On this talk, we have a topic on today’s show is one that’s near and dear to my heart. It’s a big part of why I decided to create the Teach Cow Network and our weekly panel of educators on Teachers Talk Live.  We are talking Teacher Empowerment!!!

Teacher empowerment in my own terms is the right for a teacher to have input and participation in the goals and policies that govern their own classroom and dictate how and what they are going to teach.

We have some accomplished educators here to discuss a positive approach to make a path for teacher longevity with professional success and satisfaction. We will discuss what teachers can do for themselves and colleagues, as well as their limitations.

We will discuss what administrators can be doing to empower teachers more, as well as their own limitations.

Then I’d like for us to look at the bigger picture: The politics in education and how that impacts the overall discussion.

We all have a different but important story to tell as an educator. That’s why I’m inviting live participants to contribute to the discussion through our chat. You’ll find the link at TeachCow.com/live.   It’s my hope that teachers, administrators, parents and others invested in education can walk away from this talk with some great ideas and tools on how to empower more teachers not only in their local campus but maybe on a larger scale. Let’s do more for education.

Without further ado, I know you want to hear from the amazing panelists we have on today’s show.


Edsel Clark, A husband, father of three and educational leader for the past 15 years. He has played an active role in nearly all facets of education. Starting his career as a high school math teacher, he has since held positions in school administration, district leadership and as a graduate level faculty member. A first generation college graduate, he holds advanced degrees in Educational Leadership and Administration, having completed his research on Servant Leadership and earned his doctorate in 2011 through Aurora University. He has extensive experience in program evaluation, strategic planning, curriculum development, and leadership training and serves as a consultant for schools and educational technology companies. Follow him @edselclark

Meghan Everette  National Teaching Fellow, Alabama Elem Teacher of the Year, Blogger, Emerging Leader, , mom, sports fan and crafter.  Follow her @bamameghan

Bethany Hill is an elementary lead learner at Central Elementary in Cabot Arkansas. She has been in education for 18 years of which 7 she has served as an administrator. She is passionate about relationships, teacher empowerment, and the power of branding in our profession. Follow her @bethhill2829

Don Wettrick is the Innovation Coordinator at Noblesville High School, just outside Indianapolis, IN. He is the author of “Pure Genius: Building a Culture of Innovation and Taking 20% Time to the Next Level.” Wettrick has worked as a middle school and high school teacher; educational and innovation consultant; and educational speaker. Don is passionate about helping students find their educational opportunities and providing them with the digital tools they need to give them a competitive edge.  Follow him @DonWettrick

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Posted by Oscar Cielos Staton

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.

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