Teaching Tales w/ Brent Coley

What’s better than a good story? A story with a message! Join Brent and a different guest each episode as they each share a story or two from their experiences in education, along with the lessons they've learned that have helped them grow as educators.
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Dec 13, 2017

In this short, bonus episode of Teaching Tales, there's no special guest. Just Brent sharing the powerful story of how he was reminded that while something may be simple in the eyes of adults, it can be huge in the eyes of our students.

Dec 11, 2017

Adam is currently the Director of Innovation for a large school district in the Bay Area of California. A "20 To Watch" Technology Leader for the National School Board Association, Adam is passionate about technology integration in schools and a huge advocate of social media and connecting with other educators from across the country. He is the co-author of Kids Deserve It! and author of Run Like a Pirate, set for release in 2018. Along with Todd Nesloney, Adam also hosts a podcast series called “Kids Deserve It” where they interview inspiring educators and allow them to share their stories with the world. In this episode, Adam shares inspiring stories of the power of goal setting and how the biggest obstacle we sometimes face is selling ourselves short.

Dec 5, 2017

Todd is the Principal/Lead Learner at a PreK-5 school in Novasota, Texas. He is the award-winning co-author of Kids Deserve It! and author of the soon-to-be-released Stories from Webb.  Todd has been recognized by the National School Board Association as one of the “20 to Watch in Education," by the Center for Digital Education as one of their “Top 40 Innovators in Education,” and by the White House as a "Connected Educator Champion of Change.” Along with Adam Welcome, Todd also hosts a podcast series called “Kids Deserve It” where they interview inspiring educators and allow them to share their stories with the world. In this broadcast, Todd and Brent chat about the responsibility teachers have to share their stories and experiences, as they may be just the thing others need to hear.

Nov 13, 2017

Cate is the Director of Member Engagement for CUE, California's organization dedicated to inspiring innovative learners in all disciplines from preschool through college. A Google Certified Trainer, she is a leading innovator and passionate learner of educational technology practices and strategies to make the profession reflective of current social and emotional trends. In this episode, Cate and Brent share stories of "gamification" and how incorporating game mechanics in the classroom and professional development can increase engagement and enhance learning.

Oct 31, 2017

Eric is a Senior Fellow and Thought Leader on Digital Leadership with the International Center for Leadership in Education (ICLE). Prior to this he was the award-winning Principal at New Milford High School. Under his leadership his school became a globally recognized model for innovative practices. Eric oversaw the successful implementation of several sustainable change initiatives that radically transformed the learning culture at his school while increasing achievement. He shares resources on his website and has authored the books Digital LeadershipUncommon LearningBrandEd, and Learning Transformed. In this episode, Eric shares his story of how giving up the need to be in total control led to transformational changes to student learning and culture in his school.

Oct 9, 2017

Rob has been a teacher, teacher on special assignment, assistant principal, and now serves as Principal of Murrieta Elementary School in Murrieta, California. His instructional leadership skills, technology expertise, and passion have helped his teachers and students excel under his leadership. In this episode, Rob and Brent share stories of how things don't always go as planned, and how as teachers and administrators, we must always keep calm and expect the unexpected.

Sep 18, 2017

Dennis, a Google Certified Teacher and STAR Discovery Educator, has been a cutting-edge teacher for 20 years. He is currently in his third year as Technology Coordinator at Concordia International School in Shanghai, China. Dennis is also the co-host of the Tech Talk Roundtable podcast, sharing valuable information about integrating technology in education. In this episode, Dennis joins Brent to share stories of the joys and challenges of teaching in another country.

Sep 11, 2017

Michelle has been a teacher for over 20 years and is currently a literacy coach in the Murrieta Valley Unified School District. In addition to providing outstanding instructional support for students and teachers, Michelle is passionate about building relationships with students to build perseverance. She has helped found the nonprofit organization Project 99 to help raise awareness and prevent suicide across the nation. In this episode, Michelle shares powerful stories about the need to foster the social-emotional side of perseverance, and how doing so can literally save a life.

