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Communications by Design (CBD) is an education technology consulting company devoted to supporting teachers' efforts to transform teaching and learning. This podcast is hosted by our team of instructional and technology integration coaches. Find more and connect with us immediately at cbdconsulting.com/elevateedu (you can even talk to a coach live via our virtual coaching office!).
 
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The need for remote learning in the face of school closures and indefinite social distancing is greater than ever. But what does it look like? How do we achieve quality teaching and learning and connect with students and families in meaningful ways? We walk that road in this episode by providing 4 principles and several tools and strategies to supp…
 
Teaching skills effectively is an ongoing challenge for educators of all levels. A large part of the challenge stems from the confusion of defining the skill and determining what it actually looks like in the classroom. Critical thinking is no exception. For this episode, the Communications by Design team of instructional coaches investigates how t…
 
Posing the question of what to do about the ongoing epidemic of under-motivated students, the Communications by Design team of instructional coaches posed the question to a number of compelling West Michigan educators. Listen to this concise treatise on leveraging powerful instructional strategies to re-engage and re-motivate students.…
 
You heard him first on episode 22 discussing his work to grow empathy in students by sharing student stories. David Theune has now returned from the Netherlands where he, as a Fulbright Scholarship recipient in 2018, began an international expansion of his vision for sharing story. That experience has influenced David in several ways, both in the s…
 
We asked 3 leading educators what they thought about teaching and learning and the purpose of the education experience. Listen here to the insightful and profound reflections of Tracy Horodyski, Dave Stuart Jr. (davestuartjr.com), and Luke Wilcox as they dive deep into the reality of education, the world, and our students today. Connect with these …
 
Laingsburg, Michigan teachers Becky Malaski and Liz Stark were tired of the “grading game” and wondered if their students’ grades really reflected their learning. So, they ditched grades! Now, students work harder than they ever have and are focused on mastery--not completion or compliance. Becky and Liz share the strategies they have implemented t…
 
Maggie Edison teaches high school math in East Grand Rapids, Michigan. She became frustrated when students would leave questions on assessments blank when she knew they had at least some knowledge of the concept. From this, her differentiated, leveled assessments were born which allow students to demonstrate understanding at multiple levels. See so…
 
How do we tell the story of the great things happening in our classrooms? Dr. Christina Podraza, an assistant principal in Elmhurst, Illinois, shares how she celebrates teachers and students with the world beyond the school doors while building a positive, professional, and energized environment. Connect with Christina: Twitter: @christinapod Blog:…
 
Tasha Candela (tcandela@lsps.org and @bethetigger) started a student internship program at Lake Shore High School four years ago with just three students. Since then, the program has grown to 56 participants, connecting students with businesses in the community and providing authentic experiences in various career fields. Tasha shares how she start…
 
Michael Budziak is a K-5 STEM teacher in Gibraltar, Michigan. He shares the process he uses to foster design, engineering, technology, and problem-solving skills in his students through creative, hands-on projects that connect with the content being learned in the classroom. Connect with Mike via email at budziam@gibdist.net. Our team of instructio…
 
*Don't miss your chance to win a gift card by sharing a challenge from your classroom (there's a chance we will feature it on an upcoming episode!). Call 616-965-6606 and leave us a message. (Or email us at coach@cbdconsulting.com)* You first heard Dayna Cantu, a 5th grade teacher in Delton Kellogg Schools, on episode 70 where she shared about her …
 
Megan Scalise is a 4th grade teacher in Gibraltar, Michigan who implements genius hour with her students. She and her students share the what, how, and why of genius hour, plus the challenges and successes they’ve experienced. Get in touch with Megan on Twitter: @ScaliseInFourth or via email: scalism@gibdist.net Resources: Wonderopolis Epic! PowToo…
 
Nick DeNault teaches math at Lake Shore High School in St. Clair Shores, Michigan. In this episode, he talks with Erik about how he has shifted students’ focus from getting the correct answer to asking thoughtful questions and having meaningful dialogue. He shares strategies and resources as well as the positive outcomes he and his students have ex…
 
