean at Georgia Tech. Nancy Blair is a middle school principal in Georgia. She previously served as a school improvement consultant. Tom Whitby is former contributing Editor at SmartBrief, founder of #Edchat, Twitter-Using Educators, and NYSCATE Network
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11 min
November 7, 2017
Drawing the Line: Connecting with Students on Social Media
What is the appropriate social media relationship between educators and students? Where should we draw the line? Follow: @tomwhitby @blairteach @HarveyAlvy1 @bamradionetwork Ed Chat Archive: http://edchat.pbworks.com/ Harvey Alvy has served as a teacher, principal, and university professor, and was honored to be a National Distinguished Principal. He is the author of Fighting for Change in Your School: How to Avoid Fads and Focus on Substance , and co-author of Learning From Lincoln: Leadership Practices for School Success. Nancy Blair is a middle school principal in Georgia. She previously served as a school improvement consultant. Tom Whitby is former contributing Editor at SmartBrief, founder of #Edchat, Twitter-Using Educators, and NYSCATE Network.
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10 min
October 24, 2017
Does Collaboration Between Educators Really Exist?
Join us as we explore the realities of collaboration in education, what's working and what's not. Follow: @tomwhitby @blairteach @derekrhodenizer @bamradionetwork Ed Chat Archive: http://edchat.pbworks.com/ Derek Rhodenizer is the Academic Director of Westoboro Academy in Ottawa. Derek runs the "beyond the Staffroom" podcast on a variety of shows found on Voiced Radio. Nancy Blair is a middle school principal in Georgia and previously served as a school improvement consultant. Tom Whitby is a former contributing Editor at SmartBrief, founder of #Edchat, Twitter-Using Educators, and NYSCATE Network.
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11 min
October 3, 2017
Do We Really Understand School Culture and How To Assess It?
We've found a significant disparity in the perception and definition of school culture among educators. Join in as we define school culture, how to assess it and improve it. Follow: @tomwhitby @blairteach @ElemCoach @bamradionetwork Ed Chat Archive: http://edchat.pbworks.com/ Elaine Mendez has been an educator for the past 10 years. Her new role is as an new Instructional Coach eager to learn from all the educators she work with. Nancy Blair is a middle school principal in Georgia. She previously served as a school improvement consultant. Tom Whitby is former contributing Editor at SmartBrief, founder of #Edchat, Twitter-Using Educators, and NYSCATE Network.
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11 min
September 29, 2017
Yes, We Still Need to Define and Validate Connected Education
You might think that by now, most educators would be more digitally connected and know the value of being a connected educator. Well think again. Follow: @tomwhitby @blairteach @teachermike72 @bamradionetwork Ed Chat Archive: http://edchat.pbworks.com/ Mike Messner is a teacher of United States History and Civics at Los Altos High School in Los Altos, California. He is also an adjunct instructor of United States history and California history at Skyline College in San Bruno, California. Nancy Blair is a middle school principal in Georgia. She previously served as a school improvement consultant. Tom Whitby is former contributing Editor at SmartBrief, founder of #Edchat, Twitter-Using Educators, and NYSCATE Network.
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12 min
September 19, 2017
You Have A Bigoted Colleague on Your Faculty, What Would You Do?
How can we make it safe for educators to talk about bigotry and race with peers, parents, and students? Follow: @tomwhitby @blairteach @sgthomas1973 @bamradionetwork Ed Chat Archive: http://edchat.pbworks.com/ Shawn Thomas is in her 20th year of teaching in the largest county in Georgia. She has taught Kindergarten, Second and Third Grade, and ESOL (English to Speakers of Other Languages) K-5. Nancy Blair is a middle school principal in Georgia and previously served as a school improvement consultant. Tom Whitby is a former contributing Editor at SmartBrief, founder of #Edchat, Twitter-Using Educators, and NYSCATE Network.
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11 min
September 5, 2017
Is It Too Risky for Educators to Talk About Bigotry and Race?
How can we make it safe for educators to talk about bigotry and race with peers, parents, and students? Follow: @tomwhitby @blairteach @sgthomas1973 @bamradionetwork Ed Chat Archive: http://edchat.pbworks.com/ Shawn Thomas is in her 20th year of teaching in the largest county in Georgia. She has taught Kindergarten, Second and Third Grade, and ESOL (English to Speakers of Other Languages) K-5. Nancy Blair is a middle school principal in Georgia and previously served as a school improvement consultant. Tom Whitby is a former contributing Editor at SmartBrief, founder of #Edchat, Twitter-Using Educators, and NYSCATE Network.
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12 min
August 22, 2017
What (If Any) Professional Development Should Be Required?
When it comes to professional development, how can we determine what training is needed when we often don't know what we don't know. Follow: @tomwhitby @blairteach @twofootgiraffe @bamradionetwork Ed Chat Archive: http://edchat.pbworks.com/ Adam Taylor has been a high school science teacher for 14 years in Tennessee. Nancy Blair is a middle school principal in Georgia. She previously served as a school improvement consultant. Tom Whitby is former contributing Editor at SmartBrief, founder of #Edchat, Twitter-Using Educators, and NYSCATE Network.
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10 min
June 22, 2017
Faculty Meetings: Yes, There Is a Better Way
It's time for an update on one of our most popular issues. How can we improve faculty meetings? Follow: @tomwhitby @blairteach @ShiftParadigm @bamradionetwork Ed Chat Archive: http://edchat.pbworks.com/ Mark Weston Ph.D. has worked at all levels of the educational system — classroom, school, congress, US Dept of education, technology companies and universities. He's currently an Associate Dean at Georgia Tech. Nancy Blair is a middle school principal in Georgia. She previously served as a school improvement consultant. Tom Whitby is former contributing Editor at SmartBrief, founder of #Edchat, Twitter-Using Educators, and NYSCATE Network.
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8 min
June 22, 2017
Is Social Media a Net Asset or Liability in Education?
Media has always been a double-edged sword. Magazines, TV, radio, and movies can have a positive and negative effect on students. What are the unique challenges of social media in education? Follow: @tomwhitby @blairteach @theASIDEblog @bamradionetwork Ed Chat Archive: http://edchat.pbworks.com/ Patricia Russac is co-founder with Mercer Hall of the American Society For Innovation Design in Education and publishers of The ASIDE Blog. She works at an independent K-8 school in Roslyn, New York, as Director of Library Learning Center and history teacher. She is also a PBS Digital Innovator, a TED Educator, and a NAIS Teacher of the Future. Nancy Blair is a middle school principal in Georgia. She previously served as a school improvement consultant.
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May 23, 2017
Is Social Media Still a Valuable Source of Professional Development?
Social media has changed over the last few years, raising questions about its continued value for professional development. Follow: @tomwhitby @blairteach @jswiatek @bamradionetwork Ed Chat Archive: http://edchat.pbworks.com/\ Jerry Swiatek has been archiving the weekly #edchat discussions since its inception. He is a Computer Science teacher at Citrus High School in Citrus County, Florida. He is a Google Certified Innovator and a Google for Education Certified Trainer and the Founder and Organizer of EdCamp Citrus. Nancy Blair is a middle school principal in Georgia and previously served as a school improvement consultant.
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8 min
April 13, 2017
Education Conferences Would Be Better If...
A lively discussion about education conferences and why some are more valued than others. Follow: @tomwhitby @blairteach @SenorG @bamradionetwork Ed Chat Archive: http://edchat.pbworks.com/ Noah Geisel is an educator, learner, blogger, tinkerer and adventurer with a passion for changing the world. He is the co-founder of the weekly Digital Badges Twitter chat #BadgeChatK12. Nancy Blair is a middle school principal in Georgia and previously served as a school improvement consultant. Tom Whitby is a former contributing Editor at SmartBrief, founder of #Edchat, Twitter-Using Educators, and NYSCATE Network
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12 min
March 31, 2017
How Do We Overcome the Barriers to Replacing Textbooks?
Though open source resources have gain popularity, many are still anchored to the text book. How can we transition? Follow: @tomwhitby @blairteach @BradShreffler @bamradionetwork Ed Chat Archive: http://edchat.pbworks.com/ Brad Shreffler is an Instructional Technology Coach at a large high school in Central Florida, and before that he taught English in both middle and high school. Nancy Blair is a middle school principal in Georgia and previously served as a school improvement consultant. Tom Whitby is a former contributing Editor at SmartBrief, founder of #Edchat, Twitter-Using Educators, and NYSCATE Network.
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11 min
March 17, 2017
Are Report Cards Obsolete? Is There a Better Way?
What is the most optimal way to give parents a measure of how their children are progressing? Join us as we explore options. Follow: @tomwhitby @blairteach @MsSackstein @bamradionetwork Ed Chat Archive: http://edchat.pbworks.com/ Starr Sackstein (NBCT) is a certified Master Journalism Educator through the Journalism Education Association (JEA). She serves at the New York State Director to JEA. She is the author of several books, including Teaching Mythology Exposed: Helping Teachers Create Visionary Classroom Perspective. Blogger and co-moderater of #sunchat. Nancy Blair is a middle school principal in Georgia and previously served as a school improvement consultant. Tom Whitby is a former contributing Editor at SmartBrief, founder of #Edchat, Twitter-Using Educators, and NYSCATE Network.
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March 2, 2017
How Can We End the Squabbles about Education Standards?
We have a new administration that is committed to shifting education decisions back to the states. Join us as we talk about reconciling our views on education standards. Follow: @tomwhitby @blairteach @mrsmurat @bamradionetwork Ed Chat Archive: http://edchat.pbworks.com/ Rachel Murat has been a teacher at Maine-Endwell CSD for 21 years. She teaches Entrepreneurship, AP Government and Politics, US History, Economics and Digital Citizenship. Nancy Blair is a middle school principal in Georgia and previously served as a school improvement consultant. Tom Whitby is a former contributing Editor at SmartBrief, founder of #Edchat, Twitter-Using Educators, and NYSCATE Network.
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12 min
January 24, 2017
Is Your Lesson Plan a Blueprint, Burden, or Boondoggle?
Some teachers love lesson planning, many don't. What are the factors that make lesson planning a useful tool versus a dreadful waste of time? Follow: @tomwhitby @blairteach @jcordery @bamradionetwork Ed Chat Archive: http://edchat.pbworks.com/ Jim Cordery has been a teacher for over 20 years, most of them spent teaching Middle School Math. He is working for Brooklawn Public Schools in Brooklawn, New Jersey. He has taught Social Studies, Reading, and Language Arts. Nancy Blair is a middle school principal in Georgia and previously served as a school improvement consultant. Tom Whitby is a former contributing Editor at SmartBrief, founder of #Edchat, Twitter-Using Educators, and NYSCATE Network.
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11 min
January 17, 2017
What I Am Doing Differently This Year... Really
It's a new year and a time when we often hit reset on our practices. Join us as we talk about what we want to do differently this year. Follow: @tomwhitby @blairteach @sgthomas1973 @bamradionetwork Ed Chat Archive: http://edchat.pbworks.com/ Sean Thomas is in her 20th year of teaching in the largest county in Georgia. She has taught Kindergarten, Second Grade, Third Grade, and ESOL (English to Speakers of Other Languages) K-5. Nancy Blair is a middle school principal in Georgia and previously served as a school improvement consultant. Tom Whitby is a former contributing Editor at SmartBrief, founder of #Edchat, Twitter-Using Educators, and NYSCATE Network.
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10 min
December 23, 2016
Moving from Compliance to Meaningful Student Engagement
Compliance is not the same as meaningful student engagement. Join as we talk about getting students to move from going through the motions to owning their learning. Follow: @tomwhitby @blairteach @ShiftParadigm @bamradionetwork Ed Chat Archive: http://edchat.pbworks.com/ Mark Weston Ph.D. has worked at all levels of the educational system — classroom, school, congress, US Dept of education, technology companies and universities. He's currently an Associate Dean at Georgia Tech. Nancy Blair is a middle school principal in Georgia. She previously served as a school improvement consultant. Tom Whitby is former contributing Editor at SmartBrief, founder of #Edchat, Twitter-Using Educators, and NYSCATE Network.
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10 min
December 6, 2016
Are New Teachers Adequately Prepared to Teach with Technology
We're now in the second decade of the 21st century. To what extent are new teachers coming to school well trained in the relevant use of technology, methodology, and pedagogy? Follow: @tomwhitby @blairteach @meagan_e_kelly @bamradionetwork Ed Chat Archive: http://edchat.pbworks.com/ Meagan Kelly and is a Math & AVID teacher, as well as the AVID Coordinator and Team Technology Leader, at Cedar Middle School in Hesperia, California. Nancy Blair is a middle school principal in Georgia and previously served as a school improvement consultant. Tom Whitby is a former contributing Editor at SmartBrief, founder of #Edchat, Twitter-Using Educators, and NYSCATE Network.
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12 min
November 11, 2016
The Skills Every High School Senior Should Get Before Leaving
Apart from academics, what are the essential, practical skills every high school senior should have before they leave? Follow: @tomwhitby @blairteach @winkelerd @bamradionetwork Ed Chat Archive: http://edchat.pbworks.com/ Dan Winkeler is in his 6th year teaching, 4th year in the district Seckman Senior High school in the Fox C-6 school district in Arnold, MO). He teaches Personal Finance, Computer Applications I, and AP Economics. Nancy Blair is a middle school principal in Georgia and previously served as a school improvement consultant. Tom Whitby is a former contributing Editor at SmartBrief, founder of #Edchat, Twitter-Using Educators, and NYSCATE Network.
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6 min
October 18, 2016
Are Teachers Without Digital Literacy Still Relevant?
Some great teachers are digitally literate, some great teachers are not. Does it matter? Follow: @tomwhitby @blairteach @sguditus @bamradionetwork Ed Chat Archive: http://edchat.pbworks.com/ Steve Guditus is the Director of Educational Technology for Tri Town School Union of Middleton, Topsfield and Boxford, Massachusetts. His entire career has been working as a public school educator, including teaching middle school social studies, assistant principal, principal, and now Ed Tech Director. Nancy Blair is a middle school principal in Georgia and previously served as a school improvement consultant. Tom Whitby is a former contributing Editor at SmartBrief, founder of #Edchat, Twitter-Using Educators, and NYSCATE Network.
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11 min
October 11, 2016
We're Missing the Soft Skills, How Can We Teach Them?
Join us as we talk about how to fill the "soft skills" gap in our instruction. Follow: @tomwhitby @blairteach @colonelb @bamradionetwork Ed Chat Archive: http://edchat.pbworks.com/ Nikki Morrell is an educator, professional development coordinator, EdTech specialist, speaker, and educational cheerleader. She holds a B.A. in English and a Master of Humanities. Over the past sixteen years, she has taught English writing and composition, dance, cheer, humanities, and drama, but has moved into the roles EdTech and PD Coordinator this year. Nancy Blair is a middle school principal in Georgia and previously served as a school improvement consultant. Tom Whitby is a former contributing Editor at SmartBrief, founder of #Edchat, Twitter-Using Educators, and NYSCATE Network.
