Teaching Learning Leading K-12
William Manzanares IV discusses his book - “I Can’t Read” - 270

William Manzanares IV discusses his book - “I Can’t Read” - 270

November 21, 2019

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If not being able to read was a disease, it would be an epidemic.

Millions of Americans can’t read but illiteracy often goes unacknowledged or unnoticed. If you are the parent or teacher of a child who struggles with reading, you know the painful way that illiteracy steals their confidence and robs them of the joy that comes from learning.

William Manzanares IV – a member of the Puyallup Tribe in Washington state – wrote
I Can’t Read: A Guide to Success Through Failure (2019) to give the literacy conversation a much-needed jumpstart.

William, who grew up unable to read and later learned he had dyslexia, overcame these obstacles and transformed himself into a successful serial entrepreneur. In this inspirational story, William shares strategic superpowers that worked for him in the hopes it will improve literacy for those who can’t read. The book includes personal anecdotes to inspire kids everywhere – especially young Native Americans – to pursue their dreams.
He is a serial entrepreneur, having owned and operated successful businesses since 2005.
William is passionate about helping small business owners as well as struggling readers. To that end, he spends much of his time speaking with students about career planning and goal setting.

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Length - 45:24

David Miletto: Italian Heritage, Family Stories, Chicago, Life, & Art - 269

David Miletto: Italian Heritage, Family Stories, Chicago, Life, & Art - 269

November 15, 2019

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David Miletto is an artist. He has an amazing talent for bringing ideas to life. This is episode 269 of Teaching Learning Leading K12 and the first part of a multi-part interview with David as we talk about Italian heritage, family stories, Chicago, life in the 50's-60's-70's, and art. 

He also is one of my favorite uncles.

He has an incredible sense of humor. He is an amazing cook who makes his own pasta and I swear I can sense when he is cooking...awesome aromas!

And I always remember him having an interesting comment or two that would make me think…
“Like in the 80s when he asked me which of my music groups I think will still be relevant in 20 years.”

Or him practicing his spoken Italian and talking about the family history...
You have never lived until you have experienced him driving through the toll booths of Chicago!
He also is an avid baseball and Whitesox fan…

This interview is focused on David as a primary source of information. He lived through some amazing aspects of our country. This will be a multipart show.

In the first episode, we will share some family history and then talk about being a child in the 50s and early 60s.

As a classroom teacher, my hope is that you will be able to use some of his thoughts and comments about life in the past as a way of getting your students to hear the thoughts of someone who was there...Chicagoland area in the 50s and 60s…(by the way the journey will also take us to Texas, Florida, maybe Las Vegas, and Italy...even Wisconsin)...part two and three will bring us through the turbulent teenage years and the late 60s, and then into some events in later years of his life.

Remember David is an artist and at the end of each episode, we will journey into some of his work and a special request for assistance with a project that he is trying to take to the next level and complete.

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 Length - 1:32:59

Daniel H. Shapiro: The 5 Practices of the Caring Mentor - 268

Daniel H. Shapiro: The 5 Practices of the Caring Mentor - 268

November 7, 2019

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Dr. Daniel H. Shapiro has served for over twenty years as a teacher, school counselor, mentor, and district leader in the Broward County Public Schools in Florida. This is episode 268 of Teaching Learning Leading K12.

He received National Board Teacher Certification in early adolescence/English language arts in 2006, earned his master’s degree in school counseling in 2009, and received his doctoral degree in education with a specialization in instructional leadership in 2012. His doctoral dissertation was entitled “An Exploration of the Role of Caring in Teacher Mentoring Relationships.”

During his career, Dr. Shapiro received the Florida Governor’s Shine Award for Inspirational Teaching. He was named a Broward County Public Schools 2014 Caliber Award winner and the 2015 Florida School Counselor Association (FSCA) Elementary School Counselor of the Year. 

He is now a school counseling specialist and provides mentoring and professional development to school counselors within the Broward County School District. He also serves as an adjunct professor of school counseling at Nova Southeastern University.

