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Patricia A. Jennings - Teacher Burnout Turnaround: Strategies for Empowered Educators - 343

Patricia A. Jennings - Teacher Burnout Turnaround: Strategies for Empowered Educators - 343

January 18, 2021




Patricia A. Jennings talks with me about her book - Teacher Burnout Turnaround: Strategies for Empowered Educators. This is episode 343 of Teaching Learning Leading K12, an audio podcast.

Patricia (Tish) Jennings is an internationally recognized leader in the fields of social and emotional learning and mindfulness in education and Professor of Education at the School of Education and Human Development at the University of Virginia.

Her research places a specific emphasis on teacher stress and how it impacts the social and emotional context of the classroom, as articulated in her highly cited theoretical article "The Prosocial Classroom." Jennings led the team that developed CARE, a mindfulness-based professional development program shown to significantly improve teacher well-being, classroom interactions and student engagement in the largest randomized controlled trial of a mindfulness-based intervention designed specifically to address teacher occupational stress.

She is a co-author of Flourish: The Compassionate Schools Project curriculum, an integrated health and physical education program and is co-Investigator on a large randomized controlled trial to evaluate the curriculum’s efficacy.

She is currently the Principal Investigator of Project CATALYZE, a study that will examine whether CARE enhances the effectiveness of a social and emotional learning curriculum funded by an Education Innovation Research grant from the US Department of Education to conduct.

A member of the National Academy of Sciences Committee on Fostering Healthy Mental, Emotional, and Behavioral Development among Children and Youth, she was awarded the Cathy Kerr Award for Courageous and Compassionate Science by the Mind & Life Institute in 2018 and recently recognized by Mindful Magazine as one of "Ten Mindfulness Researchers You Should Know."

Earlier in her career, Jennings spent more than 22 years as a teacher, school director and teacher educator.

She is the author numerous peer-reviewed journal articles and chapters and several books: Mindfulness for Teachers: Simple Skills for Peace and Productivity in the Classroom, The Trauma-Sensitive School: Building Resilience with Compassionate Teaching, Mindfulness in the Pre-K-5 Classroom: Helping Students Stress Less and Learn More, part of Social and Emotional Learning Solutions, a book series by WW Norton of which she is editor.

Today we will focus on her latest book, Teacher Burnout Turnaround: Strategies for Empowered Teachers.

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Length - 52:20

Sara Apperson: Teaching Character Development & The Character Tree - 342

Sara Apperson: Teaching Character Development & The Character Tree - 342

January 14, 2021



Sara Apperson shares her thoughts on teaching character development and talks about her show - The Character Tree. This is episode 342 of Teaching Learning Leading K12, an audio podcast.

Sara  Apperson  teaches first grade in Washington State and portrays “Miss Sara” in The Character Tree’s https://www.charactertree.com/character development video lessons for early elementary school students. 

She runs The Primary Pal blog and is a teacher-author on Teachers Pay Teachers. 

Sara has served as an early elementary teacher for more than a decade. She specializes in literacy and writing and in 2018 received the Bonnie Campbell Hill Literacy Leader Award for Washington State. 

She holds a B.A. in Elementary Education and a B.S. in Spanish Language and Literature and an M.S. in K-6 Reading and Literacy.  

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 Length - 35:59

Ido Kedar: Autism, Communicating, Writing Books, and his latest novel - In Two Worlds - 303

Ido Kedar: Autism, Communicating, Writing Books, and his latest novel - In Two Worlds - 303

July 17, 2020

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Ido Kedar discusses autism, communicating, writing books, and his latest novel - In Two Worlds on episode 303 of Teaching Learning Leading K12, an audio podcast.

Ido Kedar is with us today.

He has autism and can’t talk.

When he was a kid he and his family were told he would not be able to communicate independently, but Ido learned to do just that.

Ido is the author of two books: Ido in Autismland and his most recent In Two Worlds.

Ido in Autismland contains dozens of “short, autobiographical essays each offering insights into autism, symptoms, effective and ineffective treatments and the inner emotional life of a severely autistic boy.”

In Two Worlds is a tale, that “sheds light on the inner and outer lives of children with non speaking autism.” In Two Worlds is one of “a few works written by a person with non speaking autism.”

Through the use of an iPad and other devices, Ido has learned to communicate with others.

Ido also serves on the board of “a non-profit group that advocates on behalf of all non-speaking humans.”

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Length - 20:30


Michael S. Daigle Discusses Creating Characters, Writing, and his Latest Thriller - The Red Hand - 302

Michael S. Daigle Discusses Creating Characters, Writing, and his Latest Thriller - The Red Hand - 302

July 10, 2020

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Michael S. Daigle discusses creating characters, writing, and his latest thriller - The Red Hand. This is episode 302 of Teaching Learning Leading K12, an audio podcast.

For 33 years, Michael S. Daigle was a journalist and editor at several newspapers in New Jersey, Massachusetts, and Maine. He's applied his experience as a newsman to become an award-winning novelist. His newest book, The Red Hand, zeroes in on a serial killer that's tracked by a detective, Frank Nagler, as he solves crimes and tries to sort out his troubled life.

"I like creating messy mysteries with lots of moving parts and layers of story," says Daigle. "It lets my detective hero, Frank Nagler lead the reader through the twists and turns."

Daigle's modern mysteries are page-turners, filled with compelling characters and a setting that is more character than background. The hero detective is a recognizable American character. The Red Hand confronts the world of haves and have-nots. Nagler feels he is one of the have-nots, and it encourages his defense of common people. He shows how the impact of societal and economic change impacts a town and people.

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Length - 51:56

Brittany Riddick talks about her novel: The Writ 212 - A Faith-based, sci-fi novel - 301

Brittany Riddick talks about her novel: The Writ 212 - A Faith-based, sci-fi novel - 301

July 2, 2020


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Brittany Riddick talks with me about her novel - The Writ 212. This is episode 301 of Teaching Learning Leading K12, an audio podcast.

Brittany Riddick is the author of The Writ 212. She currently is an assistant principal at Shiloh Elementary School in Snellville, Georgia and has been in the field of education for over 16 years.

When asked what has inspired her book The Writ 212, she said, “Being an educator for as long as I have has allowed me to see changes and shifts in students' behaviors. One of the biggest shifts is how much technology has impacted not only the field of education, but the actual student. It has become more obvious to me that students are growing more addicted to devices. They even appear to have ‘withdrawal’ symptoms when forced to do work that does not require a device. It is important, as educators, that we do not substitute authentic teaching and relationships for technology. We must have a balance. We have to get our parents to understand the importance of building relationships and not placing children in front of a screen. Technology is amazing, but I fear that our “abuse” of technology is having an adverse effect on our relationships with people, especially our children.”

The Writ 212 is a faith-based science fiction book. It shows how the creation of an app leads to the end of the world by killing off a group called the YSW (Youth of the Second World). Jah, the creator, uses the app to destroy the YSW only saving two groups of people; the Elders (older people who don’t have much use for technology) and the unexposed (infants who have never seen technology). Jah uses these two groups of individuals to begin the Third World (New Age). But when a villager of the Third World finds a working device from the Second World, he unlocks secrets that cause a rift in what was once a peaceful community. The villagers of Eirene soon feel torn between their faithfulness to Jah or knowing the secrets of the Second World.

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Length - 47:42

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