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"I am an educator of a decade, passionate about cultivating talent in aspiring and new teachers through practical tips and strategies. My blog, book, and podcast are geared towards empowering teachers to enter the profession and stay there due to the advice and encouragement I provide. We have a real need in our nation for strong leaders in classrooms, and I believe its my calling and duty to coach teachers to achieve and maintain best teaching practices in order to drive the growth and success of our students in and outside the classroom."


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Latest Podcast Episodes

224: Supporting Student Adjustment

By Gretchen Schultek Bridgers | Oct 19, 2020

We have spent a lot of time discussing how teachers should adjust this year. We also have to consider how our students are doing with all the adjustments that they are facing. As leaders in their life, we have to take the time to acknowledge the adjustments they are making.  We also have to help…

223: Recalibrate Your Expectations

By Gretchen Schultek Bridgers | Oct 5, 2020

This year is quite different than other years of teaching. If we were using a rubric, this year wouldn’t be scoring at the top. Therefore, why are we holding ourselves to the same expectations? It is time for us to recalibrate our expectations and make adjustments based on our new reality. In order to be…

Latest Blog Posts

Top 10 Empowering Educators Podcast Episodes

By Gretchen Schultek Bridgers | Oct 12, 2020

The Empowering Educators Podcast has reached it’s 5th birthday and has over 200 episodes to celebrate. It’s mission is to educate and inspire educators to remain in the field with the support shared on every episode. This podcast is geared towards new teachers, teacher leaders, and teachers in distress or transition. With over 250,000 downloads,…

How to Ask Impactful Higher Order Thinking Questions

By Gretchen Schultek Bridgers | Sep 28, 2020

Asking higher order thinking questions in the classroom is a simple strategy that packs a big academic punch. It’s a free tool that educators all have access to as long as they are willing to plan and prepare prior to instructional delivery. The goal of every lesson is to drive students towards understanding. If we…

How to Set Boundaries as a Teacher Leader

By Gretchen Schultek Bridgers | Sep 14, 2020

One of the hardest obstacles to overcome as a teacher leader is to set boundaries. It’s uncomfortable and often frowned upon. However, it is the most powerful leadership tool one can employ. It’s no secret that the role of teacher leadership is ever evolving, and sometimes not quite articulated or planned out. This leads to…

The Importance of Virtual Connections with Parents

By Gretchen Schultek Bridgers | Aug 31, 2020

Virtual connections are becoming more important by the day as schools are forced to move to distance learning models. Traditional in-person parent communication methods (conferences, open houses, school events etc.) are no longer at an educator’s disposal due to COVID-19 precautions. This doesn’t mean parent communication halts; rather, it’s time to reinvent the way parent…