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empowerED Podcast with Francis Jim Tuscano

empowerED Podcast with Francis Jim Tuscano

By Francis Jim Tuscano
Interviews, discussions, and sometimes, chill talks with insightful thought leaders, inspiring educators, and courageous change-makers who help transform, elevate, and celebrate teachers around the globe. EmpowerED Podcast is specially dedicated to amplifying the voice of the Filipino teacher towards a dialogue with teachers around the world and the global community!
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Addressing Challenges in Hybrid/Hyflex Learning
In this third episode of the special hybrid or hyflex learning mini-series, we examine recurring challenges in Hybrid/Hyflex Learning and find ways to address them. We survey the following areas: learning and assessment, teacher readiness, space and infrastructure, and most importantly, safety, support, and equity. Listen on Apple Podcasts: or Spotify: If you have questions, connect with me: m:; w:; t: @jimtuscano
April 16, 2022
Designing the School's Hybrid/Hyflex Learning Program: An Easy Framework from UNESCO
In this second episode of the special hybrid or hyflex learning mini-series, we dive deep into UNESCO's three-step approach into designing the school's Hybrid/Hyflex Learning Program, focusing on the importance of understanding context, needs, and capabilities of the school community. Listen on Apple Podcasts: or Spotify: If you have questions, connect with me: m:; w:; t: @jimtuscano
April 16, 2022
Hybrid or Hyflex Learning in the Covid-19 Pandemic
We continue to witness recurring surges of covid infection in our communities that affect schools. The education systems need to be ready with a resilient learning continuity program. In this first episode of the special hybrid or hyflex learning mini-series, we examine hybrid or hyflex learning and its role in ensuring that learning continues amidst recurring school lockdowns or restricted on-site or in-person learning. Listen on Apple Podcasts: or Spotify: If you have questions, connect with me: m:; w:; t: @jimtuscano
April 16, 2022
S8E11: How a Student Can Win a US $100,000 Award and Help Change the World
How can a student win a US $100,000 Award and help change the world? A special and surprise episode drops today before lunch! Ancelmo Miguel Catalla, the first Filipino student finalist in the Global Student Prize, drops by to share his experience of being a Global Student Prize finalist in 2021 and gives tips on how to prepare, get nominated, and even self-apply for the prize. Director Margarita Consolacion Ballesteros of DepEd-ICO shares words of wisdom and inspires students and teachers to join the nomination. Watch: YouTube:
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April 10, 2022
S8E10: Pushing the Frontier: UDL and AI in Education with Steven Kolber
Global Teacher Prize 2021 Finalist Steven Kolber (Australia) shares how universal design of learning and AI can be tapped to elevate learning, explaining how UDL and AI can help teachers to be more effective educators to provide better learning experiences to students.  Listen on Apple Podcasts: or Spotify:
December 12, 2021
S8E9: Passion and Service in the Pandemic with Mark Anthony F. Jamisal
Education in the pandemic has been challenging. Teachers had to learn new skills and face their fears in shifting to remote learning. For the past months, Mark Anthony Jamisal has been rendering service to the Philippine education community by training teachers on how to use technology tools to enable remote learning and leading an online tutorial program for parents and students at home. He shares how these programs have been great opportunities to bridge teachers, students, and parents despite the distance. Listen on Apple Podcasts: or Spotify:
December 05, 2021
S8E8: Journeying with the Youth in These Challenging Times with Joel Hawod
These times have been tough for the youth, with challenges not just in their academic life, but also in their own personal relationships and lives. Joel Hawod, UNIFFIED’s 2021 Most Influential Teacher, joins us and shares his experiences of guiding high school students in this pandemic. He talks about fostering and sustaining authentic relationships with students despite the barriers of lockdowns. UNIFFIED is the largest nonprofit Filipino-American Educators Association, a multi-service 501(c3) organization based in the United States of America. Listen on Apple Podcasts: or Spotify:
November 21, 2021
S8E7: Why Teaching is a Work of Heart with Michelle Rubio
The work of a teacher does not end the moment the dismissal bell rings. For some teachers, the work extends even outside the classroom, supporting students, their families, and other members of the community. Global Teacher Prize 2021 finalist Michelle Rubio from the Philippines shares how her community inspired and led her to realize that teaching is not simply about training young minds, but also guiding and supporting them with one's heart.   Listen on Apple Podcasts: or Spotify:
November 14, 2021
S8E6: Why Youth Journalism and Empowerment Matter with Ancelmo Miguel Catalla
The Philippines' first Global Student Prize finalist Ancelmo Miguel Catalla of Quezon Science High School joins empowerED Podcast and shares his experiences as a student journalist and how youth journalism can help students be more involved on current relevant social issues. Miguel also talks about the situation of the youth as they cope with the demands of school at this time of the pandemic.  Listen on Apple Podcasts: or Spotify:
November 07, 2021
S8E5: Endless Feedback > Endless Teaching, For Real! with Ivy Encinares
Feedback to student learning matters! So, what is hindering our teachers from taking advantage of this essential aspect of teaching-learning process? We again welcome Ivy Encinares, K-12 Filipino Language and Literature Department Chairperson at Xavier School-Nuvali, as she discusses institutional and systemic issues that hinder teachers from fully giving better feedback to their students, especially at this time of remote learning. Never miss an episode. Follow on Apple Podcasts: or Spotify:
October 31, 2021
S8E4: Should Parents Be Involved in Their Kid's Assessments? with Maleng Raysag
The remote education set-up has given parents their front-row seats in the online or remote learning classes of their children, including the different assessments given to them. Maleng Raysag, a teacher blogger and the head of Power Mac Business Systems, Inc, joins us in this episode and shares her experiences as a parent and how she manages her participation in the assessments given to his kids during remote learning. She also talks about the importance of agency and independent learning skills in kids to be better learners today. Never miss an episode. Follow on Apple Podcasts: or Spotify:
October 24, 2021
S8E3: Making Students Do What They Know with Nico Fos
Language and Literature Teacher and EdTech Coach Nico Fos shares his experience in designing and implementing authentic assessments that feature real-world problems, social relevance, and the use of interdisciplinary approach. Co-hosted with Reagan Austria, this episode also talks about the challenges of having authentic assessments in remote learning. 
