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EdUp Edge K-12 is the premiere podcast where we discuss all things public education with your loving and passionate podcast host Dr. Stacey Gonzales. I'm an educator and entrepreneur working to expand our thinking, challenge our beliefs, and open our hearts - one dynamic conversation at a time. It's time to grab your headphones, listen at double speed if you dare, and enjoy as we bring the edge to education.

EdUp Edge K-12 Dr. Stacey Gonzales

    • Education
    • 5.0 • 10 Ratings

EdUp Edge K-12 is the premiere podcast where we discuss all things public education with your loving and passionate podcast host Dr. Stacey Gonzales. I'm an educator and entrepreneur working to expand our thinking, challenge our beliefs, and open our hearts - one dynamic conversation at a time. It's time to grab your headphones, listen at double speed if you dare, and enjoy as we bring the edge to education.

    Loni Bergqvist - Founder - Imagine If

    Loni Bergqvist - Founder - Imagine If

    Welcome back to America‘s premier K12 education podcast! In this fantastic episode of The EdUp Edge Dr. Stacey Gonzales speaks with Loni Bergqvist, a teacher who founded Imagine If which focuses on change-work through project-based learning. She has worked both in the US and internationally.

    In this episode, we explore how seeing the "ripples" in education can be viewed to make even larger waves of change. Even though you may not see each ripple at its inception, Loni knows how to make just the right amount of ripples to make large waves in the education space. 

    Loni imagines how falling in love with the idea that school can look and feel different is not only a powerful way to change the education system, but it is also a way to make large waves that result in different outcomes. In this dynamic episode, we explore how to “find your tribe,” create a positive leadership culture, and start a global conversation to bring wave-crashing change to education.

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    Contact information for Loni Bergqvist:


    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/loniatimagineif/
    Website: https://www.imagineif.dk/


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    • 44 min
    Gretchen Kadillak - Founder and Author

    Gretchen Kadillak - Founder and Author

    Welcome back to America‘s premier K12 education podcast! In this fantastic episode of The EdUp Edge Dr. Stacey Gonzales speaks with Gretchen Kadillak, a mom, author, and self-care coach.

    In this episode, Gretchen talks about how to do self-care without the guilt, why getting a “bigger plate” isn’t the answer, and recognizing how to use your voice.

    She shares, “What is my why? Where do I need to focus my time and intention? How do I need to be a role model for my children, so they learn to take care of themselves and to learn how to say no, too.”

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    Contact information for Gretchen Kadillak:


    Website: https://apowerfulyou.com/
    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/gretchen-kadillak-b1379220/
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/799881107220550/?_rdc=1&_rdr


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    • 41 min
    Dr. Matt Silver - CEO - Pathways Education

    Dr. Matt Silver - CEO - Pathways Education

    Welcome back to America‘s premier K12 education podcast! In this fantastic episode of The EdUp Edge Dr. Stacey Gonzales speaks with Dr. Matt Silver, CEO of Pathways Education and creator of Meaningful Mastery.

    In this episode, Dr. Silver shares about the coffee shops they build to empower young adults with special needs. He explores the ideas of adding real meaning to project-based learning, building curriculum on the self-determination theory, and the trust model in coaching.

    “We create pathways. We don’t wait for them to appear,” he said.

    The purpose of Pathways Education is to support young people and their families with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities and to encourage a change in the existing systems to ensure that young people, regardless of their circumstances, aren’t left behind.

    Dr. Matt Silver has also created Meaningful Mastery, a project-based learning curriculum for today's world which has impactful results on schools country-wide.

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    Contact information for Matt Silver:


    Website: https://www.pathways-ed.org/
    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/dr-matt-silver-npqel-frsa-078b405a/


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    • 46 min
    Bailey & Weiner - Authors - The Daily SEL Leader

    Bailey & Weiner - Authors - The Daily SEL Leader

    Welcome back to America‘s premier K12 education podcast! In this fantastic episode of The EdUp Edge Dr. Stacey Gonzales speaks with James Bailey and Randy Weiner, respected leaders in education who, together, are on a mission to help improve the lives of educational leaders.

    In this episode, Mr. Bailey and Mr. Weiner discuss their recently published book, The Daily SEL Leader: A Guided Journal, which is a first-of-its-kind hybrid resource designed by education leaders for education leaders. They discuss what it means to be a SEL leader, why it’s important to have an emphasis on H2H (human-to-human) relationships, and why it’s critical for students and adults to develop SEL skills together.

    James Bailey’s career has encompassed teacher, principal, assistant superintendent, school turnaround leaders, consultant, and superintendent roles.

    Randy Weiner has worked in education and education technology and consulting throughout his career.

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    Contact information for James Bailey and Randy Weiner:

    The Daily SEL Leader: A Guided Journal website: https://www.dailysel.com/

    Email: info@brasstacksinnovations.com

    Website: https://www.brasstacksinnovations.com/


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    • 54 min
    Dr. Ashley Fico - Founder InnoQuests

    Dr. Ashley Fico - Founder InnoQuests

    Welcome back to America‘s premier K12 education podcast! In this fantastic episode of The EdUp Edge Dr. Stacey Gonzales speaks with founder and educator Dr. Ashley Fico. In this episode, Dr. Fico discusses her newest adventure as founder of InnoQuests, an app where people can use exploration as a way of connecting with their communities. As a life-long educator, Ashley uses her knowledge and expertise to increase communication in health contexts and beyond. In this awesome conversation we discuss how aspiring creators can use academic skills to build and design creative experiences and even businesses. Through real-world exploration, Ashely has developed an app to connect communities and individuals where authentic experiences can be shared and explored.

    Dr. Ashley Fico, is a researcher, educator, founder, and business owner.

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    • 35 min
    Darlene Axtell - Educator & Consultant The Danielson Group

    Darlene Axtell - Educator & Consultant The Danielson Group

    Welcome back to America‘s premier K12 education podcast! In this fantastic episode of The EdUp Edge Dr. Stacey Gonzales and co-host Morgan Joseph speak with educator and consultant Darlene Axtell. Darlene's admits she is 78 years young and dedicated her career to helping teachers become more effective teachers and creating meaningful moments. She shares the discrimination she faced early on in her career as a young, pregnant teacher. She shares how to create cultures of learning for teachers. Listen in as she shares a beautiful essay she wrote as a young student that inspired her. There won't be a dry eye in the place.

    Thanks so much for tuning in. Join us again next time for another episode!  Contact Us!

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    • 45 min

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