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What’s better than a good story? A story with a message! Join Brent and a different guest each episode as they share a story or two from their experiences in education, along with the lessons they've learned that have helped them grow as educators. So pour yourself a cup of coffee, sit back, and enjoy as Brent sits down with other teachers and administrators to share some entertaining and inspirational stories of growth.
 
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Mike is in his seventh year as an elementary principal in Lansing, Illinois. Before moving into administration, he taught middle school English Language Arts for 15 years. Mike is the author of the book The EduCulture Cookbook (to be released spring/summer 2021), co-host of the Punk Rock Classrooms Podcast, and shares his thoughts on education on h…
 
Mary is an assistant principal in the Murrieta Valley Unified School District. Before moving into administration, she taught middle school math and was an Instructional Math Coach. In this episode, Mary shares the powerful story of how she immigrated to the United States at a young age and the challenges she faced as a second language learner. You …
 
Joe is the Director of Academic Innovation at CUE. He is also a Google Innovative Educator/Trainer, a Microsoft Innovative Educator, and the co-host of the Sons of Technology Podcast. In this episode, Joe and I share the stories of our journeys to a more fit and healthy lifestyle, along with encouragement and tips on how others can take the journey…
 
Sean is a National Board Certified Teacher and currently the Staff Development and Induction Coordinator for the Murrieta Valley Unified School District in Southern California, facilitating the district’s professional development programs and induction program for new teachers. In this episode, Sean shares the personal story of how he came to under…
 
Dr. Sam, a professor at Grove City College in Pennsylvania working with preservice teachers in the areas of educational technology and special education, is back for another episode (see her previous chat in Episode 52)! She is also the author of EduMagic: A Guide for Preservice Teachers and EduMagic Shine On: A Guide for New Teachers. In this epis…
 
Brian is the Director of Technology of the Washington Unified School District in Northern California, the Board President of CUE, and co-host of the awesome Check This Out podcast. While this past year brought significant challenges, there were also some bright spots. In this episode, Brian and Brent share some of the silver linings from 2020.…
 
Scott is a former language arts teacher turned educational technology coach in Northern California, passionately helping educators infuse technology into their teaching. He is also the host of multiple outstanding podcasts including the TNT Edtech Podcast and Education Today. In this episode, Scott and Brent share the stories of how they got into p…
 
Jessica, an elementary principal in Southern California, is back to continue the conversation she and Brent began in Episode 83 on building classroom and campus culture! Listen in as Jessica and Brent share even more practical ways educators can make their schools a place where students want to be, teachers want to teach, and parents want to send t…
 
Jessica has been an elementary principal in the Colton Joint Unified School District for over 10 years. She is passionate about celebrating students, staff, and creating a positive school culture, and she frequently shares her passion with the world via her blog, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube. In this episode, Jessica and Brent share practical wa…
 
In this episode, Brent is interviewed by his pastor, John Hansen, for his church's weekly podcast. Brent discusses the joys and challenges of teaching and leading through a global pandemic, offers encouragement and suggestions for teachers and parents, and reminds us we're making more of a difference than we may realize.…
 
In an episode borne from his recent blog post, Brent talks about how we should make our classrooms more like...wait for it...El Pollo Loco. That's right. El Pollo Loco. As most of us prepare to begin the new school year in a virtual model, this episode will remind you that our lessons, as great as they might be, may not be what get students up in t…
 
Nyree and Tory are both educators in Southern California, Nyree a Curriculum Program Specialist for Technology in the Colton Joint Unified School District, and Tory an elementary special education teacher in the Murrieta Valley Unified School District. In this episode, Nyree, Tory and Brent have an honest conversation about equality, racism, white …
 
John is a passionate educator doing amazing things as the Executive Director of Westlake Charter School in Sacramento, California. In this broadcast, released on both Teaching Tales and the Learn with John Eick Podcast, John and Brent swap stories and lessons learned after one month of distance learning.…
 
Dr. Ed is the Vice President of Strategy and Content and co-owner of NUITEQ. As a professional and parent, he is deeply concerned about how we can make education relevant for careers that don’t yet exist. In this episode, he chats with Brent about the importance of fostering creativity in students and their teachers.…
 
Solomon is a veteran educator with more than 20 years classroom experience currently teaching middle school in Southern California. He is also the author of two books for children and young adults, A Ghost in the Attic and Feasters: An Apocalyptic Tale. If you've ever dreamed of writing a book for kids, this episode is for you as Solomon shares the…
 
