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October 14, 2019
There’s competing data and diverse perspectives about the extent to which class size matters. In this episode, we look at what we’ve learned about the ideal class size. Follow on Twitter: @HarveyAlvy1 @ShiftParadigm @tomwhitby @sgthomas1973 @bamradionetwork Harvey Alvy has served as a teacher, principal, and university professor, and was honored to be a National Distinguished Principal. He is the author of Fighting for Change in Your School: How to Avoid Fads and Focus on Substance, and co-author of Learning From Lincoln: Leadership Practices for School Success.
October 7, 2019
We've been working on 21st-century skills and learning for 20 years. In this episode, we assess how our teaching strategies are performing and what we still need to do. Follow on Twitter: @monicagmehta @HarveyAlvy1 @ShiftParadigm @tomwhitby @sgthomas1973 @bamradionetwork Monica Gupta Mehta is an educator of 20 years, an educational psychologist, a Social and Emotional Learning entrepreneur, and a parent of three, one on the Autism spectrum. Monica has dedicated her post-graduate career to promoting the inclusion of SEL curriculum in all schools.  Monica maintains a growing database of SEL resources for teachers at https://everythingSEL.com, has begun a Medium publication at https://medium.com/everythingsel, Harvey Alvy has served as a teacher, principal, and university professor, and was honored to be a National Distinguished Principal. He is the author of Fighting for Change in Your School: How to Avoid Fads and Focus on Substance, and co-author of Learning From Lincoln: Leadership Practices for School Success.
September 30, 2019
Tom Whitby and Shawn Thomas with Casey Medlock Paul Despite the rise of online learning, many teachers are still forced to comply with seat-time requirements.  Is it time to retire the seat time concept. Follow on Twitter: @cmedlockpaul @tomwhitby @sgthomas1973 @bamradionetwork Casey Medlock Paul is an Adult and Online Learning Specialist for a non-profit in Washington DC (the Justice Research and Statistics Association). She manages all aspects of adult professional education, from producing webinars, designing online courses, developing communities of practice, coordinating virtual conferences, and presenting on adult learning theory and educational strategies. She has taught high school, undergraduate, and graduate courses. You can learn more about her work and follow her blog at www.cmplearning.com.
September 25, 2019
Social Media can be a dangerous minefield for educators to navigate. In this discussion, we expose some of the digital traps and how to avoid them. Follow on Twitter: @MsSackstein @tomwhitby @sgthomas1973 @bamradionetwork Starr Sackstein (NBCT) is a certified Master Journalism Educator through the Journalism Education Association (JEA). She serves at the New York State Director to JEA. She is the author of several books, including Teaching Mythology Exposed: Helping Teachers Create Visionary Classroom Perspective.
September 16, 2019
How can we get over the hurdles to engaging parents as partners if the process of educating our students?  In this episode, we explore some ideas and strategies. @tomwhitby @sgthomas1973 @bamradionetwork @jeremydbond Jeremy Bond of West Hartford, CT, is a parent of 8th-grade and 3rd-grade girls, a Board member of ParentCamp Inc., graduate of a Parent Leadership Training Institute program, and frequent chronicler, contributor, and facilitator in professional learning spaces online and off.  A degree and background in journalism and a passion for educational issues brought him to his current communications position at the State Education Resource Center in Middletown, CT, which supports educators and others with an aim toward equity and excellence.@jeremydbond
September 7, 2019
It's been seven years since Nancy Blair joined Tom Whitby on EdChat radio. We've loved her spunk, wisdom and balanced contributions to the weekly chat. She challenged us and provided support. We'll miss Nancy and members of the moderator team bid her a heartfelt farewell. @HarveyAlvy1 @ShiftParadigm @blairteach @tomwhitby @sgthomas1973 @bamradionetwork Ed Chat Archive: http://edchat.pbworks.com/ EdChat moderators Shawn Thomas, Mark Weston and Harvey Alvy join Tom Whitby bid Nancy Blair farewell.
August 29, 2019
The gender balance in education leadership is stark and evolving.  Join us as we look at the shifting demographics of teaching and what it means for the career prospects of men and women in education. Follow on Twitter: @blairteach @tomwhitby @pammoran @bamradionetwork Dr. Pam Moran is Superintendent of Albemarle County Public Schools in Virginia. She believes that the voices of educators and the young people they serve are critical to informing the transformation of contemporary learning cultures. She blogs spacesforlearning.wordpress.com, among other virtual spaces.
July 30, 2019
In this episode, we look at how can we promote deeper learning after the summative test. Follow: @blairteach @tomwhitby @bamradionetwork Shawn Thomas is in her 20th year of teaching in the largest county in Georgia. She has taught Kindergarten, Second and Third Grade, and ESOL (English to Speakers of Other Languages) K-5. Nancy Blair is a middle school principal in Georgia. She previously served as a school improvement consultant. Tom Whitby is former contributing Editor at SmartBrief, founder of #Edchat, Twitter-Using Educators, and NYSCATE Network.
June 30, 2019
This week we look at how our political climate impacts education and more directly the discussions taking place in our classrooms. Follow: @Jim_Hirz @blairteach @tomwhitby @HarveyAlvy1 @bamradionetwork Harvey Alvy has served as a teacher, principal, and university professor, and was honored to be a National Distinguished Principal. He is the author of Fighting for Change in Your School: How to Avoid Fads and Focus on Substance , and co-author of Learning From Lincoln: Leadership Practices for School Success. Nancy Blair is a middle school principal in Georgia. She previously served as a school improvement consultant. Tom Whitby is former contributing Editor at SmartBrief, founder of #Edchat, Twitter-Using Educators, and NYSCATE Network
June 24, 2019
This week we try to reconcile the different views of successful learning and assessment in search of common ground. Follow: @Jim_Hirz @blairteach @tomwhitby @sgthomas1973 @bamradionetwork Jim Hirz serves as assistant principal at Lewis & Clark Middle School in Bellevue, NE. He has been a professional educator for 18 years, and has worked in numerous school districts in Maryland and Nebraska. Shawn Thomas is in her 20th year of teaching in the largest county in Georgia. She has taught Kindergarten, Second and Third Grade, and ESOL (English to Speakers of Other Languages) K-5. Nancy Blair is a middle school principal in Georgia. She previously served as a school improvement consultant.
June 24, 2019
We've been trying to reform education for over 100 years. Why is it so hard to make changes that are so clearly necessary. Join us as we try to unpack what's standing in the way of progress. If we could make a single change what you propose? Follow: @blairteach @tomwhitby @sgthomas1973 @bamradionetwork Shawn Thomas is in her 20th year of teaching in the largest county in Georgia. She has taught Kindergarten, Second and Third Grade, and ESOL (English to Speakers of Other Languages) K-5. Nancy Blair is a middle school principal in Georgia. She previously served as a school improvement consultant. Tom Whitby is former contributing Editor at SmartBrief, founder of #Edchat, Twitter-Using Educators, and NYSCATE Network.
May 14, 2019
Join us as we take another look at the connection between grading and learning. Follow: @MsSackstein @blairteach @sgthomas1973 @bamradionetwork Shawn Thomas is in her 20th year of teaching in the largest county in Georgia. She has taught Kindergarten, Second and Third Grade, and ESOL (English to Speakers of Other Languages) K-5. Starr Sackstein (NBCT) is a certified Master Journalism Educator through the Journalism Education Association (JEA). She serves at the New York State Director to JEA. She is the author of several books, including Teaching Mythology Exposed: Helping Teachers Create Visionary Classroom Perspective. Tom Whitby is former contributing Editor at SmartBrief, founder of #Edchat, Twitter-Using Educators, and NYSCATE Network.
April 22, 2019
In this episode we look at whether the Internet has made deep content knowledge less important that mastering the skills of processing information. Follow: @MsSackstein @blairteach @sgthomas1973 @@bamradionetwork Shawn Thomas is in her 20th year of teaching in the largest county in Georgia. She has taught Kindergarten, Second and Third Grade, and ESOL (English to Speakers of Other Languages) K-5. Starr Sackstein (NBCT) is a certified Master Journalism Educator through the Journalism Education Association (JEA). She serves at the New York State Director to JEA. She is the author of several books, including Teaching Mythology Exposed: Helping Teachers Create Visionary Classroom Perspective. Nancy Blair is a middle school principal in Georgia. She previously served as a school improvement consultant.
