Episode 53: Building Effective School Community Partnerships

Looking for ways to build effective school-community partnerships? In this episode, Early and Elementary Learning Specialists, Becky Lewis and Samantha Statler discuss the benefits and importance of forming effective school-community partnerships. Tune in to hear a little more about where you can start on your journey to building effective school-community partnerships. Show Notes ...

Episode 42: Interview with Weston Kieschnick

Join award-winning educator and best-selling author Weston Kieschnick along with two of the Early and Elementary Learning Specialists as they discuss the importance of teacher-student relationships. Weston walks us through what relationships really mean when it comes to teaching and learning and how they are truly the foundation for everything that needs to happen ...

Episode 41: Building Positive Relationships with Students

Teacher-student relationships are crucial for successful learning, especially after the year everyone has had. As educators, we must be focused on more than meeting the academic needs of our students, but we have to focus on meeting their social and emotional needs as well. As we prepare for a new school year in West ...

Episode 40: Structured Literacy

It is difficult to have a conversation around English Language Arts instruction without the terms Science of Reading and structured literacy coming up, but what exactly is structured literacy? Structured literacy is a way that all students can acquire literacy skills through lessons that are direct, explicit, appropriately sequenced, systematic, cumulative, and intensive. Each ...

Episode 37: Interview with Alyson Kangisser and Jessica Watt

Our students enter our schools and classrooms with more on their shoulders and hearts than we realize. Supporting their mental health is a crucial step in helping them lift this weight, but it can seem like a daunting task for any educator. Collaborating with other staff within our buildings can be a great way ...

Episode 36: Supporting Mental Health in the Classroom

Student mental health is currently a big focus in education. But what do educators need to know about mental health and where can they begin? Sara Hutchinson and I sit down to discuss these questions and more as we focus today’s conversation on the West Virginia Tiered System of Support with a specific focus ...

Episode 33: Interview with Vanessa Harlow

The Science of Reading is not a new idea, but it is currently trending in the literacy world today. What are some examples of how district leaders and educators can take the science from the Science of Reading research and apply it to their schools and classrooms? Today, Maggie Luma and I sit down ...

Episode 32: The Science of Reading

Science and Technology have contributed to many advancements in the way we live, learn, and work. One such advancement is the science behind how we develop as readers, known as the Science of Reading. The research and knowledge behind the Science of Reading has been gaining more and more attraction in the world of ...

Episode 31: Interview with Amanda Peyton

In education, family engagement and family involvement are often used interchangeably; however, the distinction between these two terms is crucial to understand how to build strong, meaningful partnerships with parents and families. Today, Blake Turley and I sit down with fellow West Virginia Educator, Amanda Peyton, to talk more about parent and family engagement. ...

Episode 30: Interview with Milagros Nores

Engaging parents and families and working to create strong partnerships is an important way for educators to enhance the overall well-being of the children in their classroom. During the recent unprecedented times, we have experienced, the home-school connections and the strength of these partnerships may seem compromised. But what does the research say? Today, ...

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