Value Adds Value: Helping You Become The Teacher Your Kids Deserve!

Value Adds Value: Helping You Become The Teacher Your Kids Deserve!

By Kyle and Wilkie
Welcome to the VALUE ADDS VALUE Podcast where we want to help you become the teachers your kids deserve. Over the course of the last six years we've found a process for adding value to your teaching craft.

Here's what we want to help you do:
Build your craft through experience!
Sharpening your skills through reflection!
Leverage your unique gifts as an educator to change lives!

On this podcast we share the experiences of teachers from around the globe to help you BUILD, SHARPEN, and LEVERAGE your teaching craft!

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What Would We Give to Be Back?!
We had the distinct pleasure of having our great friend Vanessa Torborda Cronin on the podcast again for a conversation that was supposed to be about how to control what you can, but as it happened we just talked about what we missed about teaching. Then we talked about our high school experiences and how we would have coped with this time. Then we talked about what we want to teach our kids if the fall brings distance learning and how we can do a better job of connecting with them. We hope you enjoy this episode of the podcast and while you're at it go subscribe to the EMPOWERED TEACHING PODCAST! To learn more about our projects visit our website!
44:12
May 24, 2020
Distance Learning Lag Time
As teachers we know the importance of communication, meaningful feedback,  and consistent interactions. What do you do when all of those things cease?  In this time of crisis learning we all have struggle to connect with our kids and provide them meaningful feedback. One of the biggest challenges we have faced during this time of crisis learning has been lag time. We are sending out assignments that we won't get back for over a week and by then we've already had to move on to new stuff. Our kids don't respond to emails and don't engage in our online communities.  All of these have made our team feel like we haven't done enough to support our kids. We suspect you might be feeling the same way.  We hope you'll listen to this conversation our team had about what we have learned during this time and how we plan to be ready for whatever next year brings!  Above all we want you to know you're doing an amazing job and no matter where you are in the content you're right where you need to be! Please reach out if you need help with ANYTHING! Even if you just need someone to talk. Here's how you can connect with us. Instagram: @itskylekrueger @its.wil.law.iii @therealtravelingteacher @conhortofcare @teachingoutsidethebinary To learn more about our projects visit theledproject.com! To support our work head to classy.org/valueaddsvalue!
33:54
May 17, 2020
Redefining Engagement For Distance Learning!
We are so thrilled to share this episode of VALUE ADDS VALUE with y'all because we get to introduce you to our new team members!!! Lauren Roig (@therealtravelingteacher) Ace Schwarz (@teachingoutsidethebinary) Dailene Hendon (@cohortofcare) With these three amazing educators on our team we hope to bring additional perspectives to the podcast and to our professional developments. On this episode we talk about what engagement has looked like for us during this time of crisis/distance learning and how we would like to redefine it. We start out by talking about the assumptions we made in how this transition would go and how those assumptions have caused us problems.  Assumptions like students would be more engaged with content on digital platforms because they are ''digital natives." We also discussed the role of discourse in classrooms and how important it is to our students learning.  We finished up by discussing corrections we've tried to make during this time and changes we'd like to make for the future! We hope you enjoy this episode of VALUE ADDS VALUE and please go out and follow our new team members if you don't already! If you'd like support the podcast, learn more about our projects, or connect with us on social media here is how! theledproject.com classy.org/valueaddsvalue anchor.fm/valueaddsvalue and click the SUPPORT button https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9BvEi4G9a_Q
31:06
May 10, 2020
Part 3 of Refind, Refine, and Reinvent!!
We want to start out by saying to all the teachers out there that are doing there very best in a difficult situation. We are honored to stand with you in this profession. We wrap up this series on what we are striving to do during this time of COVID-19 when we have found ourselves with more time and space to think and reflect. We hope that you'll use this time to find yourself again,  figure out how you can remove someone of the baggage you've been carrying, and come back in the fall as a new teacher! We are on this journey with you of becoming the teachers our kids deserve!  If you want to learn more about our projects please visit theledproject.com! Follow us on Instagram: @its.wil.law.iii @mr.k.inroom508 and @valueaddsvalue
29:12
May 5, 2020
Part 2 of Re-find, Refine, and Reinvent!
In part two of this three part series we talk about how after we work to re-find ourselves we must shift over to refining ourselves. We pick up from last week's episode talking about why we seek out those and why the silence can be so unnerving. We have both been very candid about the challenges we've faced in our careers with facing the person in the mirror and giving ourselves tough love. In this episode we dive into why we fear letting our mistakes out of the dark, how to own our wrongs, and how kids are more forgiving than we think.  If you would like to learn more you listen to the previous episode, find us on social media, or visit our website theledproject.com! Social Media: @its.wil.law.iii @mr.k.inroom508 @valueaddsvalue
40:03
April 27, 2020
Re-find Yourself, Refine Yourself, Reinvent Yourself!
This is a strange time for us as people, but also as educators. Trying to figure out how to teach our kids during a crisis while prioritizing our own health and the health of those we love. As social distancing has stretched for more than a month now we have learned how to live with this new routine. Many of us as teachers have more time and space to work than we ever thought we'd have. Time to think about who we are and who we want to be. In this three part series we want to help you REFIND YOURSELF, so you can REFINE YOURSELF, and REINVENT YOURSELF this fall.  As teachers we can so often lose the forest for the trees, but now is the perfect time to find yourself and we hope you'll take this journey with us! In this episode we discuss:  The influence of Dr. Eric Thomas on us. How we can lose the forest for the trees. How much we appreciate the everything we love is truly in our homes. Finding authenticity in our home and school lives. Why we've become addicted to noise. To learn more about the work we do please visit theledproject.com! Please follow us on TWITTER and INSTAGRAM: @its.wil.law.iii @valueaddsvalue @mr.k.inroom508 To support our non-profit work please donate at classy.org/valueaddsvalue
33:12
April 20, 2020
What Does "The New Norm" Mean for Teachers?
Here's a conversation we had this week about what the new normal for teachers looks like and how it will change the way we approach our classrooms in the fall. This is one of the most incredible opportunities of our lifetime for us to be a part of the generation that changes what education looks like in America. If you need support you know where to find us!
58:12
April 3, 2020
Distance Learning 2020
This is certainly unexpected. We didn't think we'd be in a situation that requires us to all leave our classrooms and so of us won't return at all this year. This is an incredible opportunity for us as educators to grow and sharpen our tools. We are with you on this journey for whatever you need. Please reach out and let us know how we can help! Our resources are below! Go to theledproject.com and download our 4 REASONS TO USE PODCASTS AS PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT PDF! Or check out theledproject.com/hub to find a list of podcasts for educators!
50:33
March 18, 2020
Reverse Engineer the End of the Year!
We're about 2/3 of the way done with the 2019-20 school year and we all know this can be a very trying time as an educator. After spring break ends it will be a long road with no breaks to the end of the year. Most likely you'll be doing some kind of testing between right now and the end of the year. As the weather gets warmer the students and teachers get antsy. Yet, this is the most crucial time of the year. IT IS OUR LAST CHANCE TO MAKE THE JOB OF THE TEACHERS OUR STUDENTS HAVE THIS YEAR A LITTLE EASIER!  We have a chance in these last three months to pour into our students more of what they will need to be successful in the next grade and next phase of life. On this episode we share some of our tricks for reverse engineering the end of the year. It starts with thinking about how you want your kids and yourself to feel on that last day of school. Then work backwards to outline the steps you'll need to take to make that moment a reality. We hope this episode helps you make the most of the last part of your year! To learn more about the projects of Lighthouse Educator Development and Value Adds Value visit theledproject.com! To try Nearpod for FREE head over to go.nearpod.com/valueaddsvalue! To support this podcast go to anchor.fm/valueaddsvalue and click the SUPPORT button!
33:23
March 8, 2020
Connecting Passions to Curriculum! w/ Stephanie Edmonds
This is part 2 of our conversation with Stephanie Edmonds and on this episode we talked about the importance of co-curricular activities and why they can't always be tied to behavior and grades. Before you dismiss this conversation saying that kids need to earn field trips and other privileges listen to Steph's perspective on how to bring co-curricular activities into the classroom. She talks powerfully on how bringing the student's passions to the classroom can change the atmosphere and culture of the room. This is a challenge because to bring your the passions of your students to the classroom you have to build a relationship with them that allows them to open up to you about what is truly important to them. As is the usual for this podcasts everything centers around building relationships! We hope you'll listen to this episode and deploy some of Steph's strategies in your classroom!  Be sure to go follow Steph on Youtube!  https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCFsqeatY7gJGYLPYc-AXslQ If you'd be willing to be a hero for the students in the Music and Arts Collective you can donate to their Donors Choose Project below! https://www.donorschoose.org/project/the-music-and-arts-collective-speak-you/4738878/
31:01
February 29, 2020
A Class Disruption with Stephanie Edmonds!
We had the pleasure of interviewing Stephanie Edmonds (@class.disruption) for this episode of the VALUE ADDS VALUE PODCAST! We learned from Steph, who is a high school social studies teacher in Brooklyn, what it means to stay foolish. In part 1 of this 2 part interview we talked with her about her journey to the classroom, why Social Studies teachers have it the best, and why student interest have to take center stage in our classrooms! Please take the time to check out Steph's work on Youtube! https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCFsqeatY7gJGYLPYc-AXslQ To learn more about the work we do through our non-profit LIGHTHOUSE EDUCATOR DEVELOPMENT visit us at theledproject.com! If you'd like to support our work please head over to anchor.fm/valueaddsvalue and click the SUPPORT button or go to classy.org/valueaddsvalue!
30:07
February 23, 2020
The Danger of Being an Ego Driven Teacher
We know that ego is meant to protect us from danger and to allow us to achieve more, but what happens when we teach purely driven by ego? In our experience the results haven't been good. We have been having a lot of conversations about humility over the last few weeks and flipped the conversation one day to ego.  In this episode we discussed what the dangers are of being an ego driven teacher and how your students will suffer if you are. The key word in this definition is DRIVEN. We all need to have ego, but we can't be driven by it.
42:25
February 17, 2020
Relationships, Relevance, and Rigor with Amen Rahh!
Principal Amen Rahh (@principalrahh) runs University Pathways Public Service Academy in Compton, California. The mission of University Pathways Public Service Academy (The U) is to provide students with the opportunity to concurrently earn a high school diploma and an Associated Arts degree. The U’s commitment is to educate, empower, and enable all students to become agents of change that are equipped with strong foundations in reading, writing, mathematical, and leadership skills. We had the chance to talk with Amen about his journey from promising college football player to educational assistant to social studies teacher and finally to principal! Along the way we had the chance to talk about the lasting impact of Kobe Bryant, why he chose to return to teach in the neighborhoods where he grew up, and why he puts relationships above everything else for his teachers and students. We hope this episode helps you turn your countdown to summer into a countdown of time to make a difference!  To learn more about Principal Rahh and his work visit THE U's website! https://www.theupathways.com/ To learn more about our programs head over to theledproject.com!  To try Nearpod for FREE visit go.nearpod.com/valueaddsvalue!
42:32
February 9, 2020
#TBT: Keeping it 100!!
We wanted to share a presentation Kyle gave during the Educators 2 Educators Summer Conference (https://www.educators2educators.com) that is a message that Wilkie originally shared on the podcast about the importance of keeping it 100 with your students. The expanded version of this talk goes into why as teachers the most important person to be transparent with is yourself! This talk is about how your teaching practice can grow if you are willing to truly reflect on it. If you'd like to learn more about the professional developments we offer through our non-profit Lighthouse Educator Development please visit theledproject.com!
19:06
February 6, 2020
Bring Your Experiences to The Classroom with Lauren Roig!
We had the great pleasure of meeting Lauren Roig on the Teach Your Heart Out Cruise and it was such a pleasure to reconnect with her! We found her journey to the classroom fascinating and her experiences truly shape her as an educator.  Lauren is an 8th grade ELA teacher in the suburbs of Houston who has visited 47 different countries, has a degree in International Relations and a Master's in International Business and had an internship at the U.S. Embassy in London! Add three years a flight attendant on international flights and you understand the dynamic experiences she brings to her classroom. Lauren's message to students, "You can do anything you want if you're willing to work hard enough and understand that your path will be different than the path that others take." Much of what we talked with Lauren about was how her dad instilled in her the idea that anything is possible if you'll work hard enough for it. She reminds us to be careful of how we speak of challenges as teachers because our students are listening. Lauren challenges us to help kids break free from their thinking paths in order to see their roads to success! If you want to connect with Lauren for teaching advice or travel advice find her on Instagram @therealtravelingteacher! If you want to support the podcast visit anchor.fm/valueaddsvalue and hit the SUPPORT button! To support our non-profit work through Lighthouse Educator Development visit classy.org/valueaddsvalue! To learn more about all the projects we've got going visit theledproject.com! To try Nearpod for free head over to go.nearpod.com/valueaddsvalue!
46:17
February 2, 2020
#TBT Advanced Degrees with Dailene Hendon!
It was nice to have a fellow Texas State Bobcat on the podcast... Ms. Dailene Hendon!! (@cohortofcare on Instagram)We had the chance to talk about her experience student teaching abroad, the approach she takes in pursuing her PhD. in education, how she plans on using her doctorate when she gets it. Dailene also talked about the mindset needed and priorities that she has set in order to pursue her advanced degree while maintaining a self care routine. Here's a hint... you have to cut a lot of things out of your life! To hear this and so much more check out this episode of the Value Adds Value Podcast! If you want to reach out to use you can find us on Instagram and Twitter @valueaddsvalue or send us an email at podcast@theledproject.com! To learn more about the projects we are working on at Lighthouse Educator Development visit theledproject.com! To support our podcast visit anchor.fm/valueaddsvalue and click the support button! To support the work we do through our non-profit go to classy.org/valueaddsvalue! To try Nearpod for free head over to go.nearpod.com/valueaddsvalue!
