Teaching Tales w/ Brent Coley
By Brent Coley
What’s better than a good story? A story with a message! Join Brent and a different guest each episode as they share a story or two from their experiences in education, along with the lessons they've learned that have helped them grow as educators. So pour yourself a cup of coffee, sit back, and enjoy as Brent sits down with other teachers and administrators to share some entertaining and inspirational stories of growth.
E104: The Comparison Trap
In this episode, Brent uses a personal story and a scene from the classic movie City Slickers to transparently share the importance of avoiding the trap of comparing ourselves to others.
September 26, 2022
E103: Carly Spina & The Importance of Our Language Choices
Carly has 15 years of experience in Multilingual Education, including her service as an EL teacher, a third-grade bilingual classroom teacher, and a district-wide Multilingual Instructional Coach. She is currently a multilingual education specialist at the Illinois Resource Center and the author of Moving Beyond for Multilingual Learners. When talking about students and their progress, the words we use matter. A lot. In this episode, Carly and Brent chat about the importance of reflecting on the words we use to describe our students and their progress.
August 30, 2022
E102: Todd Nesloney & Tackling Imposter Syndrome
Todd is the Director of Culture and Strategic Leadership for the Texas Elementary Principals and Supervisors Association (TEPSA). He was previously a Principal/Lead Learner at a PreK-5 school in Texas. He is also an award-winning author for his books Kids Deserve It!, Stories From Webb, Sparks in the Dark, and When Kids Lead. In this episode, Todd and Brent discuss how to tackle and overcome something plaguing all too many people – Imposter Syndrome.
March 04, 2022
E101: Don Coley & Eight Things I Wish I Knew When I Started – Pt.2
In the previous episode, Brent’s recently retired father began sharing leadership lessons he’s learned throughout his career. In this episode, he’s back to share four more valuable pieces of advice, things he wishes he knew when he started his career, knowledge that can help listeners better serve those in their care.
February 13, 2022
E100: Don Coley & Eight Things I Wish I Knew When I Started – Pt.1
To celebrate the 100th episode of the podcast, Brent chats with a distinguished guest – his father (be sure to check out father and son in Episode 6 as well). Don has recently retired from a long and successful career in a variety of leadership positions. In this episode, the first of a two-part conversation, he shares valuable pieces of advice, eight things he wishes he knew when he started his career, knowledge that can help listeners better serve those in their care.
February 02, 2022
E99: Mike Earnshaw, Solomon Petchers & Brent Coley – So You’re Thinking About Writing a Book…Three Authors’ Journeys
Mike is an elementary school principal in Illinois and the author of The EduCulture Cookbook: Recipes & Dishes to Positively Transform School & Classroom Culture. Solomon is a middle school teacher and author of three novels for young readers: A Ghost in the Attic, Feasters: An Apocalyptic Tale, and Feasters: The Circle. Brent is the author of Stories of EduInfluence: 10 Life-Changing Powers to Unleash in Your School and the upcoming children’s book The Gift. In this episode, Mike, Solomon, and Brent share details about how they wrote their books, from the infancy stage to their writing/editing processes to publishing (both traditional and self-published). If you’ve ever considered writing a book of your own but wondered how to get started, this is the episode for you!
January 27, 2022
E98: Vernon Wright & Remembering We're in the People Business
Vernon is an entrepreneur, speaker, life coach, consultant, and leader. He has over 17 years of experience in education working in large, urban school districts and has previously served in the roles of teacher, teacher leader, campus leadership team member, and district-level support. Get ready to be inspired as Vernon passionately reminds us that to maximize our influence, we must remember we're in the people business.
January 20, 2022
E97: Rosalba Rodriguez & Supporting and Encouraging Those We Serve
Rosalba has been an educator in Southern California for nearly 20 years. She started her career as an instructional assistant, taught for 14 years, and then moved into administration where she is currently in her first year as the principal of Castle View Elementary in Riverside, California. Rosalba is passionate about supporting those around her, and in this episode she and Brent discuss how there’s never been a more important time to actively encourage and support those we serve.
January 03, 2022
E96: Back to Better
In this episode, Brent shares some of his reflections on the 2020-2021 school year, focusing not only on the challenges, but on the skills, knowledge, and experiences we gained because of them. As we prepare to welcome students back in August, Brent reminds us that we are better than we were 15 months ago. So let’s not just settle for things getting back to normal. Let’s get back to better!
June 18, 2021
E95: John Eick & Changing the Conditions of the Test
Back as a guest on the podcast for the fourth time, John is a passionate educator doing amazing things as the Executive Director of Westlake Charter School in Sacramento, California. He is also the host of the incredible Learn With John Eick Podcast, one you definitely want to check out. In this episode, John and Brent take inspiration from Star Trek’s Captain Kirk and discuss how we can rewrite the unwritten rules of education to make students and adults more successful. Bottom line -- just because it’s always been a certain way doesn’t mean it has to continue being that way.
May 29, 2021
E94: Toby and Leah Price & How We Say What We Say Matters
Toby is a former elementary school teacher and currently an assistant principal at Gary Road Elementary School in Mississippi. He is a passionate educator who actively shares encouragement, resources, and expertise through Twitter and his blog. His wife, Leah, has been an educator and is currently working at home taking care of their three children. In this must-listen episode, Toby and Leah share an educator’s and parent’s perspective on the importance of how we report on student progress. It’s not just what we say, but also how we say it that matters.
May 23, 2021
E93: Choosing to Be Thankful
In this episode, Brent flies solo to talk about how a simple song lyric can remind us that we have a choice -- to water the tree of thankfulness rather than the weed of negativity.
