Welcome everyone to Teachers Talk Live, the podcast for K12 solutions!

On episode 18 we want to gear up upcoming teachers for the 2017-2018 school year. As educators, we know full well the challenge that faces a first year teacher for their entire first year. There’s no sugarcoating it! It’ll be tough! But the good news is that it gets easier after that!

On tonight’s show our panelists and online chatters will provide essential resources that all first year teachers should have. We have on the show Lee Araoz, Carrie Baughcum, Tandy Caraway, Carina Hilbert, Josie Mittleman and Scott Rosenkranz.

We want to cover the best books you should read, the staff development you should seek out, the type of supports you should have in schools, in social media and at home.

Here’s a little more about our education experts:

Lee Araoz is a K-12 instructional technology coordinator/coach, staff developer and teacher. He instills a love of learning in his students, while making positive connections and setting high expectations. Using innovative teaching methods, and creating a nurturing classroom environment, Lee has managed to make learning fun for students in his classes and professional development sessions over the last 27 years.

Carrie Baughcum – @heckawesome – Momma. Wife. Mismatch Sock Wearer. Doodler. Special Education Teacher. Learning Enthusiast. Inspiration Junkie…She thinks life, learning and doodling are HECK AWESOME!

Tandy Caraway has been helping students to excel academically and to reach their educational goals, for over 16 years, by using student-centered instructional methodologies. She began her instructional career by coordinating an after-school program at her high school alma mater. Since that time she has tutored and instructed hundreds of students, leaving them with a renewed sense of self-efficacy and self-confidence.

Tandy has experienced high rates of success with all types of students, although at-risk students are seemingly her specialty. Tandy’s colleagues describe her as an enthusiastic, motivated and dedicated teacher who demonstrates a sincere interest in her students as individuals. This passion and tenacity has earned her national and local accolades such as ABCTE Teacher of the Year Honorable Mention, FBLA District Adviser of the Year, and the Spot Success Award and Teacher of the Year at her school.

Mrs. Caraway’s instructional prowess has been established by the success her students have achieved and the leadership responsibilities she has carried out. She has served as FCAT Motivation Committee chairperson, Math Department Chairperson, District Curriculum Support Specialist, and Service Learning Coordinator. While serving in these capacities, she has developed various programs that have inspired teachers and students to give their personal best, resulting in grant renewal awards and cohesive, collaborative small learning communities.

Carina Hilbert is an 8th grade ELA teacher currently on medical leave from her urban district. She has taught every kind of English class from 8th to 12th grade as well as Spanish 1 and 2. An experienced blended learning teacher and instructor for other teachers, Carina earned the nickname of Resource Girl in her MAT TESOL program through University of Southern California. She lives with her family in Kalamazoo, Michigan.

Josie Mittleman is the Curriculum and PD Specialist for Edcite, an interactive website that engages students with digital practice. Josie has been developing curriculum for over 20 years for a variety of reputable education publishing houses including Pearson Education, McGraw Hill, and The College Board. Josie is a graduate from Teachers College, Columbia University and continues to be an active member in the alumni association.

Scott Rosenkranz is a National Board Certificated Teacher who has 16 years of teaching experience. Scott’s passion for formative assessment and equitable student engagement led him to create Oncore, a free app for iPad that increases student engagement and helps teachers do standards based formative assessment daily, in class, while learning is taking place. Hundreds of teachers are using Oncore to increase engagement, feedback and focus in their classrooms.


Join us this Thursday at 7PM Central

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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