54:09
January 30, 2020
Books Our Kids Can See Themselves in w/ Gary Gray Jr!
This is the second half of our fourth interview with Gary Gray Jr. (@garyrgrayjr) and we asked him how he has curated his classroom libraries with books that his students can see themselves in. Whenever we are in need of book recommendation or have questions on how we can be more culturally responsive in our teaching Gary is one of the first people we reach out to.  He always uses the metaphor of WINDOWS, MIRRORS, and DOORS when describing the books that students need. The need books that are mirrors they can see themselves in, books that are windows to see the world through, and doors for the to step through to grow in their understanding of others. Throw in a little NBA talk and this episode is everything we hoped it would be! Thanks again to our brother Gary Gray Jr. for spending time with us and thank you for listening!  Find Gary on Twitter, Youtube and Instagram @garyrgrayjr! To learn more about Lighthouse Educator Development and the projects we're pursuing head to theledproject.com! Be sure to also check out our Youtube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCQ7hVS9BqW0OFOO5SFKxydA You can support the podcast be heading to anchor.fm/valueaddsvalue and clicking the SUPPORT button! You can support our nonprofit and our projects like THE MUSIC AND ARTS COLLECTIVE at classy.org/valueaddsvalue!
36:46
January 26, 2020
Throwback Thursday w/ Gary Gray Jr.
Throwback Thursday to our first episode with w/ Gary Gray Jr! Over the course of this 2.5 year journey of creating a podcast we've been blessed with so many new relationships, but the one we have with Gary Gray Jr. is at the top of the list of most valued! Not only is he an incredible teacher who is providing amazing content to teachers across the world, but he is genuinely one of the most caring people we've ever met. He has continually been willing to be a sounding board for us and has provide perspective and wisdom at every turn. We hope you enjoy the first part of our conversation with Gary on the burdens of being a content creator as an educator, his move to Manila, and how we can grow in our practice of being culturally responsive as educators. We're sure you already follow Gary, but please go subscribe to his Youtube channel!! https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCUY2yhkrA78P6tfXV0Zfy8g If you are interested in getting PD hours on your own terms and improving your relationships at school then please visit theledproject.com!
52:48
January 23, 2020
Building Your Online Learning Community w/ Gary Gray Jr!
We are happy to share with you part 1 of a 2 part interview with our good friend Gary Gray Jr. We are so blessed to call Gary and his wife Narin family and to have interviewed him four times for the podcast. On this episode we caught up with Gary for the first time since the summer of 2019 to discuss with him his move from Singapore to Manila, what it has been like to be off of Instagram, and how he has built a thriving professional development community on Twitter.  Once again this conversation centers around helping teachers find their authenticity and voice so that we can help students do the same thing. Gary strives to make every student feel seen and be the curator of their own learning. It got super interesting when we talked about whether the traditional role of the teacher as "content expert" has become outdated when our students can fact check us with Alexa, Siri, and Google. In the second part of the episode we'll be talking about how to create a library that is inclusive and so much more! Thank you for listening the podcast! If you'd like to support us here are some ways to do it: You can donate to our nonprofit programs at classy.org/valueaddsvalue or help us grow the podcast by going anchor.fm/valueaddsvalue and clicking the SUPPORT button! While you're at anchor.fm/valueaddsvalue hit the MESSAGE button and let us know how we're doing! If you want to try Nearpod for FREE head over to go.nearpod.com/valueaddsvalue! As always you can find us on Instagram and Twitter @valueaddsvalue or at theledproject.com!
42:30
January 19, 2020
Making Halftime Adjustments!!
We had the privilege of being presenters in the Educators 2 Educators New Years Reboot Conference and for those of you that didn't attend we wanted to share our talk on making HALFTIME ADJUSTMENTS! Halftime adjustments are a key to the success of every great sports team. When you get ready for a game (READ GET READY TO TEACH A CLASS) we have a game plan for how we want to approach the class.  What is your curriculum?  Who are your students?  What are your objectives?  Which pedagogies will you use? However, we know that classes will always present you with challenges you didn't anticipate. HALFTIME ADJUSTMENTS are how you apply what you learned in the first part of the year!! We share with you the questions we ask ourselves to reflect on our teaching and make the adjustments to be successful in the second part of the year. We hope this episode helps you become the teacher your kids deserve! To learn more about Educators 2 Educators head to their website: www.educators2educators.com To learn more about our projects head over to theledproject.com! To join our learning community check out patreon.com/valueaddsvalue! To try Nearpod for free head over to www.go.nearpod.com/valueaddsvalue!
27:24
January 12, 2020
#TBT w/ Hal Bowman: Be The ONE!!
We had the chance to catch up with fellow Texan and rockstar educator Hal Bowman for this episode of the podcast! Hal has taught just about everything from band to biology, but is now traveling the country working to help schools change their cultures for the better. He's been in hundreds of schools for the past few years and we had a conversation about what teachers go through and what conversations teachers are having across the country. The consensus-- there are incredible teachers doing incredible work with zero fanfare all over the country and its our job to help bring those teachers to the forefront and change our nations culture on the value of the teaching profession! We hope you enjoy this conversation as much as we did! And if you don't follow Hal jump on it! halbowman.com @halbowman on Facebook and Instagram.
46:37
January 9, 2020
Digital Media in 2020 w/ Claudio Zavala JR!
Welcome to this episode of the Value Adds Value Podcast where we help you become the teacher your kids deserve! Happy New Year and welcome to first episode of 2020 and we're thrilled to bring you this conversation with Claudio Zavala Jr! Claudio (iamclaudius.com and @claudiozavalajr) was a bilingual teacher for 13 years before leaving the classroom to create his own content to help teachers understand the power of digital media.  We had the chance to talk with him about what platforms and mediums he loves in 2020 and why every teacher must become a storyteller. Our only disappointment was that we had to cut the conversation short because his daughter needed a ride to soccer practice! Make sure you go check out Claudio's work and thanks again for listening to the Value Adds Value Podcast! If you're loving the podcast here are some ways you can support us: Learn more about all our projects at theledproject.com. Join our online learning community at patreon.com/valueaddsvalue. If you want to support the our podcast and projects you can do it at anchor.fm/valueaddsvalue or https://www.classy.org/campaign/1-1/c187282! Speaking of digital media in 2020 if you want to try Nearpod for free head over to go.nearpod.com/valueaddsvalue!
35:42
January 5, 2020
Throwback Thursday: Our 2018 Year in Review
As we look forward to 2020 we had to look and listen back to what we intended 2019 to be. We wanted to share this episode with you to give you perspective on our journey over the last 12 months and help us appreciate what a great year we had! If you're loving the podcast here are some ways you can support us: Learn more about all our projects at theledproject.com. Join our online learning community at patreon.com/valueaddsvalue. If you want to support the our podcast and projects you can do it at anchor.fm/valueaddsvalue or https://www.classy.org/campaign/1-1/c187282! Speaking of digital media in 2020 if you want to try Nearpod for free head over to go.nearpod.com/valueaddsvalue!
37:07
January 2, 2020
Facing the Music: A 2019 Reflection
As 2019 comes to a close we wanted for our own sake to reflect on the year that was. This year was amazing for us on so many levels, but it was also filled with some very difficult times. As you listen you'll hear where we made mistakes and how we are learning from them, but also how we worked our way to a place that has set us up for success in 2020. It starts with us remembering that we will always be friends first rather than teammates and business partners. Since we have gotten back to that our perspectives have become clearer and we are back on track professionally.  This podcast is a little about our podcast, a little about our teaching, and a lot about our journey over the past 12 months! We hope you enjoy it! As always thank you for everything you do to support this podcast! Please continue to subscribe and share the podcast!  To further support our work head over to classy.org/valueaddsvalue. You can also find support the podcast be going to anchor.fm/valueaddsvalue and click the SUPPORT button! To join our learning community head to theledproject.com or patreon.com/valueaddsvalue. To try Nearpod for free click the link below! go.nearpod.com/valueaddsvalue
58:41
December 30, 2019
Part 3 with Principal Kafele!
As we wrap up this three part series with Principal Kafele we want to express our gratitude for an incredible 2019! We were reminded by Baruti during this interview that above all else we must always remember our purpose and WHY. That is something over the course of this year that we both struggled with at times, but this conversation is such a fitting end to our year of interviews. We're so grateful to our listeners for everything that you've done for us and if you don't mind helping us with one more thing we'd love for you to subscribe to this podcast and let us know how we are doing. To learn more about Principal Kafele head over to his website principalkafele.com! To see the full list of our projects check out theledproject.com! To find more educational podcasts go to theledproject.com/hub! Be sure to find us on Youtube, Instagram, or Twitter!
48:25
December 22, 2019
Part 2 With Principal Kafele!!
This is part two of our interview with Principal Baruti Kafele and in this part of the conversation we dig into why leadership and leadership style matters so much to teachers.  After a successful career as a teacher and administrator Kafele has spent the better part of two decades working with teachers and administrators in developing their leadership styles. Many of these questions are the ones he asked us when we saw him present at AIE in October of 2019 and we're so thrilled to share them with you. We hope that as an educator you realize that your individual leadership style matters and the important question you must ask yourself to find your leadership style comes from Kafele-- ask yourself WHY DO I LEAD THE WAY THAT I LEAD? This episode is all about purpose and we hope that it helps you to reengage with your purpose as an educator!  To learn more about Baruti Kafele head over to prinicipalkafele.com! To learn more about our work head over to theledproject.com! To get access to exclusive trainings and videos go  to patreon.com/valueaddsvalue. If you'd like support our work visit anchor.fm/valueaddsvalue and hit the support this podcast button! And you can always find us online @valueaddsvalue!
49:31
December 19, 2019
Part 1 of 3 With Principal Baruti Kafele!!
Three years ago when we started the Value Adds Value Podcast (it was called The LED Project Podcast back then) we made a list of our dream educators to have on the podcast and at the top of the list was Principal Kafele! After three years of hard work and having the opportunity to meet Baruti in person at The AIE Conference in October we got to spend two powerful hours with him!  Part 1 of this 3 part interview was 30 minute of Kafele's backstory and it was fascinating to us. You would assume that a person who has influenced as many educators as he has, he did 200 presentations in 2019, would have been an educator all his life. The fact is that it took him five years to get his high school degree and it was in his late 20s that he found his calling in education after taking an African American History class. This story is sums up his career in which he said he always had to "do it my way."   In this episode he talks about how he code switches when in different settings how he has always remembered his why. Please be on the look out for episodes 2 and 3 and to learn more about his work head over to principalkafele.com! Please do us a favor and hit the subscribe button and share this episode! Head over to our Youtube page to see our two newest presentations PODCASTS AS PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT & OLD SCHOOL STRATEGIES WITH NEW SCHOOL TOOLS!  https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCQ7hVS9BqW0OFOO5SFKxydA We would be honored if you would take this journey with us by supporting the podcast! Every dollar helps us reach more teachers and make them the teachers kids deserve! To become a supporter click the link below!  https://anchor.fm/valueaddsvalue/support If you'd like to try Nearpod for free head over to go.nearpod.com/valueaddsvalue! To see how we've used Nearpod check out our Youtube video below! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aOs9rFqWay8
54:48
December 15, 2019
Hard Times During The Holidays with Mike Creekmore
This time of year is filled with joy for so many of us out there, but it can be an incredibly challenging time for many of our students. We are fortunate to be friends with the Bearded School Counselor himself Michael Creekmore and are so grateful to him for coming on the podcast discuss how we can identify and support students who struggle during the holiday season.  During this conversation we once again got to hear Mike's backstory on how he became an educator and how his journey has shaped how he interacts with students. If you want to hear more listen to the episode of Value Adds Value with Mike and his wife https://anchor.fm/dashboard/episode/e5eghi!  We hope you enjoy this episode of Value Adds Value and if you do please take the time to support us! You can do that by hitting the subscribe button or clicking on the link below. https://anchor.fm/valueaddsvalue/support To join our online professional development community click the link below! Our first PD cohort will be launched in August of 2020. patreon.com/valueaddsvalue To try out Nearpod for free click the link below! If you want any advice on the features of Nearpod please reach out! go.nearpod.com/valueaddsvalue
46:24
December 8, 2019
A Conversation With Ace Schwarz!
We were honor to have the 2019 Gay Lesbian Straight Education Network Teach of the Year Ace Schwarz on the podcast! We had several friends recommend having them on the podcast and we are glad that we did. In this conversation we discuss their transition from Ms. to Mx., the importance of reading aloud to students, and resources/books we can use with our students and for ourselves to make our classrooms more inclusive. If you want access to the resources Ace references you can click the links below or go follow them on Instagram @aceschwarz222! ABCs of LGBTQ https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1WER8dRyBP4cbMqs61N1S9hf8abu471JmnvJq3FQKQjk/mobilepresent?slide=id.p1 Elementary Book Recommendations https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1Foo0BWaHg8au1vxqZsYg1mJgeQ7p_NQRnMjK8RKjz3E/mobilepresent?slide=id.g35f391192_00 High School Book Recommendations https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1NrZZkvtag2eWOXjApA8xnmSC-xdVQZeot-xH55cB0g4/mobilepresent?slide=id.g35f391192_00 Bilingual Book Recommendations https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1_oCXJHTHgLl0y8GyrAJeWAt98nFe-ACjp6lrMOoR6q8/mobilepresent?slide=id.p1
39:19
December 6, 2019
Real Recognizes Real with Esther Brunat!
