Talks with Teachers

By Brian Sztabnik: English Teacher, Blogger, Podcaster

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Inspiring Interviews with America’s Great Educators

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Dave Stuart Jr. — Episode #91
<p>Dave Stuart Jr. is a husband and dad who teaches high schoolers in a small town. He is animated by a simple belief: all students and teachers should flourish. Every article he write, every lesson he teaches, and book he reads is driven by the certainty that that can, and must, happen.</p> <p>He is the author of These 6 Things: How to Focus Your Teaching on What Matters Most (Corwin Literacy), he shares his work on his blog,, and reaches teachers through his newsletter.</p> <p> <br /> In this episode you will learn about:</p> <p> his teaching mentors<br /> his fundamental beliefs about reading<br /> how he creates genuine connections with students<br /> how he develops teacher credibility<br /> how he creates great classroom discussion<br /> how he creates his pop-up debates<br /> why he writes books and what his goals are with his blog<br />  the people that have influenced his teaching<br /> the common habits of master teachers<br /> how to create an Everest statement</p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="">Dave Stuart Jr. — Episode #91</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="">Talks with Teachers</a>.</p>
Aug 06, 2018
Alex Kajitani: Episode #90
<p>Fifteen years ago, Alex Kajitani was a struggling new teacher in one of California’s poorest neighborhoods. He’d left a potentially lucrative career in restaurant management to pursue his teaching dream, and now his inner-city middle school students were unmotivated, unengaged and uninterested in the math he was teaching. Demoralized and desperate, he set out on a journey to turn his class, and his life, around.</p> <p>Today, Alex holds the title of California Teacher of the Year and a Top-4 Finalist for National Teacher of the Year, 2009, and is lauded for his innovation and “real talk” as a teaching and leadership speaker and trainer nationwide.</p> <p>Follow Alex on Twitter: @AlexKajitani</p> <p>website:</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="">Alex Kajitani: Episode #90</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="">Talks with Teachers</a>.</p>
May 11, 2018
#89 Jim Burke of the English Companion
<p>Jim Burke is the author of numerous bestselling books, including the English Teacher’s Companion and What’s the Big Idea? The question he’s always tried to answer is “How can we teach our students better?” He seeks these answers daily through his work in his own classroom at Burlingame High School in California where he still teaches after twenty years.</p> <p>Jim has received numerous awards, including the NCTE Intellectual Freedom Award, the NCTE Conference on English Leadership Award, and the California Reading Association Hall of Fame Award. He served on the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards Committee on Adolescence and Young Adulthood English Language Arts Standards.</p> <p>He founded the English Companion Ning, described by Education Week as “the world’s largest English department” and winner of several Edublog Awards for Best Social Network for Education. In addition to the EC Ning, Jim offers a steady stream of recommended resources through his website ( and Twitter (@englishcomp) where he is ranked in the top 100 educators to follow at the top within the online English teacher community.</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="">#89 Jim Burke of the English Companion</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="">Talks with Teachers</a>.</p>
Oct 18, 2017
Shanna Peeples: 2015 National Teacher of the Year
<p>Shanna Peeples, is now a graduate student at the Harvard School of Education. She was a high school English teacher from Amarillo, Texas, and was named the 2015 National Teacher of the Year.  Peeples taught AP English at Palo Duro High School, where she served as the English department chair as well as an instructional coach for other teachers.</p> <p>In this Talks with Teachers episode you will learn:</p> <p> How Shanna took a circuitous route to the classroom. She worked as a disc jockey, medical assistant, pet sitter and journalist before teaching<br /> Shanna's education background. How she earned an Associate’s degree from Amarillo College, a Bachelor of Arts from West Texas A&M University and a Master of Education from the University of Texas at Arlington.<br /> The way in which Shanna connected literature to her students' lives. While at Palo Duro High School, Peeples' students came from many different backgrounds. Amarillo is one of several cities in the United States that helps refugees find new paths in life and gain access to critical resources. As a result, Peeples worked with many students who speak English as a second language or recently entered the United States from another country.<br /> How Jim Carey influenced Shanna's career trajectory and how she incorporated this lesson into the classroom<br /> The way in which Shanna incorporate reading into her daily life.<br /> How she planned her units and developed her lesson plans.<br /> The influence Sherman Alexie had on her teaching.<br /> The book she recommends to teachers:</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="">Shanna Peeples: 2015 National Teacher of the Year</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="">Talks with Teachers</a>.</p>
Sep 30, 2017
David Miller: AP Literature Chief Reader
