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The Culture-Centered Classroom podcast is the go-to podcast for teachers ready to step into their power as educators and learn the most effective ways to guide the next generation of thought leaders. Are you looking to increase student engagement? Tune in. Hoping to develop critical thinkers? Ready to increase student achievement? Create a personalized learning experience? Differentiate instruction? Then press play. Here you'll find simple, but powerful and effective ways to create a cultura ...
 
Equipping ELLs is a podcast for ESL specialists and homeroom teachers who are looking for effective and engaging ways to support their English Language Learners without adding to their endless to-do list. Each week you’ll hear tips, strategies, and inspirational stories that will empower you to better reach your ELL students, equip them with life-long skills, and strengthen relationships with colleagues and parents. Your host, Beth Vaucher, is an ESL certified homeroom teacher with over 10 y ...
 
Join Boost VC’s Founder & Managing Director Adam Draper, to learn about emerging technology from leading figures in the industry. Each episode we interview founders and investors to explore topics like startup strategy and venture capital, as well as incredible technology like bitcoin, virtual reality, AI, exoskeletons, drones, space and more.
 
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As ESL teachers, we are especially aware of how important it is for our ELL students to feel welcome, respected, and safe. Because of this, creating a culturally competent school environment is so important. Our guest today, Jocelynn Hubbard, is sharing how all teachers, admin, and staff play a huge role in creating this culturally competent enviro…
 
Have you been asked to provide training to the staff on supporting ELLs but have no idea what you could present on? I see people asking all the time what they can do to provide training or PD to their school staff on supporting ELLs. If you’ve been there, I’ve got you! I am sharing 12 ideas for PD training you can feel confident sharing with teache…
 
In this BONUS episode I am interviewing 3 of my 5 children about their one powerful focus word for the year. You're not going to want to miss a minute of this insightful conversation with Jace (11), Kobi (8), and Ellis (6). I am so proud to be their mother, their first teacher, and a trusted guide on their life journey. In the episode I mention: Ne…
 
Do you ever feel like you are solely responsible for supporting your English language learners? That responsibility is NOT just yours. We are continuing our Small Steps to Success series by looking at what role administrators play in supporting ELLs. Today we are joined by Maria Montroni-Currais who is sharing her insights on how administrators can…
 
Have you ever stopped to really think about what success looks like for your ELL students? Are you only gauging the success of your students based on if they are proficient in English or not? Defining what success looks like for your students is critical to ensuring your students experience successes and feel confident throughout their English lang…
 
In this BONUS episode I am going to share how choosing a focus word for the last three years has helped me connect all the dots personally and professionally. Let's be honest, if we are not mentally and emotionally centered, how can we expect our students to be centered in our classrooms? I get super transparent about my cultural competence journey…
 
Coming back from winter break is the perfect time to restart and refresh things in order to make the most of the second half of the year. I know this year, and the past few years, have been incredibly stressful and exhausting and the thought of doing a refresh may be overwhelming. I totally get that! I want to help you finish the year strong so I a…
 
We all want to support our ELLs as best as possible but some of the things we are doing could actually be inhibiting their growth. As teachers, we are doing our best to figure out what our students need in order to be successful. Unfortunately, some of our efforts could be an unnecessary waste of time. If you’re confused about what ELLs actually ne…
 
Creating culturally aware learning spaces that intentionally develop cultural competence are critically important IF you feel the purpose of education is to guide students on a learning and discovery journey, not just stuff them with facts. This is important if you desire to help students develop the ability to think deeply and critically about top…
 
Are you trying everything you can think of and your ELLs still aren’t making progress? When I talk to teachers whose students aren’t making growth, there is one common thread across the board. Doubt. The good news is that doubt is a reflection of our mindset so if we can fix our mindset, we can help out ELLs make more growth. If you’ve ever doubted…
 
How can we see diversity, share diversity, and celebrate diversity in the classroom? Great question. In this episode I’m going to talk about one way to do each of the aforementioned things. Grab the FREE reflection guide and take some notes! In the episode I mention: FREE Reflection Guide for episodes 23, 24, 25 Diversity Definition Affirm Definiti…
 
Many independently minded, young scientists are too ambitious for academia… But the startup world isn’t quite right for them either. How might decentralized science provide a space for these innovators to do their work? Niklas Rindtorff is the classical scientist behind LabDAO, an online home for inventors that builds open tools for scientific rese…
 
Does the thought of being observed by your admin make you panic a little bit? I think it’s safe to say most teachers don’t love observations. They cause extra stress and nervousness no matter how amazing of a teacher you are. If you’re dreading an upcoming observation, don’t worry! I am sharing five tips to help your observation lesson run smoothly…
 
According to The National Equity Project, “Educational equity means that each child receives what they need to develop to their full academic and social potential.” What does that look like in your classroom? On this episode I share three power tips for centering equity in your classroom to support all your students. Grab the FREE Reflection Guide …
 