April 8, 2019
The national need to talk about race is rising, but even here on EdChat, we see a reluctance to talking about race among educators. Why is this and what can we do about it? Follow: @tomwhitby @blairteach @sgthomas1973 @bamradionetwork Shawn Thomas is in her 20th year of teaching in the largest county in Georgia. She has taught Kindergarten, Second and Third Grade, and ESOL (English to Speakers of Other Languages) K-5. Nancy Blair is a middle school principal in Georgia. She previously served as a school improvement consultant. Tom Whitby is former contributing Editor at SmartBrief, founder of #Edchat, Twitter-Using Educators, and NYSCATE Network.
March 25, 2019
Grading is one of our most popular topics. In this episode, we look at the notion of a no-zero grading policy. Follow: @tomwhitby @blairteach @jbeardensclass @jenbearden @bamradionetwork Ed Chat Archive: http://edchat.pbworks.com/ Tom Krawczewicz teaches both Computer Science and English at DeMatha Catholic High School where I have been since 1991. He is the Computer Science and Engineering Department Chair and the Director of Academic Resources at DeMatha. Shawn Thomas is in her 20th year of teaching in the largest county in Georgia. She has taught Kindergarten, Second and Third Grade, and ESOL (English to Speakers of Other Languages) K-5. Nancy Blair is a middle school principal in Georgia.
March 10, 2019
Instructional coaching can be a superior means of professional development and support for teachers if the right conditions are present. Follow: @tomwhitby @blairteach @jbeardensclass @jenbearden @bamradionetwork Ed Chat Archive: http://edchat.pbworks.com/ Shawn Thomas is in her 20th year of teaching in the largest county in Georgia. She has taught Kindergarten, Second and Third Grade, and ESOL (English to Speakers of Other Languages) K-5. Jennifer Bearden is an elementary teacher and blogger in a suburb of St. Louis. She is a co-teacher of first graders and focus on incorporating play into everything. Nancy Blair is a middle school principal in Georgia. She previously served as a school improvement consultant. Harvey Alvy is Professor Emeritus at Eastern Washington University, where he received the Faculty Achievement Award for Teaching Excellence. His most recent book is Fighting for Change in Your School: How to Avoid Fads and Focus on Substance.
March 4, 2019
Can we fix the issues teachers, students, and parents have with homework by applying some simple restrictions? Follow: @tomwhitby @blairteach @sgthomas1973 @bamradionetwork Ed Chat Archive: http://edchat.pbworks.com/ Shawn Thomas is in her 20th year of teaching in the largest county in Georgia. She has taught Kindergarten, Second and Third Grade, and ESOL (English to Speakers of Other Languages) K-5. Nancy Blair is a middle school principal in Georgia. She previously served as a school improvement consultant. Tom Whitby is former contributing Editor at SmartBrief, founder of #Edchat, Twitter-Using Educators, and NYSCATE Network.
February 19, 2019
Join us as we pause and assess the extent to which teaching has changed almost two decades into the 21st century. Follow: @HarveyAlvy1 @blairteach @sgthomas1973 @bamradionetwork Ed Chat Archive: http://edchat.pbworks.com/ Shawn Thomas is in her 20th year of teaching in the largest county in Georgia. She has taught Kindergarten, Second and Third Grade, and ESOL (English to Speakers of Other Languages) K-5. Nancy Blair is a middle school principal in Georgia. She previously served as a school improvement consultant. Harvey Alvy is Professor Emeritus at Eastern Washington University, where he received the Faculty Achievement Award for Teaching Excellence. His most recent book is Fighting for Change in Your School: How to Avoid Fads and Focus on Substance.
February 3, 2019
Why is so much professional development so bad? Does it have to be? Join us as we go searching for professional development that works. Follow: @tomwhitby @blairteach @HarveyAlvy1 @bamradionetwork Ed Chat Archive: http://edchat.pbworks.com/ Shawn Thomas is in her 20th year of teaching in the largest county in Georgia. She has taught Kindergarten, Second and Third Grade, and ESOL (English to Speakers of Other Languages) K-5. Nancy Blair is a middle school principal in Georgia. She previously served as a school improvement consultant. Tom Whitby is former contributing Editor at SmartBrief, founder of #Edchat, Twitter-Using Educators, and NYSCATE Network.
January 27, 2019
They are often the quiet students, but they can also be the ones who seem to be doing very well. How do we identify students who may be falling through the cracks? Follow:@tomwhitby @blairteach @HarveyAlvy1 @bamradionetwork Ed Chat Archive: http://edchat.pbworks.com/ Harvey Alvy has served as a teacher, principal, and university professor, and was honored to be a National Distinguished Principal. He is the author of Fighting for Change in Your School: How to Avoid Fads and Focus on Substance , and co-author of Learning From Lincoln: Leadership Practices for School Success. Nancy Blair is a middle school principal in Georgia. She previously served as a school improvement consultant. Tom Whitby is former contributing Editor at SmartBrief, founder of #Edchat, Twitter-Using Educators, and NYSCATE Network.
January 14, 2019
Join us as we look at how becoming a parent impacts a teacher's outlook on students and teaching practice. Follow: @tomwhitby @blairteach @sgthomas1973 @bamradionetwork Ed Chat Archive: http://edchat.pbworks.com/ Shawn Thomas is in her 20th year of teaching in the largest county in Georgia. She has taught Kindergarten, Second and Third Grade, and ESOL (English to Speakers of Other Languages) K-5. Nancy Blair is a middle school principal in Georgia. She previously served as a school improvement consultant. Tom Whitby is former contributing Editor at SmartBrief, founder of #Edchat, Twitter-Using Educators, and NYSCATE Network.
January 5, 2019
We have a bevy of new ways to identify ideal new teacher candidates. What are the current best practices? Follow: @tomwhitby @blairteach @sgthomas1973 @bamradionetwork Ed Chat Archive: http://edchat.pbworks.com/ Shawn Thomas is in her 20th year of teaching in the largest county in Georgia. She has taught Kindergarten, Second and Third Grade, and ESOL (English to Speakers of Other Languages) K-5. Nancy Blair is a middle school principal in Georgia. She previously served as a school improvement consultant. Tom Whitby is former contributing Editor at SmartBrief, founder of #Edchat, Twitter-Using Educators, and NYSCATE Network.
November 3, 2018
Teachers now have many new tools to connect, communicate and stay in touch with parents. What strategies and tools are most effective? Follow: @tomwhitby @blairteach @bamradionetwork Ed Chat Archive: http://edchat.pbworks.com/ Shawn Thomas is in her 20th year of teaching in the largest county in Georgia. She has taught Kindergarten, Second and Third Grade, and ESOL (English to Speakers of Other Languages) K-5. Nancy Blair is a middle school principal in Georgia. She previously served as a school improvement consultant. Tom Whitby is former contributing Editor at SmartBrief, founder of #Edchat, Twitter-Using Educators, and NYSCATE Network.
September 22, 2018
Search engines have changed the rules of teaching and learning in many ways. As the answers to many questions can be Googled, some old approaches to instruction are no longer viable. Follow:@tomwhitby @blairteach @MsSackstein @bamradionetwork Ed Chat Archive: http://edchat.pbworks.com/ Starr Sackstein (NBCT) is a certified Master Journalism Educator through the Journalism Education Association (JEA). She serves at the New York State Director to JEA. She is the author of several books, including Teaching Mythology Exposed: Helping Teachers Create Visionary Classroom Perspective. Blogger and co-moderater of #sunchat. Nancy Blair is a middle school principal in Georgia and previously served as a school improvement consultant. Tom Whitby is a former contributing Editor at SmartBrief, founder of #Edchat, Twitter-Using Educators, and NYSCATE Network.
