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Teacher Prep with Dr. D

Teacher Prep with Dr. D

By Dr. Dickenson
We explore the space between research and best practices with application in the K-12 classroom. Whether you are new to teaching or have been teaching for years, this podcast covers it all and will share with you advice from the experts to put research into practice.
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Infusing Social-Emotional Learning into your Practice with Dennis Mathew
In this episode of Teacher Prep with Dr. D, Denis Mathew joins the show to share how he brings social-emotional learning into his practice.  Dennis has been an elementary school speech pathologist for more than a decade in urban public schools. Since 2019, he has been a children's author and songwriter. He has three books and one music album published. His content integrates  SEL, the 7 mindsets, growth mindset, trauma-informed care, language enrichment, and social skills topics. Dennis's work has reached a global audience with 15,000 copies of his books (90% of which has been distributed to public schools nationwide), presented to around 120 schools, and reached 70K+ students with books and music. Here's my new website: Social Media: Twitter @storiesbydennis Instagram @booksbydennis
July 22, 2021
Billingual Education with Dr. Clara Amador-Lankster
What is the history of Billingual Education in our country and how does policy and practice influence second language acquisition.  In this episode Dr. Clara Amador-Lankster shares insight into the evolution of billingual education and how the changing landscape of schools and policy around language acquisition is bringing back programs and the need for teachers to be billingual. Dr. Clara Amador-Lankster is a Fullbright scholar and Professor of Teacher Education at National University.  
April 10, 2021
From Passion To Perseverance Getting Published with Literary Author Jasmine A Sterling
Jasmine A. Stirling is the debut author of A Most Clever Girl: How Jane Austen Discovered Her Voice, a picture book biography of Jane Austen about persistence and creative mastery. Jasmine lives on a cheerful street in San Francisco with her husband, two daughters, and their dog. From a young age, she loved to write poems and stories and worked her way through nearly every children’s book (and quite a few for grownups, too) in her local library. When she’s not writing, Jasmine can be found hiking in the fog, singing songs from old musicals, and fiddling with her camera. Jasmine first fell in love with Jane Austen as a student at Oxford, where she read her favorite of Jane’s six masterful novels, Persuasion. A Most Clever Girl is her dream project, done with her dream team—award-winning illustrator Vesper Stamper and Bloomsbury Children’s Publishing. Jasmine also has a YA/New Adult history of the women's suffrage movement out soon, titled We Demand An Equal Voice. Before becoming an author, Jasmine was a c-level executive working in education technology companies. Visit to get a free Jane Austen paper doll kit with the purchase of A Most Clever Girl. While you're there, enter to win a Regency tea party gift basket! Follow Jasmine on Instagram and Facebook where she posts daily about kidlit and life with two young girls.
March 26, 2021
Going Gradeless with Batsheva Frankle
In this episode, explore the notion of going gradeless in your teaching practice to foster creativity, harness soft skills and support students in fostering a love of learning, rather than a fear of assessment.  Batsheva Frankel, MAT, the producer, and host of the podcast, Overthrowing Education, is a veteran educator of over 25 years and the founder of New Lens Ed. where she gives online and in-person workshops, courses, and coaching for universities, conferences, schools, and educators across the US and around the world. Behrman House published her book, The Jewish Educator’s Companion. Here are some links: Twitter: @overthrowinged  or @batshevafrankel Lenses of Questioning course: My website: The podcast:
March 15, 2021
Mental Health and Covid 19
Interview with Jesika Silva-Zabajnik (LMFT) and Cindy Klinecki (LCSW) about the impact of Covid 19 on children and teachers' mental health.  Hear best practices for supporting your students while working remotely and self-care during this time of trauma.  Resources:  Suicide Prevention Life Line: Professional Quality of Life Measure: New York Times Article: Surge in Suicides
January 28, 2021
Transforming Education with Chelsea Robberson
Chelsea Robberson launched Lealyn Growth to support schools and organizations transform education and reach their goals.  Chelsea has been in education since 2005 and has worked both nationally and internationally as a school leader, director, and classroom teacher.  Her mission is to move education forward and disrupt the status-quo.
January 22, 2021
Goodbye 2020 with Dr. Dickenson
In this episode with Dr. Dickenson, she shares strategies to reflect on this year and set new goals for 2021. 
