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LinkedUp: Breaking Boundaries in Education

99 EpisodesProduced by Jamie SaponaroWebsite

Jamie Saponaro and Jerri Kemble are two lively ladies passionate about education. Further flamed by the many changes in schools in 2020, they set out to make a positive contribution to the profession they love by creating LinkedUp: Breaking Boundaries in Education. LinkedUp’s mission is to have live… read more

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Innovation X

January 27th, 2023


Evo Hannan joins the podcast from Liverpool, England to discuss his journey from teaching design in the classroom to founding his own company …

Youth Development for KYDS

January 13th, 2023


Rodney Salomon and Mychal Mills, co-founders of Konscious Youth Development and Service (KYDS,) join Jerri and Jamie to discuss how they are working with New Jersey communities to bring about healing, wellness, and a …

Trends & Successes in Doctoral Programs

December 30th, 2022


Higher education programs are changing the way they educate doctoral candidates! In this episode of LinkedUp, listeners are taken behind the curtain …

The Hidden Opponent

December 9th, 2022


Athletes face opponents in every sport, but there is a hidden opponent that is seldom discussed. This week on LinkedUp our guest, Leeann Passaro—a …

College Initiatives

November 18th, 2022


Roberto Treviño visits LinkedUp to discuss his work as Managing Director of College Counseling for the highly successful YES Prep program in the …

A Foundation of Wellness

November 4th, 2022


In this episode, Laura Thomas links up with Jerri and Jamie to discuss the program she’s developing for schools in the Washington, D.C. area.

I Never Thought of It That Way

October 21st, 2022


In this week’s episode, Mónica Guzmán visits with Jerri and Jamie to talk about her new book “I Never Thought of It That Way,” which provides readers …

Revolutionizing Education

October 14th, 2022


Brent Goldman joins LinkedUp this week to discuss his 26-year-long journey to pioneer innovative private schools. Focusing on the unique needs of …

The Expert Expedition

October 7th, 2022


In this episode, Jerri and Jamie link up with Grayson McKinney and Zach Rondot—two elementary school teachers using technology to transform learning …

Innovation in Higher Education

September 23rd, 2022


Dr. Cameron McCoy is back on LinkedUp! In this episode, Jerri and Jamie catch up with Dr. McCoy as he wraps up his second year as the Provost of Shenandoah University in Winchester, Virginia.

Sharing his own experiences …

Women in Leadership: More Sage Advice

September 16th, 2022


Live from Asbury Park, Kathy Hurley, Ann McMullan, and Lisa Schmuki join Jerri and Jamie again one year after their debut on LinkedUp. These three …

Dot Day

September 9th, 2022


International Dot Day is celebrating its 20th anniversary on September 15! Peter Reynolds, renowned author of “The Dot,” joins Jerri and Jamie in …

Podcasting in Education

August 26th, 2022


A podcast episode about educational podcasting? That’s what you’ll find in Episode 86 of LinkedUp as Jamie and Jerri sit down with Kevin Hogan, a seasoned educational journalist, and the host of The Hogan Report.

Tune …

Analyzing Feedback: Signal vs Noise

August 12th, 2022


Today, we have access to so much data that we often find ourselves in “analysis paralysis.” So, how do you know what data is sending you a signal and what data is simply noise?

In this episode, Dr. Dean Browell and …

School to Prison Pipeline

July 29th, 2022


Recorded live at #ISTE22, in this episode of LinkedUp special guests Dr. Kaylah Holland and Kat Crawford discuss how students from Travis Hill School …

Establishing Relationships

July 15th, 2022


Every student is unique. It may seem like a simple concept, but to Susan Enfield, building relationships with individual students is a trademark of her career.

