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Journeys to Belonging

Journeys to Belonging

By Ilene Winokur
Journeys to Belonging is a weekly podcast hosted by Dr. Ilene Winokur. Join Ilene and her guests as they share their experiences about finding a sense of belonging and offer advice about how to create a sense of belonging in their personal and professional lives. I also explore my guest's passion projects and what motivates them.
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Episode 99 with guest Tu Vuong
Tu Vuong is an educator who has worked in a number of capacities including consultant, teacher and advocate for newcomer families and students. She has been a lead in projects with the Ontario Ministry of Education, Apple Education, and has contributed numerous educational content to various magazines, blogs and podcasts. She currently resides in Ottawa, Canada. Website: Twitter: tu_vuong Book link: Coming Home Link to blog mentioned during the podcast Quote by Ocean Vuong: “When can I say your name and have it mean only your name and not what you left behind?”
August 03, 2022
Episode 98 with guest Faye Lawand
Faye Lawand is known as New Zealand’s Trusted Internal Conflict Resolution Expert and coach for burnt-out (or nearly burnt-out) professionals. Her method brings back life’s ease and excitement for the professional who's had it (almost) burned out, by harnessing the magic of the subconscious mind and nervous system to banish chronic stress, anxiety and fatigue. Faye was born into chaos and strife in the Middle East, burned out 3 times in a row, and battled with chronic conditions most of her life. But when the traditional solutions of prescription medication and Tall Therapy failed her, she sought out her own. After 15 years of research & training, she founded The Tiredness Solution™ - an integrative 9-step formula that’s helped her clients and students kick the tiredness and overwhelm and finally feel like themselves again, by dispelling the internal conflicts rooted in the nervous system and subconscious mind. And now, her mission is to help burnt-out (or nearly burnt-out) professionals find wellbeing as well, because she firmly believes that when we’re all living the life we want, we can build a kinder, happier world. Faye is proud to call New Zealand home where she lives with her husband. She is a global citizen who has lived in 13 countries, speaks 4 languages and is passionate about all aspects of health and wellbeing. When she’s not coaching or training, Faye enjoys cooking, yoga, and loves spending time in the beautiful outdoors in New Zealand. Website: Facebook: @fayelawand Facebook group: nervous system wellness tribe LinkedIn: @FayeLawand IG: @fayelawand
May 25, 2022
Episode 97 Teacher Appreciation All Year
In this week's episode, Ilene shares her thoughts about Teacher Appreciation and how important it is to appreciate them all year long and not just one day or week per year. She also discusses systemic change that includes teacher voices and the need to look deeper at problems we need to solve and to do that as soon as possible.  Sources for additional information: The origin of American Teacher Appreciation Week Washington Post article World Teacher Day Critical Race Theory (CRT)
May 06, 2022
Episode 96 with guest Donnie Winokur
A native of New Jersey, Donnie studied theater at Catholic University (“because being a nun was out of the question”) before transferring to Emory University in Atlanta, where she graduated with a degree in psychology. There her passion for drama evolved from repertory theater to commercials and voice-overs. After honing her skills in writing and producing advertising campaigns for clients throughout the Southeast, she then created award-winning projects for Discovery, The Smithsonian Institute, and Broderbund/Random House.  A dynamic and in-demand speaker, Donnie is committed to preventing what she calls “the perfect storm,” the failed opportunity for our justice system to support challenged individuals in dire need of compassion and protection. She remains a dedicated champion for shifting our cultural paradigm and changing public misperceptions about marginalized individuals. Donnie's Website Amazon page for her books
April 20, 2022
Episode 95 with guest Mike Crabtree
Mike is a first-generation college graduate from a rural, working-class factory town. His early years, along with his professional career, have given him experiences and a passion for working with the economically disadvantaged. He recently concluded a 30-year career in Blount County Schools nestled between Knoxville, TN, and the Great Smoky Mountains. Over the years, he served as a Teacher of the Gifted Special Ed and a Title administrator. In addition, his work spans over 20 years as a building level administrator including many as a middle school principal, and an Assistant Director of Schools. Mike has gained a wealth of experiences and insights that he now shares with others through his consulting venture, TopTennEC.   His accent is real, by the way. (from Mike) Twitter: @TopTennEC LinkedIn: Mike Crabtree Website: FB: Yard Saling with Mike and Dave Wakelet collection with additional information about Mike's work
April 06, 2022
Episode 94 with guest Meagan Pollock
Dr. Meagan Pollock began her career playing with light projection on tiny microscopic mirrors as an engineer for Texas Instruments. Through her company, Engineer Inclusion, she now utilizes metaphorical projectors and mirrors to shine a light on micro and macro social systems that, when adjusted, improve student and employee success in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. A TEDx speaker, author, and a past recipient of the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship, Meagan holds a Ph.D. in engineering education from Purdue University, an MS in electrical engineering from Texas Tech University, and a BS in computer science from Texas Woman's University. As an engineer turned educator, Meagan focuses on engineering equity in education and the workforce. TED Talk: How to Become an Inclusive Leader LinkedIn:      Website: Engineer Inclusion
March 23, 2022
Episode 93 with guest Jillian Dubois
Jillian is a veteran elementary educator in Clearwater, Florida. Her passion is to infuse joy to those in educational leadership by focusing efforts on listening, serving, and growing alongside colleagues and friends. She uses her voice to foster hope for equity and empathy.    She is a children’s book author and illustrator of Liv’s Seashells, Road to Awesome: A Journey for Kids, and Look at YOU, Piper Lou!, and is the Chief Optimistic Originator of Imparted Joy, LLC, her publishing imprint.   Jillian believes the creative process of illustrating children's books brings JOY to life. The expressions, characters, and simple sketches enhance writings with warm emotion as they visually serenade the viewer into the story. The mission is to provide a meaningful experience on every page that captivates the heart.  Each day is a FRESH opportunity to listen, be slow to criticize, and quick to empathize. Keep dancing and dreaming with JOY. Twitter: @JillDuBois22 FB: jilliandee Website with links to all of her books:
March 09, 2022
Episode 92 with guest Hind Elyas
Hind works as an English Instructor at the Leading National Academy, Niagara College in Saudi Arabia, The Leading National Academy (LNA). She is heavily involved in PD and her current roles include the IATEFL Global Issue, Issues Month Coordinator, the Incoming Chair of the TESOL International Professional Development Professional Council, and the Executive Secretary at Africa ELTA.   Hind is also a Womentorship in ELT committee member, which is the most recent TESOL International Professional Learning Network.  She is a founding member of the English Language Testing Society (ELTS) and her main areas of interest include testing, curriculum development, and student engagement.  Her most recent achievements were being selected as a 2021 TESOL International Leadership Mentoring Program Award recipient and a TESOL International Convention  Ambassador. Facebook: Hind Elkhatim Elyas LinkedIn: Hind Elkhatim Elyas
February 23, 2022
Episode 91 A Good Ancestor
In this week's episode, Ilene talks about her mother, an example of a Good Ancestor. Dr. Miriam Winokur was awarded a PhD. in Intercultural Communication in 1998 at 73 years old. She returned to complete her undergraduate degree in 1968 at the height of the Civil Rights movement and Women's Liberation. She was a student in the first Gender Studies class at SUNY at Buffalo. She is a role model, inspiration, and teaches us how to age gracefully and successfully.  Reach out to me if you need support, a mentor, or just someone to listen.  Twitter: @IleneWinokur IG: @ilenewinokur AND @journeys2belonging Website: 
February 16, 2022
Episode 90 with guest Rabia Khokhar
Rabia Khokhar is an elementary teacher with the Toronto district school board and an education and equity consultant at Rabia Teaches. She is also a first-year Ph.D. student at the Ontario Institute of Studies in Education at the University of Toronto. Rabia is passionate about ensuring schools are inclusive spaces for students of all identities and lives experiences. She is the recipient of the Elementary Teachers Federation of Ontario’s (ETFO) 2021 Anti-Racist and Equity Activism Award. Rabia enjoys sharing her teaching and learning on her social media platforms and website   Twitter: @Rabia_Khokhar1 IG: @rabia_reads Website: ETFO award
February 02, 2022
Episode 89 with guest Eva Al Qallaf
Eva Al Qallaf is an enthusiastic and dedicated educator of young children. She came to Kuwait in 1988 and, after beginning her family, found a passion for working in the education sector. Eva’s 20-year employment history includes teaching at some of the leading private schools as well as positions in Pre-K, KG1, and KG2 at a local American school in which she spent 15 years. After achieving her NVQ certificate in the U.K., Eva was able to assume the roles of both teacher and team leader for various grade levels. In addition, she has also participated in accreditation, professional development, mentoring, curriculum modification, and various other administrative procedures. Eva’s enthusiasm for education led her to Kuwait University, where she accepted a position teaching English in the Community Service program, which she did for six years. In 2013 Eva decided on a career shift and joined Specialized Solutions, a private company providing professional development for teachers and support for parents of young children. In 2017 she completed the STEP Leader Training Program in San Diego, California. Eva’s insight into the emotional and developmental needs of children, as well as parents, has been fostered by more than 20 years of teaching experience in Kuwait. By facilitating parenting courses she has come to understand the needs of parents in raising children and how to support those needs. She says: “Life is a never-ending education; every day provides an opportunity to learn something new.” About Parentool: After many years of working with parents and students at schools, we realized that the emphasis is almost solely on students, while parents are the most neglected part of the equation. But effective parenting needs to be learned too. Established in 2018, Parentool evolved from Parenting Step by Step in response to strong demand for practical support for parents. We understand that the experience of caring for young children, especially for first-time parents, can sometimes be overwhelming. With Parentool you’re not alone with your problems and concerns. We concentrate solely on supporting parents. We don’t judge or criticize. We communicate and collaborate. Under the guidance of our educational consultant, the STEP program provides you with hands-on, practical problem-solving skills that make parenting more successful and less stressful. You’ll get an added boost by interacting and sharing your experiences with like-minded parents in a relaxed setting during our learning sessions IG: @parentoolkw
