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[Episode 50] Being Black at School

July 23rd, 2017

in this episode, Franchesca Warren interviews Kelly Hurst, Executive Director of Being Black at School, as we discussed the realities of being black at school-the good, bad, and ugly. This episode doesn't do the obligatory talk about "race" but they go "deep" into not only the realities but what teachers can do to really do the work. In this episode, we discuss...

  • the background of how being Black in School was started
  • the bias that many teachers have towards students of color
  • why the work of Being in Black in School is needed
  • why being colorblind does not help a situation
  • three things for educators to do TODAY to start the work of deconstructing an educational system that swallows our most vulnerable students. 

Resources Discussed in this episode:

Here's how to connect to Kelly:
10 Things Schools Can Do Today for Black Students on our Medium channel



[Episode 49] How the Healthcare Bill Affects You As a Teacher

June 24th, 2017

cIn this episode, Franchesca Warren interviews John Palmer from, T.R.A.G.I.C, as we discuss why teachers should be concerned about what's in this "new" health care bill and why teachers must fight political party partisan when it comes to our livelihood. During the interview the following topics are discussed:

  • how T.R.A.G.I.C. changed the face of healthcare in Georgia when teachers were faced with
  • how this new medical bill has the potential to severely change how students in our classroom are serviced 
  • why teachers must put aside partisan and vote for their livelihood


To learn more about T.R.A.G.I.C., please contact John at any of the following contacts.




[Episode 48] Training Students to Be Teachers

June 24th, 2017

In this episode, Franchesca interviews Adrian Layne, a veteran English/Language Arts teacher who runs a magnet program that trains students to be teachers. In this conversation we discuss: 

  • the inception of her teacher training program
  • the increase and/or decline of student enrollment 
  • the collaboration between elementary teachers and the students

and everything in between! If you've been considering some ways that teachers can train up the next generation of teachers, this is a great episode to listen to and leave us feedback on! 

To get in contact with Adrian, click here.



[Episode 47] Living Your Best Life: A Teacher’s Story on Being Fit and Finally Free

June 23rd, 2017

In this episode, Franchesca Warren, interviews Almetria Turner from Fit and Finally Free about her journey from being 347 pounds to losing 177 pounds- without pills, teas, or surgery. In this episode, Almetria not only discusses her journey but the round blocks she encountered and why teachers have to be physically healthy. Note: Almetria will be a workshop presenter at the Teacher Self-Care One-Day Workshop in Memphis, October 7th, 2017! 

To register for this conference, click HERE


Facebook: and Finally Free
Linked in and FB-Almetria Turner



[Episode 46] Teaching With Mr. D! Social Media Is Not the Enemy

May 19th, 2017

Ever since I saw Mr. D's clip on The Ellen Show, I have been in love with his infectious smile and bubbly personality! Since Social Media is such a huge deal in every school, we thought it would be interesting to discuss how one teacher makes it work for his fourth-grade students.

Mr. Dombrowski has built a pretty influential social media following documenting his every move with his 4th-grade class. In this episode, Mr. D shares his thoughts on teachers using social media in the classroom. We discuss everything from how he ended up on The Ellen Show, the appropriate use of social media in the classroom, gaining parental permission, etc. 

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[Episode 45] Why Every Teacher Should Get a Career Counselor

April 18th, 2017

Statistics show that during the first five years of teaching, the majority of new teachers will leave the profession. What's even more staggering is trying to figure out what do these teachers end up doing after they leave the field of education? 

In the opening of Season 3 of our podcast, we interview Andrea Holyfield from LiveWellCPS as she gives some honest advice not only for teachers trying to leave the profession but those who want to stay in the profession. Andrea presented at our Teacher Self-Care Conference and attendees were BLOWN away with the practical advice she gave for teachers to transition to other careers.


During this conversation we discuss: 

  • the biggest mistakes teachers make when looking for jobs. 
  • the types of jobs that are actively looking for teachers
  • how to transfer your skills from being a classroom teacher into corporate America
  • and much more! 

Take your time to not only listen to this podcast, but subscribe and share with a friend who may need this! 

To get ahold of Andrea, please check out her website ( and tell her found her on our podcast! 


[Episode 44] Why Education Should Not Be Partisan Issue: What Is Teacher Resistance?

January 16th, 2017

In this episode, Franchesca Warren talks with Ruben Brosbe about his movement #teacherresistance in response to an increase in bullying, racism, xenophobia among school children. We discuss the following issues: 

  • Why education should not be a partisan issue. 
  • Does resistance only affect teachers who work in minority schools? 
  • The election of Donald Trump and what that means to teachers. 
  • How we can bridge the understanding gaps with teachers who identify as Democrats and Conservatives. 



[Episode 43] What is The Whole Teacher Conference?

January 16th, 2017

In this mini episode, Franchesca Warren discusses The Educator's Room upcoming Whole Teacher Conference on March 25th, 2017. To learn more about this event please click here. To register click here


[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. 


[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.