January 01, 2021
Up For Debate: Bring Classroom Math Talk to a Whole New Level with Author Chris Luzniak
In this episode of Teacher Prep with Dr. D, author Chris Luzniak shares his work of classroom debates as part of his mathematics routine.  Find out why Math Debates can bring the Standards of Mathematical Practice to a whole new level and how you can use this approach in both an online and traditional classroom.  Check out this episode on Youtube: Chris Luzniak is currently a math teacher and department chair at The Archer School for Girls in Los Angeles. His 15+ years of teaching mathematics began in New York City public schools, where he also founded and coached the Speech and Debate team. Through this combination of teaching and coaching, Chris has worked to develop debate routines that bring student voice and discussion into the math classroom. He coaches teachers in both math and science to develop real-world debate activities for students. Some of his work can be seen at, and his book Up for Debate! is currently published by Stenhouse Publishers. Professional Links: Website: Blog: Stenhouse Book: Workshop: Twitter: @cluzniak  
December 17, 2020
Teacher Side Hustle: Turn Your Passion Into Profit
In this episode of Teacher Prep hear from two teachers whose passion for teaching and learning has turned into a lucrative side hustle that is supporting other teachers from around the world. Greg Williams from Amped Up Learning is a Social Studies Instructional Coach in Texas.  He created Freck playing cards to master Social Studies curriculum and founded Amped up Learning which is a virtual teacher marketplace Deborah Baldwin has a successful Teacher Pay Teacher store that has a global audience.  She is a retired Drama Teacher who is taking the world of social media by storm.  She writes books, plays and short stories and sells it all for profit! 
November 21, 2020
Lesson Planning with Purpose with Christy McConnell and Brad Conrad
How can we be intentional when planning instruction so that students are both engaged, motivated and supported in our classroom? In this episode Drs. McConnell and Conrad, authors of Lesson Planning with Purpose share 5 models for designing instruction through the lens of perceptive teaching: the belief that teachers must know themselves and their students while cultivating culturally sensitive, safe, and inviting spaces for learning for all students.  Lesson Planning with Purpose website:;  Facebook: @planningwithpurpose  Twitter: @plan_w_purpose CRISPA Website: Tales from the Classroom:;  Facebook, Twitter, Instagram @talesfromthecla
October 06, 2020
Unconscious Bias in Schools: Interview with Dr. Tracey Benson
In this interview with Dr. Tracey Benson, he shares the research and framework for his book, Unconscious Bias in Schools: A Developmental Approach to Exploring Race and Racism, which was released with Harvard Education Press in August 2019. Dr. Benson and his co-author Sarah Fiarman wrote this book as a roadmap for school and district leaders who seek to eliminate racial achievement gaps through rooting out and addressing racial bias in schools. Founder and CEO of Tracey A. Benson Consulting, Dr. Benson firmly believes student achievement, teacher efficacy, and school success is contingent upon high quality, equity-focused school and district leaders. He has committed his career to leading for change, courageously addressing entrenched practices that impede lifetime outcomes of students of color, and coaching education leaders to lead for racial equity through implementing anti-racist practices, policies, and curriculum in K – 12 schools. Website: Book on Amazon:
September 25, 2020
Lessons Learned: Distance Learning at a Glance
In this episode of Teacher Prep, listen to three teachers share their successes and challenges in the first few weeks of teaching remotely.  Three educators share their best practices, advice for teachers and how they use technology and a growth mindset to develop the skills to teach their students remotely. Joining us in the discussion: Brett McMahon  @McmahonClass  Travis Novak @MrNovackHistory Paul Dietrich  @Dietrichucation
September 14, 2020
What Parents Want Teachers to Know During Remote Teaching
In this episode of Teacher Prep we interview four parents about their experiences in the spring during remote teaching and what they hope for during the upcoming school year. 
August 15, 2020
These Kids are Driving Me Crazy: The Empower Method of Classroom Management with Kristen Miller
Kristen Miller is an high school mathematics, Avid, and Career Technical Education teacher who also served as a middle school Vice Principal.  Her book "These Kids are Driving Me Crazy" consolidates impactful techniques for managing challenging behaviors which can be replicated with her Empower method.  Learn about how to start the school year feeling "Empowered" and harness your ability to build healthy relationships while still towing the line. @withheartproj
July 28, 2020
Parents as Partners in the Age of Remote Teaching
Want to know best practices for bringing parents into the virtual world of co-teaching with you? Join me and KinderRockets founder Ben Cogswell as he shares his secrets for building purposeful partnerships with parents.  Ben Cogswell is a CUE Member, Kindergarten teacher and 2019 CUE BOLD teacher of the year. He shares his awesome mindset of blending amazing pedagogy with easy to access edtech in his #KindRockets classroom. Ben was recently quoted in the NY Times and his SeeSaw lessons have over 850k views. Ben's warm style is inspirational for any grade level. Check him out on Twitter:  @cogswell_ben or his website:  Youtube:
July 23, 2020
Exploring the role of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in Teacher Education
Brendon Jobs is the Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at the Haverford School in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  He is a James Madison Fellow, Lehrman Fellow, a National Constitution Center Annenberg Fellow, an Education Pioneer with the SEED Foundation in Washington D.C., and an active member of Philadelphia’s teacher leader community via work with Teacher Action Group (TAG). In this podcast we talk about how teachers can frame conversations in the classroom around diversity and inclusion and knit together a positive and meaningful experience for all K-12 students. Twitter @brendonjobs Racial Equity Tools:
July 07, 2020
Fact Fluency & Running Records with Ann Elise Record
Discover what it takes to build fact fluency with your students through the use of running records. Ann Elise Record joins Dr. D to discuss the importance of computational fluency and what strategies and scaffolds you can provide with intentional math practices. Level up your math practice and your students math fluency through strategies, choice, voice, games, and parent communication.  Check out her resources  @AnnEliseRecord
June 02, 2020
Creating a Safe Space in a Time of Distance Learning
Rusty May joins Dr. D to talk about what teachers should consider for creating a safe space in a time of distance learning and how to prepare for a new year school year that may become distant learning.  Join us as we share insight and research about what you should consider for promoting Social Emotional Learning in today's distance learning classroom. Be sure to check out Rusty May's School online videos to build Social-Emotional Learning into your daily practice
May 11, 2020
Lessons Learned: Distance Education at a Glance
In today's podcast Dr. Dickenson interviews Chris Hill a high school teacher and instructor at The Heritage Institute about his experiences in distance learning.  Chris shares his reflections of lessons learned in first three weeks of online learning for high school students. 
