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36 Episodes | 2018 - 2019

Season 2, Episode 4 - Tricia Pettis & Michaela Loo

July 25th, 2019


  Tricia Pettis & Michaela Loo

  • Personalized Learning Coaches at South View Middle School, just outside of Minneapolis
  • You can find them both …

Season 2, Episode 3 - Arthur Chadwick

May 24th, 2019


 Arthur Chadwick 

Double Major at VCU, Mechanical Engineering & Disruptive Innovation 

Founder & President of Hyperloop VCU

Where to Find Arthur and His Work:

LinkedIn - Arthur Chadwick

Season 2, Episode 2 - Ted Dintersmith

April 10th, 2019



Ted Dintersmith

Author, Speaker, Producer, Advocate

Find anything and everything about Ted at and on Twitter @dintersmith

Season 2, Episode 1 - Somiah Lattimore & Todd Nuckols

April 5th, 2019


 Todd Nuckols 

Executive Director, Lighthouse Labs

Somiah Lattimore

Managing Director, Lighthouse U

Director of Experiential Learning, VCU da Vinci …

Episode 30 - Julia Freeland Fisher

February 11th, 2019


Julia Freeland Fisher

Author, Who You Know: Unlocking Innovations That Expand Students' Networks

Director of Education Research, Clayton Christensen …

Episode 29 - 7th Grade Inventions & Innovations Class (Raw & Uncut)

January 31st, 2019


An end of the semester conversation with my 7th grade Inventions & Innovations class. We talked about some of their favorite projects, the …

Episode 28 - Tom Vander Ark

January 3rd, 2019


 Tom Vander Ark 

-CEO, Getting Smart

-First Executive Director of Education for Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

-Former Superintendent

Where to connect with Tom:

-Getting Smart

-On Twitter @tvanderark

In this …

Episode 27 - Kelly Young

November 30th, 2018


Kelly Young

Executive Director of Education Reimagined

In this episode...
From Anthropology to Law to Education…?
Education: How we’ve ended up here
Is …

Episode 26 - Garret Westlake

October 30th, 2018


Garret Westlake, Executive Director of VCU da Vinci Center

In this episode...
-How’d you end up in RVA?
-For those that may not know, …

Episode 25 - Will Morris

October 9th, 2018


Founder & CEO, EdConnective

Google “edconnective”

-Why did you create EdConnective?
-Why aren’t principal …

Episode 24 - Youssef Sarhan

September 18th, 2018


Designer, Founder of Zero Pattern

In this episode...
-You talk a lot about value. What is it and how do you provide it?
-More importantly, how do you monetize your value? And does it “matter” what sector you are in?
-How do …

Episode 23 - Best of the After Ed Podcast

September 5th, 2018


Just what it sounds like. A collection of some of the greatest moments from the first year of the AfterEd podcast.

If you enjoy the podcast, please …

Episode 22 - Rachael Mann

August 24th, 2018


Rachael Mann
-PD Director at Western Maricopa Education Center in Arizona
-Co-Author of The Martians in Your Classroom: STEM in Every Learning Space
-Founder, #TeachlikeTED

In this episode:
-Love the title. How’d you come …

Episode 21 - Jen Molitor

August 17th, 2018


Jen Molitor

Renegade Teacher
Founder, Lift Up Leaders

In the episode:
-At its core, what does innovation mean to you?
-Hypothetical example here: An …

Episode 20 - Jay Billy

August 9th, 2018


-Author of Lead With Culture: What Really Matters in Our Schools

In this episode, you will hear Jay’s answers to:
-Who influences culture …

Scrum in Middle School? Yup!

August 5th, 2018


One of the risks I will be taking this year will be implementing Scrum into my classes.

In this segment, hear my conversation with Mark Pushinsky, COO of Hard Yards.

