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Education Trends, Equity Resources   |   Feb 12, 2023

My favorite podcasts for teachers and K-12 educators

By Angela Watson

Founder and Writer

My favorite podcasts for teachers and K-12 educators

By Angela Watson

I started my Truth For Teachers podcast in January 2015, and since then, I’ve heard from countless educators who are now hooked on the format and are anxious to find other great education podcasts to follow.

That makes me so happy!  Podcasts have been instrumental in my growth as an educator (and as a human), and I love to see other people fall in love with podcasts, too.

I frequently listen to podcasts when going for walks, driving, running errands, preparing meals, cleaning, making art, exercising, stretching, and doing stuff around the house. That’s a pretty big proportion of my day, so I consume a LOT of audio content and have found some incredible shows.

I’ll admit that I’ve been hesitant to release a list like this, because there’s no way I could name all the great education podcasts in existence and I’m leaving some great folks out for sure. This is not a definitive list of the “best” podcasts, but rather, a curated collection of shows that I find simpatico with my own and help push my thinking.

My top education podcast recommendations for Truth for Teachers listeners

If you like my Truth for Teachers podcast, I think you’ll enjoy these, too.

1. Leading Equity Podcast

Hosted by the incredible Dr. Sheldon L. Eakins, The Leading Equity Podcast is all about empowering educators with the tools and resources they need to create equitable schools. Each episode is jam-packed with inspiring interviews and stories from the most influential voices in equity in education today. As a listener, you’ll come away with a wealth of practical tips and strategies that you can put into action right away to make a real difference in your school.

2. Cult of Pedagogy

A must-listen for any educator looking to stay ahead of the curve in their teaching practice! Hosted by seasoned educator Jennifer Gonzalez, this podcast explores the latest trends, strategies, and technologies in education (she comes up with an annual Ed Tech Guide). From classroom management to assessment techniques, Cult of Pedagogy covers a wide range of topics designed to help educators improve their craft and meet the needs of their students. With engaging interviews, real-world examples, and actionable advice, this podcast is the ultimate resource for teachers looking to stay inspired, informed, and connected with the education community.

3. The Bright Morning Podcast

Hosted by Elena Aguilar, a coaching expert and author, the Bright Morning podcast presents weekly guidance to educators aimed at fostering their success. The majority of the episodes focus on coaching but she also talks about equity and combatting racism in the education space. If you like the tone and mindset/resilience/communication topics covered on Truth for Teachers, I think you’ll really enjoy Elena’s work.

4. Too Dope Teachers and a Mic

Too Dope Teachers and a Mic is a podcast hosted by the only black and brown teachers in their school: Kevin Adams and Gerardo Munoz. Together, they deliver a refreshing take on important topics like equity, social justice, teacher wellness, and more. A lot of their episodes feature various educators and thought leaders who are making a difference in the world of education. This podcast pushes me to be a better, more empathetic educator (and person) by highlighting perspectives often missing in K-12 conversations. It’s light-hearted and very informal, but also incredibly insightful.

5. TED Talks Education

If you want to be inspired or challenged about what education can and should be, you’ll love TED Talks Education. This podcast features a diverse range of voices, all of whom are dedicated to exploring the latest trends and ideas in the field. The episodes are available either as a podcast or as a video. They’re quite short but very meaty–perfect if you don’t have a lot of time.

6. Burned-In Teacher Podcast

The Burned-In Teacher Podcast is a weekly show for educators who are looking for ways to rekindle their love for teaching. Hosted by veteran teacher, Amber Harper, this podcast explores the challenges and triumphs of the teaching profession, offering practical tips and strategies for staying motivated and engaged in the classroom. If you’re feeling teacher tired, you can get started with her episode on how to combat teacher fatigue and keep yourself energized. Whether you’re a new teacher just starting out, or a seasoned veteran looking for fresh inspiration, Amber and her guests are the perfect resource for anyone who wants to keep their teaching fire burning bright.

7. The Balance with Catlin Tucker

Dr. Catlin Tucker is a veteran educator and authority on technology, blended learning, and balance. In this podcast, she uses her expertise to help teachers find more sustainable approaches to teaching (I interviewed her on my Truth for Teachers podcast to talk about that exact topic). The Balance with Catlin Tucker is packed with solid strategies and inspiring advice. This mini episode on self-management is only 10 minutes long but is super helpful for teachers who want to incorporate their SEL skills when working with students. Catlin frequently talks with thought leaders to explore the question, “How do we empower ourselves to create and implement boundaries both inside and outside of the classroom?”

8. The Creative Classroom with John Spencer

The Creative Classroom with John Spencer is a podcast for educators looking to infuse creativity and innovation into their teaching practices. It’s hosted by John Spencer, a former middle school teacher and now a professor and best-selling author. From discussions on project-based learning and design thinking to tips on how to foster a culture of innovation in the classroom, this show focuses on making learning more impactful for students. John also offers insights into how teachers can tap into their own creativity and bring new energy to their classrooms.

9. Always a Lesson

This is the podcast I recommend most for people who are looking for a podcast similar to Truth for Teachers in topic, format, and tone, because its host and I think so much alike. The Always a Lesson podcast has a single goal: to empower educators to reach their full potential. Hosted by Gretchen Bridgers (formerly Schultek), a seasoned teacher, teacher coach, and trainer, the show focuses on supporting teacher leaders such as peer mentors, cooperating teachers for student teachers, and instructional coaches. Through expert guidance, Gretchen helps these educators develop and implement effective, empowering support models that drive student success and teacher satisfaction. Whether you’re looking for support and guidance as you grow in your career, or seeking inspiration and new ideas, the Always a Lesson podcast is the perfect resource for any educator who is committed to always finding the lesson.