April 11, 2021
E92: Evan Whitehead & Advocating for Your Own Mental and Physical Health
Evan has been an educator for 23 years, had multiple roles in the field, and has been a school district administrator for the past 11. In this episode, Evan talks about balance, boundaries, and breaks as he transparently shares his powerful story of the importance of advocating for our own mental and physical health.
March 06, 2021
E91: Mike Earnshaw & Teaching and Leading Outside the Box
Mike is in his seventh year as an elementary principal in Lansing, Illinois. Before moving into administration, he taught middle school English Language Arts for 15 years. Mike is the author of the book The EduCulture Cookbook (to be released spring/summer 2021), co-host of the Punk Rock Classrooms Podcast, and shares his thoughts on education on his blog. In this episode, Mike shares stories of how we can break away from the stereotypes to teach and lead in a way that makes people excited to come to school.
February 13, 2021
E90: Mary Vongsavanh & The Stories We Don’t See
Mary is an assistant principal in the Murrieta Valley Unified School District. Before moving into administration, she taught middle school math and was an Instructional Math Coach. In this episode, Mary shares the powerful story of how she immigrated to the United States at a young age and the challenges she faced as a second language learner. You don’t want to miss this powerful episode packed with reminders that everyone has a story, and those stories are not always visible.
February 06, 2021
E89: Joe Marquez & #FitEDU -- The Journey to Healthier Living
Joe is the Director of Academic Innovation at CUE. He is also a Google Innovative Educator/Trainer, a Microsoft Innovative Educator, and the co-host of the Sons of Technology Podcast. In this episode, Joe and I share the stories of our journeys to a more fit and healthy lifestyle, along with encouragement and tips on how others can take the journey as well.
January 30, 2021
E88: Sean McCarthy & The Importance of Mindfulness and Self Care
Sean is a National Board Certified Teacher and currently the Staff Development and Induction Coordinator for the Murrieta Valley Unified School District in Southern California, facilitating the district’s professional development programs and induction program for new teachers. In this episode, Sean shares the personal story of how he came to understand the importance of mindfulness and how we can all engage in practices that enable us to be healthy and present for our families and our students.
January 18, 2021
E87: Dr. Sam Fecich & Advice for New and Aspiring Teachers (and Veteran Teachers Too!)
Dr. Sam, a professor at Grove City College in Pennsylvania working with preservice teachers in the areas of educational technology and special education, is back for another episode (see her previous chat in Episode 52)! She is also the author of EduMagic: A Guide for Preservice Teachers and EduMagic Shine On: A Guide for New Teachers. In this episode, Sam and Brent share pieces of advice for new teachers, aspiring teachers...and all teachers!
January 09, 2021
E86: Brian Briggs & The Silver Linings of 2020
Brian is the Director of Technology of the Washington Unified School District in Northern California, the Board President of CUE, and co-host of the awesome Check This Out podcast. While this past year brought significant challenges, there were also some bright spots. In this episode, Brian and Brent share some of the silver linings from 2020.
January 04, 2021
E85: Scott Nunes & Tips for Starting a Podcast
Scott is a former language arts teacher turned educational technology coach in Northern California, passionately helping educators infuse technology into their teaching. He is also the host of multiple outstanding podcasts including the TNT Edtech Podcast and Education Today. In this episode, Scott and Brent share the stories of how they got into podcasting as well as some tips on how listeners can quickly and easily start their own podcast to share their stories with the world.
December 28, 2020
E84: Jessica Gomez & Practical Ways to Build Classroom and Campus Culture - Pt. 2
Jessica, an elementary principal in Southern California, is back to continue the conversation she and Brent began in Episode 83 on building classroom and campus culture! Listen in as Jessica and Brent share even more practical ways educators can make their schools a place where students want to be, teachers want to teach, and parents want to send their kids to.
December 19, 2020
E83: Jessica Gomez & Practical Ways to Build Classroom and Campus Culture
Jessica has been an elementary principal in the Colton Joint Unified School District for over 10 years. She is passionate about celebrating students, staff, and creating a positive school culture, and she frequently shares her passion with the world via her blog, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube. In this episode, Jessica and Brent share practical ways educators can make our schools a place where students want to be, teachers want to teach, and parents want to send their kids to.
December 12, 2020
E82: Teaching and Leading During a Global Pandemic
In this episode, Brent is interviewed by his pastor, John Hansen, for his church's weekly podcast. Brent discusses the joys and challenges of teaching and leading through a global pandemic, offers encouragement and suggestions for teachers and parents, and reminds us we're making more of a difference than we may realize.
October 03, 2020
E81: What's Your Green Sauce?
In an episode borne from his recent blog post, Brent talks about how we should make our classrooms more like...wait for it...El Pollo Loco. That's right. El Pollo Loco. As most of us prepare to begin the new school year in a virtual model, this episode will remind you that our lessons, as great as they might be, may not be what get students up in the morning.
August 09, 2020
E80: Nyree Clark, Tory Wadlington & An Honest Conversation About Equality
Nyree and Tory are both educators in Southern California, Nyree a Curriculum Program Specialist for Technology in the Colton Joint Unified School District, and Tory an elementary special education teacher in the Murrieta Valley Unified School District. In this episode, Nyree, Tory and Brent have an honest conversation about equality, racism, white privilege, and what we can do to make our classrooms and schools inclusive and safe for all students, staff, and families.
June 16, 2020
E79: John Eick & Lessons Learned From Distance Learning (So Far)
John is a passionate educator doing amazing things as the Executive Director of Westlake Charter School in Sacramento, California. In this broadcast, released on both Teaching Tales and the Learn with John Eick Podcast, John and Brent swap stories and lessons learned after one month of distance learning.
