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Navigating Education - The Podcast

Navigating Education - The Podcast

By Matthew Rhoads, Ed.D.
Navigating Education - The podcast provides K-12, higher education educators, and the greater community with a forum to discuss relevant and important issues related to education now in the present as well as the future. This podcast is hosted by Dr. Matt Rhoads, who has hats in both K-12 and higher education. He hosts two different types of episodes for listeners. He produces a 10-minute monologue and 30-minute interviews with educators from across the world. Learn how to take research-based concepts and conversations to implementing them within your classroom, school site, and district.
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Episode 27 - Part 1 of the Coaching Series: Beginning the School Year as an Instructional Leader/Coach with Etienne’ aka Steven Langlois

Navigating Education - The Podcast

Ep 55 - Student Student Habits with Elizabeth Jorgensen
In this episode of the podcast, we will focus on process-based assessment and student study habits. The topic of grades will be discussed and how to use assessment as a mechanism to support learning versus grades. Elizabeth provides us with concrete examples of how to not use grades in a writing class as well as how this can transform the student experience to take more risks and have more authentic learning experiences. We will also have a brief conversation about why Elizabeth formulated these ideas into a book called "Hacking Student Study Habits." Guest Bio: Elizabeth Jorgensen is a high school writing teacher from Wisconsin. She focuses on process-based assessment that provides students with feedback throughout their time with her in their class. An advocate and practitioner of a gradeless class, she prides herself on giving students opportunities for authentic learning experiences. For more information about Elizabeth and her work, check out  Guest Social Media Twitter - @LyzaJo Learn More About Navigating Education - The Podcast Website: Twitter: @mattrhoads1990 More Podcast Episodes:
September 11, 2022
Ep 54 - Trauma Informed Practices with Joshua Stamper
As we begin the school year, all educators within all contexts work with students who have experienced trauma as well as experience trauma within classrooms and schools. In this episode, Joshua Stamper joins the podcast to discuss Trauma-Informed Practices. The goal is to illustrate a number of strategies for how educators can navigate trauma within classrooms and schools to support their students and themselves. Guest Bio:  Joshua Stamper initially used his artistic talent, creativity and original ideas as a professional graphic designer. He then transitioned to inspiring students to utilize their imagination and creative expression in public education. Being unsuccessful as a student growing up, Joshua never expected to be back in the classroom as a teacher, athletic coach or administrator. His struggles as a student spawned a passion to change the education model, push the boundaries of traditional learning, and explore new innovative ideas. Joshua has been a middle school Assistant Principal in North Texas for the past eight years, where he's served at four campuses in two school districts. Guest Social Media Twitter & Instagram - Joshua_Stamper Learn More About Navigating Education - The Podcast Website: Twitter: @mattrhoads1990 More Podcast Episodes:
August 28, 2022
Ep 53 - Balance EDU with Erin Kiger
In episode 53, Erin Kiger will discuss with Dr. Rhoads how storytelling and collaboration can help us navigate challenges and celebrations as well as #jugglethestruggleedu. This conversation is geared towards supporting educators as we begin the upcoming school year as we want to provide a toolkit of how we can juggle the year's challenges and be sustainable in our practice. Guest Bio Erin Kiger has worked in education for 17 years. I began working as a classroom teacher in 2004 and have taught K, 1st, 4th, 5th, and technology. After earning my MEd in Curriculum and Instruction with a focus on Technology Integration, I left the classroom to support teachers with technology integration. Since 2012, I have been working with teachers as both a technology and an instructional coach. I have also been responsible for data collection and testing coordination. Guest Social Media Twitter and Instagram: @EBGTech Learn More About Navigating Education - The Podcast Website: Twitter: @mattrhoads1990 More Podcast Episodes:
August 18, 2022
Ep 52 - Building Classroom Community and Relationships with Students with Bonnie Nieves
In this episode, teacher and consultant Bonnie Nieves will discuss with Dr. Rhoads strategies to build relationships and community within our classrooms and schools. As this episode airs as we begin the 22-23 school year, the strategies outlined will help teachers and school leaders set up the routines needed to begin building relationships with students. Building relationships and community are important factors related to student learning, which should be established and reinforced continually throughout the school year. Our goal is to address this and support educators in implementing them as they begin their school year. Guest Bio Bonnie Nieves is a high school Biology teacher with a Master’s Degree in Curriculum, Instruction, and Educational Leadership and a member of the MassCUE board of directors. She is passionate about creating immersive, authentic experiences that fuel curiosity and creating student-centered, culturally responsive learning spaces that promote equity and inclusion. Bonnie is also a member of the National Association of Biology Teachers (NABT), Teacher Institute for Evolutionary Science (TIES), and National Science Teaching Association (NSTA). She encourages you to connect with her on Twitter @biologygoddess, Instagram @beawesomeonpurpose, and LinkedIn. Learn More About Navigating Education - The Podcast Website: Twitter: @mattrhoads1990 More Podcast Episodes:
August 12, 2022
Ep 51 - The Technology Integration Matrix and Integrating it into Coaching with Renee Dawson
In this episode, teacher and technology coach Renee Dawson discusses the Technology Integration Matrix as well as how she utilizes it to coach teachers on integrating technology and pedagogy to amplify student learning. We outline what the TIM is and how we can integrate it into our coaching to build capacity in using instructional strategies with technology. Many practical applications are outlined to assess teacher progress and implementing the matrix within coaching cycles. Also, various resources are discussed to help coaches, schools, and districts implement the matrix.  Guest Bio Renee Dawson is an Educational Technology Specialist, Verizon Innovative Learning Coach, and Verizon Innovation Lab Mentor from Atlanta, Georgia working at the middle school level. Before moving into her current role, she spent 14 years in Special Education, working with students from Pre-K to Adult Transition in self-contained physical disabilities, co-teaching, resource, and Reintegration for Juvenile Delinquents Supplemental Documents/Resources Mentioned in the Podcast TIM Practice Videos: TIM Evaluation Tool Info: Coaching Playbook: Canva Template: Google Slides Template: Badging, Leaderboard, & more: Learn More About Navigating Education - The Podcast Website: Twitter: @mattrhoads1990 More Podcast Episodes:
July 22, 2022
Ep 50 - Themes from 50 Episodes to Navigate the Present and Future of Education
In this episode, Dr. Rhoads had a solo monologue discussing some of the major themes encompassing all 50 episodes of the podcast to help educators navigate the present and future of education. The themes discussed will include relationships first, Maslow before below, educator autonomy, professional development pathways, feedback over grading, encouraging gratitude, risk-taking, and innovation, and being prepared to teach within any classroom setting. Learn More About Navigating Education - The Podcast Website: Twitter: @mattrhoads1990 More Podcast Episodes:
July 15, 2022
Ep 49 - Evolving with Gratitude with Lainie Rowell
In this episode, we will be discussing how gratitude can not only affect us on a personal basis but also transform our classrooms and schools. Our guest for this episode, Lainie Rowell, author of the book Evolving with Gratitude, provides strategies and ideas to help our own personal gratitude practices as well as transfer them to our classrooms and schools. By the end of this show, you will have a toolkit of strategies to amplify your gratitude practices as well as how you can teach them within your classroom and schools. Guest Bio Lainie Rowell is an Educational Consultant who has experience as a classroom teacher, teacher leader, and district leader. She enjoys utilizing technology to help optimize learning for students in addition to sharing with teachers those very strategies to amplify instruction and student learning. Lainie is the author of two books, which include Evolving Learner and Evolving with Gratitude.  Guest Social Media Twitter & Instagram: @LainieRowell Website: Learn More About Navigating Education - The Podcast Website: Twitter: @mattrhoads1990 More Podcast Episodes:
July 01, 2022
Ep 48 - Breaking the Blockbuster Model with Nate Ridgway
In this episode of the podcast, we will be discussing instructional models we see in our schools. Currently, there have been pockets of instructional innovation as well as a pushback to traditional instructional models. Our guest, Nate Ridgway has developed a multitude of different strategies and EdTech integrations to try to break away from the traditional educational instructional models we see in schools that are not meeting our student's learning needs. We will discuss our current instructional paradigm as well as future instructional models that can best fit where our learners are going as they move through their educational journey. Join us as we delve into each of these fascinating topics! Guest Bio Nate Ridgway is a History Teacher, Author, Speaker, and Consultant from Indianapolis. He teaches history at the secondary level and also has experience teaching Special Education. Nate enjoys researching and tinkering with instructional models and strategies that make learning engaging and equitable for students. He enjoys creating content for his students to amplify their voices in addition to establishing classrooms that provide 24/7 instruction. He is the author of two books, Don't Ditch that Tech and Breaking the Blockbuster Model.  Guest Social Media Twitter: @teachfromridge Website:  Learn More About Navigating Education - The Podcast Website: Twitter: @mattrhoads1990 More Podcast Episodes:
June 26, 2022
Ep - 47 The Art of Talking with Children with Rebecca Rolland, Ed.D.
