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Are you ready for an adventure in learning? Need some STEMspiration for your class, library, or life? Join your host, Dr. Diane Jackson Schnoor, as we talk to fascinating guests from a variety of disciplines and build connections between real world experiences, multicultural children's literature, and STEM/STEAM learning, with a little joy sprinkled in for good measure! Links to the books featured in the weekly podcast can be found here: https://bookshop.org/shop/drdianeadventures Full show notes can be found at: https://www.drdianeadventures.com/blog

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Are you ready for an adventure in learning? Need some STEMspiration for your class, library, or life? Join your host, Dr. Diane Jackson Schnoor, as we talk to fascinating guests from a variety of disciplines and build connections between real world experiences, multicultural children's literature, and STEM/STEAM learning, with a little joy sprinkled in for good measure! Links to the books featured in the weekly podcast can be found here: https://bookshop.org/shop/drdianeadventures Full show notes can be found at: https://www.drdianeadventures.com/blog

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540-895-2848


Episodes

Giving Voice to Joy, Beauty, and Anxiety: Adventures with Award-Winning Author Hena Khan

2/22/2024
In today's society, childhood anxiety is increasingly visible, as more young people and their families find themselves grappling with these silent battles. On this week's episode of the Adventures in Learning podcast, award-winning author Hena Khan discusses her latest book, Drawing Deena. In Drawing Deena, Hena addresses the subtle onset of anxiety that is often overlooked by adults. We talk about the necessity of proper support systems within schools and how cultural stigmas can prevent access to these vital resources. Her portrayal of Deena is not just about the internal turmoil of anxiety but also about the external factors such as family dynamics, creativity, and the unique challenges faced by children of immigrants. One of the topics we explore is the impact of social media on today's youth. We talk about the intricacies of managing an online presence and the emotional toll it can take on us. Hena shares a poignant passage from Drawing Deena, depicting the character's surprise at the positive reception of her artwork online, highlighting the double-edged sword of social media validation. One of the many things I love about Hena Khan is the way she centers Muslim characters in many genres, allowing them to be proud of their cultures and identities while experiencing relatable middle grade pressures and struggles. A sampling of her work includes Amina's Voice, Amina's Song, More to the Story, Zara's Rules for Living Your Best Life, One Sun and Countless Stars, Zain's Super Friday, Crescent Moons and Pointed Minarets, Golden Domes and Silver Lanterns, Under My Hijab, Like the Moon Loves the Sky, and Unicorn Rescue Society: Secret of the Himalayas. Her transition from picture books to middle-grade novels reflects the growth of her own children and the feedback from her readers. In addition to Drawing Deena, Hena's upcoming projects are showcased, including Like a Boss, The Door is Open, We Are Big Time, and Behind My Doors: The Story of the World's Oldest Library. Hena shares her hopes and the inspiration she draws from young readers, highlighting their innate sense of fairness and potential to shape a better future. Support the showRead the full show notes, visit the website, and check out my on-demand virtual course. Continue the adventure at LinkedIn or Instagram. *Disclosure: I am a Bookshop.org. affiliate.