October 17, 2021
S8E2: Why Teachers Should Enable Peer Feedback with Nicca Ruiz and Kevin Agustin
In this episode, Miriam College Grade School educators, Nicca Ruiz (subject area supervisor for Language), and Kevin Agustin (Social Science teacher) join us to uncover the benefits of enabling peer feedback-giving in class. Nicca and Kevin further discuss how peer feedback can empower students in processing their own learning through using metacognitive and learning skills with the help of their classmates or peers.
October 10, 2021
S8E1: Are assessments really working in remote learning? with Reagan Austria
For the first part of Season 8, Reagan Austria, a digital learning specialist and consultant, joins us as special co-host as we dig deep into assessments in remote learning. As our first guest also, Reagan discusses misconceptions and issues on assessments in online remote learning, and shares “home-based learning assessment” ideas to make assessment more relevant for students. Note: The episode contains discussions in both English and Filipino languages.
October 03, 2021
S7E13: Make Teacher PD Great Again with Melissa Espiritu
We often hear teachers complaining about the PDs that they attend before the school year begins. Often, they see these PDs as more of requirements and not as a relevant opportunities to improve their craft. Principal Melissa Espíritu of St. Joseph's Academy, Philippines joins us and shares her experience as a school leader in designing meaningful PDs for teachers.
July 28, 2021
S7E12: From Death by Online Lecture to Engaging Online Learning with Yuekun Li
In this episode, Yuekun Li, the country manager of ClassIn in the Philippines, shares his insights on the state of online learning and access to technology in education in the Philippines. The discussion also focuses on how educators can further engage students in an online learning set-up to avoid death by online lecture. 
July 22, 2021
S7E11: ABCs of Parenting in Online Learning with Maleng Raysag
Maleng Raysag, a mom blogger and head of Power Mac Business Systems, Inc Training Center, joins the discussion and candidly shares her experiences in supporting her children's online learning. She also gives tips on how to help children be better learners, especially at this time of the pandemic. 
July 16, 2021
S7E10: Stop! Collaborate and Listen: Learning Better Together with Alfonso Mangubat
How can teachers effectively foster collaboration skills in online learning if students are learning remotely? Alfonso Mangubat, PYP Coordinator & MS Social Studies Teacher at Tokyo West International School, joins us once again to discuss how students can learn better together using the right strategies and appropriate digital learning platforms and tools.  Listen on Apple Podcasts: or Spotify:
July 08, 2021
S7E9: From Safe Space to Brave Space with Mark Reid #Pride
In celebration of the #PrideMonth, Mark Reid returns to the podcast channel and helps us understand and reflect on how school communities can enable inclusion, from building a safe space to sustaining a "brave space" for the members of the LGBTQIA+ community within the school. Happy pride!
June 30, 2021
S7E8: The Need for Better Feedback and Formative Assessments with Jeffrey Beltran
Feedback and formative assessments are vital to successful student learning. Remote learning in the pandemic uncovered many challenges in delivering consistent and high-quality feedback to students. Jeffrey Beltran, an instructor and EdTech trainer at the National Teachers College in the Philippines, joins us in understanding the essential role of feedback in these challenge times of education.
June 24, 2021
S7E7: Why Learner Agency Matters Now More Than Ever with Ma. Theresa Nebres-Ladrido
Learner agency is about empowering and giving students the power of choice and voice to make meaningful actions and see the results of their decisions. It matters now more than ever, but how can schools foster this when students are in remote learning? Ma. Theresa Nebres-Ladrido, high school principal of Xavier School San Juan, Philippines, takes us into a deep dive on learner agency at this time of the pandemic.
June 16, 2021
S7E6: Transforming Curriculum to Face Disruptions with Stephanie Barredo
How can we transform the school curricula to respond to education disruptions, such as the pandemic? What are the essential considerations, helpful processes, and inevitable challenges that we will encounter in this undertaking? Stephanie Barredo, Head of Remote Learning and Primary School Coordinator at Keys School Manila joins our discussion to help us answer and reflect on these questions. Listen on Apple Podcasts: or Spotify:
June 10, 2021
S7E5: Hits and Misses in Online Education: A Convo with College Students with Emilio Aquino and Zachary Sy
Zachary Sy and Emilio Aquino, my former students in the grade school, are back on empowerED Podcast! In this discussion, Emilio and Zachary share candidly their insights and experiences after undergoing one year of online distance education in the pandemic. Zach shares his own experiences at Purdue University in the USA while Emilio with his experiences in the Ateneo de Manila University in the Philippines. Their straight-forward thoughts and honest reflections could be of great help to teachers and professors in improving online teaching and learning. Zach and Emilio also co-hosts the Seven Thirty Lectures Podcast Channel. Listen to them on Spotify or Apple Podcasts.
