Episode 45: Protect Public Ed with Five 2016 State Teachers of the Year

In episode 45, Michael & Dan chat with five 2016 Teachers of the Year -Tayla Edlund, Ashley Lamb Sinclair, Ryan Kaiser, Audrey Jackson & Time Royers – about their organization and the need to ‘Protect Public Ed.’

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  1. Check out the organization the 2016 State Teachers of the Year are putting together called Protect Public Ed.
    1. You can also like their Facebook page!
  2. This is the video that the 2016 Teachers of the Year put together
  3. You can read the article written by Aubrey Lamb-Sinclair about her experience taking an Uber to a Teacher of the Year event entitled “Teacher of the Year asks: Can we stop denigrating teachers now?
  4. Listen to our episode Episode 36: High-Stakes Testing & the Manufactured Crisis with David Berliner to learn more about high-stakes testing!
  5. Listen to our episode Episode 42: Betsy DeVos & School Choice with Allie Gross to learn more about the impact school choice has had in Michigan (particularly Detroit).



Talya Edlund teaches fifth grade in Cape Elizabeth, Maine. She is Maine’s 2016 Teacher of the Year. She also is a former College Adjunct at Southern Maine Community College.

Ashley Lamb-Sinclair teacher high school English and Creative Writing at North Oldham High School in Kentucky. She is Kentucky’s 2016 Teacher of the Year. She also is a contributing writer for the Atlantic and the Washington Post.

Ryan Kaiser teachers middle school social studies in Baltimore, Maryland.  He is Maryland’s 2016 Teacher of the Year. He is also the communications director of the Maryland Social Studies Council, coaches debate team (coaching his team to the championship) and founded the Baltimore Environmental Explorers Camp.

Audrey Jackson teacher fifth grade inclusion in Boston, Massachusetts. She is the 2016 Massachusetts Teacher of the Year. She was also the teacher representative for ESSA Negotiated Rulemaking at the US Department of Education.

Tim Royers teacher high school social studies in Omaha, Nebraska. He is the 2016 Nebraska Teacher of the year. He also serves as the Chief Negotiated of the Millard Education Association.


Episode 44: Answering Teacher Candidate Questions

In episode 44, our panel of educators answer the questions of teacher candidates from Betsy Barrow’s class at the University of North Carolina.

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  1. For this episode, we will add tweets to our shownotes that use the hashtag #MyAdviceForNewTeachers:

  1. Per the Betsy DeVos question, this Education Week article titled, “What Could Betsy DeVos Really Get Done as Education Secretary?” might be of use.
Chris Hitchcock (@CHitch94) is an award-winning  world history teacher at an online school in Indiana, a #sschat co-moderator of #sschat , and our episode 33 guest on Teaching in Virtual Environments. Destiny Warrior (@destinylwarrior) is a classroom teacher in Mid-Del schools, an adjunct instructor at the University of Oklahoma, and our episode 16 guest on Mentoring for Retention. And Betsy Barrow (@betsybarrow) is a former high school teacher, doctoral candidate, and UNC instructor.