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Teaching with Empathy - A Conversation With Author Lisa Westman

NHASCD Spotlight: A Podcast

Teaching with Empathy - A Conversation With Author Lisa Westman

NHASCD Spotlight: A Podcast

Compassionate Coaching: Navigating Barriers to Professional Growth with authors Kathy Perret and Kenny McKee
Kathy Perret and Kenny McKee join the podcast to discuss dealing with barriers teachers face and the corresponding ways that coaches can help teachers surmount them.  They share insights from their new book, Compassionate Coaching: How Educators Navigate the Barriers to Professional Growth, and  Contact Information: Kathy Perret -; Kenny McKee - Websites:  Kathy:; Kenny - Twitter:  Kathy - @KathyPerret; Kenny - @kennycmckee #educoach – a Twitter chat devoted to the topic of instructional coaching that is held every Wednesday at 8 pm CST/9:00 pm EST Purchase Book through ASCD Amazon Barnes & Noble
January 11, 2022
Stretching Your Learning Edges: Growing (Up) at Work with author Jennifer Abrams
Jennifer Abrams, the author of Learning to Have Hard Conversations and Swimming in the Deep End, discusses her new book Stretching Your Learning Edges: Growing (Up) at Work Contact information:  email - or (605)868-1916 Website: Buy the book is at E-Book is at In February Jennifer starts a new workshop series on the book is at
December 20, 2021
Building Resiliency Through SEL with Katie Pagnotta
Katie Pagnotta, the owner of Resilient Roots, PLLC, is a NH licensed clinical mental health counselor (LCMHC), certified NH school counselor, parent coach, consultant, and social-emotional learning (SEL) enthusiast.  Listen to Katie share how to support resiliency skills through integrating SEL throughout the school. Contact Information:
December 10, 2021
Working Around the "New" Normal: A Conversation with the Mindful Learners Collaborative Team
The Mindful Learners Collaborative team (Dr. Lisa Fermia-Hou, Kim Wyborney, and Jon Verity) discuss how schools work around the present-day situations and the need for students, staff, and administrators to build connections. Website: Contact Information: \
December 08, 2021
Teaching with Empathy - A Conversation With Author Lisa Westman
Whether it's planning and delivering instruction or just interacting with others throughout the day, every action you take is an opportunity to demonstrate empathy toward your students, your colleagues, and yourself.  Author Lisa Westman shares her motivation for writing this new ASCD book and explores three types of empathy within the educational experience. Contact Information email: website: Purchase the book at ASCD,  Amazon
November 23, 2021
"What's Your Leadership Story?" with Vicki Bautista and Gretchen Oltman
When leading in a school, everyday events and the chaos of life can sometimes get in the way of remembering what inspired you to become a school leader.  So, how can you regain that sense of purpose, renewal, and inspiration? Co-authors Vicki Bautista and Gretchen Oltman discuss their new ASCD book, What's Your Leadership Story?  A School Leader's Guide to Aligning How Your Lead with Who You Are to address that question. About our guests Gretchen Oltman is an author, attorney, and educator. She works as an associate professor of interdisciplinary studies at Creighton University, where she leads a program for graduate students pursuing degrees in leadership. Prior to this, she was a high school English teacher. She holds a law degree from the University of Nebraska College of Law, a PhD in educational studies from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, an MA in teaching from the University of Louisville, and a BA in English from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She is the author or co-author of Violence in Student Writing, Law Meets Literature, The Supreme 15, The Themes That Bind Us, and Prepare to Chair. She regularly presents for ASCD, the Education Law Association, and the National Council for Teachers of English.  Gretchen can be reached at Vicki Bautista is an assistant professor at Creighton University in the department of interdisciplinary studies. She serves as the assistant director for the MS program in integrative health and wellness. She received a BA from the University of Texas–El Paso in health science with a minor in community health and her MA from the University of Nebraska Omaha in health education. She earned her EdD in interdisciplinary leadership at Creighton University, focusing on department chairs and well-being. Prior to working at Creighton, she was employed in a variety of health promotion settings including nonprofit, government, and research in the high school setting. She presents regularly on the topics of leadership and well-being, self-care, and personal leadership philosophies.  Vicki can be reached at Order the Book at ASCD
November 03, 2021
The Minimalist Teacher - A Conversation with Tammy Musiowsky-Borneman and C Y Arnold
Co-authors Tammy Musiowsky-Borneman and Christine Arnold discuss their new book The Minimalist Teacher.  Tammy and Christine have developed a way to bring a minimalist mindset to the classroom and shed the burden of too many initiatives, strategies, and things in general. Their Triple P process helps teachers declutter in three steps: identify something's purpose, prioritize what is important, and pare down to essentials. Because the Triple P process emphasizes structured and candid self-reflection to determine what is essential, meaningful, and useful—and then discard what is extraneous—The Minimalist Teacher can be adapted to the physical classroom environment, curriculum, instruction, assessment, and more. Order the book through ASCD.   Learn More 
November 02, 2021
Diversity and Our School Library Collections
In this episode, Sarah Kunyosying and Susanna Hargreaves from the Amherst (NH) School District share their experiences with conducting an audit of their school's library collection to ensure a range of diverse experiences, voices, and experiences within a culture and group.