David Vermeulen teaches middle school social studies in Montague Area Public Schools--you will remember him from episode 63 on self-paced instruction. In this episode, he shared how he implements Socratic Seminars with middle school students, fostering civil discourse and collaboration. He even incorporates a backchannel chat, similar to what was s…
 
Richard Byrne is a successful edtech blogger at freetech4teachers.com. In this episode, he shares his story and philosophy of educational technology, the biggest changes he’s seen in his 12 years of blogging, and what he thinks could be the next big thing in the world of edtech. Resources: Practicaledtech.com and his free handbook Website with dail…
 
Scott Ely, Curriculum Director at Spring Lake Public Schools, shares how he provides choice, flexibility and unique collaboration opportunities for his teachers through online professional development. Connect with Scott via email at sely@springlakeschools.org Our team of instructional coaches is available to help ANY teacher, ANYwhere. Learn more …
 
Joe VanderZee is a teacher in Santiago, Chile. He shares some differences between the U.S. and Chilean educational systems and his experiences with student-driven, interdisciplinary project-based learning. Connect with Joe on Twitter @javanderzee or email: javanderzee@gmail.com Our team of instructional coaches is available to help ANY teacher, ANY…
 
*Don't miss your chance to win a gift card by sharing a challenge from your classroom (there's a chance we will feature it on an upcoming episode!). Call 616-965-6606 and leave us a message.* Yes, deeper learning through discussion is possible in math! Deb Mertz, a high school math teacher in Spring Lake, Michigan, shares how she uses the Harkness …
 
*Don't miss your chance to win a gift card by sharing a challenge from your classroom (there's a chance we will feature it on an upcoming episode!). Call 616-965-6606 and leave us a message.* Liz Kolb is a clinical assistant professor at the University of Michigan and author of Learning First, Technology Second. Erik and Liz discuss her technology …
 
*Don't miss your chance to win a gift card by sharing a challenge from your classroom (there's a chance we will feature it on an upcoming episode!). Call 616-965-6606 and leave us a message.* Julie Hoehing teachers a 3-4 split class in Lake Shore Public Schools. She shares how technology not only helps her be a better teacher, but how students use …
 
*Don't miss your chance to win a gift card by sharing a challenge from your classroom (there's a chance we will feature it on an upcoming episode!). Call 616-965-6606 and leave us a message.* Dayna Cantu is a 5th grade teacher in Delton Kellogg Schools. In this episode, Zach talks with Dayna about her journey into blended learning and a student-cen…
 
*Don't miss your chance to win a gift card by sharing a challenge from your classroom (there's a chance we will feature it on an upcoming episode!). Call 616-965-6606 and leave us a message.* Melody Arabo is the 2014-15 Michigan Teacher of the Year, a U.S. Department of Education Teaching Ambassador Fellow, author, and now an Outreach Specialist fo…
 
*Don't miss your chance to win a gift card by sharing a challenge from your classroom (there's a chance we will feature it on an upcoming episode!). Call 616-965-6606 and leave us a message.* Carrie Moeggenberg is an instructional coach with Ludington Area Schools. For this episode, Pete connected with Carrie to talk about her additional role as co…
 
Jeff West is a blogger, podcaster, and band teacher with Lake Shore Public Schools. Erik caught up with Jeff to ask how technology influences music education, and their conversation produced a number of insights applicable to any content area.To follow up with Jeff or any of his resources:Podcast: anchor.fm/jeffa-west Blog: olddognewtech.wordpress.…
 
You heard Pat Donohue in episode 60 ( https://anchor.fm/cbdpodcast/episodes/060-Standards-Based-Grading-w-Pat-Donohue-e2jlfu ) where he discussed Standards-Based Grading. Clearly an administrator who willingly embraces change, Pat talks with Erik in this episode about leading his staff through change by modeling the kinds of things he asks of his t…
 
