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School Dazed features experts tackling a variety of challenges affecting children’s education from bullying, to gaming, to figuring out the “new math” and much more.

School Dazed features experts tackling a variety of challenges affecting children’s education from bullying, to gaming, to figuring out the “new math” and much more.
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School Dazed features experts tackling a variety of challenges affecting children’s education from bullying, to gaming, to figuring out the “new math” and much more.






The One About Your Freshman Year In College

Your freshman year in college is full of new experiences and discoveries. Adulting for the first time can be quite a shock with new responsibilities and autonomy. The fast pace and rigor of college curriculum may come as a surprise. Many students head to college without a realistic view of what their new life will be. This is a transition that is a big move for both student AND parent. In this episode, School Dazed Show Intern, Madison Elikins and I sat down with a mother daughter duo....


The One About Fostering A Relationship With The School

Parental involvement in education is vital. Studies show that when parents are involved students have better grades, behavior, social skills, and attendance. Sometimes it can be difficult to navigate the school system and to know who to reach out to when a problem occurs. Fostering a relationship with your child's school from day one can make the difference between a good year and a great year. In this episode we were joined by friend of the show, Andrea Fields. Andrea is a veteran educator...


The One About Teaching Kids To Value Differences

Our kids have access to people of diverse backgrounds, ethnicities, religions, sexual preferences, disabilities, etc. both in person and through their use of technology. With the face of their world rapidly changing, what do we do to encourage positive interactions and reduce unhealthy biases? In this episode we welcomed Nichole Franks who is a teacher and Director of Diversity at Alcuin School in Dallas, TX. For more information about our show head to


The One About Kindness

Some of our children's first social experiences are on the playground and in school where (hopefully) they put into practice what we've been teaching them at home. We all want to raise children who are kind and compassionate to their peers and to everyone they encounter. But, what are the best ways to teach kindness and to ensure they practice it, especially when we aren't around? We sat down with Community Relations Commission Director for the City of Arlington, Texas, Dr. Von Peaks and...


The One About Student Volunteerism

Volunteer work offers opportunity for students to prepare for the future as well as make a difference in the lives of those in need. Not only does it promote awareness of issues in the world making them more compassionate, but it can help them better understand themselves. Volunteerism is also a great resume builder for college applications. In this episode we sat down with Marshell Kregel, TX/Oklahoma District Marketing Chair for Kiwanis and Brandon Lopez, faculty sponsor of Key Club at a...


The One About Shared Custody and School

Separation and divorce takes a balancing act, when there are children involved. Getting on the same page regarding your children’s academic needs is vital to their well-being. In this episode we welcomed Michael Flores and Brooke DeLuna from Brighter Possibilities Family Counseling in Fort Worth Texas. Both have extensive experience working with families experiencing separation and divorce and discussed how to navigate shared custody and school. For more information about our show head...


The One About The Power of Play

Education reform has caused an erosion of play and physical education from our schools. Research shows that play helps foster social, emotional, and cognitive skills as well as increasing creativity in children. But play isn’t just important for younger students. Giving students of all ages opportunity to learn through unstructured play helps with problem solving, independence and grit! Today we welcomed creator and director of LiiNK Project at Texas Christian University, Dr. Debbie Rhea...


The One When The Kids Took Over: Social Media Edition

Social media has become a normal part of our day to day. Kids (and parents) spend hours a day scrolling, liking, and posting about any and everything. In this Kid Takeover episode, we invited students to tell us about the impact social media has had on their lives.


The One About the Superintendent

The superintendent is the CEO of a school district and is responsible for using financial and human resources to meet the needs of students, teachers, and faculty. A school district's board of directors hires the superintendent and he or she is responsible for implementing the goals they set to ensure success for their students. In this episode we welcomed Mansfield ISD superintendent, Jim Vaszauskas and Mansfield ISD school board President, Karen Marcucci who gave us an insider's look at...


The One About Summer Learning Loss

Summer is a critical time for students. Many students lose 1-3 months of math and reading skills during the summer. With a little effort we can help our children make the most of summertime while still giving them a chance to recharge. In this episode we spoke to the CEO of the National Summer Learning Association and the Director of Curriculum and Instruction at Irving Independent School District who gave us tips for avoiding summer learning loss. For more information about our show head...


