Today, I chat with my former colleague Patricia Monticello Kievlan. She is a writer and educator based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She spent eight years working in independent schools as a teacher and administrator, and she now works as the Program Associate for Community Building at The Sprout Fund, a nonprofit that enriches the Pittsburgh region’s vitality by engaging citizens, amplifying voices, supporting creativity and innovation, and cultivating connected communities. In addition to her work with Sprout, Tricia writes and edits for Graphite, Common Sense Media‘s website for educators, and she’s a proud member of the Pittsburgh education community as a member of the Remake Learning Network. She also works as an instructional designer and teaching consultant with local independent schools and nonprofits.
Tricia holds a master’s degree in Mind, Brain, and Education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education and a bachelor’s degree in Plan II Honors and English from the University of Texas at Austin.
On this episode, we chat with my colleague, Krista Inchausti. Like me, she is a K-8 Educational Innovation Coordinator, or what we call ourselves - an EIC. Krista who has over 17 years experience in education, shares valuable insights on the importance of relationships and what it means to be innovative.
Krista shares her ”aha moment" on what resonates with her to this day.
We also dissect the pushback on technology and innovation that is being mandated on education today. What does technology and innovation in schools really do with our teaching?
Also, she gives an extremely simple but valuable time saving tip for teachers. It only takes 5 minutes a day, but will save you so much frustration when you need it.
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In this episode we talk about the issue of cursive in the classroom. Should we still teach it in our classrooms? Do teachers even have time to teach students when they are so pressed for time as it is?
Fred participated in a world-wide webinar with the Association of Technology Leaders in Independent Schools.
With five other cutting edge schools, Fred shares his school's experience on the transformation from the antiquated computer lab model to a more dynamic and hands on learning experience of a flexible maker space studio.
In this episode, we share the struggles we're currently facing and how we're pushing through them. We discuss our attempts of using several strategies of taking the negative stuff and turning them into positives.
Maybe you can relate with what we're sharing, or maybe you've already turned your struggles into positives, join us and see if this all sounds familiar.
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A good friend is considering a career change and wants to be a teacher. In this episode, we share our tips and experiences on what to do BEFORE credential school. These tips will help guide the aspiring teacher on what they need to do to help build their skills and passion in teaching.