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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 School Choice

School systems used to be one-size-fits-all. This didn’t always work for all students. These days parents have an array of options available to them and they’re able to make choices that work for their children. BUT, which choice is the right one? In this episode we welcome the president of National School Choice Week, Andrew Campanella. The National School Choice Week is the largest public awareness effort in the U.S. focusing on opportunity in K-12 education. Andrew shared with us...


The One About Gifted and Talented Students

According to the National Association for Gifted Children a total of 3 to 5 million children in grade K-12 are gifted and could use additional support in the classroom. Children who are gifted and talented (GT) don’t typically appear as most would imagine high achieving children do, so it can sometimes be challenging to identify them. GT programs have struggled to provide equitable identification of low-income students, black and Hispanic kids, and kids with special needs. Further...


The One About Social-Emotional Learning

Research shows Social-Emotional intervention leads to the higher likelihood of obtaining a college degree, adult employment, and lessens one’s chance of substance abuse or getting into trouble with the law as an adult. Social-Emotional Learning encompasses self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, relationship skills, and decision-making. Our guest, Priti Ahuja, is a Social and Emotional Learning Coach at a local school district here in the DFW area. Every Tuesday at 11:am CST...


The One About Rewiring Your Brain With Gratitude

Staci Danford is an Educational Neuroscientist and a Gratitude Expert with a Master’s Degree in Mind, Brain, and Education. She has taught thousands of students how to achieve greater success by maximizing their strengths and uncovering their hidden potential. Staci was voted by Fort Worth Magazine as A Top Teacher of the Year in 2016. Her Graduate Research study on how the brain processes gratitude gives her the unique opportunity to change the way parents and schools look at how children...


The One About Decisions and Consequesnces

As a juvenile district court judge, Alex Kim has had many troubled youth stand before him. As a coach and Sunday School teacher Judge Kim has also mentored and taught kids to make good choices and follow positive role models. With peer pressure and media heavily influencing our children it can be difficult for them to know which path to choose, which makes knowing how to engage our kids in ways that will impact them the most so important. Join me as I discuss this topic with Tarrant County...


The One About The Stressed Out Student

Students seem to be under more stress and pressure now than ever. Pressure to perform and succeed has caused many students to seek unhealthy solutions to relieve stress. In this episode guest co-host and psychologist Dr. Jantel Jordan and I explored this topic with high school and middle school counselors Stephanie Threets and Danielle Fitch from AISD. Don't miss this one! We're all stressed. This episode will help both your child and YOU! For more information about our show head to...


The One About Transitioning to Middle And High School

Transitioning from elementary to middle and from middle to high school can be tricky and full of emotion for both child and parent. In this episode we sat down with Telisa Brown, Director of Guidance & Counseling for the Arlington Independent School District and AISD counselor Jodie Dunn. They shared tips for making a smooth transition to your child's new school.


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...