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July 23, 2020
Michael Arterberry is the Executive Director of Youth Voices Center, Inc. and the creator of the Power of Peace Program, a dynamic motivational speaker and the author of Be Encouraged: 250 Days of Motivation and Encouragement. This is episode 304 of Teaching Learning Leading K12, an audio podcast.   As a teenager, Michael was fortunate to receive guidance from positive adult role models who helped him overcome adversities and set high expectations for his future. Grateful for the role these mentors played in his own development, Michael decided to dedicate his professional life to helping people navigate the difficulties of life and launch their future into motion.   In founding YVC - Youth Voices Center - in 2008, Michael drew heavily on his understanding and empathy for the pressures and difficulties of the teenage years. In addition to his own experiences growing up in poverty, Michael has worked with thousands of teens in a range of settings over the past 24 years as a social worker and counselor.    Michael decided to form Youth Voices Center while working on the Alternative to Violence Project (AVP) in Green Haven Correctional Facility. Serving as a counselor in AVP, Michael was impressed by the progress of inmates who entered the program with plenty of hesitation and resistance and left the program raving about how much it transformed their perception of themselves and others. Realizing the power of this type of experiential program, Michael founded YVC and launched the Power of Peace program to transform the lives of youth.   In 2010, Michael was selected to receive a USA Network Characters Unite Award, given to individuals who demonstrate exceptional commitment to combating prejudice and discrimination while increasing tolerance and acceptance within their community.   In 2014, he was the recipient of the 100 Men of Color Award for leadership in education, government, mentorship, entrepreneurial success and community service.   And in 2016, Michael was awarded the EDUCATOR OF THE YEAR AWARD from Y-COP, the Youth Community Outreach Program in Mt. Vernon.   Michael is also the subject of his wife’s book, “God Was Holding My Hand,” in which Rachel Arterberry chronicles his journey of coming to know the Lord. Spanning from his tumultuous childhood, to a college football injury that turned into spinal cord surgery, Michael becomes self aware that God was holding his hand each step of the way.   Lots to learn and think about today!   Thanks for listening!   Don't forget to share and subscribe.   Enjoy!   Connect with Michael: https://www.linkedin.com/in/michaelarterberry/ https://www.facebook.com/YouthVoicesCenter/ https://www.facebook.com/michael.arterberry https://www.michaelarterberry.com/ https://www.youthvoicescenter.org/ https://twitter.com/M_Arterberry https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCyQ3SLGIQjDVZ_kIqbgjpHg http://www.shakethedirtexperience.com/ https://www.amazon.com/Be-Encouraged-Days-Motivation-Encouragement-ebook/dp/B07KQF3GWJ/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=Michael+arterberry&qid=1588016301&sr=8-1   michaelarterberryllc@gmail.com   Length - 44:54
July 17, 2020
Ido Kedar discusses autism, communicating, writing books, and his latest novel - In Two Worlds on episode 303 of Teaching Learning Leading K12, an audio podcast. Ido Kedar is with us today. He has autism and can’t talk. When he was a kid he and his family were told he would not be able to communicate independently, but Ido learned to do just that. Ido is the author of two books: Ido in Autismland and his most recent In Two Worlds. Ido in Autismland contains dozens of “short, autobiographical essays each offering insights into autism, symptoms, effective and ineffective treatments and the inner emotional life of a severely autistic boy.” In Two Worlds is a tale, that “sheds light on the inner and outer lives of children with non speaking autism.” In Two Worlds is one of “a few works written by a person with non speaking autism.” Through the use of an iPad and other devices, Ido has learned to communicate with others. Ido also serves on the board of “a non-profit group that advocates on behalf of all non-speaking humans.” Thanks for listening. Lots to learn. Please share and subscribe. Enjoy! Learn more: www.idoinautismland.com www.communicationfirst.org Length - 20:30
July 10, 2020
Michael S. Daigle discusses creating characters, writing, and his latest thriller - The Red Hand. This is episode 302 of Teaching Learning Leading K12, an audio podcast. For 33 years, Michael S. Daigle was a journalist and editor at several newspapers in New Jersey, Massachusetts, and Maine. He's applied his experience as a newsman to become an award-winning novelist. His newest book, The Red Hand, zeroes in on a serial killer that's tracked by a detective, Frank Nagler, as he solves crimes and tries to sort out his troubled life. "I like creating messy mysteries with lots of moving parts and layers of story," says Daigle. "It lets my detective hero, Frank Nagler lead the reader through the twists and turns." Daigle's modern mysteries are page-turners, filled with compelling characters and a setting that is more character than background. The hero detective is a recognizable American character. The Red Hand confronts the world of haves and have-nots. Nagler feels he is one of the have-nots, and it encourages his defense of common people. He shows how the impact of societal and economic change impacts a town and people. Great read! Lots to learn! Thanks for listening! Don't forget to share and subscribe. Enjoy!   Connect with Michael: https://michaelstephendaigle.com/ https://www.facebook.com/daigleauthor/ @50eagle50 twitter https://www.linkedin.com/in/michael-daigle-80606311/ https://www.amazon.com/Michael-Stephen-Daigle/e/B00P5WBOQC/ref=dp_byline_cont_pop_book_1 Michael Stephen Daigle 10 Aurora Street Phillipsburg, NJ 08865 908.619.6393 michaelstephendaigle@hotmail.com Length - 51:56
July 2, 2020
Brittany Riddick talks with me about her novel - The Writ 212. This is episode 301 of Teaching Learning Leading K12, an audio podcast. Brittany Riddick is the author of The Writ 212. She currently is an assistant principal at Shiloh Elementary School in Snellville, Georgia and has been in the field of education for over 16 years. When asked what has inspired her book The Writ 212, she said, “Being an educator for as long as I have has allowed me to see changes and shifts in students' behaviors. One of the biggest shifts is how much technology has impacted not only the field of education, but the actual student. It has become more obvious to me that students are growing more addicted to devices. They even appear to have ‘withdrawal’ symptoms when forced to do work that does not require a device. It is important, as educators, that we do not substitute authentic teaching and relationships for technology. We must have a balance. We have to get our parents to understand the importance of building relationships and not placing children in front of a screen. Technology is amazing, but I fear that our “abuse” of technology is having an adverse effect on our relationships with people, especially our children.” The Writ 212 is a faith-based science fiction book. It shows how the creation of an app leads to the end of the world by killing off a group called the YSW (Youth of the Second World). Jah, the creator, uses the app to destroy the YSW only saving two groups of people; the Elders (older people who don’t have much use for technology) and the unexposed (infants who have never seen technology). Jah uses these two groups of individuals to begin the Third World (New Age). But when a villager of the Third World finds a working device from the Second World, he unlocks secrets that cause a rift in what was once a peaceful community. The villagers of Eirene soon feel torn between their faithfulness to Jah or knowing the secrets of the Second World. Thanks for listening today. Don't forget to share and subscribe. Enjoy! Connect with Brittany: contactus@authorbriddick.com brittnicriddick@gmail.com https://www.instagram.com/authorbriddick/ https://www.facebook.com/brittany.riddick.735 https://twitter.com/AuthorBRiddick https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-writ-212-brittany-riddick/1135745760 https://www.amazon.com/Writ-212-Brittany-Riddick/dp/194792835X/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1584893760&sr= http://vmhmagazine.com/the-back-story-writing-socializing-the-writ-212-talking-with-author-b-riddick/ https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCjvz85Rg_ctshTCdV5HYkyQ 678-490-4837   Length - 47:42
June 25, 2020
Jeremy S. Adams has just released his book Riding the Wave: Teacher Strategies for Navigating Change and Strengthening Key Relationships (Solution Tree Press, 2020). This is episode 300 of Teaching Learning Leading K12, an audio podcast. Jeremy S. Adams is a high school and University teacher living in Bakersfield, California. He and his writing have appeared in The Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post, The Huffington Post, C-Span, The Sacramento Bee, and numerous national education podcasts. Mr. Adams has won numerous accolades for his teaching and writing efforts including the 2014 California State Teacher of the Year Award (Daughters of the American Revolution), the 2012 Kern County Teacher of the Year Award, was a 2013 semi-finalist for the California Department of Education's California Teacher of the Year Award, and was a finalist in 2014 for the Carlston Family Foundation National Teacher Award. He was recognized in 2014 by the California State Senate for his achievements in education. He was a 2018 CSUB (California State University, Bakersfield) Hall of Fame inductee--the first classroom teacher ever inducted in the history of the school. Jeremy received his bachelor’s degree in politics from Washington and Lee University and his master’s degree in education (curriculum and instruction) from California State University, Bakersfield, where he was named the Outstanding Student in the School of Education. He is also an education speaker and has spoken to large education groups and conferences across the country. In addition, Jeremy is the author of Full Classrooms Empty Selves and The Secrets of Timeless Teachers. Today we are going to focus on his latest book, Riding the Wave: Teacher Strategies for Navigating Change and Strengthening Key Relationships. By the way, Jeremy previously appeared on Teaching Learning Leading K12 - episodes 123 (Full Classrooms, Empty Selves) and 103 (The Secrets of Timeless Teachers). Connect with Jeremy and Learn More: https://www.solutiontree.com/riding-the-wave.html https://www.solutiontree.com/free-resources/instruction/riding-the-wave @JeremyAdams6 Jeremy’s Amazon Author’s Page https://teachinglearningleadingk12.podbean.com/e/103-jeremy-s-adams-the-secrets-of-timeless-teachers/ (103) https://teachinglearningleadingk12.podbean.com/e/123-full-classrooms-empty-selves-with-jeremy-s-adams/  (123) pd@SolutionTree.com - to schedule Jeremy for professional development https://theeducatorsroom.com/author/jeremyadams1976/ Length - 1:06:55
June 19, 2020
Today Jeffrey Marshall talks with me about writing techniques, writing style, and his thrilling mystery book - Undetected. This is episode 299 of Teaching Learning Leading K12, an audio podcast. Jeffrey Marshall has spent many years reporting on facts and truth for various newspapers and publications, including The New York Times and the Associated Press. Once part of a team nominated for a Pulitzer Prize for reporting, he now has turned his attention to fiction and has just released a psychological thriller that involves a narcissist and sociopath and revolves around a family in an affluent community where things are not what they seem. This riveting thriller takes us into the lives of the 1% -- and why their relationships and problems really mirror the 99%. Jeffrey is a retired journalist and the author of three books, including Little Miss Sure Shot - a historical novel about Annie Oakley. He has been published widely in newspapers and magazines, including The New York Times and New Jersey Monthly, and was at various times a reporter, editor, feature writer, columnist, and book reviewer. A little about Undetected Suzy Perry, a lovely, accomplished older woman, has married into a new family in Westchester County, N.Y after being widowed not long before in Atlanta. Her new husband, Dean Perry, is besotted with her, but his son Alex and daughter-in-law Lisa are troubled by how little they know about her. Who is she? Little by little, clues and tidbits of information persuade Alex that he needs to know more. As the questions pile up, Alex, a journalist, elects to hire a private detective to probe Suzy’s past, without informing his father. Over time, it becomes clear that Suzy changed her name when she moved to Atlanta -- and that she had been married for many years to a car dealer in Missouri who died suddenly shortly before she left. Is all this innocent, or something more sinister? Once circumstantial, the evidence becomes more concrete -- and then Suzy is on the run. Jeff has a bachelor's degree from Princeton and a master's in journalism from Northwestern. His interests include tennis, golf, fly-fishing, travel, hiking and movies. He and his wife, Judy, have two rambunctious dogs, Maggie and Blaze. Thanks for listening. Please share and subscribe. Enjoy!   Connect with Jeffrey: https://undetecbk.com/ marshwj17@gmail.com https://www.amazon.com/Jeffrey-Marshall/e/B001K8TCC8%3Fref=dbs_a_mng_rwt_scns_share 480-737-0364 https://www.facebook.com/undetbook   Length - 36:07
June 14, 2020
Today I'm talking with Hannah Stevens the author of Borneo Experience. Hannah and I talk about her writing, traveling, and her desire to help protect endangered wildlife. This is episode 298 of Teaching Learning Leading K12, my audio podcast. Here is a little about Borneo Experience…  For the past several years Jeanie Williams, former war correspondent-turned-wildlife activist has been traveling the world reporting on the plight of the wildlife on our planet. After having been on assignment in New Zealand, South Island, she was ready to return home when her boss at WorldCorp News in New York City contacted her and asked if she would travel to Sabah, Borneo to report on pet trafficking of the wildlife in that region. When he told her about orangutan babies being ripped from their mother’s arms, she could not resist. Once she arrives, however, she finds the problem more complex than she ever imagined and the powerful trafficking cartel is again trying to thwart her efforts to tell the world about the cruelty they inflict on the animals. This is the fourth in a series of mysteries by Hannah Stevens based on her world travels. The first was Murder on Safari, set in Kenya, Africa, then Iceberg Murders, which takes place on the Antarctic Peninsula and most recently, Bird House Adventures, based in New Zealand, South Island. Hannah Stevens, author, is also a freelance travel writer, writing for publications locally and nationwide under her real name Elaine Mays. After a long career as a software design engineer with several large corporations, Elaine wrote and has published seven novels under the pen name of Hannah Stevens; The President’s Wife, the sequel Madam POTUS, She Sleeps with Dogs, Murder on Safari, The Iceberg Murders, Bird House Adventure in New Zealand, and now Borneo Experience. She is also a cancer survivor of nine years. She lives with her two dogs, a Brittany spaniel, Lily and a Weimaraner, Sophia - in Phoenix, Arizona. You may visit her author web site at www.hannahstevensauthor.com  She also has a very inspiring cancer blog; www.alittlerain.com and has published The Diary of a Breast Cancer Patient. You also might want to read her recently published memoir - Battle of the Wills.  All of these books and e-books are available on Amazon.com and some are available through Barnes and Noble and Nook.  Connect with Hannah: http://www.hannahstevensauthor.com/ http://www.alittlerain.com/ emays@mindspring.com  Length - 46:11
June 4, 2020
Tre Gammage notes, “As an entrepreneur, podcaster, and speaker my purpose is to make it easier to do what you love.” This is episode 297 of Teaching Learning Leading K-12 where Tre and I talk about living your dream, consulting, his book Every Decision Counts, and The Dash Podcast. Tre was born and raised in South Bend Indiana where football was his first love, and it carried him to his first dream - To play division 1 college football! He recalls that his dream taught him a lot, “all we did was lose and half the time I rode the bench. Fortunately, while I didn’t fit on the field I found my way off the field - Committing my time to diversity affairs, global perspectives, and decision making. These experiences made me well rounded and helped me realize my ambition to add value to everybody I have a conversation with. I didn’t decide to chase my dream until one of my professor’s asked, If money was no object what would you do with your life?” Tre says, “When you see someone live their dream it makes you want to help them reach thatdream or live your own. Every day I wake up and do what I love to and leave a blueprintfor the next generation. “ Tre founded The Gammage Consulting Group. Its primary service is helping K – 12 schools implement social and emotional learning programs. He uses a 5 step process that takes you from managing multiple behavior systems to one school wide framework that supports growthin Students and Educators. He also recently released Every Decision Counts: 8 Lessons I Wish They Taught Me in School. He is the producer and host of The Dash Podcast. Since 2015 Tre has spoken to over 100 audiences totaling more than 10,000 people. Lots to learn today! Have fun! Don't forget to share and subscribe. Enjoy! Connect with Tre: https://tregammage.com/ https://gcgshop.bigcartel.com/product/every-decision-counts-8-lesson-s-i-wish-they-taught-me-in-school tre@tregammage.com https://youtu.be/k5uZ83ipCZ4 https://www.linkedin.com/in/tre-gammage-gcdf-54ab1765/   www.feedspot.com recognized Teaching Learning Leading K12 as one of their Top 20 K-12 Education podcasts! Awesome! Check it out! https://blog.feedspot.com/k12_education_podcasts/     Length- 39:39
May 29, 2020
Ryan Gottfredson, Ph.D. is the author of Success Mindsets: Your Keys to Unlocking Greater Success in Your Life, Work, & Leadership (Morgan James Publishing, 2020). Ryan is a mental success coach and cutting-edge leadership consultant, author, trainer, and researcher. This is episode 296 of Teaching Learning Leading K12, an audio podcast. Dr. Gottfredson helps improve organizations, leaders, teams, and employees by improving their mindsets. Ryan is currently a leadership and management professor at the Mihaylo College of Business and Economics at California State University-Fullerton (CSUF). He holds a Ph.D. in Organizational Behavior and Human Resources from Indiana University, and a B.A. from Brigham Young University. He also works with organizations to develop their leaders and improve their culture (collective mindsets). He has worked with top leadership teams at CVS Health (top 130 leaders), Deutsche Telekom (500+ of their top 2,000 leaders), and dozens of other organizations. As a respected authority and researcher on topics related to leadership, management, and organizational behavior, Ryan has published over 15 articles across a variety of journals including: Journal of Management, Journal of Organizational Behavior, Business Horizons, Journal of Leadership and Organizational Studies, and Journal of Leadership Studies. His research has been cited over 2,000 times since 2014. Lots to learn to today. Thanks for listening. Don't forget to share & subscribe and it would be awesome if you left review. Enjoy! Connect with Ryan: https://ryangottfredson.com/ https://www.linkedin.com/in/ryan-gottfredson-9a0b466/ https://www.instagram.com/ryangottfredson/ https://www.facebook.com/RyanGottfredsonPhD/ https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCyTe4jL0cla-U_Y4lqjc3-w Length - 50:21
May 22, 2020
Tyler Harms has been a special educator for over a decade. He has taught in the elementary and secondary school settings and he is a dedicated advocate for students and their families.  Tyler completed his Bachelor’s Degree at Calvin College located in Grand Rapids, MI and holds Master’s Degrees in both Special Education and Mathematics.  Tyler often speaks to undergraduate students about the transition from student teaching to running their own classroom. He recently published his first book - Teaching For God's Glory: Daily Wisdom and Inspiration for New Teachers. Thanks for listening. Don't forget to share and subscribe. Enjoy! Connect with Tyler:  www.tylerharmsauthor.com https://www.linkedin.com/in/tyler-harms-m-ed-a50696172/ https://website.elmhillserver.net/ELM33309_Harms/ https://www.instagram.com/teachingforgodsglory/ https://www.facebook.com/teachingforgodsglory/?view_public_for=426513558160782 https://twitter.com/TylerHarms19 https://teachforgodsglory.com/ https://www.amazon.com/Teaching-Gods-Glory-Inspiration-Teachers/dp/1400327482/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=9781400327485&qid=1580287913&sr=8-1 https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/teaching-for-gods-glory-tyler-harms/1135681641?ean=9781400327485   https://elmhillbooks.com/ Length - 36:27
May 14, 2020