In this episode of the podcast, Dr. Rebecca Rolland discusses her work related to how to communicate with children, including examples from her book The Art of Talking with Children. In an ever-changing world, educators and families need to build a toolkit of communication skills to meet children where they are at as well as help build their communication and emotional intelligence skills. Our hope for this episode is to provide a number of examples of how to further communicate with children to add to your toolkit. Guest Bio Rebecca Rolland, Ed.D. is a Speech Pathologist, Harvard Professor, Author, and Consultant who focuses on communication with children. In her book, The Art of Talking with Children, she provides a step-by-step framework and examples of how to create rich conversations with children and dialogue with them to build relationships deeper relationships with them.  Guest Social Media Twitter: @rolland_ug Website: Learn More About Navigating Education - The Podcast Website: Twitter: @mattrhoads1990 More Podcast Episodes:
June 10, 2022
Episode 46 - Tech Coaching with Ainsley Hill
In this episode of Navigating Education - The Podcast, Dr. Rhoads will discuss with Tech Coach Ainsley Hill coaching trends from the 2021-2022 school year, planning for next year, and how to best meet teachers where they are at in relation to the technology integration and instructional capacities. We will outline tips and strategies to help tech coaches, instructional coaches, and instructional leaders on how to meet the needs of teachers and support them in our ever-changing times in education. Guest Bio Ainsley Hill is an Elementary Instructional Technology Facilitator out of Memphis Tennessee. She has classroom experience teaching Special Education to students who were deaf/hard of hearing. In her work, she enjoys working and coaching teachers in technology to amplify student learning as well as building relationships with her staff.  Guest Social Media Twitter: @mrshillteaches Learn More About Navigating Education - The Podcast Website: Twitter: @mattrhoads1990 More Podcast Episodes:
June 03, 2022
Episode 45 - The Collective Mindset with Drs. Richard Bernato and Al Pisano
In this episode of Navigating Education - The Podcast, our guests Drs. Richard Bernato and Al Pisano, will outline "The Collective Mindset" as an organizational, future-w/  based, and innovative framework to help schools, districts, and organizations navigate the present and future.  Additionally, in this episode, our guests will provide leadership and teaching insight throughout the episode as they have their hands both in K-12 and Higher Education and have held many leadership positions within educational organizations. Guest Bios: Richard Bernato’s over fifty years of experience and innovative contributions to all levels of education include simulation design and curriculum development, and creative leadership initiatives. He is especially committed to school restructuring by embedding a futures -based change leadership model into twenty first century needs best exemplified by his 2017 book of the same name. Al Pisano, EdD, Neoteric Thought Leader, Speaker, Author, Educator, Entrepreneur, Futurist Guest Social Media Twitter: @dralpisano, @richDis48 Website: Book: The Collective Mindset Learn More About Navigating Education - The Podcast Website: Twitter: @mattrhoads1990 More Podcast Episodes:
May 17, 2022
Episode 44 - The Expert Effect with Zach Rondot and Grayson McKinney
In this episode, we will discuss the "Expert Effect" and how that can amplify student learning by bringing in an expert from the field to discuss and support what students are learning. We will discuss strategies on how to implement this within K-16 classrooms and how it aligns with project-based learning. Last, we will dive into the Expert Expedition to learn more about how we can use various texts and curricula to implement and amplify the Expert Effect strategy for our classrooms and students. Guest Bios: Together, Zach Rondot and Grayson McKinney are 4th and 5th-grade teachers from Michigan and the authors of the recently published book, The Expert Effect: A Three-Part System to Break Down the Walls of Your Classroom and Connect your Students to the World, which was released by Edumatch Publishing in May of 2021, as well as the upcoming classroom companion picture book, The Expert Expedition. They are both experts in project-based learning, co-teaching, and EdTech integration. They are also well-known for recruiting experts from the field to come into their classrooms to amplify their curriculum for their students.  Guest Social Media Twitter: @MrRondot Instagram: ZachRondot Twitter: @GMcKinney2 Instragram: experteffectedu Learn More About Navigating Education - The Podcast Website: Twitter: @mattrhoads1990 More Podcast Episodes:
May 13, 2022
Episode 43 - Sustainable Teaching and Personalized Learning with Paul Emerich France
In this episode of Navigating Education - The Podcast, Paul Emerich France will discuss his sustainable teaching project and the major themes he has uncovered. In this same light, we will also discuss various systemic and personal and individualized solutions to help make teaching more of a sustainable career and practice. Additionally, we will focus on personalized learning and Paul's ideas relating to humanizing it as well as practices on implementing it within classrooms and schools for students and teachers alike to amplify instruction and learning. Guest Bio: Paul is a consultant, writer, podcaster, Adjunct Professor, Keynote Speaker, and National Board Certified Teacher. He has published two books on Personalized Learning and is working on a new book project on Sustainable Teaching. He has also published with EL Magazine, EdSurge, Edutopia, and ASCD.  Guest Social Media Twitter: @PaulEmerich Learn More About Navigating Education - The Podcast Website: Twitter: @mattrhoads1990 More Podcast Episodes:
May 04, 2022
Episode 42 - Creating Engaging & Choice Based Classes with Laura Boyd
In this episode, we will be meeting with Laura Boyd, a middle school Spanish teacher, who uses engaging strategies to create classrooms that are student-driven. Additionally, we will have a conversation about how she uses EdTech to amplify the strategies she utilizes. Last, we will discuss how she develops student community and uses social-emotional learning as a basis for doing so. Guest Bio: Laura Boyd is a Middle School Spanish teacher from Franklin Tennessee who is an expert on integrating instructional strategies with EdTech tools to amplify language instruction. She has written for Edutopia and has been featured by Teach for America.  Guest Social Media Twitter: @TechnologyLaura Learn More About Navigating Education - The Podcast Website: Twitter: @mattrhoads1990 More Podcast Episodes:
April 24, 2022
Episode 41 - Tech in Language Teaching and Learning with Joe Dale
In this episode of the podcast, we will be discussing how we can use technology to help amplify and support students become multilingual. We will be joined by Language Consultant Joe Dale, who is an expert in using tech-infused pedagogy to teach languages to students. Throughout this episode, we will focus on how we can teach languages to students within any setting using the best tech-infused strategies. Guest Bio: Joe Dale is a well-acclaimed Language Consultant out of the United Kingdom who has taught in primary and secondary settings over his career. His expertise is infusing tech with instructional strategies to amplify language classrooms teaching a wide array of languages.  Guest Social Media Twitter: @JoeDale Learn More About Navigating Education - The Podcast Website: Twitter: @mattrhoads1990 More Podcast Episodes:
April 14, 2022
Episode 40 - Comparing Adult Education in the US vs. the UK
In this episode, we will be discussing the similarities and differences of Adult Education in the US and UK. We will have three guests from the UK, Dr. Lou MyCroft, Jo FletcherSaxon, and Mel Lenehen. They all have leadership positions in Adult Schools in the UK, which will give us insight as to how Adult Schools are organized and what programs they offer. A must listen to learn more about Adult Education and how it can be a game-changer for communities, businesses, and students as an opportunity to grow.  Guest Bios: All three of our guests, Dr. Lou Mycroft, Mel Lenehan, and Jo Fletcher Saxon, have worked or are working in Adult Education in the UK. They have held my roles, including teacher, Assistant Principal, and consultant while working in Adult Education. Ms. Fletcher Saxon is also the podcast host for FE Research Podcast.  Guest Social Media Dr. Lou Mycroft - @loumycroft Mel Lenehan - @mellenenhan Jo Fletcher Saxon - @jfletchersaxon Learn More About Navigating Education - The Podcast Website: Twitter: @mattrhoads1990 More Podcast Episodes:
March 27, 2022
Episode 39: School Finance with Dr. Larry Dake
In this episode of Navigating Education - The Podcast, we will be discussing school finance with Dr. Larry Dake who is an Assistant Superintendant for Budget and Instruction from New York. An important topic that is not discussed enough. We can't wait to share his insights to help educators from all areas within the school community navigate school finance as important stakeholders in the budgeting process. Guest Bio: Dr. Larry Dake is an Assistant Superintendent for Instruction and Budget for Binghamption CSD. He was originally a social studies teacher who has held almost every position within a school and central office. He is faculty at Binghamton University within their educational leadership department. Last, he has several publications related to educational leadership with a new release of a book coming out in May 2022 on forming positive habits for school leaders.  Social Media: Twitter: @larrydake Learn More About Navigating Education - The Podcast Website: Twitter: @mattrhoads1990 More Podcast Episodes:
March 20, 2022
Episode 38: New EdTech Tool Integrations for 2022 with Stephanie Howell
In this episode, we discuss EdTech tool integrations that can best meet teachers' needs as we move through the first quarter of 2022. Much of our conversation outlined blended learning strategies like station rotation and how to implement them in blended learning strategies. Additionally, we discuss coaching and how to best approach instructional and EdTech coaching during this time when we are experiencing high levels of burnout. We narrow in on co-teaching as one of the favorite strategies of coaches and teachers during this time to learn new strategies and tools.  Website: Twitter: @mattrhoads1990 Guest Bio: Stephanie Howell is a renowned EdTech integrationist and coach from Ohio. She works within the K-6 setting coaching and supporting teachers on integrating strategies with EdTech tools to amplify learning. She also is a consultant who coaches other coaches and teachers on EdTech integration.  Website:  Twitter: @mrshowell24
March 15, 2022
Episode 37 - Data Literacy in K-12 Education with Kyle Holder
In this episode of the podcast, we discuss the topic of data literacy with Kyle Holder who is the CEO of IoN Software Group. Mr. Holder is an expert in education data consolidation and creating reports for schools utilizing a wide variety of metrics. Throughout this episode we discussed how data is being collected and utilized around the K-12 landscape. Additionally, we outlined data literacy skills every educator should know about and implement into their practice. Then, we spoke about the importance of having data consolidation tools in our current education world. Overall, you'll enjoy learning about data literacy, data consolidation, and how data impacts our decision-making in K-12 education.  Guest Bio: Kyle Holder is the CEO of the IoN Software Group. He has worked in K-12 education system for most of his career creating software solutions for districts. He lives in Kenosha, Wisconsin. You can follow him on Twitter at ion_k12 Learn More About Navigating Education - The Podcast Website: Twitter: @mattrhoads1990 More Podcast Episodes:
March 05, 2022
Episode 36 - Community Based School with Danielle Timmerberg
