Episodes

Jan. 27, 2023

Raising the Bar of Leadership

Episode #77 is up! Check it out!!! Special Guest Dr. Andrae Townsel, Superintendent of Calvert County Public Schools (MD), joins Matt to discuss his journey through education as a student-athlete, teacher, building administrator, and district leader....

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Jan. 13, 2023

How Recess and Movement can Support SEL

Episode #76 is up! Check it out!!! Special Guest Pamela Gunther, CEO & Founder of Fit & Fun Playscapes, joins Matt to discuss the relationship between active movement and social emotional learning. Additionally, Pamela offers tips on...

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Dec. 30, 2022

Hacking Assessment

Episode #75 is up! Check it out!!! Special Guest Starr Sackstein, Chief Operating Officer of Mastery Portfolio, joins Matt to discuss how traditional grading practices overlook many learners, and ways educators can shift towards an asset-based model...

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Dec. 16, 2022

Academic Freedom in K-12: Reality or Myth?

Episode #74 is up! Check it out!!! Special Guest Dr. Robert Canida II, Vice President for Inclusive Excellence at the University of Lynchburg, joins Matt to discuss the systemic barriers preventing academic freedom, and the pros and cons to both...

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Dec. 2, 2022

Leadership Development: Myths and Realities

Episode #73 is up! Check it out!!! Special Guest Dr. Leslie Hazle Bussey, CEO/Executive Director, GLISI (Georgia Leadership Institute for School Improvement), joins Matt to discuss what makes leadership development ‘effective,’ the most pressing...

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Nov. 18, 2022

Teaming for Well-Being - A Whole New Type Of Leadership

Episode #72 is up! Check it out!!! Special Guest Jen Baldwin, Coordinator of Social-Emotional-Behavioral Supports & Family Engagement for T/TAC at VT, joins Matt to discuss the influx of mental health concerns schools are seeing due to the...

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Nov. 4, 2022

Going Gradeless

Episode #71 is up! Check it out!!! Special Guest David Frangiosa, Science teacher and Co-Author of Going Gradeless: Shifting the Focus to Student Learning, joins Matt to discuss how educators can remove the negative stigmas of grading and still...

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Oct. 21, 2022

Do You Have Meeting Goals?

Episode #70 is up! Check it out!!! Special Guest Dr. Thomas Van Soelen, President of Van Soelen & Associates, joins Matt to discuss why schools chronically experience poorly-facilitated meetings, and shares strategies to effectively and...

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Oct. 7, 2022

Recruiting & Retaining Black Male Educators

Episode #69 is up! Check it out!!! Special Guest Dr. Harold McCray, Elementary Principal in Metro DC, joins Matt to discuss the issues many black male educators face in the profession, and shares advice on recruiting and retaining them in …

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Sept. 23, 2022

Motivating 21st Century Learners!

Episode #68 is up! Check it out!!! Special Guest Ryan James, middle school teacher, and Milken Award Winner (VA '17), joins Matt to share his strategies on building positive relationships with students, setting goals for improvement, and...

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Sept. 9, 2022

Teachers of Promise

Episode #67 is up! Check it out!!! Special Guest Wade Whitehead, Executive Director of the Teachers of Promise Institute, and classroom teacher, joins Matt to discuss the cornerstones of effective classroom practices, and shares his amazing...

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Aug. 26, 2022

Supporting Principals in the Wake of the Pandemic

Episode #66 is up! Check it out!!! Special Guest Lindsay Prendergast, Leadership Coach, NWEA & former High School Principal, joins Matt to share the major issues facing current school and district leaders. Additionally, Lindsay shares advice on...

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Aug. 12, 2022

See Myself: The Importance of Diverse Literature

Episode #65 is up! Check it out!!! Special Guest Yaritza Villalba, Educator Innovation Lead at Flipgrid, joins Matt to discuss the importance of culturally relevant resources being embedded in daily instruction, and share the impact on student...

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July 29, 2022

I Choose to Stay

Episode #64 is up! Check it out!!! I Choose To Stay Special Guest Dr. Salome Thomas-EL, K-8 Principal, author, and national speaker, joins Matt to share his inspirational message and story behind why ‘he chose to stay’ in education....

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July 15, 2022

Is Financial Literacy Working?

Episode #63 is up! Check it out!!! Is Financial Literacy Working? Special Guest Dr. Michael Thomas, Professor at the University of Georgia & Accredited Financial Counselor, joins Matt to share how we should conceptualize financial literacy, and...

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July 1, 2022

Transforming Learning with Technology

Episode #62 is up! Transforming Learning with Technology Special Guest Ms. Debbie Tannenbaum, school technology specialist, joins Matt to share ways technology and associated routines can be used to promote student engagement in the classroom....

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June 17, 2022

Social Emotional Learning

Episode #61 is up! Check it out!!! Special Guest Ms. Krista Leh, Founder of Resonance Educational Consulting, joins Matt to discuss the misconceptions regarding SEL, and how it should be addressed and implemented with fidelity. You can connect...

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June 3, 2022

Transforming Systems through Equity, Inclusion & Belonging

Episode #60 is up! Check it out!!! Transforming Systems through Equity, Inclusion & Belonging Special Guest Dr. Nikole Hollins-Sims, Educational Consultant, Special Assistant to the Secretary of Education in Pennsylvania, & 2021 PA School...

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May 20, 2022

Leveraging Leadership: Three Keys to Successful School Leadership

Episode #59 is up! Leveraging Leadership: Three Keys to Successful School Leadership Special Guest Dr. Robert Thornell, Director of Leadership Development in Lewisville ISD (Texas), & School Improvement Coach for NWEA, joins Matt to share the 5...

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May 6, 2022

Teaching Abroad

Episode #58 is up! Special Guest Ms. Tamera Musiowsky-Borneman, Professional Learning Facilitator at Plan Z Professional Learning Services, and co-author of the book, ‘The Minimalist Teacher,’ joins Matt to discuss her career teaching abroad, and...

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April 22, 2022

The Crisis in Education: A Massive Teacher Shortage

Episode #57 is up! Check it out!!! Special Guest Ms. Michelle Hill, Coordinator of Admissions & Strategic Marketing, & co-author of ‘Fired Up Teachership,’ joins Matt to discuss what’s happening in education right now with teacher vacancies at all...

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April 8, 2022

Every Educator is a Leader

Episode #56 is up! Check it out!!! Special Guest Janelle McLaughlin, Education Consultant for Advanced Learning Partnerships, joins Matt to discuss her book, Leadership At Every Level: Five Qualities of Effective Classroom. School, and District...

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March 25, 2022

Standing Tall Through It All

Episode #55 is up! Check it out!!! Special Guest Steve Bollar, Speaker, Trainer, Consultant & Owner of Stand Tall Enterprises, joins Matt to discuss how educators & leaders can start to develop & maintain a positive culture & climate in …

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March 11, 2022

Collective Improvement

Episode #54 is up! Check it out!!! Special Guest Phil Echols, Sr. Administrator of Title I Programs (Wake County Public School System), joins Matt to discuss the importance of collaboration and team approaches to identifying & addressing...

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