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Vrain Waves seeks to provide teachers powerful professional learning anywhere, and anytime. We feature interviews with educational giants, successful professionals, and sought-after consultants to help teachers feel more informed, inspired, and connected. Join us each week as we highlight educational theory, strategies, and tools that all teachers can put to use in the classroom.

Vrain Waves seeks to provide teachers powerful professional learning anywhere, and anytime. We feature interviews with educational giants, successful professionals, and sought-after consultants to help teachers feel more informed, inspired, and connected. Join us each week as we highlight educational theory, strategies, and tools that all teachers can put to use in the classroom.
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Vrain Waves seeks to provide teachers powerful professional learning anywhere, and anytime. We feature interviews with educational giants, successful professionals, and sought-after consultants to help teachers feel more informed, inspired, and connected. Join us each week as we highlight educational theory, strategies, and tools that all teachers can put to use in the classroom.

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Dr. John Medina, Brain Rules

10/7/2019
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Episode 046: Dr. John Medina - Brain Rules We’ve been waiting for years now for the chance to interview Dr. John Medina: Developmental Molecular Biologist, Professor of Bioengineering at the University of Washington School of Medicine, and author of Brain Rules, Brain Rules for Baby, Brain Rules for Aging Well, and Attack of the Teenage Brain, to name a few. Dr. Medina takes time out of his busy schedule to chat with us about Theory of Mind, stress and learning, and some history behind our...

Duration:00:42:38

Expertise in Education with Dr. Tom Nichols

9/23/2019
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Episode 045: Dr. Tom Nichols, Expertise in Education Five-time Jeopardy! Champion, professor, and author Dr. Tom Nichols joins us on Vrain Waves to discuss the implications of his work on K12 education. We chat with Dr. Nichols about the importance of relying on experts, cultivating our own expertise, and the cognitive heuristics that get in our way. From his website: “Tom Nichols is a U.S. Naval War College University Professor, and an adjunct at the U.S. Air Force School of Strategic...

Duration:00:43:52

Teaching from a Full Tank with Chase Mielke

9/9/2019
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Connect with Chase Mielke Website: https://affectiveliving.com/ | Twitter: @chasemielke | Newest Book: The Burnout Cure: Learning to Love Teaching Again, ASCD Connect with Vrain Waves Website: vrainwaves.com | Twitter: @VrainWaves | Becky Twitter: @BeckyEPeters | Ben Twitter: @mrkalb Links & Show Notes @ttrzebiatowski)@AndyLeiser@FastCrayon@TylerTarver@haylessvvsdGetting Mindful about Race in SchoolsElena Aguilar@brightmorningtmSustainable Happiness Model Meta-Analysis47% of our time...

Duration:00:56:50

Fisher & Frey PLC+

8/26/2019
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Episode 041: PLC Plus with Nancy Frey & Doug Fisher Join us for this discussion with the potent pair Doug Fisher & Nancy Frey! We learn about their new book, PLC+ and the five questions that get to the heart of what collaboration time should look like in schools. Stay tuned until the end for a special promo code for our listeners for the PLC+ Institutes the authors will be hosting in Colorado in October! Connect with Fisher & Frey Website: www.fisherandfrey.com/ | Twitter: @DFisherSDSU;...

Duration:00:59:25

First Week of School Activities

8/12/2019
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Episode 042: Welcome to the 2019-2020 School Year!!! A quick intro episode after our summer break. Listen for some inspiration, activities, and free resources to help get your year started off right!! Please consider sharing with a friend, and point some feedback our way at tinyurl.com/vrainwavesfeedback! Thank you! Connect with Vrain Waves Website: vrainwaves.com | Twitter: @VrainWaves | Becky Twitter: @BeckyEPeters | Ben Twitter: @mrkalb Links & Show Notes Episode 009 with Daniel...

Duration:00:16:01

Making the Most of Your Summer

6/10/2019
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Episode 041: Making the Most of Your Summer A compilation episode highlighting advice on how to make the most of your summer, courtesy of the interviews from some of our amazing guests. Don’t let decision fatigue get you down! And share with us your summer plans at #makesomevrainwaves. Connect with Vrain Waves Website: vrainwaves.com | Twitter: @VrainWaves | Becky Twitter: @BeckyEPeters | Ben Twitter: @mrkalb Links & Show Notes Brain RulesEpisode with Doris Kearns GoodwinBenjamin Hardy...

