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S6 Episode 7: Arizona Teachers Academy at NAU with President Rita Cheng

3 Ps in a Pod: An Education Podcast

Release Date: 09/26/2019

A Deep Love for Public Education with Kim Graham show art A Deep Love for Public Education with Kim Graham

3 Ps in a Pod: An Education Podcast

You may know the Arizona Educational Foundation or AEF as the home of the Arizona Teacher of the Year program and the Arizona State Spelling Bee. In this episode, you’ll hear from Kim Graham, CEO of AEF, about the work of the Foundation and how she approaches her work leading these efforts. Kim shares how she moved from studying theater to teaching high school English to working in arts education to leading the Arizona Educational Foundation. She shares with Daniela about the specific programs AEF hosts but also the intention behind all of that work. Kim explains how AEF’s offerings...

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Understanding Reflective Practice with Dr. Kevin Roessger show art Understanding Reflective Practice with Dr. Kevin Roessger

3 Ps in a Pod: An Education Podcast

Here at the Arizona K12 Center, we’re big proponents of reflecting on your practice. But what does it mean to be a reflective practitioner and how do we use that reflection to not be the end goal but a tool to generate change in ourselves and our learners? Dr. Kevin Roessger, associate professor of adult and lifelong learning at the University of Arkansas, has focused his work in quantitative research methodologies and adult learning theory. In this episode, he talks with host Paula about what led to this interest and the research he has done in critical reflection or reflective practice....

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Building a Culture of Music in Tolleson with Efrain Casillas, the 2024 Arizona Teacher of the Year show art Building a Culture of Music in Tolleson with Efrain Casillas, the 2024 Arizona Teacher of the Year

3 Ps in a Pod: An Education Podcast

Efrain Casillas, the 2024 Arizona Teacher of the Year, has been teaching at Tolleson Elementary School District for 17 years. His vision isn’t to just teach music to his current students but to build a culture of music in Phoenix. 3Ps hosts Josh and Donnie talk with Efrain about the beginning of his interest in music as a child in Puerto Rico and how that led to his music education career.  Efrain shares how he works to engage his students’ interests and culture into his teaching. That’s led to his creating multiple new music groups, including mariachi, jazz, marching, concert, and...

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What’s All the Hype about Cognitive Coaching? show art What’s All the Hype about Cognitive Coaching?

3 Ps in a Pod: An Education Podcast

Explore the world of Cognitive Coaching — a transformative approach unlocking minds and elevating problem-solving skills — in this episode of 3Ps in a Pod with educators and facilitators Taryl Hansen, NBCT, and Mary Bouley. Taryl and Mary talk about the history of Cognitive Coaching and give an overview of this approach to coaching that mediates thinking and prioritizes teacher autonomy. They make it clear that Cognitive Coaching is one of multiple coaching tools to be used in particular situations but not all. The pair also address misconceptions or assumptions some people have about...

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Knowing Our Past to Know Our Future with Dawn Quamahongnewa show art Knowing Our Past to Know Our Future with Dawn Quamahongnewa

3 Ps in a Pod: An Education Podcast

If you attended our 2023 Teacher Leadership Institute, you heard a bit from Dawn Quamahongnewa, her family, and her teacher leadership. Today, Dawn is expanding on what she shared in that speech and how knowing our past informs our future.  Dawn begins this episode by sharing how her parents first shared about the history of her family and the Hopi people. She shares the history of her family’s clans’ complex relationships with the U.S. education system, with some embracing and others wanting to reject the “pahana” way of life. Dawn talks with hosts Kathleen and Paula about how...

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Burn-in Mindset with Julia King Pool show art Burn-in Mindset with Julia King Pool

3 Ps in a Pod: An Education Podcast

You know how challenging teaching can be and how many teachers today encounter burnout. That’s why Julia King Pool founded the Burn-in Mindset, a coaching program for experienced educators that mitigates burnout and cultivates energy, optimism, and confidence. Julia shares with hosts Juliana and Marlys how she founded Burn-in Mindset and how it is based in the tenets of positive psychology. Positive psychology is the scientific study of the strengths that enable individuals and communities to thrive. She also shares some specific mindset shifts and strategies to help teachers feel more...

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Legislative Update with Chris Kotterman show art Legislative Update with Chris Kotterman

3 Ps in a Pod: An Education Podcast

Today, we welcome back Chris Kotterman, the Director of Government Relations for the Arizona School Boards Association, to discuss the past Arizona legislative session, significant bills that did and didn’t make it into state policy, and what might be coming in the 2024 session. Kotterman notes that fewer bills than usual affecting education will take effect this year due to several vetoes by Governor Katie Hobbs but does share with hosts Donnie and Juliana about HB2460, which relates to the suspension of students in grades K-4. He then talks through several bills that did not pass in the...

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Revisiting Revisiting "Away From Home: American Indian Boarding Schools"

3 Ps in a Pod: An Education Podcast

This is a replay of an episode from September 2022. In recognition of National Day of Remembrance for U.S. Indian Boarding Schools on September 30, we are discussing the history of American Indian boarding schools and the continued legacy of this part of our history. Hosts Daniela and Donnie welcome Marcus Monenerkit from the Heard Museum to the podcast to speak about the history of American Indian boarding schools and the  exhibit at the Heard Museum.  Monenerkit shares about what students and families experienced, including a bit of his own family’s experiences and about the...

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Meet Dr. Dani Portillo of Roosevelt School District show art Meet Dr. Dani Portillo of Roosevelt School District

3 Ps in a Pod: An Education Podcast

In January of 2023, Dr. Dani Portillo became the superintendent of Roosevelt School District, the first Latina to hold this position. In today’s episode, Dr. Portillo talks with hosts Kathleen and Josh about her journey into education and her vision for Roosevelt School District, an elementary district in south Phoenix.   Roosevelt, an elementary district in south Phoenix, currently serves about 7,400-some students and employs about 1,400 people. Dr. Portillo shares the importance of this mid-size district to south Phoenix, including the teaching of students but also the impact on...

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Have a Great Fall Break! show art Have a Great Fall Break!

3 Ps in a Pod: An Education Podcast

3Ps in a Pod is taking a break this week, but we’ll be back in your podcast feed next Thursday. We hope whether your fall break is this week or later this month, you’re able to take time to rest and rejuvenate. And thank you for all you do to support Arizona’s learners, from all of us at the Arizona K12 Center.

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More Episodes

How is Arizona approaching the teacher shortage? Hear from Northern Arizona University President Dr. Rita Cheng about Governor Doug Ducey’s Arizona Teachers Academy and how NAU is implementing the program and supporting tomorrow’s teachers. You’ll also learn more about why education is so important to Dr. Cheng, how she spends her time away from work, and what books she’s currently reading.

Learn more about the resources and topics mentioned in this episode by clicking here or by visiting azk12.org.