Leading from the Classroom

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In this episode of Leading from the Classroom, 2017 Nebraska Teacher of the Year Amber Vlasnik tells us about how she traveled thousands of miles in search of the secret to the Finnish education system—and instead, discovered a universal truth.
In this episode of Leading from the Classroom, 2018 Alaska Teacher of the Year Ben Walker talks about why he believes both parents and educators need to take action instead of waiting to be asked to get involved.
In this episode of Leading from the Classroom, 2018 Oregon Teacher of the Year Matthew Bacon-Brenes talks about one of the most challenging classes of his career—and how he used his commitment to his students as a tool for helping them learn Japanese history.
In this episode of Leading from the Classroom, 2018 Delaware Teacher of the Year Jinni Forcucci talks to us about her students who learned to use their voices to speak up about school shootings—and the challenging consequences they faced for taking a stand.
In this episode of Leading from the Classroom, 2017 Delaware Teacher of the Year Wendy Turner shares why sometimes, teachers need to push their students in order to inspire them.
In this episode of Leading from the Classroom, 2017 Alaska Teacher of the Year James Harris tells us about experiencing the power of collective voice, and how he joined others to use that voice to enhance education for his state.
In this episode of Leading from the Classroom, 2017 Department of Defense Education Activities Teacher of the Year Kelisa Wing tells the story of how a missed opportunity to meet her personal hero became her opportunity to be present in a historical moment to make her own "good trouble."
In this episode of Leading from the Classroom, 2018 Nevada Teacher of the Year Pilar Biller tells us about Jenna, a quiet student who reached out with an appreciation, and ended up teaching her a lesson about giving ourselves permission to be learners.
In this episode of Leading from the Classroom, 2018 Louisiana Teacher of the Year Kimberly Eckert shares how two very different students helped define her approach to teaching—and a new practice she calls “Genius Hour.”
In this episode of Leading from the Classroom, 2017 Iowa Teacher of the Year Shelly Vroegh talks about the importance of teachers supporting teachers, and why you can't do it alone.
In this episode of Leading from the Classroom, 2017 Minnesota Teacher of the Year Abdul Wright tells us about his mission to change the world—through the hearts and minds of students.
In this episode of Leading from the Classroom, 2017 North Dakota Teacher of the Year Nanci Dauwen shares how her journey began with one simple question: "How can I honor all of the other wonderful teachers in my state?"
In this episode of Leading from the Classroom, 2017 Nevada Teacher of the Year Pam Ertel talks about why language, and the words we use, are so important in education.
In this episode of Leading from the Classroom, 2017 North Carolina Teacher of the Year Bobbie Cavnar tells us about what happened when he was slated to deliver a prepared speech to educators — and how he followed his instincts and went off-script.
Amy Hewett-Olatunde, Ed.D., an English as a second language teacher at LEAP High School in Saint Paul, Minnesota, tells us how English learners have the right to equitable and accessible education.
In this episode of Leading from the Classroom, 2017 Florida Teacher of the Year Jessica Solano talks about the difference between involving parents and engaging them, and how her life changed when she started visiting students in their homes.
In this episode of Leading from the Classroom, 2017 Michigan Teacher of the Year Tracy Horodyski tells us about Caesar, and what he learned while writing his very first poem.
In this episode of Leading from the Classroom, 2017 West Virginia Teacher of the Year Toni Poling tells us about the moment she knew she was meant to use her voice to advocate for her fellow teachers.
In this episode of Leading from the Classroom, 2018 Florida Teacher of the Year Tammy Jerkins discusses the challenge of finding and keeping good teachers—and why she believes the solution lies in creating a support system for new teachers.
In this episode of Leading from the Classroom, 2018 New York Teacher of the Year Christopher Albrecht tells us about how he found a new way to engage his students with history: by building bridges with other cultures. 
In this episode of Leading from the Classroom, 2017 Connecticut Teacher of the Year Lauren Danner talks to us about how she learned to quell self-doubt and step outside her comfort zone to use her teacher voice to make a difference in students’ lives.
In this episode of Leading from the Classroom, 2018 South Dakota Teacher of the Year Rachel Schaefer tells us how she developed an important personal motto: teachers need teachers.
In this episode of Leading from the Classroom, 2018 Maine Teacher of the Year Kaitlin Young talks about the experience of inviting Senator Susan Collins to her school—and how her students took the opportunity to ask the tough questions they cared about most.
In this episode of Leading from the Classroom, 2018 Indiana Teacher of the Year Jerome Flewelling shares how he went from lecturing his students to engaging them—and the powerful results he’s seen.
In this episode of Leading from the Classroom, 2017 Illinois Teacher of the Year Ricardo Castro shares his story of meeting Donald Trump, and how he turned a brief encounter into a "moment that mattered."
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Podcast Details

Started
Dec 4th, 2017
Latest Episode
Jan 30th, 2019
Release Period
Daily
No. of Episodes
95
Avg. Episode Length
5 minutes
Explicit
No

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