We are so fortunate to be friends with Esther Brunat (Instagram @estherbrunat) and were so lucky to start our Black Friday with a conversation about authenticity with one of the realest teachers you'll ever find. If you follow Esther online you can see that she values authenticity and it shines through with her students. On this episode we had the chance to talk about the upside of authenticity for teachers. We know that its scary to be vulnerable with students, but Esther is a case study in how our students benefit from their teachers being true to themselves. That is why we named this episode 'real recognizes real.' From her description of the frustrations of having to repeat directions to the humor she brings with 'what the kids be sayin'  on this episode Esther  shares the best of herself and we are grateful for that!  Do you follow us on social media?!! Find us on Twitter and Instagram: @valueaddsvalue Want to try out Nearpod for free?! Click the link below! go.nearpod.com/valueaddsvalue And if you want to support the production of this show click the link below! https://anchor.fm/valueaddsvalue/support
34:53
December 1, 2019
Bonus Episode on Culture in the Classroom
So twice a week we have meetings at 5:00am to continue the work we started six years ago. Most days the are not recorded, but more and more we are deciding to record every session because there always seems to be unexpected gems in every session. This is one of those sessions where we didn't do any of the work we set out to, but had a powerful discussion on the cultures we are working on in our classrooms! We hope you enjoy it! To learn more about our work head over to theledproject.com! Follow us on social media @valueaddsvalue and @its.wil.law.iii If you want to sign up for the Educators 2 Educators New Year Teacher Reboot click the link below! https://e2e.mykajabi.com/a/18734/Q8mR9myu To try out Nearpod for free click the link below! go.nearpod.com/valueaddsvalue
23:55
November 26, 2019
Educators Reboot!!
Are you trying just to 'get through' to the holidays? Are you at the end of your rope? If you are you are not alone in that, but we want to help you get back on track with this episode of the Value Adds Value Podcasts with our friend and mentor Carrie Conover! Carrie is the founder of Educators 2 Educators (educators2educators.com) and the New Year Teachers Reboot Conference! After ten years in the Chicago Public Schools and another decade in the Ed. Tech world she branched out on her own two years ago with a podcast that led to the conference. We have been so grateful to her for including us in her events and for the constant advice she gives teachers on how to better themselves. We're delighted to share that with you here! As she puts it, "my mission is to take care of teachers and teaching." In this episode she gives great advice on how to grow through your struggles and explains how teacher can benefit from her FREE online conference! We hope that you will sign up for the conference and maybe check out our session HALFTIME ADJUSTMENTS!! If you want to register for the New Year Teachers Reboot click the link below!! https://e2e.mykajabi.com/a/18734/Q8mR9myu Go follow Carrie's work on instagram! instagram.com/educators2educators
30:35
November 24, 2019
Creating Content and Culture with Gary Gray Jr.
We had planned to release a new episode with our friend Gary Gray Jr. today, but the stars didn't align for us to make that happen. In preparation for that episode which will be coming soon we wanted to share one of the powerful conversations we had with him this year! Over the course of this 2.5 year journey of creating a podcast we've been blessed with so many new relationships, but the one we have with Gary Gray Jr. is at the top of the list of most valued! Not only is he an incredible teacher who is providing amazing content to teachers across the world, but he is genuinely one of the most caring people we've ever met. He has continually been willing to be a sounding board for us and has provide perspective and wisdom at every turn. We hope you enjoy the first part of our conversation with Gary on the burdens of being a content creator as an educator, his move to Manila, and how we can grow in our practice of being culturally responsive as educators.  We're sure you already follow Gary, but please go subscribe to his Youtube channel!! https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCUY2yhkrA78P6tfXV0Zfy8g If you are interested in getting PD hours on your own terms and improving your relationships at school then please visit patreon.com/valueaddsvalue to how you can become a part of Value U! That is what we are calling our online training platform where you can grow as a part of a community and have access to our network of educators!
36:15
November 17, 2019
Falling Back to Standard Time!
Well it's that time of year when it's dark most of the day. It's dark when we wake up and for a lot of us it's dark when we get home. We know it can be draining to be cold and deprived of sunlight, but we believe its a time of year as teachers that we need to take advantage of our opportunities strengthen our relationships and teaching practice. In this episode we introduce our topic over the next couple months which is how to thrive going into the holidays. We know that it can be so easy for us to coast through this time of the year, but when we do we make that latter parts of the year more challenging than they need to be. The best thing we can with our upcoming time off is reflect on our year to this point and strategize on how to get better in the time we have between Thanksgiving and Christmas break. We hope you enjoy it! If you want to try out Nearpod for free click the link below! go.nearpod.com/valueaddsvalue To sign up for the Educators 2 Educators New Year Teachers Reboot Conference click the link below! https://www.educators2educators.com/nyr
27:34
November 10, 2019
Part 2 of Reflection With Brandy Gratten!
Welcome back for part 2 of our interview with Brandy Gratten (@brandygratten on TW and IG) on the power of reflection for teachers! If you haven't listen to the first part please go back and do so because hearing her story of starting her reflection practice as a college athlete and having it carry her into her adult life was so powerful. We felt so fortunate to be a part of this interview and to be able to call Brandy a friend! During our talk she lays a few concrete steps teachers can take to improve their teaching practice through reflection. No matter what your current position in the education space you can improve your practice through reflection. We hope you enjoy it!! Be sure to follow Brandy on Social Media and please follow us and reach out @valueaddsvalue! Also if you are looking for other podcasts check out theledproject.com/hub! And if you want to try Nearpod for FREE head over to go.nearpod.com/valueaddsvalue!!
32:18
November 3, 2019
The Process of Reflection with Brandy Gratten!
We were very fortunate to get to see Brandy Gratten present at The AIE Conference in October about how they engaged in building culture with their students. We are even more grateful that she gave of her time to record two episodes of the Value Adds Value on the power of reflection! We loved getting to hear the story of how she started her reflective practice as a college basketball player and how it still carries her through her teaching practice.  As an assistant principal at YMLA in Austin, Texas, she still takes notes on her days and reflects on how she can improve as an educator. We hope you enjoy the first half of our interview with Brandy Gratten and be sure to check in next week for the second half!  You find Brandy on Twitter: @brandygratten If you want to try out Nearpod for free go to go.nearpod.com/valueaddsvalue!
35:12
October 27, 2019
The Power of Reflection!!
Thank you for checking out this episode of the Value Adds Value Podcast!  On episode 8 of season 2 we reflect on the first part of our school year and how we have grown from where we were last year. Our relationship developed out of the reflections we shared as teaching teammates and over the last six years we have each played the role of mentor and mentee. Before we discuss the need for teachers to reflect on their practice we felt the need to demonstrate we reflect on our own! We hope you enjoy this episode and that it inspires you to do the same! If you haven't please hit the subscribe button and leave a review! It would mean the world to us!  Also click the link below to try Nearpod for free!! go.nearpod.com/valueaddsvalue
32:36
October 20, 2019
TBT with Rae Hughart!
With the release of the Teach Better Team book with thought we'd throw it back to our conversation with Rae Hughart! During this conversation we talked about themed internships and how to create buy in with our students. If you want to buy the Teach Better book click the link below! https://www.teachbetter.com/product/teachbetter/
33:25
October 17, 2019
The Weekend That Was!
As we move into October the focus of the podcast is shifting to the power of being a reflective practitioner as a teacher and what better place to start than our weekend on the River Walk! We had the incredible good fortune to have two of our favorite conferences line up over a three day span this past week! We were able to attend The AIE Conference and Teach Your Heart Out at the Henry B. Gonzales Convention Center in San Antonio. We were able to present two sessions at AIE that we are very proud of: Old School Strategies, New School Tools and Building Digital Character. When then had some of our favorite humans on the planet pour into us at what was our 4th Teach Your Heart Out Conference! We encourage you to attend both and for more information you can click the links below: http://aieconference.net https://www.teachyourheartoutcon.com/ And to try Nearpod for free check the link below! go.nearpod.com/valueaddsvalue
38:03
October 13, 2019
Lifting as We Climb
On this episode we talk with Nasser Muhammad of Lifting as We Climb an educational consulting firm with the mission to provide educational services to schools, students and parents in a three pronged community approach which creates a hub of responsibility for all involved. Thank you so much to Liz Kleinrock for the introduction! On this episode we talked about how teachers how teachers can discover their implicit biases, his view on personalized learning and how he strives to better serve our black boys who are in special education. We were so thrilled to meet Nasser and we look forward to working with him in the future! Please be sure to check out the work Lifting As We Climb is doing! www.liftandclimb.org/ Instagram: @lifting.climbing Twitter: lift_climb
43:07
October 6, 2019
Building Self Confidence
In episode four of season two of Value Adds Value we talked about the importance of building relationships with our kids, but in the course of that conversation we realized that we hadn't emphasized enough the need for teachers to show up authentically to do so.  We know that showing up authentically can be incredibly difficult and is even more so when you are searching for your self confidence as both of us have over the course of our careers. On this episode we talk about the ways we have built our self confidence as people and how that is impacted us as educators. YOU CAN NOT SUBSCRIBE TO THE BELIEF THAT OUR PERSONAL LIVES DO NOT IMPACT US AS TEACHERS!! If you lack self confidence as a person as much as you try to hid it in your classroom eventually your armor will crack and when it does it won't be pretty. We know from experience... so please don't ever feel bad for prioritizing yourself and know that the work you do to become a better person will pay dividends for your teaching practice! If you want to try out Nearpod for free or get discounts on their premium services head over to go.nearpod.com/valueaddsvalue!
41:56
September 28, 2019
Building Relationships with Students!
On this episode of the Value Adds Value Podcast we continue our conversation about building relationships and discuss our experiences in building relationships with kids! We've mentioned on the podcast before that we both have moments in our past that we regret the opportunities we've missed in building relationships with kids.   What seems counterintuitive to a lot of teachers is that building relationships is about setting expectations.  Our expectations as teachers are our opportunity to show up in authentic ways with our kids. Our expectations show are kids who we are and what we believe in.  And that what our kids want to see-- who we truly are! And if there is anything we've learned over the years its that students know when you're not being real with them and it will become a barrier to the relationship if you don't show them your truest self! We hope you enjoy this episode of the podcast and if you want to try out Nearpod for free or get a great deal on the GOLD and PLATINUM memberships go to go.nearpod.com/valueaddsvalue!
44:58
September 22, 2019
2-3: Teacher to Teacher Relationships!
On the third episode of Season 2 of the Value Adds Value Podcast we discuss what we have learn about the value of building relationships with the teachers at your school! It seems so obvious that we should work to build strong relationships with our colleagues, but most teachers know just how difficult it can be to do. Teaching staffs are filled with teachers who are all unique in their approaches and perspectives on education, so naturally their will be friction. We can't underestimate the power of friction to build a fire for good in our schools. We must learn how not to shy away from friction with colleagues, but approach it with respect to do what is best for our kids. In this episode you'll learn from our experiences both good and bad on building relationships with our team members! Don't forget you can try out Nearpod for free using the link below! go.nearpod.com/valueaddsvalue
38:38
September 16, 2019
Creating Intentional Classroom Culture!
On this episode of the podcast we follow up our conversation on our back to school strategies with a talk on how to create intentional classroom cultures! During this conversation we talk about what an intentional culture looks like for each of us, how we're working to building it to start the year, and what can happen if we don't get intentional about our classroom cultures. We hope you enjoy it! Be sure to subscribe to the podcast and follow us on social media @valueaddsvalue and @its.wil.law.iii! And if you want to try Nearpod for free click the link below! go.nearpod.com/valueaddsvalue
34:00
September 8, 2019
2-1: Intentional Classroom Culture!
On this episode of the podcast we follow up our conversation on our back to school strategies with a talk on how to create intentional classroom cultures! During this conversation we talk about what an intentional culture looks like for each of us, how we're working to building it to start the year, and what can happen if we don't get intentional about our classroom cultures. We hope you enjoy it! Be sure to subscribe to the podcast and follow us on social media @valueaddsvalue and @its.wil.law.iii! And if you want to try Nearpod for free click the link below! go.nearpod.com/valueaddsvalue
34:01
September 8, 2019
TBT: Back to School with Tori Pattison
On this episode we talk to Tori Pattison about what it means to be both engaging and educating! This was such a fun conversation about heading back to school and how Tori uses purpose driven routines in order to set her students up for success. Tori spoke at length about how all of your routines must have a greater purpose in order for your students to take hold of them. To Tori this means that routines must work towards the greater purpose of helping students learn to respect ideas and feelings. This may seem like a hard concept for 1st graders to learn, but Tori proves that with high expectations students can learn anything! Our favorite routine that Tori has is that she calls all of her classroom jobs "the economy" and each student job is called an "internship". She gives examples of how students thrive in these "internships" as a sanitation specialist who sweeps up the room or a woodworker who sharpens pencils. We also got a chance to talk with Tori about what types of technology she uses in the classroom and how she has students build digital portfolios. If you're looking for back to school inspiration this podcast is the one for you! Thanks to Tori for coming on the podcast and you can connect with her on Instagram @engagingandeducating!!
