Answer the Question | Joe Sanfelippo | Jackpot!

Tom SchimmerThe Tom Schimmer Podcast

In Don’t @ Me (2:41), Tom shares his thoughts on why it is so important to answer people’s questions, especially in online forums, and why performative pontifications are the highest form of disrespect. Then, Tom is joined by Joe Sanfelippo (8:35) to discuss effective school and district leadership. Finally, in Assessment Corner (51:28), Tom talks about why student investment is … Read More

Spoiler Rules | Lindsay Titus | Sustaining Change

Tom SchimmerThe Tom Schimmer Podcast

In Don’t @ Me (3:21), Tom outlines what he believes the societal rules surrounding “no spoilers” should be. Then, Tom is joined by Lindsay Titus (11:19) to discuss how educators can maintain some semblance of balance through the inevitable stress that comes with any school year. Finally, in “Assess THAT with Tom & Nat” (51:46), Tom and special guest Natalie … Read More

Teaching Still Matters | Lainie Rowell | Leadership Blindspots

Tom SchimmerThe Tom Schimmer Podcast

In Don’t @ Me (2:32), Tom expresses his frustration with those teachers who seem to want to run away from referring to themselves as “teachers.”  Then, Tom is joined by Lainie Rowell (11:24) to discuss her latest book, “Evolving with Gratitude: Small Practices in Learning Communities That Make a Big Difference with Kids, Peers, and the World.”  Finally, in “Assess … Read More

Wer Must Listen | Nathan Wear | Gradeless v. Grade Less

Tom SchimmerThe Tom Schimmer Podcast

In Don’t @ Me (2:36), Tom expresses his concern that if we can’t listen to one another and empathize without agreeing, then the divides in our society will further deepen. Then, Tom is joined by Nathan Wear (14:02) to discuss his book, “Making Grades Matter: Standards-Based Grading in a Secondary PLC at Work.”  Finally, in “Assess THAT with Tom & … Read More

Friends like Family | Gholdy Muhammad | Assessing Competencies

Tom SchimmerThe Tom Schimmer Podcast

In Don’t @ Me (2:16), Tom reflects on a camping trip about his core group of friends who are more like family. Then, Tom is joined by Gholdy Muhammad (11:51) to discuss her book, “Cultivating Genius, an Equity Framework for Culturally and Historically Responsive Literacy.”  Finally, in “Assess THAT with Tom & Nat” (46:40), Tom and special guest Natalie Vardabasso … Read More