In Conversation with Stephen Hurley
Keeping an eye on the education landscape
Host Stephen Hurley scans the education ecosystem, looking for the people and ideas that are starting to change the way we think about teaching, learning, schools and communities
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Dr. Rahat Zaidi is Professor and Chair of Language and Literacy at the University of Calgary’s Werklund School of Education. It is a role that has given her the opportunity to be an international mentor and visionary among her professional colleagues…

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A great deal has been written in the days following the passing of former Ontario Premier, William Grenville Davis. And I can only imagine even more has been said around kitchen tables, summer campfires and Zoom meetings around the province. It’s hard…

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Stuart Miller has been serving the Halton District School Board for the 37 years. Stuart began as a secondary school teacher in 1984 and, as time went on, moved into more formal leadership roles: department head, school administrator, superintendent…

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William Deresiewicz returns to In Conversation to speak about “Excellent Sheep: The Miseducation of the American Elite and the Way to a Meaningful Life”. We talk about the narrative that college is something that young people just “need to do”, the…

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Today, a conversation about Natural Curiosity—the organization and the book. Haley Higdon is the Program Director at Natural Curiosity and Doug Anderson is co-author of the second edition of the book: “Natural Curiosity 2nd Edition: A Resource for…

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What could be so contentious about a draft Physical Health and Wellness Curriculum? Well, our guests today on In Conversation point to many issues with the proposed curriculum changes in the province of Alberta. In fact, Shelly Russell-Mayhew and her…

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Dr. Ann Lopez is a professor in the Department of Leadership, Higher and Adult Education at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto (OISE/UT). She also holds the position of Director for the Centre for Leadership and…

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Amazon Future Engineer is a childhood-to-career program aimed at inspiring and educating students from underrepresented and underserved communities to discover computer science and coding.

Here in Canada, a unique partnership between AFE, Fair Chance Learning…

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Margaret Whitley is a teacher, a teacher trainer, a consultant and a writer who has experienced and lived Montessori for more than 50 years. Margaret pushes the boundaries of education and works to create awareness of the contribution Montessori can…

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Christine Saulnier is the Nova Scotia Director of the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA-NS). We catch up with Christine to talk about her critique of the recently-released provincial budget released by Nova Scotia Minister of Finance, Labi…

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Margaret Brigham is an educator, and administrator and Indigenous storyteller. She joins me today to talk about the power of story, our current age of apology and the how listeners might come to the storytelling experience.

Find out more about…

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Our world has become increasingly complex with most day to day decisions requiring at least some digital literacy. Computational Thinking, or an approach to problem solving that uses a logical framework that allows a computer to solve the problem, has…

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Pieter Toth teachers business and social justice at Dundas Valley Secondary School, Dundas, Ontario. Today we talk about the move towards block chain technology and the ways in which personal identity is now being traded. We also talk about how…

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Pieter Toth teaches Business and Social Justice at Dundas Valley Secondary School in Dundas, Ontario. In this conversation, we explored the dynamic that is created when one takes the combination of business and social justice seriously. We also…

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A new Minecraft World invites users to travel back in time to experience Anishinaabe culture, community and teachings.

“Manito Ahbee Aki: Where the Creator Sits” has been created in partnership with the Louis Riel School Division, Anishinaabe…

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Dr. Jean Clinton is a Clinical Professor in the Department of Family Medicine at Hamilton’s McMaster University. She joins me today to introduce us to a new podcast, World of Possibility. It’s a collaboration between Dr. Jean, broadcaster Cheryl…

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Marjorie Brans is an active member of intrapreneurial and entrepreneurial networks around the world and activated by a personal and professional desire to work towards equity, equality and justice. She is the founder of the School for Social…

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Irvin Studin is Editor-in-Chief and Publisher of Global Brief magazine, and President of the Institute for 21st Century Questions.

He thinks deeply and provocatively about Canada’s place in the world and can be found at the intersections of…

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Host Stephen Hurley is joined by Canadian-American journalist, David Frum, to discuss issues of policy, leadership and the threat of de-globalization in the context of the current COVID-19 crisis.

Find out more about David’s work, including his…

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Peter Biro is a passionate advocate for human rights, resistance against unaccountable governments, corporate influence and technology. He is the founder of Section 1″, a an initiative calling all Canadians to a type of heroic citizenship in the face…

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lexis Duclos is a Catalyst & intrapreneur. She’s focused on tech-driven social impact in Canada and the United States and is dedicated to helping organizations develop new models of operating.

Well, those are the words that she’s written on her…

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David Price, OBE is a global thought leader, learning futurist and author, with a keen eye for how organizations learn, innovate and lean into the future.

