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Episode #125: Growing Empathy So We Connect More Deeply with Joshua Freedman

Episode #125 is with Joshua Freedman, a specialist on emotional intelligence, an author, and the Chief Executive Officer of Six Seconds, a non-profit dedicated to emotional intelligence (EQ). He has helped co-develop EQ assessments and published a number of books and articles on the topic, creating an international network of consultants and coaches.


Episode #124: Touch the Heart Before You Can Reach the Brain with Hal Roberts

Hal Roberts has had an amazing journey as a teacher, principal, superintendent, and educational consultant. Hal is the author of Make Waves! and started Safe Harbor Academy as a school for kids with incarcerated parents.


Empathy as our Superpower with Naomi Toland (Podcast Episode #123)

Naomi Toland has researched a variety of areas such as nutrition, neuroscience, and psychology through the lens of education which she shares on her Empathetic Educators platform.


Reflection #17: Becoming the Mentor Kids Deserve with Noa Daniel

Noa Daniel is a consultant and Chief Building Officer at Building Outside the Blocks, co-founder and executive director of The Mentoree, hosts the weekly OnEdMentors Podcast on voicEd Radio. Noa is a TEDx and the author of the newly released children’s book Strum and The Wild Turkeys.


Episode #122: Being an Advocate and Champion for Equity with Traci Browder

Traci Browder, M.Ed. is a trailblazer in education inspiring and is known best for her innovative, out-of-the-box teaching style with a mixture of Montessori, gifted/talented, and special services all rolled into one classroom environment.


Episode #121: Being Brave Even in Uncertain Times with Sean Arnold

Episode #121 is with Sean Arnold who has had a number of roles in his life from construction worker to actor to musician to salesman to a bartender to tv news crew and a number of things in between. He is also a special educator and STEM Coach who has taught in New York City’s District 75 citywide special needs program since 2005.


Episode #120: Many Gifts to Discover with Livia Chan

Livia Chan’s true calling was to be a classroom teacher. Her journey led her to serve on the District Staff Development Team in Learning Technologies and recently returned back to the classroom as the Head Teacher at Burnaby School District - SD41 in British Columbia, Canada.


Reflection #16: Learning from Every Interaction and Opportunity with Stephanie Rothstein

Reflection #16 is with Stephanie Rothstein Stephanie Rothstein who is an Educational Leader focused on making education more collaborative and less competitive modeling the risks we expect of our students. "Model the leaps we expect."


Reflection #15: Fostering an Anti-Racist Culture with Dr. Henry Turner

Reflection #15: Dr. Henry Turner shares his story with Barbara Bray about an incident that impacted his role as principal of Newton North HS and his professional life.


Episode #119: Bring Your Stories to Life with Tanya Gough

Tanya Gough is the founder of StoryBilder, a creative writing platform for new and aspiring writers. Tanya also writes middle-grade fantasy fiction and science-infused fantasy short stories for adults.


Episode #118: Unlocking the True Potential in Kids with Dr. Daniel Fried

Episode #118 Podcast and Post is with Dr. Daniel Fried who is Assistant Professor in Chemistry at Saint Peters University, has developed new methods and content for chemistry education in K-12. Daniel developed this methodology to bring high-level chemistry and biochemistry to kids at


Episode #117: Sparking Back a Love of Learning through Play with Katherine Mengardon

Episode #117 Podcast with Katherine Mengardon who is an education innovator and writer with 20 years of experience in developing online innovative education programs and resources. She is the author of the three Little Inventors non-fiction children’s books published by HarperCollins.


Episode #116: Evolving to Relentlessly Rethink Learning with Lainie Rowell

Lainie Rowell is an educator, author, podcaster, consultant and international speaker. Lainie is also the co-host of the Lemonade Learning Podcast and co-author of Evolving Learner.


Episode #115: Listen Courageously to the WHY Behind the Story with Juliana Tafur

Juliana Tafur is an award-winning filmmaker and workshop creator devoted to using films to facilitate experiences that promote understanding and foster human connection. Juliana runs Orkidea Films and produced/directed the documentary “List(e)n” and later she created the Listen Courageously movement.


Podcast Episode #114: Human-Centered Learning with Katherine Prince

As Vice President of Strategic Foresight, she speaks and writes about the trends shaping education over the next decade and helps education stakeholders strategize about how to become active agents of change in pursuing their ideal visions for the future learning ecosystem.


Reflection #14 on Why I Can Learn When I’m Moving with Nicole Biscotti and her son, Jason

The Rethinking Learning Reflection #14 is a conversation with Barbara Bray and Nicole Biscotti and her son, Jason about what it was like to have ADHD from a child, a student, a teacher's, and a parent's perspective.


Episode #113: Be the Change You Wish to Make! with Natalie Reeves Billing

Natalie Reeves Billing lives in Liverpool, UK, and is an inspirational teacher, creative author. lyricist, and social entrepreneur. She has a wicked sense of humor and writes fantastical stories for young audiences. Natalie enjoys map making, pranking people, and munching on jelly beans.


Reflection #13: Choose and Impart Joy in Uncertain Times with Jillian DuBois

Jillian DuBois teaches 2nd grade in Clearwater, FL, a learner, and infuser of JOY. Education has been her passion and heartbeat for 20 years where she loves guiding and partnering with her littles and colleagues to help them be all that they can with diligence and patience. This reflection is about her why to impart JOY, her book Liv's Seashells, and her story about her sister who influenced her book.


Reflection #12: Now is the Time to Disrupt the Status Quo with Dr. Basil Marin and “JT” Taylor

Just listen to Dr. Basil Marin, "JT" Taylor, and Barbara Bray share their thoughts about why now is the time to disrupt the status quo. It sounds as if they're sitting on a porch having a drink or coffee while sharing ideas. It goes deep. Enjoy!


Episode #112: Spread the Kindness Ripple through Books with Rich Simpson

Episode #112 is with Rich Simpson, a Year 6 teacher, Literacy Lead, from the Isle of Wight in the UK. He blogs about books and kindness and started the hashtag #kindnessripple on Twitter. After talking with Rich about his growing up in Northern Ireland and learning a little about his story, you will want to learn more.