Along with his dad and daughter, Brent's amazing wife becomes the third member of the family to be a guest on Teaching Tales. Jill has worked in the field of social work for 25 years and is currently the Chief of Child and Family Programs at International Christian Adoptions, a foster care and adoption agency in Southern California. In this episode…
 
Todd is in his eighth year as an elementary principal in Southern California. Before moving into administration, he spent 13 years as a classroom teacher and two as an assistant principal. Todd is an active member of the educational community, sharing his wisdom, experiences, and resources on Twitter and through his blog. In this broadcast, Todd an…
 
Amber is the proud principal of Whitt Elementary in Wylie ISD in Wylie, Texas. She has co-created a space on Facebook for principals, by principals, that shares staff appreciation and motivation ideas, tips, and tricks to ensure the well being of a campus staff. Amber is also the co-author of Lead With Appreciation, a book filled with practical str…
 
Dean is a 3rd grade teacher in the Riverside Unified School District in Southern California. A 20-year veteran in the classroom, his students create their own podcast called the Deaver Scholars Podcast to highlight the amazing things happening in their classroom and school. In this episode, Dean and Brent share stories of the many positive effects …
 
Meredith is a veteran educator in Florida with over 40 years of experience. Though officially retired, Meredith is still impacting educators around the world through #BookCampPD, a weekly Twitter chat she created to connect educators with each other and with the outstanding educational books available to help teachers and administrators grow their …
 
Sarah is a former English Teacher and building principal turned author and entrepreneur who is living her own leap of faith on a mission to teach masses. She is a co-author of Balance Like a Pirate, the author of Lead with Faith, and a state and national conference speaker around topics of balance, resilience, and faith. In this episode, Sarah and …
 
Ann is an Educator Innovation Lead at Flipgrid, helping teachers all over the world engage and empower their students by recording and sharing short videos. In this episode, Ann shares a TON of powerful ways educators can easily use Flipgrid to amplify student voice. You don't want to miss this episode!…
 
Ashleigh is an incredibly talented instructional assistant at Brent's school who is currently finishing up her student teaching as she prepares to embark on her teaching career. In this episode, Ashleigh shares some of the important lessons she's learned from her time in the classroom, both as an aide and student teacher.…
 
Brent's talented daughter, a recent high school graduate, joins him as a guest in this special episode of the podcast. Before heading off to college to further her education, Meghan sits down and shares a student's perspective on what makes teachers great and school memorable.By Brent Coley
 
Kristen is a National Board Certified Teacher in Illinois, currently teaching high school English to 10th and 12th grade students. She is also a blogger, presenter, and author, having recently published Differentiated Instruction in the Teaching Profession with EduMatch Publishing. In this episode, Kristen shares how differentiating instruction is …
 
Jeff is the principal of Nelda Mundy Elementary School in California. Before moving into administration, he taught for 10 years as an elementary school teacher in grades 4, 5, and 6. Jeff is also the author of One Drop of Kindness, a children's book that beautifully illustrates the fact that it only takes one drop of kindness to fill a heart with l…
 
Crystal has been an educator for more than a dozen years, spending the first half of her career teaching in a brick and mortar school and the last several years teaching online. She has a passion for Social and Emotional Learning (SEL), presenting at conferences and writing on the subject on her blog Teacher Love Tribe. In this episode, Crystal and…
 
Tamara has spent over 20 years in education, having served as a classroom teacher, differentiation specialist, technology integration specialist, and instructional coach. Tamara is also the author of A Passion for Kindness, a book in which she shares her own kindness journey and showcases experiences from other kindness cultivators around the world…
 
Brandon is the Director of Educational Technology for the Roseville City School District in Northern California. He is passionate about making school fun for students and staff, as well as looking critically at what we do in our schools so we can meet the needs of our students. In this broadcast, Brandon shares the story of the journey his district…
 
Chuck is a classroom teacher of 20 years, currently teaching Language Arts at the middle school level in New Jersey. He is also the creator of the fantastic teaching resource Teachonomy, the host of the Teachonomy Talks Podcast, and the author of uNnforgettable: Your Roadmap to Being the Teacher They Never Forget. In this broadcast, Chuck shares po…
 
John is an elementary principal in the Rowland Unified School District in Southern California. He is also the co-host of the fantastic podcast "Between the Johns" where he and John Staumont share their ideas, questions, and connections between leadership, Personal Learning Networks, and their work towards supporting, scaling, and sustaining technol…
 
Albert is an educational leader with more than fifteen years in the field of education. His passion is to develop and curate unique and innovative solutions that improve the quality of the learning experience and to inspire educators by telling stories through cinematic, documentary-style films. Albert shares resources at educopilot.com and, in thi…
 
