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.

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

The Dr. Will Show - Going All In with Blended Learning with Kristie Burk



On this episode of The Dr. Will Show, I hangout with Kristie Burk and chat about developing a blended learning culture within a school or district.

Kristie Burk is in charge of all of Downingtown Area School District’s cyber and blended learning programs, including a high school program for 4,000 students that was recently the subject of a Harvard Business School case study. She is passionate about helping veteran, traditional teachers grow and learn and was named Schoology 2016 Administrator of the Year.
Kristie has spent over two decades working as an English teacher in traditional, blended and online classes for several high schools and universities across the country. She has also been a computer programmer, a corporate technology trainer, a technical writer and editor, and an author of a test preparation book. You can follow her @KristieLBurk on Twitter or subscribe to her blog DtownTechChat.wordpress.com.

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

The Dr. Will Show - Beyond the Tenure Track with Dr. Fatimah Williams Castro




On this episode of The Dr. Will show, I hangout with Dr. Fatimah Williams Castro about careers beyond the Academy.

Fatimah Williams Castro, PhD is the founder and CEO of Beyond the Tenure Track, a career strategy and professional development-consulting firm that assists academics in leveraging their expertise to secure meaningful and successful work. She is a speaker, author, and career coach whose professional development guidance has been featured in The Chronicle of Higher Education, Scientific American, University Affairs, Rutgers Today, and numerous podcasts, and in her book Be Bold: Launch Your Job Search or Career Change with Confidence.
Dr. Williams Castro holds a doctorate in Cultural Anthropology from Rutgers University and bachelor’s degrees in Foreign Affairs and African American Studies from the University of Virginia. Awarded the nationally competitive Consortium for Faculty Diversity Postdoctoral Fellowship, Dr. Williams Castro serves as chair of the Workshops Committee of the National Association for the Practice of Anthropology and is a member of the Graduate Career Consortium and the National Postdoctoral Association. Additionally, Dr. Williams Castro is a former Associate Director at the University of Pennsylvania Career Services. She has spoken at various universities and organizations across the country to include Princeton University, Yale University, and the National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity.
To book Dr. Williams Castro to speak at your next event, contact her at fatimah@beyondthetenuretrack.com.      

Thursday, December 8, 2016

The Dr. Will Show - Blended with Penny Christensen




On this episode of The Dr. Will Show, I hangout with Penny Christensen. We talk about the successes and challenges of blended learning.


Educator since 1998, eLearning Specialist since 2009, Penny Christensen specializes in middle grades math, science, and content literacy. She is passionate about how technology can amplify the awesome parts of education. Penny has been blogging since 2010 at http://HotLunchTray.com  and Tweeting as @Pen63.

Thursday, December 1, 2016

The Dr. Will Show - The State of Online Education with Dr. Jessica Fernandez




On this episode of The Dr. Will Show, I chat with Dr. Jessica Fernandez about the growth, success, and drawbacks of online education.

Originally from New York, Dr. Jessica Fernandez has made Florida her home for the past 16 years. She is passionate about education and is dedicated to impacting the community and in adding value to others through leadership workshops, seminars, and keynote speaking. Her career in education began working with at risk youth teaching them the life skills necessary to be successful, responsible young adults. Her passion led her to earn a Doctor of Philosophy in Instructional Design for Online Learning, a Master of Education in Instructional Technology, and a Bachelor of Arts in Business Organizational Management. Her experience is multifaceted with roles including director of education, instructional designer, higher education online instructor, higher education face-to-face instructor, faculty trainer, and 6-12 business education teacher. Through these experiences and multiple perspectives, she has become a leader in the field of online education and hopes to instill her passion about online learning in others.





Social Media Links:
• Twitter: @elearning_geek

• LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/fernandezjess• 

Saturday, November 26, 2016

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

The Dr. Will Show - She's the Boss with Shinjini Das



On this episode of The Dr. Will Show, I hangout with Shinjini Das. The conversation was real and Shinjini held nothing back.  Grab yourself a cup of tea and be inspired to make the investment in yourself. Learn what it takes to be a Boss!

Shinjini Das, The Go-Getter Girl!, is the Founder and CEO of The Das Media Group, a boutique digital strategy consulting firm, global millennial influencer, strategic trilingual multi-media personality, keynote speaker, impact-driven industrial engineer, and Huffington Post contributor with a global social media following of 76K+ and interviews on ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX, Sirius XM, Business Insider. She considers it an authentic privilege to impact her global audiences, shared her thoughts on broadening access to global girls' education with INC. Magazine, and was profiled in FORBES Magazineas a 24-year-old American CEO. Shinjini was honored to have been invited to moderate a panel at the 2016 Commission on the Status of Women at the United Nations Headquarters in recognition as a Global Hero for her internationally recognized advocacy work to empower women. Shinjini was invited to attend the 2016 Forbes Under 30 Summit as a game-changing entrepreneur innovating in the intersection of technology, entrepreneurship, media, and business. Follow her globally eclectic journey @SpeakerShinjini and on www.shinjinidas.com.
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Getting Connected: Developing a Personal Learning Network of Support for Future Ready



On Monday, November 21, I had the privilege to have a virtual sit down with Tom Murray, Director of Innovation for The Alliance for Better Education. As part of the Future Ready initiative, Tom hosts a series of webinars on a variety of issues in education. 

During our conversation, we talked about becoming a connected educator. Learn more about the purpose of the webinar below: 

Getting Connected:
Developing a Personal Network of Support

PanelistsWill Deyamport IIIEd.D., Instructional Technology Specialist, Hattiesburg Public School District (MS)Tom Murray, Director of Innovation, Future Ready Schools, Alliance for Excellent Education
Please join Future Ready Schools® (FRS) for a webinar that is part of its Leadership Hub, a one-stop-shop of professional learning opportunities for school leaders.
Over the past few years, there has been tremendous buzz on teachers using various social networking sites, such as Twitter, for professional learning. Recent peer-reviewed journal publications about the uses and benefits of teachers getting connected, and the isolation so many teachers feel across the country, speak about the successes and challenges many educators face when seeking a professional network online.
As an instructional technologist, Will Deyamport will share research-based strategies and personal anecdotes to effectively engage, share, and design one’s own personal learning network (PLN).
FRS’s Tom Murray and Dr. Deyamport will discuss various aspects of PLNs, including
  • findings from research studies on developing a PLN;
  • personal anecdotes and experiences with building and sustaining a vibrant PLN; and
  • strategies, tools, and other resources available to assist teachers, schools, and districts in getting connected.
Watch the webinar and please share with your Personal Learning Network.