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

Northern Illinois University

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.

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Educator in this episode: Dr. Laurie Elish-Piper

Stories featured in this episode:

For Many Parents, Sending Their Kids Back To School -- Or Keeping Them At Home -- Is Bittersweet


Our show's theme music is from the northern Illinois-based band "Kindoves" and their songs "Popn," "Origins" and "Quiche." You can find more of their music on their Soundcloud page. You can also listen to the episode of WNIJ's own Sessions from Studio A where they were featured.

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Peter joins WNIJ as a graduate of North Central College. He is a native of Sandwich, Illinois.