January 19, 2022
Episode 88 with guest Patty Marotte aka Spice Coach
Patty Marotte grew up in California and now resides in Kuwait with her husband, who she met while in college, and four children. She comes from a multicultural background from parents of mixed ethnicity and feels like she belongs to four cultures. Patty loves spices and healing with foods. She is a Lupus warrior and a cooking fanatic. Patty shares her journey to belonging, including self-belonging, in this episode and how she has overcome an autoimmune disease by healing through a healthy diet and her faith.  IG:
January 05, 2022
New Year Special episode
In this episode, Dr. Ilene shares her ups and downs and how sometimes she's not ok. And when she's not ok, how she reflects on her feelings and asks why she feels that way. That's true self-care. She also shares some awesome moments from the past week and her #oneword2022. Twitter: @IleneWinokur IG: @ilenewinokur      @journeys2belonging Facebook: Ilene Winokur
January 01, 2022
Episode 86 with guest Christa Campsall
Christa Campsall has vast K12 experience as a Classroom Teacher, Learning Integration Support Teacher in Special Education, and Teacher-Leader of School-based Teams. Christa currently enjoys engaging with educators in the global community as a professional development facilitator, online instructor, mentor, peer, and author.    Throughout her career, Christa witnessed dramatic successes as she educated learners to uncover their own innate wisdom, well-being, and resilience. Based on these successes, Christa answered the National Resilience Resource Center (NRRC) call for a Global Principle-Based K12 Curriculum.    With a team of education experts filled with goodwill and grounded in the 3 Principles, Christa created "My Guide Inside: Knowing Myself and Understanding My World." This vital,  comprehensive, story-based curriculum is aligned with educational competencies and guidelines for academic credit at the Primary, Intermediate, and Secondary Levels. Along with the focus on sharing knowledge and language development, it promotes experiential learning with a variety of related fun-filled activities.    "My Guide Inside" Learner Books and Teacher Manuals are available worldwide and have been disseminated in over 20 countries in paperback and e-book formats. Due to the goodwill of expert educators, multiple translations are becoming available. Christa is a Ambassador. The "My Guide Inside" Innovation was successful in making it to the second of three levels of the HundrED/LEGO SEL Innovation Spotlight! What an honor! Christa and her collaboratorss are launching a free online introductory training (thanks to the goodwill of "Feel the Vibe" out of the US.) Twitter: @myguideinside IG: FB: Website: Link to My Guide Inside books: National Reslience Center
December 22, 2021
Episode 85: Self-Belonging for Children-We Must Start Early
This week's episode continues Ilene's December focus on self-belonging and my advocacy for starting in our classrooms and our homes with children. We shouldn't have to wait until we are much older to find self-belonging. There are many ways to instill this in even our youngest children and students. Ilene shares her childhood story and teachers she remembers who supported her self-belonging and those that didn't. She also shares some ideas to implement in your classroom/school (links below). Ilene's book, Journey to Belonging: Pathways to Well-Being is available now at: EduMatch Books Barnes & Noble Article mentioned by Ilene: Creating a Learning Environment Where All Kids Feel Valued by Shana V. White for Edutopia Mentally Strong Kids Always Do These 7 Things by Amy Morin for CNBC Wakelet collection: Self-Belonging To sign up for Ilene's course and other terrific PD go to EduSpark:  Twitter: @IleneWinokur
December 15, 2021
Episode 84 F.L.Y. then S.O.A.R.
EduMatch blog post: Self-belonging for Educators  SELF-discovery OPPORTUNITY to grow APPRECIATE yourself and make sure you're hanging out with others who appreciate you without judgment REACH out to ensure we leave our mark on the world with our legacy Self-discovery is your first step to self-belonging once you embrace yourself, the good and the not so good. By first loving yourself, (wrap your arms around yourself and give yourself a big hug!) you are in the present and noticing yourself. You’re noting what talents you have, your ability to navigate the world and work, your resilience in the face of obstacles, and the care, empathy, and compassion that’s built into everything you do. After all, teachers can’t survive without it. This might take some time, but once you start listing it all, your heart will swell with a sense of self-accomplishment. Next, give yourself the opportunity to grow. We’re not perfect and no one should expect us to be, including ourselves. We have many chances to improve, fill in the gaps, learn more. Take advantage of those opportunities. Join an organization that supports your interests as I did with ISTE. I wanted to know more about edtech and network with others who had the same interests. I’m a member of TESOL International and on the leadership team of the refugee concerns interest section. I have an amazing online PLN that supports my growth every day. You can too! Appreciate and embrace your true, authentic self. Acknowledge that you’re on a journey to discover yourself and find people who support you on your journey without judgment. I have a wonderful support network that includes a few people who make me feel good about myself and will listen when I don’t feel so great. They listen for understanding and not for responding. They value me and validate my feelings and are willing to let me know if I’m making missteps. Then, reach out to others and find your niche. What are you passionate about? How will you leave your mark on the world and make it a better place than you found it? What will your legacy be? Becoming a good ancestor is your way to give back to your community, local and global. Use your superpowers to benefit others. Talk about feeling empowered! My legacy is mentoring and coaching refugee teachers and leaders around the globe. What will yours be? Twitter: @IleneWinokur IG: @ilenewinokur
December 09, 2021
Episode 83: Polyvagal Theory and Self-Belonging
In this week's episode, I explain a bit about our Polyvagal Theory, our autonomic nervous system, and self-belonging. I share a personal story, discuss how important it is to understand our nervous system so we can have more control over how we react when it feels threatened. I also share some techniques I have used to overcome self-doubt and build my sense of self-belonging. Here are the links to resources mentioned in the episode: Deb Dana's Beginner's Guide to Polyvagal Theory Polyvagal Ladder (Trauma Geek)  Stephen Porges's Polyvagal Approach and Dealing with COVID-19 Stress Adult Chair episode with Deb Dana Ilene's website  This week's blog post    Social media: @IleneWinokur Links to purchase my book Journey to Belonging: Pathways to Well-Being Barnes & Noble: EduMatch Books:
November 30, 2021
Episode 82 with guest Steve Sostak
Steve Sostak, the co-founder of Inspire Citizens, centers all of his work on teacher creativity, student agency, and transformative learning. He aims to enable youth to develop more compassionate empathy; think critically about information and community issues; solve problems flexibly through the application of interdisciplinary skills and civic literacies; embrace the challenges of uncertainties and complexities; make ethical decisions, and take informed action. Twitter: @inspirecitizen1 Website: Cathy Berger Kaye: Service Learning Isaac Prilleltensky: Mattering ISTE Student Standards Mathew Barzun interviewed by Simon Sinek about his new book: The Power of Giving Away Power
November 17, 2021
Episode 81 with guest Haider Al Mosawi
Haider Al Mosawi is a Kuwaiti educator, user experience designer, writer, and community builder. He is passionate about leading a full & fulfilling life, exploring our views in an open-minded way, and taking a non-coercive approach to productivity and habit-building. Haider is the co-founder of Sirdab Lab, a startup space in Kuwait, as well as the co-founder of Catalyze, a UX design firm. Twitter: @haideralmosawi IG: @haideralmosawi Books: Daily writing platform:
November 10, 2021
Episode 80 with host Ilene Winokur - Journey to Belonging: Pathways to Well-Being
Thank you for listening! Resources from today's episode can be found on my website.  My new book, Journey to Belonging: Pathways to Well-Being is available at Noa Daniel's BOBs Twitter: @IleneWinokur IG: @ilenewinokur FB: IleneWinokur
November 03, 2021
Episode 79 with guest Kate Leeming
As an explorer/adventurer, Kate Leeming has cycled a distance greater than twice around the world at the Equator. On August 16th, 2010 she became the first person to cycle an unbroken line from Africa’s most westerly to its most easterly points; from Pointe des Almadies, Senegal to Cape Hafun, Puntland, Somalia. Cycling 22,040 km over ten months, Kate’s Breaking the Cycle in Africa Expedition was not only a physical quest but an odyssey to highlight the development needs and activities of war-torn and poverty-stricken nations. Cycling through twenty countries, Kate aimed to find out what is being done to give a ‘leg up’ rather than a ‘hand out’ – to shine a positive light on the issues, cultures, and geography of Africa. In June 2019, Kate completed another original expedition when she became the first person to cycle the entire Namibian coastline, a 1621km sand cycling expedition from the mouth of the Kunene River on the Angolan border to the Orange River mouth on the South African border. Read more about Kate's work here. Belouga channel: Twitter and IG: leeming_kate FB: Lights of Ladakh expedition Her books and videos
October 27, 2021
Episode 78 with guest Evo Hannan