June 03, 2021
S7E4: Preparing Future Teachers for Disruptions with Dr. Ferdinand Blancaflor Pitagan
In this episode, Dr. Ferdinand Blancaflor Pitagan, Dean of the School of Teacher Education at the National Teachers College, joins us once again and shares how Teacher Education Institutions should be learning from this pandemic and start re-imagining how teacher education should empower future teachers to be resilient and future-proof. This episode has a vodcast version on:  YouTube: Facebook:  
May 26, 2021
S7E3: State of Literacy in the Pandemic with Mr. Frederick Sotto Perez
How has the state of literacy changed in this time of the pandemic? What challenges and opportunities have we encountered in teaching students the basic literacy skills as we all do various mode of distance learning? Mr. Frederick Sotto Perez, president of the Reading Association of the Philippines, joins our discussion and reflects on what we have learned about literacy and education in times of quarantine.  Access vodcast version on: YouTube: Facebook:   
May 19, 2021
S7E2: How are K-12 Private Schools Coping with the Pandemic with Sister Felicitas Bernardo, SPC
Sister Felicitas Bernardo, SPC, Dean of the Graduate School of Education of St. Paul University-Manila and Chairperson of the National Basic Education Commission of the Catholic Educational Association of the Philippines, joins our discussion on the challenges and opportunities that private schools in the Philippines continue to encounter. Sister Felicitas emphasizes how education institutions should help one another in order to survive and thrive in the pandemic. This episode has a video podcast version, which is also accessible on: YouTube: Facebook:
May 12, 2021
S7E1: The Youth in the Pandemic: Sinking or Swimming with Christine De Leon Alcala
Life Coach Christine De Leon Alcala returns to empowerED Podcast and discusses how the youth have fared after more than a year into the pandemic. Are they sinking or swimming? How have schools supported the youth's well-being and social-emotional learning skills development? This episode has a video podcast version on: YouTube: Facebook:  
May 05, 2021
S06E10: How Can Parents Help Their Kids in Distance Learning with Gino Luayon
Gino Luayon, Vice Principal for High School at Everest Academy Manila, Manager of Teacher Education Network, and #edchatPH moderator, shares parenting tips on how to support children as they learn at home at this time of the pandemic.
January 30, 2021
S06E09: The Power of Community and Cooperation in Supporting Schools with Jay Michael Jaboneta
Jay Michael Jaboneta, Managing Director of NEXUS Innovation Labs, De La Salle Lipa and Co-Founder of the Yellow Boat of Hope Foundation, drops by to share his experience in mobilizing communities and partners to help schools at this time of the pandemic. He also talks about the recent project of the Yellow Boat of Hope Foundation in helping schools gain access to devices for distance learning. This episode has a video podcast version on: YouTube: Facebook:
January 23, 2021
S06E08: Unlocking Teacher Action with Dr. Bert J. Tuga and Dr. Peter Esperanza
Dr. Bert J. Tuga, President of the Philippine Normal University, and Dr. Peter Esperanza, Founder of NumberBender and Apple Distinguished Educator, join Mark Reid in discussing how to inspire and help teachers in taking action, finding solutions, and creating education innovations that respond to challenges in their classes, schools, or local communities. Originally aired during the empowerED First Anniversary Special.
December 23, 2020
S06E07: Unlocking Teacher Leadership with Dr. Dina Ocampo and Kazuya Takahashi
Dr. Dina Ocampo, former Undersecretary of the Department of Education-Philippines, and Kazuya Takahashi, Global Teacher Prize finalist, join Mark Reid in discussing how to unlock and unleash leadership in educators in this unprecedented time and in solving the challenges brought about by the pandemic. Originally aired during the empowerED First Anniversary Special.
December 18, 2020
S06E06: Unlocking Teacher Power with Dr. Nadia Lopez and Mark Reid
Dr. Nadia Lopez and Mark Reid explore different ways of unleashing the power within every educator. In this candid and sincere conversation, the three education leaders draw from their own unique experiences of being empowered and empowering their fellow educators. Originally aired during the empowerED First Anniversary Special.
