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Podcasts Feature Top Education Experts

To teachers and administrators worldwide, the pantheon of gurus in the field of education includes thinkers like Thomas Guskey, Doug Reeves and Andy Hargreaves.  So the Long Beach Unified School District’s professional development team was pleasantly surprised when an international nonprofit association of educators agreed to support LBUSD’s production of an eight-part series of podcasts featuring these experts and more.

LBUSD’s Nader Twal, program administrator in Curriculum, Instruction and Professional Development, hosted the first podcast episode covering the topic of Equity, Social Justice and Implementing Anti-Biased Instruction in the Classroom.

“We’re excited to be partnering with Learning Forward, the country’s leading professional learning organization, on a unique thought leader podcast series with some of the most significant voices in the education community,” Twal states in the first podcast’s opening.

Twal and LBUSD program specialists Amy Pendray and Jennifer Crocket will host future episodes.  To find the podcast series, perform a Google search for myPD Unplugged.  The podcasts also can be streamed through the podcast app on your phone, and for employees, through the myPD home page.

The initial episode features Valeria Brown, professional development manager/facilitator for Teaching Tolerance, a Board of Trustee member for Learning Forward, and Founder of Clear the Air.

“Val’s enlightening, disarming and personal narrative helps educators navigate the complexities of equity in education,” states the podcast synopsis, which includes a link to a facilitation guide for those who may want to extend the conversation evoked by the podcast.

A second podcast titled “Beyond Diversity – How to really talk about race in education,” with Courtlandt Butts aired last week.

The planned schedule for the other episodes is:

Jan. 23 – “Challenging Conventional Grading,” with Thomas Guskey;

Jan. 30 – “Equity and Excellence: Change Models That Work,” with Doug Reeves;

Feb. 6 – “Collaborative Professionalism: When Teaching Together Means Learning for All,” with Andy Hargreaves;

Feb. 13 – “The Power of Learner-Focused Feedback,” with Joellen Killion;

Feb. 20 – “Viewing Your Practice from the Outside In” (using video coaching), with Jim Knight;

Feb. 27 – “Better Together – Becoming a Learning Team,” with Tracy Crow, Frederick Brown and Cherry Creek School District.

Learn more about Learning Forward, the only professional association devoted exclusively to establishing and sustaining highly effective professional development for educators, at learningforward.org.