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Communications by Design (CBD) is an education technology consulting company devoted to supporting teachers' efforts to transform teaching and learning. This podcast is hosted by our team of instructional and technology integration coaches. Find more and connect with us immediately at (you can even talk to a coach live via our virtual coaching office!).
038: Wowville (As Cool as It Sounds!) w/ Christina Ostrander
Christina Ostrander ( ) teaches 4th grade at Mason Elementary in Grand Blanc Community Schools. In an effort to make social studies more interesting, Christina conceived Wowville. In short, students construct and operate a city, but with her students at the helm, it became so much more! Teachers of any content and level should hear Erik and Christina discuss this year-long, multi-discipline, student-centered project! For more or to connect with one of our instructional and technology coaches like Erik, visit
August 15, 2018
037: Professional Collaboration Done Better w/ Katie and Dee
Katie and Dee are both Lakeside Elementary teachers in Muskegon Public Schools. In this episode, Zach talks with Katie and Dee about their thoughts on finding better ways to collaborate effectively and efficiently. For more from our team of instructional and technology coaches like Zach, visit
August 13, 2018
036: Gamifying 3rd Grade Social Studies with Mark Schlaudt
Mark Schlaudt ( ) teaches 3rd grade at Roguewood Elementary in Rockford Public Schools. Mark and Erik discuss how a simple gamification process revolutionized the social studies learning for his students. For from our instructional coaches like Erik or to connect with us immediately, visit
August 8, 2018
035: International Collaboration and More w/ Teresa Perles
For episode 35, Pete talks with Teresa Perles, a teacher at Alpha and Omega school in Spain. Pete and Teresa first met at an education conference in 2015 where Pete heard Teresa present about some of her strategies. Impressed even years later, we reached out to Teresa to share her ongoing thoughts about giving students ownership of instruction as well as connecting with other classrooms internationally. Connect with Teresa by finding her on Twitter ( ), LinkedIn, and Facebook. For more from our team or to connect with our instructional coaches like Pete, visit
August 6, 2018
034: These 6 Things with Dave Stuart, Jr.
Dave Stuart, Jr. is an author, blogger, presenter, and high school social studies teacher who has devoted himself to fostering, as he describes, long-term flourishing in his students and his readership. In this episode, Pete and Dave discuss his book, These 6 Things, in the context of his vision for teaching and learning and his hopes for other teachers. Educators will no doubt be inspired, refreshed, and challenged by Dave's insights and experiences! Learn more about Dave's work and the release of his latest book at where you can also sign up for his free newsletter. For more from our team of instructional coaches, visit
August 1, 2018
033: ClassroomScreen, Tour Builders, Gimkit w/ the CBD Team
In this episode, the CBD team slams some interesting ideas for instructional technology. We hope you enjoy a few practical edtech tips! For more or to connect with our instructional coaches, visit
July 30, 2018
032: Collaboration Screens with Marisa Thompson
Marisa Thompson ( ) is an ELA teacher, PD instructor, and presenter in Southern California. Recently, Marisa developed a solution to the constant concern of isolation in a 1:1 technology environment. With her HS students, she implemented what she calls "Collaboration Screens" and wrote about the community development that resulted on her blog, . Listen to Zach and Marisa discuss why and how she made this change, and check out Marisa's blog for more from her! To connect with one of our instructional coaches like Zach, visit
July 25, 2018
031: Tips for Changing Routines with Ellen Wiese
Ellen Wiese teaches special education in Godfrey-Lee Public Schools. Working with a CI student population often elevates certain kinds of challenges, and according to Ellen, one such challenge is change. In this episode, Pete talks with Ellen about how she approaches change in things like classroom routines so that improvements are possible without sacrificing student comfort. For more from our team of instructional and technology coaches, or to connect with a coach like Pete, visit
July 23, 2018
030: 3 Active Vocabulary Strategies with Jasmine Ramahi
Jasmine Ramahi teaches world languages at East Kentwood Public Schools. In this episode, Pete talks with Jasmine about the importance of understanding academic vocabulary, and Jasmine shares 3 of her favorite vocabulary strategies for students. For more from our instructional coaches or to connect with Pete or another coach on our team, visit
July 18, 2018
029: GO LIVE! to Share Your Classroom with Garth Trask
Garth Trask is a highly innovative 1st grade teacher at Jeffers Elementary in Spring Lake, MI. In this episode, Erik talks with Garth about the idea of live broadcasting classroom activities for others to see. All K-12 teachers should hear and consider this incredible strategy to break down the classroom walls and invite families and others in! To connect with Garth directly, email him at or find him on Twitter at For more from our team of instructional coaches or to connect with a coach like Erik directly, visit
July 16, 2018
028: Leadership & Ed w/ Angie Morgan, NYT bestselling author
In this extended episode, Pete talks with leadership expert Angie Morgan, co-author of the New York Times Bestseller "Spark" as well as "Lead from the Front" (for more, visit ). Angie and Pete discuss how leadership and education intersect as well as such topics as feedback, accountability, empathy, and even mindfulness and mental health. To learn more about Angie's work, visit . For more from our team of instructional coaches or to connect with us, visit
July 11, 2018
027: Project-Based Learning for Math with Glenn and Bob
