Tuesday, March 21, 2017

The Dr. Will Show - Betting On Your Strengths with Lisa Cummings



On this episode, I hangout with Lisa Cummings - CEO of Lead Through Strengths - a strengths-based training and coaching company. 

Lisa has delivered events to over 9,000 people in 14 countries. In her signature program, Notice What Works, she helps leaders improve performance on their teams by tapping into each person’s strengths. You can see her featured in places like Harvard Business Publishing, Training Magazine, and Forbes. She’s currently the CEO of a company called Lead Through Strengths. If you’ve been trying to turn your Shaquille O’Neal players into horse racing jockeys, it’s time to use their natural talents instead. Although that example sounds obvious, this misfit dynamic exists on most corporate teams today. Attend this event and learn how the weakness zone contributes to the 87% of employees who are not fully engaged at work (source: Gallup). With 20 years of experience and an MBA, the most persistent trend she sees is a lopsided focus on hard skills in the workplace. She'll help you invest in natural talents so that how your team gets things done boosts performance as much as what gets done.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

The Dr. Will Show - Digital Transformation with Dr. Courtney Teague



On  this episode, I hangout with Dr. Courtney Teague and chat about digital transformation in K-12 education. 

Dr. Courtney L. Teague  is the innovative and energetic mastermind behind TechTechTeach.com and is an internationally known brain-tech empowered educational consultant, speaker, educator, and presenter. She brings over 12 years of experience and a passion for excellence. Known for her work ethic and professional generosity, she views technology and new media as essentials in facilitating educational and societal change.

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

The Dr. Will Show - FormativeTech with Monica Burns



On this episode of The Dr. Will Show, I hangout with Monica Burns and we chat about her new book, "FormtiveTech" and how teachers can use technology in assessment.

Dr. Monica Burns is a curriculum and educational technology consultant, Apple Distinguished Educator and founder of ClassTechTips.com. As a classroom teacher, Monica used one-to-one technology to create engaging, standards-based lessons for students. Monica has presented to teachers, administrators and tech enthusiasts at numerous national and international conferences including SXSWedu, ISTE, and EduTECH. She is a webinar host for SimpleK12 and a regular contributor to Edutopia.  Monica is the author of Deeper Learning with QR Codes and Augmented Reality: A Scannable Solution for Your Classroom (Corwin Press, 2016) and #FormativeTech: Meaningful, Sustainable, and Scannable Formative Assessment with Technology (Corwin Press, 2017).

Monica visits schools across the country to work with PreK-20 teachers to make technology integration exciting and accessible. She also provides support to organizations using technology to reach children and families in need. Her mission is to help educators place tasks before apps and promote deeper learning with technology.

You can find out more about working with Monica, and her books and resources by visiting ClassTechTips.com.

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Friday, March 3, 2017

The Dr. Will Show - Rolling Out A 1:1 Digital Initiative with Hope Elliot




On this episode of The Dr. Will Show, I hangout with Hope Elliot and we chat about her experiences in rolling out a 1:1 iPad and Macbook initiative.

Hope is a 21-year education veteran who was a former special education teacher and RTI Coordinator. I am now an Instructional Technology Coach for Lowndes County School District in Columbus, MS. Hope has a passion for educational technology and its integral part of education and she considers herself a life long learner. Hope is a Schoology Ambassador, Nearpod Pionear, Apple Teacher, Certified Nearpod Educator, Sophia Certified Flipped Classroom Instructor, and was Teacher of the Year for North Jefferson Middle School in Birmingham, AL. As a Instructional Technology Coach, she has played an integral part in the 1:1 initiative. She has helped create, presented on and lead the majority of the professional development for the Lowndes County School District for the last two years. Hope has presented at FETC, MECA, AETC and Tech, Teach, Learn Conferences and at the Mississippi Association of School Superintendents’ Conference on two different occasions. Hope holds a Bachelor’s degree in Special Education, a Master’s degree in Instructional Leadership, and Special Education. Follow her or visit her website.

Sunday, February 19, 2017

The Dr. Will Show - Race with Michelle Moore



On this episode of The Dr. Will Show, I hangout with Michelle Moore and talk about race in education.

Michelle Moore is a District Resource Teacher for the Educational Leadership and Professional Development department in Hillsborough County Schools. She taught a variety of high school English, reading and journalism courses for seven years in Hillsborough County before leaving the classroom to impact professional learning.

Friday, February 17, 2017

Full-Top Down or Bottom Up - A Webinar I Co-led with Adam Larson for Schoology



Rolling out a 1:1 device initiative, tool, or platform is a massive undertaking. Often, these kinds of rollouts stumble because of the lack of planning, support, and buy-in from the stakeholders involved. 

