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67 minutes | Jun 11, 2021
A Conversation with Mike Mattos and Anthony Muhammad: Revisiting PLC at Work®
For both Mike Mattos and Anthony Muhammad, discovering the PLC at Work® process completely changed how they view education. Now, years later, they’re not just believers in its transformative power—they’re proud advocates whose new book, Revisiting Professional Learning Communities at Work®, is an essential read for any educator who is serious about PLCs.In this recorded Facebook Live chat, you’ll learn more about Mike and Anthony’s introduction to PLC at Work® process and how they’re continuing its legacy. Gain insights and observations from their research and experience, explore the crucial distinction between PLC at Work® and other PLC models, and discover why the process is more relevant now than ever before.
38 minutes | May 21, 2021
A Conversation with Eric Twadell: From Floods and Fire to Winds to Change
To the education field, Eric Twadell is superintendent of Adlai E. Stevenson District 125, which is often considered the birthplace of the PLC movement. But to the people closest to him, Eric is a proud husband and father, a former Boy Scout, an avid snow skier, and an enthusiastic Peloton user.Discover how an “average” student from Illinois became an education expert who brought change to one of the most recognized and celebrated schools in America. Hear fun and inspiring stories about his personal experiences, including how his high school burned down, why he chose teaching over law, and why he considers himself the luckiest guy in the world.
51 minutes | May 7, 2021
A Conversation with Timothy D. Kanold: Early Life Struggles, Filling Big Shoes, and Finding Successes
Award-winning educator, celebrated author, and sought-after consultant Timothy D. Kanold is a national thought leader in mathematics. But it wasn't always a smooth, easy road to success. Listen as Dr. Kanold describes overcoming the challenges of his past, from struggling with school and homelessness as a child to dealing with poverty and isolation early in his teaching career. Discover how key mentors and family helped guide his life's path, including the challenge and privilege of filling the superintendent role formerly held by Richard DuFour.
50 minutes | Apr 23, 2021
A Conversation with Douglas Rife: Never Judging a Book By Its Cover
With 46 years in the publishing industry, Solution Tree Publisher Douglas Rife is no stranger to the book biz. Besides heading up our press efforts, he’s also President of Solution Tree International, an avid blogger, published author, and gravestone aficionado. Discover Mr. Rife’s fascinating story, including family tales, cemetery adventures, and how he’s seen the publishing game change over time.You can find educational books and other teaching resources by visiting the Solution Tree bookstore.
33 minutes | Apr 9, 2021
A Conversation with Dr. Tina Boogren: Putting Yourself First and Pelotons
When she isn’t writing books or coaching educators, you’ll most likely find Dr. Tina Boogren hitting the pavement, riding the Peloton, and prioritizing her own well-being. A long-time Solution Tree and Marzano Resources associate, Tina has spent her career serving others...uncovering her true passion for professional wellness along the way. Listen as this self-proclaimed “gold star junkie” shares her journey to becoming a self-care guru. From a shy girl in Cedar Rapids to burning the candle at both ends, discover how Tina Boogren learned the importance of putting yourself first in order to be at your best for your students. Hear about the life-changing work she’s doing now to help others do the same!
33 minutes | Mar 26, 2021
A Conversation with Dr. Luis Cruz: Leaving Behind Luigi for Luis
Captivating audiences everywhere with his charisma, you’ll be hard-pressed to find a more vibrant speaker and educator than Dr. Luis Cruz. Teacher, principal, writer, presenter... Luis has donned many titles over the years, but none compare to the one he holds now: cultural champion. Embracing his Latino heritage and diverse upbringing, Luis has pursued his passion for equity, making it his mission to ensure students of color, low-income students, and particularly ELLs succeed. Listen to the story of how Luis went from playing in the parking lots of Pico-Union in Los Angeles to leading the charge for lasting change in today’s education system. Discover fun anecdotes, stories of fame, and TikTok tales too!
32 minutes | Mar 12, 2021
A Conversation with Shannon Ritz - From Pom-Poms to PD
Solution Tree’s Vice President of Professional Development Shannon Ritz has built herself quite the resume. With 20 years under her belt, Shannon’s tenure at the Tree rivals even that of CEO Jeff Jones. From coaching a national champion cheerleading team to growing Solution Tree’s PD from the ground up, Shannon is a phenomenal leader who helps educators make a difference daily. Tune in for an inside look at how Solution Tree’s PD works, how it’s changed over time, and where it’s headed next. Learn some fun facts about Shannon along the way too!
27 minutes | Feb 26, 2021
A Conversation with Cassandra Erkens - Happy Accidents and Assessments
From facilitating workshops to finding innovative solutions, Cassandra Erkens embodies a true teaching professional. When she’s not spending time with her three kids or finding local treasures from each city she visits, Erkens is working hard to reinvent the assessment wheel. As a founding member and leader of the Solution Tree Assessment Center, Cassie is all about leveraging testing as an inspirational tool to drive achievement. Discover her journey to becoming the crown jewel of assessment. Listen as she shares her bumpy start, finding Camelot at Eden Prairie, the shift to presenting, and even how she shoots the occasional potato gun with her family.