Craig is a K-12 Technology Integration Specialist and high school golf coach in Aurora, Nebraska. An active contributor online, he shares resources for teachers at thedigitaldogpound.com and on his website at craigbadura.com. In this episode, Craig and Brent share stories about overcoming the fear of failure when it comes to trying new things in th…
 
Back for a second "Teaching Tales" episode, Jon is the Executive Director of CUE, leading cutting-edge professional learning opportunities for educators throughout California and Nevada. He is an Apple Distinguished Educator, Google Certified Innovator, and the creator of CUE Rock Star Camps and CUE Bold. Jon has helped create countless game-changi…
 
Brian is a former English Journalism teacher, Chief Academic Officer, and current K-5 principal in New Jersey. He blogs at leveluplead.com and is also the author of Level Up Leadership, a book in which Brian challenges readers to advance their EduGame through an extended analogy between gaming and educational leadership. In this Episode, Brian and …
 
Dene has been a teacher for 12 years and is passionate about making connections with students. As he states, "It's one thing to teach. It's another thing to reach." Dene is also the author of Journey to the "Y" In You, a book helping educators discover their "why" so they can be their best for students. In this episode, Dene shares powerful stories…
 
Eduardo is an instructional technology specialist in the Palm Springs Unified School District. He enjoys researching new technology and is constantly looking to improve the learning environment for students. Eduardo blogs and shares resources on his website at EdTechEddie.com, and in this episode, he shares stories of how gaming can be leveraged to…
 
Sam is a professor at Grove City College in Pennsylvania who works with preservice teachers in the areas of educational technology and special education. She is also the author of EduMagic: A Guide for Preservice Teachers, a book providing positive examples, helpful tools, and plenty of encouragement for preservice teachers to learn, to dream, and …
 
Heidi is a Coordinator of Educational Technology at the Riverside County Office of Education and has a background in social studies. Taylor is working as an instructional aide while earning her credential to become a special education teacher, and she is a former student of Heidi. In this broadcast, Heidi, Taylor, and Brent share stories of what th…
 
Toby is a former elementary school teacher and current Principal of Richland Upper Elementary School in Richland, Mississippi. He is a passionate educator who actively shares encouragement, resources, and expertise through his blog and on Twitter. As his Twitter profile reads, he loves his wife, kids, tweeting about tech, teaching, #parenting, #com…
 
Mandy is a Director of Innovation and Technology where she provides professional development and teacher coaching as well as co-teaching in the area of technology integration. She is also a Google for Education Certified Trainer. She is the author of The Fire Within, a compilation of stories from educators who have faced personal adversity head on …
 
Brian is a Digital Innovation Specialist, Google Certified Innovator/Trainer, author of the book The Teacher's Journey, and host of a podcast by the same name. He shares a multitude of resources on his website at Costello's Corner, and in this episode, Brian shares stories of the positive impact a mentor had on his career.…
 
Jon is currently the assistant principal at Sandy Hill Elementary School in Cambridge, Maryland. A firm believer in the power of educators sharing their stories, he hosts the podcast "My Bad" where teachers and administrators share stories of mistakes they've made and the lessons learned from those mistakes. In this episode, Jon and Brent share sto…
 
Sarah is a Regional Technology Coordinator in Prince Georges County, MD. She is passionate about blended learning, gamification, and helping educators connect globally. Sarah founded EduMatch in September 2014, an online resource designed to leverage the power of social media to help foster collaboration and connections among educators around the g…
 
Ryan is currently a Teacher on Special Assignment and high school video production teacher in Northern California. He is on the board of CapCUE and is also the co-host of the "Check This Out" podcast where he and Brian Briggs chat weekly about new ed tech resources and ideas. You can find his blog and other great resources on his website at creativ…
 
Mark has been an educator for 36 years, the last 21 as a site principal. He is a past president of the Minnesota Elementary School Principals' Association and in 2015 was named a National Distinguished Principal. You can follow Mark on Twitter at @PrincipalFrench and at his blog at PrincipalFrench.com. In this broadcast, Mark shares stories of how …
 
Angela has been creating and leading change in education and enterprise for 31 years, teaching every level of school from grade school to graduate school and consulting with companies around the world. She founded Choose2Matter to bring the world hope by helping every individual embrace their value and potential contribution. In this broadcast, Ang…
 
Shawn currently serves as an assistant principal in Selma, California. Before moving into administration, he taught high school Spanish for 17 years in San Diego. He is a Google Certified Educator (Level One), one of the moderators of #CAedchat (Sundays, 8pm), and blogs at mrwisley.blogspot.com. In this episode, Shawn shares stories reminding us th…
 
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