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TeacherCast Podcast #23 “#EduCoach” (@principalj @ShiraLeibowitz @KathyPerret)

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Jeff sits down with Jessica Johnson, Shira Leibowitz and Kathy Perret from the #educoach twitter chat to discuss the importance of Educational Leadership.



Topics Covered:

  • EduCoach Twitter Group
  • What is an Educational Coach?
  • What is the role of an instructional coach?
  • How do we transition from Teachers and Administrators to Coaches for our staff and students?
  • Can we teach our students to become Peer Coaches?
  • What technologies are available for Instructional Coaches?
  • What methods should we be using to coach new teachers when they enter the profession?
  • How can we coach teachers to help them work foster good classroom management skills
  • Should teachers be coaching Administrators?
  • How can teachers and administrators get along if they don’t get along
  • How can we help teachers have a successful year if they aren’t teaching what they love to teach?
  • Using your iPad as an Administrator to effectively run a school building
  • Ed Camp Iowa

Websites and Apps Discussed:

About our Guests:

Rabbi Shira Leibowitz, Ph.D. is Lower School Principal at Schechter Westchester in White Plains, New York. Rabbi Leibowitz attended Cornell University, graduating with a B.A. in American Studies Magna Cum Laude and with Distinction in all subjects.  Rabbi Leibowitz was ordained as a rabbi from the Jewish Theological Seminary of America and completed a Master of Philosophy and a Ph.D. in Education at the Jewish Theological Seminary of America.

Rabbi Leibowitz held a number of positions in education prior to arriving at Schechter Westchester.  She served as Education Director at Camp Ramah in New England and then as Assistant Director of the National Ramah camping movement featuring both day and sleep away camps throughout the United States as well as in Canada and Israel.  She served as Judaic Studies Department Chair and taught both Bible and Rabbinic Literature at the Solomon Schechter High School in Manhattan during the school’s first two years in existence.  Rabbi Leibowitz then served as Associate Principal at The Solomon Schechter Day School of Essex and Union (now the Golda Och Academy). She was promoted to Lower School Principal at The Solomon Schechter Day School of Essex and Union, the position she held immediately prior to becoming Lower School Principal at Schechter Westchester, where she has served since August, 2000.

Rabbi Leibowitz lives in White Plains with her husband, Rabbi Alfredo Borodowski, and their two children.  Rabbi Leibowitz trains in martial arts and has a Black Belt in Tae Kwon Do. She is a co-moderator on twitter of #educoach, a weekly conversation between prinicipals, educational coaches, and other school leaders about ways of supporting teachers to improve classroom instruction. Rabbi Leibowitz is currently writing on a book about character and values education. She speaks and writes about a wide range of topics in education.

You can follow Shira Leibowitz on twitter at www.twitter.com/shiraleibowitz and on her blog at http://schechterwestchesterlowerschool.wordpress.com/


Jessica Johnson is the Elementary Principal for the Dodgeland School District in Juneau, Wisconsin.  She has previously served as a teacher, instructional coach, and Assistant Principal in Minnesota and Arizona.  When she made the move from a large urban Phoenix school district to rural Wisconsin she found the isolation of the administrative role to be like an island.  She was fortunate enough to discover twitter and continue to learn from others in her Professional Learning Network, which continues to grow each day.  She has begun presenting the power of twitter to educators/administrators at conferences in Wisconsin (along with other Wisconsin principals she found on twitter).

In addition she is a co-moderator for the #educoach chat on twitter.  You can find her on twitter as @PrincipalJ or follow her blog at www.PrincipalJ.blogspot.com.


Kathy Perret is currently an instructional coach and school improvement consultant in the area of literacy and English Language Learners for Northwest AEA in Sioux City, Iowa. She works with two great elementary buildings that continually put children first! Prior to starting at Northwest AEA in 2000 she was an elementary teacher for 18 years. She taught at the 4th and 5th grade levels. Integrating technology has been a passion ever since receiving her first lap top computer through a QWEST grant. As far back as 1998 she was collaborating with teachers around the globe on a continuous basis through the use of online forums. Her students held online literature circle discussions with a class in Ohio. Many new tools have emerged, yet the premise is the same. Kathy feels it is important to move teaching and learning beyond the classroom walls. Providing students with the opportunities to connect globally with others is a meaningful 21st century education.

Kathy takes pride in being a state and community volunteer.  She has just started her two-year role as President of Learning Forward-Iowa. She currently is a board member for Leadership Siouxland and The Mary Elizabeth Child Care Center. She is the chairman of the Chick-fil-A Leadercast Conference (host site for Leardership Siouxland) and co-chair for #edcampsiouxcity.  She is in the beginning stages of training her dog, Boji, to be a therapy dog and looks forward to the day he can go to the Sioux City Public Library to have children read to him.

Kathy is a Level 1 and Level 2 Trainer of Instructional Coaching. She received her training from Dr. Jim Knight of Kansas University. She is available to meet your coaching needs.

Kathy holds a Bachelors of Science degree in elementary education from Iowa State University (Ames, Iowa), a Master’s of Teaching degree from Morningside College (Sioux City, IA) and has received an Iowa PK-12 Administrative License through the Iowa Principal Leadership Academy. She holds current PK-12 administrative licenses in Iowa and Nebraska.

Kathy’s current career goal is to secure an administrative position, preferably at the elementary level, where she will apply her leadership skills to collaboratively provide an exciting and empowering learning environment for students, staff, and families.

Kathy can be found on Twitter at @KathyPerret.

She blogs at: Learning is Growing (http://learningisgrowing.wordpress.com/)

Her resume and references can be found at: http://learningisgrowing.wordpress.com/resume-3/  as well as http://about.me/kathyperret

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