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Teaching Tales w/ Brent Coley
16 minutes | Sep 26, 2022
E104: The Comparison Trap
In this episode, Brent uses a personal story and a scene from the classic movie City Slickers to transparently share the importance of avoiding the trap of comparing ourselves to others.
32 minutes | Aug 30, 2022
E103: Carly Spina & The Importance of Our Language Choices
Carly has 15 years of experience in Multilingual Education, including her service as an EL teacher, a third-grade bilingual classroom teacher, and a district-wide Multilingual Instructional Coach. She is currently a multilingual education specialist at the Illinois Resource Center and the author of Moving Beyond for Multilingual Learners. When talking about students and their progress, the words we use matter. A lot. In this episode, Carly and Brent chat about the importance of reflecting on the words we use to describe our students and their progress.
29 minutes | Mar 4, 2022
E102: Todd Nesloney & Tackling Imposter Syndrome
Todd is the Director of Culture and Strategic Leadership for the Texas Elementary Principals and Supervisors Association (TEPSA). He was previously a Principal/Lead Learner at a PreK-5 school in Texas. He is also an award-winning author for his books Kids Deserve It!, Stories From Webb, Sparks in the Dark, and When Kids Lead. In this episode, Todd and Brent discuss how to tackle and overcome something plaguing all too many people – Imposter Syndrome.
34 minutes | Feb 13, 2022
E101: Don Coley & Eight Things I Wish I Knew When I Started – Pt.2
In the previous episode, Brent’s recently retired father began sharing leadership lessons he’s learned throughout his career. In this episode, he’s back to share four more valuable pieces of advice, things he wishes he knew when he started his career, knowledge that can help listeners better serve those in their care.
42 minutes | Feb 2, 2022
E100: Don Coley & Eight Things I Wish I Knew When I Started – Pt.1
To celebrate the 100th episode of the podcast, Brent chats with a distinguished guest – his father (be sure to check out father and son in Episode 6 as well). Don has recently retired from a long and successful career in a variety of leadership positions. In this episode, the first of a two-part conversation, he shares valuable pieces of advice, eight things he wishes he knew when he started his career, knowledge that can help listeners better serve those in their care.
38 minutes | Jan 27, 2022
E99: Mike Earnshaw, Solomon Petchers & Brent Coley – So You’re Thinking About Writing a Book…Three Authors’ Journeys
Mike is an elementary school principal in Illinois and the author of The EduCulture Cookbook: Recipes & Dishes to Positively Transform School & Classroom Culture. Solomon is a middle school teacher and author of three novels for young readers: A Ghost in the Attic, Feasters: An Apocalyptic Tale, and Feasters: The Circle. Brent is the author of Stories of EduInfluence: 10 Life-Changing Powers to Unleash in Your School and the upcoming children’s book The Gift. In this episode, Mike, Solomon, and Brent share details about how they wrote their books, from the infancy stage to their writing/editing processes to publishing (both traditional and self-published). If you’ve ever considered writing a book of your own but wondered how to get started, this is the episode for you!
41 minutes | Jan 20, 2022
E98: Vernon Wright & Remembering We're in the People Business
Vernon is an entrepreneur, speaker, life coach, consultant, and leader. He has over 17 years of experience in education working in large, urban school districts and has previously served in the roles of teacher, teacher leader, campus leadership team member, and district-level support. Get ready to be inspired as Vernon passionately reminds us that to maximize our influence, we must remember we're in the people business.
31 minutes | Jan 3, 2022
E97: Rosalba Rodriguez & Supporting and Encouraging Those We Serve
Rosalba has been an educator in Southern California for nearly 20 years. She started her career as an instructional assistant, taught for 14 years, and then moved into administration where she is currently in her first year as the principal of Castle View Elementary in Riverside, California. Rosalba is passionate about supporting those around her, and in this episode she and Brent discuss how there’s never been a more important time to actively encourage and support those we serve.
22 minutes | Jun 18, 2021
E96: Back to Better
In this episode, Brent shares some of his reflections on the 2020-2021 school year, focusing not only on the challenges, but on the skills, knowledge, and experiences we gained because of them. As we prepare to welcome students back in August, Brent reminds us that we are better than we were 15 months ago. So let’s not just settle for things getting back to normal. Let’s get back to better!
44 minutes | May 29, 2021
E95: John Eick & Changing the Conditions of the Test
Back as a guest on the podcast for the fourth time, John is a passionate educator doing amazing things as the Executive Director of Westlake Charter School in Sacramento, California. He is also the host of the incredible Learn With John Eick Podcast, one you definitely want to check out. In this episode, John and Brent take inspiration from Star Trek’s Captain Kirk and discuss how we can rewrite the unwritten rules of education to make students and adults more successful. Bottom line -- just because it’s always been a certain way doesn’t mean it has to continue being that way.
