Innocent Classroom

Innocent Classroom

Our workshops equip teachers with strategies for connecting with every child – and channeling those relationships into learning and growth.

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Today we’re joined by Laurie Putnam, Assistant Superintendent of Secondary Education, St. Cloud Area School District. Last year, as principal of Kennedy Community School, a K-8 school in the district, Laurie took her staff through Constructing the Innocent Classroom. And now, as Asst. Supt. is supporting her middles schools through the training. Laurie shares the impact that she has experienced Innocent Classroom have, including the transformations that happened with specific students, the innocence that educators began to experience, and how knowing her own good helped her better connect with students.

Oct 2019

25 min 51 sec

This is our first episode of Season 4! Welcome back! This week our host, Adebisi Wilson, talks with Jaimee Bohning, Julian Condie, and Tony Orange about why they do this work, the significance of innocence, and strategies to engage a child's good.

Sep 2019

28 min 4 sec

In today's episode, we talk with Steve Unowsky, Superintendent of Richfield Public Schools. Richfield Public Schools in Richfield, Minnesota has taken Innocent Classroom district-wide and committed to training all of their teachers in the practice. Today Superintendent Unowsky talks about Richfield Public Schools’ mission to inspire and empower each individual to learn, grow, and excel and how Innocent Classroom supports each teacher’s ability to achieve that goal.

Jun 2019

13 min 9 sec

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Jan 2019

34 sec

Our guest for this episode is Christina Haddad Gonzalez, Director of Student Support Services at Richfield Public Schools in Minnesota. Christina shares with us how Richfield Public Schools integrates Innocent Classroom into its culture - from working with supporting educators to engaging individual students' good.

Oct 2018

20 min 4 sec

On Today’s episode, you’ll hear from Innocent Technologies’ President & CEO Alexs Pate speaking at the first ever Innocent Classroom Conference on August 18, 2018 in Omaha, Nebraska. The theme for the conference was “Connect. Empower. Free Children to Achieve.” Alexs delivers a message of hope, encouragement, and a reflection on the positive impact you all have had on the thousands of students you teach.

Sep 2018

12 min 31 sec

This is our final episode of the season. But don’t worry, we’ll be back in the fall and we have a few exciting changes. Our guest on this final episode of the 2017-2018 academic year is Angie Peschel, Curriculum and Instruction Director for Mounds View Public Schools. Angie shares with us her learnings about the importance of relationships as a coach and teacher. She also shares about why Mounds View Public Schools chose Innocent Classroom, the time challenge, how Innocent Classroom supports the Mounds View equity promise, and how kids have to be the focus in order for us to see shifts in academics. I hope that you enjoy listening to Angie as much as I enjoyed interviewing her.

May 2018

10 min 28 sec

In this episode, I speak with Dr. Matthew Brandt, Vice President at Innocent Technologies. The focus of today’s discussion with him is the transformational power of good. Dr. Brandt discusses what is good as well as specific examples of the impact he has seen it have on educators and their classrooms. Dr. Brandt has been with Innocent Technologies for four years, but connected to Innocent Classroom for over a decade.

Apr 2018

21 min 20 sec

In this podcast episode I speak with Kelsey Oakes. Kelsey teaches first and second grade at Lucy Craft Laney Elementary School in the Minneapolis Public School District. The student population at Lucy Laney is 96% students of color, 85% of which are black; and 87% of the students receive free or reduced lunch. Regardless of the demographics, Lucy Laney sees consistent gains in their academic performance year after year. Kelsey went through Constructing the Innocent Classroom with her school in 2015 and has been practicing since then. As she continues to engage the good of each child, she is also preparing for transitioning students in and out of her classroom next year. Kelsey shares with us how she connects with incoming kids and collaborates with colleagues to build relationships with students moving into and out of their classrooms in the fall. She also reminds us that it’s never too late to start connecting with a child.

Apr 2018

15 min 12 sec

In this episode of the podcast, we talk with Jesus Ramirez, Equity Specialist with Osseo Public Schools. In this thought provoking and, at times, emotional conversation, Jesus shares about the power of narratives and the impact innocence has on one's success.

Feb 2018

15 min 25 sec

Today we talk with Founder and President of Innocent Technologies, LLC and creator of Innocent Classroom, Alexs Pate. In addition to founding Innocent Technologies and Innocent Classroom, Alexs is also an award winning writer and novelist. In this episode, Alexs shares his hope for Innocent Classroom and talks about the issue of preparing for breaks and reconnecting with children after the break.

Dec 2017

14 min 6 sec