Duration:00:15:07

Doris Kearns Goodwin & Michael Goodwin - Learning Through History

5/27/2019
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Episode 038: Doris Kearns Goodwin & Michael Goodwin, Learning from History Connect with Doris Kearns Goodwin Website: https://doriskearnsgoodwin.com/ | Twitter: @DorisKGoodwin Connect with Michael Goodwin Website: https://riversc9.wixsite.com/riversandrevolutions/michael-goodwin-rivers Connect with Vrain Waves Website: vrainwaves.com | Twitter: @VrainWaves | Becky Twitter: @BeckyEPeters | Ben Twitter: @mrkalb Links & Show Notes Leadership in Turbulent Times Rivers and...

Duration:00:53:26

School Leadership Reimagined with Robyn Jackson

5/13/2019
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Dr. Robyn Jackson, School Leadership Reimagined Connect with Dr. Jackson Website: mindstepsinc.com | schoolleadershipreimagined.com | Twitter: @robyn_mindsteps Connect with Vrain Waves Website: vrainwaves.com | Twitter: @VrainWaves | Becky Twitter: @BeckyEPeters | Ben Twitter: @mrkalb Links & Show Notes ASCDBuildershipmissioncore valuesthis articleAndrea SmithLyons Middle / Senior PrincipalBuilders Lab Workshops Jay Matthews’ book on Jaime EscalanteBlog post about itMaster Teacher...

Duration:00:55:50

Teaching Kids Who Read with Daniel Willingham

4/29/2019
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Episode 038: Dr. Dan Willingham, Cognitive Scientist Connect with Dr. Willingham Website: http://www.danielwillingham.com/ | Twitter: @DTwillingham Connect with Vrain Waves Website: vrainwaves.com | Twitter: @VrainWaves | Becky Twitter: @BeckyEPeters | Ben Twitter: @mrkalb Links & Show Notes Indian Peaks ElementaryRegister HEREThe Reading MindRaising Kids Who ReadWhy Don’t Students Like SchoolMake It StickAPS Conference in San FranciscoAsk the Cognitive Scientist column

Duration:00:44:01

Positive School and Classroom Culture

4/15/2019
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Episode 037: Jennifer Gonzalez, Cult of Pedagogy It’s not a real cult. It’s a mindset, a family, a ton of free resources, a podcast, great blog posts, relevant topics, and, frankly, a security blanket for busy teachers. Many times it’s pushed our thinking, strengthened our practice, and given us solace. It’s the Cult of Pedagogy, and we had the privilege of speaking to the “Head Teacher Nerd”, Jennifer Gonzalez, about school culture and much much more. Connect with Jennifer...

Duration:00:44:20

Digital Minimalism With Cal Newport

4/1/2019
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** Cal Newport, Digital Minimalism** Join us to learn from best-selling author & Computer Science professor Cal Newport as we talk to him about exploring the world of digital abundance, using technology with intention, and walking through life with purpose. Learn more from Cal on his website, at calnewport.com, where he has archived about 10 years of blog posts on everything from study habits to career advice and more - and read one of the business books everyone will be reading this year...

Duration:01:01:58

Evicting The Enemies of Yes (ASCD Recap)

3/21/2019
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Connect with Alyssa Gallagher & Kami Thordarson Website: www.inprogress-consulting.com/ | Twitter: @am_gallagher; @kami_thor Connect with Vrain Waves Twitter: @VrainWaves | Becky Twitter: @BeckyEPeters | Ben Twitter: @mrkalb

Duration:00:18:51

Ditching Deficit Thinking (ASCD Recap)

3/19/2019
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Connect with the Dream Team Websites: learningpersonalized.com, habitsofmindinstitute.org, nuatc.org | Twitter: @allison_zmuda, @benakallick Connect with Vrain Waves Website: vrainwaves.com | Twitter: @VrainWaves | Becky Twitter: @BeckyEPeters | Ben Twitter: @mrkalb Connect with ASCD Website: www.ascd.org | Twitter: @ASCD, @ASCDConf, #Empower19

