Wholehearted Teaching
with Adrian Del Monte
In the podcast, we hope to inspire educators to bring their whole selves into their classroom everyday. Through powerful conversations, we will explore how teachers can see their classrooms and students as extensions of who they are as people. We will help you embrace your calling as educators, teaching from authenticity, vulnerability and the power of the heart.

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A Full Heart with TCDSB Director of Education Brendan Browne

At the end of a very difficult year I went into this conversation with TCDSB Director of Education Brendan Browne looking for something: I was looking for the heart in what he would say. I knew there would be limits to how much I could ask my boss (on…

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A Year of Grief and a Year of Joy with my Wife, Amy Del Monte

In this week's conversation, my wife Amy and I sit down to discuss what was an extraordinary year. We hope that our story might  help other parents and teachers process theirs.We reflect on the joys of the year– our neighbourhood coming back to…

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How Marriage Shapes Our Teaching with Educators and Spouses Dan and Rachel Vigliatore

If you're a teacher who is a parent or a spouse, this is a wonderful conversation for you!Today's guests are Dan and Rachel Vigliatore, a wholehearted husband and wife who both teach in the Toronto Catholic District School Board. Dan is an…

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Building to Last with Educator, Champion and Advocate Skye Bowen

In this week’s conversation I’m talking to one of the most wholehearted educators I’ve ever met: Skye Bowen. Skye is an activist, a community builder, a champion, and is working actively to dismantle systems that oppress racialized students. This…

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Empowering Students to Tell Their Stories with Best Selling Author Jael Richardson

How often do we let our students (and our own children) just tell their story? That is the question I’m discussing today with Jael Richardson,  author and Executive Director for The Festival of Literary Diversity. So often as teachers and parents we…

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Celebrating a Changing School Board with TCDSB Superintendent of Education Kimberly Dixon

When I first reached out to Kimberly Dixon, Superintendent in the Toronto Catholic DSB, I was hoping we would talk about intersectionality for much of the conversation. I assumed that because Kimberly is only the second black, female superintendent in…

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What’s in Your Heart of Hearts? with Vice-Principal and Documentary Filmmaker Anthony Perrotta

Today’s episode is the story of one teacher’s journey to allyship.We speak with Anthony Perrotta, a Vice Principal and a documentary filmmaker.  Like many first or second generation European immigrants, Anthony grew up  up in a white, suburban…

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Dear White Teachers: No One Said it Would Easy with Asante Haughton

Today’s episode is all about how hard it is to build anti-racist classroom. It’s not just hard for our racialized students, but it’s also hard for white teachers (myself included) doing the hard work of examining whatever biases we hold.But we have to…

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This is a Love Story with Teacher, Author and Advocate Penny Kittle

“This is a love story” are the first words of Penny Kittle’s  book, Book Love.  They are words that may change how you see the students you teach. No one has been more influential on my classroom than Penny and I was so honoured that she was willing to…

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SPECIAL Episode: An Anthology of Occasional Poetry from a Wonderful Class of Students

In this episode, my students from this quadmester will share their own, occasional poems with you. This has been a wonderful group of teenagers and I have loved learning and growing with them. I want to especially thank them for their bravery and…

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