Duration:00:31:48

Graphic Novels as Gateways: Sparking STEM Discoveries with Jason Burns

2/15/2024
Explore the integration of storytelling and STEM with Jason M. Burns. His comics aren't just for fun—they're gateways to learning and discovery! In a world where education is constantly evolving, graphic novels have emerged as a potent tool for teaching complex concepts in an engaging way. Jason M. Burns, an innovator in the educational comic book industry, is at the forefront of this transformation. Throughout his career, Jason has seen graphic novels evolve from being considered mere entertainment to being pivotal educational tools, especially for reluctant readers. By integrating STEM concepts into familiar fairy tales, Jason has found a way to make learning an enjoyable experience for children. During the podcast, Jason talks about his transition from an entertainment journalist and screen writer to a key player in the educational comics scene. His approach to teaching through storytelling is simple yet profound. Instead of presenting dry, technical information, Jason twists classic narratives into adventures that teach children STEM concepts in a seamless and fun way. His series, which includes titles like Jack and the Beanstalk's Cloudy Close-Up and Hansel and Gretel and the All You Can Eat Sweet Buffet, offers children lessons in meteorology, plant growth, nutrition, and survival skills without them realizing they are learning! Jason's commitment to education goes beyond the creation of graphic novels. His own experiences as a parent have shaped the way he approaches storytelling. By running his material by his children, he ensures that his work resonates with young readers and provides them with valuable takeaways that they are eager to share with friends. Check out some of his most recent creations like The Crocodingo That Loved a Flamingo and The Yeti Who Coughed Up Confetti. With the Frog Boy series, Jason delves into the realm of social and emotional learning, again demonstrating the versatility of comics and manga. Though Frog Boy doesn't include specific educational callouts, the series is designed to provide life lessons through storytelling, which can be just as impactful. Jason also touches on the technical aspects of creating graphic novels, such as the challenge of lettering manga, which reads right to left, rather than left to right as is common in Western literature. This adds a layer of complexity not only to the creation process but also to the reading experience, offering children a unique opportunity to develop their cognitive flexibility. As graphic novels continue to gain recognition as educational tools, it's creators like Jason M. Burns who will lead the charge in sparking STEM discoveries for young minds everywhere. Also, be sure to check out the What About? podcast that Jason co-hosts with Danny Nucci. Support the showRead the full show notes, visit the website, and check out my on-demand virtual course. Continue the adventure at LinkedIn or Instagram. *Disclosure: I am a Bookshop.org. affiliate.

Duration:00:26:45

Empowering Educators and Igniting Passion-Driven Learning with Dr. Kimberly Johnson

2/8/2024
How can educators embrace their crucial role in shaping lives and communities? Meet motivational speaker, author, and educational leader Dr. Kimberly P. Johnson, whose life work illuminates the transformative power of teaching. I have known Dr. Kimberly for nearly 25 years, since we first met at a children's literature conference, where she inscribed a copy of her early book, The Adventures of the Itty Bitty Bunny, for my daughter. Since that time, I have followed her career with interest. Her TedX Talk and her book Data Doesn't Always Determine Success have been important influences in my own work in classrooms across the country. And, I can tell you from personal experience, she is one of the most engaging keynote speakers out there. She's got the power to motivate and lift an audience and inspire them to find the joy in teaching because she practices what she preaches. In this episode, Dr. Kimberly shares her COACHES acronym, guiding us through the profound impact that mentors and community leaders have in motivating and guiding the young minds entrusted to them. Educators and families alike will enjoy the lively conversation that looks at how education needs to evolve to keep pace with child development and to prepare students to thrive using creativity, communication, collaboration, critical thinking, and problem-solving skills. We also explore ways that hands-on, experiential learning and providing a culturally responsive learning environment helps awaken curiosity and celebrates success. This episode underscores the pivotal shift in classroom management strategies, focusing on nurturing self-regulation over imposing control, thus laying the groundwork for a future of responsible and empowered adults. As a resource for families and educators alike, Dr. Kimberly shares a Positive Parenting Guide with 126 practical tips for engaging children and offering invitations to explore and self-regulate. The guide was created by her students at Clemson University. You can find the link in the show notes on my website. Dr. Kimberly, who holds multiple advanced degrees, is currently completing her Board Certified Behavior Analyst coursework and has a vision of applying this knowledge to enhance both educators' and students' experiences. We also discuss Dr. Kimberly's partnership with the King Center and her authorship of It Starts With Me with Dr. Bernice A. King. It Starts With Me delves into the idea of BE LOVE as a verb, as a call to action and a catalyst for change. This concluding message brims with hope and the importance of positive reinforcement and active listening in nurturing a world rich in compassion and understanding. Support the showRead the full show notes, visit the website, and check out my on-demand virtual course. Continue the adventure at LinkedIn or Instagram. *Disclosure: I am a Bookshop.org. affiliate.

