The Rooted Teacher by KDP

About The Rooted Teacher by KDP

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The Rooted Teacher by KDP is a quality-of-life initiative for teachers committed to living their best life in and outside the classroom. Offering easily accessible resources and a supportive community of like-minded teachers, The Rooted Teacher by KDP will help you find a harmonious balance between your personal and professional lives.

The Rooted Teacher Podcast is dedicated to supporting teachers as they improve the quality of their lives in simple ways each day. Dive deep into practical strategies and inspiring stories from teachers just like you that will nourish your mind, body, and spirit. Whether you are brand new to the classroom and looking to get rooted or a little more seasoned and looking to stay rooted, The Rooted Teacher by KDP is here to uplift and support YOU.

Enjoy the podcast and please share it with other teachers.  KDP teacher members receive special member benefits from The Rooted Teacher such as weekly microlearning videos, bite-sized nuggets of wisdom on living your best life, and invitations to meet with Coach Calvalyn in live, virtual support group sessions for teachers.
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Remember, when teachers are rooted in their own well-being, they can inspire their students to thrive.

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All Episodes

Episode 11: Lean Into the Light

May 22, 2024

It's easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of our daily lives, especially as the end of the school year approaches. But amidst the chaos, there is always light to be found. Take a moment to reflect on where the light shines brightest in your day, your work, and your life. Whether it's the smile of a student, a moment of connection with a colleague, or a personal achievement, find those glimmers of light and hold onto them. (8 min)

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Episode 10: Staying Strong to the Finish

April 24, 2024

Are you feeling a touch of spring fever lately? Or maybe have you noticed that some of your kiddos seem to have checked out as we approach the end of the school year?  Well, if you’re seeing it, you’re not alone. This is the time of year when the days get longer, and we often have other things on our mind. But since we do have to still finish the proverbial race, let’s talk about how to finish strong. (10min)

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Episode 9: Getting the Support That You Need

March 27, 2024

We know the demands of the classroom and the stresses don’t end when the bell rings. Tune into The Rooted Teacher podcast to dive deep into why so many teachers are feeling unsupported, and more importantly what we can do about it. (14min)

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Meet Your Host

Hosted by Calvalyn Day, MsEd, TICC, an expert in supporting personal well-being and development. Calvalyn is a nationally published author, coach, and speaker. She is highly sought out for her trauma-informed and culturally competent approach to staff development, especially for Pre-K through 12th-grade teachers.

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Microlearning Videos

KDP's weekly microlearning videos are perfectly curated, bite-sized nuggets of wisdom on living a better life posted every Thursday on YouTube. Non-KDP members get access to FREE monthly microlearning videos. Join KDP to access the full microlearning video library. KDP members can log in for full access. Thank you to the Microlearning Video Sponsor, American College of Education.

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Introducing the Summer of Self Care

June 6, 2024

As we dive into summer, it's the perfect time to focus on self-care. So, over the next few weeks, I'm going to share a few of the more overlooked ways of taking care of you. My hope is that this won’t just help you for the summer but that you’ll also find a few things that you want to do all year long. 

Is Multitasking Wearing You Out?

May 16, 2024

You may have heard the phrase "multitasking is a lie," and there's a lot of truth to that statement. Despite our best intentions, our brains aren't wired to efficiently handle multiple tasks simultaneously.

Build Bridges Not Fences

April 18, 2024

Do you ever have a hard time talking to people? Building relationships as a new person in the building or new neighbors has a lot to do with how connected and supported you feel. If you feel nervous or unsure about what to say, you’re not alone, but here are a couple of quick tips that may make it a little easier.


Eat The Frog

April 4, 2024

Whether you’ve heard the quote from Mark Twain or Brian Tracy, the phrase “Eat the frog” stands for the same thing. Do what is most important FIRST. As a teacher, you may think I’m talking about lesson planning or preparing for class, but I want to encourage you today to think about eating the frog OUTSIDE of the classroom.