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Episode 27: Phil Boyte and Bryan Slater

Episode #27 – “Keeping the pulse on your student’s lives” – Guest Bryan Slater

Join Phil Boyte and his guest Bryan Slater as they talk about building rapport with students. With 15 years under his belt as a teacher both in the United States and abroad, Bryan has learned some great ways to check the pulse on students and shares why it has been so powerful in his classroom.

Listen in to hear simple, yet profound ways to build relationships in the classroom or around campus.

A little about Bryan:

Bryan Slater is an experienced classroom teacher who has spent the last 15 years teaching high school Social Studies in Tacoma, WA, Lagos, Nigeria, and Sumner, WA. He currently teaches IB 20th Century Topics and Theory of Knowledge to 9th – 12th graders at Sumner High School. Bryan’s passion centers on helping teachers and students understand the importance relationships play in developing a culture of learning and trust in the classroom. He believes the Eight Essentials are the key to those relationships and works hard to challenge his fellow colleagues and students to think about how they are creating their “Character Brand” as teachers and learners through the 1,000’s of choices they make each day.

Follow Bryan on Twitter: @Teachslate

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Episode 26: Inspiration from Twitter – Mini Podcast with Phil Boyte

Episode #26: Mini Podcast with Phil Boyte

Where do I find inspiration on #Twitter? Listen in as we share some of our favorite ideas and lessons we have learned from Twitter.

People I mention in the podcast:@whiteeducator @Teachslate | @tedfujimoto | @SteeleThoughts  | @donaldmiller

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Episode 25: Phil Boyte and LaVonna Roth

Episode #25: Ignite your SHINE – Guest LaVonna Roth

Join Phil Boyte and his guest, educational consultant and speaker LaVonna Roth as they talk about little things she has seen while working in schools across the nation. LaVonna shares about the concept of shifting from “my school” to “our school,” how understanding your student’s stories can be so impactful and why taking care of administrators is vital.

A little more about LaVonna:

She is the creator & founder of Ignite Your S.H.I.N.E.® & CEO of LaVonna, Inc.

Self. Heart. Inspire. Navigate. Exceptional. 

These words capture the path that LaVonna Roth uses to challenge others in finding out how to ignite the S.H.I.N.E. in their students, others and self.  As a learning specialist, author, keynote speaker and consultant, LaVonna bridges her passion for how the brain learns with education and helping every individual realize the value they bring. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Special Education, a Master’s in the Art of Teaching and a Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership. LaVonna taught at the elementary and secondary levels in OH and FL, and is the author of 8 books. She has presented in the U.S., Canada, Europe and the Middle East on increasing engagement and the fun factor in learning.  She is the creator and founder of the Ignite Your S.H.I.N.E.® movement, where every person is encouraged to use his or her skills, talents and gifts… to illuminate the world.

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Episode 24: “The Undiscussables” – Mini Podcast with Phil Boyte

Episode #24: Mini Podcast with Phil Boyte

“The Undiscussables: Three areas to work with your team to help navigate hard conversations”

We have all heard those conversations… the one’s that take place in the parking lot or by the water cooler AFTER the meeting. What if instead, your team was encouraged to share the hard stuff DURING the meeting? On this week’s podcast, Phil shares three ways you can foster an environment where people are willing to share the “undiscussables.”

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Creating, Sustaining, and Establishing Value with Your School Culture Team – Culture Committee Document

Episode 23: Phil Boyte and Eric Jackson


Episode #23 –  “Supporting students with a biracial background” – Guest Dr. Eric Jackson

Join Phil Boyte and Eric Jackson as they talk about the research he has done when it comes to supporting students with biracial backgrounds. Eric shares ideas he has used to develop relationships in his classroom that lead to deeper conversations and a better understanding of what different students face. Check out this podcast for a thought provoking conversation.

A little about Eric:

Dr. Eric Jackson II has been working in education for over ten years, from classroom facilitator (teacher) to school administration; his experience ranges from working in rural, suburban and urban school settings.  He has just completed his Ph.D from Indiana State University, in Educational Leadership, with his research focusing on biracial students secondary educational perspective.  Eric also holds two master’s degrees and he has conducted professional development sessions to both district wide and individual schools.  His sessions covered how to create a school culture for biracial students effectively, how to understand the identity development of biracial students, and how to help others embrace those who are biracial.

Dr. Jackson II is currently writing a book, lives in Indianapolis, Indiana, with his wife Sarah of 11 years and their four children, Jalynn, Quinlynn, Emmanuel, and Marshall.

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