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LinkedUp: Breaking Boundaries in Education

LinkedUp: Breaking Boundaries in Education

By Jamie Saponaro
Jamie Saponaro and Jerri Kemble are two lively ladies passionate about education. Further flamed by the many changes in schools in 2020, they set out to make a positive contribution to the profession they love by creating LinkedUp: Breaking Boundaries in Education. LinkedUp’s mission is to have lively and in-depth discussions about relevant educational topics that matter and to link the movers and shakers of the education world with listeners. Jamie and Jerri both work for ClassLink, an edtech company powering this podcast as a service to educators everywhere.
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The research from the American Pediatric Association is clear: a later start time for middle and high school students could improve mental health, grades, and school success. So, why aren’t schools flipping the switch and starting later? Superintendent Dr. Scott Rocco joins Jamie and Jerri in this episode to discuss his research on what exactly it will take for school districts to make this change. Tune in to learn why making the change to a later school day start time isn’t quite as simple as it seems. --- ABOUT OUR GUEST Dr. Scott Rocco entered the field of education as a middle and high school social studies teacher before entering administration and has served as Superintendent of Schools for Hamilton Township School District since 2017. Recently, Rocco was named the 2022 Superintendent of the Year for New Jersey. --- SUBSCRIBE TO THE SERIES: Youtube | Spotify | Apple Podcasts | Google Podcasts | Overcast | RadioPublic | Stitcher FOLLOW US: Website | Facebook | Twitter | LinkedIn POWERED BY CLASSLINK: ClassLink provides one-click single sign-on into web and Windows applications, and instant access to files at school and in the cloud. Accessible from any computer, tablet, or smartphone, ClassLink is ideal for 1to1 and Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) initiatives. Learn more at classlink.com.
28:42
June 24, 2022
Lessons From a Coffee Shop
What can you learn in a coffee shop? In this episode, Jerri and Jamie link up with Kelli Huslig, a former educator and school administrator who made her dreams of opening Uplift Coffee Shop in Lawrence, Kansas a reality right before COVID hit. Listen in as Kelli shares the lessons she brought from the schoolhouse to the coffee house, providing educators with wonderful examples of customer service and design that can benefit students in the classroom and beyond. --- ABOUT OUR GUEST A former educator, Kelli Huslig grew up on a farm where she learned the value of small-town community. Fostering relationships and embracing each day is her passion and operating Uplift Coffee Shop where those relationships can be nurtured has always been a dream for her. --- SUBSCRIBE TO THE SERIES: Youtube | Spotify | Apple Podcasts | Google Podcasts | Overcast | RadioPublic | Stitcher FOLLOW US: Website | Facebook | Twitter | LinkedIn POWERED BY CLASSLINK: ClassLink provides one-click single sign-on into web and Windows applications, and instant access to files at school and in the cloud. Accessible from any computer, tablet, or smartphone, ClassLink is ideal for 1to1 and Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) initiatives. Learn more at classlink.com.
25:03
June 17, 2022
InnovateHERS
Barbara Kurshan and Kathy Hurley join the podcast to discuss their new book InnovateHERS, digging deep into the female entrepreneurial mindset of purpose-driven women. Tune in to hear Barbara and Kathy share "aha" moments from their interviews with women who have navigated the pathways to successful entrepreneurship and leadership positions. Valuable insights into valuable minds, Barbara and Kathy’s research may reveal why purpose-driven women rise to the top. --- ABOUT OUR GUESTS Kathy Hurley is a former senior executive for numerous educational publishing and technology companies, including IBM and Pearson. Currently, she is a senior advisor to educational technology companies, education associations, and school superintendent networks. Barbara “Bobbi” Kurshan is an education entrepreneur and an expert on how innovation and technology are transforming teaching and learning. She has spent more than 30 years working in, and researching, the education marketplace. Explore their research and buy their book on Amazon. --- SUBSCRIBE TO THE SERIES: Youtube | Spotify | Apple Podcasts | Google Podcasts | Overcast | RadioPublic | Stitcher FOLLOW US: Website | Facebook | Twitter | LinkedIn POWERED BY CLASSLINK: ClassLink provides one-click single sign-on into web and Windows applications, and instant access to files at school and in the cloud. Accessible from any computer, tablet, or smartphone, ClassLink is ideal for 1to1 and Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) initiatives. Learn more at classlink.com.
42:15
June 03, 2022
Rogue Leader
Balancing personal and professional development may seem like a scary task, but it’s easier than you think! In this episode, Jerri and Jamie sit down with author and educator Rich Czyz to discuss his new book, Rogue Leader, and gain insights into his own relationship with leadership. Learn how to take control of your professional learning and empower others around you through flexible learning options. Perfect for busy educators, Rich provides practical advice for fitting learning into a busy lifestyle like “sneaky PD” and “copier PD” without sacrificing your well-being. --- ABOUT OUR GUEST Rich Czyz started his career as a fifth-grade teacher and has served as a Basic Skills teacher, instructional coach, elementary supervisor, and Director of Curriculum & Instruction. Rich is currently the Proud Principal of the Yardville Elementary School in NJ and Co-Founder of FourOClockFaculty.com, as well as the author of The Four O’Clock Faculty: A ROGUE Guide To Revolutionizing Professional Development, The Secret Sauce: Essential Ingredients for Exceptional Teaching, and his latest book ROGUE Leader. Check out Rich’s book on Amazon. --- SUBSCRIBE TO THE SERIES: Youtube | Spotify | Apple Podcasts | Google Podcasts | Overcast | RadioPublic | Stitcher FOLLOW US: Website | Facebook | Twitter | LinkedIn POWERED BY CLASSLINK: ClassLink provides one-click single sign-on into web and Windows applications, and instant access to files at school and in the cloud. Accessible from any computer, tablet, or smartphone, ClassLink is ideal for 1to1 and Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) initiatives. Learn more at classlink.com.
36:09
May 27, 2022
The Power of Design Thinking
How can design thinking processes be applied to education? In this episode, Jerri and Jamie sit down with Jessica Artiles, Founder and Chief Design Officer of Darte Design, to discuss how design thinking can help K–12 educators solve problems. From wicked problems to solution-focused thinking, design thinking is a process for creative problem solving with empathy and end-users at the heart of its human-centered core. Learn how design thinking can apply to all age levels, what its integration in K–12 education could look like, how it prepares future leaders, and—most importantly—that it’s for everyone! --- ABOUT OUR GUEST Jessica Artiles is the Founder and Chief Design Officer of Darte Design, where she coaches and co-creates with businesses and change-makers on how to use design-based approaches to increase the impact of their ideas. Jessica believes everyone is born thinking like a designer—she just helps you shake off the dust and stretch back into it. Follow Jessica on LinkedIn. --- SUBSCRIBE TO THE SERIES: Youtube | Spotify | Apple Podcasts | Google Podcasts | Overcast | RadioPublic | Stitcher FOLLOW US: Website | Facebook | Twitter | LinkedIn POWERED BY CLASSLINK: ClassLink provides one-click single sign-on into web and Windows applications, and instant access to files at school and in the cloud. Accessible from any computer, tablet, or smartphone, ClassLink is ideal for 1to1 and Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) initiatives. Learn more at classlink.com.
47:23
May 13, 2022
Microsoft for Education: Innovations Coming Our Way
This week, Jamie and Jerri sit down with Serena Sacks-Mandel, US Education Customer Success General Manager for Microsoft. No stranger to innovation, Microsoft is revolutionizing education through Open Education Analytics and Artificial Intelligence. Focusing explicitly on reading and dyslexia, Sacks-Mandel takes listeners on a deeper dive into how Microsoft is improving student learning through tools you may use every day, including Microsoft Teams. --- ABOUT OUR GUEST Serena Sacks-Mandel is an award-winning global technology and business leader. For over 30 years, she has helped corporate, public, and non-profit organizations fulfill their missions through effective leadership, process excellence, and strategy-focused execution. In the public sector, Ms. Sacks-Mandel was the CIO of Fulton County Public Schools where she implemented personalized learning at scale for nearly 100K students and led the first large school district into remote education at the start of the 2020 pandemic. Previously, she was CIO of Florida Virtual School, where she supported over 600K students in the nation’s oldest and largest online K-12 school. The recipient of several awards, Sacks-Mandel’s recent accolades include being recognized as a 2021 Global Top 100 Visionaries in Education and Technology Leader by GFEL, HMG Strategies’ 2020 Technology Executives Who Matter, and Global Women in IT Summit & Awards’ 2019 Woman of the Year. --- SUBSCRIBE TO THE SERIES: Youtube | Spotify | Apple Podcasts | Google Podcasts | Overcast | RadioPublic | Stitcher FOLLOW US: Website | Facebook | Twitter | LinkedIn POWERED BY CLASSLINK: ClassLink provides one-click single sign-on into web and Windows applications, and instant access to files at school and in the cloud. Accessible from any computer, tablet, or smartphone, ClassLink is ideal for 1to1 and Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) initiatives. Learn more at classlink.com.
42:04
April 29, 2022
Getting Into Good Trouble at School
Jamie and Jerri interview Alexandria City Public Schools Superintendent Gregory Hutchings, Jr. and Georgetown professor Douglas Reed about the new book they are releasing soon titled, Getting Into Good Trouble at School: A Guide to Building an Antiracist School System. Hutchings and Reed discuss the six steps to creating an antiracist school system in this podcast. This provocative and eye-opening discussion helps listeners understand how school systems and policies have led to discrimination by sharing clear examples of discriminatory policies. Hutchings and Reed believe that racism is not always intentional, but anti-racism must be; getting into good trouble is the way forward. Begin questioning and changing institutional practices so that all students find success by listening to this podcast. --- ABOUT OUR GUESTS Dr. Gregory C. Hutchings, Jr. returned to Alexandria in July 2018 to serve as superintendent of Alexandria City Public Schools (ACPS). Before this role, he served as a teacher, assistant principal, and middle school principal before becoming superintendent of Shaker Heights Schools in Cleveland, Ohio, in 2013. In 2009, he was named Tennessee Middle School Principal of the Year. In 2018, he was selected for the National Superintendent of the Year Award by the National Alliance of Black School Educators. He is a recent co-author of the book, Getting Into Good Trouble: A Guide to Becoming An Antiracist School System. Dr. Hutchings holds a doctorate in educational policy, planning, and leadership from the College of William and Mary. Dr. Hutchings is also a proud graduate of T.C. Williams High School at ACPS. Follow Gregory Hutchins on Linkedin and Twitter. Doug Reed's teaching and research interests center on educational politics and policymaking, American political development, and American constitutional law. He recently wrote Building the Federal Schoolhouse: Localism and the American Education State (Oxford University Press, 2014). The book examines how changes in the federal role in public education have reshaped local politics and how, jointly, federal, state, and local actors have constructed the American education state over the past 50 years. "Politics of Proficiency: Common Core and the Inequalities of American Education." is the title of his second book. Dr. Reed is the co-founder and director of the Program on Education, Inquiry, and Justice at Georgetown. This recently-created program views education and the teaching arts as a central element of the liberal arts. Doug Reed received a Spencer Foundation Post-Doctoral Fellowship from the National Academy of Education and was named a Carnegie Scholar by the Carnegie Corporation of New York. Getting Into Good Trouble at School: A Guide to Building an Antiracist School System is expected to release in mid-June 2022 and can be pre-ordered here.
52:32
April 23, 2022
Culturally Responsive Teaching With Yaritza
Few people are famous enough to be known by just their first name, but Yaritza is one of them! Star of the #askYaritza series on Flipgrid, Yaritza Villalba, returns to LinkedUp to discuss culturally relevant teaching (CRT) and her newly released children’s book, McKenzie’s Time Machine. In this podcast, Yaritza discusses CRT, and provides great suggestions for educators to create meaningful connections between what students are learning in school, their cultures, languages, interests, and life experiences. Yaritza shares her new professional work announcement as Jamie and Jerri catch up with all things Yaritza. --- ABOUT OUR GUEST President and Founder of YV Educational Resources Inc., Yaritza Villalba has ten years of experience in education. She started her career teaching Social Studies to high school students in Bedford Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, New York. Throughout the years she has developed numerous curriculum materials and conducted a variety of professional developments. She is currently a lead teacher of an alternative high school in Bedford Stuyvesant, teaching over-aged and under-credited students history through a critical lens. Her overall mission, in education, is to provide teachers and students with an array of strategies and materials to assist them in the educational process. Website | Twitter | Pre-order her book here. --- SUBSCRIBE TO THE SERIES: Youtube | Spotify | Apple Podcasts | Google Podcasts | Overcast | RadioPublic | Stitcher FOLLOW US: Website | Facebook | Twitter | LinkedIn POWERED BY CLASSLINK: ClassLink provides one-click single sign-on into web and Windows applications, and instant access to files at school and in the cloud. Accessible from any computer, tablet, or smartphone, ClassLink is ideal for 1to1 and Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) initiatives. Learn more at classlink.com.
