Tuesday, May 31, 2016

The Dr. Will Show - The Centered Educator with Shervette Miller-Payton



On today's episode, I chat with Shervette Miller-Payton about being a centered educator. 

After teaching high school literature and composition for 14 years, Shervette Miller-Payton now serves as an assistant principal where she continues advocating transformative technology and authentic assessments. She earned her B.A. from Mercer University, her M.Ed. from University of Missouri-Columbia, and her Ed.D. is in progress at University of Georgia. You can find Shervette on Twitter or Voxer @ATLTeacher.


Monday, May 23, 2016

The Dr. Will Show - So You Wanna Be A Consultant with Dr. Charlene Rousseau



On today's episode of The Dr. Will Show, I chat with Dr. Rousseau about her experiences as a consultant. She shares information valuable to teachers who have an interest in taking the leap to consulting.

Dr. Rousseau earned her Doctor of Philosophy degree in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from Capella University, her Master of Science degree in the same field from Carlos Albizu University, and her Bachelor of Arts General Psychology degree from Florida Atlantic University. Her research interest areas are Adult Learning, Distance and Online Education, Training and Development, Learning and Organizational Development, Diversity and Inclusion, and Work Life Balance. Her published work, Balancing Work, Family, and Student Roles: A Phenomenological Study of the Adult Female Online Learner includes research examining a combination of the aforementioned topics.

Dr. Rousseau has clocked over 30,000 hours in curriculum design and has over 13 years training, facilitation, speaking, coaching, and L&OD consulting experience in multiple industries including Corporate Settings, Automotive, Sales, Finance, Insurance, Government/ Military, University Education, and Call Centers to list a few. Her learning and organizational development programs have led to the development of over 10,000 professionals over the past 13 years.

As President of Envisionary Development Consulting, LLC, a thriving performance management consultancy, Dr. Rousseau partners with her clients to deliver impeccable, top quality L&OD solutions that minimize turnover and maximize performance saving her clients time, money, and resources.

Dr. Rousseau conducts executive coaching, provides learning and organizational development consulting, facilitates executive training sessions and team building initiatives, manages training curricula design, and has led complex L&OD projects for the U.S. Department of Agriculture: Food Safety Inspection Services, Department of Education, Department of Defense, Office of Personnel Management Center for Leadership Development, U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs, US Army Corps of Engineers, Defense Equal Opportunity Management Institute, U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Florida Small Business Development Center, National Guard Bureau, JM Family Enterprises, International Movement Network, SonicLoop and other government and private sector clientele both locally and internationally.


Monday, May 9, 2016

Webinar: The 3 Benefits of Technology that Schools Overlook

In case you missed my webinar for Schoology, you can now view it on my blog. Please leave a comment.

Saturday, May 7, 2016

The Dr. Will Show - Common Core Abs with Donna from Lift It Up Fitness

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On today's episode of The Dr. Will Show, I chat with Donna Luetjen, from Lift It Up Fitness, about living a healthy lifestyle.

Donna first became a fitness trainer in 1995 when she was 22 years old. In 2002, she became a teacher and taught Social Studies at the secondary level. While maintaining her love for all things fitness, nutrition, and education she is passionate about helping hard working, stressed out women create a healthy lifestyle that involves simple, daily habits that can really move the dial. Through a three-pronged approach that involves mindset, nutrition, and movement, Donna helps women cut through the confusion and misleading information in the diet and fitness industry by educating them on how to balance their lives by creating a healthy lifestyle that follows her 3E protocol- efficient, effective, and enjoyable. She is a certified personal trainer through NASM (National Academy of Sports Medicine) and holds a Master's Degree in Education. Donna is “Lift It Up Fitness” on Twitter, Facebook, You Tube, and Instagram. Find out more about Donna by visiting her blog/website at www.LiftItUpFitness.com

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

The Dr. Will Show - The 411 on Becoming A Professional Learning Specialist with JoHanna Simko, M.Ed.



On today's episode of The Dr. Will Show, I chat with JoHanna Simko, M.Ed. about becoming a Professional Learning Specialist.

