Journeys to Belonging

Journeys to Belonging

By Dr. Ilene Winokur
Journeys to Belonging is a bi-weekly podcast hosted by Dr. Ilene Winokur. Join Ilene and her guests as they share their experiences with feeling a sense of belonging.
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Episode 9 with guest Dana Shuhaiber
Today's guest is Dana Shuhaiber. Dana was born and raised in Kuwait and received her high school and bachelor degrees from academic institutions in Kuwait. She is married with two children and her passion while growing up was always to be a teacher. As her aspirations grew, she set her goal towards becoming assistant principal and, ultimately, principal which she has partially accomplished thus far after being hired as Elementary Assistant Principal at her alma mater, American International School-Kuwait.  She takes the responsibility of shaping future generations very seriously in mind, body, and spirit.  Dana believes that belonging in her work as AP means bridging the gap between the local and international staff hires.   Experience in teaching: 10 years  Experience as AP: 2017-present Twitter: @Dana_Shuhaibar Blog: http://dlightfully.com
29:58
May 27, 2020
Episode 8 with guest Dr. Sarah Thomas
Sarah Thomas, PhD is a Regional Technology Coordinator in a large district in Maryland, and the founder of EduMatch, a project that empowers educators to make global connections across common areas of interest.  She has spoken and presented internationally, participated in the Technical Working Group to refresh the 2017 ISTE Standards for Educators, and is a recipient of the 2017 ISTE Making IT Happen award.  She is also a national advisor for the Future Ready Instructional Coaches Strand, and an Affiliate Professor at Loyola University in Maryland. Sarah is a co-author of the ISTE Digital equity series, Closing the Gap. http://www.edumatch.org Previous episodes of Edumatch TweetandTalk: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCK7zgq401Pe3znXbn93IEtQ/videos Social media: @sarahdateechur Email: sarah@edumatch.org
28:10
May 20, 2020
Episode 7 with guest Barbara Bray
Barbara Bray is a creative learning strategist who has been on a journey to transform teaching and learning. Her story goes down multiple paths that helped her find what she is passionate about and been fighting for. Through her work as a teacher, adjunct professor, instructional designer, speaker, coach, and writer, Barbara has been exploring ways she can make a difference in children’s lives. Starting in 1997, Barbara wrote a professional development column for CUE for 17 years, created her platform, My eCoach, and posted often on her website Rethinking Learning. In 2012, she co-founded Personalize Learning, LLC, and co-authored Make Learning Personal and How to Personalize Learning with Kathleen McClaskey. Barbara realized that she was focusing on how to change teaching but the rationale for teachers to want to change was missing. In 2017, Barbara started her Rethinking Learning podcast and the #rethink_learning Twitter chat with her co-host, Shelly Vohra. It was the stories all along that impacted her. She wasn’t living her life on purpose until she told her story and listened to the stories from inspirational thought leaders. She has been an advocate for educators for years through coaching and providing resources. Now she takes the stories deeper. This is why she wrote Define Your WHY: to help anyone who is searching to discover or rediscover their WHY so they can live and learn on purpose. #DefineYourWhy Contact Information Email: barbara.bray@gmail.com Website/Blog: Rethinking Learning Podcast: Rethinking Learning Podcast Founder/Owner, My eCoach  Co-author: Make Learning Personal and How to Personalize Learning New Book "Define Your Why" #DefineYourWhy @EduMatchPublishing Twitter: @bbray27  #rethink_learning LinkedIn: barbarabray Google+: +Barbara Bray Facebook: barbara.bray Pinterest: bbray27 Skype: barbarabray48 Voxer: barbarabray48 Instagram: bbray27 TeachSDGs Ambassador Cohort 3
25:22
May 6, 2020
Episode 6 with guest Malinda Hurt
Today's guest is Malinda Hurt, a 7th grade English teacher in a small rural school district in northern Illinois. This is her sixth year teaching in the classroom. She has held many positions in education from staff to faculty. Malinda enjoys connecting her students to the world using the Global Goals. In fact, she is a co-administrator for Our Global Classroom. Malinda mention several resources for teaching with the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) including; https://www.globalgoals.org https://worldslargestlesson.globalgoals.org https://educationelevators.com  Malinda also mentioned Enneagram as a tool she used to find out more about herself and how she works. The website is: https://www.enneagraminstitute.com I mentioned the School Reform Initiative protocol, Compass Points. https://schoolreforminitiative.org/doc/compass_points.pdf Malinda's contact details are Twitter: @mrshurtteaches  Email: mhurt@mail.meridian223.org