31:41
April 15, 2022
Doing What Matters
Fasten your seat belt for this podcast!  International presenter and staff developer, Kevin Honeycutt fills this podcast with creativity. From the release of his new song, to tech tips and tools, to the 3D printed Steam Punk guitar, to playing the guitar on the iPhone, this podcast is filled with ingenuity, talent and inspiration. Kevin not only inspires listeners, but shares his valuable resources and ideas at www.kevinhoneycutt.org. --- ABOUT OUR GUEST Kevin grew up in poverty and attended school in more than 20 states before becoming the first high school and college graduate in his family. He taught K-12 art, summer art camps, and wrote and directed high school plays for 13 years. During that time he was nominated for Sallie Mae Master Teacher, Kansas Master Teacher, and won The Making IT Happen Award, as well as being published in educational art journals. He then transitioned to a role as a staff developer and keynote speaker at an educational non-profit service agency for the next 17 years. During that time Kevin conceived and developed multiple research based programs in the areas of project-based learning, trauma/poverty informed instruction, SEL, STEM/STEAM education, and Digital Legacy. He was an Apple Distinguished Educator in 2011 and delivered a TEDX talk in 2015. Kevin has worked with teachers and students in 49 states plus Puerto Rico and has delivered keynotes to audiences all over the world in places such as Oslo Norway, Hong Kong, Shanghai, New Zealand, London, Manila, multiple provinces in Canada and multiple cities in Australia including locations in the Outback such as Groote Eylandt. He is a husband, father, grandfather, published author, and entrepreneur. In 2021 he partnered with his wife of 31 years to start his own company, Honeycutt Consulting, in Colorado Springs, Colorado. --- SUBSCRIBE TO THE SERIES: Youtube | Spotify | Apple Podcasts | Google Podcasts | Overcast | RadioPublic | Stitcher FOLLOW US: Website | Facebook | Twitter | LinkedIn POWERED BY CLASSLINK: ClassLink provides one-click single sign-on into web and Windows applications, and instant access to files at school and in the cloud. Accessible from any computer, tablet, or smartphone, ClassLink is ideal for 1to1 and Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) initiatives. Learn more at classlink.com.
49:58
April 02, 2022
Fighting Your Inner Voice
Content Warning: This episode contains mentions of suicide. Listener discretion advised. What do you do when you can’t trust your inner voice? First diagnosed with depression and anxiety at age 23, Christine Ravesi-Weinstein is no stranger to fighting with her inner voice. In this episode, she shares the deeply personal and powerful story of her battle with depression and anxiety and her journey to mental wellness. Now serving as an Assistant Principal at a Massachusetts high school, Christine is dedicated to removing the stigma of mental illness and works to promote physical activity as a coping strategy for anxiety. Christine is passionate about bridging her passions for education and writing to advocate for mental health. Since March of 2019, she has had numerous nationally published articles, including the number one most-read article of 2019 on eSchool News. Christine is an MASCD Board Member, author of the books Anxious (March 2020) by Times 10 Publications, and Fighting Your Inner Voice (August 2021) by Code Breaker, Inc. Follow her work on Twitter @RavesiWeinstein, on YouTube at The Runner's High, and her website: https://www.ravesiweinstein.com. --- SUBSCRIBE TO THE SERIES: Youtube | Spotify | Apple Podcasts | Google Podcasts | Overcast | RadioPublic | Stitcher FOLLOW US: Website | Facebook | Twitter | LinkedIn POWERED BY CLASSLINK: ClassLink provides one-click single sign-on into web and Windows applications, and instant access to files at school and in the cloud. Accessible from any computer, tablet, or smartphone, ClassLink is ideal for 1to1 and Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) initiatives. Learn more at classlink.com. #linkedup #podcast #edupodcast #mentalhealthawareness #mentalhealth #mentalhealthmatters
49:19
March 25, 2022
Learning With Digital LEGO
Julian Gomez has been one of the lead creators of Digital LEGO.  In this podcast episode he discussed the learning science behind LEGO and the details that went into creating the digital version of the classic brick LEGO product.
38:50
March 11, 2022
The Science of Writing for Busy People
Have you been the recipient of a TL;DR email (Too Long, Didn't Read)? Harvard professor, Behavioral scientist and lead researcher for Everyday Labs, Todd Rogers, provides listeners with tools and resources to write effectively and efficiently. We are all busier than ever; therefore, communication needs to be succinct, effective and respectful. Rogers shares research findings from his work as as behavioral scientist, and practical tips to communicate effectively. He is passionate about reducing absenteeism in schools by supporting families through effective asset based communication.
51:38
February 25, 2022
A New Way to Teach People to Read
Narda Pitkethley has created a new way to teach people to read English in a brief period of time. The Nardagani® Reading Program introduces a breakthrough method to teach students to read English using a simple, effective, and affordable online course. Parents can quickly teach their children to read, usually within a month. Many schools cannot accomplish this, so this is a tool for parents. Pitkethley's TED Talk has had over 1.3 million views. During the podcast, Pitkethley explains the process and the promising research results reported after learning to read with the Nardagani method. To learn more about this program check out these resources: TEDx | Nardagani | LinkedIn | Instagram | FB | Twitter | nardasmemoir.com Nardagani, on Amazon… and now on Audible! Nardagani Masterclass
48:53
February 18, 2022
The Toughest Year Yet PT. 2
After a long period of isolation, schools are finally open for traditional, in-person learning but the transition from remote learning back to the classroom hasn’t been as easy as anticipated. As a matter of fact, educators are saying the 2021-2022 school year is the toughest one yet due to a myriad of unforeseen challenges. In this podcast, we explore the K-12 perspective on the issues facing educators and students, daily. Our three guests conclude the episode on a positive note, discussing the silver linings of the pandemic and how remote learning has created new opportunities for students and staff alike. --- ABOUT OUR GUESTS Geoff Brignola is Principal of Jackson Liberty High School in Jackson, New Jersey. Julia Evje is a technology Integrator for Racine Unified School District in Wisconsin. Mary Roath, is a 1st-grade teacher in Cecil County, Maryland. --- SUBSCRIBE TO THE SERIES: Youtube | Spotify | Apple Podcasts | Google Podcasts | Overcast | RadioPublic | Stitcher FOLLOW US: Website | Facebook | Twitter | LinkedIn POWERED BY CLASSLINK: ClassLink provides one-click single sign-on into web and Windows applications, and instant access to files at school and in the cloud. Accessible from any computer, tablet, or smartphone, ClassLink is ideal for 1to1 and Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) initiatives. Learn more at classlink.com.
39:48
February 04, 2022
Hidden in Plain Site
Imagine experiencing the past from a new perspective through the use of technology. The Hidden in Plain Site team offers exactly that by revealing sites in Richmond, Virginia that have been overlooked and forgotten by history. In this podcast, Dontrese Brown, David Waltenbaugh and Dean Browell share how Hidden in Plain Site brings untold stories of the Black experience to life using virtual reality. They describe VR as the “ultimate empathy machine” because of its ability to transport users to a new mindset and discuss how the project started, what it means, and how it can revolutionize education for future generations. --- ABOUT OUR GUESTS Dontrese Brown is relentless in his pursuit of helping others maximize their potential. He is passionate about advancing racial equity through social justice instigation. Brown is the founder of Hidden in Plain Site, co-founder of BROWNBAYLOR™, and Executive Director of the EDGE Center for Career Development at Randolph-Macon College. David Waltenbaugh is a cofounder of Hidden In Plain Site. His experience in immersive media production has taken him around the world. He has worked in multiple industries in production and development of 360 video, spatial audio, and interactive virtual reality. Dean Browell leads Feedback’s research as the resident PhD and is passionate about how generations interact online. He is a Board Member of the Society for Healthcare Strategy and Market Development (SHSMD) and The Poe Museum. He currently teaches at the VCU School of Business. --- SUBSCRIBE TO THE SERIES: Youtube | Spotify | Apple Podcasts | Google Podcasts | Overcast | RadioPublic | Stitcher FOLLOW US: Website | Facebook | Twitter | LinkedIn POWERED BY CLASSLINK: ClassLink provides one-click single sign-on into web and Windows applications, and instant access to files at school and in the cloud. Accessible from any computer, tablet, or smartphone, ClassLink is ideal for 1to1 and Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) initiatives. Learn more at classlink.com.
51:58
January 28, 2022
The Power of Connections: Matthew X Joseph
Dr. Matthew X. Joseph is an expert at breaking boundaries in education through the power of human connection. He has a passion for creating a collaborative school culture by crafting a learners' school through the use of 21st-century, instructional tools. In this podcast, he speaks about the importance of developing student's voices, focusing on their best interests and pushing them to achieve excellence. Joseph gives valuable insights from practical leadership advice to tips for writing a book!  Be prepared to be inspired by the many resources and ideas he shares as well as his authenticity. --- ABOUT OUR GUEST Dr. Matthew X. Joseph holds a master's degree in special education, and an Ed.D. in Educational Leadership from Boston College and has worn many hats throughout 27 years in the field of education. He has written nationally published articles and authored several books such as Power of Connections and Reimagining Mentorship in Education. He is currently an instructional leader who strives for student, teacher and school improvement while building community and recently created a publishing company to support and empower authors. Follow Matthew on Twitter (@MatthewXJoseph) and Instagram (Matthew_X_Joseph) and visit his website: https://xfactoredu.org/. --- SUBSCRIBE TO THE SERIES: Youtube | Spotify | Apple Podcasts | Google Podcasts | Overcast | RadioPublic | Stitcher FOLLOW US: Website | Facebook | Twitter | LinkedIn POWERED BY CLASSLINK: ClassLink provides one-click single sign-on into web and Windows applications, and instant access to files at school and in the cloud. Accessible from any computer, tablet, or smartphone, ClassLink is ideal for 1to1 and Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) initiatives. Learn more at classlink.com.
34:37
January 21, 2022
Mentorship with Kathy Hurley
Studies show that mentoring makes a huge difference in the life of a mentee! Through listening, guidance and offering constructive feedback and encouragement, Kathy Hurley has been a successful mentor to countless women in the field of educational technology. In this episode, Kathy sits down with Jerri and Jamie to tell us how she became a mentor, explain the vital role that mentorship plays in helping women reach their goals, and share powerful quotes that served her well as she blazed a trail for women in technology. Her savvy insights are not to be missed! --- ABOUT OUR GUEST Kathleen Hurley is a former senior executive for numerous educational publishing and technology companies, including IBM and Pearson. After retiring from Pearson, she was selected as a Fellow of the Advanced Leadership Initiative (ALI) at Harvard University. In 2019, she received the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award in Education Technology from the Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA). She co-founded a global nonprofit organization, Girls Thinking Global and is co-editor of Real Women, Real Leaders: Surviving and Succeeding in the Business World. Hurley is currently a senior advisor to educational technology companies, education associations, and school superintendent networks. Follow Kathy on LinkedIn. --- SUBSCRIBE TO THE SERIES: Youtube | Spotify | Apple Podcasts | Google Podcasts | Overcast | RadioPublic | Stitcher FOLLOW US: Website | Facebook | Twitter | LinkedIn POWERED BY CLASSLINK: ClassLink provides one-click single sign-on into web and Windows applications, and instant access to files at school and in the cloud. Accessible from any computer, tablet, or smartphone, ClassLink is ideal for 1to1 and Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) initiatives. Learn more at classlink.com.