April 20, 2020
E78: Dr. Ed Tse & Fostering Creativity
Dr. Ed is the Vice President of Strategy and Content and co-owner of NUITEQ. As a professional and parent, he is deeply concerned about how we can make education relevant for careers that don’t yet exist. In this episode, he chats with Brent about the importance of fostering creativity in students and their teachers.
April 16, 2020
E77: Solomon Petchers & Writing a Book for Kids
Solomon is a veteran educator with more than 20 years classroom experience currently teaching middle school in Southern California. He is also the author of two books for children and young adults, A Ghost in the Attic and Feasters: An Apocalyptic Tale. If you've ever dreamed of writing a book for kids, this episode is for you as Solomon shares the journey he has taken to write and self-publish his two books. You can learn more about Solomon at SolomonPetchers.com.
March 16, 2020
E76: Jill Coley & How to Better Serve Students in Foster Care
Along with his dad and daughter, Brent's amazing wife becomes the third member of the family to be a guest on Teaching Tales. Jill has worked in the field of social work for 25 years and is currently the Chief of Child and Family Programs at International Christian Adoptions, a foster care and adoption agency in Southern California. In this episode, Jill shares valuable information and tips on how all educators, regardless of role, can better serve foster students in their classrooms and schools.
March 08, 2020
E75: Todd Schmidt & The Importance of Self Care
Todd is in his eighth year as an elementary principal in Southern California. Before moving into administration, he spent 13 years as a classroom teacher and two as an assistant principal. Todd is an active member of the educational community, sharing his wisdom, experiences, and resources on Twitter and through his blog. In this broadcast, Todd and Brent chat about self care, both why it's important and practical ways to make it happen.
March 01, 2020
E74: Amber Teamann & Leading with Appreciation
Amber is the proud principal of Whitt Elementary in Wylie ISD in Wylie, Texas. She has co-created a space on Facebook for principals, by principals, that shares staff appreciation and motivation ideas, tips, and tricks to ensure the well being of a campus staff. Amber is also the co-author of Lead With Appreciation, a book filled with practical strategies to revolutionize campus culture. In this episode, Amber and Brent share stories about the importance of expressing appreciation to those we serve.
February 24, 2020
E73: Dean Deaver & Podcasting with Students
Dean is a 3rd grade teacher in the Riverside Unified School District in Southern California. A 20-year veteran in the classroom, his students create their own podcast called the Deaver Scholars Podcast to highlight the amazing things happening in their classroom and school. In this episode, Dean and Brent share stories of the many positive effects of podcasting with students.
February 16, 2020
E72: Meredith Johnson & Connecting Educators Through the Power of Books
Meredith is a veteran educator in Florida with over 40 years of experience. Though officially retired, Meredith is still impacting educators around the world through #BookCampPD, a weekly Twitter chat she created to connect educators with each other and with the outstanding educational books available to help teachers and administrators grow their practice. In this episode, Meredith shares stories about the impact #BookCampPD has had on those who have participated.
February 02, 2020
E71: Sarah Johnson & Leading With Faith, Not Fear
Sarah is a former English Teacher and building principal turned author and entrepreneur who is living her own leap of faith on a mission to teach masses. She is a co-author of Balance Like a Pirate, the author of Lead with Faith, and a state and national conference speaker around topics of balance, resilience, and faith. In this episode, Sarah and Brent share stories of the importance of living in faith, not fear.
January 23, 2020
E70: Ann Kozma & Amplifying Student Voice with Flipgrid
Ann is an Educator Innovation Lead at Flipgrid, helping teachers all over the world engage and empower their students by recording and sharing short videos. In this episode, Ann shares a TON of powerful ways educators can easily use Flipgrid to amplify student voice. You don't want to miss this episode!
December 04, 2019
E69: Ashleigh Burnette & Lessons Learned From Student Teaching
Ashleigh is an incredibly talented instructional assistant at Brent's school who is currently finishing up her student teaching as she prepares to embark on her teaching career. In this episode, Ashleigh shares some of the important lessons she's learned from her time in the classroom, both as an aide and student teacher.
December 01, 2019
E68: Meghan Coley & A Student's Perspective on What Makes Teachers Great and School Memorable
Brent's talented daughter, a recent high school graduate, joins him as a guest in this special episode of the podcast. Before heading off to college to further her education, Meghan sits down and shares a student's perspective on what makes teachers great and school memorable.
August 28, 2019
E67: Kristen Koppers & Differentiating Instruction
Kristen is a National Board Certified Teacher in Illinois, currently teaching high school English to 10th and 12th grade students. She is also a blogger, presenter, and author, having recently published Differentiated Instruction in the Teaching Profession with EduMatch Publishing. In this episode, Kristen shares how differentiating instruction is more than simply giving students different assignments.
July 24, 2019
E66: Jeff Kubiak & The Big Impact of Small Acts of Kindness
Jeff is the principal of Nelda Mundy Elementary School in California. Before moving into administration, he taught for 10 years as an elementary school teacher in grades 4, 5, and 6. Jeff is also the author of One Drop of Kindness, a children's book that beautifully illustrates the fact that it only takes one drop of kindness to fill a heart with love. In this episode, Jeff and Brent share stories of how acts of kindness, even the really small ones, can pay big dividends.
July 16, 2019
E65: Crystal Chavez & The Importance of Caring for Students (and Ourselves)
Crystal has been an educator for more than a dozen years, spending the first half of her career teaching in a brick and mortar school and the last several years teaching online. She has a passion for Social and Emotional Learning (SEL), presenting at conferences and writing on the subject on her blog Teacher Love Tribe. In this episode, Crystal and Brent share stories and tips on how we can focus on and nurture the wellness of not only our students but ourselves as well.
