Looking for new education podcasts to expand your repertoire? Look no further! This post is dedicated to all the rising podcasters out there delivering solid information and entertainment to educators that you haven't seen on other "top charts."
1. The Instructional Coaching Coaching (ICC) Podcast
These two coaches have mastered the art of giving great advice while still making you chuckle. What I love about them is that they feel so "real." It's as if I'm sitting in the break room with them. Especially at this time of year, if you need a pick-me-up and a reminder of how to reclaim your "happy", tune in to the episode called "Happiness Matters", which is a part of an 8-part series. It's a great reminder that happiness is a state of mind and not attached to things (and they manage to work in a reference to Chuck Norris...cliff hanger).
Learn more about the podcast at instructionalcoachingcorner.com or give them a shout out on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter.
2. Early Childhood Journeys
I couldn't write this blog post without giving a nod to my fellow Latina in Ed (#LatinasInED), Marissa Calderón. She has made a mission of ensuring that our youngest students have the healthiest, safest environments to grow academically and socio-emotionally. One of my favorite episodes was Episode 5: #RedforEd Reflections with a Kindergarten teacher. As many of you know, Arizona had quite the teacher walkout this past academic year and hearing first-hand from a teacher was powerful. Plus, if you need a chuckle, her daughter is the opener for the podcast and she really rocked it!
Learn more about the podcast at earlychildhoodjourneys.com or give the host a shout out on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter.
3. Pondering Education
This guy! He knows what he's doing! In his own words, he is "challenging the status quo to meet the needs of 21st Century learners." According to me, he had me at Episode 17: Racial Inequity in Education. It takes courage and awareness for a White man in education to talk about race. It takes even more presence of mind to know that inviting educators of color onto the podcast to speak on this topic is the right move. He is using his platform to elevate educators across the country and giving listeners access to thought leaders we may not normally have access to. How you might ask? For example, he recorded live from the ASCD Empower18 Conference (episodes 4-9). Those conferences are EXPENSIVE! If you were bummed that you couldn't make that conference, tune in to episode 4 to hear Dr. Robyn Jackson, the keynote speaker this year.
Learn more about the podcast at ponderingeducation.com or give the host a shout out on Facebook or Twitter. You can also get to know host Ryan McHale by watching his most recent TEDx Talk.
Of course I can't write this blog post without shamelessly plugging my podcast, EDpiphany. Together with my guests, I share "Ah-hah!" moments from every day educators that transformed the way they approached their profession. Season 1, Episode 5: How to Make Teaching a Sustainable Career, won the popularity contest with the most listens. It is a great resource to share for new teachers who are struggling and our guest, Kirsten, shared how she was able to catch her breath as a new teacher and make this a life-long career. Tune back in on January 16 for Season 2, which will focus on diversity and inclusion in the K-12 sector.
Learn more about the podcast at myedpiphany.com/podcast or give the host a shout out on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter.
5. From Bell to Bell
So this podcast is truly just for fun. Have you ever seen movies that are based in a school or have a school scene in it and you think to yourself, "Yeah...that's totally inaccurate. That would never happen."? We know this. Popular media is totally distorting the way that our fellow Americans view our profession. The host, Sara Candela, brings people on to talk about "the hallowed halls of Hollywood" and dissects movies like "The Breakfast Club" and "Dead Poets Society." If you want an entertaining, unique conversation about education, this is your podcast. I am crossing my fingers for an episode on Superbad. (Pretty please Sara?)
Learn more about the podcast on Twitter.
6. Rethink ELA
This podcast is helpful for those who are searching for professional development and ways to improve their teaching at an instructional and pedagogical level. I absolutely loved the episode on grammar because it really challenged teachers to think about ways that they may stifle students by being sticklers for grammar rules. Seriously, why are we stressing out over misplaced semi-colons? Episode 9: Teaching Grammar in Context, talks about how sometimes we can use "grammar as a weapon," which can minimize the joys of writing. This episode challenges you to rethink writing and teach grammar in the context of students' own writing.
Learn more about the podcast at rethinkela.com or give the host a shout out on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter.
7. Things Fall Apart
This podcast is produced by the Human Restoration Project, an organization that promotes progressive education through passion, creativity, and the elimination of standardization. There stuff is just way too good to spotlight any one episode. Just subscribe. Subscribe immediately.
Learn more about the podcast humanrestorationproject.org or give them a shout out on Twitter.
8. Teaching Gab
Aisha and Dave "gab about the teaching gap and create a community to find answers to teacher and parent questions." I tuned in to episode 5, "We helped a frustrated parent thank us and smile. You can too." What I loved about this episode was the solution orientated approach and the tangible next steps you can implement tomorrow. Here's a teaser for how they recommend you handle a frustrated parents. Step 1: Give them the floor. Step 2: Take notes. Step 3: Do no interrupt. Want to know the rest? Tune in to get your dose of advice!
Learn more about the podcast here or give them a shout out on Facebook.
Carla Rivera-Cruz (CRC) is an educator and entrepreneur committed to helping like-minded educators reach their fullest potentials.