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School libraries, school boards & the top education issues of the year | Teachers' Lounge Radio Show

Our podcast Teachers’ Lounge is on the radio! We’ve got all of the interviews with Illinois teachers and education stories you love -- along with exclusive segments -- in a monthly, hour-long show on WNIJ on the last Friday of each month at 11 a.m. You can also listen right here, right now!

On this episode, we talk with Deborah Will -- school librarian and president of the Association of Illinois School Library Educators (AISLE). She talks to us about library censorship and how school libraries have evolved since she started over 20 years ago.

We have our fourth annual conversation about the most important education issues of the year. In 2023, that includes school discipline reform, putting students in charge of their learning and school board battles.

We’re also bringing you more education stories and, as promised, a radio-exclusive segment – classroom correspondent! High school teacher Erik Czerwin returns every episode to document how it feels to go through a school year!

If you’ve never listened before, our show is based on an 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. Every educator we have on Teachers’ Lounge, whether teacher, coach, counselor or professor, is nominated by our listeners.

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 show!

Don’t worry – the podcast isn’t going anywhere. You can still catch episodes every other Friday on WNIJ.org or wherever you get podcasts.

Also, please subscribe to our Teachers' Lounge newsletter right here where you can stay up to speed on the show and share stories you think we should cover!

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