Evo Hannan is passionate about design and innovation in education. Innately driven by his desire to create positive change, Evo has utilised his 20 years of experience to channel into projects which have made an impact across the globe, including The Agency project and Ed Talks Live, a live YouTube talk show which engages in hot education topics with guests from around the globe. This inspired him to take a step out of the classroom in July 2021 and start his own education venture called Innovation X, a big thinking company created to help inspire new ideas to move education forward. He recently launched Vertigo, a social media agency for schools and education partners that offers a modern approach to community engagement and communication. Twitter: @EvoHannan IG: @evohannan youtube: Website:
October 06, 2021
Episode 77 with guest Ken Shelton
Ken (He/Him/His) currently holds an M.A. in Education with a specialization in Educational Technology as well as New Media Design and Production. He has worked as an Educator for over 20 years and spent most of his classroom experience teaching technology at the Middle School level. As a part of his active involvement within the Educational Technology community, Ken is an Apple Distinguished Educator, a Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert, and a Google Certified Innovator. Hee has worked extensively at the policy level with a number of State Departments of Education, Ministries of Education, non-Profits, and was appointed to the Education Technology Task Force formed by a previous California State Superintendent of Public Instruction. Ken regularly gives keynotes, presentations, consults, and leads workshops, covering a wide variety of Educational Technology, Equity and Inclusion, Anti-Bias/Anti-Racist, Multimedia Literacy, Cultural Intelligences, Visual Storytelling, and Instructional Design topics. Ken is the ISTE Digital Equity PLN 2018 Excellence Award winner. Due to his extensive and broad impact, Ken has also been named by EdTech Magazine as an influencer to follow. Website: Twitter: @k_shelton IG: @kshelton Brave Space poem by Mickey ScottBey Jones
September 29, 2021
Episode 76 with guest Michelle Macumber
Hailing from Nova Scotia, Canada, Michelle Macumber started her journey with Participate Learning (then called VIF) back in 1999 when she accepted a job as an ambassador teacher in Fayetteville, North Carolina (Cumberland County). Connected to Participate Learning for her entire career in education, Michele spent 14 years as a global educator in North Carolina, England, and Paraguay. She taught 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade at different times.... but can't pick a favorite because she loved each one of those groups! In the summer of 2013, Michelle joined the team at their head office in Chapel Hill. She loves that her passion for global learning is the focus of her work each and every single day!. As a member of the Teacher Experience team, Michelle focuses on the ambassador teachers and their overall experience and engagement during the five years that they are here in the U.S. Twitter: @MicheleMacumber IG: @mmacumber FB: Michelle Macumber Email: United We Teach Community - Free for any and every educator! Participate Learning Website Participate Learning Blog
September 22, 2021
Episode 75 with guest Donna Guerin
Donna Guerin is the founder and executive director of Global Lighthouse Studios. She has been an educator for 22 years and involved in global education since 2015. She has also been an SDG ambassador. She loves to empower students to be a part of their own learning journey and enjoys connecting teachers and students around the world. Good Life Goals for K-3 Global Goals for grades 4-16 Twitter and IG: @DLGuerin1 Global Lighthouse Studios Jake Guerin Twitter and IG: @YoungChangemak1 Young Changemakers International Kindheart Jr.
September 15, 2021
Episode 74 with guest Anna Dyagileva
Anna Dyagileva is an MIEExpert, MIETrainer, MIEFellow, and Google certified. She is a Flipgrid, Wakelet & Buncee Ambassador who has a passion for #edtech and project-based learning. She started the #teachersloveEDU and #Engclubcom communities.  Twitter, IG & Facebook: @annadyagileva1 youtube:
September 08, 2021
Episode 73: The 6Cs of Global Competencies
This week's episode is a response to a tweet from August 6 by Chris Quinn (@ChrisQuinn64). He posted a sketchnote by Sylvia Duckworth depicting a circle cut into 6 sections. Above the graphic: “Embracing the 6Cs of Education (supported by well-being) can help us to build the best growth opportunities for and with our children.” The 6 sections were each labeled with a "C" word: Character, Citizenship, Collaboration, Critical Thinking, Communication, Creativity.  My initial reaction just reading the labels was that the model was outdated because the categories mentioned, like character education and citizenship were outdated. But then I saw Dr. Michael Fullan, scholar and researcher was listed as the source and Sylvia Duckworth another eminent educator who I respect a great deal. I also thought about Chris and his attention to detail before posting anything. So I did what I always do when I question myself. I reflected on what I wrote; I searched for the source of Chris’s post via Dr. Fullan. Education Plus Whitepaper (2014) written by Dr. Fullan and Geoff Scott.  Link to Chris Quinn's tweet Deep Learning: Engage the World Change the World Dive Into Deep Learning: Engagement New Pedagogies for Deep Learning (NPDL) Learnlife Learnlife Alliance
September 01, 2021
Episode 72 with Ron Nober and Joe DePaulo
Ron Nober  -Technology/STEAM teacher  -Teach SDGs ambassador  -Very interested in design thinking, SDGs, and the intersection of technology and social good  -Co-host of Teachernerdz podcast  -Advisor to school media club and co-founder of the entrepreneur club (focus on social entrepreneurship)  - Entered education at age 40 previously worked as an archeologist out of college  - Also run a dog training company with my wife and have been training dogs professionally for over 20 years Joe DePaulo  -Started teaching later in life around the age of 30 -Never liked school as a student and was very hesitant going into the teaching profession -Passionate about teaching third grade -Co-host of Teachernerdz podcast  Twitter: @nober_techclass              @joesurfer2              @teachernerdz IG:        @nober_techclass             @teachernerdzpodcast Resources mentioned: Teach Boldly by Dr. Jennifer Williams GirlRising for the film and other resources UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
August 25, 2021
Episode 71: Modeling Student Well-Being Through Teacher Well-Being
In a recent article published by Edutopia, authors Nina Portugal and Malia Tayabas-Kim note, "the foundation of learning and growth is belonging, safety, and trust not just for our students, but for adults too." On today's episode, the host of Journeys to Belonging, Dr. Ilene Winokur, discusses the main points from the article and explains how we can model these strategies at teacher PD and use them in our classrooms with our students. More importantly, focusing on teacher well-being, supports their ability to create healthy relationships with students for them to thrive.  Wakelet collection Ilene's website with more resources
August 04, 2021
An Asset-Based Approach to Teaching and Learning with Dr. Ilene Winokur
How do we create successful learners if we ignore their strengths (assets) and focus on their deficits? We often hear about people who either believe the glass is half empty or half full. Have you ever heard that the glass can be refilled? How does changing our perception of learners from a deficit mindset (glass half-empty) to an asset-based mindset (glass can be refilled) improve how we perceive our students and how they perceive themselves? In this episode, I explain the importance of an asset-based mindset and approach on supporting a sense of safety and belonging in our students that is essential to their learning and achievement. NYU Steinhardt School of Education - asset-based approach Ilene's website @InspiredMinds30 for affirmation resources
July 28, 2021
Episode 69 with guest Naomi Toland
Naomi Toland is originally from Ireland but has traveled and taught away from her home in Derry for the past 10 Years. Naomi completed her degree at Northumbria University before moving to Hackney, London for her first teaching job. After 3 years Naomi traveled South America for 3 months before settling in Auckland, New Zealand for the next 2 and a half years. It was here that Naomi shared her project, Empathetic Educators out into the world. This project looks at topics such as Neuroscience, empathy, design, relationships, psychology, and much more to better understand ourselves so that we can understand others. This project has taken her to Singapore where she took part in the Google Innovator Project with educators all over the world.  Naomi is currently teaching in Tokyo, Japan set to return to New Zealand next month.   Naomi’s passions are trying to advocate for empathy, inclusion, and understanding within education to help generate partnerships between teachers, learners and leaders in local settings and beyond. Twitter: @naomi_toland IG: Naomi.m.t LinkedIn: Website: Nathan Wallis: Neuroscience educator
July 21, 2021
Episode 68 with guest Dr. Kevin Leichtman
Kevin Leichtman is the author of "The Perfect Ten" and co-author of "Teacher's Guide to the Mental Edge." He and his wife, Dr. Anala Leichtman, founded Team Leichtman Consulting -, a company that provides PD, curriculum, coaching, and courses focused on empowering educators. Kevin also directs Academic Mindset, a mindset strengthening company for students and teachers.  Kevin received his Masters and Ph.D. in curriculum & instruction from Florida Atlantic University. His research was on teacher burnout. He is currently out of the classroom, focusing on his education consulting work. Website: Social media: @KevinLeichtman Edumatch post about perfection: Edutopia article about burnout:
July 14, 2021
Episode 67 with guest Alice Aspinall
Alice Aspinall, B.Math(Hon), B.Ed, is a Portuguese-Canadian secondary mathematics educator in Ontario, Canada. She loves spending time with her husband and two children reading books, playing math games, and exploring the outdoors. Alice is a strong advocate of the growth mindset. She is continually looking for ways to build young people’s confidence in math and to make math fun, challenging, and satisfying. Her innovative lessons and her dedication in the classroom have made a positive impact on her students’ attitudes toward math. Her YouTube channel, “MrsALovesMath,” exemplifies her commitment to her students’ learning. Alice is also a champion for females in STEM by encouraging girls to pursue science and mathematics both in high school and in post-secondary education. Twitter: IG: FB: Her website: Her books: Mathematical Mindsets by Jo Boaler Building Thinking Classrooms in Mathematics by Peter Liljedahl YouCubed Resources
July 07, 2021
Episode 66 with guest Lise Farquhar
