StartEdUp Podcast

StartEdUp Podcast
Where Educators, Innovators and Entrepreneurs Connect

Travis Chappell
Apr 8 • 31 min
Travis Chappell is a podcast host, and relentless connector. His show, Build Your Network, has featured some of the top names in marketing and entrepreneurship in the world. His story of how he got there is simple- knowing how to provide value and connect…
Financial Literacy and Retirement Advice During COVID
Apr 6 • 8 min
“Living paycheck to paycheck” is a term I’ve heard a lot lately. COVID-19 has been a massive hit to people’s employment and retirement. However, I believe that NOW is the time for students to learn more about retirement, money, and investing. As this…
Kevin Berkopes: BOLD changes in education, not just theory
Mar 31 • 38 min
Kevin Berkopes wants to pay students- during the school day. He plans on building schools that stay open until late evening, and have grocery stores and wellness facilities inside the school. He believes that joy and gratitude should be a part of the…
COVID-19 Routine & New Normal
Mar 30 • 7 min
With the quarantine in full effect, it took some people time to adjust to the new normal. I saw plenty of color coded time slots for all sorts of good stuff. I just wasn’t ready for it. *I’m now ready for it.
Disrupting a Massive Industry: Fran Lockwood, CTO of Valvoline
Mar 25 • 30 min
Fran Lockwood, CTO of Valvoline is focused on the future of not only her company, but the future of customer service, energy, and technology. As a seasoned CTO, Lockwood is focused on where this massive company should head, and be an industry leader to…
Free Mindset Course for Students taught by top authors, entrepreneurs, thought leaders
Mar 23 • 5 min
We have a FREE mindset course for students taught by some of America’s best leaders. Sign up at: Lessons from: 1. Steven Kotler, author of several best selling books, including “The Future is Faster Than You Think.” 2.…
Trying To Find the Brightside To COVID Related School Closings
Mar 19 • 24 min
COVID-19 is upon us, and why there has been plenty of talk and speculation on what this might mean for the economy, people’s lives, and the after-effects of this virus, Jamal and I try to find the silver lining. We compare how when tragedy strikes, we…
Philippe Bouissou: Aligning The Dots
Mar 17 • 34 min
Bouissou has been a Silicon-Valley entrepreneur, CEO, venture capitalist for 30 years. He currently manages Blue Dots Partners LLC, an advisory firm he co-founded focused on revenue growth. He has served on the board of directors of 20 companies. He…
Adam Carolla: Finding Opportunities and Evolving
Mar 11 • 53 min
Adam Carolla is the outspoken comedian, author, entrepreneur, and “origional” podcast host. I wanted to dig deep into his “chapter 1” on how he “became” Adam Carolla. I’ve heard some interviews on his beginnings, but wanted to focus on the mindset and HOW…
Watching these students lose is difficult… and awesome
Mar 9 • 3 min
Watching these students lose is difficult… and awesome by Don Wettrick
Pitch competitions, GenZ, and why I have hope.
Mar 5 • 5 min
I’ve been on a 9 city, 10 day regional pitch competition schedule. Hearing these pitches for products, apps, services and events GIVES ME HOPE.
Dr. Sonny Magana: T3 Framework for Innovation
Mar 3 • 30 min
Dr. Sonny Magana is an award-winning teacher, pioneering educational technology researcher, and best-selling author. In this episode we go deep into his new book, the methods, and why classrooms need the T3 Framework NOW. Dr. Magana’s latest book,…
Will COVID-19 Usher in the Start of all e-learning?
Mar 1 • 4 min
Will COVID-19 usher in the age of total online “e learning” school?
COVID-19: Shut down school for awhile? Or is this overblown hype?
Feb 28 • 3 min
Is the “Corona” virus, or COVID-19 a lot of hype, or is this a very serious health crisis? Should school leaders consider shutting down schools for awhile? If so, for how long? What is the plan?
Chris Aviles: Innovation, entrepreneurship & esports!
Feb 25 • 31 min
Chris Aviles is a teacher at Knollwood middle school in the Fair Haven school district in Fair Haven, New Jersey. There he runs the renown Fair Haven Innovates program he created in 2015. The Fair Haven Innovates program is Fair Haven school district’s…
Life’s Purpose and a Million Dollars: My thoughts from TEDxPurdue
Feb 23 • 4 min
I just finished my TEDxPurdue and I had a lot of questions on a living a life of purpose. I asked many students this question: If you won a million dollars, what would you do? How would you live your life?
Nader Hamda: Ozobot CEO, Parent & Entrepreneur
Feb 18 • 26 min
Nader Hamda had a problem. He wanted his children to have access to more cutting edge curriculum that made programming and robotics fun. So he did something about it. He created Ozobot. As a serial entrepreneur specializing in products that use technology…
Are #CTE classes the new AP status?
Feb 13 • 4 min
Move over weighted GPA- skills based education (Career Technical Education) is being relevance back! I just got back from the Illinois CTE conference, and after talking to several teacher, I’m convinced that the CTE class will emerge as the new standard…
Impero: Protecting and Empowering our Students
Feb 11 • 34 min
CEO of Impero, Justin Reilly is at the intersection of education, EdTech, security and innovation. In this episode, Justin and I go deep into what the future of education looks like, and how our students can collaborate in a global sense. We also talk…
Teacher Pay, Teacher Shortage & The Price of College
Feb 9 • 4 min
There is a teacher shortage in this country. Businesses are realizing that they can poach some of the finest teachers, which, as it turns out, tend to make the best employees in the private sector. Can we also talk about the cost of college? Is it…
January thru March: Hope to Get Through the Longest Part of the School Year
Feb 6 • 23 min
January- March is the LONGEST part of the school year. Luckily Jamal is here with some advice for your mind, body, and spirit. Also, he makes me feel guilty on my lack of organization.
Edthena CEO Adam Geller: From Educator to EdTech Creator
Feb 4 • 23 min
Adam Geller is the founder of Edthena, a video-powered professional learning platform, and author of professional development book Evidence of Practice. He started his career as a science teacher in St. Louis, Missouri. Since 2011, Adam has seen Edthena…
Accepting failure is hard.
Feb 2 • 4 min
Learning how to fail. Fail fast. Fail often. In theory, it makes sense. In reality, is sucks.
What It Means To Be a Girl Dad
Jan 30 • 18 min
Jamal and I are proud girl dads. In this episode, we talk about Kobe, parenting, and being a girl dad.
Adventure2Learning: Scaling An EdTech Startup To Thrive
Jan 28 • 26 min
Rob Bencal, Co-Founder and President of Adventure2Learning and is passionate about getting relevant video content to students. In this episode, Rob goes over the learning and pivots of starting an EdTech company, and how they’ve scaled to thousands of…
Kobe: Live Life Now
Jan 26 • 4 min
A nation grieves, but we are also reminded to live life now.
