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Dial into the interesting, the unique, and the extraordinary stories of real-life risk-takers and change agents of learning.

Join us as we dive into the education world where we will listen to stories from the perspectives of educators, leaders, and entrepreneurs as they share their impact on learning. You might just might learn something new!
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S2, E2 Developing Your Mental Health Routine

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S2, E2 Developing Your Mental Health Routine
Learn some quick tips for developing your mental health routine that will set up your day for positivity! 
12:11
May 27, 2021
S2, E1 Where We Discuss Unicorns & Narwhals
In this episode, you will meet Heather Lyon. Heather has been on a quest for defining engagement and shares in this podcast the story behind her journey. She started by trying to understand exactly what is engagement and how do I know when I see it. Heather has a new book out and she tells all about how she came up with the title. Fun Fact: while unicorns are not real, narwhals are.  Heather identifies some key indicators on what it means to be engaged and shares them. Key questions cover: How can you find engagement? Exactly what is it and how do you know you found it?  Heather is a former English teacher and has a Ph.D. in Educational Administration and Ed.M. in Reading from the University at Buffalo. She currently serves as the Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum, Instruction, and Technology for Lewiston-Porter Central School District in Western New York. Want to learn more? Check out our BUOY blog post with all of Heather's info, website, and book links: https://www.buoyconsultants.com/engagement-what-it-is-and-what-it-isnt-a-conversation-with-heather-lyon/
31:45
March 25, 2021
Episode 20: Humanizing Technology with Angela Maiers
In this episode, Jen and Cate chat with our friend and fellow edupreneur, Angela Maiers. Angela is an educational leader, visionary, disruptor, and change maker who dedicates her time to share messages of innovation, determination, and creativity to leaders and educators ready to make change happen. Angela talks through ways to take remote and virtual learning to the next level and reminds us that our well-being must be a higher priority than many of us make it. Enjoy getting to know Angela! View our show notes by clicking HERE. 
33:54
January 29, 2021
Ep 19: Career Pathways and SEL with Sheri Smith
In this episode, Jen and Cate chat with Sheri Smith, CEO of Indigo Pathway. Sheri brings her passion for student voice and choice to the conversation, along with incredible expertise in the area of career pathways. She shares, “There’s a place for you. Who you are matters.” Her value set of integrating self-knowledge with global awareness offers listeners inspiration at a time when we need it most! For show notes, bios, and contact info, visit bit.ly/buoycastEP19!
35:18
January 13, 2021
Ep 18: Communications & Your Professional Potential with Elana Leoni
In this episode, Jen and Cate chat it up with their good friend and social media guru, Elana Leoni! Elana, founder and CEO of Leoni Consulting Group, shares her journey from Edutopia to Graduate School to running her own business and mentoring other entrepreneurs. Learn all about Elana’s professional support structures and ways you can carve out your amazing EDUpath! For show notes, bios, and contact info, visit bit.ly/buoycastEP18!
44:00
November 20, 2020
Ep 17: Easy EdTech with Monica Burns
In this episode, Jen and Cate chat it up with their good friend and superstar educator, Monica Burns! Monica shares her story that details her journey as classroom teacher to educational influencer and beyond. Her sage wisdom and creativity to carve her own path is inspiring, and she is always looking for new and innovative ways to support educators and students. Learn all about Monica and ways you can level up your own professional journey! For show notes, bios, and contact info, visit bit.ly/buoycastEP17!
33:41
November 5, 2020
Episode 16: Hack Your Teacher Wellness -- Friends Edition
In this episode, Jen and Cate walk you through some personal, affordable, and timely hacks for your own teacher wellness. As we prepare for the upcoming CapCUE Tech Fest, we share our presentation with each of you and give you lots of ideas to get some control over your own happiness. For show notes, bios, and contact info, visit bit.ly/buoycastEP16!
34:28
October 9, 2020
Episode 15: The Science Behind Brain Breaks
In this episode, Jen and Cate explore some research behind brain breaks and talk about ways to integrate these strategies with your class and your kiddos at home. Never underestimate the importance of taking a few precious moments to reset your head and prepare for learning in a very mindful way. For show notes, bios, and contact info, visit bit.ly/buoycastEP15! 