David’s highly-acclaimed book “OPEN: How We’ll Work, Live And Learn In The Future” sounds some…

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LEx Conversations is pleased to welcome Bob Rae, a man who has dedicated much of his life to public service. Between the years 1978 and 2013, Bob Rae served at both federal and provincial levels, leading the province of Ontario as premier from…

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Today on the podcast, it’s London calling. We head to London England to catch up with Lenna Lou, a business consultant and the founder of the L Factor, an organization dedicating to helping small businesses and startups that dream of making the world…

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We are being told by Silicon Valley that “there’s never been a better time to be an artist”, but the fact is that many artists are struggling to make ends meet on our current tech-driven landscape. So, what gives? This is one of the questions that…

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Robyn Gray is Superintendent of the Cowichan Valley School District in British Columbia. The district has moved through a very engaging strategic planning process and Robyn joined me today to talk about both the process and the plan.

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Executive Director of Access Copyright, Roanie Levy is joined by authors Sylvia McNicoll and Any Stuart to discuss today’s Canadian copyright landscape, what it means to educators, and what it means to authors.

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Charles Ungerleider is Professor Emeritus of the Department of Educational Studies in the Faculty of Education and Director of Research and Managing Partner of Directions Evidence and Policy Research Group. A teacher, a former Deputy Minister of…

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Shani Diluka was born in Monaco to Sri Lankan parents. At the age of 6, she was chosen to participate in a special program for talented young musicians, sponsored by Princess Grace Kelly. The experience allowed her to become immersed in the world of…

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Thomas Homer-Dixon is Founder and Director of the Cascade Institute at Royal Roads University, and holds a University Research Chair in the Faculty of Environment at the University of Waterloo, in Waterloo, Canada. He’s the author of “The Upside of…

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Steve Paikin is, arguably, Ontario’s most trusted and respected public affairs journalists. Long-time host of TVO’s Studio One and The Agenda, Steve Paikin has established a space for the type of dialogue so lacking in many of public conversations….

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Irvin Studin is Editor-in-Chief at Global Brief Magazine and President of the Centre for 21st Century Questions. His recent opinion piece in Canada’s Globe and Mail, “Canada needs a temporary Minister of Education”, calls all Canadians into a much…

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Privacy and Security expert, Claudiu Popa recently wrote an article in The Conversation that questions the notion that parents and teachers should have access and control over a child’s computer password.

Claudiu joins me today to dig deeper into…

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Valerie Irvine is an assistant professor of educational technology and co-director of the Technology Integration and Evaluation Research Lab in the University of Victoria’s faculty of education.

Her recent article in The Tyee sheds light on the…

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David Price, OBE, is a global thought leader, learning futurist and author, specialising in how organisations learn, innovate and make themselves fit for the future. His newest book, “The Power of Us: How We Connect, Act and Innovate Together” takes…

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Dr. Hetty Rooesingh teaches at the Werklund School of Education at the University of Calgary. Dr. Roessingh’s research interests include reading and vocabulary development, but she also has developed quite a following through her insistence that we…

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Jessica Cooke is a PhD Candidate in the Department of Psychology, University of Calgary. She recently co-authored an article in The Conversation, ““How to help your child cope with the transition back to school during COVID-19””.

The full article…

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Sue Bruyns is principal at Sir Arthur Curry Elementary School in the Thames Valley District School Board, Ontario. She has a robust and vibrant vision for family engagement and she joins me today to talk about the work of her Council since the…

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Sydney Chapados is a Doctoral Fellow in the Department of Sociology at Carleton University in Ottawa. Her recent article in The Conversation (Canada), asks some interesting questions about the way that we are talking to children about back to school,…

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Doug McDowall is a retired Ontario teacher who still keeps an eye on things, bringing his unique sense of humour to the world of politics, education and a whole lot more.

In this rather meandering conversation about how we met, the emergence of…

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Jason Lay is a secondary school teaching at Vaughan Secondary School in the York Region District School Board. He has been very dedicated on social media, holding issues of a safe return to school in front of his Twitter followers. My conversation…

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Dr. Steve Sider and Dr. Ardevan Eizadirad are both faculty members at Laurier University’s Faculty of Education. Their recent article in The Conversation posed some important questions about ways to hold the important issues that have been brought to…

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A lot of conversation around safe re-opening of schools has centered around class size and the need to ensure safe physical distancing. Marcie is an Ontario-based Education Assistant (EA) and, as this conversation points out, there needs to be a much…

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In this second of a two part series, Vidya Shah and Erika Shaker reflect on announcements being made across the country about re-opening schools. We dig deeper into the need for more substantial funding, the “tyranny of choice”, continuing issues of…

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Carol Jones and Leslie Hutchison are both members of the Ontario Association for Developmental Education, an organization established in 1957 and includes teachers, educational assistants, principals, consultants, and other support staff and parents…

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Vidya Shah is Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Education, York University. Vidya is driven by an expertise in and passion for passion for justice and equity.