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7 min
September 20, 2016
Can We Educate All Students Well without Standardized Tests?
if we eliminate standardized test, how could we ensure that all students receive a good education? Follow: @tomwhitby @blairteach @colonelb @bamradionetwork Ed Chat Archive: http://edchat.pbworks.com/ David Britten has been Superintendent of Godfrey-Lee Public Schools since 2008. A retired U.S. Army Officer, he has been an elementary, middle school and high school principal prior to his current role. Nancy Blair is a middle school principal in Georgia and previously served as a school improvement consultant. Tom Whitby is a former contributing Editor at SmartBrief, founder of #Edchat, Twitter-Using Educators, and NYSCATE Network.
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11 min
September 16, 2016
What Has Most Impacted Your Perspective as a Teacher?
Join us as we recap our #Edchat discussion on the people and experiences that have shaped us as teachers. Follow: @tomwhitby @blairteach @sturgeonteach @bamradionetwork Ed Chat Archive: http://edchat.pbworks.com/ Tony Sturgeon has been teaching 7th grade language arts for 20 years at Hamilton Southeastern Schools in Fishers, Indiana. He is the department chair and has taught some college classes to preservice teachers and current teachers looking to renew their licenses. Nancy Blair is a middle school principal in Georgia and previously served as a school improvement consultant. Tom Whitby is a former contributing Editor at SmartBrief, founder of #Edchat, Twitter-Using Educators, and NYSCATE Network.
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10 min
September 16, 2016
One on One With Chris Lehmann, Co-founder of Educon
Educon is considered to be one of the premier education conferences in the nation. The focus is more on the sharing of ideas versus traditional presentations. In this segment we interview one of the co-founders of Educon about the intent and future of the conference. Follow:@tomwhitby @bamradionetwork Edhcat Archive: http://edchat.pbworks.com/ Chris Lehmann is the co-founder if Educon. In June 2013, Chris was named Outstanding Leader of the Year by the International Society of Technology in Education. Chris was also named one of Dell’s #Inspire100 – one of the 100 people changing the world using Social Media. In April of 2012, Chris won the Lindback Award for Excellence in Principal Leadership in the School District of Philadelphia. In September of 2011, Chris was honored by the White House as a Champion of Change for his work in education reform.
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8 min
September 16, 2016
The Pros and Cons of Teacher Coaches
Are teacher coaches effective at delivering productive professional development? Follow: @tomwhitby @blairteach @bamradionetwork Ed Chat Archive: http://edchat.pbworks.com/ Nancy Blair is a middle school principal in Georgia and previously served as a school improvement consultant. Tom Whitby is a former contributing Editor at SmartBrief, founder of #Edchat, Twitter-Using Educators, and NYSCATE Network.
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10 min
August 30, 2016
What Is the Real Return on Investment in Conferences?
Education conferences are popular, but to what extent are they worth the investment of time and money? Follow: @tomwhitby @blairteach @sgthomas1973 @bamradionetwork Ed Chat Archive: http://edchat.pbworks.com/ Sean Thomas is in her 20th year of teaching in the largest county in Georgia. She has taught Kindergarten, Second Grade, Third Grade, and ESOL (English to Speakers of Other Languages) K-5. Nancy Blair is a middle school principal in Georgia and previously served as a school improvement consultant. Tom Whitby is a former contributing Editor at SmartBrief, founder of #Edchat, Twitter-Using Educators, and NYSCATE Network.
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12 min
August 16, 2016
What Kind of Support Is Essential for First-Year Teachers?
For some teachers, this back-to-school season will be their first. What ae the essential support systems needed to ensure their success. Follow: @tomwhitby @blairteach @theASIDEblog @bamradionetwork Ed Chat Archive: http://edchat.pbworks.com/ Patricia Russac is co-founder with Mercer Hall of the American Society For Innovation Design in Education and publishers of The ASIDE Blog. She works at an independent K-8 school in Roslyn, New York, as Director of Library Learning Center and history teacher. Nancy Blair is a middle school principal in Georgia and previously served as a school improvement consultant. Tom Whitby is a former contributing Editor at SmartBrief, founder of #Edchat, Twitter-Using Educators, and NYSCATE Network.
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11 min
August 9, 2016
Can Faculty Meetings Change School Culture?
Back to school means back to faculty meetings. To kick off the new school year we discuss whether faculty meetings can change school culture. Follow: @tomwhitby @blairteach @wmchamberlain @bamradionetwork Ed Chat Archive: http://edchat.pbworks.com/ William Chamberlain husband, father, and an educator. He taught in the school he grew up in. Nancy Blair is a middle school principal in Georgia,and previously served as a school improvement consultant. Tom Whitby is a former contributing Editor at SmartBrief, founder of #Edchat, Twitter-Using Educators, and NYSCATE Network.
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10 min
August 4, 2016
Discussing Racial Topics in School: Why, What, How, When?
Talking about race anywhere is challenging. The difficulties can be compounded in the school setting for various reasons. How should we discuss race in the context of education? Follow: @tomwhitby @blairteach @LibraryLadee @bamradionetwork Ed Chat Archive: http://edchat.pbworks.com/ Neena Grosvenor is a National Board Certified Media Specialist. She has been working at a Middle School, however she has been newly appointed to the position of staff developer for her district. Nancy Blair is a middle school principal in Georgia. She previously served as a school improvement consultant. Tom Whitby is former contributing Editor at SmartBrief, founder of #Edchat, Twitter-Using Educators, and NYSCATE Network.
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12 min
August 2, 2016
How Does Blogging Help All School Stakeholders?
Bloggers have diverse reasons for blogging. Many believe that blogging benefits all school stakeholders. Join us as we discuss how. Follow: @tomwhitby @blairteach @21stprincipal @bamradionetwork Ed Chat Archive: http://edchat.pbworks.com/ John Robinson taught high school and middle school language arts for 16 years. He's been principal at Discovery High School for the past six years (Discovery High School is a Partnership for 21st Century Learning Exemplar School), served as middle school principal 2 years. Blog "The 21st Century Principal." Nancy Blair is a middle school principal in Georgia,and previously served as a school improvement consultant. Tom Whitby is a former contributing Editor at SmartBrief, founder of #Edchat, Twitter-Using Educators, and NYSCATE Network.
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10 min
July 6, 2016
What Is the Best Use of a School Leader's Time?
Planning, managing, leading, learning, observations, and discipline are all part of what school principals have to do. What is the best use of a principal's time? Follow: @tomwhitby @blairteach @DennisDill @bamradionetwork Ed Chat Archive: http://edchat.pbworks.com/ Dennis Dill currently teaches 6th grade Social Studies at Jewett School of the Arts, a STEAM school in Winter Haven, Florida. Nancy Blair is a middle school principal in Georgia,and previously served as a school improvement consultant. Tom Whitby is a former contributing Editor at SmartBrief, founder of #Edchat, Twitter-Using Educators, and NYSCATE Network.
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11 min
May 31, 2016
If We Want Change in Education, Why Do We Often Resist It?
Join us as we look at our deeply entrenched attitudes toward the next new big thing in education. Follow: @tomwhitby @blairteach @mritzius @bamradionetwork Ed Chat Archive: http://edchat.pbworks.com/ After leaving the world of biomedical research, Mike Ritzius began a 14 year career as a science teacher in the Camden County Technical School district. While there, he served in a variety of leadership positions. In 2010, Mike and nine of his colleagues founded Edcamp. Nancy Blair has returned to public education as a middle school principal in Georgia. She previously served as a school improvement consultant. Tom Whitby is former contributing Editor at SmartBrief, founder of #Edchat, Twitter-Using Educators, and NYSCATE Network.
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12 min
May 18, 2016
Hot Education Trends: What to Ignore, What to Embrace
The blizzard of hot trends, new buzzwords, rapidly changing technology continues. How do we make sense of it all and determine where to invest our time, energy and resources. Follow: @tomwhitby @blairteach @GarrettMaierEd @bamradionetwork Ed Chat Archive: http://edchat.pbworks.com/ Maier is a first-year English teacher at Estrella Foothills High School in Goodyear, AZ. He currently serves as an English teacher and Tech Trailblazer at his campus. Nancy Blair is a middle school principal in Georgia and previously served as a school improvement consultant. Tom Whitby is a former contributing Editor at SmartBrief, founder of #Edchat, Twitter-Using Educators, and NYSCATE Network. https://twitter.com/GarrettMaierEd
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10 min
May 10, 2016
Classroom Management Problems: Who, What, Why?
What are the drivers of classroom discipline problems? In this segment, we discuss the things they didn't teach us in education school. Follow: @tomwhitby @blairteach @jenbearden @bamradionetwork Ed Chat Archive: http://edchat.pbworks.com/ Jen Bearden is a 2nd grade teacher in the Kirkwood School District, a suburb of St. Louis. Nancy Blair has returned to public education as a middle school principal in Georgia. She previously served as a school improvement consultant. Tom Whitby is former contributing Editor at SmartBrief, founder of #Edchat, Twitter-Using Educators, and NYSCATE Network.
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11 min
May 4, 2016
What Is the Source of Great Education Ideas in Your School?
Ever wonder about the genesis of the relentless stream of education ideas? Join us as we talk about the source of great new ideas in education. Follow: @tomwhitby @blairteach @MsReidReads @bamradionetwork Ed Chat Archive: http://edchat.pbworks.com/ Jessica Reid is responsible for leading Noodle Market's education-focused strategies, providing an educator voice and insight to their products and services. She joins Noodle Markets from LightSail, where she was Co-founder and Chief Academic Officer. Nancy Blair is a middle school principal in Georgia and previously served as a school improvement consultant. Tom Whitby is a former contributing Editor at SmartBrief, founder of #Edchat, Twitter-Using Educators, and NYSCATE Network.
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11 min
April 27, 2016
Grading Ourselves on Grading
We've been talking a lot about revising grading. Are we making any progress? Follow: @tomwhitby @blairteach @shiftparadigm @bamradionetwork Ed Chat Archive: http://edchat.pbworks.com/ Mark Weston Ph.D. has worked at all levels of the educational system — classroom, school, congress, US Dept of education, technology companies, and universities. He's currently an Associate Dean at Georgia Tech. Tom Whitby is a former contributing Editor at SmartBrief, founder of #Edchat, Twitter-Using Educators, and NYSCATE Network.
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10 min
April 19, 2016
Student Voice: Too Little, Too Much?
Increasingly, educators are supporting the notion of student voice. The question today is how much influence should students have? Follow: @tomwhitby @blairteach @shiftparadigm @bamradionetwork Ed Chat Archive: http://edchat.pbworks.com/ Mark Weston Ph.D. has worked at all levels of the educational system — classroom, school, congress, US Dept of education, technology companies, and universities. He's currently an Associate Dean at Georgia Tech. Tom Whitby is a former contributing Editor at SmartBrief, founder of #Edchat, Twitter-Using Educators, and NYSCATE Network.
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11 min
April 14, 2016
What Makes Professional Development Useful?
We're talking about what makes professional development meaningful and useful. What works? What does not work? Why? Follow: @tomwhitby @blairteach @miss_signorello @bamradionetwork Ed Chat Archive: http://edchat.pbworks.com/ Claire Signorello teaches high school mathematics at Lackawanna Trail located in Factoryville, Pennsylvania. She has taught for over 20 years. Nancy Blair is a middle school principal in Georgia. She previously served as a school improvement consultant. Tom Whitby is a former contributing Editor at SmartBrief, founder of #Edchat,Twitter-Using Educators, and NYSCATE Network.
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11 min
April 13, 2016
Our Evolving Understanding of School Culture
For many years, educators ignored the impact of school culture. As our understanding of school culture has evolved, so is our thinking about how we can change it. Follow: @tomwhitby @blairteach @tonysinanis @bamradionetwork Ed Chat Archive: http://edchat.pbworks.com/ Dr. Tony Sinanis is currently the Lead Learner of Cantiague Elementary School in Jericho, NY. Cantiague was named a 2012 National Blue Ribbon School. Nancy Blair is a middle school principal in Georgia. She previously served as a school improvement consultant. Tom Whitby is a former contributing Editor at SmartBrief, founder of #Edchat,Twitter-Using Educators, and NYSCATE Network.
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11 min
April 5, 2016
Blended Learning: How Ready Are We?
What is required to employ a blended learning model in our schools? Are we ready? If not, what does it take to get ready? Follow: @tomwhitby @blairteach @averyteach @bamradionetwork Ed Chat Archive: http://edchat.pbworks.com/ Gerald Aungst has 25 years of experience as a professional educator, specializing in digital technology, mathematics, and gifted education. Nancy Blair is a middle school principal in Georgia and previously served as a school improvement consultant. Tom Whitby is a former contributing Editor at SmartBrief, founder of #Edchat, Twitter-Using Educators, and NYSCATE Network.
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10 min
March 29, 2016
Encouraging Teacher Leadership: What Works, What Does Not
What is teacher leadership? How does teacher leadership impact student achievement and school culture? How can we support teacher leadership? Follow: @tomwhitby @blairteach @averyteach @bamradionetwork Ed Chat Archive: http://edchat.pbworks.com/ Janet Avery has been an educator for 23+ years. She is the Jerome School District Curriculum Director, and has been a Middle School Principal, Assistant Principal, and Secondary English Teacher. She's moderator of #IDedchat co-founder of #edcampidaho. Nancy Blair is a middle school principal in Georgia and previously served as a school improvement consultant. Tom Whitby is a former contributing Editor at SmartBrief, founder of #Edchat, Twitter-Using Educators, and NYSCATE Network.
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10 min
March 24, 2016
Substituting Portfolios for Grades: Meaningful Assessment?
Can portfolios provide a viable measurement of student learning? How can they displace or support traditional grades? Follow: @tomwhitby @blairteach @Learn21Tech @bamradionetwork Ed Chat Archive: http://edchat.pbworks.com/ Leanna Prater, M.A. Ed., is a District Technology Resource teacher for Fayette County Public Schools, Lexington, KY. Nancy Blair is a middle school principal in Georgia and previously served as a school improvement consultant. Tom Whitby is a former contributing editor at SmartBrief, founder of #Edchat, Twitter-Using Educators and NYSCATE.
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11 min
March 17, 2016
Year-Round School: In Search of the Best School Schedule
Some educators love year-round school, others hate it. What is the optimal school schedule? Follow: @tomwhitby @blairteach @Learn21Tech @bamradionetwork Ed Chat Archive: http://edchat.pbworks.com/ Lisa Abel-Palmieri, Ph.D.is the Head of School and Chief Learning Officer at Holy Family Academy, an innovative, college preparatory, and STEAM-focused independent Catholic high school for economically disadvantaged students of all faiths with academic potential. Nancy Blair is a middle school principal in Georgia. She previously served as a school improvement consultant. Tom Whitby is a former contributing Editor at SmartBrief, founder of #Edchat,Twitter-Using Educators, and NYSCATE Network.
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11 min
March 8, 2016
Educating Parents on the Changes in Teaching and Learning
As we hurry to bring educators up to speed on 21st-century teaching and learning, we need to include parents as well. Join us as we discuss the process. Follow: @tomwhitby @blairteach @schug_dennis @bamradionetwork Ed Chat Archive: http://edchat.pbworks.com/ Dennis Schug is a proud Middle School Principal, in a building that serves 630 students on the East End of Long Island, NY. He is the co-moderators for #NYEDchat. Nancy Blair is a middle school principal in Georgia and previously served as a school improvement consultant. Tom Whitby is a former contributing Editor at SmartBrief, founder of #Edchat, Twitter-Using Educators, and NYSCATE Network.