Barbara R. Blackburn joins me today to discuss her book Money for Good Grades and Other Myths About Motivating Kids. This is episode 294 of Teaching Learning Leading K12, an audio podcast. Ranked in the Top 30 Global Gurus in Education, Barbara has dedicated her life to raising the level of rigor and motivation for professional educators and students alike. What differentiates Barbara’s 28 books are her easily executable concrete examples based on decades of experience as a teacher, professor, and consultant. Barbara’s dedication to education was inspired in her early years by her parents, Bob and Rose. Her father’s doctorate and lifetime career as a professor taught her the importance of professional training. Her mother’s career as school secretary shaped Barbara’s appreciation of the effort all staff play in the education of every child. Barbara has taught early childhood, elementary, middle, and high school students and has served as an educational consultant for three publishing companies. She holds a master’s degree in school administration and was certified as both a teacher and a school principal in North Carolina. She received her Ph.D. in Curriculum and Teaching from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. In 2006, she received the award for Outstanding Junior Professor at Winthrop University. She recently left her position at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte to write and speak full-time. In addition to speaking at state, national, and international conferences, she also regularly presents workshops for teachers and administrators in elementary, middle, and high schools. Her workshops are lively and engaging and filled with practical information. Her most popular topics include:   Rigor is NOT a Four Letter Word Rigorous Schools and Classrooms: Leading the Way Rigorous Assessments Rigor and Differentiation in the Classroom Rigor for Students with Special Needs Motivation + Engagement + Rigor = Student Success Research-Based Engaging Instruction Leads to Higher Achievement High Expectations and Increased Support Lead to Success So much to learn today. Thanks for listening. Don't forget to share and subscribe. Enjoy! Connect with Barbara: www.barbarablackburnonline.com www.motivatingyourkid.com https://globalgurus.org/education-gurus-30/ www.routledge.com/eyeoneducation https://twitter.com/BarbBlackburn https://www.pinterest.com/barbblackburn/ https://www.facebook.com/BarbaraRBlackburn/ https://www.routledge.com/product/isbn/9781138368200?source=igodigital https://www.amazon.com/Money-Grades-Other-Myths-Motivating-ebook/dp/B07R8GVRLW Length - 1:00:47
May 9, 2020
Kathleen Almy is the CEO and founder of Almy Educational Consulting. Kathy shares with me her thoughts on better math instruction and math reform. This is episode 293 of Teaching Learning Leading K12, an audio podcast. As math faculty with over 20 years of experience in high school and college classrooms, she brings her love of math and helping students succeed in college to every project she works on.  She led local, state, and national initiatives for over a decade before starting her own consulting group. In her most recent position, she led the Illinois Transitional Math implementation required by a law and affecting over 700 high schools and nearly 50 community colleges.  Prior to that initiative, she worked for nearly a decade to implement a non-STEM pathways alternative to beginning algebra known as Math Literacy for College Students.  Through that work, she traveled the country providing professional development to support faculty with its innovative pedagogy, worked throughout Illinois to change state-level policies that affected acceptance of the course, and co-authored a textbook, Math Lit, to support faculty teaching the course.  She initially learned how to lead and effect change through her work leading her college’s complete developmental math redesign. She is tenacious, passionate, and committed to improving math for every student with a college math requirement. Considered a thought leader in developmental math reform, math pathways, and transitional math, she has served in national and statewide positions and given numerous talks and keynotes. Thanks for listening. Lots to learn today. Don't forget to share and subscribe. Enjoy! Connect with Kathy: https://www.almyeducation.com/ https://twitter.com/Almy_Education https://www.linkedin.com/in/kathleen-almy-bba8baa2/ https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCQd_8mWqPTRUW-yPXxiqhog/featured Length - 52:41
May 1, 2020
For the past 35 years Dana Stahl, M.Ed., an educational consultant, diagnostician, child-parent advocate, and learning specialist, has worked with families, educators, psychologists, and service providers to help identify learning issues in children and to provide the assistance, resources, and guidance needed to address these issues.  Her recently published book, The ABCs of Learning Issues, is critically acclaimed and has been featured in Chicago Parent, L.A. Parent, Midwest Book Review, Education Update Online, and Special Needs Book Review.  Additionally, The ABCs of Learning Issues received the Parent and Teacher Choice Award and  the NAPPA Award (National Parenting Product Awards).  In 2014 she founded Educational Alternative LLC, building upon her experience in diagnostic assessment, educational intervention, and advocacy to help parents find schools and programs for their children.  She explores alternative and educational options with students and families and advises on appropriate day and boarding school placements and differential instruction for children with learning deficits; on therapeutic needs for special needs children; and on college searches for schools with learning disorder support programs. Dana, who struggled from a learning disability, became a learning specialist to assist children with learning issues to find compensatory strategies to reach their social, emotional, and academic potential.  She also provides life coaching and counseling for children with learning disabilities, Autism, ADHD, and Dyslexia, as well as career and vocational counseling. Thanks for listening. Lots to learn. Enjoy! Connect with Dana: http://educationalalternativesllc.com/ https://www.facebook.com/EducationalAlternativesLLC https://www.linkedin.com/company/educational-alternatives-llc/about/ https://twitter.com/DanaStahlMEd danaconsults@gmail.com   Length - 45:58
April 24, 2020
A 30+ year caregiver for his wife, Gracie, who lives with severe disabilities, Peter Rosenberger understands the caregiver’s journey in ways few do. Today, Peter talks about his 8 Great New Year's Resolutions for Caregivers. The emphasis is on caregivers needing attention and help, too. Broadcasting on Sirius XM's Family Talk Channel 131, and on an additional 180 stations through American Family Radio, Peter hosts the nation's #1 show for family caregivers. From Autism to Alzheimer’s to addiction, Peter addresses the needs of those caring for loved ones with chronic impairments. Peter is the author of the following books:  Hope for the Caregiver: Encouraging Words to Strengthen Your Spirit,  7 Caregiver Landmines:And How You Can Avoid Them, and Gracie Standing with Hope - As told by Gracie Rosenberger to Peter Rosenberger Lots to learn today. Wonderful life lessons that will remind you that we need to pay attention to the caregiver possibly just as much or even more than we need to pay attention to the care receiver.  Thanks for listening. Please share and subscribe. Take care. Connect with Peter  https://standingwithhope.com/ https://standingwithhope.com/caregiver/speaker/ https://hopeforthecaregiver.podbean.com/ https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCs1BRsfcr7Sg_z8Nz-19oMg https://twitter.com/standwithhope https://facebook.com/standingwithhope    Length - 50:50
April 17, 2020
Today we are talking with Mark D. Bruce about his book - Jackie, a Boy, and a Dog:A Warm Cold War Story. Mark shares his story of being given a puppy from the First Lady Jackie Kennedy in the early 1960's  and the continued connection he shared with her. This is episode 290 of Teaching Learning Leading K12, an audio podcast. Mark grew up with a love for dogs. This became a focal point of Mark’s childhood when the President and Mrs. Kennedy gave him the “pupnik” named Streaker, the grand-pup of Strelka, the first dog to orbit earth in a Soviet Sputnik spaceship, and return alive. Mark maintained a pen-pal relationship with Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, with many personal letters, from the 1960’s until the 1980’s.  Mark is an emergency medicine physician in Wisconsin, a husband of 42 years to his wife Moira E. O’Brien-Bruce, DO, and a father and grandfather to 5 children, and 7 grandchildren.  Mark has traveled with the international medical ministry in Central America, Asia, Europe, and Africa, and led many teams into the Asian disaster zones for medical relief work.  In addition to clinical duties, Mark is the Ambassador to Belize and Canada for the American College of Emergency Physicians. This is such an amazing story! You are going to love the interview and the book! Thanks for listening. Enjoy!   Connect with Mark: https://www.jackieboydog.com/ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kqdRZH9Qq4M https://youtu.be/OOV8MXlrFz0 Length - 59:23
April 9, 2020
Karen Gross discusses her article " Schools and Colleges Are Not Light Switches" and her newest book - Trauma Doesn't Stop at the School Door: Strategies and Solutions for Educators, PreK - College (TCPress, June 2020). Last week in episode 288 Karen talked about her children's story - "Wrinkles Doesn't Like Social distancing and I Don't Blame Him." This week Karen is back to talk about the planning that needs to start now to get ready to reopen our schools and colleges. According to Karen, "Whether institutions reopen sooner rather than later, we need to plan for these reopenings rather than just flipping the switch and expecting we can return to where we were pre-pandemic. Would that it were that simple."  We also spend some time talking about the trauma that adults and students are experiencing now that needs to be considered and addressed because it doesn't just go away and things go back to how they were before. She takes some time to talk about her newest book - Trauma Doesn't Stop at the School Door and how it can help teachers and administrators figure out how to address the needs of their staff, colleagues, peers, friends, and students. By the way, the publisher TCPress has generously offered a wonderful gift for listeners of this podcast: If you order Karen's book Trauma Doesn't Stop at the School Door and use this code TLL2020 you will get 15% off the book and free shipping. make sure you take advantage of this. (Neither Teaching Learning Leading K12  or I get remuneration for this offer.)  Lots to learn today. Thanks for listening. Please share and subscribe. Enjoy.   Connect with Karen and Learn More: www.karengrosseducation.com https://www.tcpress.com/karen-gross https://medium.com/@KarenGrossEdu/how-to-reopen-closed-schools-simple-answer-is-carefully-d44f94b36488 https://youtu.be/fdwaUCEbhBk https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Me5YVuCtrqk https://teachinglearningleadingk12.podbean.com/e/karen-gross-wrinkles-doesnt-like-social-distancing-288/ https://medium.com/@KarenGrossEdu/wrinkles-wants-you-to-write-him-fea8ebdee2c1 https://medium.com/age-of-awareness/wrinkles-doesnt-like-social-distancing-i-don-t-blame-him-c000a7303402 https://medium.com/@KarenGrossEdu/a-wrinkles-story-podcast-wow-is-it-good-5dea87c75e1d Listen to Steve read Karen's Story - Wrinkles Doesn't Like Social Distancing and I Don't Blame Him    Length - 48:18
April 1, 2020
Karen Gross has created a wonderful children's story to help children understand their feelings about social distancing. Her ebook explains social distancing through the experiences of her dog -Wrinkles. What a great way to help kids understand what is going on in this strange new world. This is episode 288 of Teaching Learning Leading K12. At the end of the interview Karen reads her story so you can share the story with your children. Also, make sure that you go to the YouTube link listed below so that you can read the story to your children.    Karen Gross is a Washington, DC based author and educator as well as an advisor to nonprofit schools, organizations and governments. Her work focuses on student success with a specialization in trauma, its symptomology and approaches to its amelioration. She has worked with institutions planning for and dealing with person- and nature-made disasters including shootings, suicides, immigration detention, family dysfunction, hurricanes and floods.  She is the award-winning author of Breakaway Learners: Strategies for Post- Secondary Success (TC Press 2017) and Failure and Forgiveness: Rebalancing the Bankruptcy System (Yale University Press 1996). She is also the author of a trauma-sensitive children’s book series, Lady Lucy’s Quest. She has read to more than 3000 children across the globe. Thanks for listening! Don't forget to share and subscribe. Enjoy!     Connect with Karen: www.karengrosseducation.com  Wrinkles Doesn't Like Social Distancing (YouTube link) YouTube Link with Music https://medium.com/@KarenGrossEdu/wrinkles-doesnt-like-social-distancing-i-don-t-blame-him-c000a7303402   Length - 36:09
March 27, 2020
DON TRUMBULL is a former air carrier president and director of operations. Following a ten-year mission exploring the vulnerability of our U.S. air carriers/supply chains to the catastrophic threat of solar flare/electromagnetic pulse; in 2019 his broader findings inspired a civilian countermeasure system called the SAFE STATE Project. An achievable on-site defense for individuals, communities, and emergency services, the SAFE STATE countermeasure is a low-cost alternative to hardening the critical infrastructures. Don is the author of the upcoming book...Safe States which is a novel that focuses on the potential impact of EMP on our world as we know it.  Thanks for listening. Don't forget to share and subscribe. Enjoy! Learn more: https://safestateproject.com/ https://www.amazon.com/dp/173309721X Length: 35:58
March 21, 2020
Restoring the Shattered is an account of Nancy E. Head’s journey through single-motherhood and poverty. The permanent divide between her and her husband led to a shattering of their family as the children settled into separate camps. The story begins when Nancy and her children have little to eat. Through a miraculous intervention, God provides—and leads them along their way. Other interventions and more guidance came from people of different denominations, illustrating Christ’s love through the larger Church. This is episode 286 of Teaching Learning Leading K12, an audio podcast. Nancy notes, “I was a single mother with five children under the age of 14. We endured hard days, what I call “the lean years.” Yes, there were programs to help, but in many ways, those programs were designed to make us permanent fixtures in an impersonal system. They were designed to make us stand still in life.” “But another factor made all the difference for us. It was the ministry we received from Christians of various faith traditions. Because needs aren’t always material. A welfare check doesn’t heal the kinds of wounds divorce and poverty cause. But the love of Christ does." This type of ministry doesn’t make you stand still in life. Instead, it lifts you to a new place. It doesn’t just provide. It encourages. It brings healing. And it showed me that the Church is bigger than I thought”   Restoring the Shattered: Illustrating Christ's Love Through the Church in One Accord will inspire you. Nancy has created an easy to read book that makes you want to know what happens next. Thanks for listening. Remember to share and subscribe. Enjoy! Connect with Nancy: https://nancyehead.com/ https://www.amazon.com/Restoring-Shattered-Illustrating-Christs-Through-ebook/dp/B07H2QDPRM https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/restoring-the-shattered-nancy-e-head/1128814320 https://www.morgan-james-publishing.com/ Length - 1:08:15
March 14, 2020
Kirsten Richert and Jeff Ikler talk with me today about their new book - Shifting: How School Leaders Can Create a Culture of Change. They also tell us about their audio podcast Getting Unstuck - Shift for Impact. Thanks for listening. Lots to learn. Please feel free to share and subscribe. This is episode 285 of the audio podcast Teaching Learning Leading K12. Kirsten Richert (KEAR-sten RICK-urt) is an innovation expert who works with leaders on transformational efforts. Kirsten teaches Design Thinking, Communication and Innovation at a number of colleges in the greater NYC area. Her teaching draws upon her experience in three core disciplines—business management, ideation methodology, and facilitation. She received her undergraduate degree in Social Science from Hampshire College, her master’s degree in Social Studies Education from Teachers College at Columbia University, and her training in innovation and facilitation methods from SIT (Systematic Inventive Thinking) and ToP (Technology of Participation). Formerly Vice President of Product Management and Marketing at Pearson, the world’s leading educational publisher, Kirsten oversaw the creation of breakthrough “digital-first” K-12 curriculum. Trained as a corporate on-call innovation coach, she’s helped teams plan new efforts, generate ideas, and execute on strategies. Now, as an innovation catalyst, Kirsten guides change efforts for organizations, especially in the areas of education and human development. She is particularly interested in organizations that integrate the arts into their work towards social change, such as the Alliance for Arts and Health New Jersey, Real Beauty: Uncovered, and The Barat Foundation. Jeff Ikler (EYE-klur) is Director of Quetico Career and Leadership Coaching, a firm dedicated to helping individuals overcome career issues, and leaders develop sustained changes in their leadership practices and organizations. He received his certificate in coaching from the Coach Training Institute, a firm recognized as one of the leading coach-training organizations in the world. His approach blends data-driven coaching, and consulting informed by working for more than 35 years in the corporate world. Jeff holds a Master’s in the Teaching of History along with a Bachelor’s in History from the University of Illinois. He taught high school history in Maywood and Batavia, Illinois, for seven years. Like Kirsten, he is a certified innovation facilitator using the SIT (Systematic Inventive Thinking) process. He is a former Executive Vice President at Pearson Learning where he directed the development of text- and technology-based products for all disciplines. He finished his career at Pearson by leading the development of its multi-dimensional Leadership Development program for school administrators, working closely with authors Lyle Kirtman and Michael Fullan. He currently works with Lyle Kirtman to support change in school districts and nonprofit organizations.Kirsten and Jeff also co-host Getting Unstuck – Shift for impact, a podcast that helps individuals and organizations undertake productive change – change that helps them achieve their desired outcomes and impact. Glad that you are here! Thanks for listening! Enjoy! Connect with Kirsten and Jeff: https://us.corwin.com/en-us/nam/shifting/book267770#reviews https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/getting-unstuck-shift-for-impact/id1439952788 http://richertinnovation.com/ https://www.queticocoaching.com/ Jeff@queticocoaching.com http://www.richertinnovation.com/contact.html https://twitter.com/RichertInnovate https://www.linkedin.com/in/jeffikler/ https://www.linkedin.com/in/kirstenrichert/ https://www.amazon.com/Shifting-School-Leaders-Create-Culture/dp/1544381395/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=Shifting%3A+How+School+Leaders+Can+Create+a+Culture+of+Change&qid=1584022814&s=books&sr=1-1   Length - 44:15
March 9, 2020
Jean O’Toole is a scholarship strategist, author and speaker. She has been inspiring and helping high school and college students for the past 15 years.  She is also the author of a new book, Scholarship Strategies:  Finding and Winning the Money You Need (Morgan James Publishing). This is episode 284 of Teaching Learning Leading K12, an audio podcast. She co-founded Connections101 in 2008, creating workshops, seminars, scholarship clubs, and assemblies for students, parents and educators to help empower young people to take a proactive role in their lives. Thousands of students across the country have participated. Her strategies have helped students win thousands of dollars, including some individuals who secured up to $200,000. She served for six years, starting in 2005, as a speaker for Monster’s Making It Count program. She traveled across the nation, where over 150,000 high school and college students participated. As a recipient of an academic college scholarship as well as several outside scholarships she was able to attend Wagner College and graduated with a B.S. in Arts Administration in 1987. Although her scholarships were generous it still required her and her family to pay for the remainder of her education with student loans.  Knowing that the debt would need to be paid off after receiving her degree, she was focused on positioning herself for immediate employment upon graduation. Her “money mission” focus motivated her to complete six internships while in college and also work part-time jobs. O’Toole, who is also a certified Journey Dance facilitator, guides moving meditations, and serves as a WW coach, as she is dedicated to helping people design their lives..  Jean, who grew up in Western Massachusetts, resides in Oak Ridge, New Jersey.  So much to learn today. Thanks for listening. Enjoy. Please subscribe and share! Connect with Jean and Learn More: https://www.connections101.com/ https://twitter.com/scholarshipjean https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCIc-Zo6fayi8pXDiuFA2z_g https://www.instagram.com/scholarshipstrategies/ https://www.facebook.com/scholarshipstrategies/ Jean@connections101.com 917-405-0596 Length - 1:06:45
