Often, the relationship between teachers and school leaders is framed as adversarial. However, your lesson, should you choose to accept it, is to build strong🦾 relationships between administrators🧑🏾‍💻👨‍💻 and teachers👩🏼‍🏫🧑🏽‍🏫through empathy🧘🏽‍♂️, transparency🧊 and vulnerability👀.  The special agent🕵🏽‍♀️ assigned to help you with this task is high school teacher Lorraine Connell.

 

In this episode we discuss:

1️⃣ Why mistakes need to be celebrated

2️⃣ The value of empathy, transparency, and vulnerability

3️⃣ Understanding expectations and modeling self-care

 

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Your lesson, should you choose to accept it, is to lead through a global pandemic by adapting your routines, supporting your staff, and focusing on self-care.  The special agent assigned to help you with this task is Charles Williams, Principal of Plato Learning Academy in Chicago and host of the Counter Narrative Podcast.

 

In our conversation, Charles discusses:

1️⃣ Parent perspectives on the pandemic and how Covid has changed how he does his job

2️⃣ Extending grace to students, teachers, and himself during this time

3️⃣ His S.M.A.R.T. approach to leadership

 

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Your lesson, should you choose to accept it, is to create powerful and sustainable professional development for your colleagues. The special agent assigned to help you with this task is Joyce Matthews.

 

In our conversation, Joyce discusses:

1️⃣ The differences between andragogy (teaching adults) and pedagogy (teaching children)

2️⃣ Why good professional development needs to be self-sustaining

3️⃣ How facilitation allows learners to find their own pathways to their professional development goals by focusing on skills and feedback

 

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Your lesson, should you choose to accept it, is to consider a new resource: Video Journalism Pro, an online mentoring program that allows students to develop, produce and distribute their own stories.  The resource specialist assigned to help you with this task is Clement Townsend, founder of Broadcasting Career Mentor.

 

In our conversation, Clement discusses:

1️⃣ Building a media program, and school brand, with technology students already have access to

2️⃣ The impact of having an expert with professional experience share his perspective and strategies

3️⃣ Learning important skills: speaking, writing, creativity, media literacy, research

 

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Your lesson, should you choose to accept it, is to face unexpected challenges with a positive mindset, transparency, and humor. The special agent assigned to help you with this task is Merlyna Valentine of Louisiana.

 

In our conversation, Merlyna discusses:

1️⃣ Leading by building relationships, being transparent, exuding positive energy, and using humor

2️⃣ Being willing to talk about the elephant in the room, whether it is trauma, illness, physical limitations, or teacher burn-out

3️⃣ “Dancing back in” to new opportunities and never looking back!

 

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Your lesson, should you choose to accept it, is to use Trust-Based Observations to create relationships with teachers, celebrate their strengths, and encourage innovation. The special agent assigned to help you with this task is author and administrator Craig Randall.

 

In our conversation, Craig discusses:

1️⃣ How current evaluation models aren’t working and the evolution of the trust-based model to what it is today

2️⃣ Creating authentic, teacher-centered observations that build trust and celebrate strengths

3️⃣ Encouraging risk-taking, collaboration, empathy and a growth-mindset through observation and reflection

 

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Your lesson, should you choose to accept it, is to cultivate relationships, collegial collaboration, and a positive school culture in your role as school administrator.  The special agent assigned to help you with this task is Anthony Tyrkala, principal of ACES in Adventura, Florida

 

In our conversation, Anthony discusses:

1️⃣ How he defines his job as an administrator, building relationships with students and staff, the move from teaching to school leadership

2️⃣ Trying to stay positive, creating open communication and collaboration, dealing with behavioral issues

3️⃣ How the Army has shaped his perspective, advice for those considering a career change to administration, honoring a life-work balance

 

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Your lesson, should you choose to accept it, is to engage and motivate your students through improv.  The special agent assigned to help you with this task is French and Social Studies teacher, as well as podcast mission coordinator, Aviva Levin.

 

This interview was originally recorded for The Compassionate Educators Show. This week Marie, host of Compassionate Educators, is doing something similar, as she’s airing Aviva’s interview of her as one of her own episodes.

 

In this episode, Marie and Aviva discuss:

1️⃣ Aviva’s journey to finding improv and creating a place for it in her French and Social Studies classes

2️⃣ How improv allows students to engage with the subject matter, self-differentiate, be their own representative resources, and practice a growth mindset

3️⃣ Being willing to hand over control to students’ imaginations

 

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Your lesson, should you choose to accept it, is to build, repair, and restore school relationships through restorative justice.  The special agent assigned to help you with this task is Laura Fittz, English teacher, Peace Team facilitator and PhD student from Nashville, Tennessee.

 

In this episode we discuss:

1️⃣ Moving away from punitive practices and towards healing relationships between students, students and staff, and staff with each other

2️⃣ Letting students take the lead and getting families involved in the restorative process

3️⃣ Operating restoratively within an unrestorative system and starting the personal journey towards restorative practices

 

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Your lesson, should you choose to accept it, is to use comprehensible input when teaching languages, specifically the TPRS method.  The special agent assigned to help you with this task is Adriana Ramirez of British Columbia.

 

In this episode Adriana:

1️⃣ defines Comprehensible Input (CI) and explains how students are still learning grammar, just doing so intuitively

2️⃣ responds to a ton of misconceptions and critiques of CI and TPRS (Teaching Proficiency through Reading and Storytelling)

3️⃣ discusses students taking ownership of the stories, adapting for teaching during Covid-19, and finding inspiration in other teachers through social media

 

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