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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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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

“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…

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…

This week’s conversation is meant to help teachers– particularly white teachers– move from feelings of shame that immobilize us to connecting with healthy guilt that can guide us forward.  Guilt moves us to anti-racism work and that work is full of…

This question– WHY ARE YOU IN EDUCATION??– frames our conversation today.  If you stop to think about that, what would you say?My guest, Salima Kassam is a principal with the Toronto District School Board and has given her life to the work of…

The second episode in our Anti-Racism series made me nervous.Lavinia is the most lovely person, but her role as Humanity Equity Advisor at the Toronto Catholic District School Board is to look at problems in the education system…and advise things…

In this conversation, we speak with TCDSB Superintendent of Equity, Diversity, Indigenous Education and Community Relations, Derek Chen. Superintendent Chen speaks about the importance of being brave enough to have courageous conversations about…

Welcome to 2021, a year that has so much potential for teaching! We launch Season 2 through a wonderful conversation with Chey Cheney and Pav Wander, two Toronto teachers and hosts of The Staffroom Podcast who are just crushing it. Both Chey and Pav…

In our Christmas Special, we talk about seeing differently, through the eyes of kindness. In this episode, mom, daughter and Vice Principal Katie Akelaitis speaks about how her father taught her to treat others as “kin,” as if they were her own family,…

This episode shows that strong teaching has all the same attributes as strong families: an emphasis on following your passions, finding ways to serve others, collaborating together and, most importantly, a cohesion between what happens in the classroom…

This episode is framed around a question: How has being female prevented you from bringing your whole self to the classroom?  It’s an important conversation, and one that I am grateful to share a part. In this episode, we speak to Loretta Notten, the…

Going off the beaten path, challenging formal education practices, and untethering teachers to bring their own passions to the classroom are all the topics that we discuss with our guest, teaching legend and critically acclaimed writer, Anthony De…

Vulnerability, making mistakes and accepting ourselves exactly as we are are all topics that we discuss today with our guest and award-winning teacher, Barb Russell. 10 years as an emergency room Nurse followed by 25 years in the classroom has given…

At the very highest level of an education system are people, and people, no matter their titles are human. In this episode, we speak to Brendan Browne, father, son, husband…and Director of Education for one of the largest school boards in Canada….

Courage, authenticity, gratitude and the sacredness of the classroom experience are all topics that we discuss today with our guest and teaching legend, Don Walker. After retiring from 30 years of classroom teaching and administration, Don’s insights…

Welcome to my new bi-weekly podcast: Wholehearted Teaching!If there is one idea that drives this podcast, it’s this: there is no separation between who we are when we’re inside the classroom and when we’re outside of it.  Listen to our first ever…