March 2, 2020
Today, Michele McPhee talks to us about her books Maximum Harm (Boston Marathon murders) and Operation Mean Streets (The threat to our schools and communities from the gang MS-13). This is episode 283 of Teaching Learning Leading K12. ( She had just presented at a state principal's conference.) Best selling author, Emmy-nominated investigative reporter and award-winning journalist Michele McPhee has spent two decades covering terrorism, murder, mobsters, and corruption for television, newspapers and radio. McPhee’s investigative work has led to gunpoint threats delivered by angry Boston mobsters, a frightening encounter on KKK-protected dirt roads in Arkansas, threats from gang bangers, and IRS audits. She chased Gianni Versace’s killer around South Beach, Miami; snuck into John Gotti’s wake in Queens, New York; and posed as a mob moll with an undercover NYPD detective targeting fight fixing in Las Vegas. She was also on the ground at the scene of two terror attacks on American soil. McPhee was among the first reporters at Ground Zero when two human-filled bombs hurtled into the World Trade Center towers on September 11, 2001. She was also a witness to the carnage unleashed by two homegrown terrorists who detonated two pressure cooker bombs secreted in backpacks placed in the crowd along the finish line of the Boston Marathon on April 15, 2013 and is currently at work on a book about the FBI’s involvement with accused bomber Tamerlan Tsarnaev. McPhee is the author of five true crime books, including A Mob Story the book notorious Boston mobster Whitey Bulger had on his bookshelf at his Santa Monica hideout. McPhee was the Boston producer for ABC News working in the Brian Ross Investigative Unit and has broken multiple national stories regarding New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez and his murderous past. She was the first reporter in the country to obtain a picture of accused bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s anti-American missive scribbled on the side of a Watertown boat where he hid for hours during a massive police manhunt. She also traveled to Montreal to interview, with Brian Ross, the world’s most sophisticated counterfeiter of US $20 bills and covered the trial of Boston mobster James “Whitey” Bulger. McPhee was the Police Bureau Chief for the New York Daily News for nearly a decade and has covered high-profile crime cases nationally and internationally, including the death of Princess Diana. She has been a commentator on breaking news for national programs on ABC World News, CNN; MSNBC; and the Fox News Network. She is the recipient of many journalism awards, including the Society of the Silurian’s Feature News Award for her New York Daily News 9-11 coverage. She was awarded First Place for Serious Column in the Boston Herald by the Associated Press. Her work for ABC Boston affiliate WCVB earned her a 2012 Emmy nomination for Outstanding Investigative Reporting. Thanks for listening! Please remember to share and subscribe.   Connect with Michele: http://michelemcphee.com/ https://www.newsweek.com/2018/06/22/ms-13-972406.html Maximum Harm https://twitter.com/MicheleMcPhee     Length - 23:46
February 22, 2020
Welcome back! This is part 2 of my interview with Liam D. Auliciems and Scott Harding. They are working in Australia. We talk about their organization PRAC-E, teachers, and teaching in Australia, England, and the US. Lots to learn. Thanks for listening. Don't forget that this is part 2 of a two part series. Episode 281 is part one. So take a moment and listen to part 1 first. You won't be disappointed. This is one of my all time favorite interviews. Liam and Scott are amazing!!! PRAC-E was founded in 2018 in Australia, by Liam D. Auliciems and Scott Harding, after they could not withstand the growing statistics of the ‘teacher drought’ any longer. Join us in part 1 of a two part series as we talk about the teacher drought, PRAC-E, teachers, and teaching. This has to be one of my all time favorite talks - ever! Liam and Scott are amazing! Thanks for listening! This is episode 281 of Teaching Learning Leading K12, an audio podcast. PRAC-E is an initiative to support beginning teachers through best in class digital media and in-person symposium events. PRAC-E is made by teachers, for teachers. PRAC-E has connected with some of Australia’s leading Universities and have also independently run several PRAC-E Symposiums, where a varied panel of educators aim to demystify the profession for beginning teachers in a Q&A format. PRAC-E also creates regular digital media, such as the #ASKPRAC-ENANYTHING and Teach Hack Challenge video series, as well as the PRAC-E Podcast. Through this content, PRAC-E has connected with several notable people to spread its message. This exposure includes a primetime story feature on the national ABC News, collaborations with influential teacher media creators, as well as a guest appearance on the Teachers Need Teachers Podcast, and EduMagic podcast in the U.S. PRAC-E’s aim is to support beginning teachers, to create a budding community and to bring an end to the teacher drought. Bio for Liam D. AuliciemsLiam D. Auliciems is an education entrepreneur, academic researcher, registered teacher and a postgrad Masters student from Australia. After seeing first-hand the dismal state of affairs of beginning teachers across the world, Liam co-founded PRAC-E to help find a solution to the ‘teacher drought’. Liam has had a varied experience during his short time in the teaching profession, from being a Residential Tutor in one of Brisbane’s largest private schools, to volunteering his time to support some of Australia’s lowest socio-economic students. Liam hopes to be an agent of change in the educational sphere, to disrupt the status quo and challenge traditional ideals of pedagogy and student care. Bio for Scott HardingScott Harding has been dubbed the ‘educational all-rounder’ due to his wealth of experience in the teaching profession. Through his 22+ years in the classroom, Scott has had first-hand experience in every type of school you could imagine, from co-ed/single sex, private/public in both his home country of England and Australia. Scott has an undying passion for mentoring beginning teachers and has begun numerous ventures to ‘send the elevator back down’. Scott has a seemingly never-ending supply of poignant anecdotes, practical advice and entertaining stories, all of which carry important lessons for beginning teachers. Scott is currently a senior teacher in one of Brisbane’s quickest moving independent schools, and teaches English and French at the Secondary level. Thanks for listening! Please share and subscribe! Don't forget...if you haven't listened to episode 281 ...it is part 1 of this 2 part series. Enjoy! Connect with Liam and Scott and find out more: praceproductions@gmail.com https://www.prac-e.com/ https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCjYZnQTe_bVQz4TbyhmxwZA https://www.instagram.com/prac_e/ https://www.facebook.com/praceproductions/ https://twitter.com/prac_e https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/prac-e-podcast/id1353493632?mt=2 https://teachconnect.edu.au/ https://www.linkedin.com/company/prac-eproductions/ https://open.spotify.com/show/4TzyRuXziaFctjenxzRbqL Length - 1:15:07
February 14, 2020
PRAC-E was founded in 2018 in Australia, by Liam D. Auliciems and Scott Harding, after they could not withstand the growing statistics of the ‘teacher drought’ any longer. Join us in part 1 of a two part series as we talk about the teacher drought, PRAC-E, teachers, and teaching. This has to be one of my all time favorite talks - ever! Liam and Scott are amazing! Thanks for listening! This is episode 281 of Teaching Learning Leading K12, an audio podcast. PRAC-E is an initiative to support beginning teachers through best in class digital media and in-person symposium events. PRAC-E is made by teachers, for teachers. PRAC-E has connected with some of Australia’s leading Universities and have also independently run several PRAC-E Symposiums, where a varied panel of educators aim to demystify the profession for beginning teachers in a Q&A format. PRAC-E also creates regular digital media, such as the #ASKPRAC-ENANYTHING and Teach Hack Challenge video series, as well as the PRAC-E Podcast. Through this content, PRAC-E has connected with several notable people to spread its message. This exposure includes a primetime story feature on the national ABC News, collaborations with influential teacher media creators, as well as a guest appearance on the Teachers Need Teachers Podcast, and EduMagic podcast in the U.S. PRAC-E’s aim is to support beginning teachers, to create a budding community and to bring an end to the teacher drought. Bio for Liam D. Auliciems Liam D. Auliciems is an education entrepreneur, academic researcher, registered teacher and a postgrad Masters student from Australia. After seeing first-hand the dismal state of affairs of beginning teachers across the world, Liam co-founded PRAC-E to help find a solution to the ‘teacher drought’. Liam has had a varied experience during his short time in the teaching profession, from being a Residential Tutor in one of Brisbane’s largest private schools, to volunteering his time to support some of Australia’s lowest socio-economic students. Liam hopes to be an agent of change in the educational sphere, to disrupt the status quo and challenge traditional ideals of pedagogy and student care. Bio for Scott HardingScott Harding has been dubbed the ‘educational all-rounder’ due to his wealth of experience in the teaching profession. Through his 22+ years in the classroom, Scott has had first-hand experience in every type of school you could imagine, from co-ed/single sex, private/public in both his home country of England and Australia. Scott has an undying passion for mentoring beginning teachers and has begun numerous ventures to ‘send the elevator back down’. Scott has a seemingly never-ending supply of poignant anecdotes, practical advice and entertaining stories, all of which carry important lessons for beginning teachers. Scott is currently a senior teacher in one of Brisbane’s quickest moving independent schools, and teaches English and French at the Secondary level. Thanks for listening! Please share and subscribe! Come back next week for the exciting conclusion with Liam and Scott in Episode 282! Enjoy! Connect with Liam and Scott and find out more: praceproductions@gmail.com https://www.prac-e.com/ https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCjYZnQTe_bVQz4TbyhmxwZA https://www.instagram.com/prac_e/ https://www.facebook.com/praceproductions/ https://twitter.com/prac_e https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/prac-e-podcast/id1353493632?mt=2 https://teachconnect.edu.au/ https://www.linkedin.com/company/prac-eproductions/ https://open.spotify.com/show/4TzyRuXziaFctjenxzRbqL Length - 1:15:07
February 8, 2020
David Miletto completes his talk with me today as we learn more about his art, the help he is seeking and a little more about Lynda. This is episode 280 of Teaching Learning Leading K12. This is the conclusion of my interview with David Miletto. Over the four episodes he talked about his Italian heritage, shared family stories, recalled thoughts about growing up in and around Chicago, related his memories of coming of age from the late 1950's through the early 1970's and explained his ideas about his works of art. I hope that you see an opportunity not to just listen to someone share their life experiences but also think about how students could use interviews as such to help them better understand the past.  David recently published his story about his 25 year relationship with Lynda that you heard him mention during the interviews. His book is called "Images of an Idea Lost." See the link below to get a copy from Apple Books. Our talk took place over four episodes which spanned several months just as the original interviews took place over several meetings. Go back to episodes 269, 271, and 277 to listen to David's story from the beginning. See the links below. Thanks for listening. Please share and subscribe. Enjoy!   Connect with David: dgmiletto@gmail.com Episode 69 Episode 71 Episode 77 Link to Images of an Idea Lost on Apple Books   Length - 58:19
February 1, 2020
Adam Geller is the founder and CEO of Edthena and the author of Evidence of Practice: Playbook for Video-Powered Professional Learning. Evidence of Learning explains how using video observation and video coaching can have high impact on teacher growth. This is episode 279 of Teaching Learning Leading K12, an audio podcast. He started his career in education as a science teacher in St. Louis, Missouri. Since 2011, Adam has overseen the evolution of Edthena from a paper-based prototype into a research-informed and patented platform used by schools, districts, teacher training programs, and professional development providers. Adam has written on education technology topics for various publications including Education Week, Forbes, and edSurge, and he has been an invited speaker about education technology and teacher training for conferences at home and abroad. Today, we are going to focus on Adam’s book written with Annie Lewis O’Donnell - Evidence of Practice: Playbook for Video-Powered Professional Learning. Great topic! Lots to learn Thanks for listening! Don't forget to share and subscribe! Enjoy! Connect with Adam and Learn More: https://www.linkedin.com/company/edthena/ https://www.evidenceofpractice.com/ https://twitter.com/edthena https://www.facebook.com/Edthena/ https://www.edthena.com/ https://www.linkedin.com/in/adamgeller/   Length - 46:33
January 23, 2020
Joe Johnson is a leadership consultant, public speaker, and trainer. His company is Elevate Performance. Joe is a former star defensive back at the University of Notre Dame, a former professional football player with the Jacksonville Bulls of the USFL, and had a successful run in financial services in the corporate world. This is episode 278 of Teaching Learning Leading K12, an audio podcast. Joe was born in Fostoria, OH in 1963. A small town located in Northwestern, OH In 1980, he signed a football scholarship with the University of Notre Dame and went on to be a 4 year starting defensive back for the Fighting Irish football team Eventually, Joe was selected Tri-Captain of the 1984-85 Fighting Irish football team. He played with  #75 Larry Williams who is the current AD at the University of Akron and #55 Mike Golic of ESPN fame. After Notre Dame, he played professional football (#48) for the Jacksonville Bulls in the United States Football League (USFL) and in 1989 transitioned out of Competitive Sports and into Corporate America within Financial Services where he rose to the level of Executive Vice President. In 2009, he decided to share his personal, athletic and professional experiences to help organizations and individuals develop their leadership skills. Thanks for listening. Don't forget to share and subscribe. Enjoy!    Connect with Joe: Joe Johnson Elevate Performance Leadership Consultant/Coach 301-802-5840 joe@elev8toperform.com https://www.elev8toperform.com/ https://www.linkedin.com/in/elev8toperform/ https://twitter.com/elev8toperform https://www.instagram.com/elev8toperform/   Length - 37:58
January 16, 2020
David Miletto was a child in the '50s, a teenager in the 60's and in his twenties in the 1970's. He lived through some amazing years in the United States and he shares his thoughts about many different topics. In this episode, David shares some stories from his college days, recalls his thoughts about some journeys he took with friends, and he starts to introduce us to a wonderful relationship that begins to develop. At the end of the show, David talks about the help that he is in need of to try to finish his latest work of art. Maybe you might be able to help him?  Remember that this is episode 3. It would be awesome if you hadn't completed episodes 1 & 2 yet that you go back and listen to the beginning of this 4 part series. So check out Episodes 269 & 271, if you haven't listened to the first two parts of the four-part interview. By the way, David just released his e-book - Images of an Idea Lost(Apple Books)  As a classroom teacher, my hope is that you will be able to use some of his comments about life in the past as a way of getting your students to create a better understanding of the importance of asking questions of those who were there: in this case, Chicagoland area in the 50s and 60s…(by the way the journey will also take us to Texas, Florida, maybe Las Vegas, and Italy...even Wisconsin). Too often textbooks leave out the emotions and the true feelings of the people of the era. What do you think? I am sure that you could use this to engage your students in discussions about the past. Primary sources of information provide us opportunities to learn without the bias of the editors. This multi-part series provides an awesome learning opportunity for the students in your classes. Don't forget to go back and listen to : part 1 - Episode 269. and part 2 - Episode 271. Thanks for listening. Please subscribe and share. Enjoy!   Connect with David: dgmiletto@gmail.comDavid's e-book: Images of an Idea Lost (Apple Books) Length - 1:01:37
January 9, 2020
Eleanor Cripps shares her book - "The Countess Choir Woman" with us today on episode 276 of Teaching Learning Leading K12, an audio podcast. Imagine a wronged woman receiving a new chance at life. This is the scenario that plays out in the debut historical fiction, The Countess Choir Woman, by Eleanor Cripps. It is a dramatic and captivating real-life story from several centuries ago that resonates with many of us today. Eleanor is sharing a unique story of an 18th-century woman who unwittingly submitted to unforeseen circumstances, and upon reaching a breaking point, chose prolonged cruel imprisonment over sacrificing her dignity. It is a moving but shocking story that has never been told. The author retells it in her book: The Countess Choir Woman. The Countess Choir Woman is an authentic look at Austria in the 1700s and the history of the famed Abbey of Goss (a contemplative order of choir women from noble families) as a tale of morality, courage, and conviction to one’s faith. Eleanor, who hails from the Austrian town of Loeben, discovered the historical events that inspired the book at a class reunion.  Born in Austria, she learned English, French, and Italian. She worked for five years in South Africa and then worked for two years in Myanmar as a trilingual secretary and a delegate for the German Trade Information Service.   She later lectured about Hinayana Buddhism before taking a job with the now-defunct Pan Am World Airways. She migrated to America and got her real estate license, serving the industry for 30 years. She now resides in Falls Church, Virginia. Thanks for listening! It would be awesome if you subscribed and shared. Enjoy! Learn more: www.christianfaithpublishing.com https://youtu.be/yMlQIVA43jE https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-countess-choir-woman-eleanor-cripps/1130722270 https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07QMTDC28/ref=dp-kindle-redirect?_encoding=UTF8&btkr=1 https://fcnp.com/2019/08/05/decade-of-work-culminates-in-f-c-authors-inaugural-novel/ https://www.blogtalkradio.com/conversationslive/2019/11/14/author-eleanor-cripps-talks-thecountesschoirwoman-on-conversationslive   Length - 31:35
January 3, 2020
For the past 35 years Dana Stahl, M.Ed., an educational consultant, diagnostician, child-parent advocate, and learning specialist, has worked with families, educators, psychologists, and service providers to help identify learning issues in children and to provide the assistance, resources, and guidance needed to address these issues. Her recently published book, The ABCs of Learning Issues, is critically acclaimed and has been featured in Chicago Parent, L.A. Parent, Midwest Book Review, Education Update Online, and Special Needs Book Review.  The ABCs of Learning Issues also received the Parent and Teacher Choice Award and the NAPPA Award (National Parenting Product Awards). In 2014 she founded Educational Alternative LLC, building upon her experience in diagnostic assessment, educational intervention, and advocacy to help parents find schools and programs for their children.  She explores alternative and educational options with students and families and advises on appropriate day and boarding school placements and differential instruction for children with learning deficits; on therapeutic needs for special needs children, and on college searches for schools with learning disorder support programs. Dana also provides career vocational planning for individuals experiencing failure to launch and who need guidance in selecting career choices that match their specific skill set. Dana Stahl, who struggled from a learning disability, became a learning specialist to assist children with learning issues to find compensatory strategies to reach their social, emotional, and academic potential.  She also provides life coaching and counseling for children with learning disabilities, Autism, ADHD, and Dyslexia, as well as career and vocational counseling. She earned a B.S. in Special Education from Boston University and a Masters of Education Diagnostic Prescriptive Clinician from The College of William and Mary.   This is episode 275 of Teaching Learning Leading K12, an audio podcast for educators. Our talk focuses on Dana's book, The ABCs of Learning Issues: A Practical Guide for Parents. Thanks for listening! Please share and subscribe. Enjoy! Connect With Dana: http://educationalalternativesllc.com/ https://www.facebook.com/EducationalAlternativesLLC https://www.linkedin.com/company/educational-alternatives-llc/about/ https://twitter.com/DanaStahlMEd danaconsults@gmail.com914-907-9144 Length - 33:23
