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[Episode 42] : When Is It Time for Teachers to Leave the Profession?

January 7th, 2017

How many times have you wondered is it time for you to leave the classroom and explore other career options? As teachers sometimes it's daily. Listen to podcast host, Franchesca Warren, discuss when teachers should leave (or stay) in the classroom. 

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[Episode 41] What’s Best for Children?

December 24th, 2016

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In this episode, Franchesca Warren interviews Susan Ochshorn, the brilliant mind behind ECE PolicyWorks.For nearly two decades, Susan has worked in a broad range of settings at the local, state, and national levels to bridge research, policy, and practice, to integrate ECE into the larger education reform conversation, and to catalyze social change. In this episode, we discuss a multitude of topics around the common theme, "what's best for children". We discuss what the formative years schooling is supposed to look like and how teachers can fight the machine of overtesting.

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[Episode 40] Who Will Save the Teachers? A Conversation About Teacher Depression

November 26th, 2016

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In this episode, Franchesca starts the conversation around teacher depression with four teachers who been through the arduous struggle of teaching while depressed. We discuss the following: - what does the word depression mean for them? - how can school districts can be allies with teachers in self-care -how a clinical diagnosis of depression gives teachers some leeway in their treatment - among other things. Please share and review this podcast and share with a teacher!

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[Episode 39] How to Engage With Students Who Are Behaviorally Challenged

November 22nd, 2016

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Have you ever received a child in your class who as soon as you see them you know they will be a behavior challenge? Call it teacher intuition, but you can feel it- and most times you're right. You stay up late racking your brain for strategies for these students, but many times you don't have the time or the resources to effectively engage with them how they need to be engaged. In this episode, Franchesca interviews Amy Arnold- a lifelong educator, TER Writer, behavior specialist, and advocate for students with special needs about how teachers can engage the students who are traditionally looked upon as "bad" by their classmates and teachers.

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[Episode 38] Hi, I’m a Teacher and I’m Homeless

November 8th, 2016

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During this episode, Franchesca Warren talks with Vivett Dukes- a veteran NYC teacher about her experiences with being homeless while teaching. The number of homeless students in U.S. has doubled since before the recession. The number of homeless children in public schools has doubled since before the recession, reaching a record national total of 1.36 million in the 2013-2014 school year, according to new federal data. But that leads us to ask, what about the teachers who find themselves in similar situations? Vivette gets deeply personal as she discusses the "small" setbacks that led to her and her daughter becoming homeless and how she was able to persevere and "get back on her feet". In addition, Franchesca and Vivette discuss the skyrocketing rent prices in New York City and things teachers can do to make their financial situations better.

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[Episode 37] The Microagressions of Mispronouncing A Student’s Name

October 10th, 2016

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During this episode, we discuss the mispronouncing of student's names and how something that small (to us) can be viewed by students.

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[Episode 36] Teaching in the Dominican Republic to Practice Self-Care

October 2nd, 2016

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During this episode, Franchesca Warren talks with The Educator's Room writer, Whitney Kaulbach as she discusses how her journey to self-care took her to teaching in The Dominican Republic. For the past couple of weeks, we've discussed the need for teachers to not only advocate for self-care but to understand that teachers must be taken care of as a whole. The Whole Teacher Movement is defined as the need for every teacher, in each school, in each of our communities deserves to be healthy, safe, engaged, supported and challenged. The Whole Teacher Movement is defined as the need for every teacher, in each school, in each of our communities deserves to be healthy, safe, engaged, supported and challenged. So Whitney followed her heart and in August she began her journey of teaching overseas. In this interview you will learn about: -the need to practice teacher self-care -how her family of three transitioned to the Dominican Republic -why it took her two years to find the right school -the main difference between education in the United States to the Caribbean -how she "tied up loose ends" with her home district of twenty years

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[Episode 35] The Whole Teacher Belief System And Why Schools Should Use It

September 25th, 2016

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In episode 8 of season two, Franchesca Warren discusses why schools need to embrace a Whole Teacher focus in building the culture in their school. She not only discusses what the whole teacher movement looks like, but she discusses how focusing on teacher happiness will help teachers stay in the profession.

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[Episode 34] Are Our First Amendment Rights Coming in Second?

September 17th, 2016

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In this episode, Franchesca Warren interviews 7th-grade History Teacher and Writer, Mr. Jake Miller about our first amendment rights. During this conversation we discuss Colin Kaepernick, the National Anthem, the 2016 Presidential Election among other things all while asking the question- are our first amendment rights coming in second?

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[Episode 33] ] How to Create a Growth Mindset School

September 9th, 2016

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In this episode, Franchesca Warren interviews Dee Priester from Mid-Pacific Institute from the island of Hawaii about how he has created a growth mindset school for his K-12 school. During this podcast, we will discuss the following: - advice for administrators to empower teachers and students as partners in learning. - strategies they use to instill a growth mindset in all partners of the school. - the need for meaningful technology to engage everyone in the school.

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