Erika Shaker is National Office Director at Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, &…

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Kathleen Gould Lundy joins Stephen Hurley to look back on a 2004 project that raised the voices of Canadian youth around their visions for school and education. Led by Kathy through a partnership with the Canadian Education Association/EdCan Network,…

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Today, I’m joined by two members of the Ontario Parent Action Network (OPAN).

Seth Bernstein is an education worker, parent and the teacher/parent liaison Ontario Parent Action Network.

Rachel Huot is a parent organizer with OPAN.

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Barbara Silva is the Director of Communications for Alberta-based Support Our Students, an advocacy/action group dedicated to equitable and accessible public education in Alberta. In this conversation, we talk to Barbara about how their organization…

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Andy Hargreaves internationally known and acclaimed researcher, writer, speaker, consultant and policy advisor is Visiting Professor at the University of Ottawa and Research Professor in the Lynch School of Education at Boston College.

His new book,…

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Richard Doornink is no stranger to stories. His background in film and video study and production, editing and a love for writing has brought him to the release of his first novel. 1967—A Coming of Age Story will certainly resonate with anyone growing…

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Ms. Marit Stiles is the MPP for the Ontario riding of Davenport. Marit also serves as the Education Critic for the Official Opposition (NDP).

Marit Stiles recently tabled a motion in the Provincial Legislature calling on the Conservative Government…

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Harvey Bischof is the president of the Ontario Secondary School Teacher’s Federation (OSSTF), and represents over 70 000 secondary school teachers and education workers across the province.

Harvey joins me to talk about the progress being made…

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Dr. Jewel Amoah is one of 14 Human Rights and Equity Advisors hired to school districts across Ontario. It’s part of a pilot program designed to foreground issues related to develop cultures of respect for human rights and equity in public schools….

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Negin Riazi is a PhD Candidate at UBC’s School of Kinesiology in the Faculty of Education. Recently, her article, co-authored with Dr. Guy Faulkner, appeared in The Conversation Canada.

“Free-range kids: Why a child’s freedom to travel and play…

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Dr. Stuart Shanker is a research professor emeritus of Philosophy and Psychology at York University and the Founder/CEO of The MEHRIT Centre. He is also the founder and Science Director of the Self-Regulation Institute. Stuart’s new book Reframed:…

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Ron Canuel is the former CEO of the Canadian Education Association (EdCan) and a former Director General of the Eastern Township School Board in Quebec. He is never at a loss for words or insights into new visions for schools and education.

Ron…

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Sean Vanderklis is Mississauga from Curve Lake First Nation, a resident of the Niagara Region and one half of the podcast/broadcast team known as One Dish, One Mic.

You can hear them weekly on Sunday mornings at 10 on AM 610 CKTB. Sean and his…

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Kalli Anderson is a broadcast journalist, a documentary film-maker and a Director of Audio Journalism at CUNY”s Craig Newmark School of Journalism.

Kalli’s article in Today’s Parent. “Ontario’s back-to-school plan ignores a glaringly obvious…

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Nicole and Barbara DeLory have a very unique connection. Not only are they mother and daughter, but Nicole has written a book based on some of her mother’s writing.

Nicole’s book is Night at the Gardens and it draws inspiration from Barbara’s book,…

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From beginning to end, it took 41 days for Eric Walters to write and publish his latest book. Today is release day and we were thrilled to spend an hour with Eric and members of his Orca Book Publishers team on voicEd Radio. Join Eric Walters, Leslie…

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Shree Paradkar writes about issues of race and gender at the Toronto Star. in 2018/19, Shree was the Atkinson Fellow in Public Policy which gave her the space to explore issues of race and equity in our public education system.

In this conversation,…

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David Barnum returns to voicEd Radio to talk about his approach to Place-Based learning in the context of the current COVID-19 crisis. David teaches elementary school in North Vancouver and is also a Faculty Associate in the Faculty of Education,…

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Premiering at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival, “Influence” takes us into the world of marketing and manipulation within our most foundational public institutions. It’s grounded in the story of Lord TImothy Bell, the firm Bell Pottinger and a…

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Khary Lazarre-White is the cofounder of Brotherhood Sister Sol, an organization that provides four-six year rites of passage programming, thorough five day a week after school care, school and home counseling, summer camps, job training and…

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We last caught up with Ottawa resident, Lindsey Barr, soon after she began World Changing Kids, an organization that empowers young people to make a difference in the world.

Today, we connect with Lindsey again to see how her work has been…

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Angela Hanimyan is a teacher at an Ontario-based Montessori school with over 26 years of experience teaching young children. That experience, coupled with a knowledge of Self-Reg and social emotional learning has led to the writing of Fearless…

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Michelle DIttmer is President and Co-Founder at Canadian Gap Year Association, a national not-for-profit that provides support for young people looking for an alternative step in educational and/or career pathways through taking a gap year.

