29 episodes

Welcome to Education Suspended, a podcast focused on exploring, engaging, and dialoguing with those in education who are passionate about changing the status quo and evolving the archaic system we have inherited.

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    • 4.9 • 30 Ratings

Welcome to Education Suspended, a podcast focused on exploring, engaging, and dialoguing with those in education who are passionate about changing the status quo and evolving the archaic system we have inherited.

    The Practice of “I don’t Know”

    The Practice of “I don’t Know”

    In this episode we have a great conversation with April Prescott about the benefits of mindfulness in the learning environment. April highlights how mindfulness promotes a contemplative lens and a sense of curiosity, both which are so important in the learning process. She shares that while strategic “mindful moments” during the day are helpful, a true mindful classroom is one that doesn’t have planned moments and functions in the moments as they come. We also dive into the question “what does it really mean to educate a child?”

    April is the Inclusive Education Coordinator at Aboriginal Head Start in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. She joined Head Start after 10 years of teaching preschool for children who experience hearing loss. In addition to her advocacy work at Head Start, April is a Yoga Teacher and is a guest instructor for Peaceful World Yoga in Colorado, focusing on bringing trauma-informed practice to yoga teaching. April also enjoys her work as a guest lecturer at the University of Alberta’s Faculty of Education where she educates pre-service teachers on the importance of a trauma-informed lens in the classroom.



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    • 48 min
    Humane Education

    Humane Education

    In today’s episode we connect with Dr. Sarah Bexell. Sarah teaches us about Humane Education and how it can promote equity in education and create safety within our relationships with humans, animals, and the environment. We explore the role attachment to place has on students and how it influences us. We also highlight how attachment to place can strengthen attunement and in turn promote learning. Sarah shares that teaching students to understand the need for individual personal care for all living things can have significant influences on their social and emotional growth.

    Sarah M. Bexell, PhD is the Director of Humane Education with the Institute for Human-Animal Connection and Clinical Associate Professor with the Graduate School of Social Work, both at the University of Denver, Denver, Colorado, USA. Bexell is also a faculty member teaching Animal Protection for the Institute for Humane Education-Antioch University New England and Senior Advisor to the Education Department of the Chengdu Research Base for Giant Pandas, China. She teaches and does research in the areas of environmental and social sustainability and animal protection.



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    • 45 min
    Reflective Dissociation

    Reflective Dissociation

    Join us as we spend time reflecting on some of our big takeaways from the previous four episodes.

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    • 26 min
    A Connections Assessment

    A Connections Assessment

    In this episode we connect with Chris Joffe. Since Covid-19, our schools have seen an increase in risk assessments and we talk about what needs to be the focus as we continue to plan for our recovery. Chris highlights why working the whole community is so powerful. Themes of connection and relationships are paramount to him and his company as they train schools from that perspective and he explains why that matters. We also dive into the idea of having “connection assessments” instead of “risk assessments.

    Chris Joffe is the founder and CEO of Joffe Emergency services, a safety consulting company that leads the nation’s schools, businesses, and events in lifesaving and disaster preparedness. Through his commitment to that mission and his leadership, Joffe Emergency Services has become the leader in school safety programs. Chris began his profession in Emergency Medical Services and studied paramedicine at UCLA and technology, business and integrated design at the University of Southern California (USC). Chris has helped protect millions of lives since 2007 based on the simple belief that people have the power to save lives through education and training.



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    • 51 min
    Embodying Our Experiences

    Embodying Our Experiences

    In this episode we sit down with poet, Lindsay Young, and explore all the ways poetry can come alive in the classroom and the benefits it brings. Lindsay highlights how poetry is an amazing creative outlet for students. It can support students in working through their emotions and stories by attaching them to words and providing a space for reflection. We also connect how this medium can enhance the learning environment and provide ways teachers can begin using this medium in their classroom.

    Lindsay Young is a poet from Long Island, New York. Lindsay was crowned a 2018 NUPIC (National Underground Poetry Individual Competition) Co-Champion. She is the author of “Salt to Taste” and “In Your Absence”, which was the winner of the 3rd Annual Backbone Press Chapbook Competition in 2021. She currently works as a freelance poet and workshop facilitator, and is getting her Masters in Social Work from Columbia University.



    Intro Song: Poet's Row, Young Bones

    • 42 min
    The Behavior of Breathing

    The Behavior of Breathing

    Today we connect with Dr. Matt Dewar and dive into why social emotional learning is necessary to create an optimal learning environment. Matt highlights how breathwork can help teachers prompt regulation in their classrooms. Our brains are always learning and changing, due to neuroplasticity, and ensuring they are at a place learning can happen is virtually important. We also explore why it feels that schools and districts are always in problem solving mode.

    Dr. Dewar teaches educators how to Transform Stress into Strength™ through research-based mindfulness and emotional intelligence protocols. Motivated by his own personal struggle with anxiety as a young adult and informed by almost two decades of teaching mindfulness and emotional intelligence in schools, Matt's message is simple: Through increased awareness, knowledge, and skill, you have the ability to transform stress and adversity into emotional strength and resilience. He is also the author of The Mindful Breathing Workbook for Teens (2021) and Education and Well-Being: An Ontological Inquiry (2016).



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    • 44 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
30 Ratings

30 Ratings

Jawfubian ,

Excellent podcast

Hosted by Oprah’s friend’s friend’s

Metje1 ,

Interesting insight and perspective

The Education Suspended podcast provides such an interesting insight and perspective to our education system. The guests they have are across the US and such different backgrounds. Such an interesting podcast even for a non-educator listener. Jessica and Steve do such a great job facilitating. I cannot wait to listen to the next one!

courtney_hadjeasgari ,

Information for all

Love that this is interesting and knowledgeable for everyone. Not just educators. There is so much to learn. Lovely job.

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