JoHanna Simko is an experienced educator with over 15 years of experience as a teacher, mentor and school administrator. Mrs. Simko completed her School Leadership Master’s in Education at High Tech High’s Innovative Graduate School of Education in June 2013. Prior to this she completed San Diego State Universities' teacher credential program Summa Cum Laude where she was awarded a single subject English Credential. She has served as a classroom teacher at High Tech High and in the Sweetwater and Grossmont Unified School Districts. She was selected as the first Academic Dean at High Tech High Chula Vista in 2013. She has served as a BTSA mentor and master teacher as part of University of San Diego’s teacher credentialing program. Mrs. Simko has also worked as an independent consultant training leaders and managers with !Mpact People.



Tuesday, April 26, 2016

The Dr. Will Show - The WE in PD with Kimberly Cawkwell, M.Ed.



On this episode of The Dr. Will Show, I chat with Kimberly Cawkwell, M.Ed. about the WE in PD.

Kimberly Cawkwell is a Professional Learning Specialist for the Mobile Technology Learning Center (MTLC). Cawkwell received her Bachelor's degree in Liberal Arts specializing in Sociology and Education from the University of California, Riverside (UCR) in 2008. She also completed her Master's in Education and Multiple Subject Credential with an Elementary Mathematics Emphasis from the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) in 2010.
Prior to joining MTLC, Cawkwell spent over five years as a teacher and mentor to new teachers. In addition to working with Title 1 schools in National City, CA, Kimberly was a founding teacher of two San Diego elementary charter schools: High Tech Elementary Chula Vista (2011) and High Tech Elementary North County (2013). Kimberly has collaborated and led several professional development sessions globally with educators.
Cawkwell continues to be passionate in her pursuit for understanding and sharing best practices for children. Through MTLC partnerships, she looks forward to cultivating deeper learning opportunities in education that provide children equitable, collaborative and rigorous learning environments and also foster children to become advocates for their own learning.

Friday, April 15, 2016

The Dr. Will Show - Transformational Change in the Digital Age with Dr. Kathrine Shone



On this episode, I chat with Dr. Kathrine Shone about transformational change in the digital age.

Dr. Kathrine Shone’s journey to continuous learning began in 1998 when she set forth her personal vision to become an educator. At that time, Dr. Shone had made a professional commitment to pioneer the dramatic shift of educational focus to cater not only to the ones who “fit the mold” but those who persistently struggle. Her tenure in the alternative education and special education programs laid a solid foundation for which she was able to accomplish a significant portion of this basic mission – to create conditions for academic success for the disadvantaged students. As a counselor, alternative ed. teacher, resource specialist, teacher on special assignment, an assistant principal and a veteran principal with 8 years of experience from both a high achieving and a turnaround middle school, Dr. Shone provided quality education to young adolescents. She was extremely blessed to have had the opportunity to influence and help elevate the level of efficacy of teachers and teacher leaders by shaping a school culture which embraces reflection and growth as its core values.
Dr. Shone possesses a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology. In 2002, she received her Master’s Degree in Cross-Cultural Teaching with academic distinction, and a formal invitation to the elite international honor society for educators, Pi Lambda Theta.
In 2006, Dr. Shone was recognized by Inland Valley News for Excellence in Secondary Education at their 9th Annual Celebration of Excellence Awards, an event that celebrates the achievements and contributions of people who help make their community the jewel of Southern California. Her article “Mentoring the Mindsets of 21st Century Leaders” was also published in Association of California School Administrators (ACSA) Leadership Magazine in January of 2013.
With 15 years of gratifying experience as a teacher, teacher leader and school and district administrator, it became very evident that pursuing her dream of acquiring a doctoral degree in educational leadership seems to be a natural next step in her personal and professional journey towards excellence. Dr. Shone relishes every opportunity possible to engage in serious self-development and replicate the personal transformation process that is associated with effective leadership. On September 2015, she fulfilled that dream and was awarded the Doctorate of Education in Educational Leadership with academic distinction from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona. Soon after, she was selected as one of the facilitator candidate for the National Institute of School Leadership (NISL) program.
Dr. Kathrine Shone is currently the Director of Equity and Professional Learning at the Pomona Unified School District.

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

The Dr. Will Show - From Traditional to Digital with Diana Cornejo-Sanchez, M.Ed.



