This edition of Visions of Good Education features teacher and host of the 1st Gen Teacher Lens podcast Alex Calderon. The 1st Gen Teacher Lens, which is a part of the Teach Better Network, is a podcast aimed to support teachers of all backgrounds. Mr. Calderon is a first-generation American and professional who shares the story of his journey on his podcast while covering salient issues in K-12 education.

Visions of Good Education Spotlight Interview Topics In this Visions of Good Education segment, Alex Calderon discussed the following topics:

  1. His background in K-12 education as a student and as an…

By Forrest Evans

Circulation is currency to a library and also reflects a community’s needs, and interests. Yet, many educators still struggle to provide a proper representation of great Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC) and LGBTQ+ literature, and resources, to readers. Even during the global pandemic and amongst any recent racial, and social, injustices — educators are looking for resources to support their readers. Educators, teachers, librarians, and school administrators often struggle to provide a non-biased circulation of literature, without including specific or implicated bias. It is vital for little minds and scholars to gain a greater understanding…


By Jon Hinthorne

I remember my first professional development day in 2007 like it was yesterday, when our Principal and two teacher leaders led us through an Understanding by Design workshop.

“Don’t try to implement all of this tomorrow!” they said to us to try to get us to not be overwhelmed by the new methodology we were learning about. Grant Wiggins and Jay Mctighe are noted leaders in the education field around this Understanding by Design framework. It certainly made my planning of units and lessons more purposeful and connected to authentic learning experiences for my students. …


This edition of Visions of Good Education features Beau Mccoy, founder and CEO SOLcademy, a new short-format educational video platform. He is on a mission to improve the quality and availability of learning. He went to Dartmouth College and worked as a software engineer before discovering his true passion for education. He was the first sales leader of GoGuardian, a very successful EdTech startup. He’s evangelizing personalized and adaptive learning to achieve his goal of Equity for ALL scholars.


In this four-part series, teacher Gene Deary reflects on what he has learned in his seven years as a teacher when it comes to connecting with students. Mr. Deary shares anecdotes and reflections on building rapport with students.

By Gene Deary

Be Relatable

It’s a lot easier to build a strong relationship with kids when you can relate to them. When people accuse me of trying to be “the cool teacher,” it offends me a little. People get this idea that being “the cool teacher” means you try to do things to get the kids to like you. …


This edition of Visions of Good Education features Deonna Smith, founder of the Educational Justice Working Group. Deonna Smith is a longtime educator who has served students across grade-levels, contents, and roles as both a classroom teacher and administrator. She is also a fierce advocate for educational equity through both anti-racist and abolitionist education. Follow Deonna on Instagram to learn more!

Visions of Good Education Spotlight Interview Topics

In the Visions of Good Education segment, interviewer Rachel Fuhrman and Deonna Smith discussed the following topics:

  1. Her journey into the education sector
  2. The shift away from “colorblindness” in classrooms
  3. The impact…

It’s hard to keep your kids active when they’re doing everything at home. We’re sharing our favorite tips to practice yoga with your kids, from a safe distance.

By The fit Team at Sanford Health

Bodies benefit from regular physical activity and it’s more important than ever to keep kids moving while they’re learning from home. We talked with Katrina Anderson, a Family Life Educator and certified children’s yoga instructor from Sanford Health CHILD Services, about distance learning yoga and how you can implement it anywhere!

Yoga is designed to bring mental, physical, and emotional health and balance through body…


My name is Ash Curmi and I am an eight year primary school teacher and former PE teacher from QLD, Australia. I currently teach Year 5/6 and have also taught Year 3 for a number of years. My classroom is known around the school as “the basketball classroom.” I’m cool with this. In my career, I always strive to place an emphasis on student growth not just academically, but socially and personally.

Some might say encouraging growth on a social and personal level seems inevitable in the teaching profession. We know that relationship building is paramount for effective teaching and…


By Lindsey Johnson

Recently I was asked what I believed to be the number one issue facing my students. Without hesitation, I responded with one word — trauma. Even before remote learning, social distancing, and pandemics, trauma was impacting many of our students daily. Adding the fear and uncertainty that was brought by 2020 only increased the level trauma many were already experiencing or introduced new trauma to others who may not have been previously affected.

Like it or not, trauma or not, we are still expected to teach. Our students are expected to learn. Truthfully, the burden is even…


The Tale Teller’s Spotlight gets you inside the minds of the most influential thinkers in education. Here we will talk about the work they are doing and share with you the newest trends, important changes, and essential information you need to know about K-12 education. The recorded interviews are formatted as short yet insightful interviews that highlight the work of the best authors and researchers in education.

This edition of Tale Teller’s Spotlight features Naim Sanders, author of several books including The Beautiful Struggles of Teaching and his latest A Sacred Place For Learning: Teaching, Leading & Culture. Mr. …

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