In this episode, Ms. Timmerberg defines and discusses community schooling and how it differs from K-12 neighborhood schools. She outlines the various programs, collaborations, and events community-based schools provide that go above and beyond what traditional school districts provide. For those who do not know about community schooling, this is an episode that will help build foundational knowledge on the concept and how they are on the rise in urban areas.  Guest Bio: Danielle Timmerberg is a School Counselor and doctoral student in Urban Education. She lives in Louisville, Kentucky and works in a Community Based School. Learn More About Navigating Education - The Podcast Website: Twitter: @mattrhoads1990 More Podcast Episodes:
February 20, 2022
Episode 35: Season 1 Podcast Summary and Reflections
As the first season of Navigating Education - The Podcast comes to a close, Dr. Rhoads discusses his reflections and summarizes some of the major themes outlined in the first season of the podcast. From coaching, leadership, instruction, and more, Dr. Rhoads discusses how building relationships is a catalyst to navigating the present and future of education. In addition, he describes a number of episode themes and content that can be reviewed that can help any educator navigate our present as well as the future. Thank you to all of the amazing guests and contributors to season one of the podcast. We can't wait until the next season begins in early 2022! Website: Twitter: @mattrhoads1990 More Podcast Episodes:
November 30, 2021
Episode 34: Part 7 of the Education Coaching Series - Reflecting on Major Coaching Themes from the Series
In this episode, Dr. Rhoads outlines his top three themes from the six-part Education Coaching series. Throughout this episode, he reflects on how building relationships, having a coaching mindset of less is more, and being a reflective and connected coach are important facets in navigating the present and future of education as a coach and instructional leader. In less than fifteen minutes, listen to each of these themes and nuggets provided by the six episodes from educators across North America.  Website: Twitter: @mattrhoads1990 More Podcast Episodes:
November 23, 2021
Episode 33: Part 6 of the Education Coaching Series - Coaching with An EdTech Integration Mindset with Jake Miller
In this final episode of the Education Coaching Series, Dr. Rhoads sat down with Jake Miller to discuss coaching with the EdTech Integrationists mindset. Our conversation focused on several strategies to help teachers utilize technology in classrooms. We outlined steps to how to select EdTech tools to meet a teacher's needs. Additionally, we had a conversation about our goal as coaches is to make a teacher's life more efficient and to align the tools we want to use with their instructional goals. Part of our conversation was on Jake Miller's new book, "Educational Ductape: An EdTech Integration Mindset," which provides a very detailed outlook towards the technology that's available, how to best implement it, and how we can focus our instruction with EdTech present in our classrooms. Finally, as the episode ended, we discussed Mr. Miller's EdTech conference persona's that he sees, which aligns directly to coaching as some teachers may be overly enthusiastic or pessimistic when it comes to utilizing new EdTech in their classroom.  Social Media Twitter: @mattrhoads1990 Website:  Guest Bio Jake Miller is an EdTech and learning enthusiast who hosts the Educational Duct Tape podcast and shares #EduGIFs at @JakeMillerTech and on He works as a science teacher in Ohio and previously spent 5 years as a technology integration specialist and an additional 13 years in the classroom teaching math, science & STEM at various grade levels. Jake’s favorite job, however, is his full-time position as a husband and father. Social Media @JakeMillerTech Twitter Instagram Facebook Website:
November 16, 2021
Episode 32: Part 5 of the Coaching Series - Coaching Educational Leaders with Janelle McLaughlin
In this episode, Dr. Rhoads interviews Janelle McLaughlin in Part 5 of the Coaching Series, which focuses on Coaching Educational Leaders. Throughout the episode, we discuss how coaching school and district leaders can lead to transformational effects on teachers and students. One of the themes expressed throughout the episode is building trust and the relationship with the coach to ensure that accountability is established and maintained. Additionally, we outline how it's important that everyone regardless of their position within an organization should have a coach as there are many benefits professionally and personally that can be yielded from these experiences. This was further discussed when Janelle provided a short summary of her new book on leadership, which outlines five qualities that can create effective leadership for classroom, school, and district leaders. Last, Janelle provided a few quick coaching tips to help amplify your coaching practice! Website:  Twitter: @mattrhoads1990 More Podcast Episodes: Guest Bio: Janelle McLaughlin, is an Education Consultant for Advanced Learning Partnerships working with districts all across the United States. She is a former curriculum director for Manchester Community Schools in Indiana. Prior to that role, Ms. McLaughlin spent 14 years as a classroom teacher. Her experiences as a consultant range from job-embedded coaching for teachers and administrators, to leading reflective collaborations and facilitating action-plan development. Ms. McLaughlin has a strong belief in the power of education and the role leaders play in building a strong foundation for the organization. She has worked with educational leaders in over thirty different states and two countries. She has presented on numerous topics at national and international events. Ms. McLaughlin holds a B.S. and M.A. in elementary education from Ball State University. She has obtained further licenses in school leadership from Indiana Wesleyan University, and gifted/talented education from Manchester University. Social Media Twitter: Ms_Mac4 Book: Leadership at Every Level: Five Qualities of Effective Classroom, School, and District Leaders Website:
November 04, 2021
Episode 31: Part 4 of the Education Coaching Series - Evolving as a Coach Over Time with Coach Todd Malecki
On this episode of the podcast, Dr. Rhoads sits down with his high school AAU basketball coach Todd Malecki. Coach Malecki has been a mentor of mine over the course of my playing career as well as throughout my life. I wanted to have Coach Malecki on the podcast for this series as he's been the most instrumental coach I have ever had. As a result, I wanted to pick his brain to learn many important nuggets on how to motivate, evolve over time, and constantly learn to become a better coach. Coach Malecki provides numerous examples of this throughout the episode, which can be applied to coaching in any domain; especially within education. You'll see how basketball is used as a vehicle to talk about coaching, but the lessons learned can apply to whatever you may be coaching in your life. This is truly an episode you will not want to miss out on as its entertaining and insightful to help anyone wanting to expand their coaching capacity. Twitter: @mattrhoads1990 Instagram: DrRhoadsEDU Website:  Guest Bio: Coach Todd Malecki has been coaching basketball for 29 years. He has coached NCAA Division 2, Summer NBA Free Agenda, Youth, Junior College, and AAU. Throughout his career, he has helped over 168 players get placed in college basketball through Icemen Basketball, his AAU basketball club. Besides coaching club basketball, Coach Malecki hosts events to showcase player talents. Additionally, he founded the Desert Valley All-Star Games in 2007 to showcase the top senior in Riverside County. Coach Malecki has over 75 recommendations from high school, college, and pro players who he has made an impact on through his coaching.  Social Media Twitter: @toddmalecki Instagram: moddtalecki Facebook and Linkedin: Todd Malecki Website:
October 28, 2021
Episode 30: Education Futuring - What is it and How it can Benefit School Leaders and Teachers to Navigate the Present and Future with Dr. Richard Bernato
In the 30th episode of Navigating Education - The Podcast, Dr. Rhoads discussed the topic of Education Futuring with Dr. Richard Bernato. We outlined several important definitions and background of futuring and how it can help schools and districts navigate and prepare for the future in our ever-changing world. From curriculum, EdTech integration, to organizational planning and changing laws and demographics, education futuring is an immensely important skill all educators need to take time to develop in their capacity as educators. Dr. Bernato outlines how we future all of the time in our daily lives. Dr. Bernato discusses how futuring needs to be a focus of educational organizations so they can plan for future trends and variables like climate change, changing laws and funding, and future pandemics may bring. This is an episode you will not want to miss out on as Dr. Bernato is a wealth of knowledge experience as you will see in this conversation! Twitter: @mattrhoads1990 Website:  Guest Bio: This is my 52nd year in Education that began as a social studies teacher, continued to a Curriculum Specialist, Dean of students, Pupil Personnel Services Director, Principal, Director of Humanities, and as Assistant Superintendent for Educational Services. Parallel to these leadership positions in K-12, I was an adjunct Associate Professor of Education for Social Studies at Dowling College and later Associate Professor in that college’s Educational Doctorate program that eventually culminated as Assistant Dean for their School of Education as their NCATE coordinator. After that, I became an Associate Professor in the Doctoral Program in their Department of Administration and Instructional Leadership at St. John’s UniversityCurrently, I continue to be an adjunct professor at St. John’s and also at the State University at Stony Brook.  Throughout my educational career, my passions have been curriculum design, particularly educational simulation design and publications. I have written and led many committees in developing curricula that concentrate on experiential higher-order thinking skills and creativity. My other academic passions include systemic school reforms through leadership competency development. Included in these are futuring practices, strategic action planning design, and co-empowerment. Books and articles are devoted to enabling leaders, leader candidates, and their stakeholders to change their dispositions by practicing and mastering new leadership change skills not ordinarily practiced. I am about to offer a blend of my passions by using a simulation I’ve designed, entitled Alchemy, the Leadership Simulation with interested district and building leaders that will be delivered via my social media efforts on I have also consulted with and delivered presentations to many metropolitan New York districts about these and other pertinent topics as well as mentored many leaders. I am especially proud of my two recent companion books, Futures-Based Change Leadership; and Futuring as Planning, Planning as Futuring. A new book co-authored with my Leadership Redefined Consultant colleagues, Dr. Al Pisano and Dr. Anthony Annunziato, is new book coming out soon, titled The Collective Mindset. Social Media Linkedin : Twitter: richDis48 Website:
October 20, 2021
Episode 29: Part 3 of the Coaching Series - Coaching and Mentoring as an Instructional Leader with Sean Scanlon
Dr. Rhoads sat down with Sean Scanlon to discuss EdTech and instructional coaching for Part Three of the Coaching Series. In this episode, we discussed building relationships, going slow and steady, and what are some of the best strategies to roll out professional development throughout the year. We touch on the importance of empathy and asking teachers to never do anything you would not do. Additionally, we outlined transparent observations and ways to provide effective feedback. Mr. Scanlon provides great insight throughout the episode as he has held teacher, coach, and instructional leadership positions, which provide listeners a holistic viewpoint that dives into the micro and macro lens of improving the capacity of an organization with EdTech. This is an episode you will not want to miss out on! Twitter: @mattrhoads1990 Website: Guest Bio: Sean Scanlon is the Director of Curriculum and Instruction at Marian Catholic High School in Chicago Heights IL and president of IDEA’S Chicago Prep chapter. He has guided Marian's 1:1 iPad program for the past 6 years and designed Marian Catholic's PLC program.  He has a Master's in Educational Leadership and taught Social Studies and Video Editing for over 25 years. His passion is to help teachers integrate technology in ways that help engage students, and help students discover new ways to reach their full potential while preparing them with necessary skills for their future. Social Media:  Facebook: polonerd Twitter: @polonerd Website:
October 13, 2021
Episode 28: Part 2 of the Education Coaching Series - Coaching and Mentoring Pre-Service Teachers with Dr. Samantha Fecich
In this episode, Dr. Rhoads interviews Dr. Samantha Fecich on coaching and supervising pre-service teachers. Our conversation outlines relationship building with these students as they experience student teaching. Additionally, we focus on providing feedback and crafting mindsets that focus on the small wins each day that add up over time. Our discussion also touches on a number of coaching tips to keeping organized, providing feedback, and helping the student-teacher navigate this experience. If you are an educator at the university level who coaches and supervises pre-service teachers, this is an episode for you as well as teachers who help coach and mentor teachers as they are clearing their credentials.  Twitter: @mattrhoads1990 Instagram: @DrRhoadsEDU Website: Guest Bio: Dr. Samantha Fecich has been a Professor of Education for over 7 years.  Some days she's in my office at Grove City College, working with students and teaching preservice teachers about educational technology or Special Education. Other days she's working on consulting projects. She has published two books for new and pre-service teachers, which are called EduMagic and EduShine. Additionally, she has a podcast for new and pre-service teachers as the targeted audience.  Social Media Twitter and Instagram: @Sfecich Website: Books:
October 07, 2021
Episode 27 - Part 1 of the Coaching Series: Beginning the School Year as an Instructional Leader/Coach with Etienne’ aka Steven Langlois
In this episode, Dr. Rhoads met with Steven "Etienne" Langlois in Part 1 of Navigating Education - The Podcast Coaching Series. We both discussed how instructional coaches at the beginning of the year can build relationships and start the year off on the right foot with teachers and their administrative team. Much was discussed about observing at the beginning of the year and having an assortment of meetings to get a feel as to what's on everyone's mind and where everyone is at to begin the year. If you are wanting to know about coaching and getting the year off right as a coach, teacher, or instructional leader, this is an episode to listen to! Twitter: mattrhoads1990 Website:  Guest Bio: Steven "Etienne" Langlosis is an award-wining teacher-rockstar and the author of the best-selling book Rock Your Class. When he's not performing or teaching, he's helping K-12 teachers rock their classes with expert engagement strategies. He has spent a better part of three decades teaching K-12 in many subject areas while taking on various leadership roles as Department Head, Instructional PD Coach, Mentor, and District Program Coordinator. Etienne has won multiple educational lifetime achievement awards and Canada's Artist of the Year honors.  Twitter: rockyourclass Website: 
September 29, 2021
Episode 26 - Creating Opportunities to Show and Measure Qualitative Student Growth with Mike Rutherford
In this episode, Dr. Rhoads interviews CEO and Found of GotLearning, Mike Rutherford, on the topic of qualitative data as an opportunity to measure student progress and growth. Mr. Rutherford has had a long experience in and out of K-12 education in both the classroom setting and in the EdTech industry. He and his team developed a tool that provides opportunities for teachers to consolidate qualitative data generated from students and provide feedback to students that is actionable. Our conversation outlines the power of qualitative data as an indicator of growth and ensuring we keep track of it longitudinally. Additionally, this discussion went hand in hand with a short conversation on actionable formative feedback, which is now one of the major foundations of instruction and learning within our classrooms. By the end of this episode, you will see how there's an opportunity for a paradigm shift from quantitative measures of student growth to more qualitative and longitudinal data samples exemplifying student growth and development that can be stored in one place to demonstrate learning.  Twitter: @mattrhoads1990 Website: Guest Bio: Mike has been in education all his life either as a student, middle school teacher, K-12 technology professional developer, school district EdTech director, K-12 industry consultant, and business development (starting the K12 division of Blackboard one of the first LMS’s in K12), educational publishing and professional development executive, middle school and high school teacher, librarian and EdTech entrepreneur - actually in that order! Most recently Mike moved back to the States from Bangkok, Thailand where he had returned to the classroom as a 6th grade English Language Arts and Social Studies teacher at International School Bangkok. After returning to the U.S. Mike started Growth Over Time Learning (gotLearning) in 2020 based upon the software he built to manage the learning conversations in his middle school classroom. Twitter: @growthovertime LinkedIn:  Website: 
September 23, 2021
Episode 25 - Digital Assessment Tools with Samantha Shaffner
In this episode of the podcast, Dr. Rhoads interviewed Samantha Shaffner and discussed digital assessment tools. Ms. Shaffner has utilized assessment EdTech tools inside and outside the classroom in her various roles in her career. Our conversation focused on a number of assessment tools ranging from Pear Deck, Edulastic, Wakelet, Quizzizz, and Buncee and how to effectively use them for formative assessment to then collect data to drive our instruction. Overall, if you are a teacher or school leader looking for a few new instructional practices to be used with assessment tools, this is an episode you will definitely want to tune into! Website: Twitter: @mattrhoads1990 LinkedIn: Matthew Rhoads, Ed.D. Guest Bio: Samantha Shaffner is a district administrator at Pickerington Local School District in Pickerington, OH. Her current role is to serve as the district’s K-12 Assessment and Accountability Coordinator. Prior to working at PLSD, Samantha has served in multiple administrative and instructional design roles in Ohio community schools. Her most recent work was in a network of Drop-out-Prevention-and-Recovery (DPR) schools in Ohio called Career Prep High School. As a 14-year veteran educator,  An award-winning ELA teacher, Samantha has 14 years of experience in the classroom as an ELA teacher and blended learning expert. She has served as a curriculum designer, content creator, blended learning coordinator, district testing coordinator, and academic coach. Additionally, Samantha is an independent contractor and consultant with cutting-edge educational technology companies. For years, Samantha has advocated for effective remote learning and for student access to the technology they need to succeed in all learning spaces. Samantha serves on the Edulastic Innovator Team and is a contracted blogger and content writer for Edulastic and other cutting-edge Ed-tech companies. Twitter: @SamanthaShaffn2
September 16, 2021
Episode 24 - Coworking Spaces and Canadian Education / EdTech with Robert Martellacci
In this episode, Dr. Rhoads interviewed Robert Martellacci, who is one of Canada's foremost EdTech Leaders to discuss co-working spaces, the state of education in Canada, and Canadian EdTech. First, we began our discussion with co-working spaces and how they have evolved. Additionally, the conversation moves to how they will look in the next five years as well as how schools may create their own community hubs. Next, our conversation shifted to how Canada navigated the past 16 months during the pandemic. Mr. Martellacci outlines the Canadian playbook and its future development to create a second edition to help educators. Finally, the discussion discusses the Canadian EdTech scene, which is in a renaissance with major companies like Paper making a large splash throughout North America. Mr. Martellacci talks about this expansion and where it is headed next. This is an episode you will not want to miss out on as there's much to learn from learning about how countries around the world navigate education and Edtech.  Guest Bio: As founder and president of International award-winning MindShare Learning Technology, Robert is recognized as one of Canada's foremost EdTech thought leaders and was recognized by EdTech Digest as a Top100 Global Influencer. He's a champion for igniting student success through innovative solutions and partnerships in Canadian schools. Often referred to as the 'connector,' Robert specializes in forging mutually beneficial partnerships between education and technology solution providers. A passionate life-long learner, Robert pursued a transformational learning journey earning a master’s in educational technology from Pepperdine University Graduate School of Psychology and Education. His Pepperdine experience inspired the creation of the MindShare Learning Report—Canada’s Learning & Technology eMagazine. Robert's innovative spirit and desire to see an accelerated pace of change in education, led to the creation of C21 Canada--Canadians for Learning and Innovation. A not-for-profit he co-founded and currently serves as its CEO. Twitter: @MindShareLearn Website: 
September 09, 2021
Episode 23 - Going Gradeless with David Frangiosa
In this episode, Dr. Rhoads interviews David Frangiosa, who is the author of Going Gradeless for Corwin Press, discusses how to take classes from a traditional grade-based classroom to a gradeless classroom. Throughout this discussion, we outline the why, mindset, and then how it can be done in your classroom. From setting up the gradeless classroom to providing student feedback after assessments, this episode is thought-provoking and can help any teacher or school leader curious about going gradeless to begin implementing it in their classrooms and schools.  Website: Twitter: @mattrhoads1990 LinkedIn: Matthew Rhoads, Ed.D. Guest Bio: David Friangiosa is a high school teacher science teacher and coach from Northern NJ, entering his 16th year of teaching. For the past 6+ years, he’s been performing action research on grade reform, leading to co-authoring Going Gradeless for Corwin Press. He is also an educational blogger and contributor to He’s been producing the podcast From Earning to Learning since March 2021. Twitter: @davidfrangiosa Website: 
August 26, 2021
Bonus Episode 12 - Navigating Special Education During the Toggled Term with John Maguire
In this episode, Dr. Rhoads interviewed John Maguire, a middle school Special Education teacher from the Bronx in New York City. He wrote the case study found in Chapter 5 of Navigating the Toggled Term: A Guide for K-12 Classroom and School Leaders. During this conversation, Mr. Maguire outlined his background and context in education and how he switched to education after a career in finance, which started after coaching for ten years. He found that he could be his authentic self around students and that gave him the motivation to move into education. He discussed the importance of social-emotional learning and showing compassion and empathy for students as the foundation for building relationships with them. Then, the conversation shifted towards balancing case management and instruction during the toggled term. He outlined how he used a variety of tools to help him be effective in each facet of his job as well as a lifelong learner. Last, he provided two to three recommendations of how all teachers navigate this time in education.  Order the Book: Navigating the Toggled Term: A Guide for K-12 Classroom and School Leaders Website: Twitter: @mattrhoads1990 LinkedIn: Matthew Rhoads, Ed.D. Biography: Mr. John Maguire is a middle school Special Education teacher in Bronx, New York. Mr. Maguire is a first-year teacher after changing careers from a finance and investigative background. After graduating from St. John’s University in Queens, New York, Mr. Maguire started working on Wall Street and from there, began work as an investigative analyst. He coached a group of middle school students in his downtime while working for a security company and decided he wanted to work with young people.
