Teaching Learning Leading K-12
Peter Rosenberger: Taking Care of Caregivers - 291

Peter Rosenberger: Taking Care of Caregivers - 291

April 24, 2020

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A 30+ year caregiver for his wife, Gracie, who lives with severe disabilities, Peter Rosenberger understands the caregiver’s journey in ways few do. Today, Peter talks about his 8 Great New Year's Resolutions for Caregivers. The emphasis is on caregivers needing attention and help, too.

Broadcasting on Sirius XM's Family Talk Channel 131, and on an additional 180 stations through American Family Radio, Peter hosts the nation's #1 show for family caregivers. From Autism to Alzheimer’s to addiction, Peter addresses the needs of those caring for loved ones with chronic impairments.

Peter is the author of the following books: 

Hope for the Caregiver: Encouraging Words to Strengthen Your Spirit, 

7 Caregiver Landmines:And How You Can Avoid Them, and

Gracie Standing with Hope - As told by Gracie Rosenberger to Peter Rosenberger

Lots to learn today. Wonderful life lessons that will remind you that we need to pay attention to the caregiver possibly just as much or even more than we need to pay attention to the care receiver. 

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Length - 50:50

Mark D. Bruce: Jackie, a Boy, and a Dog - 290

Mark D. Bruce: Jackie, a Boy, and a Dog - 290

April 17, 2020

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Today we are talking with Mark D. Bruce about his book - Jackie, a Boy, and a Dog:A Warm Cold War Story. Mark shares his story of being given a puppy from the First Lady Jackie Kennedy in the early 1960's  and the continued connection he shared with her. This is episode 290 of Teaching Learning Leading K12, an audio podcast.

Mark grew up with a love for dogs. This became a focal point of Mark’s childhood when the President and Mrs. Kennedy gave him the “pupnik” named Streaker, the grand-pup of Strelka, the first dog to orbit earth in a Soviet Sputnik spaceship, and return alive. Mark maintained a pen-pal relationship with Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, with many personal letters, from the 1960’s until the 1980’s. 

Mark is an emergency medicine physician in Wisconsin, a husband of 42 years to his wife Moira E. O’Brien-Bruce, DO, and a father and grandfather to 5 children, and 7 grandchildren. 

Mark has traveled with the international medical ministry in Central America, Asia, Europe, and Africa, and led many teams into the Asian disaster zones for medical relief work. 

In addition to clinical duties, Mark is the Ambassador to Belize and Canada for the American College of Emergency Physicians.

This is such an amazing story!

You are going to love the interview and the book!

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Length - 59:23

Karen Gross: Schools and Colleges are not Light Switches - 289

Karen Gross: Schools and Colleges are not Light Switches - 289

April 9, 2020

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Karen Gross discusses her article " Schools and Colleges Are Not Light Switches" and her newest book - Trauma Doesn't Stop at the School Door: Strategies and Solutions for Educators, PreK - College (TCPress, June 2020).

Last week in episode 288 Karen talked about her children's story - "Wrinkles Doesn't Like Social distancing and I Don't Blame Him." This week Karen is back to talk about the planning that needs to start now to get ready to reopen our schools and colleges. According to Karen, "Whether institutions reopen sooner rather than later, we need to plan for these reopenings rather than just flipping the switch and expecting we can return to where we were pre-pandemic. Would that it were that simple." 

We also spend some time talking about the trauma that adults and students are experiencing now that needs to be considered and addressed because it doesn't just go away and things go back to how they were before. She takes some time to talk about her newest book - Trauma Doesn't Stop at the School Door and how it can help teachers and administrators figure out how to address the needs of their staff, colleagues, peers, friends, and students.

By the way, the publisher TCPress has generously offered a wonderful gift for listeners of this podcast: If you order Karen's book Trauma Doesn't Stop at the School Door and use this code TLL2020 you will get 15% off the book and free shipping. make sure you take advantage of this. (Neither Teaching Learning Leading K12  or I get remuneration for this offer.) 

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Listen to Steve read Karen's Story - Wrinkles Doesn't Like Social Distancing and I Don't Blame Him 


Length - 48:18

Karen Gross: Wrinkles Doesn’t Like Social Distancing - 288

Karen Gross: Wrinkles Doesn’t Like Social Distancing - 288

April 1, 2020

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Karen Gross has created a wonderful children's story to help children understand their feelings about social distancing. Her ebook explains social distancing through the experiences of her dog -Wrinkles. What a great way to help kids understand what is going on in this strange new world. This is episode 288 of Teaching Learning Leading K12. At the end of the interview Karen reads her story so you can share the story with your children. Also, make sure that you go to the YouTube link listed below so that you can read the story to your children. 

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Karen Gross is a Washington, DC based author and educator as well as an advisor to nonprofit schools, organizations and governments. Her work focuses on student success with a specialization in trauma, its symptomology and approaches to its amelioration. She has worked with institutions planning for and dealing with person- and nature-made disasters including shootings, suicides, immigration detention, family dysfunction, hurricanes and floods. 

She is the award-winning author of Breakaway Learners: Strategies for Post- Secondary Success (TC Press 2017) and Failure and Forgiveness: Rebalancing the Bankruptcy System (Yale University Press 1996). She is also the author of a trauma-sensitive children’s book series, Lady Lucy’s Quest. She has read to more than 3000 children across the globe.

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Wrinkles Doesn't Like Social Distancing (YouTube link)

YouTube Link with Music



Length - 36:09

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