Leadership In Your 20s
Jan 23 • 24 min
What happens when you are a principal in your 20s? For that matter, what does “leadership” look like when your seen as young?
Garrett Mintz: Ambition In Motion
Jan 21 • 29 min
Garrett Mintz is the founder of Ambition In Motion,, a company that helps grow company cultures and engagement through mentorship. Garrett’s vision is a world where the vast majority of people are excited to go to work,…
Is Podcasting The Answer To The Isolation Of Social Media?
Jan 19 • 5 min
Podcasting is hotter than ever- especially long format. Does this make people feel more connected? Or is podcasting just a different form of one-sided social media entertainment?
Esports, #FETC, and Daniel Pink
Jan 16 • 4 min
Esports, #FETC, and Daniel Pink by Don Wettrick
Ricky Gervais, Woke Culture, & Comedy: Too Far?
Jan 12 • 5 min
Ricky Gervais took it straight to Hollywood and the “woke” culture. Dave Chappell has made headlines for taking on the politically correct crowd. This has me thinking- has the pendulum swung too far?
The Stress Of 2020 Resolutions
Jan 9 • 5 min
This is not how I envisioned the start of my new year, new decade.
Deliberately Your Best Year
Dec 29, 2019 • 21 min
Jamal & I go into why this year can be your best.
Christmas Break: SLOW DOWN!
Dec 22, 2019 • 21 min
This holiday, slow down and create those memories. Jamal & I share some advice and reflect.
Has Anyone Noticed How Online Gambling Is Being Marketed?
Dec 15, 2019 • 5 min
Has Anyone Noticed How Online Gambling Is Being Marketed? by Don Wettrick
Why I Hate TikTok Pt2 w/ Jamal Crook
Dec 12, 2019 • 26 min
Why I HATE TikTok as a father and a teacher. This week Jamal joins me and we discuss. We really appreciated the feedback from last week. While some of you liked TikTok we really appreciated the feedback w/o it getting personal. This was our best week for…
Musical Innovation: Richard Anderson III
Dec 10, 2019 • 32 min
Richard Anderson III wants more innovation and collaboration in music. He also wants to showcase the talent in the Indianapolis music scene. As a musician with over 15 years with a background in Neuroscience, Biotechnology, Business Development, he…
This Lady Just Cut Me OFF?!
Dec 8, 2019 • 6 min
This lady just cut me off! Now how I handle it from here depends on my willingness to be nice during the holiday season.
While I’m really uncomfortable with #TicTok as a parent and teacher
Dec 5, 2019 • 5 min
I finally got TikTok, but didn’t decide to set up an account. I was disturbed by what I saw. Here are the reasons why I can’t support TikTok as a parent or teacher.
Maggie Donye: A gap year turned into a global mission
Dec 3, 2019 • 32 min
In 2005, Maggie Donye took a “gap year” to travel to northern India. During that trip, she spent time volunteering at a children’s home in and a little girl won her heart. Since then she has started been honored as “CNN Hero of the Year.” Her…
The Perfect Present
Dec 1, 2019 • 3 min
I have the perfect gift idea.
OK Boomer!
Nov 29, 2019 • 23 min
Ok Boomer…
Ben Zand: Documenting War Zones, Drugs Lords, and R-Kelly
Nov 26, 2019 • 28 min
Ben journalist and filmmaker working primarily for the BBC from Liverpool, England. He makes documentaries for different channels in the UK and beyond as a documentary maker for BBC Studios and his own production company, ZANDLAND Films. He was formerly…
My Pursuit To Stop Worrying and Enjoy The Present Moment
Nov 24, 2019 • 4 min
My Pursuit To Stop Worrying and Enjoy The Present Moment by Don Wettrick
Jamal is Back… and he is MAD
Nov 21, 2019 • 20 min
Just joking. He (and I) are really thankful.
Hanan Challouki: The Mindset & Courage to Launch
Nov 19, 2019 • 33 min
Hanan Challouki is a managing partner at the creative agency Allyens. The main expertise of Allyens is inclusive, viral communications, with millennials as primary target group. In today’s episode we talk about her being the co-founder of the online…
Why sometimes change cannot be fast. Lessons learned from GovCity.
Nov 17, 2019 • 5 min
Why sometimes change cannot be fast. Lessons learned from GovCity. by Don Wettrick
Robert Fratila: AI and Machine Learning for Mental Health
Nov 12, 2019 • 38 min
Trained in computer science and biology, Robert’s passion for combining medicine and AI throughout his work and research has grown extraordinarily. As a software developer at the Montreal Neurological Institute, Robert worked on integrating…
We Didn’t Hit The Mark
Nov 10, 2019 • 5 min
This weekend we held a student hackathon over generational poverty. While the event itself was amazing, we missed the mark on how many students we wanted to attend? While I tell myself this is a part of “testing the waters,” it still was a punch to the…
Guerrlimo Martinez: 3D Printing Prosthetics for the Poor
Nov 5, 2019 • 30 min
When Guillermo Martínez was little, he would dream about a toy-making machine. Many years later, 3D printers arrived and he saw that his dream had turned into reality: he bought himself one and started producing figures. Now he is an industrial…
Comparison Is The Death Of Joy
Nov 3, 2019 • 5 min
Mark Twain famously wrote, “Comparison is the death of joy.” How very relevant and true for today.
Jamal Questions My Ideas, President Obama on Woke Culture & Kayne?
Oct 31, 2019 • 24 min
Today, Jamal questions my idea on opening up school past 3pm to serve the community. We also talk about President Obama’s remarks about activism, woke culture, and Kayne on Christianity?
Shaka Senghor: Prisions, The Hustle, and School
Oct 29, 2019 • 37 min
Shaka Senghor is the President of Shaka Senghor, Inc. His memoir, Writing My Wrongs: Life, Death and Redemption in an American Prison, debuted on The New York Times and The Washington Post Best Seller Lists. Shaka is a former MIT Media Lab Director’s…
When Are We Done With The Students?
Oct 27, 2019 • 5 min
Serious question: When are we done with our students? Is it when they graduate? Drop out? Get expelled? Serious question: what if we kept the school open for more mental health help AFTER they’ve graduated? Kept the weight room open? Provided classes as…
Principals: How do you assess a teacher?
Oct 24, 2019 • 28 min
How do Principal’s “assess” great teaching? Jamal breaks it down for me…
JP Sears: Awaken with Comedy, Compassion & Purpose
Oct 22, 2019 • 49 min
JP Sears is a comedian, YouTube sensation, and quite honestly, one of the most deep, intellectual people I’ve met. While he pokes fun at being “ultra spiritual,” he is actually quite compassionate, and wants more people to understand his/her purpose. This…
I’ve gotta stop comparing myself to the “Hustle Heroes “
Oct 20, 2019 • 3 min
Some thoughts while I’m alone with my own thoughts…
Kevin Anselmo: Global Innovators
Oct 17, 2019 • 21 min
Society will always need great communicators that bring an innovative mindset to solving challenges. Kevin Anselmo started Global Innovators Academy (, a free online course educators can use to teach students about digital…
Dr. Jim Rollins of Springdale Schools: Innovation Here & Now
Oct 15, 2019 • 30 min
Superintendent Dr. Jim Rollins, is on a mission to provide innovative, relevant education for ALL Springdale students. From their award winning robotics program, to their dedication to alternative education, Dr. Rollins is creating a pathway of success…
Why we don’t appreciate “the easy” way out
Oct 13, 2019 • 4 min
It feels good to get some “easy” wins, but you don’t really value it.
