Welcome to Exploring Education. Our goal is to provide our community at large with tips, tricks and best practices for education both at school and at home. We focus on what matters most for young learners and share tips, strategies and best practices to inspire our listeners. Subscribe to our podcast to stay up to date with what we are thinking about!
This episode features Miguel Salcedo, Adrienne Soto and Leslie Cook, who are some of our Instructional Lead Teachers at Washington Elementary and within RBUSD. We discuss the importance of honoring the process of learning and how making mistakes can be beautiful opportunities.
This episode features two parents who are committed to our community at Washington Elementary. Amy Huh and Dan Reed share information about our PTA and their plans for keeping our community connected this school year.
This episode features a talk given by Andrea Bittick, Principal, and Sara McMaster, Assistant Principal at Washington Elementary School in Redondo Beach Unified School District. The talk highlights details of what parents, students, staff and community members can expect as we prepare to reopen our school in 100% distance learning for the start of the 2020-2021 school year.
This episode features a conversation with South Bay Literacy Council. This all volunteer organization provides free tutoring for adults in our community looking to improve their proficiencies in reading, writing and speaking English. The mission of SBLC is to change and empower lives through the gift of literacy. Tune into this episode to hear all about SBLC and what they provide for the South Bay!
Visit their website: southbayliteracy.org to learn more!
This episode features a chat with the founders of Pop the Bubble. Pop the Bubble is a community organization within the South Bay focused on empowering children through empathy, education and action.
Find out more by following Pop the Bubble on Instagram, facebook, or by visiting their website.
This episode features one of our Washington Elementary parents and staff members, Dee Cresta. Dee shares her perspectives and reflections on learning at home this past spring and what her family has in store this summer. She reminds us all to be balanced, maintain a calm environment and let our kids lead the way.
This episode features our favorite librarian, Christine Campisi, from Washington Elementary School in RBUSD. Christine highlights free options as well as her review of recommended book subscription boxes for parents to check out. We also chat a little about summer book clubs and how easy they are to set up and get going. All it takes is a little initiative!
Listeners can access our blog post that parallels this episode at exploringeducation.blog for resources and links.
Miguel Salcedo, one of my colleagues at Washington Elementary in RBUSD, shares his perspectives on his journey as a human and educator in analyzing bias and how he translates that to his 4th and 5th grade students. In this episode, we talk about going into the "Danger Zone," with students to discuss and explore topics that many shy away from as well as why it's critical for educators to engage students in analyzing text and life events from multiple perspectives.
This episode highlights a conversation with Andrea Bittick and Andrew Estrada, our school leaders at Washington Elementary School in RBUSD. The chat captures the work that teachers and staff have been doing to create a climate and culture where all students feel safe, supported and connected. We also discuss the work ahead of us as educators to ensure that all students thrive academically.
There are many unknowns for the future of education, however one thing we know for sure is that these school leaders are focused on putting students first.
This episode captures a conversation with some key players from Adams Middle School in Redondo Beach. Our guests, Brianne Nakayama, Amber Beach, Kelly Egan and Andrew Estrada, share their thoughts on what is essential for parents to know, as well as a close look at programs and opportunities that will help support students and allow them to find their niche.
This episode explores what makes up a Makerspace, the concept of learning through tinkering and problem solving, and how we can set our little engineers up for successful and productive failures. (Oxymoron, right?) The chat features Jessie Baird and Meleesa Smith, two of our Kindergarten teachers in RBUSD. Within their classroom Makerspace, these educators find the benefits of problem solving, making messes and engaging in productive struggles with their students.
Check out these resources to dig deeper:
Books for Young Makers
Makerspace at Home
In this interview with Paige Mosqueda, one of our elementary school counselors in RBUSD, we discuss something that weighs many of us down--Stress. Paige shares 10 tips for managing stress in our chat. Stick around for the end of this episode where Paige will lead listeners through a guided imagery exercise.
10 Tips for Managing Stress
Be a model for your child, practice for just a few minutes a day, and as always--stay patient! These are some of the essentials for speech and language development listeners will hear about in this chat with Cindy Zink, one of my favorite Speech and Language Pathologists and a famed member of our team at Washington Elementary!
How are you doing? Do you have what you need? What are you thinking about? Listen to this episode if you are curious about why these simple questions might be the best ones to ask.
Read the post here on the Exploring Education blog.
Listen to this episode to hear a chat with Christine Campisi, my favorite librarian. As we chat you will hear about the concept of thinking about your child's journey as a reader, how to gain the confidence to honor what appeals to them first before what "level," they are, and why we love Epic Books. We also talk about the reasons why we should never shy away from a picture book at any age!
Educators and parents who are looking for suggestions of series books that appeal to the readers who gravitate toward the same titles time and time again will appreciate this episode where we feature a chat with Christine Campisi, our beloved book loving Librarian. Christine shares her suggestions for series that will help kids add variety to their reading lives while also sticking within a genre that feels good to them.
This episode features two educators who work in RBUSD educational services, Susan Wildes and Karin Sato. They share their candid perspectives on distance learning and the life-long skills children have an opportunity to develop right now. Listeners will also hear suggestions for how families and students can give themselves permission to take a break when needed in order to keep calm and balance in the home.
This episode features two amazing educators who will happen to just love Math! Heather Ladd and Agnes Kiazolu join us to share their thoughts about how to engage and inspire our young Mathematicians as well as some concrete examples of the types of conversations parents can have with their children to promote Mathematical thinking.
Join us to listen to some great tips and strategies from our guests on this episode, Kerri Pennings and Brenda Restori. Kerri is one of our Resource Specialists at Washington Elementary and Brenda is a school psychologist in RBUSD. This episode is focused on things that parents can to do help their child create a plan for the day's learning, and how to chunk assignments to manage a workload and increase time on task.