In Episode 83: Building Relationships, Jerri and Jamie sit …

Tech Trends from ISTE

July 8th, 2022


What are the latest trends in edTech in 2022? The LinkedUp team headed down to ISTE in New Orleans to find out! ISTE (the International Society for …

Get Smart About Late Start

June 24th, 2022


The research from the American Pediatric Association is clear: a later start time for middle and high school students could improve mental health, …

Lessons From a Coffee Shop

June 17th, 2022


What can you learn in a coffee shop? In this episode, Jerri and Jamie link up with Kelli Huslig, a former educator and school administrator who made …


June 3rd, 2022


Barbara Kurshan and Kathy Hurley join the podcast to discuss their new book InnovateHERS, digging deep into the female entrepreneurial mindset of purpose-driven women.

Tune in to hear Barbara and Kathy share "aha" …

Rogue Leader

May 27th, 2022


Balancing personal and professional development may seem like a scary task, but it’s easier than you think! In this episode, Jerri and Jamie sit down with author and educator Rich Czyz to discuss his new book, Rogue …

The Power of Design Thinking

May 13th, 2022


How can design thinking processes be applied to education? In this episode, Jerri and Jamie sit down with Jessica Artiles, Founder and Chief Design Officer of Darte Design, to discuss how design thinking can help K–12 …

Microsoft for Education: Innovations Coming Our Way

April 29th, 2022


This week, Jamie and Jerri sit down with Serena Sacks-Mandel, US Education Customer Success General Manager for Microsoft. No stranger to innovation, …

Getting Into Good Trouble at School

April 23rd, 2022


Jamie and Jerri interview Alexandria City Public Schools Superintendent Gregory Hutchings, Jr. and Georgetown professor Douglas Reed about the new …

Culturally Responsive Teaching With Yaritza

April 15th, 2022


Few people are famous enough to be known by just their first name, but Yaritza is one of them! Star of the #askYaritza series on Flipgrid, Yaritza …

Doing What Matters

April 2nd, 2022


Fasten your seat belt for this podcast!  International presenter and staff developer, Kevin Honeycutt fills this podcast with creativity. From the …

Fighting Your Inner Voice

March 25th, 2022


Content Warning: This episode contains mentions of suicide. Listener discretion advised.

What do you do when you can’t trust your inner voice?

First diagnosed with depression and anxiety at age 23, Christine …

Learning With Digital LEGO

March 11th, 2022


Julian Gomez has been one of the lead creators of Digital LEGO.  In this podcast episode he discussed the learning science behind LEGO and the …

The Science of Writing for Busy People

February 25th, 2022


Have you been the recipient of a TL;DR email (Too Long, Didn't Read)? Harvard professor, Behavioral scientist and lead researcher for Everyday Labs, …

A New Way to Teach People to Read

February 18th, 2022


English is considered one of the most difficult languages to learn to read—that’s where Narda Pitkethly comes in. Accomplishing something many …

The Toughest Year Yet PT. 2

February 4th, 2022


After a long period of isolation, schools are finally open for traditional, in-person learning but the transition from remote learning back to the …

Hidden in Plain Site

January 28th, 2022


Imagine experiencing the past from a new perspective through the use of technology. The Hidden in Plain Site team offers exactly that by revealing …

The Power of Connections: Matthew X Joseph

January 21st, 2022


Dr. Matthew X. Joseph is an expert at breaking boundaries in education through the power of human connection. He has a passion for creating a …

Mentorship with Kathy Hurley

January 14th, 2022


Studies show that mentoring makes a huge difference in the life of a mentee! Through listening, guidance and offering constructive feedback and …

Podcast Smash: Carl Hooker

December 27th, 2021


This lively podcast “smashup” cross-pollinates The Undisrupted Podcast, hosted by Carl Hooker, with the LinkedUp Podcast, starring Jerri Kemble and …

Implicit Biases and Their Ramifications

December 5th, 2021


You may not realize it, but biases exist without our even knowing it. We unconsciously form opinions about other people based on factors like race, location, name, and more.

