April-June 2019

THE SOCIAL SKILLS COMPONENT FOR AN 

EFFECTIVE HIGH SCHOOL AUTISM PROGRAM  

A wonderful educator and community leader Kelly Sheeran of Oxnard CA. joins us to tell us of her success and , more importantly, her students success. Our friends at Smartbrief introduced us. Thanks.

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A VISIT WITH CoSN

DRIVING K-12 INNOVATION

Keith Krueger  and others on enhancing learning  in a age of innovation. CoSN has a new series on real world trends

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BEST PRACTICES FOR EXCELLENT BLENDED LEARNING

From Laurel Mississippi schools we have Dr. Kenitra Ezi and Dr. Kiana Pendleton, Ass’t Superintendent and Magnet School Principal respectively on the role of the teacher  in the ‘blend’

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LUBBOCK-COOPER SCHOOL  DISTRICT (TX)

KEEPING UP BY TRADING UP ON TECHNOLOGY

When I first heard about  Diamond Assets  they were at the CoSN conference. I realized that their work with school districts makes a huge difference is technology accessibility. L-C’s Supt Keith Bryant  tells us how the service works in his district.

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 CULTIVATING  A SENSE OF BELONGING AND CONNECTION WITH ALL OF YOUR STUDENTS 

 Johns Hopkins Professor Dr. Carey Borkoski is our guest. In an age of SEL importance, Carey is a true expert on  on why this matters to your leadership in the classroom and all of your students.

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THE NATIONAL CENTER ON

 ACCESSIBLE EDUCATIONAL MATERIALS

Learn a lot about this very important organization and how they work with school districts nationwide….including , we hope, yours. If not yet , you will be after you listen to Director Cynthia Curry & Jennifer Levine, their Professional Learning Director

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THE INSTITUTE FOR EDUCATION INNOVATION

Institute founder & CEO Doug Roberts brings to us one of the top Superintendents in the country, nationally honored  Dr Susan Enfield of Highline School District (WA) on LEADING INNOVATION.

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“INNOVATION”

MANAGING  SCHOOL DISTRICT FINANCES

Institute for Education Innovation  founder & CEO Doug Roberts returns with Allovue CEO & Founder Jessica Gartner. Allovue provides financial service and products to K-12 districts nationwide

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JUNE  2019

THE CURRICULUM ENGINE 

MOVING AWAY FROM  STATIC CURRICULUM RESOURCES 

Learn about Walch Education’s CURRICULUM ENGINE. Its new and exciting and UNIQUE. Janne Whatley , former  math specialist in Charlotte-Mecklenburg  schools is our guest

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ASSESSMENT , EQUITY AND ACCESSIBILITY  

How  important is that combination. Learn from NWEA experts team members Brian Tosky and Vanessa Peterson.

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BUILDING SOCIAL EMOTIONAL LEARNING INTO EARLY EDUCATION CURRICULUM

 I like this topic. SEL has become so important. Jenni Torres , Waterford’s VP of Curriculum is our guest  

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DYSLEXIA, STRUGGLING READERS AND

 SOME METHODS TO GET OVER THE HUMP 

Thanks to our good friends at Smartbrief, we have recognized expert, author , presenter and innovator for literacy  Donell Pons who helped write the UTAH Dyslexia Handbook for Educators 

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A REAL TREAT! 

THE SUBSTITUTE TEACHER OF THE YEAR

 named by Kelly Educational Staffing, awarded to our guest Mary Harn of Florida this honor…subs are so important and too often overlooked. Glad we can do this show!

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ACHIEVING THE RIGHT BALANCE OF ED TECH IN THE CLASSROOM

 We have one of the leading voices in education with us, Dreambox Learning Founder Jessie Wooley-Wilson , recently named GEEK WIRE’s “Big Tech CEO of the Year”

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AASA PRESENTS

 WOMEN IN SCHOOL LEADERSHIP 

 Three terrific leaders :Carla Austin Assessment Program Specialist, Fulton County Schools ….Amy Carter Meridian, MS …..and Sheila Quinn, Clover S.C . ..join us having just been attendees at AASA’s recent conference focusing on women in school leadership.  

