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Topical series

Instructional Practice

Effective and intentional instructional practices are key to achieving desired student outcomes. Instructional practices include what the teacher does before, during and after the formal instructional time.

Educational Leadership

Educational leaders set a vision of high expectations and maximize the talents and energies of teachers, students, parents and community members toward achieving common educational goals.


Coaching moves people toward the realization of the best version of themselves. Coaches work as thinking partners to boost performance in others, while building capacity rather than dependency.

College Access

College access efforts focus on creating college-going cultures, removing barriers to higher education, promoting college persistence and increasing postsecondary completion rates.

Recent episodes

Accountability within Collaborative Learning

Apr. 20, 2020 — Instructional Practice

A conversation about ensuring individual accountability within group work projects.
Duration: 17:15 min. | File size: 13.28 MB

What I Want My Mentor Teacher to Know

Feb. 13, 2020 — Educational Leadership | Instructional Practice

Consider how we can maximize the impact of student-teaching experiences by hearing directly from two current teaching candidates.
Duration: 15:23 min. | File size: 12.65 MB

Practical Approaches to Collaborative Learning

Nov. 11, 2019 — Instructional Practice

Consider the true meaning of collaboration in learning and also what students should be doing when we tell them to collaborate.
Duration: 16:33 min. | File size: 14.4 MB

School Budgeting with Students in Mind

Jul. 19, 2019 — Educational Leadership

Examine the process for determining a school's most important needs in order to establish a functional and effective school budget.
Duration: 15:59 min. | File size: 9.72 MB

What Teachers Need to Know About Teens & Social Media

May. 24, 2019 — Educational Leadership | Instructional Practice

Ways to help teachers understand teen use of social media and how to have a positive impact through education and awareness.
Duration: 19:32 min. | File size: 10.92 MB

Using Linguistically & Culturally Diverse Texts that Move Students

Feb. 8, 2019 — Instructional Practice

Students need to see representations of their stories, language, and culture in print in powerful ways.
Duration: 12:15 min. | File size: 7.5 MB