Glenn Waddell and Bob Quinn ( and ) work with pre-service teachers at the University of Nevada Reno, supporting math and science teachers and efforts to integrate Project-Based Instruction. In this episode, Zach and Amy talk with Glenn and Bob about strategies to elevate the PBL experience in a math classroom. To learn about their program, visit For more resources or to connect with one of our instructional coaches like Zach and Amy, visit
July 9, 2018
026: Desmos, Guess Who, and HS Math with Mike Dodge
As a high school math teacher, Mike Dodge ( ) has infused technology tools like Desmos in dynamic ways to enhance instruction and build inquiry (often a challenge in a math classroom!). Listen to episode 26 to hear Pete talk with Mike about some of those strategies. For more resources or to connect with an instructional coach like Pete, visit
July 4, 2018
025: A 5th Grade Research Project with Dean Meyer
Dean Meyer ( or ) teaches 5th grade at Laingsburg Elementary School. He also assists in leading the district technology committee. In this episode, Dean shares some of the activities and strategies he finds most useful and impactful, one example being his very unique take on a College Research Project (yes, in 5th grade!). Listen for more about how he brings that to life for 10 yos. For more resources or to connect with one of our instructional coaches like Zach, visit
July 2, 2018
024: LIVE from #ISTE18! Idea Slam with the CBD Team
We bring this one to you from the main conference hall at the ISTE 2018 conference in Chicago! The CBD team shares insights and reflections about ideas, strategies, or tech tools we discovered through this year's ISTE experience. Sure, there's background noise (we are in a conference hall surrounded by thousands of people!), but it is the sound of positive progress toward elevating education! For more from our team of instructional and technology coaches, visit (remember, you can connect with use directly in many ways - visit the page for the details).
June 27, 2018
023: Screencasting Lessons & Assessments w/ LeAnn Knudsen
LeAnn Knudsen teaches a split class of 4th and 5th grade students at Moon Elementary. In an effort to cope with not only a plethora of student needs, LeAnn also must teach two different curriculums simultaneously. Her solution: screencasting. Listen to LeAnn talk about how this tool and her strategies have transformed her instruction and her students' learning. For more or to connect with one of our instructional and technology coaches like Pete, visit
June 25, 2018
022: Elevate Empathy w/ David Theune, Fulbright Scholar
David Theune teaches ELA at Spring Lake High School where he also launched the Elevate Empathy movement in the form of a book by that title and a podcast called The Share Chair. Listen to David's story and his compelling quest to let teenagers be heard, both in his own and nearby districts as well as, being recently awarded the Fulbright Scholarship, the Netherlands and beyond. David makes a regular habit of connecting with other teachers and would love to discuss how others can join his efforts. He can be found on Twitter (@DavidTheune), Facebook (David Theune), and Instagram (@dktheune), and we encourage listeners to check out his podcast at For more or to connect with one of our instructional and technology coaches like Pete, visit
June 20, 2018
021: Competency Is Not Enough with Amber Kasic
Amber Kasic teaches world languages at Holland High School where she has invested herself in the work of fostering skills in her students beyond the scope of content and curriculum. Along with traveling the world, Amber has served on the 2017-18 Michigan Teacher Leadership Advisory Council. To connect with Amber, follower her on twitter at For more or to connect with one of our instructional and technology coaches like Pete, visit
June 18, 2018
020: Your Mess is Your Message project with Leah Sajdak
Leah Sajdak teaches ELA at Sparta Middle School. Leah shares a project geared toward fostering empathy in deeper and more meaningful ways with her students, a project that has implications for a lot of subject areas and grade levels! To connect with Leah directly, you can email her at For more strategies or to connect with one of our instructional and technology coaches like Zach, visit
June 13, 2018
019: Mystery Hangouts w/ Jim Bowering and Kristen Vallimont
Jim and Kristen teach 5th grade in Grand Blanc Community Schools. Both tried Mystery Hangouts for the first time this year and found the experience not only worthwhile but worth repeating! Listen to their experiences as well as pro tips about how to maximize a dynamic collaboration experience like Mystery Hangouts. To get started with your own Mystery Hangout, simply search "Mystery Hangouts Google+" and join the community. For more from our team or to connect with Pete or any other instructional and technology coaches on our team, visit
June 11, 2018
018: The Transforming Learning Journey with Renne Wyman
Renne Wyman teaches special education at Sparta High School. Over the course of her conversation with Elaine, she shares countless strategies and resources to leverage technology in Special Education, but greater still is her inspiring story about how a 20-year veteran teacher learns new and profound ways to meet students' needs and elevate instruction. For more or to connect with Elaine or any of our instructional and technology coaches, visit
June 8, 2018
017: Flexible Seating (not just bean bags) w/ Katie Nethaway
Katie Nethaway teaches 3rd grade at Laingsburg Elementary and is diving deep into the world of student-centered learning, starting with the furniture and seating in her room. If you have considered flexible seating in any capacity, tune-in to receive vital insights and inspiring examples. Katie would love to share more with any interested, so feel free to reach out to her at For more or to connect with one of our instructional and technology integration coaches, visit
June 6, 2018
016: Collaboration Beyond the Classroom w/ Lindsay & Valerie
Lindsay and Valerie are Grand Blanc Community Schools teachers who found immense value in cross-building collaboration. Listen as Pete and Elaine ask about how Lindsay's 8th graders and Valerie's 11th graders connected in a meaningful way. For more or to connect with one of our instructional and technology coaches, visit
June 4, 2018
015: CBD Team Idea Slam: Rewordify, Google Sites, and more!
