Teaching Learning Leading K-12
Heather Buskirk and Project Based Learning - 256

Heather Buskirk and Project Based Learning - 256

August 16, 2019


Heather Buskirk, M.A. is an instructional methods advisor at K12 and a national board-certified teacher with years of experience designing project-based learning. 

Heather was an integral part of designing and teaching at HFM PTECH, a project-based learning and career-focused, early college high school in New York. She earned a B.A. in astronomy and physics and her M.A. in teaching with a physics certification from the University of Virginia.

Today, we are going to talk about the positive impact of project-based learning.

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Length - 30:14

John Almarode and Clarity For Learning - 255

John Almarode and Clarity For Learning - 255

August 9, 2019

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Dr. John Almarode shares key ideas from his book Clarity for Learning: Five Essential Practices That Empower Students and Teachers. This is episode 255 of Teaching Learning Leading K12, an audio podcast for educators.

Dr. John Almarode, a bestselling author, has worked with schools, classrooms, and teachers all over the world. He has presented locally, nationally, and internationally on the application of the science of learning to the classroom, school, and home environments. 

He has worked with hundreds of school districts and thousands of teachers in the US, Australia, Canada, England, Saudi Arabia, Scotland, South Korea, and Thailand.

In addition to devoting his time to PreK – 12 schools and classrooms, he is an Associate Professor in the Department of Early, Elementary, and Reading Education, Co-Director of James Madison University’s Center for STEM Education and Outreach, and Director of the Content Teaching Academy.

The work of John and his colleagues have been presented to the United States Congress, Virginia Senate, at the United States Department of Education as well as the Office of Science and Technology Policy at The White House.

John began his career in Augusta County, Virginia, teaching mathematics and science to a wide range of students. Since then, John has authored multiple articles, reports, book chapters, and nine books including:

Captivate, Activate, and Invigorate the Student Brain in Science and Math, Grades 6 - 12 (Corwin Press, 2013), with Ann Miller,

From Snorkelers to Scuba Divers (Corwin Press, 2018) with Ann Miller,

Visible Learning for Science, with Doug Fisher, Nancy Frey, and John Hattie (Corwin Press, 2018),

Teaching Mathematics in the Visible Learning Classroom, Grades 6 - 8, with Doug Fisher, Joseph Assof, Sara Moore, Nancy Frey, and John Hattie (Corwin, 2019),

Teaching Mathematics in the Visible Learning Classroom, Grades 9 - 12 with Doug Fisher, Joseph Assof, Sara Moore, Nancy Frey, and John Hattie (Corwin, 2019),

Teaching Mathematics in the Visible Learning Classroom, Grades K - 2, and 

Teaching Mathematics in the Visible Learning Classroom, Grades 3 - 5 with Doug Fisher, Joseph Assof, Sara Moore, Nancy Frey, and John Hattie (Corwin, 2019) plus Kateri Thunder.

Most recently, John and his colleagues have developed a new framework for developing, implementing, and sustaining professional learning communities: PLC+.

John lives in Waynesboro, Virginia with his wife, a fellow educator, their two children, and three Labrador retrievers, Angel, Forest, and Bella.


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Length - 56:04


Karen Gross and Combating the Summer Brain Drain - 254

Karen Gross and Combating the Summer Brain Drain - 254

August 2, 2019

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Karen Gross talks with me about combating the summer brain drain. She shares different inexpensive ways that families can encourage learning that is fun.

Karen is the author of the popular children's book series about Lady Lucy. She has taught and continues to teach across the educational pipeline. Karen is a former college president and senior advisor to the U.S. Department of Education. She currently serves as Senior Counsel to Widmeyer Communications, a Finn Partners Company.

She blogs/writes for many education outlets including WPo, InsideHigherEd, Chronicle, Aspen Journal of Ideas, DiverseEducation, and MEDIUM. Karen is the author of numerous children’s books, and her mission is to encourage imagination, creativity, and inspiration through humor and fun, all while learning.