What do you do when you have a love/hate relationship with technology but you know there are amazing tools that will help your ELLs learn? You find simple tech tools! I am sharing 5 of my favorite tech tools that provide students amazing support that will help them succeed and soar. In this episode, we are covering really simple but powerful ways w…
 
Join me in welcoming Mona Iehl to the podcast for an inspiring conversation about creating a strong student-centered community of mathematicians who take risks and value the process over the product. Mona is a teacher and instructional coach in Chicago, IL who is passionate about helping students be leaders of their own learning through creating sa…
 
In academia, most scientists publish their ideas and stop there. But if we want our breakthroughs to benefit society, we have to take it a step further. So, what does it look like to commercialize scientific research? What mindset do academics need to work at the intersection of science and industry? Ben Lamm has a career of building successful dee…
 
Do you dread prepping your students for Access testing every year? I think it’s safe to say we all do. What if I told you there is a way to prep without taking precious time away from giving students the support they actually need? Toss the test prep packets because I am sharing 5 fun ways you can prepare for Access testing starting right now. We w…
 
The National Day of Mourning was started in November of 1970 by Wamsutta James, a Wampanoag man, in response to the censoring of a speech he was asked to give at the anniversary celebration of the Pilgrims landing on Plymouth Rock. Listen in to find out why his speech was suppressed and discover ways that you can observe The National Day of Mournin…
 
Thanksgiving in the U.S. is right around the corner which means it’s the perfect time to look at why we should be thankful that we get the privilege to teach our English language learners. At this point in the year, you may be feeling tired and overwhelmed so I want to remind you why we are so fortunate to be able to work with amazing ELL students.…
 
Join me in welcoming Michael Sivert to the podcast for an informative conversation about how having a trauma-informed lens can help you create a more welcoming and inclusive classroom for all students. He is a 5th Grade teacher in Ohio. He has been teaching Upper Elementary grades for 17 years. His passion revolves around Social-Emotional Learning,…
 
Have you heard about the new, hot topic, translanguaging? If not, don’t worry! Today we are talking all about it! Tevia Tovares is joining us today to share her experience with translanguaging and how she encourages translanguaging in the classroom. We know how important it is to create a safe, comfortable, and inclusive atmosphere for our ELLs. In…
 
Why invest in decentralized science? James Sinka is a classically trained chemist and materials engineer and DeSci investor at Orange DAO, a fund for crypto projects supported by an alliance of Y Combinator alumni. On this episode of Boost VC, James joins us to discuss where he sees opportunities in DeSci, describing the benefit of publishing null …
 
Traditional Thanksgiving lessons have been focused around the historically inaccurate and culturally harmful “Thanksgiving Story” as well as family gatherings and food aligned with mainstream culture in the United States. So many differing cultural traditions and practices, important aspects of the day-long celebration are typically omitted. So, ho…
 
Do you know what stage of language acquisition your ELL students are in and how to support them in that stage? Understanding the stages and knowing where your students are at is so important in helping them successfully learn the English language. Cris Howard is joining us today to share her extensive knowledge on language acquisition and its impor…
 
Join me in welcoming Courtney Morgan to the podcast for a dynamic conversation about the best ways to support your multilingual learners in the general education classroom. She is an ESL teacher, coach, and course creator. She earned degrees in Elementary Education and Multicultural Education, and is also National Board certified in Middle Grades L…
 
Holiday season is upon us in the U.S. which means it’s a great opportunity to improve our ELLs’ English language using seasonal vocabulary. We can take advantage of the season and use the excitement of the holidays to engage our students and really work on their English skills. Today, I am sharing some activities I wish I would have done to take fu…
 
Creating an inclusive classroom does not have to be overwhelming or complicated. Start with these FIVE simple strategies. Grab the FREE Inclusive Classroom Checklist with clickable links so you can take action today! In the episode I mention: The Inclusive Classroom Checklist Coaching Call Grade Level Book Recommendations - visit https://bookshop.o…
 
Are you looking to create a culture of reading at your school and with your ELLs? We all know that reading opens so many doors for our students but getting them to read can be a struggle. Today I am joined by high school librarian Terrie Sharp, who is sharing how she helped create a culture of learning in her school. There can be many obstacles in …
 
Join me in welcoming Joscelyn Reed to the podcast for a dynamic conversation about what it really takes to build authentic relationships with students! Joscelyn is a master teacher, coach, and the CEO and Founder of Revolve Learning. She believes in advocating for equity work to be core knowledge alongside mainstream pedagogy and education theory. …
 
I’m sure you’ve heard about the Science of Reading and maybe your school is pushing to incorporate it more into literacy lessons but you aren’t quite sure how to do that. You’re in luck! Today, we are continuing our conversation with Sara Marye about how to create skilled readers through literacy instruction and the Science of Reading. If you haven…
 
Monday was Indigenous People’s Day and also still recognized in some places and by some people as Columbus Day. There are many people that believe Christopher Columbus should be canceled. I'm not so sure canceling him is the right move. Listen in as I explain. In the episode I mention: Cancel Culture Grade Level Book Recommendations - visit https:/…
 
