Phenomenal Teaching Podcast - PEBC

Season 4

Reading & Writing Connections in the Literacy Studio with Ellin O. Keene & Dan Feigelson

February 23, 2023

 How might we integrate whole class lessons, small group work, and individual conferences to support students’ growth as readers and writers? Listen in as literacy leaders, Ellin O. Keene and Dan Feigelson, join the Phenomenal Teaching Podcast to discuss ways to enhance student engagement and agency by integrating reading and writing. When teachers make […]

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Unlearning the H.U.S.H. with Dr. Marlee Bunch & Brittany Collins

January 13, 2023

Listen in as Dr. Marlee Bunch and Brittany Collins join PEBC’s Phenomenal Teaching Podcast with Michelle Morris Jones to discuss planning for anti-bias/anti-racist (ABAR) and social and emotional learning (SEL) pedagogy. Both Marlee and Brittany value the importance of telling and understanding one’s own story as well as the stories of others.  Oftentimes the stories of history […]

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Grow the Good via Asset-Based Responses with Julie Wright

Grow the Good via Asset-Based Responses with Julie Wright

November 21, 2022

What happens when we focus on assets rather than deficits? Listen in as Julie Wright shares strategies for “growing the good” with Michelle Morris Jones on PEBC’s Phenomenal Teaching Podcast.  Identifying and leveraging student and teacher assets allows us to, “Size-up what students can do and use that to lift their learning.”  This episode of […]

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Cultivating Spaces That Promote Agency, Equity & Connection with Nicole Tucker-Smith

October 14, 2022

  Nicole Tucker-Smith joins Michelle Morris Jones on PEBC’s  Phenomenal Teaching Podcast to share ways teachers and school leaders can cultivate spaces that promote agency, equity and connection for all learners.  Nicole encourages us to confront how and why school spaces encourage assimilation, compliance, and conformity and to envision how we might transform our classroom […]

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Tilting Classrooms Towards Love: Incorporating Social and Emotional Learning into our everyday practices

September 20, 2022

Lily Howard Scott joins Michelle Morris Jones on PEBC’s Phenomenal Teaching Podcast to discuss how a focus on social and emotional learning (SEL) isn’t simply a nice-to-have, a perk, but a need-to-have, a prerequisite for meaningful learning. How children feel in the classroom is inextricably linked to how they do in the classroom. Emotionally literate […]

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Using Diverse Texts to Build Understanding, Empathy & Joy with Gita Varadarajan

September 6, 2022

Gita Varadarajan joins Michelle Morris Jones on the Phenomenal Teaching Podcast to talk about the ways in which diverse texts allow students to develop empathy for others, explore challenging topics, find joy and deepen their comprehension skills. Gita brings years of classroom experience to spark conversation and  scaffold opportunities that guide students toward a variety […]

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Cultivating Confident & Engaged Writers Through Responsive Scaffolding with Crystal Hughes

August 16, 2022

Listen in as Crystal Hughes shares how she developed scaffolds to support her 8th graders shift from passive online learners to engaged historians and writers on PEBC’s Phenomenal Teaching Podcast with Michelle Morris Jones. When school began last year, Crystal’s students were quite reluctant to engage in writing, yet Crystal knew that her students were […]

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Supporting Students in Their Journeys of Healing with Marlee Bunch & Brittany Collins

August 2, 2022

Marlee Bunch and Brittany Collins join the Phenomenal Teaching Podcast to discuss the intersection of Grief-Responsive Teaching and Anti-Bias/Anti-Racist (ABAR) Teaching with Michelle Morris Jones. Developing our collective understanding of how to support students who have experienced trauma and loss increases our ability to develop classroom and school communities that support agency, equity and understanding […]

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PEBC Teacher Residency: Professionalizing & Energizing the Teaching Profession

July 21, 2022

How might we support vibrant, diverse, passionate individuals to become teachers? Listen in as John Kearney, Director of Recruitment and Alumni Engagement for the PEBC Teacher Residency Program, shares the ways in which a career teaching is more accessible than ever before, and recent graduates, Nicole Herrera & Char Brock share their stories of their […]

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Advocates… Fill Your Cups! with Dr. Kimberly Muñoz by Phenomenal Teaching with PEBC

