How We Became More Effective Teachers By Asking Other Educators for Help


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We’ve become more effective teachers by leaving isolation behind. Support when we’re struggling, professional development, improved well-being, and inspiration to do better are among the benefits of reaching out to other teachers for help. In this episode, we discuss specific ways to find and reach out to other educators.

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Kimiko Shibata is an ESL/ELD Resource Teacher for the Waterloo Region District School Board, serving culturally and linguistically diverse students and their educators in 104 in-person elementary schools and 6 virtual elementary schools. Valentina Gonzalez is a Professional Development Specialist for ELLs in Katy, Texas and taught multiple grades as well as serving K-5 as an ESL specialty teacher and district program facilitator. Dr. Angela M. Ward is a public-school administrator with over 20 years of experience. She is focused on creating identity-safe schools and workplaces and strives daily to nurture equity-centered schooling. Marci Harvey teaches Integrated Science to 9th grade and Physics to upperclassmen at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts High School program in Winston Salem, NC. She joined the faculty at UNCSA in 2017 after teaching at West Forsyth High School in the Winston Salem/Forsyth County district for 20 years. She currently chairs the faculty welfare committee at UNCSA and is a member of the NC Association of Educators and the NC Science Teachers Association.

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