28:38
April 22, 2020
Episode 5 with guest Francesca Arturi
Buncee is one of my favorite apps, so when Francesca Arturi, accepted my invitation to be on my podcast, I was thrilled. Francesca Arturi is a School Relationship Manager at Buncee. Throughout her time at Buncee, she has not only supported schools and educators to achieve their learning goals through the platform, but has coordinated a number of projects. This includes global connectivity projects, the publishing of online courses for both blended learning and literacy instruction, and hosted numerous #Bunceechats to foster connectivity and collaboration amongst the educator community. There are many ways to use Buncee that Francesca mentioned during the podcast. Here are some links: Here is our remote learning page with a link to sign up for a buncee account at no cost under 'Get Buncee': https://www.remotelearning.buncee.com/?utm_source=homepagebutton&utm_medium=buncee&utm_campaign=rl2020site https://blog.buncee.com/7-new-updates-to-support-remote-learning Here's Tan's coffee talk & blog post: https://youtu.be/47Ww7_YKQ9U and https://blog.buncee.com/buncee-giving-voice-to-the-voiceless  And two links on Buncee + Immersive Reader: https://blog.buncee.com/buncee-and-immersive-reader-stories-of-student-success and https://youtu.be/Gl84WYP-kFQ Buncee Ideaslab: https://app.edu.buncee.com/ideas-lab
29:21
April 15, 2020
Episode 4 with guest Elizabeth Merce
My guest today is Elizabeth Merce and we are discussing belonging and "littles" as she likes to call children age 3-8 years old. Her advice is practical and easy to implement. Elizabeth has been involved in early childhood education for over 10 years. She has created and implemented differentiated lesson plans for kindergarten with a focus on meaningful technology integration. Elizabeth has taught at Tidewater Community College, Teaching Art, Music and Movement, a hands-on course focusing on preparing teachers to teach art, music, and movement activities in an early childhood setting, and Guiding the Behavior of Children- that exposes teachers to positive guidance methods to use in their early childhood classrooms and works to move from theories to practical applications. Elizabeth is an early childhood specialist who mentors teachers and offers daily advice every morning at 7:00 a.m. ET about teaching young children and their social/emotional learning needs on Twitter and Periscope #DitchTheClip
29:06
April 7, 2020
Episode 3 with guest Noa Daniel
Noa Daniel MEd, is a teacher, consultant, coach and Chief Building Officer at BOB. Noa is also a podcaster and a blogger. She hosts The Personal Playlist Podcast (#P3) and the weekly live OnEdMentors show on VoicEd Radio She blogs about her work in and outside of school and writes a weekly post on each of her guest's  on the P3. Noa is also the cofounder of OnEdMentors Connect (OEMConnect), which now falls under The Mentoree, with Leigh Cassell of Digital Human Library (dHL). The Mentoree  is a collaborative community that promotes professional learning and efficacy through mentorship. Explore 1:1 self-directed mentorship opportunities and engage in personalized learning experiences with educators in a supportive and caring environment through face to face and virtual connections. Follow Noa on Twitter @noasbobs to find out more about Building Outside the Blocks Find out more: https://buildingoutsidetheblocks.com/
27:18
March 24, 2020
Episode 2 with guest Melisa Hayes-Creating a Classroom Family
Join Melisa Hayes @hayes_melisa (Twitter) as she chats with me about her experience with inclusion and belonging in her classroom in Hilliard, Ohio.  Melisa is an amazing educator who loves to share what she knows with other educators, so there are lots of tips to learn about including how she creates a family. Her students feel they belong when they walk into her classroom from the first day of school. 
27:09
February 26, 2020
Journeys to Belonging: Belonging Across Continents
Join me, Dr. Ilene Winokur as I share my personal experiences of belonging. When we travel, we need to be open to experiencing life like the locals. Eating their food, learning about their history and culture, and appreciating similarities as well as differences. I believe my longevity in Kuwait and appreciation for its rich culture and history has enriched my life immensely.
11:52
February 16, 2020