April 18, 2020
Going the Distance with Distance Learning
Learn best tips and strategies for making distance education work for you and your learners.  Sam Fecich author of EduMagic and Edushine  joins Dr. Dickenson in this conversation about how teachers can go the distance with distance education.
April 10, 2020
Distance Learning in a Dash with Dr. Sistek-Chandler
Quick tips and strategies to build an online learning platform for all students across the grade span.  Dr. Cynthia Sistek-Chandler has been teaching online since 1999 and will share her best practices for creating an online space where all students can flourish.
March 27, 2020
Assessment Interview with Louanne Myers
In this interview with district Math coach Louanne Myers you will hear assessment strategies to support K12 students and teachers in planning and teaching.
March 16, 2020
Digital Literacy in Today's Classroom with Dr. Shea Kerkhoff
Our world is increasingly digitally and globally connected. Students need digital and global literacies to participate, collaborate and thrive in 21st century. In order to teach digital/global/new literacies, teachers must have a framework for understanding   and teaching strategies to use.  Learn best practices and research in digital literacy with Dr. Shea Kerhoff, Assistant Professor of Education at University of Missouri-St. Louis and Assistant Editor of the journal English Education. My research focuses on critical, digital, and global literacies.
February 13, 2020
Teacher Identity and Urban Education with Dr. Cheryl Matias
In this episode the topic of teacher identity is explored in the context of being an urban educator. Dr. Cheryl Matias author of Feeling White: Whiteness, Emotionality, and Education earned the 2017 Honorable Mention for the Society of Professors of Education shares her research and expertise in this area. Her second book, Surviving Becky(s): Pedagogies for Deconstructing Whiteness and Gender, came out January 2020 and has already been nominated for the AESA book award. Her third book Critical Theoretical Research Methods in Education comes out late 2020. She is a motherscholar of three, including boy-girl twins, an avid Lakers fan, and Bachata ballroom dancer.
February 06, 2020
Making the Math Connection with Computer Science
When it comes to higher order thinking and problem solving skills think outside the box and include computer science for real life application.  In this interview with Megan Brannon she shares her experiences as a Computer Science teacher for K5
February 06, 2020
Making Math Relevant with Dr. Natalie Pough
When it comes to math instruction consider your learners and how you can engage them with instruction that is context-embedded and relevant to their lives.  In this interview with Dr. Natalie Pough we will discuss how teachers can create math tasks that meets students where they are at and not where the textbook tells them they should be.
February 04, 2020
Beginning Reading Instruction with Tiffany Peltier
Want to know what to look for in an effective reading program, or how to ensure students are making adequate progress in developing reading skills? In this episode we speak to a reading coach and expert on best practices for student success and what to look for when students are struggling.  
February 04, 2020
Did Slaves Build the Pyramids?
In this episode we interview Dr. Braeden Dickenson an archeologist from the University of Chicago.  Dr. Dickenson has spent the past 11 years investigating the essential question "Did Slaves Build the Pyramids".  He shares with us findings from his last excavation and what we will learn in his latest novel "Why Hollywood Got it Wrong: Professional Builders of Giza". 
January 16, 2020
Bringing Game-Based Learning into your Teaching Practice
If you are looking for ways to get students excited about the content you are teaching, look no further than game-based learning.  In this episode Dr. Faber shares how the excitement of playing games can be transferred into student's working collaboratively to problem solve and think critically about content.  From planning a game in your content area to design the structure that builds on students funds of knowledge, Dr. Farber shares a wealth of research and best practices to get you started with Game-Based Learning.