In this…

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Rick Kelly is the founder and the energy behind Just Us: A Centre for Restorative Practices. Through his work,

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Dr. Bryan Sanders is passionate about rethinking education using a critical techno constructivist lens. Yup, try to say that three times fast! it’s a perspective that draws together key thinking by Dewey, Freire and Papert, and it not only led to his…

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Harvey Bischof is the President of the Ontario Secondary School Teacher’s Federation. Erika Shaker is the Director of The Education Project at the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives. In this conversation we use the current Pandemic context as a…

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In 2007, the World Health Organization released its report, A Safer Future—Global Health Security in the 21st Century. It would seem that not all of the recommendations, especially those around Pandemic planning were heeded.

Drs. Marilyn Leask and…

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When Werklund School of Education Associate Dean, Dr. Amy Burns, learned that field placement for teacher candidates would be threatened due to the COVID-19 shutdown, she put her team to work to create an alternative experience.

Dr. Burns is joined…

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According to the Institute for Learning Innovation, just 5% of what we learn in a lifetime takes place in school. In this conversation, ILI Executive Director, John Falk, talks about the other 95%. We talk about free-choice learning in the context of…

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In this LIVE radio conversation, educator, author and systems thinker, Michael Fullan is joined by former CEO of the Canadian Education Association, Ron Canuel to talk about the signals, signs, challenges and opportunities emerging in this time of…

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Today on In Conversation, we head to Dorset UK to catch up with author Gail Aldwin. Gail has just returned from a 4 month Volunteer Service Organization (VSO) placement working in the Ugandan refugee settlement of Bidibidi. It was an experience…

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Judith Koke is the Deputy Director and Director of Professional Development Institute for Learning Innovation, an organization committed to reshape the learning landscape by catalyzing innovation in lifelong, free-choice learning.

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Timm Holmes is an Ottawa-based writer and storyteller who has a real passion for teaching kids how to weave and tell stories. Hear about the connection between “telling” and “writing”, a little about Timm’s own history as a writer and a special…

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Dr. Ken Saltman, Professor of Education Leadership, UMass is joined by Erika Shaker, Director of the Education Project at the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives. We continue to dig deeper into issues around the privatization and corporatization…

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How is the current COVID-19 crisis impacting students who are already marginalized by the traditional structures of schooling? Are there ways of rethinking our current approach to remote learning to embrace the principles of culturally relevant…

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The Umbrella Project is a teacher-led curriculum and school based program created to help teachers, students and parents reframe our perception of challenges and strengthen the skills of well-being to positively cope with the everyday stresses of…

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Ottawa-based educator, Rebecca Chambers, has been working to immerse her students in passion and inquiry-based learning for the past several years. Now she’s taking her own passion and commitment to experiential learning one step further. Listen in as…

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Victoria Woelders, host of the Empathy Tales Podcast, in conversation with Stephen Hurley about a new project that brings a sense of hope and creativity to our current time. It’s the COVID19ED Podcast. We talk about that project, the role of…

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As we try to come to terms with the potential of long-term school closures in a COVID-19 world, many organizations are working to create learning environments that can help students, parents and educators keep the learning going.

TED Ed (ed.ted.com)…

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Over the past few months, we’ve been exploring issues around our social commitments to public education, evidence that many governments have moved away from seeing education not as an investment, a cost centre, a market and, indeed, an industry….

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Andréa Grebenc is Chair of the Halton District School Board. In this conversation, Ms. Grebenc shines a light on some of the aspects of public school funding that often go unnoticed and under-reported.

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Amanda Brace is a grade 3 teacher based in Saskatchewan. She has also started a masters programme in education technology at the University of Regina. In this episode, we talk about the world of ed-tech, social media and what she is learning through…

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Hetty Roessingh is a Professor at the Werklund School of Education, University of Calgary. She is an advocate for restoring an approach to cursive writing grounded in current neuroscience research.

In a recent article in The Conversation, Dr….

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Harvey Bischof is the president of the Ontario Secondary School Teachers Federation, representing over 70 000 teachers and education workers across the province. In this conversation we talk about contract negotiations in a social media world, a…

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Terry Greene is a Digital Learning Advisor in Fleming’s Learning Design & Support Team, ON November 26th he was in Milan, Italy where he accepted the Open Education Award for Excellence in Open Pedagogy.

