Rebecca is the 2012 National Teacher of the Year. In his episode of the Bedley Bros. Scott and I learn what it’s like to be the face of teaching for an entire nation. Rebecca shares about what’s right in education.
Oliver Schinkten is a creative and passionate educator who is making a difference in the lives of his high school students in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. On this episode, Oliver shares how to reach the passions of your students and brings in his buddy, Big Ron Crowley, to talk about music in schools as well as introduce his new Bedley Bros rap. It’s never a dull moment with Oliver and Big Ron in da house!
On this week’s show, Scott and I welcome Jamie Ewing, a 5th grade Google Certified teacher from Washington. Jamie shares ideas to innovate in the classroom: coding, Common Core, and integrating science. You will be inspired and ready to try something innovative after watching this engaging interview with Jamie Ewing.
Out of My Mind by Sharon Draper
Scott and I will have the privilege of interviewing some incredible authors throughout the month of January 2014 on our Bedley Bros show. Guests will include Sharon Draper, author of best-selling book Out of My Mind (with special co-host, America’s Librarian, Shannon Miller), Dan Pink, The Two Sisters Gail Boushey and Joan Moser (of The Daily 5 fame), Alex Kajitani (the Rappin’ Mathematician), Angela Maiers, and Robert Marzano! You can see the schedule for our live broadcasts on Shannon Miller’s blog. We hope to involve our audience in sharing questions for our guests. Mark your calendars and tune in by visiting the Bedley Bros homepage.
Elana Leoni is the Director of social media strategy and marketing for Edutopia, one of the coolest websites for professional development in the world! Elana tells us more about Edutopia and shares some tips for using social media.
SignUp Genius (Thank you to my wife Mary for this tip!)
Scott and I will be moderating the Texas EdChat this coming Sunday night from 6-7 PM Pacific time. The topic will be using video in the classroom. If you’ve never participated in a Twitter chat, you should give it a try. We will be throwing out some discussion questions and then teachers from around the state of Texas, as well as other parts of the world, will kick around ideas 140 characters at a time. To join in, you’ll need a Twitter account. Then go on Twitter on Sunday, December 15, from 8 to 9 PM Texas time and search #TxEduChat in the search box. Select the “All” button at the top of the screen and you will see everyone’s Tweets. It promises to be an extremely valuable and engaging professional development opportunity…for FREE!
Here’s a good tutorial on how to do a Twitter chat:
The Bedley Bros just had to have more time with the Two Sisters, Gail Boushey and Joan Moser. On Episode 38 they discuss their second book, CAFE, as well as their amazing professional development website The Daily Cafe. Gail and Joan share some great ideas on student goal setting, developing reading comprehension, and their take on Accelerated Reader.
I can’t stand by silently while a good man is abused. Here is the story of Saeed from beheard.com:
Saeed Abedini, a 33-year-old Pastor, father, and husband from Idaho, is currently imprisoned in Evin Prison in Tehran, Iran. On 28 July 2012, during a visit to Tehran to visit family and to finalize the board members for an orphanage he was building in Iran, the Iranian Revolutionary Guard detained Saeed, asserting that he must face criminal charges for his Chr*stian faith. After intense interrogations, Saeed was placed under house arrest and told to wait for a court summons. On 26 September 2012, instead of receiving a summons telling him where to appear, five members of the Revolutionary Guard raided Saeed’s parents’ home in Tehran, confiscated many of Saeed’s belongings, and took him to an unknown location. After four days the Revolutionary Guard informed the family that Saeed was in solitary confinement in the notorious Evin Prison.
Saeed remained in solitary confinement for approximately four weeks before he was moved to Evin Prison. During solitary confinement, Saeed was only brought out of his small, dark cell to be subjected to abusive interrogations.
Saeed had been denied medical treatment for infections that resulted from beatings. The ward doctor and nurse refused to treat him because, as a Chr*stian, he was considered “unclean” and an infidel. Saeed’s family in Tehran may visit Saeed on Mondays, but he is not permitted to make phone calls, cutting him off from his wife and two young children in the U.S.
In late February it became known that Saeed was suffering from internal bleeding, an injury from beatings he endured during interrogations. Doctors examined Saeed in early March and determined that his injuries warranted immediate attention, and, in their medical opinion, he needed to be treated in a non-prison hospital. For a month, the Iranian regime ignored this advice. In an attempt to appease international pressure, on 8 April 2013, the Saeed was taken to a private hospital. Before doing so, guards forced Saeed to change his prison uniform to that of a murderer. Saeed resisted, the guards beat him, and forced him to wear the uniform. When Saeed arrived at the hospital he was never admitted or treated because, according to the guards, the doctor on staff was not present. Saeed has reported that several cellmates, who appear to be connected to the Iranian intelligence police, have threatened to suffocate Saeed while he sleeps.
Recently, Saeed’s condition became even more serious. Having been denied medical attention, he was thrown into solitary confinement. Beforehand, Saeed complained of kidney pain. He and the several other prisoners wrote a letter to prison officials in peaceful protest of lack of access to medical attention. In response, Iranian officials placed ten prisoners under solitary confinement, Saeed among them. Last time he was in solitary confinement, his medical condition substantially worsened. There is no reason to believe this time will be different. Saeed is now cut off from any visitation.
A petition has been started in Saeed’s name, and it quickly received overwhelming media attention. Secretary of State John Kerry has called for his release, the White House has called for his release, and the House of Representatives held an emotional hearing that highlighted Pastor Saeed’s plight. Multiple nations have called for Saeed’s release, and ACLJ attorneys have argued his case before the United Nations. Saeed’s petition has over 610,000 signatures and a letter writing campaign to encourage Saeed has garnered over 50,000 letters. Artists such as Toby Mac, Michael W Smith, Steven Curtis Chapman, Mercy Me, Skillet, Relient K, and Audio Adrenaline have been involved, and lent their voices to raise awareness.
There is still much to be done. Keep up with Saeed’s story through the Be Heard Project. Share his story on social media using #SaveSaeed and #BeHeard.
Mike Lawrence’s list of credentials is a mile long: Executive Director of CUE, 2003 Apple Distinguished Educator, assisted in the development and launch of Discovery Education Network, Co-Founder of the Google Certified Teacher Program, Co-Executive Director of the Infinite Thinking Machine, Member ISTE Board of Directors, Director California Student Media Festival, and an all-around good guy. Mike talks about some of the exciting ventures he’s involved in and breaks the news of this year’s CUE Conference closing Keynote!