August 26, 2021
Episode 22 - Education Podcasts with Alfonso Mendoza
In this episode, Dr. Rhoads interviewed Alfonso Mendoza on getting started with creating your own education podcast. As someone who has over 75 plus episodes on his own podcast, MyEdTechLife, Mr. Mendoza has a lot of experience podcasting, which gave light to many great nuggets of information to help would-be and current podcasters during this episode. We discuss the production to marketing process of creating education themed podcast. Overall, this is an episode you will not want to miss out on because these same practices can be incorporated not only for your own podcast, but for also producing school and classroom podcasts.  Website: Twitter: @mattrhoads1990 LinkedIn: Matthew Rhoads, Ed.D. Guest Bio: Alfonso Mendoza Jr., is an Instructional Technologist, Podcaster and Google Innovator from the Rio Grande Valley located in the heart of South Texas. He attended the University of Texas-Pan American and graduated with a Bachelors in Business Administration in 2003. He later found his true calling and passion in 2006 when he became a teacher. Alfonso taught in the classroom for 11 years where his business skills such as customer service, personalized service, and knowing your audience paid off in dividends as he became a successful classroom teacher. During this time his passion for technology grew and experienced firsthand the amazing work that students can do if given the opportunity to create. Alfonso's class was even featured by Scratch MIT for the work he did with coding. Alfonso serves as an Instructional Technologist and has received his Masters in Educational Technology, E-Learning Certification, Technology Leadership Certification from the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, along with his Technology Director Certificate from TCEA. He is currently working on his doctorate in Curriculum & Instruction with an emphasis in Educational Technology. He is also 1 of less than 3000 Google Innovators worldwide and was named 1 out of the top 50 EdTech Influencers on Augmented Reality K-12 worth a follow. Alfonso is also a podcaster and blogger and loves to share his story and passion for education with others. Twitter & Instagram: @myedtechlife Website:
August 19, 2021
Bonus Episode 11: Book Launch Party - Navigating the Toggled Term: A Guide for K-12 Classroom and School Leaders
In the final bonus episode of the Navigating the Toggled Term series, all of the contributing authors of Navigating the Toggled Term: A Guide for K-12 Classroom and School Leaders met for a launch party to celebrate the book as well as discuss the present and future of education. The book's contributing authors all wrote short case study's at the end of each chapter to illustrate and provide firsthand accounts as to how the themes of the chapters are being implemented by teachers and school leaders from across North America. Perspectives from case study contributing authors provided a lens to the schools and students they serve in urban, suburban, rural, private, and public settings. Additionally, we had teachers and school leaders in varying points of their careers from first-year teachers to veterans who have been in the educational profession for over 30 years.  These various perspectives provided for powerful conversations and case study's in the book as they provide diverse perspectives of how to navigate education now and in the future.  The goal of the launch party's conversations was to discuss the following five areas:  1) Instructional Innovations and EdTech Integrations 2) Challenges to Future Innovations 3) What have we learned in teaching and leading students and schools over the past 16 months (after March 2020) and how has that prepared us to navigate the future of education? 4) How can we best support teachers and school leaders?  5) What advice would you give teachers and school leaders as they navigate the upcoming school year and the future of education.  Overall, the conversation we had was inspiring, motivational, and empowering. If you are a teacher, school leader, parent, or a stakeholder in the educational community, this is a discussion that will inspire you along with giving you real practice strategies and advice to navigate education now and in the future.  Slides from Launch Party: Navigating the Toggled Term Launch Party Slides Order the Book: Navigating the Toggled Term: A Guide for K-12 Classroom and School Leaders Website: Twitter: @mattrhoads1990 LinkedIn: Matthew Rhoads, Ed.D. Contributing Authors Featured in the Podcast Along with the Moderator Dr. Rhoads Dr. Belinda Karge Dr. Darrin Peppard Alicia Rhoads Victoria Lowe Elizabeth Esposito Haupert Jillian Dubois Ariel Adrian John Maguire Jennifer Ingold Shannon Moore
August 15, 2021
Bonus Episode 10 - Janet Ilko, Ed.D: Communicating and Engaging with Students and Families During the Toggled Term
In this episode, Dr. Rhoads interviewed Dr. Janet Ilko, who is the Chapter 6 Case Study contributing author in Navigating the Toggled Term: A Guide for K-12 Classroom and School Leaders. In Chapter 6, the book discusses how to communicate and engage with students and families. It provides strategies and EdTech integrations to communicate and engage with students when they are in a wide variety of settings ranging from online, blended, and traditional in-person classrooms. During our conversation, we dive deeper into the case study Dr. Ilko wrote as well as some of the content from the chapter. Many important takeaways for teachers and school leaders to utilize in their practice are discussed. This is a bonus episode you will not want to miss out on! Order the Book: Navigating the Toggled Term: A Guide for K-12 Classroom and School Leaders Website: Twitter: @mattrhoads1990 LinkedIn: Matthew Rhoads, Ed.D. Edit: This is bonus episode 10. In the episode, I noted that it was bonus episode 8, which was incorrect.  Guest Bio: Janet Ilko Ed.D. is an educator with over three decades of experience spanning K-12 classrooms. She has been an academic coach, elementary teacher, middle school humanities and ELD teacher, and a program manager for an independent studies program for grades 9-12. Her doctoral work with Long term English learners focused on the effect of relevancy and rigor on student academic success, sharing the findings through a variety of professional developments and articles.  Her current work at the high school level is focused on literacy engagement with students grade 9-12, providing specialized language supports for students with an emphasis on struggling readers and second-language learners. She recognizes and fosters the importance of student and family engagement, access, and support in teaching and learning in online environments, ultimately seeking “techquity” for all students. Twitter: wrtin4change Website:
August 12, 2021
Episode 21 - How to Avoid Teacher Burnout with Kevin Leichtman Ph.D
In this episode, Dr. Rhoads interviewed Dr. Kevin Leichtman on the topic of teacher burnout. This topic is important, especially now, as teachers and schools are navigating uncharted waters as we are taking on the challenges of living in a world of COVID-19. Along with the everyday stress of navigating a classroom, parents, students, and administration, teachers have had to navigate moving between online, blended learning, and traditional in-person settings. Altogether, this has created an unprecedented number of teachers leaving the profession. My hope with this conversation is to help provide teachers with a blueprint of how to navigate burnout. Dr. Leichtman has a lot of research on how school leaders and teachers can mitigate burnout. Our conversation covers this and more, which we hope you take a listen to as it can help set you with some tools to help navigate and mitigate the effects of burnout.  Website: Twitter: @mattrhoads1990 LinkedIn: Matthew Rhoads, Ed.D. Guest Bio: Kevin Leichtman received his Ph.D. in Curriculum & Instruction from Florida Atlantic University, where he also completed a Master’s degree in Curriculum & Instruction. His dissertation study was on new teacher burnout. His research has been published in a textbook on andragogy and pedagogy, and he is the author of “Teacher’s Guide to the Mental Edge” and “The Perfect Ten.” Kevin is also an adjunct professor at Florida Atlantic University, teaching equity and diversity courses to education majors. Kevin has developed curriculum, professional development, and presented on the topics of mindset, burnout, and equity to teachers, schools, and students across the nation. Website:  Twitter: @kevinleichtman
August 11, 2021
Bonus Episode 9 - Elizabeth Haupert: Differentiating Instruction During the Toggled Term with Elizabeth Haupert
In this bonus episode of the podcast, Dr. Rhoads interviewed Elizabeth Esposito Haupert, who is the case study contributing author in Chapter 4 of Navigating the Toggled Term: A Guide for K-12 Classroom and School Leaders. Our conversation discussed differentiation strategies and EdTech integrations to help students within any classroom setting. As someone who works with a wide variety of students, Mrs. Haupert focused on feedback strategies, small group instruction, and personalized learning with student choice. Ultimately, this conversation is just the beginning of what you can find within Chapter 4 of the book, which covers differentiating instruction for all learners.  Order the Book: Navigating the Toggled Term: A Guide for K-12 Classroom and School Leaders Website: Twitter: @mattrhoads1990 LinkedIn: Matthew Rhoads, Ed.D. Guest Bio: Elizabeth Esposito Haupert has a bachelor’s degree in Secondary Education – History from The Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College at Arizona State University and a Master’s Degree in Urban Education – Administration and Policy. She taught middle school history in Oakland Unified School District before moving to San Marcos Unified School District, where she works now. In San Marcos, she spent one year at San Marcos Middle School and is now in her third year at San Marcos High School. Elizabeth has taught History in every grade from 6 through 12 and focuses on literacy-based history and inquiry-based instruction. Elizabeth takes pride in knowing she has taught students of all different backgrounds and ages in very different environments.
August 04, 2021
Episode 20 - Student Engagement and ClassHook with Alexander Deeb
In this episode, Dr. Rhoads interviewed Alexander Deeb, who is the co-found and CEO of the EdTech platform Classhook on student engagement. As a company that thinks about student engagement constantly, our discussion outlined how bite-sized learning using relevant popular culture media is essential to help students build conceptual frameworks around the skills and concepts they are taught. Additionally, we discussed how bite-sized clips can help solidify retention and create more fun and interactive spaces for learning to occur. Last, we outlined several engagement strategies as well as how a tool like ClassHook can be utilized to not only help create more engaging lessons for educators but also helps cut down the time it takes to develop lessons as tools like ClassHook are great curators of content.  Website: Twitter: @mattrhoads1990 LinkedIn: Matthew Rhoads, Ed.D. Guest Bio: Alexander Deeb is co-founder and CEO of ClassHook, where he helps educators improve student outcomes by making learning relevant, engaging, and fun using popular TV shows and movies to teach. He has a passion to create positive social good in the world and believes that education is the way to better society and individuals. He’s personally gained many opportunities he otherwise wouldn’t have had by teaching himself to code in high school, and he wants to create opportunities for students through their learning. In his free time, Alex enjoys reading about science, playing video games, and reading. Social Media/Website Website: Twitter: @alexanderdeeb
August 02, 2021
Episode 19 - EdTech Coaching & Making Learning Stick with Debbie Tannenbaum
In this episode of the podcast, Dr. Rhoads discusses EdTech Coaching with Debbie Tannenbaum. At the beginning of the episode, we discuss Mrs. Tannenbaums background in education. She has been able to see many inceptions of EdTech integration over her career, which made for an interesting conversation of what has changed over the past two decades in education. Then, the conversation shifts to discuss coaching teachers on EdTech integration. A number of great suggestions are raised regarding how to support and coach teachers. Last, our discussion ends with Mrs. Tannenbaum discussing her new book, TRANSFORM: Tech Notes to Make Learning Sticky. Website: Twitter: @mattrhoads1990 LinkedIn: Matthew Rhoads, Ed.D. Bio: Debbie Tannenbaum works as an Elementary School Technology Specialist in Fairfax County, VA. An educator with over twenty years of experience, Debbie Tannenbaum supports both staff and students to integrate technology tools into instruction through both co teaching sessions and weekly technology classes. Debbie emphasizes working collaboratively with other educators to use technology tools that amplify student learning and empower student voice. She also blogs and shares her thoughts and reflections regularly on her website: In May 2021, her book, TRANSFORM: Techy Notes to Make Learning Sticky was published by Road to Awesome LLC. Website: LinkedIn: Twitter: @tannenbaumtech
July 27, 2021
Bonus Episode 8 - Victoria Lowe: Navigating Blended Learning: Instructional Models, Strategies, and EdTech Tools To Utilize