Mindfulness is a topic of conversations in many aspects of society today. In the classroom, the idea of mindful students holds great appeal (for all stakeholders!).As a retired teacher of nearly 40 years, Cheryl Blackington continues to work in education through the Grand Rapids Center for Mindfulness and other endeavors in an effort to support hea…
 
Jen Rowe ( jrowe@lasd.net ) teaches family consumer sciences in Ludington Area Schools. Taking authenticity seriously, Jen and her students embarked on a PBL unit in conjunction with the school food service department to redesign the menu. Listen to Pete talk with Jen about this amazing project!For more from our team or to connect with one of our i…
 
David Vermeulen ( vermeulend@mapsk12.org ) teaches middle school in Montague Area Public Schools. Erik and David discuss his efforts to teach in a classroom familiar to most teachers: some students are highly capable and progressing rapidly while others are hardly even present (to name a couple). David shares how he has developed a process for stud…
 
(Subscribe to our monthly digest! http://eepurl.com/dH7LTT )You heard him on episode 34 discussing his most recent book, These 6 Things ( anchor.fm/cbdpodcast/episodes/034-These-6-Things-with-Dave-Stuart--Jr-e1u2i5 ), but for episode 62, Dave Stuart Jr. dives deep into what he calls the 5 Key Beliefs. Listen to Dave share with Pete how he devised t…
 
KJ Dell'Antonia is an author, blogger, and New York Times column editor. For this episode, Pete interviews KJ about her book How to Be a Happier Parent. Their discussion focuses on a few of KJ's 10 mantras for parents to consider and offers listeners plenty of opportunity to connect sound parenting advice to profound classroom practice.To learn mor…
 
Pat Donohue is the principal at Kennedy Middle School in Lake Shore Public Schools. Erik and Pat discuss the experience of taking an entire building from traditional grading to Standards Based Grading, highlighting some of the challenges and the necessary steps to make such a transition successful.To connect with Pat: pdonohue@lsps.orgPete mentions…
 
(The elevateEDU digest is live! Subscribe before the next issue goes out: http://eepurl.com/dH7LTT )Lis Smith shares her journey through cogenerative practices with high school students. Not sure what "cogen" is or how it reflects a true student-centered experience? Hear Lis talk about it. Whatever your role in education, you will be inspired by Am…
 
(Did you know we now have a monthly digest? Subscribe here: http://eepurl.com/dH7LTT )The latest idea slam from our team of instructional and tech coaches. Pete, Erik, Amy, and Zach discuss several tools and strategies to support teaching and learning. Find direct links to the tools below, and connect with one of our coaches or other resources at c…
 
(Don't miss our monthly digest! http://eepurl.com/dH7LTT )Luke Wilcox is an accomplished and acclaimed educator, a fact confirmed by receiving the 2017-18 Michigan Teacher of the Year honors. Luke teaches mathematics at East Kentwood High School where he co-founded a teacher mentorship and leadership program, and in his conversation with Pete, Luke…
 
Kenichi Nozaki is one of those individuals not easily described in a word or phrase. His background includes education, international business, a technology startup... on 4 different continents! Listen to Pete and Kenichi discuss what it's like to teach all over the world, and reach out to Kenichi directly to hear more (Linked In or kenichi.nozaki@…
 
Jeff Bush and Elaine Stiefel taught together at the Kent Innovation High School ( studentvoice.kentisd.org/theschool ). During this conversation, Elaine asks Jeff about some of his experiences in the world of Project Based Learning as well as ideas to support other teachers in the midst of or simply considering PBL. Don't miss Jeff's comments about…
 
Maple Elementary ( twitter.com/maplewarriors ) administrators Dr. Rena Hawkins and Dr. Eric Carlin host ShareMoEdu ( sharemoedu.podomatic.com ) and join Pete to discuss the impact of their podcasting efforts and experiences. Additionally, they share their process getting started (shout out to Adam Welcome!) and some of their guests along the way. T…
 
