Restart Recharge Podcast

A podcast for coaches, hosted by instructional design coaches and former teachers. Press the restart button and charge your coaching batteries with us!


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"I always think of the 4Cs as my guidepost for PD development... If I'm doing all of those, or my educators are in my session, they are engaging in really authentic learning." 
-Brooke Conklin, E12

"Our role is not just working one-on-one with teachers, but shifting the entire climate in a building."
-Emily Cowan, E13

"My title might be technology coach but... when I walk around the building I don't want to see a Chromebook in the face of every kid, every second of the day, I want to see creation... where the technology is just supporting it."
-Andrea Carovillano, E5

"You want to be dependable... Even if you're not the person to fix it, they know they can go to you to get the right direction."
-Tyler Erwin, E4

"The thing that I love about Canva is that it's so intuitive and easy to use, you just start playing, and you're going to find all sorts of hidden treasures." -Trisha Richmond, S2 E17

"Be forgetful but not forgettable."
-Adam Juarez, S2 E18

"Time to explore and create is critical... to make PD stick!"
-Lisa Kuhn, E12

"Look out for upcoming trends and patterns. Education is always changing, there are always new opportunities that you can bring to your district and new digital tools that may support what's going on there... You want to look for the new stuff that can bring value to the district."-Tyler Erwin, S2 E9

"We really need to figure out where they are first before we dive in and try to push these changes."
-Lisa Kuhn, E6

"Be flexible and open-minded..."
-Amy Garrett, S2 E12

Season 3 Episodes

309 – Instructional Ideas for Elementary EdTech Success!

May 1, 2023

As instructional coaches, we sometimes work in specific grade level buildings. Other times we are serving the entire district, including all grade level bands. It can be a mystery in what edtech strategies we should implore in the elementary buildings. However, our littles are excited to learn and use technology, so we need to work…

308 – PBL and the Coach!

April 17, 2023

Project Based Learning – or PBL – is an exciting strategy to allow a project to drive the student learning in the classroom. However, despite how exciting this can be, it can be difficult to implement or get the idea truly running. That may be an excellent place for the coach to join in! In…

307 – Coaching Ideas to Assist in Classroom Management

April 3, 2023

One of the biggest struggles for teachers can be classroom management. What happens when the lesson is ready to go, the teacher is excited to teach the content, but the students are not engaged and struggle to focus? This episode will tackle ideas for coaches who look to work with teachers to assist with classroom…

306 – Finding the Balance: Large School Districts

March 20, 2023

Our role as coaches is an interesting one. We get to work with the administration, educators, and even students. But it can sometimes be complicated to show your value and importance to the district. How do you prove your worth when you are in a large district with multiple buildings that are sometimes many miles…

305 – Finding the Balance: Single School Building

March 6, 2023

Our role as coaches is an interesting one. We get to work with the administration, educators, and even students. But it can sometimes be complicated to show your value and importance to the district. How do you prove your worth without being overbearing on the staff you work with? We’ll tackle those issues in order…

304 – Texas Sized Ideas: A TCEA Recap

February 21, 2023

A few of us were able to attend TCEA in San Antonio and we would like to share some of the great sessions and newest edtech ideas that we saw from the Lone Star State. Educators Referenced Learn Your Google Admin Console Step by Step Erick Buenrostro, Mesha Daniel   – Ysleta ISD Don’t Become…

303 – The Next Level of AI

February 6, 2023

Have you heard of ChatGPT? Probably so, since this name is out everywhere in the education world now. What started as a mention has now encompassed the entire realm of education. This new AI product can do wonders – from writing you a song, to creating essays, lesson plans, and more. So what exactly is…

Season 3, Episode 2

302 – Mirror, Mirror on the Wall: How can I be a Better Coach to All

January 24, 2023

Reflecting on our work as coaches is very important. Whether we are reflecting with teachers on the work that they’ve put into their instruction or taking a look at our own coaching, we want to get the most out of how our work impacts. This episode will take a closer look at how we can…

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301 – Recalibrate the Culture from a Coaches Perspective

January 10, 2023

Educators are finding it difficult to manage everything that continues to come their way. A lot of educators are questioning the reason they got into education. We want our teachers and leaders to return to their passion and love of teaching! Jimmy Casas new book, Recalibrate the Culture is a great work for inspiration to…

Season 2 Episodes

220 – 20+20 Vision: 40th Episode Celebration!

November 22, 2022

We have reached the end of Season 2 and that means this is our 40th episode! To close out the season here around the Thanksgiving break, Katie and I wanted to talk a bit about some of our favorite tips and tricks that have come from the previous episodes over the last two seasons! We’ve…

219 – Creating Spaces for Professional Learning

November 8, 2022

It can be difficult to find time and creative ways to share new ideas and strategies to your educators. Let us help you revamp and redefine what professional learning looks like in your school. Walk away with ideas on how to provide professional learning in both virtual and nontraditional settings to grow teachers outside of…

218 – The Walking Coach

October 25, 2022

There are several ways that a coach, whether a veteran or new to a district, can support teachers. But sometimes, finding those right tricks to getting teachers excited and wanting to work with you can be difficult. Luckily, Adam Juarez and Katherine Goyette have a compilation of great coaching strategies to make you the “Walking…

217 – Planning Year Long Thematic PD

October 11, 2022

As coaches, we are asked to plan professional development for our district throughout the school year. One great idea to connect your PD throughout the school year is to create a year long theme that will connect all of the learning you can provide for your teachers. We will take a look at how to…

216 – Create with Canva

September 27, 2022

We are going to continue designing in this episode by putting a spotlight on the wonderful creative tool of Canva. We will be talking with Tisha Richmond, a learning consultant with Canva, and the always positive and creative Jill DuBois on the amazing ways that Canva can help coaches, teachers, and students throughout the school…

215 – Market Yourself!