Duration:00:45:31

THIS OPERATION IS HOT. WE ARE A GO. Join the Mission Manhattan tour with NYT Best Selling Author James Ponti

2/2/2024
Have you ever wondered how a childhood filled with reading struggles could blossom into a career of crafting captivating stories for middle-grade readers? James Ponti, the creative force behind the City Spies series, takes us on an exhilarating journey from his days as a fledgling reader to becoming a literary hero for the younger generation. His tale is a testament to the life-changing magic that dedicated teachers can weave, showing us that with a bit of encouragement and a lot of perseverance, the bridge from difficulty to success is one that any aspiring mind can cross. James Ponti also gives us a sneak peek at the brand-new City Spies: Mission Manhattan, which launches this week, and the environmentally-conscious Sherlock Society series. His stories do more than entertain; they instill a sense of adventure and problem-solving that can inspire both the youth and adults alike. And teachers and librarians, his website contains a lot of resources you can use for enrichment when teaching his books! So buckle up and prepare for a ride through the imaginative realms of one of today's most influential middle-grade authors, where the love for story is just as important as the message it carries to its readers. This episode celebrates the heart of strong storytelling for reluctant readers. James shares his transition from the world of television screenwriting to penning novels that reflect a rich tapestry of backgrounds and experiences, embodying the diverse world that our readers are part of. He opens up about the meticulous research and personal site visits that go into each book, ensuring that the settings are as authentic as his dialogue. Whether it's the streets of Venice, the corridors of Washington DC, or the secret nooks and crannies of the NY Public Library, James's commitment to bringing these worlds to life is matched only by his dedication to writing characters that resonate with young hearts and minds. Support the showRead the full show notes, visit the website, and check out my on-demand virtual course. Continue the adventure at LinkedIn or Instagram. *Disclosure: I am a Bookshop.org. affiliate.

Duration:00:37:46

Adventures in New Zealand: Discovering Glowworms in Ruakuri Cave

1/18/2024
Prepare to be dazzled as we unlock the secrets of New Zealand's glowworms with the help of our enthusiastic guides, Ruben and Xavier from Ruakuri Cave Tour and Black Water Rafting Company. Imagine creatures that light up the dark with their own living lanterns, dangling mucus fishing lines to ensnare their prey. We'll track these glowing beings from their twinkling larval stage through to their ephemeral adult phase where they exist solely to continue their lineage. Step into the hallowed depths of Ruakuri Cave, where the echoes of Maori legends blend with the science of spectacular subterranean formations. Journey with me as we discover the geological marvels within, guided by the insights of our guides and my niece, Alice. We conclude with a glimpse into the lives of our cave and glowworm guides with tales that illuminate the dark—the legends that haunt these spaces, the joys of introducing visitors to its wonders, and the heartfelt dedication to preserving this otherworldly environment. Each story paints a picture of the deep connection between the people who work there and the magical, glowing world they call their office. Support the showRead the full show notes, visit the website, and check out my on-demand virtual course. Continue the adventure at LinkedIn or Instagram. *Disclosure: I am a Bookshop.org. affiliate.

Duration:00:23:27

STEAMING into Joyful Learning with Teaching Artist Jef Lambdin

1/12/2024
Embark on an enlightening voyage through the expressive world of educational performance art with the incredible mime and teaching artist, Jef Lambdin. His captivating tale begins in a mime troupe and unfolds into a nationwide journey, blending his artistry with academic learning standards. As Jef regales us with experiences from his Lincoln Center training, we discover the transformative power of starting with art (the A in STEAM education) to foster deep educational experiences. By integrating performance into English language arts, physical education, and science, he illustrates the profound influence that the arts can wield in shaping student understanding. Jef and I explore our creative takes on professional development for educators, focusing on strategies and ideas for merging multicultural literature with STEM and STEAM activities. Professional development for teachers and student enrichment programs should be FUN, not boring, and we both subscribe to the belief that we learn best through play. Join the conversation as we explore strategies for cross-curricular engagement and equip educators with innovative ideas to revitalize their classrooms. From embodying scientific concepts to acting out diverse stories, we explore techniques that activate student participation and learning. Discover how mimicking animal movements or diving into ecosystems through play can add an entirely new dimension to subjects traditionally viewed as rigid and academic. Finally, we turn the pages on how multicultural picture books can support social-emotional learning and executive function, as well as enhance communication and writing skills. We delve into the art of empathy, sharing how students can learn to walk in someone else's shoes through sensitive reenactments and collaborative projects. For those inspired by this episode, I invite you to visit drdianadventures.com for full show notes and to discover additional resources that can bring this artistic alchemy into your own educational space. Support the showRead the full show notes, visit the website, and check out my on-demand virtual course. Continue the adventure at LinkedIn or Instagram. *Disclosure: I am a Bookshop.org. affiliate.