In this conversation we talk about his…

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Jael Ealey Richardson is an author, a broadcaster and the Artistic Director/Founder of the Festival of Literary Diversity (FOLD), held each year in Brampton, Ontario. In this conversation, we talk about Jael’s book, The Stone Thrower, her own identity…

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Meet Scott Kelly, the “S” in BS Games. I caught up with Scott at the Mindshare Workspace in Erin Mills Town Centre where he was demonstrating his newest game: Mathemagicians Duel. We talked about his personal passion for games, some of the current…

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Randy LaBonté is the CEO The Canadian eLearning Network (CANeLearn), a Canadian registered not-for-profit society with a vision to be the leading voice in Canada for learner success in K-12 online and blended learning.

Michael Barbour is Associate…

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Steve Kaufmann is known to his 100.000 Youtube subscribers as an internet polyglot. His platform, Lingq.com provides a unique set of resources that enable people to learn different languages. In this conversation, we discuss Steve’s approach and, in…

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4 hours of live broadcasting featuring the voices of members of the Ontario Secondary Teachers Federation, as they launch another day of strike action against the Ontario government

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Latifa Soliman is a student, a researcher and Graduate Assistant in the area of Education Leadership and Policy at OISE/UT in Toronto.

In this conversation, we begin to explore the policies and practices that would better support the success of…

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Donna Fry is currently the Superintendent of the Pine Creek School Division in Manitoba. Donna has worked extensively in the province of Ontario on the mobilization of e-Learning strategies and Initiatives. David Porter is the CEO of eCampusOntario,…

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Jennifer Binis is committed to complicated conversations about gender and/or education and/or assessment and/or history. Benjamin Doxtdater is a Canadian teacher rooted in the traditions of the Haudenosaunee /Oneida Nation, now teaching in Belgium. On…

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Imogen Church is an actor, an author, an academic and and an audio book narrator. In today’s conversation, we explore the re-emergence of the power of voice on a densely populated multimedia landscape.

Learn more about Imogen Church through her…

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Through her book, “Mourning Has Broken: Love, Loss and Reclaiming Joy”, broadcaster Erin Davis has opened up a space for us to think more intentionally and deeply about how we can begin new conversations about grief and grieving in our workplaces, our…

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Brian Woodland recently retired as Communications Director for the Peel District School Board in Ontario. He joins Stephen to reflects on some of the changes that he saw in his work over the course of the career, including how to nurture individuality…

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Traci Browder teaches Kindergarten in the State of Texas, but she has an eye for the bigger picture. A strong supporter of ALL students, Traci brings a sense of confidence and self-efficacy o her work. I think that you’ll agree that having Traci as a…

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We have the vision. We have the policy. How do we support our school leaders to develop rich and vibrant cultures of inclusion in their schools? What are the dispositions, skills and tools necessary? And what happens when we continue to embrace this…

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Joanne Foster is a parent, an author, an educator, consultant and expert in the area of gifted education. Her newest book “ABC’s of Raising Smarter Children” is packed with resources, ideas and insights on how to nurture success in our children.

Find…

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Monday, September 30, 2019 is International Podcast Day and, in this conversation, we catch up with Dave Lee who, along with his father, Steve, started the whole thing six years ago.

Stephen and cohost Sara Candela dig a little deeper into the past,…

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Chami Akmeemana is the CEO of the Blockchain Learning Group, an organization that facilitates experiential learning-based education programs to support the innovation and design-thinking objectives of schools and organizations globally.

Chami speaks…

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Artists Maria Doering and Fiona Chinkan have developed a unique way of collaborating that has resulted in a project called “Shared Energies: Cells, Stars and the Fluidity Between” The project is fascinating, but so is the story of how it came to life….

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Dr. Sam Fecich is a professor of education at Pennsylvania’s Grove City College where she passionately introduces presevice teachers to the connected worlds of technology and special education. Sam is the author of EduMagic : A Guide for Preservice…

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Dr. Hetty Roessingh is a Professor in the Werklund School of Education at the University of Calgary. Her recent article in The Conversation has created quite the buzz as educators, parents and researchers around the world are, once again, discussing…

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Christie Zaza is a Faculty Liaison in the Centre for Teaching Excellence at the University of Waterloo. Her article, “Students distracted by tech leave professors longing for eye contact” appeared recently in The Conversation. In this conversation, we…

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Dean Vendramin (@vendi55) is a teacher in the Regina Catholic School Division and a member of the Connected Educator program in that Division. This year, the group embarked on a Podcast Club and, over the course of a week in August, used podcast…

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Benjamin Doxtdator is a Canadian-born educator now working in Belgium. Through his “A Long View on Education”, as well as his presence on Twitter, Benjamin pushes us to look critically at our work in education, asking questions that many of us aren’t…

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This year, Samantha Ellis introduced her students to “I Am Not A Number” by Jenny Kay Dupuis. Listen as she talks about the learning that she and her students encountered as a result, including the beautiful and poignant poetry that they produced in…

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Nicole Stogaitis is an Instructional Coach with the Viamonde School District and she’s passionate about working with students on the habits, dispositions and mindsets they have about their work and learning skills. Listen as she talks about her own…

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Barbara Martins-Coehlo has been passionate about language for most of her life. A native of Brazil, coming to Montreal as a young person, Barbara now lives in Sudbury where she is preparing to start a Masters degree in Speech and Language Pathology….

