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The Thoughtul Teacher Podcast
10 minutes | Jun 13, 2022
Commentary: What do we assess?
Host Scott Lee offers commentary about what should be assessed in schools.
27 minutes | May 17, 2022
Implementing Trauma Informed Education Programming with Ellen Montgomery
Ellen Montgomery returns to The Thoughtful Teacher Podcast to discuss her work in implementing trauma informed programming in the Metro Nashville (Tennessee) Public Schools. We discuss how this student mental health centered initiative helps students who have experienced trauma and Ellen shares some stories about how this work positively supports both students and teachers.
24 minutes | May 3, 2022
School Safety and De-escalation with Amy Murphy and Brian Van Brunt part 2
In the second part of our discussion on school safety and de-escalation Amy Muphy, Brian Van Brunt and Scott Lee discuss the public health model for safety and de-escalation, teacher creativity, relationships and get sidetracked a little about films that feature teachers.
30 minutes | Apr 19, 2022
School Safety and De-escalation with Amy Murphy and Brian Van Brunt
School safety and crisis intervention experts Amy Murphy and Brian Van Brunt discuss techniques for classroom crisis de-escalation with host Scott Lee. Amy and Brian recommend a research-based three-pronged approach to preventing or mitigating crisis situations in a classroom setting: clarifying norms for a safe climate, de-escalation, and teamwork.
38 minutes | Apr 5, 2022
Teacher Advocacy with Sanford Johnson
Sanford Johnson the Executive Director for Teach Plus Mississippi and host Scott Lee discuss teacher advocacy. Sanford has spent a great deal of his career advocating for education professionals, in this episode he shares his work supporting teacher quality as well as the activities that he and Mississippi Teach Plus Fellows including improving teacher compensation, improving mental health resources and strengthening the teacher pipeline.
28 minutes | Mar 22, 2022
The Universal Values that Support Resilience Development with Larry Brendtro
In the second part of our discussion with Larry Brendtro we talk about how the latest brain science and social science research continues to demonstrate that youth develop resilience by developing supportive relationships with caring adults. The values that support these relationships are belonging, mastery, responsibility and generosity which are universal values.
34 minutes | Mar 8, 2022
Creating Cultures where Students Thrive with Larry Brendtro
Larry Brentro shares his experiences in his career as a teacher, principal, program director, social worker and professor as he helps illuminate what what effective educators do in classrooms and schools. Larry has authored or co-authored 15 books on topics include teaching and learning, healthy brain development and quality learning environments for students who have been marginalized. He also co-hosts the annual Reclaiming Youth Seminars, which are currently held every summer in Sioux Falls, South Dakota along with his co-authors of the book Reclaiming Youth at Risk: Futures of Promise. Larry and his late wife, Janna who was research editor for his publications, are parents to three adult children and seven grandchildren. Our wide ranging discussion will start with some of Larry's early professional experiences and continue as we discuss why many schools fail to adequately meet the needs of students.
28 minutes | Dec 14, 2021
Education and Recycling in Haiti with Blada Desauguste
A non-profit Haitian and US based partnership for recycling plastic also has a growing educational mission within Haitian schools. In this episode, guest Blada Desauguste and host Scott Lee discuss this teacher-created education program that operates as part of a plastic recycling program in Haiti. Blada also explains how some short-sighted policy decisions have led to a large plastic waste problem in Haiti and how his organization, Kay (pronounced Kai) Blada Recycling, provides part of the solution.
22 minutes | Nov 19, 2021
Discussing Equity Issues with Students with Dr. Malcolm Gillard
Malcolm Gillard and Scott Lee discuss equity issues, restorative practices and creating a positive classroom environment for all students.
30 minutes | Oct 27, 2021
Laws Limiting Discussion of Race and Gender Issues with Dr. Mark Finchum
Executive Director of the Tennessee Council for the Social Studies and I discuss recent laws that limit discussion of equity, race, and gender issues by teachers. Tennessee was one of the first of several states have passed such laws. We talk about how this law may affect teachers, particularly social studies teachers, in Tennessee and elsewhere.
30 minutes | Oct 13, 2021
Mindfulness for Students who have Experienced Trauma with Jennifer Knowles
In this episode, Jennifer Knowles returns and we dive deeper into mindfulness in schools as we discuss trauma informed mindfulness. Enjoy learning more about how mindfulness is a part of transforming learning and schools.
30 minutes | Sep 29, 2021
Parenting Advice for Tweens with Joshua Sneideman
Our friend Joshua Sneideman returns to discuss his new book Parenting Tweens: Successfully Navigating the Middle School Years. We learn about a useful resource for teachers and parents about this important (and sometimes difficult) developmental time.
15 minutes | Sep 14, 2021
No, We Are Not Teaching Communism with guest Adam Jordan
We continue our conversation from last season with Adam Jordan discussing the negative public narratives that professional educators are facing.
24 minutes | Jun 29, 2021
Social Justice and what's coming with the All Y'all Social Justice Collective with Adam Jordan
Guest Adam Jordan and I discuss some of the exciting events planned for this summer and fall sponsored by the All Y'all Social Justice Collective. After that he and I discuss some of the problems of equity facing the teaching profession. This part one of two episodes of conversations where we discuss equity issues. This episode will conclude our spring 2021 series, we will return with the fall series in September and Adam and I will continue our conversation.
5 minutes | Jun 16, 2021
Tim Shriver calls for an Education Moon Shot
Commentary by host Scott Lee discussing Tim Shriver's recent call for "An Education Moon Shot".
26 minutes | May 19, 2021
How to be a Therapeutic Helper with Dr. Paul Baker
As part of the continuing series on restorative practice, we continue our discussion with Dr. Paul Baker focusing on how all school staff members can learn to be a therapeutic helper for students who have experienced trauma. Specifically, Dr. Baker outlines the ways in which Neurotransactional Repair happens for students who have become disconnected.
21 minutes | May 5, 2021
Teaching Students who have Experienced Trauma with Dr. Paul Baker
Guest Dr. Paul Baker discusses what is going on with students who have experienced trauma and why the approaches that some educators often fail. We also talk about what does work and a mindset that will help teachers work with students who exhibit difficult behaviors.
33 minutes | Apr 21, 2021
How to Confront White Nationalism in Schools with Jessica Acee
For a variety of reasons, students bring white nationalist and extremist ideas into schools. For most educators this is a challenge because this is rarely a topic for professional learning and this is an unusually difficult topic to address. The Western States Center recently published the 2nd edition of their Confronting White Nationalism in Schools Toolkit and in this episode we will meet one of the co-authors Jessica Acee. In our discussion we learn about white nationalism in general and how to use the toolkit in school contexts.
14 minutes | Apr 6, 2021
Restorative Interventions with Mark Freado
We continue our discussion with Mark Freado in our restorative practices series. In this episode we follow up our discussion about restorative culture by talking about interventions. We specifically discuss Life Space Crisis Intervention (LSCI) and Planning Restorative Outcomes both of which educators and youth care workers can use to enhance their professional practice.
22 minutes | Mar 23, 2021
Developing a Restorative Culture with Mark Freado
Mark Freado discusses how to develop a restorative culture within a school or youth serving organization and why focusing solely on punishment and rewards does not foster positive change within children and adolescents.
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