In this bonus episode of the podcast, Dr. Matt interviewed Victoria Lowe, who is the Chapter 8 Case Study contributing author of Navigating the Toggled Term: A Guide for K-12 Classroom and School Leaders. In our conversation, Ms. Lowe outlines how she uses a wide range of strategies and EdTech tools to integrate into her lessons within blended learning classroom settings. In this discussion, she discussed how she selects tools and integrates them into lessons and her process of curating new tools and strategies she learns from her professional learning and global professional learning network. Ms. Lowe describes how she utilizes the station rotation model of blended learning. Specifically, she added a lot of great nuggets of information on how to develop and model routines so students know how to initiate and participate in each station and generate buy-in and community. In the final minutes, Ms. Lowe provides her top three to five recommendations on how to successfully implement blended learning.  Order the Book: Navigating the Toggled Term: A Guide for K-12 Classroom and School Leaders Website: Twitter: @mattrhoads1990 LinkedIn: Matthew Rhoads, Ed.D. Guest Bio: Victoria Lowe is a 20 plus year secondary educator in the Bronx, New York. She is currently a Teacher Leader, teaching 6th grade ELA while coaching and training educators in her school and community at large. She is a Microsoft Innovative Educator, Google for Education Certified Trainer, an Ambassador for Buncee, Wakelet, and Flipgrid, a Learning Leader for Discovery Education, and on the Discovery Education Leadership Council. Ms. Lowe is also a Common Sense Educator, member of Digital Promise Coach PLC, and the Danielson Group Virtual PLC. Ms. Lowe is an edtech presenter who has presented both locally and nationally. Ms. Lowe earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Mercy College New York, a Master of Art in Psychology from John Jay College, CUNY, and a Master of Science degree in Elementary Education from Lehman College, CUNY. Twitter: vlowe144
July 27, 2021
Episode 18 - Rural Education and How to Best Support Rural Educators with Dr. Casey Jakubowski
In this episode, Dr. Rhoads discussed rural education and how to best support rural educators with Dr. Casey Jakubowski. In our conversation, we outlined some of the challenges of rural education ranging from underfunding, but also discussed its strengths such as community involvement by students and teachers. As the conversation progressed, Dr. Jakubowski discussed how our schools need to provide more outlets for our students to be involved within the community whether in local politics, business, or entrepreneurship. We both agreed that provided opportunities for student voice and agency in the form of entrepreneurship can be a future avenue for schools would be an optimal opportunity for students! As the conversation ended, Dr. Jakubowski outlined how our classrooms can be Makerspaces for community projects, which can help students develop solutions to help the community moving forward into the future.  Website: Twitter: @mattrhoads1990 LinkedIn: Matthew Rhoads, Ed.D. Guest Bio: 20-year veteran educator, Casey has held leadership positions and has two books, both by Edumatch Publishing. With over 20 peer-reviewed publications in rural and civic education, Casey is an internationally acclaimed expert in process management, data analytics, and improvement. He holds a Ph.D. in Leadership and is LEAN and SIX Sigma Greenbelt certified. Founder of CTJ Solutions, consulting on Data, conflict management, and idea generation. Twitter: @caseyj_edu LinkedIn: Casey Jakubowski, Ph.D. Website:
July 22, 2021
Bonus Episode 7 - Jennifer Ingold: Mainstream EdTech Tools that Amplify Learning Anywhere and Anytime
In this bonus episode, Dr. Rhoads interviewed Jennifer Ingold, the contributing author for Chapter 2's case study of Navigating the Toggled Term: A Guide for K-12 Classroom and School Leaders, on mainstream EdTech tools that amplify learning anywhere and anytime. Within our conversation, Mrs. Ingold outlined how she utilizes slides and docs as hyperdocs and hyperslides to create clear, concise, predictable, and engaging routines and strategies for students. Much of our conversation she outlined how she created structures within our class to help students, as well as families, be successful in navigating her course. Additionally, she discussed how she designed her lessons and online infrastructure to create easy-to-follow procedures and routines. Overall, for any teacher or school leader, Mrs. Ingold outlines how to create the systems and routines to be successful instructionally within any classroom setting.  Order the Book: Navigating the Toggled Term: A Guide for K-12 Classroom and School Leaders Website: Twitter: @mattrhoads1990 LinkedIn: Matthew Rhoads, Ed.D. Guest Bio: Jennifer Ingold is an 8th-grade social studies teacher in Bay Shore, New York. She received the New York State Council for the Social Studies Outstanding Middle School Teacher of the Year Award; the Cohen-Jordan Award, given by the Middle States Council for the Social Studies, and The National Council for the Social Studies Outstanding Middle-Level Teacher of the Year; all in 2019. She was also named Long Island Council of the Social Studies Middle School Teacher of the Year in 2016. She is a lead blogger on and has been published in the National Council of the Social Studies Middle-Level Learning, Social Education, and AMLE Magazines. Her ideas on The Missing Piece: Thinking Parameters for Middle Schoolers is to be featured in the next issue of the Iowa Journal for the Social Studies. Social Media Twitter: @msjingold Website:
July 22, 2021
Bonus Episode 6 - Shannon Moore: Selecting EdTech Tools to Amplify Instruction for Any Setting
In this bonus episode, Dr. Rhoads takes a deep dive with Shannon Moore, who is the contributing author for Chapter of Navigating the Toggled Term: A Guide for K-12 Classroom and School Leaders, on the topic of selecting EdTech tools to amplify instruction in any setting. Throughout the conversation, we discussed how to select EdTech tools, which centers around the philosophy of "think less is more" as well as how we can align our instructional goals and strategies with tools that can amplify our student's learning. Additionally, Mrs. Moore outlined several tips and tricks on how to select EdTech tools not only in the classroom setting but also for an entire school.  Order the Book: Navigating the Toggled Term: A Guide for K-12 Classroom and School Leaders Website: Twitter: @mattrhoads1990 LinkedIn: Matthew Rhoads, Ed.D. Guest Bio: Shannon Moore is a High School English and Speech Teacher & Technology Coach in Visalia, California. She has been teaching for 10 years and loves all things #EdTech. She received her Masters of Education with a Specialization in Best Practices and Single Subject teaching credential from National University and her Bachelors in Communication from California State University, Fresno. She is a Global Google Educator Group (GEG) leader and a Google for Education Certified Educator Level 1 and 2, as well as a Google for Education Certified Trainer. Recently, she has become an Adobe Education Leader and loves integrating creativity into her practice. In her free time, she loves reading, hanging out with her husband and cats, and watching TV. Social Media Twitter: @SMoore_teach Instagram: @aka.smoore Website:
July 15, 2021
Episode 17 - Restorative Justice & Teacher Trauma and Retention with Dr. Malikah Nu'Man
In this episode, Dr. Rhoads spoke with Dr. Malikah Nu'Man on restorative justice practices implementation throughout the school community as well as her research on teacher trauma and how to mitigate it to help with teacher retention. Throughout our conversation, Dr. Nu'Man provides many applicable restorative justice practices to integrate within school cultures ranging from embedded social emotional learning activities in all classes and school-based activities, reflecting on our language we use while speaking to students, restorative circles, reevaluating our perspectives and seeing what may have been perceived harmful, apologizing for our actions, and sharing leadership responsibilities to create buy-in. Additionally, we discussed teacher trauma and how to integrate support groups on campuses for teachers as well as a focus on clarity of procedures and initiatives so teachers know the expectations of leadership. Overall, this is a very insightful conversation any classroom and school leader can learn a lot from to be able to implement restorative justice and brave and safe spaces into their leadership practices.  Website: Twitter: @mattrhoads1990 LinkedIn: Matthew Rhoads, Ed.D.  Guest Bio: Educator, advocate for restorative practices, and an energetic educational leader possessing a background in special education, school leadership, and teacher training. She has earned a Doctorate in Educational Leadership, as well as a Master's of Education with an emphasis in Special Education. Dr. NuMan leads professional development opportunities and is actively involved in school task forces and committees. Her innovative way of tackling problems and drive to ensure that school experience is positive for all students enables her to make an impact. Twitter: @DrLiks LinkedIn: Dr. Malikah Nu'Man
July 14, 2021
Bonus Episode 5 - Ariel Adrian: Educator Self-Care - Harnessing the Mind-Body Connection to Amplify our Teaching and Leadership as we Navigate the Toggled Term
In this episode, Dr. Rhoads spoke to Ariel Adrian who wrote one of the self-care case studies in Chapter 12 of Navigating the Toggled Term: A Guide for K-12 Classroom and School Leaders. We discussed the mind-body connection and how self-care is essential to educators who want to be their best selves not only to their students and colleagues but authentically to themselves. In addition, she outlined her mindset of navigating the past 15 months as well as how routines helped amplify her self-care so it was done on a daily basis. Many important nuggets of information on self-care that can amplify an educators energy are discussed in this episode - you will not want to miss it on a deep dive on this important topic! Order the Book: Navigating the Toggled Term: A Guide for K-12 Classroom and School Leaders Website: Twitter: @mattrhoads1990 LinkedIn: Matthew Rhoads, Ed.D. Bio: Ariel Adrian is a Reading Teacher in Long Island, New York. Over her years of experience, she has taught elementary, middle, and high school students. Her greatest joy in teaching is inspiring her students to develop the confidence to be habitual readers, global citizens, and lifelong learners. Ariel is a doctoral student in the Ed.D. Literacy program at Hofstra University, with a research interest in self-efficacy and authentic assessments. By presenting and attending local and national conferences, participating in #Read2Lead book studies, and being active through Twitter, she is passionate about cultivating professional learning communities and sharing best practices and experiences with like-minded educators. Ariel is an attuned Reiki Practitioner, passionate that mindfulness is the key to success, a belief that she lives out through her interests in reading, writing, yoga, meditation, live music, and traveling. Twitter: @arieladrian
July 12, 2021
Bonus Episode 4 - Rosie Avalos: Professional Development and Learning During the Toggled Term
In this bonus episode of Navigating Education - The Podcast, Dr. Rhoads discusses professional development and learning with Rose Avalos who is a case study author in Chapter 11 of Navigating the Toggled Term: A Guide for K-12 Classroom and School Leaders. Further elaborating on her case study she wrote for the book, Ms. Avalos outlines her experience with professional development and learning over the past 15 months. She outlines professional learning experiences that were helpful and impacted her practices versus other experiences that weren't as helpful. Additionally, she emphasizes teacher collaboration whether its teachers within your same school or online that has been a major contributor to her learning. Our discussion finalizes on the note that teacher collaboration was essential to helping her improve her practices as she navigates the present and future of education.  Order the Book: Navigating the Toggled Term: A Guide for K-12 Classroom and School Leaders Website: Twitter: @mattrhoads1990 LinkedIn: Matt Rhoads, Ed.D.  Guest Bio: Rosalinda Avalos is a secondary Spanish educator in the Inland Empire. She received a Spanish, B.A.  from the University of California, Los Angeles, a Masters in Learning and Teaching from the University of Redlands and is pursuing a Doctorate in Education from the University of La Verne. She has conducted research and is interested in bilingual education. Rosalinda is a part time induction mentor for beginning teachers. She also serves as mentor for her fellow Bruins through the UCLA One Alumni Network. Rosalinda is a huge Disney and Star Wars fans. In her free time she enjoys cooking, crafting, going to Disneyland, spending time with her family, being an avid reader, enjoying watching Diners, Drive in and Dives, and thus enjoys trying new restaurants. Instagram: funinspanishclass LinkedIn: Rosie Avalos
July 12, 2021
Episode 16 - Music, Learning, and Racial Bias Algorithms with Dr. Malik Boykin