August 18, 2018
Top down or bottom up, is it teachers, administrators, parents or something else that primarily drives school culture? Follow: @tomwhitby @blairteach @teachermike72 @sgthomas1973 @bamradionetwork Ed Chat Archive: http://edchat.pbworks.com/ Mike Messner is a teacher of United States History and Civics at Los Altos High School in Los Altos, California. He is also an adjunct instructor of United States history and California history at Skyline College in San Bruno, California. Nancy Blair is a middle school principal in Georgia. She previously served as a school improvement consultant. Tom Whitby is former contributing Editor at SmartBrief, founder of #Edchat, Twitter-Using Educators, and NYSCATE Network.
August 5, 2018
The promise of technology in education is great, but barriers to application remain high. Join us as we explore why we have a teacher technology disconnect. Follow: @timwolffssd @tomwhitby @blairteach @ShiftParadigm @sgthomas1973 @bamradionetwork Ed Chat Archive: http://edchat.pbworks.com/ Mark Weston Ph.D. has worked at all levels of the educational system — classroom, school, congress, US Dept of education, technology companies and universities. He's currently an Associate Dean at Georgia Tech. Nancy Blair is a middle school principal in Georgia. She previously served as a school improvement consultant. Tom Whitby is former contributing Editor at SmartBrief, founder of #Edchat, Twitter-Using Educators, and NYSCATE Network.
July 28, 2018
We all want to be successful educators, but how do we know if we are hitting the mark? Follow: @timwolffssd @tomwhitby @blairteach @ShiftParadigm @sgthomas1973 @bamradionetwork Ed Chat Archive: http://edchat.pbworks.com/ Tim Wolff is a passionate and enthusiastic educator who is the principal of John G. Whittier Elementary in the Scranton School District in Scranton, PA where he resides with his wife Molly and two daughters Pearl and Olive. Shawn Thomas is in her 20th year of teaching in the largest county in Georgia. She has taught Kindergarten, Second and Third Grade, and ESOL (English to Speakers of Other Languages) K-5. Nancy Blair is a middle school principal in Georgia. She previously served as a school improvement consultant.
July 14, 2018
Most agree that school administrators have a profound impact on the school culture, and academic success. What are the qualities that make the difference? Follow: @tomwhitby @blairteach @ShiftParadigm @sgthomas1973 @bamradionetwork Ed Chat Archive: http://edchat.pbworks.com/ Josh Stumpenhorst is a junior high Language Arts and Social Science teacher. He was named the 2012 Illinois Teacher of the Year, 2012 Illinois Teacher Excellence Award Winner, 2012 Illinois Computer Educator Teacher of the Year. He is also an active blogger (stumpteacher.blogspot.com). Nancy Blair is a middle school principal in Georgia. She previously served as a school improvement consultant. Tom Whitby is former contributing Editor at SmartBrief, founder of #Edchat, Twitter-Using Educators, and NYSCATE Network.
July 8, 2018
Talking about racism on a Twitter chat is a risky proposition, but this week we took on the challenge. Follow: @tomwhitby @blairteach @ShiftParadigm @sgthomas1973 @bamradionetwork Ed Chat Archive: http://edchat.pbworks.com/ Shawn Thomas is in her 20th year of teaching in the largest county in Georgia. She has taught Kindergarten, Second and Third Grade, and ESOL (English to Speakers of Other Languages) K-5. Nancy Blair is a middle school principal in Georgia. She previously served as a school improvement consultant. Tom Whitby is former contributing Editor at SmartBrief, founder of #Edchat, Twitter-Using Educators, and NYSCATE Network.
May 5, 2018
Both teachers and administrators don't know what they don't know. So who should determine the balance professional development selections? Follow: @tomwhitby @blairteach @DrGodard @bamradionetwork Ed Chat Archive: http://edchat.pbworks.com/ Christina "Christi" Godard is a Pennsylvania-certified teacher in the areas of K-8 reading, K-12 special education, K-8 elementary education, and 7-12 English employed by Gettysburg Area School District. Nancy Blair is a middle school principal in Georgia. She previously served as a school improvement consultant. Tom Whitby is former contributing Editor at SmartBrief, founder of #Edchat, Twitter-Using Educators, and NYSCATE Network.
April 17, 2018
Our discussion on personalized learning revealed a fair amount of confusion. Join us as we look at myths and misconceptions. Follow: @tomwhitby @blairteach @sgthomas1973 @bamradionetwork Ed Chat Archive: http://edchat.pbworks.com/ Shawn Thomas is in her 20th year of teaching in the largest county in Georgia. She has taught Kindergarten, Second and Third Grade, and ESOL (English to Speakers of Other Languages) K-5. Nancy Blair is a middle school principal in Georgia. She previously served as a school improvement consultant. Tom Whitby is former contributing Editor at SmartBrief, founder of #Edchat, Twitter-Using Educators, and NYSCATE Network.
April 6, 2018
Apparently, most teachers are dissatisfied with the professional development they received. What can be done to better align PD with teacher needs? Follow: @tomwhitby @blairteach @Blocht574 @bamradionetwork Ed Chat Archive: http://edchat.pbworks.com/ Todd Bloch is a 7th grade science educator from Warren, Michigan. Moderator of #MSchat (middle school chat) Thursday 8 pm ET and a Member of AMLE Board of Trustees. Nancy Blair is a middle school principal in Georgia. She previously served as a school improvement consultant. Tom Whitby is former contributing Editor at SmartBrief, founder of #Edchat, Twitter-Using Educators, and NYSCATE Network.
March 2, 2018
Moving from teacher-driven classrooms to student-centered learning involve dealing with fixed ideas among teachers, administrators, and students. How can we best make the transition? Follow: @tomwhitby @blairteach @sgthomas1973 @bamradionetwork Ed Chat Archive: http://edchat.pbworks.com/ Mark Weston Ph.D. has worked at all levels of the educational system — classroom, school, congress, US Dept of education, technology companies and universities. He's currently an Associate Dean at Georgia Tech. Nancy Blair is a middle school principal in Georgia. She previously served as a school improvement consultant. Tom Whitby is former contributing Editor at SmartBrief, founder of #Edchat, Twitter-Using Educators, and
February 6, 2018
To what extent do we understand the notion of a growth mindset, and what do we really believe about it? Follow: @tomwhitby @blairteach @bamradionetwork Ed Chat Archive: http://edchat.pbworks.com/ Mark Weston Ph.D. has worked at all levels of the educational system — classroom, school, congress, US Dept of education, technology companies and universities. He's currently an Associate Dean at Georgia Tech. Nancy Blair is a middle school principal in Georgia. She previously served as a school improvement consultant. Tom Whitby is former contributing Editor at SmartBrief, founder of #Edchat, Twitter-Using Educators, and NYSCATE Network.
January 22, 2018
We've all seen the well-documented trend where kids who were eager learners in the early grades, become apathetic about school in middle school and above. What's really going on with this dynamic? Follow: @tomwhitby @blairteach @sgthomas1973 @bamradionetwork Ed Chat Archive: http://edchat.pbworks.com/ Shawn Thomas is in her 20th year of teaching in the largest county in Georgia. She has taught Kindergarten, Second and Third Grade, and ESOL (English to Speakers of Other Languages) K-5. Nancy Blair is a middle school principal in Georgia. She previously served as a school improvement consultant. Tom Whitby is former contributing Editor at SmartBrief, founder of #Edchat, Twitter-Using Educators, and NYSCATE Network.
