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68 minutes | Mar 27, 2018
S1 Ep 12 James Troupis
The Class Dismissed team talks to James Troupis, Chief Talent Officer at the Noble Network of Charter Schools, about his approach to hiring and retaining great educators. They also take a call from a teacher who is wondering what to do with instructional days leading up to break, and chat about PD days, how to provide student choice in classrooms, and how to foster more collaboration among staff in schools. Whats On Our Mind: 2:05 Interview: 31:00 Email Advice:55:00
64 minutes | Mar 13, 2018
S1 Ep 11 Anna Pavechevich
Andy, Cal, and Cristin interview Anna Pavechevich, longtime educator and current Principal at Amundsen High School in Chicago. They also talk about the closure of Hope High School, how childhood trauma can manifest as illness, and the importance of not coaching teachers on minutia. Finally, they take a call from a leadership coach who is wondering what to do when you believe that someone you support is just not right for the role they are in. Episode Information: What's on our Mind: 2:50 Interview: 30:44 Phone Call: 49:07
46 minutes | Feb 27, 2018
S1 Ep 10 Allison Hansen
The recent school shooting is on everyone's mind, included the educators at Class Dismissed. Andy, Cal, and Cristin also talk to Allison Hansen, the Director of Clinical Experience at Marian University, about how their program marries theory and practice and prepares new teachers to be classroom ready on day one of the job. Finally, the CD team fields a call from a teacher going through the all-too-typical February dilemma of whether or not to stay at her school for another year. Is the grass really greener at another school? Give a listen to find out! Episode Details: 2:10--What's on Our Mind 17:00--Allison Hansen Interview 33:45--Caller at a Crossroad about leaving their school
71 minutes | Feb 13, 2018
We Had a Snow Day! So Here's an Awesome Repeat Episode
Chicago was blasted by some old school snow last week which kept Andy, Cal, and Cristin out of the studio. They will be back in two weeks with a brand new episode, and, in the meantime, leave you with a throwback episode. Please enjoy this episode with our very first guest ever, high school ELA teacher activist and all around all star Ms. Ayeishia Wong.
70 minutes | Jan 30, 2018
S1 Ep9 Bill Kennedy
Andy, Cal, and Cristin sit down with Bill Kennedy, the Director of the Urban Teacher Education Program at UChicago, to talk urban teacher residencies and new teacher preparation. They also field a call from a teacher dealing with an intrusive supervisor and talk about everything from the tension between traditional and progressive methods of education, the merits (and problems) with subsidized teacher housing, and why the data on Chicago students' recent academic gains is so contentious. Segment Timing Info: What's On Our Mind: 1:50 Interview with Bill Kennedy: 31:20 Call and Advice: 55:24
1 minutes | Dec 22, 2017
Winter Break Survey!
Happy Winter Break! Cal, Andy, and Cristin are spending their winter break making Class Dismissed even better for you, but they need your help! Take a listen for how YOU can help contribute to the Class Dismissed content.
73 minutes | Dec 19, 2017
S1 Ep8 Extracurriculars, etc.
Andy, Cal, and Cristin talk about the role of schools in combating sexual harassment, the effects of more CPS school closings, and challenges with conducting instructional rounds. They also chat all things music education with The Shades, a Chicago based band who just released their first EP (and whose music you hear in every episode of Class Dismissed!) They also field a call from a middle school principal in his building year seeking some advice on what, above all else, middle schoolers need (aren't we all?)
82 minutes | Dec 5, 2017
S1 Ep7 Yipee Ki Yay (Old Habits Die Hard)
The Class Dismissed crew talks the GOP tax plan, the merits of building content knowledge before building reading skill, and potential complications associated with making attendance a high stakes metric for schools. They also sit down with Aylon Samouha, co-founder of Transcend Education, and take a call from a new instructional coach trying to determine how slow is too slow for a teacher to change their ways.
66 minutes | Nov 21, 2017
S1 Ep 6 I Fashion Myself a Teacher Comedian
Andy, Cal and Cristin sit down with Devin Siebold, a teacher by day and comedian by night. He talks about the need for humor in teachers' lives and why he is definitely NOT a comedian in the classroom. They also answer a question from a teacher who wants to develop her own curriculum rather than using the one provided for her.