Lise Farquhar is a truly international teacher, having spent more than half of her life traveling and living across Canada and the globe. This experience has helped her discover the differences, but more importantly, the incredible similarities that exist across landscapes, communities and people around the world. Her current role is in the Visual Arts department at an International school in the United Arab Emirates and she sees herself as a facilitator of creativity. Twitter: @L_Farquhar_IB
June 30, 2021
Episode 65 with guest Tia Luker-Putra
Tia Luker-Putra has been living and working in China for the past seven years.  She us a STEAM, Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), and diversity nut. She is married to her beautiful wife and has a 6 lb. puppy and an 18-pound cat. She loves to hike and be outside.  Life, for her, is about having an adventure and getting the most out of it possible.  She loves to learn and has lived and traveled all over Canada, the United States, South Korea, China, Southeast Asia.  She has aspirations to travel more and she sews doggie bandannas for charity. Twitter: @ThisIsAwesomeED              #crazyPLN Website: Solarbuddy charity:
June 23, 2021
Episode 64 with guest Chey Cheney
Chey Cheney Is a middle school teacher with 20 years of experience, originally from Ottawa, Ontario. He currently teaches Grade 8 in Toronto, Ontario and engages in coaching and leadership work with students in the school beyond instructional time. Passionate about ELA, Chey infuses a teaching philosophy that centres around student agency, student voice and a strong commitment to social justice.  Inspired by the works of Kylene Beers, Desmond Cole and Barry Schwartz, Chey is always looking for a way to embed technology in the natural flow of learning. He actively cements a consistent dynamic that ascends from consumer, engager and creator in the learning opportunities he curates. With a vast athletic background, Chey has coached elite level sports to the most fundamental community recreation leagues. He aims to form a physical education and competitive sports culture that centres on a holistic approach dedicated to inclusion and entry points for all students to enjoy and flourish in the physical education experience. In addition to his Teachers degree Chey has a History Honours Degree, a History Teaching specialist and an Adolescent Reading Specialist. Twitter: MrCCheney Website:
June 16, 2021
Episode 63 with guest Pawan (Pav) Wander
Pawan (Pav) Wander is an elementary school teacher with 15 years of experience hailing from Etobicoke, Ontario, Canada. Currently, she is teaching a Grade 6/7 split class, integrated with the Home School Program. Pav gratefully teaches in the same neighborhood where she grew up and went to school, and has thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to be able to work with students in such a familiar community.    Pav loves to teach Science and Math and enjoys combining the two subjects into extracurricular activities that she leads with students. Pav has run programs in Robotics, Engineering, and Coding at the schools where she has taught and has loved watching students, especially females, thrive in areas of STEM.  Thriving on listening to books and researching new pedagogies and themes in education, Pav loves learning about new ways of reaching and engaging with students, especially surrounding areas of podcasting, audio, and video editing, as these are areas she is new to!    Pav has an Honours degree in Kinesiology and Health Science from York University in Toronto and completed her teaching certification from D’Youville College in Buffalo, New York. Fitness and athletics have always been important to Pav, and she endeavors to include as much physical activity in her day as possible! Twitter: @PavWander  @StaffPodcast   @TheDriveVoicEd IG: @the_staff_room_podcast FB: The Staffroom Podcast Website:
June 09, 2021
Episode 62 with guest Saadia Qureshi
After graduating as an Environmental Engineer, Saadia worked for the government to ensure compliance by landfills and power generation facilities. She took a pause to raise her family and volunteer for several non-profits, ultimately discovering herself by being an active, responsible citizen in her hometown of Oviedo, Florida. Saadia believes meaningful friendships can be found in unexpected places. Her work to show neighbors how similar we are regardless of ethnic or religious differences led her to Preemptive Love. As a Gathering Coordinator, Saadia hopes to spread this message to communities nationwide. If she’s not participating at an event around town, you may find Saadia picking up after her two girls, reminding her husband where he left his wallet or saving the last three bananas for her famous banana bread. Twitter: @QureshiSaadia Facebook: Saadia Qureshi Email: To learn more about Preemptive Love How to start a gathering
June 02, 2021
Episode 61 with guest Debbie Tannenbaum
Debbie Tannenbaum works as an Elementary School Technology Specialist in Fairfax County, VA. An educator with over twenty years of experience, Debbie Tannenbaum supports both staff and students to integrate technology tools into instruction through both co-teaching sessions and weekly technology classes. Debbie emphasizes working collaboratively with other educators to use technology tools that amplify student learning and empower student voice. She also blogs and shares her thoughts and reflections regularly on her website: Her book, TRANSFORM: Techy Notes to Make Learning Sticky was recently published by Road to Awesome LLC. Debbie emphasizes using technology tools to empower students and give them opportunities that are not possible without the use of the technology. Twitter & IG: @TannenbaumTech Facebook: Debbie.l.Tannenbaum LinkedIn: Blog  @TeachBetterTeam @CodebreakerEdu @_RoadToAwesome_
May 26, 2021
Episode 60 with guest Douha Jemai
Douha Jemai has been a Tunisian computer science teacher for more than 14 years. She is a Microsoft Expert (MIEExpert), MIE Master Trainer, TeachSDGs Ambassador, and holds a  Masters degree in IT management.  Twitter: @ochifaysel Facebook: Jemai Douha Douha's resources:                                                             Teaching with Sustainable Development Goals: eTwinning: Wakelet: The World's Largest Lesson:
May 19, 2021
Episode 59 with guest Genein Letford
Genein Letford is an award-winning educator, best-selling author, and global speaker on ‘Intercultural Creativity™’.  She is a leading voice on creating across cultural lines and she developed the 7 Gems of Intercultural Creativity framework for organizational success. As a TEDx speaker and top creativity trainer, she has inspired many educators and leaders to develop their creative abilities while establishing a climate of inclusion and belonging for their teams and classrooms. Pulling from her fifteen years of working with creative geniuses, her unique curriculum utilizes metaphorical strategies, heightened observation techniques, and the creative arts to reawaken intuitive thinking. She is the founder and Chief Creative Officer of CAFFE Strategies, LLC which trains leaders and educators on these essential skills and believes intercultural creative thinking is a critical skill for this future of work. Social Media Links: Websites:       Genein's book:  From Debt to Destiny Diversity Diamond 7 Gems Her son's project: Intercultural Development Process, Dr. Mitchell Hammer Intercultural Development Inventory The Leader's Brain by Dr. Michael Platt:
May 12, 2021
Episode 58 with guest Tisha Poncio
Tisha Poncio, M.S. Learning Technologies, is an energetic and enthusiastic learner, teacher, coach, and empowered educator. Tisha has served in education for the last 21 years. She has led students in the classroom teaching English, Web Design, Graphic Design, Business Computers, Programming, and Broadcast Journalism. She has also led educators and administrators as a digital learning specialist for 12 years. She is a Google Certified Trainer, a Flipgrid Ambassador, an Ed Tech Team Blogger, and was named a finalist in 2018 for Instructional Technology Specialist of the Year in Texas. She has presented at numerous educational technology conferences across the nation and in her home state of Texas speaking about empowering students, teachers, and leaders as well as digital citizenship for all ages. Her biggest accomplishment to date has been the creation of a student-led technology leadership group that helps her present on student voice, empowerment, and the #studentsCANlead movement. Twitter: @TXTechChick Instagram: @TishaPoncio Clubhouse: @TishaPoncio Meyer Briggs personality test Enneagram test Solve in Time (a problem-based learning & design thinking activity):
May 05, 2021
Episode 57 with guest George Couros pt 2
George Couros is a worldwide leader in the area of innovative teaching, learning, and leading, and has a focus on innovation as a human endeavor. His belief that meaningful change happens when you first connect to people’s hearts, is modeled in his writing and speaking. He has worked with all levels of school, from K-12 as a teacher, technology facilitator, and school and district administrator, and currently is a part-time professor with the University of Pennsylvania Literacy Network. George is also the author of the book, The Innovator’s Mindset; Empower Learning, Unleash Talent, and Lead a Culture of Creativity and his latest book, Innovate Inside the Box. Twitter: @gcouros Website with links to his courses and books:  Barry Schwartz, The Paradox of Choice (TedTalk)
April 28, 2021
Episode 56 with guest George Couros pt 1
George Couros is a worldwide leader in the area of innovative teaching, learning, and leading, and has a focus on innovation as a human endeavor. His belief that meaningful change happens when you first connect to people’s hearts, is modeled in his writing and speaking. He has worked with all levels of school, from K-12 as a teacher, technology facilitator, and school and district administrator, and currently is a part-time professor with the University of Pennsylvania Literacy Network. George is also the author of the book, The Innovator’s Mindset; Empower Learning, Unleash Talent, and Lead a Culture of Creativity and his latest book, Innovate Inside the Box. Twitter: @gcouros George's website with links to his courses and books:
April 21, 2021
Episode 55 with guest Heidi Carr
Heidi Carr is the ultimate professional example for our teachers, families, students, and community. She is an elementary educator and leader with the Clark County School District which is the fifth-largest school district in the United States.  She is currently in her 14th year of teaching and has taught 2nd - 5th grade. Heidi is a Nevada Department of Education, a Digital Engineer, and a facilitator for She is currently the president of CUE-Nevada. She is the founder of PLAYDATE Vegas and of EduNV on Voxer. Heidi is an innovator, a risk-taker, and is always willing to go the extra mile to meet her students’ needs. She is an advocate for all students. Heidi is dedicated to her students, school, and community.  Twitter: carr_8 Voxer: carr_8 IG: @carrificclass Check with Heidi about Battle Born Buddies and the Voxer Book study.