Duration:00:24:53

Dwayne Reed on a Culture of We - ASCD Recap

3/18/2019
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Episode 035: Dwayne Reed, Welcome to the 4th Grade :) In the first of our mini-series highlighting the conversations at the ASCD Empower 2019 Conference (#Empower19 for more on social media as well…), we sit down with inspirational teacher Mr. Dwayne Reed from Chicago Public Schools. Please enjoy this quick discussion about getting to know our classroom by starting with ‘you’, then ‘them’, then ‘we’, a quick reprise of his keynote at the General Session of the conference. (Becky’s Chicago...

Duration:00:23:21

We Got This with Cornelius Minor

3/4/2019
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Connect with Cornelius Minor Website: kassandcorn.com | Twitter: @MisterMinor | Book: We Got This Connect with Vrain Waves Twitter: @VrainWaves | Becky Twitter: @BeckyEPeters | Ben Twitter: @mrkalb Links & Show Notes We Got ThisJamal EigelHeinemann Podcast w/ Mr. Minor - Building Better Heroesthe spread effect#hiphopedHip hop came out of the BronxLucy CalkinsReading & Writing ProjectReaders Workshop / Writers Workshopsee each other as expertsKassandcorn.comHeinemann.comWe Got ThisFree...

Duration:00:53:59

Sylvia Acevedo on Building Girls of Courage, Confidence, and Character

2/18/2019
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Episode 032: Sylvia Acevedo, Girl Scouts & STEM In this episode, Girl Scout CEO Sylvia Acevedo shares so much wisdom and insight into how to reach learners at every level, especially girls. Her stories, both from her own life and from being the CEO of girl scouts and seeing the projects that students are working on, are sure to inspire! Stay tuned after the episode for more classroom tips and instructional resources. Connect with Sylvia Acevedo Website: www.sylviaacevedo.org;...

Duration:00:53:29

Solving Wicked Problems with Design Thinking

2/4/2019
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Episode 031: Design Thinking for School Leaders Co-authors Alyssa Gallagher and Kami Thordarson stop by Vrain Waves to share the 5 elements of design-inspired leadership. Alyssa & Kami “believe that educators can solve the challenges that face our schools faster and more effectively than any policy, top down mandate, or expensive commercial solution.” Tune in as they explain how design, creativity, and observation can help us navigate and advocate for change. Connect with Alyssa Gallagher...

Duration:00:44:58

Educated by Design with The Tech Rabbi

1/28/2019
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Educated By Design with The Tech Rabbi In his new book, Educated by Design, The Tech Rabbi Michael Cohen shares his journey to education through design, while providing useful tools and resources for the reader to help expand students’ belief in their own creative ability. Today on Vrain Waves, he shares many of these insights with us! Connect with The Tech Rabbi Website: https://thetechrabbi.com/ | Twitter: @TheTechRabbi Connect with Vrain Waves Twitter: @VrainWaves | Becky Twitter:...

Duration:00:43:33

On Learning Spaces with Dr. Robert

1/21/2019
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Episode 029, Dr. Robert Dillon: The Space We’ve covered what we teach, and how we teach, and why we teach… but we have never really talked about WHERE we teach. So today, enjoy the insights and inspirations of Dr. Robert Dillon. In this interview, we discuss the research behind where we learn, how we can put this research into practice by making small changes to our environment, and strategies for keeping this top of mind as we move throughout the school year. Connect with Dr. Robert...

Duration:00:48:31

Into the Classroom!

1/7/2019
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Episode 028, Into the Classroom For our first show of 2019, we decided to outsource for more tangible tips and creative ideas for your classroom to kick off second semester. We asked Vrain Waves listeners to give us a 2-3 minute voice clip of them describing something in their classroom or their practice that they wanted to share with a broader audience - an extended version of our Out of Our Heads and Into the Classroom segment. Here’s the result - we hope you enjoy, and would love it if...

Duration:00:41:55