Sep 4, 2017

An educator for 10 years, George is currently an instructional coach in the Santa Clara Unified School District, helping teachers incorporate STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) and Project-Based Learning into their classrooms. He is Leading Edge Certified and a Google Certified Educator Level 1 and 2. In this episode, George shares stories of how we can build grit and perseverance not just in students, but in ourselves. To do so, we must learn to break out of our comfort zones, to become comfortable with being uncomfortable.

Aug 28, 2017

In this broadcast, Brent sits down with two actively involved parents at his school, Railene Flores and Cassie Lira. Where previous episodes of Teaching Tales have had teachers and administrators share their stories, this episode provides a parent's perspective on what makes a school successful. Through their stories, Railene and Cassie highlight how a teacher connecting with his/her students can make all the difference in the world.

Jul 24, 2017

Amy is the principal of Penngrove Elementary in Petaluma, California. Before moving into administration she taught second and third grade in Alabama and California. Amy is passionate about supporting teachers, modeling and encouraging risk-taking, and collaborating with other educators in her community and all over the world. She shares inspiration and resources through her blog at, and in this episode, Amy and Brent share stories of how to make the first few days of school the best they can be, both for students and staff.

Jul 17, 2017

Ann was a 1st grade teacher for 10 years and is currently a Teacher on Special Assignment (TOSA) in Fullerton School District, supporting both teachers and students with the innovative and instructional use of technology. She is an Apple Distinguished Educator, Google Certified Educator, and Leading Edge Certified. In this broadcast, Ann and Brent share stories of how integrating technology in the classroom can push student engagement through the roof and take learning to a whole new level -- even in kindergarten and even if you’re not in a 1-to-1 environment!

Jul 10, 2017

Jon is the Chief Innovation Officer for CUE, leading cutting-edge professional learning opportunities for educators throughout California and Nevada. He is an Apple Distinguished Educator, Google Certified Innovator, and the creator of CUE Rock Star Camps and CUE Bold. Jon has helped create countless game-changing moments for teachers and administrators, and in this broadcast he joins Brent to share some of his own eye-opening experiences that took his practice to a whole new level. 

Jun 19, 2017

John, the Executive Director of Westlake Charter School in Sacramento, California, is back for another episode!. A passionate educator, John shares resources through his high-energy podcast "Learn With John Eick" and website of the same name. In this broadcast, John and Brent continue their conversation started in Episode 20, sharing more powerful stories about the power of a "Thank You." If you haven't yet listened to Episode 20, start there and then come back to Episode 23!

Jun 12, 2017

Weston is a Senior Fellow at the International Center for Leadership in Education. A former high school history teacher, assistant principal, and district administrator, he now provides teacher development, coaching, and keynotes to educators all over the country, specializing in blended learning and educational technology. Weston and his wife Molly host Teaching Keating, an acclaimed podcast where pop-culture and pedagogy collide. Bold School, his book about combining old-school wisdom and new-school technology to create blended learning that works, will be available July 5. In this broadcast, Weston joins Brent to share stories about how teachers are combining innovative technology with tried and true practices to take student learning to the next level.  

Jun 5, 2017
Jennifer is back for another episode! If you haven't yet listened to Episode 1, be sure to take some time to do so as Jen and Brent share stories about a teacher's influence. Jennifer is a K-8 technology teacher, Google Certified Teacher, BrainPOP Ambassador, and Discovery Education Guru. In this broadcast, Jen talks about how she helps teachers all over the world collaborate with each other through her online projects at Projects By Jen.
May 29, 2017

John, a former high school drama teacher, assistant principal and principal, is the Executive Director of Westlake Charter School in Sacramento, California. A passionate educator, John shares resources through his high-energy podcast "Learn With John Eick" and website of the same name. In this broadcast, John and Brent share stories about the power of "Thank You" and how affirming those around you can have an immeasurable impact.