1:03:06
September 5, 2019
TBT: Back to School with Tori Pattison
On this episode we talk to Tori Pattison about what it means to be both engaging and educating! This was such a fun conversation about heading back to school and how Tori uses purpose driven routines in order to set her students up for success. Tori spoke at length about how all of your routines must have a greater purpose in order for your students to take hold of them. To Tori this means that routines must work towards the greater purpose of helping students learn to respect ideas and feelings. This may seem like a hard concept for 1st graders to learn, but Tori proves that with high expectations students can learn anything! Our favorite routine that Tori has is that she calls all of her classroom jobs "the economy" and each student job is called an "internship". She gives examples of how students thrive in these "internships" as a sanitation specialist who sweeps up the room or a woodworker who sharpens pencils. We also got a chance to talk with Tori about what types of technology she uses in the classroom and how she has students build digital portfolios. If you're looking for back to school inspiration this podcast is the one for you! Thanks to Tori for coming on the podcast and you can connect with her on Instagram @engagingandeducating!!
1:03:06
September 5, 2019
2-1: Back to School 2019!
And we're back for season 2 of the Value Adds Value Podcast!! Over the next 52 weeks we'll be releasing 52 new episodes featuring some of the greatest educators from around the country, but starting out it is just your boys. On this episode we talk about our approach to the new school year, how we can improve our school climates, and what are our goals are for 2019-20. We excited for you to take this journey with us as this season we will structuring our podcast like a class. This means each week the content will feed off the prior week and the guests will all be experts in that area. We can't wait for you to see what we've got in store! If you want to go deeper with us and become a part of our PD community go to patreon.com/valueaddsvalue! There you can PD on your own terms and get credit when you do! And while you're at it be sure to explore our exclusive offer with Nearpod! To see everything they have to offer click the link below! go.nearpod.com/valueaddsvalue
45:25
September 1, 2019
#39: The End of Season 1
After a short break we are back to put a bow on season 1 of Value Adds Value. We're so grateful to all of our guests and to everyone who listens. On this episode Kyle talks about what it is like to go through new teacher trainings ten years after he initially did so. It is amazing what kind of perspective you can gain in ten years! Thank you for listening this far to Value Adds Value and we can wait for you to see what's in store on season 2!
10:37
August 29, 2019
#38: The Possibilities of Podcasts!
We wanted to share Kyle's presentation for the Teach With Tech Conference in the summer of 2019! It's a talk about why there are endless possibilities when it comes to using podcasts with your students. Originally we had wanted it to be a more of the practicality of using podcast, but after about four tries it just became a talk from the heart! The link to our AIE presentation on how to use podcasts as projects can be found below! https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1N8yqkx4xRdPUKq7WcL4lRN0COwWQezvXsqrm8e_QyME/edit?usp=sharing
16:41
August 7, 2019
#37: The Pink Santa Hat Movement
We have been incredibly fortunate to have become a part of the Teach Your Heart family and we want to do our part to support their non-profit The Pink Santa Hat Movement. So figured there was no better way to do that than to bring on the founder of both Ms. Lisa Dunnigan to talk about how they are changing education for the better! We hope you'll listen to this podcast and support the work they do for teachers who have been affected by breast cancer. If you have been affected or know someone who has been please reach out to Lisa or Tosha! The link you need is below! https://thewrightstuffchics.com/pages/pink-santa-hat-movement
30:12
August 4, 2019
#36: The Power of Keeping it 100!
We wanted to share a presentation Kyle gave during the Educators 2 Educators Summer Conference (https://www.educators2educators.com) that is a message that Wilkie originally shared on the podcast about the importance of keeping it 100 with your students. The expanded version of this talk goes into why as teachers the most important person to be transparent with is yourself! This talk is about how your teaching practice can grow if you are willing to truly reflect on it. If you'd like to learn more about the professional developments we offer through our non-profit Lighthouse Educator Development please visit patreon.com/valueaddsvalue!
16:22
July 31, 2019
#35: Working in a Privileged School w/ Gary Gray Jr!
As Gary Gray says on his podcast, "it got personal" and very deep on the second half of this episode with Gary! In the second half of this episode we talk about two things: 1) Is it selling out to work in an affluent school 2) What is the place of the N word in schools and society It usually gets heavy when we talk with Gary because the passion we share as educators always shines through. We think these are important conversations to have and we're proud to have them with people like Gary Gray Jr. and honored to share them with you! Go subscribe to Gary's Youtube channel! https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCUY2yhkrA78P6tfXV0Zfy8g If you're interested in doing PD on your own terms this school year please check out what we have to offer at patreon.com/valueaddsvalue!
27:22
July 28, 2019
The Music and Arts Collective!
As the school year approaches we couldn't be more excited for the second year of the Music and Arts Collective! On this episode of the podcasts you will hear the vision behind the program and how it is making a difference for kids. The MAC is an after school program that provides students the space to explore their passions and follow their creativity in the arts. Whether they are aspiring hip hop artists or photographers they are given the space and equipment to explore and create their own content that can be shared with the world. We are looking for a few schools from around the country to partner with so our students can collaborate with kids from across the country! If you are interested please send Wilkie an email to discuss the details of the program or message us on Instagram! Wilkie@theledproject.com Instagram: @music_and_arts_collective
28:00
July 26, 2019
#34: Changing My Attitude
Hey y'all! Just wanted to give you an update on where I'm at in the job hunt and an interesting conversation I had with Wilkie about going solo on the podcast. To sum it up things are really good in my life, but that doesn't mean I'm seeing with rose colored glasses. Thanks for listening! If you want to be a part of our PD community and learn on your own terms go check us out at patreon.com/valueaddsvalue!
12:55
July 25, 2019
#33: Content Creation and Culture w/ Gary Gray Jr!
Over the course of this 2.5 year journey of creating a podcast we've been blessed with so many new relationships, but the one we have with Gary Gray Jr. is at the top of the list of most valued! Not only is he an incredible teacher who is providing amazing content to teachers across the world, but he is genuinely one of the most caring people we've ever met. He has continually been willing to be a sounding board for us and has provide perspective and wisdom at every turn. We hope you enjoy the first part of our conversation with Gary on the burdens of being a content creator as an educator, his move to Manila, and how we can grow in our practice of being culturally responsive as educators. We're sure you already follow Gary, but please go subscribe to his Youtube channel!! https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCUY2yhkrA78P6tfXV0Zfy8g If you are interested in getting PD hours on your own terms and improving your relationships at school then please visit patreon.com/valueaddsvalue to how you can become a part of Value U! That is what we are calling our online training platform where you can grow as a part of a community and have access to our network of educators!
33:17
July 21, 2019
#32: Being Culturally Responsive/w Naomi O'brien
Hey Y'all! We wanted to share this episode we recorded last summer with Naomi with because it seems so much more relevant now than it did when we recorded it. We are seeing examples everyday in our country of what our students of color face and we all must do our part to make changes and serve every student. What does it take to create cultural relevancy for students? If you were Naomi O'Brien growing up it was simply to have a teacher ask you about who you are and what you like. On this episode Naomi (Instagram: @readlikearockstar) talks about how her educational experience impact how she strives to connect with her early elementary students today. When asked what the one thing every student should be taught she responded with the ability to know what they need and how to ask for it. And she strives to do that with her kids and works with them on the language needed to ask for things. We also had the chance to chat how to put language to social justice issues for both students and teachers. Naomi says that we often don't talk about difficult issues because we don't have the language or don't know how to ask the right questions, so with her students she often focuses on what justice would 'look like' in certain fictional and literal situations. We wrapped up the conversation with practical ways to build better relationships with parents like sending newsletters home in their native languages and better relationships with colleagues like venturing to other parts of the building to see people. We're so grateful to Naomi for sharing her story and wisdom and we hope you enjoy this episode! If you are interested in working with us please take the time to us out at patreon.com/valueaddsvalue
38:22
July 19, 2019
#31: What A Cruise It Was!
We were so blessed to have been abroad the first Teach Your Heart Out Cruise to the Bahamas and what an adventure it was. We love how the folks at TYHO are continue to provide teachers with top notch professional development from the most engaging presenters out there, but have created the space for teachers from every walk of life to find community. It was incredible to be able to eat dinner on a cruise ship while looking out at the ocean with friends that share your same passion for making a difference in the lives of our kids. It was more incredible to see over 400 teachers get on buses to deliver school supplies to students in Nassau that while provided every student with what they need for the coming year! While talk about all those things plus the incredible sessions during the show. We want to give a huge shout out to everyone at TYHO, but especially to the people who have become our family! You know who you are! If you want to attend a Teach Your Heart Out Conference you'll have several opportunities over the next year... San Antonio, San Diego, Toronto, and a few more to be announced soon! Go to teachyourheartoutcon.com to learn more! If you want to take advantage of our offer from Nearpod of a 3 month Gold Membership and a $25 content credit for FREE go to nearpod.com/valueaddsvalue! If you want to support our podcast or become a part of our PD community go to patreon.com/valueaddvalue!
56:14
July 14, 2019
#30: Petty on Purpose With Esther Brunat
We wanted to share this conversation with our friend Esther Brunat earlier this year because of how relevant it is to us as teachers! We invited her to be on the podcast after her session on the Teachers Reboot Conference put on by Educators 2 Educators titled Petty On Purpose. We have so much fun with Esther and want to ensure that you understand that being petty for her is just code for using humor to build relationships. We hope you enjoy this episode and the "exclusive news" is about to happen! Be sure to find Esther on Instagram @estherbrunat! If you want access to our exclusive offer with Nearpod for a free 3 month Gold Membership and a $25 content credit go to nearpod.com/valueaddsvalue! If you want to support our work or join our PD community please go to patreon.com/valueaddvalue to learn more!
42:02
July 12, 2019
#29: Getting Back Into The Habit
I have to apologize for not following through on the promise to record one solo episode a week. Travel and schedules and family caused me to lose my focus, but a lot of amazing things have happened over the last month and I want to share them with you! Kyle If you want to support our podcast you can do so at patreon.com/valueaddsvalue! To go our exclusive offer of a 3 month gold membership from Nearpod just visit nearpod.com/valueaddvalue!
19:02
July 10, 2019
#28: Why We Chose Patreon To Build Our Community
Some of you may not know this, but we created our non-profit Lighthouse Educator Development long before we created our podcast. We started it with the dream that every student in America would have the teacher they deserve in every classroom from K-12 and the mission to achieve it by adding value to the teaching craft. Over the four years we've been working together on LED we have tried to get our work into the hands of teachers and schools, but it is a difficult hill to climb. WE have started the podcast to share our conversation two years ago and now we have found a platform to build our community. The professional development work that we do is now available to teachers at patreon.com/valueaddsvalue! We are licensed through the state of Texas to provide professional development and our Patreon page will give teachers options of how many hours they would like to spend working with us. More importantly it allows teachers to "do PD on their own terms." Patreon also allows us to be monetarily supported for our work and the PD we provide. When you become a part of our Patreon community you are not only growing as an educator you are allowing us to dedicate more of ourselves and our finances to reach more students and teachers. You can learn more at Patreon.com/valueaddvalue or email kyle@theledproject.com! Please don't forget about our exclusive offer with Nearpod that gets you a FREE 3 month gold subscription to Nearpod and a $25 content credit! Go to nearpod.com/valueaddsvalue to get Nearpod for your classroom!
41:38
July 7, 2019
#27: Leverage Student Relationships to Create Student Leaders
Thanks for checking out this episode of the Value Adds Value Podcast! We loved being in the same room when record podcasts and in this episode we talk about how our relationships with students impact the leaders they will become. If you listen to this podcast you know that we believe there is nothing more important for a teacher to succeed than their ability to build, maintain and leverage their relationships. Building relationships is the easy part, maintain them is more difficult, but being able to leverage them is the most difficult challenge for teachers. When you have built and maintained relationships with kids you still are using some degree of authority to get them to do things, but when you have built relationships that are deep enough to leverage you then are able to move kids through influence rather than authority. If you want to hear more about what we mean take a listen to this episode, and if you love it please hit the subscribe button!! Also if you are interested our exclusive offer with Nearpod that gets you a three month gold membership and a $25 content credit go to nearpod.com/valueaddsvalue! If you are interested in getting professional development on your own terms we encourage you to see what we have to offer at patreon.com/valueaddsvalue. Not only can you get professional development credit through the state of Texas, but you can support the work we do!
43:11
June 30, 2019
#26: I Get to do PD!!
Sorry for the delay in this week's podcast, but we promise you it is worth it! We were so excited to get to record this episode together in person on Royal Caribbean's Navigator of the Sea aboard the Teach Your Heart Out Cruise! We even had special impromptu guest appearances from Casey Bethel and Vanessa Cronin. We chatted with them about how we can change our attitudes from "I have to do these PDs" to "I get to do these PDs!" We discuss what it means to develop yourself as a teacher on your own terms and how to always stay focused on the mission. The right attitude about PD can change the trajectory of your craft! We hope you enjoy this and thank you to Casey and Vanessa for stopping by. If you want to learn more about Teach Your Heart Out which has upcoming events in San Antonio, San Diego and Toronto you can find them at teachyourheartoutcon.com! We also have a special offer from Nearpod for being a listener of the podcast! Go to nearpod.com/valueaddsvalue to get a FREE three month Gold Membership and a $25 content credit when you sign up. If you're not familiar with Nearpod they are an online education platform that is connecting students and teachers to powerful lessons and providing them a platform to create new lessons and collaborate. Be sure to check them out!
42:42
June 27, 2019
#25: Summer Time Perspective
Hey everybody! After a couple week delay the podcast is back. We had to take some time to refocus our energies and set our goals for the second half of 2019. In this episode we talk about the end of the school year and how we are approaching our development for the summer. More importantly we discuss how to deal with situations in which people say, "You sure toot your own horn" or something to that affect. We talked about it because it happened to Wilkie this past week. We started Lighthouse Educator Development with the belief that there has never been a more important time for teachers to stand tall and shine bright. With that comes push back from those who don't share that belief, so we want you to be prepared for it! We hope you enjoy this episode! EXCITING NEWS! We've partnered with Nearpod to give you a 3 month Gold Membership and a $25 content credit for free! Just go to nearpod.com/valueaddsvalue to sign up!