Her children’s book titles include:

the Lady Lucy Book Series

- Lady Lucy’s Quest – launched by Shires Press in March 2016 with high school student illustrators

- La Saga de la Señorita Sofia (Lady Lucy’s Quest translated to Spanish) in April 2018

- Lady Lucy’s Dragon Quest – a sequel in the form of a chapter book released in 2017

- Lady Lucy’s Laugh Giraffe Journey – joke and activity book released in 2018

- Are You a Giraffe – prequel to the Lady Lucy Series – June 2019


- Flying Umbrellas & Red Boats – children’s poetry book – April 2019

Karen has traveled the country visiting schools, libraries, and after-school organizations where over 3000 children have heard the story of Lady Lucy. Prior to becoming a college president, she was also a tenured law professor for two-plus decades.

Karen is also the author of an adult book, Breakaway Learners, which was released by Columbia Teachers College Press. This book provides a pathway for improving the educational success of low income, first-generation, minority students.

And Karen has a forthcoming adult book titled Generation Trauma Goes to School. It is about the need for educators to become more than trauma-informed— they need to be trauma-sensitive and trauma-responsive.

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Length - 53:17

Dr. Steven Greene and Make The Grade - 253

Dr. Steven Greene and Make The Grade - 253

July 26, 2019

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Steven Greene - The Success Doctor - is an author, educator, and founder of Make the Grade, a tutoring/education/training company. A lifelong educator, Dr. Greene holds teaching certification in comprehensive science and has taught math and science at the middle school, high school (public and independent) and university level.

Over the past 23 years, Steven has worked with over 11,000 students and their families. He has also worked with entrepreneurs where he helped them achieve personal success and assisted them in reaching their personal goals. 

Make The Grade provides individualized support for students and their families and specializes in all areas of math, science, and test preparation (SAT/ACT). His program also assists with the college admissions process, study skills, and time management.

In addition, Steven is the author of the book, “Maximum Education: The Ultimate Guide to Reaching Your Academic Goals."

His personal interests include music (playing the guitar and piano and composing original music) as well as martial arts where he is earning a black belt in tae kwon do.

Dr. Greene continues to work with students full time, face to face, in his office, and all over the US and internationally using an online-based classroom. 


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Websites: www.makethegrade.netwww.maximumeducation.net

Facebook: www.facebook.com/mtgrade

Link for August 26th Live Event on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/574798806380851/?ti=icl


Twitter: https://www.twitter.com/makethegrade

Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/makethegrade

YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/powerhousesuccess

LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/in/makethegrade


Book: www.maximumeducation.net

Length - 50:39

Cynthia Long & ASL Teaching Resources - 252

Cynthia Long & ASL Teaching Resources - 252

July 17, 2019

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Cynthia Long is a Nationally ASL Certified Interpreter and founder of Sign Baby Sign. She is dedicated to helping all teachers work with deaf, hearing, and special needs children. She has an amazing website and podcast where you will find all kinds of free resources. Check it out at - ASLTeachingResources.com

By the way, Cynthia is giving you free access to Flash Cards (which normally are not free). Just use the code FREEFC at checkout.

Cynthia has extensive experience homeschooling and interpreting in the classroom settings at primary, secondary, and post-secondary levels and is dedicated to providing ASL teaching resources to schools and families across the US. 

After years of working in the education system, Cynthia questioned where the resources for teaching sign language were.  She could find the ABCs and numbers 1-10, but teachers needed more than that for their students to be successful.

Cynthia decided to make it happen. ASL Teaching Resources was created as the answer.

All of the ASL resources available on Cynthia’s website were developed from years of experience in educational systems as a Nationally Certified ASL Interpreter.

Make sure that you check out all of the cool resources at her website ASLTeachingResources.com and don't forget to get your free flashcards while they are free. Just enter the code FREEFC at checkout.

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Length - 45:47