December 16, 2019
Parent Involvement
Whether you are a classroom teacher, parent or both the key to success is parent involvement.  Learn the six types of involvement and how you can get connected with your kids or students.
November 13, 2019
Making Math Fun with Math Games
Build on students' funds of knowledge by bringing math games into your math practice.  Develop students computational fluency while playing classic math games, or use math games as a tool for remediation, support and to challenge your learners.  In this episode Dr. Dickenson talks about all the different ways to use math games and why you need to bring it into your practice.
November 07, 2019
Making Space for Makerspace
Karen Snedeker 6th grade math and technology coach has been bringing Makerspace into her classroom practice for the past four year.  In fact she has received so many positive reviews from her students and parents that the school has expanded her space to include a summer Makerspace camp and resources and tools to expand her work with students.  She also supports other teachers across the disciplines utilize Makerspace in their practice.  In this podcast we hear from her how to get started and why you need to bring Makerspace into your practice 
October 21, 2019
Fostering Grit in the Classroom with Dr. Laila Sanguras
Are you ready to build strength based psychological skills into your classroom instruction.  In this podcast with Dr. Laila Sanguras author of "Grit in the Classroom: Building Perseverance for Excellence in Today's Students" she highlights evidence based practices to support students in identifying their passion and combining perseverance for intentional classroom application of grit! 
October 16, 2019
Bringing Technology into the Classroom with Dr. Kimberly Butler
In this episode of Teacher Tech Prep, Dr. Kimberly Butler shares the why and how teachers can bridge the digital door of planning and instruction with technology into their teaching practice.  From designing to management and instruction we discuss the ins and outs of teaching with tech and great ways to get started.
October 02, 2019
Beginning Teaching: Kari Antonetti
In this episode Kari Antonetti shares her experiences as a graduate student at National University.  She highlights the importance of reflection for new teachers, advice for fieldwork experiences and the importance of Universal Design for Learning. 
September 29, 2019
Exploring the changing science classroom with Will Franzell
In this episode Dr. Dickenson interviews Will Franzell who is an Education Administrator for the Monterey County office of Education.  We discuss what an NGSS science classroom looks like.  The role of the teacher and the student is discussed and ways that teachers should approach teaching and planning with the NGSS.  We also discuss how teachers can support ELL's with the NGSS and Will shares a trove of tools and resources for science instruction. 
September 27, 2019
Surviving & Thriving in the Classroom
Dino Manganno discusses best practices to survive and thrive in the classroom.  He discusses what it's like the first year and how new and veteran teachers can manage the daily classroom grind and continue to thrive as a teacher.  Listeners will learn strategies to deal with parents and difficult students and we also discuss school culture and setting the tone and what you can do to maintain your sanity! 
September 18, 2019
Coding in the Classroom with Scott Moss
In this inteview Dr. Dickenson interviews Scott Moss who is a Google Certified Teacher and Instructional Technology expert for the Los Angeles County Office of Education.  Scott unpacks coding and shares how and why teachers can bring this 21st century skill into practice no matter the grade or subject they teach.  
September 13, 2019
Understanding Autism: Chris Reeve
In this interview Dr. Dickenson interviews Dr. Chris Reeve national expert and consultant in the area of autism.  Dr. Reeve unpacks autism, shares insight on how to best support students and ways teachers' can effectively  create a positive learning environment
September 13, 2019
Classroom Assessment Strategies with Denise Phillips
Classroom assessment strategies for all students are highlighted in this episode with Denise Phillips.  She shares how teachers can collect multiple forms of evidence   to make informed decisions about what students know and how to plan next steps for instruction.  She also shares how teachers can make adaptations and accommodations for students who are English Language Learners and have an IEP. 
September 06, 2019
Grit in the Classroom: Dr. Dickenson
In this episode Dr. Dickenson talks about the reasons why teachers need to teach Grit in the Classroom.  She shares examples from her life and strategies to support teachers in building gritty students.
September 04, 2019
Supporting English Language Learners with Language Acquisition Expert Dr. Steven Brownson
Learn best practices for supporting second language learners in your classroom.  Learn more about the kinds of language learners you will teach and what research-based practices are most effective.  Dr. Steven Brownson has over 26 years of teaching experience with ELL in California and abroad.  He has a Bilingual teaching credential and is National Board Certified.
August 28, 2019
Special Education Expert: Gail Lancaster
Gail Lancaster is a is a Special Education consultant and professor for National University. She has worked in the field of Special Education for the past 39 years.  Gail unwraps how teachers can use a student's IEP to plan instruction.  She discusses designing instruction and supporting students with learning differences.  
August 26, 2019
The First Year Reflection from a New Teacher.
John Goldberg is a second career professional who started teaching after being an engineer and park ranger. He shares his experiences as a student intern and graduate of National University
August 07, 2019
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