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Education goes to the movies
This show explores the way teachers, students, and education are portrayed in movies, television, and pop culture in general.
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Today, we welcome Hal Bowman, veteran teacher who now runs Teach Like a Rockstar, a program that brings him to individual schools and sold-out crowds where he energizes teachers and administrators around his mantra, “Every school can be a phenomenal…

Ok, people. This is the best episode of From Bell to Bell yet. Chris Bronke is back by popular demand, dazzling audiences with his uncanny recall of the day-to-day details of the Bayside crew. Sara brings a wry sense of superiority in regards to Andy,…

In this episode we talk with two of Sara’s former students about one of the quintessential teen movies of our lifetimes. The layers of Clueless are so fun to unravel because of its smart, funny writing, and its memorable characters, but also because…

Today brings you Part 2 of our two-part episode on Dangerous Minds – as we have middle school English teacher Jamie Turnbull on the show to talk about the implications this film had on her view of the teaching profession when she was just a teenager…

Today we bring a discussion about Michelle Pfeiffer pretending to be an alternative school teacher in the 1995 film, Dangerous Minds. This depiction of a class of teenagers who take a bus each day to a school outside of their own poverty-stricken…

This week, Sara and Andy sit down with English teacher Chris Bronke to geek out about everyone’s favorite school, Bayside High! This episode hits all the right spots as we recall our impressions of the characters that we had in our youth, the…

Sara and Andy are guest-less and brilliant on this discussion about 1989’s Lean On Me. Who is this movie for? Are we supposed to love Morgan Freeman or despise him? How much of the film can be explained by just being dated rather than dramatized? Is…

Stephen Hurley is the founder of voicEd Radio, “a 24/7 Internet-based Radio Station dedicated to both broadening and deepening the conversations we have about education.” He joins me this week to talk about the 1984 movie, Teachers, where we discuss…

In this episode of From Bell to Bell, I forget everything I know about talking about movies and leave it up to my guest, high school basketball and small town expert, Andy Simpson, to provide almost all of the information. If you want to be impressed…

Today Shane Lawrence is in the house and we are talking about The Edge of Seventeen, which really means we’re talking about all the things that teenagers think about that maybe they shouldn’t say out loud. But, actually they should because teenagers…

Today Shane Lawrence is in the house and we are talking about The Edge of Seventeen, which really means we’re talking about all the things that teenagers think about that maybe they shouldn’t say out loud. But, actually they should because teenagers…

In this episode, I welcome Carla of EDpiphany. Carla talks at length about her work in education and how it has led to a secondary path running EDpiphany – “a place for educators to find inspiration and resources to be at their best, personally and…

Yes, I know it’s been months. I know last time, after I got back from traveling I was like, “Here I am! I’m back!” And then I disappeared again. But this is different. This week I talk to author and speaker, B.J. Mendelson about the 2010 teen comedy…

Sara sits down for a conversation with playwright Jack Canfora, the first person who helped her on her path to training to be a teacher 15 years ago. They talk a lot about how this film makes it particularly difficult to determine what year it is, and…

This week’s guest is the first school administrator on the show, which allows him a great perspective. Mike Rodgers chose The Breakfast Club because it reminds him that his students are all learning to be themselves, and that they can not do it alone. 

Sara’s favorite high school English teacher, and eventual colleague and good friend, joins her to discuss the ways teachers have to mold their styles to make classes dynamic, the way every educator is made up of pieces of their predecessors, and the…

Sara talks to philosophy PhD candidate, J.D. Singer, about the unreality of teenage life, how school can often feel like a world orchestrated to promote chaos, and the way society loves to embrace tragedy. 

Michael Sackman, English teacher and long-time friend, joins Sara to talk leadership in schools, teacher-student relationships, and Mr. Holland’s Opus. 

Sara Candela walks you through the master plan behind the concept of From Bell to Bell. Are you interested in school? Are you interested in movies and television about school? Are you a teacher? Have you every been a student? Do you get annoyed when…