September 13, 2022

As a coach in your district, you want to make sure that you are visible and building relationships. However, it is also important to market your offerings for the school teachers, admin, and students! We’ll explore ideas and strategies to use various edtech platforms to assist in creating wonderful graphics and visuals to display everything…

214 – Coaches Checklist to Start the School Year

August 30, 2022

The beginning of the school year can be really hectic. Teachers are meeting their new students, administration is making the final adjustments for a great school year, and students are getting acclimated to their new classes. So how does a coach tackle the opening weeks of the school year? In this episode, we’ll be discussing…

213 – EDU Coach Network

August 16, 2022

As a coach, you may work alone or on a small team in your district. However, this is the age of globalization! It is easier to connect with people across the nation and world than ever before. But this can seem daunting when you aren’t sure where to start. That is why Forward Edge has…

212 – An International Journey through Coaching

June 21, 2022

As coaches, we work tirelessly to support our teachers and students in the classroom. There are coaches all across the world that provide this support everyday! Today, we take a look at one coach’s journey through multiple countries on multiple continents and learn how coaching is both the same and different throughout the world. Forward…

211 – Expand Your Island

June 7, 2022

Coaching really should be a team sport. Unfortunately, that isn’t always the case…for many coaches, they might be the only one in the building or even district. In this episode, listeners  will hear a first hand account of how one coach was able to kick off a coaching program in her district that will be…

Season 1 Episodes

020 – Telling Your Story- Taking control of the Narrative

November 16, 2021

Who is telling your story if you don’t?  Telling the story of what we do and the story of the good stuff happening in the classrooms and buildings can transform our schools for the better. On today’s episode, we’ll be discussing the ins and outs of “telling your story” with Ryan McLane, co-author of Your…

019 – Holiday Hacks for the EdTech Coach

November 2, 2021

Join us as we dive into holiday hacks that utilize your technology skills beyond the classroom. Brooke Conklin and Tracee Keough will share some of their favorite EdTech tools for getting organized, saving money, and staying on top of the holiday rush. Links mentioned in the show: Forward Edge Coaches Camp Pre-Registration Follow Brooke on Twitter…

018 – Coaching Cycles Part 4: Time to Shine!

October 19, 2021

Join us as we wrap up our final episode of our mini-series on coaching cycles! This week Tyler and Brooke will discuss how they close out coaching cycles and celebrate the progress educators make throughout the semester. Links mentioned in the show: Google's Certified Coach Curriculum Google Coach Curriculum with Google Classroom Write up from…

017 – Coaching Cycles Part 3: In the Thick of It

October 5, 2021

Tyler Erwin and Tracee Keough are back with us on Restart Recharge today sharing insider secrets for making coaching cycles successful when you are “in the thick of it.” We’ll chat about goal setting, co-teaching, sharing resources, co-planning, and non-evaluative observations. Links mentioned in the show: Google's Certified Coach Curriculum Follow Tyler on Twitter Follow…

016 – Coaching Cycles Part 2: Impactful Coaching Conversations

September 21, 2021

Listeners will walk away from this episode with a clearer vision on valuable coaching conversations and having a meaningful reflection in goal setting with educators to ensure that coaching cycles achieve deep impact for student learning. Links mentioned in the show: Google's Certified Coach Curriculum Follow Tyler on Twitter Follow Annamarie on Twitter Podcast Team…

015 – Coaching Cycles Part 1: Getting it Off the Ground

September 7, 2021

Listeners will walk away from this episode prepared to initiate some buzz for their coaching program. Our guests, Tyler & Emily, will share their tried and true strategies for designing a coaching cycle program, from the pitch and marketing, to setting up systemic structures for success. Links mentioned in the show: Google's Certified Coach Curriculum…

014 – Collecting Data as a Coach

August 24, 2021

Today on Restart Recharge, we will be talking to the founder of ConnectHub, a data collection platform for instructional coaches- Suzana Somers! We are going to talk with Suzana about what led her to create this powerful data-centric platform, how instructional coaches can collect data to inform their work, and how data can be used…

013 – Certification Recharge with Google’s Certified Coach Program

August 10, 2021

Listeners will have all of their questions answered about the process for becoming a Google for Education Certified Coach. Amanda Del Balso, Senior Program Manager for the Certified Coach program joins us today as well as Certified Coach Emily Cowan who will share more about the journey to becoming a certified coach and offer some…

012 – PD Mini Series Part 3: PD that Sticks!

July 27, 2021

Planning a good, authentic, PD can be difficult. Adding on layers of differentiation, personal choice, assessment, and alignment with district initiatives makes this coaching skill even tougher to master. This episode will divulge  our top secrets for making a PD that “sticks” all year long. Adding strategic themes, activities, and creating an environment of engagement…

011 – PD Mini Series Part 2: Differentiation

July 13, 2021

Planning a good, authentic, PD can be difficult. Adding on layers of differentiation, personal choice, assessment, and alignment with district initiatives makes this coaching skill even tougher to master. This episode will explore the complicated art of differentiation for adult learning. Join us in exchanging ideas on differentiation in regard to pacing, mastery speeds, entry…