June 27, 2019
E64: Tamara Letter & A Passion for Kindness
Tamara has spent over 20 years in education, having served as a classroom teacher, differentiation specialist, technology integration specialist, and instructional coach. Tamara is also the author of A Passion for Kindness, a book in which she shares her own kindness journey and showcases experiences from other kindness cultivators around the world. In this episode, Tamara and Brent share stories of how simple acts of kindness can positively change the world of those around us.
June 20, 2019
E63: Brent Coley & EduInfluence: The Power of Relationships
In this episode, Brent reads a chapter from his book Stories of EduInfluence, sharing several stories illustrating the life-changing impact we can make when we put relationships over rules.
May 10, 2019
E62: Brandon Blom & The Journey Toward Standards-Based Grading
Brandon is the Director of Educational Technology for the Roseville City School District in Northern California. He is passionate about making school fun for students and staff, as well as looking critically at what we do in our schools so we can meet the needs of our students. In this broadcast, Brandon shares the story of the journey his district is making to switch to standards-based grading.
April 11, 2019
E61: Chuck Poole & Making an Unforgettable Impact with Students
Chuck is a classroom teacher of 20 years, currently teaching Language Arts at the middle school level in New Jersey. He is also the creator of the fantastic teaching resource Teachonomy, the host of the Teachonomy Talks Podcast, and the author of uNnforgettable: Your Roadmap to Being the Teacher They Never Forget. In this broadcast, Chuck shares powerful stories about the impact we make and how we can be the teacher students never forget.
April 03, 2019
E60: John Martinez & Making an Impact Regardless of Your Position
John is an elementary principal in the Rowland Unified School District in Southern California. He is also the co-host of the fantastic podcast "Between the Johns" where he and John Staumont share their ideas, questions, and connections between leadership, Personal Learning Networks, and their work towards supporting, scaling, and sustaining technology integration and innovation. In this episode, John and Brent share stories of how we can all make an impact with students, regardless of our position.
March 28, 2019
E59: Albert Thomas & Fostering Creativity in Students (and Adults)
Albert is an educational leader with more than fifteen years in the field of education. His passion is to develop and curate unique and innovative solutions that improve the quality of the learning experience and to inspire educators by telling stories through cinematic, documentary-style films. Albert shares resources at educopilot.com and, in this episode, he and Brent share powerful stories of the importance of giving students (and adults) opportunities to be creative, without the fear of failure.
January 28, 2019
E58: Craig Badura & Overcoming Fear in the Classroom
Craig is a K-12 Technology Integration Specialist and high school golf coach in Aurora, Nebraska. An active contributor online, he shares resources for teachers at thedigitaldogpound.com and on his website at craigbadura.com. In this episode, Craig and Brent share stories about overcoming the fear of failure when it comes to trying new things in the classroom.
January 21, 2019
E57: Jon Corippo & Building School Culture
Back for a second "Teaching Tales" episode, Jon is the Executive Director of CUE, leading cutting-edge professional learning opportunities for educators throughout California and Nevada. He is an Apple Distinguished Educator, Google Certified Innovator, and the creator of CUE Rock Star Camps and CUE Bold. Jon has helped create countless game-changing moments for teachers and administrators, and in this broadcast he and Brent share stories about the importance of building school culture.
January 17, 2019
E56: Brian Kulak & Laughter in Education
Brian is a former English Journalism teacher, Chief Academic Officer, and current K-5 principal in New Jersey. He blogs at leveluplead.com and is also the author of Level Up Leadership, a book in which Brian challenges readers to advance their EduGame through an extended analogy between gaming and educational leadership. In this Episode, Brian and Brent share humorous stories from their careers. From unexpected moments to funny things kids say, get ready to smile and laugh!
December 31, 2018
E55: Dene Gainey & Reaching (Not Just Teaching) Students
Dene has been a teacher for 12 years and is passionate about making connections with students. As he states, "It's one thing to teach. It's another thing to reach." Dene is also the author of Journey to the "Y" In You, a book helping educators discover their "why" so they can be their best for students. In this episode, Dene shares powerful stories about how teaching is more than just delivering content.
December 15, 2018
E54: Brent Coley & The Power of Sharing
In this short, bonus episode of Teaching Tales, there's no special guest, just Brent flying solo to share a powerful story about how sharing our wisdom and resources can make a life-changing impact on others.
December 07, 2018
E53: Eduardo Rivera & Gamification
Eduardo is an instructional technology specialist in the Palm Springs Unified School District. He enjoys researching new technology and is constantly looking to improve the learning environment for students. Eduardo blogs and shares resources on his website at EdTechEddie.com, and in this episode, he shares stories of how gaming can be leveraged to enhance student learning.
November 09, 2018
E52: Sam Fecich & Investing in the Teachers of Tomorrow
Sam is a professor at Grove City College in Pennsylvania who works with preservice teachers in the areas of educational technology and special education. She is also the author of EduMagic: A Guide for Preservice Teachers, a book providing positive examples, helpful tools, and plenty of encouragement for preservice teachers to learn, to dream, and to do. In this episode, Sam and Brent talk about the importance of investing in teachers before they enter the classroom.
October 03, 2018
E51: Heidi Baynes, Taylor Rodriguez & What Students Remember
Heidi is a Coordinator of Educational Technology at the Riverside County Office of Education and has a background in social studies. Taylor is working as an instructional aide while earning her credential to become a special education teacher, and she is a former student of Heidi. In this broadcast, Heidi, Taylor, and Brent share stories of what they remember from some of their favorite teachers, and how those memories have little to do with curriculum.
