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Got an idea to change the world of, or through Education?? By giving a voice to BIG Ed ideas, I hope to connect the vision of one with the passion of another in order to stoke the fires of innovation!

The bigEDidea Podcast Ryan Scott

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Got an idea to change the world of, or through Education?? By giving a voice to BIG Ed ideas, I hope to connect the vision of one with the passion of another in order to stoke the fires of innovation!

    Episode 54 with Andrea Samadi: SEL + Neuroscience= Level UP!

    Episode 54 with Andrea Samadi: SEL + Neuroscience= Level UP!

    Andrea Samadi, a former middle-school teacher from Toronto, now in Arizona, has spent the past 20+ years working with social/emotional learning. Andrea knows first-hand about stress in the classroom as her first job at The University of Toronto’s Faculty of Education was a behavioral class. She felt overwhelmed by the lack of resources to help her manage and teach her students, so she set out on a mission to find ways to support students and educators.

    In 2014, her program, Level Up (that consists of a book and over 60 online lessons and resources) was chosen by Arizona’s Department of Education and in 2019 she released her podcast “Neuroscience Meets Social and Emotional Learning” that bridges the gap between application and theory.

    After just two years, her podcast has featured some of the leading experts in neuroscience, education, and the brain has over 111K downloads, and reaches over 153 countries. Andrea is focused on providing tools and resources for educators and the workplace to improve well-being, productivity, and results using the application of practical neuroscience.




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    Episode 53 with Mark Horner: Using the 4W's to develop a growth mindset with our students!

    Episode 53 with Mark Horner: Using the 4W's to develop a growth mindset with our students!

    Mark Horner is a proud husband and father. He has been married to his college sweetheart, Jennifer for over 20 years. They have two children: Kelsie, who just graduated from Tallmadge High School, and a son, Noah, who is entering his 10th-grade year at THS. Mark received his undergraduate degree from the University of Akron, and his Master’s in K-12 Leadership from Kent State University. He has spent his entire teaching career within Tallmadge City Schools.  At the HS  level where he has been teaching US History and Psychology for a lot of years! When not in the classroom you can either find him on a basketball court coaching basketball, at Crimson Cup drinking coffee and reading a good book or walking his Golden Retriever, Teddy, (yep, named after President #26) around town. 

    Mark is an aspiring blogger and podcaster. You can check out his writing at https://horner.school.blog/ and his podcast, #Between2BlueDevils, at https://anchor.fm/mark-horner, or on any other podcasting platform. 

    You can find Mark on Twitter @THSMr_Horner. 


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    Episode 52 with Matthew J Bowerman: At the end of the day, it's ALL about LOVE!!

    Episode 52 with Matthew J Bowerman: At the end of the day, it's ALL about LOVE!!

    Matthew J Bowerman has spent 24 years in education as a Heartleader, working to support and engage students and communities. He is an Assistamt Principal in an elementary school in Montgomery County, MD,.as well as a writer, speaker, and professional actor/singer/dancer in Theatre, TV and Film. Matthew has taught Special Education, all forms of Theatre, English, and Reading, and is an Emmy and Cine Golden Eagle awardee for his short film BusSTOP addressing the bullying crisis.  

    Click HERE for Matthew's website

    You can find Matthew on:


    Twitter @MJBowerman


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    Episode 51 with Dr. Basil Marin:Teacher and leadership prep programs should have a required equity and social justice class

    Episode 51 with Dr. Basil Marin:Teacher and leadership prep programs should have a required equity and social justice class

    Dr. Basil Marin hails from the Central Virginia area. He is a graduate of Eastern Mennonite University where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. He later earned a Master of Teaching in Special Education from Liberty University. After moving to the Virginia Beach area in 2014, he pursued an Educational Specialist in Administration & Supervision k-12 from Old Dominion University. Dr. Marin recently earned an Executive Ph.D. in Educational Leadership from Old Dominion University in 2020.   Dr. Marin is one of the proud assistant principals of Chamblee Charter High School, a diverse high school located in Atlanta, Georgia. Dr. Marin brings an authentic and refreshing perspective to the field of education. As an administrator, he works hard to foster equitable opportunities and inclusive learning environments where ALL students and teachers are valued and respected.  Dr. Marin works daily to build meaningful relationships with students and desires to be the administrator he needed when he was growing up yet did not have access to. As a former struggling student himself, Dr. Marin is humbled to be able to give back to students who historically have fallen through the cracks of education and have not been given a second chance.  Dr. Marin has been afforded some incredible opportunities through the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD) organization such as being selected as a 2017 Emerging Leader and being appointed as a “featured speaker” at the 2019 Empower Conference in Chicago. In addition, he met with U.S. Department of Education Secretary Betsy Devos and her executive team to speak on behalf of marginalized and underserved students and explained how the lack of funding has impacted their educational experiences. Currently, Dr. Marin is the President for the Emerging Leaders ASCD National Affiliate. Dr. Marin is a contributing author in several books including Personal & Authentic, Unconventional Leadership, Modern Mentor, Forces of Influence, and It’s Me.


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    Episode 50 with Hamish Brewer: Great things happen through great connections!

    Episode 50 with Hamish Brewer: Great things happen through great connections!

    Hamish is an award-winning educator & leader - inspiring, advocating & amplifying voices of educators,  students & communities everywhere! Author, Speaker, Kiwi, Tattoos, Skateboards, VWs

    Mr. Brewer is an award-winning principal at both the secondary and elementary school levels. He was recognized in 2017 as the NAESP Nationally Distinguished Principal and Virginia Principal of the year. He has also been recognized as the 2016 VAESP School Bell Award and ASCD Virginia Impact Award. In 2018 Hamish was named a Northern Virginian of the year by Northern Virginia Magazine and the 2018 Principal of the Year for the online national publication – Education Dive. In 2019 Prince William County Public Schools named Hamish the school divisions Principal of the Year. In 2020 Hamish was recently recognized by Omega U as the principal of the year.

    Here's his website! www.hamishbrewer.com/bio/

    You can connect with Mr. Brewer on Twitter @brewerhm and email brewerhm@gmail.com


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    Episode 49 with Pav Wander: Our teachers' voices need to be AMPLIFIED!

    Episode 49 with Pav Wander: Our teachers' voices need to be AMPLIFIED!

    Pavan (Pav) Wander is an elementary school teacher with 15 years of experience, born, raised, and teaching in the north end of Toronto, Canada, where she teaches grade 7/8. Along with her former teaching partner Chey Cheney, Pav co-hosts a podcast called “The Staffroom Podcast,” as well as a live, educational music radio show on VoicEd Radio called, “The Drive.”



    You can find Pav on Twitter @PavWander and @StaffPodcast!


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    • 56 min

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