December 19, 2019
Mikhal Dekel discusses her book Tehran Children: A Holocaust Refugee Odyssey (W.W. Norton & Company, 2019). This is episode 274 of Teaching Learning Leading K12, an audio podcast for educators. Mikhal Dekel was born in Haifa, Israel, to a Holocaust refugee father and an Israeli-born mother. Over the course of seven intense years, she completed her mandatory military service, earned an L.L.B. from Tel Aviv University’s Buchmann School of Law, interned at the Tel Aviv State Attorney’s Office and joined the Israel Bar Association, before deciding to take a complete break. In New York, where Mikhal traveled to regroup, she worked odd jobs, sat for hours at the MOMA (Museum of Modern Art) before Manet’s Water Lilies, and eventually began a graduate program in English at the City College of New York and then a Doctoral program at Columbia University. She now lives in Manhattan with her family, teaches English and Comparative Literature at the City College and the CUNY Graduate Center, and directs CCNY’s Rifkind Center for the Humanities and Arts. Tehran Children: A Holocaust Refugee Odyssey (2019) is the culmination of Mikhal’s decade-long journey to understand her father and the odyssey at the core of his young adulthood—an experience which he never talked about, though it informed every aspect of his being. His wartime odyssey was also part of a larger chapter in the history of World War II, that of refugees in Central Asia and the Middle East. The fact that most Polish Jews who survived the war had followed this path was virtually unknown at the time when she began writing. At CCNY, Mikhal teaches courses on Literature and Theory of Migrations; the Historical Memoir; Representations of Trauma; Law and Literature, and other topics. Mikhal also directs the Rifkind Center for the Humanities and Arts at CCNY, which under her leadership has supported faculty research, awarded fellowships and hosted talks, conferences and interdisciplinary seminars that seek to broaden the academic conversation. Thanks for listening. Please share and subscribe. Enjoy! Connect with Mikhal and Learn More: https://mikhaldekel.com/ https://mikhaldekel.com/tehran-children/ https://www.facebook.com/MikhalDekelAuthor/ https://twitter.com/DekelMikhal https://twitter.com/WWNortonLibrary https://twitter.com/wwnorton mikhal@mikhaldekel.com https://rifkindcenter.org/ https://forward.com/culture/432959/in-tehran-children-by-mikhal-dekel-a-peripatetic-holocaust-story/     Length - 35:55
December 13, 2019
Dr. Brian P. Simon is a serial entrepreneur, specializing in real estate marketing, advertising, land acquisition, new construction, and mortgage advisory. He is also the author of a new book, The Real Estate Journey: From Dreaming and Home Buying to Realty and Entrepreneurship. (Morgan James Publishing, October 15, 2019). Dr. Simon, who also owns a title company, Lender’s Title, a full-service branding studio, Simon Studios, a real estate firm, Fit Realty, and a home-building company, Custom Homes of Virginia, now helps others embrace the entrepreneurial spirit and shows them how to be successful at whatever passion they pursue. His business leadership and communication skills were honed while serving as the academic dean at Tidewater Bible College, an adjunct professor at Regent University School of Divinity, and as an ordained minister. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Fairmont State University, majoring in business management. His Master of Arts in church history and doctrine was earned at Regent University. His doctorate in ministry with an emphasis on leadership training was earned at Regent University, as well. He resides in Suffolk, Virginia with his family. He enjoys fishing with his son, hunting, and lock-down Netflix binges with his wife. He also thoroughly enjoys staying current on the latest technology. Thanks for listening! Please share and subscribe. Enjoy! Connect with Brian: https://briansimon.com/ info@briansimon.com https://www.instagram.com/dr.briansimon_entrepreneur/ https://www.facebook.com/DrBrianSimon/ https://www.linkedin.com/in/briansimon/ https://simonstudios.myportfolio.com/ https://briansimon.com/presale Length - 45:52
December 7, 2019
In his new book, Tafolla Toro: Three Years of Fear (2019), Lorenzo Gomez III reaches back in time to share stories of his turbulent, traumatic, and often violent middle school years in one of San Antonio’s most crime-riddled neighborhoods. This is episode 272 of Teaching Learning Leading K12, an audio podcast. Lorenzo opens up to reveal the fear, anxiety, and hopelessness he felt as a teenager and how those forces shaped his life until he began taking steps as an adult to improve his mental health. Alternating between shocking stories from his youth and letters written to his 12-year-old self, Lorenzo shows young people how to retake the battle of their mind by dealing with what is true and dismantling the lies that lead to self-deception. In Lorenzo’s journey, readers will see someone who understands what they feel, knows what they’re going through, and is standing up to tell them: Decide today that you are worthy. Lorenzo Gomez III overcame his mental health obstacles to become a proud participant in the transformation of the city he loves—San Antonio. He’s the chairman of Geekdom, Texas’s largest coworking space, the co-founder of the 80/20 Foundation and Tech Bloc, and has served on the board of several non-profits, including SA2020 and City Education Partners.  Lorenzo is also the author of The Cilantro Diaries, which quickly became a bestseller (and required reading at Texas A&M) when it was published in 2017.  Thanks for listening. Don't forget to share and subscribe. Enjoy! Connect with Lorenzo: lorenzo@geekdom.com http://lorenzogomez.com/ Amazon link for Tafolla Toro https://www.instagram.com/geekdommedia/?hl=en https://www.facebook.com/geekdommedia/ https://twitter.com/GeekdomMediasa https://brandbrothersshow.com/ @LGomez123 (Twitter) LGomez123 (Instagram)   Length - 54:42
November 29, 2019
David Miletto is an artist. He was a child in the 50s, a teenager in the 60s, and in the late 60s- early 70s a college student. This is episode 271 of Teaching Learning Leading K12 which is part 2 of a multi-part series of interviews with David. We talk about being an Italian American, living in the era, Chicago, family stories and life in general. At the end of each episode, David describes a project he is working on and the help that he is seeking to make it come alive. He has always been one of my favorite uncles. I think you will see why. David has an incredible sense of humor. He also is an amazing cook who makes some of the most amazing dishes!  As a classroom teacher, my hope is that you will be able to use some of his comments about life in the past as a way of getting your students to create a better understanding of the importance of asking questions of those who were there: in this case, Chicagoland area in the 50s and 60s…(by the way the journey will also take us to Texas, Florida, maybe Las Vegas, and Italy...even Wisconsin). Too often textbooks leave out the emotions and the true feelings of the people of the era. What do you think? I am sure that you could use this to engage your students in discussions about the past. Primary sources of information provide us opportunities to learn without the bias of the editors. This multi-part series provides an awesome learning opportunity for the students in your classes. Don't forget to go back and listen to part 1 - Episode 269. Thanks for listening. Please subscribe and share. Enjoy! Connect with David: dgmiletto@gmail.com   Length - 1:02:00
November 21, 2019
If not being able to read was a disease, it would be an epidemic. Millions of Americans can’t read but illiteracy often goes unacknowledged or unnoticed. If you are the parent or teacher of a child who struggles with reading, you know the painful way that illiteracy steals their confidence and robs them of the joy that comes from learning. William Manzanares IV – a member of the Puyallup Tribe in Washington state – wrote I Can’t Read: A Guide to Success Through Failure (2019) to give the literacy conversation a much-needed jumpstart. William, who grew up unable to read and later learned he had dyslexia, overcame these obstacles and transformed himself into a successful serial entrepreneur. In this inspirational story, William shares strategic superpowers that worked for him in the hopes it will improve literacy for those who can’t read. The book includes personal anecdotes to inspire kids everywhere – especially young Native Americans – to pursue their dreams.He is a serial entrepreneur, having owned and operated successful businesses since 2005.William is passionate about helping small business owners as well as struggling readers. To that end, he spends much of his time speaking with students about career planning and goal setting. Thanks for listening. Please share and subscribe. Enjoy!   Connect with William and Find Out More: https://willtalksbiz.com/ https://www.facebook.com/willtalksbiz/ https://twitter.com/willtalksbiz https://www.instagram.com/willtalksbiz/ https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCt0_yZIOZV0qeCTAFFo6LMA/featured https://www.linkedin.com/in/william-manzanares-9530b196/ Get I Can’t Read on Amazon https://lioncrest.com/   Length - 45:24
November 15, 2019
David Miletto is an artist. He has an amazing talent for bringing ideas to life. This is episode 269 of Teaching Learning Leading K12 and the first part of a multi-part interview with David as we talk about Italian heritage, family stories, Chicago, life in the 50's-60's-70's, and art.  He also is one of my favorite uncles. He has an incredible sense of humor. He is an amazing cook who makes his own pasta and I swear I can sense when he is cooking...awesome aromas! And I always remember him having an interesting comment or two that would make me think…“Like in the 80s when he asked me which of my music groups I think will still be relevant in 20 years.” Or him practicing his spoken Italian and talking about the family history...You have never lived until you have experienced him driving through the toll booths of Chicago!He also is an avid baseball and Whitesox fan… This interview is focused on David as a primary source of information. He lived through some amazing aspects of our country. This will be a multipart show. In the first episode, we will share some family history and then talk about being a child in the 50s and early 60s. As a classroom teacher, my hope is that you will be able to use some of his thoughts and comments about life in the past as a way of getting your students to hear the thoughts of someone who was there...Chicagoland area in the 50s and 60s…(by the way the journey will also take us to Texas, Florida, maybe Las Vegas, and Italy...even Wisconsin)...part two and three will bring us through the turbulent teenage years and the late 60s, and then into some events in later years of his life. Remember David is an artist and at the end of each episode, we will journey into some of his work and a special request for assistance with a project that he is trying to take to the next level and complete. Thanks for listening. Please subscribe and share. Enjoy! Connect with David: dgmiletto@gmail.com    Length - 1:32:59
November 8, 2019
Dr. Daniel H. Shapiro has served for over twenty years as a teacher, school counselor, mentor, and district leader in the Broward County Public Schools in Florida. This is episode 268 of Teaching Learning Leading K12. He received National Board Teacher Certification in early adolescence/English language arts in 2006, earned his master’s degree in school counseling in 2009, and received his doctoral degree in education with a specialization in instructional leadership in 2012. His doctoral dissertation was entitled “An Exploration of the Role of Caring in Teacher Mentoring Relationships.” During his career, Dr. Shapiro received the Florida Governor’s Shine Award for Inspirational Teaching. He was named a Broward County Public Schools 2014 Caliber Award winner and the 2015 Florida School Counselor Association (FSCA) Elementary School Counselor of the Year.  He is now a school counseling specialist and provides mentoring and professional development to school counselors within the Broward County School District. He also serves as an adjunct professor of school counseling at Nova Southeastern University. Dr. Shapiro is the author of The 5 Practices of the Caring Mentor: Strengthening the Mentoring Relationship from the Inside Out. He offers workshops on a variety of topics, is a keynote speaker and provides individual mentoring sessions.  Dr. Shapiro lives with his wife and two children in South Florida.   Connect with Daniel: https://danielhshapiro.com/ contact@danielhshapiro.com https://www.linkedin.com/in/dr-daniel-h-shapiro/ https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCI0zchmQnHQom2QTC8JI8qw https://www.amazon.com/Practices-Caring-Mentor-Strengthening-Relationship/dp/1733580808 https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-5-practices-of-the-caring-mentor-daniel-h-shapiro/1130958120;jsessionid=97562EB15A1DED46D087014061FBB11A.prodny_store01-atgap17 Length - 54:24
October 31, 2019
Dr. Terrie Young, Amanda Amerson, and Donna McNair talk with me about the IEP process. This is episode 267 of Teaching Learning Leading K12, an audio podcast. We started this conversation in episode 246.  Please take the time to listen to that episode, as well. Dr. Terrie Young is the Director of East Central Georgia Learning Resources System where she provides technical assistance and training on special education-related topics to administrators, teachers, and support staff for the ten school districts in the Heart of Georgia RESA Region.  Through Dr. Young’s leadership, the East Central Georgia Learning Resources System won the ASPIRE Leadership Award in 2015 for piloting and leading the region in the statewide student-led IEP initiative. Terrie holds a bachelor’s degree in early childhood education and master’s and a specialist degree in special education with an emphasis in behavior disorders.  Terrie’s doctorate degree is in elementary and secondary administration. Terrie believes that all students can learn and that it is through effective leadership, and teachers building positive relationships with students that true teaching and learning occur.   Amanda Amerson is a Program Specialist with East Central GLRS, where she provides professional learning on special education-related topics to administrators, teachers and support staff for the ten school districts in the Heart of Georgia RESA Region. Amanda has presented at many state-level conferences and collaborates with multiple state and local agencies to improve outcomes for students with disabilities.  She has a master’s degree in special education and has been a special educator for 23 years. Amanda is passionate about education and believes that through collaboration and excellent teaching all students can reach their highest potential.   Donna McNair retired from Washington County Schools in 2010 after 34 years of service as a teacher, school psychologist, and special education director. She has the following degrees: BS in Elementary Education, MEd in Special Education / Learning Disabilities, both from Georgia College; EdS in School Psychology, with additional coursework for certification in Administration from Georgia Southern University. After retirement, Donna provided contracted services with East Central GLRS, and several school systems. She also taught part-time at Georgia College in the Special Education program of the Teacher Education department as well as from 2015-2019 taught full time at Georgia College. Donna is now enjoying lots of “salt air therapy” and more time with grandchildren and her bridge club friends. Lots to learn today. Thanks for listening! Please subscribe and share. Enjoy! Find more information: The following are great links from our state in helping parents and teachers understand IEP development -    Georgia Individualized Education Program Implementation Manual - https://www.gadoe.org/Curriculum-Instruction-and-Assessment/Special-Education-Services/Documents/Implementation%20Manual%202018-19/IEP.pdf   Georgia's Special Education Parent Rights Resource Page - https://www.gadoe.org/Curriculum-Instruction-and-Assessment/Special-Education-Services/Pages/Parent-Rights.aspx    Georgia Special Education Glossary of Terms - https://www.gadoe.org/Curriculum-Instruction-and-Assessment/Special-Education-Services/Documents/Supplement%20-%20Glossary.pdf    Georgia Parent Mentor Partnership - http://www.parentmentors.org/   IDEA - Guide to the IEP - https://www2.ed.gov/parents/needs/speced/iepguide/index.html  Length - 40:12
October 24, 2019
Brian Buffington talks with me about Goosechase, A. I., using Google Tools, and new Happy Music. This is episode 266 of Teaching Learning Leading K12, an audio podcast for educators. Brian Buffington is an EDU pioneer, always sniffing out better ways to increase student engagement and learning through technology. He inspires thousands of teachers, admins, and students in regards to instructional technology strategies, professional media production, and digital living education. Brian has presented at national, state, and regional conferences, highlighting EdTech and science education. His background includes teaching middle schoolers about science, owning music venues and vintage clothing shops, and writing songs about cheese and “8th Grade Mustaches”. His most recent endeavors include: “The EdTech Showcase”, a multiple-day event where educator rock stars showcase student-centered creative uses of technology. These showcases are professionally videoed, published, and organized by state standards. Since 2017, he also broadcasted a cyber safety event on Facebook LIVE, “A Parent’s Guide to Raising Digital Natives”. In 2019, Brian directed and produced “Vape News”, a PSA video series aimed to combat student vaping. When Brian is not playing with tech, he’s playing House Concerts and singing #happymusicforthemasses. Along with his wife Brooke, he owns a Creative Arts Company, Studio Blue. The Buffingtons reside in Northeast Georgia, where they raise 2 crazy kids and look for adventure. Thanks for listening! Please share and subscribe. Enjoy! Connect with Brian: https://briankbuffington.com/ https://twitter.com/brianbuffington https://www.instagram.com/brianbuffington/ https://www.youtube.com/user/pioneerRESAtech/featured     Length - 51:33
October 19, 2019
Patrice M. Bain co-authored Powerful Teaching: Unleash the Science of Learning with Dr. Pooja K. Agarwal (2019) This is episode 265 of Teaching Learning Leading K12, an audio podcast for educators. Patrice M. Bain, Ed.S. is passionate about student success using research-based strategies. As a veteran K–12 teacher, Patrice recently completed more than 25 years teaching social studies at a middle school in Illinois.Patrice is the only teacher-author of the popular practice guide, Organizing Instruction and Study to Improve Student Learning commissioned by the Institute of Education Sciences. Patrice's teaching approaches have been featured on TV (PBS's NOVA), radio (NPR), popular press, and multiple books.Ms. Bain frequently presents professional development workshops throughout the United States. She has taught education courses at the graduate level, and she was a finalist for Illinois Teacher of the Year and a Fulbright Scholar in Russia.   Connect with Patrice and Learn More: https://www.powerfulteaching.org/ https://www.patricebain.com/ patrice@patricebain.com  https://twitter.com/patricebain1 https://www.powerfulteaching.org/speaking https://www.poojaagarwal.com/ https://twitter.com/PoojaAgarwal ask@retrievalpractice.org https://www.retrievalpractice.org https://www.retrievalpractice.org/subscribe https://twitter.com/RetrieveLearn Length - 49:35
October 10, 2019
