Staff Recommended Read/Podcast List

The staff of State Support Team 4 would like to use this space to share with you our favorite books and podcasts. Each month you will be introduced to a new staff recommended book or podcast. We hope that you find something new to consider and possibly impact your personal professional development. 
  
Happy Reading!

December Recommended Read

The Distance Learning Playbook

By: Douglas Fisher, Nancy Frey, and John Hattie  

Book reviewed by: Liesl Blackwell

Book Synopsis:

The February book of the month is The Distance Learning Playbook: Teaching for Engagement & Impact in Any Setting Grades K-12. This Playbook is designed to walk educators through the identification of how best practices look in face-to-face learning as well as in virtual/distance learning. The central themes driving the work are:

  • Teacher clarity and feedback is used to fuel students’ ability to become their own teachers (they are assessment-capable learners).

  • Methods for measuring the impact of teaching are used to understand each student’s progress and achievement, with adjustments to teaching made accordingly.

  • Investment in collaboration with adults and relationships with students is continuous.

The playbook is broken into modules: 

  1. Take Care of Yourself

  2. The First days of School

  3. Teacher-Student Relationships from a Distance

  4. Teacher Credibility at a Distance

  5. Teacher Clarity at a Distance

  6. Engaging Tasks

  7. Planning Instructional Units for Distance Learning

  8. Feedback, Assessment, and Grading

  9. Learning, Distance or Otherwise

The modules are designed to move educators through a process that begins and ends with the standards, from analysis through assessment. The ultimate goal is to aid teachers in building a habit of mind for how it is that we systematically and efficiently analyze standards, build curriculum, teach, and assess, and to do it regularly for our instruction.


Why I Recommend This Book: 

Educators are working in unprecedented ways in 2020. Never could it have been predicted that virtual instruction would become the new normal. This book provides teachers with a framework that can be used to plan for effective and impactful learning for students in online environments.


November Recommended Podcast

Self-Care for Educators

By: Dr. Tina H. Boogren

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Podcast reviewed by:  Krista Dickens

Podcast Synopsis:

STOP and OiP (Open immediately Please)!! Pause your reading of this review, go to where you get your podcasts and subscribe to this one RIGHT NOW, then hustle back so I can tell you what it’s all about and why you should listen. Self-Care for Educators is the podcast for creating happy, healthy, and inspired educators. Host Tina H. Boogren is a lifelong educator, the author of numerous books, and an associate for Solution Tree and Marzano Resources. Each week, Tina helps educators dig into the essential work of self-care via bite-sized episodes that fit into a busy schedule and highlights a self- care strategy to focus on for the week. THIS is the kind of continuous improvement you will want to engage in...and if not, there’s someone in your life you will want to share this with, I promise. 

Why I Recommend This Podcast: 

I have spent months listening to and looking for the just- right podcast to share with you for 2020-21 and I found it! From Classroom staff to Central Office staff and all departments in between, this podcast will fit. It’s short, I might even call it “concentrated”. All episodes are 10 minutes or less so even those of you with a super short drive to work can listen to it on a Monday morning to get your week started right. Each week you get a simple but powerful strategy with a prompt to work on during the week and even ways to share with your students. You know when the work of Marzano, Maslow and people like Gretchen Rubin are being referred to, it’s the real deal. SO write yourself a permission slip to spend time listening to this--- at least one episode. If it’s not for you, no worries! I’m confident you’ll know right away who would appreciate this podcast and you can share this with them. For those of you who may be like me and start with the episode that looks the most interesting, I encourage you to listen to the 4 minute introduction...which will then slide you right into the first episode about music as self-care. Actually, as I write this review, I’m listening to her Educator 911 playlist which you can learn more about here.  

Happy listening! #selfcaresquad


October Recommended Podcast

KindSight 101
By: Morgane Michael
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Podcast Reviewed By: Sonia Stevenson

Podcast Synopsis:

KindSight 101 is a podcast that highlights educational leaders who are mobilizing the power of kindness. This podcast is compiled of compelling interviews with guests, who are experts in their field. The premise of the podcast is that by challenging our assumptions and going beyond the status quo in education, small acts can make a lasting impact. 

 

Why I Recommend This Podcast: 

During these unprecedented times, these are helpful conversations for teachers, parents, and anyone hoping to create positive change. 


September Recommended Podcast

The Five Moore Minutes' Podcast
by: Shelley Moore
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Podcast reviewed by: Teresa Brown

Podcast Synopsis:

The Five Moore Minutes' Podcast is an extension to Shelley Moore's Five Moore Minutes video series dedicated to empowering schools and classrooms to support ALL Learners! The website and video series offers resources, research, professional development activities and inspiration in 5 minute chunks. The podcast supports and connects to the video series with additional interviews and conversations.


Why I Recommend This Podcast:

Shelley Moore challenges your thinking about inclusion using dynamic storytelling and humor. She makes research easy to understand and offers strategies that can make a meaningful impact in any classroom. 

August Recommended Read

The UDL Educational Technology Guide 2020
by: John F. O'Sullivan 
 
 

Book Reviewed By: Lori Pinchot

Book Synopsis:

"This is the most comprehensive educational technology guide for special education. The best technologies are highlighted in each chapter. You can completely transform your teaching practices with the technologies within this book. You will learn about the best technologies for executive function, visual impairment, learning disabilities, speech and language, and technology for engaging hands-on projects for special needs students. Only the very best technology makes the book. The information in the book is based on many years of research."

Why I Recommend This Book: 

This is a must have resource for all teachers but especially special education teachers. All websites and apps are rated and only the best are included in this book with links provided. Sections of the book focus on assessment, executive function, calendar/organization, student communication, behavior, occupational therapy, speech language therapy, physical disabilities, deaf and hearing impaired, preschool, projects. Subject specific areas of math, reading, writing and spelling are included as well. This should be in every teacher’s tool kit!!

Previously Recommended

                   
     Recommended in 2017-18                    Recommended in 2018-19                 Recommended in 2019-20