December 10, 2020
S06E05: Thriving in the Pandemic: Self Care for Students and Teachers with Cristine De Leon Alcala
Certified Life Coach, Cristine De Leon Alcala, shares the common sources of stress and challenges in students and teachers as remote learning progresses this current school year. She discusses the essential roles of self-care, time-management, and self-awareness in coping with the negativities of the pandemic and gives helpful tips to thrive and be better. This episode has a video podcast version on: YouTube: Facebook:
December 03, 2020
S06E04: Early Education in the Pandemic with Trixie Sison
Dean Trixie Sison of the Department of Child Development and Education at Miriam College, a leading higher education institution in the Philippines, discusses how the early education sector has moved forward at this time of the pandemic. She dives deep into the challenges as well as the opportunities and key learnings in early education as the global pandemic continues to disrupt education. This episode has a video podcast version, which is also accessible on: YouTube: Facebook:
November 25, 2020
S06E03: How EdTech Helps Education to Move Forward at This Time of the Pandemic with Trish Castro
Is EdTech closing the gap in education or is it widening the big challenge of inequity at this time of the pandemic? EdTech Director and Apple Distinguished Educator, Trish Castro joins empowerED Podcast for a reflective discussion on how EdTech continues to play its role in delivering learning in this unprecedented time.  This episode has a video podcast version, which is also accessible on: YouTube: Facebook: 
November 20, 2020
S06E02: Special Education in India at This of the Time of the Pandemic with Santhi Karamcheti
Santhi Karamcheti, a special education advocate and award-winning educator in India, discusses how the pandemic has affected the Indian education system and reflects on how special education continues to adapt and respond to the challenges brought about by the COVID-19 Pandemic.  Santhi was a finalist at the 2016 Global Teacher Prize and co-founder of Eka Educational and Charitable Trust as well as the President of Special Educators And Rehabilitation Professionals Association (SERPA). This episode has a video podcast version, which is also accessible on: YouTube: Facebook:
November 10, 2020
S06E01: Leadership that Moves Education Forward at this time of the Pandemic with Alex Bell
What kind of school leadership will help schools and education communities to move forward as we dance with the COVID-19 Pandemic? Alex Bell, Director for Global Education and Outreach at Portland Education (UK) offers his thoughts and expertise in understanding the call for authentic leadership to better face the challenges of the pandemic.  Get to know more about the works of Alex Bell. Visit :  This episode has a video podcast version, which is also accessible on: YouTube: Facebook:
October 31, 2020
S05E17: Global Voices feat. Dr. Ferdinand Pitagan - Open Educational Resources and Content Curation in Distance Learning
Dr. Ferdinand Pitagan, dean of the School of Teacher Education of the National Teachers College (Philippines) joins the Global Voices series of the empowerED Podcast to explain what open educational resources (OERs) are and how they can be curated and utilized for distance learning at this time of the pandemic. This episode is a video podcast which is also accessible on: YouTube: Facebook: Apple Podcasts: Spotify:
July 22, 2020
S05E16: Global Voice feat. Winona Diola - Understanding Blended Learning Approach and Modality
The Department of Education has recommended the use of blended learning as means to deliver learning at this time of school closures. 2016 MetroBank Outstanding Teacher and Apple Distinguished Educator, Winona Diola joins the show to talk about blended learning as an approach and modality of instruction. She also talks about using learning playlists in blended learning. This episode is available on: Apple Podcasts: Spotify: YouTube: Facebook:
June 24, 2020
S05E15: Global Voice feat. Dr. Ethel Agnes Pascua Valenzuela - Education in Southeast Asia at this Time of the Pandemic
How is Southeast Asia faring at this time of the pandemic? Dr. Ethel Agnes Pascua Valenzuela, Director of the Southeast Asia Ministers of Education Organization (SEAMEO) Secretariat in Bangkok, Thailand, gives us a deep dive into how education systems and leaders in Southeast Asian countries are facing the challenges of the pandemic as well as harnessing opportunities to ensure equity in learning and empowerment of teachers. She further explains the role of SEAMEO to support educators and school leaders in this difficult time.
June 17, 2020
S05E14: Global Voices feat. Bro Dennis Magbanua - How the Pandemic is Reshaping School Leadership
Pandemics are here to stay. So, how are we preparing for these? How is the COVID-19 pandemic reshaping school leadership right now? Bro. Dennis Magbanua discusses with Jim Tuscano how education systems or school communities can prepare for class disruptions and how school leaders can take action at this time of the pandemic. He also talks about the importance of technology tools in preparing the school for a long-term disruption. This episode is available on: Apple Podcasts: Spotify: YouTube: Facebook:
June 07, 2020
S0513: Global Voices Series feat Dr. Peter Esperanza: Flipped Learning in Distance Learning
Can flipped learning be an approach in distance learning? Dr. Peter Esperanza, Apple Distinguished Educator and creator of Number Bender YouTube Channel, joins us to discuss flipped learning and creating instructional videos to enable remote learning.  Watch the video interview at empowerED TV: Visit:
June 07, 2020
S05E12: Global Voices feat. Marjorie Brown: How Social Inequality Affects Students and School Communities
Social inequality makes it more difficult to support and deliver learning to students. Marjorie Brown, History teacher, former human rights activists, and 2018 Top 10 Global Teacher Prize discusses how teachers and school leaders can help reduce the negative effects of social inequality at this time of the pandemic. She also talks about challenges in assessments, instruction, and access to learning resources in South Africa and the rest of the world.
June 02, 2020
S05E11: Global Voices feat. Elisa Guerra & Ana RoGu: Story-Telling to Inspire Children to Find Hope in the Pandemic
How can children find hope at this time of the pandemic? Best-selling author and global educator, Elisa Guerra and young illustrator Ana RoGu, both from Mexico, shares how story-telling can help children make sense of the challenges that we are experiencing right now. They also talk about their children's book, "Hope, where are you?" (co-written with Armand Doucet) and how this has started a global movement of finding hope at this unfortunate time. Consider making a donation to the movement for UNICEF: 
May 30, 2020
S05E10: Global Voices feat. Dr. Dina Ocampo - The New Normal in Education: Challenges and Opportunities
Dr. Dina Ocampo, multi-awarded and highly-esteemed and beloved professor in the College of Education of the University of the Philippines and former Undersecretary of the Department of Education, joins the show and reflects on how schools leaders and teachers can face the demands of the new normal in education in this pandemic. Believing that this can be an opportunity to transform the education landscape, she discusses the importance of context, support for parents, and the need to rethink assessments and control in order to help school communities transition to the new normal in this unfortunate time of the pandemic.