32:17
January 14, 2022
Podcast Smash: Carl Hooker
This lively, engaging, and fun Podcast Smashup collides "The Undisrupted Podcast" with Carl Hooker and the "LinkedUp Podcast" with Jerri Kemble and Jamie Saponaro to cross-pollinate podcasting seeds of wisdom.  The three podcast hosts discuss the art and science of podcasting as well as  the trends they are seeing in the educational world. Find out what is trending now and what our hosts are seeing for the future of education. These three trendsetters will add some joy and educational value to your listening experience. About our guest: Carl has been an educator for the past 21 years. He has held a variety of positions in both multiple districts, from 1st grade teacher to Virtualization Coordinator. He’s a father of three girls, Sophia, Lauren, and Caroline and a wonderful, understanding wife Renee, all of which play a large role in any presentations he gives or blogs & books he writes. As Director of Innovation & Digital Learning for the Eanes Independent School District he utilized his background in both education and technology to bring a unique vision to the district and its programs. During his time in the position, the district jumped into social media, adopted the Google Apps for Education and started to build a paperless environment with Google Docs. He helped spearhead the LEAP (Learning and Engaging through Access and Personalization) which put 1:1 iPads into the hands of all K-12 students at Eanes. He is also the “Godfather” of the learning festival called LearnFestATX. This festival (formerly known as iPadpalooza) features many unique approaches to engage attendees that a traditional conference doesn’t provide. His events have grown into a global phenomena over the years and has inspired spin-off events in other states as well Australia. From his start as a teacher to district leadership, he’s always had one common belief – the kids need to drive their own learning. He realizes the challenges in our current educational institutions and meets them head on. His unique blend of educational background, technical expertise, and humor make him a successful driving force for this change. As a speaker and consultant, he brings this background as well as a wealth of practical tools and ideas that teachers can use in their classroom tomorrow. He speaks on a multitude of topics from thoughtful technology integration with mobile devices to strategies on how to utilize flexible furniture in the classroom. He also enjoys talking to students and parents in the community around the topic of digital wellness. Carl has a 6-part book series titled Mobile Learning Mindset. All of the books in the series are now available for purchase. These books focus on a different stake-holder and the role they play in a successful mobile learning initiative . Aside from his speaking and consulting work, Carl also works as an influencer and advisor for multiple Ed Tech start-up companies. He’s also a national advisor for the Future Ready Schools Initiative. He blogs regularly at his blog HookEDonInnovation.com and guest authors a regular blog on Tech & Learning and has written guest blogs for the Huffington Post and Edutopia. https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/undisrupted-with-adam-carl/id1521482786
35:28
December 27, 2021
Implicit Biases and Their Ramifications
You may not realize it, but biases exist without our even knowing it. What might these be, how can we recognize them, and what can we do about them? Join in to hear from Alan Phan and the interesting research that he does around biases in the workplace and the challenges that exist in getting hired. Additional supports can be found at this website for educators of color and LGBTQIA+ educators to sign up to look for jobs internationally: https://thediversityfair.org/  Dr. Alan Phan is currently the Founding Head of School at Royal Embassy Academy in Ho Chi Minh City, Viet Nam. Before joining REA, he served as the Middle School Principal at Shanghai American School, Pudong Campus; American International School Chennai, India; American School of Barcelona, Spain; and ACS Hillingdon International School in London. He also worked as an Assistant Principal and High School Counselor at international schools in Mexico and Belgium. Before moving overseas in 2000, Alan started his career in education teaching math and EAL in California and Washington, DC. Alan has a B.A. in linguistics from the University of California at Irvine, an M.A. in Counseling from Trinity University, a certificate of International School Leadership from the Principal Training Center in London and a doctorate at the University of Bath, England. His doctoral dissertation research was in gender and ethnicity of leadership in international schools. Additionally, he leads workshops for international schools and conferences on identity, implicit bias, microaggressions, and recruitment bias training as part of diversity, equity, and inclusion.
35:04
December 05, 2021
Project Based Learning
From beekeeping, to gardening to providing food for the community, many school districts are turning to Project Based Learning to engage students in real world learning experiences.  In this podcast, Diedre Roemer, the Director of Leadership and Learning for the West Allis West Milwaukee School District discusses the how and why of project-based learning and how her district has found success using this interactive approach to educating students.  Dr. Roemer is joined by two high school students that share their experiences in PBL and rate their engagement in school as a “10” (on a 1-10 scale).   About our guest: Deidre Roemer has served as the Director of Leadership and Learning for the West Allis West Milwaukee School District for the last five years. Prior to that role she served as the Coordinator of Special Education, an instructional coach, and a classroom teacher for twelve years in Illinois, Wisconsin, Hawaii, Iowa, and Minnesota in a variety of grade levels. Her philosophy of education has always been to empower every learner with an absolute faith in themselves to be curious, try anything, work hard and prepare for life after school. She models creating inclusionary communities when she coaches teachers and leaders and as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee to be a part of growing into the next version of what we need for kids. You can connect with Deidre on Twitter at @deidre_roemer or follow her blog at http://leveragepoints.home.blog.
45:48
November 26, 2021
The Toughest Year Yet
Description:  Many schools are back in session and no longer in a remote environment, yet many educators are saying that this is the toughest year yet.  Why is this school year even tougher than the previous two school years?  During this enlightening podcast, our guest, Tom Ryan sheds light on the myriad of issues that makes this year tough.  Tom also discusses what we can do to move education forward in a positive way.     About our guest:  Tom Ryan Ph.D. is co-founder of K-12 Strategic Technology Advisory Group (K12STAG), which is led by public school chief information officers who understand the challenges school leaders face.  He is an education professional with 40+ years of K-12 experience and expertise in teaching, leadership, technology, technology integration and blended/online learning program development. He works with school leadership on strategic planning and leadership, designing digital learning environments, technology infrastructure reviews, and the shift to digital tools.  Dr. Ryan has a Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction.  He was served as a CIO (16 years), as well as a high school principal and teacher for districts in New Mexico. He has proven leadership and experience leading teams of 100+ employees and administering multi-million dollar budgets and projects.  Dr. Ryan has designed and implemented innovative online and blended school models at both the state and district level.  He is engaged in leadership activities in several state and national organizations including Chairmen of the Board for the Consortium of School Networking (CoSN).  He also is active in iNACOL, ISTE, and the Council of the Great City Schools (CGCS).  Work with the CGCS includes: large school district IT reviews of infrastructure, strategic planning, instructional technology, and digital transformation efforts.  He also helps coordinate of the Councils annual CIO conferences.  Dr. Ryan is a Senior Fellow for the Center of Digital Education and presents at several International, national, and state conferences throughout the year.
30:55
November 19, 2021
Expert Advice in Parent Communication
Effective communication has been a concern for school districts for many decades.  It is compounded by today’s communication tools such as texting, email, voicemail and Zoom.  Educators are asking how often to communicate, how can we be empathetic in our messages, and how do we ensure our messages are seen.  LinkedUp Podcast guests Miriam Altman-Reyes and Eric Daniels of Kinvolved help listeners find the communication balance needed for powerful education. About our guests: Miriam started her career in education as an NYC DOE high school educator. Her front-line experiences working with students and families in the classroom inspired her to co-found Kinvolved, a certified Benefit Corporation elevating equitable K-12 student and family engagement in school. As Chief Executive Officer and Co-founder, Miriam’s responsibilities include overall strategic development and execution, fundraising, revenue generation, growth, impact, board management, and more.  Miriam is a Draper Richards Kaplan Foundation entrepreneur, a two-time Fellow at Columbia University, an Education Pioneers and Teach For America alumna, and has been named as an NYU Changemaker, a Top 100 Influencer in EdTech, and on Forbes’ list of 30 Under 30. She earned an MPA from the Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service at NYU, where she has also taught, an MA, Ed. from Lehman College, and a BA with Honors from Brown University, where she has been a Women's LaunchPad Mentor since 2014. Eric -With nearly a decade of experience in ed-tech, Eric is responsible for developing new District Partnerships.  As a father of 2 children in the public school system, and having served as a member of the Nutley School District's pandemic task force, Eric knows how important attendance is. He also understands the trouble that comes as a result of chronic absenteeism, for the student, family, and school.  Before joining Kinvolved last year, Eric served as Director of Sales Operations for The RTM Business Group for nearly 7 years. While there, he built a tremendous network of solution providers and senior level District Leaders, helping them connect and develop meaningful partnerships. When not at work, Eric enjoys spending time with his family (Wife Jennie, 13 year old daughter, 10 year old son, and a Chocolate Lab),  He also enjoys most sports (watching & Playing), has a large sports card & Memorabilia collection, and hosts a channel on YouTube focused on Card Collecting (Called "Searching for Hits w/Eric")
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November 14, 2021
K12 Cybersecurity: Protecting our Schools
COSN CEO, Keith Kruger, and cybersecurity expert, Amy McLaughlin, discuss cybersecurity. McLaughlin suggests cyber security should not be the work of the school district’s  IT Department only, it  is the work of the entire school district and part of the culture.  Kruger and McLaughlin discuss why school districts are at risk for cyber security attacks, followed by specific steps districts and individuals can take to protect their information and data. This podcast is full of valuable information to better understand the need for cybersecurity in school districts and specific steps IT Departments can take to better protect data and information. For more information visit www.COSN.org About our guests: Keith has a global reputation as a key thought leader and has organized senior level U.S. delegations to visit Australia, Asia, Europe and South America to examine best practice in ICT in education. Keith R. Krueger is CEO of the Consortium for School Networking (CoSN), a nonprofit organization that serves as the voice of K-12 school system technology leaders in North America.  CoSN’s mission is empowering educational leaders to leverage technology to realize engaging learning environments. He was selected by Ed Tech magazine for it’s 2021 K-12 IT influencers.  In 2016 Technology & Learning selected him as one of the “big 10” most influential people in ed tech, and the Center for Digital Education identified him as a Top 30 Technologist/Transformer/Trailblazer.  In 2008 he was selected by eSchool News as one of ten people who have had a profound impact on educational technology over the last decade.  In 2016 he received a Special Recognition award from the Council of Great City Schools. He is the current Chair of the Learning First Alliance and is on the Executive Committee of the National Coalition on Technology in Education & Training (NCTET).  He serves on many Advisory Boards including the Friday Institute at NC State University, the Public Policy Advisory Council for the American Library Association, Ed Tech Digest, as well as previously the Education Committee of the National Park System.  He is principal investigator of the Driving K-12 Innovation series. An experienced information technology and information security professional, Amy has over twenty years’ experience building, implementing, and securing information systems, including 10 years in K-12 and higher education. As a Certified Information Security Manager (CISM) and Chief Information Security Officer (CISO), she has been responsible for protecting data covered by a broad range of federal and state regulations including HIPAA, FERPA, IRS 1075, and the Oregon Identity Theft Protection Act. She holds a Master of Science in Information Technology Management and a Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy. Amy currently serves as CoSN’s Subject Matter Expert for Cybersecurity and Networking, and as the Executive Director of Technical & Solutions Architecture for Oregon State University.
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October 29, 2021
Shaking Up Learning
Kasey Bell, the founder of Shake Up Learning talks with Jerri and Jamie about the 5 shifts we need in education now: 1. View this crisis as an opportunity 2. Stop trying to replicate traditional school day online 3. Recognize that every student doesn’t have to do the same thing at the exact same time. 4. Recognize that seat time does not equal learning and 5. Let go of the lock-down mindset.  Kasey talks about these changes and more in this lively podcast. About our guest: Kasey Bell is a former middle school teacher turned award-winning digital learning coach, international speaker, author, blogger, and podcaster with a Texas-sized passion for technology and learning. She is part sparkling smile, part witty personality and a whole heap of passion as big as a Texas–go big or go home, y’all! She is a disruptor of the boring. An engaging, innovative, from the heart sharer who inspires educators while transforming their teaching with original, timely, and use-tomorrow ideas for student choice, differentiation, and technology integration. Whether it is learning from home through online courses, professional development, conference workshops, or as a keynote speaker Kasey is a relentless innovator of ideas and a devoted transformer of classrooms and teaching. Through teacher empowering publications and award-winning educational resources at ShakeUpLearning.com, learner-driven workshops and presentations, and hosting two weekly podcasts, Kasey proves why we should never settle for the boring when it comes to bringing out the very best in our students, and we should always strive to Shake Up Learning! ·  Host of The Shake Up Learning Show Podcast ·  Author of Shake Up Learning: Practical Ideas to Move Learning from Static to Dynamic, named one of the “Best Learning Books of All Time,” by Book Authority. ·  Co-host of The Google Teacher Tribe Podcast ·  Author of Shake Up Learning: Practical Ideas to Move Learning from Static to Dynamic ·  Google Certified Innovator ·  Google Certified Trainer ·  Digital Innovation in Learning Award Winner in “Sharing is Caring” ·  One of 20 TrustED Educational Thought Leaders ·  Award-winning blogger and social media influencer The award-winning Shake Up Learning website and blog provide teachers with practical resources for using technology in the classroom, including how to use Google Classroom, Google for Education, and other Google tools, as well as many other blended learning and technology integration resources. Here you will find free technology tips and tricks, free downloads and templates, in-depth online courses, books, lesson plans, and lesson ideas, cheat sheets, blog publications, and podcasts.
41:31
October 15, 2021
Creatively Productive
Productivity can be daunting and difficult with the many  distractions available to people via technology. Lisa Johnson has found a way to make doing the work more productive and creative. In this podcast,  Lisa Johnson aka Tech Chef4u, shares tips and ideas to make the daily work adults and students do full of choice, creativity, and fun.  Lisa has a plethora of ideas and resources  on her website :  https://techchef4u.com/. About our guest: Lisa Johnson (better known as TechChef4u) has 20+ years of edu experience ranging from teaching HS English & MS Math to international curriculum development, creating and presenting workshops, and even running technology integration camps across the state. She holds a Master's Degree in Curriculum, Instruction, & Tech and previously served as an Educational Technologist for Eanes ISD supporting their K-12 1:1 iPad initiative. Additionally, she has been recognized and selected as an Apple Distinguished Educator and PBS Lead Digital Innovator for Texas. Lisa is passionate about college and career ready skills, social emotional learning, executive functioning, instructional design, creating accessible slides and documents, and professional development for students. She is a recognized voice in the edusphere and has been featured in the publications iPads in Education for Dummies and The Missing Voices in Ed Tech and has co-authored the global iBook hit Hot Apps 4 HOTS. Lisa enjoys "cooking up" purposeful, engaging, authentic resources to meet educator’s needs. Her latest recipes are the books Cultivating Communication in the Classroom and Creatively Productive. In her spare time, she delights in house sprucing, reading, bullet journaling and planning, filing away productivity hacks, snuggling with her cats (Harley and Quinn), and discovering new Netflix and Hulu series with her hubby.
