WEP 0084: Start. Right. Now. An Interview with Jimmy Casas

Update: Jimmy's New Book: CULTURIZE

Jimmy Casas served twenty-two years as an educational leader, including fourteen years as Principal at Bettendorf High School. Under his leadership, Bettendorf was named one of the Best High Schools in the country three times by Newsweek and US News & World Report.

Jimmy was named the 2012 Iowa Secondary Principal of the Year and was selected as one of three finalists for NASSP 2013 National Secondary Principal of the Year. In 2014, Jimmy was invited to the White House to speak on the Future Ready Schools pledge.  In 2015, he received the Bammy Award as the National Secondary Principal of the year. Jimmy is the Co-Founder of EdCamp Iowa and #IAedchat, Finally, Jimmy is the co-author of the book, “What Connected Educators Do Differently,” and “START.RIGHT.NOW.,” which he wrote with Todd Whitaker and Jeff Zoul.

 

Update: Jimmy has a BRAND NEW book out titled, CULTURIZE

Jimmy currently serves as a Senior Fellow for the International Center for Leadership in Education and also serves on the Professional Development Faculty for NASSP; the National Association of Secondary School Principals. Finally, he is the co-founder and CEO of ConnectEDD, an educational leadership company aimed at organizing world class professional learning conferences and professional development services for educators across the country.

Follow Jimmy on Twitter: Jimmy Casas (@casas_jimmy) | Twitter

Mentioned in this podcast:

Jimmy’s NEW BOOK: CULTURIZE

Jimmy’s book: Start. Right. Now. Teach and Lead for Excellence

International Center for Leadership in Education

Dr. Bill Daggit

Jimmy recommends the book: The Four Agreements by Don Michael Ruiz

Jimmy’s favorite app: Voxer

Jimmy’s favorite hashtags: #IowaEdChat #SatChat and #Tlap

Life Fit

Model Schools

Schools of Excellence

www.FutureReady.org

Jimmy’s website: http://www.jimmycasas.com

 

WEP 0083: Book Snaps! An Interview with Tara Martin

In this episode, Kelly interviews, Tara Martin, the originator of #BookSnaps, a super-cool and relevant way to share what you are reading through social media. Tara used SnapChat to get intice young readers to engage meaningfully with books, and now BookSnaps! has become an incredibly popular movement and hashtag on SnapChat, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and more. Learn how Tara took what she thought was an annoying fad and turned it into an educational opportunity! You going to love this episode.

Tara Martin is an enthusiastic educator who thrives on change and refuses to settle for the status quo. Martin’s mission is to invigorate teachers, administrators, and staff members to apply instructional practices that foster creativity, personalize learning and prepare 21st-century learners for success. Check out her latest hashtag #BookSnaps on Twitter.

Mentioned in this episode: 

WEP 0082: Disrupting Thinking, An Interview with Kylene Beers and Robert E. Probst

In this episode, Kelly interviews two of the most influential and most recognized names in the research and application of reading instruction, Kylene Beers and Robert E. Probst. The focus of this interview is an engaging conversation about their new book, Disrupting Thinking: Why How We Think Matters, and how to help students become better readers. This is a must-listen interview. 

About the Authors: Kylene Beers and Robert E. Probst are the coauthors of the best-selling books Notice and Note: Strategies for Close Reading and Reading Nonfiction: Stances, Signposts, and Strategies, as well as Adolescent Literacy: Turning Promise into Practice (with Linda Rief) and Disrupting Thinking: Why How We Read Matters. Beers, who also authored When Kids Can’t Read: What Teachers Can Do, began her teaching career at a middle school in the Houston area. Probst, who also authored Response and Analysis, began his career at the junior high and high school levels in the Baltimore area. Both have taught at the university level—Beers at the University of Houston and Probst at Georgia State University. Beers is a past president of the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) and Probst is a former member of the NCTE Commission on Reading. You can follow them on Twitter @kylenebeers and @bobprobst.

Book summary:

In their hit books Notice and Note and Reading Nonfiction, Kylene Beers and Bob Probst showed teachers how to help students become close readers. Now, in Disrupting Thinking they take teachers a step further and discuss an on-going problem: lack of engagement with reading. They explain that all too often, no matter the strategy shared with students, too many students remain disengaged and reluctant readers. The problem, they suggest, is that we have misrepresented to students why we read and how we ought to approach any text – fiction or nonfiction.

With their hallmark humor and their appreciated practicality, Beers and Probst present a vision of what reading and what education across all the grades could be. Hands-on-strategies make it applicable right away for the classroom teacher, and turn-and-talk discussion points make it a guidebook for school-wide conversations. In particular, they share new strategies and ideas for helping classroom teachers:

  • Create engagement and relevance
  • Encourage responsive and responsible reading
  • Deepen comprehension
  • Develop lifelong reading habits

“We think it’s time we finally do become a nation of readers, and we know it’s time students learn to tell fake news from real news. It’s time we help students understand why how they read is so important,” explain Beers and Probst. “Disrupting Thinking is, at its heart, an exploration of how we help students become the reader who does so much more than decode, recall, or choose the correct answer from a multiple-choice list. This book shows us how to help students become the critical thinkers our nation needs them to be.”

Mentioned in this interview:

Planbook is the best way to organize your lesson plans. Learn more at www.PlanBook.com <<< Free 30 Day Trial!

Kylene and Bob’s book: Disrupting Thinking: Why How We Read Matters <<<Order Now!

National Council of the Teachers of English <<< Join!

