Thursday, April 20, 2017

The Dr. Will Show - The Art Of Academic Conferencing And Much More with Dr. Breea Willingham



On this episode, I hangout with Dr. Breea Willingham and we chat about academic conferences and much more!

Dr. Breea Willingham is an Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice at Plattsburgh State University of New York. Her research areas include Black women’s prison writing, higher education in prison, Black women and police violence, the impact of incarceration on Black fathers and their children, and race and crime. Dr. Willingham worked as a newspaper reporter covering crime and education for 10 years before entering academia. She has presented her research at national and international conferences.

Friday, April 14, 2017

The Dr. Will Show - Quality Feedback to Guide Professional Learning with Dr. Shawn Clark and Brady Venables



On this episode of The Dr. Will Show, I hangout with Dr. Shawn Clark and Brady Venables and we chat about quality feedback to guide professional learning.



After finally recognizing she belonged in education, Shawn Berry Clark entered an alternative teaching certification program. As an alumna of the University of South Carolina, Shawn’s academic degrees include a Bachelor's of Science in Psychology, a Master's of Education in Early Childhood, a Master's of Education in Education Administration, and a PhD in Education Administration. Her career moves include being a teacher at USC Children's Center and Webber Elementary School, and an administrator at Saluda Middle School for 11 years. Shawn was Director of Curriculum and Instruction for Saluda County Schools for almost 5 years and currently serves as a Transformation Coach for the South Carolina Department of Education.

Shawn is the co-author of the book Using Quality Feedback to Guide Professional Learning: A Framework for Instructional Leaders. and she consults with Daniel Venables for the Center for Authentic PLCs and Grapple Institutes.  As a two-time high school dropout, Shawn knows the meaning of not having a quality education and has devoted her life to making school the best possible experience for all students.

Shawn and her husband live in Johnston, South Carolina and she is the mother of 2 incredible adults, Peyton Love and Dana Kippel. Shawn can be reached at shawnbclark@gmail.com or via Twitter

Brady Venables entered the teaching profession through the backdoor as a veterinary school reject trying to mend her heart in the midst of great disappointment.  Though she always loved school, valued her education, and considered herself a lifelong learner, teaching was not a profession she had ever considered for herself. 

Raised in one of the poorest counties in South Carolina, Brady started education in public school.  Unfortunately, It quickly became clear to her parents, that the public school district could not provide what they believed she needed to be successful.  Her parents enrolled her in private school, taking a risk and spending the monies they had saved for her college.  She attended Davidson College and is thankful that she received the best education money could buy.  

A student’s access to knowledge should not be limited by the district in which her home is zoned or the amount of money her parents can afford to dedicate to tuition.  All public schools should be as good as the best education money can buy and with that mindset she works to improve the education experience for students in a Title One district.  

Brady spent her first years in the classroom teaching high school biology and now serves as a technology integration specialist supporting teachers and school-based technology learning coaches.  She is a Certified Google Teacher and is Common Sense Media Certified.  She strongly believes that technology can be key to personalizing learning for students and opening opportunities for underprivileged populations.

Brady Venables is married to ASCD and Corwin author, Daniel R. Venables, who inspires her daily to do the hard work of teaching.  Together they are also teaching their most important student, two year old Benjamin Robert.  Brady can be reached at bradyven@gmail.com or on Twitter @bradyvenables.

Saturday, April 8, 2017

The Dr. Will Show - The Age of the Connected Educator with Dr. Lauren Tucker



On this episode, I hangout with Dr. Lauren Tucker, and we chat about her research in teachers using a Twitter-supported personal learning network for professional growth.

Dr. Tucker is a certified special education and regular education teacher and is currently a practicing assistive technology (AT) specialist at a regional educational service center in Connecticut. In addition to providing AT services across Connecticut, she is also an adjunct professor at Southern Connecticut State University (SCSU) and Post University. At SCSU, Dr. Tucker works with undergraduate students in the teacher preparation program and graduate students with an AT concentration.