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CREATE INFORMED GLOBAL CITIZENS  WITH NEWS IN THE CLASSROOM

VP of NexXGenNews Dave Drucker is our guest to talk about the newest

way to present student news to your students

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BENETECH’S  NEW ACCESSIBILITY CERTIFICATION FOR ED CONTENT.

CONGRATULATIONS, MACMILLAN 

Benetech’s Brad Turner joins us along with the very first education company officially certified under the new program. MACMILLAN represented by their director of Content Standards and Accessibility, Rachel Comerford

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SOCIAL STUDIES AND EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION

A look at some of the initiatives of NCSS including Digital Civics

Engagement with their Executive DIrector, Dr Larry Paska

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SCHOOL COUNSELORS: MORE IMPORTANT NOW THAN EVER

The national Conference is in late June in Boston. Representing ASCA, we have School Counselor  Sarah Kirk from Norman OK. on her day-to day work. 

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SCHOOL DISTRICT COMMUNICATIONS AND THE WORK OF NSPRA

Every school district should be  at their July Conference 

NSPRA  leaders Rich Bagin and  Melissa Braham welcome you to their it …Learn more and plan for July.

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THE NEW SCHOOL HEALTH AND SAFETY INSTITUTE AT JOHNS HOPKINS SCHOOL OF EDUCATION

This is exciting. Meet Dean Christopher Morphew and Professor  Holly Wilcox. Learn about the new center for thought and research on school climate, student safety, suicide prevention, etc.

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MAY 2019

AN ASCD SHOW

TIPS FOR THE ASPIRING PRINCIPAL

That’s Aspiring , not Expiring. Being a principal is a tough job.Being a new principal is even tougher. My guest, ASCD author Baruti Kafele, is an expert on handing the challenges and has a new book out on the subject…about being well prepared to lead. 

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AN AC&E ‘EQUITY’ PRESENTATION

THE BURKHART CENTER FOR AUTISM EDUCATION 

Executive Director of this Texas Tech based facility, Dr.Wes Dotson is my guest. The Center works in teacher training and can be of great help in presenting innovative approaches to working with those challenged with autism; a lifelong approach

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THE STRATEGIC PLAN OF IL. DISTRICT 54

Sounds like a mystery, doesn’t it. Its isn’t, at least for long as we have Supt Andy DuRoss on how digital content is changing the long term strategies for teaching and learning

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FINANCIAL EDUCATION FOR HIGH SCHOOLERS

The Global Financial Literacy Excellence Center joins yours truly with spokesperson Hallie Davis to talk about their new FAST LANE  website  for teachers, student and parents.

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CIVICS EDUCATION FOR ENGLISH LANGUAGE LEARNERS

ICivics is the education organization started by Justice Sandra Day O’Connor. Its Executive Director , the one and only Louise Dube has taken it beyond expectations and continues to do so with tools for ELL students. She;s our guest along with their ELL Lead Educators, Kristen Chapron.

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DRIVING INTER-OPERABILITY IN K-12 EDUCATION…THE HEART OF ED TECH

District systems must work together…Products must work together ! The experts speak : Bruce Umpstead, Colet Bartow ( Montana DOE) and  Dan Ralyea (SC DOE), all members and leader at IMS Global Learning Consortium

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THE CHALLENGES OF RURAL EDUCATION

THREE GREAT  EASTERN KY LEADERS :

MOVING EDUCATION FORWARD IN SPITE OF THE ODDS

They’re back, Scott Helton of Magoffin County Schools, Dave Gibson of Paintsville KY and

Executive Director of their ESA,  KVEC’s Jeff Hawkins . 

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STRENGTHENING URBAN SCHOOL DISTRICTS

AN AASA SHOW

The Urban Superintendents Academy of AASA works with Howard U and USC to help Superintendents nationwide  deal with the challenges of urban education and bolster their effectiveness.