May 22, 2017

Chris is in his 12th year in education, currently teaching 3rd grade teacher at Monte Vista Elementary School in Murrieta, California. Always looking to create engaging experiences for his students, Chris brings high-interest activities like PlayStation, fidget spinners, and fantasy football into his classroom. He also shares resources with his students and their families through his website at In this broadcast, Chris and Brent share stories of how making your classroom a can't-miss destination can lead to increased student engagement and learning.

May 15, 2017

Cori is a mother, teacher, and encourager of others. She is currently a Teacher On Special Assignment (TOSA) in the Simi Valley Unified School District. She is a Google Certified Educator (Level 1 and 2) and the co-moderator of the #SVTChat, #SVTBook, and #VCHSChat Twitter chats. She also regularly provides inspiration and encouragement through her blog Leading In Limbo. In this broadcast, Cori and Brent share stories of how moving out of our comfort zones, while sometimes uncomfortable, can stretch and grow us.

May 8, 2017

Tony is a former 5th grade teacher now working as an educational consultant, sharing resources through his website at He has worked with educators in almost every state, Canada, Australia, England, and the Caribbean to facilitate workshops and make presentations to K-12 educators and students. He has authored books, produced videos, developed an iPad app, and blogged about learning and technology. In 2001 he had a 1:1 classroom full of Palm Pilots, and in 2005 he started one of the first podcasts from an elementary school (Radio WillowWeb). In this broadcast, Tony and Brent share stories about the incredible influence educators can have by connecting and sharing with others.

May 1, 2017

John is an educational technology coach for Chaffey Joint Union High School District who has taught high school Geometry, Algebra 1, middle school Math, Service Learning, and Robotics, Engineering, and Design. He co-founded and moderates #CAedchat, the weekly teacher Twitter chat for the state of California, and is the co-founder and organizer of EdCamp Palm Springs. John is also the co-author of The Classroom Chef, a book designed to help teachers take risks in their classrooms and encourage them to prepare a lesson like a fine meal. In this broadcast, John shares stories that prompted him to write Table Talk Math, a book encouraging parents to engage in math-based conversations with their children.

Apr 24, 2017

Todd is in his fifth year as the principal of Harbor View Elementary in Corona del Mar, California. Before becoming the lead learner at Harbor View, he spent 13 years as a classroom teacher and two as an assistant principal. Todd is an active member of the educational community, sharing his wisdom, experiences, and resources on Twitter and through his blog. In this broadcast, Todd and Brent chat about the best parts of being a principal.

Apr 17, 2017

Kelly and Donnie are two of the amazing teachers at Brent's school, teaching fourth and fifth grade respectively. True lifelong learners, they are both passionate about student learning and always looking to improve their craft. In this broadcast, Kelly and Donnie sit down with Brent to share stories of how they are reflecting on their homework practices, tackling the question "Why are we doing what we're doing?" 

Apr 10, 2017

Jeff is the Coordinator for Technology Integration for the Westwood Regional School District in New Jersey. He is also the creator of, TeacherCast University, and Educational Podcasting Today. Jeff is an ASCD Emerging Leader, Google Certified Teacher, Google Education Trainer, PBS Learning Media Digital Innovator, Microsoft Innovative Educator, Microsoft Surface Expert, speaker, writer, podcaster, broadcaster, consultant, and educational media specialist. In this broadcast, Jeff and Brent share stories about the impact podcasting can have on students and teachers.

Apr 4, 2017

Rushton is back for another episode! A former Japanese language teacher and principal of an online high school, Rushton is the founder and executive director of Next Vista for Learning, a free library of videos by and for teachers and students at He now trains teachers and other professionals all over the world and shares inspiration in his book Making Your School Something Special. In this broadcast, Rushton and Brent share stories about staff meetings (yes, staff meetings) and how they don't have to be something teachers just survive, but rather engaging, can't-miss events.

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