49:28
October 08, 2021
LGBTQIA+ Equality in Schools
How can we support LGBTQ students in school? What can educators do to become allies for our LGBTQ students? How does supporting LGBTQ students ultimately support all learners? These are some of the tough questions school districts are grappling with. Some school districts have said the community is not ready to take on these issues, but “our students are not waiting. Each time we fail to support students, it reaffirms to many students the idea that school is not a welcoming environment,” says our guest, Holden Kraus.  He is veteran educator and a proud LGBTQ leader. This podcast  addresses these challenging issues and provides insight to the LGBTQ community through the research results and studies conducted by  the Gay Lesbian Straight Alliance statistics.  In the podcast, Kraus  provides many ideas and resources to help educators on this journey. About our guest: After teaching 8th-grade math for nine years, Holden Kraus is now a Technology Facilitator for Kansas City Public Schools.  Kraus is a certified facilitator for GLSEN, a national network of educators, students, and local GLSEN Chapters working to ensure that every student has the right to a safe, supportive, and LGBTQ-inclusive K-12 education.     His activism began in college with a campus organization and has grown to include sponsoring a middle school Sexuality and Gender Awareness and Acceptance Club. Holden performs with Heartland Men's Chorus, Kansas City's largest and highest profile gay organization and one of the most recognized arts organizations in the Midwest. Currently, he is a doctoral student and plans to complete his dissertation on LGBTQ studies in education. https://www.glsen.org/
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October 01, 2021
Ed Research and Leadership Trends
After the remote learning experience of 2020 and 2021, and the beginning of students returning to “in person” learning, people are wondering what the “new normal” will look like for education.  This podcast focuses the on two educational leaders from the Education Research and Development Institute (ERDI), Jennifer Ferrari and Kimberly Markus.   Their robust discussion is focused on the state of the education industry.  Ferrari and Markus discuss the work  ERDI is doing to bring industry partners and educators together, provide insight into the research on the horizon, and share their personal experiences in the educational arena. About our guests: Kimberly Harrington Markus. Kimberley Harrington Markus, former New Jersey Commissioner of Education and recently retired from 30 years in public education, currently serves as the Chief Education Officer for the Education Research and Development Institute. Kimberley has served as a classroom teacher, school and district level leader, and state and national advocate and speaker. She is known for her work advocating for students and serving the educators, parents, and community members supporting them. She believes the student voice must be at the forefront of every conversation in order for students to grow academically, emotionally, and physically to reach their maximum potential. Kimberley has been recognized with many awards including: the Governor’s Award for Outstanding Lifetime Contribution to Arts Education, 2017 EdTech Hero Award, Boyer Outstanding Educator Award, and the College of New Jersey Advocacy Award. She earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Elementary Education from Gordon College and a Master of Arts in Education Leadership from The College of New Jersey. She is currently a doctoral candidate at Saint Peter’s University. Jennifer Ferrari. Jennifer Ferrari is a learning leader focused on ensuring bright futures for all students through research and development efforts that promote high quality public education. She is committed to supporting deep, meaningful learning for students and adults alike.  As the CEO and President of the Education Research and Development Institute,  she  supports professional growth and development through collaborative learning and feedback. Jennifer specializes in strategic planning, leadership development, dual language education, personalized learning, and curriculum, and creating conditions for inspired design with ed leaders and innovators.
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September 25, 2021
Higher Ed: Shifting to Students First | LinkedUp Podcast 54
Dr. Janet Gullickson,President of Germanna Community College, Locust Grove, VA, discusses the innovative disruptions that have happened in higher education.  Germana is not only talking the talk, they are walking the walk and ensuring students are at the center of all education. Dr. GUllickson is a pioneer in leading change and Germana is making a positive change in the lives of their students.  This podcast highlights the disruptive changes occuring in her college. About Janet Gullickson: Dr. Gullickson became Germanna's first female president four years ago.  She had previously held presidencies in Colorado and Washington state.  Janet earned her doctorate  from University of Minnesota.  https://www.germanna.edu/blackmindsmatter/
35:46
September 17, 2021
The Tech Evolution
When the internet emerged in the 1990's and educators were wondering how they might use technology in education, Kathy Schrock emerged on the scene. Kathy Schrock, a librarian, began curating websites and assisting teachers all over the world to effectively incorporate technology into the curriculum. For twenty-five years, Kathy has been mentoring and assisting educators as they maneuver the educational landscape in the world of technology. Kathy has been a leader, an inspiration, and a pioneer in this field. About Kathy Schrock: Kathy Schrock has been a school district Director of Technology, an instructional technology specialist, and a middle school, academic, museum, and public library librarian. She is currently an online adjunct graduate-level professor for Wilkes University (PA) and an independent educational technologist. She has been involved with technology to support teaching and learning since the early 1990's, and is an Adobe Education Leader, a Google Certified Innovator, an Amazon Teacher Innovator, an Apple Teacher 2016, a ThingLink Certified Educator, a MakerBot Curriculum Creator, and a Discovery Education Guru. In 1995, Kathy created the award-winning site, Kathy Schrock's Guide for Educators, to help teachers easily wade through the many resources on the Web. In 1999, she partnered with Discovery Education and maintained the site until late 2012 when the site was retired. Kathy's current online resources may be found on Kathy Schrock's Guide to Everything! In addition to teaching online, Kathy writes, speaks, blogs, tweets, and conducts professional development workshops, presentations, and keynotes both nationally and internationally. She is known for her practical presentations dealing with pedagogically-sound practices for the embedding of technology seamlessly into teaching and learning. Kathy's passions are online tools to support classroom instruction, the role of emerging technologies in the classroom, infographics, tablets in the classroom, assessment and rubrics, copyright and intellectual property, and gadgets of any type! You can find her on Twitter (@kathyschrock), Skype (kathyschrock), LinkedIn, Facebook, Instagram, and on many other social networks! Kathy’s critical evaluation guide: https://www.schrockguide.net/critical-evaluation.html.
47:17
September 10, 2021
Women in Leadership: Sage Advice
Podcasting from the historical Asbury Park on the Jersey Shore, Jamie and Jerri talk with three iconic education technology leaders:  Kathy Hurley, Lisa Schmucki and Anne McMullan.  These three women have blazed a trail in education technology implementation.    Kathy Hurley, a former executive with Pearson, discusses her book "Real Women, Real Leaders" and offers great advice on leadership at all levels. Kathy has worked in sales, marketing, and business development for DLM, IBM, The Learning Company, Grolier, Mindscape, Skillsbank, NetSchool, PLATO Learning, Pearson, and the Pearson Foundation.   Ann McMullan currently serves as the Host/Moderator of the CoSN/edWeb monthly webinar series on The Empowered Superintendent (https://www.edweb.net/supers).  In 2016 Ann co-authored and published "Life Lessons in Leadership: The Way of the Wallaby." Using simple lessons illustrated by brief enchanting stories and graphics, the quick read serves as a powerful guide for leaders in their professional and personal leadership roles. For more information, please see www.lifelessonsinleadership.com.  Ann discusses her book and shares her guidance for leaders ages 8 to 88.  Lisa Schmucki is the founder and CEO of edWeb.net, an award-winning professional learning network that serves the global education community. edWeb helps educators share their best ideas and practices to improve teaching and learning and prepare students to succeed in life. Previously, Lisa held senior marketing and product development positions in education, publishing, and media with Time, Macmillan, Peterson's, Films Media Group, and Achieve3000.  This podcast contains a treasure trove of advice on leadership, collaboration and finding success.  www.edweb.net  Real Women, Real Leaders. https://www.amazon.com/Real-Women-Leaders-Surviving-Succeeding/dp/1119061385   "Life Lessons in Leadership: The Way of the Wallaby. https://www.amazon.com/Life-Lessons-Leadership-Wallaby-Leaders/dp/1537237616/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=%22Life+Lessons+in+Leadership%3A+The+Way+of+the+Wallaby.&qid=1630614617&s=books&sr=1-1
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September 03, 2021
Anniversary Episode - Reflection of the Past Year
This last year has been one of change and transition.  In this podcast, our LinkedUp co-hosts discuss starting a brand new podcast In a pandemic without ever meeting in person.  This anniversary podcast highlights their reason for starting LinkedUp, the incredible guests they have interviewed and some exciting news about the LinkedUp Podcast’s roadmap with exciting and new opportunities for educators. Jamie and Jerri also discuss some of the lessons they learned as they launched this new education podcast. Check out our PD Podcast Choice Boards for CEU credit! tinyurl.com/LinkedUpPodcastPD
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August 27, 2021
Infused Classroom
Holly Clark is an education thought-leader, international speaker, best selling author and an advocate for students. She is a twenty-plus year educator who has spent over 15 years teaching in a 1:1 classroom and over five years as an administrator in both public and private schools, holding a master’s degree in Instructional Design and Educational Technology from Columbia University. Her passion for helping teachers create classrooms where students want to learn and can become the agents of their own thinking and understanding is what she talks to us about in this LinkedUp podcast.  Check out Holly's books at https://www.amazon.com/Holly-Clark/e/B073XDFBPT%3Fref=dbs_a_mng_rwt_scns_share
45:37
August 20, 2021
SEL: Tips from the Counselors
Two recognized leaders in school counseling, Mallory Jacobs and Hanna Kemble discuss building relationships and working with students on social emotional skills.  The two counselors reflect on their learnings from the recent National School Counseling Conference in Las Vegas.  Mallory and Hanna discuss overarching topics in the counseling world and share with listeners some of their favorite tips for working with staff and students on the social and emotional needs.  Hanna and Mallory are full of energy and they share many great ideas, you will not want to miss this podcast.
40:50
August 13, 2021
Poolside PD
Anytime and anywhere learning  has been a goal of educators since technology entered into the education space.  Educators enjoy learning when it is convenient snd meaningful.  Jerri Kemble and Jamie Saponaro understand the need to learn In this way, so they have teamed with ClassLink continuous learning team to offer CEU’s  and professional credit for recertification by listening to the LinkedUp Podcast.  The podcast sessions have been categorized into seven themes.  Listeners can listen to 3 podcasts and earn 5 CEU credit.  We are excited to offer  this opportunityto educators everywhere.   Visit the LinkedUp professional development possibilities here: https://www.classlink.com/linkedup-choice-boards/building-relationships
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August 06, 2021
Higher Education: Initiatives to Recruit and Retain College Students
Two higher education administrators, Dr. Cameron McCoy, Provost at Shenandiah University in Winchester Virginia, and Dr. Michael Salvatore, Senior Vice-President at Kean University in Union New Jersey discuss the changing landscape in higher education.  Dr. McCoy and Dr. Salvatore weigh in on innovations to retain students and discuss how higher education has pivoted to meet the needs of today's learners by moving away from the "Industrial Education Model" of education.  Both leaders cited books that have helped mold their leadership and ideas about doing business:  Deep Work by Cal Newport, Mini Habits: Smaller Habits, Bigger Results by Stephen Guise  and books by Clay Christenson.