April 14, 2021
Episode 54 with guest Kellie Bahri pt. 2
Kellie Bahri is an elementary teacher with a Master’s Degree in Curriculum and Instruction and Educational Leadership. She is passionate about supporting learning through establishing strong connections and creating learning spaces that promote equity and inclusion. She is an Instructional Strategist, serves on the Instructional Leadership and School Improvement Team, is a Culturally Responsive Teacher, and a Sustainable Development Goals lead educator. In March she will release her first book from her children’s book series with Code Breaker Edu Publishing. She encourages you to connect with her on Twitter @kbahri5 Instagram @kbahri6. Zoe Weil - Solutionaries:  CodeBreaker EDU website:
April 07, 2021
Episode 53 with guest Kellie Bahri pt. 1
Kellie Bahri is an elementary teacher with a Master’s Degree in Curriculum and Instruction and Educational Leadership. She is passionate about supporting learning through establishing strong connections and creating learning spaces that promote equity and inclusion. She is an Instructional Strategist, serves on the Instructional Leadership and School Improvement Team, is a Culturally Responsive Teacher, and a Sustainable Development Goals lead educator. In March she will release her first book from her children’s book series with Code Breaker Edu Publishing.  She encourages you to connect with her on  Twitter @kbahri5  Instagram @kbahri6.
March 31, 2021
Episode 52 with guest Sherry McKay
Sherry MacKay (MEd in TESOL) has extensive teacher training experience and 25 years of experience teaching adults. She is the co-founder of Glocally Connected non-profit that promotes community building in order to support refugees. More recently, Sherry founded TLC (Transformational Learning Communities) a unique organization focusing on providing applicable methods and techniques for teachers of students that have experienced trauma and revolves around three axes: (a) mindfulness; (b) connection and community building; and (c) teacher self-care. Sherry has a passion for making connections, supporting people in need, and the transformational potential of mindfulness. FB group: ESLwithTLC Website: Email: Conner Resiliiiency Scale The Stranger is My Friend - a collection of poems
March 24, 2021
Episode 51 with guest Farah Bishara
Farah Bishara aka DJ Bonita loves music, especially hip hop, is a Kuwait-based DJ who also owns Vinyl Destination, a local record store. She started pursuing her passion for mixing hip-hop tracks for a living around in 2014 and has pushed boundaries and stereotypes about women working in the music industry. When she first stepped foot on the scene “People didn’t understand why a Kuwaiti woman was mixing hip-hop for a living, and it often made me second-guess my career choice” she says, but that didn’t stop her! Read more about her in this 2020 article: Farah's IG: Vinyl Destination IG:
March 17, 2021
Episode 50 with guest Dana Fulwiler
Dana Fulwiler is an Alberta-based educator, consultant, and facilitator. She earned her Master of Applied Positive Psychology (MAPP) from the University of Pennsylvania, where she learned from leading wellbeing researchers and the field’s founder, Dr. Martin Seligman. Her teaching and professional experiences over the past 15 years span public education, non-profit, and post-secondary, including current roles as an Assistant Instructor in UPenn's MAPP program and BEd Sessional Instructor at the University of Calgary. Twitter: @danafulwiler Website: Resources mentioned during the podcast: Lea Waters: SEARCH framework: Brooke Anderson: Professor Prilleltenski: Emotional Agility: Get Unstuck, Embrace Change, and Thrive in Work and Life by Susan David
March 10, 2021
Episode 49 with guest Mandy Froehlich pt. 2
A former educator and Director of Innovation and Technology turned technology and mental health consultant, Mandy Froehlich’s passion lies in reinvigorating educators back into their profession and support in their pursuit of divergent teaching. She consults with organizations in topics such as innovative pedagogical practices, technology department leadership coaching, 1:1 rollouts and LMS deployment, and the impact of mental health on innovation. Froehlich’s also an adjunct for an organizational technology class for graduate students. Mandy is the author of several books for educators about mental health and how it impacts our teaching practice. Twitter: @froehlichm Website: Books: DivergentEDU The Fire Within Reignite the Flames The Educator's Matchbook More about Blended Learning from Heather Staker:
March 03, 2021
Episode 48 with guest Mandy Froehlich pt. 1
A former educator and Director of Innovation and Technology turned technology and mental health consultant, Mandy Froehlich’s passion lies in reinvigorating educators back into their profession and support in their pursuit of divergent teaching. She consults with organizations in topics such as innovative pedagogical practices, technology department leadership coaching, 1:1 rollouts and LMS deployment, and the impact of mental health on innovation. Froehlich’s also an adjunct for an organizational technology class for graduate students. Mandy is the author of several books for educators about mental health and how it impacts our teaching practice.  Twitter: @froehlichm Website: Books: DivergentEDU The Fire Within Reignite the Flames The Educator's Matchbook
February 24, 2021
Special episode with Nicole Biscotti and her son, Jason
Nicole Biscotti wrote I Can Learn When I’m Moving: Going to School With ADHD along with her 10-year-old son, Jason. They share the unique perspectives of a child and a mother who is also a teacher. She has seen both personally and professionally how children struggle to be understood and how adults are often at a loss with how to handle the difficult behaviors associated with ADHD. Nicole empowers parents and teachers to provide game-changing support for children with ADHD in school with kid-approved, researched-based strategies.  Her greatest accomplishments are Her four children: Nicholas who is preparing to become an Officer in the US Marines, Rose and Julia, identical twin divas who love riding horses and inspire Nicole to be a role model for them, and her brilliant ADHD'er, Jason.  Nicole lives in Yuma, Arizona and enjoys barbecues and road trips to Mexico. She's originally from New York City where she gained a love of culture and travel. Nicole has a Bachelor's degree in Spanish from the University of Florida and a Masters in Secondary Education from the University of Phoenix. She is also a Spanish teacher and finishing up her last class for a second Masters in Education Administration. Nicole is a certified Translator & Interpreter as well. Twitter: @BiscottiNicole Amazon link for book:
February 20, 2021
Episode 47 with guest Tan Huynh part 2
Tan Huynh is a career teacher specializing in language acquisition.  He is currently a secondary social studies teacher at an international school in Bangkok. When he is not teaching and planning, Tan maintains a blog, a podcast, and facilities workshops on advocating for language learners. You can find him on his podcast, blog, and Twitter. Podcast: Blog: Twitter: @TanKHuynh Ilene's blog post about Abraham Maslow:
February 17, 2021
Episode 46 with guest Tan Huynh part 1
Tan Huynh is a career teacher specializing in language acquisition.  He is currently a secondary social studies teacher at an international school in Bangkok. When he is not teaching and planning, Tan maintains a blog, a podcast, and facilities workshops on advocating for language learners. You can find him on his podcast, blog, and Twitter. Podcast: Blog: Twitter: @TanKHuynh WIDA: Windows, Sliding Doors, and Mirrors, Dr. Rudine Sims Bishop:
February 10, 2021
Episode 45 with guest Stephen Hurley
Stephen Hurley spent 30 years teaching in an Ontario school district and had roles of the classroom teacher and curriculum consultant. He spent three years as a teacher educator at OISE/UT. He loves conversations in education and is considered one of the world's best "teacher talk" guys (at parties, dinners, and social gatherings) In 2017, Stephen established voicEd Radio as a way to amplify, deepen, and connect the conversations we have about education. He's had a passion for live radio since he was in 4th grade.  Social media including Twitter: @Stephen_Hurley Email: website:
February 03, 2021
Episode 44 with guest Dr. Michael Harvey
Dr. Michael Harvey is a New Zealand science educator based in Malaysia. He is a MIEExpert, Flipgrid Global ambassador, Wakelet Ambassador, Apple Teacher, SDG Ambassador, and Level 2 Google educator. Michael is the ISTE Global PLN event chair and involved in both the Tanzanian Root and Shoots SDG Laboratory Schools and Kakuma refugee project with Koen Timmers and Dr. Jennifer Williams. His educational research interests are the use of digital animations (ie. AR/VR) to enhance student understanding of complex abstract scientific concepts and linking this to cognitive psychology.  Michael enjoys connecting globally with educators and learners. Twitter: @Doctor_Harves monthly Twitter chat: #wwiED Merge cube:
January 27, 2021
Episode 43 with guest Ramona Meharg
Ramona has been teaching in southern Ontario for 26 years, starting her career teaching High School History and English.  Early on she found that her passion was in Special Education and has spent the majority of her career in different roles within in that field of study.  She is currently a special education teacher with the Thames Valley District School Board, working with students with a variety of Developmental and learning challenges like ASD and Down Syndrome. Her educational passions include; building relationships with her students, using technology to foster independence in the classroom, inclusion, and Special Olympics.  Her podcast: I Wish I Knew EDU, interviews educators at all points of their careers and focuses on the many opportunities and journeys available within the teaching life.  Her personal passions include gardening, reading, music, golfing, and learning new things. Twitter: @RamonaMeharg                @mehargsvikings Podcast: I Wish I Knew EDU Resources from episode:                  Tribes:                 Definition of neurotypical: not displaying or characterized by autistic or other neurologically atypical patterns of thought or behavior
January 20, 2021
Episode 42 with guest Valerie Lewis
Valerie is an educator of 20 years and currently an administrator. She believes education is a lifelong journey that should create endless possibilities for youth. She is one of five educators who started the monthly #passthescopeedu PLN on Periscope in 2016. All social media: @iamvlewis  Mentioned during the episode: School Reform Initiative protocols: Professional Learning Communities (PLCs): SWOT analysis: #PassTheScopeEdu:
January 13, 2021
Episode 41 with guest Rachelle Dene Poth
Rachelle Dene Poth is an edtech consultant, presenter, attorney, author, and teacher. She teaches Spanish and STEAM Emerging Technology. She has a Juris Doctor degree & a Master’s in Instructional Technology. She is also past-president of the ISTE TEN and on the Leadership team of MLN. She received the Making IT Happen Award and a Presidential Gold Award for volunteer service from ISTE in 2019. She is the author of five books: ‘In Other Words: Quotes That Push Our Thinking,” “Unconventional Ways to Thrive in EDU”, “The Future is Now”  “Chart A New Course: A Guide to Teaching Essential Skills for Tomorrow’s World"  and my newest book, True Story: Lessons That One Kid Taught Us.  She has a podcast and actively blogs for Defined Learning, Getting Smart, NEO LMS, and The STEM Informer with Newsweek. Social media handle: rdene915 Books: Facebook group: THRIVE in EDU  Website:
January 06, 2021
Episode 40 with guest Mark Otter
Mark Otter is the CEO of Participate. He is a former educator passionate about community-based learning and digital badging. Mark gained experience and expertise as a global educator teaching secondary math and science in public schools in Nova Scotia, North Carolina, Virginia, and London, England. Twitter: @markjotter Website: Blog: United We Teach community: Communities of Practice: Participate Learning: QFI:
December 30, 2020
Episode 39 with guest Dr. Desiree Alexander
Dr. Desiree Alexander is an award-winning, multi-degreed educator who has been in the educational field since 2002. She is the Founder CEO of Educator Alexander Consulting, LLC and the Regional Director of North Louisiana for the Associated Professional Educators of Louisiana. She consults with members of several schools/businesses and presents at conferences globally. She holds various degrees, certifications in LA and TX, and multiple technology certifications. Learn more at Twitter: @educatoralex Website:
December 23, 2020
Episode 38 with Dr. Ilene Winokur: Gratitude, Belonging, and What I Learned This Year
For more about Dr. Ilene Winokur, resources about belonging, and links to her blog post and podcast episodes: Gitanjali Rao: Buncee: Flipgrid: Adobe for Educators:
December 16, 2020
Episode 37 with special guest Barbara Bray-2020 is Hindsight
In this episode, Barbara and I reflect on the past year and discuss how we stay hopeful during difficult and unsettling times.  You can find out more about Barbara Bray here: Rethinking Learning toolkit: To learn about her book "Define Your Why": and chapter guide: Twitter: @bbray27 Additional resources:
December 09, 2020
Episode 36 with guest Justin Garcia
Justin Garcia (pronouns are they/them) currently teaches First Grade in Chiang Mai, Thailand. They have been teaching for nearly a decade, and have experience across four unique countries and educational settings. They are passionate about ELL best practices and social justice in education.  Twitter: @kruu_justin Website: Twitter chat: #queer_educhat 
December 02, 2020
Episode 35 with guest Bhavna Mathew
I have been teaching and mentoring Primary learners in several IB schools of Gurgaon, India for 14 years. I have worked in manifold capacities and roles as an IBPYP Practitioner. Currently, I facilitate English Support Lessons and assists ES students in the Unit of Inquiry lessons at the Pathways World School, Aravalli, Gurgaon, India for PYP 5 learners. I hold a Masters in English literature and a Bachelor's in Education. I am a certified Montessori Early Childhood Educator.  Additionally, in pursuit of my goal as an educationist, I am a Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert, Flipgrid enthusiast, Adobe Creative Educator, Seesaw, Wakelet, and Teach SDG Ambassador. I love to collaborate with various educators around the world and have participated in plentiful Global projects to promote 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals. Twitter: @MathewBhavna Email: youtube video:                     Global collaboration: Resources mentioned: Strive for Happiness in Education by Robert Dunlop (        @RobDunlopEDU on Twitter
November 25, 2020
Episode 34 with guest Kristina Holzweiss
Kristina A. Holzweiss is a high school educational technology enrichment specialist on Long Island, New York. She shares ideas and resources about her school library and makerspaces on her website Kristina was named the School Library Journal Librarian of the Year in 2015, a National School Board 2016 - 2017 "20 to Watch" emerging education technology leader, and a 2018 Library Journal Mover & Shaker. She is also the winner of the 2015 NYSCATE Lee Bryant Outstanding Teacher Award and 2015 Long Island Technology Summit Fred Podolski Leadership and Innovation Award.  Kristina is the Long Island Director of NYSCATE.      In 2015 she founded SLIME - Students of Long Island Maker Expo ( where schools, libraries, museums, nonprofit organizations, civic associations, and educational companies can celebrate creativity and innovation. Kristina is an international speaker on the libraries and the Maker Movement and has presented at conferences including ISTE, AASL, ALA, and NYSCATE. In 2016 she was invited to represent Long Island, NY in Washington, D.C. during the National Week of Making. Twitter: @lieberrian FB group: Website: (Check out her Free Resources that include guidebooks and so much more!)