Duration:00:42:35

A Cosmic Quest for Knowledge with Author Jennifer Swanson

1/4/2024
Get ready to blast off into a world where science meets storytelling with our special guest Jen Swanson, the NASA STEMfluencer who is making waves with more than 40 nonfiction books for kids (and their curious adults), as well as her inspiring podcast Solve It for Kids. In this episode, we journey through Jen's inspiring path to becoming a NASA STEMfluencer, her firsthand experiences at the Kennedy Space Center during the Artemis One launch, and her exciting encounters with astronauts. Her passion for bringing the wonders of STEM to children is as infectious as it is vital for fostering future generations of innovators. Plus, don't miss out on hearing about the behind-the-scenes access she's had, including an exclusive look inside the Johnson Space Center. Jen is incredible at taking big concepts that are difficult and boiling them down to small things that people can understand. We delve into the craft of nonfiction writing and the importance of connecting with experts to bring authenticity to the page. Hear how Jen's book Astronaut-Aquanaut, benefited from insights provided by real-life space and sea adventurers, and how a bold request led to a private tour of the renowned CERN facility. We also examine the educational power of STEM books, from creatively teaching car safety in Save the Crash Test Dummies to highlighting the importance of climate awareness in Footprints Across the Planet. This conversation is a tribute not only to the art of making science relatable but also to those educators who seamlessly weave these narratives into their classrooms, igniting curiosity and a passion for knowledge in their students. You can watch the entire episode on YouTube. Also, be sure to check out Jen's books. Support the showRead the full show notes, visit the website, and check out my on-demand virtual course. Continue the adventure at LinkedIn or Instagram. *Disclosure: I am a Bookshop.org. affiliate.

Duration:00:35:05

Curiosity and Storytelling: MSNBC Audio Executive Producer Aisha Turner

12/27/2023
Does the world have you baffled? Looking to spark your curiosity and make sense of what's going on? Join Dr. Diane for a very special year-end edition of the Adventures in Learning podcast with award-winning producer and writer Aisha Turner. Aisha is a producer and writer from the Baltimore area. She is currently the Executive Producer on the NBC News/MSNBC podcast Into America. Previously, Aisha was a producer with StoryCorps. She was also the first Race and Ethnicity Reporter for WUWM – Milwaukee Public Radio and had worked in the city as a radio producer on Precious Lives – an award-winning series about gun violence in Milwaukee. Her work seeks to encourage empathy, create connection, and put events into context so that this world can seem a little less baffling. [00:01] Introduction [01:13]The Steve Spangler Connection [02:51] Impact of Travel and Experiences [06:46] Aisha's Journey in Media - Highlights: Fellowship at PBS NewsHour, international experiences, and transition to audio storytelling. [08:05] Role as Executive Producer at MSNBC Audio - Overseeing podcasts, staffing, and editorial approaches. - Main show: Into America with host Tremaine Lee. [10:06] Qualities of Engaging Storytelling - High-quality production, intimate storytelling, and challenging assumptions. - Emphasizes the importance of empathy, connection, and putting events into context. [11:01] Encouraging Empathy and Creating Connection - Making world events less baffling. - Acknowledging the impact of media on perceptions and policies. [14:45] Uncovering Underreported Stories - The need for more in-depth coverage of climate change's impact on marginalized communities. - Focus on ongoing issues like food security and homelessness. [18:20] Challenges in Media Today - Speed, defining the audience, and resource constraints - Balancing nuance and thoroughness with quick turnaround times. [19:53] Stories Aisha Would Like to See - More in-depth coverage of climate change's impact on marginalized communities. - Creative storytelling around ongoing issues like food security and homelessness. [24:10] Notable Project: "Reconstructed" - Explores historical events and connects them to contemporary issues. [26:03] Influential Figures: Oprah and Nikole Hannah-Jones - Aisha admires Oprah's openness, curiosity, and ability to cover a range of topics. - Nikole Hannah-Jones is Aisha's current journalism crush for her masterful storytelling. [27:46] Current Curiosities - Learning about other cultures through travel. - Exploring international contexts and political systems. [30:16] Sources of Joy - Connecting with new people, reflecting, and taking on new challenges. - Currently finds joy in her role at work and her continuous growth. [30:51] New Year Adventures - Plans to travel more and take more art classes. - Expresses a desire to lean into creativity and the joy of being a creator. Support the showRead the full show notes, visit the website, and check out my on-demand virtual course. Continue the adventure at LinkedIn or Instagram. *Disclosure: I am a Bookshop.org. affiliate.