The new “hot topic” in education this year is the Science of Reading. You may have heard about it or looked into it but aren’t sure how to incorporate it into your work with ELL students. Maybe you aren’t really sure what all the buzz is about. Sara Marye from The Stellar Teacher Company is joining us today to share her expertise about literacy and…
 
Join me in welcoming Jonee' Anderson to the podcast on the first guest conversation episode! Jonee' is a school counselor and mental health professional who leads workshops in which she shares tips and strategies for using the power of positive psychology and teaching coping skills in your classroom. If you are interested in connecting with her you…
 
Disclaimer: the audio for this episode is not the best, but the content is so great that we still want you to hear it! There is a huge shift in how schools are teaching reading. They are moving away from Guided Reading and moving towards Science of Reading with a focus on phonics and phonemic awareness. Today, Aylin Claahsen is joining us to share …
 
In this episode I share three ways you can be more intentional about honoring Jewish students and their faith, whether there are Jewish students in your physical classroom or not. In the episode I mention: The "Power Word/One Word Reflection Activity" for Students Louis Armstrong Grade Level Book Recommendations - visit https://bookshop.org/shop/Cu…
 
Reading can be a challenge for many students and it can be especially difficult for our ELL students. That’s why it is so important to systematically work on sight words with our students. Leslie Tomanovich is joining us today to share her experience and wisdom on teaching sight words to our ELL students. When it comes to reading, we want to find w…
 
Defining culture with your students results in several benefits for increased engagement and rigor. In this episode I share why it is important to define culture with your students as a resource for framing conversations, deepening content knowledge, and creating bridges of empathy. In the episode I mention definitions for: Critical thinking, Socra…
 
Working with our ELL students on social emotional learning is so important now more than ever. Between virtual learning, the pandemic, and any traumatic experiences they may have been through, they may need help with coping skills and that is where SEL comes in. Today, we are getting some wonderful insight about the importance of SEL from our guest…
 
Culturally responsive pedagogy is not restricted to a set of resources or a particular curriculum. Culturally responsive pedagogy is a whole vibe. It’s a way of being. It is reflected in your mindset and actions. For this reason, a substitute teacher can absolutely leverage the power of culturally responsive pedagogy. In the episode I mention: Grad…
 
Have you ever thought about trying out a different lesson planning process? Planning units and lessons based on language forms and functions may be a method that could really benefit your ELLs! Today, I have special guest, Kristen Vibas, joining us to talk about how she plans her lessons around different language functions and forms. In this episod…
 
Under the current centralized system, drug development happens in silos. Pharmaceutical companies don’t share information. Scientists run the same failed experiments over and over again. And the process of bringing a drug to market typically takes ten-plus years. But Paul Kohlhaas and Tyler Golato are building a new way to do drug development. A sy…
 
Hispanic Heritage Month is celebrated from September 15th – October 15th. It is a fantastic time to highlight the beauty and diversity of Spanish speaking peoples and their culture. In this episode I want to share three considerations for celebrating and highlighting Hispanic heritage. In the episode I mention: Hispanic - https://www.merriam-webste…
 
It seems like our ELL students are constantly taking assessments. They take them with us, for core classes, benchmarks, and the list goes on! But are these assessments helping to drive our instruction or are they just wasting time? Today, we are diving into how to better assess students authentically so that we can adjust our instruction to meet ou…
 
Setting goals and successfully accomplishing them is directly linked to your check ins. So, let’s check in. What is your focus word? How has it impacted your personal and professional path? How do you show up differently because of this focus? In the episode I mention: One Word Teaching Resources Grade Level Book Recommendations - Click HERE to acc…
 
We all know that classroom management is crucial for a smooth school year. But where do you even start with classroom management, especially when you aren’t a homeroom teacher? Today, we are diving into how to get started with easy-to-implement strategies to help you have great classroom management this year! Classroom management begins with buildi…
 
Listen in for details about each: Consider the filters and lenses through which you were taught to be a teacher and the impact that has on the way you teach. Get to know your students authentically. Intentionally audit and revamp lessons that you have already created. Remember to incorporate the four types of resources - window, mirror, map, and sl…
 
As we head into the start of another school year, we want to make sure that we are creating a welcoming place for our ELLs and newcomers right away. There always seems to be pressure to get started with assessments and lessons but it is so important to slow down the first few weeks of school. Sindy Bonilla is joining us today to talk about how she …
 
Is the "golden rule" really the best way to encourage students to develop bridges of empathy between themselves and their peers? I believe it is a good starting place, but I will share three steps to leverage the "golden rule" in a more effective way when creating a culturally responsive classroom where all students are affirmed, welcomed, and cele…
 
The internet has given content creators of all kinds a way to monetize their talents. Writers have Medium. Teachers and vloggers have YouTube. But scientists don’t have a platform to earn money for their research. That’s why Dr. Jocelynn Pearl calls scientists the ‘unappreciated creator class.’ And that’s why she’s working to further the DeSci move…
 
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