Dr. Shapiro is the author of The 5 Practices of the Caring Mentor: Strengthening the Mentoring Relationship from the Inside Out. He offers workshops on a variety of topics, is a keynote speaker and provides individual mentoring sessions. 

Dr. Shapiro lives with his wife and two children in South Florida.


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Length - 54:24

The IEP Process with Dr. Terrie Young, Amanda Amerson, & Donna McNair - 267

The IEP Process with Dr. Terrie Young, Amanda Amerson, & Donna McNair - 267

October 31, 2019

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Dr. Terrie Young, Amanda Amerson, and Donna McNair talk with me about the IEP process. This is episode 267 of Teaching Learning Leading K12, an audio podcast. We started this conversation in episode 246.  Please take the time to listen to that episode, as well.

Dr. Terrie Young is the Director of East Central Georgia Learning Resources System where she provides technical assistance and training on special education-related topics to administrators, teachers, and support staff for the ten school districts in the Heart of Georgia RESA Region.  Through Dr. Young’s leadership, the East Central Georgia Learning Resources System won the ASPIRE Leadership Award in 2015 for piloting and leading the region in the statewide student-led IEP initiative. Terrie holds a bachelor’s degree in early childhood education and master’s and a specialist degree in special education with an emphasis in behavior disorders.  Terrie’s doctorate degree is in elementary and secondary administration. Terrie believes that all students can learn and that it is through effective leadership, and teachers building positive relationships with students that true teaching and learning occur.  

Amanda Amerson is a Program Specialist with East Central GLRS, where she provides professional learning on special education-related topics to administrators, teachers and support staff for the ten school districts in the Heart of Georgia RESA Region. Amanda has presented at many state-level conferences and collaborates with multiple state and local agencies to improve outcomes for students with disabilities.  She has a master’s degree in special education and has been a special educator for 23 years. Amanda is passionate about education and believes that through collaboration and excellent teaching all students can reach their highest potential.  

Donna McNair retired from Washington County Schools in 2010 after 34 years of service as a teacher, school psychologist, and special education director. She has the following degrees: BS in Elementary Education, MEd in Special Education / Learning Disabilities, both from Georgia College; EdS in School Psychology, with additional coursework for certification in Administration from Georgia Southern University. After retirement, Donna provided contracted services with East Central GLRS, and several school systems. She also taught part-time at Georgia College in the Special Education program of the Teacher Education department as well as from 2015-2019 taught full time at Georgia College. Donna is now enjoying lots of “salt air therapy” and more time with grandchildren and her bridge club friends.

Lots to learn today.

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The following are great links from our state in helping parents and teachers understand IEP development - 
Georgia Parent Mentor Partnership - http://www.parentmentors.org/

Length - 40:12

Brian Buffington: Goosechase, A.I., Google Tools, and More Happy Music - 266

Brian Buffington: Goosechase, A.I., Google Tools, and More Happy Music - 266

October 24, 2019




Brian Buffington talks with me about Goosechase, A. I., using Google Tools, and new Happy Music. This is episode 266 of Teaching Learning Leading K12, an audio podcast for educators.

Brian Buffington is an EDU pioneer, always sniffing out better ways to increase student engagement and learning through technology. He inspires thousands of teachers, admins, and students in regards to instructional technology strategies, professional media production, and digital living education.

Brian has presented at national, state, and regional conferences, highlighting EdTech and science education. His background includes teaching middle schoolers about science, owning music venues and vintage clothing shops, and writing songs about cheese and “8th Grade Mustaches”.

His most recent endeavors include: “The EdTech Showcase”, a multiple-day event where educator rock stars showcase student-centered creative uses of technology. These showcases are professionally videoed, published, and organized by state standards.

Since 2017, he also broadcasted a cyber safety event on Facebook LIVE, “A Parent’s Guide to Raising Digital Natives”. In 2019, Brian directed and produced “Vape News”, a PSA video series aimed to combat student vaping.

When Brian is not playing with tech, he’s playing House Concerts and singing #happymusicforthemasses. Along with his wife Brooke, he owns a Creative Arts Company, Studio Blue. The Buffingtons reside in Northeast Georgia, where they raise 2 crazy kids and look for adventure.

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Length - 51:33