Empty Your Tank: Live A Life of Purpose NOW
Oct 10, 2019 • 20 min
Today, Jamal honors his friend by reflecting on living life… emptying your tank NOW. Leading a life of fulfillment.
Jennifer Wiese: From Her Kitchen To The Shelves of Kroger, Target & WalMart
Oct 8, 2019 • 35 min
Jennifer Wiese started making her son healthy foods that were gluten free. She found that it affected his behavior, and overall health. Because is on the autism spectrum, she wanted to keep his diet healthy, but also wanted to make snacks that tasted…
Enjoy the Silence
Oct 6, 2019 • 4 min
Gratitude: 2 Simple Steps To Improve Your Life NOW
Oct 3, 2019 • 27 min
This episode is a good one! You might want to share this episode out to a person that needs a boost! Some simple steps to get more gratitude in your life.
Creating Trust Thru Microlending: The Halo App
Oct 1, 2019 • 37 min
Taylor Simpson and Josh Abalos are on a mission to create opportunities of trust to disrupt the banking industry. Their company, The Halo App ( is bringing funders and borrowers together, allowing them to set the rate and payment…
Is the STEM Push Overrated?
Sep 29, 2019 • 6 min
There has been a lot of media focusing on the new skills employers are looking for. Yes, many want tech skills, but more and more employers are calling for more soft skills. So… have we pushed STEM too much?
What a Loving, Compassionate Teacher Should Sound Like
Sep 26, 2019 • 26 min
Jamal & I talk to one of the most kind, empathetic educator we’ve ever ran across. Is he “Twitter famous”? Nope. Just awesome. Meet Zack Shaffer. @PhoenixAZ1899
Defending Myself On Twitter
Sep 22, 2019 • 4 min
I learned a valuable lesson from getting called out of Twitter.
Do Schools Need Sports Teams?
Sep 19, 2019 • 23 min
Crucial Conversation: Do Schools REALLY need sports teams?
Nik Koyama: Building A Culture That Supports, Inspires
Sep 17, 2019 • 38 min
Nik Koyama (Twitter: @NikKoyama) is the co-founder of Video Warrior, and is, quite frankly, why I do this podcast. He was Episode #3 over three years ago. I interviewed him when he was just starting out. But I knew he was destined for success. Much like…
Do You Believe The Things You Tell Yourself About Yourself?
Sep 15, 2019 • 5 min
Do you believe the things you tell yourself about yourself? Do you make excuses or beat yourself up? Who can help with that?
Planning vs Being Spontaneous
Sep 12, 2019 • 18 min
Today Jamal and I talk about good planning, being spontaneous, and a can you BE spontaneous and a good planner?
Rick Fox: Reconsider Esports in School
Sep 10, 2019 • 35 min
In this re-broadcast, Rick Fox talks about basketball, but also how esports is transcending the sports culture. More importantly, Rick goes into following passion, and why schools need to consider esports as a legitimate sport.
My Extra Teacher Pay
Sep 8, 2019 • 4 min
I got an unexpected bump in pay today…
Teacher Professionalism: A Double Standard?
Sep 5, 2019 • 20 min
Are teachers held to a higher standard on ethics? Well, shouldn’t we? What about “free speech?” What about making a mistake without it being in the news? What about throwing a tantrum online? Are teachers held to a different standard? Jamal & I discuss.
A company with No Name?
Sep 3, 2019 • 29 min
Jeremy Brown, of Nameless catering recalls his journey as an entrepreneur, and how he found a smaller community and focus on their needs before he decided to scale up. This episode is full of practical advice that is useful to entrepreneurs, students, and…
Superman Is Dead
Sep 1, 2019 • 5 min
I don’t do Super Hero movies… Be you own.
Alex Banayan: A Mission That Is Larger Than Yourself
Aug 27, 2019 • 35 min
Alex Banayan is the author of “The Third Door,” which is a national bestseller. In our first interview he received a massive amount of feedback from students, teachers, and young entrepreneurs. He enjoyed it so much, he asked to return to the show. I…
This Is All Going To Be Funny In A Year… Right?!
Aug 25, 2019 • 4 min
Sometimes we need to laugh at ourselves, and say, “this will all be funny in a year…” Right?
Your Personal Learning Curve
Aug 22, 2019 • 19 min
There is a big learning curve in the first week on the job. Today Jamal has some seriously good insights on how to move forward.
One Stone: Empowering Youth
Aug 20, 2019 • 30 min
“One Stone is a student-led and -directed nonprofit that makes students better leaders and the world a better place. Our program empowers high school students to learn and practice 21st century skills through experiential service, innovative initiatives,…
My Petty Jealousy
Aug 18, 2019 • 5 min
I am on an inward journey, and I realized that a person that I disliked had nothing to do with him, and everything to do with my petty jealousy’s. Thank you Don Henley for the inspiration: “There are people in your life Who’ve come and gone They let you…
Crucial Conversations: Talking Race, Inclusion without Being Toxic
Aug 15, 2019 • 19 min
Today Jamal & I talk about Twitter spats on race, inclusion & equity without being toxic. We also discuss how educators can learn & not further divide.
This School Year, Try Deep Breathing
Aug 11, 2019 • 28 min
This year, try some deep breathing exercises in class.
Stand Up For Kids To Learn
Aug 8, 2019 • 28 min
Derek Lopez (@standupourkids on Twitter) is on a mission to get more standing desks into the classroom. With data to back his point, Derek has emptied out his retirement fund to pursue his mission. Today Jamal and I dive deep into Derek’s mission and how…
Polarizing Times Need Open Dialogue
Aug 4, 2019 • 6 min
This past week has been brutal for our nation. We need to heal, but healing often needs compassion, understanding. A lot of shouting, not enough listening.
3Dux: Starting a Business As a Family Project
Jul 30, 2019 • 28 min
3Dux started off as an idea, turned prototype, turned success… as a family. Listen how Marci Klein, a pediatrician, helped her daughter launch a business. This episode will inspire ANY family on to take action on ideas, and the joys of entrepreneurship.…
Young Entrepreneur Spotlight
Jul 28, 2019 • 4 min
Each Monday we will spotlight a young entrepreneur on the show. PLEASE nominate a student entrepreneur by either tagging me on Twitter @donwettrick, or simply use the #STARTedUP. Today we are featuring: Our student Lillian has…
Teaching “on pace” vs Teaching “your style.” A Principals Perspective
Jul 25, 2019 • 20 min
What is a principal to do when a teacher doesn’t want to teach like the others? Should we teach at the same pace? Is the data important? A great discussion with a Principal- Jamal!
