Kristen is a National Board Certified Teacher in Illinois, currently teaching high school English to 10th and 12th grade students. She is also a blogger, presenter, and author, having recently published Differentiated Instruction in the Teaching Profession with EduMatch Publishing. In this episode, Kristen shares how differentiating instruction is more than simply giving students different assignments.
Jeff is the principal of Nelda Mundy Elementary School in California. Before moving into administration, he taught for 10 years as an elementary school teacher in grades 4, 5, and 6. Jeff is also the author of One Drop of Kindness, a children's book that beautifully illustrates the fact that it only takes one drop of kindness to fill a heart with love. In this episode, Jeff and Brent share stories of how acts of kindness, even the really small ones, can pay big dividends.
Crystal has been an educator for more than a dozen years, spending the first half of her career teaching in a brick and mortar school and the last several years teaching online. She has a passion for Social and Emotional Learning (SEL), presenting at conferences and writing on the subject on her blog Teacher Love Tribe. In this episode, Crystal and Brent share stories and tips on how we can focus on and nurture the wellness of not only our students but ourselves as well.
Tamara is a mom, educator, and writer. A veteran of over 20 years in education, she has served as a classroom teacher, differentiation specialist, technology integration specialist, and instructional coach. Tamara is also the author of A Passion for Kindness, a book in which she shares her own kindness journey and showcases experiences from other kindness cultivators around the world. In this episode, Tamara and Brent share stories of how simple acts of kindness can positively change the world of those around us.
In this episode, Brent reads a chapter from his book Stories of EduInfluence, sharing several stories illustrating the life-changing impact we can make when we put relationships over rules.
Brandon is the Director of Educational Technology for the Roseville City School District in Northern California. He is passionate about making school fun for students and staff, as well as looking critically at what we do in our schools so we can meet the needs of our students. Brandon has been a CUE Rockstar Teacher camp presenter, CUE Rockstar Admin presenter, CUE Rockstar Admin Keynote, NAESP presenter, district keynote speaker, and Education Conference keynote speaker. In this broadcast, Brandon shares the story of the journey his district is making to switch to standards-based grading.
Chuck is a classroom teacher of 20 years, currently teaching Language Arts at the middle school level in New Jersey. He is also the creator of the fantastic teaching resource Teachonomy, the host of the Teachonomy Talks Podcast, and the author of uNnforgettable: Your Roadmap to Being the Teacher They Never Forget. In this broadcast, Chuck shares powerful stories about the impact we make and how we can be the teacher students never forget.
John is an elementary principal in the Rowland Unified School District in Southern California. He is also the co-host of the fantastic podcast "Between the Johns" where he and John Staumont share their ideas, questions, and connections between leadership, Personal Learning Networks, and their work towards supporting, scaling, and sustaining technology integration and innovation. In this episode, John and Brent share stories of how we can all make an impact with students, regardless of our position.
Albert is an educational leader with more than fifteen years in the field of education. His passion is to develop and curate unique and innovative solutions that improve the quality of the learning experience and to inspire educators by telling stories through cinematic, documentary-style films. Albert shares a multitude of resources on his website at educopilot.com and, in this episode, he and Brent share powerful stories of the importance of giving students (and adults) opportunities to be creative, without the fear of failure.
Craig is a K-12 Technology Integration Specialist and high school golf coach in Aurora, Nebraska. An active contributor online, he shares resources for teachers at thedigitaldogpound.com and on his website at craigbadura.com. In this episode, Craig and Brent share stories about overcoming the fear of failure when it comes to trying new things in the classroom.
Back for a second "Teaching Tales" episode, Jon is the Executive Director of 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 and Brent share stories about the importance of building school culture.
A veteran in the field of education for 20 years, Brian is a former English Journalism teacher, Chief Academic Officer, and current K-5 principal in New Jersey. His blog, leveluplead.com, combines shared educational experience with his analogous style to challenge readers to see themselves and their leadership differently. He is also the author of Level Up Leadership, a book in which Brian challenges readers to advance their EduGame through an extended analogy between gaming and educational leadership. In this Episode, Brian and Brent share humorous stories from their careers. From unexpected moments to funny things kids say, get ready to smile and laugh!
Dene has been a teacher for 12 years and is passionate about making connections with students. As he states, "It's one thing to teach. It's another thing to reach." Dene is also the author of Journey to the "Y" In You, a book helping educators discover their "why" so they can be their best for students. In this episode, Dene shares powerful stories about how teaching is more than just delivering content.