July 12, 2022

We can’t give what we don’t have! Educators more often than not play the role of advocate on behalf of their students, and this work can be equally rewarding and exhausting. Listen in as Dr. Kimberly Muñoz and Michelle Morris Jones dive into the realities of equitable education advocacy and suggestions for sustainable advocacy. Dr. […]

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Season 3

Cultivating STEM Identity with Creative Problem Solving featuring Wendy Ward Hoffer

April 6, 2022

Our students are the problem solvers of the future! Unfortunately, by 3rd grade 50% of kids have already decided if they are confident STEM learners or not. Let’s disrupt this trend by creating learning experiences that shift mindsets from, “I don’t like…” or “I’ve never been very good at…” to productive and positive STEM identities […]

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Reimagining MTSS: Interventions That Honor All Students by Phenomenal Teaching with PEBC

March 11, 2022

Kids helping other kids get unstuck! After recognizing that the “old ways” weren’t working for kids or teachers, the leadership team at Cherokee Trail High School embarked on developing an MTSS structure that was more about meeting the needs of kids and less about being convenient for adults.  When asked, students reported that they wanted […]

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Museums as Fuel for Igniting Lifeworthy Inquiry, Engagement & Joy with Ellen Spangler

February 18, 2022

Striving to increase student engagement, wondering what community resources exist to bring content to life, needing time to recharge with art, science or history? Listen in as Ellen Spangler, Museum Educator and Consultant, shares all the ways in which museums, art centers, and nonprofit organizations can provide unique and engaging learning opportunities, high quality resources, […]

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Creating the Conditions of Learning To Foster Engagement & Growth In Times of Disruption with Dr. Brian Cambourne & Debra Crouch

January 25, 2022

  The “Conditions of Learning” work synergistically to support student engagement and understanding. But what happens when systems are stressed? What happens when deficit based language and practices start to creep into our work with children? What happens when teachers are not able to be responsive to the students before them? In this episode of […]

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Addressing The Teacher Shortage… Causes & Solutions

December 15, 2021

  At PEBC we believe that each and every student deserves a great teacher! In many of today’s classrooms and schools, leaders are struggling to fill vacancies with high quality teachers who are well prepared for the rigorous yet rewarding work of teaching. We are also well aware of the shortage of substitute teachers and other […]

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Grade Less… Know More

December 2, 2021

Do you find yourself wondering how you will ever grade that giant stack of papers?  Wondering if there might be other ways to support your students’ progress or monitor their understanding? What would happen if we eliminated the points for compliance exchange, students advocated for their own grades, and gradebooks essentially became “pointless”?  Would student […]

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Texts in These Times

November 15, 2021

We don’t want kids to leave school each day hating to read! So how do we get texts back into kids’ hands, hearts, and minds? Cris Tovani joins the Phenomenal Teaching Podcast to discuss her latest book, Why Do I Have to Read This? Literacy Strategies to Engage Our Most Reluctant Readers, and research based […]

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Planning Learning Experiences That are Worthy of Students’ Time & Attention

October 29, 2021

If we want to create learning experiences that are worthy of students’ time and attention, we must be planful! PEBC Lab Host and 6th grade Advisor at Jefferson County Open School, Gabrielle Hovinen, joins Michelle Morris Jones on PEBC’s Phenomenal Teaching Podcast to share her process for cultivating a community of reflective, self-directed, and inquisitive […]

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Strategies to Restore Peace & Sanity To Our Classrooms

October 22, 2021

Educators and students have been weathering the storm for quite some time now, and while the waves of uncertainty, stress and trauma are diminishing for many, the after effects of the storm are still present. Dr. Andra Brill joins PEBC’s Phenomenal Teaching Podcast to talk about strategies teachers can implement to support students as they […]

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Permission to Pump the Brakes

October 5, 2021

Brooke O’Drobinak and Beth Kelley join PEBC’s Phenomenal Teaching Podcast with Michelle Morris Jones to share perspectives and practices to help educators ‘make it to Monday” during this incredibly challenging time. First and foremost, it is important to recognize that we are in the midst of a “mental health tsunami” and all of our feelings, […]

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This Is What Comes With It… Stepping Into Real Classroom & School Leadership

September 23, 2021

School leadership takes on many forms from those who serve in formal leadership roles to those who stand before students each and every day. In order to step boldly into true service and leadership we must first know ourselves, our values, our why, and the habits and ways of thinking that hold us back. Maggie […]

