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Steve Leinwand on Re-imagining Math Class

If you could reimagine math instruction, what would you change? Today on the podcast we’re speaking with author Steve Leinwand. Steve’s work revolves around fostering authentic math fluency in students, valuing deep understanding over memorization and speed. By challenging long-held ideas about how math is taught, Steve says we can reimagine instruction that better serves our students. We started our conversation on the topic of math homework, and why it’s just not working.


Letter Lessons and First Words with Heidi Anne Mesmer

How does phonics effectively fit within daily classroom instruction? Today on the podcast, we’re joined by author Heidi Anne Mesmer. In her new book, Letter Lessons and First Words, Heidi Anne provides a research-based vision of what lively, engaging phonics instruction can look like, along with practical, classroom-tested tools to make it happen in your classroom. Filled with classroom activities and easy-to-use frameworks, her book is a one-stop shop for phonics instruction. Nell Duke...


Building Routines for Reasoning with Amy Lucenta and Grace Kelemanik

How can we ensure access for all students in the math classroom? Today on the podcast we’re joined by Amy Lucenta and Grace Kelemanik. Amy and Grace are co-authors of Routines for Reasoning: Fostering the Mathematical Practices in All Students. Amy and Grace are big proponents of helping students develop their mathematical thinking and reasoning skills, and say that building routines into math instruction is one way to do that. We started out conversation by asking: “what does routine...


Conferring in Math with Jen Munson, Faith Kwon, and Mary Trinkle

We confer with our students in reading and writing, but why isn’t it as common during math? Today on the podcast, we’re joined by Jen Munson, author of In the Moment, and Faith Kwon and Mary Trinkle, teachers from East Palo Alto California in whose classrooms Jen conducted much of her research for the book. Jen, Faith, and Mary believe that talking to students about their work, while they work, is a powerful way of supporting learning. While conferring in math takes ques from reading and...


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Finding Context in Unexpected Places with Sue O'Connell

Today on the podcast we’re speaking with author Sue O’Connell about some key ways to build math fluency. Sue says that many of us were taught math in ways that focused on memorization, and regurgitation. But that doesn’t necessarily lead to deep understanding. To foster true fluency, she says we should start by taking some tips from literature and find ways to contextualize math problems so kids can make sense of them. We started our conversation by asking, what does good math instruction...


Jennifer Serravallo on Sustaining Comprehension

How do we sustain comprehension in our students? Today on the podcast we're joined by author Jennifer Serravallo who has been focusing on comprehension. In Complete Comprehension, Jen has put into one resource… materials for assessing, evaluating, and teaching comprehension effectively and efficiently. We started our conversation on why we need to focus on comprehension…


Beyond the Letters: Living Openly with M. Colleen Cruz

This week on Beyond the Letters, Kate Roberts and Maggie Beattie Roberts speak with M. Colleen Cruz about living openly and authentically, and the result of including queer topics and texts in daily curriculum, classroom libraries, and discussions. Colleen was a classroom teacher in general education and inclusive settings before joining the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project where she is Director of Innovation. You can now listen to Beyond the Letters on their own feed,...


Beyond the Letters: The Power of Representation and Inclusive Curriculum with Harper B. Keenan

This week on Beyond the Letters, Kate Roberts and Maggie Beattie Roberts speak with Harper B. Keenan about the importance of having queer representation in our schools, and the great impact that inclusive curriculum can have. Harper currently serves as the Robert Quartermain Professor of Gender & Sexuality Research in Education within the Faculty of Education at the University of British Columbia. He is the founder of the Trans Educators Network, a community building group aimed at...


Beyond the Letters: Living Authentically with Shamari Reid

This week on Beyond the Letters, Kate Roberts and Maggie Beattie Roberts speak with Shamari Reid about doing the personal work that leads to fostering safe and inclusive spaces. Shamari is a doctoral candidate in the department of curriculum and teaching at Teachers College, Columbia University. Currently, he is engaged in his dissertation work which explores the agency of Black LGBTQ+ youth in New York City. Read his full bio below!


Beyond the Letters: Bringing Theory to Practice with Cody Miller

This week on Beyond the Letters, Kate and Maggie speak with Cody Miller about approachable strategies for bringing theory into practice when it comes to celebrating and supporting LGBTQ+ students. Cody has taught high school English for the past seven years. In addition to teaching, he has developed and lead professional development for teachers on a range of topics including LGBTQ-affirming pedagogies. Read his full bio below! If this is your first time listening to Beyond the Letters,...


