Episode 69: Dr. Ruby Payne & Understanding Poverty

September 10, 2015
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Dr. Payne is the author of more than a dozen books, a speaker, a publisher, and a life-long educator. 

She is also the founder of aha! Process, Inc.

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Her most famous work, at least for educators, is A Framework for Understanding Poverty: a Cognitive Approach. 

Her book has sold more than 1.5 million copies and is the 2014 winner of the Revere Award-The Golden Lamp!

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This summer she spoke with the teachers, administrators and school staff of all of our member systems.

Dr. Payne talked about how poverty situations impact learning and affect the children and families who the schools serve. She explained the Hidden Rules among classes and talked about the differences between men and women and why they are important to know and understand.

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She addressed the importance of relationship building between the staff and families to encourage participation in classes as well as the school as a whole.

Dr. Payne was inspiring and encouraging. After speaking for the day, I was able to talk with her about her work.

I hope that her thoughts will encourage you to learn more about how to work with children and families who are impacted by generational poverty.

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Length: 23:49
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Episode 63: Ava Kofke-The Financial Angel

July 29, 2015

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Ava is an amazing young lady. She has figured out that there is a difference between wants and needs. She knows the difference between debit and credit cards (There are many adults who need to listen to her.). She advises others that if you don’t have the money- well, then…you shouldn’t spend it. 
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Ava doesn’t just offer this advice by talking about it, she has written a book called The Financial Angel. The book is filled with powerful suggestions about dealing with money and activities to help the reader practice having and using money.

All of this and –wait for it-she is going into the 6th grade!

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As I talked with Ava, I knew that she must really be a 45-year-old financial planner.

Enjoy the talk. I hope that you will share with your children and adults who need help with understanding the good and the bad of money.

Thanks Ava for sharing your great thoughts about managing money.

Length: 27:10

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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

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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!

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40:45

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Episode 59: Amanda Miliner, 2015 Georgia Teacher of the Year

June 17, 2015
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Amanda is an elementary teacher in Houston County, Georgia who was recognized as the 2015 Georgia Teacher of the Year. In 2006 she was Miss Georgia and competed for the title of Miss America.

This last year she spent time in schools model teaching, presenting, co-teaching and talking with various organizations across the state. She also traveled to Washington, DC where she met the President, twice.

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She sees herself as a self-made person. She knows how important education is. She likes to explain to kids that she came from a single parent home but that she has not let that interfere with her life journey. She is a first generation college graduate in her family and now she is working on her doctorate.  She emphasizes to kids that she wanted something better for herself.

Amanda has a no excuses mentality in the classroom. She expects the kids to work hard and not ask for handouts.

She comments that she didn’t start out wanting to be a teacher, but explains how the desire to teach rose to the top.

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Listen closely as she talks about the teacher who hooked her into wanting to be a teacher because she had a classroom that was like an educational theme park!

We talk about what her ideal classroom would look like as well as what her favorite resources are.

She describes herself as being orange not blue and how that impacts her teaching and her interactions with the kids.

She will challenge you to think about how you see and work with the kids.

Catch up with Amanda on Twitter @gatoty2015

Amanda mentioned these resources:

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Length: 30:36

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Episode 58: iPrincipal update with Mark Wilson

June 12, 2015
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This is my third of an on-going conversation with Dr. Mark Wilson about his book in the works called iPrincipal. 

Check out our earlier talks at Episode 48 (The Introduction), and Episode 53 (Intentional). 

Also, you can find out more about Mark and his focus on leadership at Episode 8 as well as his website
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The iPrincipal...today's fully prepared and highly effective principal is inspirational.

While the iPrincipal is expected to be an instructional leader (to be discussed in another episode), to lead effective schools, principals also need to be inspirational leaders.

Inspirational Principals excel in:

1. Seeing Connections
2. Sharing Ideas Clearly
3. Seeking Opportunities

I think that you will find Mark's thoughts engaging and thought provoking.
Enjoy!
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Length: 18:00
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