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Shift Everything

Shift Everything

By Shift Everything

There are those who say “that’s just the way things are” and there are those who push for change. The West40 team of educators and advocates, led by Dr. Mark Klaisner, is the latter. Shift Everything challenges the education community to shake up their thinking and prepare to challenge the status quo to make the impossible become possible.
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Restorative Practices
Restorative Practices
When a child expresses aggression in school, how should educators respond? Restorative Practices can be alternatives to traditional school disciplinary measures. West40 professional learning specialist Demian LaPointe explains how he was introduced to restorative practices and why they can make a positive difference in the lives of students, teachers and families.
16:33
November 21, 2022
Equity in Education
Equity in Education
West40 assistant executive Dr. Mike Popp is joined by Dr. Juile Morris of the West40 professional learning team for a conversation on how diversity, equity, inclusion and race play an important role in our dialogue about serving the educational needs of all students.
33:23
November 09, 2022
Online Threat Training
Online Threat Training
Shift Everything host Chris Coffey speaks to Rich Wistocki, a retired suburban Chicago police detective who has dedicated his career to protecting children from online threats. He travels the country to educate law enforcement using cutting edge investigative techniques and schools, parents and children on responsible digital activity. Warning: this episode includes references to crime topics, including sexual assault and gun violence.
28:20
October 26, 2022
Behavioral Support
Behavioral Support
For many students, help in the classroom goes beyond academic support. Host Chris Coffey talks to West40's behavior analyst Holly McCarthy to hear how behavioral support for students can positively impact lives.
13:39
October 12, 2022
Pathway to College
Pathway to College
A student's pathway to college can look any number of ways. West40's Chris Coffey talks to Blanca Jara of Morton College to hear how high school students and their families can prepare for the college experience and how a two year college can open up doors to more opportunities.
22:59
September 28, 2022
Mental Health Needs
Mental Health Needs
Mental health support is more accessible than ever for Illinois' students and educators. West40's Nicole Pieranunzi describes a new state program that school districts can use to create their own mental health action plans.  And there's no cost to the district!
14:40
September 14, 2022
Remote Learning Revolution
Remote Learning Revolution
Remote learning changed the definition of school for millions of American students and teachers during the pandemic.  Opinions and results were mixed at the time.  While in-person learning has since returned, some educators continue to teach digitally and their students are thriving.  West40's Chris Coffey talks to Melissa Hoskins to learn about her experiences as a teacher during the pandemic and how she now heads a full-time remote school.
14:53
August 30, 2022
Heart Healthy Month 2022 with Jennifer Smiley of AHA
Heart Healthy Month 2022 with Jennifer Smiley of AHA
Dr. Klaisner is joined by Jennifer Smiley, Youth Market Director of the American Heart Association, to discuss heart healthy suggestions for our students and teachers!
19:01
February 07, 2022
Policy Recommendation with Jeff Tarr
Policy Recommendation with Jeff Tarr
Dr. Klaisner is joined by Jeff Tarr, Communications Specialist, to discuss policy recommendations regarding the teacher shortage in Illinois.
26:01
February 17, 2021
COVID-19 and Teacher Shortage with Jeff Tarr
COVID-19 and Teacher Shortage with Jeff Tarr
Dr. Klaisner is joined by Jeff Tarr, Communications Specialist, to discuss how the COVID-19 pandemic affected the teacher shortage in Illinois.
24:46
February 17, 2021
Educator Shortage Survey with Jeff Tarr
Educator Shortage Survey with Jeff Tarr
Dr. Klaisner is joined by Jeff Tarr, Communications Specialist to discuss the education shortage survey in Illinois. Dr. Klaisner, President of IARSS, explains how IARSS is at the forefront of assessing the teacher shortage in Illinois.
18:46
February 17, 2021
The Pandemic with Jeff Tarr
The Pandemic with Jeff Tarr
Dr. Klaisner is joined by Jeff Tarr, Communications Specialist, to discuss the Covid-19 Pandemic. 
28:28
January 19, 2021
Technology with Jeff Tarr
Technology with Jeff Tarr
Dr. Klaisner is joined by Jeff Tarr, Communications Specialist, to discuss Technology. 
14:22
January 19, 2021
Teacher Shortage with Jeff Tarr
Teacher Shortage with Jeff Tarr
Dr. Klaisner is joined by Jeff Tarr, Communications Specialist, to discuss the educator shortage in Illinois and across the country.  Dr. Klaisner, President of IARSS,  explains how IARSS is in the forefront of assessing the teacher shortage in Illinois.
15:57
November 30, 2020
Rethinking School Inspections
Rethinking School Inspections
Steve Bogren, Director of Compliance at West40, joins the podcast to explain how West40 has transformed the perception of compliance in West Suburban Cook County. Along with Dr. Klaisner, Steve explains how ISCs can shift their approach to compliance to become an encouraging partner for local schools.
25:07
April 21, 2020
Building a Support System for Educators
Building a Support System for Educators
Dr. Klaisner and Sharon Balderas, West40 Licensure Specialist, talk about the teacher shortage in Illinois and discuss how West40’s forward-thinking approach helps teachers and administrators to keep up with changing requirements.
13:16
April 21, 2020
Race & Inequality in Education
Race & Inequality in Education
How can we change our thinking to address inequality in our school system? For this discussion of difficult issues, Dr. Mike Popp, Assistant Executive Director of West40, joins Dr. Klaisner to talk about implicit bias among school faculty, the impact of No Child Left Behind, and much more.
32:47
April 21, 2020
Designing the 21st Century School
Designing the 21st Century School
Dr. Klaisner is joined by Dr. Mike Popp, Assistant Executive Director of West40, and Steve Bogren, Director of Compliance at West40, to discuss how to create a school for 21st century learning. They cast a vision for how classroom design can evolve, how to create more equitable funding for districts across Illinois, and more.
27:43
April 21, 2020