May 26, 2020
S05E09: Global Voices with Galvin Radley Ngo - The State of Higher Education: Opportunities and Challenges
Woohoo Learning Lab CEO, Apple Distinguished Educator, EdTech leader, and Higher Education Instructor, Galvin Radely Ngo reflects on the state of higher education institutions at this of the pandemic. He shares his experiences during the first months of transitioning to online distance learning as well as the challenges and opportunities for higher education institutions as they continue to deliver learning to students. 
May 24, 2020
S05E08: Global Voices with Christian Williams - Personalized Learning
Can learning still be personalized when students are not in the classroom and away from their teachers? Award-winning Australian educator Christian Williams gives us an idea of how personalized learning can still be adopted in remote learning by giving students the choice to learn through their passion and talents while using the current context to ensure relevance. He also shares his experiences of supporting learners and their parents who are facing challenges at this time of the pandemic.
May 24, 2020
S05E07: Global Voices feat Dashboard Philippines - Delivering Accessible, Relevant, and Legitimate Data in the Pandemic
What would you feel if you see your former students rising to the occasion and collaborating with other young people at this time of the pandemic? In this special feature, JB Tiu, Phillbert Tan, Emilio Aquino, and Zachary Sy, members of Dashboard Philippines, a free web and mobile-based platform that delivers relevant and legitimate information to the Filipino people at this time of the pandemic, share how this ground-breaking and youth-powered platform came about and how they make crucial data about the COVID-19 Pandemic easier to access and understand. Know more: Support:
May 17, 2020
S05E06: Global Voices with Ryan Wong: School Readiness and Flexibility in Times of Emergencies
Readiness and flexibility play a crucial role in ensuring a successful education continuity program. Taiwan has done a great job in flattening the curve of the spread of the corona virus and its education system has also done incredible steps in supporting learning and teaching through taking advantage of the Internet. Episode guest, Ryan Wong, a teacher and school leader in New Taipei City, gives us a glimpse of their experiences as education continues beyond the school and in the homes of their students.
May 10, 2020
S05E05: Global Voices with Zarah Gagatiga: Fostering Literacy in Times of School Closures
Zarah Gagatiga, a school librarian and children's book author in the Philippines, joins the show and discusses the role of parents in fostering literacy at home in this time of the pandemic. She also touches on digital literacy and how parents can safeguard their children from digital threats as access to social media increases during lockdowns. Visit her blog:
May 03, 2020
S05E04: Global Voices feat. Armando Persico: Lessons Beyond Books in Italy: Solidarity, Empathy, and Resiliency
Armando Persico lives in the northern region of Italy, the epicenter of the COVID-19 Pandemic in Europe. During the first wave of the pandemic, he lost four members of his family. His life and the lives of everyone in Italy had been shaken to the core. Seeing a glimmer of hope, Armando uses this unfortunate episode of the pandemic to connect with and teach his high school students about important lessons that are not in the books-the importance of solidarity, empathy, and resiliency in life and in keeping a nation together. Armando Persico is an award-winning Italian entrepreneurship and science educator and 2017 Global Teacher Prize finalist.
May 01, 2020
S05E03: Global Voices feat. Dr. Nadia Lopez: Equitable Access to Learning for Students at this time of the Pandemic
At this time of the pandemic, how will students continue to learn if they do not have a good access to the Internet or devices at home? Dr. Nadia Lopez, school principal in Brooklyn, New York City, the worst hit city in the USA by the #COVID19 pandemic, spends some time with the show to reflect on her experiences. As schools closed in the city, Dr. Lopez and her team work hard to ensure equitable access to her scholars and to continue supporting them even when they are at home. 
April 26, 2020
S05E02: Global Voices feat. Dr. Deborah Netolicky: Challenges that Teachers Face and the Support They Need at this Time of the Pandemic
Dr. Deborah Netolicky, author of "Transformational Professional Learning: Making a Difference in Schools and education school leader in Perth, Australia, talked about the challenges that teachers face at this time of the COVID-19 Pandemic. She also recommends possible support to help teachers as they continue to respond to the needs of their students despite the great distance separating them. Alongside Arman Doucet and Koen Timmers, she co-wrote our independent report to UNESCO and Education International, "Re-Thinking About Pedagogy in an Unfolding Pandemic." Visit her website:
April 23, 2020
S05E01: Global Voices feat. Armand Doucet: Maslow Before Bloom and Teacher's Voice at this Time of the COVID-19 Pandemic
Armand Doucet, Global Teacher Prize finalist and a leading global educator from Canada, discusses what it means to "Maslow before Bloom" and the importance of listening to teacher's voice as education systems face the effects of the COVID-19 Pandemic. He also shares what government leaders and policy-makers need to understand to face the long-term effect of the pandemic. This is the first episode in the series, "Global Voices: Pondering Over Education and the COVID-19 Pandemic."