The One About the State of Public Education

According to the The International Education Database which evaluates and reports the progress of educational goals around the world, the United States is ranked 26th. We hear stories about the education gap, teacher dissatisfaction, overcrowded classrooms, concern about standardized testing and wonder if our public education system is failing our children. In this episode we welcomed Andrea Fields, an associate superintendent, and advocate for quality education with over 40 years of...


The One About Helping Your Child Fail Well

Most of us have heard of helicopter parents. They’re the parents who take an overprotective approach to parenting and discourage a child's independence. Now we have bulldozer parents. These parents forge ahead before their child, removing all obstacles and ensuring success at every turn. Recent headlines of celebrities paying large amounts of money to bribe their children’s way into college are perfect examples of this. As parents we want the best for our children and we hate to see them...


The One Where the Listeners Asked the Questions

What’s on your mind? If you could ask any education related question, what would it be? We put this episode in the hands of our listeners. David and I hit the streets and found out what you wanted to know. Our expert guests, Buddy Bonner, Assistant Superintendent in Lewisville ISD near Dallas, TX and BeLinda Nikkel, education advocate and retired principal, have a combined 62 years of experience in education and answered common questions parents have about education. For more information...


The One About Sleep Health

Did you and your family get 8-10 hours of sleep last night (I didn’t either 😕)? We live in a society where lack of sleep is a badge of honor and a sign of dedication, but this episode may make you rethink your late-to-bed routine. Sleep hygiene or sleep health is a variety of different practices and habits that are necessary to have good nighttime sleep quality. Lack of sleep can effect children academically by causing impaired cognitive functioning, impaired attention, symptoms of...


The One About ADHD

We know our kids can be forgetful. It's not unusual for them to fidget, forget homework, get fidgety, but in some cases these can be signs of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. ADHD can affect your child’s ability to learn and get along with others. According to the ADD Resource Center, 6.4 million children ages 4-17 have been diagnosed with ADD and this number is on the rise. Our guests Dr. Courtney Walker and April Wooldridge are experts in the area of ADD and ADHD, and will offer...


The One About Fostering a Love of Reading

According to research by the American Psychological Association, only 20% of American teens report reading a book, magazine or newspaper daily for pleasure, but more than 80% report using social media daily. Traditional reading seems to be a dying art that is being snuffed out by playing video games, watching cat videos, and scrolling timelines in an average of 11 hours a day! What can we as parents do to combat scrolling and encourage page turning in this increasingly tech-driven...


The One About Early Childhood Literacy and Language

Early language and literacy (reading and writing) development begins in the first 3 years of life and is closely linked to a child’s earliest experiences with books and stories. Literacy opens the door to a brighter future and these early years are critical in shaping children’s development and lifelong learning potential. In this episode we welcome Dr. Anne van Kleeck, a professor at UNT Dallas in the School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences and Director of The Callier Center for...


The One About School Boards

EXCERPT FROM: “What Every Parent Should Know About Their School Board" "You, responsible citizen, are standing in a ballot box. Along with voting on important local measures, you come across a list of names running for the school board. You scan the list and realize that most, if not all, of the names are unfamiliar. Hmmmm, you think, I have no idea who to vote for. Really, does it matter? It’s just the school...


The One About Anxiety and Depression

According to the National Institute of Mental Health an estimated 3.1 million adolescents aged 12 to 17 in the United States had at least one major depressive episode in 2016. An estimated 2.2 million of these children experienced severe impairment and only 19 percent of them received care from a health professional. Depression, anxiety, and behavioral problems tend to co-exist and we are seeing these diagnosis in increasing numbers. In this episode we were joined by Jalea Seals, Licensed...


The One About State Testing

State achievement tests in the United States are standardized tests required in public schools in order for the schools to receive federal funding. State test scores are used by districts to measure student progress, and see how different demographics of students perform. States also use test scores to identify low-performing schools that need support. On this episode Tamara Albury, principal of Young Woman's Leadership Academy in Fort Worth, TX helps parents get a better understanding of...