Help Me Understand

Help Me Understand

By Bob Dillon
Dr. Robert Dillon interviews a range of fans, learners, and experts surrounding their passions. The podcast is pure learning about ideas and concepts that you may have never considered before.
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Help Me Understand- Michele Eaton
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.
23:38
March 18, 2020
Help Me Understand- Joseph Phelan
This is our first of many episodes together as we discuss space design through an operations lens. Connect with Joseph at jphelan@saes.org 
25:32
March 18, 2020
Help Me Understand- Dr. Riina Hirsch
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 doctorriina@gmail.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 .
21:18
March 18, 2020
Help Me Understand- Mike Kaechele
Mike and I talk about PBL and how is meshes with SEL and other areas of learning. More about Mike over at https://www.michaelkaechele.com/. You can also follow him on Twitter at: @mikekaechele
20:40
March 18, 2020
Help Me Understand- Dan Kennedy
Dan and I talk about serving others, supporting our families, and being genuine leaders. Reach out to Dan at dan.kennedy@kumveka.org or learn more about Kumveka at https://www.kumveka.org/ 
25:41
March 18, 2020
Help Me Understand- Eric Menkhus
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 eric.menkhus@asu.edu
25:30
March 18, 2020
Help Me Understand- April Vernon
April and I discuss being parents, supporting teaching and learning, and the best of humanity. You can connect with April at aprilmvernon@gmail.com. 
26:58
March 18, 2020
Help Me Understand- Derek Hoven
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 pastorhoven@salemlc.net. His instagram account is https://www.instagram.com/revdmh/?hl=en. 
25:11
March 18, 2020
Help Me Understand the Mission of Natural Pod
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/)
15:06
December 24, 2019
Help Me Understand The Mastery Transcript
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. 
28:08
December 23, 2019
Help Me Understand Owning Your Learning
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/)
17:05
December 23, 2019
Help Me Understand Living Now
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. 
17:51
December 23, 2019
Help Me Understand Dickens and A Christmas Carol
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. 
23:43
December 22, 2019
Help Me Understand Healthy Leadership
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.  
15:34
December 22, 2019
Help Me Understand the Power of Story in Teaching and Learning
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/
19:52
December 22, 2019
Help Me Understand Joyful Literacy
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
17:32
December 22, 2019
Help Me Understand the Art of Reviewing Movies
James Owen joins us to talk movies and being a reviewer. He is the co-founder of filmsnobs.com and a regular contributors to the Columbia Tribune.  https://www.linkedin.com/in/james-owen-5029b673/
19:31
December 22, 2019
Help Me Understand Biophilic Design
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/
13:22
December 22, 2019
Help Me Understand the Future of Life Beyond High School
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."
20:33
December 13, 2019
Help Me Understand Designing Effective School Systems
More on Bryan Dean and all his awesomeness can be found here. Bryan Dean, @drrevdean, (Consultant & Designer for DTour Professional Learning, #UDL Coach, +Deviant, EDURebel & Haberdashery Enthusiast)
26:24
December 12, 2019
Help Me Understand The Gap Between Learning Sciences and Classroom Instruction.
Our guest is Alexander Salas, a designer and thinker, on how to bring the best instructional design to all learning spaces. Check him out at https://stylelearn.com
18:52
December 11, 2019
Help Me Understand Grief
I'm joined today my wife, Sandra Dillon, MSW. She is a specialist in supporting people through grief and loss. 
10:36
November 26, 2019
Help Me Understand...Chicago White Sox
Brett Clark talks with me about his boyhood team, the Chicago White Sox. He talks the past, present, and future of the organization. 
13:01
November 14, 2019
Help Me Understand....Improv
Ellie Dillon joins her dad to talk improv and how it can support confidence, provide future skills, and be a lot of fun for students. 
05:07
November 13, 2019