34:31
June 15, 2019
#24: Just Keep Swimming
Here is my weekly update and thoughts. I passed over again for a job and here is what it has felt like and how I plan to keep going! Thanks for tuning into Value Adds Value!
08:58
May 30, 2019
#23: Part 2 of Dr. Shaun Woodly
Thanks for checking out part 2 of our conversation with Dr. Shaun Woodly on preparing our pre-service teachers, building a brand through a podcast and book, and what we can all do to serve our urban student populations better! You can find Dr. Woodly online @teachhustleinspire and at teachhustleinspire.com or go buy his book MC Means Move the Class on Amazon!!
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May 27, 2019
#22: Seeing the Bright Side
On this episode I discuss a second interview with two Montessori schools that are adding the humanities to their middle school programs and why I worry that sometimes I wear rose colored glasses.
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May 23, 2019
#21: A Conversation with Dr. Shaun Woodly
Welcome to part 1 of our podcast with Dr. Shaun Woodly-- A college professor who is preparing future teachers and training educators on how to better connect with their urban students. Dr. Woodly is also the host of the Teach Hustle Inspire Podcast and the author of MC Means Move the Class! In part one we get to know Dr. Woodly and hear his educational journey! Tune in to part two next week to hear how his work is impacting teachers from across the country! You can find Dr. Woodly on Instagram @teachhustleinspire and his website https://teachhustleinspire.com!
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May 20, 2019
#20: Rejection Letters (Emails)
I got a rejection email on earlier this week from a school that I thought I had done amazing in the interview with. What struck me as odd was that this rejection email was the same as the ones I got through the mail a decade ago when I first started looking for jobs. I posted it on Instagram with a few thoughts on how it doesn't define me as a teacher and person, so on this episode I talk about the response I got from the teaching community! Especially a lengthy conversation I had with Heather Planchon (@theprimaryparty)... Thanks for listening!
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May 16, 2019
#19: A Conversation With Gerry Brooks!
We have been very fortunate to meet and build relationships with some of the most incredible teachers over the last few years and this episode's guest is no except! You may know him from his numerous viral videos or his catch phrase SURIOUSLY, but we are lucky to know Gerry Brooks as a principal that wants the best for his students and their teachers. During our conversation Gerry talks about how he uses humor to help share the important messages that teachers need to hear, what his day to day is like versus what people see on social media, and some of the key nuggets we've learned from him this year. We hope you enjoy it and if you do make sure to go buy his new book GO SEE THE PRINCIPAL! You can find Gerry everyone on social media as GerryBrooksPrin and on his website gerrybrooksrpin.com!
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May 12, 2019
#18: Making Job Choices
Here's your weekly update of what is going on in my head! Thank you for all the support and helping us reach more than 50,000 downloads! In this episode I talk about the interviews I've had for next year and some of the concerns I have when trying to pick the right opportunity.
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May 10, 2019
#16: Lifting as We Climb! W/ Nasser Muhammad
On this episode we talk with Nasser Muhammad of Lifting as We Climb an educational consulting firm with the mission to provide educational services to schools, students and parents in a three pronged community approach which creates a hub of responsibility for all involved. Thank you so much to Liz Kleinrock for the introduction! On this episode we talked about how teachers how teachers can discover their implicit biases, his view on personalized learning and how he strives to better serve our black boys who are in special education. We were so thrilled to meet Nasser and we look forward to working with him in the future! Please be sure to check out the work Lifting As We Climb is doing! https://www.liftandclimb.org/ Instagram: @lifting.climbing Twitter: lift_climb
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April 28, 2019
#15: Working Through Interviews
On this week dose of my thoughts I talk a little bit about how the job search is going and what a great position I find myself. I have never felt better about being an educator on this episode I explain why. It would mean a lot to us if you would support us by checking out our Patreon page! Patreon.com/valueaddsvalue
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April 24, 2019
#14: Mr. Dearybury Talks About Squirrels!
We are so fortunate to be apart of the Teach Your Heart Out family and we are most grateful for the relationships we've built through the conferences. Enter Jed Dearybury!! This man is an educational powerhouse and after his keynote CREATIVITY, COURAGE, CHANGE AND THE REAL REASON I HATE SQUIRRELS we knew we had to get him on the podcast. During our conversation we discussed what he has learned in visiting and working with hundreds of schools, his experience as an LGBTQ educator and how we can support that community, and how you can make President Obama laugh! WE hope you enjoy this conversation and to learn more about Jed check out his website or find him on social media as Mr. Dearybury! https://www.mrdearybury.com/
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April 21, 2019
Value Adds Value #13: A Crazy Week
I'm back with my weekly update after a crazy week! In fact that is what I talked about! The Minnesota Teaching Job Fair, Interviews, Snow Storms and family time! Check it out!
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April 17, 2019
#12: FreeStiles Fun w/ Mr. B
The universe moves in crazy ways and at Teach Your Heart Out it introduced us to Mr. B! Blake is a rapper, performing artist, and an educational innovator. He lives in Nashville where he performs with his band Tribal Hoose and when he is not doing that he substitute teaches. What makes him special is how he is bringing hip hop and literacy together in classrooms that he has no ownership over. Plus in the episode you'll get the how in the course of about 10 minute Wil and Mr. B laid down our new podcast intro! Enjoy this episode of the podcast and go follow all of Mr. B's accounts! Instagram: @freestiles.fun @mrbinspire @tribalhoose @therapapp
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April 14, 2019
#11: A Conversation w/ Donovan Smalls
On this episode of Value Adds Value Kyle is joined by Newark teacher Donovan Smalls! Donovan (IG: @educational_fellow)was the a student way back when of our friend and former podcast guest CJ Reynolds. It was incredible to hear the story of the lasting impact CJ had on Donovan and how it led him to teach at the same school where CJ taught him. Along with his background discussed teaching in the school and community where you grew up with Donovan and his experience with joining a staff that knew you as a student. We wrap it up by talking about his after school drama program and how his persistence in that paid off. We hope you enjoy this podcast and thanks for checking out Value Adds Value! A special shout out to our friend Mr. B (IG: @freestiles.fun) for laying down a freestyle with Wil that has become our new intro!
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April 7, 2019
#10: Teach Your Heart Out ATL
This is why we love the folks at Teach Your Heart Out! On this episode we reflect on our TYHO Atlanta experience and discuss why we love being a part of this teacher community! If you are interested in attending please reach out and we will help you find a way! Check them out at https://teachyourheartoutcon.com! Upcoming Events: June 2019- The Bahamas October 2019- San Antonio March 2020- San Diego July 2020- Toronto
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April 3, 2019
#9: A NearPod Conversation w/ Lindsey Petlak
On this episode of the Value Adds Value Podcast we talk with our friend Lindsey Petlak about NearPod and the incredible platform they have created for teachers and students! We met Lindsey last summer at TYHO Las Vegas and were lucky to see her this past weekend in Atlanta. NearPod is an amazing platform for teachers to build lessons with their own content and sample from the vast content library that Nearpod has on almost every subject. Make sure you check them out at nearpod.com and on Instagram and Twitter. We were also given permission to share the 3 month gold membership to NearPod from TYHO, so if you'd like to get a 3 month trial of NearPod's Gold Membership go to go.nearpod.com/TYHO!
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April 1, 2019
#8: Growing Outside The Classroom
I know that in a job interview it is going to come up that I chose to be a landscaper rather than moving away for a teaching job or subbing. I know there is a politically correct answer to give to a principal, but in this episode I talk about what the real answer is, how much I have grown as an educator in the past year, and why the next ten years of my career will outshine the first ten years. If you have a minute please subscribe to the podcast and leave us a review! You can also find us on Instagram and Twitter @valueaddsvalue!
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March 27, 2019
#7: Tough Talk w/ Whitney Choate
On this episode of the Value Adds Value Podcast we talk with one of the hosts of the Tough Talk With Teachers Podcast Whitney Choate. We had the chance to discuss with Whitney the impact their podcast is having on her and the educators they reach and how she overcame Central Auditory Processing Disorder to be a successful student and now a successful educators. Whitney is also doing incredible things with her students in terms of technology integration and discusses how she uses tech to empower her students, not as a nanny. This is an episode you won't want to miss! Thanks for listening and for your support of Value Adds Value! If you'd like to help us out you can subscribe and leave a review! Check out Whitney on Twitter and Instagram and click the link below to subscribe to their podcast: TW: @Choatesnotes IG: @toughteachertlk https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/tough-talk-with-teachers/id1454440867?mt=2
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March 24, 2019
#6: Job Hunting
Y'all I've got to admit. I didn't think that getting my Minnesota teaching license renewed would be this difficult or that searching for jobs would be this stressful. I was set up with someone who was supposed to help me, but turned out to be quiet rude. Now I'm back where I started at the beginning of the year and as jobs are posted the stress of the process is hitting me. I need y'all to help me stay positive! Thanks for listening!
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March 20, 2019
#5: Me vs. Me w/ Dailene Hendon
It was nice to have a fellow Texas State Bobcat on the podcast... Ms. Dailene Hendon!! (@cohortofcare on Instagram)We had the chance to talk about her experience student teaching abroad, the approach she takes in pursuing her PhD. in education, how she plans on using her doctorate when she gets it. Dailene also talked about the mindset needed and priorities that she has set in order to pursue her advanced degree while maintaining a self care routine. Here's a hint... you have to cut a lot of things out of your life! To hear this and so much more check out this episode of the Value Adds Value Podcast! If you want to reach out to use you can find us on Instagram and Twitter @valueaddsvalue or send us an email at podcast@theledproject.com!
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March 17, 2019
#4: It's Time To Shine!
Hey Y'all!! Here is my weekly podcast. I wanted to riff off a conversation I had with Vanessa Cronin on The Empowered Teaching Podcast about why it is important for teachers to truly shine. Having been in the classroom for the better part of a decade my biggest regret is how often I played small and sold myself short. I realize now that the best way for my students to shine is to see me shine everyday no matter what the circumstances. My goal is to shine to the best of what I have each day. If you want to hear the episode stay tuned to The Empowered Teaching Podcast in April!!
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March 13, 2019
#3: A Conversation with Bethany Younkers
On this episode podcast Kyle is joined by Bethany Younkers. We got connect to Bethany through one of our previous guests CJ Reynolds. "Students will always give you a window in... and will test you to see you care and if you'll stick around." This is the key to connection and relationships in the classroom according to Bethany. We had an incredible talk about how at times we've both missed the 'windows' our students have given us because we didn't recognize their stories. Bethany teaches at an all boys school in Philly and we discussed how she sets expectations and boundaries with her boys as well as how she gains cultural awareness of the reality her students live in. Bethany (IG: @polkadotsofgratitude and polkadotsofgratitude.com) is a believer in the power of gratitude as much as we are and even against the will of teenage boys makes them "present to their blessings." Sprinkle in a bit of international travel and some talk on eating vegan and you have the recipe for a tremendous podcast! If you'd like to join the conversation please reach out!! Email: podcast@theledproject.com Instagram: @valueaddvalue Facebook: Lighthouse Educator Development
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March 11, 2019
#2: Why I'm Done Playing Small
I've stayed true to releasing my thoughts in podcast form for three straight weeks! In this episode I talked about why I'm looking forward to getting back in the classroom this fall, how I have grown in the past year, and why I will go all out when I get my next job! Much Love! Kyle
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March 6, 2019
Value Adds Value #1: Paul France
On this episode of the podcast we have a conversation about what a more humanized classroom would look like with Paul France. Paul's first piece of advise, "You have to have a belief in other people's truth." Paul is an openly gay teacher and advocate for marginalized groups whose work we came across when he wrote an article about how white male teachers can be better allies (paulemerich.com/2018/08/06/how-ca…-people-of-color/). This sparked a conversation about how people who have privilege can be better allies to people who do not and he started out by explaining how we must accept that other people have a different truth than our own, but we must understand that both truths are valid. To us this means we must as people refrain from trying to validate our own truths by undermining or discrediting the truths of others. Paul gives his 5 As for being a better ally to marginalized groups: Awareness, Acceptance, Amplification, Advocacy, Accountability And when asked what advocacy looks like he stated the importance of advocating for people in the way they desire which requires us to ask people what they need. This is great advice no matter who you are fighting for or what cause you are championing. We're so grateful to Paul for giving his time to our listeners and if you'd like to check out his work you can click on the links below! paulemerich.com/ twitter.com/paul_emerich
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March 4, 2019
153: Estimations And Value
Hey Y'all! This is Kyle here... I've committed to getting my thoughts out there on a weekly basis and here is this week's episode. I have really struggle throughout myself without overestimating my abilities in the face of challenges and it has gotten me into trouble. On the flip side I also struggle to value myself and the great things that I have done as an educator and person. These are just my thoughts on how this has impacted me over the years and how I am working to better in both aspects.
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February 26, 2019
#152: A Conversation w/ Naomi O'brien
What does it take to create cultural relevancy for students? If you were Naomi O'Brien growing up it was simply to have a teacher ask you about who you are and what you like. On this episode Naomi (Instagram: @readlikearockstar) talks about how her educational experience impact how she strives to connect with her early elementary students today. When asked what the one thing every student should be taught she responded with the ability to know what they need and how to ask for it. And she strives to do that with her kids and works with them on the language needed to ask for things. We also had the chance to chat how to put language to social justice issues for both students and teachers. Naomi says that we often don't talk about difficult issues because we don't have the language or don't know how to ask the right questions, so with her students she often focuses on what justice would 'look like' in certain fictional and literal situations. We wrapped up the conversation with practical ways to build better relationships with parents like sending newsletters home in their native languages and better relationships with colleagues like venturing to other parts of the building to see people. We're so grateful to Naomi for sharing her story and wisdom and we hope you enjoy this episode!