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Join Kelly for a weekend retreat and learn how to publish, podcast, blog, speak, create course & more! <<< Learn More!

Bob and Kylene recommend the books: 


Telling Writing
 by Ken Macrorie <<<Order Now!

Literature as Exploration by Louise Rosenblatt <<<Order Now!

WEP 0081: Table Talk Math: An Interview with John Stevens

Table Talk Math: A Practical Guide to Bringing math in Everyday Conversations.

Kelly interviews author and educator, John Stevens, about his new book, Table Talk Math: A Practical Guide to Bringing math in Everyday Conversations.

John Stevens is an educational technology coach for Chaffey Joint Union High School District who has also taught high school Geometry, Algebra 1, middle school Math, Service Learning, and Robotics, Engineering, and Design since 2006. As the co-author of “The Classroom Chef”, he has served as the go-to guy for trying new, crazy, and often untested ideas to see how well they will work.

He co-founded and moderates #CAedchat, the weekly teacher Twitter chat for the state of California. He also is the co-founder and organizer of EdCamp Palm Springs, the first in the area.

In his free time that doesn’t exist, he runs a site called Would You Rather? which is dedicated to getting students talking about math. He is an author of Flipping 2.0, a resource that helps teachers take the flipped classroom to the next level. During recent summers, John has had the honor of presenting at CUE Rockstar events in California and various technology and math conferences. John blogs at fishing4tech.com. His latest adventure has led him into the world of 3D-printing, designing lesson plans and curricula for AirWolf3D. Follow him @jstevens009 or email him at stevens009@gmail.com

Mentioned in this podcast:

Creation Crate: An awesome subscription service sending you new electronic projects each month! I love it and so do my kids!

How to Make a Freaking iPhone App Kickstarter by Nick Walter: This kickstarter project will become an awesome online course to help you make an app. Very cool.

John’s books:

Table Talk Math: A Practical Guide to Bringing math in Everyday Conversations

The Classroom Chef: Sharpen Your Lessons, Season Your Classes, and Make Math Meaningful.

Books I’m reading this summer and that I’ve seen poolside:
 Kids Deserve It! by Todd Nesloney and Adam Welcome

• Instant Relevance by Denis Sheeran

• The Writing on the Classroom Wall by Steve Wyborney

Equipment I just ordered: 

• iPad Pro 12.9 inch: The greatest device I have ever owned. Wow!

• Apple Pencil: I love this. Wow!

• Logic hard shell case and backlit keyboard for iPad Pro: this is the best keyboard and case available for the iPad Pro.
• Omoton Leather sleeve for iPad Pro with document folder and Pencil holder: this is awesome and less the $15 bucks.

Another book: 

John’s favorite book is Outliers by Malcom Gladwell

App: Desmos graphing calculator

My book: Along Came a Leader: A Guide to Personal and Professional Leadership

My February 2018 Weekend Retreat for Educators: Click here to learn more!

 

 

WEP 0079: Smart Passive Income for Teachers, An Interview with Pat Flynn

An Interview with Pat Flynn

In this episode of The Wired Educator Podcast, Kelly gets to interview one of his heroes and mentors, Pat Flynn. Pat is the host of Kelly’s favorite podcast, and Kelly has been featured on Pat’s “Ask Pat!” Podcast multiple times.

Pat Flynn is a father, husband, and entrepreneur who works from his home office in San Diego, CA. He owns several successful online businesses and is a professional blogger, keynote speaker, Wall Street Journal bestselling author, and host of the top-rated business podcast, The Smart Passive Income Podcast, which has earned over 30 million downloads, multiple awards and features in publications such as The New York Times and Forbes. He is also an advisor for LeadPages and other companies in the digital marketing arena.

This episode will inspire you to create and share. You’re going to love it.

Mentioned in this podcast: 

Check out Pat Flynn’s book: Will it Fly? 

Pat’s Smart Passive Income Podcast

Pat’s Blog: Smart Passive Income

Pat’s Podcast, Ask Pat!

Pat recommends reading these books:

The Biography of Ben Franklin by Walter Issacson

Shoe Dog: A Memoir by the Creator of Nike by Phil Knight

Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future by Ecco

The War of Art by Stephen Pressfield

WEP 0010: Teach Like a Pirate: Interview with Dave Burgess

An interview with Dave Burgess, author of the widely popular Teach Like a Pirate. Dave tells his story of becoming a pirate and how he is helping educators increase student engagement, boost creativity, and transform lives!

Dave Burgess is a teacher from San Diego, California and a professional magician specializing in stand-up comedy magic. He was a 2001 and 2012 Golden Apple winner in the Grossmont Union High School District and the 2007-2008 Teacher of the Year at West Hills High School. He has been voted a faculty standout for 17 consecutive years in categories such as Most Entertaining, Most Energetic, and Most Dramatic.

He specializes in teaching hard-to-reach, hard-to-motivate students with techniques that incorporate showmanship and creativity.  At a recent ceremony in Washington, D.C., he was awarded the BAMMY for Secondary School Teacher of the Year by the Academy of Education Arts and Sciences.  He is the co-author of P is for PIRATE: Inspirational ABC’s for Educators and the New York Times best-selling author of Teach Like a PIRATE which has sparked an educational revolution all over the world.  

Mentioned in this Podcast:

Teach Like a Pirate

P is for Pirate

Learn Like a Pirate

Pure Genius

Ditch That Textbook

Dave Burgess Website

Jamstick

Drones

Create Conference

iBook Hack Event

Play-Doh