In this episode, the CBD team of instructional coaches (minus Elaine who was not able to attend) get together to share interesting technology tools and strategies that we have recently encountered during our time working with teachers. The episode is a casual conversation intended to give you a glimpse into a Friday afternoon with CBD. For more or to connect with one of us, visit
June 1, 2018
014: Discussing Education with Tracy Horodyski, 2016-17 MTOY
In a change of pace from our previous episodes, episode 14 is a more extended conversation with the 2016-17 Michigan Teacher of the Year, Tracy Horodyski. During the conversation, we discuss her experiences as TOY as well as some compelling topics relevant to education perspectives today. To contact Tracy directly, find her on Twitter (@tracyhorodyski) or email her at For more or to connect with one of our instructional and technology coaches, visit
May 30, 2018
013: A Student Feedback Strategy with Meggin Verduzco
Meggin Verduzco shares a simple but powerful feedback strategy that both creates opportunity for students to receive more feedback on their work and fosters much-needed communication and digital interaction skills. We discussed the idea of feedback in greater depth in episode 9, but listen now as Meggin shares a practical strategy for just such a thing. For more or to connect with one of our instructional and technology coaches, visit
May 23, 2018
012: How 1st Graders Change the World with Jaci Jackson
Jaci Jackson teaches 1st grade at Lakes Elementary in Rockford, MI. Her background includes both suburban and urban school districts, and whatever the student population, she has found great success in fostering and growing positive life skills in her students. Listen as she discusses some of her strategies and perspectives. For more or to connect with one of our instructional and technology coaches, visit
May 21, 2018
011: Pocket Poetry with Rebecca Hubbard
Rebecca Hubbard teaches middle and high school English and Creative Writing at Frankfort High School. Together with several of her students, she describes the Pocket Poetry idea they developed to bring life to poetry in new and innovative ways. For more about the original idea, search "Poem in Your Pocket Day." Continue the conversation with one of our instructional and technology coaches by visiting
May 17, 2018
010: Power Responses with Mark Wells
Mark Wells is a high school band instructor who wanted the ability to give every student meaningful, personal feedback on his/her playing. His solution was the development of what he calls Power Responses. Listen as Pete Grostic discusses the development and implementation of the strategy with Mark. If you like the concept but don't know where to start, connect with a CBD coach today by visiting
May 11, 2018
009: 2 Things Every Classroom Needs NOW
In this episode, we discuss two must-have elements of teaching and learning that represent a synthesis of innumerable conversations with teachers and years of supporting research and that every classroom can integrate and incorporate immediately. For more, visit and talk to one of our coaches today!
May 2, 2018
008: Monday Morning Meetings with Dan Derksen
In this episode of the Transforming Learning Podcast, Dan Derksen, a 5th grade teacher at Valley View Elementary School in Rockford, shares his strategy for Monday Morning Meetings. For more, visit
April 27, 2018
007: 3 Things that Elevate Every Learning Experience
In this episode, we share thoughts about high impact learning experiences and the 3 things that tend to occur in those memorable learning moments. For more, visit
April 18, 2018
006: Flipgrid Fridays with Carmen Weigel
In this episode, Carmen Weigel, a high school teacher in East Grand Rapids, MI, shares her Flipgrid Fridays strategy for her business classes. Check out flipgrid via For more, visit
April 17, 2018
005: Students Do the Technology and Instructional Support
In this episode, we share a strategy many school districts are beginning to implement that involves utilizing students for technology support and instructional coaching in their schools. For more, visit
April 16, 2018
004: An Activity to Bring the Periodic Table to Life
In this episode, we will share an idea that a middle school science teacher suggested to bring the study of the periodic table of elements to life. This strategy could also easily be adapted to any subject area or content! For more, visit
April 16, 2018
003: A New Take on Podcasting to Give Students Voice
In this episode, we share an idea from Spring Lake High School teacher David Theune who uses podcasting as a way to combat bullying and cruelty in his school. For more, visit
April 16, 2018
002: Teacher Collaboration and 3 ?s to Boost Conversations
In this episode, we will share 3 questions that teachers can ask one another (or use for individual reflection) to maximize collaborative time and support sharing practical ideas with one another. For more, visit
April 16, 2018
001: Welcome to the Transforming Learning Podcast!
Communications by Design is an education technology consulting company devoted to supporting schools and teachers through innovative technology integrations and instructional practices. In this first episode, we want simply to share a bit about our company and our purpose for the podcast. Connect with us directly at
April 16, 2018
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