Lasting Learning

Episode 41- An exceptional conversation with Mike Lipa.

An episode of Lasting Learning

By David Schmittou
In this podcast we explore ways to make learning last. This is a podcast about education, but not necessarily about school.
We talk to people who have found what matters. We talk to difference makers.
This isn’t a show about gimmicks and tricks. It’s a show about learning that lasts.
Sometimes the soft skills are the hard skills.
Listen weekly to hear from those living life right to learn how to focus on the focus and impact generations.
More places to listen
In this podcast we explore ways to make learning last. This is a podcast about education, but not necessarily about school.
We talk to people who have found what matters. We talk to difference makers.
This isn’t a show about gimmicks and tricks. It’s a show about learning that lasts.
Sometimes the soft skills are the hard skills.
Listen weekly to hear from those living life right to learn how to focus on the focus and impact generations.

More places to listen

Episode 64-Mistakes I Made-Bonus 1
Wrapping up 2019, I am sharing mistakes I have made so that we can all learn what not to do. 2020 is the year of vision. let's look forward and not behind. In this episode, I discuss timed tests.
December 6, 2019
Episode 63-Be a Champ for Kids. A conversation with Kelly Hoggard
Check out Champ for Kids:
December 4, 2019
Episode 62-A conversation with Paul Bloomberg
Chief Learning Office for the Core Collaborative does not even come close to describing all that Paul does. Listen in as he describes his quest to validate all that is good and to highlight what is working in schools around the world.
November 28, 2019
Episode 61-An interview with the Davis family sharing some wisdom on life and school
Alina, Zane, and Levi Davis from Orlando, FL share some amazing truth in this bonus episode. Kids are amazing!
November 27, 2019
Episode 60-Kara and her mom, Jessica, share some amazing wisdom about life and school
Kids say the most amazing things- This bonus episode says so much!
November 26, 2019
Episode 59-My daughter REAGAN dropping some truth
Love this little girl of mine. Listen in as she shares what school should be! A bonus episode highlighting the voices of kids who know best.
November 25, 2019
Episode 58-Mandy Froehlich drops some truth bombs and a few s%*T bombs as well:)
One of the most powerful conversations on the podcast. Mandy removes the stigma of failure, difficulty, vulnerability, and personal growth. Check out more of Mandy's resources at:
November 20, 2019
Episode 57-Melody McAllister shows us all what faith is all about
This mom of 5, homeschool teacher, EduMatch leader, and author of the I'm Sorry book, is the embodiment of faith and trust.
November 20, 2019
Episode 56-In life sometimes we need to just "cannonball in". Rich Beaudrie tells us why he left teaching and decided to take the biggest risk of his life.
Sometimes you just need a bathroom break, a beer, or some chicken nuggets to make you feel valued. In this episode, Rich Beaudrie talks about why he chose to follow his dreams, the pitfalls along the way, and why he just can't stop learning and loving.
November 13, 2019
Episode 55-Jessica Lahey, author of The Gift of Failure, delivers 100 minutes of epic truth
Failure is en vogue these days, but it's not about celebrating defeat. It's not a weapon of manipulation. In this episode, Jessica gets real as she shares about alcoholism, parenting missteps, teacher struggles, and the journey to overcome.   Check out Jessica Lahey's work at
November 11, 2019
Episode 54-Krista Venza, author of RESULTS, the first Edugladiators book released, shares what really matters in school.
RESULTS- available on Amazon:
November 6, 2019
Episode 53-A conversation with the amazing Katie Novak
Katie Novak will blow your mind. She is a dynamic and energetic mom of four, Asst. Supt. , author, trainer, and expert on UDL. Enjoy
October 30, 2019
Episode 52-A conversation with the authors of The Teacher and The Admin, Kris Felicello and Gary Armida
Two guys living in New York who are inspired to change the world through education. Listen in then go to Amazon and buy their book. It is EVERYTHING! Get a copy of The Teacher and the Admin at :  
October 23, 2019
Episode 51-A conversation with one of the most impressive people on the planet, Dr. Sarah Thomas
Sarah leads tech and innovation in a school district outside of Washington DC by day, and by night, by weekend, by every other waking minute, helps educators from around the world collaborate and grow. Check out what the leader of EduMatch is up to.
October 18, 2019
Episode 50-The human emoji, Tara Martin talks about being REAL, taking risks, balance, and why we need to all cannonball in :)
Tara Martin is a career educator and PR professional for DBC inc. In this episode she talks about her own journey, lessons learned, and inspires us all to take risks to change our lives. Check out Cannonball In and Be REAL : And visit her website for amazing resources:
October 16, 2019
Episode 49-Jeff Gargas explains the growing movement of providing quality professional learning to help the best teachers around.