January 11, 2018
Join us as we take a look at our student teacher programs, what's working and what's not. Follow: @tomwhitby @blairteach @ShiftParadigm @bamradionetwork Ed Chat Archive: http://edchat.pbworks.com/ tps://www.bamradionetwork.com/media/hosts/BlairWestonWhitby.gif" width="100" height="110" align=left>Mark Weston Ph.D. has worked at all levels of the educational system — classroom, school, congress, US Dept of education, technology companies and universities. He's currently an Associate Dean at Georgia Tech. Nancy Blair is a middle school principal in Georgia. She previously served as a school improvement consultant. Tom Whitby is former contributing Editor at SmartBrief, founder of #Edchat, Twitter-Using Educators, and NYSCATE Network
December 5, 2017
Some view formative assessment as an exercise for students; some see it as a tool for students. Others see formative assessment as a tool for both students and teachers. How do you use formative assessment? Follow: @tomwhitby @blairteach @ShiftParadigm @bamradionetwork Ed Chat Archive: http://edchat.pbworks.com/ tps://www.bamradionetwork.com/media/hosts/BlairWestonWhitby.gif" width="100" height="110" align=left>Mark Weston Ph.D. has worked at all levels of the educational system — classroom, school, congress, US Dept of education, technology companies and universities. He's currently an Associate Dean at Georgia Tech. Nancy Blair is a middle school principal in Georgia. She previously served as a school improvement consultant. Tom Whitby is former contributing Editor at SmartBrief, founder of #Edchat, Twitter-Using Educators, and NYSCATE Network
November 7, 2017
What is the appropriate social media relationship between educators and students? Where should we draw the line? Follow: @tomwhitby @blairteach @HarveyAlvy1 @bamradionetwork Ed Chat Archive: http://edchat.pbworks.com/ Harvey Alvy has served as a teacher, principal, and university professor, and was honored to be a National Distinguished Principal. He is the author of Fighting for Change in Your School: How to Avoid Fads and Focus on Substance , and co-author of Learning From Lincoln: Leadership Practices for School Success. Nancy Blair is a middle school principal in Georgia. She previously served as a school improvement consultant. Tom Whitby is former contributing Editor at SmartBrief, founder of #Edchat, Twitter-Using Educators, and NYSCATE Network.
October 24, 2017
Join us as we explore the realities of collaboration in education, what's working and what's not. Follow: @tomwhitby @blairteach @derekrhodenizer @bamradionetwork Ed Chat Archive: http://edchat.pbworks.com/ Derek Rhodenizer is the Academic Director of Westoboro Academy in Ottawa. Derek runs the "beyond the Staffroom" podcast on a variety of shows found on Voiced Radio. Nancy Blair is a middle school principal in Georgia and previously served as a school improvement consultant. Tom Whitby is a former contributing Editor at SmartBrief, founder of #Edchat, Twitter-Using Educators, and NYSCATE Network.
October 3, 2017
We've found a significant disparity in the perception and definition of school culture among educators. Join in as we define school culture, how to assess it and improve it. Follow: @tomwhitby @blairteach @ElemCoach @bamradionetwork Ed Chat Archive: http://edchat.pbworks.com/ Elaine Mendez has been an educator for the past 10 years. Her new role is as an new Instructional Coach eager to learn from all the educators she work with. Nancy Blair is a middle school principal in Georgia. She previously served as a school improvement consultant. Tom Whitby is former contributing Editor at SmartBrief, founder of #Edchat, Twitter-Using Educators, and NYSCATE Network.
September 29, 2017
You might think that by now, most educators would be more digitally connected and know the value of being a connected educator. Well think again. Follow: @tomwhitby @blairteach @teachermike72 @bamradionetwork Ed Chat Archive: http://edchat.pbworks.com/ Mike Messner is a teacher of United States History and Civics at Los Altos High School in Los Altos, California. He is also an adjunct instructor of United States history and California history at Skyline College in San Bruno, California. Nancy Blair is a middle school principal in Georgia. She previously served as a school improvement consultant. Tom Whitby is former contributing Editor at SmartBrief, founder of #Edchat, Twitter-Using Educators, and NYSCATE Network.
September 19, 2017
How can we make it safe for educators to talk about bigotry and race with peers, parents, and students? Follow: @tomwhitby @blairteach @sgthomas1973 @bamradionetwork Ed Chat Archive: http://edchat.pbworks.com/ Shawn Thomas is in her 20th year of teaching in the largest county in Georgia. She has taught Kindergarten, Second and Third Grade, and ESOL (English to Speakers of Other Languages) K-5. Nancy Blair is a middle school principal in Georgia and previously served as a school improvement consultant. Tom Whitby is a former contributing Editor at SmartBrief, founder of #Edchat, Twitter-Using Educators, and NYSCATE Network.
September 5, 2017
How can we make it safe for educators to talk about bigotry and race with peers, parents, and students? Follow: @tomwhitby @blairteach @sgthomas1973 @bamradionetwork Ed Chat Archive: http://edchat.pbworks.com/ Shawn Thomas is in her 20th year of teaching in the largest county in Georgia. She has taught Kindergarten, Second and Third Grade, and ESOL (English to Speakers of Other Languages) K-5. Nancy Blair is a middle school principal in Georgia and previously served as a school improvement consultant. Tom Whitby is a former contributing Editor at SmartBrief, founder of #Edchat, Twitter-Using Educators, and NYSCATE Network.
August 22, 2017
When it comes to professional development, how can we determine what training is needed when we often don't know what we don't know. Follow: @tomwhitby @blairteach @twofootgiraffe @bamradionetwork Ed Chat Archive: http://edchat.pbworks.com/ Adam Taylor has been a high school science teacher for 14 years in Tennessee. Nancy Blair is a middle school principal in Georgia. She previously served as a school improvement consultant. Tom Whitby is former contributing Editor at SmartBrief, founder of #Edchat, Twitter-Using Educators, and NYSCATE Network.
June 22, 2017
It's time for an update on one of our most popular issues. How can we improve faculty meetings? Follow: @tomwhitby @blairteach @ShiftParadigm @bamradionetwork Ed Chat Archive: http://edchat.pbworks.com/ Mark Weston Ph.D. has worked at all levels of the educational system — classroom, school, congress, US Dept of education, technology companies and universities. He's currently an Associate Dean at Georgia Tech. Nancy Blair is a middle school principal in Georgia. She previously served as a school improvement consultant. Tom Whitby is former contributing Editor at SmartBrief, founder of #Edchat, Twitter-Using Educators, and NYSCATE Network.
June 22, 2017
Media has always been a double-edged sword. Magazines, TV, radio, and movies can have a positive and negative effect on students. What are the unique challenges of social media in education? Follow: @tomwhitby @blairteach @theASIDEblog @bamradionetwork Ed Chat Archive: http://edchat.pbworks.com/ Patricia Russac is co-founder with Mercer Hall of the American Society For Innovation Design in Education and publishers of The ASIDE Blog. She works at an independent K-8 school in Roslyn, New York, as Director of Library Learning Center and history teacher. She is also a PBS Digital Innovator, a TED Educator, and a NAIS Teacher of the Future. Nancy Blair is a middle school principal in Georgia. She previously served as a school improvement consultant.
May 23, 2017
Social media has changed over the last few years, raising questions about its continued value for professional development. Follow: @tomwhitby @blairteach @jswiatek @bamradionetwork Ed Chat Archive: http://edchat.pbworks.com/\ Jerry Swiatek has been archiving the weekly #edchat discussions since its inception. He is a Computer Science teacher at Citrus High School in Citrus County, Florida. He is a Google Certified Innovator and a Google for Education Certified Trainer and the Founder and Organizer of EdCamp Citrus. Nancy Blair is a middle school principal in Georgia and previously served as a school improvement consultant.
April 13, 2017
A lively discussion about education conferences and why some are more valued than others. Follow: @tomwhitby @blairteach @SenorG @bamradionetwork Ed Chat Archive: http://edchat.pbworks.com/ Noah Geisel is an educator, learner, blogger, tinkerer and adventurer with a passion for changing the world. He is the co-founder of the weekly Digital Badges Twitter chat #BadgeChatK12. Nancy Blair is a middle school principal in Georgia and previously served as a school improvement consultant. Tom Whitby is a former contributing Editor at SmartBrief, founder of #Edchat, Twitter-Using Educators, and NYSCATE Network
March 31, 2017
Though open source resources have gain popularity, many are still anchored to the text book. How can we transition? Follow: @tomwhitby @blairteach @BradShreffler @bamradionetwork Ed Chat Archive: http://edchat.pbworks.com/ Brad Shreffler is an Instructional Technology Coach at a large high school in Central Florida, and before that he taught English in both middle and high school. Nancy Blair is a middle school principal in Georgia and previously served as a school improvement consultant. Tom Whitby is a former contributing Editor at SmartBrief, founder of #Edchat, Twitter-Using Educators, and NYSCATE Network.
