Learning through Leading Podcast

The Learning through Leading podcast connects classroom educators with those who are moving the needle to help kids in effective and innovative ways.

The podcast is hosted by Dr. Nick Sutton and Matt Jacobson and produced by the Learning Technology Center. Join Nick and Matt as they explore innovative ideas and talk with educational leaders that are shaping K-12 education.

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Podcast: Janelle McLaughlin on Student-Driven Learning and Coaching

Janelle McLaughlin discusses the importance of student-driven learning on this week’s episode.


Podcast: Rae Hughart Revisited

The Learning the Leading podcast talks with Rae Hughart about new projects and her journey from brand new teacher to classroom innovator.


Podcast: Brett Elliott on PHEARCE PLCs

Brett Elliot shares his take on PLCs and PHEARCE — Process, Humility, Energy, Adversity, Relationships, Culture, and Excellence.


Podcast: Adam Welcome Revisited

Adam Welcome discusses leadership, culture, and improving instruction.


Podcast: Technology Trends and Services through ILTPP with Courtney Fleeger

Speak with Courtney Fleeger from the Illinois Learning Technology Purchasing Program, a free program that helps schools and districts find more affordable options to support learning through a wide variety of technology tools.


Podcast: Tim McIlvain Talks Cyber-Security, SOPPA, and how LTC can help

Tim McIlvain discusses some of the many services provided by the LTC. Tim shares his knowledge of recent legislation, some cybersecurity tips, and a preview of the array of upcoming LTC professional learning opportunities for educators, administrators, and IT professionals.


Podcast: Professional Learning with Dr. Courtney Orzel

Dr. Orzel discusses her love of professional learning and shares her views on the current challenges and future directions for professional learning in Illinois.


Meet the Hosts

Dr. Nick Sutton

Nick Sutton is in his 13th year as an educator, and always considered himself a “middle school guy.” While a former 6th, 7th, and 8th grade teacher he then transitioned into building principal and now a district superintendent. Nick earned his doctorate from Western Illinois University researching the correlational relationship between instructional strategies and school climate. He is the proud recipient of the 2018 Western Illinois University Young Alumni Award, 2016 Illinois Principal Association Western Region Principal of the Year, and has published articles within different avenues in the education field.

Nick’s primary passion in public education has become professional development and research within best practices. He has two perfect daughters, and loves to participate within all of their activities when he is not working. Nick can be reached through his Twitter account @DrNickSutton – and visit his blog.

Matt Jacobson

Matt Jacobson is the Online Learning Specialist for the Learning Technology Center of Illinois. Matt develops engaging synchronous and asynchronous online and in-person training opportunities for educators and administrators. He also provides coaching, consulting, and training services for schools developing online and blended learning activities for students and staff. Matt provides administration and coaching on a variety of Learning Management Systems and many other online tools.

Matt provides almost three decades of experience in helping students and schools innovate. Prior to working with the LTC Matt was a middle school consultant and has worked as a teacher, administrator, coach, and trainer for preK-12 schools in central Illinois.