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Certain relationships in the school work site can be sensitive and sometimes difficult to navigate. Do we need PD on how to interact productively in difficult situations at school? Personality clashes, politics and career advancements may be some of the challenges that face a teacher among his/her peers and/or superiors. We explore the best way to navigate through these and maintain a positive workplace. Our panelists for Episode 6 are Jason Cross @principalcross, Greg Goins @wfsuper and Brian Smith @dad2ella
**Bios for our panelists are below**
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Jason Cross currently serves as Vice President of Education for Kyte Learning, an online resource for educational technology instruction for educators. As an information technology graduate from Colorado Christian University, Jason worked to bring technology to the forefront of the education process at Elizabeth High School. Working as the Business Department chair he created new programs for technology instruction, including Game Design and Development, Web Technologies and Programming. In recent years he served as the Principal and Executive Administrator of Legacy Academy where he instituted a transformational one to one program. He currently works with schools on PD initiatives and holds a vision of the future where schools use technology to accomplish what we currently view to be impossible.
Dr. Greg Goins is in his 13th year as a school district superintendent in Southern Illinois. Dr. Goins also serves as an Associate Professor in the Educational Leadership Program for McKendree University and is the creator and moderator of the Southern Illinois Ed Chat (#siedchat) on Wednesday nights at 7 pm central standard time. He is also the host of the Goin’ Digital Podcast for school leaders that will launch in the summer of 2015.
Brian Smith is Former Kindergarten teacher who began his career in Special Education. He is currently the RtI (Responsiveness to Instruction)/PD Facilitator for Newton-Conover City Schools in North Carolina.
Oscar Cielos Staton began his teaching career in 1998 while continuing his passion for film production in Texas. He quickly developed an affinity for working with low socioeconomic Hispanic families. “The lives of my students,” he says “very much mirror the life I once had as an immigrant in this country in a public elementary school. Actually, I tell them they are lucky because they have other students similar to them in the same classroom. My experience was that of a true minority in the classroom. Only one other student in my class spoke Spanish!” As a teacher, he established himself as someone in touch with the student experience. Nowadays Oscar continues his educational journey with the Teach Cow website and his podcast Teachers Talk Live, which brings together teachers from all over the world for talks on K-12 Education.