Remarkable Chatter

Learning by Doing with the Life Practice Model (Remarkable Chatter #19)

May 7, 2013

Ginger Lewman, ESSDACK educational consultant, joins Steve Wyckoff and Bill Hagerman, superintendent at USD 309 Nickerson, Kansas as they discuss project/problem based learning.  Ginger worked for five years establishing a PBL charter school where she developed the curriculum used by the students in grades 5–8.  Ginger talks about what she learned from her experience and how that led to the development of the LifePractice Model.  Working with her partner, Kevin Honeycutt, they developed the LifePractice Model on the basic premise […]

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College and Career Ready Instructional Frameworks (Remarkable Chatter #18)

May 1, 2013

As schools across Kansas incorporate the new College and Career Ready State Standards into classroom instruction, they face many challenges such as insuring staff buy-in, developing a common language for collaboration, and establishing common practices for implementation.  To address these issues, USD 313 Buhler developed instructional frameworks that incorporate the 5 R’s of 21st century learning and provide a dynamic model for the district’s teachers.  Join Steve Wyckoff, Tamara Konrade and their guest Mary Frasier, instructional technology specialist at Buhler […]

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How Learning Occurs (Remarkable Chatter #16)

April 12, 2013

In this episode of Remarkable Chatter, Tamara Konrade and Steve Wyckoff discuss how individuals learn and examine the alignment that exists with the learning by doing model many schools are adopting.  Tamara shares her experience in a pilot teacher education program at Fort Hays State University where students practiced concepts in elementary classrooms all four years of college rather than a teaching block the final semester.  She credits the reflections and observations from her co-hort group along with the guidance […]

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Learning vs Doing, and Learning By Doing (Remarkable Chatter #15)

March 20, 2013

Learning By Doing In this episode, Dr. Steve Wyckoff, Tamara Kondrade, and Dr. Bill Hagerman, superintendent of schools at USD 309 Nickerson, KS discuss one of the big instructional changes facing educators today; learning by doing:  Learning vs Doing.  Digitizing content so information is ubiquitous has transformed knowledge into a commodity.  The teacher is no longer the content expert standing in front of the room sharing information because every student can become an expert in a matter of minutes.  As […]

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Brian Jordan on Remarkable Leadership (Remarkable Chatter #14)

March 12, 2013

Brian Jordan, Director of Leadership Services for the Kansas Association of School Boards (KASB), joins Steve Wyckoff and Tamara Konrade to discuss the qualities of a remarkable leader and to explain how KASB can help local districts develop those leaders at all levels.  To fulfill their mission of raising the level of student achievement across the state, the Leadership Services team works with every level of school leadership from principals to boards of education to help them understand and manage […]

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Instructional Shifts and the Kansas College and Career Ready Standards (Remarkable Chatter #13)

March 5, 2013

Tamara Konrade, Steve Wyckoff, Bill Hagerman, and Connie Wehmeyer discuss the instructional shifts that must occur for the effective implementation of the new Kansas standards.  Dr. Wehmeyer emphasizes the importance of a district needs assessment to determine “where are you and what do you need to get better?”  Other key areas of need they explore include: Time for teacher professional development Internalization of literacy as defined in the Common Core Performance exemplars used to create tasks that develop transferable skills […]

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Remarkable Chatter Interview With Dr. Randy Watson on real, important data. A much better proxy for student, and school success

February 7, 2013

Dr. Randy Watson Dr. Watson is currently the superintendent of schools in McPherson USD 418. He has been a history teacher, assistant principal, principal, assistant superintendent in Kansas schools. Dr. Watson is currently the president of the Kansas School Superintendent Association. randy.watson@mcpherson.com    National Student Clearinghouse StudentTracker for High Schools Outcomes Reporting / Case Studies / Testimonials / FERPA Compliance / Participating Enrollment Reporting Institutions / How To Subscribe StudentTracker℠ for High Schools is a unique program designed to help […]

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Energy Assessment and Mentoring (Remarkable Chatter #11)

January 29, 2013

In this episode of Remarkable Chatter, Steve Wyckoff and Tamara Konrade discuss the Energy Leadership Assessment Index, a tool developed by the Institute for Professional Excellence in Coaching (IPEC).  Tamara had the opportunity to actually take the assessment and participate in a debriefing session with Susan Gonzales from IPEC.  Calling the experience “transformational,” Tamara talks about the insights she gained as a leader when she learned about the two types of energy people exhibit: anabolic (high level) and catabolic (low […]

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Community Student Councils and Common Core (Remarkable Chatter #10)

January 7, 2013

Bill Hagerman joins Steve and Tamara as a co-host for Remarkable Chatter.  He brings a broad perspective to the show as a former businessman, teacher, Board of Education employee, principal, and currently the Nickerson Superintendent of Schools in Kansas. The focus of the podcast is learning by doing and the idea of creating a community student council to allow students to learn by serving as leaders in their community.   One goal would be to empower students to make an impact […]

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Math Education with Tammy Fellers (Remarkable Chatter #9)

January 7, 2013

In this episode,  Steve and Tamara discuss math education with Tammy Fellers, an ESSDACK Educational Specialist.  She discusses her background as a former charter school teacher and how she ran a business to help students understand math concepts and life lessons. She discusses several challenges of today’s math education such as teachers understanding the standards and having a healthy balance for explicit instruction and investigative models such as project-based learning. Tammy consults with districts, provides workshops and has created products […]

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