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 MICROSOFT AND THE EVER CHANGING  ED TECH  INCLUSIVITY FOR EVERY STUDENT

A visit with Microsoft’s GM of Education, Lydia Smyers. She’s well worth listening to, believe me

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AN AC&E ‘EQUITY’ PRESENTATION

 COLLEGE SUCCESS FOR STUDENTS WITH LEARNING DISABILITIES

Experts from Landmark College, the college for students who learn differently,  discuss the book “From Disability to Diversity”…for students with Autism , ADHD etc.

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“CLOSING THE GAP”

A NEW BOOK  ON  DIGITAL EQUITY STRATEGIES 

FOR THE K-12 CLASSROOM

 Our guest is an author of this new book from ISTE, ISTE award winning educator Dr. Sarah Thomas, a founder of the EduMatch movement for educators to work together globally.

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AN AC&E “ACCESSIBILITY” PRESENTATION

STUDENT ASSESSMENT AND ACCESSIBILITY

Our guest, Jennifer Paul is the English Language and Accessibility Assessment Specialist at Michigan DOE making sure all children have an equal show  as they are assessed.

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GEORGIA DISTRICTS SUSTAINING ACHIEVEMENT FOR  ALL STUDENTS 

A VISIT WITH CLAYTON COUNTY  AND DOUGLAS COUNTY

Our wonderful and talented guests are Curriculum  and Assessment Director , Dr. Ebony T. Lee and Title l Lead Tutor  Collette Christopher of Douglas Cty. on overcoming the challenges.

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 50 YEARS LATER…TEACHING APOLLO 11 

Our resident STEM educator, Professor Emeritus Billy Hix of TN’s Motlow College , amateurastronomerextraordinaire, on using the momentous event as a teaching tool.

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IMPROVING KENTUCKY EDUCATION  DAILY ;

A VISIT WITH EDUCATION COMMISSIONER WAYNE LEWIS 

A CCSSO show

Competency based education, Equity , improving test scores, bridging accessibility gaps are just some the areas we’ll cover with Dr Lewis.

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WE WELCOME THE NATIONAL INSTITUTE FOR LEARNING DEVELOPMENT

We’re going to go wild with NILD, a 1st time guest,with whom we’ll be be speaking  about EQUITY and meeting the needs of exceptional learners. Our NILD guest is their Executive Director Kristin Barbour. 

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EQUITABLE PATHWAYS FOR ENGLISH LANGUAGE LEARNERS

 Always a key area in schools nationwide , we look at ESL with great information on current policies, research and practice with Senior Research Associate at WestEd, Molly Faulkner-Bond

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WHERE EDUCATIONAL SPACE DESIGN MEETS PEDAGOGY AND TECHNOLOGY 

A VISIT WITH THE EDUCATION MARKET ASSOCIATION

The way your classroom space is developed and designed, the way your furniture works, the way your school is built and furnished… all make a difference in learning.Learn all about it.

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 A TEXAS ESA: PROMOTING AND BUILDING DYNAMIC DIGITAL ENVIRONMENTS TO THEIR MEMBER DISTRICTS 

Texas Regional District 11 is working hard for their member educators to build digital environments for student learning across the region.The how and the why from their digital resources team

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THE NATIONAL COALITION FOR SAFE SCHOOLS 

Re-imagining what safe and healthy schools can  look like, educators are taking the bull by the horns. Meet Physics teacher Mark Vondracek of Evanston (IL)H.S & Ed Dunkenblau of the Institute for Emotionally Intelligent Learning about their national coalition of educators making a big difference out there. 

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APRIL 2019

TEACHING AUTISTIC CHILDREN: HOW TECHNOLOGY MAKES AN S.E.L. DIFFERENCE 

 APRIL IS AUTISM AWARENESS MONTH

PA based Blairsville-Saltsburg schools’ Speech Language Pathologist Heather Kress joins  Dr Greg Firn of Robokind on breaking these children  out of their shells with the use of robots and other technologies.