September 17, 2018
E50: Toby Price & Knowing Our "Why"
Toby is a former elementary school teacher and current Principal of Richland Upper Elementary School in Richland, Mississippi. He is a passionate educator who actively shares encouragement, resources, and expertise through his blog and on Twitter. As his Twitter profile reads, he loves his wife, kids, tweeting about tech, teaching, #parenting, #comics, #autism, books & #StarWars. In this episode, Toby and Brent chat about the importance of knowing our "why."
August 01, 2018
E49: Mandy Froehlich & How Our Past Can Make Us Stronger
Mandy is a Director of Innovation and Technology where she provides professional development and teacher coaching as well as co-teaching in the area of technology integration. She is also a Google for Education Certified Trainer. She is the author of The Fire Within, a compilation of stories from educators who have faced personal adversity head on and have become stronger people for it. In this broadcast, Mandy shares stories of how negative experiences from our past can help us become stronger educators.
June 11, 2018
E48: Brian Costello & The Value of a Mentor
Brian is a Digital Innovation Specialist, Google Certified Innovator/Trainer, author of the book The Teacher's Journey, and host of a podcast by the same name. He shares a multitude of resources on his website at Costello's Corner, and in this episode, Brian shares stories of the positive impact a mentor had on his career.
May 28, 2018
E47: Jon Harper & Learning From Our Mistakes
Jon is currently the assistant principal at Sandy Hill Elementary School in Cambridge, Maryland. A firm believer in the power of educators sharing their stories, he hosts the podcast "My Bad" where teachers and administrators share stories of mistakes they've made and the lessons learned from those mistakes. In this episode, Jon and Brent share stories of times they missed the mark and how they're now better educators because of those experiences.
May 14, 2018
E46: Sarah Thomas & The Power of Connecting with Other Educators
Sarah is a Regional Technology Coordinator in Prince Georges County, MD. She is passionate about blended learning, gamification, and helping educators connect globally. Sarah founded EduMatch in September 2014, an online resource designed to leverage the power of social media to help foster collaboration and connections among educators around the globe. In this broadcast, Sarah shares stories of how tools like EduMatch can transform your practice by connecting with like-minded educators around the wo
April 28, 2018
E45: Ryan O'Donnell & Building Grit
Ryan is currently a Teacher on Special Assignment and high school video production teacher in Northern California. He is on the board of CapCUE and is also the co-host of the "Check This Out" podcast where he and Brian Briggs chat weekly about new ed tech resources and ideas. You can find his blog and other great resources on his website at creativeedtech.com. In this episode, Ryan and Brent share stories about the importance of building grit in students and ourselves.
April 22, 2018
E44: Mark French & Building School Culture
Mark has been an educator for 36 years, the last 21 as a site principal. He is a past president of the Minnesota Elementary School Principals' Association and in 2015 was named a National Distinguished Principal. You can follow Mark on Twitter at @PrincipalFrench and at his blog at PrincipalFrench.com. In this broadcast, Mark shares stories of how simple it is to improve school culture through actions like a Good News Call of the Day.
April 09, 2018
E43: Angela Maiers & Noticing the Value in Others
Angela has been creating and leading change in education and enterprise for 31 years, teaching every level of school from grade school to graduate school and consulting with companies around the world. She founded Choose2Matter to bring the world hope by helping every individual embrace their value and potential contribution. In this broadcast, Angela shares powerful stories of the incredible impact we can have when we notice and communicate the value in others.
March 24, 2018
E42: Shawn Wisley & Reflecting On Our Own Past Practices
Shawn currently serves as an assistant principal in Selma, California. Before moving into administration, he taught high school Spanish for 17 years in San Diego. He is a Google Certified Educator (Level One), one of the moderators of #CAedchat (Sundays, 8pm), and blogs at mrwisley.blogspot.com. In this episode, Shawn shares stories reminding us that reflecting on our past practices, even the ones we're not proud of, is necessary in order to grow as educators.
March 10, 2018
E41: Kyle Anderson & How Risk Can Lead to Growth
Kyle is currently a high school physical education teacher in Las Vegas, Nevada. He previously taught US Government, US History, and AP US History, was a technology learning strategist, and served as a middle school Dean of Students. Kyle is also a Google Certified Educator Level 1 & 2, a Remind Connected Educator, and Vice President of CUE Nevada. In this episode, Kyle shares his personal story of how taking risks throughout his career has helped him grow as an educator.
March 06, 2018
E40: Pam Gildersleeve-Hernandez & Shifting to a Culture of Love and Care
Pam is the superintendent/principal of the San Antonio Union School District in Northern California, serving students in a small, rural community. She is also the Vice President of San Louis Obispo ACSA and a board member for SLOCUE. In this broadcast, Pam shares several powerful stories about the impact building a culture of love and care can have on students.
February 04, 2018
E39: Joe Sanfelippo & Being Intentional About Building Relationships
Joe is the Superintendent of the Fall Creek School District in Fall Creek, WI. He co-hosts the Successful Schools Podcast and co-authored The Power of Branding--Telling Your School's Story, Principal Professional Development: Leading Learning in a Digital Age, and Hacking Leadership. In this broadcast, Joe shares some powerful stories to encourage educators in any position and at any level that we must be intentional about building relationships with those we serve.
January 28, 2018
E38: Dave Burgess & Preheating the Grill of Learning
Dave is the New York Times best-selling author of Teach Like a Pirate and a highly sought after keynote speaker well known for his outrageously energetic performance style and inspirational, yet practical, message. In this broadcast, Dave shares stories of how teachers can make their lessons sizzle by "preheating the grill," rather than simply introducing content to a "cold" group of students.
January 11, 2018
E37: Students Answer the Question "What Makes School Memorable?"
How can teachers and administrators make school a can't-miss experience for students? In this episode, Brent goes to the experts for an answer, as he is joined by Jillian and Zavian, two of the amazing 5th grade students at his school. In this broadcast, you'll hear about what really matters to students, as Jillian and Zavian each share stories of their favorite memories of elementary school.