In this episode, Dr. Rhoads interviews Dr. C. Malik, Boykins on his music, learning, and racial bias algorithms. We first discussed Dr. Boykins context in education and how he has navigated his research and teaching the past 15 months. Following that conversation, we had a short discussion about his music, which has taken off on platforms such as Tik-Tok to create dance music videos. This conversation moves into Dr. Boykins research on racial bias within algorithms. He has currently developed a software that can help measure algorithmic bias in many of the social media platforms we utilized today for personal use and professional learning. He outlined the implications of the bias's as well as the need for regulating algorithms. At the end of our conversation, Dr. Boykin outlines two to three teaching practices that can be implemented into your classroom and school tomorrow.  Website: Twitter: @mattrhoads1990 LinkedIn: Matt Rhoads, Ed.D.  Guest Bio: Dr. C. Malik Boykin aka Malik Starx is an Assistant Professor at Brown University within the School of Cognitive, Linguistic, and Psychological Sciences. He is the first black Professor of Psychology at Brown University. Dr. Boykin received his doctorate in Social and Personality Psychology from UC Berkeley, his M.A. in Social-Organizational Psychology from Teachers College, Columbia University, and his B.S. in Psychology from the University of Maryland University College (UMUC) – after first attending Howard University. He was a Presidential Postdoctoral Fellow for two years at Brown in the Department of Cognitive, Linguistic, and Psychological Sciences before his current faculty appointment. His research focuses on intergroup relations, hierarchy, prejudice, mentorship, and racial identity. Instagram: @starxmalik TikTok: malikstarx Website: &
July 07, 2021
Bonus Episode 3 - Dr. Darrin Peppard: Navigating the Toggled Term as a District Leader
In this bonus episode of Navigating Education - The Podcast, Dr. Rhoads discussed with Dr. Darrin Peppard district leadership and leadership practices that have helped him navigate the past 15 months as a district leader. Dr. Peppard is a contributing author to Chapter 10's case study of Navigating the Toggled Term: A Guide for K-12 Classroom and School Leaders that relates to the chapter's theme of the Coherence Framework in action to help districts at the organizational level navigate in our ever-changing landscape. During our conversation, Dr. Peppard provided insight as to what leadership practices have helped in almost every role he's had in education ranging from a teacher, instructional coach, assistant principal, and superintendent. He also provides four critical leadership practices that can help any leader navigate not only the present but also the future of education.  Order the Book: Navigating the Toggled Term: A Guide for K-12 Classroom and School Leaders Website: Twitter: @mattrhoads1990 LinkedIn: Matt Rhoads, Ed.D.  Dr. Darrin Peppard, a self-proclaimed recovering high school principal, is a school district superintendent, speaker, author, and consultant. Darrin’s expertise in school culture and climate, along with coaching and growing emerging leaders has made him a leading voice in school leadership on an international level. Living life on the “Road To Awesome”, Darrin leads through relationships, compassion, and a human-being first focus. Peppard has served kids and adults as a superintendent, principal, assistant principal, teacher, and coach. Darrin was recognized as the Jostens Renaissance Educator of the Year in 2015, Wyoming Secondary School Principal of the Year by WASSP/NASSP in 2016, and in 2019, he was inducted into the Jostens Renaissance Hall of Fame. Darrin and his wife live in Grand County, Colorado spending as much time off the road in their Jeep and hiking with their daughter and their dogs. Twitter: @darrinmpeppard Website: /
July 06, 2021
Bonus Episode 2 - Self-Care and Creating Joy as an Educator with Jillian DuBois
In this episode of Navigating Education - The Podcast, Dr. Rhoads discusses with Jillian DuBois, who is the contributing author of one of Navigating the Toggled Term: A Guide for K-12 Classroom and School Leaders Chapter 12 case study on educator self-care. Her topic in the case study on self-care is on letting go of perfectionism and focusing on joy versus happiness. Our conversation in this podcast outlines her evolution as an educator as well as how she navigated the past 15 months as an elementary teacher. The conversation then discusses how letting go of perfectionism takes a lot of stress and anxiety off not only the teacher but develops a culture within classrooms that is beneficial to student learning and social-emotional well-being. Finally, Jillian provides a great analogy contrasting happiness and joy, which can help educators avoid burnout and model to students that we can find joy in our challenges and successes without it fleeting over time. Order the Book: Navigating the Toggled Term: A Guide for K-12 Classroom and School Leaders Website: Twitter: @mattrhoads1990 LinkedIn: Matt Rhoads, Ed.D.  Jillian DuBois currently serves as an elementary educator in Clearwater, Florida. She earned a Bachelor’s in Education and has worked both in public and private educational settings for over two decades. Her journey continues to bring much JOY and fulfillment as Jillian thrives on building authentic relationships with her students and guiding their curiosity and wonder. She relies on ed-tech tools such as Wakelet, Flipgrid, and Nearpod to strengthen differentiation and uses her voice to foster hope for student equity and empathy. Her passion is to initiate, instill, and infuse joy to those in educational leadership through blogs and podcasts. She focuses her efforts on learning, stretching, and growing alongside colleagues and her Twitter PLN. Currently, Jillian is the Optimistic Originator of Imparted Joy LLC and author of a number of children’s books. Jillian personally spends her free time outdoors, soaking up the sun and surf and finding new paths to hike with her husband and son. Twitter: @jilldubois22 Website:
July 01, 2021
Bonus Episode 1 - Mark Ureel: Navigating the Toggled Term - Navigating Multiple Classroom Settings and PBL
In this bonus episode of Navigating Education - The Podcast, Dr. Rhoads interviews Mark Ureel who is a contributing author for the chapter three case study in the book Navigating the Toggled Term: A Guide for K-12 Classroom and School Leaders.  Within his case study, Mark outlines how he utilized instructional strategies to amplify his students learning in several classroom settings. In our conversation, we discussed how Mr. Ureel has toggled numerous times throughout the school year (more so than many teachers throughout the country) and he gave some great ideas on how to navigate multiple classroom settings throughout the school year. Additionally, Mr. Ureel and Dr. Matt discussed Project-Based Learning. Mr. Ureel provided us some insight as to how he utilizes the strategy to create personalization and student choice in his classroom setting. He also outlined how he was able to sustain PBL instructional model for his classroom throughout the many toggles that happened throughout the school year.  Order the Book: Navigating the Toggled Term: A Guide for K-12 Classroom and School Leaders Website: Twitter: @mattrhoads1990 LinkedIn: Matt Rhoads, Ed.D.  Guest Bio: Mark Ureel, Middle School Social Science Teacher  Mark Ureel is a secondary educator from Canton, Michigan. He has had the honor of teaching middle school Social Studies and Spanish to hundreds of remarkable young adults for 17 years.  He earned his bachelor’s degree in History with a minor in Spanish from Oakland University, a minor for teaching certification in Social Studies from Eastern Michigan University, and a master’s degree in Educational Leadership from Grand Valley State University.  In 2017, he was awarded the Grand Valley State University Charter School Office’s Outstanding Teacher of the Year.  He attributes his success in education to his amazing teammates, administrators, and wife, who have provided him with support and guidance throughout the years. Twitter: @markureel
June 28, 2021
Episode 15 - Fine Arts and Music Education with Dr. Neil Anderson
In this episode, Dr. Neil Anderson was interviewed by Dr. Rhoads on the topic of Fine Arts and Music Education. Dr. Anderson provided his background and context in education, which provides listeners a great synopsis of the state of fine arts and music within education. Throughout our conversation, we discuss how to embed fine arts and music into the curriculum as well as being active collaborators to create cross-curricular learning experiences for students. Additionally, Dr. Anderson outlined mechanisms to help retain music and arts teachers as they are some of the vulnerable teachers to leaving the profession. Last, we outlined how Dr. Anderson's current work of his podcast and professional learning opportunities, can connect art and music educators with general education teachers and school leaders to create opportunities for enhancing the arts education in schools.  Website: Twitter: @mattrhoads1990 LinkedIn: Matt Rhoads, Ed.D.  Guest Bio: Neil Anderson, Ed.D. Assistant Principal, Podcaster, and Arts & Music Consultant Originally from Scottland, Dr. Anderson is an Assistant Principal based in Orange County. He has a Bachelor of Music from San Diego State University. He received his Masters Degree in Music Education and his doctorate in Educational Leadership from Concordia University, Irvine. Dr. Anderson spent over 13 years as a Music and Band Teacher at the secondary level and then moved to being a Visual and Performing Arts Coordinator at the district level. Right now, he is producing a podcast called Musings from the Cheap Seats, which was released in June 2021.  Twitter: @_neila78 Podcast: Musings from the Cheap Seats
June 28, 2021
Episode 14 - Culturally Responsive and Relevant Teaching with Jasara Hines, Ph.D.
In Episode 14, Dr. Rhoads interviews Dr. Jasara Hines on the topic of cultural responsiveness and teaching. Throughout the conversation, we discussed what culturally responsive teaching looks like within classroom settings as well as how to establish and maintain relationships with students using many strategies related to culturally responsive pedagogy. Dr. Hines outlined her experience incorporating culturally responsive teaching into AVID courses at the secondary level in addition to embedding it throughout the curriculum. This is an episode you will not want to miss out on as it is very practical and discusses several key strategies every educator can implement within classrooms and schools that are culturally responsive and relevant to students.  Website: Twitter: @mattrhoads1990 LinkedIn: Matt Rhoads, Ed.D.  Guest Bio - Jasara Hines, Ph.D., Secondary English Teacher and AVID Coordinator  Dr. Jasara Hines earned her Ph.D. from the University of Central Florida in Texts and Technology. She continuously seeks to research and implement strategies for creating technology-infused classrooms that encourage civic engagement and student voice. Dr. Hines is an AVID program coordinator at Thornwood High School, which is located in the south suburbs of Chicago, IL, and is in her 17th year of teaching. She is also a Google Certified Trainer and Coach, who spends the majority of her non-teaching time providing professional development and coaching opportunities to faculty and staff. Twitter: @hinesjasara
June 21, 2021
Episode 13 - EdTech Leadership: What does this look like in schools and districts with Greg Bagby
Today on Navigating Education - The Podcast, Dr. Rhoads interviews Greg Bagby, a district-level EdTech Instructional Coordinator, about EdTech Leadership within schools and districts. Mr. Bagby has many years of experience integrating EdTech at the school and district level. He discusses how to set up an infrastructure of relationships, coaching, and goals to help establish and maintain EdTech integration in classroom and school settings. As the podcast draws to a close, Dr. Matt asks Mr. Bagby about advice for new and upcoming EdTech leaders. He provides several key points that all leaders, including EdTech leaders, should take note as they take on leadership opportunities and positions.  Website: Twitter: @mattrhoads1990 LinkedIn: Matt Rhoads, Ed.D.  Guest Bio: Greg Bagby, Coordinator of Instructional Technology Greg Bagby is currently a Coordinator of Instructional Technology. He has held many hats in education, including being a principal and teacher. He enjoys the arts and technology education and has written extensively about his experiences in education in his blog. Twitter: @gregbagby Website:
June 14, 2021
Episode 12 - Cognitive Load and its Effect on Learning with Zach Groshell
In this episode, Dr. Rhoads interviews Zach Groshell, who is a Director of Educational Technology and a Ph.D. student in Instructional Design and Online Learning on the topic of cognitive load and its effect on learning. To begin, we define cognitive load theory and then discuss how practices on how we can limit its effects on our student's working memories. Zach provides a number of strategies teachers can do using EdTech tools and learning management systems to limit the effects of cognitive load on students. In this same conversation, Zach outlines his Ph.D. study on cognitive load where he describes the study and experimental design. Then, following this conversation, Dr. Matt asks Zach how we can limit cognitive load when we are assessing our students and providing feedback. Overall, this episode provides many strategies to help students learn and to optimize teacher instruction in online, blended learning, and traditional in-person classrooms.  Website: Twitter: @mattrhoads1990 LinkedIn: Matt Rhoads, Ed.D.  Guest Bio - Zach Groshell: Director of Educational Technology  Zach Groshell is the Director of Educational Technology at a school in Washington State. He has taught in several countries around the world and has a superb worldview on education. Additionally, he is in the process of earning his Ph.D. in Instructional Design and Online Learning. He has quite a presence on Twitter and enjoys posting academic research articles related to how people learn. Check out his website at www.educationrichshaw to learn more about Zach and his work as well as follow him on Twitter @MrZachG. 