On this episode of The Dr. Will Show, I chat with Professional Learning Specialist Diana Cornejo-Sanchez about working with teachers through their transition to a digital learning environment.

Diana Cornejo-Sanchez is a Professional Learning Specialist for the Mobile Technology Learning Center. She has over 11 years of experience as a teacher and mentor to new teachers. Cornejo-Sanchez received her Bachelor’s degrees in English and Spanish from the University of San Diego (USD) in 2004. She also completed her a Single Subject Credentials in English and Spanish during this time and added a Social Science credential in 2014. She graduated with her Master’s in Education with a specialization in Language, Literacy, and Culture in 2006 from USD. She completed her Administrative Credential in 2014 through USD’s Educational Leadership Development Academy.
Cornejo-Sanchez was a founding teacher of High Tech High Media Arts when it first opened in 2005 and has over ten years’ experience working in a project-based learning environment. In addition, she has global experience consulting with educators to create equitable and engaging learning opportunities for students.

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

The Dr. Will Show - Stages of Personalized Learning with Barbara Bray and Kathleen McClaskey



On today's episode of The Dr. Will Show, I chat with Barbara Bray and Kathleen McClaskey about the Stages of Personalized Learning.


Barbara is co-founder of Personalize Learning, LLC and is a Creative Learning Strategist who believes that anyone at any age can learn. She has worked with schools, districts, individuals, businesses, and non-profit organizations around the world to facilitate change and design new learning environments. Barbara is a teacher, writer, educational technologist, change agent, risk-taker, instructional designer, connector, and visionary. She coined and trademarked the phrase “Making Learning Personal” in 2000 because she always believed that learning needs to start with the learner and that every learner matters. She was introduced to Kathleen McClaskey over four years ago. This led them to start Personalize Learning to share research, models and the voices of thought leaders. 
Barbara has assisted large and small organizations to build online communities for teachers to connect and share teaching practice through action research and lesson study. She builds coaching programs where teachers are facilitators, advisors, and "guides on the side." Barbara is asked to facilitate visioning sessions, write strategic plans, recommend resources and makes it her job to determine what is authentic, valid, cost-effective, safe, user-friendly, and relevant for her clients. She is relentlessly researching how to personalize learning so all learners follow their passion so they discover their purpose.
- See more at: http://www.personalizelearning.com/p/about.html#sthash.rwjHmSvP.dpuf


Kathleen is a recognized UDL Expert and Digital Learning Consultant with over 28 years experience in using technology in the classroom. Kathleen is a frequent international, national and regional workshop presenter on topics that include Universal Design for Learning (UDL), Technology for Diverse Learners, and Math and Technology: Bringing Research to Practice. In 2007, she was awarded a three-year NH Math and Science Partnership grant for the “Science4All” project, applying UDL principles in the science classroom.  In 2009, Kathleen designed and directed the Tools for Learning Math Intervention Project where tools were applied to UDL researched-based instruction in math.  In late 2009, she became the professional development director of three ARRA technology funded projects in NH to create 21st Century Classrooms.  In all of these projects, Kathleen developed Professional Learning Communities (PLC) and a UDL lesson design structure for project teachers to support the learning of all students. 

- See more at: http://www.personalizelearning.com/p/about.html#sthash.rwjHmSvP.dpuf


Thursday, March 17, 2016

The Dr. Will Show - 5 Questions on Leadership with Dr. Sandy Chambers



On today's episode of The Dr. Will Show, I chat with Dr. Sandy Chambers about leadership.

Sandy Chambers is an elementary school principal in the Wake County Public Schools System in Raleigh, NC. She is in her nineteenth year as an educator and has teaching and administration experience in the Durham Public Schools System and Wake County Public Schools System in North Carolina. She received her Bachelors and Masters of Elementary Education from North Carolina Central University. She received her Doctorate of Education from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. At her current school of over one thousand students, she is leading the transformative digital journey from BYOD – Bring Your Own Device to Digital Learning as well as in the initial stages of implementing Multi-Tiered Systems of Support (MTSS), a cultural change for student success.

Connect with Dr. Chambers via Twitter @DrSandyChambers