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Siann, Merrick and Caleb are students at École élémentaire des Quatre-Rivières. Their teachers, M. Roméo Choumkui and Mme Veronique Mabel have introduced students to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and given them the opportunity to…

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Michael K. Barbour is Associate Professor of Instructional Design for the College of Education and Health Sciences at Touro University California. He has been involved with K-12 online learning in a variety of countries for well over a decade as a…

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Académie de la Tamise teacher, Karyn Belanger-Sherman, didn’t let the challenge of being assigned a 1/2 combined grade slow her down. Instead, she has leveraged available technology to “flip” her class so that all of her students are staying in touch…

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For three years, 96 students and Aboriginal artist Philip Cote painted a timeline tracing Toronto’s history from the ice age to today. Teacher and project lead, Auriane Sokoloski talks about the process and the impact of the project.

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Stefan Dixon (s@tefandixon67) is the Vice-Principal at École élémentaire La Mosaïque in Toronto. As you’ll hear in this conversation, Stefan is passionate about the learning that happens when we bring our students outside.

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Alex Genest and Marie-Christine Côté took up the challenge of the “reluctant writer” and now use technology to engage students in exploring their story ideas using imagery, and multi-media software. The results have been inspiring for both teacher and…

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Acclaimed singer, author and child advocate, Raffi Cavoukian, joins Stephen Hurley to talk about his legacy work in Child Honouring and, in particular, a newly-created course that invites others to adopt a powerful respect for the voices of children…

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From Ms. Melanie White’s Grade 10 English class, more conversation with students engaging in using Twitter to energize their personal inquiry projects.

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Tracey Maxfield is a nurse with over 36 years’ experience and certfication in gerontology and dementia care. Most recently, she is the author of Escaping the Rabbit Hole, in which provides a brutally honest, raw, and vivid description of what life is…

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At South Carleton High School near Ottawa, Ontario, Grade 10 students are learning to use Twitter as a research/connection tool as part of their English course. Teachers Melanie White and Chris Dales invited the world into a Friday afternoon Twitter…

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Doretta Wilson is the former Executive Direct of the Society for Quality Education. Her support of parent choice in the arena of public education leads us to a conversation about the possibility of charter schools and vouchers in the province of Ontario.

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Heather MacTaggart is the Executive Director of Classroom Connections, an organization that, for the last 15 years, has been developing classroom-based resources as well as working extensively to deliver innovative employability skills training to…

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Dr. Ted Christou is Associate Dean of Graduate Studies and Research at Queen’s University, Ontario. Widely known for his passion and expertise in the area of the history of education, Dr. Christou’s recent article in The Conversation, “Welcome to the…

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Tim Carson is Chief Instructor in the Piping Trades Department at the British Columbia Institute for Technology. His podcast, The Guild, can be heard and found among other places at voicEd Radio.

In this conversation, we explore some of the…

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Dr. Louis Volante is a Professor in the Faculty of Education at Ontario’s Brock University. He was the lead author on a recent article in The Conversation, “Testing literacy today requires more than a pencil and paper”. In this conversation we explore…

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Dr. Steve Sider is Associate Professor at the Faculty of Education, Wilfred Laurier University. Steve’s recent article in The Conversation explores the pillars of school leadership that help us reaffirm our commitment to every child in every…

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Stephen Murgatroyd is a broadcaster, writer and consultant working with government, for-profit and not-for-profit organizations across Canada and around the world. He has a specialized knowledge about the way ideas move across the planet and is able…

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Mario Eleftheros is Technology Integration Leader for Halifax Regional Centre for Education in Nova Scotia.

In this conversation, we talk about the progress we’ve made towards effective technology integration, new trends in edtech and the conditions…

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Grant McConnell is a Saskatchewan based artist and arts-educator currently teaching at the University of Saskatchewan. Grant is an arts advocate and in addition to his work on a number of arts-related boards, he is past chair of the Canadian Artists…

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Nebojsa Karadzic holds a B. Sc. Degree in Electrical Engineering and has more than 15 years of experience as a Software Developer in energy, biotechnology, and financial industries. Deep reflection on his work has enabled him to develop unique…

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Harvey Bischof is the President of the Ontario Secondary School Teachers Federation, an organization that represents nearly 70 000 high school educators as well as support staff from across Ontario’s education space.