<p>David Miller -- Episode #87<br /> An insightful thinker, an incredible scholar and well-respected English teacher at Mississippi College for more than two decades, David Miller received accolades as MC’s Distinguished Professor of the Year in 2013.<br /> Miller graduated summa cum laude graduate at 3,400-student Nyack College that’s known as New York’s Christian college. Founded in 1882 in New York City as a training school for missionaries, the school bills itself as the first Bible college in North America. The Mississippi resident also received a master’s degree and doctorate from Baylor University in Waco, Texas.David also serves as the Chief Reader for the AP Literature and Composition exam.</p> <p>You can follow  on Twitter @Miller_DG</p> <p> David has taught at Mississippi College for 26 years<br /> graduate school is when he realized that the classroom is where he belonged<br /> David recognizes the two types of mentors -- those we choose and those that are formally assigned to us<br /> He admires the adaptability of high school teachers in comparison to higher ed<br /> What David did when his students did not do the reading<br /> How David puts himself out there and places him in situations to interact with students<br /> Why it is so important to take risks<br /> How texts are tools not entities in and of themselves<br /> Why literature is a verb, not a noun<br /> The goals of the AP Literature and Composition exam<br /> How David plans a unit or a novel<br /> What happens in the process of reading a complex text<br /> Two books that teachers should read are:</p> <p> Parker Palmer's The Courage to Teach: Exploring the Inner Landscape of a Teacher's Life<br /> Kylene Beers and Robert Probst's Disrupting Thinking: Why How We Read Matters</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="">David Miller: AP Literature Chief Reader</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="">Talks with Teachers</a>.</p>
Sep 24, 2017
Chris Bronke
<p>Episode #86<br /> Christopher Bronke has been teaching English for 13 years and is in his 5th year as English Department Chair at Downers Grove North. In this role he teaches 9th-grade honors, evaluates teachers, oversees the literacy coaching program, plans and implements PD, and works with other district leaders on CCSS integration/implementation and common assessments and rubrics. He has presented nationally on CCSS integration across all subject areas, creating a teacher brand, blogging to empower teacher voice, collaborative leadership, teacher blogging, teacher leadership, literacy leadership, as well as social media in the classroom. Christopher’s work with social media has been featured in the Atlantic, with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, on EduTalk Radio, and on the social media platforms MightyBell and Celebrate Teaching.</p> <p> How he empowers his students to do more while he does less<br /> How Chris Bronke redesigned his assessments to better serve his students<br /> How he shifted the purpose of his class away from content and toward skill development<br /> What were the deciding factors that enabled him to switch schools mid-career<br /> Why he co-founded The National Blogging Collabotative<br /> Why he is a firm believe in the book, Falling in Love with Close Reading: Lessons for Analyzing Texts--and Life</p> <p> </p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="">Chris Bronke</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="">Talks with Teachers</a>.</p>
Mar 01, 2017
Monica Burns: Class Tech Tips (Episode #85)
<p>Dr. Monica Burns is a Curriculum and EdTech Consultant, Apple Distinguished Educator and Founder of As an educator, Monica was part of her school’s Federal Magnet Funding leadership team and was a vocal advocate for bringing 1:1 technology into her 5th grade classroom. During her tenure as a classroom teacher, Monica used iPads to create engaging, differentiated learning experience to meet the unique needs of her students. Realizing the power of tech tools in the classroom, Monica started to provide a resource for educators and administrators on implementing EdTech in the classroom.</p> <p>Since starting, Monica has presented to teachers, administrators and tech enthusiasts at numerous national and international conferences including SXSWedu, ISTE, and EduTECH. She is a webinar host for SimpleK12 and a regular contributor to Edutopia and Channel One News.  Monica is the author of Deeper Learning with QR Codes and Augmented Reality: A Scannable Solution for Your Classroom (Corwin Press, 2016) and #FormativeTech: Meaningful, Sustainable, and Scannable Formative Assessment with Technology (Corwin Press, 2017).<br /> In this episode you will learn:</p> <p> How Monica leads professional development for teachers around the country<br /> Why instructional coaches should listen as much as their share<br /> How to transition from the classroom to instructional coach<br /> How to develop quality interactions with technology<br /> How to personalize tech professional development for teachers<br /> How to use technology to aid in assessment<br /> How to grow a teacher blog<br /> Why Harry Wong's The First Days of School: How to Be an Effective Teacher should be required reading<br /> Why webinars are the future of PD<br /> How virtual reality can transform education</p> <p>Follow Monica on Twitter at ClassTechTips or read her blog, Class Tech Tips</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="">Monica Burns: Class Tech Tips (Episode #85)</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="">Talks with Teachers</a>.</p>