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10 min
March 3, 2016
Personalized Learning Versus Age-Based Instruction
Join us as we compare the rigid, aged-based learning model to the latest trends in personalized learning. Follow: @tomwhitby @blairteach @thelearningloop @bamradionetwork Ed Chat Archive: http://edchat.pbworks.com/ Allie Rodman is an Assistant Principal and Director of Professional Development at Mariana Bracetti Academy, a K-12 Title I school in Philadelphia. She is a 2013 ASCD Emerging Leader. Nancy Blair is a middle school principal in Georgia. She previously served as a school improvement consultant. @thelearningloop
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10 min
February 23, 2016
What Are the Hidden Drivers of a Supportive School Culture?
School culture has a profound impact on virtually every element of teaching and learning. In this segment, we look at the hidden drivers of school culture. Follow: @tomwhitby @blairteach @MsSackstein @bamradionetwork Ed Chat Archive: http://edchat.pbworks.com/ Starr Sackstein, MJE is a High school educator, author, reformer, recovering perfectionist, Starr Sackstein leads by example both in the classroom and on the internets. She is an author of several books. Nancy Blair is a middle school principal in Georgia and previously served as a school improvement consultant. Tom Whitby is a former contributing Editor at SmartBrief, founder of #Edchat, Twitter-Using Educators, and NYSCATE Network.
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11 min
February 11, 2016
Project-Based Learning: Underestimated or Overvalued?
While some educators swear by project-based learning, other say it's too hard to practice and doesn't work. We take a closer look. Follow: @tomwhitby @blairteach @MsAmberChandler @bamradionetwork Ed Chat Archive: http://edchat.pbworks.com/ Amber Chandler is a NBCT middle school ELA teacher, from Hamburg, NY. She is experienced in teaching students from 6 grade through graduate school students School Building Leader certification. Nancy Blair is a middle school principal in Georgia and previously served as a school improvement consultant. Tom Whitby is a former contributing Editor at SmartBrief, founder of #Edchat, Twitter-Using Educators, and NYSCATE Network.
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11 min
January 28, 2016
How Do We Get Teachers to Ditch Textbooks? Should We?
Though many teachers have completely moved away from using textbooks most are still very dependent on them. In this episode, we discuss alternatives and barriers to adoption. Follow: @tomwhitby @blairteach @lane.young @bamradionetwork Ed Chat Archive: http://edchat.pbworks.com/ Lane Young is a Director of Library & Educational Technology and Computer Science instructor for North Shore Country Day School, a K-12 independent school in the northern suburbs of Chicago. Nancy Blair is a middle school principal in Georgia. She previously served as a school improvement consultant with the High Schools That Work and Making Middle Grades Work initiatives of the Southern Regional Education Board. Tom Whitby is a former contributing Editor at SmartBrief, founder of #Edchat, Twitter-Using Educators, and NYSCATE Network.
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11 min
January 19, 2016
Balancing Teacher Driven and District Driven PD
In the episode, we discuss the balance between teacher-driven and administration-driven professional development. Follow: @tomwhitby @blairteach @dbuckedu @bamradionetwork Ed Chat Archive: http://edchat.pbworks.com/ David Buck is a Professor of English at Howard Community College in Columbia, MD, teaching composition and literature. From 2010-2014, he served as Director of eLearning. Nancy Blair is a middle school principal in Georgia. She previously served as a school improvement consultant. Tom Whitby is contributing Editor at SmartBrief, founder of #Edchat,Twitter-Using Educators, and NYSCATE Network.
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10 min
January 13, 2016
Why Is There a Gap Between the PD Teachers Get and the PD Teachers Want?
In the episode, we look at the professional development gap and discuss what can be done to close it. Follow: @tomwhitby @blairteach @DennisDill @bamradionetwork Ed Chat Archive: http://edchat.pbworks.com/ Dennis Dill is in his 14th year of teaching and currently teaching 6th grade Social Studies at Jewett School of the Arts, a STEAM school in Winter Haven Florida. Nancy Blair is a middle school principal in Georgia. She previously served as a school improvement consultant with the High Schools That Work and Making Middle Grades Work initiatives of the Southern Regional Education Board. Tom Whitby is a former contributing Editor at SmartBrief, founder of #Edchat, Twitter-Using Educators, and NYSCATE Network.
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11 min
January 5, 2016
The Significance of Education Twitter Chats: How Far We've Come
In the episode, we take a look back at the education Twitter chat phenomenon and evolution. Follow: @tomwhitby @blairteach @bamradionetwork Ed Chat Archive: http://edchat.pbworks.com/
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10 min
December 4, 2015
Shifting from Teaching Kids What to Learn to Teaching Kids How to Learn
Educators on the leading edge of preparing kids for an unknown future are shifting to teaching kids how to learn. Learn more. Follow: @tomwhitby @blairteach @schug_dennis @bamradionetwork Ed Chat Archive: http://edchat.pbworks.com/ Dennis Schug is a proud Middle School Principal on the East End of Long Island, NY. He is in his sixth year in his current position, after serving as an Assistant Principal for three years, and a classroom teacher for a decade. A founding team members of Edcamp Long Island, and he is also one of the co-moderators for #NYEDchat. Nancy Blair is a middle school principal in Georgia. She previously served as a school improvement consultant. Tom Whitby is former contributing Editor at SmartBrief, founder of #Edchat, Twitter-Using Educators, and NYSCATE Network.
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10 min
November 18, 2015
Great Teaching Is an Important Thing, But Not the Only Thing
It's a well-established axiom that teachers are the single most important influence in a child's education. In this segment, we look at the other influences that shape academic outcomes. Follow: @tomwhitby @blairteach @ShiftParadigm @bamradionetwork Ed Chat Archive: http://edchat.pbworks.com/ Mark Weston Ph.D. has worked at all levels of the educational system — classroom, school, congress, US Dept of education, technology companies and universities. He's currently an Associate Dean at Georgia Tech and co-author, along with Alan Bain, of the Learning Edge – What Technology Can Do to Educate All Children. Nancy Blair is a school improvement consultant who frequently worked with the High Schools That Work. Tom Whitby is former contributing Editor at SmartBrief, founder of #Edchat, Twitter-Using Educators, and NYSCATE Network.
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10 min
November 11, 2015
Tech Coaches: What Works, What Does Not
The role of tech coach is a relatively new position in most schools. When used well, tech coaches can make a big difference. What is required to make tech coaching work? Follow: @tomwhitby @blairteach @Learn21Tech @bamradionetwork Ed Chat Archive: http://edchat.pbworks.com/ Margaret Sisler is a School Based Technology Specialist (tech coach) with Fairfax County Schools in Fairfax, Virginia at Chantilly High School. She also facilitates professional development courses and the co-founder and co-moderator of #TechCoachBC and #NoVAedchat. Mark Weston Ph.D. has worked at all levels of the educational system — classroom, school, congress, US Dept of education, technology companies and universities. He's currently an Associate Dean at Georgia Tech. Nancy Blair is a middle school principal in Georgia. She previously served as a school improvement consultant.
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11 min
November 3, 2015
Teaching Dilemma: How Do We Innovate in a Culture of Compliance?
School cultures focused on compliance and testing make innovation challenging. How can educators work around counter-innovative cultures? Follow: @tomwhitby @blairteach @Learn21Tech @bamradionetwork Ed Chat Archive: http://edchat.pbworks.com/ Lisa Abel-Palmieri, Ph.D.is the Head of School and Chief Learning Officer at Holy Family Academy, an innovative, college preparatory, and STEAM-focused independent Catholic high school for economically disadvantaged students of all faiths with academic potential. Nancy Blair is a middle school principal in Georgia. She previously served as a school improvement consultant. Tom Whitby is a former contributing Editor at SmartBrief, founder of #Edchat,Twitter-Using Educators, and NYSCATE Network.
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11 min
October 6, 2015
Modeling Digital Literacy to Teachers and Students
Digital literacy in the rapidly changing education technology space requires both understanding and modeling. In this segment, we discuss what is required to ensure educators are prepared to keep pace. Follow: @tomwhitby @blairteach @ShiftParadigm @bamradionetwork Ed Chat Archive: http://edchat.pbworks.com Neena Grosvenor is a National Board Certified Media Specialist. She has been working at a Middle School, however she has been newly appointed to the position of staff developer for her district. Nancy Blair is a school improvement consultant who frequently worked with the High Schools That Work. Tom Whitby is former contributing Editor at SmartBrief, founder of #Edchat, Twitter-Using Educators, and NYSCATE Network.
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11 min
September 15, 2015
What Elements of 20th Century Pedagogy Are Relevant in 21st Century Teaching?
In this segment we talk about balancing the sound teaching practices of the past with the needs of the future. How do we adapt? Follow: @tomwhitby @blairteach @ShiftParadigm @bamradionetwork Ed Chat Archive: http://edchat.pbworks.com/ Mark Weston Ph.D. has worked at all levels of the educational system — classroom, school, congress, US Dept of education, technology companies and universities. He's currently an Associate Dean at Georgia Tech and co-author, along with Alan Bain, of the Learning Edge – What Technology Can Do to Educate All Children. Nancy Blair is a school improvement consultant who frequently worked with the High Schools That Work. Tom Whitby is former contributing Editor at SmartBrief, founder of #Edchat, Twitter-Using Educators, and NYSCATE Network.
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11 min
September 8, 2015
More Teachers Would Embrace Innovation If...
There is a gap between the talk about innovation in today's schools and the practice. What are the barriers to innovation? How do we get around them? Follow: @tomwhitby @blairteach @donald_gately @bamradionetwork Ed Chat Archive: http://edchat.pbworks.com/ Donald F. Gately Ed.D.is the principal at Jericho Middle School on Long island in New York. Jericho Middle School has a comprehensive school-wide program to develop academic and social emotional literacy. Nancy Blair is a school improvement consultant who frequently worked with the High Schools That Work. Tom Whitby is contributing Editor at SmartBrief, founder of #Edchat,Twitter-Using Educators, and NYSCATE Network.
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11 min
September 2, 2015
5 Ways to Get Beyond the Traditional Barriers to Connecting with Parents
Connecting and building relationships with parents can be more easily said than done. In this segment, we talk about breaking through the traditional barriers to great parent/teacher relationships. Follow: @tomwhitby @blairteach @NA_Dellsey @bamradionetwork Ed Chat Archive: http://edchat.pbworks.com Steven Delpome taught middle and high school English in the public school system going on 12 years, teaching in a variety of communities--from poor cities to wealthy suburbs and your working class towns in between. Nancy Blair is a middle school principal in Georgia. She previously served as a school improvement consultant.
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10 min
August 20, 2015
Professional Development: What Teachers Want, What Teachers Get
In this segment, we explore the chasm between the professional development teachers want and the training teachers often get. Follow: @tomwhitby @blairteach @JeremeyWilder @bamradionetwork Ed Chat Archive: http://edchat.pbworks.com/ Jeremey Wilder has been teaching life science classes at Grand Haven High School for 17 years. He is teaching Biology and AP Environmental Science. Nancy Blair is a school improvement consultant who frequently worked with the High Schools That Work. Tom Whitby is contributing Editor at SmartBrief, founder of #Edchat,Twitter-Using Educators, and NYSCATE Network.
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11 min
August 11, 2015
What I Plan to Do Differently This School Year
To start the school year, we wanted to check in with the community and find out what educators are planning to do differently. Follow: @tomwhitby @blairteach @mmebrady @bamradionetwork Ed Chat Archive: http://edchat.pbworks.com/ Tracy Brady has been a world language teacher in the East Syracuse Minoa Central School District since 1996. Her areas of certification include French and Spanish, and she is a "techie rebel" at heart. She is currently the past president of LECNY (Language Educators of Central New York). Nancy Blair is a school improvement consultant who frequently worked with the High Schools That Work. Tom Whitby is contributing Editor at SmartBrief, founder of #Edchat,Twitter-Using Educators, and NYSCATE Network.
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9 min
July 28, 2015
5 Ideas for Faculty Meetings That Can Make (Almost) Everyone Happy?
In this segment, we talk about the dreaded faculty meeting. Tune in for some proven ways to make them more productive and appealing? Follow: @tomwhitby @plnaugle @carinahilbert @bamradionetwork Ed Chat Archive: http://edchat.pbworks.com/ Paula Naugle teaches 4th graders in a suburban, public school near New Orleans. She is a moderator for #4thchat and #LAedchat on Twitter and a co-founder and organizer of #edcampNOLA. Although she is a veteran educator (30+ years), she is a technology integration innovator. Nancy Blair is a school improvement consultant who frequently worked with the High Schools That Work. Tom Whitby is contributing Editor at SmartBrief, founder of #Edchat,Twitter-Using Educators, and NYSCATE Network.
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11 min
July 21, 2015
Education at the Crossroads: Which Direction Is Your School Heading?
Highlights from a robust #edchat discussion on teachers being change agents in an education landscape that is shifting beneath their feet. Follow: @tomwhitby @shiftparadigm @carinahilbert @bamradionetwork Ed Chat Archive: http://edchat.pbworks.com/ Carina Hilbert is a Spanish teacher for an urban district in Southwest Michigan, and she teaches in an alternative high school in the morning and a middle school in the afternoon. She has taught English and Spanish in grades 6-12 in private, public, and charter schools to students of all SES levels. Mark E. Weston has spent the past 40 years working to enhance education for all students. During that time, he served in key positions at Dell Inc., Apple Computer, Education Commission of the States, United States Department of Education, United States House of Representatives, and several school districts in Iowa. Tom Whitby is former contributing Editor at SmartBrief, founder of #Edchat, Twitter-Using Educators, and NYSCATE Network.
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10 min
July 14, 2015
Wicked Smart Questions: Why Do We Do Professional Development for Educators?
As we talk about how to improve professional development for educators, our guest asks a simple, but potent, question that leads to some powerful insights. Follow: @blairteach @tomwhitby @LearningKate @shiftparadigm @bamradionetwork EdChat Archive: http://edchat.pbworks.com/ Kate Wolfe spends her days as a Coordinator of Professional Learning for Hampton City Schools in Hampton, Virginia. Nancy Blair has returned to public education as a middle school principal in Georgia. She previously served as a school improvement consultant. Mark E. Weston has spent the past 40 years working to enhance education for all students. During that time, he served in key positions at Dell Inc., Apple Computer, Education Commission of the States, United States Department of Education, United States House of Representatives, and several school districts in Iowa. Mark advises leaders about education, ICT, and public policy strategies. He currently serves as Associate Dean, Learning Systems for Georgia Tech Professional Education.
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10 min
June 23, 2015
What Are the Qualities of a Modern Teacher?