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February 24, 2019
#151: Podcasting Fears and Why We Don't Edit
These are just some of my thoughts on why I haven't put my own voice out there more on our podcast and why we choose to do very little editing and post production of our show! Thanks for listening! Kyle
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February 20, 2019
#150: A Conversation w/ Katie From Teaching On Tables
What exactly does it mean to teach on tables?! Lucky for you Katie (@teachingontables) joined us on the podcast to describe her unique brand of art, theater, and taking that has become her calling card! During this conversation Katie tells the story of how a theater major at Notre Dame turned into her engaging style of teaching with help from the folks over at The Ron Clark Academy. Katie shares our belief that as teachers we are the #1 determinants of our students success and future opportunities and although her presentation may be over the top her practice is rooted in a simple principle--listen. Katie has developed her own voice as a teacher and gives you the advice that she used to do so during this episode. Although her dancing and singing may seem like a novelty they are far from it. The central tenant of her teaching lies in the idea that students expect the unexpected in her class. Not only does this allow for her to take risks in her teaching, but it provides the space kids need to develop their own voice as well. If you don't already follow Katie please do so because it will give you a visual of all the things she spoke of in this episode and thank you to Katie for coming on the show and providing such value to teachers!
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February 18, 2019
#149: Podcasts and Stories w/ Vanessa Cronin
Vanessa Cronin is the host of the Empowered Teaching Podcast, yoga guru, and a Bilingual Teacher! We loved getting to talk with Vanessa about her journey as an immigrant and educator, how she learned English, and her belief that everyone on the planet should do yoga. She is doing great work on her podcast as well as on Instagram, so if you don't follow her or haven't subscribed to her podcast go do that now!! https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/empowered-teaching/id1434059025?mt=2
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February 12, 2019
148: Hand 2 Mind w/ Brandi Brown
When our friends at The Wright Stuff Chics and Teach Your Heart Out decided to help a school in Bay County Florida after they had lost everything in a hurricane we weren't surprised, but we were blown away by the donation by Hand 2 Mind of $700,000 worth of materials to help those students and teachers get back on their feet! On this episode we catch up with Brandi Brown of Hand 2 Mind to talk about that particular donation, why in a technological world hands on learning still matters, and how to get more resources in the hands of more teachers and students! If you'd like to learn more about Hand 2 Mind you can go to their website or find them on Facebook and Instagram: IG and TW: @etahand2mind Facebook: ETA Hand 2 Mind https://www.hand2mind.com/
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February 10, 2019
#147: Getting to Know Your Community w/ John Rodney
John Rodney is a teacher in Burbank who lives in L.A. and is just a good dude! We were fortunate to connect with John on Instagram (@teachertoteacher) and he agreed to have a chat with us for the podcast. He told the story of how being a summer bar tender in Maine got him connected to a principal in L.A. which turned into a teaching job and he has now been there for over a year. John also gave us good advice on how to get to know your community and the impact that can have on your students. He teaches in a community with a large Armenian population and he discusses how he learned to give examples that are culturally relevant to them. We can say for certain that John will be back on the podcast soon! If you'd like to support us you can subscribe and leave a review and if you'd like to learn more head over to theledproject.com!
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February 6, 2019
#146: Being Unique w/ Sally Shah and Sarah McCarthy
These ladies are our people! If you don't follow @practicallypositiveteaching on Instagram you're missing out on a daily dose of inspiration and motivation for teachers! Whether it is dancing in the car rider line or creating their chalkboard videos Sally and Sarah are go to educators for us whether we need some positivity or advice. On this episode we talk about how to embrace our uniqueness without having to compare it to others and how we can be positive about education without ignoring the realities of our situations. For more great content from these two check out their website! https://practicallypositiveteaching.com/
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February 3, 2019
The LED Project #145: Life with The Creekmores
Are you an educator with a spouse that is also an educator?! Nita and Mike Creekmore are that and it was so fun to get a chance to have them on the podcast together. We had the chance to talk about how the dynamics have changed between them as they have gone through their careers and how they find balance in their work and family lives. It was incredible to hear how they interacted with one another and set the other up for success. We hope you enjoy this episode of the podcast!!
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January 29, 2019
The LED Project #144: An "Outside" Perspective w/ Ryan Giffen
Ryan Giffen may not be a teacher, but he is deeply involved with the education community. A man who comes from a long line of teachers he now works connecting schools and conferences to some of the greatest teachers and leaders in the business. He provides teachers with many of the incredible speakers and trainers we see in our schools and conferences. He is a part of the education space, but we enjoyed the conversation on education from a different perspective. If you want to connect with him you can find him on Twitter and Instagram @ryangiffen! https://premierespeakers.com/staff_directory/ryan_giffen
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January 27, 2019
The LED Project #143: Our Teacher Reboot Session!
This is the audio of our session from The New Year Teachers Reboot Conference put on by Educators 2 Educators! We talked about how our actions as teachers tell a story and if we're not intentional in how we tell that story the stories our students tell about us will not be ones were proud of. If you want to check out more on the Reboot Conference click the link below!! https://educators2educators.com/conference/
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January 22, 2019
The LED Project #142: Learning on the Journey w/ Jessica Cabeen
On this episode we talk with Principal Jessica Cabeen about her journey from Musical Therapist to middle school principal! What was fun about this episode was that although we were introduced through a mutual friend we both grew up in northwest Wisconsin. We weren't in high school at the same time, but we were able to share the common experience of growing up in a small town and learning to teach in the urban setting. We talked about building relationships, setting high expectations and giving kids space to fail. If you'd like to learn more about Jessica you can check out her website or find her on Instagram and Facebook! jessicacabeen.com
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January 20, 2019
The LED Project #141: Petty on Purpose w/ Esther Brunat
On this episode of the podcast we are joined by the incredibly fun and engaging Esther Brunat for a conversation on how to build relationships through humor. We connect during the Teachers Reboot Conference after watching her session called Petty on Purpose. Asking students questions like, "Who peed in your cheerios?" can often diffuse tense situations and create connections between teachers and students. This episode is filled with laughs and real talk! We hope you enjoy it!
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January 15, 2019
The LED Project #140: Be The One! w/ Hal Bowman
We had the chance to catch up with fellow Texan and rockstar educator Hal Bowman for this episode of the podcast! Hal has taught just about everything from band to biology, but is now traveling the country working to help schools change their cultures for the better. He's been in hundreds of schools for the past few years and we had a conversation about what teachers go through and what conversations teachers are having across the country. The consensus-- there are incredible teachers doing incredible work with zero fanfare all over the country and its our job to help bring those teachers to the forefront and change our nations culture on the value of the teaching profession! We hope you enjoy this conversation as much as we did! And if you don't follow Hal jump on it! halbowman.com @halbowman on Facebook and Instagram
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January 13, 2019
The LED Project #139: 50 States, 50 Books
On this episode of the podcast we were joined by Charnaie Gordon who is the creator of the 50 States, 50 Books movement (https://www.50states50books.net/). What started off as a way for her kids to give back has turned into a movement that in less than a year has donated diverse books to underprivileged kids to over half of the 50 states! We had the chance to discuss with her the value of reading for kids along with how they plan to continue their efforts once they reach all 50 states. The best news is their still looking to donate more books to more kids, so go to their website if you want to apply to get books for your classroom or to give books to help their cause! https://www.50states50books.net/ Instagram: @hereweeread and @ 50states50books
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January 8, 2019
The LED Project #138: Activism and Education in L.A. w/ Amanda Tooley
On this episode of the podcast we were joined by Amanda Tooley (@growingwithmrst) for a conversation on life as a teacher in Los Angeles and culturally responsive teaching. The situation is not great in L.A. Unified Schools according to Amanda and more than likely at the time of this episode's release the teachers there will be on strike, but Amanda's attitude and her passion for teaching will not be shaken. We had the chance to talk with her about the desires of the teachers in L.A. versus what the media portrays them as, how she works to build identity in her students before cultural awareness, and the impact that reading has on both teachers and students. We hope that the teachers out there get the resources and support they deserve and that you enjoy this episode of podcast!
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January 6, 2019
The LED Project Podcast #137: A 2018 Recap!
Here's a brief recap of the year that was for us at Lighthouse Educator Development! We're so grateful to all who have listened and supported this podcast. And we're so blessed to have built the relationships we have this past year! We can't wait to show you what's in store for 2019!
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January 3, 2019
The LED Project #136: Brown vs. Board-- 65 Years Later w/ Dr. Pedro Noguera
We were honored on this episode to have the opportunity to speak with Dr. Pedro Noguera on how The Board Vs. Board of Education Supreme Court Decision is impact our schools 65 years after it happen. Dr. Noguera is a professor at UCLA and is a highly sought after educational consultant. We had the chance to meet him at The AIE Conference in November and he was gracious enough to share some of his time with us. His perspectives changed how we viewed the educational system and why everyone should care about it.
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December 18, 2018
The LED Project #135: Life Lessons With Law 1
This is the first installment of a new series we call LIFE LESSONS WITH LAW. It is a chance for us to talk about what we face as teachers and people and this particular episode talks about a difficult conversation Law had with a colleague. It is a common problem that many teachers face, but we're proud of the way he handled it.
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December 16, 2018
The LED Project #134: Building An Online Community w/ Jessica Martin
On this episode we had a conversation with Jessica Martin who is better know as @the_whimisical_teacher on Instagram about her passion for teaching, the realities of teaching in a remote part of Nevada and how she has built a supportive online community. It is those online relationships that helped create The New Year Teacher Reboot which she will be the host of! It is a FREE 3 day online conference to help teachers get right in the new year! We'll be there and we hope you will to. Turn learn more click the link below! https://educators2educators.com/conference/
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December 11, 2018
The LED Project #133: Practical Math and Tutoring w/ Dana Harris
Are you a math teacher?! Then this episode is the ticket for you cause we have two great ones! We have our very own Wilkie Law and Dana Harris who is a math teacher and tutor in Oakland. Kyle just listened for most of this episode as the fellas talked about the need to teach practical math and how students are benefiting from online tutoring. Dana is putting out a ton of great math content on his YouTube channel so be sure to check him out! https://www.youtube.com/user/youngmathguru
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December 9, 2018
The LED Project #132: We See Abilities w/ Mythiquer Pickett
For this episode we had the chance to talk with a man who is doing incredible work for the special needs community Mr. Mythiquer Pickett. We connected with him through our friend Chip Baker and we were so impressed with the work he is doing out of Houston through the non-profit he founded called We See Abilities. He is helping kids with special needs increase the joy in their lives through sports and activities. It really is a worthwhile cause and he gives some concrete advice that we can use as educators to better serve our special needs students. To learn more visit their website or find them on Instagram! https://www.weseeabilities.org/
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December 4, 2018
The LED Project #131: The AIE Panel w/ Michael Bonner and Hamish Brewer
On this episode we share with you the audio from the AIE Conference panel on teacher retention that featured Wilkie, Michael Bonner, Hamish Brewer, Mike Zucker of UTSA, and Heather Salaz of AIE. It was a great conversation on how we can get more teachers into our profession, the challenges our schools and teachers are facing, and how we can help the teachers already in the profession succeed and find their purpose in teaching. We're looking forward to having all of these people on the podcast of individual conversations soon! You can connect with Michael online @michaelbonner_ and Hamish @relentless_principal!
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December 2, 2018
The LED Project #130: Be The Nice Kid w/ Bryan Skavnak
Some kids are smarter than you, some kids have cooler clothes than you, some kids are better at sports than you. It doesn't matter...you have your thing too. Be the kid who can get along. The kid that is generous. The kid that is happy for other people. The kid that does the right thing. The kid that tries his best. Be the nice kid. Many of you have seen this quote, but here is your chance to hear from the man who created it, Bryan Skavnak (bethenicekid.com). Bryan has spent much of the last year talking with students and teachers about what his intentions were in writing this passage and how he strives to help kids build better relationships in schools and he was kind enough to come on the podcast to talk with us about it. If you'd like to support them and work with Bryan you can go their website find them on or find them on Facebook and Instagram @bethenicekid.
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November 27, 2018
The LED Project #129: Wilkie's Story at AIE
This episode is the audio of Wilkie's talk on teacher leadership form the AIE Conference. More importantly it's his story and it defines how he has gotten to where he is today as an educator! We hope this helps you get to know him just a little better!
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November 25, 2018
The LED Project #128: Make It Yours w/ Jason West
Jason West has taken a different path than most to become a successful teacher and program coordinator in Southern California. He worked successfully in TV before the economic down turn of 2008 when as a back up plan he got his teaching credentials. It wasn't until a couple years ago when he had to make the choice between teaching and going back to TV that he realized that he was where he was meant to be in life. Jason is the host of the Podclass Podcast and we were able to have conversation with him about the state of education, the perception of teachers and our profession, and loving our students and teaching with rigor are not mutually exclusive! We hope you enjoy this episode of the podcast and that you connect with Jason to learn and grow your craft! Instagram: @teachmemrwest www.teachmemrwest.com Find the Podclass on iTunes!