Barbara R. Blackburn is the author of Advocacy from A to Z (2018) written with her father Robert Blackburn and Ronald Williamson. Today, Barbara shares what advocacy is, why educators need to pursue it, and how the listeners can get involved. This is episode 264 of Teaching Learning Leading K12, an audio podcast for educators.  Ranked in the Top 30 Global Gurus in Education, Barbara has dedicated her life to raising the level of rigor and motivation for professional educators and students alike. What differentiates Barbara’s books are her easily executable concrete examples based on decades of experience as a teacher, professor, and consultant. Barbara’s dedication to education was inspired in her early years by her parents, Bob and Rose. Her father’s doctorate and lifetime career as a professor taught her the importance of professional training. Her mother’s career as a school secretary shaped Barbara’s appreciation of the effort all staff play in the education of every child. Barbara has taught early childhood, elementary, middle, and high school students and has served as an educational consultant for three publishing companies. She holds a master’s degree in school administration and was certified as both a teacher and a school principal in North Carolina. She received her Ph.D. in Curriculum and Teaching from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. In 2006, she received the award for Outstanding Junior Professor at Winthrop University. She recently left her position at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte to write and speak full-time. In addition to speaking at state, national, and international conferences, she also regularly presents workshops for teachers and administrators in elementary, middle, and high schools. Her workshops are lively and engaging and filled with practical information.  A few of her book titles are:  Rigor made easy: Getting Started Rigorous Schools and Classrooms: Leading the Way Rigor in Your Classroom: A Toolkit for Teachers Rigor in Your School: A Toolkit for Leaders Literacy from A to Z Rigor for Students with Special Needs Motivating Struggling Learners: 10 Ways to Build Student Success Rigor is Not a Four-Letter Word Rigor and Assessment in the Classroom Rigor and Differentiation in the Classroom Rigor in the RTI and MTSS  Classroom: Practical Tools and Strategies  As well as many others…. Lots to learn today!  Thanks for listening! Please feel free to share and it would be totally awesome if you subscribed to the podcast! Enjoy!   Connect with Barbara: www.barbarablackburnonline.com https://globalgurus.org/education-gurus-30/ www.routledge.com/eyeoneducation https://www.routledge.com/Advocacy-from-A-to-Z/Blackburn-Blackburn-Williamson/p/book/9781138125513 https://www.amazon.com/Advocacy-Z-Robert-Blackburn/dp/1138125512 https://twitter.com/BarbBlackburn https://www.pinterest.com/barbblackburn/ https://www.facebook.com/BarbaraRBlackburn/ https://www.amazon.com/Barbara-R.-Blackburn/e/B001JP4CC2/ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_2?qid=1524661800&sr=8-2 https://www.middleweb.com/37284/a-to-z-advocacy-advice-for-school-leaders/ Here are some other interviews with Barbara on Teaching Learning Leading K12: https://teachinglearningleadingk12.podbean.com/e/revisiting-rigor-in-the-rti-and-mtss-classroom-with-barbara-r-blackburn-bradley-s-witzel-228/ https://teachinglearningleadingk12.podbean.com/e/rigor-and-differentiation-in-the-classroom-with-barbara-r-blackburn-220/ https://teachinglearningleadingk12.podbean.com/e/rigor-in-the-rti-and-mtss-classroom-with-barbara-r-blackburn-194/ https://teachinglearningleadingk12.podbean.com/e/barbara-blackburn-rigor-and-assessment-in-the-classroom-186/ https://teachinglearningleadingk12.podbean.com/e/episode-51-rigor-made-easy-with-dr-barbara-blackburn/ Length - 36:38
October 3, 2019
Jennifer Kushell, CEO and founder of EYP Ventures has been on a mission to impact the lives and futures of young people globally for the past two decades.  As the creator of Exploring Your Potential (EYP) the revolutionary career planning online platform, Kushell aims to dramatically change how we prepare the next generation for the world of work.  This is episode 263 of Teaching Learning Leading K12, an audio podcast. Author of the New York Times Bestseller Secrets of the Young & Successful, Kushell has been called the “Career Doctor” by Cosmopolitan and a “guru” by US News and World Report.  She is an advisor to leading global youth organizations, a frequent delegate of several State Department led entrepreneurship missions and serves as a Trustee of the Global Youth Empowerment Fund, spearheaded by Junior Chamber International and the UN Sustainable Development Goal Action Campaign.  A relentless advocate for ambitious young people everywhere, Kushell has traveled 2 million miles and visited 50 countries.  In 1993, at 19, her Young Entrepreneurs Network was one of the first online communities on CompuServ. In her 20s, Kushell was instrumental in spearheading the young entrepreneur movement in America, garnering 300 million media impressions about the new trend.  In her 30s, YSN.com (Your Success Now) was launched as the first professional social network for young people, engaging 25,000 from 160 countries. From all that, EYP was born!  You are going to love this episode! Thanks for listening today! Please subscribe and share. Enjoy!   Connect and Learn More: http://jenniferkushell.com/ jennifer@exploringyourpotential.com https://twitter.com/ysnjen https://www.facebook.com/jennifer.kushell https://www.linkedin.com/in/jenniferkushell/ info@ysn.com http://ysn.com/   https://exploringyourpotential.com/ https://twitter.com/EYP_Now https://www.facebook.com/exploringyourpotential/ https://www.linkedin.com/company/exploring-your-potential/ https://www.instagram.com/exploringyourpotential/ http://bit.ly/yourpathEYP Length - 46:35
September 27, 2019
Ted Dintersmith discusses his book What School Could Be: Insights and Inspiration From Teachers Across America (2018) on episode 262 of Teaching Learning Leading K12, an audio podcast for educators. Ted is a successful venture capitalist with an eye on changing school. His four-decade career spans technology, business, public policy, and education philanthropy. He earned a PhD in engineering from Stanford University, lead a high tech start-up, and ranked as the top venture capitalist in the US for the years 1995- 1999. Ted organized and funded Most Likely to Succeed, a feature-length documentary on education that was directed by Greg Whiteley. The film has been an official selection of thirty major film festivals, including Sundance. To date, more than 7,000 communities in some 35 countries around the globe have screened the film, using it as a resource to spark discussion and inspire change. He also co-authored with Tony Wagner a book with the same title, analyzing our education system. Last year, Ted’s new book What School Could Be was released, which chronicles his road trip to visit 200 schools across all 50 states during the 2015-2016 school year. He was intent on discovering inspiring educators, and that’s exactly what happened. What School Could Be presents stories of teachers in ordinary circumstances doing extraordinary things. It’s has been a top-selling education book since its release. Don't forget to check out my first interview with Ted on episode 192 of Teaching Learning Leading K12 - What School Could Be with Ted Dintersmith. Thanks for listening. Please subscribe and share. Enjoy! Connect with Ted and Learn More https://teddintersmith.com/ https://teddintersmith.com/innovation-playlist/ https://twitter.com/dintersmith tdintersmith@gmail.com  Check out Part 1 of this conversation from April 2018: What School Could Be with Ted Dintersmith -192 Length - 1:02:52
September 20, 2019
Lydia Dean discusses her book Jumping the Picket Fence, global travel, philanthropy, and living one’s passion for episode 261 of Teaching Learning Leading K12, an audio podcast for educators.At the age of 30, Lydia Dean finds herself at the top of her game professionally, yet on the verge of an emotional breakdown. She quits her job and persuades her husband John to bring their young family on an inspirational path around the world in search of more meaning. The family initially settles in a quiet village in the South of France where they discover the joys of leading a simpler life. Reconnecting with her early childhood dreams of humanitarian work, Lydia’s adventures then take her further from the comforts of home as the young family travels extensively to areas lacking access to education and opportunity.Lydia is the Founder of GoPhilanthropic Travel- a socially-conscious travel company that connects people with the lesser-known humanitarians of the world and co-founded the non-profit GoPhilanthropic Foundation where she and a team advocate on behalf of people who are fighting for their basic rights.She documented her extraordinary pilgrimage around the globe and the untraditional way she raised her family in her book - Jumping the Picket Fence.  Lydia's adventures will inspire you to pursue your dreams. Thanks for listening. Please share and subscribe. Enjoy! Connect with Lydia and learn more: https://lydiadean.com/ https://www.linkedin.com/in/lydia-dean-22a43a29/ https://www.facebook.com/lydiadeanauthor https://www.instagram.com/lydia_a_dean/ https://lydiadean.com/gophilanthropic-travel/ https://lydiadean.com/gophilanthropic-foundation/   Get a Copy of Jumping the Picket Fence: Jumping the Picket Fence (Amazon) Jumping the Picket Fence ( GoPhilanthropic website)     Length - 39:57
September 13, 2019
Madeline Whitaker Good and Katherine Whitaker discuss their book Classroom Management From the Ground Up (2019) with me on episode 260 of Teaching Learning Leading K12, an audio podcast for educators. Madeline Whitaker Good is currently a middle school math teacher in Springfield, Missouri. Prior to moving to middle school, Madeline was an elementary school teacher in two different school districts. Katherine Whitaker is currently a high school math teacher in Kansas City, Missouri. Her first three years in the classroom were spent at the middle school level teaching math, algebra, and reading. She has taught Algebra A, Algebra I, and Algebra II Honors at the high school level. Madeline and Katherine co-authored the best selling book Classroom Management from the Ground Up (2019) and Your First Year: How to Survive and Thrive as a New Teacher (2016) with their father Dr. Todd Whitaker. Remember to check out Episode 250 - Madeline Whitaker Good & Katherine Whitaker discuss their book: Your First Year Thanks for listening. Please share and subscribe. Enjoy! Connect with Katherine or Madeline: Madeline Whitaker Good MWhitakerGood@gmail.com Mwhitakergood    Katherine Whitaker WhitakerK27@gmail.com MissWhitaker294   Classroom Management from the Ground Up https://www.routledge.com/Classroom-Management-From-the-Ground-Up/Whitaker-Good-Whitaker/p/book/9781138552319 Amazon (Classroom Management from the Ground Up)   Your First Year: How to Survive and Thrive as a New Teacher  https://www.routledge.com/Your-First-Year-How-to-Survive-and-Thrive-as-a-New-Teacher-1st-Edition/Whitaker-Whitaker-Good-Whitaker/p/book/9781138126152 www.routledge.com/9781138126152 Amazon (Your First Year) www.routledge.com/eyeoneducation Check out episode 250 - Madeline Whitaker Good & Katherine Whitaker discuss their book: Your First Year Length - 32:35
September 4, 2019
Gabriel Rene talks with me today about his book - The Spatial Web: How Web 3.0 Will Connect Humans, Machines, and AI to Transform the World. (2019). If you are listening on September 3rd, 2019, the book is available for .99 on Amazon for a limited time for you as a listener to Teaching Learning Leading K12. Gabriel is a technologist, researcher, and entrepreneur with a 25-year career in the Technology, Telecom and Media Industries specializing in emerging technologies and their applications across the industrial, fintech, mobile and spatial computing markets. He serves as Executive Director of the VERSES Foundation, a non-profit organization developing the open-source standards for the Spatial Web. He is a Founding Organizational Member of the IEEE Ethics Certification Program for Autonomous and Intelligent Systems (ECPAIS) a Global Board Member of the Virtual Reality Augmented Reality Association (VRARA) a Founding Member of the AR Cloud Association and an adviser to multiple AI, XR and Blockchain organizations. In his spare time, Gabriel studies cross-cultural philosophy, mythology, sociology, and cyber semiotics. He is a music composer and lover of culture. He lives with his wife Mariam in Los Angeles California. Thanks for listening. Please share and subscribe. Enjoy! Connect with Gabriel and Learn More: https://www.verses.io/ https://twitter.com/GReal1111 https://twitter.com/thespatialweb https://www.amazon.com/Spatial-Web-Connect-Machines-Transform-ebook/dp/B07X1V8D58/ https://www.amazon.com/Gabriel-Ren%C3%A9/e/B07X43SK67?ref_=dbs_p_ebk_r00_abau_000000 https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07X1V8D58/ref=dbs_a_def_rwt_bibl_vppi_i0 Length - 1:08:18
August 29, 2019
Catching up with Mark C. Perna, finding out about the book launch, and delving a little more into his award-winning book - Answering Why: Unleashing Passion, Purpose, and Performance in Younger Generations. This is episode 258 of the audio podcast Teaching Learning Leading K12. Mark C. Perna is the founder and CEO of TFS (Tools for Schools) in Cleveland, Ohio, a full-service strategic consulting firm whose mission is to share and support every client’s passion for making a difference.  As an international expert on Generations Y and Z, Mark has devoted his career to empowering educators and employers to unleash the tremendous potential of today’s young people, both in the classroom and on the job. Parents, schools, districts, businesses, and state organizations across North America have successfully used Mark’s insights and strategies to connect more effectively with the younger generations. A dynamic and motivational public speaker, Mark frequently delivers keynote speeches at national and statewide events. He has published numerous articles in national publications as a recognized voice in student engagement and success. Mark is passionate about the mission that he has created for himself. You will definitely hear and feel his energy, drive, and passion as we talk.   It was fun catching up with Mark. I think you will enjoy it, too. Thanks for listening. Please share with your colleagues and friends.  Also, don't forget to subscribe!   Connect with Mark and Learn More:  www.markcperna.com https://www.tfsresults.com/ https://www.beawade.com/blog/ https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCQ9CDLB_kNDpmdCoUe3SO5g https://www.instagram.com/mark_c_perna/ https://www.facebook.com/markcpernaleadership/ https://twitter.com/MarkPerna https://www.linkedin.com/in/markperna/ Length - 33:48
August 23, 2019
Kevin Stoller is the Co-Founder and CEO of Kay-Twelve, the author of the book Creating Better Learning Environments, and the voice behind The Better Learning Podcast. Today, we talk about his book, the podcast, what a better learning environment looks like, and so much more. Driven by his passion for enhancing the learning process, Kevin started Kay-Twelve in 2009. The underlying mission and philosophy of Kay-Twelve exemplify his commitment to improving the learning environment.  Kevin also is involved in several civic and industry groups, one of these programs works with kids to foster creativity and entrepreneurship.  Coupled with his experience in the contract furniture industry, Kevin Stoller has a B.S in Mass Communications from Miami University and an MBA from The Ohio State University.  Personally, he feels "deeply passionate about allowing kids to fail and learn how to handle adversity. Learning does not stop once they leave the four walls of a classroom and experience learning is invaluable." Kevin is married with 3 kids and though Kay-Twelve keeps him very busy, he still finds time to coach his 3 kids in their various sports.  Thanks for listening today. Lots to learn. Please subscribe and also share the episode. By the way, don't forget to get your free pdf copy of Kevin's book Creating Better Learning Environments: Furniture Concepts to Enhance Student Outcomes at https://www.kay-twelve.com/pages/miletto   Connect with Kevin and Learn More about Kay-Twelve.com   https://www.linkedin.com/in/kevinstoller/ https://www.kay-twelve.com/ https://www.kay-twelve.com/pages/miletto https://www.kay-twelve.com/pages/better-learning-podcast https://www.amazon.com/Creating-Better-Learning-Environments-Furniture/dp/153938568X https://www.kay-twelve.com/pages/our-book https://twitter.com/KevinStoller https://twitter.com/KayTwelve Instagram @kaytwelve https://marketbrief.edweek.org/marketplace-k-12/when-will-k-12-classrooms-scrap-those-age-old-rigid-desk-chairs/ https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/bueller-kevin-stoller/ https://ajet.org.au/index.php/AJET/index Length - 51:31
August 16, 2019
Heather Buskirk, M.A. is an instructional methods advisor at K12 and a national board-certified teacher with years of experience designing project-based learning.  Heather was an integral part of designing and teaching at HFM PTECH, a project-based learning and career-focused, early college high school in New York. She earned a B.A. in astronomy and physics and her M.A. in teaching with a physics certification from the University of Virginia. Today, we are going to talk about the positive impact of project-based learning. Thanks for listening. Please subscribe and share. Enjoy! Connect with Heather: https://twitter.com/heatherbuskirk https://www.linkedin.com/in/heather-buskirk-445a0a173  Articles by Heather: https://www.realcleareducation.com/articles/2019/07/31/students_are_bored_teachers_are_burned_out_better_ways_of_learning_are_the_answer_110346.html https://www.realcleareducation.com/articles/2019/04/18/our_students__and_our_teachers__need_true_project-based_learning_110322.html Learn more about K12: https://www.k12.com/ https://twitter.com/k12learn https://www.youtube.com/user/k12xpotential Learn about the school that we talk about: HFM PTECH's website Length - 30:14
August 9, 2019
Dr. John Almarode shares key ideas from his book Clarity for Learning: Five Essential Practices That Empower Students and Teachers. This is episode 255 of Teaching Learning Leading K12, an audio podcast for educators. Dr. John Almarode, a bestselling author, has worked with schools, classrooms, and teachers all over the world. He has presented locally, nationally, and internationally on the application of the science of learning to the classroom, school, and home environments.  He has worked with hundreds of school districts and thousands of teachers in the US, Australia, Canada, England, Saudi Arabia, Scotland, South Korea, and Thailand. In addition to devoting his time to PreK – 12 schools and classrooms, he is an Associate Professor in the Department of Early, Elementary, and Reading Education, Co-Director of James Madison University’s Center for STEM Education and Outreach, and Director of the Content Teaching Academy. The work of John and his colleagues have been presented to the United States Congress, Virginia Senate, at the United States Department of Education as well as the Office of Science and Technology Policy at The White House. John began his career in Augusta County, Virginia, teaching mathematics and science to a wide range of students. Since then, John has authored multiple articles, reports, book chapters, and nine books including: Captivate, Activate, and Invigorate the Student Brain in Science and Math, Grades 6 - 12 (Corwin Press, 2013), with Ann Miller, From Snorkelers to Scuba Divers (Corwin Press, 2018) with Ann Miller, Visible Learning for Science, with Doug Fisher, Nancy Frey, and John Hattie (Corwin Press, 2018), Teaching Mathematics in the Visible Learning Classroom, Grades 6 - 8, with Doug Fisher, Joseph Assof, Sara Moore, Nancy Frey, and John Hattie (Corwin, 2019), Teaching Mathematics in the Visible Learning Classroom, Grades 9 - 12 with Doug Fisher, Joseph Assof, Sara Moore, Nancy Frey, and John Hattie (Corwin, 2019), Teaching Mathematics in the Visible Learning Classroom, Grades K - 2, and  Teaching Mathematics in the Visible Learning Classroom, Grades 3 - 5 with Doug Fisher, Joseph Assof, Sara Moore, Nancy Frey, and John Hattie (Corwin, 2019) plus Kateri Thunder. Most recently, John and his colleagues have developed a new framework for developing, implementing, and sustaining professional learning communities: PLC+. John lives in Waynesboro, Virginia with his wife, a fellow educator, their two children, and three Labrador retrievers, Angel, Forest, and Bella.   Connect with John and Learn More: almarojt@jmu.edu https://johnalmarode.com/ https://twitter.com/jtalmarode http://us.corwin.com/en-us/nam/clarity-for-learning/book257635 https://www.amazon.com/Clarity-Learning-Essential-Practices-Essentials-ebook/dp/B07JQC7CFC https://us.corwin.com/en-us/nam/clarity-for-learning/book257635     Length - 56:04
August 2, 2019