54:46
July 30, 2021
Bridging the Digital Divide
Diane Doerch, Verizon Innovative Learning Schools Director of Technology and DeWayne McClary, the Executive Director of the League of Digital Schools share the goals and actions being taken by The Digital Promise League of Innovative Schools to bridge the digital divide. The Digital Promise League of Innovative Schools is a national network that connects and supports the most forward-thinking leaders in education. In this podcast Diane and DeWayne discuss the innovative work being done in schools, the resources that have been created for all educators to promote equitable learning environments, and the future topics Digital Promise will be engaged in to close the digital divide.  Background information on Digital Promise and the League of Innovative Schools: Millions of students nationwide lack the access to technology and the skills they need to succeed in the digital world. Since 2012, Verizon has been working to help solve this problem through a transformative program called Verizon Innovative Learning. Digital Promise collaborates with Verizon to equip every student and teacher at select middle and high schools across America with a device and up to a four-year data plan, and provide students without reliable home internet access with a mobile hotspot. In addition to free technology and access, Verizon Innovative Learning Schools receive extensive teacher training, support, and the opportunity to engage in a unique, immersive curriculum to leverage technology in their classrooms. The League of Innovative Schools was launched at the White House under President Barack Obama within the U.S. Department of Education. League members represent 114 districts in 34 states serving more than three million students. Their diverse experiences reflect the advancements, challenges, and vital work of public education in the United States.  The sustainability toolkit for schools can be accessed at : https://verizon.digitalpromise.org/sustainability-toolkit/ and information on the equity tools are available at www.digitalpromise.org.  Those looking for resources to connect students to the internet and access devices can find more opportunities at www.everyoneon.org. "https://verizon.digitalpromise.org/sustainability-toolkit/.  Those looking for resources to connect students to the internet and access devices can find more opportunities at www.everyoneon.org.    Millions of students nationwide lack the access to technology and the skills they need to succeed in the digital world. Since 2012, Verizon has been working to help solve this problem through a transformative program called Verizon Innovative Learning. Digital Promise collaborates with Verizon to equip every student and teacher at select middle and high schools across America with a device and up to a four-year data plan, and provide students without reliable home internet access with a mobile hotspot. In addition to free technology and access, Verizon Innovative Learning Schools receive extensive teacher training, support, and the opportunity to engage in a unique, immersive curriculum to leverage technology in their classrooms. "
40:40
July 16, 2021
Making Learning Sticky
Debbie Tannnbaum is a Tech Coach and an ambassador for edtech companies.  She has become so involved in making sure our youngest students can use technology effectively that she has  written a book to empower and inspire educators to use technology as a learning tool .  Her book is titled, TRANSFORM- Techy Notes to Make Learning Sticky, and it is now available on Amazon and TannenbaumTech. If you want to use technology to transform your learning and your students' learning, there are tons of techy notes inside to guide you.  https://amazon.com/dp/177753495X/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_glt_fabc_90SQQGDB2STB101XDZKQ  You can find Debbie at www.tannenbaumtech.com and  @Tech4Learning   @Flipgrid  CE-L3 & SVA| VA  @PearDeck  coach | @RoadtoAwesome  author
30:37
July 09, 2021
Parent Camp
Schools and districts have worked for years to find ways to engage with parents in a meaningful and relevant way.  Parents want to be heard and educators are looking for new ways to engage in critical conversations.  Parent Camp and vice-president Laura Gilchrist believe WE -- family, school and community -- can transform education together as one team for kids! Parent Camp helps school and district teams move from compliance-based to connection-and-collaboration-based family-school-community engagement. Laura taught and coached in Kansas City for 20+ years and now serves as ParentCamp Vice President. Get involved in this positive movement by joining  the  mailing list, or learning more  about ParentCamp, by visiting www.parentcamp.org.  This new and innovative form of communication can change the educational landscape in a very positive way.
47:46
July 02, 2021
EPIC Design Thinking Curriculum
Susan Maynor is an educator, visual storyteller, and creative who believes in the power of "what if" and "yes, and." She has taught K-12, produced digital media for various nonprofits, schools, and small organizations, and designed professional learning for schools on the redesign journey. She is one of the founding learning experience designers of EPiC Elementary.  In this podcsst Susan provid listeners with specific ideas and inspirations for designing learnng with design thinking and poject based learning in mind,  Susan can be found on social media at @shmaynor on Twitter and linkedin.com/in/susan-maynor         on Linked In,
42:14
June 25, 2021
Breaking Through to Kids with TikTok
Toney Jackson is a 4th grade teacher and teaching artist from Hackensack, NJ. He earned a degree in Fine Arts from Rutgers University, and holds two Master's of Education degrees. He has been honored as 'Teacher of the Year', and recognized as a "Hometown Hero" in his city and his congressional district. Toney has travelled the world sharing his writing and creating content for companies such as Microsoft and Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, where he is currently a contributor for their Teacher's Corner. Central to Toney's work and art, is a commitment to justice, equity & empathy. He is an author/illustrator who also writes and performs music and poetry, and brings his passion & love for learning into his practice, at all times.  earned a degree in Fine Arts from Rutgers University, and holds two Master's of Education degrees. He has been honored as 'Teacher of the Year', and recognized as a "Hometown Hero" in his city and his congressional district. Toney has travelled the world sharing his writing and creating content for companies such as Microsoft and Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, where he is currently a contributor for their Teacher's Corner. Central to Toney's work and art, is a commitment to justice, equity & empathy. He is an author/illustrator who also writes and performs music and poetry, and brings his passion & love for learning into his practice, at all times.  This podcast has all the tips you need to get in on the #tiktokteacher action!  Amanda Keller, @akbusybee, and Toney Jackson, @HeRhymesWithMe, share their experiences and innovations to help you (and Jerri and Jamie!) get started!"
51:06
June 18, 2021
Green Screen Creativity!
Green screens have been around in the movie industry for years.  Today, educators have access to green screen technology that easy to use in the classroom either remotely or virtually.  Green screens are not just fun but add in a layer of decision making, productive struggle and higher level thinking to teaching and learning. Our guests are green screen experts sharing amazing ideas. Gustave Karagrozis  teaches PE at PS133. And loves to incorporate technology into my PE lesson. Gustave says that “The green screen has changed his life with ways to get my students super engaged.” Erika Sandstrom is a Digital Learning Coach as well as a 6th through 8th grade Digital Media Teacher who is in her 30th year as an educator.   Erika also founded the “Mindful Super Hero Club” @ClubMindful and is a Green Screen and Video Production online professional development presenter for educators.  Her mindfulness enthusiasm is derived from 16 years as a Yoga/Pilates Instructor and she has found a FUN creative way to share and teach it to ALL.  Erika was also dubbed “Green Screen Gal!” in 2018 and has a dream to teach ALL  educators globally the benefit of utilizing Green Screen technology!  Erika’s new series for 2021 of lesson plans, tutorials, a digital book, an online course, and video series is  called “Cultivating Compassion Through Creativity!.”  Additionally, her NEW online course “3..2..1..ACTION! Become a Green Screen ROCK STAR” is launching in 2021 as well as the very 1st “Green Screen Summit” and both perfect for any educator who is excited to get started with OR sharpen their Green Screen and Video Production skills! They prepared a fun slide show for  our podcast listeners: Listeners can also get $5 off tickets to the Green Screen Summit which will feature educators from around the globe. This is a must see:  LINK GOES Here!!!!!!!!!!!http://tiny.cc/GreenScreenGal44
56:05
June 11, 2021
Innovative Global Collaboration
Dr. Brad MacLaughlin is a retired superintendent of schools who loves to identify and foster innovative approaches to education.  He was instrumental in implementing the cutting-edge Academies of ISD 7  years ago in the Independence School District.  He also oversaw all instructional and educational activities in the Independence School District’s middle and high schools.  Before coming to the ISD in 2013, he spent 14 years in the Lexington (Mo.) School District as a teacher, assistant principal, principal, and the last four as superintendent of schools.  Prior to that, he was a Missouri State Trooper.  Brad earned his bachelor’s degree at Northeast Missouri (now Truman) State University, his master’s at Central Missouri State (now UCM), and his specialist and doctorate degrees at William Woods University. Brad retired from public education and serves as the Chief Learning Officer at Global Classroom Exchange, an education company that supports human-centered innovations in classrooms across the globe.  Brad also builds  and implements strategic plans with education leaders that view the future of community development and education through the lens of human-centered engagement and industry/community connection.  School leaders do not need another hero.  They need a host.  Systemic sustainable community change occurs in a large room with many people, and outlasts any one leader or program. Joe Mullins is a Consultant - Workforce and Professional Education for the University of Central Missouri His extensive experience in workforce and professional education includes team member on the Regional Workforce Intelligence Network of Greater Kansas City, Co-Lead on Avionic/Aerospace Academy program development, Lead on UCM Gigabit Lab and Mixed Reality Studio. Lead on Internet of Things, Virtual and Augmented Reality initiatives, curriculum development, training, and programs. Lead on workforce development programs and partnerships. Board member for Velocity Lee’s Summit entrepreneur group.
38:51
June 04, 2021
Addressing "Learning Gaps"
Learning loss is a common and traditional term, but how can learning be lost if it were never found? That is the situation with remote learning during the pandemic. Teachers worked hard and students work hard, but some standards may not have yet been met, hence the term from the DOE, unfinished learning. Many schools are leveraging summer school as a solution to address this issue, but what are other solutions that schools are implementing? In our podcast, we talk to  Jeff McCoy and Darcy Krause about the plans their districts are making to close learning gaps.  Jeff and Darcy discuss specific ideas and the action steps their districts are taking to close learning gaps.  Jeff McCoy is the Associate Superintendent of Academics for Greenville County Schools. Greenville County Schools is the largest district in South Carolina and the 44th largest in the nation with 77,000 students in attendance. Jeff oversees the Offices of Academic Support, Academic Innovation and Technology, Accountability and Quality Assurance, Career and Technical Education and Early Childhood Education. Prior to assuming the Associate Superintendent role, Jeff held various district leadership positions and is proud to be starting his 21st year with Greenville County Schools. Jeff is active both state and nationally on multiple advisory boards including the National K12 Congress Advisory Board, National School Transformation Conference Advisory Board, National Chief Academic Officers Working Group and serves on the Board of Directors for the Upstate Children’s Museum. He and three of his colleagues recently published a series Blueprints on Personalized Learning, Cybersecurity and The Marriage of Information Technology and Academics. He presents frequently around the country on the topics of personalized learning, innovation in education and systems level change and support.   Darcy Kraus I has served  of the educational community for 35 years as a elementary and secondary teacher, learning coach, consulting teacher, principal, and now as the Elementary Director of Lawrence Public Schools. Darcy is known for her positive support of all educators and ability to bring out the best in educational leaders.  Darcy is currently leading the district’s summer school program in addition to her many other duties  as a district director..
38:07
May 28, 2021
SOLcademy
Beau is CEO & Founder of SOLcademy - a new short-format educational video platform. He is on a mission to improve the quality and availability of learning.  He went to Dartmouth College and worked as a software engineer before discovering his true passion for education. He was the first sales leader of GoGuardian, a very successful EdTech startup. He's evangelizing personalized and adaptive learning to achieve his goal of Equity for ALL scholars. He is an avid traveler and spent 2 years backpacking through Africa and Latin America.
29:11
May 21, 2021
Using Clubhouse for Education
Over the last twenty years Lottie Dowling has worked in education as a school practitioner and professional learning leader on global, national and regional levels, both digitally and face to face. She specializes in Global Citizenship and Intercultural Understanding and has developed a comprehensive framework for whole school approaches to Global Competence. She spent 10 rewarding years working in both public and private education systems in Beijing, China and has worked in education in 6 countries in a number of roles; educator, designer and deliverer of professional learning, capacity building, curriculum development, global competency program content development and education management. She feels passionately about the way education shapes society and how we can truly engage the next generation to achieve their maximum potential through it. I work as an education consultant internationally.
50:10
May 14, 2021
Lessons Learned Internationally - Retrospective Look at 2020-2021
What lessons have school leaders learned from this pandemic?  This podcast highlights two very different educational systems:  Kansas City Kansas Public Schools and the British School Al Khubairat in Abu Dhabi.  Stephen Linkus, of KCK and Nigel Davis of the UAE discuss how they have worked with social emotional issues, digital equity and the effects of COVID  in schools.  As Chief of Staff for KCKPS, Stephen Linkus supports the superintendent in dealing with administrative, educational, legislative and public affairs issues, oversee Title IX and federal program communications, and represent the district with the Kansas Legislature.
50:55
May 07, 2021
Global Pandemic Silver Linings
In this podcast we bring educational leaders from around the world together to discuss the "Global Pandemic Silver Linings."   Mark Goldhawk, is the Head of Digital Learning and part of the Senior Leadership Team at The Hawthorns School in Surrey, United Kingdom).Mark leads  a successful Digital Strategy to deliver an innovative curriculum that engages and inspires our children to be creators, not just consumers.  Mark is also a Training Officer within the Combined Cadet Force, managing and delivering training to young men and women to develop their qualities of leadership, self-reliance and initiative.
48:24
April 30, 2021
Culturally Responsive Curriculum
In this podcast we bring back two former guests, Ken Shelton and Yaritza Villalba to discuss the work they are doing with Microsoft on culturally responsive curriculum.  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. Ken 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.  Yaritza Villalba is the Founding President of YV Educational Resources Inc. 501(c)3 and Host of the Flipgrid series #AskYaritza: Culturally Responsive Teaching, Yaritza Villalba has eleven years of experience in education. She started her career teaching Social Studies to high school students in Bedford Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, New York.  Throughout the years she has developed Culturally Responsive curricula and conducted a variety of professional development webinars for educators around the world. Her overall mission, in education, is to provide teachers and students with an array of strategies and materials to assist in connecting what is being taught with the world in which they live in.