March 17, 2017
What is the most optimal way to give parents a measure of how their children are progressing? Join us as we explore options. Follow: @tomwhitby @blairteach @MsSackstein @bamradionetwork Ed Chat Archive: http://edchat.pbworks.com/ Starr Sackstein (NBCT) is a certified Master Journalism Educator through the Journalism Education Association (JEA). She serves at the New York State Director to JEA. She is the author of several books, including Teaching Mythology Exposed: Helping Teachers Create Visionary Classroom Perspective. Blogger and co-moderater of #sunchat. Nancy Blair is a middle school principal in Georgia and previously served as a school improvement consultant. Tom Whitby is a former contributing Editor at SmartBrief, founder of #Edchat, Twitter-Using Educators, and NYSCATE Network.
March 2, 2017
We have a new administration that is committed to shifting education decisions back to the states. Join us as we talk about reconciling our views on education standards. Follow: @tomwhitby @blairteach @mrsmurat @bamradionetwork Ed Chat Archive: http://edchat.pbworks.com/ Rachel Murat has been a teacher at Maine-Endwell CSD for 21 years. She teaches Entrepreneurship, AP Government and Politics, US History, Economics and Digital Citizenship. Nancy Blair is a middle school principal in Georgia and previously served as a school improvement consultant. Tom Whitby is a former contributing Editor at SmartBrief, founder of #Edchat, Twitter-Using Educators, and NYSCATE Network.
January 24, 2017
Some teachers love lesson planning, many don't. What are the factors that make lesson planning a useful tool versus a dreadful waste of time? Follow: @tomwhitby @blairteach @jcordery @bamradionetwork Ed Chat Archive: http://edchat.pbworks.com/ Jim Cordery has been a teacher for over 20 years, most of them spent teaching Middle School Math. He is working for Brooklawn Public Schools in Brooklawn, New Jersey. He has taught Social Studies, Reading, and Language Arts. Nancy Blair is a middle school principal in Georgia and previously served as a school improvement consultant. Tom Whitby is a former contributing Editor at SmartBrief, founder of #Edchat, Twitter-Using Educators, and NYSCATE Network.
January 17, 2017
It's a new year and a time when we often hit reset on our practices. Join us as we talk about what we want to do differently this year. Follow: @tomwhitby @blairteach @sgthomas1973 @bamradionetwork Ed Chat Archive: http://edchat.pbworks.com/ Sean Thomas is in her 20th year of teaching in the largest county in Georgia. She has taught Kindergarten, Second Grade, Third Grade, and ESOL (English to Speakers of Other Languages) K-5. Nancy Blair is a middle school principal in Georgia and previously served as a school improvement consultant. Tom Whitby is a former contributing Editor at SmartBrief, founder of #Edchat, Twitter-Using Educators, and NYSCATE Network.
December 23, 2016
Compliance is not the same as meaningful student engagement. Join as we talk about getting students to move from going through the motions to owning their learning. Follow: @tomwhitby @blairteach @ShiftParadigm @bamradionetwork Ed Chat Archive: http://edchat.pbworks.com/ Mark Weston Ph.D. has worked at all levels of the educational system — classroom, school, congress, US Dept of education, technology companies and universities. He's currently an Associate Dean at Georgia Tech. Nancy Blair is a middle school principal in Georgia. She previously served as a school improvement consultant. Tom Whitby is former contributing Editor at SmartBrief, founder of #Edchat, Twitter-Using Educators, and NYSCATE Network.
December 6, 2016
We're now in the second decade of the 21st century. To what extent are new teachers coming to school well trained in the relevant use of technology, methodology, and pedagogy? Follow: @tomwhitby @blairteach @meagan_e_kelly @bamradionetwork Ed Chat Archive: http://edchat.pbworks.com/ Meagan Kelly and is a Math & AVID teacher, as well as the AVID Coordinator and Team Technology Leader, at Cedar Middle School in Hesperia, California. Nancy Blair is a middle school principal in Georgia and previously served as a school improvement consultant. Tom Whitby is a former contributing Editor at SmartBrief, founder of #Edchat, Twitter-Using Educators, and NYSCATE Network.
November 11, 2016
Apart from academics, what are the essential, practical skills every high school senior should have before they leave? Follow: @tomwhitby @blairteach @winkelerd @bamradionetwork Ed Chat Archive: http://edchat.pbworks.com/ Dan Winkeler is in his 6th year teaching, 4th year in the district Seckman Senior High school in the Fox C-6 school district in Arnold, MO). He teaches Personal Finance, Computer Applications I, and AP Economics. Nancy Blair is a middle school principal in Georgia and previously served as a school improvement consultant. Tom Whitby is a former contributing Editor at SmartBrief, founder of #Edchat, Twitter-Using Educators, and NYSCATE Network.
October 18, 2016
Some great teachers are digitally literate, some great teachers are not. Does it matter? Follow: @tomwhitby @blairteach @sguditus @bamradionetwork Ed Chat Archive: http://edchat.pbworks.com/ Steve Guditus is the Director of Educational Technology for Tri Town School Union of Middleton, Topsfield and Boxford, Massachusetts. His entire career has been working as a public school educator, including teaching middle school social studies, assistant principal, principal, and now Ed Tech Director. Nancy Blair is a middle school principal in Georgia and previously served as a school improvement consultant. Tom Whitby is a former contributing Editor at SmartBrief, founder of #Edchat, Twitter-Using Educators, and NYSCATE Network.
October 11, 2016
Join us as we talk about how to fill the "soft skills" gap in our instruction. Follow: @tomwhitby @blairteach @colonelb @bamradionetwork Ed Chat Archive: http://edchat.pbworks.com/ Nikki Morrell is an educator, professional development coordinator, EdTech specialist, speaker, and educational cheerleader. She holds a B.A. in English and a Master of Humanities. Over the past sixteen years, she has taught English writing and composition, dance, cheer, humanities, and drama, but has moved into the roles EdTech and PD Coordinator this year. Nancy Blair is a middle school principal in Georgia and previously served as a school improvement consultant. Tom Whitby is a former contributing Editor at SmartBrief, founder of #Edchat, Twitter-Using Educators, and NYSCATE Network.
September 20, 2016
if we eliminate standardized test, how could we ensure that all students receive a good education? Follow: @tomwhitby @blairteach @colonelb @bamradionetwork Ed Chat Archive: http://edchat.pbworks.com/ David Britten has been Superintendent of Godfrey-Lee Public Schools since 2008. A retired U.S. Army Officer, he has been an elementary, middle school and high school principal prior to his current role. Nancy Blair is a middle school principal in Georgia and previously served as a school improvement consultant. Tom Whitby is a former contributing Editor at SmartBrief, founder of #Edchat, Twitter-Using Educators, and NYSCATE Network.
September 16, 2016
Join us as we recap our #Edchat discussion on the people and experiences that have shaped us as teachers. Follow: @tomwhitby @blairteach @sturgeonteach @bamradionetwork Ed Chat Archive: http://edchat.pbworks.com/ Tony Sturgeon has been teaching 7th grade language arts for 20 years at Hamilton Southeastern Schools in Fishers, Indiana. He is the department chair and has taught some college classes to preservice teachers and current teachers looking to renew their licenses. Nancy Blair is a middle school principal in Georgia and previously served as a school improvement consultant. Tom Whitby is a former contributing Editor at SmartBrief, founder of #Edchat, Twitter-Using Educators, and NYSCATE Network.
September 16, 2016
Educon is considered to be one of the premier education conferences in the nation. The focus is more on the sharing of ideas versus traditional presentations. In this segment we interview one of the co-founders of Educon about the intent and future of the conference. Follow:@tomwhitby @bamradionetwork Edhcat Archive: http://edchat.pbworks.com/ Chris Lehmann is the co-founder if Educon. In June 2013, Chris was named Outstanding Leader of the Year by the International Society of Technology in Education. Chris was also named one of Dell’s #Inspire100 – one of the 100 people changing the world using Social Media. In April of 2012, Chris won the Lindback Award for Excellence in Principal Leadership in the School District of Philadelphia. In September of 2011, Chris was honored by the White House as a Champion of Change for his work in education reform.
September 16, 2016
Are teacher coaches effective at delivering productive professional development? Follow: @tomwhitby @blairteach @bamradionetwork Ed Chat Archive: http://edchat.pbworks.com/ Nancy Blair is a middle school principal in Georgia and previously served as a school improvement consultant. Tom Whitby is a former contributing Editor at SmartBrief, founder of #Edchat, Twitter-Using Educators, and NYSCATE Network.