June 07, 2021
Episode 11 - Attitudes/Beliefs and Relationships as the Foundation of Technology Integration with Matthew Downing
On Episode 11 of Navigating Education - The Podcast, Dr. Rhoads interviewed Matthew Downing an EdTech coach and integrationist on the topic of Attitudes/Beliefs and Relationships as the Foundation of Technology Integration. This conversation focused on establishing positive views and beliefs related to integrating technology use in the classroom setting. We discussed how to begin those conversations as well as maintain those conversations over the course of the school year, which focused on having collaborative conversations with teachers. Dr. Matt outlined a few of his favorite coaching techniques based on the Diffusion of Innovations theory, which focuses on making practices more efficient. Additionally, Dr. Matt aligned developing attitudes, beliefs, and relationships towards EdTech integration to Michael Fullan and Joanne Quinn's Coherence Framework.  Website:  Twitter: @mattrhoads1990 LinkedIn: Matt Rhoads, Ed.D.  Guest Bio - Matthew Downing: EdTech Integrationist and Coach Matthew Downing is an experienced educator interested in the way technology transforms the learning process, and engages students in authentic learning experiences. Podcast host of DivingDeepEDU and co-host of RethinkingEDU. Check out for more information on Matthew and his podcasts and follow him on Twitter @mdowningedu. 
May 31, 2021
Episode 10 - Integrating Instructional Strategies with EdTech Tools: The How-to Process
In this episode, Dr. Rhoads discusses how to select research-based instructional strategies as well as EdTech tools and integrate them together to amplify student learning. Dr. Matt outlines each of these steps in addition to discussing how to implement the strategy integration within classrooms and practice it over time with students. The goal of this podcast is to illustrate to teachers and leaders we can implement strategies that help our students learn with mainstream EdTech tools to further amplify their learning as well as show the framework of how to do it within our lesson design. Ultimately, this is something all modern classrooms need to have as we live in the digital age. Last, we must remember that the strategies and pedagogy are what drive our technology use, which is reiterated throughout this episode.  Website: Twitter: @mattrhoads1990 LinkedIn: Matt Rhoads, Ed.D. 
May 24, 2021
Episode 9 - Developing Classroom Routines in the Modern Classroom Environments: Building Routines for Digital and In-Person Settings
In this episode, Dr. Rhoads discusses what classroom routines should look like within digital and physical spaces that encompass modern classrooms. Beginning with outlining what classroom routines are, Dr. Matt provides a framework for how they are defined and how they can be implemented. Then, he goes on to discuss digital and physical classroom routines. This involves EdTech integration as well as navigating physical spaces and relationship building using strategies such as restorative justice and student-involved classroom norms. Last, there is a short conversation on bridging and blended physical and digital classroom routines in addition to what makes them successful over time for teachers and students alike.  Website: Twitter: @mattrhoads1990 LinkedIn: Matt Rhoads, Ed.D. 
May 17, 2021
Episode 8 - Special Education Case Management: Harnessing EdTech to Make Case Management Efficient and Effective
In this episode, Dr. Rhoads discusses how Special Education teachers along with service providers for students with special needs can optimize their case management with EdTech tools. With large caseloads and fires to put out, teachers working with students on their caseload need to build systems and procedures along with integrating EdTech to make their case management efficient and effective. The three segments discussed in this podcast include what does Special Education case management look like as well as its challenges, how we can leverage EdTech to enhance case management, and tips and tricks to effective case management. Ultimately, the goal of this podcast episode is to discuss how this can be done in a very practical way. Thus, by the end of this episode, listeners will have several strategies they can utilize to amplify their case management.  Website: Twitter: @mattrhoads1990 LinkedIn: Matt Rhoads, Ed.D. 
May 10, 2021
Episode 7 - Adaptive EdTech for Personalized Learning and Retrieval Practice
In this episode of the podcast, Dr. Rhoads discusses how adaptive EdTech can be utilized as a personalized learning tool that can help students with retrieval practice to amplify their learning. As adaptive EdTech becomes more sophisticated, it's important to see its instructional uses for K-12 teachers and how it can be leveraged to help students practice reading and math skills. The three segments the episode is divided into are defining adaptive EdTech tools, how we can leverage adaptive EdTech to personalize practice, and what are the instructional implications of using these tools in our classrooms. After listening to this episode, our goal is for you to know how to use adaptive EdTech and leverage it strategically within your instruction to support your students where they are at in their reading and mathematics. Additionally, you will also know how to use the data generated to monitor and adjust your instruction.  Twitter: @mattrhoads1990 LinkedIn: Matthew Rhoads, Ed.D. Website:
May 03, 2021
Episode 6 - Online & Distance Learning - What Works According to Research and Practice
In this episode, Dr. Rhoads discusses best practices grounded in research that work in online learning classroom settings. Dr. Rhoads outlines how to provide instruction during synchronous as well as asynchronous portions of the lesson along with integrating several instructional strategies with EdTech tools to amplify student learning. The podcast ends with a short discussion on the practical applications of online instruction that can be integrated into face-to-face and blended learning classroom settings. Overall, listeners by the end of the episode will have a number of instructional strategies integrated with EdTech tools that can be utilized in a variety of different classroom settings as well as some solid research-based tips to amplify your instruction within online classroom settings! Twitter: @mattrhoads1990 LinkedIn: Matthew Rhoads, Ed.D. Website:
April 26, 2021
Episode 5 - Blended Learning: Practical Steps to Enhance your Teaching
Today we live in a world of in-person and virtual instruction. Now, classes have a physical and a digital space where instruction and feedback take place. This is blended learning. With blended learning becoming a prevalent instructional model, there a number of ways to amplify blended learning to support students in their learning. From setting up a classroom infrastructure to implementing instructional sequences for students with synchronous and asynchronous instruction, there are a variety of strategies that can be integrated to help with organizing the instructional sequence. By the end of this podcast episode, listeners will be able to incorporate many successful strategies into their blended learning classroom settings that amplify student learning.  Twitter: @mattrhoads1990 LinkedIn: Matthew Rhoads, Ed.D. Website:
April 21, 2021
Episode 4 - The Age of Formative Assessment
In this episode, Dr. Rhoads discusses how we are in the age of formative assessment in education. Dr. Matt outlines the implications of being in a time where a teacher can quickly assess student progress and provide student feeedback. Also, throughout the episode Dr. Matt describes how assessment can be integrated within the sequence of a lesson and how it help teachers monitor and adjust instruction and provide student feedback. On this note, Dr. Matt will outline that in the past, short assessments could not be quickly analyzed by teachers in real-time, which made it difficult to provide feedback directly to students immediately after the assessment. In much of the literature related to learning, this is a massive step forward because we are now able to give feedback related to performance, which amplifies student learning. Altogether, by the end of this episode, listeners will have a solid understanding how the power of formative assessment and how to integrate it into their instruction.  Twitter: @mattrhoads1990 LinkedIn: Matthew Rhoads, Ed.D. Website:
April 19, 2021
Episode 3 - Using EdTech Tools to Make Data-Driven Decisions in a Matter of Seconds or Minutes
In Episode 3 of Navigating Education - The Podcast, Dr. Matt Rhoads discusses how teachers and school leaders can use data collected from mainstream EdTech tools to make instructional data-driven decisions in a matter of seconds and minutes. Focusing on data visualization dashboards and extracting data to spreadsheets, Dr. Matt summarizes a step by step process of how he uses data to drive his instructional decision-making. Using many mainstream EdTech tools, listeners will then be able to see how they can use the data collected from these tools to help them amplify their students' learning by helping enhance their instruction.  Overall, the goal of this episode is to demonstrate that we have so much data around us that can be used to help support our instruction and students. It’s more accessible than ever before so let's take advantage of it. Therefore, let’s talk about and begin using it extensively to amplify our teaching! Twitter: @mattrhoads1990 LinkedIn: Matthew Rhoads, Ed.D. Website:
April 14, 2021
Episode 2 - SEL Integration with EdTech Tools through App-Smashing to Build Community and Relationships with Students
Today, Dr. Matt Rhoads discussed social-emotional learning strategy integrations with several EdTech tools to help amplify student SEL development in any classroom setting. Using what educators call an app-smash, Dr. Matt outlines how step by step to integrate Google Slides, Pear Deck, and Flipgrid together for a powerful instructional sequence that can be implemented within any classroom setting. Ultimately, the goal of this instructional integration is to help build classroom community and relationships with your students to maintain and establish positive classroom learning environments and cultures. Overall, this podcast summarizes this process and the benefits it can have on students, if implemented within K-12 classrooms.  Be sure to check out Dr. Matt on social media to continue the conversation. Twitter: @mattrhoads1990 LinkedIn: Matthew Rhoads, Ed.D. Website:
April 11, 2021
Episode 1 - Introducing: Navigating Education - The Podcast
In this introductory episode, the host Dr. Matt Rhoads, provides a summary of the podcasts purpose, episode formats, and why he wants you to become a listener and guest on an upcoming episode. Overall, the podcast's purpose is to provide a space to help educators and the greater community navigate education now in the present as well as the future. Topics of the podcast range from instruction, edtech integration, Special Education, policy, English language learners, instructional models, organizational models, leadership, and much more. Last, listeners of these podcasts will be given research, step-by-step how-to's of instruction, thoughts to evaluate within their classroom and schools, and opportunities to listen to a diverse set of voices. Ultimately, you will learn about this podcast and future episodes by listening to this introduction podcast! Be sure to check out Dr. Matt on social media to continue the conversation.  Twitter: @mattrhoads1990 LinkedIn: Matthew Rhoads, Ed.D. Website: 
April 06, 2021