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Compelling Conversations

September 13, 2021

Jailyn Jenkins joins Michelle Morris Jones to unpack the PEBC Teaching Framework and specific ways in which teachers can promote student discourse that is meaningful; culturally responsive and sustaining; and inclusive of all voices. First and foremost, we must invest in building relationships with students and establishing rituals and routines that promote talk in our […]

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Humanizing Schools

September 1, 2021

As we strive to create schools that are more phenomenal than ever before, Michelle Morris Jones sits down with Sam Bennett to discuss Humanizing Leadership. Sam clearly spells out some of the ways in which schools systematically dehumanize teachers and students, and she suggests actions leaders can take to create schools that support the humanity […]

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Season 2

What Do You Hope the Teachers Remember? Student Perspectives on Virtually Connected Learning

May 26, 2021

In this episode of the PEBC Phenomenal Teaching Podcast, students Estella and Killian and their Virtual Advisor Karen Goodman share their experiences as learners in their virtually connected classroom. It is informative and joyful to listen in on all the successes, challenges, and favorite memories as Estella and Killian share how they grew as a […]

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Planning for Culturally Nourishing Learning

May 18, 2021

By centering humanity we can plan for cultural sustainability and implement equitable practices that are not Band-Aid solutions or simply performative activities. Nawal Q. Casiano of NQC Literacy joins Michelle Morris Jones on the Phenomenal Teaching Podcast and shares her beliefs and practical ideas for teaching literacy for agency, equity, and understanding. Nawal and Michelle […]

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Getting Unstuck: One teacher’s story

May 7, 2021

Teaching first grade for the first time is tricky! And teaching first grade virtually for the first time is even trickier! Listen in as PEBC Lab Host Kirsten Myers Blake shares how she got “unstuck” when times got tough by leaning into her beliefs, determining importance, and loving hard. As a fierce believer in the […]

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Finding the Brilliance in Every Student… Asset Based Assessment

April 28, 2021

In this episode, Katherine Bomer and Michelle Morris Jones discuss the importance of asset based assessment practices and the ways in which adopting an appreciative mindset leads to student growth, efficacy, and joy.  Katherine shares how her thinking about asset based assessment has evolved from the publication of Hidden Gems to include the development of […]

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Planning Lifeworthy Writer’s Workshops

April 14, 2021

In this episode, Kelly Boswell joins Michelle Morris Jones on the Phenomenal Teaching Podcast to discuss how to plan and implement lifeworthy writer’s workshops. In the PEBC Teaching Framework, “lifeworthy learning” means engaging with classroom content in a way that has meaning beyond the classroom. Lifeworthy learning sees and supports students as scholars, citizens, and […]

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Finding Humanity in Hybrid Learning

April 7, 2021

In this episode, PEBC Lab Hosts Jenn Brauner and Jennifer Engbretsen join Michelle Morris Jones on the Phenomenal Teaching Podcast to discuss the ways that hybrid learning is playing out for them and their students. Jenn shares the ways in which she plans mini units that are life-worthy and engaging for students, how she confers […]

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Argument Matters: Fostering Student Power, Wisdom, & Empathy

March 25, 2021

In this episode of the PEBC Phenomenal Teaching Podcast, Michelle Morris Jones dives into the art of argument writing and the craft of teaching argumentation with PEBC Staff Developers Annie Patterson and Stevi Quate, along with PEBC Lab Host Alisa Wills-Keely. This trio brings a wealth of experience to their work with students and adults. […]

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Making Up for Lost Time with Joy, Inquiry, & Community

March 18, 2021

In this episode, PEBC Lab Host Jana Durbin and Michelle Morris Jones unpack the fear of “learning loss” and how joy, inquiry, and community come together to create opportunities for supporting student wellness and academic achievement. In the fall when Jana’s students returned to the classroom she quickly realized the importance of helping her students […]

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The Heart, Head & Hands of Anti-Bias and Anti-Racist Teaching

March 9, 2021

Listen in as Lorena Germán, co-founder of #DistruptTexts, joins Michelle Morris Jones on the Phenomenal Teaching podcast to unpack the Heart, Head, and Hands of Anti-Bias and Anti-Racist (ABAR) Teaching. At the heart of ABAR teaching lies Culturally Sustaining Pedagogy (Paris & Alim, 2017) and the importance of exploring one’s own identity, implicit biases, and […]