August 30, 2016
Education conferences are popular, but to what extent are they worth the investment of time and money? Follow: @tomwhitby @blairteach @sgthomas1973 @bamradionetwork Ed Chat Archive: http://edchat.pbworks.com/ Sean Thomas is in her 20th year of teaching in the largest county in Georgia. She has taught Kindergarten, Second Grade, Third Grade, and ESOL (English to Speakers of Other Languages) K-5. Nancy Blair is a middle school principal in Georgia and previously served as a school improvement consultant. Tom Whitby is a former contributing Editor at SmartBrief, founder of #Edchat, Twitter-Using Educators, and NYSCATE Network.
August 16, 2016
For some teachers, this back-to-school season will be their first. What ae the essential support systems needed to ensure their success. Follow: @tomwhitby @blairteach @theASIDEblog @bamradionetwork Ed Chat Archive: http://edchat.pbworks.com/ Patricia Russac is co-founder with Mercer Hall of the American Society For Innovation Design in Education and publishers of The ASIDE Blog. She works at an independent K-8 school in Roslyn, New York, as Director of Library Learning Center and history teacher. Nancy Blair is a middle school principal in Georgia and previously served as a school improvement consultant. Tom Whitby is a former contributing Editor at SmartBrief, founder of #Edchat, Twitter-Using Educators, and NYSCATE Network.
August 9, 2016
Back to school means back to faculty meetings. To kick off the new school year we discuss whether faculty meetings can change school culture. Follow: @tomwhitby @blairteach @wmchamberlain @bamradionetwork Ed Chat Archive: http://edchat.pbworks.com/ William Chamberlain husband, father, and an educator. He taught in the school he grew up in. Nancy Blair is a middle school principal in Georgia,and previously served as a school improvement consultant. Tom Whitby is a former contributing Editor at SmartBrief, founder of #Edchat, Twitter-Using Educators, and NYSCATE Network.
August 4, 2016
Talking about race anywhere is challenging. The difficulties can be compounded in the school setting for various reasons. How should we discuss race in the context of education? Follow: @tomwhitby @blairteach @LibraryLadee @bamradionetwork Ed Chat Archive: http://edchat.pbworks.com/ Neena Grosvenor is a National Board Certified Media Specialist. She has been working at a Middle School, however she has been newly appointed to the position of staff developer for her district. Nancy Blair is a middle school principal in Georgia. She previously served as a school improvement consultant. Tom Whitby is former contributing Editor at SmartBrief, founder of #Edchat, Twitter-Using Educators, and NYSCATE Network.
August 2, 2016
Bloggers have diverse reasons for blogging. Many believe that blogging benefits all school stakeholders. Join us as we discuss how. Follow: @tomwhitby @blairteach @21stprincipal @bamradionetwork Ed Chat Archive: http://edchat.pbworks.com/ John Robinson taught high school and middle school language arts for 16 years. He's been principal at Discovery High School for the past six years (Discovery High School is a Partnership for 21st Century Learning Exemplar School), served as middle school principal 2 years. Blog "The 21st Century Principal." Nancy Blair is a middle school principal in Georgia,and previously served as a school improvement consultant. Tom Whitby is a former contributing Editor at SmartBrief, founder of #Edchat, Twitter-Using Educators, and NYSCATE Network.
July 6, 2016
Planning, managing, leading, learning, observations, and discipline are all part of what school principals have to do. What is the best use of a principal's time? Follow: @tomwhitby @blairteach @DennisDill @bamradionetwork Ed Chat Archive: http://edchat.pbworks.com/ Dennis Dill currently teaches 6th grade Social Studies at Jewett School of the Arts, a STEAM school in Winter Haven, Florida. Nancy Blair is a middle school principal in Georgia,and previously served as a school improvement consultant. Tom Whitby is a former contributing Editor at SmartBrief, founder of #Edchat, Twitter-Using Educators, and NYSCATE Network.
May 31, 2016
Join us as we look at our deeply entrenched attitudes toward the next new big thing in education. Follow: @tomwhitby @blairteach @mritzius @bamradionetwork Ed Chat Archive: http://edchat.pbworks.com/ After leaving the world of biomedical research, Mike Ritzius began a 14 year career as a science teacher in the Camden County Technical School district. While there, he served in a variety of leadership positions. In 2010, Mike and nine of his colleagues founded Edcamp. Nancy Blair has returned to public education as a middle school principal in Georgia. She previously served as a school improvement consultant. Tom Whitby is former contributing Editor at SmartBrief, founder of #Edchat, Twitter-Using Educators, and NYSCATE Network.
May 18, 2016
The blizzard of hot trends, new buzzwords, rapidly changing technology continues. How do we make sense of it all and determine where to invest our time, energy and resources. Follow: @tomwhitby @blairteach @GarrettMaierEd @bamradionetwork Ed Chat Archive: http://edchat.pbworks.com/ Maier is a first-year English teacher at Estrella Foothills High School in Goodyear, AZ. He currently serves as an English teacher and Tech Trailblazer at his campus. Nancy Blair is a middle school principal in Georgia and previously served as a school improvement consultant. Tom Whitby is a former contributing Editor at SmartBrief, founder of #Edchat, Twitter-Using Educators, and NYSCATE Network. https://twitter.com/GarrettMaierEd
May 10, 2016
What are the drivers of classroom discipline problems? In this segment, we discuss the things they didn't teach us in education school. Follow: @tomwhitby @blairteach @jenbearden @bamradionetwork Ed Chat Archive: http://edchat.pbworks.com/ Jen Bearden is a 2nd grade teacher in the Kirkwood School District, a suburb of St. Louis. Nancy Blair has returned to public education as a middle school principal in Georgia. She previously served as a school improvement consultant. Tom Whitby is former contributing Editor at SmartBrief, founder of #Edchat, Twitter-Using Educators, and NYSCATE Network.
May 4, 2016
Ever wonder about the genesis of the relentless stream of education ideas? Join us as we talk about the source of great new ideas in education. Follow: @tomwhitby @blairteach @MsReidReads @bamradionetwork Ed Chat Archive: http://edchat.pbworks.com/ Jessica Reid is responsible for leading Noodle Market's education-focused strategies, providing an educator voice and insight to their products and services. She joins Noodle Markets from LightSail, where she was Co-founder and Chief Academic Officer. Nancy Blair is a middle school principal in Georgia and previously served as a school improvement consultant. Tom Whitby is a former contributing Editor at SmartBrief, founder of #Edchat, Twitter-Using Educators, and NYSCATE Network.
April 27, 2016
We've been talking a lot about revising grading. Are we making any progress? Follow: @tomwhitby @blairteach @shiftparadigm @bamradionetwork Ed Chat Archive: http://edchat.pbworks.com/ Mark Weston Ph.D. has worked at all levels of the educational system — classroom, school, congress, US Dept of education, technology companies, and universities. He's currently an Associate Dean at Georgia Tech. Tom Whitby is a former contributing Editor at SmartBrief, founder of #Edchat, Twitter-Using Educators, and NYSCATE Network.
April 19, 2016
Increasingly, educators are supporting the notion of student voice. The question today is how much influence should students have? Follow: @tomwhitby @blairteach @shiftparadigm @bamradionetwork Ed Chat Archive: http://edchat.pbworks.com/ Mark Weston Ph.D. has worked at all levels of the educational system — classroom, school, congress, US Dept of education, technology companies, and universities. He's currently an Associate Dean at Georgia Tech. Tom Whitby is a former contributing Editor at SmartBrief, founder of #Edchat, Twitter-Using Educators, and NYSCATE Network.
April 14, 2016
We're talking about what makes professional development meaningful and useful. What works? What does not work? Why? Follow: @tomwhitby @blairteach @miss_signorello @bamradionetwork Ed Chat Archive: http://edchat.pbworks.com/ Claire Signorello teaches high school mathematics at Lackawanna Trail located in Factoryville, Pennsylvania. She has taught for over 20 years. Nancy Blair is a middle school principal in Georgia. She previously served as a school improvement consultant. Tom Whitby is a former contributing Editor at SmartBrief, founder of #Edchat,Twitter-Using Educators, and NYSCATE Network.