The role of the teacher has changed and the evolution continues. In this segment we look at what it really takes to be a teacher today. Follow: @blairteach @tomwhitby @BarbaraGruener @bamradionetwork EdChat Archive: http://edchat.pbworks.com/ Genise Reid is an instructional administrator in Birmingham, Al. She has been in education for 20 years. She is excited about serving learners, both teachers and students. She believes that collaborating in effective teams is a catalyst for strengthening school culture and for enhancing teacher learning. Nancy Blair has returned to public education as a middle school principal in Georgia. She previously served as a school improvement consultant. Tom Whitby is former contributing Editor at SmartBrief, founder of #Edchat, Twitter-Using Educators, and NYSCATE Network.
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11 min
June 16, 2015
Five Valuable Skills Students (and Teachers ) Learn from Blogging
In this segment we look at the new elements blogging has brought to the process of teaching reading and writing. Follow: @blairteach @tomwhitby @BarbaraGruener @bamradionetwork EdChat Archive: http://edchat.pbworks.com Barbara Gruener, the school counselor and character coach at Bales Intermediate in Friendswood, Texas, is about to begin her 32nd year as a public school educator. Author of The Corner on Character blog, Barbara recently published her book, What's Under Your Cape: SUPERHEROES of the Character Kind. Nancy Blair has returned to public education as a middle school principal in Georgia. She previously served as a school improvement consultant. Tom Whitby is former contributing Editor at SmartBrief, founder of #Edchat, Twitter-Using Educators, and NYSCATE Network.
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11 min
June 9, 2015
Shared Decision Making In Schools: Does It Work?
What is shared decision making? Does it work? What special skills are required to effectively run a school by shared decision making? Follow: @blairteach @tomwhitby @rondorland @bamradionetwork EdChat Archive: http://edchat.pbworks.com/ Ron Dorland has been teaching for 8 years and currently am in a grade 7 classroom position. I am a part of a very small, connected school in Surrey, British Columbia, Canada. I received my teaching degree at the University of British Columbia. I am the co-founder and moderator of #7thchat and regularly help moderate other chats, such as #mschat #tlap, #USedchat (united states ed chat). Nancy Blair has returned to public education as a middle school principal in Georgia. She previously served as a school improvement consultant. Tom Whitby is former contributing Editor at SmartBrief, founder of #Edchat, Twitter-Using Educators, and NYSCATE Network.
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10 min
June 2, 2015
Homework: All or Nothing?
The Homework debate rages on with studies that support and refute its value. Is there a compromise or is homework an all or nothing proposition? Follow: @blairteach @tomwhitby@cybraryman1 @barrykid1 @bamradionetwork EdChat Archive: http://edchat.pbworks.com/ Barry Saide has taught 2nd, 3rd, and 5th grade in three different New Jersey school districts. He has been teaching for 13 years, the last 11 at Mount Prospect School in Bernards Township where he currently directs the Before/After School Care program. Saide has written and built curriculum in all subjects and been a grade-level leader. Nancy Blair has returned to public education as a middle school principal in Georgia. She previously served as a school improvement consultant. Jerry Blumengarten taught in the NYC public schools for 32 years, written educational materials. Also known as cybraryman.
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10 min
May 19, 2015
Professional Development: Do Teachers Learn Differently Than Students?
In this segment we explore the special learning needs of teachers and how this impacts professional development. Follow: @blairteach @tomwhitby @shiftparadigm @bamradionetwork EdChat Archive: http://edchat.pbworks.com/ Mark Weston Ph.D. has worked at all levels of the educational system — classroom, school, congress, US Dept of education, technology companies and universities. He's currently an Associate Dean at Georgia Tech and co-author, along with Alan Bain, of the Learning Edge – What Technology Can Do to Educate All Children. Nancy Blair has returned to public education as a middle school principal in Georgia. She previously served as a school improvement consultant.
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10 min
April 29, 2015
Faculty Meetings: The Good, The Bad, The Better
For many, school faculty meetings are a dreaded occupational hazard. In this segment we discuss several ways we can make staff meetings more productive, enriching and even enjoyable. Follow: @blairteach @tomwhitby @apgovme @bamradionetwork Rachel Murat has been teaching for 19 years at Maine-Endwell HS, which is located about 5 miles west of Binghamton, NY. She is teaching a flipped AP Gov class, US History, Economics, Digital Citizenship and Entrepreneurship. She is the Tech Integrator for the High School. Nancy Blair has returned to public education as a middle school principal in Georgia. She previously served as a school improvement consultant. Tom Whitby is former contributing Editor at SmartBrief, founder of #Edchat, Twitter-Using Educators, and NYSCATE Network.
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13 min
April 21, 2015
How Do We Determine What Education Innovations Are Really Effective?
We are now in an era of unprecedented innovation in education. Some of the innovations we're embracing are breathtaking breakthroughs in teaching and learning. Others are junk. How do we best determine which innovations are leaps forward and which are useless distractions? Follow: @blairteach @tomwhitby @bamradionetwork EdChat Archive: http://edchat.pbworks.com/
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11 min
April 14, 2015
New Teacher Retention: Why Do So Many Leave, What Can Be Done?
Around 50% of new teachers will leave the profession within the first five years. In this segment we go looking for causes and solutions. Follow: @shiftparadigm @wmchamberlain @tomwhitby @bamradionetwork EdChat Archive: http://edchat.pbworks.com/ Mark Weston Ph.D. has worked at all levels of the educational system — classroom, school, congress, US Dept of education, technology companies, and universities. He's currently an Associate Dean at Georgia Tech. William Chamberlain husband, father, and an educator. He teaches in the school he grew up in. Tom Whitby is contributing Editor at SmartBrief, founder of #Edchat, Twitter-Using Educators, and NYSCATE Network.
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11 min
March 31, 2015
Controlling Your Professional Development: Opportunities and Challenges
There are assorted new tools and opportunities available to personalize professional development. Many educators are buying in, many are not. Learn why some educators are so enthusiastic about controlling their professional development, while others remain disinterested. Follow: @hadleyjf @tomwhitby @blairteach @shiftparadigm @bamradionetwork EdChat Archive: http://edchat.pbworks.com/ Hadley Ferguson is the new Executive Director of the Edcamp Foundation. She is one of the Founding members of Edcamp Philly and the edcamp movement. She helped create the Foundation and has served on its Board since its creation, acting as the Board representative to the Public Relations Committee. Nancy Blair has returned to public education as a middle school principal in Georgia. She previously served as a school improvement consultant. Tom Whitby is contributing Editor at SmartBrief, founder of #Edchat, Twitter-Using Educators, and NYSCATE Network.
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12 min
March 24, 2015
Making Time to Reflect on Your Teaching: Why It Matters
In this segment we reflect on the critical role of reflection in the process of improving your teaching practice. Follow:@Principallovell @tomwhitby @blairteach @lookforsun @bamradionetwork EdChat Archive: http://edchat.pbworks.com/ Donna Reed Lovell is the Principal at Berea Community Middle and High School, a 6-12 school located in Berea, Kentucky. She received a Master’s in School Counseling from Eastern Kentucky University, as well as a second Masters in Educational Leadership. Nancy Blair has returned to public education as a middle school principal in Georgia. She previously served as a school improvement consultant. Mark Weston Ph.D. has worked at all levels of the educational system — classroom, school, congress, US Dept of education, technology companies, and universities. He's currently an Associate Dean at Georgia Tech and co-author, along with Alan Bain, of the "Learning Edge – What Technology can do to educate all children."
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11 min
March 17, 2015
Second Thoughts: What Does "Future Ready" Really Mean?
In this segment we discuss highlights from our Twitter #edchat on the general concept of preparing students for the future, along with the governments's Future Ready Initiative. Follow: @tomwhitby @blairteach @lookforsun @bamradionetwork Maureen Devlin is a fifth grade classroom teacher in the Boston metro area. She has been an elementary school teacher for 29 years. Prior to teaching she worked in marketing for a few years. Nancy Blair has returned to public education as a middle school principal in Georgia. She previously served as a school improvement consultant. Tom Whitby is contributing Editor at SmartBrief, founder of #Edchat, Twitter-Using Educators, and NYSCATE Network. EdChat Archive: http://edchat.pbworks.com/
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11 min
March 10, 2015
Five Requirements for Success with Blended and Online Teaching and Learning
What are the important distinctions between face to face and online learning? What is required for success in blended and online learning? What is required to prepare teachers? Tune in as we discuss. Follow: @tomwhitby @blairteach @dbuckedu @TOTALTeacher @bamradionetwork EdChat Archive: http://edchat.pbworks.com/ David Buck is an Associate Professor of English at Howard Community College in Columbia, MD, teaching composition and literature. From 2010-2014, he served as Director of eLearning. Leanna Prater, M.A. Ed., ia a District Technology Resource Teacher for Fayette County Public Schools in Lexington, KY where she conducts professional development and provides supports to educators in the area of instructional technology. Nancy Blair has returned to public education as a middle school principal in Georgia. She previously served as a school improvement consultant. Tom Whitby is contributing Editor at SmartBrief, founder of #Edchat, Twitter-Using Educators, and NYSCATE Network.
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11 min
March 3, 2015
How Do We Eliminate the Us Versus Them Between Stakeholders in Education?
At times we find that adversarial relationships in education undermine our ability to do what is in the best interest of students. In this week's edchat we talked about how to create better relationships between all stakeholders. Follow: @tomwhitby @Sciology @blairteach @bamradionetwork EdChat Archive: http://edchat.pbworks.com/ Brett Murrey graduated from Texas A&M-Commerce with a Bachelor's Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies and graduated from Lamar University with a Master's Degree in Educational Technology Leadership from Lamar University. He currently is teaching in Celeste ISD at the Celeste Jr. High campus, instructing 6th-8th graders on technology. Nancy Blair has returned to public education as a middle school principal in Georgia. She previously served as a school improvement consultant. Tom Whitby is contributing Editor at SmartBrief, founder of #Edchat, Twitter-Using Educators, and NYSCATE Network.
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11 min
February 26, 2015
How Do We Encourage Reflection Among Students and Teachers?
The power and benefit of reflection in the process of learning is generally accepted, but getting students and teachers to reflect is challenging. Our guests explore ways to make reflection happen. Follow: @tomwhitby @shiftparadigm @ktenkely @blairteach @bamradionetwork EdChat Archive: http://edchat.pbworks.com/ #edchat #edtech #Teachers Kelly Tenkely is an educational change maker. Kelly has been a teacher, technology integration specialist, educational consultant, prolific blogger, education reform conference organizer, and speaker. Most recently Kelly imagined a new model of education, one that is honoring to students as unique individuals. Kelly started a preschool through 8th grade school, Anastasis Academy, based on this model. Nancy Blair has returned to public education as a middle school principal in Georgia. She previously served as a school improvement consultant. Mark Weston Ph.D. has worked at all levels of the educational system — classroom, school, congress, US Dept of education, technology companies, and universities. He's currently an Associate Dean at Georgia Tech and co-author, along with Alan Bain, of the "Learning Edge – What Technology can do to educate all children".
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12 min
February 24, 2015
What Systemic Barriers Prevent Teachers From Being More Innovative?
In this segment we discuss the built-in restraints in our system of education that prevent educators from being innovative in how they teach. Follow: @tomwhitby @tbbrwn @blairteach @bamradionetwork EdChat Archive: http://edchat.pbworks.com/ #edchat #edtech #Teachers Tony Brown is a PHD student in educational technology studying teacher professional development at oklahoma state university! multi-time edcamper and lover of all things mac, music, and edtech. Nancy Blair has returned to public education as a middle school principal in Georgia. She previously served as a school improvement consultant. Tom Whitby is contributing Editor at SmartBrief, founder of #Edchat, Twitter-Using Educators, and NYSCATE Network.
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12 min
February 17, 2015
Five Ways to Rejuvenate Yourself and Stay Energized During the School Year
In this segment we discuss the highlights and takeaways from our #edchat discussion on how to stay energized during the entire school year. Follow: @geospiegs @wmchamberlain @blairteach @bamradionetwork EdChat Archive: http://edchat.pbworks.com Peter Spiegel is a 6th grade geography teacher and a 12 year veteran of the Newton Public School system in Newton, Massachusetts who recently moved to Maine and is currently working as a curriculum consultant and educational blog writer. William Chamberlain is a husband, father, and an educator. He teaches in the school he grew up in and wouldn't have it any other way. Nancy Blair has returned to public education as a middle school principal in Georgia. She previously served as a school improvement consultant.
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10 min
February 11, 2015
Myths That Need to Be Exposed to Move Education Forward
In this segment we review highlights and offer commentary on the lively 12/16/13 #Edchat discussing myths in education that may be hindering advancements in teaching and in learning. . Follow: @tomwhitby @dayankee @blairteach @bamradionetwork EdChat Archive: http://edchat.pbworks.com/ Don Eckert is a middle school English and social studies teacher in Webster Groves, MO. He has been using technology in class since he had access to his first set of Apple IIe computers in 1989 and has evolved his classroom as technology has evolved. Nancy Blair has returned to public education as a middle school principal in Georgia. She previously served as a school improvement consultant. Tom Whitby is contributing Editor at SmartBrief, and founder of #Edchat.
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11 min
February 3, 2015
How Can Teacher Observations Be More Constructive Than Punitive?
In this segment we review highlights and offer commentary on the lively #Edchat discussion on teacher observations. Follow: @tomwhitby @GATechTeach @blairteach @bamradionetwork EdChat Archive: http://edchat.pbworks.com/ Kate Matthews is a 24-year veteran teacher, she has 17 years of educational technology experience in the classroom, and now serves as Lead for the Instructional Technology Department of the Fayette County School System. Nancy Blair has returned to public education as a middle school principal in Georgia. She previously served as a school improvement consultant. Tom Whitby is contributing Editor at SmartBrief, and founder of #Edchat.
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11 min
January 13, 2015
How Can We More Closely Integrate Technology with Pedagogy?
Technology in education is still viewed as a separate topic. What will be required to bridge the chasm between technology as an add-on versus a closely integrated part of routine teaching practices? Follow: @andycinek @tomwhitby @blairteach @bamradionetwork EdChat Archive: http://edchat.pbworks.com/ Andrew Marcinek is the director of technology at Groton Dunstable Regional School District. He's also a blogger at Edutopia. Nancy Blair has returned to public education as a middle school principal in Georgia. She previously served as a school improvement consultant. Tom Whitby is contributing Editor at SmartBrief and founder of #Edchat.
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11 min
January 4, 2015
What Do You Believe is the Goal of Education? Is the Goal Changing?
There is considerable diversity about what the goal of education is today. Can the various perspectives be reconciled? What is your specific goal as an educator? Follow: @MrsDayNCVPS @tomwhitby @blairteach @bamradionetwork EdChat Archive: http://edchat.pbworks.com/ Jeni Day has been teaching science for 17 years, and have 4 years of online teaching experience with NCVPS (North Carolina Virtual Public School) as a teacher and, for the past 1.5 years, as an Instructional Leader / Coach. Tom Whitby is contributing Editor at SmartBrief, and founder of #Edchat. Nancy Blair has returned to public education as a middle school principal in Georgia. She previously served as a school improvement consultant.
