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25 minutes | May 2, 2022
Ep. 28 | Instructional Coaching: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly
Join us today as we talk about the ins and outs of instructional coaching. What is it? And how should it be implemented?
39 minutes | Mar 30, 2022
Ep. 27 | Community Outreach and Student Travel with Robert Allen
Robert Allen joins us today to talk about his experience with student travel and having students work on community outreach projects. Robert Allen has over 20 years of teaching experience. We hope today's discussion inspires teachers to think outside of the box and get their students serving outside the classroom.
28 minutes | Feb 28, 2022
Ep. 26 | CRT and Other Political Musings
Today Prep Hour discusses the politics of education in Arizona. State Educational Standards for Arizona: Standards by Grade Level
27 minutes | Feb 14, 2022
Ep. 25 | Educational Leadership with Melinda Murphy
We speak with high school principal, Melinda Murphy, about the challenges facing educational leaders. Melinda is principal of Highland High School in Gilbert, Arizona.
27 minutes | Dec 13, 2021
Ep. 24 | Public School Showcase: Model UN
Prep Hour is joined by Matt Compiseno, social studies teacher and Model UN coordinator at Highland High School in Gilbert, Arizona. Matt guides us through what it's like creating and facilitating this exciting academic club. Enjoy!Model UN Maricopa Community CollegesUN Global IssuesModel UN Example PageAlso, look up the Model UN app by Bellwether Systems on Google Play and in the Apple Store.
30 minutes | Nov 15, 2021
Ep. 23 | Arizona's Teacher Residency Program
Teaching, politics, and the social contract, we discuss it all in today's episode. Is Arizona's teacher residency program a step in the right direction? Is it a cure-all for the severe teacher shortage in Arizona? We have a lot of opinions. And, as always, we verve off course throughout the episode.WARNING: This episode has several instances of foul language. We apologize if this offends you. We'll do better. Okay, we'll try, but...Links to sources used:Teacher Adjusted PayThe Arizona Republic ArticleArizona Capitol Times ArticleArizona K12 Center (Teacher Residency Outline)
42 minutes | Oct 26, 2021
Ep. 22 | Lift the Lid with Sara Goff
Sara Goff, the founder of Lift the Lid, a global 501(c)(3), joins Prep Hour to discuss the ideas of validation, recognition and finding self-worth through education."Author Sara Goff spent seven years as a New York City fashion designer and merchandiser before leaving her career to make a difference in the world. She founded the global educational charity Lift the Lid, Inc. in 2010, which supports underprivileged schools and encourages young people to exercise their creative expression through writing. In 2019, Sara started an organization for political wellness and effective communication called Bridging Minds. Their active online discussion group of nearly 2200 members and growing — a positive place to share perspectives and compare facts — represents voices across America. Her novel “I Always Cry at Weddings” (WhiteFire Publishing, 2015) is a New York City tale about figuring out your purpose in life and finding love." (https://www.saragoff.com/, 2021)Links:Lift the Lid OrganizationSara GoffBridging Minds Collective
28 minutes | Oct 11, 2021
Ep. 21 | Top 10 Reasons to Become a Teacher
In today's episode, we lay out 10 reasons why you should become a teacher. If you think we missed something, let us know by joining our conversation on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter at @prephourpodcast.Until next time!
39 minutes | Sep 21, 2021
REPLAY: Unions, Controversial Topics and Building Community with Heather Tawney, elementary school teacher
One of our most downloaded episodes. Enjoy it again, or for the first time!Join Prep Hour and veteran elementary school teacher, Heather Tawney, as we discuss teacher associations, building community, and teaching controversial topics in the classroom.Join the conversation on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook at @prephourpodcast
47 minutes | Sep 6, 2021
Ep. 20 | Mentoring New Teachers
We won’t lie, this episode is sinuous. We were set to discuss teacher mentorships, but the discussion bobbed and weaved through a myriad of topics, such as, creating a culture in school, what teachers should really complain about, and how leadership can help facilitate a more welcoming environment for students. Hint, it involves giving teachers more freedom to manage their students and classroom environment.We hope you enjoy the episode. As always, please join our discussion by visiting us on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram at @prephourpodcast.
41 minutes | Aug 23, 2021
Ep. 19 | East Valley Alliance of Black School Educators with Dr. Lisa McCray Cannon
Join Prep Hour and our guest, Dr. Lisa McCray Cannon, as we promote EVABSE's launch and learn conference. We discuss CRT, equity, and how to promote social learning and acceptance in our schools.https://www.facebook.com/evabse/https://instagram.com/eastvalley_abse?utm_medium=copy_link
35 minutes | Aug 9, 2021
Ep. 18 | AP vs Dual Enrollment
In this episode, we talk about AP versus dual enrollment courses. If you're a teacher we discuss the pros and cons of teaching AP and dual enrollment, and we talk about how to become an AP teacher. If you're a parent or student, we discuss the pros and cons of taking an AP or dual enrollment course. Also, we discuss which course is best for your goals.
27 minutes | Jun 15, 2021
Ep. 17 | End of the COVID School Year
Prep Hour speaks with several teachers and administrators about the pros and cons of the past school year and how COVID-19 will change education in the years to come.
36 minutes | May 3, 2021
Ep. 16 | Career and Technical Education: Culinary Arts with Mary Brightman
Today we explore the rich and diverse field of CTE. CTE provides public school students the ability to acquire trade skills needed for the workforce. Today we speak with Mary Brightman, a culinary teacher in Gilbert, AZ, about some of the challenges and misconceptions associated with CTE courses. We also talk about the special moments that make teaching CTE rewarding.Link: What Is CTE?
34 minutes | Apr 19, 2021
Ep. 15 | Feeling the Burn of Teacher Burnout
Today, sans Mark, we discuss teacher burnout, how to recognize it, and how it affects your student and community.
26 minutes | Apr 5, 2021
Ep. 14 | Building Community in the Classroom
Join Prep Hour as we discuss the intricacies and nuances of creating community in the classroom. If you have ideas on how to create community in the classroom, please share them with our listeners on our Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter page at @prephourpodcast.
34 minutes | Mar 22, 2021
Ep. 13 | Professional Development: What Works and What Doesn't
Teachers hate to waste time. In today's episode, we talk about the attributes of good PD and what administrators should think about when trying to give teachers quality professional development.
38 minutes | Mar 15, 2021
Ep. 12 | Your Cheating Hearts: Why Students Cheat and What to Do About It
Cheating is a part of life for many high schoolers, well, 95% of them anyway. In today's episode, we talk about cheating, why students cheat, and what we can do with our practice to disincentivize cheating.Resources:Edutopia Article: Statistics and Why Harvard Article: Discussion with StudentsThe episode title references a Hank Williams, Sr., song titled, Your Cheatin' Heart.
33 minutes | Mar 8, 2021
REPLAY: Discussing Red for Ed With Jackie Haener-Figueroa
Life happens! We wanted to take advantage of a short break and replay our very first episode. We hope you enjoy it. If you've already heard this episode, please use this time to catch up with the rest of our catalog. See you all next week.
32 minutes | Mar 1, 2021
Ep. 11 | Part II: Title I Schools with Karla Palafox
Title I schools get portrayed as "troubled" schools or "bad" schools. Nothing could be further from the truth. Prep Hour invites Karla Palafox, a Title I school teacher, to help us tear down those misconceptions. Karla explains how culture, misconceptions, and language barriers deter many qualified teachers from a teaching job that is filled with meaningful relationships, tough-love, and purpose.
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