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

010 – PD Mini Series Part 1: A Year of PD

June 29, 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 kick off a short series focused on designing quality professional development that creates sustainable teacher growth. On today’s episode, listeners will dive deep…

009 – New Coach, Who Dis?

June 15, 2021

Listeners will gain an understanding of how to transition to a coaching role with confidence. They will hear from two first year coaches on their experience transitioning from out of the classroom, and out of an administration role, into a coaching role. Veteran coaches will enjoy relatable “flashbacks from the past” as Mallory and Mark…

008 – Stepping Away from the Blue Light

June 1, 2021

Listeners will walk away with suggestions for making time to read and what to read for professional growth during unstructured “down time” this summer or anytime. Links mentioned in the show:  Follow Tracee on Twitter Follow Michael on TwitterForward Edge Coaches Camp Podcast Team Hosts- Katie  Ritter & Justin Thomas Editing Team- Megan Whitacre, Mallory…

007 – Seize the Summer

May 18, 2021

Listeners will walk away with ideas for making the most of their downtime as a coach during the summer.  Links mentioned in the show:  Follow Megan on Twitter Follow Lisa on TwitterForward Edge Coaches Camp Podcast Team Hosts- Katie  Ritter & Justin Thomas Editing Team- Megan Whitacre, Mallory Kessen, Michael Roush Social Media/ Promo Team-…

006 – May the Fourth Be With You; 20-21 in the Rearview

May 4, 2021

Listeners of this episode will join us in reflecting on what has worked well last school year as a tech coach, discuss the importance of reflection for a coach, and share tips on how they plan to build on the skills learned this year for a successful transition back into a more “normal” school year…

005 – Let’s Get Social!

April 20, 2021

Listeners will develop a better understanding of how to navigate the expansive space of Social Media and build a larger coach PLN- ultimately, equipping them with a virtual “social circle” to recharge their coaching batteries and get inspired from like-minded people. This episode will cover ideas and tips for coaches new to social media, and…

004 – Held Hostage by Testing

April 6, 2021

Testing season is here, and it can often leave tech coaches with open calendars and doors closed in faces. In this episode, Brooke Conklin and Michael Roush discuss how they tackle testing season- from supporting stressed out teachers to preparing for end of year transitions.  Links mentioned in the show:  Follow Brooke on Twitter Follow…

003 – Virtual PD Burnout

March 23, 2021

We're all tired of looking at screens and joining another virtual meeting right now. As a tech coach, how do you balance this virtual PD burnout with needing to provide ongoing PD to teachers? We dive into this timely topic in our third episode. Links mentioned in the show:  Follow Annamarie on Twitter Follow Emily…

002- Remote, Face to Face, Hybrid… Oh My!

March 9, 2021

In second episode we will Talk to Tracee Keough and Lisa Kuhn, tech coaches at Forward Edge, about how they have juggled coaching and supporting educators through the past year in multiple learning environments.    Links mentioned in the show:  Follow Tracee on Twitter Follow Lisa on Twitter Forward Edge Coaches Camp Podcast Team Hosts-…

001- What is a Tech Coach?

February 23, 2021

In our very first episode we will attempt to define the role of a tech coach! This is a great episode for aspiring coaches to understand the role, current coaches to make sure you're on the right track, and for building and district leaders to understand how this critical role can support all of your…