April 20, 2020
S04E10 with Khairul Rusydi: Entrepreneurship Education that Empowers Students
Khairul Rusydi, co-founder and CEO of Reactor School in Singapore, discusses how entrepreneurship education can help students turn their passion projects into real-world startups and businesses. Rusydi also reflects on how entrepreneurship education promote real-world learning and development of essential skills needed for lifelong learning. 
March 25, 2020
S04E09 with Estella Church: Theater Education and Social Justice
2017 Global Teacher Prize finalist and award-winning theater education teacher, Estella Church, welcomes us into the world of theater education back in her school at California. Estella shares how her theater class has evolved into a safe place for her students to know themselves and practice social justice for their community. Follow her: @eochurch 
March 25, 2020
S04E08 with Dr. Venus Alboruto: Innovative Science Teaching with AR and Tech Tools
From Surigao City, Philippines, Dr. Venus Alboruto, multi-awarded Filipino teacher and 2019 Global Teacher Prize finalist opens up on the challenges of teaching in a Philippine public school and how she overcame these challenges through constant innovations that elevate her students' academic performance. 
March 25, 2020
S04E07 with Joyce Zerda on Music, Creativity, and Technology Integration
Apple Distinguished Educator and school leader, Joyce Zerda welcomes us to her music class that takes advantage of the apps in the iPad. She also gives us a glimpse of how she further deepen creativity in her classes through coding. Follow her: @joycezerDUH
March 25, 2020
S04E06 with Stephanie Kriewaldt: Innovation in Primary Years
From Adelaide, Australia, Stephanie Kriewaldt, Apple Distinguished Educator, talks about how she infuses project-based learning and technology tools to promote student voice and choice that lead to higher learner agency and innovation in the young learners of her school. Follow her: @stephkrie
March 25, 2020
S04E05 with Mio Horio: Teaching Global Citizenship via Skype in the Classroom
Mio Horio, Global Teacher Prize 2018 Finalist from Japan, talks about how teaching English has become a way to introduce and develop global citizenship skills among her students  in a rural town in Japan. She connects her students to students from other countries, breaking boundaries and creating virtual bridges to learn about their culture, empathy, and loving the world. Follow her: @mibra_mio
March 25, 2020
S04E04 with Jakob Esben Hansen: Designing Learning Spaces for Effective Learning
All the way from Denmark, Apple Distinguished Educator and Consultant, Jakob Esben Hansen shares the importance of thoughtful and purposeful design in building learning spaces. Plus, he shares how technology tools can help elevate the bar of learning in the classroom. Follow him: @jakobesben
March 25, 2020
S04E03 with Alexandra Harper: Nature Pedagogy and Play-Based Learning for Early Ed
Alexandra Harper, former head of school in Sydney, Australia, opens to us the wonderful world of nature pedagogy and play-based learning in early education. In this episode, she discusses how outdoor activities and play, when integrated in early education years, can help develop essential social-emotional learning and 21st century skills in young learners. Follow her: @Alex_Harper1
March 25, 2020
S04E02 with Dr. Nadia Lopez: Teacher Well-Being is a Must!
In her second episode with empowerED Podcast, Dr. Nadia Lopez discusses the importance of teacher well-being in sustaining an innovative, empowered, and caring community of educators in a school. She draws from her rich experience of self-care and self-love. Follow her: @thelopezeffect
March 25, 2020
S04E01 with Dr. Nadia Lopez: Why student empowerment and visionary leadership matter
Dr. Nadia Lopez graces empowerED Season 4 with her story of overturning the community in Brownsville, Brooklyn, New York through empowering her students and practicing visionary leadership that touches not just the lives of her students, but her teachers, staff, parents, and everyone in her community. It's about making all students and teachers feel that they matter. Follow Dr. Nadia Lopez: @thelopezeffect 
March 25, 2020
S03E05: Tips for Students Undergoing Online Distance Learning
Learners can survive and thrive in an online distance learning environment. Here are some worthwhile and essential tips for students enrolled in an online distance learning class. This is part 5 of the 5-episode series in response to the #Covid19 pandemic effect on education.
March 13, 2020
S03E04: EdTech Tools that Support Online Distance Learning
In this episode, edtech tools that can help and support ODL are discussed. This is part 4 of the 5-episode series in response to the #Covid19 pandemic effect on education.
March 13, 2020
S03E03: Designing Online Distance Learning Unit and Assessment
Understand what needs to be considered to increase and sustain interaction among learners and teachers in an online learning unit and how to integrate assessments strategically in order to help students learn deeper and better. This is part 3 of the 5-episode series in response to the #Covid19 pandemic effect on education.
March 13, 2020
S03E02: Lessening Learner "Loneliness" in ODL
In online distance learning, an important reality to be considered is transactional distance between the learner and teacher. Learn how teachers can lessen its effect on the learner. This is part 2 of the 5-episode series in response to the #Covid19 pandemic effect on education.
March 13, 2020
S03E01: What is Online Distance Learning
Understand what online distance learning is and how it is different from face-to-face learning in the classroom. This is part 1 of the 5-episode series in response to the #Covid19 pandemic effect on education.
