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Episode 2: Authenticity in Education

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Episode 2: Authenticity in Education

Educator Ty Jones shared his road to success in education and highlighted the individuals that influenced him along the way. During this episode Mr. Jones also discussed the following concepts that lead to cultivating and maintaining authenticity in education:

Connecting with your legacy
Personal integrity
Humility in leadership

Podcast Episodes

Episode 1: The Beginning

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Episode 1: The Beginning

Hey there! This Jeffrey, I’m an educator, and this is my new podcast The Purpose Driven Educator. This not an actual episode, but I would like to take a moment to explain the format of my show. Each episode will begin the show with a driving question or questions from education and then present relevant information and experiences, and even interviews with educators to address the questions.

Education Reform

How to Improve Teacher Preparation Programs for Aspiring Urban Educators

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How to Improve Teacher Preparation Programs for Aspiring Urban Educators

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When I first became an educator, I taught secondary Mathematics and Physics to high school students in the largest district in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex and in a much smaller school system in the suburbs.  I first worked with low-performing and economically disadvantaged students and later in an environment with all talented and gifted students.  Once I decided to move beyond the classroom and into a role as instructional coach, I began mentoring teachers and delivering professional development training.  With this background as both an urban educator and teacher leader, I had a close-up opportunity to see the problems that are pervasive in K-12 education.  Having served as a District administrator for 9 years, I now have a bird’s eye perspective of those problems as well as potential strategies for success, particularly, in an urban setting.

Education Reform

The Role of the Community in Education

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The Role of the Community in Education

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In today’s economically and culturally diverse society it is vitally important that educators and community leaders find clarity on each other’s role in supporting our students’ academic achievement (Anderson-Butcher et. al., 2010).  This need is only intensified when we consider the context of the required school reform actions brought on by No Child Left behind (NCLB) and Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) accountability measures.  However, the formation of effective school and community partnerships is usually defaulted to the responsibility of the schools and often are not established due to communication and expectation barriers (Hands, 2010).  With increasing reports of economic disparities between parents and communities of high performing schools and those of schools in need of academic achievement improvements, various factors have served as barriers to strong school and community partnerships.

Curriculum & Instruction/Education Reform

Public School Accountability: The Death of Student Learning

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Public School Accountability: The Death of Student Learning

Satisfying the demand for highly skilled workers is the key to maintaining competitiveness and prosperity in the global economy.  For this reason, many educational policymakers strive to craft policies that assist educators in developing a stronger workforce.  This was the intended aim of the 2001 No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act put forth by the Bush administration. However well intended the NCLB Act was, the consequences of several key requirements have turned out to be counterproductive.