October 29, 2021
Hacking Learning Centers: An Interview with Starr Sackstein and Karen Terwilliger.
In this episode, we are excited for you to hear from co-authors Starr Sackstein and Karen Terwilliger as they discuss their new book Hacking Learning Centers in Grades 6-12.  Starr and Karen share their journey in the use of learning centers at the middle and secondary levels as well as how learning centers transform a classroom into a dynamic learning experience. Contact Information     Starr Sackstein           *email -  *website -  *Twitter - @Ms Sackstein     Karen Terwilliger             *email - Buy the book Hacking Learning Centers in Grades 6-12           Times10Publications  OR   Amazon
October 25, 2021
Principal Labs: Strengthening Instructional Leadership Through Shared Learning
Co-authors Megan Kortlandt, Carly Stone, and Samantha Keesling discuss the flexible structure for collaborative professional learning that they call the principal lab, in which K-12 principals learn with and from each other to become better instructional leaders. The authors are available for keynotes, workshops, coaching, and consulting. Contact Information: Samantha Keesling -      email -      Twitter - @Keesling_Math Megan Kortlandt      email:      Twitter: @megankortlandt Carly Stone       email:       Twitter: @CarlyStone_PL Buy the book at          ASCD,  Amazon, or Barnes & Noble
October 20, 2021
Managing Standards-Based Grading: A Conversation with Constance Borro and Starr Sackstein
We begin Season 2 by featuring educators Constance Borro and Starr Sackstein. Constance is the founder and CEO of Mastery Portfolio which is an interactive software application that breaks down student grades on standards/competencies and not numbers. Its mission is to provide a means for motivation and equity through grading practices. Starr is COO of the company and a nationally renowned author, speaker, and educational thought leader. Ms. Borro and Ms. Sackstein discuss the idea of standards-based grading and reporting along with the benefits to students, teachers, and parents. Contact information: Website:
October 18, 2021
Math and Hip-Hop: Dispelling the Notion That All Mathematicians are Geeks
Dr. Peter Michael Plourde is the director of faculty development at the University of the District of Columbia Community College (UDC-CC), teaches mathematics, and to the general public and to many of his students, is known as Professor Lyrical for his work as a hip-hop artist.  Join Dr. Randy Wormald and Executive Director Jan Yost for an interview with Prof. Lyrical and a discussion on the intersection of education and hip-hop. Website: YouTube Playlist:
May 10, 2021
Pre-Service Education during the Pandemic
Dr. Cara Procek, SNHU Professor of Education, shares some of the challenges that faced education students during the pandemic.
April 11, 2021
Making It: What Today's Kids Need For Tomorrow's World
Listen to Stephanie Malia Krauss speak about her new book, Making It:  What Today's Kids Need For Tomorrow's World in which she goes beyond the question of what young people need to succeed in school, to ask what they need to be ready for life. RESOURCES Stephanie's website Purchase the book at, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Books a Million
April 06, 2021
Assessing with Respect
Author Starr Sackstein talks about her newest book and offers best practices for results as SEL needs become more and more important. RESOURCES about Assessing with Respect:  Everyday Practices that Meet Students' Social and Emotional Needs order Assessing with Respect:  Everyday Practices that Meet Students' Social and Emotional Needs (Be sure to include our affiliate's PASS code, NHAFF , when you order Starr's book!) Starr Sackstein's website
April 03, 2021
(SEAL) Social-Emotional Artistic Learning
We all know social-emotional learning is of the utmost importance, but what is the best way to teach it to our students?  Listen to teacher, author, and consultant, Elizabeth Peterson, share what SEAL is, the benefits of integrating the arts with SEL, and how to get started. RESOURCES Teach SEAL The Inspired Classroom
April 01, 2021
Integrating the Arts
Join teacher, author, and consultant Elizabeth Peterson as she discusses how arts integration helps students engage in content and deepen their learning.