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November 13, 2018
The LED Project #127: The Realities of Education w/ Asmahan Mashrah
On this episode of the podcast we were joined by Asmahan Mashrah to have a conversation about culturally responsive teaching, and we did talk about it. But the conversation was completely unscripted as we didn't use any of the questions we had prepared and truly just had a conversation between educators about the realities that people of color and other marginalized groups face in education. Asmahan is a teacher outside of Detroit which has some of the worst conditions for teachers and students in the country, so she sees first hand that literally across the street from her school there are schools with no water. It was also powerful to hear the story of how she grew up in the American educational system and society versus how she is raising her kids. She is a powerhouse teacher and advocate for students, but we are grateful to her for helping us learn and grow in our craft as well! If you want to connect with her you can find her on Instagram @teachingwithsugarandspice
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November 11, 2018
The LED Project #126: Round 2 w/ Eric Crouch
Fun fact about Eric Crouch... He actually took the picture we use for our cover photo on the podcast! We were so grateful to catch up with Eric for the second time on our podcast to talk with him about how Wilkie can create a global learning aspect of his classroom and well as what's in store for the Teach Your Heart Out Conferences in 2019 that will be coming to Atlanta in March, a cruise to The Bahamas in June and San Antonio in October. We also had a chance to talk about The Pep Talk Series launched by the folks at The Wright Stuff Chics and how we can work to get more men into the profession! Eric truly is a mentor and inspiration to us as he has been so willing to share his advice with us, listen to our big ideas, and show genuine love for us. Eric we are deeply grateful for that and we hope you enjoy this episode of the podcast! If you'd like to follow Eric on social media here's how you can: Instagram: @adventureswithmrc Twitter: @ericcrouch teachyourheartout.com
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November 6, 2018
The LED Project #125: Anti-Bias Montessori w/ Tiffany Jewell
On this episode we had the chance to talk with Tiffany Jewell (@antibiasmontessori) about her work as an educator and social justice advocate! Tiffany is a teacher of 1st, 2nd and 3rd graders at a Montessori school discussed with us the need for teachers to help students develop their identities before we start to work with them on social justice issues. She talked with us about how a part of her identity needs to be seen in all of her students in order to help them develop as people. She is a part of the Montessori for Social Justice (http://montessoriforsocialjustice.org) an organization that strives to provide teachers with training and frameworks to teach racism and anti-racism. You can also find Montessori for Social Justice on Facebook where they list their resources and future events!
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November 4, 2018
The LED Project #124: Throw Back Thursday w/ Mike Berezny
On this Throw Back Thursday episode of the podcast we bring episode #41 where we first connected with Mike Berezny!! We wanted to throw it back to this episode to honor the incredible work that @mikeybee3 is doing in education and in life. If you follow him on Instagram you'll continuously see him providing his Mindset Mondays, inspiring you to follow your dreams, or supporting some other noble cause. Plus we love his drive and authenticity to continue to pursue making music while teaching and juggling all the other things he has going! We hope you enjoy this throwback episode with Mike Berezny!
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November 1, 2018
The LED Project Podcast #123: Reflect, Learn, Amplify w/ Rae Hughart
On this episode we were delighted to have Rae Hughart (hugh---art)to talk about how she strives in her teaching craft to always reflect, learn, and amplify! We love that because as she explains reflection is the where true growth in any endeavor starts and it is incredibly important for teachers. From that reflections Rae explains we learn the ways we're able to improve ourselves and the people around us. And after we've reflected and learned we are then responsible to amplify those learnings in our interactions with others and as teachers we use that as opportunities to continually build strong relationships with our kids! We also had the chance to talk about her work with The Teach Better Team (https://teachbetter.com/) and her podcast with Jeff Gargas Teach Better Talk (https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/teach-better-talk/id1434230303?mt=2)! If you'd like to connect with Rae online The Teach Better Team has a private Facebook group you can request to join or you can find her on Instagram and Twitter @raehughart!
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October 30, 2018
The LED Project #122: Meaningful PD w/ Monica Genta
We were so fortunate to have our friend Monica Genta back on the podcast to talk about how teachers can find and create meaningful professional development opportunities. We had the chance to hear how Monica's year out of the classroom to speak to and train teachers is going and what she has learned during it! Monica talks with us about how she strives to create PDs that can be personalized to the teacher and allows them to grow both as an educator and a person. Pair that with how engaging and fun she is and it makes for a dynamic podcast! If you want to connect further with Monica you can find her on social @monicagentaed and on her website monicagenta.com!!
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October 28, 2018
The LED Project #121: Identity and Voice w/ Gary Gray Jr
This conversation and relationship with Gary Gray Jr means the world to us! He is such an inspirational educator and a really good friend that we had a really candid conversation about what is important to us in education. What it came down to was how do we as teachers find our identity and voice so we can model for students how to do the same. If we can share one thing with our students it would be to help them see their true identities and within that develop their own voice based on their experiences. We believe that a person who has found their authentic voice will us it to amplify the voices of others and what is more important than that?!! We hope you enjoy this episode of the podcast but we also want you to subscribe and listen to Gary's podcast The Teacher Talk Series! https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/teacher-talk-series/id1433551931?mt=2 And follow him on Instagram @garyrgrayjr
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October 23, 2018
The LED Project #120: You're Not Done Learning w/ Whitney Ramirez
On episode #120 we have a conversation with San Diego based elementary teacher on teaching in a combination classroom! We hadn't heard of a combination classroom until we spoke with Whitney, but what it means is she is a self contained teacher who has 13 1st graders and 13 2nd graders. We were able to talk with Whitney about the challenges of this arrangement and how she fosters a community with students of different age groups. She also spoke about how there are no perfect schools for teachers, but there are always ways to learn and grow no matter where you're at! We're so grateful to Whitney for coming on the show and we hope you enjoy this episode of the podcast! You can follow on Instagram @learningwithcrayons and if you're finding value in our podcast please leaving a rating and review!!
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October 21, 2018
The LED Project Podcast #119: #TBT with Tosha Wright
On this episode we were joined by Tosha Wright the founder of The Wright Stuff Chics (@thewrightstuffchics) and the Teach Your Heart Out Conference (@teachyourheartoutcon). It was amazing to hear the story of how in less than three years her and her mother have made such a gigantic impact on the teaching community through their inspiring apparel and inventive conference. During our conversation we discussed the value of teachers building authentic relationships in our urban schools, how we can better serve teachers who are new to the profession, and her mission to inspire teachers in ways that will leave a lasting impact on the profession. We hope this conversation gets you as fired up as it did us. As always thanks for listening and to connect with us please email us at podcast@theledproject.com, follow us on Instagram @valueaddsvalue, or find us on Facebook as Lighthouse Educator Development. To learn more about Tosha, The Wright Stuff Chics, and The Teach Your Heart Out Conference click on the links below. thewrightstuffchics.com/ www.teachyourheartoutcon.com/
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October 18, 2018
The LED Project #118: Growing Through Your Go Through w/ Chip Baker
On this episode of the podcast Wilkie is joined by author, coach, teacher, and speaker Chip Baker for a conversation on how we can all grow in our professional. Chip is a teacher and coach in the Houston area and is the co-author of the book Growing Through Your Go Through and is the host of The Success Chronicles Podcast! On this episode you'll hear about how teachers can persevere through the trials of the professional and how we can surround ourselves with successful people. As Chip says at the end he is just a good dude who does whatever he can to make his students successful and we hope you enjoy this episode of the podcast! Here's how you can connect with Chip: @chipbakertsc https://www.amazon.com/Growing-Through-Your-Go-Solutions/dp/1725614677/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1539732075&sr=8-1&keywords=growing+through+your+go+through https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/chip-baker-the-success-chronicles/id1385159125?mt=2
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October 16, 2018
The LED Project #117: See The Able w/ Jonathan Willis
Jonathan Willis is and Special Education teacher in North Carolina who is committed to showing the world that students with disabilities are capable of more than we can imagine! During our conversation we learned about how Jonathan became a teacher rather than a pharmacist, how he immerses his students into their school community, and how he is an advocate for all people with disabilities. We're so grateful to Jonathan for taking some time to come on the podcast and if you want to connect with him you can find him on Instagram @thesoulspeducator!!
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October 14, 2018
The LED Project #116: Self Authority For Teachers and Students w/ Rob Wottawa
On this episode of the podcast we were lucky to be joined by our good friend Rob Wottawa for a conversation on how we've grown over the last two years when we met at the UNM Mentoring Institute! We got to catch up with Rob on how he approaches his job as an assistant principal and how he approaches the "bigger classroom." We also got hear Rob's journey into the classroom from being a classical guitar player and how he grew into teaching. It was great to catch up with Rob and we hope you enjoy this episode of the podcast and be sure to follow Rob on Twitter @rwottawa and Instagram @robwottawa!
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October 9, 2018
The LED Project #115: Applied Behavioral Analysis w/ Anika Costa and Dr. Paul Gavoni
On this episode we were joined by Dr. Paul Gavoni (@drpauliegloves) and Anika Costa to hear how they use Applied Behavioral Analysis to train and coach teachers to be more successful with their students. During our conversation we got to hear both of their backgrounds in education, how they came upon the science of Applied Behavior and how they are using it to make teachers more successful in the classroom and keep in them in the profession longer! Please don't be intimidated by the name is they make the concepts so practical and draw on their experiences of working with teachers to help us understand the simplicity of our students' behaviors. You can find both of the them on Instagram, Linked In, Facebook or check out their website www.teampbs.com!! We look forward to getting to meet them in person at AIE in San Antonio!
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October 7, 2018
The LED Project #114: The Music and Arts Collective
We're really excited to talk with you about our new program The Music and Arts Collective. It's an after school program Wil is piloting at his school that brings together students collaborate and create in the arts ranging from hip-hop to photography. It is a collective because students will learn life lessons and social skills by having to work together across disciplines to create as a unit. We're super excited for you to watch and listen to their journey and for this to be the next phase of Lighthouse Educator Development.
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October 2, 2018
The LED Project #113: Start Them Young w/ Monique Waters
On this episode we're joined by kindergarten teacher Monique Waters (IG: @itsmoniquesworld) for a conversation about how we can build on the capabilities our students have not matter what age they are. Monique has been a kinder teacher in Cleveland for five years and we had the chance to talk about how she creates student success through her routines that include smiling, breathing, and focusing their minds! She learned this method from Prince Ea (IG: @princeea) and how she uses it with her kindergarteners because she wanted to give them a way to cope in life that they could use no matter where they were. We also had the chance to discuss the importance for teachers of getting into routines with ourselves and with our kids because we had a good laugh about how easily we can through our days off when we lose track of routines. We really love how Monique also believes that her students are leaders right now and treat them as such! It was a lot to pack into 40 minutes, but we're so grateful to have had her on the podcast! If you enjoyed this episode and have found value in our podcast please leave us a rating and review! It would help us gain more traction in searches and share these stories with more teachers!!
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September 30, 2018
The LED Project #112: TBT w/ Real Rap With Reynolds!
CJ Reynolds teaches 9th grade English at Latin Boys High School in West Philly... INSERT THE FRESH PRINCE THEME HERE and has an incredible YouTube channel with which he puts out videos on teaching. During our conversation we talked about the value of both authenticity and vulnerability and how we models them for his boys. CJ also discussed how to "find the you" among your students meaning that if we are struggling to connect with our students we should seek out kids who were like us at that age because we can easily relate. And among other things made the point in conclusion that our job as teachers is to make sure kids feel seen and heard and challenges us to strive at that goal. It was a powerful conversation and you're going to want to follow CJ wherever you can! @realrapwithreynolds https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCRGA_FqyigEPmh5U37Yn7fA
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September 27, 2018
The LED Project Podcast #111: Students Want to Be Seen
We've been talking a lot recently as Wilkie has been back in the classroom about how kids truly just want to be seen. So we're releasing this podcast from earlier this year because we want to continue the conversation on how we can validate kids more authentically!
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September 25, 2018
The LED Project #110: It Ain't For The Faint of Heart w/ Tyler Richards
On this episode of the podcast we're joined by our friend and Bay Area teacher Tyler Richards! Originally we'd planned to talk about his routines and reading strategies, but it turned into a conversation about education and the teachers role in it. We talked about the difference between having discipline and structure and being an authoritarian. We talked about how teaching is a profession is among the most difficult and rewarding in the country. We talked about how reluctant we are as teachers to talk to people other than teachers about the joys of the job because we assume they won't understand. All of that is to say that this job isn't for the faint of heart and we must find a way to make our profession look more inviting! We hope you enjoy this episode of the podcast and if you want to connect with Tyler you can find him on Instagram @sculptinginsixth!!
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September 23, 2018
The LED Project #109: Throw Back Thursday w/ Monica Genta
We throw this Thursday's episode back to our interview with one of our favorite people Monica Genta! Not only did we get to have her on the podcast this year, but we also got to see her present and we danced the night away with her at Teach Your Heart Out! On this episode she talks her teaching experience and books 180 Days of Awesome and Game Changers! Check her out online and enjoy this episode! https://monicagenta.com/ Instagram: @monicagentaed
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September 20, 2018
The LED Project #108: Project Based Learning w/ Bryce Sizemore
On this episode we're joined by the Teaching Texan himself Bryce Sizemore! We're so grateful to Bryce for taking time on a busy Saturday to have a conversation for our podcast about the way he sets his kids up for success with Project Based Learning, the importance of providing students opportunities to learn with their hands, and how he prioritizes social and emotional learning. If you'd like to learn more about Bryce or connect with him you can find him online at theteachingtexan.com or on Instagram @theteachingtexan!
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September 18, 2018
The LED Project #107: Practically Positive Teaching!
On this episode of the podcast we were joined by Sally Shah and Sarah McCarthy of Practically Positive Teaching! To sum it up we really want to be their friends!! We had the chance to talk with them about how their partnership was formed and they share a story very similar to ours in that they worked together and grew a friendship and collaboration from. We also got to hear why they believe teachers can be practically positive rather than perfectly positive. We hope that in this interview you'll find value in their strategies and stories to create a more positive environment for schools! Find them on Instagram @practicallypositiveteaching or their website https://practicallypositiveteaching.com/!!
