Erie High School PLP: The Evolution of a PBL Program (Practicing PBL #25)

July 1, 2016

USD 101 in southeast Kansas has had a PBL program since fall of 2007 and has been able to establish and grow a strong program. Kellie Woolf, the Coordinator of the Personalized Learning Program and Steve Woolf, the Superintendent of Erie-Galesburg school district share some of the history of the school program, how it works, and some of the projects their students are doing this year. aquaponics hydroponics/seed center trees maker station NASA contest — 4 girls designed a device to […]

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Be the Change You Seek in our Schools A Dialogue with Dennis Sparks (Sticky Standards #34)

May 16, 2016

http://traffic.libsyn.com/remarkablechatter/SS_34.mp3 Be the Change You Seek in our Schools A Dialogue with Dennis Sparks Our guest is Dennis Sparks.  Dennis comes to this dialogue as a former high school teacher, director of an alternative high school, director of a teacher center, author, consultant, and the former Executive Director of Learning Forward. Most recently Dennis has been working as a “thinking partner” with districts on leadership development.  He also writes a weekly blog. Without Leadership, it is difficult to establish the […]

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Educators: Get Beyond the Rules and Get Into Relationships (Practicing PBL #23)

May 16, 2016

Steve Woolf, Superintendent at USD 101, Erie-Galesburg Kansas, joins us in this episode to share his new book, Heart2Heart Teaching: building an enduring legacy in the lives of our kids. The book is an ardent reminder about the the vital importance of strong teacher/student relationships. The book is packed full of heartfelt stories about real kids and educators and how a simple relationship did or would have made all the difference. Get your copy of Heart2Heart Teaching here: https://shop.essdack.org/products/all/Steve%20Woolf Steve […]

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Leveraging UDL for Effective PBL (Practicing PBL # 17)

December 11, 2015

  Today’s podcast features 5th grade classroom teacher, extraordinaire, Lisa Parisi who walks us through how Universal Design for Learning (http://www.cast.org/our-work/about-udl.html) works in tandem with Project/Problem Based Learning. She outlines how she creates a classroom environment that not only allows, but encourages students to find their own learning styles and preferences and then lets them engage with the learning in that style. This is truly an inspiring podcast from a veteran “just a teacher” who is very obviously dedicated to […]

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Be a Learning Partner: A Dialogue with Marceta Reilly (Sticky Standards #33)

June 4, 2015

http://traffic.libsyn.com/remarkablechatter/SS_33.mp3 Be a Learning Partner A Dialogue with Marceta Reilly Our guest is Marceta Reilly.  Marceta comes to this dialogue as a teacher, superintendent, leadership coach, author … always with a teacher’s heart.  Plua, my friend and mentor. Marceta selected two Standards for Professional Learning, Leadership and Implementation.  The many challenges and complex changes in our schools today call for a different kind of leader. Instead of being the expert, it is important for leaders to empower and develop capacity […]

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Tag…You’re it!! Teacher Leaders! A Dialogue with Bruce Wellman (Sticky Standards #32)

March 13, 2015

http://traffic.libsyn.com/remarkablechatter/SS_32.mp3 Tag….You’re it!!  Teacher Leaders!   A Dialogue with Bruce Wellman Our guest is Bruce Wellman.  Bruce comes to this dialogue as a former classroom teacher, a science specialist, and an amazing author, consultant, and friend to many educators….including ME! Bruce selected the Learning Communities and Leadership standards for our podcast.  What are the connections of these two standards?  How do we lead the leaders of learning communities?  What are the tools that support quality learning communities?  GROUP development…what does it mean?  Strategic interventions?  For Teams?  For Leaders? What are our […]

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Mark Crawford Superintendent USD 210, Hugoton (KSSA Talk #37)

February 19, 2015

Mark Crawford Superintendent USD 210 Hugoton, Kansas Mark has worked at USD 210, Hugoton, as the district leader since July 2007.  He began his teaching career in 1987 at his hometown of Mulvane, Kansas, where he taught English Language Arts, Physical Education and coached for 12 years.  Mark received his bachelor’s degree from Southwestern College and his masters degree from Wichita State University.  In 2003, he completed his district-level certificate from Emporia State University.  Mark and his wife Keri have been […]

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Beverly Mortimer, Superintendent USD 333, Concordia (KSSA Talk #36)

February 12, 2015

Beverly Mortimer Superintendent USD 333 Concordia, Kansas Beverly Mortimer was an elementary teacher and junior high science teacher from January 1982 until May of 1998 at Minneapolis/Delphos. In 1998 Mortimer became building principal in USD 333 and in 2003 she became USD 333’s Superintendent. .   A few of Beverly’s accomplishments: Christa McAuliffe Fellow – developed a river project, Presidential Science Teaching Award and Friend of Fulbright Award to travel to Japan. M. Claradine Johnson Award-AdvancED, Excellence in Education Award […]

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Dr. Steve Wyckoff – Innovative Districts And School Finance Changes (KSSA Talk #35)

February 5, 2015

Today on KSSA Talk Dr. Bill Hagerman talks to Dr. Steve Wyckoff about such topics as Innovative Districts and School Finance Changes.   A couple of the points of interest in the conversation were how do we transition a current funding formula to a formula that would fund schools for the success of their students and innovative districts which are an adaptive challenge rewriting the rulebook for the 21st century. Dr. Wyckoff also brought up the question, “What is best for […]

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Destry Brown KSSA President Elect (KSSA Talk #34)

January 22, 2015

Destry Brown has been an educator for 31 years.  He spent 11 years as an elementary teacher, 7 years as an elementary principal, and the last 13 years as a central office administrator.  He is currently the superintendent of schools in Pittsburg, KS, a position he has held for the last six years. Destry received his undergraduate and graduate degrees from Pittsburg State University.  He is a native to Southeast Kansas.  He was elected President Elect of KSSA last spring […]

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