November 18, 2020
Episode 33 with guest Melody McAllister
Melody McAllister is a wife, mother of five, educator, and author. She and her family relocated to Alaska from the Dallas area in 2019.  McAllister is 2017 Garland NAACP Educator of the Year and author of the I’m Sorry Story, a children's book about taking responsibility for mistakes and making sincere apologies.  She is also the Logistics Manager for EduMatch Publishing.  McAllister has spoken at ISTE and ASTE about equity issues in education and writes about her journey in her blog, Twitter: @mjmcalliwrites FB: Website:
November 11, 2020
Episode 32 with guest Erika Sandstrom aka Green Screen Gal
Erika Sandstrom is a Digital Media Teacher for grades 6th-8th who is in her 30th year as an educator.  She currently serves on the 21st Century District Team. as a Digital Learning Coach for 6-8  as well as a Mindfulness District Coordinator.  Erika also founded the “Mindful Super Hero Club” @ClubMindful for 6th-8th grade students and is currently launching other clubs for all of K-12.   Mindful Super Hero Club members help students to learn, practice, and share Mindfulness in a creative way through video production and participate in Green Screen volunteer opportunities at assisted livings and beyond.  Additionally, she is a Green Screen and Video Production online professional development presenter for educators, has been featured in several Podcasts, magazines, educational summits, LIVE Instagram streams.  Erika’s Mindfulness enthusiasm is derived from 16 years as a Yoga/Pilates Instructor. and she is featured for Mindfulness on Wakelet Community Webinars monthly.   Erika was dubbed “Green Screen Gal!” in 2018 and has a dream to teach ALL  educators globally the benefit of utilizing Green Screen technology in their schools for all types of the curriculum including Mindfulness and Social-Emotional Learning! Some things I am working on are Online courses to teach all how to create stellar videos and all about video production and  Green Screen, and I have a digital book mini-course coming out soon called "Become a Green Screen ROCKSTAR!"!    I am also working on several things with my Mindful Super Hero Club, including a possible YouTube Show teaching Mindfulness and green Screen fun! (still in works and brainstorming phase though)  I did recently team up with Tony Gugliotta and we created a company called @ViDucators as we are creating tons of things to teach educators all about video production to help them with remote teaching and beyond!  UPCOMING: LIVE interview for ADOBE Education on Facebook, and more Wakelet Community Webinars that are hosted monthly.  I call them "My Mindful Moments with Misbah!" Resources mentioned: Apps: Calm, Twitter: @GreenScreenGal youtube: Facebook: Website: Wakelet webinar:
November 04, 2020
Episode 31 with guest Matabishi John
Matabishi Narukako John (Mata), is a refugee in Kakuma camp, originally from the Democratic Republic of Congo. Before fleeing his home in 2012, he earned a diploma in Business Administration. He was settled in Kakuma camp, Kenya the same year. Since he wasn’t able to register for university, Mata completed various international NGO training programs offered in Kakuma such as Counseling, case management, Applied Human Rights from the University of Geneva, and other certificates related to managing a non-profit organization. He was particularly interested in computer applications after completing a course with Don Bosco and a certificate in Android Development. Mata has worked in various roles in Kakuma including a community mobilizer for three years and then as an ICT trainer. He is the Founder and CEO of the Kakuma Vocational Center (KVC) established in 2018. KVC is the first maker space for youth in Kakuma. Facebook: Twitter: @KVC45966042 Fundraiser: About KVC:      
October 28, 2020
Episode 30 with guest Kitala Mupenge Fabrice
Kitala Mupenge Fabrice was born in 1991 in a village called Kakulu, Democratic Republic of Congo, a war-torn area. He studied business administration in primary and secondary school., but fled his country due to insecurity and the fear of being persecuted. He reached Kakuma in 2012, continued his studies through Geneva University in Human Rights Law, and led a team of law students in Kakuma for two years. Kitala worked with several national and international organizations in Kakuma refugee camp such as UNHCR, and International Organization for Migration (IOM) as an interpreter, for the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) promoting hygiene, Ata-Nayeche Radio as a reporting journalist, and many other organizations. In 2015, Kitala established several organizations with fellow Kakuma residents, and then in 2017, he decided to establish There is Hope Africa (THA), a community-based organization to empower his fellow refugees through technology and vocational training skills. THA is currently offering hairdressing training for young women and other vocational skills training. Kitala has always been an advocate for social justice. His principal of life is the Ubuntu system or the golden rule that is "do unto others what you would like them to do to you". Twitter: @EMupenge Facebook: Fundraiser: THA Presentation:
October 21, 2020
Episode 29 with guest Ebengo Honore
Ebengo Honoré Alfani is the founder of African Initiative for Human Development( AIHD2). He earned a Bachelor's degree in International Relations at the University of Lubumbashi, the Democratic Republic of Congo, and a Certificate in Business and Impact Planning for Social Enterprise with MIT's online program). Education is very important to Honore, so he has also achieved a certificate in Applied Human Rights with Inzone from the University of Geneva and a certificate in Nonprofit Fundraising Essential with Acumen Academy (Online Program)  Since fleeing his home in DRC and arriving in Kakuma in 2012, he has volunteered as a leader in several community-based organizations including, co-founder of the French speakers Kakuma Association and served as the General Secretary (2013-2018), Co-Founder of Kakuma Ventures, and Director of Communication (2017-2019), Senior Interpreter at Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) (2016-2019), Protection Monitor at Refugee Consortium of Kenya (RCK) (2015-2016), Hygiene Promoter (NRC/Wash department)(2015-2016) He has applied and is a candidate for the Master's program at Windle Trust International. Fundraising campaigns: COVID19 Wellness: AIHD2 Construction: Twitter: @AfricanInitiat3                   @AlfaniEbengo Facebook:         
October 14, 2020
Episode 28 with Dr. Ilene Winokur: Preview of October episodes
In this episode, I tell the story of how I met and became involved in supporting three special refugee educators in Kakuma settlement, Kenya, and preview the next three episodes. I'm excited for you to meet these amazing leaders, Mata, Honore, and Kitala.   You can find them on Facebook: Bit Space Chicago: Participate:
October 07, 2020
Episode 27 with guest Carrie Baughcum
Carrie Baughcum is a mother, wife, mismatch sock wearer, a self-described inspiration junkie, and most of all a believer that all children can learn, we just need to find out how. She is also a Special Education teacher with 22 years of experience. She is currently the teacher of  6th, 7th and 8th grade Special Education classroom at a middle school in the northwest suburbs of Illinois. In her classroom, she uses creative thinking, a fearless attitude, the power of gamification, endless doodles, and the power of technology to enable her students to enhance their learning and empower them to achieve things they never knew they could. Carrie shares her experiences, ideas, and passion in...  Twitter - @carrie_baughcum #HomeRoomEDU - Her book - My Pencil Made Me Do It: A Guide To Sketchnoting  Blog - Weekly youtube show- Doodle and Chat she hosts with her daughter, speaking and teaching other educators at conferences and workshops and on her YouTube channel
September 30, 2020
Episode 26 with Victoria Thompson
Victoria Thompson is a STEM Integration Transformation Coach at TAF@Saghalie, a middle school located in Federal Way, WA. In her five years as an anti-racist educator, she began her journey teaching fifth and sixth grade math and science at Cane Bay Middle School in Summerville, SC after graduating from the College of Charleston in 2015. After completing her masters in curriculum and instruction from Western Governors University in 2017 she moved to the Seattle, WA area in 2018 with her wife Kourtney, where her career has pivoted to focusing on K-12 mathematics instruction with research on decolonizing mathematics curriculum for teachers and learners, creating inclusive math environments, and using technology to bridge equity gaps in math education. She is a certified Microsoft Innovative Educator, a National Geographic Educator, an Apple Educator, a Buncee ambassador, an InsPEARational Educator, and an educational technology consultant for tech companies in the Seattle area. Twitter: @VictoriaTheTech LinkedIn: @VictoriaRoseThompson Website: Apps mentioned: Peardeck,  Buncee
September 23, 2020
Episode 25 with guest Janique Caseley
Janique Caseley grew up in a small town called Truro and left at age 18 for university. She completed an undergraduate degree in sciences, intending to become first a marine biologist, then a school psychologist. I started my BEd to continue the school psychology path but fell in love with teaching my first day of what we call practicum, which is going into a classroom and watching how everything functions. She finished her BEd in 1997 and has been teaching ever since.  Along the way, she got married, had two children, and has moved homes twice. She currently teaches grade six, volunteers at the local animal shelter, and attempts to keep a house with four busy people in it clean and functional. The book we mentioned that she uses to form classroom community: The Lost Teachings by Michael James Isaac,3026,3030 and also available on Twitter: @6caseley
September 16, 2020
Episode 24 with guest Evan Whitehead
Evan Whitehead has been an educator for more than 20 years spanning three decades.  Over the course of his career, he has held the following positions: special education paraprofessional, special education high school teacher, Latino parent outreach coordinator, dean of student discipline, community outreach coordinator, director of special services, director of bilingual education and English learners, Title I director, and assistant superintendent of special services.   Currently Evan is the director of special services for a PK–8 school district in Illinois. In his current role, Evan oversees all federal programs (special education, McKinney-Vento,  English learners, and Title I); early childhood education; multi-tiered system of support (MTSS); social emotional learning, equity, diversity, and cultural competency. Evan is also National Consultant, Trainer ,Presenter, Speaker; Frequent Podcast Contributor; Mental Health Advocate ;Mindfulness Practitioner ;and proponent of Equity, Diversity and Intercultural competency. Evan’s 3Bs” Balance, Boundaries, and Breaks” (#BalanceBoundariesandBreaks) promotes self -advocacy in the areas of mental health, self-care, and wellbeing. “It’s OK to be SELFISH about your mental health/wellness in order to be the best version of yourself so that you can be SELFLESS for others you help and serve.” Twitter: @evanwhitehead00 Hear Us Out, Social Justice Conversations on Belouga:
September 09, 2020
Episode 23 with guest Anna Marie Savino
