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

Teaching Psychology & Childhood Trauma In Prison | Teachers' Lounge Podcast

On a new Teachers' Lounge, we talk to a professor about teaching people in prison about psychology and childhood trauma and why she's leading a new bachelor's degree program at Big Muddy Correctional Center.

Teaching Psychology & Childhood Trauma In Prison | Teachers' Lounge Podcast

The Principal Behind 'Dizz Wizz' Books Talks Father-Son Stories & The Student Who Changed ...

DeKalb elementary school principal Rheon Gibson enters Teachers' Lounge to talk about his children's book series 'Dizz Wizz' and starting as a principal during COVID.

The Principal Behind 'Dizz Wizz' Books Talks Father-Son Stories & The Student Who Changed ...

Mental Illness In Pop Culture, Counseling, And Teaching Squirrels | Teachers' Lounge Podcast

Retired NIU counseling professor Scott Wickman sits down with Peter to talk about what it takes to help people process trauma and why he's trying to train the squirrels in his backyard.

Mental Illness In Pop Culture, Counseling, And Teaching Squirrels | Teachers' Lounge Podcast

Teachers' Lounge Live: End Of The School Year Edition

Students and teachers just finished a school year like no other. Join us for a conversation about the unique challenges and successes of the COVID school year on a special Teachers' Lounge LIVE. Host Peter Medlin talks to Sycamore Superintendent Steve Wilder, Byron High School teacher Mike McHale and DeKalb High School senior Brayten Wilkerson.

A School Social Worker Talks Helping Student Mental Health During COVID | Teachers' Lounge Podcast

Today on the show we have a school social worker — Silvia Hudzik! She's a social worker for middle school students at Rockford Public Schools, she's had the chance to talk to dozens and dozens of students online and in-person throughout COVID.

A School Social Worker Talks Helping Student Mental Health During COVID | Teachers' Lounge Podcast

A Teacher Of Teachers Talks How COVID Impacts The Next Gen Of Educators | Teachers' Lounge Podcast

Today on the show we have not just a teacher, but a teacher of teachers! Dr. Laurie Elish-Piper is the Dean of the College of Education at Northern Illinois University. We talked about what drives her to want to help mold the next generation of teachers, how today's aspiring teachers are different than 10 years ago, her career-spanning literacy work and how COVID-19 has changed how student teachers prepare to go into the classroom.

A Teacher Of Teachers Talks How COVID Impacts The Next Gen Of Educators | Teachers' Lounge Podcast

'CHUTZ-POW!', Superman & Comic Books As A Social Force | Teachers' Lounge Podcast

On a new episode of Teachers' Lounge: Marcel Walker! He's a comic book artist and art teacher extraordinaire. Marcel helped create the educational comic series " CHUTZ-POW! Superheroes of the Holocaust " with the Holocaust Center of Pittsburgh and works with "ToonSeum" — a museum of comics and cartoons. The ToonSeum even held an exhibition called " From MLK to March: Civil Rights in Comics and Cartoons " with civil rights icon, the late Representative John Lewis. Peter and Marcel are also

'CHUTZ-POW!', Superman & Comic Books As A Social Force | Teachers' Lounge Podcast

Fat Doesn't Mean Unhealthy: Exploring Fat Studies And Body Politics | Teachers' Lounge Podcast

On a new Teachers' Lounge, Dr. Laurie Cooper Stoll: sociology professor at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. She's also an author who studies social inequalities, gendered violence and fat studies — which is primarily what we talked about on this episode. She also has a website and blog she runs with a colleague, Dr. Darci Thoune, called " Two Fat Professors " where they fight fatphobia with education, community building and, as they say, a LOT of sass. As she says — we all have bodies --

Fat Doesn't Mean Unhealthy: Exploring Fat Studies And Body Politics | Teachers' Lounge Podcast

'Black, Brown & Bilingüe' | Teachers' Lounge Podcast

On a new episode of Teachers' Lounge, Lissette Jacobson and Maurice McDavid! They're elementary school principals in West Chicago and the hosts of the podcast " Black, Brown & Bilingüe "! They talked to Peter about the mission of their show – uniting the Black and Brown communities with conversations & education. We covered identity and intersectionality and what it means in education, Illinois' culturally responsive teaching standards that Maurice helped write, the non-profits they're

When Your Older Brother Is Your High School Teacher: A Family Of Teachers | Teachers' Lounge Podcast

On a new Teachers' Lounge, we have an entire family of teachers --the Goekes! Karl, Stacy and Rachel join Peter to talk about their experiences as educators going through the pandemic. We talked about how in-person school "normalcy" isn't really that normal at all. They're all teachers at different schools at different grade levels — so we get a look behind the curtain at every level of education! Also, Karl even taught Rachel's Spanish class in high school. He had other siblings and cousins

When Your Older Brother Is Your High School Teacher: A Family Of Teachers | Teachers' Lounge Podcast