Jennifer Kushell: Exploring Your Potential
Jul 23, 2019 • 31 min
Bio: Jennifer Kushell, CEO and founder of Young & Successful Media and, has been on a mission to impact the lives and futures of young people globally for two decades. Kushell sculpts groundbreaking campaigns around youth empowerment, employment…
Why High School Students Should Be on LinkedIn NOW
Jul 21, 2019 • 6 min
Students need to be on social media more? Well, maybe. Having a mission that matters, coupled with a LinkedIn account is a recipe for success. Take a listen:
First Year Teacher Advice
Jul 18, 2019 • 24 min
Jamal & I go over some first year teacher. We also reminisce a little on our first year teaching experiences.
Brandon Warren: WeLive To End Youth Violence
Jul 16, 2019 • 32 min
After losing a friend to gun violence in May of 2017, Brandon was forced into the spotlight early at the age of 17. Soon after his friend’s death, Brandon founded his own nonprofit, We LIVE Incorporated. In the midst of two years, Brandon was awarded many…
Summer Discipline
Jul 14, 2019 • 4 min
How do you stay on track during the summer?
Crucial Conversations: When is teacher/principal conflict healthy?
Jul 11, 2019 • 23 min
Don (a teacher) talks with Jamal (a principal) and talks about teacher/principal conflict… and teacher gossip, and improving culture.
Zack Friedman- The Lemonade Life
Jul 9, 2019 • 36 min
“Zack Friedman has inspired millions with his powerful insights, including more than fourteen million who have read his advice in Forbes. In his groundbreaking new book, The Lemonade Life, Friedman starts with a fundamental question: What drives success?…
Leaving A Good Paying Job To Pursue Happiness?
Jul 7, 2019 • 7 min
If you are thinking about switching careers, I want you to play to this strength:
Just Some Teachers Trying to Lose Weight. Wanna Join Us?
Jul 4, 2019 • 21 min
So Jamal were talking about heath & shared with him that I was losing weight by betting against myself. I’ve done two other times. It was simple- I put up my own money, lose weight, and not only win my money back, but 30% more. In fact, if…
Harbor Freight Tools For Schools: Supporting Skilled Trades in our Schools
Jul 3, 2019 • 33 min
Harbor Freight has a program called “Tools for Schools,” because they felt that too many schools were overlooking a VERY important aspect in our educational system: skilled trades. On today’s episode, I talked with Tae Kang of Harbor Freight’s Tools For…
Charles Barkley And Golf
Jun 30, 2019 • 3 min
Double down on what you are good at… not what you hate.
Christi McEvoy: Genius Hour from Switzerland
Jun 27, 2019 • 22 min
Teacher Christi McEvoy joins us today from Lausanne, Switzerland. His approach to Genius Hour is both practical and refreshing. You can follow him on Twitter at: @ChristiMcevoy
Brian Keating: Losing the Nobel Prize
Jun 25, 2019 • 29 min
Brian Keating is a professor of physics at the University of California, San Diego. He has lectured on six of the seven continents, including Antarctica. He is an expert in the study of the universe’s oldest light, the cosmic microwave background (CMB),…
ISTE: Inspiration Or Skills?
Jun 23, 2019 • 5 min
I go to ISTE every three years or so. But in my visits, and talking to several teachers, I’ve heard many remark that large conferences are more “inspiration” and less actual tactics. I also hear from MANY teachers that the best part of large summer…
72 Hours W Students Opened My Eyes: And Changed Perspectives
Jun 21, 2019 • 10 min
I took a group of 16 young entrepreneurs to Austin to learn from companies like Google and Dell in, and then work with the city of San Antonio and CAST Tech. Here is how they changed perspectives and made others re-examine Gen Z.
Charity Charge: InnovateWithIN
Jun 18, 2019 • 38 min
Our #InnovatWithIN cohort took a trip to Austin, TX. While there (thru the power of social media), Stephen Garten, founder and CEO of Charity Charge (@charitycharge) @stephengarten interviewed us for his podcast. We asked to share it on our channel as…
Fathers Deserve Grace (if they seek it)
Jun 16, 2019 • 7 min
I think men get mixed messages on fatherhood. “Dad jokes” and the “Phil Dunphy” type dad are considered normal. Yes, these archetypes are “fun” but don’t command respect. I also think many “dads” need to be fathers. Kids need and want the love and…
Cheap Travel Ideas (Travel on a teacher budget)
Jun 13, 2019 • 21 min
Jamal and I are here to talk about great summer break get-aways, the importance of travel, and even a cool credit card hack!
Moonshot Effect: Lisa Goldman & Kate Purmal
Jun 11, 2019 • 37 min
Lisa Goldman & Kate Purmal lay out what it takes to be bold, set goals, and shoot for the moon. Both Goldman and Purmal have the background and experience to make some pretty insightful, bold claims. There is so much in this interview to take away for…
Embrace YOUR Stairway
Jun 9, 2019 • 6 min
“If you take the elevator to the top, make sure you send it back down for us.” I’ve heard this line several times, but I have mixed opinions on the meaning. I would rather people find their own stairs.
5 Leadership Skills That Will Move ANY School or Company Forward
Jun 6, 2019 • 22 min
Jamal & I discuss our top 5 list of things we look for in our leaders. Leaders of a classroom, leaders of a school, leaders of a company, leaders of a family.
Dr. Jared Cooney Horvath: Stop Talking Start Influencing!
Jun 4, 2019 • 47 min
Jared Cooney Horvath is a cognitive neuroscientist with expertise in human learning, memory, and brain stimulation. He earned his Master’s degree from Harvard University and his Doctorate from the University of Melbourne. In 2018, Dr. Horvath co-founded…
Stepping Away Is Hard. But Reminded That Teachers Have The Best Job
Jun 2, 2019 • 5 min
After 21 years I’m stepping away. But I had a promise to keep to my dad, and my students. In the past days I’ve been reminded from my former students why I truly had the best job ever.
Why Are Teachers So Darn Humble (and Does it Hold Us Back)?
May 30, 2019 • 18 min
Teachers are often humble people. However, does that hold us back? Would we make more if we were to “flex” a little more? Jamal & I discuss.
Derek McCoy & Darren Ellwein are Leading a Educational Revolution.
May 28, 2019 • 34 min
Derek McCoy & Darren Ellwein are the co-authors of “The Revolution: It’s Time To Empower Change In Our Schools. But this book & podcast isn’t about edu-theory- its about experience. Please give this a listen, & give them a follow. Derek:…
Should College’s “Buy Stock” In Top Students?