Karen Gross talks with me about combating the summer brain drain. She shares different inexpensive ways that families can encourage learning that is fun. Karen is the author of the popular children's book series about Lady Lucy. She has taught and continues to teach across the educational pipeline. Karen is a former college president and senior advisor to the U.S. Department of Education. She currently serves as Senior Counsel to Widmeyer Communications, a Finn Partners Company. She blogs/writes for many education outlets including WPo, InsideHigherEd, Chronicle, Aspen Journal of Ideas, DiverseEducation, and MEDIUM. Karen is the author of numerous children’s books, and her mission is to encourage imagination, creativity, and inspiration through humor and fun, all while learning. Her children’s book titles include: the Lady Lucy Book Series - Lady Lucy’s Quest – launched by Shires Press in March 2016 with high school student illustrators - La Saga de la Señorita Sofia (Lady Lucy’s Quest translated to Spanish) in April 2018 - Lady Lucy’s Dragon Quest – a sequel in the form of a chapter book released in 2017 - Lady Lucy’s Laugh Giraffe Journey – joke and activity book released in 2018 - Are You a Giraffe – prequel to the Lady Lucy Series – June 2019 and - Flying Umbrellas & Red Boats – children’s poetry book – April 2019 Karen has traveled the country visiting schools, libraries, and after-school organizations where over 3000 children have heard the story of Lady Lucy. Prior to becoming a college president, she was also a tenured law professor for two-plus decades. Karen is also the author of an adult book, Breakaway Learners, which was released by Columbia Teachers College Press. This book provides a pathway for improving the educational success of low income, first-generation, minority students. And Karen has a forthcoming adult book titled Generation Trauma Goes to School. It is about the need for educators to become more than trauma-informed— they need to be trauma-sensitive and trauma-responsive. Thanks for listening. Please subscribe and share. Enjoy!   Connect with Karen and Learn More: www.ladylucysquest.com https://www.facebook.com/kidbooksbykaren/ https://twitter.com/karengrossedu www.northshire.com Length - 53:17
July 27, 2019
Steven Greene - The Success Doctor - is an author, educator, and founder of Make the Grade, a tutoring/education/training company. A lifelong educator, Dr. Greene holds teaching certification in comprehensive science and has taught math and science at the middle school, high school (public and independent) and university level. Over the past 23 years, Steven has worked with over 11,000 students and their families. He has also worked with entrepreneurs where he helped them achieve personal success and assisted them in reaching their personal goals.  Make The Grade provides individualized support for students and their families and specializes in all areas of math, science, and test preparation (SAT/ACT). His program also assists with the college admissions process, study skills, and time management. In addition, Steven is the author of the book, “Maximum Education: The Ultimate Guide to Reaching Your Academic Goals." His personal interests include music (playing the guitar and piano and composing original music) as well as martial arts where he is earning a black belt in tae kwon do. Dr. Greene continues to work with students full time, face to face, in his office, and all over the US and internationally using an online-based classroom.    Connect with Steven Green and learn more: Websites: www.makethegrade.net &  www.maximumeducation.net Facebook: www.facebook.com/mtgrade Link for August 26th Live Event on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/574798806380851/?ti=icl www.facebook.com/DrStevenGreene Twitter: https://www.twitter.com/makethegrade Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/makethegrade YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/powerhousesuccess LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/in/makethegrade Apple -  https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/make-the-grade-with-dr-steven-greene/id1473330567 Spotify - https://open.spotify.com/show/32oEUpFJXTRJefDSRXwSjW My page - https://makethegrade.net/podcast-2/   Book: www.maximumeducation.net Length - 50:39
July 18, 2019
Cynthia Long is a Nationally ASL Certified Interpreter and founder of Sign Baby Sign. She is dedicated to helping all teachers work with deaf, hearing, and special needs children. She has an amazing website and podcast where you will find all kinds of free resources. Check it out at - ASLTeachingResources.com By the way, Cynthia is giving you free access to Flash Cards (which normally are not free). Just use the code FREEFC at checkout. Cynthia has extensive experience homeschooling and interpreting in the classroom settings at primary, secondary, and post-secondary levels and is dedicated to providing ASL teaching resources to schools and families across the US.  After years of working in the education system, Cynthia questioned where the resources for teaching sign language were.  She could find the ABCs and numbers 1-10, but teachers needed more than that for their students to be successful. Cynthia decided to make it happen. ASL Teaching Resources was created as the answer. All of the ASL resources available on Cynthia’s website were developed from years of experience in educational systems as a Nationally Certified ASL Interpreter. Make sure that you check out all of the cool resources at her website ASLTeachingResources.com and don't forget to get your free flashcards while they are free. Just enter the code FREEFC at checkout. Thanks for listening. Please share and subscribe. Enjoy!   Connect with Cynthia and Learn More: https://aslteachingresources.com/ https://aslteachingresources.com/podcasts/ https://aslteachingresources.com/product-category/asl-online-courses/ https://twitter.com/signbabysign2me https://www.facebook.com/signbabysign ASL YouTube Channel ASL Pinterest Page ASL Instagram Page   Length - 45:47
July 10, 2019
Meg Medina is an award-winning and New York Times best-selling author who writes picture books, as well as middle grade and young adult fiction. Her 2018 book Merci Suárez Changes Gears, is a 2019 John Newbery Medal winner, and a 2019 Charlotte Huck Honor Book. Today, Meg is sharing a summer reading list for kids. Listen as she shares picture books, chapter books, middle grade, and young adult titles. As Meg says, summer is a great time to encourage reading. You'll hear her passion for getting kids reading as she shares her selections.  When she’s not writing, Meg works on community projects that support girls, Latino youth, and/or literacy. She serves on the National Board of Advisors for the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators and is a faculty member of Hamline University’s Masters of Fine Arts in Children’s Literature. She lives with her family in Richmond, Virginia. Connect with Meg: https://twitter.com/Meg_Medina https://megmedina.com/ Summer Reading List https://www.instagram.com/megmedinabooks/?hl=en https://www.facebook.com/meg.medina.10/ MegMedinaAssistant@gmail.com   Length - 36:41
June 21, 2019
Madeline Whitaker Good and Katherine Whitaker are the authors of Your First Year: How to Survive and Thrive as a New Teacher (2016, Taylor & Francis;  A Routledge Eye on Education Book) The book is co-written with their father Todd Whitaker. Your First Year focuses on the skills and mindsets needed to be successful during your first year in school. Madeline and Katherine wrote the book while they were in their first year of teaching. Madeline Whitaker Good is currently a middle school math teacher in Springfield, Missouri. Prior to moving to middle school, Madeline was an elementary school teacher in two different school districts. She graduated from the Peabody College of Education at Vanderbilt University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Elementary Education and Child Studies. She received the Dorothy J. Skeel Award for Outstanding Professional Promise in Elementary Education. She completed her Master of Education Degree in Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis from the University of Missouri at Columbia as well as her elementary and secondary principal certification. Katherine Whitaker is currently a high school math teacher in Kansas City, Missouri, She received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Secondary Mathematics Education from the University of Missouri. Her first three years in the classroom were spent at the middle school level teaching math, algebra, and reading. She has taught Algebra A, Algebra I, and Algebra II Honors at the high school level. Katherine graduated with her Master of Science in Educational Leadership K-12 from Northwest Missouri State University. Together they also co-authored the best selling book Classroom Management from the Ground Up (2019) with their father Todd Whitaker. Thanks for listening.  Enjoy. By the way, please share and don't forget to subscribe.   Connect with Madeline and Katherine and order a copy of "Your First Year": Madeline Whitaker Good Twitter Mwhitakergood    Katherine Whitaker Twitter MissWhitaker294   Your First Year: How to Survive and Thrive as a New Teacher (2016, Taylor & Francis); Eye on Education - Routledge https://www.routledge.com/Your-First-Year-How-to-Survive-and-Thrive-as-a-New-Teacher-1st-Edition/Whitaker-Whitaker-Good-Whitaker/p/book/9781138126152 www.routledge.com/9781138126152 www.routledge.com/eyeoneducation Amazon     Length - 52:48
June 13, 2019
Today we're catching up with Rick Snyder the author of Decisive Intuition: Use your gut instincts to make smart business decisions (Career Press, 2019). You may remember that we last talked with Rick on episode 238 as Decisive Intuition was about to be released. He has had a successful book launch and so I thought that it would be fun catching up with him. Rick Snyder is the founder and CEO of Invisible Edge, an international consulting firm that builds high-performance environments in major, mid-size and emerging businesses. He leads the Invisible Edge coaches in training companies and teams to build intuitive skills and translate them into business plans and company cultures that result in more effective communication, engagement, profitability, and innovative success. His breakthrough strategies have been implemented by executives and businesses in Europe, Canada, Asia, Africa, and America. Rick holds an MA in Psychology and has previously worked in the healthcare, tourism and travel, and training spaces. He has launched four businesses and travels extensively between California and Europe for work and leisure, and to help people access their intuitive skills for decision-making on a global scale. Connect with Rick and learn more: https://invisible-edgellc.com/ https://intuition-university.thinkific.com/ hello@invisible-edgellc.com US Phone: +1 (424) 272 5872UK Phone: +44 (0)7746 872930 https://www.instagram.com/rickasnyder/ https://twitter.com/RickASnyder https://www.facebook.com/InvisibleE   Listen to Rick on Teaching Learning Leading K12 - Episodes 185 & 238 https://teachinglearningleadingk12.podbean.com/e/rick-snyder-intuition-relationships-and-listening-185 https://teachinglearningleadingk12.podbean.com/e/rick-snyder-and-decisive-intuition-238/   Length - 51:12
June 7, 2019
Jerome "Romey" Wade, CSP, is the author of Unleashed: Dominate Your Limitations. Break Through Your Barriers. Live An Extraordinary Life (2016). Jerome also is an international speaker and an advisor to executive leaders. With 25 years of C-Suite experience, Jerome is a seasoned authority on executive performance and organizational culture. Jerome is the global authority on Executive Fatigue™, marshaling his more than 25 years of experience to ensure business owners, executives, and leaders at every level get what they want without losing what they love. Giving more than 2700 presentations, Jerome masterfully engages audiences with actionable insight that drives results. Leveraging the power of story from Jerome’s global adventures and experiences (Trekking to Everest Base Camp, Machu Picchu, Kayaking the Grand Canyon, Sailing the Caribbean, and more), audiences are inspired to live and lead at the top of their game. Here are some of Jerome - Romey’s - accomplishments: Global Adventurer (40 countries) Ironman Triathlete (Spring 2017) Trekked to Base Camp Everest (Spring 2018) Sailed The British Virgin Islands (Several Times) Kayaked the Grand Canyon (Summer 2011) Summited Mt Machu Picchu (Summer 2012) Mtn Biker (As often as possible) Trail Runner (Frequently) Scuba Diver Global Authority on Executive Fatigue Author (About to have the second book published) Founded 5 Organizations/Businesses Online Course Creator Married 28.5 years Father of two amazing adult children Have given almost 3000 presentations Trusted Executive Advisor Remember to go to https://jeromewade.com/yes  to take the free fatigue assessment.  Connect with Jerome "Romey": https://jeromewade.com/ www.jeromewade.com/yes (Complete the free fatigue assessment) https://www.instagram.com/jeromewade/ https://www.youtube.com/jeromewade https://www.facebook.com/jerome.wade jerome@jeromewade.com https://twitter.com/JeromeWade Call Romey at 1+(505)463-7234 Length - 59:31
May 30, 2019
We first talked with Ge-Anne Bolhuis almost a year ago on episode 205 of Teaching Learning Leading K12 where we talked about the Future Ready Librarian. Today we are focused on Independent Reading Choice. Ge-Anne started her career in education in 1994 in Middle Tennessee. She moved to Georgia in 2003 and immediately fell in love with professional learning. She served as a classroom teacher, computer skills teacher and later as a school-level instructional technology coach. She holds advanced degrees in the field of curriculum and instructional technology and is certified in the service fields of Instructional Technology and as a Media Specialist. Ge-Anne currently serves as the Instructional Technology Specialist and Media Specialist Liaison for Whitfield County Schools, Georgia. Her heart is in building relationships and empowering teacher leaders. You can find Ge-Anne often at local Edcamps and CoffeeEDU meetups where she loves talking with and learning from other educators. Lots to talk about and learn today. Thanks for listening! Enjoy! Connect with Ge-Anne: Twitter: @gabolhuis Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/gabolhuis/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/geanne.bolhuis https://perspectivesonreading.com/school-library-media-specialists-evolve-champion-independent-reading/ http://www.teenlibrariantoolbox.com/2019/04/sunday-reflections-how-misuse-of-the-40-book-challenge-made-my-kid-hate-reading-and-why-how-i-pushed-back/ https://www.glma-inc.org/ https://www.glma-inc.org/si https://futureready.org/ https://futureready.org/institutes/atlanta/ #futurereadylibs http://coffeeedu.org/ http://coffeeedu.org/guidelines/ Length 48:36
May 17, 2019
Dr. Terrie Young, Amanda Amerson, and Margaret Higginbotham discuss IEP's and the IEP process with me on Teaching Learning Leading K12. Recently, I had a request from a listener to spend some time on this topic, so I want to say thank you for reaching out and here is a general discussion about IEPs and the IEP process. Dr. Terrie Young is the Director of East Central Georgia Learning Resources System where she provides technical assistance and training on special education related topics to administrators, teachers, and support staff for the ten school districts in the Heart of Georgia RESA Region. Amanda Amerson is a Program Specialist with East Central GLRS, where she provides professional learning on special education related topics to administrators, teachers and support staff for the ten school districts in the Heart of Georgia RESA Region. Margaret Higginbotham is a fourth-year special education teacher at Montgomery County Elementary School. She has been teaching the Preschool Intervention Program since July 2015. She was awarded the 2016 Special Education Teacher of the Year during her first year at Montgomery County Elementary School by her peers and the 2020 Montgomery County Elementary School Teacher of the Year as well as the 2020 Montgomery County District Teacher of the Year.  Margaret credits her success in the classroom from her knowledge of raising multiple children with significant disabilities as well as her leadership roles both locally and statewide. As the mother and educator of multiple children with disabilities, Margaret’s expectations are high for all of her students. It was a pleasure talking with Terrie, Amanda, and Margaret. As we discussed IEPs it became evident that we would need to come back together for a future second part to this talk. So look for that to happen sometime in the near future. By the way, have an idea for a show? Let me know, I will be happy to see what I can do to cover the topics you want to hear. You can email me at stevenmiletto@gmail.com Thanks for listening. Please share. Enjoy! Learn more: The following are great links from our state in helping parents and teachers understand IEP development -    Georgia Individualized Education Program Implementation Manual - https://www.gadoe.org/Curriculum-Instruction-and-Assessment/Special-Education-Services/Documents/Implementation%20Manual%202018-19/IEP.pdf   Georgia's Special Education Parent Rights Resource Page - https://www.gadoe.org/Curriculum-Instruction-and-Assessment/Special-Education-Services/Pages/Parent-Rights.aspx    Georgia Special Education Glossary of Terms - https://www.gadoe.org/Curriculum-Instruction-and-Assessment/Special-Education-Services/Documents/Supplement%20-%20Glossary.pdf    Georgia Parent Mentor Partnership - http://www.parentmentors.org/   IDEA - Guide to the IEP - https://www2.ed.gov/parents/needs/speced/iepguide/index.html    Length - 54:54
May 10, 2019
Lou Alpert is the author of "Surrender: A Love Letter to My Daughter." (2019).  Surrender (2019) is Lou's memoir. It tracks her response to her daughter’s rampant drug abuse, delinquency, and rejection of her family. It is a testament to Lou’s faith in the face of a disease that continues to ravage the lives of millions of Americans while serving as a guide for addict’s loved ones who want to protect and support them without pushing them away. Crystal Champ’s infamous story is one of hope and redemption. In 2017, Crystal made headlines as she first surrendered her baby to a police officer as a homeless heroin addict, then radically changed her life by committing to sobriety. CNN broke the story on Dec. 1st, 2017 and it went viral, while the police officer was honored in the State of the Union address.Lou Alpert is a native Texan who graduated from Southern Methodist University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts. Over the last forty-five years, she has been a co-owner of a women’s art gallery, founder of a children’s book publishing house, founder of The Lakewood Service League and a residential realtor. First and foremost, she is a mom and advocate of children. Lou is a mother to six children, a stepdaughter, and Crystal, who came to live with her at age sixteen. Powerful show today! Thanks for listening! Connect with Lou: https://loualpertbooks.com/ mailto:hello@loualpertbooks.com https://www.instagram.com/loualpertauthor/ https://www.facebook.com/loualpertauthor Length - 43:49
May 4, 2019
Joe Finkelstein teaches Audio-Video-Film class at The Hutchings College and Career Academy in the Bibb County Public School System, Macon, GA. He is focused on helping kids develop a purpose and pursue a future path. His own career path has had some very cool twists and turns. Two of my favorites: being an 800 number support staff member who answered the questions of the Olympic torch carriers and being a stand-up comedian in New York City. Awesome! Originally from the state of New Jersey, he attended the University of Georgia where he majored in journalism (emphasis on broadcast journalism). Joe is married to Ellen who he met at a party the night of the premiere of Michael Jackson's Thriller video on MTV. He recently celebrated his 27th wedding anniversary and has two sons. Joe first worked in New York City for a major advertising agency (McCann-Erickson) and then shifted to the publishing field. After moving to Atlanta in 1994, he eventually focused on becoming a teacher. He has been an EIP teacher, a 1st-grade teacher, a high school computer programming teacher, the robotics team sponsor, and now the Audio-Video-Film teacher. He is currently finishing his 4th year at Hutchings. Additionally, Joe also has become the voice for many events including several sports at Mercer Unversity located in Macon, GA. Joe's classes produce WVIP-TV and maintain a video site for the school district where all videos they produce are available on demand.  Joe has incredible energy and a wonderful focus. I had fun talking to him and I think that you are going to enjoy listening! Thanks for being here! Enjoy! WVIP-TV website W.S. Hutchings College and Career Academy Length - 1:05:59
April 28, 2019
Sharon Jones is the founder and CEO of the dot.consulting company and The Dottie Rose Foundation, where she leads and implements technology-focused education and innovation. She is focused on getting girls interested in STEM career fields - Just check out her Dottie Rose Foundation. Dr. Jones has found her passion in education and has served as a Career and Technical Education teacher in Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools and Wake County Schools as well as a Senior Technical Trainer with Central Piedmont Community College (CPCC). Additionally, she is a well-known industry teacher, trainer, and mentor working for organizations with like-minded missions and has taught courses in computer programming, web design, eCommerce, Computer Science Principles and SAS programming. Sharon has presented and been published nationally and internationally on data analytics, educational practices, and technology. Her book "A Recipe for Success Using SAS University: How to Plan Your First Analytics Project" is being used in curriculum and classrooms around the country. She has more books coming soon. Lots to learn today! Thanks for listening! Please share and leave a review. Enjoy!   Connect with Sharon Jones: thedotconsulting.co Phone: 704.301.9397 Email: sharon@thedotconsulting.co http://ladytechcharmers.com/ https://www.linkedin.com/company/dottie-rose-consulting/ https://www.instagram.com/dottieroseconsulting/ https://twitter.com/DottieRoseLLC Length - 1:10:56