10. The Transformed Teacher

The Transformed Teacher is an uplifting weekly podcast that centers on finding balance and happiness in both teachers’ professional and personal lives. Hosted by Meredith Newlin, the episodes focus on topics like reducing stress, increasing organization, and making a comeback from burnout. From discussions on self-care, to insights on how to get through to students more effectively, The Transformed Teacher is a supportive and empowering resource for anyone looking to find more joy in their teaching.

11. The Resilient Teacher Podcast

The Resilient Teacher podcast with Brittany Blackwell, M.Ed., provides educators with the resources and mindset needed to combat burnout and maintain a sustainable teaching career. With a new episode every Tuesday, this podcast can help personalize your self-care, prioritize your well-being, and have a greater impact on your classroom and community.

12. Teachers Need Teachers

Teachers Need Teachers is a podcast that’s focused on providing support to new and beginning teachers as they navigate their initial years in the profession, helping them thrive instead of just surviving. It is hosted by Kim Lepre, a 40 Hour Teacher Workweek alumni, experienced educator, and instructional coach. In the episodes, she shared her insights and best practices on a variety of topics relevant to the teaching profession.

13. The Spark Creativity Teacher Podcast

Betsy Potash shares so many practical, relatable teaching ideas in this show. Though topics are geared toward middle and high school English teachers, there are tons of episodes that will help any K-12 educator stay creative. Betsy is thoughtful, intentional, and embodies thinking outside of the box, and I especially appreciate her equity-focused lens.

Want more? Check out the dozens of excellent K-12 podcasts available on the BAM radio network for educators. You’ll find high-quality, professionally produced shows on every education topic imaginable.  Seriously–if you love podcasts, don’t miss this site!

Also, I personally don’t listen to ed tech podcasts very often, but if that’s an area of interest for you, check out Dr. Monica Burns’ Easy EdTech podcast and The Shake Up Learning Show with Kasey Bell. Both are extremely informative and share lots of great practical classroom tips. They’re great resources for folks who want to stay current with trends in education and make new ed tech innovations work for them.

Limited series education podcasts

Although no longer producing new episodes, these limited series podcasts are still definitely worth your time and will push you to think more deeply about how K-12 education functions.

Nice White Parents

“Nice White Parents” is a podcast produced by Serial and The New York Times that examines the ways in which well-intentioned white parents can perpetuate systemic racism in the American education system. The show dives into the 60-year history of a New York City public school, PS 45, and follows the experiences of Black and Latino students, families, and educators as they navigate the challenges posed by well-intentioned white parents and a history of school segregation. The podcast provides a unique and thought-provoking look at the ways in which race and class intersect to shape the American education system.


Southlake is a must-listen for anyone interested in understanding the complexities of race and class in America and how that impacts education. In Southlake, Texas, on the surface, everything appears to be perfect – beautiful homes, strong community spirit, and top-notch schools. But when a video emerged showing high school students using a racial slur, the town was rocked to its core. Black residents came forward to share stories of racist bullying and harassment, leading the school board to take action. Yet, the unveiling of the Cultural Competence Action Plan sparked a heated debate that divided the community. Hosted by NBC News national reporter Mike Hixenbaugh and correspondent Antonia Hylton as they delve into the depths of Southlake to uncover the truth behind this seemingly idyllic town.

Sold a Story

In Sold a Story, the investigative journalist Emily Hanford delves into the reading crisis affecting millions of children. Despite decades of research on how children learn to read, many schools are disregarding the findings and instead investing in training and materials based on a discredited theory. This six-part podcast exposes the authors and a publishing company profiting from this flawed approach. Anyone who’s taught reading will find this relatable, and it’s a good listen for any educator who wonders how certain understandings in education become canon.

Crash Course Black American History

This limited series podcast has 50 episodes that cover the full spectrum of Black American History. Hosted by Clint Smith, he talks about key events and personalities — from the first enslaved Black people to touch American soil at Jamestown to the current Black Lives Matter movement. More than a history lesson, the podcast is an opportunity to deepen our understanding and appreciation for the vital role Black Americans have played in shaping our country and its culture.

Teaching Hard History

Teaching Hard History is a podcast that explores difficult and often neglected aspects of American history. Though it’s technically not a limited series and IS producing new episodes, they are organized by topic/season in a way that makes it easier to consume the content like a limited series. It’s produced by Learning for Justice (formerly Teaching Tolerance) which has tons of great educator resources. Through discussions with experts and educators, the podcast delves into topics around systemic injustice, with the aim of promoting a deeper understanding of the past and its ongoing impact on society today.

Non-education podcasts I enjoy

In addition to the list above, here are some of the podcasts not specifically related to K-12 teaching that I often listen to. I don’t necessarily agree with or endorse everything on these shows, but folks ask me a lot what non-education-related shows I enjoy. Here’s a partial list of the ones I listen to most frequently:

What K-12 education podcasts do you listen to?

There’s no way that I could name all the great education podcasts that are out there, but I hope this list is enough to get you started! Please share your favorites in the comments, and if you’re an educator who recently started a podcast, let us know that, too, so we can follow you!

Angela Watson

Founder and Writer

Angela is a National Board Certified educator with 11 years of teaching experience and more than a decade of experience as an instructional coach. She started this website in 2003, and now serves as Editor-in-Chief of the Truth for Teachers...
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