March 13, 2020
S02E12: Frederick Sotto Perez - The State of Literacy in the Philippines and How Educators Can Help Learners Become Better Readers
Reading Association of the Philippines (RAP) President, Frederick Sotto Perez explains how the PISA 2018 results could be better understood and analyzed in relation to the dismal performance of the Philippines. He also discusses possible actions that can be done to help the young learners become better readers. Questions on literacy? Send a message to Frederick via Twitter: @fredericksottoperez or email him at: Check RAP’s website for more info about Asian Literacy Conference:
January 23, 2020
S02E11 with Dominic Sales on Teaching and Coaching in Robotics
Dominic Sales shares how he empowers his students in his robotics classes through giving them challenges that push his students to explore and apply what they have learned in his class. Moreover, in this episode, Dominic reflects on how robotics competitions are beyond the prize or trophy that any student can win. He guides us to understand that learning robotics, whether in the classroom or in competitions, is about developing lifelong learning skills that can help students thrive in the future.
December 31, 2019
S02E10 with Edgar Tolentino Elago on Culture-Based Learning
2017 Metrobank Foundation Outstanding Teacher, Edgar Elago introduces us to his advocacy that promotes culture-based learning as an approach that helps students learn and celebrate the identity of the indigenous people group. Edgar also walks us through his passion projects, especially Cooltura Couture, a social enterprise that produces Manobo and Mamanwa costumes, which helps in the preservation of its unique culture and the rich history of their locality.
December 31, 2019
S02E09 with Nico Fos on Teaching Literacy with Technology
EdTech and literacy coach and trainer, Nico Fos discusses the challenges of teaching Filipino language and literature to the young generation of Filipino learners and how this context has helped him to explore technology tools and design-thinking to engage his students and make them realize the importance of learning one’s national language. He also shares his favorite apps that promote development of literacy skills in students.
December 31, 2019
S02E08 with Selene Estaris on Game-Based Learning
A self-confessed gamer, Selene Estaris discusses how game-based learning or gamification can engage learners and promote deeper learning that can make a long-lasting impact among students. As a tech integrator and Social Studies teacher, she also shares her favorite apps in class that can help teachers gamify the learning experience of students in the classroom.
December 31, 2019
S02E07 with Sarah Viana on Teaching Coding in the Primary Grades
In this episode, Sarah Viana, EdTech Coach and Computer Teacher, talks about her firsthand experiences, both successes and challenges, in introducing and teaching coding in the primary grades. She also stresses the importance of integrating coding and robotics with other subjects-in an interdisciplinary approach so that students can apply their skills in building something that are anchored in the lessons that they have learned in the different subjects.
December 31, 2019
S02E6 with Lea Abarentos: Why Teach Coding to the Differently-Abled Learners?
On her second episode on empowerED Podcast, Lea Abarentos shares about her passion project, iLEAD, which focuses on inclusive learning through coding. Her passion project is deeply-rooted in her experiences as a trainer for the teachers and students in Benilde Deaf School as well as in her vision for a more inclusive and kind society. This is one of the most honest and raw episodes on empowerED Podcast.
December 23, 2019
S02E5 with Lea Abarentos on Teaching Programming and Multimedia Arts in Higher Ed
Lea Abarentos, Apple Distinguished Educator, celebrates her proud moments as a teacher to college students who are passionate about creating multimedia and digital products that are rooted in real-life challenges. She also bares challenges that her students face as they deal with real people behind real brands and companies.
December 23, 2019
S02E4 with Winnie Diola on Meaningful Tech Integration via Blended Learning
Winona Diola comes back with helpful and insightful thoughts on enabling a learning environment that allows students to explore and learn deeper through the blended learning approach. She also lists her favorite learning apps and how she integrates them to elevate learning and student engagement.
December 23, 2019
S02E3 with Winnie Diola on Teaching Science through Tech and Real-World Learning
Winona Diola, 2016 Metrobank Outstanding Teacher and Apple Distinguished Educator, reflects on her vocation as a Science teacher, from bringing her students outside her classroom to deepen their learning experiences in Science to stretching herself to learn Scratch coding app so that she can empower her students to become innovative creators of new knowledge.
December 23, 2019
S0202 with Paul Roland Maiquez on Technology Leadership
On his second episode with empowerED Podcast, Dr. Paul Roland Maiquez walks us through the opportunities and challenges of leading a technology program in a school or district. He also gives us a glimpse of his role and experience as technology director of a new international school in Bangkok, Thailand.
December 20, 2019
S02E01 with Dr Paul Roland Maiquez on Robotics
Dr. Paul Roland Maiquez, an international robotics coach, technology leader, and Apple Distinguished Educator, shares his experience of starting his first robotics class and competition team, as well as his vision of a robotics program in a school. This episode features his wealth of experience, giving us a deep insight into the what, how, and why of an impactful robotics program, i.e. girls/women in STEM/Robotics, in a school.
December 19, 2019
S01E12 with GTP Philippines on World Teacher's Day in CDO!
