Teaching Learning Leading K-12
Katherine Whitaker and Madeline Whitaker-Good discuss their book “Classroom Management From the Ground Up” - 260

Katherine Whitaker and Madeline Whitaker-Good discuss their book “Classroom Management From the Ground Up” - 260

September 13, 2019



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Madeline Whitaker Good and Katherine Whitaker discuss their book Classroom Management From the Ground Up (2019) with me on episode 260 of Teaching Learning Leading K12, an audio podcast for educators.

Madeline Whitaker Good is currently a middle school math teacher in Springfield, Missouri. Prior to moving to middle school, Madeline was an elementary school teacher in two different school districts.

Katherine Whitaker is currently a high school math teacher in Kansas City, Missouri. Her first three years in the classroom were spent at the middle school level teaching math, algebra, and reading. She has taught Algebra A, Algebra I, and Algebra II Honors at the high school level.

Madeline and Katherine co-authored the best selling book Classroom Management from the Ground Up (2019) and Your First Year: How to Survive and Thrive as a New Teacher (2016) with their father Dr. Todd Whitaker.

Remember to check out Episode 250 - Madeline Whitaker Good & Katherine Whitaker discuss their book: Your First Year

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Check out episode 250 - Madeline Whitaker Good & Katherine Whitaker discuss their book: Your First Year

Length - 32:35

Gabriel Rene and The Spatial Web - 259

Gabriel Rene and The Spatial Web - 259

September 3, 2019

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Gabriel Rene talks with me today about his book - The Spatial Web: How Web 3.0 Will Connect Humans, Machines, and AI to Transform the World. (2019). If you are listening on September 3rd, 2019, the book is available for .99 on Amazon for a limited time for you as a listener to Teaching Learning Leading K12.

Gabriel is a technologist, researcher, and entrepreneur with a 25-year career in the Technology, Telecom and Media Industries specializing in emerging technologies and their applications across the industrial, fintech, mobile and spatial computing markets.

He serves as Executive Director of the VERSES Foundation, a non-profit organization developing the open-source standards for the Spatial Web. He is a Founding Organizational Member of the IEEE Ethics Certification Program for Autonomous and Intelligent Systems (ECPAIS) a Global Board Member of the Virtual Reality Augmented Reality Association (VRARA) a Founding Member of the AR Cloud Association and an adviser to multiple AI, XR and Blockchain organizations.

In his spare time, Gabriel studies cross-cultural philosophy, mythology, sociology, and cyber semiotics. He is a music composer and lover of culture. He lives with his wife Mariam in Los Angeles California.

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Length - 1:08:18

Mark C Perna and Answering Why, part 2 - 258

Mark C Perna and Answering Why, part 2 - 258

August 29, 2019

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Catching up with Mark C. Perna, finding out about the book launch, and delving a little more into his award-winning book - Answering Why: Unleashing Passion, Purpose, and Performance in Younger Generations. This is episode 258 of the audio podcast Teaching Learning Leading K12.

Mark C. Perna is the founder and CEO of TFS (Tools for Schools) in Cleveland, Ohio, a full-service strategic consulting firm whose mission is to share and support every client’s passion for making a difference. 

As an international expert on Generations Y and Z, Mark has devoted his career to empowering educators and employers to unleash the tremendous potential of today’s young people, both in the classroom and on the job.

Parents, schools, districts, businesses, and state organizations across North America have successfully used Mark’s insights and strategies to connect more effectively with the younger generations.

A dynamic and motivational public speaker, Mark frequently delivers keynote speeches at national and statewide events. He has published numerous articles in national publications as a recognized voice in student engagement and success.

Mark is passionate about the mission that he has created for himself. You will definitely hear and feel his energy, drive, and passion as we talk.


It was fun catching up with Mark. I think you will enjoy it, too.

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Length - 33:48

Kevin Stoller and Creating Better Learning Environments - 257

Kevin Stoller and Creating Better Learning Environments - 257

August 23, 2019

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Kevin Stoller is the Co-Founder and CEO of Kay-Twelve, the author of the book Creating Better Learning Environments, and the voice behind The Better Learning Podcast. Today, we talk about his book, the podcast, what a better learning environment looks like, and so much more.

Driven by his passion for enhancing the learning process, Kevin started Kay-Twelve in 2009. The underlying mission and philosophy of Kay-Twelve exemplify his commitment to improving the learning environment. 

Kevin also is involved in several civic and industry groups, one of these programs works with kids to foster creativity and entrepreneurship. 

Coupled with his experience in the contract furniture industry, Kevin Stoller has a B.S in Mass Communications from Miami University and an MBA from The Ohio State University. 

Personally, he feels "deeply passionate about allowing kids to fail and learn how to handle adversity. Learning does not stop once they leave the four walls of a classroom and experience learning is invaluable."

Kevin is married with 3 kids and though Kay-Twelve keeps him very busy, he still finds time to coach his 3 kids in their various sports. 

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By the way, don't forget to get your free pdf copy of Kevin's book Creating Better Learning Environments: Furniture Concepts to Enhance Student Outcomes at https://www.kay-twelve.com/pages/miletto


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Length - 51:31

Heather Buskirk and Project Based Learning - 256

Heather Buskirk and Project Based Learning - 256

August 16, 2019


Heather Buskirk, M.A. is an instructional methods advisor at K12 and a national board-certified teacher with years of experience designing project-based learning. 

Heather was an integral part of designing and teaching at HFM PTECH, a project-based learning and career-focused, early college high school in New York. She earned a B.A. in astronomy and physics and her M.A. in teaching with a physics certification from the University of Virginia.

Today, we are going to talk about the positive impact of project-based learning.

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Length - 30:14