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The Classroom Matters podcast aims to tell the stories and share the experiences of K-12 educators and the reality of our education system. Join Kristy Houle, former elementary teacher and principal and current home school Mom and Outreach Coordinator for Educate.Today, as she talks with a wide variety of fascinating people on important and interesting educational topics.
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This is episode #57 of Classroom Matters by Educate.Today.  We are aprogram dedicated to speaking with some of the most outstanding educatorsin the nation, covering different topics in the world of teaching and learning.Led by Sports Foundation Director Solomon Alexander, the Musial Momentsprogram was inspired by the life and legacy of the great Stan Musial. TheMusial Moments program was created to help schools and organizationsfoster kindness, character, and respect among young people My guest today,Solomon Alexander is a former teacher, experienced public speaker andauthority on sportsmanship, Solomon encourages students to have fun, begood and play right. He motivates students to show kindness, integrity andselflessness, just as Stan The Man did during his illustrious career and life.Also during this episode we will discuss the challenges that students andparents face maintaining sports involvement during the pandemic andstrategies that can be used to stay active.Classroom Matters Host - Kristy HoulePodcast Producers - Jessica Pierce and Kristy HoulePodcast Audio Editing - Jessica PierceEducate.Today Executive Director - Tim Gore
This is episode #56 of Classroom Matters by Educate.Today.  We are a program dedicated to speaking with some of the most outstanding educators in the nation, covering different topics in the world of teaching and learning. On today’s episode I will be sitting down with former educator, Brittany Long as we dive into the topic of how to realize your talents in the teaching world and how to know when to move on. Brittany Long is a former science teacher turned freelancer and entrepreneur who now works from home and is the host of the Life After Teaching podcast. Brittany knows what it's like to feel burned out, tired and desperately wanting more for her life, and although she still advocates for great teachers in the classroom, she also helps teachers find whatever path brings them joy. During this conversation we will be discussing the challenges that educators might face with making a smooth transition out of teaching and what steps to take when making the decision to either stay or go.Classroom Matters Host - Kristy HoulePodcast Producers - Jessica Pierce and Kristy HoulePodcast Audio Editing - Jessica PierceEducate.Today Executive Director - Tim Gore
This is episode #55 of "Classroom Matters" by Educate.Today.  We are a program dedicated to speaking with some of the most outstanding educators in the nation, covering different topics in the world of teaching and learning.Darrion Cockrell joined a gang by age 10, navigated the challenges of the foster care system, struggled to find love and security during his adolescence, but with the help of his teachers became a teacher himself -- one of the best in Missouri, in fact.  Cockrell, or "Mr. DC" as his students affectionately call him, was named Teacher of the Year by the Missouri Department of Education earlier this year.    During this conversation we will discuss his journey into education and how being named Teacher of the Year has changed his outlook on teaching and life in general. We will also discuss the impact that his prior challenges and the title of Teacher of the Year has had on being a husband and father.
This is episode #54 of "Classroom Matters" by Educate.Today.  We are a program dedicated to speaking with some of the most outstanding educators in the nation, covering different topics in the world of teaching and learning.On today’s episode I will be sitting down with Dr. Bryan Pearlman as we dive into the topic of how to meet a student’s human needs before academic needs. Dr. Bryan Pearlman is a veteran educator/school administrator, a mental health therapist, PD leader, keynote speaker, and adjunct professor. He is the author of two books: Maslow Before Bloom: Basic Human Needs Before Academics released in May 2020 & Whatever It Takes For All Students To Succeed In School and Life, released in January 2019. Dr. Pearlman is also the co-founder and board member of the mental health non-profit DSMHW.org.During this conversation we will be discussing the challenges that educators might face with this approach in a remote learning setting and strategies that can truly make a difference in struggling students. Classroom Matters Host - Kristy HoulePodcast Producers - Jessica Pierce and Kristy HoulePodcast Audio Editing - Jessica PierceEducate.Today Executive Director - Tim Gore
This is episode #53 of "Classroom Matters" by Educate.Today.  We are a program dedicated to speaking with some of the most outstanding educators in the nation, covering different topics in the world of teaching and learning.On today’s episode I will be sitting down with Bob Chapman, Chairman and CEO of St. Louis based Barry-Wehmiller. Over the last two decades Bob has dedicated his work and life to creating an environment where people feel truly valued and cared for.  In his book Everybody Matters: The Extraordinary Power of Caring for Your People Like Family, Bob writes about his journey to find his true calling, going behind the scenes as his team tackles real-world challenges with caring, empathy, and inspiration.During this conversation we will be discussing the challenges that educators face in leadership positions and how the truly human leadership approach can turn disgruntled, burned out teachers into high-performing teams.  Classroom Matters Host - Kristy HoulePodcast Producers - Jessica Pierce and Kristy HoulePodcast Audio Editing - Jessica PierceEducate.Today Executive Director - Tim Gore
This is episode #52 of Classroom Matters by Educate.Today.  We are a program dedicated to speaking with some of the most outstanding educators in the nation, covering different topics in the world of teaching and learning. On today’s episode I will be sitting down with two amazing educators who not only work in the world of alternative education, but also strive to help other educators through their roles in the Missouri Alternative Education Network.Amy McEvoy currently serves as the President of MAEN and Dan Davinroy is the President-Elect. Their mission, which aligns to the National Alternative Education Association is to provide advocacy and support for professionals who work on behalf of children and youth receiving alternative education services.We will be discussing the challenges that alternative education is facing during the pandemic and debunk the top 5 myths of teaching in an alternative school setting.Classroom Matters Host - Kristy HoulePodcast Producers - Jessica Pierce and Kristy HoulePodcast Audio Editing - Jessica PierceEducate.Today Executive Director - Tim Gore
