Teaching Learning Leading K-12
Powerful Teaching with Patrice M. Bain - 265

Powerful Teaching with Patrice M. Bain - 265

October 18, 2019


Patrice M. Bain co-authored Powerful Teaching: Unleash the Science of Learning with Dr. Pooja K. Agarwal (2019) This is episode 265 of Teaching Learning Leading K12, an audio podcast for educators.

Patrice M. Bain, Ed.S. is passionate about student success using research-based strategies. As a veteran K–12 teacher, Patrice recently completed more than 25 years teaching social studies at a middle school in Illinois.

Patrice is the only teacher-author of the popular practice guide, Organizing Instruction and Study to Improve Student Learning commissioned by the Institute of Education Sciences. Patrice's teaching approaches have been featured on TV (PBS's NOVA), radio (NPR), popular press, and multiple books.

Ms. Bain frequently presents professional development workshops throughout the United States. She has taught education courses at the graduate level, and she was a finalist for Illinois Teacher of the Year and a Fulbright Scholar in Russia.


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Length - 49:35

Barbara R. Blackburn: Advocacy From A to Z - 264

Barbara R. Blackburn: Advocacy From A to Z - 264

October 10, 2019

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Barbara R. Blackburn is the author of Advocacy from A to Z (2018) written with her father Robert Blackburn and Ronald Williamson. Today, Barbara shares what advocacy is, why educators need to pursue it, and how the listeners can get involved. This is episode 264 of Teaching Learning Leading K12, an audio podcast for educators. 

Ranked in the Top 30 Global Gurus in Education, Barbara has dedicated her life to raising the level of rigor and motivation for professional educators and students alike. What differentiates Barbara’s books are her easily executable concrete examples based on decades of experience as a teacher, professor, and consultant. Barbara’s dedication to education was inspired in her early years by her parents, Bob and Rose. Her father’s doctorate and lifetime career as a professor taught her the importance of professional training. Her mother’s career as a school secretary shaped Barbara’s appreciation of the effort all staff play in the education of every child.

Barbara has taught early childhood, elementary, middle, and high school students and has served as an educational consultant for three publishing companies. She holds a master’s degree in school administration and was certified as both a teacher and a school principal in North Carolina. She received her Ph.D. in Curriculum and Teaching from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. In 2006, she received the award for Outstanding Junior Professor at Winthrop University. She recently left her position at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte to write and speak full-time.

In addition to speaking at state, national, and international conferences, she also regularly presents workshops for teachers and administrators in elementary, middle, and high schools. Her workshops are lively and engaging and filled with practical information. 

A few of her book titles are: 

  1. Rigor made easy: Getting Started
  2. Rigorous Schools and Classrooms: Leading the Way
  3. Rigor in Your Classroom: A Toolkit for Teachers
  4. Rigor in Your School: A Toolkit for Leaders
  5. Literacy from A to Z
  6. Rigor for Students with Special Needs
  7. Motivating Struggling Learners: 10 Ways to Build Student Success
  8. Rigor is Not a Four-Letter Word
  9. Rigor and Assessment in the Classroom
  10. Rigor and Differentiation in the Classroom
  11. Rigor in the RTI and MTSS  Classroom: Practical Tools and Strategies 

As well as many others….

Lots to learn today! 

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Length - 36:38

Jennifer Kushell: Impacting the Lives of Young People - 263

Jennifer Kushell: Impacting the Lives of Young People - 263

October 3, 2019

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Jennifer Kushell, CEO and founder of EYP Ventures has been on a mission to impact the lives and futures of young people globally for the past two decades.  As the creator of Exploring Your Potential (EYP) the revolutionary career planning online platform, Kushell aims to dramatically change how we prepare the next generation for the world of work.  This is episode 263 of Teaching Learning Leading K12, an audio podcast.

Author of the New York Times Bestseller Secrets of the Young & Successful, Kushell has been called the “Career Doctor” by Cosmopolitan and a “guru” by US News and World Report.  She is an advisor to leading global youth organizations, a frequent delegate of several State Department led entrepreneurship missions and serves as a Trustee of the Global Youth Empowerment Fund, spearheaded by Junior Chamber International and the UN Sustainable Development Goal Action Campaign. 

A relentless advocate for ambitious young people everywhere, Kushell has traveled 2 million miles and visited 50 countries.  In 1993, at 19, her Young Entrepreneurs Network was one of the first online communities on CompuServ. In her 20s, Kushell was instrumental in spearheading the young entrepreneur movement in America, garnering 300 million media impressions about the new trend.  In her 30s, YSN.com (Your Success Now) was launched as the first professional social network for young people, engaging 25,000 from 160 countries. From all that, EYP was born! 

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Length - 46:35

Ted Dintersmith and What School Could Be, part 2 - 262

Ted Dintersmith and What School Could Be, part 2 - 262

September 27, 2019

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Ted Dintersmith discusses his book What School Could Be: Insights and Inspiration From Teachers Across America (2018) on episode 262 of Teaching Learning Leading K12, an audio podcast for educators.

Ted is a successful venture capitalist with an eye on changing school.

His four-decade career spans technology, business, public policy, and education philanthropy.

He earned a PhD in engineering from Stanford University, lead a high tech start-up, and ranked as the top venture capitalist in the US for the years 1995- 1999.

Ted organized and funded Most Likely to Succeed, a feature-length documentary on education that was directed by Greg Whiteley. The film has been an official selection of thirty major film festivals, including Sundance. To date, more than 7,000 communities in some 35 countries around the globe have screened the film, using it as a resource to spark discussion and inspire change. He also co-authored with Tony Wagner a book with the same title, analyzing our education system.

Last year, Ted’s new book What School Could Be was released, which chronicles his road trip to visit 200 schools across all 50 states during the 2015-2016 school year. He was intent on discovering inspiring educators, and that’s exactly what happened. What School Could Be presents stories of teachers in ordinary circumstances doing extraordinary things. It’s has been a top-selling education book since its release.

Don't forget to check out my first interview with Ted on episode 192 of Teaching Learning Leading K12 - What School Could Be with Ted Dintersmith.

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What School Could Be with Ted Dintersmith -192

Length - 1:02:52

Lydia Dean Discusses Her Book: Jumping the Picket Fence - 261

Lydia Dean Discusses Her Book: Jumping the Picket Fence - 261

September 19, 2019


Lydia Dean discusses her book Jumping the Picket Fence, global travel, philanthropy, and living one’s passion for episode 261 of Teaching Learning Leading K12, an audio podcast for educators.

At the age of 30, Lydia Dean finds herself at the top of her game professionally, yet on the verge of an emotional breakdown. She quits her job and persuades her husband John to bring their young family on an inspirational path around the world in search of more meaning. The family initially settles in a quiet village in the South of France where they discover the joys of leading a simpler life. Reconnecting with her early childhood dreams of humanitarian work, Lydia’s adventures then take her further from the comforts of home as the young family travels extensively to areas lacking access to education and opportunity.

Lydia is the Founder of GoPhilanthropic Travel- a socially-conscious travel company that connects people with the lesser-known humanitarians of the world and co-founded the non-profit GoPhilanthropic Foundation where she and a team advocate on behalf of people who are fighting for their basic rights.

She documented her extraordinary pilgrimage around the globe and the untraditional way she raised her family in her book - Jumping the Picket Fence.  Lydia's adventures will inspire you to pursue your dreams.

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Length - 39:57