A quick and chill episode with Jim Tuscano and fellow Global Teacher Prize finalists from the Philippine - Jesus Insilada, Ryan Homan, and finally, Venus Alburoto! We talk about our experience in the National Celebration of Teacher's Day as well as our wishes for the Philippine education system. Bonus! Tips on nominating or applying for the Global Teacher Prize:
October 08, 2019
S01E11 with Agno Almario on Buribooks for Building Literacy Skills and Appreciating Filipino Literature
Agno Almario, Head of Adarna Digital, joins empowerED podcast for a discussion on how technology tools, such as Buribooks, one of the best literacy apps in the Philippines, can help engage learners and develop appreciation of the Philippine literature. In this exclusive interview, Agno shares how the Buribooks platform came about and how it continues to be shaped by educators in the classroom to better answer the needs of the teachers and learners.
September 12, 2019
S01E10 with Jesus Insilada, Ryan Homan, and Mark Reid on the Global Teacher Prize Experience
A special episode recorded by Jim Tuscano and his fellow Global Teacher Prize Finalists, Jesus Insilada, Ryan Homan, and Mark Reid, in Naga City, Philippines! This episode highlights reflections and the amazing experiences of the four award-winning educators as they finished the Global Teacher Prize Caravan organized by the Department of Education in the Philippines to honor and celebrate the Filipino teacher.
September 12, 2019
S01E09 with Mark Reid on Teaching the SDGs and Fostering Global Collaboration
Second part of an exclusive podcast interview and discussion with 2015 Global Teacher Prize Finalist, Mark Reid, from Canada. In this episode, Mark and Jim talk about their involvement in the global movement to teach SDGs and make everyone, especially the youth, be aware about the importance of committing to the achievement of the SDGs. Mark and Ryan Homan’s collaboration is also highlighted in this episode.
September 12, 2019
S01E08 with Mark Reid on the Importance and Role of Arts Education Today
First part of an exclusive podcast interview and discussion with 2015 Global Teacher Prize Finalist, Mark Reid, from Canada. Mark gives us an in-depth look into the essential role of Arts Education today and why he strongly believes in an education system that does not only promote STEM or other acronyms of disciplines, but a holistic education program that develops the potential of the whole learner.
September 12, 2019
S01E07 with Jesus Insilada on Culture-Based Learning, Inclusivity, and Global Teacher Prize Experience
2018 Top 10 Global Teacher Prize Finalist and multi-awarded educator, Jesus Insilada dives into culture-based learning and shares how this approach promotes inclusivity and relevant real-world learning through one’s immediate culture and reality. Jim and Jesus also discuss aspects of Jesus’ Panay Bukidnon culture and his source of motivation in making a difference in his community.
September 12, 2019
S01E06 with Ryan Homan on the Balsa Basa Advocacy
Multi-awarded literacy advocate, 2018 Global Teacher Prize Finalist and school leader, Ryan Homan, shares his personal story of success and challenges - from being the first college graduate in his community to scaling up his Balsa Basa literacy program initiative that aims to eradicate illiteracy in his hometown.
September 12, 2019
S01E05 with Jessica Demegillo on Why Digital Citizenship Matters
Jessica Demegillo, Apple Distinguished Educator and coordinator of the NEXT Department, Xavier School’s digital learning and innovations department, shares her reflection on the importance of digital citizenship for the youth, especially in today’s digital technology-driven world. Jessica and Jim share tips and guidelines for educators and schools on how to better integrate digital citizenship in one’s school curriculum.
September 11, 2019
S01E04 with Jane Cacacho on Visionary Leadership
Jane Cacacho, Apple Distinguished Educator and current principal of Xavier School-San Juan grade school unit, provides an in-depth and thoughtful exploration on visionary leadership as a crucial element in the goal to let students and teachers thrive in school. Jane and Jim also discuss the importance of giving teachers enough space and trust to take risks, especially in terms of ICT integration and exploring different paths to innovation in the classroom.
September 11, 2019
S01E03 with John Paul Viernes on Opportunities and Challenges in Reaching Educators and Learners through ICT in the Public School Setting
John Paul Viernes, Master Teacher I from the Department of Education in Batac City, Philippines and Edu Tech Asia Coach of the Year in 2017, discusses how he makes use of ICT tools such as Scratch and Minecraft in his class. John Paul and Jim also touches on professional development for teachers and how iLAC, John Paul’s PD project successfully delivers training to teachers via the power of blending professional learning.
September 11, 2019
S1E02 with Alfonso Mangubat on Best Apps and the Cycle of Inquiry (Kath Murdoch) for Deeper Learning
Alfonso Mangubat, Apple Distinguished Educator from the Philippines and IB Coordinator, shares his favorite apps that help him develop 21st century skills in his students. Highlighting deeper and meaningful learning, we dig deep into the Cycle of Inquiry (Kath Murdoch) that Alfonso employs in his IB Social Science classes, which let his students to ask questions, explore possible answers, and even apply their learning to real-world situations or challenges. Bonus! Watch his #1minutePL videos on Cycle of Inquiry at the empowerED YouTube Channel HERE.
September 11, 2019
S1E01 with Peter Esperanza on Number Bender and Teaching Math with Technology
In the first episode for the first series of podcasts featuring Filipino Teacher Excellence, Francis Jim Tuscano spoke with Peter Esperanza, a US-based Filipino teacher whose innovation in using the YouTube platform via his channel, Number Bender, has gone viral and has been featured in the Philippine local media stations. Peter shares his motivations behind using technology to engage high school Math students and why he comes back regularly to the Philippines to train teachers.  Watch his GMA News TV Feature in YouTube. 
September 07, 2019