56:28
April 23, 2021
Four O'Clock Faculty
Rich Czyz started his career as a fifth grade teacher, has served as a Basic Skills teacher, instructional coach, elementary supervisor and Director of Curriculum & Instruction. Rich is currently the Proud Principal of the Yardville Elementary School in NJ and Co-Founder of FourOClockFaculty.com, as well as author of The Four O’Clock Faculty: A ROGUE Guide To Revolutionizing Professional Development and The Secret Sauce: Essential Ingredients for Exceptional Teaching. Rich is passionate about engaging all stakeholders in meaningful and relevant learning opportunities. Rich can be found at @RACzyz on Twitter
24:56
April 16, 2021
Classroom Champions
Schools turn to Classroom Champions for inspiring Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) curriculum and mentorship programs to improve engagement, build growth mindsets, and inspire positive classroom culture. Grace Dafoe share with us the terrific program!  For as long as she can remember, Grace has called herself an athlete. First it was figure skating, and from then on, she discovered the sport of skeleton at the age of 18. Now entering her 10th season, and her second on Canada’s National Team, she has competed in over 30 international races, including one World Junior Championship and she has won two North America’s Cup races.   Her time in sport led her to pursue a Degree in Health & Physical Education at Mount Royal University in her hometown of Calgary, Alberta, Canada. It was here she applied her lifelong experience as an athlete to her classroom studies. Upon graduation, Grace shifted her focus to sport, while searching for an organization that fit her athlete lifestyle.   Enter Classroom Champions! After completing an athlete internship, designed to introduce athletes to the inner workings of the organization, she knew she had to stay involved, and encouraged her to join the team full time. Grace works directly with the teachers and athletes who are implementing the Classroom Champions Curriculum, and loves the feel good moments she sees daily!   Outside of sport & work, Grace loves a good cup of coffee, spending time with her dog Ivy & exploring the city she calls home, Calgary. To find out more about Classroom Champions, visit https://www.classroomchampions.org.
27:40
April 09, 2021
Global Goals
Recognized as a transformational leader in education, Dr. Jennifer Williams has dedicated herself for 25 years to the field of education through her roles as an education activist, professor, school administrator, literacy specialist, and classroom teacher. She speaks, writes, and consults on practices that develop global perspectives and social good through creative uses of technology, and her research interests include innovations in teaching and learning, equity and diversity in education, and social action. As an educator and author of the ISTE book, Teach Boldly: Using Edtech for Social Good, she champions teachers to use educational technology purposefully for the planet and its people. She is a professor at Saint Leo University, the co-founder of TeachSDGs and the non-profit organization Take Action Global, and the President of the ISTE Education Leaders PLN Board of Directors. She is currently a consultant for Adobe for Education, Empatico, and the U.S. Department of State and is working with ISTE and Routledge on two new books. Notable recognitions include being named Top 30 for K12 IT Educators (2020), #8 for Top Academics in STEM (2018), and #9 Top Campaigners in Sustainability (2018). Jennifer is inspired everyday by teachers and students who are catalysts for making the world a better place! Connect with Jennifer on Twitter at @JenWilliamsEdu. Teach Boldly link: https://www.amazon.com/Teach-Boldly-Using-Edtech-Social/dp/1564847942 United Nations 17 Goals link: https://sdgs.un.org/goals
41:28
April 02, 2021
Finding Your Courage
Liz Hamor (she/her) will say that her work isn’t just her passion, it’s her calling. After earning a Masters degree in ESOL and Bilingual education from Kansas State University, she taught in low-income schools in Emporia, KS, and San Antonio, TX. She continually advocated for her students and their families who faced barriers with education, language and income, before starting her family with her husband and moving to Las Vegas. After a brief two-year stint in Las Vegas where she loved the weather and outdoor adventures but missed friendlier people, her small family jumped at an opportunity to move back to Kansas in 2008.  Once back in Wichita, Liz became an “accidental” ministry leader, co-founding a moms’ group at her church that grew into a ministry, prepping her for the next path on her calling journey. In 2013 Liz co-founded GLSEN Greater Wichita (now GLSEN Kansas), a local chapter of a national organization that works to ensure all students feel safe, valued, and respected in K-12 schools regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity and/or gender expression. After seven years of working diligently to ensure that Kansas schools are safer and more inclusive for ALL students (and taking years of Kansas Leadership Center courses) she decided to take a leap of faith and expand on the leadership coaching business she started in 2019. This Spring she is transitioning out of her Chapter Director role within GLSEN Kansas to focus on her leadership consulting business, Center of Daring. She’s excited about continuing her work with individuals and people from all sectors to empower and support folks ready to be courageous catalysts in their communities.  She currently lives in a Wichita suburb with her spouse, two kids, and doggo, and volunteers on various site councils, committees, and coalitions. "
29:34
March 26, 2021
Hurdles, Accelerators & Tech Enablers
Keith R. Krueger is CEO of the Consortium for School Networking (CoSN), a nonprofit organization that serves as the voice of K-12 school system technology leaders in North America.  CoSN’s mission is empowering educational leaders to leverage technology to realize engaging learning environments.    He was selected by Ed Tech for it’s 2019 30 K-12 IT influencers.  In 2016 Technology & Learning selected him as one of the “big 10” most influential people in ed tech, and the Center for Digital Education identified him as a Top 30 Technologist/Transformer/Trailblazer.  In 2008 he was selected by eSchool News as one of ten people who have had a profound impact on educational technology over the last decade.  In 2016 he received a Special Recognition award from the Council of Great City Schools.  He has serves on many Advisory Boards including the Friday Institute at NC State University, the Public Policy Advisory Council for the American Library Association, Ed Tech Digest, as well as previously the Education Committee of the National Park System and Board Member of the National Coalition on Technology in Education & Training (NCTET).  He serves as a co-principal investigator of the Driving K-12 Innovation series.  Keith has a global reputation as a key thought leader and has organized senior level U.S. delegations to visit Australia, Asia, Europe and South America to examine best practice in ICT in education.  In fall of 2015, Keith conducted a Work Study on Digital Equity as an Associate in Practice at Harvard’s Graduate School of Education.  As a Certified Association Executive, he has extensive background in nonprofit management and has a Masters from the Humphrey School of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota.
39:37
March 19, 2021
Balance, Boundaries, and Breaks
Evan Whitehead is a seasoned educator that has worked in special education, career and technology education and administration.  In this podcast we discuss the three B’s Evan speaks about often:  Balance, Boundaries and Breaks. Evan connects these 3 B’s to teacher wellness, transitioning back to school in the pandemic, and the servant mindset . Connect with Evan on Twitter @EvanWhitehead00 or email him @ evanwhitehead11@gmail.com
42:56
March 12, 2021
Award-Winning Culture
Hans Appel is an educator, speaker, and writer deeply committed to inspiring the whole child.  He’s the author of, Award Winning Culture: Building School-Wide Intentionality and Action Through Character, Excellence, and Community.  Additionally, he’s the Director of Culture for the Teach Better Team, Co-host of the Award Winning Culture podcast, and the Co-Creator of Award Winning Culture.   He’s worked as a counselor in the Richland School District for the past 19 years and at Enterprise Middle School since it opened.  He’s passionate about school culture, servant leadership, and kindness.  In 2018, EMS was awarded the ASCD Whole Child Award for the State of Washington and the Global “Class Act Award” for creating a culture of excellence through kindness, service, and empathy.  Additionally, they were selected as a finalist in the 2019 PBIS Film Festival and took top prize in the Community, Parents, and Staff category.    In 2018, Hans launched his own blog about School Culture and rolled out a student-led leadership podcast called Award Winning Culture: Hosted by Wildcat Nation, which can be subscribed, listened or reviewed on iTunes Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Google Play, Spotify, PodBean, and Libsyn.    Hans’ blogs have appeared on DisruptED TV magazine, CharacterStrong, Teach Better, AIMS Network, and PBIS Rewards.  He’s written social-emotional lessons for CharacterStrong.  Furthermore, he has been featured on numerous educational podcasts speaking his brand of school culture into existence.    He’s been a contributing writer on four educational books: “Teachers Deserve It,” “ Define Your WHY: Own Your Story So You Can Live and Learn On Purpose,” “A Teacher’s Reflective Impact Journal,” and “ALL IN: Taking a Gamble in Education.”
36:53
March 05, 2021
8 Trends That Will Impact Schools in 2021
Naaz Modan is an educational reporter. Modan spends her time talking to school leaders across the country and looking at research in order to deternine the key trends that will affect educarion in 2021.  Modan talks about 8 trends that are affecting schools, ranging from teacher and student retentuon to new models of education.  A look at the Biden administration and policies to look for in the coming years concludes this insightful discussion.    Modan's article on these critical trends can be found at https://www.k12dive.com/news/8-k-12-trends-to-watch-in-2021/592006/
27:06
February 26, 2021
The Innovator's Mindset
George Couros is an international speaker, professor, social media enthusiast and author. He is most famous for his book, The Innovator's Mindset.  In this podcast George discusses many topics related to education from developing that innovator's mindset, to leadership, to discussing his prior school leadership experiences.  Listeners always walk away with new ideas and thinking about the importance of innovation in schools after listening to George Courcous speak.
01:09:37
February 19, 2021
Thinknado: Design Thinking for Schools
Over time, our brains are biologically hardwired with neural pathways and synaptic connections that largely determine our behavior. Once those pathways are formed our brains are pathological about following them. This is both good news, efficiency, and bad news because it actively inhibits new ideas and solutions. Real creativity, real problem solving, always comes from exploring the unknown and the uncertain.  So, how do you go from the way things are… to the way things need to be? Welcome to Thinknado. A Thinknado is the freeing of your brain to act like a tornado to pull random ideas in and spin them around and upside down. Tornadoes do not edit what is right or wrong for a tornado – they just whirl and grab at everything in their path. Thinknados are the same in that they throw ideas – crazy ideas, wrong ideas together pulling them into their vortex, spinning them back to the ground. Co-Founder of Thinknado, designer, entrepreneur and imaginative advocate for a better world, John is recognized for innovative investigations into the practice and understanding of design and leadership in the “design for good” movement. John is founding creative director of Pando Populus and a member of the board of directors and co-author of the book Think Wrong. The thing that John Bielenberg designs best is designers. He doesn’t think much of design as an end in itself, but rather sees its value in its impact on people, and the world. He’s always had a tendency to do something he calls “thinking wrong,” which means, “Whatever you’re supposed to think, or make, or say—do your best to do the opposite, and see where it takes you.”   Co-Founder Thinknado, entrepreneur, connector  of dots and people. Brandt  Williams is a strategist with a knack for transforming ideas into successful ventures. He is a member of the board of directors of Pando Populus. As a serial entrepreneur, Brandt has served as founder/co-founder/CEO for early stage ventures and well as an intrapreneur and CMO for Fortune 500 companies. Brandt cares most about mentoring people and teams to find their true purpose.   Deeply invested in building a better future, Brandt strives to find new paths for creativity, sustainable livelihoods, and fulfillment. Much of his early career was spent at Microsoft, Apple and a handful of early stage companies as a co-founder and senior leader. Galvanized by the entrepreneurial rigor and having built and sold a couple of companies, Brandt joined a Fortune 500 company as an intrepreneur where he was able to launch several successful ventures.    After several years of working at making businesses bigger he pointed his efforts to people. Brandt has been a guest lecturer at Haas Business School, UC Berkeley, St. Mary's College and an Adjunct Professor at California College of the Arts in San Francisco in both Graduate and Undergraduate levels, teaching in several divisions. Brandt is currently an Adjunct Professor at Montana State University in Bozeman, Montana teaching design thinking and entrepreneurship.  “Teaching gives a fresh outlook on how best to communicate to motivate. Nothing is more gratifying seeing second career students in grad school find their passion in the process of discovery” -Brandt.    His real success is in building impactful teams and help individuals unlock their creativity to build better: businesses, careers, communities and lives.
53:19
February 12, 2021
Hip Hop Ed
Hip-hopping his way through life with a big grin on his face is this weeks’ guest - Mervin Jenkins, Senior Brand Ambassador at Nearpod!  Join this podcast to hear about his special talents, some fun details about Flocabulary and Nearpod, and about his gift for bringing joy to learning and motivating others to be the best they can be! Mervin Jenkins (also known as Spectac) is a hip-hop artist who has worked with a Grammy-nominated producer and a host of other artists throughout his career in music. Mervin’s service as an educator has been equally rewarding. He has worked as a middle school teacher, high school assistant principal, middle school principal, and central office administrator. He is currently the Strategic Planning/Brand Ambassador for Flocabulary by Nearpod. Mervin has served as the Eastern Region Assistant Director at AVID Center. Over the years Mervin has received numerous accolades for his work in education. He was awarded the Zeta Phi Beta Southeastern Regional Education Award twice, named Tar Heel of the Week in Raleigh’s News & Observer, interviewed on NPR (The Story with Dick Gordon), and honored as Chatham County Schools Principal of the Year. In 2014 Mervin was invited to the White House to participate in a roundtable discussion on the education of Hispanic males in the United States. As a speaker, Mervin inspires students, their parents, and educators on the importance of student learning and its direct impact on our community.   Mervin received his Bachelor of Arts in Art Education at Benedict College, and his Master of Education in Secondary Education Administration at Charleston Southern University.  Currently, Mervin is pursuing an Educational Doctorate Degree in Education Leadership at Charleston Southern University, in Charleston, SC where he resides with his wife Chiffon.