April 20, 2019
Tim Helms, Sr. is in his 41st year in education in Georgia (US). He was a high school science teacher, head football coach and an athletic director. He has served as a principal at all three levels, including high school principal at Thomasville and Cairo High Schools, Georgia. He also served as the assistant superintendent of human resources for Houston County Schools in middle Georgia, and as a school improvement specialist with Middle Georgia RESA before returning to southwest Georgia. He also is a high school football referee and a baseball umpire.Tim is a graduate of Florida State University, received his masters in School Administration from Valdosta State University, and his Specialist Degree in Leadership from NOVA Southeastern University. He is an inaugural graduate of the Superintendent Professional Development Program with the Georgia Association of School Superintendents (GSSA) and was recognized as a distinguished principal in the state of Georgia in 2008.Additionally, Tim is married to Lois and they have two children. Both of their children, Tim, Jr. and Kelli, are teachers. Wait till you hear Tim talk about how he discovered that his children are fifth generation teachers. Awesome! Lots to learn from Tim. Thanks for listening. Enjoy! Length - 50:15
April 11, 2019
Marc Griffiths is an award-winning ventriloquist, an engaging motivational speaker, and the author of the books "Get Happy: Make Your Dreams Come True Now!" and Dream Stealer. He has addressed more than 1,000,000 people in 5,000 talks worldwide. He works with children and adults. You will love his message of "Get Out Your Box!" As a Keynote speaker he has researched, written and spoken for 25 years, speaking to all types of audiences on the subjects of Happiness, Personal and Professional Development. Self-Esteem, Goals and Dream achievement. He and his puppets have now brought hope and happiness to over a million children—including four of his own! Originally from the UK, Marc speaks internationally but now lives in the USA with his wife and four children. It was a lot of fun talking with Marc.  Thanks for listening! Enjoy! Contact and Connect with Marc: www.getoutyourbox.com http://www.goldinme.com https://www.youtube.com/user/getoutyourbox1 https://mventriloquist.tumblr.com/ https://twitter.com/mventriloquist https://www.facebook.com/inspirationalventriloquist https://vine.co/u/1375708496393379840 Length - 59:28
April 6, 2019
Todd Whitaker talks with me about teaching teachers and school-based administrators how to work with and talk with parents. His book "Dealing With Difficult Parents" (Routledge, 2016) written with Douglas J. Fiore is an awesome tool that every educator should take time to read and put into practice. Our discussion focuses on practical techniques that you will find helpful. Todd is a professor of educational leadership at the University of Missouri and professor emeritus at Indiana State University. He has spent his life pursuing his love of education by researching and studying effective teachers and principals. Prior to moving into higher education, he was a math teacher and basketball coach in Missouri. Todd then served as a principal at the middle school, junior high, and high school levels. He was also a middle school coordinator in charge of staffing, curriculum, and technology for the opening of new middle schools. One of the nation’s leading authorities on staff motivation, teacher leadership, and principal effectiveness, Todd has written over 50 books including the national bestseller, What Great Teachers Do Differently. Other titles include 75 Ways to Be a Better Teacher Tomorrow, Ten-Minute Inservice, Your First Year, What Great Principals Do Differently, Motivating & Inspiring Teachers, 5o Ways to Improve Student Behavior, Classroom Management From the Ground Up and Dealing With Difficult Parents. Todd is married to Beth, also a former teacher and principal, who is currently a faculty member of educational leadership at the University of Missouri and professor emeritus at Indiana State University. They are the parents of three children; Katherine, Madeline, and Harrison. Thanks for listening. Please share. Enjoy!  Connect with Todd: http://www.toddwhitaker.com   Email: t-whitaker@indstate.edu https://www.amazon.com/Todd-Whitaker/e/B0045AYYBC https://twitter.com/ToddWhitaker https://www.instagram.com/toddwhitaker1/ Length - 59:38
March 29, 2019
Do It Differently “...tells the deeply personal stories of four fathers raising autistic children. The dads describe their ongoing journeys, from ‘the moment everything changed’ to present day. They see opportunity where others see disability and they'll help educators do the same. Their autistic kids are doing amazing things, and subsequently knocking down barriers and opening eyes.” You can watch Do It Differently for free on Amazon Prime and YouTube. Scott Phillips is a video production superstar with The University of Oregon Athletic Department and Marquam Auction Agency. He holds a degree in Cinema Studies with departmental honors from the University of Oregon (Go Ducks!). He worked in TV news for 10 years in Portland, both as an on-air personality and a photographer/editor. He produces music videos, and videos for NCAA Division 1 sporting events all across the country. Scott is a filmmaker and has created award-winning documentaries and two feature films. He has written a number of feature film scripts as well. Do It Differently is a powerful film. You will want to watch it more than once and share with your friend and colleagues. Remember that you can watch it for free on Amazon Prime and YouTube. Contact Scott and Watch Do It Differently: fanbladefilms@gmail.com Do It Differently https://www.youtube.com/user/fanbladefilms https://scottphillips23.wixsite.com/scottphillips https://www.instagram.com/scottmichaelphillips/   Length - 53:01
March 23, 2019
Rick Snyder has written a book - Decisive Intuition: Use Your Gut Instincts to Make Smart Business Decisions (2019). If you make decisions in your world you are going to want to read Rick's book. He teaches you, in a very reader-friendly manner, how to listen to the internal voice that is telling you what you should do. Awesome book that you are going to want to read.   Rick Snyder is the founder and CEO of Invisible Edge, an international consulting firm that builds high-performance environments in major, mid-size and emerging businesses. He leads the Invisible Edge coaches in training companies and teams to build intuitive skills and translate them into business plans and company cultures that result in more effective communication, engagement, profitability, and innovative success. His breakthrough strategies have been implemented by executives and businesses in Europe, Canada, Asia, Africa, and America. Rick holds an MA in Psychology and has previously worked in the healthcare, tourism and travel, and training spaces. He has launched four businesses and travels extensively between California and Europe for work and leisure, and to help people access their intuitive skills for decision-making on a global scale. Check out my first conversation on Episode 185. Connect with Rick and Learn More: https://teachinglearningleadingk12.podbean.com/e/rick-snyder-intuition-relationships-and-listening-185 https://invisible-edgellc.com/ https://www.facebook.com/InvisibleEdgeLLC/ https://www.instagram.com/rickasnyder/ https://twitter.com/RickASnyder https://www.amazon.com/Decisive-Intuition-Instincts-Business-Decisions/dp/1632651475 https://twitter.com/CareerPressInc Email: hello@invisible-edgellc.comUS Phone: +1 (424) 272 5872UK Phone: +44 (0)7746 872930 Length - 49:27
March 19, 2019
Why do you teach? I recently watched an episode of the television show - Schooled (which I like by the way.) On this episode the question of teaching and why is a major part of the storyline. No spoilers...find it. It's a feel-good moment in the show. It got me thinking about why. So here are three of the reasons why I taught and why I made my whole career about working with kids: 1. How many professionals have the possibility of making the positive impact that you can as an educator? 2. You get to work with so many different kids, different personalities, different needs, and different wants. 3. There is never a dull moment! So take time to open your journal and write your three reasons why you teach. Do that today and use your answers to keep you going and to keep you focused on those reasons when the times get rough. You make a difference! Enjoy! Length - 30:18
March 8, 2019
Kasey Bell is a guru of all things Google. Many know her from her website Shakeuplearning.com and its amazing resources for learning how to use Google and its tools. She also is the co-host of The Google Teacher Tribe where she and Matt Miller give great advice for making the most of Google apps.  Today we are getting caught up - she was a guest on Teaching Learning Leading K12 on episode 100 - about her website, book (The Shake Up Learning Book ), the podcast, speaking and questions, and her newest addition to the Shake Up Learning world - The Shake Up Learning Show. She is an excellent teacher who has this awesome positive focus that helps you want to know more. I am taking a couple of her Google classes now and I can't stop saying how much I like using them and learning from her. Enjoy the show and remember to check out her newest podcast - The Shake Up Learning Show. Thanks for listening! Connect with Kasey and Listen to her new Audio Podcast - The Shake Up Learning Show https://shakeuplearning.com/ http://shakeuplearningshow.com/ https://www.facebook.com/shakeuplearning https://twitter.com/shakeuplearning https://www.pinterest.com/ShakeUpLearning/ https://www.youtube.com/c/shakeuplearning https://www.instagram.com/shakeuplearning/ https://shakeuplearningbook.com/ https://teachinglearningleadingk12.podbean.com/e/episode-100-kasey-bell-and-google-classroom/  Length - 42:44
March 1, 2019
Elaine Halligan talks with me today about her book, My Child’s Different: The Lessons Learned from One Family’s Struggle to Unlock Their Son’s Potential (Crown House Publishing 2018).  "My Child’s Different is the true story of her family’s journey with a child who is different (her son Sam). Elaine shares the transformation of an angry, struggling child into a capable, reflective, wonderful young man. What makes that transformation possible is his parents, who learn the positive parenting approach that brings out the best in their son. Elaine Halligan is a director at The Parent Practice and has been a parenting specialist since 2006, helping parents raise competent children through parenting classes, private coaching and keynote speaking in schools and corporate settings both in the UK and overseas."  This book is a must-read for parents and educators alike. Elaine's story is powerful. You are going to want to listen to this episode more than once and definitely share it with your friends and colleagues. Listed below is information for getting a copy of the book from Amazon in the UK as well as Amazon in the US. Thanks for listening. Contact Elaine, find out more information and order a copy of My Child's Different: www.theparentpractice.com team@theparentpractice.com The Parent Practice on Pinterest https://www.facebook.com/theparentpractice https://twitter.com/ParentPractice https://www.theparentpractice.com/my-childs-different https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B07FDM4ZWF Amazon US Publisher information: www.crownhouse.co.uk www.crownhousepublishing.com Length - 42:08
February 22, 2019
This is the final part of my three episode discussion of lifelines for teachers. If a lifeline is that extra hand, that helping hand, that life preserver or pole or flotation device that keeps your head above water or keeps you from sliding down the hill then a lifeline in school is that person who reaches out to help you with your daily tasks. The peer or colleague who keeps you from drowning in your work. This assistance gets you caught up or helps you understand how to do something better or supports you in developing a skill that you needed.  Today, I have selected three examples to look at how to engage lifelines to make your work easier. In these examples, I share who and what a lifeline looks like. The samples I chose are: 1. Getting in touch with a parent. 2. Instructional help. 3. Classroom management. In order to engage a lifeline though, a teacher needs to follow these 3 simple rules: 1. Be honest with you. 2. Be proactive. 3. Be willing to connect. In episode 232, I shared 5 Reasons Why Teachers Need Lifelines: 1. Falling behind. 2. Not sure what to do. 3. Struggling with classroom management. 4. Peer interactions. 5. Parent interactions. In episode 233, I shared 5 Ways that Lifelines Appear in Schools: 1. Peers within the school. 2. Administration. 3. Colleagues in professional organizations. 4. Colleagues connected through social media. 5. Colleagues connected through YouTube channels and audio podcasts. I encourage you to find and engage a lifeline in your building as soon as you can. Thanks for listening. Please share the episode. Thank you!     Length - 35:01
February 16, 2019
5 Ways That Teacher Lifelines Appear in Schools From time to time classroom teachers require a lifeline. In the previous episode, I talked about 5 Reasons Why Teachers Need a Lifeline. Those reasons were: 1. Falling behind. 2. Not sure what to do. 3. Struggling with classroom management. 4. Peer interactions. 5. Parent interactions. Today, I am sharing: 5 Ways That Teacher Lifelines Appear in Schools 1. Peers within the school. 2. Administration. 3. Colleagues in professional organizations and universities. 4. Colleagues connected through social media. 5. Colleagues connected through YouTube and audio podcasts. Next time I will look specifically at the way a lifeline can work in a school. Check out these educational audio podcasts and YouTube channels: The Education Podcast Network VoicEd Radio  (Both of these networks have numerous education podcasts-from technology to everyday issues to leadership- that you will find extremely helpful.) My Ed Expert Podcast Lodge McCammon Cool Cat Teacher Richard Bryne Shake Up Learning The House of EdTech   Length - 26:18
February 8, 2019
Classroom teachers need a lifeline from time to time. A lifeline that we are typically familiar with is that rope and/or circular flotation device that is hanging on the fence at the local swimming pool. It may be that extra line that is carried by a hiker in case he gets into a tough spot. Maybe its that long pole with a hook on one end that hangs on a lifeguard's chair at the beach. These devices are all meant to pull someone out of trouble. Well, we need that for our teachers from time to time, too. Ok, so it may not look exactly like a rope or a long pole or a flotation device but the lifeline I am talking about works pretty much the same way. In this case, though the lifelines are people (colleagues, peers, and more) seeking to help get the teacher out of the quicksand or the deep end of the pool or save him from the strong undertow.  Next time we will discuss who these lifelines are, this time I am focused on why they are needed. Here are my... 5 Reasons Why Teachers Need a Lifeline: 1. Falling behind. 2. Not sure what to do. 3. Struggling with classroom management. 4. Peer interactions. 5. Parent interactions.   Thanks for listening. Remember you can reach out to me at stevenmiletto@gmail.com or if you are in the US or Canada you can leave me a message on my Google Voice number 478-353-5471  Length - 27:36
February 3, 2019
Alisa Cook has worked in education for over 20 years. She has a wide range of experiences from a classroom teacher, researcher, curriculum specialist, special education director, K-5 Principal, high school principal, teacher coach, and college educator. Alisa has a Master's degree in bilingual education and a Ph.D. in educational leadership from the University of Arizona. She currently is the Chief Learning Delivery Officer for The Learning Agency:“Part consultancy, part communications group, part service provider, the Learning Agency helps people and organizations harness the power of learning.”  Today, we are going to talk about her work on the Navajo Reservation as it connects with the science of learning, her favorite memories of working with kids as a teacher and as a principal and her current role with The Learning Agency as the Chief Learning Delivery Officer. By the way, In her free-time, Alisa enjoys spending time on her ranch, sailing and playing the ukulele. Thanks for listening! Hope that you enjoy the show. Please share with your friends, family, and colleagues. Learn more: https://www.the-learning-agency.com/ https://www.discover.arizona.edu/ http://www.learningscientists.org/   Length - 42:46
January 27, 2019
Michael Chanin was a special education teacher in middle and high school settings and then became a high school administrator where he wore many hats. Michael's initial background was in Abnormal child psychopathology. He worked as a therapist at Counseling Services of Miami under the supervision of renowned psychiatrist Dr. Abraham Landau. (the Early 70's) He eventually taught children with learning disabilities at Coral Springs High School and was an adjunct professor in the Special education graduate department of Nova University before moving to Marietta, GA. He often presented on the developmental side of children with learning disabilities. Michael taught middle school in Cobb County, Georgia for 13 and a half years and then the high school for 3 years before becoming an administrator for 12 years. He has an awesome sense of humor and a passion for movies and comedy teams of old. Today we are reflecting on his experiences in the classroom and as an administrator. Lots to think about and learn. Thanks for listening! Enjoy! Length - 1:01:19
January 20, 2019
Dr. Jim Kahrs is the Executive Director of The Principals Center at Georgia State University in Atlanta, GA. The Principals Center's mission is "To provide practicing and aspiring school leaders with learning and networking opportunities designed to develop their capacity to create schools that work for all children." As a high school principal, Jim was highly successful, willing to take risks and always focused on the needs of the kids. Jim talks with us about the challenges facing principals in the past and now and discusses what is most important for a principal to do and know in order to be successful. He also shares his wonderful insights into the role of the principal sharing his own awesome experiences. Additionally, we discuss the role of the Principals Center and how it serves the leaders and school systems of Georgia. James Kahrs is a clinical assistant professor who received his doctor of education degree from the University of Georgia. He specializes in principal induction, supervision of instruction and school-based leadership. Kahrs has published on the topics of Peer Coaching, the principal’s role in supporting teacher leaders, and student transition. He has made numerous presentations at professional conferences on topics such as teacher leadership, early college, block scheduling, school culture, mentoring new teachers, learning communities, professional development, and teacher supervision. Jim was a high school principal for over 21 years split between New York and the state of Georgia, additionally, he was a leadership coach for the University of GA’s Department of Lifelong Education, and was recognized as the 2001-2002 NASSP/Met Life Georgia Principal of the Year, 2001-02. Jim is married to Dr. Sheila Kahrs, a former middle school principal, Georgia Principal of the Year and the 2010 NASSP/Met Life National Principal of the Year. Lots to learn today! Thanks for listening! Enjoy and please share. Connect with Dr. Kahrs and Find Out More Info:  jkahrs@gsu.edu https://principalscenter.education.gsu.edu/ Length - 49:39
January 10, 2019
Today I am revisiting, Rigor in the RTI and MTSS Classroom: Practical Tools and Strategies (Routledge, 2018) with the authors Barbara R. Blackburn and Bradley S. Witzel.   In their book, the authors "show you how to develop rigorous RTI and MTSS programs that will support students and lead them to lasting success. Written in a clear, engaging style, Rigor in the RTI and MTSS Classroom offers an in-depth discussion of the issues facing students with academic problems as well as practical strategies for all teachers." Barbara and I first talked about Rigor in the RTI and MTSS Classroom in episode 194. This topic is extremely popular and so we decided to revisit the content and this time the book's co-author, Bradley S. Witzel was able to join us. Barbara and Brad explain RTI and MTSS and we talk about everything from why training on RTI and MTSS is needed as well as we look at some evidence-based strategies that can be used in the classroom.   We also take a look at a couple of the chapters and discuss all of the resources that the authors provided the readers. Lots to learn today. Thanks for listening and sharing. Have a great day! Episode 194 of Teaching Learning Leading K12 Find out more and connect: Barbara R. Blackburn www.barbarablackburnonline.com https://globalgurus.org/education-gurus-30/ www.routledge.com/eyeoneducation https://www.routledge.com/Rigor-in-the-RTI-and-MTSS-Classroom-Practical-Tools-and-Strategies/Blackburn-Witzel/p/book/9781138193383 https://twitter.com/BarbBlackburn https://www.pinterest.com/barbblackburn/ https://www.facebook.com/BarbaraRBlackburn/ https://www.amazon.com/Barbara-R.-Blackburn/e/B001JP4CC2/ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_2?qid=1524661800&sr=8-2 Bradley S. Witzel witzelb@winthrop.edu https://twitter.com/BradWitzel https://www.guilford.com/author/Bradley-S-Witzel https://us.sagepub.com/en-us/nam/author/bradley-s-witzel https://www.winthrop.edu/coe/faculty/default.aspx?id=50692 https://www.linkedin.com/in/brad-witzel-37a3987 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_D_93UGRL58 https://www.amazon.com/Bradley-S.-Witzel/e/B001JRRFVA Length - 51:24