Anna Marie Savino has always loved writing and sharing her passion for making meaningful connections between words and ideas. The two interests fused together in Sparrow’s Well, her first published book. In Sparrow’s Song, she shares single thoughts and poetic epiphanies about life, love, and the pursuit of meaning.   More of her writing can be found on her website,, and in Fueled by Coffee and Love: A Brew Perspective, (in addition to a giant bin that contains years worth of journal writing and notebooks from high school).   Although not a writer by trade, after 17 years of teaching English to high-school and junior-high students, she decided to practice what she preaches and be a model of how narrative can positively change lives. Twitter: @ASMILEwithAnna Website: email: A Sparrow's Well from Amazon: Sparrow's Song:
September 02, 2020
Episode 22 with guest Justin Nolan
Justin Nolan is a teacher in Care and Treatment schools (mental health needs) including hospital, jail, homeless, teen parenting, addiction, crisis, mental illness. I am a father to two girls, the oldest adopted from a teen mom who struggled. In every minute outside of teaching and parenting I work on my project to make learning for customized and entertaining on the internet through blog, vlog, and podcast.  Twitter and other social media: @justtries #JustKeepLearning Websites: Youtube:
August 26, 2020
Episode 21 with guest Tim Needles
Tim Needles is an artist, educator and author of STEAM Power: Infusing Art Into Your STEM Curriculum. He teaches art/media at Smithtown School District, is a TEDx Talk speaker, and his work has been featured on NPR, in the New York Times, Columbus Museum of Art, Norman Rockwell Museum, Alexandria Museum of Art, Katonah Museum of Art, and Cape Cod Museum of Art. He’s the recipient of ISTE’s Technology in Action Award and Creativity Award, NAEA’s AET Outstanding Teaching Award, and The Rauschenberg Power of Art Award. He’s a National Geographic Certified Teacher, PBS Digital Innovator, an ISTE Arts & Technology and STEM PLN leader, NAEA ArtEdTech interest Group leader, and Adobe Creative Educator and Education Leader.   Tim is active on social media including Twitter: @timneedles. Website: Tim's book, STEAM POWER is available on or Amazon:
August 19, 2020
Episode 20 with guest Dr. Denise Furlong
Dr. Denise Furlong has been a teacher in New Jersey for over 20 years, spanning grades kindergarten to the university level. She is currently a EL/SIFE Coach for Freehold Borough Schools and an EduMentor for Rutgers University. She earned her Ed.D from Rutgers University in 2009 in Literacy Education with a Concentration in Educating ELLs. I'm a proud mother of three and wife to Tim. Denise has a book about the Voices of Newcomers in progress, so stay tuned for news of the publishing date once she knows. Twitter: @denise_furlong The book she mentions during the podcast that she and her colleagues read for their book club: My Family Divided by Diane Guerrero
August 12, 2020
Episode 19 with guest Rola Tbshirani
Rola Tibshirani is a middle school French immersion teacher with the Ottawa Catholic School Board. Passionate about students taking ownership of their learning by creating and innovating through tools and applying Integrative Thinking and Design Thinking processes when embracing thinking challenges. Connecting students with real-world problem solving to take action and make a difference in their communities locally and globally. A co-learner with and from the students by encouraging reflections on all learning tasks. Find her on Twitter: @rolat Her blog is: Her podcast: The Missing Link Resources mentioned in the podcast: @RotmanIThink 
August 05, 2020
Episode 18 Belonging before Bloom in education with Ilene Winokur
In this episode, Ilene discusses why belonging is so important for students and offers some suggestions based on her experience and recent research for creating a sense of belonging in your classroom. Research cited in this episode: My Blog post:
July 30, 2020
Episode 17 with guest Hedreich Nichols
Hedreich Nichols is an educator, equity advocate and retired musician helping to change the world one teacher, one student at a time. Writer and host of Small Bites, the YouTube series on #equity. Hedreich says, "How do you eat an elephant? One small bite at a time." Even if you only have 0-5 minutes, there are ways to increase our knowledge and become advocates for equity. Website: Small Bites: Books:  Reflections episode with Barbara Bray Twitter: @Hedreich
July 22, 2020
Episode 16 with guest Dene Gainey
Dene Gainey is a 15-year educator and lifelong learner from Orlando, FL with a bachelor of Science in Elementary Education K-6 and a Masters of Education in Instructional Technology. He is currently pursuing a doctorate degree in organizational leadership.   Dene  has a passion for the C.L.I.M.B.E., celebrating diversity, building community, project-based and problem-based learning as well as the student-driven classroom. In April, 2018, he published his first book titled, Journey to the 'Y' in You. He collaborated in the Edusnap 2016 “Best Practices in Education publication, his chapter called “The Student-Driven Classroom." He also is a contributing author for the EduSnap 2017 edition with a chapter titled “Celebrating Diversity & Building Community." He collaborated on Edumatch Snapshot in Education 2018, with his chapter titled “Ever Changing Nature and Needs." Twitter: @dene_gainey Journey to the "Y" in You; Diversity: It's Not Just About You, It's About Us: Together We're Better:
July 15, 2020
Episode 15 with Ilene Winokur
How to be a "good ancestor" is something I had never really thought about. I knew I wanted to be sure to be remembered as someone who worked hard to create a community that prioritized compassion, understanding, empathy, and love. I also wanted to be sure I instilled these values in my children. But I never thought of working on it like author and teacher, Layla F. Saad has encouraged us all to do. So this episode is about my journey to become a good ancestor. Resources mentioned in the podcast and other resources I have found helpful are: Uncomfortable Conversations with a Black Man (Emmanuel Acho): Small Bites with Hedreich Nichols: De-colonized: Layla F. Saad:  Ibram X. Kendi: and Langston Hughes poems: Countee Cullen: #goodancestor on IG
July 08, 2020
Episode 14 with guest Tamara Letter
My guest today is Tamara Letter. She is a passionate educator with 23 years of experience as an elementary teacher, differentiation specialist, technology integrator, and instructional coach. She holds a master’s degree in Educational Leadership and is licensed as a PK-12 administrator. She received the 2018 R.E.B. Award for Teaching Excellence and is the author of A Passion for Kindness: Making the World a Better Place to Lead, Love, and Learn. You can find Tamara on: Twitter: @TamaraLetter Instagram: @TamaraLetter FB group:  
July 01, 2020
Episode 13 with guest Carol Salva
"Our classes must always be a place of refuge. No matter what is happening in that child's life, they need to feel safe with us."-Carol Salva Carol Salva is an educational consultant with a background in ESL, literacy, Dual Language and Special Education.  She is a former elementary educator and most recently taught Newcomer English Language Development in both high school and middle school. Carol the co-author of Boosting Achievement, Reaching Students with Interrupted or Minimal Education.   Most of her online training and consulting centers around this work.  Carol has her own podcast and blog where she shares research based techniques for supporting English learners. Twitter: @MsSalvaC Blog and podcast:
June 24, 2020
Episode 12 with guest Scott Nunes
Scott Nunes is a dynamic tech-infused instructor turned Edtech Coach, with a focus on PBL, Student Choice, and amplifying student and teacher voices. Scott earned Central California CUE's Emerging Teacher of the Year Award in 2020. Scott has two podcasts: The TNT Edtech podcast with Matthew Ketchum and Education Today.  Discover Scott’s  dynamic engagements via Twitter at: @MrNunesTeach
June 17, 2020
Episode 11 with guest Nejoud Al Yagout
Nejoud Al-Yagout (aka Nej) is a writer based in Kuwait. She is my first podcast guest from Kuwait and shares her story about her journey to find inner peace and spirituality on her way to feeling a sense of belonging.  During our conversation, Nej suggests it's important to look within ourselves by "shining a flashlight on the darkness of your psyche." You can find out more on her website She is also the founder of Inter-Heart. A way for all of us to come together.  INTER-HEART:  We often hear the Quran Quote: And we created you as nations and tribes so that you may know one another (Surah Al Hujurat 49:13). INTER-HEART is a path of getting to know one another via the temple of our hearts and by the grace of God. Instead of engaging in debates and rejecting those of other faiths, we agree to befriend one another and learn the wisdom of each others' scriptures or just engage with each other socially.  The Rumi passage I mention during this episode is a quote from Rumi in Elif Shafak's book, The Forty Rules of Love.  "Rule #32- Submission does not mean being weak or passive. It leads to neither fatalism or capitulation. Just the opposite. True power resides in submission. A power that comes from within. Those who submit to the divine essence of life will live in unperturbed tranquility and peace even when the whole wide world goes through turbulence after turbulence."
June 10, 2020
Episode 10 with guest Jennifer Casa-Todd
Jennifer Casa-Todd is wife, mom, and a Teacher-Librarian,  a former Literacy Consultant for the York Catholic District School Board, and the author of the book, Social LEADia published by DBC Inc Books. Jennifer is also a graduate of the MEd program at Ontario Tech University with a specialization in social media and education. Her parenting book Raising Digital Leaders and her children’s book, Aubrey Bright in Stories that Connect us will be published in the Summer of 2020. Jennifer is a Google Certified teacher and Innovator, an Ontario Google Educator group leader, an executive member of the International Society Technology and Education (ISTE) Librarian PLN, a Raspberry Pi Certified Educator and the co-founder of the Global Education Student Chat. She is an international keynote speaker who is passionate about showing teachers and students how they can use technology and social media to make the world a better place. Website: Twitter: @JCasaTodd #GlobalEdSsChat
June 03, 2020
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:
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. Previous episodes of Edumatch TweetandTalk: Social media: @sarahdateechur Email:
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: 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 Wakelet webinar:
May 06, 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;  Malinda also mentioned Enneagram as a tool she used to find out more about herself and how she works. The website is: I mentioned the School Reform Initiative protocol, Compass Points. Malinda's contact details are Twitter: @mrshurtteaches  Email:
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': Here's Tan's coffee talk & blog post: and  And two links on Buncee + Immersive Reader: and Buncee Ideaslab:
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
April 07, 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: An example of a completed BOB (Photo Synthesis):
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. 
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.
February 16, 2020
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