May 26, 2019 • 6 min
Income Share Agreements (ISA’s) are being talked about in the media. The college that is leading the way is in my backyard- Purdue University. Basically the University can pay for your college tuition IF you agree to give up a percentage of you income for…
Does “Alternative School” Usually Mean “Discipline Problem”?
May 23, 2019 • 29 min
Does “alternative school” usually mean “discipline problem”? How difficult is it for educators to create alternative pathways for our students (and it not be considered “alternative” in the negative way)? Follow Rebecca on Twitter at: @MrsRChambers. Also,…
Thaddeus Rex: Lead With Your Edge
May 21, 2019 • 40 min
Few presenters have been compared to both Dale Carnegie and David Bowie. Fewer still have the honor of being called “part Monty Python, part Dr. Seuss” by the Washington Post. A PBS veteran, international keynoter, and award winning writer, Thaddeus Rex…
Ithaca Middle School Entrepreneurs: Mindset & Growth
May 19, 2019 • 17 min
Recently I went to Wisconsin to assist/judge a middle school pitch competition. I was expecting a nice competition, where some students had some “big ideas.” What I didn’t expect was a team that was producing, selling, and making pivots. Please listen to…
How To Beat the Start Of Summer Teacher Blues
May 17, 2019 • 25 min
Our friend and all star teacher Eryka Desrosiers stops by to talk with Jamal and I about staying mentally happy and motivated over the summer. You can follow Eryka on social media channels: Twitter:@DesrosiersEryka LinkedIn:… One Father’s Story
May 14, 2019 • 46 min
Jason Reid is on a mission to end teen suicide. Obviously this is a big goal, but Jason doesn’t want other families to know the pain of losing a child. This podcast is about his journey, and Ryan’s story. Their foundation- is determined to…
Have Your Student Find The Balance
May 12, 2019 • 5 min
The “Hustle & Grind” mentality can be useful, but too often times hurtful. The body positivity can also have its benefits as well as problems. These two cultural movements need to center themselves.
Crucial Conversations: Digital Badging
May 9, 2019 • 25 min
Today’s Crucial Conversation guest was Noah Geisel. We’ve followed each other on Twitter for years and when we finally got to meet in person for the first time in January, we really hit it off. Noah is also a big believer in entrepreneurial spirit, taking…
Master The Key: Mike Flynn
May 7, 2019 • 52 min
Mike Flynn is a mouthpiece for the truth and has been advising a wide range of individuals and businesses since 2005. He launched The Impact Entrepreneur Show in 2015 where he hosts conversations with some of the world’s greatest entrepreneurs, thought…
Make Summer Travel A Priority
May 5, 2019 • 4 min
When I was young my mom and dad made summer travel a priority- even when money was low. You might have more money later- you won’t have another summer of 2019 again.
The Race To The End Of School
May 2, 2019 • 21 min
It’s almost the end of the school year! You are in the final stretch! So why am I running out of energy? How can I finish strong? Jamal & Don discuss.
Keith Westman: Otus, Teacher Poaching, and Maroon 5?
Apr 30, 2019 • 40 min
Keith has served as Otus’ Chief Operating Officer since 2015. After serving as a middle school principal, a technology coordinator, and a third-grade teacher, Keith became the fourth employee of Aspex Solutions (acquired by Frontline Education in 2014)…
Know Thyself.
Apr 28, 2019 • 4 min
Know Thyself. by Don Wettrick
Classroom Economies w/ Thom Gibson
Apr 25, 2019 • 37 min
Thom Gibson is our guest today on Crucial Conversations. Since we’ve been talking money all month, he emailed us and claimed to be a classroom economy buff. Boy is he. This podcast will blow you away. You might want to download this episode, because…
Steven Halliwell: Learner Centric EdTech & The Art of Gamification
Apr 23, 2019 • 34 min
Steve Halliwell, executive vice president of Promethean, is a seasoned expert in the gamification of edtech, and the influence of technology in facilitating immersive and collaborative lesson delivery. While this is his main focus now at Promethean,…
Love Your Present Moment
Apr 21, 2019 • 4 min
I’ve noticed people at sporting events and restaurants ignoring the game and their friends. I often think… if the people they were texting suddenly showed up, would they then look up? Then I realized that often, I’m no better.
School Corporate Sponsors?
Apr 19, 2019 • 25 min
Should schools get extra funding help from big corporations? Companies in the soft drink and fast food industry are everywhere. But do they have to be? Jamal and Don discuss.
Chris Voss: Never Split The Difference
Apr 16, 2019 • 38 min
Chris Voss wrote his best selling book “Never Split The Difference” to help educate people on the art of negotiation. As a former hostage negotiator, Voss knows the subtle non verbals and ques to help you persuade and negotiate your way to a better…
The Re - Invent Yourself Triangle
Apr 14, 2019 • 6 min
Many people change jobs or careers- but don’t “reinvent” themselves. It’s hard for us to take that leap out of our comfort zone, but we also fear what people might say about us. I have a solution. The re-invention triangle.
Teacher Side Hustle
Apr 11, 2019 • 27 min
How many times do we hear “teachers don’t get paid enough?” *Too often. However, many teachers are pursuing “side hustles” to make some extra income. But… what to do? And, does it offend other teachers?
The Innovation Edge w/ a STEM Approach
Apr 9, 2019 • 31 min
EdgeMakers and STEM Learning Lab merged in March of 2019, paving the way to provide the curriculum and professional development that empower K-12 educators to deliver the authoritative, integrated approach to teaching the disciplines of the 21st century.…
Dad Jokes, Kevin Hart & “Cool Insults”
Apr 7, 2019 • 5 min
I was listening to Kevin Hart talk to Joe Rogan on his podcast. He remarked that too many people are complaining, and that we think being positive is “not cool,” and being the contrarian and complainer is. Then it got me thinking about being positive, and…
Crucial Conversations: We Have a Guest Teacher?!
Apr 4, 2019 • 36 min
Two weeks ago Jamal & I asked for feedback on our “what class would you invent or throw out” podcast. We got several good suggestions and emails, but one teacher, Matthew from Michigan, asked to be a guest on the show. We are happy he did. Matthew…
Eli Nash: My MicDrop Moment
Apr 2, 2019 • 37 min
Eli Nash went from overcoming a painful event from his youth, to creating events and “Mic Drop” moments for others. You will also learn how this entrepreneur views the control that porn addiction has over others, and the path towards success.
Why Teachers Should Attend Non-Education Conferences
Mar 31, 2019 • 5 min
This week I attended the “HR Transform” Conference in Las Vegas. The question I kept getting was: “Why is a teacher at an HR Conference?” The answer should be really obvious.
College Admission Scandal: Why It (Doesn’t) Matter
Mar 30, 2019 • 25 min
Parents are making bribes and donations to get their kids into top level schools. Jamal and I weigh in on if this matters at all, and why this just might be the tip of the iceberg on a bigger issue.