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11 min
November 26, 2014
Ongoing Barriers to Success With BYOB
Bring your own device is not new to connected educators but much of the broader community is still in the dark. What are the remaining barriers? How do we resolve them? Follow:@iplante@s_bearden @spaul6414 @RossCoops31 @Katrinastevens1 @thomascmurray @ajpodchaski @bamradionetwork #edtechchat #edchat #edtech #PTchat Ross Cooper is an Elementary Assistant Principal in the Williamsport Area School District, and he taught for six years in the East Penn School District as a fourth grade teacher. Sandra Paul is the Chief Technology Officer of the Sayreville Public Schools in New Jersey. Sharon Plante is Director of Technology at Eagle Hill-Southport in Southport, CT.
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11 min
November 25, 2014
Dealing With Ineffective School Leadership
Being managed by an ineffective school leader can pose quite a dilemma. We explore solutions. Follow: @Karen_Mizell @tomwhitby @blairteach @bamradionetwork Edhcat Archive: http://edchat.pbworks.com/ Karen Mizell is a middle school science and reading teacher for 20 years. Finished an administrative add-on certification in April and also completed an administrative internship. Nancy Blair has returned to public education as a middle school principal in Georgia. She previously served as a school improvement consultant. Tom Whitby is contributing Editor at SmartBrief, founder of #Edchat, Twitter-Using Educators, and NYSCATE Network.
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11 min
November 20, 2014
Getting Over the Barriers to Creativity and Innovation in the Classroom
In this segment we explore what prevents creativity and Innovation in the classroom as well as solutions. Follow: @scottcapro @cybraryman @blairteach @bamradionetwork Scott Capro has been a classroom teacher for 14 years. He has taught every grade 2nd through 7th and is currently teaching at Bayshore Middle School in Middletown, NJ. Founder of The Breakfast Club – #BFC530 – a sparkchat. Jerry Blumengarten taught in the NYC public schools for 32 years, written educational materials. Also known as cybraryman. Nancy Blair has returned to public education as a middle school principal in Georgia. She previously served as a school improvement consultant. Edhcat Archive: http://edchat.pbworks.com/
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11 min
November 4, 2014
What Role Should Blogs Play in The Life of an Educator?
Increasing numbers of educators are embracing blogs. What are the benefits? Follow: @tomwhitby @blairteach @bamradionetwork Edhcat Archive: http://edchat.pbworks.com/ Patricia Russac and Mercer Hall are the co-founders of the American Society For Innovation Design in Education. They are both teachers at Buckley Country Day School, an independent K-8 school in Roslyn, New York. Tom Whitby is contributing Editor at SmartBrief, and founder of #Edchat. Nancy Blair is a school improvement consultant who frequently worked with the High Schools That Work and Making Middle Grades Work initiatives.
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11 min
October 28, 2014
Demystifying Formative Assessment and Grading
If formative assessment is about calibrating both teaching and learning, should formative assessment be graded? Follow:@tomwhitby @blairteach @ShiftParadigm @bamradionetwork Edhcat Archive: http://edchat.pbworks.com/ Mark Weston Ph.D. has worked at all levels of the educational system — classroom, school, congress, US Dept of education, technology companies, and universities. He's currently an Associate Dean at Georgia Tech. Nancy Blair has returned to public education as a middle school principal in Georgia. She previously served as a school improvement consultant with the High Schools That Work and Making Middle Grades Work initiatives of the Southern Regional Education Board. Tom Whitby is contributing Editor at SmartBrief, founder of #Edchat, Twitter-Using Educators, and NYSCATE Network.
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11 min
October 21, 2014
Conversations from the Leading Edge of Connected Education
In recognition of Connected Educator Month, the weekly #edchat was dedicated to the musings of long-time connected educators on the state of connected education. Follow:@tomwhitby @blairteach @/ShiftParadigm @bamradionetwork Edhcat Archive: http://edchat.pbworks.com/ Mark Weston Ph.D. has worked at all levels of the educational system — classroom, school, congress, US Dept of education, technology companies, and universities. He's currently an Associate Dean at Georgia Tech. Nancy Blair has returned to public education as a middle school principal in Georgia. She previously served as a school improvement consultant with the High Schools That Work and Making Middle Grades Work initiatives of the Southern Regional Education Board. Tom Whitby is contributing Editor at SmartBrief, founder of #Edchat, Twitter-Using Educators, and NYSCATE Network.
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11 min
October 14, 2014
What are the Pros and Cons of Collaboration as a Teaching Strategy?
Many now accept that collaboration among students in the classroom is superior to direct instruction. In this segment we explore the pros and cons? Follow:@tomwhitby @blairteach @DennisDill @bamradionetwork Edhcat Archive: http://edchat.pbworks.com/ Dennis Dill is art focused on all disciplines. Nancy Blair has returned to public education as a middle school principal in Georgia. She previously served as a school improvement consultant with the High Schools That Work and Making Middle Grades Work initiatives of the Southern Regional Education Board. Tom Whitby is contributing Editor at SmartBrief, founder of #Edchat, Twitter-Using Educators, and NYSCATE Network.
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9 min
September 17, 2014
Rearranged: How Should the Ideal Classroom Look?
There is a new trend that is driving both rethinking and redesign of classrooms. What is the ideal classroom design? Follow:@tomwhitby @blairteach @robpennington9 @bamradionetwork Edhcat Archive: http://edchat.pbworks.com/ Rob Pennington has been teaching social studies for 12 years. He taught for two years in New York City and now a 7th and 8th grade Social Studies teacher in Norwalk, CT at Roton Middle School. Nancy Blair has returned to public education as a middle school principal in Georgia. She previously served as a school improvement consultant with the High Schools That Work and Making Middle Grades Work initiatives of the Southern Regional Education Board. Tom Whitby is contributing Editor at SmartBrief, founder of #Edchat, Twitter-Using Educators, and NYSCATE Network.
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13 min
September 9, 2014
Separating Common Core from High Stakes Testing: Can It Be Done?
Is common core taking a hit when the problem is really assessment. Can the two be separated. We it discuss this week on Edchat Radio. Follow:@tomwhitby @blairteach @bamradionetwork Edhcat Archive: http://edchat.pbworks.com/ Nancy Blair has returned to public education as a middle school principal in Georgia. She previously served as a school improvement consultant with the High Schools That Work and Making Middle Grades Work initiatives of the Southern Regional Education Board. Tom Whitby is contributing Editor at SmartBrief, founder of #Edchat, Twitter-Using Educators, and NYSCATE Network.
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11 min
September 3, 2014
An Open Discussion on Race and Ethnicity in Teaching
Highlights from an eye-opening discussion on race and ethnicity in teaching from the weekly #edchat on Twitter. Follow:@tomwhitby @blairteach @rickylynne76 @bamradionetwork Edhcat Archive: Erica Speaks has an MA in Teaching and is National Board Certified. She has been a middle school educator since 2000. She currently teaches language arts at a multi-track year-round public middle school in North Carolina and writes a blog titled Teaching Speaks Volumes. Nancy Blair has returned to public education as a middle school principal in Georgia. She previously served as a school improvement consultant with the High Schools That Work and Making Middle Grades Work initiatives of the Southern Regional Education Board. Tom Whitby is contributing Editor at SmartBrief, founder of #Edchat, Twitter-Using Educators, and NYSCATE Network.
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10 min
August 26, 2014
What Should Be the Top Priorities of Education Reform?
Highlights from the #edchat discussion on education priorities. Follow:@tomwhitby @blairteach @/ShiftParadigm @cybraryman1 @bamradionetwork Edhcat Archive: http://edchat.pbworks.com/ Mark Weston Ph.D. has worked at all levels of the educational system — classroom, school, congress, US Dept of education, technology companies, and universities. He's currently an Associate Dean at Georgia Tech. Jerry Blumengarten taught in the NYC public schools for 32 years, written educational materials. Also known as cybraryman. Nancy Blair has returned to public education as a middle school principal in Georgia. She previously served as a school improvement consultant.
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10 min
August 19, 2014
What Are the Attributes of a Positive School Culture?
Highlights from the #edchat discussion on school culture. Follow:@tomwhitby @blairteach @bamradionetwork Edhcat Archive: http://edchat.pbworks.com/ Kaitlin Morgan is a World and US History teacher at Woodlake High School in CA. She strives to create a meaningful classroom experience through the integration of technology, CCSS standards, primary resources, and various engagement strategies. Nancy Blair has returned to public education as a middle school principal in Georgia. She previously served as a school improvement consultant with the High Schools That Work and Making Middle Grades Work initiatives of the Southern Regional Education Board. Tom Whitby is contributing Editor at SmartBrief, founder of #Edchat, Twitter-Using Educators, and NYSCATE Network.
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12 min
July 22, 2014
What is the Basic Infrastructure Needed for Innovative Teaching and Learning?
Highlights from a robust #edchat discussion on infrastructure required for innovative teaching and learning. Follow:@tomwhitby @blairteach @dayankee @wmchamberlain @bamradionetwork Don Eckert is a middle school English and social studies teacher in Webster Groves, MO. He has been using technology in class since access to his first set of Apple IIe computers in 1989. Nancy Blair has returned to public education as a middle school principal in Georgia. She previously served as a school improvement consultant. William Chamberlain is a husband, father, SS Teacher, Adjunct Professor, Blogfather, DEN Star, and EdChat Moderator.
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11 min
July 15, 2014
Can Authentic Learning Occur Within the Common Core?
There is some question around whether Common Core Standards conflict with authentic learning. Even our hosts have divided views. Tune is as we try to reconcile the divergent opinions. Follow:@tomwhitby @blairteach @missmorgan810 @bamradionetwork Edhcat Archive: http://edchat.pbworks.com/ Kaitlin Morgan is a World and US History teacher at Woodlake High School in CA. She strives to create a meaningful classroom experience through the integration of technology, CCSS standards, primary resources, and various engagement strategies. Nancy Blair is a school improvement consultant and cohost of Edchat. Tom Whitby is contributing Editor at SmartBrief, founder of #Edchat, Twitter-Using Educators, and NYSCATE Network.
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12 min
July 8, 2014
Second Thoughts on Why High Poverty Schools Struggle to Find Good Teachers
Poverty's impact on education is undeniable, but what are the specific factors keeping good teachers out of high poverty schools? Follow:@tomwhitby @blairteach @wmchamberlain @bamradionetwork Edhcat Archive: http://edchat.pbworks.com/ > William Chamberlain husband, father, and an educator. I teach in the school he grew up in. Nancy Blair is a school improvement consultant and cohost of Edchat. Tom Whitby is contributing Editor at SmartBrief, founder of #Edchat, Twitter-Using Educators, and NYSCATE Network.
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12 min
June 17, 2014
What Can the U.S. DOE Specifically Do to Make Positive Changes to Improve Education?
In this segment we look for ideas on specific initiatives the US Department of Education could launch or support improve education. Follow:@tomwhitby @blairteach @DrMattParker @bamradionetwork Edhcat Archive: http://edchat.pbworks.com/ Matt Parker worked in education for 18 years as a middle school teacher in Kansas City and principal in central Missouri. Began Tweeting and blogging in February of this year. Nancy Blair is a school improvement consultant and cohost of Edchat. Tom Whitby is contributing Editor at SmartBrief, founder of #Edchat, Twitter-Using Educators, and NYSCATE Network.
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11 min
June 10, 2014
How Can We Encourage Parent Involvement?
Parental engagement varies from school to school. I this segment we explore ways to create stronger collaboration between educators and parents. Follow:@tomwhitby @blairteach @amybrowns @bamradionetwork Edhcat Archive: http://edchat.pbworks.com/ Amy Brown is an energetic educator who is passionate about improving the education of America's youth. She's currently a literacy specialist at a suburban Chicago high school and loves going on adventures with her husband and two children. Nancy Blair is a school improvement consultant and cohost of Edchat. Tom Whitby is contributing Editor at SmartBrief, founder of #Edchat, Twitter-Using Educators, and NYSCATE Network.
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11 min
June 4, 2014
How Has Technology Specifically Affected Your Teaching?
This week we review the highlights on last week's edchat on the pros and cons of how technology is being applied in classrooms. Follow:@tomwhitby @blairteach @joeferro @KristinZiemke @bamradionetwork Edhcat Archive: http://edchat.pbworks.com Kristin Ziemke is a first grade teacher in Chicago and the co-author of Connecting Comprehension and Technology. An Apple Distinguished Educator, National Board Certified Teacher and Chicago's 2013 Tech Innovator of the Year, Kristin seeks opportunities to transform education through technology innovation. Joe Ferro is an eighth grade English and Student Government teacher at Lewis Middle School in San Diego, California. Nancy Blair is a school improvement consultant and cohost of Edchat. Tom Whitby is contributing Editor at SmartBrief, founder of #Edchat, Twitter-Using Educators, and NYSCATE Network.
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12 min
May 27, 2014
What is the District's Ideal Role in Teacher Professional Development?
This week we review the highlights on last week's edchat on professional development and the responsibility of the district. Follow:@tomwhitby @blairteach @turnerhj @wmchamberlain @bamradionetwork Edhcat Archive: http://edchat.pbworks.com/
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12 min
May 20, 2014
How is the Weekly Edchat Evolving?
This week we pull back from the actual topic of the week's edchat and look at how edchat is evolving as a venue for engaging educators. Follow:@tomwhitby @shiftparadigm This week we pull back from the actual topic of the week's edchat and look at how edchat is evolving as venue for engaging educators. Follow:@tomwhitby @shiftparadigm @wmchamberlain @bamradionetwork Edhcat Archive: http://edchat.pbworks.com/ Mark Weston Ph.D. has worked at all levels of the educational system — classroom, school, congress, US Dept of education, technology companies, and universities. He's currently an Associate Dean at Georgia Tech. William Chamberlain husband, father, and an educator. I teach in the school he grew up in. Tom Whitby is contributing Editor at SmartBrief, founder of #Edchat, Twitter-Using Educators @wmchamberlain @bamradionetwork Edhcat Archive: http://edchat.pbworks.com/ Mark Weston Ph.D. has worked at all levels of the educational system — classroom, school, congress, US Dept of education, technology companies, and universities. He's currently an Associate Dean at Georgia Tech. William Chamberlain husband, father, and an educator. I teach in the school he grew up in. Tom Whitby is contributing Editor at SmartBrief, founder of #Edchat, Twitter-Using Educators, and NYSCATE Network.
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11 min
May 13, 2014
The Resistance to Teaching With Technology, How to Break It Down
This week we discuss the highlights from the Edchat session on resistance to teaching with technology. What's behind it? Join us as we take a look and a swing at some solutions. Follow:@tomwhitby @shiftparadigm @wmchamberlain @bamradionetwork Edhcat Archive: http://edchat.pbworks.com/ Mark Weston Ph.D. has worked at all levels of the educational system — classroom, school, congress, US Dept of education, technology companies, and universities. He's currently an Associate Dean at Georgia Tech. William Chamberlain husband, father, and an educator. I teach in the school he grew up in. Tom Whitby is contributing Editor at SmartBrief, founder of #Edchat, Twitter-Using Educators, and NYSCATE Network.
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9 min
May 6, 2014
How Has Blogging Impacted Your teaching and Your Student's Learning?
