TURN Report with Ellen Bernstein - 176

December 14, 2017



In this episode, I am talking with Ellen Bernstein about the national TURN report. TURN stands for Teacher Union Reform Network and its stated purpose is "to promote progressive reforms in education and in teacher unions."

TURN was founded 20 years ago and is composed of leaders from AFT and NEA union locals.

Ellen began her career in public education as a sign language interpreter and taught in Albuquerque, NM schools for 17 years. She is currently the president of the Albuquerque Teachers Federation.

We talk about teaching, working with kids and the challenges that teachers face. The main focus of our talk is the four tenets of the TURN report:

1. Schools are learner-centered.

2. Teaching is a profession.

3. Equity is honored in pursuing excellence.

4. Collective bargaining promotes school quality.


Learn more or contact Ellen:


Ellen's contact info


Length - 37:30


Darya Yegorina & The CleverBooks AR App - 175

December 7, 2017




Today, I'm talking with Darya Yegorina. She has developed an app that makes learning fun through books and AR (augmented reality). Not only is it cool to use it's also free. Yep. That's right free. Its all about promoting equality in education.

Something neat that you couldn't script - she was in Dublin, Ireland and I was in Dublin, Georgia-US. 

You'll hear us talk about: AR - augmented reality, why you will want to know more, how it works, who the primary audience is, and the future of CleverBooks.

By the way, listen for Darya to share with you that the kids who used the app said that they wanted to hear kid's voices. So guess what? There are kids' voices.

Are you ready to discover why you will want to use CleverBooks?

Thanks for listening.


Check out the links below to find out more:









Length- 38:21


Marching Off the Map with Andrew McPeak - 174

November 28, 2017


Marching Off the Map and the Travel Guide


Andrew McPeak


Today, I am talking with Andrew McPeak who co-wrote Marching Off the Map with Dr. Tim Elmore.

Marching Off the Map takes a peek at the "world's newest generation of students (Generation Z) and helps educators understand how to best connect with and lead them in the classroom."

Listen for Andrew to talk about the idea and formatting of the book, Pioneers and Settlers, and connections to sailing. Additionally, you'll hear Andrew share his thoughts about the Travel Guide - its purpose and why you should make sure that you get it.

As a note, check out Andrew's explanation of a few new words that explain something just right.

I think that you will find Andrew's passion for the concepts discussed in Marching Off the Map addictive.

Thanks for listening.

Check out the links below for connecting with Andrew and getting your own copy of Marching off the Map as well as the Travel Guide.


Find out more -

Marching Off The Map

Marching Off the Map link at Growing Leaders

Growing Leaders

Growing Leaders/Habitudes


Connect with Andrew- 





Length- 41:38


Closing Thoughts About Primary Sources and Jim Spradley’s Interview - 173

November 21, 2017


In this episode I draw to a close the series that began with Episode 165 concerning Primary and Secondary sources of information. I share three reasons why primary sources are important in the classroom, I explain three ways to use primary sources in the classroom, and I share my thoughts about lessons gleaned from Jim Spradley's comments over episodes 166, 168, 170, & 172.


3 Reasons Primary Sources Are Important In The Classroom

1. First Hand Knowledge

2. Paint Pictures

3. Make the Listener Want to Know More


3 Ways to Use Primary Sources in the Classroom

1. Use as a Hook

2. Stepping Stones to Better Understanding

3. Discussion About Bias 


10 Lessons From Jim

1. Sharecropping

2. Where did he grow up and where did he go?

3. Education

4. Importance of reading.

5. Did you spot his sense of humor?


7. "If you are going to make money you have to work for yourself."

8. Determination

9. Borrowing Money

10. Business Success

At the conclusion I challenge the listener to start using primary sources in the coming weeks.

Thanks for listening. Please share and don't forget to use primary sources of information.

Length - 18:02


Jim Spradley & Early Business Ventures - 172

November 14, 2017


Jim was born in Dooley County, Georgia in 1923. This is the part 4 of 4. This episode focuses on his early business ventures following WWII and into the 1960's.

In this segment listen for Jim to talk about working while at Princeton and graduating with honors.

He recollects how he took a job after graduating but eventually realized that the only way to make real money was to own his own business.

He then partnered with a friend in the baking business in Atlanta and this eventually lead to being bought out by a large player in the industry - PET.

Jim discusses the ups and downs of staying with PET and his success leads him to purchase Standard Candy in 1980.

As you listen think about what drive and push Jim had to have to build the small fudge bakery into a successful business that attracted the larger company.

Next week I will revisit the whole interview - parts 1-4- and conclude with some thoughts about the use of primary sources in your classrooms.

Many thanks to Mr. Spradley for spending time with me.


Length - 27:47