In this conversation, we talk…

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Author, speaker and broadcaster, Ann Douglas joins Stephen Hurley to talk about her new book, Happy Parents, Happy Kids. In this half hour, Ann and Stephen talk about the pressures of parenting in today’s world, the need for self-care, community and…

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John Doran is an educator, Author of Ways to Wellbeing, a self-identified Possibilitarian, Board Member Make-A-Wish Foundation and a TEDx Speaker.

In this episode, Stephen Hurley catches up with John to talk about his approach to well-being,…

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Dr. Sharon Mitchell is an autism consultant, university instructor (University of Regina & University of Saskatchewan), a much sought-after speaker and advocate for those on the autism spectrum, their families and their teachers.

Sharon is also the…

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Elena Merenda is Assistant Program Head of Early Childhood Studies at University of Guelph-Humber. Her recent article in The Conversation, “‘Momo challenge hoax’ prompts parents to help children deal with scary media” has prompted some deeper…

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Carl Honoré is a broadcaster, speaker and author. His 2004 Best-seller, “In Praise of Slow” prompted the Huffington Post to identify him as “the unofficial godfather of a growing cultural shift toward slowing down.”

His latest book, “Bolder: Making…

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Scott Hebert is a Science teacher at St. John Paul II Secondary School in Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta. But his classroom doesn’t look like most science classrooms!

Listen in as Scott talks about how he uses gamification to engage, deepen understanding…

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Dr. Robert Suskind is a pediatrician, a medical educator and the former Dean of four different medical schools in the United States. In this conversation, Dr. Suskind joins Stephen Hurley to talk about childhood nutrition, malnourishment,…

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Kerry McCuaig is Fellow in Early Childhood Policy, Atkinson Centre, OISE, University of Toronto. Kerry was on the original team that consulted and reported on a vision for early childhood learning that ultimately led to the establishment of what we…

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Louise Zimanyi is Professor of Early Childhood Education, School of Health Sciences, Humber College, Toronto

Louise has extensive experience in global and regional programming, policy development and advocacy in early childhood development (including…

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John Pateman is the CEO and Chief Librarian at the Thunder Bay Public Library. His vision for a Needs-based approach to libraries can be found in his newest book, “Managing Cultural Change in Public Libraries: Marx, Maslow and Management”.

In this…

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Raymond Steinmetz and Denis Sheeran are the hosts of the Instant Relevance podcast where they share their thoughts on how to #MakeItReal for your students, your colleagues, your school culture.

We’re excited to welcome Raymond and Denis to the voicEd…

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Rachelle Dene Poth is teaches a course called “STEAM: What’s nExT in Emerging Technology” at Riverview Junior Senior High School in Oakmont, PA. She is very active in the EdTech space, including roles as President of the ISTE Teacher Education Network…

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Gavin Foster is a music teacher in Belleville Ontario. He has chosen a very interesting word to inspire, motivate and hold him accountable in 2019. Listen in as he explains why “forward” is his chosen word for the year.

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Michael Fullan is the Global Leadership Director, New Pedagogies for Deep Learning. For over half a century, Michael has been thinking deeply about systems of education around the world and continues to advise, consult and write about the journey of…

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Diana Suskind, Ed.D and RIE (Resources for Infant Educarers) Associate, is an international Early Childhood consultant and artist. She is also the founder and developer of Stonework Play, an invitation extended to children and adults to create…

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Reuben Loewy is the Director of LIVING ONLINE Lab , a non-profit organization dedicated to teaching youth about the digital world using a unique, online curriculum.

In this conversation, we explore the genesis of the initiative and some of the rich…

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Eva Pomeroy is the Social Innovator in Residence at Concordia University in Quebec. Her recent piece in The Conversation presents an idea for transforming the undergraduate experience by intentionally building cross-disciplinary cohorts of students….

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Robert Nelson is a Professor in the Monash Education Academy at Australia’s Monash University. His article, “To be Creative, Education Must Become Bifocal” takes a critical look at the practice of Constructive Alignment in university course design,…

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Dr. James Skidmore is Associate Professor in the Department of Germanic & Slavic Studies At University of Waterloo. He is also Director, Waterloo Centre for German Studies.

In this episode, we begin to explore the idea of a University in our 21st…

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Maggie Fay is an ASD/DD Classroom Teacher in Ontario’s Peel District School Board. She’s here with a message about see all students through the eyes of empathy, caring and love.

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Steve Brown is the President and CEO of Nelson, a leading Canadian educational publisher. In this episode, Steve joins Stephen Hurley to talk about the shifting landscape of content creation, access and use in the education space.

Steve also speaks…

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In this 100th episode of In Conversation, Stephen Hurley welcomes Jon Orr and Kyle Pearce, two passionate math educators from Southwestern Ontario who are out to change the way that we talk and think about engaging students in learning mathematics….