This week we explore how blogging has had an impact on both teaching and learning. Follow:@tomwhitby @Blairteach @CoolChemGal @JayVeanCCSD @bamradionetwork Edhcat Archive: http://edchat.pbworks.com/ Jay Vean is District Technology and Learning Coach for Cherry Creek Schools just outside Denver, Colorado. Stacey Cool has taught Chemistry and AP Chemistry for the past 11 years in Merced, Los Angeles, Hong Kong, and Seattle. Nancy Blair is a school improvement consultant and cohost of Edchat. Tom Whitby is contributing Editor at SmartBrief, founder of #Edchat, Twitter-Using Educators, and NYSCATE Network.
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11 min
April 29, 2014
Where Are the Most Thoughtful Discussions on Education Reform Taking Place?
This week go in search of the most thoughtful discussions of pedagogy and methodology to change the education system. Follow:@tomwhitby @Blairteach @CoolChemGal @bamradionetwork Edhcat Archive: http://edchat.pbworks.com/ Stacey Cool has taught Chemistry and AP Chemistry for the past 11 years in Merced, Los Angeles, Hong Kong, and Seattle. She has been running a technology-rich classroom for 6 years and enjoys sharing her successes and failures with her PLN both in person and online. Nancy Blair is a school improvement consultant and cohost of Edchat. Tom Whitby is contributing Editor at SmartBrief, founder of #Edchat, Twitter-Using Educators, and NYSCATE Network.
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10 min
April 22, 2014
Six Policy Changes That Could Make a Big Difference in Schools
The question of the week was, what one school policy if changed, could make a big difference in student learning. Follow:@tomwhitby @Blairteach @DavidHochheiser @bamradionetwork Edhcat Archive: http://edchat.pbworks.com/ David Hochheiser is a career student literacy advocate, ELA teacher, building administrator, policy junkie, systems devotee and question asker from across the Northeast. Nancy Blair is a school improvement consultant and cohost of Edchat. Tom Whitby is contributing Editor at SmartBrief, founder of #Edchat, Twitter-Using Educators, and NYSCATE Network. @DavidHochheiser
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12 min
April 15, 2014
Professional Development: What's Working, What Needs to Be Improved
In this segment of Edchat Radio we visit the subject of professional development. This week we invited a teacher and an administrator to bring a broader perspective on this important discussion. Follow:@tomwhitby @Blairteach @jenpetras @BrianAlaback @bamradionetwork Edhcat Archive: http://edchat.pbworks.com/ Brian Alaback is the Principal at Brentwood Elementary Magnet Schoo in Pensacola, Florida. Jennifer Petras has been in education for over 13 years, an NBCT and the computer teacher/technology coordinator in a K-8 private school. Nancy Blair is a school improvement consultant and cohost of Edchat. Tom Whitby is contributing Editor at SmartBrief, founder of #Edchat, Twitter-Using Educators, and NYSCATE Network.
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12 min
April 8, 2014
How Can We Best Measure the Impact of Technology in Education?
In this episode we cover highlights of the 3/11/14 #edchat on charter schools and whether profits and children's education are compatible. Follow:@tomwhitby @Blairteach @wmchamberlain @bamradionetwork Mark Weston Ph.D. has worked at all levels of the educational system — classroom, school, congress, US Dept of education, technology companies, and universities. He's currently an Associate Dean at Georgia Tech. He is co-author, along with Alan Bain, of the "Learning Edge – What Technology can do to educate all children". His research involves using technology to mediate educational research and practice to dramatically increase the learning of all students and teacher's instructional quality. Nancy Blair is a school improvement consultant and cohost of Edchat. Tom Whitby is contributing Editor at SmartBrief, founder of #Edchat, Twitter-Using Educators, and NYSCATE Network.
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10 min
April 1, 2014
Charter Schools: For Children, for Profits or Both?
In this episode we cover highlights of the 3/11/14 #edchat on charter schools and whether profits and children's education are compatible. Follow:@tomwhitby @Blairteach @wmchamberlain @bamradionetwork Edhcat Archive: http://edchat.pbworks.com/ William. Chamberlain is husband, father, and an educator. He teaches in the school he grew up in and wouldn't have it any other way. Nancy Blair is a school improvement consultant and cohost of Edchat. Jerry Blumengarten taught for 30 years as a teacher librarian for the New York City School System. Tom Whitby is contributing Editor at SmartBrief, founder of #Edchat, Twitter-Using Educators, and NYSCATE Network.
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12 min
March 25, 2014
Voluntary Versus Forced Collaboration: How to Promote Authentic Collaboration in Schools
In this episode we cover highlights of the 3/18/14 #edchat on how to promote a spirit of authentic collaboration in schools. Follow:@tomwhitby Blairteach @donald_gately @bamradionetwork Edhcat Archive: http://edchat.pbworks.com/ Don Gately is the principal at Jericho Middle School on Long island in New York. Jericho Middle School has a comprehensive school-wide program to develop academic and social emotional literacy; the school was named a New York State/National School to Watch in 2009 by the National Forum to Accelerate Middle Level Reform. Nancy Blair is a school improvement consultant and cohost of Edchat. Jerry Blumengarten taught for 30 years as a teacher librarian for the New York City School System. Tom Whitby is contributing Editor at SmartBrief, founder of #Edchat, Twitter-Using Educators, and NYSCATE Network.
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12 min
March 18, 2014
Will PBL and Authentic Learning Ever Displace Direct Instruction?
In this episode we cover highlights of the 3/11/14 #edchat on the tension between project -based authentic learning and direct instruction. Follow:@mssackstein @Blairteach @Cybraryman1 @bamradionetwork Edhcat Archive: http://edchat.pbworks.com/ Starr Sackstein, High school educator, author, reformer, recovering perfectionist, Starr Sackstein leads by example both in the classroom and on the internets. Nancy Blair is a school improvement consultant and cohost of Edchat. Jerry Blumengarten taught for 30 years as a teacher librarian for the New York City School System.
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11 min
March 4, 2014
Our Grade Level System: Is It Time For a New Approach? If So, What?
Our current grade level system was created in another time for another era. In this segment of Edchat Radio, we rethink grade levels and explore what the ideal system would be today. Follow:@web20classroom @jodimos,@Digin4ed @tomwhitby @bamradionetwork Edhcat Archive: http://edchat.pbworks.com Jodi Moskowitz is a National Board Certified Teacher who works as an assistant principal who for Fulton County Schools in Atlanta. Terry Eberhart is an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Economics in Rochester, NY, the executive director of SMCEDU (the education connection project of the Social Media Clubs global operations), and the Social Media Manager for COTAfpt. Steven W. Anderson, speaker and the Director of Instructional Technology for the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools in Winston-Salem, NC.
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12 min
February 25, 2014
Education Technology: Distraction? Attraction? Changing Views
Many educators see much of the emerging education technology as a distraction from learning, versus and asset. To those convinced that ed tech is indeed beneficial, the challenge has often been convincing the nonbelievers. In this segment we talk about how to persuade the unconvinced. Follow:@tomwhitby @KAS1L @blairteach @bamradionetwork Edhcat Archive: http://edchat.pbworks.com/ Katrina Spicer-Lindquist is in her 10th year of teaching, teaching 6-9 geography and history at a k-9 day and boarding school in rural Western Massachusetts;a classroom innovator & teacher leader. Nancy Blair is a school improvement consultant and cohost of Edchat. Tom Whitby is contributing Editor at SmartBrief, founder of #Edchat, Twitter-Using Educators, and NYSCATE Network.
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11 min
February 18, 2014
Building Collaboration and Reflection Time Into the School Day
In this segment we discuss highlights and offer commentary on the 2/4/14 Edchat about including collaboration and reflection time during the school day. Follow:@tomwhitby @4BetterEducatio @blairteach @bamradionetwork Edhcat Archive: http://edchat.pbworks.com/ Scott Totten is a K-4 Music teacher in NJ who is passionate about creativity, authentic learning, music, professional development, and any space he can find where those ideas interact. Nancy Blair is a school improvement consultant and cohost of Edchat. Tom Whitby is contributing Editor at SmartBrief, founder of #Edchat, Twitter-Using Educators, and NYSCATE Network.
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11 min
February 11, 2014
Keys to Authentic Learning In a Climate of Standardized Testing
Ask your students to tackle real-life challenges and solve real-world problems. This is part of the process of authentic learning as discussed in the highlights of the 1/28/14 Edchat. Follow:@cybraryman1 @sstorm01 @blairteach @bamradionetwork Edhcat Archive: http://edchat.pbworks.com/ Shawn Storm is a 6th grade social studies teacher in the Quakertown Community School District. His students were recently recognized with an Edublog Award for Best Use of Video and Media. Nancy Blair is a school improvement consultant and cohost of Edchat. Jerry Blumengarten began his journey over 30 years ago as a teacher of grades 6 to 9 and a teacher librarian for the New York City School System.
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9 min
January 28, 2014
Overcoming Student and Teacher Pushback on Student-Centric Learning
In this segment we discuss highlights of the 1/21/14 Edchat on strategies for encouraging student-centric learning. Follow:@tomwhitby @andycinek @blairteach @bamradionetwork Edhcat Archive: http://edchat.pbworks.com/ Andy Marcinek is the director of technology at Groton Dunstable regional school District. Nancy Blair is a school improvement consultant and cohost of Edchat. Tom Whitby is contributing Editor at SmartBrief, founder of #Edchat, Twitter-Using Educators, and NYSCATE Network.
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11 min
January 22, 2014
Thought Leadership: The Meaning, the Process, the Value
In this segment we discuss highlights of the 1/14/14 Edchat on thought leadership and where to turn for influential Ideas. Follow:@tomwhitby @Pen63 @blairteach @bamradionetwork Edhcat Archive: http://edchat.pbworks.com/ Penny Christenson is a Middle grades teacher from Florida, Georgia and Michigan since 1998. She has been an eLearning Specialist since 2009. Nancy Blair is a school improvement consultant and cohost of Edchat. Tom Whitby is contributing Editor at SmartBrief, founder of #Edchat, Twitter-Using Educators, and NYSCATE Network.
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9 min
January 14, 2014
Strategies for Encouraging the Adoption of Education Technology
In this segment we review highlights and offer commentary on the 1/17/14 #Edchat about driving adoption of education technology. Follow:@tomwhitby @blairteach @ashleighbuie @bamradionetwork Edhcat Archive: http://edchat.pbworks.com/ Ashleigh Buie in her 6th year teaching at Hamlet Middle School in Hamlet NC. her passion is Social Studies, which she is currently teaching 7th grade, but I am also certified to teach English language arts. Twitter id: @ashleighbuie Nancy Blair is a school improvement consultant and cohost of Edchat. Tom Whitby is contributing Editor at SmartBrief, founder of #Edchat, Twitter-Using Educators, and NYSCATE Network.
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11 min
January 7, 2014
A Candid Discussion about the Realities of Inclusion Programs
In this segment we follow up on the 12/17/13 #Edchat in which the sensitive topic of the efficacy of inclusion programs was evaluated and discussed. Tom Whitby is contributing Editor at SmartBrief, founder of #Edchat, Twitter-Using Educators, and NYSCATE Network. Steven W. Anderson, @web20classroom, is the Director of Instructional Technology for the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools in Winston-Salem, NC. He also regularly travels the country talking to schools and districts about the use of Social Media in the classroom. Twitterer of The Year Award. In 2012 he was named an ASCD Emerging Leader, recognizing young, talented educational leaders in their field.
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10 min
December 17, 2013
Should Administrators be Expected to Demonstrate and Maintain Teaching Skills?
In this segment we follow up on the lively 12/3/13 #Edchat on whether administrators as, lead learners, should keep one foot in the classroom. Follow:@Blairteach, @barrykid1, @averyteach,@blairconsult @bamradionetwork Edhcat Archive: http://edchat.pbworks.com/ Barry Saide has been teaching for 13 years. He currently directs a Before/After School Care program. Janet L. Avery is a former MS principal and recovering English teacher. Currently a Director of Curriculum and Instruction. Nancy Blair is a school improvement consultant and cohost of Edchat. Tom Whitby is contributing Editor at SmartBrief, founder of #Edchat, Twitter-Using Educators, and NYSCATE Network.
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11 min
December 10, 2013
Managing the Tension Between Mastery, Common Standards and Individualization
In this segment from the 11/26/13 #Edchat, we explore the concept of mastery and how it fits in an education system preoccupied with common standards. Follow:@Blairteach, @web20classroom @ktenkley @bamradionetwork Edhcat Archive: http://edchat.pbworks.com/ Kelly Tenkely is an educational change maker. She a teacher, technology integration specialist, consultant and education reform conference organizer. Steven Anderson is an educator, #Edchat Co-Creator, ASCD Emerging Leader and one the Top 50 Innovators in Education. Nancy Blair is a school improvement consultant who frequently worked with the High Schools That Work and Making Middle Grades Work initiatives.
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11 min
December 3, 2013
Is Fear of Technology Still a Barrier to Collaboration?
In this segment from the 11/19/13 #Edchat, we explore whether fear or the perception that some new technology is unnecessary, that is a barrier to adoption with many educators. Follow:@Blairconsult, @web20classroom @jenpetras @tomwhitby @bamradionetwork Edhcat Archive: http://edchat.pbworks.com/ Jen Petras is the computer teacher/technology coordinator in a K-8 private school, adjunct instructor at Cleveland State University. Steven Anderson is an educator, #Edchat Co-Creator, ASCD Emerging Leader and one the Top 50 Innovators in Education. Nancy Blair is a school improvement consultant who frequently worked with the High Schools That Work and Making Middle Grades Work initiatives.
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11 min
November 19, 2013
Why So Many Teachers Are Bailing Out: Hidden Causes, and Remedies
In this segment from the 11/12/13 #Edchat, we explore the hidden reasons why half of new teachers prematurely leave the profession and discuss the implications. Follow:@Blairconsult, @@mikevigilant @tomwhitby @bamradionetwork Edhcat Archive: http://edchat.pbworks.com/ Mike Vigilant is the technology coordinator at a middle school proudly serving over 1,100 students in Gwinnett County, Georgia. Nancy Blair, is a school improvement consultant who frequently worked with the High Schools That Work and Making Middle Grades Work initiatives. Tom Whitby is contributing Editor at SmartBrief, founder of #Edchat, Twitter-Using Educators, and NYSCATE Network.
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13 min
November 12, 2013
Student-Centric Teaching: Benefits, Barriers, Best Practices
In this segment from the 11/05/13 #Edchat, we put a spotlight in student centered teaching and examine what is required to make it work. Follow:@DennisDill, @EurekaTeacher @tomwhitby @bamradionetwork Edhcat Archive: http://edchat.pbworks.com/ Dennis Dill is a Social Studies teacher for 12 years at McKeel Academy of Technology in Lakeland, Florida. Kay Stephen is an award winning secondary school science teacher in Ottawa, Canada. She is dedicated to inquiry-based learning because of the excitement and critical thinking skills it inspires in her students. Tom Whitby is contributing Editor at SmartBrief, founder of #Edchat,Twitter-Using Educators, and NYSCATE Network.
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11 min
November 5, 2013
Our Tech, Your Tech, No Tech: What Teachers Want in Classrooms
BYOD, one to one, or none? In this segment from the 10/29/13 #Edchat, teachers discuss their classroom technology preferences. Follow:@blairteach @cybraryman1 @edguy199 @bamradionetwork Larry Walsh is a high school principal in New England. F Jerry Blumengarten began his journey over 30 years ago as a teacher of grades 6 to 9 and a teacher librarian for the New York City School System. Nancy Blair is a school improvement consultant who frequently worked with the High Schools That Work and Making Middle Grades Work initiatives.