In this episode, Dr. Alan Phan highlights the …

Project Based Learning

November 26th, 2021


Beekeeping, gardening, and providing food for the community; what do all of these activities have in common? They’re all examples of Project Based …

The Toughest Year Yet

November 19th, 2021


Description:  Many schools are back in session and no longer in a remote environment, yet many educators are saying that this is the toughest year …

Expert Advice in Parent Communication

November 14th, 2021


Effective communication has been a concern for school districts for many decades.  It is compounded by today’s communication tools such as texting, …

K12 Cybersecurity: Protecting our Schools

October 29th, 2021


COSN CEO, Keith Kruger, and cybersecurity expert, Amy McLaughlin, discuss cybersecurity. McLaughlin suggests cyber security should not be the work of …

Shaking Up Learning

October 15th, 2021


Kasey Bell, the founder of Shake Up Learning talks with Jerri and Jamie about the 5 shifts we need in education now: 1. View this crisis as an …

Creatively Productive

October 8th, 2021


Productivity can be daunting and difficult with the many  distractions available to people via technology. Lisa Johnson has found a way to make doing …

LGBTQIA+ Equality in Schools

October 1st, 2021


How can we support LGBTQ students in school?

What can educators do to become allies for our LGBTQ students? How does supporting LGBTQ students …

Ed Research and Leadership Trends

September 25th, 2021


After the remote learning experience of 2020 and 2021, and the beginning of students returning to “in person” learning, people are wondering what the “new normal” will look like for education.  This podcast focuses the …

Higher Ed: Shifting to Students First | LinkedUp Podcast 54

September 17th, 2021


Dr. Janet Gullickson,President of Germanna Community College, Locust Grove, VA, discusses the innovative disruptions that have happened in higher …

The Tech Evolution

September 10th, 2021


When the internet emerged in the 1990's and educators were wondering how they might use technology in education, Kathy Schrock emerged on the scene. …

Women in Leadership: Sage Advice

September 3rd, 2021


Podcasting from the historical Asbury Park on the Jersey Shore, Jamie and Jerri talk with three iconic education technology leaders:  Kathy Hurley, …

Anniversary Episode - Reflection of the Past Year

August 27th, 2021


This last year has been one of change and transition.  In this podcast, our LinkedUp co-hosts discuss starting a brand new podcast In a pandemic without ever meeting in person.  This anniversary podcast highlights their …

Infused Classroom

August 20th, 2021


Holly Clark is an education thought-leader, international speaker, best selling author and an advocate for students. She is a twenty-plus year …

SEL: Tips from the Counselors

August 13th, 2021


Two recognized leaders in school counseling, Mallory Jacobs and Hanna Kemble discuss building relationships and working with students on social …

Poolside PD

August 6th, 2021


Anytime and anywhere learning  has been a goal of educators since technology entered into the education space.  Educators enjoy learning when it is …

Higher Education: Initiatives to Recruit and Retain College Students

July 30th, 2021


Two higher education administrators, Dr. Cameron McCoy, Provost at Shenandiah University in Winchester Virginia, and Dr. Michael Salvatore, Senior Vice-President at Kean University in Union New Jersey discuss the …

Bridging the Digital Divide

July 16th, 2021


Diane Doerch, Verizon Innovative Learning Schools Director of Technology and DeWayne McClary, the Executive Director of the League of Digital Schools …

Making Learning Sticky

July 9th, 2021


Debbie Tannnbaum is a Tech Coach and an ambassador for edtech companies.  She has become so involved in making sure our youngest students can use …

Parent Camp

July 2nd, 2021


Schools and districts have worked for years to find ways to engage with parents in a meaningful and relevant way.  Parents want to be heard and …

EPIC Design Thinking Curriculum

June 25th, 2021


Susan Maynor is an educator, visual storyteller, and creative who believes in the power of "what if" and "yes, and." She has taught K-12, produced …

Breaking Through to Kids with TikTok

June 18th, 2021


Toney Jackson is a 4th grade teacher and teaching artist from Hackensack, NJ. He earned a degree in Fine Arts from Rutgers University, and holds two …

Green Screen Creativity!