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Stephen Hurley is joined by Margaret Boersma and Carrie Rubel who, along with Marise Foster are inviting Toronto-area residents to an Urban Retreat. It’s a way to Shift your Stress in today’s busy world. The event is on November 3, 2018, but the power…

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Gloria and Peter Van Donge are the creative minds behind a new series of books designed to develop self-awareness among children identified as gifted. The Cheetah series area first step toward enabling gifted children to feel good about themselves for…

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Reuben Loewy is the Director of LIVING ONLINE Lab , a non-profit organization dedicated to teaching youth about the digital world using a unique, online curriculum.

In this conversation, we explore the genesis of the initiative and some of the rich…

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From beekeeping to forensic science, Juan Campos’ amazing journey into teaching and the development of his podcast, Seal it With A Smile. Responding to fear with the power of relationship!

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Marit Stiles is a Member of Ontario Provincial Parliament representing the Toronto riding of Davenport. She also serves as the NDP’s education critic. Stephen Hurley had the opportunity to catch up with MPP Stiles from her office at Queen’s Park. They…

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Brent Jensen is an author, professional speaker, music critic, and host of the No Sleep ’til Sudbury Podcast Series. I was thrilled to be able to talk to Brent about the opportunity for connectivity that music provides, some thoughts on our own…

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We’re pleased to welcome Cheyenne Dale and Zachary Tustin to our voicEd Radio team. Both Cheyenne and Zach are Education Students at Lakehead University and have signed on to voicEd Radio for an internship experience. Stephen Hurley catches up with…

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Lisa Kohn was born to hippie parents and raised in New York City’s East Village in the 1970s. At age 10, Lisa’s mother had her pledging their lives to the Unification Church (the “Moonies”) and self-appointed Messiah, Reverend Sun Myung Moon.

Lisa’s…

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Amy Tepperman is the founder and creative catalyst behind Moving EDGEucation, an organization that is looking to nurture teachers who want to move education in the direction of creating wellness-focused learning environments.

Find out more about Amy…

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Rachel Collishaw is the current president of the Ontario History and Social Science Teachers Association. She and Stephen talk a little bit of politics, geek out about primary documents and speak about the upcoming annual conference taking place in…

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Krista Wiley and Barbara Silva are in two different parts of the country, yet find a great deal in common with the way their respective governments support much needed infrastructure support in their publicly-funded school systems. Barbara Silva is…

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Beth Eden is President of World Merit Canada, an organization that encourages, nurtures and rewards local activism around the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. Listen as Beth shares her passion and invites others to do the same.

Find out…

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Ontario educator, Ann Marie Luce is back for the summer, having spent the last year as Principal of Nursery/Preschool/Elementary programs at the Canadian International School of Beijing. In this conversation, Ann Marie reflects on changing contexts,…

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My School Rocks is a charitable organization that leverages the SYNERGY between music, education and youth wellness. Anthony Kolozetti, Cliff Callaway and their team work to inspire elementary school students to embrace well-being, inclusivity and…

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Sue Kwiecien is the founder of Cube for Teachers, an Ontario-based initiative that provides educators with a way of curating and sharing web-based resources across a number of different areas of interest. Simple, yet powerful!

Find out more about…

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Nicole Anthony is one of two Canadian educators who received this year’s Prime Minister’s Certificate of Excellence in STEM. Nicole teaches at John Polyani Secondary School in Toronto. Listen in as Stephen engages Nicole in a conversation about her…

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For B.C. Educator, Dan Massey, learning science is about keeping it real, making it fun, interactive and playful. According to his profile as one of the recipients of this year’s Prime MInister’s Award for Teaching Excellence in the area of STEM, “Dan…

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Sarah Sils is committed to empower the students she teaches, all of them girls, to lead, collaborate, take risks and learn from what works and, more important, what doesn’t. Her efforts to bring STEM to life have earned her recognition in this year’s…

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Carla Cooper, a Senior Science teacher/curriculum writer, is one of this year’s recipients of the Prime Minister’s Award for Teaching Excellence in STEM. You won’t need to listen to much of her conversation with Stephen Hurley to find out why she is a…

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Sheila Dunwoodie is one of the 2018 Recipients of the Prime Minister’s Award for Teaching Excellence in the area of STEM. Stephen Hurley caught up with Sheila on a Holiday Monday to talk about her passion for teaching, what keeps her motivated and her…

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Amy Szerminska (@szwildcat)is a Biology & Chemistry teacher @Eastview SS in #SCDSB. Proponent of hands-on #science & keeping the focus on learning, not grades! In this episode, you’ll hear the passion and insight she carries with in her into her teaching.

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Although Jamie Bricker is retired from a long career with the Durham District School Board (Ontario), his learning journey continues. His book, “The New 3 R’s of Teaching and learning outlines the language, the metaphors and the vision that Jamie has…

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