Episode 60: Vicki Davis-The Cool Cat Teacher

July 1, 2015

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Vicki is a teacher and an IT Director in a small school system in Camilla, Georgia, but she is connected through her writing, speaking, podcast, and social media content throughout the world! 

This is her 13th year teaching.

She writes regularly for the website Edutopia and Vicki can frequently be found as a national keynote speaker presenting on a multitude of topics.

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She is a published author and has her own podcast on the BAM Radio Network called Every Classroom Matters

I subscribe to her podcast on iTunes and look forward to every episode.

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Her books are Flattening Classrooms, Engaging Minds: Move to Global Collaboration One Step At A Time and Reinventing Writing: The 9 Tools that are Changing Writing, Teaching, and Learning Forever

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She has an amazing blog, http://www.coolcatteacher.com/, where she expresses her thoughts about many different areas associated with teaching from technology to classroom management and many topics in between. She also connects the readers to many resources for helping with better teaching and school leading.

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She also is very active on social media, especially Twitter, where her handle is @coolcatteacher

https://www.pinterest.com/coolcatteacher/

https://www.facebook.com/coolcatteacher

https://www.youtube.com/coolcatteacher

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Vicki is engaging and overflowing with incredible ideas for making the classroom experience unforgettable.

After talking with Vicki, I couldn't stop talking to my team members about her inspiring words! 

I think that you will get just as energized.

Enjoy!

Length:

40:45

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Episode 41: The Georgia Vision Project with Dr. Stan DeJarnett

December 18, 2014

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Dr. Stanley DeJarnett is the Executive Director of the Georgia Vision Project

The project came into existence in 2009, but implementation didn't begin until 2010.

 It is…

“… A collaborative effort between the Georgia School Boards’ Association, The Georgia School Superintendent’s Association and about 35 partner organizations…”

“The Georgia Vision Project exists for the purpose of transforming public education in Georgia.”

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Dr. Stanley DeJarnett

Dr. DeJarnett and I talk about what the Vision Project is and how it works.

For example, Stan notes, “It is about sharing a clear and compelling vision of where public schools are going.”

He comments that there really are two target audiences:

1)    Teachers and School Administrators

2)    Parents

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Stan reflects, “The story that our teachers have to tell about the lives that they change through their interaction with students is the story we want our community to hear.”

He continues, “We make a huge difference in the lives of over 1.7 million children in this state every day and this work is being done by teachers and those who support teachers.”

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“We hope that the reality of what we do in our schools every day…a positive reality…can be reflected in our message.”

The Georgia Vision Project has 7 Components:

1.    Early Learning and Student Success

2.    Teaching and Learning

3.    Teaching and Learning Resources

4.    Human and Organizational Capital

5.    Governance, Leadership, and Accountability

6.    Culture, Climate, and Organizational Efficacy

7.    Financial Resources

Check out several short videos to learn more at the Vision Project website.

Here is the link to the homepage...Georgia Vision Project

Enjoy!

Length 44:35

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Episode 40: Forestry with Mike Harrell

December 10, 2014

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Forestry is an age old profession that should be attractive to people who have a knack for business (managing resources, purchasing, marketing, selling, accounting, and running a money making operation) and like to be surrounded by nature.  

You may get dirty, be surrounded by some amazing machinery and even have a few run-ins with the wildlife that calls the trees and the brush their home.

Mike is the VP of Stuckey Timberland. His world is the forest. He is a graduate of the University of Georgia’s Forestry program. Forestry is a life career that is in his family lineage.

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You will hear Mike reflect on his career and his desire to be in the outdoors. He talks about the business and the misconceptions that those looking in often have about the business of growing trees for wood products.

I think that you will find this interview interesting as well as it might make you a little envious about Mike’s ability to be outside many of his work days.

If you know a young person who is thinking about future careers, ask them to take a look into forestry. It has a definite place in our future world, trained foresters are needed, and the profession offers opportunities to be engaged outside of a typical corporate office!

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Here are some links that can provide you further information:

Sustainable Forestry Initiative

Stuckey Timberland

Logger Education

University of Georgia: Forestry

ABAC Forestry (Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College-Forestry)

Georgia Forests

Georgia Forestry Association

Enjoy!

Length: 50:21

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Episode 38: Protecting the Performing Arts

November 13, 2014

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Over the last 10 years, the performing arts have often been pushed to the side in the name of needing more math and science or simply cut to balance budgets.

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It is unfortunate.

Whether its band, chorus, orchestra, theater, dance or a myriad of others; the performing arts have their place in our schools.
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Students desire to study and perform in the arts often in addition to studying math and science or other academic content areas.

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The Georgia Institute of Technology has one of the largest marching bands in all of the colleges and universities…and there are no music majors at GATech. Hmmm ... even future engineers like the arts...

In order to protect the arts in schools it takes commitment and a willingness to make cuts in other areas, instead of in these classes. It takes becoming good at creative scheduling and looking closely at what the students want over the classes they could do without. 

What could you do to help protect the arts in your schools?

Length: 33:37

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Episode 37: Experience Education

November 6, 2014

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Taking the classroom to another level is what experience education is all about. In this age of standardization and efficiency what has suffered most is the field trip. In the minds of many, these are waste of time...no way! 
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Most travels associated with studies create the desire within kids to know more! Talk about ramping up learning! There is nothing better than exploring, touching the past, smelling the wilderness, and getting just a little bit muddy. As a principal and former Boy Scout Scout Master, I experienced some exciting adventures...and was able to find the right teachers who took Scout trips and made them part of experiential learning! 
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Too often these types of trips suffer from financial cutbacks and political garbage...Kids need to have adventures and you can make them happen! 
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You make kids want to learn more science, history and other academics if you just take the time and resources to make these trips part of your school culture!
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Check out these links to know more!



Don't give in...make these trips a part of the kids educational pursuit and watch the interest in learning skyrocket!!!!
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Enjoy!

Length: 34:20
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