Learn Like A Pirate with @PaulSolarz

Paul Solarz hosts #txeduchat 
Sunday March 29, 2015
8-9pm Central

Learn like a pirate

Learn like a pirate

Paul Solarz has been teaching 5th grade at Westgate Elementary School in Arlington Heights, Illinois, since 1999.  He advocates for student-centered teaching practices and a focus on 21st Century skills attainment.  Fortunately for Paul, his school and district administration have given him the autonomy to take risks and be innovative over the years. This has led to his unique style of teaching and the motivation to share his strategies with the broader education community.  Paul recently published his first book entitled, “Learn Like a PIRATE,” which helps teachers improve collaboration and discover practical strategies for creating a student-led classroom in which students are inspired and empowered to take charge of their learning experience.  Check out the Learn Like a PIRATE website with additional resources at www.learnlikeapirate.com/

Paul Solarz


Recently, Paul was named a Top 50 Finalist for the Varkey GEMS Global Teacher Prize, which ultimately was awarded to amazing educator, Nancie Atwell!  The Global Teacher Award seeks to do for education what the Nobel Prize has done for science, literature, and peace.  He was also named the 2014 Educator of theYear by ICE (Illinois Computing Educators) for his work with integrating technology effectively in his classroom.  He earned his masters degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Illinois State University and is a National Board Certified Teacher.  He also earned his bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from Winona State University in Minnesota.


Serve to Lead

Sunday, March 22nd, 2015

8-9pm Central with host @matthew_arend

Matthew Arend is the Principal of Sigler Elementary in Plano, Texas. Matt says that Sigler is “home to 450 of the finest students Plano ISD has to offer!” As a Title I and Bilingual Campus, Sigler’s Mission Statement is “Preparing Students to Excel in a Diverse and Changing World.” Matt believes that the relationships developed with staff and students serve as the backbone for the opportunities his organization engages in. Through these connections, he advocates for engagement with community to support and partner with his campus and staff in meeting the social, emotional and academic needs of all students.

Matt believes that he and his staff are educating students for a future that does not exist and are embracing that challenge daily!

Building a Positive School Culture with @techninjatodd

todd nesloney


On Sunday, March 15, 2015 at 8pm Central

Todd Nesloney will host #txeduchat on the topic of Building a Positive School Culture.

Prior to being asked to serve as the Principal of Navasota Intermediate School this year Todd lived in Brenham, TX. In 2010, he was named FSE’s Teacher of the Year, and is also the co-sponsor of the Nationally Recognized (3 times) FSE Student Council.  He loves technology and finding new and exciting ways to bring technology into the classroom and children’s education. He’s so passionate about this that he and a colleague of his (Stacey Huffine) have started a technology training company called “The 3 Tech Ninjas”.  You can also find him on Twitter at @TechNinjaTodd.

In 2013 Todd was selected as a White House Champion of Change, Center for Digital Education’s “Top Innovators in Education” and a “20 to Watch” by the National School Board Association. He also works with Remind101, Sophia, Classroom Champions and several other organizations and has recently authored two books! Children’s book, “Spruce & Lucy”

Flipping 2.0: Practical Strategies for Flipping your Classroom he is a co-author and  has a chapter in the book!!  His chapter is all about flipping an elementary classroom!

Todd also regularly blogs for his own blog as well as several well known entities.

Designing the Future

Join #txeduchat host Vicki Davis and 


Sunday, March 8, 2015 from 8-9pm Central



Vicki will be traveling to the Global Education and Skills Forum in Dubai in 8 days and will be moderating a panel to discuss what the future of the teaching profession will look like.  She wants to hear from you TXEDUCHAT.  What do you think the future holds for teaching?

Vicki is the author of the book Reinventing Writing (Eye on Education) and coauthor of the global collaboration handbook  Flattening Classrooms, Engaging Minds (Pearson). 

Her goal is to share a journey with other teachers to inspire and inform as we all work to become better at our craft.

The purpose of her blog is to inspire, encourage, and inform the teachers, parents, and professionals working to educate this wonderful generation of students. Vicki is a full time teacher and mother of three living in Camilla, Georgia.

Digital Literacy with @drshaunamayo

Sunday, March 1 at 8pm Central

Join @drshaunamayo for Digital Literacy

Dr. Shauna Mayo is a Title I Instructional Specialist for an elementary school serving students in grades K-5 in Central Virginia. She is also an online adjunct instructor for Strayer University in their school of education.



Prior to becoming an educator, she spent 21 years serving in the United States Army as a logistic Non-Commissioned Officer, retiring in 2004. She holds an Ed.D. in School Leadership from Regent University located in Virginia Beach, Virginia, an MS in Elementary Education with an emphasis on curriculum and instruction from Old Dominion University, Norfolk, VA., and a BS in psychology from the University of Maryland University College in Adelphi, MD. Her research interests include the effects of bullying on the academic success of students, gifted education, and the impact of socio-economics on literacy education. She also enjoys learning about new ways to incorporate technology into education, improving digital literacy, and developing digital citizenship in students and adults. In her spare time, she enjoys reading mysteries.

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