Duration:00:32:49

Windows and Mirrors -- A Gen Z Perspective

12/20/2023
Do you remember your favorite book as a child? If you do, there's probably a good reason for that. Must have left an impression on you. Something about it was impactful. Maybe it taught you something you didn't know before, or you were able to see yourself in the main character's shoes. Whatever the reason, children's stories are important in this episode, we're talking about taking those stories and adapting them to a new medium and even a new audience. This fall, I co-taught a First Year Seminar course at Shenandoah University with LaTasha Do'Zia, Executive Director of Selah Theatre Project. All semester, our students explored the concept of windows, mirrors, and sliding glass doors (Dr. Rudine Sims Bishop's seminal concept) through multicultural picture books, performance, community service, and reflection and class discussion. This very special podcast episode is their culminating project for the semester. Narrated by FYS Mentor Jenny Cortez, you'll explore five different chapters or points of view involving windows and mirrors, ranging from visual storytelling, music and storytelling, books that resonated in childhood, how gender connects with storytelling, and the impact of the digital age and censorship and boundaries in storytelling. 1:25: How do we adapt children's picture books into visual storytelling for all ages? (Riley, Josie, Petra, Jaxon) 6:44: How do you tell a story through performance? (Emma, Anna, Barbara, Tegan) 12:40: Sponsor Ad 14:22: What personal connections do you have to picture books and why? (Brooke, Kaitlyn, Jessica, Emane, Miles) 19:51: How do gender and storytelling intersect with windows and mirrors? (Alejandro, Patrick, Adam) 27:29: Blurred lines -- a look at how generational differences in media consumption impact issues of free speech and age appropriate media (Eli, Xavi) The opinions and ideas expressed here are those of the students. I hope that you find them as engaging and thought-provoking as I did. Note: This episode was edited and produced by Shenandoah University first year student Jaxon Allison. Support the showRead the full show notes, visit the website, and check out my on-demand virtual course. Continue the adventure at LinkedIn or Instagram. *Disclosure: I am a Bookshop.org. affiliate.

Duration:00:35:01

STEAMing into Iceland with Early Childhood Educator Katherine Mohr

12/13/2023
Join Dr. Diane on the Adventures in Learning podcast as she delves into the extraordinary world of STEAMing Into Iceland with early childhood and elementary education STEAM specialist Katherine Mohr! 🌋🇮🇸 Immerse yourself in the magic of early childhood education, where curiosity meets creativity! From inside the volcano to the mesmerizing landscapes of Iceland, Katherine shares practical ideas about how she took her travel experiences to create in-depth and engaging STEAM centers into the classroom. Katherine shares practical tips for incorporating science, technology, engineering, arts, and music seamlessly into early childhood and elementary education! To access the QR code with lessons, go to the YouTube video of this podcast episode. You can also find the QR code on the show notes page at www.drdianeadventures.com. Support the showRead the full show notes, visit the website, and check out my on-demand virtual course. Continue the adventure at LinkedIn or Instagram. *Disclosure: I am a Bookshop.org. affiliate.