While conducting her research on teachers’ use of a Twitter personal learning network (PLN) and professional decision making, she developed a preliminary model of professional decision making, Tucker’s Model of Professional Decision Making, to support schools and teachers when introducing new tools or strategies. After completing her research and graduating with her Ed.D. in 2016 she presented her research and corresponding model at the Northeastern Educational Research Association Conference and the Assistive Technology Industry Association Conference. She is passionate to support continued teacher learning and student empowerment through the use of technology.

Saturday, April 1, 2017

The Dr. Will Show - Getting Your Groove On with Think Natalia



On this episode, I hangout with Think Natalia, and we chat about how you can take charge of your life and be the you, you were meant to be.

Natalia Wiechowski (aka Think Natalia) is a Dubai based, award-winning, bilingual Public Speaker, Coach and Influencer who radically changed her life(style) and career after a self-imposed sabbatical.

After studying human behavior for over 13 years and spending almost nine months in isolation to find her purpose, the German social scientist (M.A.) and prospective DPhil came to the conclusion that her mission is to cultivate striking personal brands & great, positive minds. This insight encouraged Think Natalia to develop a new, unique training program, which combines the most successful elements out of performance coaching, personal branding and social media strategies.

Besides this, the Edutainer enjoys spreading her inspiring message of hope and empowerment on public stages.


Thursday, March 30, 2017

The Dr. Will Show - How To Blend Your Classroom with Rachelle Dene Poth



On this episode, I hangout with Rachelle Dene Poth and we chat about how teachers can blend their classrooms.

Rachelle is a Spanish and STEAM: What’s nExT in Emerging Technology Teacher at Riverview Junior Senior High School in Oakmont, PA. She is also an attorney and earned her Juris Doctor Degree from Duquesne University School of Law and has a Master’s Degree in Instructional Technology. Rachelle has presented at conferences such as ISTE, FETC, PETE&C, PSMLA and additional local conferences, on technology and more ways to benefit student learning. She is the Communications Chair for the ISTE Mobile Learning Network, a Member at Large for Games & Sims, the Innovations and Resources Co-Chair for the Teacher Education Network and the PAECT Historian. Rachelle was recently selected as the 2017 Outstanding Teacher of the Year by PAECT (the PA affiliate of ISTE. She is proud to be involved in several communities including being a Common Sense Media Educator, Amazon Inspire Educator, Atomic Learning Ambassador, BloxelsEDU Ambassador, Buncee Ambassador, Edmodo Certified Trainer, Nearpod Certified Educator and PioNear, Recap Pioneer, TES Ambassador and Ambassador for several other networks.
Rachelle is an author; She wrote chapter 3 of the Edumatch book “Snapshot in Education 2016”, and her chapter focused on Blended Learning. She also blogs regularly and continues to look for opportunities to highlight student work and student voice.


Monday, March 27, 2017

The Dr. Will Show - A Dissertation is ... with Dr. Wendy Carter-Veale



On this episode, I hangout with Dr. Wendy Carter-Veale, and we chat about the dissertation process.

Dr. Carter has obtained masters degrees from Stanford University and Carnegie Mellon University and a M.S. and Ph.D. from University of Wisconsin-Madison. 

Research and her own educational trials showed Dr. Carter that 50% of all students drop out of graduate school and 17% drop out during the thesis and the dissertation phase. In response to this startling statistic, she developed an interactive thesis dissertation help motivation tutorial product designed to alleviate the high attrition rate among graduate students. She also developed a powerful presentation that not only motivates and encourages students, but also gives them workable solutions to their own educational crises. Her company TA-DA Thesis and Dissertation Accomplished was designed to help graduate students demystify the maze of higher education. 

Currently, Dr. Carter shares her expertise with graduate students at the University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC) as the program coordinator of the PROMISE program and the PhD Completion Project, co-founder of the Dissertation House and the on-campus dissertation coach.  In addition, Dr. Carter successfully manages many other roles – parent, educator, business owner and motivational speaker. Her daughter graduated cum laude from Howard University. Dr. Carter continues to be an inspiration and invaluable resource to students and educators throughout the country.

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.