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11 min
October 22, 2013
Why Are Edcamps Preferred by Many Over Traditional Professional Development?
In this segment from the 10/15/13 #Edchat, we discuss the growing popularity of Edcamps. Follow:@blairteach @web20classroom @dancallahan @bamradionetwork Edhcat Archive: http://edchat.pbworks.com/ Dan Callahan is an Instructional technology Specialist, Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Edcamp Foundation, and a graduate professor. Steve Anderson is an educator, #Edchat Co-Creator, ASCD Emerging Leader and one the Top 50 Innovators in Education. Nancy Blair is a school improvement consultant who frequently worked with the High Schools That Work and Making Middle Grades Work initiatives.
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11 min
October 15, 2013
Faculty Meetings: Yes There is a Better Way, Start Here...
In this segment from the 10/0/13 #Edchat,we discuss how to move faculty meetings from "ho hum" to "ah ha!" Follow:@blairteach, @tomwhitby @thomascmurray @bamradionetwork Edhcat Archive: http://edchat.pbworks.com/
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11 min
October 8, 2013
Homework: Why Are We Ignoring the Data?
In this segment from the 9/24/13 #Edchat,we discuss why homework is still an issue in tha face of all the data that suggests it's of marginal value at best. Follow:@blairteach, @tomwhitby @andycinek @bamradionetwork Edhcat Archive: http://edchat.pbworks.com/ Andrew Marcinek is the director of technology at Groton Dunstable regional school District. He's also a blogger at Edutopoa @andycinek. Nancy Blair @blairconsult is a school improvement consultant who frequently worked with the High Schools That Work and Making Middle Grades Work initiatives. Tom Whitby is contributing Editor at SmartBrief, founder of #Edchat,Twitter-Using Educators, and NYSCATE Network.
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12 min
October 1, 2013
Teaching Students in Poverty
In this segment from the 9/10/13 #Edchat, we look impact of poverty on what goes on in the classroom. Follow:@blairteach, @tomwhitby @rafranzdavis @bamradionetwork Edhcat Archive: http://edchat.pbworks.com/ Rafranz Davis is an instructional technology specialist and math educator in Texas. Nancy Blair is a school improvement consultant who frequently worked with the High Schools That Work and Making Middle Grades Work initiatives. Tom Whitby is contributing Editor at SmartBrief, founder of #Edchat,Twitter-Using Educators, and NYSCATE Network.
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12 min
September 17, 2013
Tweaking the School Schedule to Improve Learning
In this segment from the 9/03/13 #Edchat, we look at changes to the school day that have the potential to enhance student achievement. Follow:@blairteach, @tomwhitby @robert_schuetz @bamradionetwork Edhcat Archive: http://edchat.pbworks.com/ Robert "Bob Schuetz is a National Board Certified Teacher with 23 years of service and is currently technology coordinator at Palta HIghschool, suburban Chicago. Tom Whitby is contributing Editor at SmartBrief, founder of #Edchat,Twitter-Using Educators, and NYSCATE Network. Nancy Blair @blairconsult is a school improvement consultant who frequently worked with the High Schools That Work and Making Middle Grades Work initiatives.
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10 min
September 10, 2013
What Is the Perfect Learning Space? Rethinking Classroom Design
In this segment from the 8/27/13 #Edchat, we explore the challenges of creating the ideal learning space. Follow:@blairteach, @tomwhitby @theasidblog @bamradionetwork Edhcat Archive: http://edchat.pbworks.com/ Patricia Russac and Mercer Hall are the co-founders of the American Society For Innovation Design in Education. They are both teachers at Buckley Country Day School, an independent K-8 school in Roslyn, New York. Tom Whitby is contributing Editor at SmartBrief, and founder of #Edchat. Nancy Blair @blairconsult is a school improvement consultant who frequently worked with the High Schools That Work and Making Middle Grades Work initiatives.
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11 min
September 3, 2013
Collaboration: Sounds Greats, But... Making It Work in Practice
In this segment from the 8/20/13 #Edchat we explore the challenges of making collaboration work in practice. Follow:@blairteach, @tomwhitby @web20classroom @bamradionetwork Edhcat Archive: http://edchat.pbworks.com/ Edhcat Archive: http://edchat.pbworks.com/ Steve Anderson is an educator, #Edchat Co-Creator, ASCD Emerging Leader and one the Top 50 Innovators in Education. Tom Whitby is contributing Editor at SmartBrief, founder of #Edchat,Twitter-Using Educators, and NYSCATE Network. Nancy Blair is a school improvement consultant who frequently worked with the High Schools That Work and Making Middle Grades Work initiatives.
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11 min
August 27, 2013
Game-Based Learning: Benefits and Pitfalls
Tune in to highlights and commentary from the 6/25/13 #Edchat on game-based learning. What you need to know to make the gamification of learning work for you. Follow:@blairteach, @tomwhitby @betamiller @bamradionetwork Edhcat Archive: http://edchat.pbworks.com/ Andrew Miller, host of Ed Got Game on BAM Radio Network, is an educational consultant who supports teachers in their professional learning through writing and workshops, including game based learning. Nancy Blair is a school improvement consultant who frequently worked with the High Schools That Work. Tom Whitby is contributing Editor at SmartBrief, founder of #Edchat,Twitter-Using Educators, and NYSCATE Network.
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12 min
August 20, 2013
What Will You Do Differently This Upcoming School Year?
Tune in to highlights and commentary from the 8/13/13 evening #Edchat on new plans for the approaching school year. Follow:@blairteach, @tomwhitby @TechyiGina @bamradionetwork Edhcat Archive: http://edchat.pbworks.com/ Gina Powell is the Instructional Technology Resource Teacher for Essex County Public Schools in Tappahannock, VA. Prior to that she was Library Media Specialist and was the York County Library Media Specialist of the Year in 2006. Nancy Blair, @blairteach, is a school improvement consultant who frequently worked with the High Schools That Work. Tom Whitby, @tomwhitby, is contributing Editor at SmartBrief, founder of #Edchat,Twitter-Using Educators, and NYSCATE Network.
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11 min
August 13, 2013
Will Common Core Encourage or Stifle Creativity and Innovation?
Tune in to highlights and commentary from the 7/16/13 evening #Edchat on common core and its impact on creativity and innovation. Follow:@blairteach, @tomwhitby @nancyW @bamradionetwork Dr. Nancy White is the 21st Century Learning & Innovation Specialist for Academy School District 20 in Colorado Springs. Nancy Blairis a school improvement consultant who frequently worked with the High Schools That Work. Tom Whitby is contributing Editor at SmartBrief, founder of #Edchat, Twitter-Using Educators, and NYSCATE Network.
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11 min
August 6, 2013
Clarifying the Differences Between Formative Assessment, Summative Assessment and Grading
Tune in to highlights and commentary from the 7/30/13 evening #Edchat on Assessments and grading. Follow:@blairteach, @tomwhitby @shyj @bamradionetwork Julie Szaj has been an educator for 23 years. She is now with eMINTS National Center as an instructional specialist. Nancy Blair is a school improvement consultant who frequently worked with the High Schools That Work. Tom Whitby is contributing Editor at SmartBrief, founder of #Edchat,Twitter-Using Educators, and NYSCATE Network.
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11 min
July 23, 2013
Is Being "Connected" Actually Improving Education?
Tune in to highlights and commentary from the 7/9/13 evening #Edchat on whether being connected is having an impact in education at the systemic level. Follow:@blairteach, @tomwhitby @justintarte @bamradionetwork Dr. Justin Tarte is the Director of Curriculum & Support Services in the Union R-XI School District in Union, MO. Nancy Blairis a school improvement consultant who frequently worked with the High Schools That Work. Tom Whitby is contributing Editor at SmartBrief, founder of #Edchat,Twitter-Using Educators, and NYSCATE Network.
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11 min
July 16, 2013
Education Conference Trends: What's Working, What's Not?
Tune in to highlights and commentary from the 7/9/13 #Edchat on the trends in education conferences and the challenges in meeting diverse needs. Follow:@blairteach, @tomwhitby @JimTiffinJr @bamradionetwork Jim Tiffin Jr. is the Director of Academic Technology for The Harley School in western New York. In addition to attending and presenting at a number of different educational conferences, he's also been privileged enough to be on the planning boards for a variety of them as well. Nancy Blair is a school improvement consultant who frequently worked with the High Schools That Work. Tom Whitby is contributing Editor at SmartBrief, founder of #Edchat,Twitter-Using Educators, and NYSCATE Network.
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12 min
July 9, 2013
Selling the Education Value of Twitter to the UNconnected
Tune in to highlights and commentary from the 6/18/13 #Edchat on the challenges of getting unconnected educators involved on Twitter. Follow:@blairteach, @tomwhitby @sjunkins @bamradionetwork Sean Junkins currently works as a Technology Integration Specialist in Horry County Schools in Myrtle Beach, SC. He is an Apple Distinguished Educator and a Google Certified Teacher. Nancy Blair is a school improvement consultant who frequently worked with the High Schools That Work. Tom Whitby is contributing Editor at SmartBrief, founder of #Edchat,Twitter-Using Educators, and NYSCATE Network.
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10 min
July 2, 2013
Differentiation: How Well Are Teachers Trained, Supported and Equipped?
Tune in to highlights and commentary from the 6/11/13 #Edchat on the challenges of differentiating instruction. Follow:@blairteach, @tomwhitby @MrStaubSTEM @bamradionetwork Justin Staub is a Social Studies teacher and building technology leader at the Downingtown STEM Academy, an International Baccalaureate world school with a 1:1 Macbook Program. Twitter @MrStaubSTEM / blog drstaub.wordpress.com. Nancy Blair is a school improvement consultant who frequently worked with the High Schools That Work. Tom Whitby is contributing Editor at SmartBrief, founder of #Edchat,Twitter-Using Educators, and NYSCATE Network.
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10 min
June 25, 2013
Catch 22: Teach Critical Thinking, But Don't Do it Well
Our guest this week points out that teaching critical thinking can be dangerous. Tune in to highlights and commentary from the 5/28/13 #Edchat on the challenges of teaching critical thinking. Follow:@blairteach, @tomwhitby @edrethink @bamradionetwork John Spencer is currently a sixth grade ELL teacher in a low-income urban school in Phoenix, Arizona. He blogs regularly at Education Rethink, writes a column for Kappan magazine and has written several books, including A Sustainable Start and Pencil Me In. Nancy Blair is a school improvement consultant who frequently worked with the High Schools That Work. Tom Whitby is contributing Editor at SmartBrief, founder of #Edchat,Twitter-Using Educators, and NYSCATE Network.
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11 min
June 18, 2013
Nontraditional Summertime Professional Development
Highlights and commentary from the 6/4/13 #Edchat on the creative creative uses of the summer break. Follow:@blairteach, @tomwhitby @fredende @doccarpenter @bamradionetwork Dr. Joe Mazza (@Joe_Mazza) is lead learner at @KnappElementary in suburban Philadelphia. His recent dissertation study focused on social media’s impact on home-school partnerships. He co-hosts #PTchat (Parent-Teacher Chat). His blog, eFACE Today, is aimed to share global innovative family engagement ideas for schools, educators and parents. Nancy Blair is a school improvement consultant who frequently worked with the High Schools That Work. Tom Whitby is contributing Editor at SmartBrief, founder of #Edchat,Twitter-Using Educators, and NYSCATE Network.
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9 min
June 11, 2013
The New Rules of Engagement: Reinventing Parental Involvement
Highlights and commentary from the 5/14/13 #Edchat on the creative new ways to get parents involved in the education process. Follow:@blairteach, @tomwhitby @Joe_Mazza @bamradionetwork Dr. Joe Mazza (@Joe_Mazza) is lead learner at @KnappElementary in suburban Philadelphia. His recent dissertation study focused on social media’s impact on home-school partnerships. He co-hosts #PTchat (Parent-Teacher Chat). His blog, eFACE Today, is aimed to share global innovative family engagement ideas for schools, educators and parents. Nancy Blair is a school improvement consultant who frequently worked with the High Schools That Work. Tom Whitby is contributing Editor at SmartBrief, founder of #Edchat,Twitter-Using Educators, and NYSCATE Network.
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11 min
June 4, 2013
Conflicts of Interest: Carving out Time for Genius Hour on the Way to Common Core
Highlights and commentary from the 5/21/13 #Edchat on the Genius Hour and the challenge of balancing student-directed learning with the mandates of the common core curriculum. Follow:@blairteach, @tomwhitby @angelamaiers @bamradionetwork Angela Maiers, teacher educator, author and consultant, has spent the past 22 years working to help learners of all ages succeed by recognizing their power as readers, writers, and global communicators. She is an active blogger and social media evangelist. Her cause is called You Matter @angelamaiers. Nancy Blair is a school improvement consultant who frequently worked with the High Schools That Work. Tom Whitby is contributing Editor at SmartBrief, founder of #Edchat,Twitter-Using Educators, and NYSCATE Network.
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11 min
May 28, 2013
Breaking Barriers - School Admins Tear Down That Wall: Breaking Through the Barriers to Social Media in Schools
whether the use of social media and technology are gaining acceptance in schools and how to tear down the remaining walls. Follow:@blairteach, @tomwhitby @TkraZ @bamradionetwork Tom Krawczewicz has taught literature and computer science courses at DeMatha High School. He has always sought to incorporate technology into the education process and has presented his experiences and insight at a number of conferences. Nancy Blair is a school improvement consultant who frequently worked with the High Schools That Work. Tom Whitby is contributing Editor at SmartBrief, founder of #Edchat,Twitter-Using Educators, and NYSCATE Network.
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10 min
May 21, 2013
Do Kids Really Lose Their Early Love of Learning, Or...?
Highlights and commentary from the 5/7/13 #Edchat on the apparent loss of curiousity and desire to learn by time students get to middle school. Follow:@blairteach, @tomwhitby @MRstaubstem @bamradionetwork Justin Staub is a Social Studies teacher and building technology leader at the Downingtown STEM Academy, an International Baccalaureate world school with a 1:1 Macbook Program. Aside from teaching, Justin is finishing his doctoral degree in Educational Leadership / Educational Technology. Nancy Blair is a school improvement consultant who frequently worked with the High Schools That Work. Tom Whitby is contributing Editor at SmartBrief, founder of #Edchat,Twitter-Using Educators, and NYSCATE Network.
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11 min
May 15, 2013
What Makes a School Culture Good, Bad or Ugly?
Highlights and commentary from the 4/30/13 #Edchat on the role of school culture and what drives it. Follow:@blairteach, @tomwhitby @katrinastevens1 @bamradionetwork Katrina Stevens, a former teacher and administrator, is an education consultant with the Tuscany Group (@katrinastevens1). Nancy Blair is a school improvement consultant who frequently worked with the High Schools That Work. Tom Whitby is contributing Editor at SmartBrief, founder of #Edchat,Twitter-Using Educators, and NYSCATE Network.