18:08
August 28, 2020
Episode 14: Personal Branding with Ben Cogswell
In this episode, Jen and Cate dive deep into the world of personal branding. We ask some questions about putting yourself out there, defining your why, and sharing your passion project/s with others in an authentic way. Who better than to walk-and-talk with us that our friend, Ben Cogswell. He has spent the last 5 years openly sharing and amplifying the amazing work he does with educators and now, some of our youngest learners. Your heart will be full of good juju and your mind full of good ideas!  We'd love to hear your shiny moments from the week! Let us know on our SHINY MOMENTS FORM and we’ll share it on our podcast! For show notes, bios, and contact info, visit bit.ly/buoycastEP14! 
34:05
June 2, 2020
Episode 13: Flipgrid Fever & Fun with Ann Kozma and Adam Parker Goldberg
In this episode, Jen and Cate hang out with the one and only Ann Kozma and Adam Parker Goldberg of Flipgrid Engagement Team. Ann and Adam have messages of inspiration and encouragement for educators and flipgridders near and far. We also talk about ways that Flipgrid serves remote learners at this crazy COVID-19 time. We literally cannot say enough amazing things about this team. You’ll be smiling from beginning to end! “Flipgrid is Microsoft's free video discussion tool for all educators, learners, and families. Engage and empower every voice by recording and sharing short, awesome videos together! Sign up at at flipgrid.com and learn more about amplifying and connecting your community at blog.flipgrid.com/gettingstarted/. Towards the end of the episode, we discuss the Flipgrid Disco Library where you can find 15,000+ free, ready-to-use discussion prompts for your scholars including partner content from The Met, California State Parks, BBC Learning, Wonderopolis, BreakoutEdu, and more! Simply log in to your Flipgrid Educator Account and click on the "Disco Library" tab to explore.” (says Adam) We'd love to hear your shiny moments from the week! Let us know on our SHINY MOMENTS FORM and we’ll share it on our podcast! For show notes, bios, and contact info, visit bit.ly/buoycastEP13!
39:05
April 17, 2020
Episode 12: The Launch of #BUOYcast
In this episode, Jen and Cate decide to pivot and launch a new concept around the #Quaranteaching podcast: meet #BUOYcast, your Education Lifeline! We're taking the best elements of remote learning and blending them with storytelling to bring the best of education to your earbuds. During the pandemic and after, they are here to uncover new pathways of learning and leading so that you can experience your best professional life!  We'd love to hear your shiny moments from the week! Let us know on our SHINY MOMENTS FORM -- bit.ly/shinymoments! For show notes, bios, and contact info, visit bit.ly/buoycastEP12!
14:23
April 14, 2020
Episode 11: Life Skills Your Family Should Learn While Quarantined
In this episode, Jen and Cate suggest some life skills that will give you and your fambam a whole quality of life at home! Need a haircut? Check out YouTube for some solid support. Have a running toilet? You can fix it DIY style. Let us take a moment to remind you that YOU FREAKING ROCK, and you got this #quarantinelife like a boss! We'd love to hear your shiny moments from the week! Let us know on our SHINY MOMENTS FORM -- bit.ly/shinymoments! For show notes, bios, and contact info, visit https://bit.ly/3dZ1s0I!
17:39
April 5, 2020
Episode 10: Top 10 Guide to the Quarantine for Sanity
In this episode, Jen and Cate run through their favorite ways to beat this virus both emotionally and mentally at home. Learn about new ways that cardboard boxes might change your life, elephant toothpaste, the deets on #Sketch50 4.0, and tater tot waffles… there’s no stopping this duo! We'd love to hear your shiny moments from the week! Let us know on our SHINY MOMENTS FORM -- bit.ly/shinymoments! For show notes, bios, and contact info, visit https://bit.ly/3bLrdzZ!
22:47
April 1, 2020
Episode 9: Going Somewhere in a Time of Nowhere
In this episode, Jen and Cate discuss the presumed constraints we are all feeling when it comes to our personal freedom to roam the Earth. Rather than letting this virus control our worlds, we have some suggestions that will help you feel the big bad world in a different way. We'd love to hear your shiny moments from the week! Let us know on our SHINY MOMENTS FORM -- bit.ly/shinymoments! For show notes, bios, and contact info, visit https://bit.ly/3bLrdzZ!
18:41
March 31, 2020
Episode 8: I'm Not Ready...