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Made for Learning: An Exploration of Cambourne’s Conditions for Learning

February 18, 2021

Learners must be the “doers” of what they are learning! Being a doer is supported by engagement, immersion, demonstration, employment, expectation, approximation, responsibility and response ~ these conditions are commonly known as the “Conditions of Learning” or “Cambourne’s Conditions” and are an essential component of “Cambourne’s Model of Learning” theory. This theory was originally published […]

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Quit Telling Me To Take Care of Myself: Practical Self Care Practices for Educators

February 4, 2021

How can educators build practical self care practices that go beyond chocolate, walks, and bubble baths? Beth Kelley is a wellness consultant who works with educators, entrepreneurs, and organizations to build resiliency and to promote wellness practices that are achievable. She recently joined Michelle Morris Jones on PEBC’s Phenomenal Teaching Podcast to get to the […]

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What If Reading Aloud Was the Front Porch?

January 26, 2021

What if reading aloud was the front porch or the threshold that welcomed students into learning? As students, teachers and families prepare to return to their classrooms, Lester Laminack joins Michelle Morris Jones to unpack how reading aloud to students has the power to bring communities of learners back together with purpose and meaning. For […]

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Impact over Intention: Actions To Foster Positive Student Behavior

January 13, 2021

How can we be proactive in supporting positive student behavior?  Student behavior is a form of communication that students use to tell us what they are feeling, experiencing, and need.  Listen in as Brad Riley, Behavior Technician for Denver Public Schools, shares suggestions for teachers and school leaders to support positive student behavior as we […]

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Removing the Masks of Disengagement

January 2, 2021

Every teacher dreads the question, “Why do I have to read this?” Listen in as Cris Tovani shares her CYA ~ Curriculum You Anticipate ~ planning structure. When planning for student engagement we must consider how Topic, Tasks, Time, Targets, Texts, and Tending all come together to create authentic learning experiences for students and teachers. […]

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Season 1

Talking About Talk During Distance Learning

December 10, 2020

In this episode PEBC Staff Developers Sathya Wandzek and Dr. Sarah Littmann-Berger join Michelle Morris Jones to talk about talk! The PEBC Teaching Framework highlights Discourse as an instructional strategy that supports student agency, equity, and understanding. John Hattie’s meta analyses indicate that student discourse has an effect size of .82 on student achievement. Distance […]

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Reading Aloud in the Age of Distance Learning

December 3, 2020

Typically, Patrick Allen’s classroom brims with over 3,000 children’s books and his students pour over them tucked into nooks and crannies all around the room.  This year Patrick is teaching remotely and most of his collection is in storage;  yet he is still bringing the gift of high quality literature to his students each and […]

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Leveraging Community & Workshop to Develop Mathematical Agency & Understanding

November 20, 2020

Why is math important? Why do so many people hate math? How can we promote positive STEM identity for all learners? Wendy Ward Hoffer and Michelle Morris Jones dive into these questions and more as they discuss ways to “turn over the mathematical gymnastics to the students” by developing Math Workshops that value community, problem […]

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Facilitating Phenomenal Virtual Engagements: Connect Purpose, People, and Tools to Elevate the Impact of Our Virtual Meetings

November 12, 2020

As school leaders grapple with the many challenges related to leading schools during this time, the need for staff meetings, PLC’s, and professional learning remains constant.  PEBC’s Director of Leadership, Scott Murphy,  joins us to talk about the importance of facilitation and crafting high quality virtual engagements that are rooted in purpose while promoting human […]

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Less is More: Mitigating Trauma So Teachers and Students Can Engage

November 5, 2020

Educators are heart centered individuals who can be caught up in the “more is more” culture, however, at this time it is crucial to embrace a “less is more”  attitude so that we can support students and colleagues who have experienced trauma.  Trauma is like a wound and takes time and attention to heal; however, […]

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Elevating Teacher Voice: Education Policy Should Be All About People and Perspectives

October 29, 2020

When it comes to education policy, practicing educators need a voice at the table! Listen in as Evan Kennedy, PEBC Director of Strategic Initiatives and Policy, joins the Phenomenal Teaching podcast to share how PEBC works with local, state, and national leaders to inform the development of sound education policy.  Policy work is all about […]