June 11th, 2021


Green screens have been around in the movie industry for years.  Today, educators have access to green screen technology that easy to use in the …

Innovative Global Collaboration

June 4th, 2021


Dr. Brad MacLaughlin is a retired superintendent of schools who loves to identify and foster innovative approaches to education.  He was instrumental …

Addressing "Learning Gaps"

May 28th, 2021


Learning loss is a common and traditional term, but how can learning be lost if it were never found? That is the situation with remote learning during the pandemic. Teachers worked hard and students work hard, but some …


May 21st, 2021


Beau is CEO & Founder of SOLcademy - a new short-format educational video platform. He is on a mission to improve the quality and availability of …

Using Clubhouse for Education

May 14th, 2021


Over the last twenty years Lottie Dowling has worked in education as a school practitioner and professional learning leader on global, national and …

Lessons Learned Internationally - Retrospective Look at 2020-2021

May 7th, 2021


What lessons have school leaders learned from this pandemic?  This podcast highlights two very different educational systems:  Kansas City Kansas …

Global Pandemic Silver Linings

April 30th, 2021


In this podcast we bring educational leaders from around the world together to discuss the "Global Pandemic Silver Linings."   Mark Goldhawk, is the …

Culturally Responsive Curriculum

April 23rd, 2021


In this podcast we bring back two former guests, Ken Shelton and Yaritza Villalba to discuss the work they are doing with Microsoft on culturally …

Four O'Clock Faculty

April 16th, 2021


Rich Czyz started his career as a fifth grade teacher, has served as a Basic Skills teacher, instructional coach, elementary supervisor and Director …

Classroom Champions

April 9th, 2021


Schools turn to Classroom Champions for inspiring Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) curriculum and mentorship programs to improve engagement, build …

Global Goals

April 2nd, 2021


Recognized as a transformational leader in education, Dr. Jennifer Williams has dedicated herself for 25 years to the field of education through her …

Finding Your Courage

March 26th, 2021


Liz Hamor (she/her) will say that her work isn’t just her passion, it’s her calling. After earning a Masters degree in ESOL and Bilingual education …

Hurdles, Accelerators & Tech Enablers

March 19th, 2021


Keith R. Krueger is CEO of the Consortium for School Networking (CoSN), a nonprofit organization that serves as the voice of K-12 school system …

Balance, Boundaries, and Breaks

March 12th, 2021


Evan Whitehead is a seasoned educator that has worked in special education, career and technology education and administration.  In this podcast we …

Award-Winning Culture

March 5th, 2021


Hans Appel is an educator, speaker, and writer deeply committed to inspiring the whole child.  He’s the author of, Award Winning Culture: Building …

8 Trends That Will Impact Schools in 2021

February 26th, 2021


Naaz Modan is an educational reporter. Modan spends her time talking to school leaders across the country and looking at research in order to …

The Innovator's Mindset

February 19th, 2021


George Couros is an international speaker, professor, social media enthusiast and author. He is most famous for his book, The Innovator's Mindset.  In this podcast George discusses many topics related to education from …

Thinknado: Design Thinking for Schools

February 12th, 2021


Over time, our brains are biologically hardwired with neural pathways and synaptic connections that largely determine our behavior. Once those …

Hip Hop Ed

February 5th, 2021


Hip-hopping his way through life with a big grin on his face is this weeks’ guest - Mervin Jenkins, Senior Brand Ambassador at Nearpod!  Join this podcast to hear about his special talents, some fun details about …

Mentorship - The Magic of Empowerment

January 29th, 2021


In celebration of National Mentor Day, co-hosts, Jamie Saponaro and Jerri Kemble, invite their mentors to  discuss the magic of empowerment through …

Accept U

January 22nd, 2021


Character Education has been adopted in many school districts across the country.  Some districts use canned curriculia while others add on a …

Social Media and Adolescents’ Mental Health

January 15th, 2021


What does the research show in regard to how teens' social media use impacts mental health? How can parents support their teens in using social media in healthier ways? How can teens use social media in healthier ways? …

Presence Learning

January 8th, 2021


On this podcast Kristin Martinez discusses the essential components of teletherapy and how these virtual services work to meet the needs of students. …

Self-Care Tips You Never Thought Of!

