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This week on the pod...
As a nice companion piece to our last episode, S1 E09: Bill Kennedy, we have another teacher educator from the higher education world joining us, this time from a more traditional university-based program.
Allison Segarra Hansen is an Assistant Professor of Literacy and Elementary Education and the Director of Clinical Experiences for the Klipsch Educators College at Marian University in Indianapolis, IN. Allison tells us about how her program is revamping itself to marry theory and practice in a way that best prepares teachers to be ready for the realities of being a classroom teacher. Goodbye Vygotsky, Hello Simulation Lab? Listen to the full interview to hear about what ways traditional higher education programs are adapting to meet the changing needs of schools and education policy.
Before we speak to Allison, we've got some big things on our mind. And we're sure they're on yours too: the school shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, FL.
We're shook by the events and confused about the implications of arming teachers, struggling to find ways to make sense of the events for our students, but hopeful and optimistic because of the courage of the students speaking truth to power as activists in the wake of the tragedy.
How are you and your students responding the the tragedy in Parkland? Are your colleagues planning to join in the nation-wide teacher walkout rumored to be happening in the Spring? Have you updated safety protocols after this event? Call or email us with your thoughts and experiences on this issue at (312) 772-6126 or email@example.com. We'd love to feature your voices on an upcoming episode.
Then, we pilot a *new* segment on the show this week to highlight education products and resources that you will want to know about! Andy tells us more about Class Dojo and how teachers are using the easy and fun tool to communicate better with parents and create stronger classroom communities.
And finally, as always, we get a call from a listener and give her some advice on this perennial late Winter question that plagues teachers:
How do you know if/when it's time to move along? Are we fooling ourselves into believing our schools can/will change and stick around because we're committed to the kids? Or are we fooling ourselves that the school down the street has it all figured out?
Call or email us with your school-related problems that you'd like some advice on at (312) 772-6126 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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