5 Ways That Teacher Lifelines Appear in Schools - 233

February 16, 2019


5 Ways That Teacher Lifelines Appear in Schools

From time to time classroom teachers require a lifeline. In the previous episode, I talked about 5 Reasons Why Teachers Need a Lifeline. Those reasons were:

1. Falling behind.

2. Not sure what to do.

3. Struggling with classroom management.

4. Peer interactions.

5. Parent interactions.

Today, I am sharing:

5 Ways That Teacher Lifelines Appear in Schools

1. Peers within the school.

2. Administration.

3. Colleagues in professional organizations and universities.

4. Colleagues connected through social media.

5. Colleagues connected through YouTube and audio podcasts.

Next time I will look specifically at the way a lifeline can work in a school.

Check out these educational audio podcasts and YouTube channels:

The Education Podcast Network

VoicEd Radio 

(Both of these networks have numerous education podcasts-from technology to everyday issues to leadership- that you will find extremely helpful.)

My Ed Expert Podcast

Lodge McCammon

Cool Cat Teacher

Richard Bryne

Shake Up Learning

The House of EdTech


Length - 26:18


5 Reasons Why Teachers Need a Lifeline - 232

February 8, 2019


Classroom teachers need a lifeline from time to time.

A lifeline that we are typically familiar with is that rope and/or circular flotation device that is hanging on the fence at the local swimming pool. It may be that extra line that is carried by a hiker in case he gets into a tough spot. Maybe its that long pole with a hook on one end that hangs on a lifeguard's chair at the beach. These devices are all meant to pull someone out of trouble. Well, we need that for our teachers from time to time, too.

Ok, so it may not look exactly like a rope or a long pole or a flotation device but the lifeline I am talking about works pretty much the same way. In this case, though the lifelines are people (colleagues, peers, and more) seeking to help get the teacher out of the quicksand or the deep end of the pool or save him from the strong undertow. 

Next time we will discuss who these lifelines are, this time I am focused on why they are needed. Here are my...

5 Reasons Why Teachers Need a Lifeline:

1. Falling behind.

2. Not sure what to do.

3. Struggling with classroom management.

4. Peer interactions.

5. Parent interactions.  

Thanks for listening.

Remember you can reach out to me at stevenmiletto@gmail.com or if you are in the US or Canada you can leave me a message on my Google Voice number 478-353-5471 

Length - 27:36


Alisa Cook - Reflecting on the Navajo Reservation Project and Sharing About The Learning Agency - 231

February 2, 2019

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Alisa Cook has worked in education for over 20 years. She has a wide range of experiences from a classroom teacher, researcher, curriculum specialist, special education director, K-5 Principal, high school principal, teacher coach, and college educator.

Alisa has a Master's degree in bilingual education and a Ph.D. in educational leadership from the University of Arizona.

She currently is the Chief Learning Delivery Officer for The Learning Agency:“Part consultancy, part communications group, part service provider, the Learning Agency helps people and organizations harness the power of learning.” 

Today, we are going to talk about her work on the Navajo Reservation as it connects with the science of learning, her favorite memories of working with kids as a teacher and as a principal and her current role with The Learning Agency as the Chief Learning Delivery Officer.

By the way, In her free-time, Alisa enjoys spending time on her ranch, sailing and playing the ukulele.

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Length - 42:46


Reflections on Teaching and School Administration with Michael Chanin - 230

January 26, 2019

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Michael Chanin was a special education teacher in middle and high school settings and then became a high school administrator where he wore many hats. Michael's initial background was in Abnormal child psychopathology. He worked as a therapist at Counseling Services of Miami under the supervision of renowned psychiatrist Dr. Abraham Landau. (the Early 70's)

He eventually taught children with learning disabilities at Coral Springs High School and was an adjunct professor in the Special education graduate department of Nova University before moving to Marietta, GA. He often presented on the developmental side of children with learning disabilities.

Michael taught middle school in Cobb County, Georgia for 13 and a half years and then the high school for 3 years before becoming an administrator for 12 years. He has an awesome sense of humor and a passion for movies and comedy teams of old.

Today we are reflecting on his experiences in the classroom and as an administrator.

Lots to think about and learn.

Thanks for listening!


Length - 1:01:19


The Principals Center at Georgia State University with Dr. James Kahrs - 229

January 19, 2019


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Dr. Jim Kahrs is the Executive Director of The Principals Center at Georgia State University in Atlanta, GA. The Principals Center's mission is "To provide practicing and aspiring school leaders with learning and networking opportunities designed to develop their capacity to create schools that work for all children."

As a high school principal, Jim was highly successful, willing to take risks and always focused on the needs of the kids. Jim talks with us about the challenges facing principals in the past and now and discusses what is most important for a principal to do and know in order to be successful. He also shares his wonderful insights into the role of the principal sharing his own awesome experiences. Additionally, we discuss the role of the Principals Center and how it serves the leaders and school systems of Georgia.

James Kahrs is a clinical assistant professor who received his doctor of education degree from the University of Georgia. He specializes in principal induction, supervision of instruction and school-based leadership.

Kahrs has published on the topics of Peer Coaching, the principal’s role in supporting teacher leaders, and student transition. He has made numerous presentations at professional conferences on topics such as teacher leadership, early college, block scheduling, school culture, mentoring new teachers, learning communities, professional development, and teacher supervision.

Jim was a high school principal for over 21 years split between New York and the state of Georgia, additionally, he was a leadership coach for the University of GA’s Department of Lifelong Education, and was recognized as the 2001-2002 NASSP/Met Life Georgia Principal of the Year, 2001-02.

Jim is married to Dr. Sheila Kahrs, a former middle school principal, Georgia Principal of the Year and the 2010 NASSP/Met Life National Principal of the Year.

Lots to learn today!

Thanks for listening!

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Length - 49:39