January 1st, 2021


In 2020, self-care became essential as people worked through the pandemic and the new ways of working and socializing in society.  As we turn the calendar to 2021, self-care is still as important as ever before.  This …

Getting Future Ready

December 18th, 2020


Thomas C. Murray serves as the Director of Innovation for Future Ready Schools, a project of the Alliance for Excellent Education, located in …

Poetry Packs the Power to Entertain, Educate, and Inspire!

December 11th, 2020


Fourth Grade Classroom Superhero with Poetry Powers, Toney Jackson is an author, poet, educator and speaker that uses these poetry powers to reach students and get them excited about learning even in a pandemic.   Toney …

Virtual Teaching Challenges and Solutions

December 4th, 2020


We have been working through the challenges of education students during a pandemic for eight months. While there have been many difficulties and …

Student Empowerment with Flipgrid

November 27th, 2020


Flipgrip Ambassador and evangelist Ann Kozma will fill your mind with ideas and share the valuable resources Flipgrid is offering educators from art …

Failure, Fear, and Faith: The Places from Where Greatness, Hope, and Success are Born

November 20th, 2020


Dr. Jill Siler has been serving as the Superintendent of Gunter ISD since 2012 and has been in education for nearly 25 years.    Jill has a passion for helping others reach their goals and has been a frequent speaker at …

What's Trending with ISTE?

November 13th, 2020


Educators know that ISTE is the premier international conference, but how do you have a conference in a pandemic for over 15,000 people?  Our guest Liz Lee gives us an inside look into ISTE and what is happening in …

Global Covid Impacts for Schools and Families

November 6th, 2020


LinkedUp goes international for this podcast about the global COVID impacts on schools and families.Jamie and Jerri visit with school leaders Adam …

Recruiting Tips for Players, Parents, and Coaches - Navigating COVID Impacts

October 30th, 2020


As a twenty-year coaching veteran, Renee Lopez is an expert in the college recruiting process, leadership development training, and creating positive …

Digital Learning

October 23rd, 2020


George Perreault has been on the leading edge of technology integration in education for over two decades.  In this podcast he brings  the experience …

Esports....It's a Game-Changer

October 16th, 2020


Esports has arrived in many schools and they are a game changer.  Listen as you hear from two eSPorts coaches as they talk about the setup, rigor, …

Left To Their Own Devices

October 9th, 2020


In this insightful eposide, dIgital sociologist, Dr. Julie Albright discusses the unseen opportunities in digital infrastructure - which she calls …

It’s a Family Affair

October 2nd, 2020


Parents, grandparent, and siblings are now part of the educational and instructional landscape! Join this webinar to hear from parents, grandparents, and experts in the field here about their successes, challenges, and …

Internet Safety: Keeping Our Students Safe Online

September 25th, 2020


In this episode,Internet Safety: Keeping our Kids Safe Online, Gretchen Thompson uses the analogy that our students are on-line the new internet playground, yet who is on recess duty to alert listeners to concerns now …

Social Justice and Cultural Responsiveness

September 11th, 2020


Ken Shelton is an educator, Ted X speaker, International speaker and very involved in the educational  technology community. Ken is especially …

Wellness Circles

September 7th, 2020


A new Jersey social worker discusses the process her school district used to make sure all personnel were emotionally supported for the return to …

Psychology of the Pandemic

August 31st, 2020


Building powerful relationships in a virtual world. What signs of trauma and factors do we need to look for in our students, teachers , and all …

Let's Get LinkedUp!

August 26th, 2020


"Seek global perspectives on educational topics that matter. So many people to hear from with so many lessons learned. Lots of insight from individuals from around the world.  Linking up the movers and shakers who make …

Re-Entry - Global Challenges for Back to School

August 26th, 2020


Our conversation will be focused on the challenges that school leaders grapple with as they plan their 20-21 re-entry to school. What are the …

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