S2 Episode 3: How English Learner Policy and Practice Collide with Kate Wright
Today, we dive into the policy behind English learners in the state. The Arizona Department of Education’s Deputy Associate Superintendent for the Office of English Language Acquisition Services (OELAS), Kate Wright, talks about the importance being intentional and structured when working with this specific student population. As educators, we have to help English learners realize they are becoming bilingual, which is an asset — not a deficit. Let’s change the mindset, fellow educators. Listen, as Wright chats waivers, policies, propositions, statutes, updates to English Language Proficiency Standards, and so much more with Mary and Angelia. Most importantly, our hosts remind listeners to tap into the invaluable resources offered by OELAS. Don’t forget to subscribe, rate, and review “3Ps in a Pod” on iTunes. We’ll see you next week when we hear from technology guru and go-getter, Tony Vincent.
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S6 Episode 12: Learning and Growing through Work with Refugee Students and Families
As a mentor to first and second-year teachers in Balsz School District, Kathleen Paulsen’s work includes helping new teachers learn how to support refugee students and their families. One school typically has between 14 and 17 different languages represented at one time. Knowing students are refugees changes what teacher support looks like. In this episode, Paulsen shares what she has learned over the years since she was a first-year teacher with many refugee students and what advice she has for others. Find other resources mentioned in and related to this episode at this link or through a...
S6 Episode 7: Arizona Teachers Academy at NAU with President Rita Cheng
How is Arizona approaching the teacher shortage? Hear from Northern Arizona University President Dr. Rita Cheng about Governor Doug Ducey’s Arizona Teachers Academy and how NAU is implementing the program and supporting tomorrow’s teachers. You’ll also learn more about why education is so important to Dr. Cheng, how she spends her time away from work, and what books she’s currently reading. Learn more about the resources and topics mentioned in this episode by clicking here or by visiting azk12.org.
S6 Episode 11: Making the Most of Your Standards with Dr. Donyall Dickey
Dr. Donyall Dickey will inspire you to help your students “climb the ladder of cognitive demand.” With 17 years as an educational leader, Dr. Dickey focuses his work on curriculum, instruction, organizational development, and school administration. In this episode, he and hosts Danielle and Angelia plunge into conversations about student achievement, instructional leadership, opportunity gaps, and far more. Find additional resources related to today’s episode, including a guide for individual or group discussion, at this link or by visiting the Arizona K12 Center’s website at azk12.org.
S6 Episode 15: 2020 Arizona Teacher of the Year Lynette Stant
Lynette Stant is the Arizona Education Foundation’s 2020 Teacher of the Year! In this episode, she shares about what her past month as the new title-holder has been like and what she is looking forward to in the next year. Stant also talks about what keeps her excited about teaching and how she’ll know when she is ready to leave the classroom. Learn more about the Arizona K12 Center at azk12.org.
S6 Episode 6: The Vital Role of Effective Instructional Leadership in Schools with Peter DeWitt
Today we explore instructional leadership with Dr. Peter DeWitt. DeWitt focuses heavily on the idea of servant leadership and his belief that the best coaching is not based on having all of the answers. He believes the most effective instructional leaders are open and honest with those they support. DeWitt also highlights the overwhelming importance of credibility and its relational impact on an instructional ability to move practice forward. We close the episode discussing his early work around supporting LGBT students in schools and his current use of meditation as a means to a happy and ...
S6 Episode 10: Building Resilient People
Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) can negatively impact a young person’s brain development, cognitive abilities, behavior, and social and emotional wellbeing; and more than half of students may have had at least one ACE. In this episode, you will learn more about ACEs and how they impact students and teachers. We will explore ways to help build more resilient students and teachers through relationships, intentionality, and thoughtfulness. We are so excited to share the work of Ricky Robertson, Victoria Romero, and Amber Warner with all of our listeners this week as we work to be our best...
S6 Episode 14: Impacting Change through New Teacher Support with Dr. Emily Davis
Intentional support for beginning teachers impacts students, other teachers, and the entire school. In this episode, Dr. Emily Davis, founder of Teacher Development Network, shares about what quality mentoring for beginning teachers looks like and the ways that it can affect multiple parts of a school. She also talks about “praxis shock,” the jolt new teachers often feel when moving from studying education to becoming a classroom teacher. You may connect with hosts Danielle and Mary as they recount some of their own memories of starting their teaching careers. Find other resources related t...
S6 Episode 5: Inside the Teacher Clarity Playbook with Olivia Amador
We are so excited to share one of our first mobile podcasts with our listeners this week! We invite you to come with us and meet Dr. Olivia Amador at the Annual Visible Learning Conference this past summer. This week, we will learn more about the practicality of the Teacher Clarity Playbook and how it can enhance the structures that exist in your space. If you want more of Teacher Clarity after this week’s podcast, we hope you will consider registering for our January 23, 2020, event The Teacher Clarity Playbook with Olivia Amador. For more resources related to this episode, visit this link...
S6 Episode 9: Arizona Dyslexia Screening Policy Updates and their Impact with Sean Ross
Teachers are talking about what Arizona’s new dyslexia law means for them. In this episode, Sean Ross, Arizona Department of Education’s Director of English Language Arts and Humanities, explains how the passing and signing of SB 1318 affects how schools and teachers approach dyslexia screenings and what resources are available. He also shares about his other literacy work and how he can support Arizona’s teacher. Learn more about the resources and topics mentioned in this episode by visiting this link or azk12.org.
S6 Episode 13 Digital Leadership to Future-Proof Your Classroom with Eric Sheninger
Do you get nervous when integrating new technology into your classroom? Award-winning principal and digital leadership pioneer Eric Sheninger shares how he went from outlawing devices in classrooms to embracing social media and technology in his school to improve teaching, learning, and leadership. As teachers work to prepare students for a future no one can predict, how can they integrate technology to help students stretch their thinking for however the world will be? Find other resources mentioned in and related to this episode at this link or through azk12.org.
S6 Episode 16: The Impact of Grading with Dr. Douglas Reeves
Dr. Douglas Reeves is an expert in leadership and teaching, with a particular interest and expertise in grading. In this episode, Dr. Reeves shares a bit of history of grading systems, three things he would like to see change about how many teachers grade, and what he considers the “academic death penalty.” He also talks through creative ways he has seen teachers evaluate students’ performance rather than practice. Here are a few of the resources mentioned in this episode:Creative Leadership Solutions DouglasReeves.com ChangeLeaders.com FinishTheDissertation.org Article host Angelia mentio...
S6 Episode 8: Arizona English Learner Policy Updates with Kate Wright
With the signing of SB 1014 earlier this year, this school year brings some major changes for English learners in Arizona schools. Kate Wright is the Deputy Superintendent of the Office of English Language Acquisition Services in the Arizona Department of Education and will share in this episode how this new policy opens up the possibilities for Arizona’s EL students and advice for teachers implementing these changes. Learn more about the resources and topics mentioned in this episode by visiting this link or azk12.org.