Episodes
In this really informative and fairly goofy episode. I chat with my Edu podcaster friends, William Mealey and Christopher Tudisco about how important collegial relationships are for educators and how to make them happen. It’s a perfect topic for this very collegial team behind one of my favorite education podcasts out there, Unprofessional Development.
Published 09/20/21
In this episode, veteran educator and podcast host Charles Williams and I have a great conversation about the work we need to do to create true equity in education and the importance of challenging our current narratives. We also talk about problematic intrinsic biases that we all have and how to change them.  Even though the topics we discuss are serious and important, along with all the practical ideas, we do get very silly
Published 09/06/21
This episode celebrates Overthrowing Education’s 2nd anniversary with Universal Design for Learning expert educator and author Loui Lord Nelson. Our conversation explores what UDL is and how to incorporate this important framework into lesson designs. Play The 5-Minute Game Show along with Loui and see if you can do as well as she did, cause she slayed it!
Published 08/23/21
My guest on this episode is Clement Townsend who helps schools and teachers integrate media arts into their programs and lessons. In this time of media saturation, using media arts as a means for learning is even more important. Clement and I discuss how we can integrate media arts into all subjects. We also talk about how to help students tell stories, including their own, to inform, inspire and impact the world around them.
Published 08/09/21
This bonus episode is just for fun! This radio comedy, "The Last Day of School" was performed live online during Edupodlooza back in June.  I joined a talented group of education podcasters to write and perform this brief glimpse at a very unique last day of school. We poke fun at ourselves, ed podcasts in general and some of the crazy things that educators endure . . . like Zombies (??!!)
Published 08/03/21
Today’s episode with educator and author Connie Hamilton is so near and dear to my heart. We have a great conversation about the importance of not only how to ask powerful, more focused questions, but also how students can do the same. Connie also shares how to respond to the “I don’t know” answer that we often get from students. She offers so much solid, applicable advice in this episode!
Published 07/26/21
In this episode, I have a great conversation with the wise and wonderful educator, Mike Kaechele, who clearly lays out why Project-Based Learning is such a natural partner for growing Social Emotional Learning skills and how to combine them together to create a better education for all students. Mike provides lots of great examples and tools (not just tech tools, either) to design incredible PBL units, with great SEL opportunities.
Published 07/12/21
On this episode, my guest, educator and co-author of The Startup Teacher Playbook, Darcy Bakkegard and I have an in-depth conversation about why so much of traditional professional development for educators isn’t working and how teachers can take charge of and design their own PD. She also talks about why teachers are natural leaders even if they don’t see themselves as such. There are so many great takeaways in this episode!
Published 06/27/21
My guest is educator and podcast host of Lesson Impossible, Aviva Levin, discussing why teacher transparency is so important, and how to make it happen.  The Bonus of this episode is that we also include a little bit about how to incorporate improvisation games into your classes. Both Aviva and I have performed and taught improv, so I surprised her with an improv twist to The 5-Minute Game Show. And then she turns the table on me!
Published 06/13/21
My awesome guest on this episode is educator, author, and lovely, charming human being Lindsay Portnoy who joins me today to talk about why playing games, and playing in general are the best way to learn and how to incorporate games and play into any subject or grade. Lindsay has so many inspiring and wise approaches to education and we really geek out together on this favorite topic for both of us. As for the 5-Minute game show, Lindsay racks up lots of imaginary points as she slays it!
Published 05/31/21
On this episode, I have a really insightful and inspiring conversation with master educator and author, Tara Martin. She digs deep in talking about her motivations for creating her books, Be R.E.A.L. Educate from the Heart and Cannonball In, and she shares so much wisdom for all educators. Learn about the acronym R.E.A.L and how much better education would be if everyone followed Tara’s charge. Also, we talk about how teachers can cannonball in, and why it matters.
Published 05/16/21
My guest today is Lorraine Connell. She first caught my attention with some great blog posts on her site Peers Not Fears and now she has a new podcast that features voices of students, as well as teachers called Unimagined. Among other things, she has been working with all students to help develop their leadership skills. It’s a great conversation that includes questioning our pre-conceived ideas of what student leadership looks like to include all learners, dealing with implicit bias and...
Published 05/03/21
Chelsea Robberson joins me on this episode for an entertaining and inspiring conversation. It’s a lot fun, but within all the laughs that we have on this episode, Chelsea drops some serious wisdom and help for all educators to move education forward. She asks some great questions that all administrators and teachers should be thinking about, including examining how schools can actually fulfill their mission statements.