April 13, 2016
For many years, educators ignored the impact of school culture. As our understanding of school culture has evolved, so is our thinking about how we can change it. Follow: @tomwhitby @blairteach @tonysinanis @bamradionetwork Ed Chat Archive: http://edchat.pbworks.com/ Dr. Tony Sinanis is currently the Lead Learner of Cantiague Elementary School in Jericho, NY. Cantiague was named a 2012 National Blue Ribbon School. Nancy Blair is a middle school principal in Georgia. She previously served as a school improvement consultant. Tom Whitby is a former contributing Editor at SmartBrief, founder of #Edchat,Twitter-Using Educators, and NYSCATE Network.
April 5, 2016
What is required to employ a blended learning model in our schools? Are we ready? If not, what does it take to get ready? Follow: @tomwhitby @blairteach @averyteach @bamradionetwork Ed Chat Archive: http://edchat.pbworks.com/ Gerald Aungst has 25 years of experience as a professional educator, specializing in digital technology, mathematics, and gifted education. Nancy Blair is a middle school principal in Georgia and previously served as a school improvement consultant. Tom Whitby is a former contributing Editor at SmartBrief, founder of #Edchat, Twitter-Using Educators, and NYSCATE Network.
March 29, 2016
What is teacher leadership? How does teacher leadership impact student achievement and school culture? How can we support teacher leadership? Follow: @tomwhitby @blairteach @averyteach @bamradionetwork Ed Chat Archive: http://edchat.pbworks.com/ Janet Avery has been an educator for 23+ years. She is the Jerome School District Curriculum Director, and has been a Middle School Principal, Assistant Principal, and Secondary English Teacher. She's moderator of #IDedchat co-founder of #edcampidaho. Nancy Blair is a middle school principal in Georgia and previously served as a school improvement consultant. Tom Whitby is a former contributing Editor at SmartBrief, founder of #Edchat, Twitter-Using Educators, and NYSCATE Network.
March 24, 2016
Can portfolios provide a viable measurement of student learning? How can they displace or support traditional grades? Follow: @tomwhitby @blairteach @Learn21Tech @bamradionetwork Ed Chat Archive: http://edchat.pbworks.com/ Leanna Prater, M.A. Ed., is a District Technology Resource teacher for Fayette County Public Schools, Lexington, KY. Nancy Blair is a middle school principal in Georgia and previously served as a school improvement consultant. Tom Whitby is a former contributing editor at SmartBrief, founder of #Edchat, Twitter-Using Educators and NYSCATE.
March 17, 2016
Some educators love year-round school, others hate it. What is the optimal school schedule? Follow: @tomwhitby @blairteach @Learn21Tech @bamradionetwork Ed Chat Archive: http://edchat.pbworks.com/ Lisa Abel-Palmieri, Ph.D.is the Head of School and Chief Learning Officer at Holy Family Academy, an innovative, college preparatory, and STEAM-focused independent Catholic high school for economically disadvantaged students of all faiths with academic potential. Nancy Blair is a middle school principal in Georgia. She previously served as a school improvement consultant. Tom Whitby is a former contributing Editor at SmartBrief, founder of #Edchat,Twitter-Using Educators, and NYSCATE Network.
March 8, 2016
As we hurry to bring educators up to speed on 21st-century teaching and learning, we need to include parents as well. Join us as we discuss the process. Follow: @tomwhitby @blairteach @schug_dennis @bamradionetwork Ed Chat Archive: http://edchat.pbworks.com/ Dennis Schug is a proud Middle School Principal, in a building that serves 630 students on the East End of Long Island, NY. He is the co-moderators for #NYEDchat. Nancy Blair is a middle school principal in Georgia and previously served as a school improvement consultant. Tom Whitby is a former contributing Editor at SmartBrief, founder of #Edchat, Twitter-Using Educators, and NYSCATE Network.
March 3, 2016
Join us as we compare the rigid, aged-based learning model to the latest trends in personalized learning. Follow: @tomwhitby @blairteach @thelearningloop @bamradionetwork Ed Chat Archive: http://edchat.pbworks.com/ Allie Rodman is an Assistant Principal and Director of Professional Development at Mariana Bracetti Academy, a K-12 Title I school in Philadelphia. She is a 2013 ASCD Emerging Leader. Nancy Blair is a middle school principal in Georgia. She previously served as a school improvement consultant. @thelearningloop
February 23, 2016
School culture has a profound impact on virtually every element of teaching and learning. In this segment, we look at the hidden drivers of school culture. Follow: @tomwhitby @blairteach @MsSackstein @bamradionetwork Ed Chat Archive: http://edchat.pbworks.com/ Starr Sackstein, MJE is a High school educator, author, reformer, recovering perfectionist, Starr Sackstein leads by example both in the classroom and on the internets. She is an author of several books. Nancy Blair is a middle school principal in Georgia and previously served as a school improvement consultant. Tom Whitby is a former contributing Editor at SmartBrief, founder of #Edchat, Twitter-Using Educators, and NYSCATE Network.
February 11, 2016
While some educators swear by project-based learning, other say it's too hard to practice and doesn't work. We take a closer look. Follow: @tomwhitby @blairteach @MsAmberChandler @bamradionetwork Ed Chat Archive: http://edchat.pbworks.com/ Amber Chandler is a NBCT middle school ELA teacher, from Hamburg, NY. She is experienced in teaching students from 6 grade through graduate school students School Building Leader certification. Nancy Blair is a middle school principal in Georgia and previously served as a school improvement consultant. Tom Whitby is a former contributing Editor at SmartBrief, founder of #Edchat, Twitter-Using Educators, and NYSCATE Network.
January 28, 2016
Though many teachers have completely moved away from using textbooks most are still very dependent on them. In this episode, we discuss alternatives and barriers to adoption. Follow: @tomwhitby @blairteach @lane.young @bamradionetwork Ed Chat Archive: http://edchat.pbworks.com/ Lane Young is a Director of Library & Educational Technology and Computer Science instructor for North Shore Country Day School, a K-12 independent school in the northern suburbs of Chicago. Nancy Blair is a middle school principal in Georgia. She previously served as a school improvement consultant with the High Schools That Work and Making Middle Grades Work initiatives of the Southern Regional Education Board. Tom Whitby is a former contributing Editor at SmartBrief, founder of #Edchat, Twitter-Using Educators, and NYSCATE Network.
January 19, 2016
In the episode, we discuss the balance between teacher-driven and administration-driven professional development. Follow: @tomwhitby @blairteach @dbuckedu @bamradionetwork Ed Chat Archive: http://edchat.pbworks.com/ David Buck is a Professor of English at Howard Community College in Columbia, MD, teaching composition and literature. From 2010-2014, he served as Director of eLearning. Nancy Blair is a middle school principal in Georgia. She previously served as a school improvement consultant. Tom Whitby is contributing Editor at SmartBrief, founder of #Edchat,Twitter-Using Educators, and NYSCATE Network.
January 13, 2016
In the episode, we look at the professional development gap and discuss what can be done to close it. Follow: @tomwhitby @blairteach @DennisDill @bamradionetwork Ed Chat Archive: http://edchat.pbworks.com/ Dennis Dill is in his 14th year of teaching and currently teaching 6th grade Social Studies at Jewett School of the Arts, a STEAM school in Winter Haven Florida. Nancy Blair is a middle school principal in Georgia. She previously served as a school improvement consultant with the High Schools That Work and Making Middle Grades Work initiatives of the Southern Regional Education Board. Tom Whitby is a former contributing Editor at SmartBrief, founder of #Edchat, Twitter-Using Educators, and NYSCATE Network.