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Teacher Feature: Possibilities & Pitfalls of Virtual Learning

October 22, 2020

PEBC Lab Hosts Patrick Allen, Jenn Brauner, and Carrie Halbasch get real in a round table conversation about the possibilities and pitfalls of virtual teaching. All three of these Phenomenal Teachers are experienced educators whose classrooms exemplify the strands of the PEBC Teaching Framework, so what happened when they shifted to virtual learning? During our […]

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A Day in the Life of a Virtual Learner with Mary Korte

October 15, 2020

Mary Korte is a PEBC Lab Host and primary teacher who has historically co-taught a multi-age primary class at the Jefferson County Open School. In years past Mary could be found sitting eye to eye with her young learners and discussing the ways in which words can create beautiful images for readers or how the […]

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What is Critical Multicultural Education?

October 8, 2020

Ashlee Saddler and Michelle Morris Jones discuss how the definition of “multicultural education” has evolved beyond recognition and celebration of different cultures to deepening our collective understanding of critical multicultural education and the concept of hegemony. In order to serve each and every student we must build meaningful relationships with students, assess how our materials […]

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Leading a Complex System During a Time of Great Complexity

October 1, 2020

In this episode, Scott Bain shares the complexities of leading a complex system of four schools within a school, the importance of leaning into one’s beliefs, and actions he is taking as an instructional leader. Scott has found that leadership during this time requires: Maintaining a Strong Collective Vision Delegating Leadership Responsibilities Trusting Teachers Tending […]

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Combatting Quarantine Fatigue for Teachers & Students: Slowing Down, Prioritization, and Wellness 

September 24, 2020

In this episode Dr. Andra Brill joins the Phenomenal Teaching Podcast for a follow-up conversation on tending to the well being of students, families, and educators as the COVID 19 Pandemic continues to impact our everyday lives.  We are now faced with the impact of chronic stress and quarantine fatigue and there are some steps […]

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Teacher Feature: Monitoring and Supporting Progress During Remote Learning

September 21, 2020

Each and every day Jennifer Engbretson, a PEBC Lab Host in Denver, Colorado crafts math workshops that prioritize student thinking and understanding while also considering the importance of assessment and feedback. In this episode Jennifer and Michelle Morris Jones discuss ways to monitor and support progress while teaching remotely that can be applied to any […]

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From Corporate America to ECE

September 10, 2020

What does it mean to be a pre-service teacher in the midst of a global pandemic? If you are PEBC Teacher Residency it means learning alongside mentor teachers from day one, establishing connections with colleagues, and deep study of the PEBC Teaching Framework just like you would in any year. In this episode Tyler Hansen […]

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Teacher Feature: Promoting Joy AND Understanding By Tending to Thinking, Content & Habits During Virtual and Hybrid Learning

September 3, 2020

In this episode, PEBC Lab Host, Tracey Shaw shares how she and her students have found their “happy place” as they navigate their collective journey through hybrid and virtual learning. As a high school math teacher, Tracey knows the importance of building a community of learners who can think and act like mathematicians and in […]

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Storytelling in the Age of Remote Learning

August 27, 2020

In this episode Antonio Sacre and Michelle Jones discuss the history of storytelling, the art of storytelling, ways to bring stories to your classroom, and how to encourage students to tell their stories. Antonio encourages teachers of all age groups and content areas to share their stories with their students because stories bring people together, […]

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Teacher Feature: What’s Worth Showing Up For? Planning for Remote Learning

August 13, 2020

In this episode Jamie and Jeff dive into what matters most when planning for in-person and remote learning.  The question, “What’s worth showing up for?” drives their planning process.  They are intentionally planning with people, purpose and process in mind as they craft their remote math and literacy workshops.  This focus allows them to prioritize […]

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Supporting the Social and Emotional Wellbeing of Students, Teachers & Leaders

August 6, 2020

In this episode Dr. Andra Brill joins Michelle Morris Jones to talk about the importance of fostering school and classroom communities that support the social and emotional needs of students, teachers, and school leaders as we all return to school. There is fear, uncertainty, and elevated levels of stress for students, teachers, leaders, and families, […]

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Teacher Feature: Establishing Virtual Classroom Communities & Workshops

July 31, 2020

In this episode Kirsten Myers Blake shares ways to build virtual classroom communities and workshops.  After jumping into virtual instruction last spring, Kirsten realized that what her students needed the most was for her to “love hard” and to maintain the rituals and routines of her brick n’ mortar classroom.  This year Kirsten will be […]