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TEACHING RESPECT FOR OTHERS 

” TEACHING WITH TESTIMONY”

We are bringing back guest Dr. Claudia Ramirez-Wiederman from one of our most listened to shows last year. Discovery Ed has teamed again with The “Steven Spielberg founded” Shoah Foundation on teaching kindness & respect with the help of  history

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LETS MAKE COLLEGES STUDENT READY! 

Making 1st Gen college students feel  supported, safe and successful is quite the task. We welcome back  Professor. author and Consultant to Higher Ed Dr. Amelia Gamel who works with and understands the needs of First Gen College students. 

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TEACHING THE GIFTED

THE PSYCHOLOGY OF TALENT DEVELOPMENT

Northwestern University Director of the Center for Talent Deveolopment  and past President of NAGC Paula Olszewski-Kubilius is our guest and motivating  students to think and learn

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THE CHALLENGE OF ACCESSIBILITY FOR RURAL SCHOOLS

CoSN show  with Technology guests from rural districts. In an age of equity, the challenges must be addressed.What they are…How to fix them!

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TEACH TWO SIDES OF EVERY ISSUE

There are two sides and they can be discussed quite civilly with the facts from both being presented fairly and equally. Help your students and yourself by learning about PROCON.ORG. If you aren’t using it now, you will be tomorrow. Their CEO Kamy Akhavan is my returning guest.

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CLASSROOM STRATEGIES THAT DRIVE EQUITABLE OUTCOMES

 A SCHOOL GOES FROM ‘D’ TO ‘B+’

 Principal  Michele Fleming improved her Florida elementary school’s rating by 85 points in two years but that’s not all, the outcomes  were were ‘equity oriented”. Michele and Equity expert Ken Tam are my guests

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ITS AUTISM AWARENESS MONTH

So important to recognize this challenge for so many kids and to honor all the educators who deal with them daily, co-hosted by  autism expert ,Kevin Custer & autism communications developer and father of an autistic child, 

 Rob Lafan of “TippyTalk”.

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A HUGE ISSUE FOR SCHOOLS AND DISTRICTS…..

ALL ABOUT ACCESSIBLE PDF’s  

Learn from  George Nicholls, the CEO of our friends at Quillsoft on why this is needed and how to make an important changes that affect many of your families and students

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THE AASA TRANSFORMATIONAL NETWORK FOR INNOVATION

AASA on scaling innovative approaches to district-wide improvement.School system leaders will work throughout the year in an Innovation Network to study best practices and apply principles of innovation to their district-wide planning with Michael Conner, Superintendent, Middletown Public Schools, Middletown, Conn and Jeff Dillon, Superintendent, Wilder School District, Wilder, Idaho  