In episode 44, Pete interviewed Dean Elizabeth Moje of the University of Michigan's School of Ed. During that conversation, they discussed what Dean Moje labelled "The Reading Crisis." For this episode, Pete and Erik recap that segment of the interview and share some reflections on the state of literacy education today. Take a look at Pete's blog p…
 
Bill Curtis ( bcurtis@goneboardingedu.com ) co-founded Gone Boarding ( goneboardingedu.com ) in collaboration with high school students to provide an academic experience that gave students a place to live and learn their passions during the school day. Once merely a cross-curricular course students could take at Forrest Hills Public schools, the pr…
 
Randy Fairfield ( misteredtech.com and twitter.com/randyfairfield ) is an instructional coach from Pasco, Washington. Pete caught up with Randy virtually about some of his latest work and ideas, including his thoughts about lessons teachers and education might be able to learn from video games. And they are compelling thoughts, indeed! Listen to Pe…
 
Todd Babiasz joins us once again (see episode 40 on Backchanneling) to talk with Erik about his leadership class and the incredible experience of his students' positive impact projects. Listen to Todd share with Erik how students are making a difference in tangible and personal ways all over their community. You can see all of the projects by visit…
 
Pam Stuckey ( pstuckey@rockfordschools.org ) is a seasoned middle school teacher (North Rockford Middle School) who, even 30 years into her career, is constantly innovating and re-invigorating. One example is her Amazing Culture Race activity that draws her 6th grade social studies students into global cultures in exciting and dynamic ways. Listen …
 
Brian Pickerd teaches high school world language at Rockford High School and supports the TESOL programs at Cornerstone University. Additionally, Brian authored Scattering Seed in Teaching (learn more at pickerd.com ).For episode 48, Zach and Pete talk with Brian about his experiences in his various roles as well as the journey of writing a book ab…
 
Bridget Rieth teaches 5th grade at Breton Downs Elementary in East Grand Rapids. Along with an army of coworkers, students, and community members, Bridget oversees a literacy experience like none other. In this episode, Pete talks with Bridget about that experience (SPOILER! It is every Harry Potter lover's dream event!) and how because of the pers…
 
Katie Nethaway ( katie.nethaway@laingsburg.k12.mi.us ) shared about flexible seating on episode 17 of this podcast. For this episode, Zach and Katie continue discussing some of her simple strategies to have students demonstrate learning. Tune in for a few quick tips, or reach out to Katie directly for more details and dynamic ideas (she is always h…
 
Garth Trask ( twitter.com/garthtraskmi or gtrask@springlakeschools.org ) joins us once more, this time to discuss differentiation and screencasting. Listen as Erik and Garth discuss how he utilizes short and simple videos to elevate routines like word study and station rotations.To hear Garth talk about how he uses live broadcasting in his 1st grad…
 
University of Michigan School of Education Dean Elizabeth Moje joins Pete in a discussion about teacher recruitment and retention and literacy education. Listen as Dean Moje shares about researched and innovative strategies to help better prepare pre-service teachers for the main event as well as some of the challenges teachers face today and how i…
 
If you are just recently tuning in or have missed some content over the summer, this episode is a great way to catch you up on some of the interesting ideas that teachers have shared! Our team sat town together and discussed some of our favorite concepts shared over the past couple months. Listen for a quick recap of the Transforming Learning Podca…
 
Heather Gauck is a K-3rd grade Resource Teacher in Grand Rapids Public Schools where she focuses heavily on the potential for technology to elevate her students' experiences. In this episode, CBD's Pete Grostic talks with Heather about her experiences and the creations of innovationclassroom.com , a resource she built to support other teachers' eff…
 
Carson Ratliff ( twitter.com/carson_ratliff ) teaches high school English and Leadership at West Michigan Aviation Academy. In this episode, Pete and Carson discuss how he approaches elective courses in a project-based manner, leveraging the freedom in the curriculum as well as the opportunity to connect with other content and outside community ele…
 
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