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New Episode:

“Are we Doing the Right Thing for Students with Trauma?” with Michael Linsin


After Alan and Steve shared and dissected author and classroom management guru Michael Linsin’s blog post “The Big Lie of Childhood Trauma,” they invited him back to the podcast to join the conversation. Linsin says “Throw out SEL and all of its manifestations. Replace it with better subject-matter teaching, more time on task, higher expectations, weighty responsibility, and the demand for impeccable behavior.” Alan and Steve push to explore the nuances of that point of view.

Recent Episodes:

Summer Reading Series – Michael Linsin’s “The Big Lie of Childhood Trauma”


Alan and Steve discuss their reaction – and the reaction of the comments section – to the latest blog post from classroom management author and expert Michael Linsin, whose episode remains one of our most popular ever.

Quick Pro Tips- Summer Selected Short Readings with James Clear


In this episode of Music Ed Insights, Alan and Steve introduce a new “summer selected short readings” series. They kick off with insights from James Clear, author of the popular 3-2-1 newsletter. Discover how Clear’s ideas on wealth, handling criticism, and measuring your days can help music educators focus on what truly matters. Join us for a thought-provoking discussion!

Student Leadership Trends This Summer


Alan and Steve talk about three things Alan’s noticed as he’s worked with student leaders this summer related to burnout, social skills, and desire to work. Spoiler: it’s good news. Also – one caution for directors.

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