34:60
February 05, 2021
Mentorship - The Magic of Empowerment
In celebration of National Mentor Day, co-hosts, Jamie Saponaro and Jerri Kemble, invite their mentors to  discuss the magic of empowerment through mentoring.  Guests, Dr. RIck Doll and Laura Scott discuss the qualities of good mentorship and the importance of building relationships and posritive cultures in order to create high qualitity, dedicated employees contributing to a positive working culture. Rick and Laura share insights from their mentoring experiences and discuss mentorship in both the education and business world.  Rick Doll has served as an educational leader for over 40 years in various roles.  Most recently Ihewas the superintendent at Lawerence, Kansas.  and is  now teaching future generations of leaders at Kansas State University. "Laura is a sought after public speaker who has a unique talent to tailor each of her presentations to the needs of each and every audience.  She is know as a Futurist, Industry Expert, Coach, Thought Leader and Strategy Consultant who is able help her clients and audiences walk away with an understanding and ability to use the resources about which she teaches. Her first career was in public education.  She served public school parents, teachers and students for 20+ years as a teacher and ultimately retired as a school administrator.  During Laura’s time in PreK-12 education, she always worked to ensure that teachers and parents were given and taught activities which would enhance student learning.   This love for life long learning translated very easily when Laura started working for one of the country’s premier residential real estate companies; Douglas Elliman.  One of her main responsibilities was to build, and “re-tool” the company’s professionals, as well as work directly with the CEO to constantly grow the company.  Her expertise in the education and the re-education of adults was much appreciated by agents and leadership.  Current she is a strategy consultant for BHHS The Preferred Realty, and a National Speaker/Presenter/Coach/Consultant. All who are able to experience Laura’s presentations, walk away feeling motivated and inspired to take their career, life and/or game to the next level."
45:46
January 29, 2021
Accept U
Character Education has been adopted in many school districts across the country.  Some districts use canned curriculia while others add on a character trait of the week.  In this podcast you will meet school leader Jamie Brown who has worked to embed character education into the curriculum and empower students to lead the charge. Having worked within a State & National School and District of Character, Jamie's success as a District PEER Leadership Director and Vice Principal has led to ACCEPT U earning a National "Promising Practice" from Character.org, as well as Global Recognition by The Alliance for Excellent Education & Future Ready Schools. Other accreditations include "Teacher of the Year" and NJDOE AchieveNJ Coach. Jamie's passion to promote social inclusion and student voices paves the way for modern trends in education. His social platforms connect him to staff, student and schools around the world, always showcasing a positive digital footprint. Jamie's ACCEPT University is committed to helping school communities embrace Acceptance, Tolerance, Respect, Empathy, Inclusion & Citizenship (on & offline).
42:45
January 22, 2021
Social Media and Adolescents’ Mental Health
What does the research show in regard to how teens' social media use impacts mental health? How can parents support their teens in using social media in healthier ways? How can teens use social media in healthier ways? Jacqueline (Jackie) Nesi, PhD is an Assistant Professor at Brown University in the Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior and a clinical psychologist answers these questions in this podcast about social media and adolescent mental health. Dr. Nesi’s research examines the role of social media in adolescents’ peer relationships and mental health, with a focus on depression and suicidal thoughts and behavior. Her work has been funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP), and she is currently funded by a K23 award from the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH). She has published in numerous peer-reviewed journals, including Journal of Adolescent Health and Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, and her work has been featured in popular media outlets such as the Wall Street Journal and Teen Vogue. Dr. Nesi is passionate about understanding how and for whom social media use influences adolescents’ mental health, so as to identify and intervene with youth most at risk.  For useful information on this topic visit the following sites:  Common Sense Media - https://www.commonsensemedia.org; Children and Screens - https://www.childrenandscreens.com/virtual-workshop-series/
40:42
January 15, 2021
Presence Learning
On this podcast Kristin Martinez discusses the essential components of teletherapy and how these virtual services work to meet the needs of students.  While many schools struggle to find specialized speech and language professionals as well as other specialized professionals to serve all students with IEPs or behavioral and mental health needs, many are finding teletherapy provided by clinical experts to be a solution to this ever growing concern.  Many educators are interested in teletherapy and Kristin pulls the curtain back and sheds light on the process to help people understand how these services can work effectively and partner with school districts to provide the the critical services services students need.   Kristin Martinez received her M.A. from the University of Colorado at Boulder in 2000, and worked as an onsite SLP and in private practice for 13 years before starting as a teletherapist with PresenceLearning in 2013. Kristin presents on the topic of school-based teletherapy nationwide, and currently serves as Clinical Director, SLP & OT for PresenceLearning.
43:59
January 08, 2021
Self-Care Tips You Never Thought Of!
In 2020, self-care became essential as people worked through the pandemic and the new ways of working and socializing in society.  As we turn the calendar to 2021, self-care is still as important as ever before.  This podcast provides listeners with three fresh ands perhaps new ideas for selfcare in 2021.  Kris Burkholder, an award winner school counselor, demonstrates a new twist on yoga- Laughter Yoga.  Incorporating laughter yoga into our podcast and discussing the benefits of laughter combined with yoga. Kris has used this technique with nursing home residents and students with positive results.    Jen Giamo Based out of New York,  has been professionally affecting positive change in people’s lives for nearly 20 years and continues to create new and innovative programs across the country. After several years spent managing corporate fitness programs for some Fortune 500 companies, Jenn started her own fitness consulting business that specializes in total health and wellness. With her recent expansion to LA as well as online and app-based programs, Jenn is now able to reach the masses! Jenn has appeared on Live with Kelly & Ryan as well as The Rachael Ray Show and has been interviewed on several podcasts, expert panels and radio shows. She received press for her innovative programs such as "Fresh Start Fitness" (now available online) and "Breakup Bootcamp". These programs have helped countless clients heal and thrive after experiencing painful breakups and challenging life transitions. Listeners can get involved with Jen’s  trainings in the privacy of their own homes by going to trainersintransit.com.     Researchers of the of the American Art Therapy Association found that 45 minutes of creative activity significantly lessens stress in the body. Krisley Hervin from MiiCreative, a paint by number painting company explains how many people have taken photographs they have taken submitted them to miicreative to creative a paint by number painting of the photograph.  This creative process is a great way to relax and feel accomplished during tough times.  Listeners that are interested can use the code LinkedUp for a discount on a paint by number order from miicreative at www.miicreative.com
44:56
January 01, 2021
Getting Future Ready
Thomas C. Murray serves as the Director of Innovation for Future Ready Schools, a project of the Alliance for Excellent Education, located in Washington D.C. Tom serves as the Director of Innovation for Future Ready Schools, a project of the Alliance for Excellent Education. He has testified before the US Congress and has previously worked alongside that body and the US Senate, the White House, and the US Department of Education. Murray serves as a conference keynote, was named one of “20 to Watch” by NSBA, the “Education Policy Person of the Year” by the Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2015, the “Education Thought Leader of the Year” in 2017, and is the co-author of ASCD best-seller Learning Transformed. His most recent best seller, Personal & Authentic was published in the fall of 2019. Above all else, he’s a husband to a former school counselor and a dad of two children.  In this podcast Tom discusses preparing schools to be future ready, school culture and creating a personal and authentic educational environment for learning for students and for staff.
46:47
December 18, 2020
Poetry Packs the Power to Entertain, Educate, and Inspire!
Fourth Grade Classroom Superhero with Poetry Powers, Toney Jackson is an author, poet, educator and speaker that uses these poetry powers to reach students and get them excited about learning even in a pandemic.   Toney talks about using your unique talents to get students excited about learning. His enthusiasm and energy is contagious  from his rap intro to the energy he shares through out the podcast.    Toney has been recognized by the Academy of American Poets,  he has won several poetry slams, and has  been a featured reader, performer, and workshop leader, at schools, theatres, and other venues across the country. 
     Toney hails from New Jersey, where his love of words, learning, sharing, and community involvement led him towards a career in education.  He is currently in his 12th year of teaching at Nellie K. Parker elementary school in his hometown of Hackensack.    He is passionate about helping kids enjoy learning, and promoting creative self-expression. He is a dedicated teacher, a life long learner, and is currently writing and illustrating several children’s books.
41:14
December 11, 2020
Virtual Teaching Challenges and Solutions
We have been working through the challenges of education students during a pandemic for eight months. While there have been many difficulties and concerns about education during this pandemic, many teachers are finding creative solutions to meet the needs of their students and finding new ways to reach students and families. In this podcast four teachers: Kelly Hart, Yaritza Villalba, Samantha Saltz, and Brandon Daley share examples of equitable practices, culturally responsive teaching, ideas for engaging students, and creating inclusive and classrooms that are focused on solid relationships in remote learning environments. These teachers are stellar examples of positivity and creativity. #CRT #Equity #Justice #AskYaritza #iteachvirtual #virtualteachingisstillteaching. @beedaley @MrsHartISKS
51:18
December 04, 2020
Student Empowerment with Flipgrid
Flipgrip Ambassador and evangelist Ann Kozma will fill your mind with ideas and share the valuable resources Flipgrid is offering educators from art to zoologgy and everything in between in their Discovery Library  https://info.flipgrid.com/ .  With Flipgrid the learning  possibilities are endless. In this podcast Ann focuses on the importance of student voice, sharing, celebrating, and showcasing  learning creativity, outside the box thinking, and  community through the  use of the popular technology tool, Flipgrid.  Ann Kozma loves to explore, share, and contribute and has spent 19+ years dedicated to transforming education as a classroom teacher, Innovation & Instructional Support TOSA, and as an Educator Innovation Lead on Team Flipgrid at Microsoft. Believing that “Play is our brain’s favorite way to learn,” Ann loves to bring the fun and is passionate about helping others learn how to meaningfully integrate technology into teaching and learning. She is a member of the Apple Distinguished Educator Class of 2015 and Leading Edge Certified as a Professional Learning Leader. Connect with her on Twitter at @annkozma723.   #FlipgridForAll https://blog.flipgrid.com https://www.instagram.com/annkozma723/
35:46
November 27, 2020
Failure, Fear, and Faith: The Places from Where Greatness, Hope, and Success are Born
Dr. Jill Siler has been serving as the Superintendent of Gunter ISD since 2012 and has been in education for nearly 25 years.    Jill has a passion for helping others reach their goals and has been a frequent speaker at TASA’s First-Time Superintendent Academy, TCWSE and other leadership conferences. She is the Chair of the Future-Ready Superintendent Leadership Network Design Team where innovative leaders from across the state gather to learn, share and grow together. Jill is also currently serving as the lead facilitator for TASA’s Aspiring Superintendent Academy.  Jill’s first book, Thrive Through the Five, was released in September and focuses on how to thrive through the most challenging seasons. Her book empowers leaders at all levels to thrive and lead during difficult times by giving them concrete examples and frameworks to inspire and provide a roadmap to work through tough leadership situations.  Although the book is aimed at leaders it the ideas transcend into personal lives as well.  In this podcast, you will experience Jill's enthusiasm, expertise and experience Jill's empowering ideas. The timing of this podcast is serendipitous with the many challenges our educators are facing during the pandemic.  Listen and gain some strategies to help you power through these tough times. ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------  Order Thrive Through the Five: Practical Truths to Powerfully Lead through Challenging Times   https://www.amazon.com/Thrive-Through-Five-Powerfully-Challenging/dp/195160038X/ref=sr_1_3?dchild=1&keywords=thrive+through+the+five&qid=1606067929&sr=8-3
27:27
November 20, 2020
What's Trending with ISTE?
