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The Reclaiming the Classroom podcast is dedicated to helping K-12 teachers take back their professional territory. Join Trenton Goble as he meets with other educators to explore the shifting landscape of education, government reform, and what it really means to be a teacher in America.

Reclaiming the Classroom SeriesEpisode 24
June 29, 2016

In our final episode, we offer parting thoughts to politicians, entrepreneurs, unions, administrators, and teachers. In the end, initiatives are pointless if they don’t improve student outcomes. Our goal shouldn’t be to “fix”education from the outside, but to improve it from the inside by restoring real local accountability.

Guest: James Seaman

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Reclaiming the Classroom SeriesEpisode 23
June 22, 2016

Trenton and guests explore the most meaningful experiences they’ve had as educators, and how high-stakes accountability is incapable of measuring the complexity around student learning or teacher instruction.

Guests: Cindi Dunford and Noel Gomez

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Reclaiming the Classroom SeriesEpisode 22
June 15, 2016

This week on the podcast, we discuss how educators can regain the public trust by owning the “noise”around education. We talk about breaking out of the confines of the classroom, building advocates, and improving local accountability as ways to owning the conversation.

Guests: Melissa Brewer and Todd Theboald

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Reclaiming the Classroom SeriesEpisode 21
June 8, 2016

Meaningful dialogue about learning doesn’t happen around a single score. This week we explore how real-time tracking of student progress is changing the conversations between teachers, parents, and administrators, and how these informed discussions are impacting student growth.

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Reclaiming the Classroom SeriesEpisode 20
June 1, 2016

Trenton and guests delve into the role of assessment in education today. Join us for a discussion on the immorality of high-stakes testing, the type of assessment that really fuels student growth, and the one question that we should be asking about every assessment: Does it directly benefit the student who takes it?

Guests: Robin Daugherty and Cindi Dunford

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Reclaiming the Classroom SeriesEpisode 19
May 25, 2016

What do grades actually mean? In a culture where grades can be wildly inflated, it has become a game both for students and teachers rather than a representation of what students actually know and don’t know. Join us for a discussion on how teachers can take back the conversation on grading and criteria.

Guests: James Seaman and Carly Silva

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Reclaiming the Classroom SeriesEpisode 18
May 18, 2016

In this episode, Trenton and guests discuss the negative impacts of Big Data on our schools, and discuss the type of data that truly promotes student growth: connected data.

Guests: Steven Giles and Dave Gomes

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Reclaiming the Classroom SeriesEpisode 17
May 11, 2016

On this episode, we drill into the topic of accountability. Trenton and guests talk about the accountability problem, the true measures of success, and how educators can regain control of “the noise”.

Guests: Noel Gomez and James Seaman
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Reclaiming the Classroom SeriesEpisode 16
May 4, 2016

This week on the podcast, we break down the three things that educators need to make competency-based learning possible: autonomy, mastery, and purpose. Join us as we discuss these critical elements and explore how to ignite the same passion for learning in students as educators have for teaching.

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Reclaiming the Classroom SeriesEpisode 15
April 27, 2016

This week Trenton and guests delve into why attempts to reform education through market-based strategies so often ineffective. They explore competition, collaboration, and the “public good” and the role they play in driving innovation in our schools.

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Reclaiming the Classroom SeriesEpisode 14
April 13, 2016

In this episode, Trenton gives a preview for the second half of the book and the discussions to come. He talks about the core of Reclaiming the Classroom: doing everything possible to help more of our students do better every day. He also discusses the hot-button issue of educator accountability and the questions we should be asking about teacher performance.

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Reclaiming the Classroom SeriesEpisode 13
April 6, 2016

In a round-table discussion, Trenton and guests explore the challenges of defining expertise in K-12 education. Even when educators become experts of their schools and students, they often make one major mistake: they don’t act like experts. Listen in for a discussion on how teachers can reclaim their title as the leading authority in our classrooms.

Guests: Cindi Dunford, Carly Silva and Melissa White

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Reclaiming the Classroom SeriesEpisode 12
March 30, 2016

In this episode, Trenton talks with a former colleague about the literacy program they launched together at Heartland Elementary. They recall the fears and struggles they had with their first experience with a systematic implementation of mastery learning…and it’s unexpected results.

Guest: Chris Dunn

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Reclaiming the Classroom SeriesEpisode 11
March 23, 2016

Trenton and guests break down the different types of assessments used in our schools and how each is meant to help students. They discuss the primary benefit of year-end tests — and how it’s often neglected by schools and districts.

Guests: Noel Gomez and James Seaman

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Reclaiming the Classroom SeriesEpisode 10
March 16, 2016

Designed to hold educators responsible for student learning, high-stakes tests could actually be relieving teachers of the responsibility of doing their jobs. This week, we sit down to discuss the hot-button issue of standardized tests and the shortcomings of using them to evaluate teachers and schools.

Guests: James Seaman and Cindi Dunford

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Reclaiming the Classroom SeriesEpisode 9
March 9, 2016

In this week’s episode, Trenton and Principal Steven Giles tackle the controversial topic of high-stakes testing. They explore the impact demographics have on scores and examine how this type of testing forces educators to count the wrong things while making them accountable for someone else’s work.

Guest: Steven Giles

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Reclaiming the Classroom SeriesEpisode 8
March 2, 2016

Studies show principals who work to create a culture of community and cooperation encourage greater motivation and instructional effectiveness. This week, Trenton and guests examine the importance of inspired K12 administrative leadership and the impact it has on school culture and student outcomes.  

Guests: Danny Stirland and Todd Theobald

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Reclaiming the Classroom SeriesEpisode 7
February 24, 2016

Real change, change that lasts and makes a difference, depends on leaders who understand the importance of building a collaborative culture within their schools. Join Trenton and this week’s guests as they discuss how progressive K-12 administrators build environments that benefit both teachers and students.

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Reclaiming the Classroom SeriesEpisode 6
February 17, 2016

In an emotional episode, Trenton and guests discuss why they left teaching. They reveal how they made this tough decision, explain why we need good teachers more than ever, and share their optimism for the future of the profession.

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Reclaiming the Classroom SeriesEpisode 5
February 10, 2016

This week, Trenton and guests dig into the world of K-12 standards and the impact they have on teaching. They discuss why established standards are good for the classroom, explore the ways standards help more accurately measure student levels of understanding—and question if they go too far.

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Reclaiming the Classroom SeriesEpisode 4
February 3, 2016

A technology specialist and a former school administrator sit down with Trenton to discuss the shaping factors, like parenthood and technology, that influence the way teachers approach the classroom.

Guests: Kelly Dumont and Justin Matagi

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Reclaiming the Classroom SeriesEpisode 3
January 27, 2016

Trenton is joined by Ben Berte and James Seaman to explore the necessity for balance and trust in our teachers if we hope to foster innovation and growth in our classrooms.

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Reclaiming the Classroom SeriesEpisode 2
January 20, 2016

How do teachers develop their skills and improve instructional practice? A high school teacher and principal meet with Trenton to share their thoughts on government intervention as an increasingly paternalistic presence in the classroom, limiting an educator’s ability to grow and adapt.

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Reclaiming the Classroom SeriesEpisode 1
January 19, 2016

Trenton is joined by two elementary school principals to examine the complex process of human events we call “teaching” and deconstruct the necessary components of a successful teacher-student relationship, including autonomy and intuition.

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Reclaiming the Classroom SeriesEpisode 0
January 13, 2016

Over the course of a mere 30 years, society went from trusting our teachers to applying external, high stakes, individual accountability for someone else’s work – proof of professionalism measured by a single test score.

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