Writing For The Government (Better Learning For Schools #40)

June 15, 2016 This podcasts explores what it is like to be an educator who writes for the government.  Our guest is Suzy Meyers–a long time teacher who now works and writes for her state’s Department of Education as a literacy and writing consultant. She helps oversee the training of tens of thousands of teachers when it comes to literacy standards and reading and writing instruction and assessment. Suzy shares tips for communicating through writing with clarity. Curtis Chandler can be contacted at: […]

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Guardian Princesses – STEAMrollrs Special Edition (STEM Everyday #44)

June 3, 2016

Guest host, Marion Leary, takes time to interview Setsu Shgematsu, Associate Professor in the Media and Cultural Studies Department at University of California, Riverside and creator of the childrens’ book series Guardian Princesses, along with Pavita Singh Director of Outreach. A special fifth birthday present led to the Guardian Princesses who are heroines of a NEW BOOK SERIES. The stories transform the cultural meaning of the princesses into inspiring leaders who take action to protect the people and the planet.  They shift […]

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Minkel’s Elementary Writing Tips (Better Learning For Schools #39

May 13, 2016   This podcast explores writing in education with our guest–Justin Minkel.  Justin is an elementary school teacher and was recently named the Arkansas Teacher of the Year.  He was also given the Milken Educator award.  He teaches in a high-achieving public elementary school where 97% of the students live in poverty and 85% are English Learners. Minkel previously taught 4th grade in Harlem, New York City.  His writing and commentary have been featured in the Washington Post, Education Week, and […]

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Making Time to Write (Better Learning For Schools #38)

February 29, 2016   In this podcast, we visit with Glenn Wiebe.  He is an educator, social studies guru, and blogger on the widely popular website History Tech.  Glenn shares his thoughts on the need for teachers to regularly write alongside their students. Curtis Chandler can be contacted at: Twitter @curtischandler6 Blog:  Prescriptions For Education

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Academic Writing Tips From The Doctor (Better Learning For Schools #37)

December 18, 2015   Since writing is an attempt to fix meaning on the page, do you think educators are held to a higher standard when it comes to writing? The best writers can do is to contribute what they know and feel about a topic at a particular point in time. In this podcast Dr. Curtis Chandler visits with Dr. Janet Stramel about writing and how people just need to get started in writing.  Dr. Stramel shared a tip that it is […]

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Different Writing Strokes For Different Folks (Better Learning For Schools #37)

November 18, 2015

Did you know there are essentially five different types of writing? The types of writing teachers are engaged in the most depends upon their district, what is required of them and where they are in their career. In this podcast Dr. Chandler visits with Jennifer Gonzolas; author, mother, teacher and coach about how writing is for an audience and each audience is different and what it takes to successfully write to that audience.   Curtis Chandler can be contacted at: Twitter @curtischandler6 […]

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Critical Thinking and Writing (Better Learning For Schools #36)

November 5, 2015

Conventional wisdom holds that one of the best ways to help student learn to engage in critical thinking is to foster their ability to write. But as teachers, a lack of well-written, poorly-reasoned student papers might lead us to wonder…  Curtis Chandler can be contacted at: Twitter @curtischandler6 Blog:  Better Learning For Schools  

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Getting Teachers to Write (Better) {Better Learning For Schools #35}

September 3, 2015

It is one thing to help teachers to find the time to write.  It is quite another to give them the tools they need to be able to write better.  In this podcast Sarah Brown Wessling–the National Teacher of the year–shares tips for doing both.  Curtis Chandler can be contacted at: Twitter @curtischandler6 Blog:  Better Learning For Schools

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Does Spelling Really Matter? — Part 2 (Better Learning For Schools 30)

March 17, 2015

If you ever want to have a bit fun, walk up to a group of educators and ask them—does spelling really matter? As I visited with schools over the past few weeks, I found out that spelling seems to be one of those polarized issues that everyone seems to have an opinion on…and a strong one at that. It’s almost like asking someone to share their views on the upcoming election, gun control or capital punishment. Not too long ago, […]

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Meet Greg O’Connor Host Of Beyond Inclusive Technology (Beyond Inclusive Technology #1)

February 3, 2015

Greg O’Connor has been actively involved in supporting the learning of people with diverse learning needs for over 30 years. During this time he has worked as a classroom teacher, school executive, district consultant and regional manager with the New South Wales Department of Education and Training, Australia. For the last 5 years Greg has been the Professional and Consultancy Services Manager at Spectronics delivering consultancy, workshops, presentations and conference keynotes across Australia, New Zealand, South East Asia and the United States of […]

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