Educators know that ISTE is the premier international conference, but how do you have a conference in a pandemic for over 15,000 people?  Our guest Liz Lee gives us an inside look into ISTE and what is happening in 2020. Liz Miller Lee is the Director of Online Learning at the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE). She leads ISTE U, ISTE’s online professional learning initiative, to help educators build the confidence, tools and strategies to accelerate innovation in their schools through engaging and impactful online courses. RESOURCE - online teaching microcourses and academy - https://www.iste.org/academy
30:44
November 13, 2020
Global Covid Impacts for Schools and Families
LinkedUp goes international for this podcast about the global COVID impacts on schools and families.Jamie and Jerri visit with school leaders Adam Archer from Vietnam, Jeff Kersting from Qutar, Jennifer Surujpaul of Egypt and Mark Goldhawk from the United Kingdom.  These educational leaders discuss the issues they have overcome as they work to educate students around the world  during a pandemic. Our friends in VIetnam discuss how they actually get their internet through a pipe in the ocean and the connectivity issues that surround that kind of internet connection. The best part of the podcast is learning from this global community and realizing we are all connected.  Technolgy gives us the power to learn from each other and grow together as leaders druing this very difficult time.   More about our guests:  Jennifer Surupaul has been working as a Director of IT in NCBIS for over two years. She currently holdas National Professional Qualification Middle Leadership (NPQML) focusing on development of leadership skills by raising attainment throughout the whole school. Previous to joining NCBIS, she  taught in the UK as Head of Computer Science and E-learning specialist for over 15 years. She is  passionate about education and technology, ensuring every child has the digital skills to succeed by developing resilience, confidence and becoming risk takers throughout the curriculum. She has also worked and lived in Holland as a network consultant. During her spare time, she enjoys fundraising for different charities including Cleft Lip and Palate Association (CLAPA) and Cancer Research. After 20 years of working in industries such as Biotechnology and Education, Adam Archer continues to be fascinated and passionate about technology’s role in our future. As a lifelong learner, he studies new technologies and methods to foster innovation. Adam believe that successful teamwork stems from a combination of empathy and technical proficiency. The positive influence of mentors and talented colleagues has helped him develop expertise in team leadership, enterprise architecture, and navigating organizational change. Mark Goldhawk is the Head of Digital Learning and part of the Senior Leadership Team at The Hawthorns School (Surrey, United Kingdom). He leads the School’s Digital Strategy to deliver an innovative curriculum that engages and inspires children to be creators, not just consumers. His other responsibilities include leading and managing academic reporting to parents and the senior school transfer process of pupils to their selected senior schools.  In his free time, Mark enjoys running with his wife Natalie and taking part in race events. He is also a Training Officer within the Combined Cadet Force, managing and delivering training to young men and women to develop their qualities of leadership, self-reliance and initiative. Jeff Kersting started teaching Grade 4  in 1995 in Idaho Falls, ID and after three years  he  began his overseas teaching experience at Tashkent International School in Uzbekistan with my wife .  In the Fall of 2000, they trekked  to South Korea and spent the next 17 years at Seoul Foreign School, teaching Grade 2 and Grade 4,   and MS computers. Jeff then became the Director of Educational Technology and finished up as the school's Director of Information Technology overseeing all infrastructure and educational technology for the school.  He and his wife left Korea in 2017 and have now live in Doha, Qatar at American School of Doha.  Jeff has been the  school's Director of Innovation and Technology for the past 3 years.  In his spare time, Jeff loves hunting and fishing and especially my passion for woodworking.
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November 06, 2020
Recruiting Tips for Players, Parents, and Coaches - Navigating COVID Impacts
As a twenty-year coaching veteran, Renee Lopez is an expert in the college recruiting process, leadership development training, and creating positive team environments. As a United States Soccer Federation (USSF)- and National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA)- licensed coach, she has recruited and produced 3 All-Americans and has been honored as Coach of the Year by her peers. In addition, she has served as an NCAA Compliance Director. She has learned the recruiting process from being a college student-athlete herself and from having worked as a high school varsity head coach for three years and a college coach for fourteen, in NCAA Divisions I, II, III, and NAIA.  produced 3 All-Americans and has been honored as Coach of the Year by her peers. In addition, she has served as an NCAA Compliance Director. She has learned the recruiting process from being a college student-athlete herself and from having worked as a high school varsity head coach for three years and a college coach for fourteen, in NCAA Divisions I, II, III, and NAIA.   In addition to being the CEO of her own leadership development, teambuilding, and coaching education academy consulting service, she is the author of a book on the college recruiting process for student-athletes titled Looking For A FULL RIDE?: An Insider’s Recruiting Guide where she has interviewed 65 college coaches and athletic directors. She currently does recruiting educational programs for individual families and groups.   In addition to consulting with high school families, coaches, athletic directors, and guidance counselors, she regularly speaks as a keynote and teaches seminars with Fortune 500 companies, sports organizations, non-for-profits, churches, and community groups. Her most requested keynote is “Building More Positive, Effective, and Confident Leaders and Teams”. She runs a weekly blog on the college recruiting process for high school student-athletes, 9 different Facebook groups related to coaching, recruiting, teambuilding, mindset, and leadership.  Her undergraduate degree is in Elementary Education and her graduate work from the University of Florida is in Exercise Sport Science (Sport Management/Pedagogy). She is also a certified speaker, trainer, and coach with the John Maxwell Team, Jon Gordon Company, D.I.S.C. Assessment Consulting, 3Dimensional Coaching, and Positive Coaching Alliance.  For more information on Renee Lopez: www.rlopezcoaching.com http://www.lookingforafullride.com/ http://blackcardspeakersbureau.com/topic/leadership-speakers/ http://www.johncmaxwellgroup.com/reneelopez/About Jon Gordon :: JG Speakers
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October 30, 2020
Digital Learning
George Perreault has been on the leading edge of technology integration in education for over two decades.  In this podcast he brings  the experience of having been the Instructional Technology Director for the 10th largest school district in the country, as he discusses technology integration during the pandemic. George outlines the need for digital learning in the face to face, remote learning and hybrid learning environments, and articulates the critical difference between digitized and digital curriculum.  Perreault identifies examples of successful teacher solutions and how digital integration can increase engagement, interactivity and develop 21st century skills for students. Currently George Perreault is the Chief Academic Officer at ClassLink.
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October 23, 2020
Esports....It's a Game-Changer
Esports has arrived in many schools and they are a game changer.  Listen as you hear from two eSPorts coaches as they talk about the setup, rigor, and positive outcomes of eSPorts. Chris Aviles is a teacher at Knollwood middle school in Fair Haven, New Jersey. There he runs the renowned Fair Haven Innovates program he created in 2015. Part of his FH Innovates program includes the FH Knights, the first middle school esports team in the country. As coach of the FH Knights, Aviles and his players take on all comers from around the country including other middle schools, high schools, and even colleges. Chris has been involved in esports since 1998 and he is passionate about growing the esportsedu movement. He has authored The Esports Education Playbook and runs a nonprofit, Garden State Esports, to help other educators start esports teams in their schools. Nate Simons is the Director of Technology for the Louisville Public School District in Louisville, NE. The district is PreK-12 and all in one building with about 650 students. Along with his tech director and teaching duties, he is also the high school Esports coach. Nate is on the board of the Nebraska School Esports Association (a NASEF affiliate) where he helps to organize season tournaments and helps to grow the scholastic gaming community.  To find out more about The Esports Education Playbook and the work Chris is doing, visit his website at http://www.techedupteacher.com/about-chris-aviles/
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October 16, 2020
Left To Their Own Devices
In this insightful eposide, dIgital sociologist, Dr. Julie Albright discusses the unseen opportunities in digital infrastructure - which she calls "the best job nobody knows about." She digs deep into how young people - and even older, more experienced people - have no idea that there is an entire suite of people and technologies running the apps they use on their phones everyday. Dr. ALbright discusses the  innovations in technology, specifically  power/ heating & cooling, battery storage and the impact they can have a global impact on things like climate change. Young people can make a significant difference in the world and this podcast disusses how this can happen and how our educational system plays a role in empowering young people. Dr. Julie M. Albright is a digital sociologist who was the Behavioral Lead of a $121 million Smart Grid Demonstration Grant funded by the U.S. Dept of Energy, and former managing director of the USC Energy Institute. She is a Board Member of Infrastructure Masons. A frequent media commentator, she teaches classes at USC on the Psychology of Interactive media and Sustainable Infrastructure. Her bestselling book Left to Their Own Devices: How Digital Natives Are Reshaping the American Dream from Prometheus Books was chosen as a Bloomberg - Top 30 Book of the Year. Her next book - the Cloud Machine, co-authored by Dean Nelson - will look at the challenges and opportunities of connecting everybody globally.
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October 09, 2020
It’s a Family Affair
Parents, grandparent, and siblings are now part of the educational and instructional landscape! Join this webinar to hear from parents, grandparents, and experts in the field here about their successes, challenges, and tips for all! This episode features former teacher and school counselor after 43 years in education Paula Henderson. Retired and now living in Lawrence, Kansas.  Loved my 43 years in education.  Taught many classes, from Art to Psychology,  preschool through college, in Kansas and Texas.  My last 23 years, in education, I was a School Counselor. Also Public Relations Specialist Matt Lara. Matt is a public relations professional at a regional health system, sharing stories of the patients they serve. Matt spends most nights and weekends on the soccer fields with is five active boys. When not on the soccer fields, him and his family enjoy spending time with their five dogs and finding new adventures to go on! And Ruben Lara, Behavioral Health Service Coordinator. Ruben Lara is currently a Licensed Master of Social Work in the State of Kansas. Ruben is originally from Topeka, KS. Ruben attended Baker University for his undergraduate degree and graduated in 2011 with a Bachelors of Arts in Sociology with an emphasis in Criminal Justice. Ruben then attended graduate school in Azusa, CA where he obtained his Masters in Social Work in 2013. After obtaining his Masters in Social Work, he then went back to Baker University and graduated with a Masters in Healthcare Administration with an emphasis in Healthcare Administration. Ruben currently works for Aetna Better Health of Kansas as a Behavioral Health Service Coordinator as well as doing part time crisis for Family Service and Guidance Center where he works with children that are having a mental health crisis. Ruben also serves as an adjunct professor for Washburn University in the Master of Social Work program. When not working Ruben also currently services on the board of directors for CASA of Shawnee County as well as assisting with the Foster Parent Advisory Board with KVC. Ruben and his husband, Matt Lara are currently parents to five children. And finally Folake Oshodi MD.  I am an adult and child psychiatrist.  I received my undergraduate degree from University of Pennsylvania and my medical degree from the University of Wisconsin.  I did my residency and fellowship at Albert Einstein/Montefiore College of Medicine.  I have been practicing psychiatry in NYC for 10 years and now in the Central Coast of California.  I am a distinguished fellow with the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatrists.
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October 02, 2020
Internet Safety: Keeping Our Students Safe Online
In this episode,Internet Safety: Keeping our Kids Safe Online, Gretchen Thompson uses the analogy that our students are on-line the new internet playground, yet who is on recess duty to alert listeners to concerns now that almost all students are spending educational time online.  Gretchen doesn’t only speak of the perils, she also provides tips to help parents keep their children safe during remote leaning.   Gretchen Thompson is the Regional Vice President of Sales for Gaggle. She brings with her an expansive background in educational technology, holding titles as Vice President of Sales and Marketing, Market Development, and Sales and Outreach over the past 12 years. A polished public speaker and passionate advocate for safety in the K-12 digital playground, she also holds certificates in women’s executive leadership and emotional intelligence leadership. A graduate of both Kent State and Case Western Universities, Gretchen resides in the Cleveland, Ohio area.
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September 25, 2020
Social Justice and Cultural Responsiveness
Ken Shelton is an educator, Ted X speaker, International speaker and very involved in the educational  technology community. Ken is especially involoved at the intersection of where technology,education, and equity meet. In this episode, Ken discusses systemic racism,   the tough questions educators should  ask in order to make  the policy decisions that will disrupt racism in our schools, from standardized tests, to discipline, to the curriculum, Ken Shelton explores these issues through a racial lens.   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. Ken 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.   ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------   Three Links Worth Connecting to   https://kennethshelton.net/     Ken Shelton (@k_shelton) | Twitter Understanding Cultural Appreciation verses Cultural Appropriation
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September 11, 2020
Wellness Circles
A new Jersey social worker discusses the process her school district used to make sure all personnel were emotionally supported for the return to school.  Wellness Circles provided a safe space for staff to mentally prepare for the school year ahead and to understand the importance of self-care and the support available from the school district. This episode features school social worker Nikkia Blair.
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September 07, 2020
Psychology of the Pandemic
Building powerful relationships in a virtual world. What signs of trauma and factors do we need to look for in our students, teachers , and all stakeholders during this time. Powerful tips to build great relationships and empower educators.  This episode also features Rich Harrison, Behavior Specialist, Lindsay McKanna, behavior specialist,  & Linda Aldrich, Professor. -- Three Links to connect to --  https://drive.google.com/file/d/1hsfWzPfx6ReZIa0zRXZYLXnuNeyLIwAE/view?usp=sharing   https://store.samhsa.gov/sites/default/files/d7/priv/sma16-4958.pdf  https://casel.org/   1. Seven Ways to build relationships in an online environment.  2. What data should educators be collecting during remote learning?  3. How can administrators empower and encourage teachers to share their ideas and concerns in an unprecedented learning environment!
27:25
August 31, 2020
Let's Get LinkedUp!
"Seek global perspectives on educational topics that matter. So many people to hear from with so many lessons learned. Lots of insight from individuals from around the world.  Linking up the movers and shakers who make it happen!"
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August 26, 2020
Re-Entry - Global Challenges for Back to School
Our conversation will be focused on the challenges that school leaders grapple with as they plan their 20-21 re-entry to school.  What  are the  challenges and considerations that school leaders  up at night? We will talk with 4 school leaders to get their perspectives.
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August 26, 2020