Steve Sims: How To Get What You Want, Bluefishing
Mar 26, 2019 • 35 min
Steve Sims is a brick layer turned dream maker. He has proven again and again that he can: Get you on stage with your favorite rock band. Romantic Dinner w/ a famous Oper Singer as your private entertainment. Host a private party with Elton John. The list…
A Kind Message to “Hustle Influencers”: Please Post Your Unhustle
Mar 24, 2019 • 5 min
While I like the “hustle” and the “grind” of some of my influencers, there could be a great opportunity to post the balanced approach to mental health, mindfulness, and contentment.
Should College Players Get Paid
Mar 21, 2019 • 17 min
The NCAA tournament has begun! That’s BIG money for the colleges, TV and sponsors. So… should the athletes get paid?
Students & Social Media: Mental Health & the perils of “Faking it till you make it” strategy
Mar 18, 2019 • 8 min
I’m deeply concerned about social media use and teens. I’m even more concerned if they don’t get some perspective & purpose. Then I wondered- are educators, like myself, making things worse?
What is Universal Basic Income?
Mar 14, 2019 • 27 min
What is Universal Basic Income (UBI)? Are we automating ourselves out of jobs?
Class Discussions On The Future
Mar 10, 2019 • 4 min
School is supposed to prepare kids for the future. We should have discussions then on what the future holds.
What If We Re-invented School pt 2- Time To Eliminate Some Classes
Mar 8, 2019 • 29 min
What if we “invented” school tomorrow? This is a part 2 and today we discuss what we would throw out!
I’m Trying To Give Away Money
Mar 3, 2019 • 5 min
I’m literally trying to give away money to a class room- two in fact. So… why the reluctance?
What If We Re-invented School. What would we add & throw out?
Mar 1, 2019 • 28 min
What If We Re-invented School. What would we add & throw out? by Don Wettrick
Just Ask For The Free Drink- I Dare You
Feb 24, 2019 • 5 min
There is a little “dare” I do with some of my students. I challenge you to the “25% Challenge.”
Empty Education Conference Platitudes (pt2)
Feb 21, 2019 • 21 min
Do large education conferences push “feel good” platitudes? Or do educators need the edu-tainment? Jamal drops some knowledge on this podcast.
Seek To Understand: Not Try To Win The Argument
Feb 17, 2019 • 5 min
Are we trying to find solutions, or win petty arguments?
Crucial Conversations: Teacher/School Morale
Feb 14, 2019 • 26 min
Jamal & I discuss teacher/school morale. How important is it to have good school morale? Are happy teachers better teachers? Is there a happiness advantage at the elementary or middle levels? Are high school teachers less engaged? …and what does…
Stop Comparing Myself To “Super Teachers” on Social Media
Feb 13, 2019 • 5 min
I admit, I sometimes compare my “hustle” to super-teachers. I want to accomplish as much as they do. I want to go to the same conferences. But I have to stop and realize that I’m doing enough. Find contentment.
Feb 7, 2019 • 30 min
Remembering to be a loving husband and father are up for discussion of today’s podcast. Jamal & I discuss!
Mighty Networks Founder & CEO: Gina Bianchini
Feb 5, 2019 • 37 min
Gina Bianchini is the founder and CEO of Mighty Networks, but she is also a leader that is pushing the boundaries of the social media world. In this podcast, we discuss her extensive past as an entrepreneur, and also the role that Mighty Networks is…
Education Conferences: Too Many Platitudes, or Much Needed Pep Talks?
Feb 3, 2019 • 5 min
Large education conferences: Are the feel-good pep talks much needed, or are they taking away from the informational sessions and research? I’m giving away a $25 gift card to the post with the most likes and/or responses. Please use #STARTedUP
You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Teachin’
Jan 31, 2019 • 33 min
Teacher burnout really looms large in February… but so does love! How do you get that spark back into your work?
Allen Gannett: The Creativity Curve
Jan 29, 2019 • 36 min
Allen Gannett is the author of “The Creative Curve,” and wants more people to know that creativity is a skill that can be acquired, and not just “born with it.” You can order his book on Amazon at:…
Can’t Hurt Me Mindset
Jan 27, 2019 • 5 min
I’ve been listening to David Goggin’s new book, “Can’t Hurt Me,” and its got me thinking a lot about our students, and how they need more adversity to overcome obstacles, a fewer safe spaces.
Crucial Conversations: Teacher Shortage
Jan 24, 2019 • 29 min
Finding quality teacher seems to be difficult in many school districts. There is indeed a teacher shortage. But why? We also cover some reasons (in our opinion) and also discuss: The male teacher shortage The black male shortage The struggles of the…
Alex Banayan: The Third Door
Jan 22, 2019 • 35 min
Alex Banayan learned a secret: There is always a third door to get to your success. His journey, which went from winning “The Price Is Right,” to interviewing Bill Gates, Warren Buffett, and Lady Gaga (to name just a few). But his message to students and…
How To Avoid Confirmation Bias In Setting Goals
Jan 20, 2019 • 4 min
Excuses are the biggest reason you don’t get your goals achieved. But why do believe in our excuses? Because we need someone to call us out on our confirmation biases.
Crucial Conversation: Standardized Testing?! Necessary Evil- Or Just Evil?
Jan 17, 2019 • 26 min
Today Jamal Crook and I talk standardized testing. Is this a necessary evil? Or just plain evil. For the sake of this podcast we frame it as an all-or-nothing. Option 1: NO TESTING EVER. Option 2: Standardized Tests to gauge progress. We want to hear from…
Gov Eric Holcomb: Supporting Student Entrepreneurs
Jan 15, 2019 • 31 min
Indiana Gov Eric Holcomb wants to encourage and foster young entrepreneurs. That is why he asked the Indiana Economic Development Corp, and Ball State University to host and grow the state-wide pitch competition, Innovate WithIN. With $10,000 cash and…
Set Your Kids Up For Failure
Jan 13, 2019 • 6 min
Why (and how) you should set your kids up for failure. Dead serious.
Crucial Conversations: Current State of Education
Jan 10, 2019 • 34 min
In this episode, Jamal and I talk about what we see in education, what possibly needs to be done, and the differences between suburban and urban schools.