Check out The Teach Better Team online at: Get a copy of Teach Better at:
October 16, 2019
Episode 48-The one and only Kas Nelson explains what balance is all about.
Mom, wife, streaker, leader, principal, farmer, bus driver...Kas Nelson does it all. Check out this episode to learn how.
October 9, 2019
Episode 47-One of the most important talks I've had- Quinn Rollins
Listen in as Quinn Rollins, author of Play Like a Pirate, talks about teaching, play, mental health, and his dog Lucky. Check out Quinn's website:
October 2, 2019
Episode 46-A conversation with the EduNinja, herself, Jen Burdis.
In this episode, the EduNinja, Jen Burdis shares the secret to staying fit, sane, and strong in the midst of being a busy professional.
September 25, 2019
Episode 45-Want to know why teaching is so hard...listen to this. Jessica Gentry joins us this week.
Jessica Gentry became famous (and infamous) this year due to a Facebook post gone viral. Listen in as we talk about why she chose to leave teaching after 12 amazing years, what makes her tick, and how she got to be so incredible :)
September 18, 2019
Episode 44-An interview with the incredible Rena Hawkins
A conversation with the amazing elementary school principal and host of the podcast ShareMOedu, Rena Hawkins. It's all about relationships.
September 11, 2019
Episode 43- A conversation with the amazing Jennifer Lee Quattrucci
In this episode, Dave has a great conversation with Jennifer as they discuss her life outside of the classroom as well as what inspired her to write her book "Educate the Heart". Jennifer is a passionate educator with experience as a teacher, a social media "fashionista", now author and student advocate. Her book is available here: 
September 9, 2019
Episode 42- An interview with Anke Hermann that will change your thinking
In this episode, Dave talks with Anke Herrmann, from Spain, the host of the Passion Business Podcast. Anke does an incredible job illustrating through her personal story, the power of overcoming, chasing greatness, and following your heart. Through this conversation Dave and Anke explore and discuss what can be done in America, and everywhere, to focus on the focus and allow our well as adults... to celebrate strengths and not their struggles. Check out Anke's podcast here: 
September 9, 2019
Episode 41- An exceptional conversation with Mike Lipa.
Mike Lipa is an account executive at Snapchat, but that's not what this interview is about. This is a conversation about life, about success, and about growth.
September 9, 2019
Episode 40- It's nice to MEET you
In this episode Dave explores why we should never just meet to meet. We need to make sure every gathering has purpose, intention, and relevance.
August 14, 2019
Episode 39- And & A NOT but & The
In this episode, Dave tells us why we need to stop looking for THE solution and instead look for A solution. We need to stop saying "but" and start saying "and". If we want to reach EVERY student we must try to reach EACH student.
August 7, 2019
Episode 38-Thank you for the endorsements
Thank you to these listeners for sharing their thoughts and compliments. We are doing this TOGETHER!!
August 2, 2019
Episode 37- Embrace the process of learning
In this podcast episode Dave discusses ways we can move beyond the "got it-don't got it" approach to learning and assessing and instead embrace the process of learning.
July 31, 2019
Episode 36- Summer Learning Series- The finale: Chapters 12 and 13-It's Like Riding a Bike
In this episode, we are exposed to the Bold Humility that makes teachers great.
July 24, 2019
Episode 35- Summer Learning Series- Chapter 11- It's Like Riding a Bike
In this episode, Dave reminds us of the power of a teacher.
July 17, 2019
Episode 34-A rant...stop labeling us
Sorry about all of the "quotes" and "unquotes"...I was a little flustered and frustrated when recording this. I wanted to make a two hour podcast about how to actually interpret the data, but thought I would leave it here. Feel free to message me if you actually do want some help with your assessment/data literacy.
July 10, 2019
Episode 33- Summer Learning Series- Chapter 10: It's Like Riding a Bike
In this episode, Dave shares why it's important to eliminate labels in order to let creativity thrive.
July 10, 2019
Episode 32-Summer Learning Series- Chapter 9- It's Like Riding a Bike
In this episode, Dave shares how standards actually enhance engagement and don't compete with it.
July 3, 2019
Episode 31-Summer Learning Series- Chapter 8: It's Like Riding a Bike
In this episode, Dave discusses why lasting learning requires "doing".
June 26, 2019
Episode 30-Summer Learning Series: Chapter 7- It's Like Riding a Bike
In this episode, Dave explores what happens when we "let them go and let them grow."
June 19, 2019
Episode 29-Summer Learning Series: Chapter 6- It's Like Riding a Bike
In this episode, Dave shares why it is important to make practice fun.
June 12, 2019
Episode 28-Summer Learning Series: Chapter 5: It's Like Riding a Bike
In this episode, Dave discusses how to measure student learning and progress, not their compliance.