42 minutes | Feb 8, 2021
A Conversation with Dr. Robert J. Marzano: Our Rockstar of Research
Dr. Robert J. Marzano, Cofounder and Chief Academic Officer of Marzano Resources, guides us through his life-long path to educational research and how his hard work, perseverance, and dedication to his career has influenced thousands of educators around the world. You’ll hear how Bob, a well-known “rockstar” in the field of education - with more than 50 years of experience, 50 books published, and more than 200 articles written - worked his way up to calling the shots on research, turning theories and data into real-world instructional strategies and practices in K-12 schools. You’ll also hear about a couple other rock stars he’s worked with along the way.
37 minutes | Jan 29, 2021
The Recipe for Success – A Conversation with Phil Warrick
Dr. Philip B. Warrick was named 2005 Nebraska State High School Principal of the Year, 2004 Nebraska Secondary School Principals Region One Principal of the Year, and 1998 Nebraska Outstanding New Principal of the Year and Nebraska Secondary School Principals Region One Assistant Principal of the Year, just to name a few of his professional accolades.In our newest episode, Phil talks about finding his path to school leadership after college, co-creating the High Reliability Schools concept with Dr. Robert J. Marzano during his time at Round Rock High School in Texas, and the “new normal” for schools these days. He also shares some insight into his family life and newfound hobbies since quarantine. From being a quarterback at Chadron State College, to educating students and leading schools, to making scones during the pandemic, you'll find out what motivates and drives Phil.
43 minutes | Dec 18, 2020
RTI at Work That Works--A Conversation with Mike Mattos
Early in his teaching career, Mike Mattos had never even heard the term "professional learning community." Attendance at a Solution Tree PLC at Work Institute and a conversation with Richard DuFour changed all of that. Mike was inspired by the concept of collaboration. Beyond that, he saw an opportunity to help students who had fallen behind. In partnership with Austin Buffum, Mike developed the system that would come to be known as Response to Intervention at Work, solutions that address question 3 of the four questions of a PLC. In this conversation with Jeff Jones, Mike talks about his upbringing, his education, and his career as an educator, author, and speaker.
35 minutes | Dec 4, 2020
Life Through Many Lenses--A Conversation with Sharon Kramer
Author, educator, administrator, and professional development presenter Sharon V. Kramer is known nationwide as an expert in assessment, school reform, and professional learning communities. As host Jeff Jones discovered, Sharon was the first member of her family to graduate from high school, let alone college. Her pursuit of educational excellence--for herself and thousands of others--has earned her the respect and admiration of educators all over the country. Hear about her journey in this episode of Inside the Treehouse.
44 minutes | Nov 20, 2020
The Great Assist!--A Conversation with Brian Butler
Brian Butler has had an illustrious career as an educator--and he's still going strong. Faced with challenges in his own education as a child, he refused to be lost in the system. With the assistance of important people in his life, he rose to the top, becoming a professional basketball player and then a teacher, coach, and a school administrator. In 2016, he led Mason Crest Elementary School in Virginia to become Solution Tree's first DuFour Award-winning PLC. Read about Brian's journey here and find out more about What About Us?, his latest book, which shares ideas for using PLC principles in grades preK-2.
36 minutes | Nov 6, 2020
Fulfillment Is the Key--A Conversation with Douglas Reeves
Dr. Douglas Reeves is an accomplished author, mentor, educator, and professional development presenter in the field of education. He's also helped guide many graduate students to complete their dissertation. In a sit-down conversation in his hometown of Boston, Doug talks with Jeff Jones about the path he's taken and what's led him to be such a voice of experience.Learn more about Douglas Reeves and his upcoming book, Deep Change Leadership, at the Solution Tree website.
38 minutes | Oct 23, 2020
These Are Not Irredeemable Throwaways--A Conversation with Anthony Muhammad
In a candid conversation with Jeff Jones, Transforming School Culture architect Dr. Anthony Muhammad talks about his childhood in Flint, Michigan, striving to get ahead in the field of education, and the often stark realities of being an educator during challenging times.Learn more about Dr. Anthony Muhammad's body of work with Solution Tree, including his Transforming School Culture solution for schools.
48 minutes | Oct 7, 2020
The Beginning--A Conversation with Dr. Bob Eaker
Jeff Jones sits down for a conversation with pioneering PLC at Work architect and champion Dr. Bob Eaker. Bob has had a long and deeply impactful career in helping educators create and sustain professional learning communities. In this discussion, he reflects on how it all began, including his momentous meeting and subsequent partnership with fellow co-founder Dr. Rick DuFour.Learn more about Dr. Robert Eaker's body of work with Solution Tree.
1 minutes | Sep 24, 2020
Welcome to the Treehouse
Solution Tree CEO Jeff Jones welcomes listeners to our new series of podcast interviews with some of the most gifted authors and presenters in the field of education.
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