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Episode 25: Dear School Leaders

May 30, 2022


Season 3, Episode 5:

Leaders today know that teacher voice matters, yet getting honest feedback can be elusive. In this episode, four veteran teachers discuss what is top of mind for them as they educate our students. Topics range from current ideas in math and ELA to how you can help keep heated political issues away from their classrooms. If you have ever wanted to be a fly on the wall and hear what your most respected and productive teachers have to say, this is the session for you.



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Ayanna Perry


Ayanna D Perry

Ayanna Perry is a wife, mother, author, and math educator. She is an Associate Director at the Knowles Teacher Initiative who contemplates norms, equitable engagement, and inclusion often these days.

Learn more about Ayanna's consulting, and connect with her on Twitter.


Matthew Kay


Matthew Kay

Matt Kay teaches kids at Science Leadership Academy in Philadelphia, PA. He currently teaches 9th and 10th graders English, and has taught elective courses in Drama, Critical Race Theory, and African American Literature. He’s also been an athletic director and is currently both the head varsity basketball coach and an assistant football coach. He is the author of Not Light, But Fire: How to Lead Meaningful Race Conversations in the Classroom (2018). Finally, he’s the executive director of the Philly Slam League, a non-profit that shows Philly-area young people the power of their voices through weekly spoken word competitions.

Connect with Matthew on Twitter.


Christina Nosek


Christina Noseck

Christina Nosek is a San Francisco Bay Area based classroom teacher of 20 years and literacy education staff developer in her time away from the classroom. She equally loves teaching children and supporting teachers in developing their classroom reading and writing communities. Her past roles include reading specialist and literacy coach.

Learn more about Christina's consulting and connect with her on Twitter.


Georgina Rivera


Georgina Rivera

Georgina Rivera is a passionate and kind math educator focused on creating equitable mathematics classrooms. She is the Bice z president of NCSM, author, coach, consultant and school administrator.

Learn more about Georgina's consulting, and connect with her on Twitter.


Peter DeWitt


Peter DeWitt

Peter DeWitt (Ed.D.), a former school principal in Upstate, NY, previously taught elementary school for 11 years. His syndicated blog, Finding Common Ground, is published by Education Week and he is a freelance writer for Vanguard Magazine. Peter has traveled the world, developing content, visiting school sites, influencing policy, and presenting with John Hattie. He has worked with educators at schools, districts, educational service centers, and educational organizations, including the Council of Chief State School Officials. His presentations focus on school leadership, school climate, as well as safeguarding LGBT students and other social justice topics.

Learn more about Peter's onsite professional development consulting, Collaborative Leadership, and connect with him on Twitter.



The Five to Thrive Series

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Answers to Your Biggest Questions About Teaching Elementary Writing

Answers to Your Biggest Questions About Teaching Elementary Math

Answers to Your Biggest Questions About Teaching Secondary Math

Answers to Your Biggest Questions About Creating a Dynamic Classroom


Answers to Your Biggest Questions About Teaching Middle and High School ELA



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