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September 16, 2018
The LED Project #106: TBT with Juan Gonzalez Jr.
Juan Gonzalez Jr. is a teacher and proud of it. We're proud to be able to call him a colleague and a friend. During this conversation with Kyle and Wil he talks about why our stories matter. Juan (IG: @teaching3rdwithmrg) has a love for reading that is infectious and passion for showing others the power that reading has to open up our world. "Reading is an insight into the world before they live it," according to Juan as he explains how we can shift students mindset to understand that books tell the same stories as TV and the internet. Juan strives to shine a positive light on education and urges teachers to let students know the why of everything that they do in order to establish the relevance of learning. And his most power piece of advice, "we don't know the impact we have on students." He stressed that we can show students that reading isn't a chore and that as teachers we are never alone in our struggles. And as an added bonus he discusses the Teach Your Heart Out Cruise in June of 2019!! So to get details on that and learn to love Juan as much as we do listen up!!
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September 13, 2018
The LED Project #105: Understanding Perspectives w/ Chris Ocampo
On this episode Kyle has a conversation with Chris Ocampo who is a special education teacher in Massachusetts, food fanatic, and fellow lover of the bow tie! Originally there were a dozen questions laid out for this episode, but the conversation flowed so naturally that we didn't need them. Here are some of the things Chris talked about: - Growing up the son of Filipino Immigrants and the expectations that come with it. - How the diversity of his school and town are unlike most other places. - How food is a platform to learn about others allows us to more easily share our cultures. - How we are not limited to what society gives us and who we can be right in our experiences without someone else having to be wrong. - And how the diversity of our experiences helps us to understand different perspectives. - His book!! WE PROMISE TO HAVE CHRIS BACK ON TO TALK ABOUT HIS TEACHING EXPERIENCE AND WAYS TO BUILD RELATIONSHIPS IN THE SPECIAL EDUCATION CLASSROOMS! But until then go follow Chris on Instagram @feasting_and_teaching! Thanks for checking out this episode of the podcast and leave a review if you're so inclined!
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September 11, 2018
The LED Project #104: Incorporating Art Into the Classroom w/ Chelsey Odgers
On this episode of the podcast we're joined by Chelsey Odgers who is a an artist, clipboard creator, anchor chart expert, and technology teacher! You may know Chelsey better as @hipsterartteacher on Instagram and by the amazing clipboards she decorates! We had a great conversation on how she uses her background in graphic design and art to teach her students in tecnology, STEAM, and Makers Space. When we asked Chelsey what the struggles are for art teachers she discussed how it can be challenging to help students overcome their self doubt. What struck us is the way she described how many students have been told they are not good at art and it makes them more reluctant to try and how it could be the story of any student in any class. She then talked about how she wants students to feel capable and valued as individuals and the ways in which she strives to do that in all her classes. Finish it off with some talk on anchor charts, Teach Your Heart Out, and how she uses Makers Spaces and this is an episode you won't want to miss!
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September 9, 2018
The LED Project #103: TBT w/ Megan Forbes
On this Throw Back Thursday we have our episode with Megan Forbes! If you follow Megan (IG: @toocoolformiddleschool) that she is an advocate for so many groups and causes. Whether it is equity in the classroom or fair trade businesses Megan shares her passions and speaks beautifully from her experiences. On this episode we talked about the value of teaching history and breaking the thought pattern that this job ever gets easier. It doesn't-- we just get better!! We hope you enjoy this throw back episode of the podcast and if you don't follow Megan check out her blog and social media!!
58:40
September 6, 2018
The LED Project #102: Expectations and Perspective
On this episode Kyle shares some of his thoughts on why it is important when setting expectations for students you seize the opportunity to grow the relationship. He talks about his personal experiences of having misguided expectations and how he would do it differently if given the chance. As the school year kicks off it is important to set expectations for not just your students, but for all your relationships. Just make sure that all parties involved are on the same page with what those expectations are!
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September 4, 2018
The LED Project #101: Firsthand Museum w/ Andrew Frey
On this episode we're joined by Andrew Frey (IG: @so.fresh.so.fourth) who is a first year teacher in Illinois and the create of Firsthand Museum (firsthandmuseum.com). Firsthand Museum is a collection of primary artifacts that can be rented out to teachers and put into the hands of students. We were blown away by the maturity of Andrew who just began his first year teacher and the time he has spent curating the Firsthand Museum collection. During our conversation we talked about his advice for new teachers, his college experience in which he spent 700 hours in classrooms prior to student teaching, and how important it is for more men to become teachers. We hope you enjoy this episode of the podcast and please send us recommendations for teachers you'd like us to interview!!
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September 2, 2018
The LED Project #100: A Milestone!!
Thank You: To our families and friends To our teachers and colleagues To the people we've met To the friends we've made To all our guests AND MOST IMPORTANTLY TO EVERY TEACHER OUT THERE WHO MAKES THIS THE MOST IMPORTANT PROFESSION ON THE PLANET!! We look forward to what we have planned for the next 100!
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August 30, 2018
The LED Project #99: Empowerment w/ Lindsey Petlak
We love Lindsey to death and this episode could have gone on forever!! We brought her on to talk about empowering teachers, math and STEM and didn't get past the intro questions. So we promise we'll have her on again to talk about math and STEM, but please enjoy this conversation and why the teaching profession is so important and how we can empower the teachers around us to succeed!!
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August 28, 2018
The LED Project #98: Creating Cultural Relevancy w/ Naomi O'Brien
What does it take to create cultural relevancy for students? If you were Naomi O'Brien growing up it was simply to have a teacher ask you about who you are and what you like. On this episode Naomi (Instagram: @readlikearockstar) talks about how her educational experience impact how she strives to connect with her early elementary students today. When asked what the one thing every student should be taught she responded with the ability to know what they need and how to ask for it. And she strives to do that with her kids and works with them on the language needed to ask for things. We also had the chance to chat how to put language to social justice issues for both students and teachers. Naomi says that we often don't talk about difficult issues because we don't have the language or don't know how to ask the right questions, so with her students she often focuses on what justice would 'look like' in certain fictional and literal situations. We wrapped up the conversation with practical ways to build better relationships with parents like sending newsletters home in their native languages and better relationships with colleagues like venturing to other parts of the building to see people. We're so grateful to Naomi for sharing her story and wisdom and we hope you enjoy this episode!
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August 26, 2018
The LED Project #97: #TBT To Our First Episode!!
With next week marking our 100th episode with only thought it appropriate to release our very first episode as this weeks throw back Thursday! This episode was recorded in January of 2017 and in it we talk about what Lighthouse Educator Development is all about. So much has changed for both of us since this episode was recorded. Wilkie is now back in the classroom at a brand new school and Kyle is back home in Wisconsin pursuing this venture full time! We hope in this episode you hear our hearts and we prove to you that what we're saying now is what we've said all along! Thank you so much for supporting our podcast! To learn more about our podcast and our teacher mentoring program called The Lighthouse Educator Academy visit our website theledproject.com! Follow us on Instagram @valueaddsvalue and @its.wil.law.iii
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August 23, 2018
The LED Project #96: Humanizing the Classroom w/ Paul France
On this episode of the podcast we have a conversation about what a more humanized classroom would look like with Paul France. Paul's first piece of advise, "You have to have a belief in other people's truth." Paul is an openly gay teacher and advocate for marginalized groups whose work we came across when he wrote an article about how white male teachers can be better allies (https://paulemerich.com/2018/08/06/how-can-white-male-teachers-be-better-allies-for-people-of-color/). This sparked a conversation about how people who have privilege can be better allies to people who do not and he started out by explaining how we must accept that other people have a different truth than our own, but we must understand that both truths are valid. To us this means we must as people refrain from trying to validate our own truths by undermining or discrediting the truths of others. Paul gives his 5 As for being a better ally to marginalized groups: Awareness, Acceptance, Amplification, Advocacy, Accountability And when asked what advocacy looks like he stated the importance of advocating for people in the way they desire which requires us to ask people what they need. This is great advice no matter who you are fighting for or what cause you are championing. We're so grateful to Paul for giving his time to our listeners and if you'd like to check out his work you can click on the links below! https://paulemerich.com/ https://twitter.com/paul_emerich
51:25
August 21, 2018
The LED Project #95: Deal With Depression and Anxiety w/ James Lyas
We're so grateful for that James Lyas would come on the podcast and be so candid with us about his experiences as both a student and teacher dealing with anxiety and depression. We were honored to be able to listen to his story learn how we can better cope with our own depression and anxiety and what we can do to better serve our students who face these challenges. To learn more about James and his experiences you can find him on Instagram @bondwithjames and you can follow his journey on his Youtube page https://www.youtube.com/channel/UClpHwmWkYdIA5wefDsaixeA
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August 19, 2018
The LED Project #94: #TBT w/ Joe Dombrowski
In honor of the new school year we're releasing our first #throwbackthursday episode to the one and only Joe Dombrowski!! We felt so fortunate to have Joe take time out his busy schedule to discuss what authenticity means to teachers and how we must all #embraceourweird!!! We hope you enjoy this throwback episode of the podcast and that the start of your year is magical!!
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August 16, 2018
The LED Project #93: The Summer w/ Liz Kleinrock
On this episode Liz Kleinrock returns to discuss her summer adventures and talks about what she has learned about education abroad. If you want to go back and listen to our first episode with Liz it is #44! We had a chance to catch up with Liz to hear the story of her summer trip to South Africa and what she has learned about education after the fall of Apartheid. Liz had the chance to tour several schools and listen to stories of both students and educators and how race has factored into education in South Africa. We also want to congratulate Liz for winning an Excellence in Teaching Award from the Southern Poverty Law Center and Teaching Tolerance. We heard about her time in Alabama this summer and what experiences were like tour the new Lynching Memorial in Montgomery. We were again blown away by the knowledge and perspective Liz shared with us and we're still wrestling with her ideas and how we can grow as educators. We hope you enjoy this episode of the podcast and to follow Liz click the links below! Instagram.com/teachandtransform teachandtransform.org
51:49
August 14, 2018
The LED Project #92: The Urban Connection Project w/ Justin Campbell
Justin Campbell is an educator who founded The Urban Connection Project (theurbanconnectionproject.org) and is the author of the book CONFESSIONS OF AN INNER CITY TEACHER. Through his organization and book Justin and his wife strive to prepare new teachers for the challenges they will face teaching in inner city schools. During our conversation Justin talked about the need for teachers to be a stable force in our students lives because live in the reality of inconsistency. When teacher turnover is high and we know that it is in many urban areas it adds to the already unstable world that many of our students live in. During our time Justin describes how he strives to overcome the lack of hope that can be found in both students and teachers by striving to build cultural competency in teachers who are entering classrooms in our urban areas. Justin says the most important thing we can do as educators to build our cultural competency is to share our experiences and create shared experiences within our classrooms. We hope you enjoy this episode of the podcast and we thank you for listening and supporting Lighthouse Educator Development!
51:46
August 12, 2018
The LED Project #91: Back to School! w/ Tori Pattison
On this episode we talk to Tori Pattison about what it means to be both engaging and educating! This was such a fun conversation about heading back to school and how Tori uses purpose driven routines in order to set her students up for success. Tori spoke at length about how all of your routines must have a greater purpose in order for your students to take hold of them. To Tori this means that routines must work towards the greater purpose of helping students learn to respect ideas and feelings. This may seem like a hard concept for 1st graders to learn, but Tori proves that with high expectations students can learn anything! Our favorite routine that Tori has is that she calls all of her classroom jobs "the economy" and each student job is called an "internship". She gives examples of how students thrive in these "internships" as a sanitation specialist who sweeps up the room or a woodworker who sharpens pencils. We also got a chance to talk with Tori about what types of technology she uses in the classroom and how she has students build digital portfolios. If you're looking for back to school inspiration this podcast is the one for you! Thanks to Tori for coming on the podcast and you can connect with her on Instagram @engagingandeducating!!
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August 9, 2018
The LED Project #90: Effort is the Thing! w/ Dr. Irileria Muhammad
It's not often that the universe comes around so amazingly as it did for this podcast. Dr. Irileria Muhammad grew up with and went to the same college and as Wilkie and it was such a joy all these later for us to be able to have her on the podcast! There were so good stories from Wil's past, but we'll save those for another time!! Things we talked about in this podcast: *Why teachers are the most powerful force for good in our country. *How we can maintain high expectations of our students even as expectations for them get lower in Texas. *How cancer and teaching abroad have changed her perspective. *How as teachers we need to understand the sociology of our students as well as Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs.
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August 7, 2018
The LED Project #89: Seek The Marigolds w/ Tracy Costa
We're just going to put this out there... we love Tracy Costa!! We got to know her during the Teach Your Heart Out Conference in Vegas and we're so glad she could come on the podcast to talk about the growth mindset. Tracy is just as excited about education as we are and it came through during our time together. Tracy tells the story of how she went from a bus driver to nearing the completion of her doctorate in education and how she strives to change the trajectory of her students lives. Tracy talked about the impact her fixed mindset teachers had on her and how into adulthood she felt that she just wasn't smart. But after finding Carol Dweck's book she transformed her teaching and learning by understanding the our brains can grow through our entire lives and our intelligence is not fixed. We also had the chance to discuss with Tracy how to maintain high expectations while allowing kids the opportunity to fail at tasks. Tracy advises all teachers to above anything else always view yourself as a learner and your students will follow suit!! Thank you to Tracy for coming on the show and thank you for tuning in!
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August 5, 2018