43 minutes | Nov 7, 2017
S1 Ep5 Tale As Old As Time
Andy, Cal, and Cristin each have something they're thinking about, and that think is old Disney songs. Oh, they also field an email from a new and overwhelmed instructional leader. But, mostly old Disney songs.
63 minutes | Oct 24, 2017
S1 Ep4 What Really Grinds My Gears
Andy, Cal, and Cristin find themselves reminiscing about their favorite books as young adults, debating the positives and negatives of real time coaching, and discussing inequities when it comes to access to sports across schools. They also get the chance to interview Dave Johnson, a Senior Research Analyst at the University of Chicago Consortium on School Research.
55 minutes | Oct 10, 2017
S1 Ep 3 Be the Thermometer, Not the Thermostat
In this episode, Andy makes his glorious return, and the Class Dismissed team talks to a new assistant principal about his transition into an administrator role. They also field an email from a principal dealing with a teacher who has some inconsistencies that are difficult to navigate.
54 minutes | Sep 26, 2017
S1 Ep2 One for You, One for Me
In this episode, Cal and Cristin sit down with Ido Leffler, the Co-Founder and CEO of Yoobi, who talks about his work with underserved communities and his own teacher mother who inspired his work in the first place. They also take calls from a social worker looking to improve attendance in her district and a school administrator looking for tangible ways to build her staff's ability to reflect on lines of difference. Where's Andy, you might ask? Give a listen to find out!
78 minutes | Sep 12, 2017
S1 Ep 1 Principals and Catalysts
In our first episode after summer break, we interview Elizabeth Jamison-Dunn about her path toward becoming the principal of the school where she got her start in education and the impact that having a teacher of the same race can have on students of color. We also take two phone calls--one from an assistant principal who is looking for some support when it comes to planning with the text in mind and the other from a teacher who is concerned about drama in her new class.
4 minutes | Sep 5, 2017
1.0 Season 1
Andy, Cal, and Cristin talk about their upcoming season which starts Tuesday, September 12th.
71 minutes | Jul 11, 2017
S0 Ep 6 - Teaching as Activism
Today, we explore the role of a teacher as an activist in the classroom. Our good friend and experienced educator - Aiyeshia Wong - gets at the heart of what it means to be an educator in a polarizing political climate. As a high school English teacher, she helps us navigate some key and relevant questions: What is your responsibility as an educator to teach issues of social justice? How, if at all, should you approach teaching these current political issues that are controversial but very real in your classroom? Afterwards, we hear about the challenges of working in a school where complacency is the norm, budget cut implications, and much more. Happy listening!
69 minutes | Jul 4, 2017
S0 Ep 5 - The Power of a Principal
Principal autonomy is important. How do districts strike the right balance between allowing principals to innovate while ensuring they are doing what students need in order to be successful? We also hear from our listeners - a teacher motivating her students to do homework, and when a co-planning situation goes wrong. At the end, we get the chance to react to questions from you guys about previous episodes. Stay tuned!
58 minutes | Jun 27, 2017
S0 Ep 4 - Past the Presidential Persona, New Policies Trump Progress
Trump's showmanship and polarizing personality constantly capture news headlines, but what are the true implications of his policy changes in the education world? We also hear from callers across the country - an instructional coach motivating a teacher with constant excuses, a teacher pressured to change a grade, and a co-teacher left feeling unheard. Stayed tuned until the end for some laughs and conversation with our hosts.
41 minutes | Jun 20, 2017
S0 Ep 3 - Impersonalized Learning?
In this week's episode, we dive into personalized learning, bantering over its intended purpose and its actual use in classrooms. We also hear from two teachers - one whose administration tends to side with parents over staff and another who is feeling intense anxiety from teaching.
52 minutes | Jun 13, 2017
S0 Ep 2 - A City Divided Following New Grad Requirements
With Chicago's mayor introducing new high school graduation requirements, the city is divided amidst a heated debate. We explore the proposed changes and potential ramifications. Also, two new callers join us later: a student teacher struggles through conflicting feedback and a principal balances her teachers' needs while maintaining high expectations.
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