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CLASSROOM MANAGEMENT FOR NEW TEACHERS   
Good topic  with returning guest and  school district consulting expert in behavior management, Dr. Howie Knoff of Project Achieve  
LEARN ABOUT ‘THE CURRICULUM ENGINE”
 This is a revolutionary curriculum editing and design platform from Walch, a 90 year old company , now looking at the Curriculum as a Service” business
 PENNSYLVANIA’S SECRETARY OF EDUCATION ON EQUITY
We welcome Dr Pedro Rivera 
 who also serves as President of the
 Board of Directors for CCSSO.
AN ASCA SHOW
 BRIAN COLEMAN 
“SCHOOL COUNSELOR OF THE YEAR”
Brian is a counselor at Jones College Prep HS in Chicago and has great insights on the challenges kids face and how school counselors deal with it all everyday.
INNOVATIVE TECHNOLOGY , GREAT RESULTS 
THE CHANGING WORLD OF AUTISM EDUCATION
From Dallas TX ISD, Principal Katherine Carter  and classroom teacher  Rebecca Parker  on how the use of robot interaction  can open an autistic child’s world …with Rich Margolin, ROBOKIND‘s  CTO and Founder
EQUITY IN SCHOOLS
ALTERNATIVE/AUGMENTED  COMMUNICATION
OurSpecial guests  are two of the most respected voices in the use of Assistive Technology in Education, Chris Bugaj , founding member of the Assistive Tech team for Loudoun County Public Schools  in VA and  Language Pathologist Rachel Madel who coaches on communications worldwide. Together they co host the podcast “Talking with Tech”
ACCESSIBILITY IN EDUCATION
BOOKS FROM BENETECH’S BOOKSHARE SO ALL STUDENTS CAN READ
Working with Bookshare , school districts bring books and reading  to all those students  whose abilities may have created challenges. Benetch’s VP of Global Learning, Brad Turner brings such capabilities to students worldwide.
TWO SHOWS LIVE FROM THE COSN CONFERENCE IN PORTLAND OREGON
What’s happening at the conference with a full barrage of excellent guests from the world of Ed Tech and School Networking, companies  and educators, ed tech directors, superintendents. You name it, we’ve got it.
“HEAD AND HEART” MAKE THE DIFFERENCE 
IN PORTSMOUTH VA SCHOOLS
Krytal Thompkins is the Reading and English Education Dept. leader  for Portsmouth schools and she leads by example. This show is a gift to us from Waterford Institute
LIVE FROM THE COSN CONFERENCE 
3 TRULY GREAT SUPERINTENDENTS
Anchored by COSN’s Anne MacMullen , we have Superintendents Dave Schuler, Randy Zeigenfuss and Donna Wright, IL, PA, NC.respectively .
THE UNH ONLINE  GRADUATE PROGRAM  FOR ASSISTIVE TECHNOLOGY IN SCHOOLS
Our Special guest is  UNH Clinical professor  in their Dept. of Occupational Therapy , Dr Therese Willkomm who oversees the graduate certificate program
EMERGING TRENDS IN 
ENGLISH LEARNER EDUCATION
WITH A LOOK AT HOW SEL & CULTURALLY -RESPONSIVE TEACHING MATTER
Based on the findings of a brand new report from our friends at McGraw Hill and their partner Study Sync, a lively discussion will ensure with MHE’s  VP Ed Lamprich and StudySyncs Aislinn Cunningham.
Sounds good ..and it is. Connie  Carter has been working with Maine schools in many ways and has just started a podcast series working with students from very different high schools to encourage understanding, social justice ,etc.. Learn how it works.
THE DIGITAL CONSORTIUM VISITS PA. AND OHIO SCHOOLS   
Superintendents  Brian Troop of Ephrata PA and  Michael Laub of Avon, OH are my AASA guests as their districts  were the host districts
HOW  TO WORK WITH 
DIGITAL BADGES & PORTFOLIOS
ASCD author David Niguidula and Dave Moscarelli , Portfolio Coordinator at a Rhode Island  School District  are my guests
 
 
A SPECIAL ED UPDATE FROM SPECIAL ED ADMINISTRATION 
Dr. Luann Purcell of CASE is my guest.
 
 
 
 RENTON (WA) PREP,  A MICROSOFT FLAGSHIP SCHOOL, WITH EQUITY
AS A MAINSTAY
The one and only Michelle Zimmerman is back….high tech advocate, educator at Renton Prep, author, etc…on how they make it all come together at this award winning school
 
 
THE SCHOOL COUNSELOR OF THE YEAR
Its Chicago Public Schools counselor Brian Coleman and we’ll be getting his thought on a lot of subjects affecting students and counselors. Congratulations, Brian! 
NAVIGATING THE ‘SEA’
“SOCIAL, EMOTION, ACADEMIC
Returning guest, Long Island Principal Lori Koerner, a real difference maker…on a pedagogical shift that has worked and worked well!
 
WHAT’S HOT AT THE UDL-IRN CONFERENCE
 UNIVERSAL DESIGN FOR LEARNING
We’re live from Orlando with Kevin Custer and CAST’s Steve Nordmark. The UDL-IRN’s Mission is to support the design of future-ready learning environments that are equitable, beneficial, and meaningful for all learners!

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