48 minutes | May 23, 2021
E94: Toby and Leah Price & How We Say What We Say Matters
Toby is a former elementary school teacher and currently an assistant principal at Gary Road Elementary School in Mississippi. He is a passionate educator who actively shares encouragement, resources, and expertise through Twitter and his blog. His wife, Leah, has been an educator and is currently working at home taking care of their three children. In this must-listen episode, Toby and Leah share an educator’s and parent’s perspective on the importance of how we report on student progress. It’s not just what we say, but also how we say it that matters.
16 minutes | Apr 11, 2021
E93: Choosing to Be Thankful
In this episode, Brent flies solo to talk about how a simple song lyric can remind us that we have a choice -- to water the tree of thankfulness rather than the weed of negativity.
64 minutes | Mar 6, 2021
E92: Evan Whitehead & Advocating for Your Own Mental and Physical Health
Evan has been an educator for 23 years, had multiple roles in the field, and has been a school district administrator for the past 11. In this episode, Evan talks about balance, boundaries, and breaks as he transparently shares his powerful story of the importance of advocating for our own mental and physical health.
41 minutes | Feb 13, 2021
E91: Mike Earnshaw & Teaching and Leading Outside the Box
Mike is in his seventh year as an elementary principal in Lansing, Illinois. Before moving into administration, he taught middle school English Language Arts for 15 years. Mike is the author of the book The EduCulture Cookbook (to be released spring/summer 2021), co-host of the Punk Rock Classrooms Podcast, and shares his thoughts on education on his blog. In this episode, Mike shares stories of how we can break away from the stereotypes to teach and lead in a way that makes people excited to come to school.
50 minutes | Feb 6, 2021
E90: Mary Vongsavanh & The Stories We Don’t See
Mary is an assistant principal in the Murrieta Valley Unified School District. Before moving into administration, she taught middle school math and was an Instructional Math Coach. In this episode, Mary shares the powerful story of how she immigrated to the United States at a young age and the challenges she faced as a second language learner. You don’t want to miss this powerful episode packed with reminders that everyone has a story, and those stories are not always visible.
44 minutes | Jan 30, 2021
E89: Joe Marquez & #FitEDU -- The Journey to Healthier Living
Joe is the Director of Academic Innovation at CUE. He is also a Google Innovative Educator/Trainer, a Microsoft Innovative Educator, and the co-host of the Sons of Technology Podcast. In this episode, Joe and I share the stories of our journeys to a more fit and healthy lifestyle, along with encouragement and tips on how others can take the journey as well.
38 minutes | Jan 18, 2021
E88: Sean McCarthy & The Importance of Mindfulness and Self Care
Sean is a National Board Certified Teacher and currently the Staff Development and Induction Coordinator for the Murrieta Valley Unified School District in Southern California, facilitating the district’s professional development programs and induction program for new teachers. In this episode, Sean shares the personal story of how he came to understand the importance of mindfulness and how we can all engage in practices that enable us to be healthy and present for our families and our students.
50 minutes | Jan 9, 2021
E87: Dr. Sam Fecich & Advice for New and Aspiring Teachers (and Veteran Teachers Too!)
Dr. Sam, a professor at Grove City College in Pennsylvania working with preservice teachers in the areas of educational technology and special education, is back for another episode (see her previous chat in Episode 52)! She is also the author of EduMagic: A Guide for Preservice Teachers and EduMagic Shine On: A Guide for New Teachers. In this episode, Sam and Brent share pieces of advice for new teachers, aspiring teachers...and all teachers!
63 minutes | Jan 4, 2021
E86: Brian Briggs & The Silver Linings of 2020
Brian is the Director of Technology of the Washington Unified School District in Northern California, the Board President of CUE, and co-host of the awesome Check This Out podcast. While this past year brought significant challenges, there were also some bright spots. In this episode, Brian and Brent share some of the silver linings from 2020.
44 minutes | Dec 28, 2020
E85: Scott Nunes & Tips for Starting a Podcast
Scott is a former language arts teacher turned educational technology coach in Northern California, passionately helping educators infuse technology into their teaching. He is also the host of multiple outstanding podcasts including the TNT Edtech Podcast and Education Today. In this episode, Scott and Brent share the stories of how they got into podcasting as well as some tips on how listeners can quickly and easily start their own podcast to share their stories with the world.
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