The Good News, Brad News Podcast amplifies the stories of heart-led educators moving from positive intention to ACTION--improving kids’ lives through service, connection, and finding the FUN! So glad you're here!
Episode 22 | Featuring Craig Randall
Craig Randall's experience as a counselor, coach, teacher, and principal set him up perfectly to develop a model of teacher observation focused on building trusting relationships that spark teaching and learning growth. As the author of Trust-Based Observations, Craig is on a mission to change the world of teacher observations to a model of support that fosters risk-taking, innovation, and creativity.
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Episode 21 | Featuring Dr. Jeffry Prickett
Dr. Jeffry Prickett is a school leader, author of the forthcoming book, Becoming Principal, and the 2021 Illinois High School Principal of the Year.
Jeff serves as principal of McHenry High School in McHenry, Illinois, USA. Jeff also has experience as an assistant principal, dean of students and classroom teacher. Jeff holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Judson University, a Master's Degree from Aurora University, and a Doctorate in Educational Leadership from National Louis University.
In addition to his work as an educator, Jeff co-hosts The Principal Leadership Lab podcast with his longtime friend and colleague, Adam DeWitt, serves as the co-publications chair for the Illinois Association of Supervision and Curriculum Development (ILASCD), and the professional development chair for the Kishwaukee Region of the Illinois Principals Association (IPA).
Jeff lives in McHenry with his wife and kids and spends a lot of time writing, reading and following his beloved Chicago Cubs.
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LinkedIn: Dr. Jeffry Prickett
Episode 20 | Featuring Alix Maffin-Pirie
Alix Maffin-Pirie is an enthusiastic English Language Arts teacher in Kitchener, Ontario, Canada. She is a proud firefighter's wife, rescue-dog mama, lover of the outdoors, board games, corny jokes, and a life long learner.
Alix knew from a young age she wanted to be a teacher. Perhaps playing "classroom" in her basement was the first clue she'd found her calling! Alix attended the University of Guelph (English Literature and History) and Wilfrid Laurier University (Bachelor of Education).
Throughout her educational journey, Alix worked with and attended seminars regarding students with exceptionalities as she was (and still is) a student with an exceptionality herself. Alix understands that each learner is following their own path and that not every student learns the same way.
Alix loves to read, travel, and learn. She strives to make school a place where creativity and inquiry are welcome and can really shine through.
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Episode 19 | Featuring Chey Cheney & Pav Wander
Chey Cheney is a middle school teacher with 20 years of experience, originally from Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. He currently teaches Grade 8 in Toronto, Ontario and engages in coaching and leadership work with students in the school beyond instructional time. Passionate about ELA, Chey's teaching philosophy centers around student agency, student voice and a strong commitment to social justice. Chey is always looking for ways to embed technology in the natural flow of learning that ascends from consumer to engager and creator. With a vast athletic and coaching background, Chey aims to form a physical education and competitive sports culture dedicated to inclusion and entry points for all students.
Pawan (Pav) Wander is an middle school teacher with 15 years of experience hailing from Etobicoke, Ontario, Canada. Pav teaches in the same neighborhood where she grew up and went to school, and has thoroughly enjoyed working with students in such a familiar community. Pav loves to teach Science and Math, and combines the two subjects into Robotics, Engineering and Coding programs. She loves watching students, especially females, thrive in areas of STEM. Pav loves learning about new ways of reaching and engaging with students, especially through podcasting, audio and video editing. Fitness and athletics have always been important to Pav, and she endeavors to include as much physical activity in her day as possible!
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Twitter: @mrccheney | @PavWander
The Staff Room Podcast: @StaffPodcast
The Drive: @TheDriveVoicEd
Episode 18 | Featuring Shelley Moore
Shelley Moore, originally from Edmonton, Alberta and now based in Vancouver, British Columbia, is a highly sought after teacher, researcher, consultant and storyteller and she has worked with school districts and community organizations throughout both Canada and the United States. Her research and work has been featured at national and international conferences and is constructed based on theory and effective practices of inclusion, special education, curriculum and teacher professional development.
Her first book entitled One Without the Other was released in July 2016 to follow up her TEDx talk hosted in Langley, BC in January 2016. Shelley completed an undergraduate degree in Special Education at the University of Alberta, her Masters at Simon Fraser University, and is currently a SSHRC funded PhD candidate at the University of British Columbia. To learn more about Shelley’s research, take a look at her graduate profile.
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Episode 17 | Featuring Kristin Wiens
Kristin Wiens is an Inclusion Coach for the Sooke School District (#62) located on southern Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada. Her main focus is creating and facilitating professional learning opportunities for staff, including a year-long Education Assistant program. Kristin's illustrations support educational topics related to inclusion, self-regulation, mindfulness and more. She is passionate about inclusion, visual communication, Universal Design for Learning (UDL), Self-Reg, self-compassion and creativity. Kristin is also a speaker, book author and course designer with renowned Canadian singer, activist and children's champion, Raffi.
Connect with Kristin!
Web: North Star Paths
Book: The Gratitude Jar
Shanker Self-Reg & The Mehrit Centre: www.self-reg.ca
Shanker Self-Reg & The Mehrit Centre | self-reg.ca
Shelley Moore | fivemooreminutes.com
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