Duration:00:42:01

The Wonder of Words -- Adventures with Picture Book Author Beth Ferry

12/6/2023
This podcast episode explores Beth Ferry's love for words and the impact of her picture books on empathy, friendship, and environmental awareness. 00:43: Guest Introduction Beth FerryStick and Stone, Christmassy CactusSolar Bear 00:46: The Power of Words 07:11: Journey to Becoming an Author Beth discusses her love for reading, her journey from being an English major to becoming an author, discovering picture books with her children, and her decision to pursue writing. 10:25: Writing Process and Stick and Stone Stick and Stone12:36: Using Books in Professional Development Swashby and the Sea14:35: Inspiring Teachers 18:11: New Books: Christmassy Cactus Christmassy Cactus, 21:51: Solar Bear and Environmental Activism Solar Bear25:43: Challenges in Education 29:04: Current Projects 30:54 Finding Joy and Hope Support the showRead the full show notes, visit the website, and check out my on-demand virtual course. Continue the adventure at LinkedIn or Instagram. *Disclosure: I am a Bookshop.org. affiliate.

Duration:00:33:25

Learning Beyond Classrooms -- A Conversation Led by Rising Educator Skyler Fountain

11/29/2023
Dive into the latest Adventures in Learning podcast with Dr. Diane and special guest Skyler Fountain! SUNY New Paltz junior Skyler takes the mic and leads a conversation where we explore what it means to engage the community in learning beyond the classroom, the impacts and opportunities of teaching in a post-COVID world, and the future of education. And Dr. Diane turns the tables as we explore Skyler's journey from a fierce preschooler to an inspiring future educator. Tune in now for engaging insights on hands-on learning, inclusivity, and the ever-evolving landscape of education. [04:26] Long and Winding Road to Education [07:31] Transition to Doctorate[09:32] Embracing "Dr. Diane"[10:49] Beyond the Classroom in Traditional Education[15:13] Memorable Experiences in Preschool[19:01] The Impact of Early Education[15:47] Dr. Diane's Preschool Philosophy[21:32] Skyler's Path to EducationImpact of Social Justice MinorImportance of Educational PhilosophyDr. Diane's Transition to VirginiaInnovative Museum ProgramsThe Role of Hands-On LearningSummer Camp Amidst COVIDImpact of COVID on ChildrenEducator ResilienceEmbracing ChangeValuing TeachersBringing Your Whole SelfDr. Diane's Post-Museum JourneyFuture Goals for Dr. Diane's Adventures in LearningInspiring EducatorsDiscovering Learning OpportunitiesHopes for the FutureSupport the showRead the full show notes, visit the website, and check out my on-demand virtual course. Continue the adventure at LinkedIn or Instagram. *Disclosure: I am a Bookshop.org. affiliate.

Duration:01:05:46

Great Stories Live Here: Meet Author June Smalls

11/22/2023
🎉 Join Dr. Diane on the Adventures in Learning Podcast, where wonder, curiosity, and connection guide our exploration of the world. In today's episode, we meet picture book author June Smalls, whose latest release, They Lead: The Wolf Pack, is captivating readers of all ages. From the depths of the animal kingdom to the joyous play of wildlife, June Smalls shares the inspiration behind her stories, packed with social-emotional learning, animal adaptations, and beautiful illustrations. Show Notes: IntroductionJune's BackgroundThey Lead: The Wolf PackResearch ProcessCollaboration with IllustratorsFun Facts and AdventuresBucket List AdventuresJune's Journey into WritingInfluential BooksLibrary InfluenceEngaging with SchoolsUpcoming BooksThey WorkHear Them Sing What Brings HopeResources: June Smalls' WebsiteEducator ResourcesSubscribe, download, and embark on an adventure of learning with the Adventures in Learning Podcast. Support the showRead the full show notes, visit the website, and check out my on-demand virtual course. Continue the adventure at LinkedIn or Instagram. *Disclosure: I am a Bookshop.org. affiliate.

