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

210 – Get Creative With Book Creator

May 24, 2022

On this episode we are joined by Book Creator’s very own, Jon Smith. Listeners of this episode will hear from Technology Integrator turned Book Creator Teacher Success Rep and one of our own coaches on the many creative uses of one of our favorite tools. You’ll be sure to walk away with ideas for your…

209 – Goal Setting to Get Results

May 10, 2022

Often, we know where we want to end up. We know that we want to lose weight, learn a new language, or pay off our debt. However, as time goes on we find ourselves engaging in the same routines with little progress to that ambitious “someday we’ll get there” goal. The same is true in…

208 – Imparting Joy in 30 Seconds

April 26, 2022

Restart Recharge has previously discussed different ways to create a positive culture on your campus with teachers and administration alike. Today’s episode will reach for the small spaces in our day where we can add a smile, create a positive moment, or impart joy to those around us. From the coach perspective to the teacher…

207 – Coaching Across the Generations

April 12, 2022

Coaches work with a very diverse set of educators. Not only do coaches take into account the experience levels, content areas, and general backgrounds of educators, they might want to start considering an entirely new variable…. Generational differences. Educators make up a pool of very different generational representation- Millennials, Gen X’ers, and Baby Boomers. This…

206 – Start the change; Be the change!

March 29, 2022

Wrapping up our mini-series on the Admin/Coach relationship, we’ll be talking today with Michael Roush & Lisa Kuhn about how the admin & coach can work together to create a culture that supports the transformation we want to see in our districts. As we’ve discussed in the previous episodes, establishing a healthy partnership is key…

205 – Spotlight on Monroe: The Admin/Coach Relationship

March 15, 2022

Continuing our mini series on the Admin/Coach relationship, we are coming to you this week to talk about how one SW Ohio school district is making major waves and creating systemic change because of an awesome admin/coach partnership. Join us in learning how they’ve streamlined their success and are transforming their district, and how you…

204 – Paving Your Way to Success: The Admin/Coach Relationship

March 1, 2022

Tune in this week as we kick off a three episode mini-series on Admin and Coach relationships. A healthy partnership with building & district leadership can make all the difference when it comes to a coach’s success. On today’s episode we’ll be chatting about the key traits of a healthy admin/coach relationship, how to establish…

203 – FETC Recap

February 15, 2022

Educational Technology conferences are a great way to get a grasp on new instructional strategies, education technology tools, and important concepts circulating the world of education. Several members of our team have recently attended the Future of Education Technology Conference in Orlando, FL and are here to bring you the “must-know” edtech trends, highlights, and…

202 – A Look Into a Student-Centered Coaching Program

February 1, 2022

If you’ve been in an instructional coaching role for any amount of time at all, you know that there are some teachers that are tougher to crack than others. Tune in to this episode to hear how Mark Gumm circumvents the outer shells of his educators by building relationships with students- ultimately transforming learning from…

201 – Megan and the Makerspace

January 18, 2022

Makerspaces in education are not a new concept; yet it can still be an uphill climb to embed a makerspace culture across all content areas and grade levels. In this episode, our very own Megan Whitacre shares how she is embracing all and making makerspace waves in her district.  Links mentioned in the show: Forward…

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…