In this episode, Jen and Cate share project updates and shiny moments from the past week. In all honesty, we had. hard time rallying for the recording today. But, when all was said and done, we were both super grateful to connect, laugh, and share our moments on the podcast.  We'd love to hear your shiny moments from the week! Let us know on our SHINY MOMENTS FORM -- bit.ly/shinymoments!  For show notes, bios, and contact info, visit https://bit.ly/3bLrdzZ!
24:50
March 28, 2020
Episode 7: Money Is So Emotional
In this episode, Cate and Jen talk with Andrea Ferrero about Pockets Change, a finance education organization focused on creating spaces for building real-world skills and relationships through an understanding of ourselves, our community, and our world. Andrea help Cate and Jen determine their financial identities and shares how we can infuse our instruction with financial literacy via hip hop pedagogy as early as first grade! Three of the biggest opportunities that have arisen for her and her students while #quaranteaching include: Not Your Average Ice-Breaker, the two-word check-in for acknowledging emotions The Power of Art, finding your tendencies and ways to share creatively and stay grounded Values-Based Community, building spaces of shared values and support She shares, “I've been teaching for 16 years and I believe in powerful and transformational learning that happens in small moments of conversation and connection. There's a lot that feels out of control right now but online conversations keep us connected and tap into everyday learning in a whole new way. I teach about money and that brings up all sorts of emotions on a normal day.” Get to know Andrea and have a giggle on us! For show notes, bios, and contact info, CLICK HERE!
31:41
March 26, 2020
Episode 6: Pressure Much?
In this episode, Cate and Jen talk with Kristin Oropeza about working remotely as a Tech TOSA. Kristin’s ideas are amplified in her community, but she also balances the day in and day out of being a momma at home to her high school stepson and 3 year old daughter. Kristin also wears a blogging hat and communications director at CUE Los Angeles. Get to know Kristin and find out how to dial into a vibrant edtech network with one of the kindest people out there! For show notes, bios, and contact info, CLICK HERE!
24:02
March 25, 2020
Episode 5: Time to #BUOYup
In this episode, Cate and Jen share the founding story of BUOY. Here's a related riddle: 90 miles from Cuba + creatives + partners = BUOY! 😉Join us for the #BUOYup challenge where we take a moment to let people in our PLN know how they are helping us stay afloat during this CRAY CRAY #stayathome time.  For show notes, bios, and contact info, CLICK HERE!
24:16
March 25, 2020
Episode 4: Positively Glowing
In this episode, Cate and Jen talk with Corey Coble about the impact of COVID-19 on practicing teachers and teacher-leaders. Corey has set up a space at home for his own remote classroom instruction as well as his two sons’ remote learning. He shares some great suggestions for keeping teacher/student connections vibrant during this time (Fligrid Spirit Week and PJ day -- to name a few) and shines his own positive energy on the #quaranteaching community. For show notes, bios, and contact info, CLICK HERE!
28:14
March 23, 2020
Episode 3: A Great Horned Owl Scared Charlie
In this episode, Cate and Jen talk with Kim Voge about feeding our teacher souls and acknowledging what’s going inside our heads and hearts right now as educators. We also learn about Kim’s RAD National Park projects with her 5th graders and bond over backyard bird watching. For show notes, bios, and contact info, CLICK HERE!
21:17
March 20, 2020
Episode 2: The Green Sign is Hanging in the Window
In this episode, Cate and Jen share stories of proper social distancing over yard fences and virtual happy hours. They also share some cool live-stream webcam tips since so many museums, zoos, and preserves are capturing nature virtually for us to see in real-time. Listen closely for "highlight reels..." you'll thank us later! Finally, The BUOY Ladies rate the overall vibe of their virtual Professional Learning Networks (PLNs) via Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn.  For show notes, bios, and contact info, CLICK HERE!
19:43
March 19, 2020
Episode 1: Last Night I Did Yoga With My Dog
In this episode, Cate Tolnai and Jen Gibson dive right into the new way of life we are experiencing across the globe in response to social distancing, shelter-in-place, and quarantine lifestyle due to COVID-19. Caregivers are now home school teachers, students are now co-workers, and we are all trying to figure out what this new normal can look like today, tomorrow, and maybe for the next few months.  For show notes, bios, and contact info, CLICK HERE! 
14:42
March 18, 2020