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Teacher Feature: Fostering Agency and Independence Through Discourse in the Primary Grades

July 22, 2020

Jana Durbin, PEBC Lab Host, believes that all students need to be in control of their own learning, and that her role as a primary teacher is provide opportunities for curiosity, discourse, literacy, and independence to flourish.  In this episode, Michelle and Jana discuss the how primary teachers can develop rituals and routines for discourse […]

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Teacher Feature: Creating Equitable Access & Outcomes for All Secondary Social Scientists

July 14, 2020

In her classroom Ryan McKillop, PEBC Lab Host, leverages the workshop model, thinking strategies, and discourse to foster the thinking skills that all social scientists need to understand history, the world and its people from multiple perspectives. Ryan has found that simply “covering content” is not enough, she must create a learning environment that fosters […]

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Leadership Opportunities & Obstacles in a Time of Ambiguity with Scott Murphy

July 7, 2020

Scott Murphy and Michelle Jones discuss the opportunities and obstacles that all school leaders are facing as the 20-21 school year begins to take shape. Scott shares his thoughts about critical core dispositions for leaders to hold during a time of crisis, ways to create community and purpose for school teams, and instructional practices that […]

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Planning for Opportunity, Engagement & Understanding with Cris Tovani

June 30, 2020

In this episode, Cris Tovani and Michelle Jones explore the opportunity gap and the intricacies of remote learning as we discuss how the elements of the PEBC Teaching Framework support student engagement, equity, and understanding for each and every student. Cris shares valuable insights into the importance of planning with time, text, targets, tasks and […]

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Supporting Rich Talk for Young Learners

June 30, 2020

In this episode, Sue Kempton and Michelle Jones discuss the importance of promoting rich talk for young learners.  Sue shares how to establish rituals and routines for promoting discourse in a primary classroom, the connections between community, planning and discourse, and the ways in which a classroom with rich discourse promotes literacy development for each […]

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What is Conferring? And Why Does it Matter? with Patrick Allen

June 29, 2020

In this podcast, Patrick Allen shares why conferring matters for teachers and students, ways to hone your conferring skills, and ideas to get started with conferring. He also discusses how conferring connects to planning, classroom community, application of the Thinking Strategies, practicing discourse, and assessment. Patrick is classroom teacher, PEBC Lab Host, well known speaker […]

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Why Workshop? with Samantha Bennett

June 28, 2020

Samantha Bennett joins us to talk about the nuances of the workshop model, the importance of planning for juicy tasks that promote thinking, and the ways in which planning shifts when implementing the workshop model. Sam is the author of Why Workshop, and a contributing author to Comprehension Going Forward and The Right To Literacy. […]

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Planning for Agency and Understanding with Lori Conrad

June 27, 2020

In this episode Lori Conrad paints a vivid picture of how we might plan for student agency and understanding. We discuss the relationship between beliefs and planning, the importance of planning authentic tasks for students, ways to shape unit plans, and the importance of creating daily plans that are both intentional and responsive to students. […]

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Exploring the Connection Between Agency & Community with Stevi Quate

June 26, 2020

In this episode Stevi shares how her definition of agency has evolved and the connection between agency and community. In addition, we discuss what positive classroom community looks like and sounds like, and even more importantly actions teachers can take to foster a classroom community that cultivates student agency. Stevi Quate, PhD is the co-author […]

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Teaching For Agency & Understanding with Ellin Keene

June 25, 2020

In this episode Ellin Oliver Keene discusses agency, understanding, and the evolution of the Thinking Strategies. Ellin is the co-author of Mosaic of Thought and one of the founders of the PEBC. Ellin is also the author of To Understand, Assessing Comprehension, Talk About Understanding, and Engaging Children, contributor to Comprehension Going Forward and Adolescent […]

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What is the PEBC Teaching Framework? An introduction with Wendy Ward Hoffer

June 24, 2020

Welcome to Episode One of the PEBC Phenomenal Teaching Podcast, Wendy Ward Hoffer shares the history and purpose of the PEBC Teaching Framework. We dive into an overview of the various strands of the framework, as well as how the framework can be utilized by teachers, school leaders, and systems today. Wendy is the author […]

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