May 15, 2014
Allen is currently the superintendent of schools in Quitman
County, Georgia. He has 39 years of total education experience. He was a
teacher, a coach, an assistant principal, a principal, and worked for five
years as a GA Department of Education School Improvement and Redesign
He feels that he is very fortunate for his opportunities to
travel across the state and get to know educators in many different regions of
Allen is familiar with the needs of the rural school
systems. He has created a rural school system learning group that is comprised
of educators from rural systems. He sees this group as providing an opportunity
for the different systems to learn from each other on how best to use their
As a principal he instituted one of the first ninth grade
academies in the state. We talk about his thoughts and lessons learned.
We also talk a little about the challenge of teachers
working with kids who have access to incredible amounts of information through
Google and other web based solutions. We talk about how when we were kids the
teachers had the information or it was in books that they could direct us to,
whereas today, the kids can study beforehand and actually know more than the
teacher about some topics. This becomes a challenge in that the teacher is
often trying to keep up with the kids, but another challenge is that all kids
don’t have access. It is quite possible that in the same class there will be
those who can and those who can’t access web based information.
I enjoyed talking with Allen and I think that you will enjoy
your time listening!
You can find out more information about Allen at www.allenfortga.com
May 9, 2014
Kristie is a former special education teacher who eventually
became a Special Education Director for a school system. She now is a Georgia
Account Executive for Classworks.
Classworks is a web-based tool for assisting students in
achieving more during their education. It has tools for assessment and
instruction that are used to personalize learning and to support teachers as
they help students achieve academic goals.
Kristie and I explore the following questions and many more…
How can software programs go beyond the “computer
lab” to impact classroom teaching and student engagement?
How does Classworks use student data to form
individualized plans? How can a teacher use this tool to help with
What do you think is the greatest challenge for
teachers working with kids? How can Classworks assist with these challenges?
Hope that you enjoy the conversation.
Spend some time at their website or contact Kristie if you have any questions.
For more information go to…
or contact Kristie at
April 9, 2014
Carl has been working at The ACT now for the last eight
years and is assigned to both secondary and post-secondary schools.
He helps secondary schools understand what their data is
telling them and how to respond.
With post-secondary schools he assists them in looking at the student
data with a focus on what admissions and scholarship decisions could be made
from that data.
We discuss everything from understanding about the organization
known as ACT, what the organization offers besides the college entrance test,
what the ACT test scores mean, and what the fundamental differences are between
the ACT and the SAT.
Carl states, “The ACT is focused on college and career
readiness but also work preparedness.”
He explains the ACT standards and benchmarks and what they
mean to an educator, parent, and a student taking the test. As Carl recalls, These
components help “you understand what the scores on the ACT tell you about what
you are ready to do.”
He also shared that there are ACT apps that students can use
with their Smart phones and tablets.
We had an awesome conversation!
I think that you will learn so much whether a teacher,
administrator, student, or parent you will want to listen again and then share
this podcast with others. You will also want to take time to explore the ACT on the