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The Next Wave: A ConnectED Learning STL Podcast

The Next Wave: A ConnectED Learning STL Podcast

By Drew Crismon
Helping educators connect with great people doing great things in education, this is the Connected Learning Podcast. A podcast by educators for educators, we are looking to push the limits of innovation and creativity in our schools.
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Patrice Bain and "Powerful Teaching"

The Next Wave: A ConnectED Learning STL Podcast

Students Helped Hire The Principal? Yes They Did! A Conversation with Laura Steinbrink
When you live in a small town and wear a lot of hats, having a creative vision is so important. Not only that, but being a connected educator helps spur innovation within the district. Laura Steinbrink is my guest on this podcast. We discuss the unique way her school selected a principal and the need for a strong network when you work in a small school district. Even if you work in an urban, or suburban district, there is a lot to learn here.
October 01, 2019
Tapping Into Creativity with Manuel Herrera
Manuel Herrera is the Director of Innovation for the Affton School District in St. Louis. An avid doodler and creative force in the education field, Manuel shares his secrets in this wide ranging interview. We discuss inspirations for creativity and how we all can be creative and intentional in our work. Listen on the Anchor app and you can listen to a couple of Manuel's musical inspirations for his creative work. This interview was recorded shortly after his keynote at IS2Dale and now being released shortly before he goes to MassCue. So much to learn in an hour.
September 15, 2019
Relationships and STEM w/ Alex Schenck
Alex Schenck is entering his fifth year of teaching Math, Computer Science, GIS, and AP Courses at Collegiate School of Medicine and Bioscience in St. Louis. Our conversation focuses on the struggles of taking on too much as a new teacher and how relationships with students and mentors makes a world of difference. Our discussion then turns to STEM and why the Humanities are so important to being a well rounded student. Finally, Alex talks about a recent passion project with students that involved Arduinos. Amazing engagement and fun for all the students. While he may love Red Lobster and Tower Grove Park, he loves teaching his students even more.
August 17, 2019
Megan O'Brien
Megan is entering her 3rd year of teaching and talks to us about the lessons learned in the early years of her career. From leading a journalism club in her first year of teaching, to leading student council this year, Megan shares her experiences with us. We talk about the importance of self care, as well as the need to connect kids with community partners. Find Megan on Twitter @msobrien14
August 03, 2019
Patrice Bain and "Powerful Teaching"
Patrice Bain joins for for a conversation on her book, "Powerful Teaching: Unleash The Science of Learning." Our conversation focuses on ways in which we can help our students retain content through simple practices. Patrice will be leading a workshop on these practices on Saturday, August 3, at the CIC@CET Building 20 N. Sarah in St. Louis from 1:30 to 3pm. Tickets can be found at Patrice can be found on Twitter @patricebain1 as well as Her resources are also available at
July 29, 2019
Interview with Charmaine Smith of ITEF
Ever wondered how you can bring innovation and awesome learning to your school? You do not want to miss this episode! Charmaine Smith from the Innovative Technology Education Fund gives some insight into the Lean Into Learning Grant process, as well as discusses what it takes to get one of the big awards from ITEF. Charmaine is passionate about education and her love of innovation comes through in this podcast. #learningstl #itef
July 06, 2018
Interview with Chuck Baker
Meet Connected Learning team member Chuck Baker. Not "just" a math teacher, but a man of faith and empathy who loves the creative side of education. Chuck talks about PBL, gifted education, and rejecting a deficit mindset.
June 27, 2018
Interview with Dr. Chris McGee
Chris McGee talks about what brought him to be an educator, his influences, and the reason why Connected Learning STL is such a great organization for improving education here in St. Louis. We also discuss what innovation in education could look like. #LearningSTL
June 15, 2018
Innovation In Education: What Is That?
What is innovation in education? We are going to explore this idea and discuss what it can be. #learningstl #itef
June 06, 2018