Feb 12, 2017
Mentor Texts with Allison Marchetti and Rebekah O’Dell
<p>Episode #83 of the Talks with Teachers podcast<br /> Allison Marchetti  (Co-Founder of Moving Writers) currently teaches English 8 and Reading Writing Workshop 9 at Trinity Episcopal School in Richmond, Virginia. Previously, she taught English 9, 10, Creative Writing, and AP Language at James River High School in Midlothian, Virginia. Allison earned her B.A. in English with a Poetry Writing Emphasis and her Master of Teaching from the University of Virginia. Allison is a professional development provider with Heinemann PD.  You can connect with her via email or Twitter @allisonmarchett.</p> <p>Rebekah O’Dell (Co-Founder of Moving Writers) currently teaches Reading Writing Workshop 9 and 12th gradeInternational Baccalaureate students at Trinity Episcopal School in Richmond, Virginia.  Rebekah previously taught English 9-12 at Atlee High School in Hanover County, Virginia. As a member of Virginia Commonwealth University’s clinical faculty, Rebekah also has extensive experience teaching and mentoring pre-service teachers. Rebekah earned her B.A. in English and  her Master of Teaching from the University of Virginia. Rebekah is a professional development provider with Heinemann PD. You can connect with her via email at or Twitter @RebekahOdell1.<br /> In this episode you will learn:</p> <p> How Allison and Rebekah define the term mentor text</p> <p>Why there was a need in the curriculum to create a mentor text unit</p> <p>Where you can go online to find good mentor texts</p> <p>What is the first step you should take to develop a mentor text unit</p> <p>What students gain from using mentor texts</p> <p>How Rebekah and Allison developed their book, Writing with Mentors</p> <p>If you enjoy the interview, I highly recommend Writing with Mentors: How to Reach Every Writer in the Room. </p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="">Mentor Texts with Allison Marchetti and Rebekah O’Dell</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="">Talks with Teachers</a>.</p>
Sep 28, 2016
#83 Sean Gaillard and Natalie Krayenvenger
<p>Sean Gaillard is Principal of John F. Kennedy High School in North Carolina. He founded#EdBeat and #CelebrateMonday, and is a#Read4Fun co-founder. He is also a co-organizer for EdCamp Global.</p> <p>Natalie Krayenvenger is the sherpa of learning to some amazing 4th graders in Maryland.  She is a reader, blogger, positive warrior, presenter for Kahoot! and #Buncee Ambassador.</p> <p>In this episode you will learn:</p> <p> The power of being a connected educator<br /> How to get started on Twitter<br /> How you can incorporate ideas found on Twitter into your own classroom<br /> The value of going to ISTE<br /> The ways in which you can encourage other educators to become connected<br /> How to ditch the desks in your classroom<br /> Why Buncee is such a valuable e-portfolio platform</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="">#83 Sean Gaillard and Natalie Krayenvenger</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="">Talks with Teachers</a>.</p>
Aug 28, 2016
Les Burns: Responsive Teaching
<p>Les Burns is an Associate Professor of Literacy at the University of Kentucky and a former high school English language arts teacher in rural and suburban Kansas. He is the Program Chair of English Education for the Department of Curriculum and Instruction. Les served as the chief curriculum consultant for the state of Kentucky’s P-12 Model Curriculum Framework for all content areas and grade levels, which was awarded the John I. Wilson National Award for Innovation in Education in 2010. He is a winner of the Edward B. Fry Book Award for Empowering Struggling Readers in 2011 for the advancement of knowledge, research, and intellectual risk-taking in the field of literacy, and served as the Higher Education Representative for English language arts in Kentucky’s Teacher Leader Network, which developed the standards and learning targets for teaching P-12 language arts in classrooms throughout Kentucky.<br /> "What can we do as teachers to be responsive to who our students are, what they want, and what they will do in their futures?"<br /> In this episode you will learn about Les Burns, responsive teaching, and so much more.<br /> Les shares:</p> <p> How he transformed his students into readers on the high-school level<br /> Why co-collaboration and co-construction of the curriculum with students is so important<br /> Why getting to know who you students are is the best data you can collect<br /> What he did to help his students read 27 books in a year<br /> How responsive teaching can change your classroom and activate learning<br /> How to manage a responsive classroom and create, what Les calls, primary knowers<br /> How to develop student relationships by "embracing the cheese"<br /> What Les did to go from no classroom library to a 1,500 volume library<br /> How to go from triage teaching to responsive teaching<br /> The 6 steps you can take to incorporate responsive teaching into your classroom<br /> Why being a voracious reader is essential to good teaching<br /> The way in which handwriting is so important to student development</p> <p>Get your copy of Les' new book, Teach on Purpose! Responsive Teaching for Student Success.</p> <p>Follow Les on Twitter.</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="">Les Burns: Responsive Teaching</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="">Talks with Teachers</a>.</p>
Aug 14, 2016