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Wednesday, May 05, 2021

Joel Lookadoo: 2020 Arkansas Teacher of the Year




Joel Lookadoo, 2020 Arkansas Teacher of the Year, shares why he loves teaching, the stories he is seeing of teachers (and students) overcoming and encouragement for teachers now.

 Show Notes: https://www.coolcatteacher.com/e738

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Joel Lookadoo - Bio as submitted

 Joel Lookadoo is an eighth-year educator in Springdale, Arkansas who coached basketball for three years before transitioning to full-time teaching in the classroom where he has taught Algebra 1 and is a National Board Certified Teacher in High School Mathematics. He created “Beyond”, which is a college-prep program, that supports first-generation college students by mentoring students and discussing college admissions and scholarship opportunities. Lookadoo, the 2020 Arkansas Teacher of the Year, is also certified in English as a Second Language and has led professional development on teaching English Learners, building high-performing PLCs, and standards-based grading. 

Blog: The Well-Rounded Educato‪r‬

Twitter: @CoachLookadoo

Instagram: @2020ATOY

FaceBook: @2020ATOY


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Thursday, April 29, 2021

The Opportunities from the Pandemic to Have Disruptive Thinking in the Classroom




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Bio as submitted

 Eric is an Associate Partner with the International Center for Leadership in Education (ICLE). Prior to this, he was the award-winning Principal at New Milford High School. Under his leadership, his school became a globally recognized model for innovative practices. Eric oversaw the successful implementation of several sustainable change initiatives that radically transformed the learning culture at his school while increasing achievement. 

We all have undergone disrupted thinking because of our disrupted society due to the pandemic. But many of us hope we don’t go back to business as usual. Thought Leader Eric Sheninger has a challenge for us today about what we can learn from the pandemic and the opportunities we have to use disruptive thinking in the classroom for the good of our students. Check out Eric Sheninger’s new book, Disruptive Thinking in Our Classrooms. 

Episode Sponsor: The Stone Soup Leadership Institute would like to invite you and your students to be delegates at the 17th Youth Leadership Summit for Sustainability - from June 21-25, featuring inspiring speakers from their new book, Stone Soup for a Sustainable World: Life-Changing Stories of Young Heroes. In May, there will be a teacher orientation on how to use the companion educational curriculum. At the culmination of the Summit, you will be guests at the World's Largest Book Signing. And in honor of Earth Day, the Institute is offering you a pre-order link on Amazon to buy the book at a discounted rate. Do you know any students who are passionate about sustainability? Well, from now until May 6, just go to www.coolcatteacher.com/apply and apply now

Show Notes: https://www.coolcatteacher.com/e737

Eric Sheninger's Bio as submitted

 Eric is an Associate Partner with the International Center for Leadership in Education (ICLE). Prior to this, he was the award-winning Principal at New Milford High School. Under his leadership, his school became a globally recognized model for innovative practices. Eric oversaw the successful implementation of several sustainable change initiatives that radically transformed the learning culture at his school while increasing achievement. 

Blog: http://ericsheninger.com

Twitter: @E_Sheninger

 FaceBook: https://www.facebook.com/EricCSheninger/

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/esheninger/

Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/esheninger/

 

Disclosure of Material Connection: This is a “sponsored podcast episode.” The company who sponsored it compensated me via a cash payment, gift, or something else of value to include a reference to their product. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I believe will be good for my readers and are from companies I can recommend. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.” This company has no impact on the editorial content of the show.




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Tuesday, April 27, 2021

Leadership Spotlight: How a Student Held a Virtual Summer Camp in Summer 2020




Sophia is a student in Oman. During the 2020 shut down, Sophia wanted to help the children in her neighborhood have a fun learning experience -- so she created a virtual summer camp online. We can learn about learning in this example where the teacher and students are kids and everything is optional. What an exciting story.

https://www.coolcatteacher.com/e736

Sophia - Bio As Submitted

Sophia is a 15 year old rising sophomore from Cooperstown, NY, who attends Al Batinah International School in Sohar, Oman. She started a virtual camp for the children in the neighborhood as a way to offer summer activities based around art, science, STEAM, drama and Getting Ready for School! Each week she sends out several different activities based on the theme of the week. At the end of each week she sets up online meetings for the campers to attend if they want to share what they've created, what they've learned, or even just to talk about what they've been doing.

She hopes to develop the camp into virtual after-school activities once the online school year begins and get other teenagers from school involved in this venture as well. This is her first volunteering initiative and she has enjoyed creating activities for and meeting with the campers.

 


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Thursday, April 22, 2021

How to Talk About Sustainability In Your Classroom




Caring for our earth is a focus of Earth Day. Today we discuss ways that any classroom can talk about sustainability and caring for the environment, no matter the political landscape of your community or school. Teachers will find ideas they can use to help their students year-round know how to care for their environment and community.

https://www.coolcatteacher.com/e735

Episode Sponsor: The Stone Soup Leadership Institute would like to invite you and your students to be delegates at the 17th Youth Leadership Summit for Sustainability - from June 21-25, featuring inspiring speakers from their new book, Stone Soup for a Sustainable World: Life-Changing Stories of Young Heroes. In May, there will be a teacher orientation on how to use the companion educational curriculum.