Beyond the Letters: Being a Stronger Ally with shea martin

This week on Beyond the Letters, Kate Roberts and Maggie Beattie Roberts speak with shea martin about the big impact that small moves can make when it comes to supporting LGBTQ+ students, what it means to be an ally, and more! shea is a lit teacher, consultant, and researcher whose work is rooted in antiracist pedagogy, intersectional feminism, and creating liberatory learning structures for BIPOC students. * As a note to our listeners, please be advised that there is a brief mention of...


Preview show: Beyond the Letters with Kate Roberts and Maggie Beattie Roberts

On this episode of The Heinemann Podcast, we’re excited to bring you Beyond the Letters. Beyond the Letters is a new series hosted by authors Kate Roberts and Maggie Beattie-Roberts. In each episode, they interview LGBTQ+ educators about their stories, strategies and practical advice for what it means to truly create inclusive educational spaces for queer youth and educators, alike. In this special preview, Kate and Maggie tell us why they wanted to make this podcast, and what kinds of...


Breathing New Life into Book Clubs with Sonja Cherry-Paul and Dana Johansesn

Managing book clubs can be hard, but authors Sonja Cherry-Paul and Dana Johansen say that when they work, they create a culture of reading unlike anything else, and have the power to bring out the very best in our students. With their newest book, Breathing New Life into Book Clubs: A Practical Guide for Teachers, Sonja and Dana provide dozens of mini sessions that address common roadblocks and strategies to make book clubs work. We started our conversation with identifying some of the...


What To Do When Your Book Clubs Just Aren't Working with Sonja Cherry-Paul and Dana Johansen

What do you do when you’ve tried book clubs, and they just didn’t work? Today on the Heinemann Podcast we’re joined by Sonja Cherry-Paul and Dana Johansen, co-authors of “Breathing New Life into Book Clubs.” In a recent article on the Heinemann Medium blog, Sonja and Dana wrote about some of the common roadblocks that teachers encounter when leading book clubs. They say that “organizing clubs, managing them, determining the instruction that students need, and trying to empower students to...


Growing Language and Literacy with Andrea Honigsfeld

Today on the Heinemann Podcast, we’re joined by author Andrea Honigsfeld. Andrea’s new book, Growing Language and Literacy: Strategies for English Learners, offers a multi-faceted approach to language instruction. It is based around the five levels of language acquisition identified in the TESOL framework, and emphasizes instructional practices that honor students’ strengths. Filled with student vignettes, work samples, and classroom examples, Growing Language and Literacy provides K-8...


Teacher Appreciation Week Kick-Off!

Today on this special edition of the Heinemann Podcast, we’re celebrating the start of Teacher Appreciation Week. We recently asked educators from across the country to share stories of how they found teaching, what inspired them to enter the field, and what continues to motivate them every day. We wanted to share some of those stories with you to celebrate the wide range of experiences teachers hold...


The Book Love Foundation Summer Book Club with Penny Kittle

It is never too late to lead a non-reader to reading. This week on the Heinemann Podcast, we’re joined by Penny Kittle, author of Book Love: Developing Depth, Stamina, and Passion in Adolescent Readers. Book Love is fueled by a passion for reading and the belief that every student deserves to live a rich literary life. Today, we’re talking about the groundwork behind Book Love, its evolution into the Book Love Foundation, and some exciting ways to get involved with the foundation this...


Affective Learning with Heinemann Fellow Minjung Pai and Shakil Choudhury

This week on the Heinemann Podcast we’re learning about affective learning and personal identity work in education. To understand this work better, and its impact on teachers, we’re handing this week’s podcast over to Heinemann Fellow, Minjung Pai. Min teaches fifth and sixth grade in Los Angeles, California. She is committed to equity, inclusion, and progressive education. Min believes that collaboration is at the core of teaching – that working together with students, parents, and...


Inquiry Illuminated with Anne Goudvis, Steph Harvey, and Karen Halverson

What is at the core of inquiry based learning? How do you get started? Today on the Heinemann Podcast we’re discussing Inquiry Illuminated: Researcher’s Workshop Across the Curriculum, the new book from Anne Goudvis, Stephanie Harvey, and Brad Buhrow. Anne and Steph, along with the book’s contributor Karen Halverson, join us to provide a structure for inquiry that's predictable, proven, and—most importantly—authentic. Inquiry doesn’t just happen. It grows in a classroom community throughout...