Duration:00:24:37

Jason Chin: Curiosity is the Cure

11/8/2023
On this week's episode of the Adventures in Learning podcast, we meet Caldecott Medalist Jason Chin, whose books include Grand Canyon, Your Place in the Universe, The Universe in You, and Watercress. Join us for a conversation that explores the importance of story and connection in nonfiction books, as well as the ways educators can build real STEAM connections and experiences with them. Plus learn some really interesting facts about whale falls and hurricanes (hint -- you may see them appear in a future Jason Chin book). 📘[00:55] Inspiration Behind the Books: 🔍 [02:04] Research Process as a Voyage of Self-Discovery: 📚[04:06] Diverse Range of Topics: 🌟 [07:09] Career Journey 👥 [09:16]Mentorship and Giving Back: 📚 [12:50] Educational Impact of Jason's Books: 📘 [16:58] Power of Narrative Nonfiction: 🌟[18:43] Invitation to Learning: 🎉 [21:45]Diverse Characters in Illustrations as Windows and Mirrors: The Universe in You📚 [31:40] Educational Impact: 📘 Life After Whale: Life After Whale: The Amazing Ecosystem of a Whale Fall 🌟Curiosity is the Cure: Support the showRead the full show notes, visit the website, and check out my on-demand virtual course. Continue the adventure at LinkedIn or Instagram. *Disclosure: I am a Bookshop.org. affiliate.

Duration:00:50:26

The Penguin Guy: Meet Antarctic Guide (and former penguin counter and post office worker) Guillaume de Remacle

11/1/2023
It's NONFICTION NOVEMBER! Join us for an Antarctic adventure with the Penguin Guy, Guillaume de Remacle! Dive into a world of penguins, breathtaking landscapes, and the secrets of the Southernmost Post Office. Discover the beauties and challenges of Antarctica, the incredible world of these fascinating birds, and how we can all become Antarctic ambassadors. 🐧❄️ #AdventuresInLearningPodcast Support the showRead the full show notes, visit the website, and check out my on-demand virtual course. Continue the adventure at LinkedIn or Instagram. *Disclosure: I am a Bookshop.org. affiliate.

Duration:00:43:19

Putting the ART in STEAM -- Arte Libre VA's Executive Director Abigail Gómez

10/25/2023
Get ready for an artistic adventure with Abigail Gómez, the force behind Arte Libre VA! Explore the fusion of STEM and the arts, discover the magic of children's books that celebrate culture, and learn how public art is shaping communities. A dynamic professor at Shenandoah University and the visionary executive director of Arte Libre VA, Abi shares her remarkable journey into teaching and her unwavering passion for the arts, emphasizing the power of creativity in higher education. Discover how Arte Libre VA is making arts education accessible to underserved youth, creating a sense of community through public art. Abi also delves into the vibrant celebration of Dia de los Muertos (you're invited to join the fun in Winchester on Nov. 2). Join us for an inspiring conversation that explores the transformative potential of art, cultural diversity, and the promise of growth. Ada's Violin, Rainbow Weaver, Maybe Something Beautiful, Building an Orchestra of Hope, Sí. ¡No!, If Your Babysitter Is a BrujaZombies Don't Eat VegetablesSupport the showRead the full show notes, visit the website, and check out my on-demand virtual course. Continue the adventure at LinkedIn or Instagram. *Disclosure: I am a Bookshop.org. affiliate.

Duration:00:31:55

Meet Polar Change Maker Kimberly Aiken

10/18/2023
What does it take to encourage young women and people of color to enter polar careers? On this episode of the Adventures in Learning Podcast, we meet Kimberly Aiken, a PhD student at the University of Tasmania, Australia, Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies. Kimberly is currently undertaking a research project focused on building more diverse, equitable, and inclusive extreme and remote workforce environments. She has contributed to several outreach and advocacy platforms and currently co-leads the Diversity and Inclusion Community Practice Group with the Interagency Arctic Research Policy Committee (IARPC). In this episode of the Adventures in Learning podcast, we explore challenges and joys of being a person of color in polar STEM, skills and ideas necessary for engaging students, classrooms, and families in the polar regions, strategies for holding up diverse role models for children interested in STEM careers, and, of course, the mighty krill. Support the showRead the full show notes, visit the website, and check out my on-demand virtual course. Continue the adventure at LinkedIn or Instagram. *Disclosure: I am a Bookshop.org. affiliate.