At the culmination of the Summit, you will be guests at the World's Largest Book Signing. And in honor of Earth Day, the Institute is offering you a pre-order link on Amazon to buy the book at a discounted rate. Do you know any students who are passionate about sustainability? Well, from now until May 6, just go to www.coolcatteacher.com/apply and apply now

Rebecca Anderson - Bio As submitted

Rebecca came to the Alliance for Climate Education in its inception in 2008 as an Educator, and now serves as ACE’s Director of Education. Rebecca develops ACE’s science content, manages the online climate education resource Our Climate Our Future, oversees the ACE Teacher Network, and works with schools in the Reno-Tahoe area.

Rebecca holds a B.A. in Geosciences from Williams College and an M.S. in Geological Sciences from the University of Colorado. For her graduate degree, she studied melting ice caps on Baffin Island in the Canadian Arctic. Some of the ice caps she studied in 2005 are now completely gone.

Rebecca has also worked in Antarctica as a member of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet Ice Core Drilling Project, where she analyzed the age of the ice core, shoveled mountains of snow, lived in a tent, and worked in an (no joke) air-conditioned room at -30ºF. When not fighting climate change, Rebecca enjoys chasing her husband Andy and young son Huck over the slopes, rocks, and trails around Truckee, CA.

Disclosure of Material Connection: This is a “sponsored podcast episode.” The company who sponsored it compensated me via cash payment, gift, or something else of value to include a reference to their product. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I believe will be good for my readers and are from companies I can recommend. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."


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Wednesday, April 21, 2021

5 Ways to Teach About Earth Day




Thursday, April 22 is Earth Day. As citizens of this planet, we should all care about caring for this world. Today, Monica Burns gives us practical ways to teach and encourage students to be good caretakers of the world we live in. Every teacher will find an idea they can use any time of the year to encourage sustainability and caring for our environment.

www.coolcatteacher.com/e734

Monica Burns - Bio As Submitted

Dr. Monica Burns is a curriculum and educational technology consultant, Apple Distinguished Educator and founder of ClassTechTips.com. As a classroom teacher, Monica used one-to-one technology to create engaging, standards-based lessons for students. Monica has presented to teachers, administrators and tech enthusiasts at numerous national and international conferences including SXSWedu, ISTE, and EduTECH. She is a webinar host for SimpleK12 and a regular contributor to Edutopia. Monica is the author of Deeper Learning with QR Codes and Augmented Reality: A Scannable Solution for Your Classroom (Corwin Press, 2016) and #FormativeTech: Meaningful, Sustainable, and Scannable Formative Assessment with Technology (Corwin Press, 2017).

Monica visits schools across the country to work with PreK-20 teachers to make technology integration exciting and accessible. She also provides support to organizations using technology to reach children and families in need. Her mission is to help educators place tasks before apps and promote deeper learning with technology. You can find out more about working with Monica, and her books and resources by visiting ClassTechTips.com.


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Monday, April 19, 2021

Choose Your Own Adventure Professional Development




Professional Development can be an adventure! You can create fun, exciting professional development. With hyperdocs and a "choose your own adventure" format, Laurie Guyon helped her teachers get excited about learning new tools (and gave them a model they are now using with students.) Learn about this approach to professional development and teaching and how you can use it in your classroom.

https://www.coolcatteacher.com/e733

Laurie Guyon - Bio As Submitted

Laurie Guyon is the Coordinator for Model Schools at WSWHE BOCES and a trainer with NYSCATE. Laurie was named one of the NextGen: Emerging EdTech Leaders for 2020 with CoSN.
 
Laurie is part of the first DigCit Institute Global Impactor Cohort and is a member of the NYSCATE Social Media Team and Volunteer Hall of Fame.
 
 

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Friday, April 16, 2021

Using Math (and a Remarkable App) to Privately Combat Covid19




Combatting the coronavirus with apps is a challenge. With privacy and tracking concerns being an issue, how can it be done? Today's guest Po Shen Lo from Carnegie Mellon University talks about an app he's invented that uses a mesh network to help his college and also Georgia Tech combat COVID-19 among their students. This is a fascinating conversation that you'll want to hear about a new way to use smartphones in a way that doesn't compromise privacy but can be used to help many kinds of societal issues.
 
 

Po Shen Lo - Bio As Submitted

Po-Shen Loh is a social entrepreneur, working across the spectrum of mathematics, education, and healthcare, all around the world. He is the founder of the free personalized learning platform expii.com, a social enterprise supported by his series of online math courses that reinvent the middle school math curriculum with a focus on creative thinking. He is also a math professor at Carnegie Mellon University and the national coach of the USA International Mathematical Olympiad team. Upon the outbreak of COVID, he turned his mathematical attention to create NOVID, the world's first app to introduce the fundamentally different network radar paradigm for pandemic control.

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