Lorenzo Gomez: Cilantro Diaries
Jan 9, 2019 • 31 min
Lorenzo Gomez III began working in customer service as a teenager, more eager to earn experience than a paycheck. As a produce clerk in a grocery store, he realized job satisfaction was more than having his picture displayed above the cilantro bin. Driven…
How To Get YOUR Student To Be “An Influencer”
Jan 6, 2019 • 5 min
The next time your student says they “want to be an influencer,” please tell them this…
Crucial Conversations
Jan 3, 2019 • 16 min
New Friday Segment! Each Friday Jamal Crook (@JamalCrook) and I host a segment called “Crucial Conversations.” This was designed to have a time and space to talk education, culture, politics, and NOT get angry (crazy thought, huh?). We are looking for…
Robert Greene: Mentors, Media, and Mindset
Jan 1, 2019 • 45 min
Robert Greene’s new book, “Laws of Human Nature” goes into the behaviors and habits of people and their motives. However, I asked Robert to focus the “laws” to k-12 students. We go into mindset, mentors, and social media addiction. If you want to win a…
2019 BIG Announcements (And Student Funding)
Dec 30, 2018 • 10 min
Attention all young entrepreneurs, parents, and teachers. The StartEdUp Foundation in 2019 will: Launch a venture fund for k-12 entrepreneurs. Expand to 8 cities (hopefully more). Provide more resources to teachers, parents, and aspiring young…
Kristyn Klei Borrero: Good Pedagogy is King
Dec 27, 2018 • 33 min
Kristyn Klei Borrero, Ed.D., is an accomplished educational leader and coach, who strives to make a profound difference in the professional lives of other educators and students. Kristyn has committed to improving the academic outcomes for all students,…
David Lenihan: Innovating The Physician Education Pipeline
Dec 26, 2018 • 33 min
Dr. David Lenihan, Ph.D., J.D., FRSM is a medical school dean and health technology entrepreneur. He’s the CEO of Tiber Health, a technology company that’s focused on innovating medical school education and helping to solve the global physician shortage.…
A Christmas Wish For My Teacher & Entrepreneur Friends
Dec 23, 2018 • 5 min
I have three wishes for educators and entrepreneurs this holiday season. 1. Slow down. 2. Be kind. 3. Unplug
Restorative Justice: Sue Jamback
Dec 20, 2018 • 29 min
Sue Jamback is a veteran charter principal, charter network leader, and consultant. She serves in under-resourced communities with intent to eradicate the achievement gap and turn off the tap of the school-to-prison pipeline. Her work with restorative…
Sydney Noland: The Seahawks, Cleats, and Opportunities
Dec 18, 2018 • 28 min
In this episode, graphic designer Sydney Noland discusses life after college after she took a chance to move out west to Washington state and work with the Seattle Seahawks. She also talks about the honor of working with Russell Wilson, QB of the…
When Is It OK To Give Up On A Student?
Dec 16, 2018 • 5 min
When it comes to expelling a student- when do schools draw the line? If it is our duty to educate a child, are we sending the wrong message to “throw them out” for making a mistake? But what is the line between a mistake and school threat? Is it the job…
Brady Anderson: Drones, Blockchain, and Opportunities
Dec 13, 2018 • 25 min
Brady Anderson is a student entrepreneur on a mission. His mission: to make connections, learn, and put his knowledge into action. So wether he is working on an elementary drone program, or seeing up a blockchain network- he wants to get this experience…
Brian Dickinson: Summiting Mt. Everest, Blind
Dec 11, 2018 • 33 min
As a survival expert and former US Navy Air Rescue Swimmer, Brian Dickinson, delivers one of the most powerful experiences you will ever hear. His story exemplifies what it takes to face adversity and overcome impossible obstacles, leaving audiences…
The Perfect Gift
Dec 9, 2018 • 5 min
The holiday’s are upon us. I have THE PERFECT gift for your: Children Parents Students The results may shock you! (Bad attempt at click bait).
Jeremy Williams: Let’s Blockchain Education
Dec 6, 2018 • 40 min
Jeremy Williams is a leading educational influencer in the Middle East and is the Head of School of Manor Hall International School in Al Ain, Abu Dhabi. Also, he is the host of Dismissed, a podcast focused on entrepreneurship, education, and expat life.…
Anthony ONeal: Financial Mistakes You CANNOT Afford to Make in College
Dec 4, 2018 • 42 min
Anthony ONeal is on a mission to get more students to understand the power of money. Financial literacy is the topic of the day, and this discussion of responsible money and kids is practical and important! You can buy his book at:…
Uncomfortable With Comfort
Dec 2, 2018 • 7 min
Being uncomfortable with comfort is answering the call to adventure. To break free of the day to day. We are designed to overcome and embrace the next journey. The problem: it really feels awful to take that first step. But it feels worse to accept the…
Mac Gosnell: Pursuing Passion Projects
Nov 29, 2018 • 25 min
Mac Gosnell is an 8th Grade “Passion Project” teacher at Bermudian Springs Middle School in York Springs, Pennsylvania . The Passion Project is an 8th grade class at Bermudian Springs Middle School based on the idea of 20% time which provides students…
Adrian Solgaard: Inventor, Entrepreneur, Global Citizen
Nov 27, 2018 • 32 min
Adrian Solgaard is an inventor and entrepreneur based in NYC. In this episode we talk about his journey from high school entrepreneur, to traveling through Europe, and designing Time Magazine’s “2018 Best Product of the Year.” You can find his “Global…
No One Will Love You UNTIL…
Nov 25, 2018 • 5 min
One of the best pieces of advice came (dramatically) on the first day of class my sophomore year of college. Dr. Carr came in and dropped some SERIOUS wisdom.
Look Around And To See What You Could Be Thankful For
Nov 22, 2018 • 5 min
I won’t tell you what I’m thankful for. Rather, I want YOU to see what YOU might not notice- and be thankful for.
Julie-Anne Lutfi: Diapers, Date Nights & Deadlines
Nov 20, 2018 • 31 min
Julie-Anne Lutfi is a lawyer, attorney, wife, and mother. How she makes that all work is the subject of this amazing podcast, and her new book, “Diapers, Date Nights & Deadlines.” We get into the changing roles of women in the workplace, but also have…
Dictator or Doormat? Finding Balance in Parenthood & the Classroom
Nov 18, 2018 • 4 min
Having expectations, yet not being “too soft” is a balance in parenthood and as a teacher. Sometimes it takes a team (good cop, bad cop routine), sometimes you have to show both sides in one talk.
Eryka Desrosiers: The Genius of 20% Time
Nov 15, 2018 • 35 min
Eryka has been a Canadian K-12 language teacher for 7 years and is currently implementing passion projects and entrepreneurship in her classes. She is constantly looking for ways to bring learning beyond the four walls of the school to help connect…
Jake Kelfer: Elevate Beyond
Nov 13, 2018 • 33 min
Jake Kelfer knows the difference between “networking” and building relationships. His new book, “Elevate Beyond” is full of great ideas and authentic ways to go beyond the “networking nights” and business cards, and move toward building relationships now.…
Meditation in the Classroom?
Nov 11, 2018 • 4 min
What does meditation have to do with a classroom? Is this some sort of trend, or for Yoga classes? I’ve talked to more and more teachers that are focusing on mindfulness and deep breathing techniques to empower a happier, smarter student.
Teachers Pay Students?
