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A deep dive into the top education issues of 2023 | Teachers' Lounge Podcast

Erik Czerwin
Erik Czerwin
Erik Czerwin

On a new Teachers' Lounge, it’s time for our 4th annual “Top Issues of the Year” episode with Guilford High School English Teacher, Erik Czerwin.

Topics include:

  • School board battles
  • Re-thinking school discipline and exclusionary policies.
  • Staffing issues persist in certain positions, especially in districts with more low-income students
  • Student-led classrooms

Obviously, COVID-19 is still an overarching issue so while it's not on the list, know it factors into the entire conversation.

We touch on a few honorable mentions like chronic absenteeism, teacher collaboration and data. We also reflect on last year’s conversation to see how the topics we talked about played out in his classroom.

If you’ve never listened before, our show is based on a simple idea -- we’ve all had teachers in our lives who shaped who we are. And we want to hear about the teachers who inspired you or deserve a spotlight in your community.

So, tell us about the person who comes to your mind. Shoot us an email and nominate an educator at teacherslounge@niu.edu and they could be on the podcast! And subscribe to our newsletter to keep up to speed on everything to do with the show.

Also, Teachers’ Lounge is on the radio! You can catch the show as an hour-long radio program every month on WNIJ. We’ll have multiple guests, stories, and new segments to hear like classroom correspondent – featuring this episode’s guest Erik Czerwin! Our next episode airs on Friday, February 24 at 11 a.m. on 89-5 FM and right here WNIJ.org. Tune in the last Friday of the month at the same time for future episodes.


Educator(s) in this episode:

Erik Czerwin

Music: 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.

Teachers! People who know teachers! People with stories about teachers! Send us an email and be part of the show! Also, send us your topic recommendations: teacherslounge@niu.edu

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