Teachers' Lounge Teachers' Lounge is a new podcast from WNIJ diving into the issues impacting students and teachers across Illinois, and giving teachers themselves space to tell stories from inside their classroom.
Teachers' Lounge

Teachers' Lounge

From Northern Public Radio

Teachers' Lounge is a new podcast from WNIJ diving into the issues impacting students and teachers across Illinois, and giving teachers themselves space to tell stories from inside their classroom.

Most Recent Episodes

Let's Dance! | Teachers' Lounge Podcast

On a brand-new Teachers' Lounge Podcast, get your dancing shoes on because we're talking with dance teachers from Vargo's Dance in Geneva, Illinois!

A deep dive into the top education issues of 2024 | Teachers' Lounge Podcast

What are the most important education issues of the year? WNIJ's Peter Medlin and NIU's Jason Klein share everything you need to know.

Teaching students how to care for the dying & bereaved | Teachers' Lounge CLASSIC

This week, we're revisiting our 2022 conversation with Dr. Kathleen "Kadi" Billman. This is an episode unlike we've ever had. We're diving into some heavy, emotional topics today. Until her retirement during the pandemic, Dr. Billman was a professor of pastoral ministry, pastoral theology and director of the Master of Divinity program at the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago. Billman also taught a class called "Caring for the dying and bereaved."

Teaching students how to care for the dying & bereaved | Teachers' Lounge CLASSIC

Why paraprofessionals are unsung heroes of education | Teachers' Lounge Podcast

Paraprofessional. Teachers' aide. Instructional Aid. The other teacher who comes in to help. Whatever you might know them as — paraprofessionals can be the glue that keeps classrooms together.

Why paraprofessionals are unsung heroes of education | Teachers' Lounge Podcast

Some of our best education stories of 2023 | Teachers' Lounge Podcast

Before 2024, we revisit a few of the education stories from Teachers' Lounge that stuck out to us this year. Some of them are very serious, some are uplifting or even fun — but they're all important.

Some of our favorite conversations of 2023 | Teachers' Lounge Podcast

A look back at some of our favorite Teachers' Lounge conversations in 2023. If you've never heard our show — think of this as a great holiday sampler!

Everybody needs a coach — even teachers | Teachers' Lounge Podcast

Everybody needs a coach...including teachers."We can spend entire careers standing by ourselves in a room full of students with nobody to bounce ideas off — and that's a shame."How an instructional coach helps teachers help their students.

Teacher burnout, representation, and a journey from Chicago to Shanghai | Teachers' Lounge Podcast

On a new Teachers' Lounge, it's a unique burden and responsibility to be the only Black teacher at your school."I take it so seriously, because a lot of times this is a child's first interaction with an African American person, or at least a positive role model, unlike a stereotype which they may have seen in a movie or something. It's nerve-racking," said Mira.Hear that conversation and much more on a new Teachers' Lounge.

Teacher burnout, representation, and a journey from Chicago to Shanghai | Teachers' Lounge Podcast

Say farewell to 2nd grade | Teachers' Lounge Podcast

On a new Teachers' Lounge podcast, Susan's been teaching 2nd grade for a long time and the technology changed so much. But, sometimes you still have to go old school — literally.

An adapted P.E. teacher making sports accessible | Teachers' Lounge Podcast

This week, we're chatting with Michelle Roberts! She teaches deaf and hard of hearing students at Community High School District 155 in Crystal Lake. She's an adapted Physical Education teacher, helping make games and sports accessible for students with disabilities.

An adapted P.E. teacher making sports accessible | Teachers' Lounge Podcast