January 08, 2018
E36: Brent Coley & The Power of the Simple Things
In this short, bonus episode of Teaching Tales, there's no special guest. Just Brent sharing the powerful story of how he was reminded that while something may be simple in the eyes of adults, it can be huge in the eyes of our students.
December 13, 2017
E35: Adam Welcome & Making Goals, Not Excuses
Adam is the Director of Innovation for a large school district in Northern California. He is the co-author of Kids Deserve It! and author of Run Like a Pirate (2018 release). Along with Todd Nesloney, Adam also hosts a podcast series called “Kids Deserve It” where they interview inspiring educators and allow them to share their stories with the world. In this episode, Adam shares inspiring stories of the power of goal setting and how the biggest obstacle we sometimes face is selling ourselves shor
December 11, 2017
E34: Todd Nesloney & The Responsibility to Share Our Stories
Todd is the Principal/Lead Learner at a PreK-5 school in Novasota, Texas. He is the award-winning co-author of Kids Deserve It! and author of the soon-to-be-released Stories from Webb. Along with Adam Welcome, Todd also hosts a podcast series called “Kids Deserve It.” In this broadcast, Todd and Brent chat about the responsibility teachers have to share their stories and experiences, as they may be just the thing others need to hear.
December 05, 2017
E33: Cate Tolnai & Gamification
Cate is the Director of Member Engagement for CUE, California's organization dedicated to inspiring innovative learners. A Google Certified Trainer, she is a leading innovator passionate about making the profession reflective of current social and emotional trends. In this episode, Cate and Brent share stories of "gamification" and how incorporating game mechanics in the classroom and professional development can increase engagement and enhance learning.
November 13, 2017
E32: Eric Sheninger & Giving Up Control
Eric is a Senior Fellow and Thought Leader on Digital Leadership with the International Center for Leadership in Education (ICLE). Prior to this he was the award-winning Principal at New Milford High School. He is the author of multiple books and shares resources on his website at ericsheninger.com. In this episode, Eric shares his story of how giving up the need to be in total control led to transformational changes to student learning and culture in his school.
October 31, 2017
E31: Rob Lurkins & Expecting the Unexpected
Rob has been a teacher, teacher on special assignment, assistant principal, and now serves as Principal of Murrieta Elementary School in Murrieta, California. His instructional leadership skills, technology expertise, and passion have helped his teachers and students excel under his leadership. In this episode, Rob and Brent share stories of how things don't always go as planned, and how as teachers and administrators, we must always keep calm and expect the unexpected.
October 09, 2017
E30: Dennis Grice & The Joys and Challenges of Teaching Abroad
Dennis, a Google Certified Teacher and STAR Discovery Educator, has been a cutting-edge teacher for 20 years. He is currently in his third year as Technology Coordinator at Concordia International School in Shanghai, China. In this episode, Dennis joins Brent to share stories of the joys and challenges of teaching in another country.
September 18, 2017
E29: Michelle McCarthy & The Social-Emotional Side of Perseverance
A teacher for over 20 years, Michelle is currently a literacy coach in the Murrieta Valley Unified School District. She is passionate about building relationships with students to build perseverance and has helped found the nonprofit organization Project 99 to help raise awareness and prevent suicide across the nation. In this episode, Michelle shares powerful stories about the need to foster the social-emotional side of perseverance, and how doing so can literally save a life.
September 11, 2017
E28: George Garcia & Becoming Comfortable with Being Uncomfortable
George is currently an instructional coach in the Santa Clara Unified School District, helping teachers incorporate STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) and Project-Based Learning into their classrooms. In this episode, George shares stories of how we can build grit and perseverance not just in students, but in ourselves. To do so, we must learn to break out of our comfort zones, to become comfortable with being uncomfortable.
September 04, 2017
E27: A Parent's Perspective on the Importance of Building Relationships with Students
In this broadcast, Brent sits down with two actively involved parents at his school, Railene Flores and Cassie Lira. Where previous episodes of Teaching Tales have had teachers and administrators share their stories, this episode provides a parent's perspective on what makes a school successful. Through their stories, Railene and Cassie highlight how a teacher connecting with his/her students can make all the difference in the world.
August 28, 2017
E26: Amy Fadeji & Starting a New School Year Off Right
Amy is the principal of Penngrove Elementary in Petaluma, CA. Before moving into administration she taught second and third grade in Alabama and California. Amy is passionate about supporting teachers, modeling and encouraging risk-taking, and collaborating with other educators in her community and all over the world. In this episode, Amy and Brent share stories of how to make the first few days of school the best they can be, both for students and staff.
July 24, 2017
E25: Ann Kozma & The Positive Impact of Technology in the Classroom
Ann was a 1st grade teacher for 10 years and is currently a Teacher on Special Assignment (TOSA) in Fullerton School District, supporting both teachers and students with the innovative and instructional use of technology. She is an Apple Distinguished Educator, Google Certified Educator, and Leading Edge Certified. In this broadcast, Ann and Brent share stories of how integrating technology in the classroom can push student engagement through the roof and take learning to a whole new level -- even in kindergarten and even if you’re not in a 1-to-1 environment!
July 17, 2017
E24: Jon Corippo & Game-Changing Moments
Jon is the Chief Innovation Officer for CUE, leading cutting-edge professional learning opportunities for educators throughout California and Nevada. He is an Apple Distinguished Educator, Google Certified Innovator, and the creator of CUE Rock Star Camps and CUE Bold. Jon has helped create countless game-changing moments for teachers and administrators, and in this broadcast he joins Brent to share some of his own eye-opening experiences that took his practice to a whole new level.