Published 04/19/21
On this episode, I chat with the hilarious, charming, passionate educator and professional comedian, Joe Dombrowski. We talk about not only why teaching with humor and playfulness is crucial for deeper learning, but also how to make it happen in your classes and lessons, even if you don’t consider yourself naturally funny. You might know Joe from his many hysterical, viral YouTube Videos , or maybe you saw him on one of his appearances on The Ellen DeGeneres Show,
Published 04/05/21
Prolific author and passionate educator, Starr Sackstein, is my guest again, this time for a great conversation about why and how to go gradeless and move beyond tests and quizzes for better assessments. After our chat, Starr plays another awesome round of The 5-Minute Game Show. Don’t miss the special code I give out just to listener’s to save 20% on my Lenses of Questioning course. See below for more information.
Published 03/22/21
Prolific author and passionate educator Starr Sackstein is my guest for a great conversation about the power of questions and the importance of cultivating students’ curiosity. We had so much to talk about that I have a second episode with Starr about better assessments and going gradeless on my next episode. She also slayed the super hero-themed The 5-Minute Game Show at the end of our discussion.
Published 03/08/21
In today’s episode I have a great conversation about unconventional teaching with passionate educator, Rachelle Dene Poth. We dig into some practical ideas for unconventional teaching including loads of tech tools to make those ideas happen. Even if you aren’t so into tech, there are lots of ideas you can scoop. At the end of our conversation, I subject Rachelle to a very challenging The 5-Minute Game Show. And she plays valiantly.
Published 02/22/21
My guest is Don Goble, and he is an awesome media specialist educator. Not only do we have a great conversation, but we give tons of tips and ideas for how you can incorporate film and video into your classes no matter what you teach. If you aren’t already incorporating media into your lessons, this should inspire you to give it a shot. And if you are, I would LOVE to hear what you are doing! Go to OverthrowingEducation.com and put a brief description of what you do into the comments of this...
Published 02/07/21
Long-time educator Jared Magee, from the very cool The Winchendon School, shares what Impact Learning is, why it’s important, and how to make it happen for all educators. Jared and I discuss ways to take what he has learned from his experiences there and mine working for another non-traditional school, Arete Preparatory Academy , and apply them to other, more traditional school situations.
Published 01/25/21
Dave Burgess, of Teach Like a Pirate, is one of the most energetic and positive people you’ll hear. In this inspiring and fun conversation, he gives great practical tools and ideas for how to hook our students into our lessons, helping them buy into the content with joy whether in person or online. Then Dave plays a pirate-themed The 5-Minute Game Show, of course.
Published 01/11/21
My guest, Amber Harper of The Burned-In Teacher Podcast is a valuable resource for helping with the very real problem of teacher burn-out affects most teachers often multiple times in a career. After one of the most challenging semesters in most teachers' careers Amber’s Burned-In Teacher approach is a true remedy giving solid tools and advice on what to do when feeling burnt out.
Published 12/28/20
Welcome to this special holiday bonus episode that is all about enjoyment. Whether you are an educator, parent or student, or really anyone on this planet right now, this has been a really challenging year.  So I wanted to give you a well-deserved gift of this fun game show compilation taken from a few older episodes and give you a chance to get some real gifts by flexing your creativity.
Published 12/23/20
Natalie Vardabasso, a true assessment innovator and host of the #Educrush Podcast speaks with me about how we can move way beyond tests, quizzes and other traditional paradigms of assessing students to find creative and authentic ways for students to express their knowledge, actually understanding where our students are at and how we can move them forward. This episode includes lots of practical ideas to inspire you.
Published 12/14/20
Today’s show with wonderful and generous guest, Zack Hartzman of Hey Listen Games, is filled with practical ideas and resources for engaging students through using video games. Zack explains how he uses “non-education” video games in his lessons, and all the resources he has created for educators free of charge, so they can do the same. The information and resources shared on this episode can be used in remote learning very easily, as well.
Published 11/29/20
My guest in this episode, Kevin Stoller, started Kay-Twelve in 2009 to help educators design better learning environments. He is author of “Creating Better Learning Environments” and host of the Better Learning Podcast. We discuss different ways to enhance student engagement and provide true equity by focusing on the design of classroom. He gives lots of tips for educators even with no budgets, and in an interview update, talks about what to do now, and why there are better options than...
Published 11/15/20