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Educator Spotlight: Megan Cassidy

Meet Megan Cassidy What grades do you teach, and/or your title/role? I am a third grade elementary math and science teacher. What school, district or institution do you work for? Location? I currently teach at Tinicum School, which is located in the Interboro School District in Delaware County, Pennsylvania. Who inspired you to become an educator? I became a teacher because I have always loved...
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Dr. Jenny Bay-Williams, Productive Ways to Build Fluency with Basic Facts

ROUNDING UP: SEASON 1 | EPISODE 15 Ensuring students master their basic facts remains a shared goal among parents and educators. That said, many educators wonder what should replace the memorization drills that cause so much harm to their students’ math identities. Today on the podcast, Dr. Jenny Bay-Williams talks about how to meet that goal and shares a set of practices that also support student...
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Build Your School’s Internal Getting Started Team

Attending a Getting Started workshop is a foundational experience for Bridges educators. During the workshop, educators gain familiarity with the components of the curriculum, learn how these components work in the classroom, and investigate ways to use questioning techniques and visual models to differentiate instruction for their students. But how can districts support educators who join a...
Mike Wallus, Vice President for Educator Support

Dr. Zandra de Araujo, Enhancing Tasks for Multilingual Learners

ROUNDING UP: SEASON 1 | EPISODE 14 How can educators take concrete steps to enhance tasks for multilingual learners? That’s the subject of today’s podcast. Today we’ll talk with Dr. Zandra de Araujo , the Chief Equity Officer at The University of Florida’s Lastinger Center for Learning about three ways to enhance tasks for multilingual learners and how to implement them in an elementary...
Mike Wallus, Vice President for Educator Support

Educator Spotlight: Lyndsay Blaisse

Meet Lyndsay Blaisse What grades do you teach, and/or your title/role? What school, district, or institution do you work for? Location? I am a fifth grade general education teacher at Pennell Elementary. Pennell is a part of the Penn-Delco School District located in Aston, PA. Who inspired you to become an educator? A large part of my inspiration comes from the teachers I had growing up. I have...
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Nancy Anderson, Keep Calm and Press for Reasoning

ROUNDING UP: SEASON 1 | EPISODE 13 We often ask students to share their strategies. But what does it look like to uncover and highlight the reasoning that informs that strategy? Today on the podcast, we’ll talk with Nancy Anderson , a classroom teacher and professional learning developer about strategies to elicit the reasoning at the heart of a student’s thinking. More Episodes TRANSCRIPT Mike...
Mike Wallus, Vice President for Educator Support

Dr. Kim Markworth, Open Tasks

ROUNDING UP: SEASON 1 | EPISODE 12 Today we talk with Kim Markworth, director of content development at The Math Learning Center about using and designing rich tasks to support student learning. More Episodes TRANSCRIPT Mike Wallus : Lately, terms like “rich tasks,” “multiple entry points,” and “low floor, high ceiling” are being used so often in the world of mathematics education that many...
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Dana Nathanson, Navigating a Successful Curriculum Adoption

ROUNDING UP: SEASON 1 | EPISODE 11 Adopting a new curriculum can be challenging. Beyond the materials themselves, a curriculum adoption may represent changes to long-standing practices, beliefs and classroom culture. On today’s podcast, Dana Nathanson, an elementary math coordinator in Leander, TX, talks about how leaders can effectively design, manage and sustain a successful curriculum adoption...
Mike Wallus, Vice President for Educator Support

Educator Spotlight: Amy Soellner

Meet Amy Soellner What grades do you teach, and/or your title/role? I am a multilevel math interventionist for kindergarten, all the way to fifth grade. What school, district or institution do you work for? Location? I have been a teacher at Butterfield School in Libertyville, IL, for 19 years. I spent 10 years in fifth grade, 6 years in third, and this is my third year as an interventionist. Who...
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Dr. Jessica Hunt, Building Asset-Based Learning Environments

ROUNDING UP: SEASON 1 | EPISODE 10 Take a moment to think about the students in your most recent class. What assets do each of them bring to your classroom, and how might those assets provide a foundation for their learning? Today we’re talking with Dr. Jessica Hunt about asset-based learning environments. We’ll talk about how educators can build an asset-based learning environments in their...
Mike Wallus, Vice President for Educator Support