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Episode #54: Create an Awarding Winning Culture with Hans Appel

Hans Appel has been a Counselor at Enterprise Middle School in the Richland School District in WA for the past 17+ years. Recently, Hans launched his own blog about School Culture and this fall rolled out a student-led leadership podcast called Award Winning Culture: Hosted by Wildcat Nation. Hans is absolutely driven to helping students ...


Episode #53: Leadership and Why Mindset Matters with Evan Robb

Evan Robb is Principal of Johnson-Williams Middle School in Berryville, Virginia, is a recipient of the Horace Mann Educator of the Year Award and served on the N.C.T.E. National Commission for Reading. He is an author of the Principal’s Leadership Sourcebook and a new book The Ten Minute Principal. He has his own podcast, The ...


Episode #52: Stories from the Heart and Sparks in the Dark with Todd Nesloney

Todd Nesloney was a classroom teacher for seven years before taking the leap straight from classroom teacher to campus principal at John C. Webb Elementary in Navasota, Texas. Todd took over a struggling campus and brought in a brand new staff. He used his creative ideas to transform the campus and has been recognized with many ...


Episode #51: Meaningful Progress to Put Learners First with Kerry Gallagher

Kerry Gallagher is the St. John’s Prep Assistant Principal for Teaching and Learning, ConnectSafely Director of Education, an EdSurge Columnist, ASCD Emerging Leader, a TEDx and Keynote Speaker, and an attorney. I was fortunate to do an Ignite at ISTE in 2016 at the same time as Kerry. She was so amazing that they asked ...


Episode #50: Being Joyful and Finding your Awesome with Bethany Hill

Bethany Hill serves as Lead Learner, Chief Energy Officer, and Chief Storyteller at Central Elementary in Cabot, Arkansas. She has been in education for 19 years in the roles of kindergarten, first, second, and third-grade classroom teacher, curriculum coach, assistant principal, and principal. Bethany is one of the originators of #EduAR and founder of #JoyfulLeaders. ...


Episode #49: Create an Innovation Ecosystem that Empowers All Learners with Katie Martin

Dr. Katie Martin is the Head of Partnerships-West at AltSchool. Over the last 5 years, she has worked in diverse contexts to learn, research, and support deeper learning for all students. She has served as a middle school English language teacher, literacy coach, new teacher mentor, university instructor, and coordinator of district programs. Katie is ...


Episode #48: Diving Deep into Inquiry Mindset with Trevor MacKenzie

Trevor MacKenzie is a high school teacher, Instructional Coach, speaker, and author of two books, Dive into Inquiry and Inquiry Mindset. He teaches at Oak Bay High School in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. I was excited to receive a preview copy and write a review of Trevor’s new book, Inquiry Mindset. It is amazing and ...


Episode #47: Why Choose to Matter with Angela Maiers

Angela Maiers is a world-renowned author, entrepreneur, international keynote speaker, and educator, whose transformative message of the importance of mattering has the power to unleash the genius in us all. I’ve known Angela for many years, followed her on social media, and always look forward to spending time with her in person at conferences. I ...


Episode #46: Enriching Learning through Global Collaboration with Jan Zanetis

Jan Zanetis is the Managing Director at the Center for Interactive Learning and Collaboration and is currently serving on the ISTE Board of Directors as the Board Secretary. In 2015, Jan was awarded the coveted “Making IT Happen” award from ISTE. I have known Jan for over 20 years and always look forward to catching ...


Episode #45: Pump the Positive with Dr. Rena Hawkins

Dr. Rena Hawkins is the principal of Maple Elementary School in the Smithville School District in Missouri. She was recently honored by being selected as a 2018 Missouri Association of Elementary School Principals Exemplary New Principal. Rena co-hosts the Share Mo Edu Podcast with Dr. Eric Carlin. I was lucky to meet Rena on a ...


Episode #44: Build a Culture of Innovation and Entrepreneurship with Don Wettrick

Don Wettrick is known for his award-winning work as a middle school and high school teacher; educational and innovation consultant; and educational speaker. Don is the CEO and founder of StartEdUp, author of “Pure Genius: Building a Culture of Innovation and Taking 20% Time to the Next Level” and Innovation Specialist at Noblesville High School, ...


Episode #43: Competency-Based Education as a New Architecture for K-12 with Rose Colby

Rose Colby is the author of Competency-Based Education: A New Architecture for K-12 Schooling and co-author of Off the Clock. She is a Competency-Based Learning and Assessment specialist and serves as a national advisor and contributor to Rose is a Fellow at 2Revolutions where she coaches schools and districts nationally in developing prototypes for ...


Episode #42: Embrace a Culture of Joy with Dean Shareski

Dean Shareski is the Community Manager for Discovery Education Canada since 2012. From 2002-2012, he worked as a Digital Learning Consultant with the Prairie South School Division in Moose Jaw, SK, Canada. Previous to that Dean taught grades K-8 for 14 years and specializes in the use of technology in the classroom. Dean wrote “Embracing ...


Episode #41: Supporting and Mentoring Teachers with Ilene Winokur Alzaid

Ilene Winokur Alzaid, Ed.D is a passionate educator and supportive mentor who has lived in Kuwait since 1984. She was an Elementary School Principal, English Foundation Program University Director and Accreditation Steering Committee, Chairperson. I met Ilene at ISTE last year in San Antonio. It was like we had known each other for years. We ...


Episode #40: Asking Good Questions and Separating Fact from Fiction with Sara Armstrong

Sara Armstrong, Ph. D. is an educational consultant, keynote speaker, presenter, and writer working to provide resources and tools for change in education. With over 44 years as an educator, Sara has developed and implemented workshops on many topics, including information literacy, storytelling, technology integration, global resources for education, project-based learning, and integrating true social-emotional ...


Episode #39: Scaling Innovations with Ted Fujimoto

Ted Fujimoto is President of Landmark Consulting Group, Inc., a management and investment consultancy for scaling innovations in learning. Ted helped to design and create the replication systems and strategy for several of the highest performing public school designs in the country that created over 350 schools, including New Tech Network and Big Picture Learning. ...


Episode #38: Keeping the Spark Alive with Kevin McLaughlin

Kevin McLaughlin works as a Senior Lecturer in Primary Education at Bishop Grosseteste University Lincoln. Before that, he taught in Primary Schools for twenty years and also worked as a Deputy Headteacher in England and Spain. Kevin is also a Google Certified Innovator, Google Certified Trainer, and Apple Distinguished Educator. Kevin wrote about personal ...


Episode #37: Hope, Unity, Education, and Democracy with Dr. Darryl Adams

Dr. Darryl Adams is the Rock & Roll, Hip Hop & Soul Superintendent, Thought Leader and a Technology Evangelist! His goal for education is to help make this a better world by inspiring everyone to participate in providing equity, equality, and opportunity for all by ensuring that we “Leave No Child Offline and No Teacher ...


Episode #36: Shift This! to Implement Gradual Change with Joy Kirr

Joy Kirr, a middle school teacher, author, and speaker, was nominated for a Golden Apple award for excellence and teaching in Illinois. Joy has been a National Board Certified Teacher since 2007 and is the author of Shift This: How to Implement Gradual Changes for Massive Impact in Your Classroom. I’ve been following Joy on ...


Episode #35: Finding Your Why and Telling Your Stories with Cate Tolnai

Cate Tolnai is the Director of Member Engagement for CUE and is in her 15th year in k12 education. She taught middle school and worked as a district TOSA as well as district and county level administrator. She is dedicated to making the lives of teachers and administrators in California a little smoother, safer and ...