Author: Nicole


About the author

Nicole (@MsTuckerSmith) is CEO of Lessoncast Learning. Currently residing in Baltimore, Maryland, she's been an assistant principal, district-level leader, professional developer, consultant, adjunct professor, supervisor of parent support services, and - most importantly - a teacher. In founding Lessoncast, she believes the future of student learning depends on our ability to merge innovative best practices with classroom realities. Mother of two, she holds with utmost respect the awesome responsibility of educating someone's child. | Favorite Quote: “Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.” Mohandas Gandhi

Lessoncast Wins Teacher Endorsement on Edsurge/Gates Foundation Shark Tank

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500+ teachers watched and voted online. Four teacher “sharks” circled the tank with tough questions about impact, implementation, innovation, and results. And… Lessoncast survived and won the first-ever virtual shark tank hosted by Edsurge in collaboration with the Gates Foundation. Lessoncast competed with two other professional development (PD) edtech companies to pitch how our PD innovation provides …

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Lessoncast is Diving into the Shark Tank

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  Lessoncast will appear on a LIVE Shark Tank broadcast produced by Edsurge and the Gates Foundation. Three companies have been selected to share how they address the challenge: Finding professional development that is short, easy to digest and relevant to their practice When: December 8, 2015 at 8pm EST Where: Live online Why: Your …

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On Mirages and Movements: Confessions of a Professional Development Leader

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  The recent TNTP report, The Mirage, revealed a secret that I’ve long avoided admitting out loud – that most teacher professional development (PD) efforts do not appear to have a measurable benefit to teacher or student learning. I suspected this to be the case five years ago when I coordinated systemwide PD for a large …

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Crowdfunding Despite the Clouds

A few weeks ago, I decided to enter the Women Startup Challenge, which involves a crowdfunding campaign, designed to break down barriers and get more women-led startups funded. Then…Monday, April 27th happened. My heart ached as I sat in my home in Baltimore a few miles from the riots of frustration. I’ve taught these kids, now …

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A Letter to My First Year Self

In honor of Teacher Appreciation Week and Edutopia’s “If I Knew Then” challenge, I’m sharing this letter to myself on my first day of teaching. Dear Ms. Tucker, You are about to take your first step on an amazing journey, full of laughs and tears and surprises and mistakes. Here are a few wise words …

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Misconceptions of Scaling Ed Innovation

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Photo credit: Wikimedia Commons Great things are happening in education, but too frequently success occurs in pockets. There is a path to scaling effective innovations, but beware of falling for misconceptions that lead us down side roads of disappointment and blame. Scaling innovation is a process that recognizes teachers as thoughtful learners and learners as insightful …

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