Duration:01:27:30

Spooktacular Book Birthday -- Meet Witch and Wombat Author/Illustrator Ashley Belote

10/11/2023
On this spooktacular episode, we meet the very talented author/ illustrator Ashley Belote, whose STEMsational books include the brand new Witch and Wombat, Frankenslime, Valenslime, Listen Up, Louella, and Don't Wash Winston (available for pre-order now). We talk about the importance of read-alouds, of the joy of illustrations that leave you searching for clues and hidden gems, and how to create STEM/STEAM connections for all ages. Readers GuidesFrankenslime ValenslimeWitch and WombatWitch and WombatMain Street BooksFrankenslime ValenslimeListen Up, Louella Don't Wash WinstonSheepwrecked Support the showRead the full show notes, visit the website, and check out my on-demand virtual course. Continue the adventure at LinkedIn or Instagram. *Disclosure: I am a Bookshop.org. affiliate.

Duration:00:35:52

Becoming Vanessa Brantley-Newton -- Manifesting Joy With the Queen of Kindergarten (and Everywhere Else)

10/4/2023
This week on the Adventures in Learning podcast, we celebrate the book birthday of Nesting Dolls and the real-life birthday of its author/illustrator Vanessa Brantley Newton. Join us for an exuberant episode that touches on everything from dyslexia to embracing your inner five year old. We talk about the importance of books as windows and mirrors, manifesting your dreams, and creating space to connect with others. And Vanessa's story of how she overcame challenges to become the beloved illustrator, author, and entrepreneur she is today is inspirational. Get ready for a dose of feel-good as we meet the Queen of Kindergarten (and everywhere else) Vanessa Brantley-Newton! Nesting Dolls,Don't Let Auntie Mabel Bless the Table,Grandma's PurseBecoming VanessaBecoming Vanessa King Queen of KindergartenTargetThe Snowy DayPeter's Chair Shake It Off Support the showRead the full show notes, visit the website, and check out my on-demand virtual course. Continue the adventure at LinkedIn or Instagram. *Disclosure: I am a Bookshop.org. affiliate.

Duration:00:53:11

Spooky Storytelling With Strong Family Ties: Meet Finch House Author Ciera Burch

9/27/2023
Are you looking for shivers this spooky season? Today. Encanto meets Coraline in Finch House, a delightfully thrilling middle grade novel by Ciera Burch. I read Finch House in a day, and I thought it was incredibly spooky, as well as warm and wonderful, and I highly recommend you run out and grab it. Finch House is a gloriously creepy read (but not TOO creepy) with strong characters and an ending that will haunt you -- a perfect read aloud as we head into October. Ciera Burch is a lifelong writer and ice cream aficionado, who holds a BA from my alma mater, American University, (Go Eagles!) and an MFA from Emerson College. And she would be an excellent choice for the Rick Riordan Presents imprint. [00:47] Welcoming Ciera Burch [00:50] Finch House Ciera shares some details about her book and the inspiration behind it. [01:11] Finch House [03:43] Balancing Spookiness Finding the right balance of spookiness in a middle-grade book to appeal to young readers without being too scary. [04:19] Open-Ended Ending Hints about the open-ended nature of Finch House and the possibility of more adventures for Micah. [05:26] Reading an Excerpt Ciera reads a passage from "Finch House" (Chapter 6) that highlights the characters' curiosity and sense of adventure. [07:58] Book Birthday Debut at Politics and Prose Ciera shares her experience working with Kwame Alexander and his imprint, highlighting his personable nature and insightful questions. [08:54] Adventures in Learning (reading, writing, and mom) [11:32] Impact of Education [14:13] Working in Publishing [15:27] Upcoming Book: Something Kindred (2024) [16:07] RecurringTheme of Ghosts in Ciera's Books [16:35] Influential Childhood Books Books that influenced her as a child, including Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry, the Percy Jackson series, and Bridge to Terabithia [18:10] Diverse Voices in Literature The importance of diverse representation in children's literature and the concept of "windows and mirrors." [19:55] Writing with Diverse Characters Ciera shares her motivation for including black or brown main characters in her stories and emphasizes the importance of creating relatable, human characters. [20:42] Joys of Being a Writer [22:45] Hopes for the Future Support the showRead the full show notes, visit the website, and check out my on-demand virtual course. Continue the adventure at LinkedIn or Instagram. *Disclosure: I am a Bookshop.org. affiliate.

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