Season 1

June 17, 2020

Grey Nakayama Loves ClassCalc

Grey Nakayama has been a High School math teacher, working with advanced levels of Math, for 26 years. She is an enthusiastic cheerleader for ClassCalc, saying that it has made both her and her students lives easier and learning better. …

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June 17, 2020

Elizabeth Yarnell Loves Digistars Make a Movie Workshops

Elizabeth Yarnell devotes her passion for story, movie-making and engaging the most reluctant learners to a tool that can bring life and excitement into pretty much any content area and topic. Resources: Connect to Digistars Make a Movie Workshop See …

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May 14, 2020

Tamara Speidel loves Class Composer

Tamara Speidel, principal of Buffalo Trail Elementary School in Cherry Creek Schools uses Class Composer to guarantee that every student has other students like them in their class each year. She loves Class Composer for its ability to help guarantee …

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April 27, 2020

Darnell Jenkins loves Figure Math

Darnell Jenkins shares how he uses Figure Math to engage high school students with different learning styles as they become more proficient in not only solving equations, but also exploring, collaborating, creating and evaluating math together. Resourc...

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April 24, 2020

Teresa Gonzalez loves SEL Adventures

Teresa Gonzalez shares how SEL Adventures supported the turn around of a challenging class, and helped students learn how they learn best through the motivation of this online game. Resources: Connect to SEL Adventures

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April 4, 2020

David Van Sicklen loves Seesaw

David VanSicklen, Advanced Learning Specialist in the Middleton Cross Plains School District in Madison, WI, shares his affinity for the app Seesaw for younger elementary students. He says Seesaw has "unlimited possibilities." Resources: Connect to Se...

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Feb. 16, 2020

Sonja Herring loves Geography Alive‘s Map Labs

Sonja Herring from Cresthill Middle School in Douglas County, Colorado shares how she uses TCI's Geography Alive's Map Labs to make geography learning active, relevant and engaging for middle school learners. Resources: Connect to TCI's Social Studies ...

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Oct. 29, 2019

Kathy Zaleski loves Restorative Justice

Kathy Zaleski shares how she uses Connection Circles to build community in her classroom, which she learned from the Longmont Community Justice Center. She discusses how restorative practices are alternatives to traditional discipline, and shares the fo...

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Oct. 24, 2019

Emily Fields loves Socratic Seminar

Today on the show we veer away from discussion of a curriculum product to focus instead on a teaching strategy. Learn from Emily Fields in Douglas County, Colorado, how and why she uses Socratic Seminar to teach critical reading & …

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Oct. 7, 2019

Chris Miraglia loves Flipgrid

Chris Miraglia discusses how he uses Flipgrid in his middle school social studies classroom to give students a voice, and engage 75% of the students who wouldn't normally participate in a classroom discussion. Resources: Connect to Flipgrid

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Oct. 4, 2019

Ashley Cooksey loves codeSpark

Ashley Cooksey, a school librarian in Arkansas, shares the way that implementing codeSpark in an elementary library taught her how to code right alongside the students, paving the way to her current role as an Instructional Technology Coach and an …

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Aug. 29, 2019

Diane Sweeney shares how Student-Centered Coaching supports successfu…

Diane Sweeney from Diane Sweeney Consulting shares how school systems can use the coaching cycles in Student-Centered Coaching to support a successful curriculum implementation.

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Aug. 28, 2019

Serri Mills loves AVID at Park Hill Elementary

Serri Mills shares how she found AVID, and found students' stories about AVID so compelling, that she brought it to her entire elementary school and became a "Truly Changed Teacher" as a result.

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Aug. 27, 2019

Rebecca Sklepovich advises how to run a successful curriculum adoption

Rebecca Sklepovich, Director of Curriculum and Instruction at the Denver School of Science and Technology at Green Valley Ranch, shares what she has learned about running a successful curriculum adoption, including how to research and what to look for wh...

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Aug. 5, 2019

Sarah Noble loves Facing History and Ourselves

Sarah Noble shares how her use of the Facing History and Ourselves curriculum helps her tackle tough issues of race and racism in the classroom, to make sure she doesn't alienate students when reading canonical texts that include dehumanizing language. …

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July 18, 2019

John Nolan loves Constructing Meaning

John Nolan from the Alameda Unified School District shares how E.L. Achieve's Constructing Meaning has helped him, for the very first time in his long teaching career, feel like he is EFFECTIVELY meeting his ELL students' English-learning needs. Resour...

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July 10, 2019

John Damaso loves Membean

John Damaso, English Teacher at Brophy Prep College Prep in Phoenix, shares about how he supports students' vocabulary growth through Membean's individualized instruction, and just how much his students have embraced this online learning program. Resou...

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July 5, 2019

Joe Adrian loves AVID

Joe Adrian, veteran teacher in Leander ISD in Austin, TX, shares about how he found AVID early in his career, and has brought it with him to every school and district he's worked, and why.

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July 4, 2019

Roger Chow loves Read Right

Roger Chow, former Director of Curriculum and Instruction for Tacoma Public Schools and Executive Director of Secondary Education for Pueblo Public Schools, shares how Read Right helped struggling readers in his districts catch up with the students readi...

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July 2, 2019

Stephan Graham loves Particle Modeling Curriculum

Arrupe Jesuit High School Chemistry and Physics teacher, Stephan Graham, shares how he facilitates students' ownership of their learning using the Particle Modeling Curriculum developed by the American Modeling Teachers Association at modelinginstruction...

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July 1, 2019

Tara Gilboa loves Organic World Language

Tara Gilboa, former Spanish Teacher in Boulder Valley School District, shares how she first discovered Organic World Language in college, and how the OWL approach transforms second language classrooms into lively communities world-wide. Resources: Conn...

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April 23, 2019

Elizabeth Gordon loves Inside the Greenhouse‘s SHINE

Elizabeth Gordon from Stober Elementary in Jefferson County, Colorado shares how she found SHINE from Inside the Greenhouse to address the fourth grade science standards about fossil fuels through a movement-based curriculum that results in a play in a d...

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April 20, 2019

Kelly Yrarrazaval loves Beat the Odds

Kelly Yrarrazaval, Counselor from Willard Intermediate School in Santa Ana, California, addresses how Beat The Odds helps her address social emotional learning while also having fun. Resources: Connect to Beat the Odds

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April 17, 2019

Tiffany Syariff loves Great Mind‘s Wit and Wisdom

Tiffany Syariff shares how Great Mind's Wit and Wisdom has brought deeper reading and writing skills into her classrooms and how her students love the texts and have noticeably improved their writing. Resources: Connect to Great Mind's Wit and Wisdom

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April 17, 2019

Dave Hancock loves Lucy Calkins‘ Units of Study

Teacher Dave Hancock shares how these step-by-step writing units make writing and revising so concrete for students and easy to implement for teachers. These are sequenced in a way that scaffolds learning in simple, doable chunks. Resources: Connect...

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April 17, 2019

Kodi Kelly loves Kagan Cooperative Learning

Kodi Kelly, HS teacher in Westminster Colorado, shares how Kagan Cooperative Learning increases engagement, mindfullness, cooperation and deeper thinking with her students.

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