March 24, 2021
Coaching SEL Teams
This episode is sponsored by Eduplanet21. Listen to Krista Leh, educator, adjunct professor, and educational consultant specializing in SEL, share tips, stories, and strategies that you can do to support SEL, build capacity and integrate SEL into the culture of the school.  She also discusses the role of an SEL Coach and teams. Krista is the founder of Resonance Education Inc RESOURCES Krista Leh's eduplanet21 SEL Institute eduplanet21 Navigating SEL From The Inside Out (Elementary School Focus) pdf
March 23, 2021
Classroom Culture and Student Engagement
Teacher coach, ASCD and EdWeek Classroom author and ASCD Emerging Leader (class of 2014) Tammy Musiowsky-Borneman is this episode's guest speaker. Tune in to listen to Tammy discuss the importance of classroom culture and best practices for student engagement. FUTURE RESOURCE The Minimalist Teacher co-authored by Tammy and published by ASCD in June 2020.
March 17, 2021
From Feedback to "Feed-forward": Shifting Language to Invite Learners Towards Growth
Educators of all types - classroom teachers, administrators, support staff, coaches - are feedback-providers in various ways. Feedback is critical to the learning process at all stages. And yet, traditional feedback focuses on what the word describes, looking back. Lindsay Prendergast, discusses the impact of a mindset shift towards "feedforward" and the resulting impact our language and practices can have on student learning. RESOURCES Email:, Twitter @lindspren Website, The Feedback Fix by John Hirsch
March 08, 2021
Mind-Brain Research and the Neuroteach Global Project
Glenn Whitman, Director of The Center for Transformative Teaching and Learning at St. Andrew’s Episcopal School in Potomac, Md., where he also teaches history joins us to discuss neuroscience in teaching and the Neuroteach Global Project. Resources The Center for Transformative Teaching and Learning Neuroeducation Confidence Diagnostic (free measurement of current MBE knowledge and translation confidence) Neuroteach Global Pilot Access program (free for public and charter school teacher cohorts) Science of Teaching and School Leadership Academies An Educational Neuroscience Research Base to Get Your Started
February 26, 2021
Curriculum Matters: Deeper Dives
Melody Arabo, EdReports Outreach Specialist and US Department of Education Teacher Ambassador Fellow, shares insights on why quality curricular materials matter and how EdReports can be used as a foundation for conversations about your curriculum. EdReports Fordham Institute Report The Opportunity Myth
February 26, 2021
Tech Tips for the Classroom with Dr. Monica Burns
Dr. Monica Burns, ASCD author and faculty member,  shares strategies and tech tips for encouraging student participation and engagement, inviting student collaboration, assessing and providing feedback, and building relationships with families. EPISODE RESOURCES Monica Burns' Website         On-Demand Video Tailoring Classroom Technology Tips for Learning Outside the Classroom - an archived presentation with handouts.          Books (Click to find each book on Amazon) Tasks Before Apps: Designing Rigorous Learning in a Tech-Rich Classroom 40 Ways to Inject Creativity into Your Classroom with Adobe Spark NEW: Classroom Technology Tips (Quick Reference Guide) NEW: Distance Learning Essentials (Quick Reference Guide) #FormativeTech: Meaningful, Sustainable, and Scalable Formative Assessment With Technology Deeper Learning With QR Codes and Augmented Reality: A Scannable Solution for Your Classroom.
January 19, 2021
Beat Teacher Burnout - An Interview with Mike Anderson
Author, consultant, and NHASCD member, Mike Anderson (@balancedteacher) discusses health and balance in teaching.  Mike talks about some main areas of teacher wellness that are especially important right now and suggests small steps that both teachers and school leaders can take.  EPISODE RESOURCES To learn more about the Beat Teacher Burnout Institute, click here.  Get a 25% discount, if you are an NHASCD Member.  Contact Jan Yost to get the discount code. ( Mike Anderson's Website
December 10, 2020
Tips for Remote Teaching
NHASCD President-Elect Steve Lebel and Executive Director, Jan Yost were invited by and joined our friends from MEASCD to talk about tips for remote teaching.  We joined MEASCD President Matt Drewette-Card and Executive Director, Dr. Leigh Alley for this informative episode.  Take a listen!
November 24, 2020
Language, Choice and Balance - A Conversation with Mike Anderson
Author and consultant, Mike Anderson and NHASCD President, Steve Tucker, discuss the challenges of self-directed learning during the COVID-19 crisis. How do we support true self-direction (not simple compliance) in students as they work from home? What are some practical strategies teachers can try? They also discuss how to support self-directed learning in ways that are manageable and not overwhelming for teachers.
November 24, 2020
From Webinar to Practice
Dana Foulds, NHASCD Treasurer and Digital Learning Specialist at Broken Ground Elementary School (Concord, NH), shares information about the journey she and her team took after attending a webinar series on Social-Emotional Learning. EPISODE RESOURCES NHASCD Website - Resources   Category: Professional Learning and Tag:  Social-Emotional Learning
November 20, 2020