January 5, 2016
In the episode, we take a look back at the education Twitter chat phenomenon and evolution. Follow: @tomwhitby @blairteach @bamradionetwork Ed Chat Archive: http://edchat.pbworks.com/
December 4, 2015
Educators on the leading edge of preparing kids for an unknown future are shifting to teaching kids how to learn. Learn more. Follow: @tomwhitby @blairteach @schug_dennis @bamradionetwork Ed Chat Archive: http://edchat.pbworks.com/ Dennis Schug is a proud Middle School Principal on the East End of Long Island, NY. He is in his sixth year in his current position, after serving as an Assistant Principal for three years, and a classroom teacher for a decade. A founding team members of Edcamp Long Island, and he is also one of the co-moderators for #NYEDchat. Nancy Blair is a middle school principal in Georgia. She previously served as a school improvement consultant. Tom Whitby is former contributing Editor at SmartBrief, founder of #Edchat, Twitter-Using Educators, and NYSCATE Network.
November 18, 2015
It's a well-established axiom that teachers are the single most important influence in a child's education. In this segment, we look at the other influences that shape academic outcomes. Follow: @tomwhitby @blairteach @ShiftParadigm @bamradionetwork Ed Chat Archive: http://edchat.pbworks.com/ Mark Weston Ph.D. has worked at all levels of the educational system — classroom, school, congress, US Dept of education, technology companies and universities. He's currently an Associate Dean at Georgia Tech and co-author, along with Alan Bain, of the Learning Edge – What Technology Can Do to Educate All Children. Nancy Blair is a school improvement consultant who frequently worked with the High Schools That Work. Tom Whitby is former contributing Editor at SmartBrief, founder of #Edchat, Twitter-Using Educators, and NYSCATE Network.
November 11, 2015
The role of tech coach is a relatively new position in most schools. When used well, tech coaches can make a big difference. What is required to make tech coaching work? Follow: @tomwhitby @blairteach @Learn21Tech @bamradionetwork Ed Chat Archive: http://edchat.pbworks.com/ Margaret Sisler is a School Based Technology Specialist (tech coach) with Fairfax County Schools in Fairfax, Virginia at Chantilly High School. She also facilitates professional development courses and the co-founder and co-moderator of #TechCoachBC and #NoVAedchat. Mark Weston Ph.D. has worked at all levels of the educational system — classroom, school, congress, US Dept of education, technology companies and universities. He's currently an Associate Dean at Georgia Tech. Nancy Blair is a middle school principal in Georgia. She previously served as a school improvement consultant.
November 3, 2015
School cultures focused on compliance and testing make innovation challenging. How can educators work around counter-innovative cultures? Follow: @tomwhitby @blairteach @Learn21Tech @bamradionetwork Ed Chat Archive: http://edchat.pbworks.com/ Lisa Abel-Palmieri, Ph.D.is the Head of School and Chief Learning Officer at Holy Family Academy, an innovative, college preparatory, and STEAM-focused independent Catholic high school for economically disadvantaged students of all faiths with academic potential. Nancy Blair is a middle school principal in Georgia. She previously served as a school improvement consultant. Tom Whitby is a former contributing Editor at SmartBrief, founder of #Edchat,Twitter-Using Educators, and NYSCATE Network.
October 6, 2015
Digital literacy in the rapidly changing education technology space requires both understanding and modeling. In this segment, we discuss what is required to ensure educators are prepared to keep pace. Follow: @tomwhitby @blairteach @ShiftParadigm @bamradionetwork Ed Chat Archive: http://edchat.pbworks.com Neena Grosvenor is a National Board Certified Media Specialist. She has been working at a Middle School, however she has been newly appointed to the position of staff developer for her district. Nancy Blair is a school improvement consultant who frequently worked with the High Schools That Work. Tom Whitby is former contributing Editor at SmartBrief, founder of #Edchat, Twitter-Using Educators, and NYSCATE Network.
September 15, 2015
In this segment we talk about balancing the sound teaching practices of the past with the needs of the future. How do we adapt? Follow: @tomwhitby @blairteach @ShiftParadigm @bamradionetwork Ed Chat Archive: http://edchat.pbworks.com/ Mark Weston Ph.D. has worked at all levels of the educational system — classroom, school, congress, US Dept of education, technology companies and universities. He's currently an Associate Dean at Georgia Tech and co-author, along with Alan Bain, of the Learning Edge – What Technology Can Do to Educate All Children. Nancy Blair is a school improvement consultant who frequently worked with the High Schools That Work. Tom Whitby is former contributing Editor at SmartBrief, founder of #Edchat, Twitter-Using Educators, and NYSCATE Network.
September 8, 2015
There is a gap between the talk about innovation in today's schools and the practice. What are the barriers to innovation? How do we get around them? Follow: @tomwhitby @blairteach @donald_gately @bamradionetwork Ed Chat Archive: http://edchat.pbworks.com/ Donald F. Gately Ed.D.is the principal at Jericho Middle School on Long island in New York. Jericho Middle School has a comprehensive school-wide program to develop academic and social emotional literacy. Nancy Blair is a school improvement consultant who frequently worked with the High Schools That Work. Tom Whitby is contributing Editor at SmartBrief, founder of #Edchat,Twitter-Using Educators, and NYSCATE Network.
September 2, 2015
Connecting and building relationships with parents can be more easily said than done. In this segment, we talk about breaking through the traditional barriers to great parent/teacher relationships. Follow: @tomwhitby @blairteach @NA_Dellsey @bamradionetwork Ed Chat Archive: http://edchat.pbworks.com Steven Delpome taught middle and high school English in the public school system going on 12 years, teaching in a variety of communities--from poor cities to wealthy suburbs and your working class towns in between. Nancy Blair is a middle school principal in Georgia. She previously served as a school improvement consultant.
August 20, 2015
In this segment, we explore the chasm between the professional development teachers want and the training teachers often get. Follow: @tomwhitby @blairteach @JeremeyWilder @bamradionetwork Ed Chat Archive: http://edchat.pbworks.com/ Jeremey Wilder has been teaching life science classes at Grand Haven High School for 17 years. He is teaching Biology and AP Environmental Science. Nancy Blair is a school improvement consultant who frequently worked with the High Schools That Work. Tom Whitby is contributing Editor at SmartBrief, founder of #Edchat,Twitter-Using Educators, and NYSCATE Network.
August 11, 2015
To start the school year, we wanted to check in with the community and find out what educators are planning to do differently. Follow: @tomwhitby @blairteach @mmebrady @bamradionetwork Ed Chat Archive: http://edchat.pbworks.com/ Tracy Brady has been a world language teacher in the East Syracuse Minoa Central School District since 1996. Her areas of certification include French and Spanish, and she is a "techie rebel" at heart. She is currently the past president of LECNY (Language Educators of Central New York). Nancy Blair is a school improvement consultant who frequently worked with the High Schools That Work. Tom Whitby is contributing Editor at SmartBrief, founder of #Edchat,Twitter-Using Educators, and NYSCATE Network.
July 28, 2015
In this segment, we talk about the dreaded faculty meeting. Tune in for some proven ways to make them more productive and appealing? Follow: @tomwhitby @plnaugle @carinahilbert @bamradionetwork Ed Chat Archive: http://edchat.pbworks.com/ Paula Naugle teaches 4th graders in a suburban, public school near New Orleans. She is a moderator for #4thchat and #LAedchat on Twitter and a co-founder and organizer of #edcampNOLA. Although she is a veteran educator (30+ years), she is a technology integration innovator. Nancy Blair is a school improvement consultant who frequently worked with the High Schools That Work. Tom Whitby is contributing Editor at SmartBrief, founder of #Edchat,Twitter-Using Educators, and NYSCATE Network.
July 21, 2015
Highlights from a robust #edchat discussion on teachers being change agents in an education landscape that is shifting beneath their feet. Follow: @tomwhitby @shiftparadigm @carinahilbert @bamradionetwork Ed Chat Archive: http://edchat.pbworks.com/ Carina Hilbert is a Spanish teacher for an urban district in Southwest Michigan, and she teaches in an alternative high school in the morning and a middle school in the afternoon. She has taught English and Spanish in grades 6-12 in private, public, and charter schools to students of all SES levels. Mark E. Weston has spent the past 40 years working to enhance education for all students. During that time, he served in key positions at Dell Inc., Apple Computer, Education Commission of the States, United States Department of Education, United States House of Representatives, and several school districts in Iowa. Tom Whitby is former contributing Editor at SmartBrief, founder of #Edchat, Twitter-Using Educators, and NYSCATE Network.
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