June 5, 2019
Episode 27-Summer Learning Series- Chapter 4- It's Like Riding a Bike: How to Make Learning Last a Lifetime
In this chapter, Dave discusses how we can help pick students up when they fall down.
May 29, 2019
Episode 26-Summer Learning Series- Chapter 3- It's Like Riding a Bike
In this chapter, Dave discusses why we need to eliminate our own arbitrary opinions on what is necessary. We need to focus more on the progress and less on the process.
May 22, 2019
Episode 25- Summer learning series: It's Like Riding a Bike: Chapter 2
In this episode, Dave shares Chapter 2- Be ready to have your thoughts challenged. This chapter actually caused Dave to be banned from two school districts because the ideas were so disruptive to the status quo. For a signed copy of the full book sent to you, visit 
May 16, 2019
Episode 24-Summer Learning Series- It's Like Riding a Bike- Chapter 1
In this episode, Dave reads Chapter 1 of his book, It's Like Riding a Bike, and challenges us all to make learning safe.  For a signed copy of the full book sent to you, visit  
May 15, 2019
Episode 23-Summer Learning Series: It's like Riding a Bike-The intro
In this episode, Dave reads the most debated and discussed section of his book, the introduction. When he says, "I don't care if my kids read." he can't really mean that...can he??? Find out here.  For a signed copy of the full book sent to you, visit  
May 15, 2019
Episode 22- Preventing the summer slide
In this episode, Dave reminds us all that the summer slide is not automatic. We can prevent it. It's all about the  months BEFORE summer, not the  months OF summer that impacts Lasting Learning.
May 9, 2019
Episode 21-A passionate plea to end the epidemic
In this episode Dave spends 10 minutes explaining how to really solve the teacher shortage...spoiler alert- it has nothing to do with money.
May 7, 2019
Episode 20-Fixing the teacher shortage
In this episode, Dave discusses how to really solve the teacher shortage.
April 9, 2019
Episode 19-Has it been a good day?
The ability to reflect is the secret sauce to becoming great.
March 29, 2019
Episode 18-The diet that all schools need
The diet that all schools need
March 1, 2019
Episode 17-What is curriculum?
In this episode Dave discusses how we really decided what kids need to learn.
January 31, 2019
Episode 16-Avoiding the pendulum swings
In this episode, Dave discusses why we have such a hard time maintaining momentum with initiatives and why we always chase the latest fad in education.
January 16, 2019
Episode 15-Decision making can be a MINDfield
Decision making can be tricky as you try to change minds and challenge the status quo. In this episode, Dave addresses the question of how to disrupt the status quo.
January 14, 2019
Episode 14-The teacher shortage
In this episode Dave goes on a rant explaining why so many of the strategies designed to solve the teacher shortage problem actually make the problem worse.
December 31, 2018
Episode 13-Talking about a dirty word
In this week's episode we discuss a dirty word...assessment. Does it really have a place in education?
December 19, 2018
Episode 12-Their futures or your past?
A sneak peek into Dave’s latest article for AMLE
December 11, 2018
Episode 11-Teachers Matter More
In this episode we explore why we need to work more on supporting teachers and less on circumventing them.
December 5, 2018
Episode 10-A Standard is Only Standard if it is Standard
What should really drive instruction and assessment?
November 21, 2018
Episode 9-A conversation with the inspirational Amanda Dykes
This week we explore the need to teach and model skills for life.
October 30, 2018
Episode 8-Buzzwords galore
In this episode, Dave will examine three different yet related concepts and share his take on how best to address assessment, standards, and engagement.
October 30, 2018
Episode 7- A talk with the amazing Laura Coker
Sorry in advance for the poor audio, but the words from Laura Coker were just too good to delete. You may have a hard time hearing Dave, but in this episode, Laura is the one bringing the truth. Enjoy!!!
October 30, 2018
Episode 6- How do we do this?
In this episode we learn some easy to implement strategies to actually help us focus on the process of learning so that it can last.
October 18, 2018
Episode 5-Goals are great. Failure sucks!
In this episode we discuss how we can reframe failing as overcoming.
October 12, 2018
Episode 4-Momentum matters
The latest episode of Lasting Learning. Exploring the power of momentum.
October 11, 2018
Episode 3- Does it really last?
Why use the metaphor of riding a bike? What does that have to do with teaching?
October 11, 2018
Episode 2- When should they learn that?
Today on Lasting Learning we explore ARBITRARY timelines and how our own experience often drive us to define what "should be" instead of letting us focus on what can be.
October 8, 2018
Episode 1- What is Lasting Learning?
The very first episode of Lasting Learning! Who is Dave Schmittou? What is Lasting Learning?
October 4, 2018
October 3, 2018
October 3, 2018
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