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Where 21st century educators come to grow, learn, and be inspired. We believe in the growth mindset, creativity, communication, critical thinking, collaboration, and strategic uses of education technology. We’ll share news and views from educators who are getting it right and innovating in the classroom today.

Where 21st century educators come to grow, learn, and be inspired. We believe in the growth mindset, creativity, communication, critical thinking, collaboration, and strategic uses of education technology. We’ll share news and views from educators who are getting it right and innovating in the classroom today.
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Where 21st century educators come to grow, learn, and be inspired. We believe in the growth mindset, creativity, communication, critical thinking, collaboration, and strategic uses of education technology. We’ll share news and views from educators who are getting it right and innovating in the classroom today.




111 - Abigail French: Snakes, Assessment, and Community

ABIGAIL FRENCH is a mother of four, a teacher of sixth graders, an advocate of public education, and an explorer of the natural world in Woodstock, VA. In our conversation, Abby recalls the how and why behind the jaw-dropping snake capture video pinned to the top of her Twitter feed. She describes the challenges she experienced when she returned to the classroom after a long hiatus, and discusses her ongoing journey with assessment philosophy. She also mentions personal passions,...


110 - Dr. Douglas Fisher: Literacy, Credibility, and Visible Learning

Dr. DOUGLAS FISHER is a Professor of Educational Leadership at San Diego State University and a teacher leader at Health Sciences High & Middle College. He is a member of the California Reading Hall of Fame and is the recipient of an International Reading Association Celebrate Literacy Award, the Farmer award for excellence in writing from the National Council of Teachers of English, and the Christa McAuliffe award for excellence in teacher education. He has published numerous articles on...


109 - Vernon Wright: Connect, Impact, and Scale

VERNON WRIGHT is an education leader, administrator, speaker, host, editor, coach, and consultant. He’s a voice for the people, he pours into relationships, and he lives to serve, motivate, and inspire others in authentic ways. In our conversation, Vernon recalls a delicate situation of having to coach an administrator above him who was simply not visible and not a leader of action. He defines the #ZeroApologyZone movement, and explains the reasoning behind the “Believe. Study. Hustle....


108 - Deanna Lough: Equity, Advocacy, and Assessment

DEANNA LOUGH is an English teacher, aspiring leader, kid Mom, puppy Mom, Mrs, theater lover, and lover of all things inspiring and positive. In our conversation, Deanna recalls a period in her career when she was pushed to the brink by the weight of her work. She talks about her passion for equity and inclusion and explains why it fuels her commitment to rethink assessment. She identifies a professional goal, describes how she stays productive, and shouts out some of the voices and...


107 - Trevor MacKenzie: Inquiry, Assessment, and Lifetimes of Learning

TREVOR MACKENZIE is a learner, teacher, speaker, consultant, and outdoor enthusiast. He is regarded by many as the preeminent voice on inquiry-based learning today, authoring Dive into Inquiry: Amplify Learning and Empower Student Voice (https://amzn.to/33fGvZE) and co-authoring Inquiry Mindset: Nurturing the Dreams, Wonders, and Curiosities of Our Youngest Learners (https://amzn.to/2JNgjhs). In our conversation, Trevor recalls the challenges of his first years in the profession. He defines...


106 - Andrew Arevalo: Legacy, Design Thinking, and the Transformative Power of Experiences

ANDREW AREVALO is an educator, speaker, innovator, and game designer with passions for blended learning, design thinking, and gamification. Andrew has his Master’s degree in education and has been recognized as a CUE Emerging Teacher. In our conversation, Andrew recalls the dilemma he faced when he realized that an exciting speaking opportunity would cost him a day’s pay. Looking back now on that fateful decision, he says that making the sacrifice was easily worth it. Andrew talks about...


105 - Tiffany Ott: Mastery, Communication, and Relationships

TIFFANY OTT is a high school Math teacher, a Director of Curriculum Development with the Teach Better Team, and the founder of #MasteryChat. She’s also a co-author of the recently published book Teach Better, and she’ll be playing a big role to play in the upcoming Teach Better Conference! In our conversation, Tiffany recounts a time when she launched a teaching unit on mental health, only to find that parents felt insufficiently informed and suspicious of her intentions. The drama that...


104 - Dr. Will Deyamport III: EdTech, Impact, and Entrepreneurship

DR. WILL DEYAMPORT III is an edtech specialist, documentary producer, and the producer and host of the Dr. Will Show, a podcast for educators looking to improve their impact and increase their quality of life. In our conversation, Dr. Will describes a time when district budget cuts led him to believe that he would likely lose his job. He describes the mission of The Dr. Will Show, explains why educators need to move from free-free-free to a little more fee-fee-fee, and makes the case that...


103 - Lisa Johnson: Creativity, EdTech, and Productivity

LISA JOHNSON is an educator by day, blogger by night, and the author of Creatively Productive: Essential Skills for Tackling Time Wasters, Clearing the Clutter, and Succeeding in School—and Life! In our conversation, Lisa recalls the time she was challenged for curating education and technology resources on a personal blog. She unpacks the mission and vision of Creatively Productive, and she explains why and how learners can organize their work more efficiently. She also describes her...