This episode won't tell you everything you need to …

Episode 19 - Elisabeth Bostwick

July 27th, 2018


Author of upcoming book, #LEAPeffect
Maker Mentor for
Co-founder of #LeadUpTeach on Twitter and YouTube
Speaker with Ignite Your S.H.I.N.E.®
Member of the Teacher Advisory Group with …

Episode 17 - Gopika Senthilkumar

July 19th, 2018


Bioinstrumentation student at University of Wisconsin-Madison
Former Inventor's Club President

What you will hear in this episode:

- What innovation is & why she is so passionate about it at a relatively …

Episode 16 - Cath Fraise

July 6th, 2018


Founder & Executive Director, Workspace Education

In Episode 16:

-What is Workspace?
-What is Workspace’s relationship with K-12 schooling?
-What is …

Episode 15 - Ashley Hawkins

July 2nd, 2018


Ashley Hawkins
Executive Director of Studio Two Three

In this episode:

-All About Studio Two Three
-Why a co-working space?
-Is the starving artist a myth or reality in RVA?
-Not just talking, helping creatives make a living …

Episode 14 - Shelly Sanchez

June 28th, 2018


Bio, What to Expect, & Where to Find:
-Shelly Sanchez Terrell is an international speaker, elearning and digital learning specialist and author

-How to “move the needle” on the status quo (i.e. the industrial model of …

Episode 13- Natasha Che

June 18th, 2018


Founder of Soundwise
Personal growth teacher
Contributor to Huffington Post and Entrepreneur
PhD in Economics from Georgetown University
What will you hear in this episode?
Creation of Soundwise and the potential of audio

Episode 12 - Cheats - RVA Spotlight

June 4th, 2018


Marc "Cheats" Cheatham is the host of the podcast The Cheats Movement. Not to mention he works directly with Senator Tim Kaine and the VCIC. He is everything positive that RVA has to offer. We sit down and chat about …

Episode 11 - Tom Murray

May 25th, 2018


-Proud Husband & Dad
-Director of Innovation at Future Ready Schools, Alliance for Excellent Education
-Author of Learning Transformed: 8 Keys to …

Episode 10 - Ben Gilpin - Be a "disrupter".

May 15th, 2018


Principal, Warner Elementary (Michigan, United States)
Podcast co-host with Dr. Brad Gustafson called UnearthED
Top 100 Influential Voices by BAM Radio Network

@benjamingilpin on Twitter …

Episode 9 - Jon Harper: "You're good enough just the way you are."

May 1st, 2018


-Assistant Principal in Dorchester County, Maryland
-Nationally board certified teacher
-Student taught in New Zealand. Wow!
-Host of the "My Bad" podcast on BAM Radio Network
-Co-Host of Teacher’s Aid podcast

Find Jon on …

Episode 8 - Rebecca Chambers

April 24th, 2018


Rebecca is a high school teacher in Ottawa, Ontario Canada. If you want to see how a teacher brings innovation to the core curriculum and how to …

Can A Wearable Change The Game?

April 13th, 2018


Check out the behind-the-scenes sounds of my 8th grade innovation class at VCU Siegel Center. They are working on a project attempting to answer the question: “Can A Wearable Change The Game?”

Students tested out sports …

Episode 7: Barbara Bray - Rethinking Learning

April 12th, 2018


Barbara is an author, speaker, podcaster, coach, and change maker who is passionate about transforming teaching and learning. She guides educators with UDL, design thinking, strategic planning, and coaching programs to …

Episode 6 - Anthony Gabriele

April 3rd, 2018


Listen to Anthony Gabriele, Supervisor for Learning, Development, and Professional Growth for Garnet Valley School District (oustide of Philadelphia, …

Episode 5 - The Reeds (Innovation Class Parents)

March 28th, 2018


It's one thing to hear it from me. It's another to hear it from the parents of my students. Listen to The Reed family talk about how an innovation class has made a difference in their son's life. Spoiler alert: it's …

Lester & Tre'

March 19th, 2018


First ever student episode!
Listen to two of my 8th graders talk about which team they think will make the NBA Finals, school safety, old school …

Episode 4 - Dr. Katrise Perera

March 11th, 2018


Self-proclaimed lifelong learner and 2015 NASS Superintendent of the Year Award Winner Dr. Katrise Perera sets the record straight on innovation, instruction, and what we need to do to TRULY prepare our students and …

Episode 3: Don Wettrick (Re-Release)

March 1st, 2018


Don Wettrick
-Innovation Specialist at Noblesville High School, just outside Indianapolis, IN
-Author of “Pure Genius: Building a Culture of …

Episode 2: A.J. Juliani

February 10th, 2018


Author of Launch: Using Design Thinking to Boost Creativity and Bring Out the Maker in Every Student, Empower: What Happens When Students Own Their Learning, Inquiry & Innovation in the Classroom, and Learning By …

Episode 1: Who Am I Anyways?

January 31st, 2018


Students from my 8th grade Innovation class put me on the spot and ask me questions about education, if I could beat my principal in one-on-one, and …

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