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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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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 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
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
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
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
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
Dr. Klaisner is joined by Jeff Tarr, Communications Specialist, to discuss the Covid-19 Pandemic. 
28:28
January 19, 2021
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
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
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
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
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
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