In this short, bonus episode of Teaching Tales, there's no special guest, just Brent flying solo to share a powerful story about how sharing our wisdom and resources can make a life-changing impact on others.
Eduardo is an instructional technology specialist in the Palm Springs Unified School District. He enjoys researching new technology and is constantly looking to improve the learning environment for students. Eduardo blogs and shares resources on his website at EdTechEddie.com, and in this episode, he shares stories of how gaming can be leveraged to enhance student learning.
Sam is a professor at Grove City College in Pennsylvania who works with preservice teachers in the areas of educational technology and special education. She is also the author of EduMagic: A Guide for Preservice Teachers, a book providing positive examples, helpful tools, and plenty of encouragement for preservice teachers to learn, to dream, and to do. In this episode, Sam and Brent talk about the importance of investing in teachers before they enter the classroom.
Heidi is a Coordinator of Educational Technology at the Riverside County Office of Education and has a background in social studies. Taylor is working as an instructional aide while earning her credential to become a special education teacher, and she is a former student of Heidi. In this broadcast, Heidi, Taylor, and Brent share stories of what they remember from some of their favorite teachers, and how those memories have little to do with curriculum.
Toby is a former elementary school teacher and current Principal of Richland Upper Elementary School in Richland, Mississippi. He is a passionate educator who actively shares encouragement, resources, and expertise through his blog and on Twitter. As his Twitter profile reads, he loves his wife, kids, tweeting about tech, teaching, #parenting, #comics, #autism, books & #StarWars. In this episode, Toby and Brent chat about the importance of knowing our "why."
Mandy is a Director of Innovation and Technology where she provides professional development and teacher coaching as well as co-teaching in the area of technology integration. She is also a Google for Education Certified Trainer and an ambassador for Canvas LMS. She is the author of The Fire Within: Lessons From Defeat That Have Ignited a Passion for Learning, a compilation of stories from educators who have faced personal adversity head on and have become stronger people for it. In this broadcast, Mandy shares stories of how negative experiences from our past can help us become stronger educators.
Brian is a Digital Innovation Specialist, Google Certified Innovator/Trainer, author of the book The Teacher's Journey, and host of a podcast by the same name. He shares a multitude of resources on his website at Costello's Corner, and in this episode, Brian shares stories of the positive impact a mentor had on his career.
Jon is currently the assistant principal at Sandy Hill Elementary School in Cambridge, Maryland. A firm believer in the power of educators sharing their stories, he hosts the podcast "My Bad" where teachers and administrators share stories of mistakes they've made and the lessons learned from those mistakes. In this episode, Jon and Brent share stories of times they missed the mark and how they're now better educators because of those experiences.
Sarah is a Regional Technology Coordinator in Prince Georges County, MD. She is passionate about blended learning, gamification, and helping educators connect globally. Sarah founded EduMatch in September 2014, an online resource designed to leverage the power of social media to help foster collaboration and connections among educators around the globe. In this broadcast, Sarah shares stories of how tools like EduMatch can transform your practice by connecting with like-minded educators around the world.
Ryan is currently a Teacher on Special Assignment and high school video production teacher in Northern California. An educator since 1997, Ryan is an advocate for all things tech. He is on the board of CapCUE and is also the co-host of the "Check This Out" podcast where he and Brian Briggs chat weekly about new ed tech resources and ideas. You can find his blog and other great resources on his website at creativeedtech.com. In this episode, Ryan and Brent share stories about the importance of building grit in students and ourselves.
Mark has been an educator for 36 years, the last 21 as a site principal. He is a past president of the Minnesota Elementary School Principals' Association and in 2015 was named a National Distinguished Principal. You can follow Mark on Twitter at @PrincipalFrench and at his blog at PrincipalFrench.com. In this broadcast, Mark shares stories of how simple it is to improve school culture through actions like a Good News Call of the Day.
Angela has been creating and leading change in education and enterprise for 31 years, teaching every level of school from grade school to graduate school and consulting with companies around the world. She founded Choose2Matter to bring the world hope by helping every individual embrace their value and potential contribution. Initially launched to challenge and inspire students to work collaboratively to develop innovative solutions to social problems, Choose2Matter has evolved into a movement that support parents, educators, and employees around the world. In this broadcast, Angela shares powerful stories of the incredible impact we can have when we notice and communicate the value in others.