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Episode 13 Recap: Never Judging a Book by Its Cover

Episode 13–A Conversation with Douglas Rife: Never Judging a Book by Its Cover

Categories: Authors

With 46 years in the publishing industry, Solution Tree publisher Douglas Rife is no stranger to the book biz. Besides heading up our press efforts, he’s also president of Solution Tree International, an avid blogger, published author, and gravestone aficionado.

Discover Mr. Rife’s fascinating story, including family tales, cemetery adventures, and how he’s seen the publishing game change over time. Read more

Inside the Treehouse Recap Episode 11

Episode 12 – A Conversation with Dr. Tina H. Boogren: Putting Yourself First and Pelotons

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When she isn’t writing books or coaching educators, you’ll most likely find Dr. Tina Boogren hitting the pavement, riding the Peloton, and prioritizing her own well-being. A long-time Solution Tree and Marzano Resources associate, Tina has spent her career serving others, discovering her true passion for professional wellness along the way. 

Read on to learn how this self-proclaimed “gold star junkie” became a self-care expert for educators. Read more

A Conversation with Dr. Luis F. Cruz

Episode 11 — A Conversation with Dr. Luis F. Cruz: Leaving Behind Luigi for Luis

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Captivating audiences everywhere with his charisma, you’ll be hard-pressed to find a more vibrant speaker and educator than Dr. Luis F. Cruz. Teacher, principal, writer, presenter…Luis has donned many titles over the years, but none compare to the one he holds now: cultural champion. Embracing his Latino heritage and diverse upbringing, Luis has pursued his passion for equity, making it his mission to ensure that students from underserved populations–and particularly English learners (ELs)–succeed.   

Read on to discover how Luis went from playing in the parking lots in Los Angeles to leading the charge for lasting change in today’s education system.  Read more

Episode 9 – A Conversation with Cassandra Erkens: Happy Accidents and Assessments

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From facilitating workshops to finding innovative solutions, Cassandra Erkens embodies a true teaching professional. As a founding member and leader of the Solution Tree Assessment Center, Cassie is all about reinventing the assessment wheel. But, did you know that she also has three kids, owns a collection of traveling treasures, and even shoots the occasional potato gun? 

Read on to discover her story and some fun facts about Cassandra Erkens! Read more

Episode 8 – A Conversation with Dr. Robert J. Marzano: Our Rockstar of Research

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While you may know Dr. Robert Marzano for his contributions to educational research, there’s so much more than meets the eye. Sure, he has more than 50 years of experience, 50 books published, and over 200 articles written, but did you know he was in a movie with Elvis, joined a monastery, and has two black belts?

Well-versed and well-read, there’s no one with a better grasp on today’s educational climate than Dr. Marzano. Here’s a glimpse into his life-long career in the field and how he got there:

Moving Around and Monastery Life

Growing up, Marzano was a Navy brat, switching schools at least seven times through his elementary and middle school years. Marzano also had a bad stutter. Neither of which favored his academic success. Looking back, he believes it was one influential elementary teacher who really turned things around, giving him the confidence to no longer be held back by his speech disorder.

Marzano attended high school in Seattle (yes, there was only one). During his teen years, Marzano was a jock, playing basketball, football, and baseball. Although if you ask him, he’d say basketball was by far his favorite. 

After high school, Marzano’s path took an interesting turn. He joined a monastery in New York. Although this monastery was a teaching order which required no vow of silence, Marzano did spend four years fairly cut off from the world. While there, he earned his undergraduate degree from Iona College. He even had college classes with singer Don McClean!

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