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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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…

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…

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…

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…

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,…

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…

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….

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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….

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…

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…

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…

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.

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.

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…

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…

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

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…

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…

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.

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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,…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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,…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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.

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…

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…

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…

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….

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,…

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…

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.

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…

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….

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…

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…

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…

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!

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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,…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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.

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…

Jen Cort is a therapist, former school principal & counselor focusing on diversity, advisory programs & student, parent, teacher partnerships. In this initial conversation, we focus on Jen’s approach to having meaningful conversations with our kids…

In this episode, Stephen Hurley speaks with Aaron Tucker about his latest book: “Y: Oppenheimer, Horseman of Los Alamos”. The book takes us on a deep exploration of loves and moral dilemmas faced by the man who led the project that created the world’s…

Katherine Lawrence is a Saskatchewan-based writer whose newest book, “Stay” is capturing the imaginations of young people and adults alike. It’s a novel-in-verse——a genre that has intrigued Katherine for a long time. On this episode, Katherine and I…

Anna Khouzam and Amanda Yokingco bring their new podcast to the voicEd Radio airwaves this spring. Listen as they talk about their reasons for wanting to tell their story, share their insights and explore the world of podcasting.

Shauna Pomerantz is an Associate Professor at Brock University, Ontario. Her research interests in, among other things, Youth Cultural Studies and Girl Studies has allowed her to contribute to conversations about school dress codes in a powerful and…

Ellen Barber is a young entrepreneur with a story to tell. It’s the story of someone whose severe learning disability prevented her from accessing the stories and books that she so dearly loved. It’s also the story of someone who learned to advocate…

An introduction to students from Rebecca Chambers’ Grade 12+ World Issues students at John McRae SS, Ottawa, Ontario. Stay tuned for more from these articulate and engaged students.

Stephen Hurley speaks with Heidi Bernhardt, the founder and Executive Director of the Centre for ADD Awareness Canada. An enlightening conversation about the need to learn more–as educators, as parents and as community members.

Victoria Prooday is a Registered Occupational Therapist with an extensive experience working with children, parents and teachers. Victoria connects with Stephen to talk about, among other things, the impact of today’s lifestyle on the brain…

Krista Wylie leads the Fix Our Schools working group, an Ontario-based initiative designed to advocate for safe, healthy, well-maintained buildings that provides an environment conducive to learning and working——a vision for all publicly-funded schools.

Irvin Studin is President of The Institute for 21st Century Questions
Editor-in-Chief & Publisher of Global Brief Magazine. In this intriguing conversation, he moves the conversation about school-based French Immersion well beyond the doors of the…

Patrick O’Neill is a Toronto-based management consultant, mediator and mentor. He leads from within his organization, Extraordinary Conversations, but also through his new book, “The Only Certain Freedom: The Transformative Journey of the Entrepreneur.

A fascinating conversation with Kelly MacKay and Andrea Kerr. Together, they are the creative spirit behind The BeastEDU. You can read this very unique approach to thinking and writing about education at thebeastedu.com

Partnerships for Youth Empowerment (PYE) has been working for the past 20 years to unleash the power, purpose, and potential of young people worldwide. They do this by empowering teachers, youth workers, and other leaders to build supportive Creative…

Usha Shanmugathasan is an Ontario-based educator and Masters of Ed Student (OISE/UT) who is passionate about increasing understanding about the importance of early childhood education. In today’s conversation, Usha challenges some of the assumptions…

Stephen Hurley is joined by eCampusOntario Executive Director, David Porter (@davidp_eCO) and Program Manager, Terry Greene (@greeneterry) to talk about the Open movement, what it means and what the future holds for eCampusOntario and its partner…

Sarah Said (@mrssaid17) is the Director of English Language at the Chicago Ridge School District, Illinois. In this conversation with Stephen Hurley (@stephen_hurley) Sarah talks about valuing the story of all of our student as well as powerful family…

Rachel Williams is the Dean of Faculty at The Joy School in Houston, Texas. It’s a school dedicated to serving students with learning differences, using strategies and approaches that will allow them to return to and thrive in their home schools….

Stephen Hurley speaks with Education Researcher, Jennifer Hawkins, author of “Feelings and Emotion-Based Learning: A New Theory”. The conversation explores the theoretical grounding for Jennifer’s work as well as a way that educators can engage in…

Paul Signorelli (@paulsignorelli) is a writer, a instructional designer, social media strategist and consultant. His insights on community, collaboration and creativity shine through in this conversation with Stephen Hurley.

To find out more about…

Amanda Dervaitis (@adervaitis ‏ ) is the founding principal of the High Park Day School in Toronto. But she’s so much more. She joins Stephen Hurley (@stephen_hurley) to talk about her work, her passion for education and her vision for schools in the…

Kate Gatto is the National Program Director for the Youth Philanthropy Initiative, an organization that empower young people to make decisions about charities within their community. Find out more about Kate and YPI at goypi.org

Paul Bennett (@educhatter) joins Stephen Hurley (@stephen_hurley) to speak about issues related to school governance and the impending release of Dr. Avis Glaze’s report on Education Re-organization in Nova Scotia

tephen Hurley (@stephen_hurley) is joined by Teresa Murray (@fixontmath) to discuss her passion around ensuring that all students get the basic skills they need to succeed in mathematics.

Stephen Hurley (@stephen_hurley) connects with Ottawa-based educator, Rola Tibshirani, as she prepares to launch her new podcast, The Missing Link. Hear what that’s all about!

In this episode, Martin Ainscough (@AinscNW), Chair of Musical Futures joins Stephen Hurley (@stephen_hurley) to talk about the past, present and future of this informal approach to music education. For more information on Musical Futures visit:…

Support our Students (@SOSAlberta) Communications Director, Barbara Silva, speaks with Stephen Hurley (Stephen_hurley) about the need for a new vision—and a new funding model—in Alberta’s commitment to public education.

In this episode, Stephen Hurley speaks with Joel Westheimer, the University Chair of Democracy and Education at the University of Ottawa. In this conversation we explore the power of connecting music education with the teaching of history.