This is episode #51 of "Classroom Matters" by Educate.Today.  We're a program dedicated to speaking with some of the most outstanding educators in the nation, covering different topics in the world of teaching and learning.Today, our guest is National Teacher of the Year 2020, Tabatha Rosproy.  We spoke with Tabatha earlier this month about her recent accomplishment of being named the first early childhood Teacher of the Year.  Tabatha Rosproy is a 10-year veteran of education and the first early childhood educator to be named National Teacher of the Year. Tabatha currently teaches preschool for the Winfield Early Learning Center in Winfield, Kansas.  As the Covid-19 pandemic forced the close of school buildings across the country, Tabatha served as a co-chair of the educator task force that helped compile Kansas's Continuous Learning Guidance in which the primary goal was to develop guidance for Kansas educators to meet the immediate need of supporting learning outside of our normal practices. This and many other accomplishments have led Tabatha to be a role-model for all teachers around the nation as they struggle to teach in uncharted waters.  We'll hear about the challenges that Tabatha has faced teaching early childhood in the wake of a pandemic and how her positive attitude helps encourage and impact others.Classroom Matters Host - Kristy HoulePodcast Producers - Jessica Pierce and Kristy HoulePodcast Audio Editing - Jessica PierceEducate.Today Executive Director - Tim Gore
Kristy sits down with 12-year-old Mikey Wren, the youngest vending machine owner in the country.  Mikey's interest in business started with a lemonade stand and grew into the ownership of several vending machines across the St. Louis area and two best-selling children's books. Hear Mikey and his supportive mother, Arriel, talk about what drives him, how he balances business with school, and his plans for the future.
In this episode of Classroom Matters, host Kristy Houle chats with Stacy Clay, Senior Vice President and Director of Community Affairs, First Bank and Dr. Steven Coxen, Associate Professor of Education, Maryville University about their involvement with the Education Technology Initiative and how this partnership is assisting St. Louis school districts.
Listen to Kristy and Tim talk about the upcoming fall semester and the different ways that being remote and using online resources can be beneficial.Watch our first ever video podcast episode on our Youtube page!
Join host Kristy Houle as she wraps up this three part series with Online Safety expert, Ronna Glickman. In this episode they will discuss the importance of online safety during this season of remote-learning and share some strategies to keep your kids focused and safe while working online.
Join Kristy Houle as she dives deeper into conversations with Online Safety Expert, Ronna Glickman.  In part two of this series Ronna discusses the impact too much online or screen time on a child's brain development.
What is the right age to get my child a cell phone? Should I monitor my child's social media usage? How does too much screen time affect my child? These may be familiar questions you've asked yourself. Join host Kristy Houle as she kicks off this three part series with Online Safety Expert, Ronna Glickman.
What started as a grassroots effort by St. Louis parents has turned into a community organization designed to help parents make the best educational choice for their children.  Navigate STL Schools is a non-profit focused on helping St. Louis families find local schools that are the right fit for the unique needs of their children. Join host Kristy Houle as she chats with Executive Director, Anna-Stacia Allen, and Founding Board President and Community Parent, Gloria Nolan, about the challenges families face when looking for the best educational option and how Navigate STL Schools can help.
Tina McCord has been in the world of education for over ten years and is also the founder of the Zuni Learning Tree website.  Tina's passion is for supporting teachers and having high-quality resources available in one place.  Join host Kristy Houle as she chats with Tina about the Zuni Learning Tree resources and how teachers and parents can utilize them during a time of remote learning.
As both a public and private school teacher and a homeschool mom, Kristen Schindler has had over twenty years of experience with teaching and learning. In her most current role as a published author and educational consultant she is able to connect with people and truly listen to the stories they have to share. Join Kristen as she sits down with host Kristy Houle to chat about her book All the Things and what she is doing to help new homeschool families get a stress-free start to the new school year.
Michael Desparrios is no stranger to the world of education.  As a former special education teacher and a special education consultant and coordinator he has seen firsthand the challenges teachers and parents sometimes face with understanding, and empathy for each other in times of trouble.  In Michael’s current role as the Leader of Educational Initiatives for the Our Community Listens organization, he develops and train participants in the field of listening, non-verbal behaviors, and healing broken relationships.  Join Kristy Houle as she chats with Michael about the program and her own experience with the 3-day training.
In this episode of Classroom Matters join host Kristy Houle as she wraps up a three-part series with Heather Forbes, the owner of the Beyond Consequences Institute.  In the last episode of this series Heather discusses how the pandemic and civil unrest around the nation have increased the need for a trauma-informed approach.
In the second part of our three part series with Heather Forbes we dive into teacher buy-in and how to create change in the school environment.  Heather is an expert in the field of trauma-informed care and is the owner of the Beyond Consequences Institute which works to help educators and parents take a trauma-informed approach with students.  Join Kristy Houle as she chats with Heather and takes a deeper look into teacher implementation of the trauma-informed approach.
Chuck Alphin has been a vital part of the St. Louis community for decades and now his dedication to keeping the community safe is stronger than ever.  As the regional director of the O’Fallon Boys and Girls Club and an intregral part of the Kingian Nonviolence philosophy  Chuck spends his time delivering and emulating a message of support and love.  Join host Kristy Houle as she chats with Chuck about the role of the Boys and Girls Club this summer and how the Kingian Nonviolence movement is needed now more than ever.
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