Michele and I talk about her new book as well as modern learning and all of its elements. Michele Eaton is the Director of Virtual and Blended Learning for the M.S.D. of Wayne Township in Indianapolis, Indiana. She focuses on staff and course development for Achieve Virtual Education Academy and provides leadership for the district's blended initiatives. Michele is a CoSN CETL and 2016 Next Generation Leader, 2018 EdWeek Leader to Learn From, President Elect of the ISTE Online Learning Network, IUPUI online instructor, Conference Chair for the Indiana Connected Educators organization, member of the EdTech Heroes, and moderator for the #INeLearn chat. You can follow her on Twitter at @micheeaton and @the411vodcast.
Riina and I discuss her work to build schools and systems into sustainable places to serve students. She is an ELA teacher with 16 years experience teaching grades 7-12, but 9th has always been her sweet spot. She is passionate about professional development, instructional coaching and curriculum. Currently, she works for MEERS/Goodwill Missouri as the Coordinator of Professional Development, Curriculum, and Instruction serving four adult high schools on a year round accelerated program that awards a traditional diploma to students who dropped out and are now 21 or older. As a side gig, she serves as the Operations Manager for the Teacher Self-Care conference series (http://teacherselfcare.org/) and writes for both The Educator's Room and The Instructional Coach Academy (https://theeducatorsroom.com/). She also facilitates professional development sessions for teachers focused on professionalism as self-care with specific concrete strategies that help teachers cultivate intentional positivity so they can control their thinking and take charge of their classroom practice. I can be reached via email at email@example.com, via Twitter @dr_riina, via LinkedIn at https://www.linkedin.com/in/dr-riina-hirsch or via Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/Dr.Riina
Eric Menkhus is the Associate Dean of New Education Initiatives, Clinical Professor of Law, and Faculty Fellow, Center for Law, Science & Innovation at the Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law. Eric Menkhus is leading the College of Law’s efforts in new initiatives, including expanding online learning and online programs, as Director of New Program Development. Eric can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
Derek and I discuss leadership, empowering others, and building a culture of care and support. He is the pastor of Salem Lutheran Church. You can connect with Derek at email@example.com. His instagram account is https://www.instagram.com/revdmh/?hl=en.
Bridgitte Alomes, CEO of Natural Pod, joined the podcast to help me understand the mission of this learning environments partner. They work with schools to truly redesign and rethink space. Check out this TED talk from Bridgitte (https://youtu.be/IIzyfJQbuT8) and more about Natural Pod and their work. (https://naturalpod.com/)
Jonathan E Martin, author of Reinventing Crediting for Competency-Based Education (https://www.amazon.com/Reinventing-Crediting-Competency-Based-Education-Jonathan/dp/1138609226) joins us to discuss the Mastery Transcript. High school transcripts are a century old device that is causing our education system friction as it looks to evolve. Jonathan helps me to understand more about the power of this next generation transcript and how it hold promise to be a lever of change for all schools.
Janelle McLaughlin is an education strategist that supports schools and districts with growth and change. This episode focuses on how teachers and leaders can take control of their own personal and professional growth to remain energized in their work. Janelle is the CEO of Innovative Education Solutions (https://www.innovativeeducationsolutions.net/) You can connect with her here as well (https://www.linkedin.com/in/janellemclaughlin/)
Garreth Heidt is the lead learner of the PVHS InNOVAtionLab. His students have developed an amazing social entrepreneur effort called Living Now (https://www.instagram.com/livingnowyt/?hl=en) These students are working to get their fellow learners to lift their head and see the beauty of nature. They are guiding tours to some amazing places, and they are turning their class project into a movement. Follow them and their teacher Garreth (@Ed_by_design) to learn more.
Stephen Himes, educator and experience learning coordinator, joins the podcast to help me understand more about Dickens and A Christmas Carol. Himes is an expert on curating and supporting student growth about the themes of Dickens. He organized travel abroad programs for schools. https://sway.office.com/alYVx2u69y22rPSl In this podcast, we explore the themes and ideas in A Christmas Carol include how the modern day Scrooge story wanders from the messages that Dickens wanted us to consider.
Shannon Pitcher-Boyea, founder of Breathing Room Mindful Personal and Professional Wellness (https://adkbreathingroom.com/) joins us to discuss the concept of healthy leadership. She helped me understand the importance of personal growth and wellness for school leaders. Shannon works with schools and districts around the country to support the development of healthy students, teachers, leaders, and systems.
Learner, Listener, Leader, Storyteller, and Future Author Brianna Hodges joins the podcast to help me understand how she sees the power of story playing a role in excellent teaching and learning. More from Brianna at her website, https://briannahodges.com/
This episode features Talia Kovacs, CEO of Lit Life. LitLife shapes lives of purpose and joy through literacy. An international leader in professional development for literacy education, LitLife inspires and guides teachers to refine their instruction to provide students with robust and meaningful reading and writing experiences. Our dynamic and experienced teacher leaders provide the why, what, and how of literacy instruction by modeling best practice lessons side by side with teachers and through a combination of in-person and live virtual support. Students and the educators working with them leave LitLife's workshops with concrete steps to implement joyful literacy for the entire school and district community.
LitLife's website: www.LitLifePD.com
Talia's Twitter: @TaliaKovacs
LitLife's Twitter: @LitLifePD
Anna Harrison, ASID, LEED AP, ALEP has focused her work on growing knowledge and understanding about biophilia and biophilic design. She is the Director of Educational Planning at Aedis Architects. Our conversation helped me learning how we can use the positive impact of nature and light o positively shape learning. https://www.linkedin.com/in/annaharrisonasidleedap/
The episode featured Kevin Stoller - Co-Founder & CEO (https://www.kay-twelve.com)
Driven by his passion for enhancing the learning process, Kevin started Kay-Twelve in 2009. Coupled with his experience in the contract furniture industry, Kevin has a B.S, in Mass Communications from Miami University and a MBA from The Ohio State University. 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. Involved in several civic and industry groups, one of these programs works with kids to foster creativity and entrepreneurship. In terms of personal interests he still tries to find time for travel, sports, and getting to local concerts when time permits. The underlying mission and philosophy of Kay-Twelve exemplifies his commitment to improving the learning environment. Personally Kevin 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."