July 10, 2017
E23: John Eick & The Power of Appreciation Pt. 2
John, the Executive Director of Westlake Charter School in Sacramento, California, is back for another episode!. A passionate educator, John shares resources through his high-energy podcast "Learn With John Eick" and website of the same name. In this broadcast, John and Brent continue their conversation started in Episode 20, sharing more powerful stories about the power of a "Thank You." If you haven't yet listened to Episode 20, start there and then come back to Episode 23!
June 19, 2017
E22: Weston Kieschnick & Old School Wisdom + New School Technology
Weston is a Senior Fellow at the International Center for Leadership in Education. A former high school history teacher, assistant principal, and district administrator, he now provides teacher development, coaching, and keynotes to educators all over the country, specializing in blended learning and educational technology. Weston and his wife Molly host Teaching Keating, an acclaimed podcast where pop-culture and pedagogy collide. Bold School, his book about combining old-school wisdom and new-school technology to create blended learning that works, will be available July 5. In this broadcast, Weston joins Brent to share stories about how teachers are combining innovative technology with tried and true practices to take student learning to the next level.
June 12, 2017
E21: Jennifer Wagner & Online Student Projects
Jennifer is back for another episode! If you haven't yet listened to Episode 1, be sure to take some time to do so as Jen and Brent share stories about a teacher's influence. Jennifer is a K-8 technology teacher, Google Certified Teacher, BrainPOP Ambassador, and Discovery Education Guru. In this broadcast, Jen talks about how she helps teachers all over the world collaborate with each other through her online projects at Projects By Jen.
June 05, 2017
E20: John Eick & The Power of Appreciation
John, a former high school drama teacher, assistant principal and principal, is the Executive Director of Westlake Charter School in Sacramento, California. A passionate educator, John shares resources through his high-energy podcast "Learn With John Eick" and website of the same name. In this broadcast, John and Brent share stories about the power of "Thank You" and how affirming those around you can have an immeasurable impact.
May 29, 2017
E19: Chris Passafume & Creating Engaging Classroom Environments
Chris is in his 12th year in education, currently teaching 3rd grade teacher at Monte Vista Elementary School in Murrieta, California. Always looking to create engaging experiences for his students, Chris brings high-interest activities like PlayStation, fidget spinners, and fantasy football into his classroom. He also shares resources with his students and their families through his website at teampassafume.com. In this broadcast, Chris and Brent share stories of how making your classroom a can't-miss destination can lead to increased student engagement and learning.
May 22, 2017
E18: Cori Orlando & Stepping Out of Our Comfort Zones
Cori is a mother, teacher, and encourager of others. She is currently a Teacher On Special Assignment (TOSA) in the Simi Valley Unified School District. She is a Google Certified Educator (Level 1 and 2) and the co-moderator of the #SVTChat, #SVTBook, and #VCHSChat Twitter chats. She also regularly provides inspiration and encouragement through her blog Leading In Limbo. In this broadcast, Cori and Brent share stories of how moving out of our comfort zones, while sometimes uncomfortable, can stretch and grow us.
May 15, 2017
E17: Tony Vincent & The Impact of Making Connections with Other Educators
Tony is a former 5th grade teacher now working as an educational consultant, sharing resources through his website at learninginhand.com. He has worked with educators in almost every state, Canada, Australia, England, and the Caribbean to facilitate workshops and make presentations to K-12 educators and students. He has authored books, produced videos, developed an iPad app, and blogged about learning and technology. In 2001 he had a 1:1 classroom full of Palm Pilots, and in 2005 he started one of the first podcasts from an elementary school (Radio WillowWeb). In this broadcast, Tony and Brent share stories about the incredible influence educators can have by connecting and sharing with others.
May 08, 2017
E16: John Stevens & Promoting Parent-Student Conversation
John is an educational technology coach for Chaffey Joint Union High School District who has taught high school Geometry, Algebra 1, middle school Math, Service Learning, and Robotics, Engineering, and Design. He co-founded and moderates #CAedchat, the weekly teacher Twitter chat for the state of California, and is the co-founder and organizer of EdCamp Palm Springs. John is also the co-author of The Classroom Chef, a book designed to help teachers take risks in their classrooms and encourage them to prepare a lesson like a fine meal. In this broadcast, John shares stories that prompted him to write Table Talk Math, a book encouraging parents to engage in math-based conversations with their children.
May 01, 2017
E15: Dr. Todd Schmidt & The Best Parts of Being a Principal
Todd is in his fifth year as the principal of Harbor View Elementary in Corona del Mar, California. Before becoming the lead learner at Harbor View, he spent 13 years as a classroom teacher and two as an assistant principal. Todd is an active member of the educational community, sharing his wisdom, experiences, and resources on Twitter and through his blog. In this broadcast, Todd and Brent chat about the best parts of being a principal.
April 24, 2017
E14: Kelly Ruiz, Donnie Walton & Reflecting on Homework Practices
Kelly and Donnie are two of the amazing teachers at Brent's school, teaching fourth and fifth grade respectively. True lifelong learners, they are both passionate about student learning and always looking to improve their craft. In this broadcast, Kelly and Donnie sit down with Brent to share stories of how they are reflecting on their homework practices, tackling the question "Why are we doing what we're doing?"
April 17, 2017
E13: Jeff Bradbury & The Power of Podcasting
Jeff is the Coordinator for Technology Integration for the Westwood Regional School District in New Jersey. He is also the creator of TeacherCast.net, TeacherCast University, and Educational Podcasting Today. Jeff is an ASCD Emerging Leader, Google Certified Teacher, Google Education Trainer, PBS Learning Media Digital Innovator, Microsoft Innovative Educator, Microsoft Surface Expert, speaker, writer, podcaster, broadcaster, consultant, and educational media specialist. In this broadcast, Jeff and Brent share stories about the impact podcasting can have on students and teachers.