102 - Dr. Jacie Maslyk: Creativity, STEAM, Leadership, and Maker Education

DR. JACIE MASLYK is an educator, speaker, and author at ISTE, SolutionTree, and Steam-makers.com. She’s an Assistant Superintendent for the Hopewell Area School District in Aliquippa, PA, with a passion for #STEM education, makerspaces, literacy, leadership, and creativity in education. Dr. Jacie Maslyk is the author of several books, including ... She is also the co-author of Makers in Schools: Entering the Fourth Industrial Revolution In our conversation, Dr. Jacie recalls being...


101 - Nancy Frey: PLC+, Literacy, and Visible Learning

NANCY FREY is a Professor of Educational Leadership and Literacy at San Diego State University and an instructor at Health Sciences High and Middle College. She has also authored or co-authored a number of books, including PLC+: Better Decisions and Greater Impact by Design. Nancy’s areas of expertise include common core implementation, the role of coaching in instructional improvement, text-dependent questions, close reading, writing from sources, and discipline-specific literacies. In...


100 - Celebrating 100 Episodes!

In this special episode of the pod, long-time supporter of the podcast Bryon Carpenter takes over the microphone and interviews me, Tim Cavey, using the same questions I’ve used to interview my 99 previous guests. I share about the challenges of performing in front of students while my personal life was in turmoil, describe what is setting me on fire about education right now, and celebrate the end of my MEdL degree program and thesis. And of course, I share the voices and resources that...


99 - Dan Kreiness: Leadership, Growth Mindset, and Lifelong Learning

DAN KREINESS is an Instructional Coach at Norwalk Public Schools and a doctoral candidate at the American College of Education. He was also recognized as an ACSD Emerging Leader 2017 and is the host of the Leader of Learning podcast. In our conversation, Dan shares candidly about the friction he experienced in his last administrative position. He describes the mission and vision of the Leader of Learning podcast and explains how growth mindset and transformational leadership fuel his work...


98 - Chris Woods: STEM, Curiosity, and Relevance

CHRIS WOODS is a high school math teacher, STEM presenter, and host of the STEM Everyday podcast. Chris likes to remind his students and followers that STEM is everywhere around us … we just have to learn to recognize it. In our conversation, Chris shares transparently about the challenges of reaching every student in 9th grade. He explains why it’s so critical to cultivate curiosity and demonstrate relevance for our learners through STEM education, and offers his take on the suggestion...


97 - Nina Pak Lui: Equity, Humanity, and Assessment

NINA PAK LUI has taught at the middle and high school levels and today she instructs pre-service teachers at the School of Education at Trinity Western University in Langley, BC, Canada. Nina views teaching as a sacred calling, and she’s dedicated to inspiring and equipping future teachers to be caring, competent, inclusive and reflective. She designs and facilitates meaningful learning experiences that intentionally connect theory to practice. In our conversation, Nina candidly shares...


96 - Jeffery Frieden: English Teacher, Author, and Podcaster

JEFFERY FRIEDEN is a teacher, blogger, presenter, and podcaster. He enjoys connecting teachers and building professional relationships in order to intensify impact on learning. He is also the author of Make Them Process It: Uncovering New Value in the Writer's Notebook, published in 2017. In our conversation, Jeffery shares how and why he was bluntly called out by a neighboring teacher and explains how that incident contributed to his personal and professional growth. He discusses what...


95 - Justin Belt: Purpose, Podcasting, and Relationships

JUSTIN BELT is a husband, father of five, and teacher of thousands! He’s an aspiring leader, innovator, musician, and he’s part of our great writing team over at the Teachers on Fire Magazine on Medium. Last but not least, Justin is the host and producer of The WHYcast, a podcast about finding and clarifying your WHY. In our conversation, Justin shares candidly about the challenges and importance of connecting with hard-to-reach students. He talks about the mission and vision of The...


94 - Janelle McLaughlin: Growth, Coaching, and Leadership in Education

JANELLE McLAUGHLIN is a keynote speaker, education consultant and strategist, and educational leadership coach. She is a former classroom teacher, district administrator, and high ability coordinator. She loves to learn, laugh, connect, and make completos! In our conversation, Janelle recalls the most difficult period in her education career. She describes her passion and vision for what professional development can and should look like, and unpacks a professional goal for 2019. Finally,...


93 - Jorge Valenzuela: PBL, STEAM, and Robotics

JORGE VALENZUELA is both a graduate teaching assistant and doctoral student at Old Dominion University and the lead coach at Lifelong Learning Defined. He is a national faculty member of the Buck Institute for Education and a national teacher effectiveness coach for the Engineering by Design curriculum. His work is aimed at helping educators understand and implement computational thinking, computer science, STEM/STEAM, and project-based learning. Jorge is a national presenter, ISTE author,...


92 - Shane Lawrence: Artist, Teacher, and Podcaster

SHANE LAWRENCE is a high school educator in Alberta, Canada who specializes in film studies but also teaches digital media and art courses at the 7th and 8th grade levels. Shane is the host and producer of The Ed Podcast. In our conversation, Shane shares candidly about how the extraordinary demands of a musical production once stretched him to a breaking point. He tells the origin story of The Ed Podcast and describes his mission as a podcaster today. Shane talks about what is exciting him...