Jennifer Casa-Todd – Bringing Your Whole Self

Hello, and welcome to Episode 107 of the Planning Period Podcast, your #EdBreakroom. I’m your host, Brad Shreffler.
This week on the show I am joined by Jennifer Casa-Todd. Jennifer is a Teacher Librarian out of Ontario, Canada, and author of the book Social LEADia.  On her website, she says “I am a learner, a leader, an author and a mom who is passionate about showing students that they can use technology and social media to make a difference in the world.”
Jennifer and I talk about social media and its value for adults and students, the Global Ed Student Chat, the power of a great teacher-librarian, the balance of curriculum and standards and that there are kids in front of us, the difference between learning and covering content, the importance of being a bright light for our students, and the importance of showing your passion as an educator, 
I would like to take a second to thank our sponsor for this episode, TardEase. TardEase is a new tardy tracking platform that makes it quick and easy for schools to process consequences when students are late to class. TardEase runs as a Google Sheets Add-On, so anyone can set it up, and works by scanning the ID numbers of late students into a Google Form. Then, each night, TardEase sends a formatted PDF of the consequences, with your school letterhead, to be sent home with students for their parents to sign, or given as a detention notice. TardEase is also significantly cheaper than other options on the market, with no special hardware to buy, and no per-student licensing fee. TardEase costs only $600 a year. You can learn more, and start a 30-day free trial now by visiting
So, sit back and enjoy Episode 107 of the Planning Period Podcast, my interview with Jennifer Casa-Todd.
Jennifer, thank you so much for joining me on the show! I had so much fun chatting with you.
To connect with Jennifer, find her on Twitter @JCasaTodd or her website, If you’re interested in her book, Social LEADia, you can find information about it there. Or, check out the Social LEADia Facebook Group. Also, don’t forget to check out @globaledsschat on Twitter, the student-run Twitter chat she talked about.
If you have comments or questions about the show, you can always connect with me on twitter, @BradShreffler, and now on Instagram @BradShreffler as well. I love to hear from you there. That’s also a great place to connect if you’d like to be a guest on the show. Or, the Feedback Page on my website gives you options for feedback as well, which you can find at
Until next week, go bring your whole self into your classroom.
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