Watch Adam Larson and I discuss the pros and cons of a top down approach vs a bottom up approach for technology implementation. 


Saturday, February 4, 2017

The Dr. Will Show - Leadership and Innovation with Dr. Kristan Rodriguez



On this episode of The Dr. Will Show, I hangout with Dr. Kristan Rodriguez.

Kristan Rodriguez, Ph.D. is a highly successful K-12 administrator and college professor with twenty years experience in the field of education. Kristan is the founder of Rodriguez Educational Consulting Agency and has presented nationally on leadership and learning for the past 15 years. Dr. Rodriguez specializes her consulting in the application of Universal Design for Learning (UDL) in the field of educational leadership. The book she co-authored Universally Designed Leadership is the premier title for implementing UDL in systems and schools, and was ranked in the top 100 books on Educational Administration on Amazon. Dr. Rodriguez has been the recipient of numerous honors including the Ansin Intercultural Research Award from Boston University. Kristan spent her childhood living internationally in Europe, Africa, and Asia. She now resides in Massachusetts with her husband and children.


Thursday, January 19, 2017

The Dr. Will Show - 5 Questions with Rafranz Davis



On today's episode, I hangout with Rafranz Davis. This episode doesn't have a theme or topic. We just chat about education.

Rafranz Davis is the Executive Director of Professional and Digital Learning for Lufkin ISD. Her passion for creativity and student centered learning has driven her work in supporting Lufkin’s transition to taking more innovative approaches to teaching and learning through integrated computational thinking, makerspaces and community driven personalized professional learning. When Rafranz is not disrupting the status quo in East Texas, she can be found connecting with the global education community as an advocate for STEM education, teacher voice, digital equity and diversity in edtech.

Thursday, January 5, 2017

The Dr. Will Show - Digital Leadership with Eric Sheninger



On this episode, I hangout with Eric Sheninger to talk about digital leadership.

Eric is a Senior Fellow and Thought Leader on Digital Leadership with the International Center for Leadership in Education (ICLE). Prior to this he was the award-winning Principal at New Milford High School.  Under his leadership his school became a globally recognized model for innovative practices.  Eric oversaw the successful implementation of several sustainable change initiatives that radically transformed the learning culture at his school while increasing achievement.  
His work focuses on leading and learning in the digital age as a model for moving schools and districts forward. This has led to the formation of the Pillars of Digital Leadership, a framework for all educators to initiate sustainable change to transform school cultures.  As a result Eric has emerged as an innovative leader, best selling author, and sought after speaker.  His main focus is purposeful integration of technology to facilitate student learning, improve communications with stakeholders, enhance public relations, create a positive brand presence, discover opportunity, transform learning spaces, and help educators grow professionally.
Eric has received numerous awards and acknowledgements for his work. He is a CDE Top 30 award recipient, Bammy Award winner, NASSP Digital Principal Award winner, PDK Emerging Leader Award recipient, winner of Learning Forward's Excellence in Professional Practice Award, Google Certified Innovator, Adobe Education Leader, and ASCD 2011 Conference Scholar.  He has authored and co-authored the following:  
He has also contributed on education for the Huffington Post, sits on the advisory board for many innovative companies, and was named to the NSBA "20 to Watch" list in 2010 for technology leadership. TIME Magazine also identified Eric as having one of the 140 Best Twitter Feeds in 2014.  He now presents and speaks nationally to assist other school leaders embrace and effectively utilize technology. His blog, A Principal's Reflections, was selected as Best School Administrator Blog in 2013 and 2011 by Edublogs. It was also recognized with an Editor’s Choice Content Award in 2014 by Smartbrief Education.

The Dr. Will Show - Blended Learning In Action with Tiffany Wycoff



On this episode of The Dr. Will Show, I hangout with Tiffany Wycoff to chat about Blended Learning In Action.

Tiffany Wycoff is an innovative school leader and author with a specialization in blended learning and change leadership. She was an early adopter of blended learning at the K-12 level, teaching and leading in both online and face-to-face settings. Tiffany is the coauthor of Blended Learning in Action: a Practical Guide Toward Sustainable Change; has presented on blended learning at conferences and universities; and has helped other school leaders transform their programs through blended learning consultation. She holds a B.A. in Elementary Education and a MA in Educational Leadership from Florida Atlantic University, and an Executive MS in Technology Management from Columbia University. Tiffany writes an educational leadership blog at www.TeachOntheEdge.com, contributes thought leadership to BLinAction.com, and is active on Twitter @TeachOnTheEdge.