April 10, 2017
E12: Rushton Hurley & Making Staff Meetings Can't-Miss Events
Rushton is back for another episode! A former Japanese language teacher and principal of an online high school, Rushton is the founder and executive director of Next Vista for Learning, a free library of videos by and for teachers and students at NextVista.org. He now trains teachers and other professionals all over the world and shares inspiration in his book Making Your School Something Special. In this broadcast, Rushton and Brent share stories about staff meetings (yes, staff meetings) and how they don't have to be something teachers just survive, but rather engaging, can't-miss events.
April 04, 2017
E11: Scott Bedley & Our Favorite Teachers
Scott has been a passionate educator in Southern California for over 20 years. Currently teaching 5th grade, he was selected 2014 Orange County Teacher of the Year, was a California State Teacher of the Year Finalist, and was the winner of the 2013 Project Tomorrow's Innovative STEM Teacher Award. Scott is also the co-creator of Global School Play Day, creator of Technology Applied Science Fair, and co-host of two podcasts (The Bedley Bros and Grumpy Old Teachers). In this broadcast, Scott and Brent share stories about the best teachers they had growing up and what we can learn from those teachers.
March 28, 2017
E10: Monique Petrucci & The Power of Apology
Monique works alongside Brent as one of the amazing teachers at his school, teaching transitional kindergarten and kindergarten. Anyone who thinks kindergarten lacks rigor and is all about nap time has never visited Monique's classroom. Students under her instruction are developing critical thinking skills, performing at incredibly high levels, building community, and most importantly, loving learning. In this episode, Monique and Brent transparently share personal stories of falling short with students and the incredible power of an apology.
March 21, 2017
E9: Tim Bedley & How I Became a Teacher
Tim has been providing students innovative learning experiences for nearly 30 years. Always looking for new ways to engage his students, Tim has transformed his classroom by incorporating outside-the-box lessons, flexible seating, and Gallery Learning. He is the co-founder of Global School Play Day and shares his experience and expertise at educational conferences and through his two podcasts: The Bedley Bros. (with his brother Scott) and the 5-Minute MishMash. In this episode, Tim and Brent share their unique stories of how they got into education and what they learned through the process.
March 14, 2017
E8: Cassie Caldwell & Making the Unexpected Difference
Cassie serves alongside Brent as the Assistant Principal of Alta Murrieta Elementary School. Before moving into administration, Cassie served as Resource Specialist, Read 180/System 44 teacher, and Intervention Specialist. In this broadcast, Cassie and Brent share stories of how we won't always see all the fruits of our labor, that we make a big impact in the lives of students, even when we don't realize it.
March 06, 2017
E7: Rushton Hurley & Making Connections with Students
Rushton is the founder and executive director of Next Vista for Learning, a free library of videos by and for teachers and students at NextVista.org. A former Japanese language teacher, principal of an online high school, and educational technology researcher, Rushton now trains teachers and other professionals all over the world and shares inspiration in his book Making Your School Something Special. In this broadcast, Rushton and Brent share stories about connecting with students and how those connections can transcend curriculum and create lifelong memories for students.
February 28, 2017
E6: Don Coley & The Importance of Relationships
Recognize the last name? Yep, Don is Brent's dad. Don has more than 35 years of experience in executive-level marketing and management and is the author of A Steward’s Journey, Solving the Money Maze. Since 2006, Don has served as Teen Challenge of Southern California’s Chief Administrative Officer, teaching both formally and informally on a daily basis. In this broadcast, Brent and his dad share stories of how good teaching starts with relationships.
February 20, 2017
E5: Pat Kelley & How Personal Shapes Professional
Pat Kelley has worn many hats during his career in education. He has served as a middle school teacher, Coordinator of Child Welfare and Attendance, Assistant Principal, Principal, Director and Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources, and now serves as Superintendent of Murrieta Valley Unified School District. In this broadcast, Pat and Brent share stories of how our personal experiences can help shape us professionally.
February 14, 2017
E4: Lisa Dabbs & The Power of Collaboration
Lisa started her career as an elementary school teacher in Southern California before moving into administration where she served as an elementary principal for 14 years. Now an educational and social media consultant, Lisa is passionate about supporting and mentoring new and pre-service teachers, committed to the mission that no teacher should have to go through his or her teaching days alone. In this episode, Lisa and Brent share stories about how connecting with other educators can pay huge dividends.
February 07, 2017
E3: Bill Selak & Taking Risks as Admin
Before becoming the Director of Technology at Hillbrook School in Northern California, Bill taught elementary music, kindergarten, and second grade. He is an ISTE Kay L. Bitter Vision Award winner, ISTE Emerging Leader, Google Certified Innovator, and is Leading Edge Certified. He shares all things #eduawesome via his website, Twitter, and Snapchat (@billselak). In this episode, Bill and Brent share stories about taking risks as administrators.
January 31, 2017
E2: Lori Poliska & Taking Risks in the Classroom
Lori has been providing innovative learning experiences for students for over 30 years. Always seeking to improve her practice, she is currently working toward National Board Certification. In this episode, Lori and Brent share stories about flexible seating in the classroom and the need to take risks in order to meet the needs of all students.
January 24, 2017
E1: Jennifer Wagner & The Power of Observation
Jennifer is a Google Certified Teacher, BrainPOP Ambassador, Discovery Education Guru, and helps teachers all over the world collaborate with each other through her online projects at Projects By Jen. In this premiere episode of Teaching Tales, Brent and Jen share a few stories reminding listeners of a teacher's influence.
January 17, 2017