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12 min
April 30, 2013
Do You Have to Be a Hyper-Connected to Be a Quality Educator?
Most people who participate in Edchats agree on the power of being connected, but do you have to be a hyper-connected educator in order to be a quality educator? Highlights and commentary from the 4/23/13 #Edchat. Follow:@blairteach,@stumpteacher @tomwhitby @web20classroom @bamradionetwork Josh Stumpenhorst, award winning teacher, is a junior high Language Arts and Social Science teacher (@stumpteacher), and Josh is an active blogger (stumpteacher.blogspot.com). Nancy Blair is a school improvement consultant who frequently worked with the High Schools That Work and Making Middle Grades Work initiatives. Tom Whitby is contributing Editor at SmartBrief, founder of #Edchat,Twitter-Using Educators, and NYSCATE Network. Steve Anderson is an educator, #Edchat Co-Creator, ASCD Emerging Leader and one the Top 50 Innovators in Education.
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12 min
April 23, 2013
What the Flip?: Mixed Up and Flipping Out on Flipped Classrooms
This week's EdChat Radio segment revealed an exceptionally mixed set of views on flipping the classroom. Is flipping the classroom flawed pedagogy, a passing hot trend or a viable, compelling, and sustainable new approach to instruction? We pose tough questions to Jon Bergmann, one of the pioneers in the Flipped Class Movement. Follow:@blairteach, @tomwhitby @jonbergmann @bamradionetwork Jon Bergmann, one of the pioneers in the Flipped Class Movement. He co-wrote the book on the Flipped Classroom. He received the Presidential Award for Excellence for Math and Science Teaching in 2002 and is a co-founder of the Flipped Learning Network. Tom Whitby is contributing Editor at SmartBrief, founder of #Edchat,Twitter-Using Educators, and NYSCATE Network. Nancy Blair is a school improvement consultant who frequently worked with the High Schools That Work and Making Middle Grades Work initiatives.
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13 min
April 16, 2013
Schools: A Place for Teaching Versus a Place for Learning
When schools are viewed as places for teaching the emphasis is on content delivery. When schools are viewed as places for learning, content creation becomes a priority. This week we discuss putting content creation at the center of learning. Highlights and commentary from the 4/19/13 #Edchat Follow:@blairteach,@wmchamberlain @tomwhitby @lookforsun @bamradionetwork William Chamberlain is an educator and teaches in the school he grew up in and wouldn't have it any other way. Maureen Devlin has been an elementary school teacher for 27 years in the Wayland Public Schools in Wayland, Massachusetts. Tom Whitby is contributing Editor at SmartBrief, founder of #Edchat,Twitter-Using Educators, and NYSCATE Network. Nancy Blair is a school improvement consultant who frequently worked with the High Schools That Work and Making Middle Grades Work initiatives.
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13 min
April 9, 2013
What if Teacher Evaluations Were Tied to....?
This week we discuss tying teacher evaluations to student's standardized test scores. Highlights and commentary from the 4/12/13 #Edchat Follow:@blairteach,@web20classroom @tomwhitby @bamradionetwork Follow:@blairteach, @markbarns19 @thomwhitby @bamradionetwork Steve Anderson is an educator, #Edchat Co-Creator, ASCD Emerging Leader and one the Top 50 Innovators in Education. Tom Whitby is contributing Editor at SmartBrief, founder of #Edchat,Twitter-Using Educators, and NYSCATE Network. Nancy Blair is a school improvement consultant who frequently worked with the High Schools That Work and Making Middle Grades Work initiatives.
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13 min
April 5, 2013
It's About The Learning, It's Not About the Grades, Right?
Most educators agree that education is all about the learning and not the grades. However, the messages we give students and the expectations of parents suggest that grades are indeed the name of the game. How do we change this? Highlights and commentary from the 3/12 Edchat. Follow:@blairteach, @markbarns19 @thomwhitby @bamradionetwork Mark Barnes is a 20-year classroom teacher, education consultant and author of Role Reversal: Achieving Uncommonly Excellent Results in the Student-Centered Classroom (www.markbarnes19.com). Tom Whitby is contributing Editor at SmartBrief, founder of #Edchat,Twitter-Using Educators, and NYSCATE Network. Nancy Blair is a school improvement consultant who frequently worked with the High Schools That Work and Making Middle Grades Work initiatives.
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12 min
April 2, 2013
Can Smackdowns, Food Fest or Flipping Produce Faculty Meetings Teachers Love?
A vibrant discussion on ways to turn around the dreaded faculty meeting. Highlights and commentary from the 3/26 Edchat. Follow:@blairteach, @thomascmurray @cybraryman1 @bamradionetwork Tom Murray serves as the Director of Technology and Cyber Education for the Quakertown Community School District in Bucks County, Pa. Tom is a former middle school assistant and elementary school principal. Nancy Blair is a school improvement consultant who frequently worked with the high schools that work and making middle grades work initiatives. Jerry Blumengarten taught for 32 years at inner city NY school.
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12 min
March 26, 2013
Being an Effective Education Leader
Highlights and commentary from the 3/5 Edchat about the qualities of an effective education leader Follow:@blairteach,@venspired @cybraryman1 @bamradionetwork Krissy Venosdale teaches 3-6 grade gifted education in a small town south of St. Louis. She's continuously striving to provide a learning environment filled with creativity, real-world experiences, and problem solving. www.venspired.com Nancy Blair is a school improvement consultant who frequently worked with the high schools that work and making middle grades work initiatives. Jerry Blumengarten taught for 32 years at inner city NY school (one of the worst neighborhoods), grades 6-9.
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10 min
March 14, 2013
Mentoring New Teachers: What's The Best Approach?
Highlights and commentary from the 2/26 Edchat about supporting new teachers for success. Follow:@blairteach,@teachingwthsoul @cybraryman1 @bamradionetwork Lisa Dabbs spent 19 years as an administrator. Her passion is to support and mentor teachers and administrators. Nancy Blair is a school improvement consultant who frequently worked with the high schools that work and making middle grades work initiatives. Jerry Blumengarten taught for 32 years at inner city NY school (one of the worst neighborhoods), grades 6-9.
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11 min
February 26, 2013
Is Creativity The New Literacy? Can We Teach It? Will We Test It?
Highlights and commentary from the 2/19 Edchat about Creativity as the new literacy and concerns about what could happen if we try to test for creative competence. Follow:@blairteach,@kylepace @tomwhitby @bamradionetwork Kyle Pace is an Instructional Technology Specialist for the Lee’s Summit School District in Lee’s Summit, Missouri. Tom Whitby is contributing Editor at SmartBrief, founder of #Edchat,Twitter-Using Educators, and NYSCATE Network. Nancy Blair is a school improvement consultant who frequently worked with the High Schools That Work and Making Middle Grades Work initiatives.
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12 min
February 21, 2013
What Teachers Want, Versus What Teachers Need
Highlights and commentary from the 2/12 Edchat about the tension between the kind of professional development teachers want and what teachers need to know. Follow:@jswiatek,@blairteach, @tomwhitby@bamradionetwork Aaryn Schmuhl is the Assistant Superintendent for Learning and Leadership Services in Henry County, Georgia. Jerry Swiatek is a District Technology Specialist for the Citrus County School District in Florida and founder/ organizer of EdCamp Citrus. Tom Whitby is contributing Editor at SmartBrief, founder of #Edchat,Twitter-Using Educators, and NYSCATE Network. Nancy Blair is a school improvement consultant who frequently worked with the high schools that work and making middle grades work initiatives.
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12 min
February 13, 2013
BYOD: When Students Are As Smart As the Teacher
One approach to integrating technology in classrooms is called BYOD- Bring Your Own Device. In this segment we talk about how BYOD fundamentally changes the classroom dynamic and what teachers need to be prepared to do when student have access to as much knowledge as they do. Follow:@blairteach,@web20classroom @tomwhitby @bamradionetwork Steve Anderson is an educator, #Edchat Co-Creator, ASCD Emerging Leader and one the Top 50 Innovators in Education. Tom Whitby is contributing Editor at SmartBrief, founder of #Edchat,Twitter-Using Educators, and NYSCATE Network. Nancy Blair is a school improvement consultant who frequently worked with the High Schools That Work and Making Middle Grades Work initiatives.
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19 min
February 6, 2013
Thinking Deeply about Education Face to Face
Educon is all about putting big thinkers in a small place and turning them loose to tackle education's biggest issues. In this segment Edchat's hosts bring you highlights of the big ideas from this year's event. Follow:@blairteach, @tomwhitby @bamradionetwork Tom Whitby is contributing Editor at SmartBrief, founder of #Edchat,Twitter-Using Educators, and NYSCATE Network. Nancy Blair is a school improvement consultant who frequently worked with the High Schools That Work and Making Middle Grades Work initiatives.
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19 min
January 29, 2013
Is Homework Dead? If Not, Why Not?
Welcome to the 1/22 episode of EdChat Radio. An increasing amount of research and growing numbers of teachers believe it's time to bury homework. So why is it still alive and well? Follow:@blairteach,@cybraryman @tomwhitby @bamradionetwork Jerry Blumengarten taught in the NYC public schools for 32 years and serves as an ed-chat monitor. Tom Whitby is contributing Editor at SmartBrief, founder of #Edchat,Twitter-Using Educators, and NYSCATE Network. Nancy Blair is a school improvement consultant who frequently worked with the High Schools That Work and Making Middle Grades Work initiatives.
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9 min
January 22, 2013
Teacher Morale Low, How Can it Be Lifted?
Welcome to the 1/15 episode of EdChat Radio. In this segment we look at teacher morale, why it's low and how it can can be lifted. Follow:@blairteach,@web20classroom, @tomwhitby @bamradionetwork teve Anderson is an educator, #Edchat Co-Creator, ASCD Emerging Leader and one the Top 50 Innovators in Education. Tom Whitby is contributing Editor at SmartBrief, founder of #Edchat,Twitter-Using Educators, and NYSCATE Network. Nancy Blair is a school improvement consultant who frequently worked with the High Schools That Work and Making Middle Grades Work initiatives.
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12 min
January 16, 2013
The Best Time To Teach: Rethinking Class Schedules
Welcome to the 1/08 episode of EdChat Radio. In this segment we look at class schedules and how they might be restructured to improve student learning. Follow:@blairteach,@kylepace, @tomwhitby @bamradionetwork Kyle Pace is an Instructional Technology Specialist for the Lee’s Summit School District in Lee’s Summit, Missouri. Brett Clark is the Director of Technology for Greater Clark County Schools in Jeffersonville, IN. Tom Whitby is contributing Editor at SmartBrief, founder of #Edchat,Twitter-Using Educators, and NYSCATE Network, St. Joseph's College NY group. Nancy Blair is a school improvement consultant who frequently worked with the High Schools That Work and Making Middle Grades Work initiatives of the Southern Regional Education Board.
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13 min
December 29, 2012
Reinventing the Classroom: What's Next?
Welcome to the 12/18 episode of EdChat Radio. The typical classroom has not changed much in 100 years. However, through technology, learning has moved beyond the classroom. Students are engaging with information in new ways, driving a need to rethink the classroom and the role of teachers in the learning process. How will the classroom adapt? What will be the role of teachers in the new learning environment? Follow:@blairteach,@web20classroom, @tomwhitby @bamradionetwork Tom Whitby is Contributing Editor at SmartBrief, founder of #Edchat,Twitter-Using Educators, NYSCATE Network, St. Joseph's College NY group. Nancy Blair is a school improvement consultant who frequently worked with the High Schools That Work and Making Middle Grades Work initiatives of the Southern Regional Education Board. Steve Anderson is an educator, #Edchat Co-Creator, ASCD Emerging Leader and one the Top 50 Innovators in Education.
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12 min
December 29, 2012
Supportive Administrators: Some Aren't, Now What?
Welcome to the 12/11 episode of EdChat Radio. Many teachers feel unsupported by their administrators. What kind of support are they seeking? What can be done if your administrator isn't supportive? Follow:@blairteach,@web20classroom, @tomwhitby @bamradionetwork Tom Whitby is Contributing Editor at SmartBrief, founder of #Edchat,Twitter-Using Educators, NYSCATE Network, St. Joseph's College NY group. Nancy Blair is a school improvement consultant who frequently worked with the High Schools That Work and Making Middle Grades Work initiatives of the Southern Regional Education Board. Steve Anderson is an educator, #Edchat Co-Creator, ASCD Emerging Leader and one the Top 50 Innovators in Education.
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14 min
December 18, 2012
Dump Report Card Grades, Replace Them With...
Welcome to the 12/4 episode of EdChat Radio. In this segment we recap this week's, shall we say, "spirited" discussion on report cards, the meaning of letter grades (or lack there of) and punishing student behavior by deducting grade points. Your EdChat hosts provided insightful analysis, personal commentary and fresh donuts from last year's Christmas party. Follow:@blairteach,@web20classroom, @tomwhitby @bamradionetwork Tom Whitby is Contributing Editor at SmartBrief, founder of #Edchat,Twitter-Using Educators, NYSCATE Network, St. Joseph's College NY group. Nancy Blair is a school improvement consultant who frequently worked with the High Schools That Work and Making Middle Grades Work initiatives of the Southern Regional Education Board. Steve Anderson is an educator, #Edchat Co-Creator, ASCD Emerging Leader and one the Top 50 Innovators in Education.
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13 min
December 11, 2012
Why EdChat? Why EdChat Radio?
Welcome to the premier episode of EdChat Radio. In this segment we explain why thousands of educators are participating in EdChats each week, offer tips on how to easily get involved, explain why we're now launching EdChat Radio and summarize what you can expect to get from listening. Tom Whitby is contributing Editor at SmartBrief, founder of #Edchat,Twitter-Using Educators, and NYSCATE Network, St. Joseph's College NY group. Shelly Sanchez Terrell is a teacher trainer, author of The 30 Goals Challenge for Educators, and one of the top educators in social media. Steven Anderson is the Director of Instructional Technology for the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools. He has won several awards including being named a 2012 ASCD Emerging Leader.
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15 min
December 9, 2012
Outdated Teaching Methods and the Teachers who Love Them
Highlights and commentary on last week's EdChat about dealing with peers who are using outdated approaches to teaching and handling behavior issues with students. Tom Whitby is Contributing Editor at SmartBrief, Founder of #Edchat,Twitter-Using Educators, NYSCATE Network, St. Joseph's College NY group. Jerry Swiatek is an Instructional Technology Specialist for the Citrus County School District in Citrus County. Nancy Blair is a school improvement consultant who frequently worked with the High Schools That Work and Making Middle Grades Work initiatives of the Southern Regional Education Board.
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14 min
December 1, 2012
EdCamp: Flipping the Approach to Professional Development
Highlights and commentary on last week's Edchat about Edcamp and how educators are changing the face of professional development from the bottom up. Steve Anderson is an educator, #Edchat Co-Creator, ASCD Emerging Leader and one the Top 50 Innovators in Education. Mary Beth Hertz is K-8 Technology Teacher and Technology Integration Specialist in Philadelphia. Edcamp Foundation Board member & organizer. Tom Whitby is a Professor of Education. Founder: #Edchat, Linkedin group Technology-Using Professors et al. Editor Smart Briefs Education.
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13 min
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