January 4, 2019
Chuck Stetson is the CEO of Essentials in Education (EIE) and today on Teaching Learning Leading K12 we are talking about using the Bible in schools. Essentials in Education (EIE), the parent company of Bible Literacy Project, was founded by Chuck Stetson and the Stetson Family Office. Its mission is to provide quality educational resources that enrich lives. EIE's publications have focused on topics of importance to its American audience: Bible Literacy, Marriage and Family, Character, Leadership, and the founding documents of the U.S. However, with its recent entrance into the global community, EIE has expanded to address issues beyond the academy and beyond the walls of the church. Creating Academic Content that Enriches Lives Globally is its new focus. Essentials in Education (EIE), is a non-profit foundation providing educational materials to primary, secondary and collegiate institutions.  Formed in 2001 EIE programs are taught in 45 states and globally. Taught as an English or social studies high school elective course, Bible Literacy is found in 650 high schools in 45 states and has a ten percent market share in six states – Texas, Alabama, Georgia, Indiana, Tennessee, and South Carolina. Chuck is a speaker on education in a variety of venues including to business leaders, community leaders, the staff of Congress, The White House and leading universities. He has appeared on FOX News, CBS Sunday Morning and The TODAY Show. His work at EIE has been featured in numerous Associated Press articles, The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Newsweek, and in TIME Magazine. He has a BA from Yale University and is a graduate of Columbia University’s Graduate School of Business with an MBA. Find out more:  https://www.essentialsineducation.org/ https://www.teachthebibleinschools.org/ http://www.bibleliteracy.org/ Length - 41:02
December 28, 2018
New Year's resolutions are difficult to keep. Actually, I think that is an understatement. For many, they are almost impossible to keep. But that shouldn't stop you from making them, it just means that you need to understand why they often fail and what steps you can take to do better at successfully attaining them. Did you know that one key factor in keeping resolutions is that you have to find some enjoyment in pursuing them? As a classroom teacher or building administrator, we should have promises that we make ourselves. We should know what we need to do more of, be better at, or just try to do more of...right? Keep in mind that you want to identify something that you would find some enjoyment in learning or getting better at doing. Here are three questions that you could ask yourself to help get you going in the right direction: (Be honest with yourself and it would be helpful to get yourself a journal and write these down and reflect on your answers.) 1. I want to learn more about ______________________. 2. I want to do better at __________________________. 3. I struggled this year with _______________________. After answering these questions you can then create realistic goals that will help you be more successful in what you do every day to help kids achieve their dreams. Here are some thoughts about what you might write in the blanks above: 1. Engagement 2. Contact with parents 3. Using formative assessment 4. Understanding more about and using differentiation successfully 5. Vocabulary acquisition 6. Put more stuff away 7. Classroom management 8. Seek out unique hooks for class instruction 9. Reach out to be involved in school or district committees 10. Take steps to connect with more of your students 11. Ask better questions 12. Identify which students may get overlooked because they are quiet and not easily involved in class  I'll bet you could double the number on this list. But don't get overwhelmed, just identify what you want to accomplish (remember to find that thing that you would enjoy doing or learning about), don't name too many, and set a reasonable/attainable goal. Give yourself a deadline to start and a deadline to check your progress. Next thing you know you will be successful in accomplishing your New Year's Resolution! Happy 2019!  Check out these links for more information about New Year's Resolutions:  The Psychology Behind Why We Can't Keep New Year's Resolutions Given Up On Your New Year's Resolution? Try Again (The Right Way) Top 10 Reasons You Don't Stick to Your Resolutions And How to Keep it from Happening this Year.   Length- 25:09
December 22, 2018
20 Low-tech Gifts for the Classroom Teacher on Your List. Do you remember as a kid making a list for Santa? Did you ever sit with the Sears Wishbook or the JC Penney's Christmas catalog and circle, rip-out pages or fold the pages so that you could mark just exactly what you wanted? Ok, for those of you who missed that era Toys-R-Us, Wal-Mart, and Target have created their shopping guides. (Just not really the same thing...) Do you have a teacher to buy for? Here are my 20 suggestions for gifts for the classroom teacher in your family or who just so happens to be on your list: 1. Chart Paper 2. Mini-whiteboards 3. Dry erase markers 4. Colored folders 5. Pencils (Box of 500) 6. Painter's Tape 7. Baskets 8. Reading books - age appropriate 9. Bean bag chairs 10. Pencil boxes 11. Collapsable/ foldable tables 12. Folding chairs 13. Craft supplies 14. Rulers, measuring tapes 15. Scissors 16. Pencil sharpener 17. Clocks 18. File cabinet  19. Clothes tree/Coat tree 20. Dorm rug; Colorful carpet Hope this gives you some ideas. Have fun! Enjoy the holidays! Length - 27:33
December 17, 2018
The Kindness Advantage: Cultivating Compassionate and Connected Children - Everyday Ideas for Raising Kids Who Care (2018) "provides parents with a practical and concrete guide to equip their child with the skills they need to have a positive influence on the world." The Kindness Advantage "will show parents how to help their child form compassionate habits that will last a lifetime." I think that every classroom teacher and school administrator should read "The Kindness Advantage." The authors explain the fundamentals of kindness as well as share why kindness is important. Dale and Amanda's book can help conversations that pop up in our classes as well as in the school as a whole. It is easy to read and use.  Dale V. Atkins, PhD is a licensed psychologist with more than forty years of experience as a relationship expert focusing on families, wellness, managing stress, and living a balanced, meaningful life. Author of six books and many chapters, articles, and journals for popular and professional audiences, Dale is a featured speaker who leads seminars worldwide about raising responsible and charitable children Dale is a frequent guest expert in the media. Dale has a private psychology practice in New York City. She has two children and six grandchildren and lives in Connecticut. She can be found on Twitter @DrDaleAtkins, Facebook, and at www.drdaleatkins.com Amanda R. Salzhauer, MSW has worked as a social worker in clinics and private practice. She has been a member of several nonprofit boards, including Riverdale Neighborhood House and the Board of Overseers for the Dartmouth Center for Social Impact. She has three children and lives in New York City. Thanks for listening. Enjoy!  Connect with Dale and Amanda and Learn More: www.thekindnessadvantagebook.com http://www.drdaleatkins.com/ https://twitter.com/DrDaleAtkins https://www.pinterest.com/thekindnessadvantage/ https://www.facebook.com/thekindnessadvantage/ https://www.instagram.com/thekindnessadvantage/ www.hcibooks.com https://twitter.com/HCI_Books Length- 49:19
December 10, 2018
Teachers at Work: Designing Schools Where Teachers and Students Thrive is a new report produced by 100Kin10. Today, I'm talking with Talia Milgrom-Elcott the co-founder and executive director of 100Kin10.  Teachers at Work: Designing Schools Where Teachers and Students Thrive focuses on what needs to happen in schools to make its teacher corps want to stay and inspire youth. In the introduction of the report, this is stated: “When teachers flourish as professionals in schools, they leave the classroom far less frequently and have significantly  higher satisfaction.” Talia talked with me about this statement as well as much more concerning the future of schools, its students, and its teachers. Under her leadership, 100Kin10 which is focused on training and producing  100,000 STEM teachers in 10 years is becoming a reality as more than 250 leading organizations from across sectors have come together to make the goal possible by 2021. Talia is a frequent public speaker and moderator, focusing on social innovation, science and technology, education, philanthropy, and the tenuous balancing act that is running a start-up, being a mother and trying to have a life. Widely known for her thought leadership, she has been published or profiled in The Washington Post, The Boston Globe, the Smithsonian, CNN Money, and US News and World Report. Talia lives in Brooklyn with her husband and three children. Great information. Lots to learn and share. Connect with Talia and Download the Report- Teachers at Work: Designing Schools Where Teachers and Students Thrive. https://100kin10.org/ Email: info@100kin10.org Link to Teachers at Work: Designing Schools Where Teachers & Students Thrive https://twitter.com/100kin10 https://www.facebook.com/100Kin10 Length - 37:07
November 30, 2018
Cinque Henderson is the author of "Sit Down and Shut Up: How Discipline Can Set Students Free" (St Martins Press/New York 2018).  Cinque was a school substitute teacher in Los Angeles, California for a year. His book is based on his experiences. He has a wonderful writing style that makes you want to keep reading. I am sure that you will identify with many of his experiences. We talked about Cinque's book, his experiences, and his thoughts about what should be changed in education. Cinque is a graduate of Harvard University. He has written for HBO’s The Newsroom and Showtime’s The Chi. His work has appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times and The Washington Post. Lots to think about. Thanks for listening. Enjoy!  Connect with Cinque and get a copy of Sit Down and Shut Up: How Discipline Can Set Students Free. http://cinquehenderson.com/ https://twitter.com/jesuiscinque https://www.instagram.com/cinquehenderson/ https://read.macmillan.com/lp/sit-down-and-shut-up/ https://www.amazon.com/Cinque-Henderson/e/B07J4ZBLTH/ref=dp_byline_cont_book_1 cinquehenderson@gmail.com Length - 1:11:34
November 17, 2018
It's time to give thanks. It's Thanksgiving. Normally, we are focused on sharing thanks with our families, our relatives, our immediate family members. But today, I am asking you to think about those one time strangers who made a difference in your life. I am asking you to think about those teachers, educators, or mentors who took an interest in you and helped you push through or succeed when you needed it. I'm talking about thinking about those individuals who went beyond what they get paid to do and helped you somehow or someway. So do you have someone in mind? Does thinking about giving thanks this way make you think of more than one person? Hmmm, maybe you need to create a gratitude list and start sending handwritten notes and emails of thanks to those who positively impacted your life while you were in school. Today, I share with you three of the people I would like to say thanks to: 1. 7th Grade Bus Driver 2. 5th Grade Teacher 3. 11th and 12th Grade English Teachers. I hope that you will stop and think about this and actually create your list and then reach out and say thanks. Thanks for listening. Enjoy.   Length - 49:07
November 10, 2018
Dr Barbara Blackburn talks with me today about her book, Rigor and Differentiation in the Classroom: Tools and Strategies. (2019, Taylor & Francis) Barbara has dedicated her life to raising the level of rigor and motivation for professional educators and students alike. She is a Top 30 Global Guru in Education, has taught early childhood, elementary, middle, and high school students and has served as an educational consultant for three publishing companies. A few of her book titles are: Rigor made easy: Getting Started Rigorous Schools and Classrooms: Leading the Way Rigor in Your Classroom: A Toolkit for Teachers Rigor in Your School: A Toolkit for Leaders Literacy from A to Z Rigor for Students with Special Needs Motivating Struggling Learners: 10 Ways to Build Student Success Rigor is Not a Four-Letter Word Rigor and Assessment in the Classroom Rigor in the RTI and MTSS Classroom: Practical Tools and Strategies She often can be found working with teachers and administrators in workshops as well as presenting at state, national, and international conferences. Barbara is an amazing writer and teacher. She creates books that teachers can read and put into action immediately. She has a wonderful gift for making the difficult easy to understand and to use. Lots to learn! Thanks for listening! Check out Barbara's Quick Reference Guide to Rigor just published by ASCD. Rigor Quick Reference Guide with ASCD Make sure that you check out the links below especially the link to the Graphic Organizer for Math Word Problems that Barbara talked about as well as the link to her website's free resources. Learn More and Connect with Barbara: www.barbarablackburnonline.com https://globalgurus.org/education-gurus-30/ http://www.barbarablackburnonline.com/free-resources/ http://bit.ly/GraphicOrganizerMathWordProblems (The organizer that Barbara talked about.) www.routledge.com/eyeoneducation https://www.routledge.com/Rigor-and-Differentiation-in-the-Classroom-Tools-and-Strategies/Blackburn/p/book/9780815394471 https://twitter.com/BarbBlackburn https://www.pinterest.com/barbblackburn/ https://www.facebook.com/BarbaraRBlackburn/ https://twitter.com/RoutledgeEOE https://twitter.com/routledgebooks https://twitter.com/RoutledgeEd Length - 52:53
November 1, 2018
Scott Shickler talks with me about his book The 7 Mindsets: To Live Your Ultimate Life written by Scott and Jeff Waller. You're going to enjoy Scott's passion and positive outlook on life. We talk about what makes ultra successful people successful and he explains the 7 mindsets. We dive into the purposeful formatting of the book and its fantastic message. Additionally, we discuss the services that 7 Mindsets offers to schools and school systems.  A little bit about Scott, Scott Shickler is one of the world’s leading experts on personal empowerment and entrepreneurship. The Wall Street Journal referred to him as “a serial and parallel entrepreneur,” due to the number of businesses he has launched in diverse industries. Collectively, his companies have grossed over $37 million in industries ranging from software to seminars and real estate to retail. Scott is the author or co-author of eight books, including The Ultimate Entrepreneur and The 7 Mindsets to Live Your Ultimate Life. He has been featured in a variety of media, including CNN, ABC and NBC News, The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal. A graduate of Fordham University, Scott grew up in New York and now lives in Atlanta with his wife and two sons. I hope that you enjoy this awesome talk about how the 7 mindsets can be used to create a desire for learning and can assist you in developing a positive climate. You will be inspired. Thanks for listening.  Don't forget to go to 7mindsets.com/scott  Where you will be able to download your copy of The 7 Mindsets book and to sign-up for quotes of the day. When you are asked for the special code use my name - Steve (It's not case sensitive.) Connect and Learn More: https://7mindsets.com/ https://www.instagram.com/7mindsets/ https://www.youtube.com/user/7MindsetsTV https://www.pinterest.com/7mindsets/ https://twitter.com/7Mindsets https://www.facebook.com/7Mindsets/ https://7mindsets.com/contact/ Length - 1:07:34
October 26, 2018
3 Scary (Ok, not really scary) Moments for a Teacher  There are times when a classroom teacher has to address some issues or take care of a situation that can really feel scary sometimes. Today, I'm sharing three of these types of moments and my thoughts about dealing with them. 1. It's Monday morning and the principal or your evaluator steps into your room to observe you teach. 2. A student challenges your authority. 3. You have to call a parent. Today, I share some thoughts to help. Thanks for listening.  Check out some other helpful resources: 2 Things Not to Say When You Are Angry with a Student's Behavior Shhhh - Doesn't Work #1 Rule When Dealing with an Angry Student - Be the Adult 12 Tools for a Successful Start to the New School Year 9 Thoughts for Successful Daily Lesson Plans 10 Secret Ingredients for Better Unit Planning Classroom Management - Consequences Classroom Management - Rules Classroom Management - De-escalation Length - 29:37
October 19, 2018
Math for America is focused on changing the way we think about teachers and teaching in America. MfA's goal is to improve retention nationally by establishing a network of independent programs that support communities of accomplished mathematics and science teachers across the country.   Dr. Megan Roberts is the executive director of Math for America. Prior to joining MfA, she served for four years as the executive director for the Office of Innovation within the New York City Department of Education. She began her career in education as a science teacher in Manhattan where she was also a middle school principal and then Regional Director for STEM. Dr. Roberts is a past Woodrow Wilson Science Teaching Fellow; a Fulbright Memorial Teaching Fellow; and a Columbia University Science Teacher Research Fellow, for which she now serves on the advisory board. Megan has published articles and presented nationally and internationally on topics in geosciences, science education, professional development, educational technology, and innovation in education. We had a wonderful talk. Math for America is doing amazing things! Makes me want to teach math and science - awesome collaboration and professional development. Check out the links below to find out more about the amazing work that teachers are doing in MfA as well as how MfA supports teachers and their work with children. Thanks for listening. Please share with your colleagues and friends. Find out more information: https://mathforamerica.org/ https://mathforamerica.org/videos/all https://www.facebook.com/mathforamerica https://twitter.com/mathforamerica https://www.instagram.com/mathforamerica_/   Length - 46:11
October 12, 2018
Mark C. Perna is the founder and CEO of TFS (Tools for Schools) in Cleveland, Ohio, a full-service strategic consulting firm whose mission is to share and support every client’s passion for making a difference. Today we are talking about his book - Answering Why: Unleashing Passion, Purpose, and Performance in Younger Generations, which was written to help educators, employers, and parents understand Generations Y and Z and inspire them to greater performance in all areas of life. As an international expert on Generations Y and Z, Mark has devoted his career to empowering educators and employers to unleash the tremendous potential of today’s young people, both in the classroom and on the job.Parents, schools, districts, businesses, and state organizations across North America have successfully used Mark’s insights and strategies to connect more effectively with the younger generations. A dynamic and motivational public speaker, Mark frequently delivers keynote speeches at national and statewide events. He has published numerous articles in national publications as a recognized voice in student engagement and success. Mark is passionate about the mission that he has created for himself. You will hear his energy and drive as we talk. Check out his comments about his favorite line from Apollo 13 (the movie) and tell me that it doesn't become your favorite line as he explains why he remembers it. Lots to learn. His book is easy to read and is written such that you want to keep reading. Thanks for listening. I hope that you will share it with your colleagues and friend. Check out the links below to find out more about Mark, his book Answering Why: Unleashing Passion, Purpose, and Performance in Younger Generations, and so much more.   Connect with Mark: https://www.markcperna.com/ https://www.markcperna.com/book/ https://www.beawade.com/blog/ https://twitter.com/MarkPerna https://www.instagram.com/mark_c_perna/ https://www.facebook.com/markcpernaleadership/ https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCQ9CDLB_kNDpmdCoUe3SO5g https://www.tfsresults.com/ https://www.linkedin.com/in/markperna/   Length - 49:35
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