Nov 8, 2018 • 19 min
My students Andrew Noel and Ben Lockhart are on a mission to get more students the “soft skills” to succeed. That’s when they thought about creating a course for more students to utilize. Please listen to the mindset and passion in these young men.
Anthony Scaramucci: Beyond The Politics
Nov 6, 2018 • 36 min
Anthony Scaramucci’s new book, “Trump: The Blue Collar President” was his account of the 2016 election and the changing tide of “blue collar” politics. However, we start off by setting aside politics and focus on education, political tribalism, and how…
My Republican Guests? I Thought This Show Wasn’t Political
Nov 4, 2018 • 7 min
This Wednesday I broke a rule of mine: I don’t do politics. I ended up interviewing former White House Communication Director, Anthony Scaramucci. However, I felt like this was a time to demonstrate that while I might not agree 100% with your politics, I…
Automation: Anxiety Machine, or Piece of Mind?
Nov 1, 2018 • 5 min
When things are “automatic” it allows us to focus on more important things. Unless we lose control of the “easy” things. What happens when we cannot do the easy things?
Adam Koniuszewski: Bridging Student Work to the S.D.G.’s
Oct 30, 2018 • 36 min
Adam Koniuszewski, FCPA, FCA, CFA, is active in the business and non-profits words and deeply involved in international affairs. His focus is on private sector sustainability, energy security and climate policy. Adam gained his experience finance,…
The Lessons of Mr. Rogers
Oct 28, 2018 • 5 min
I watched the Documentary, “Won’t You Be My Neighbor” about Fred Rogers. It might be the best film I’ve seen in my life. I’ve never had such an emotional response to a film in my life. This 5min podcast is a reflection and a call to action. We need more…
Ava Wettrick: My Trip to the U.N. World Investment Forum
Oct 27, 2018 • 18 min
This week we circle back to Innovate WithIN corhort member @AvaWettrick. Ava was invited to attend the U.N. World Investment Forum by Ariel Foundation International. In this episode she reflects on the lessons learned by attending the conference, learning…
We Don’t Need Another School Improvement Plan: We Need New Opportunities
Oct 22, 2018 • 6 min
We don’t need another school improvement plan. That just builds on what already is. What we need are totally new opportunities. Please share if this resonates with you.
Young Entrepreneurs: Avoiding The Isolation & Depression
Oct 18, 2018 • 6 min
I’m all in when it comes to student-led innovation and entrepreneurship. The other side of this, however, is the reported feelings of isolation and depression that sometimes accompanies the pursuit of entrepreneurship. This podcast is how to avoid these…
Mark Perna: Finding the Greatness In Gen Z
Oct 18, 2018 • 32 min
Mark C. Perna is on a mission to get people to see the greatness in Generation Z. His new book, “Answering Why: Unleashing Passion, Purpose, and Performance In Younger Generations,” Mark dives deep into how and why GenZ will become the leaders of…
Jim Everett: Raised By Educators and High Expectations
Oct 16, 2018 • 36 min
Former NFL quarterback Jim Everett weighs in on hard work, exceeding expectations, investing, and esports. Raised by educators, Jim remembers his journey from New Mexico to Purdue University, where he led the Boilermakers to one of their most successful…
That Time Ninja Called Our Classroom
Oct 14, 2018 • 6 min
I presented and attended the Indiana Connected Educators (ICE) conference, and I was surprised how many people remembered our presentation about #esports from last year. Then a bunch of people saw @Ninja on ESPN this weekend, and it got people thinking……
Tiana Mudzimurema: Putting Myself Out There
Oct 12, 2018 • 19 min
Tiana had the honor to attend the eighteenx18 event hosted by @YaraShahidi and has EXPLODED with passion and ideas. Please take a listen AND follow her on LinkedIn at:
Justin Kulla: Constant Learning To Succeed
Oct 9, 2018 • 32 min
Justin Kulla is a venture capital and growth equity investor, and entrepreneur and operating executive. He is the Founder and CEO of BusinessBlocks, and previously served as a founding member and principal at Weld North, a venture capital and growth…
Upload Your Life
Oct 7, 2018 • 5 min
This weekend I had the opportunity to speak at the #Rewire conference in New Jersey. When I got there I was stopped when a teacher recognized me and told me that she loved the podcast…. my daughter’s podcast that is. This got me thinking about uploading…
The Pressures of Being An Entrepreneur In College
Oct 4, 2018 • 6 min
In my mentorship part duties for our #InnovateWithIN cohort, I’ve noticed a trend: It’s NOT easy to be a college student and want to launch a startup. Take a listen:
Gary Brackett: Super Bowl Entrepreneur
Oct 2, 2018 • 33 min
Gary Brackett is a former NFL linebacker for the Indianapolis Colts. From his days at earning a spot at Rutgers as a walk-on, to winning a Super Bowl, Gary has always had a “walk-on mentality.” He was revered in Indianapolis for his workman-like qualities…
Will Politics Divide Us All?
Sep 30, 2018 • 6 min
This week the nation watched the Supreme Court Hearings to investigate Brett Kavanaugh. While most agree that this is tearing the country apart, I was interested in getting a dialogue going. I wanted more of my friends to treat each other like… friends.…
College & Entrepreneurship: A Difficult Recipe
Sep 26, 2018 • 32 min
Sarah Schaefer is starting to realize that running a new startup, go to college, and maintain a regular job is REALLY difficult. If you have a high school student or a freshman in college, this is a MUST listen. You can find Sarah on LinkedIn at:…
Campaigning For Our Salaries: The Challenges of Referendums
Sep 25, 2018 • 21 min
Dr. Beth Niedermeyer, superintendent of Noblesville Schools discusses the trials, troubles, and misunderstanding of public school funding. We also get into the “awkward” discussion of how teachers must campaign for their salary raises. If you are a…
“Mid-Major” cities, Startup Culture & Our Schools
Sep 23, 2018 • 4 min
I’ve noticed that “mid-major” city’s like Indianapolis, Nashville, Milwaukee, (among many others) have embraced the start-up culture. This past weekend, I got to work with some great college students at Carlow University in Pittsburg. While I was there I…
Esports as a School Sport: Paradigm Esports
Sep 20, 2018 • 22 min
Alex Mattingly and Daniel Hancock of Paradigm Esports talk about how school can and should set up more esports teams. If you are a teacher or student that has ever considered adding an esports team to your school, THIS is the podcast for you. You can find…
Cinque Henderson: Sit Down and Shut Up!
Sep 18, 2018 • 43 min
Cinque Henderson’s book, “Sit Down and Shut Up” is an eye-opening read as the author looks back on his experience as a substitute in an inner-city school. In this episode, Cinque and I talk about the differences in education from the “book ends” of inner…
The Innovative Vs Entrepreneurial Mindset
Sep 16, 2018 • 5 min
Why we should encourage our students to be “innovative,” but have them go one step beyond and think like an entrepreneur.
Being a college student & entrepreneur: The Frustration & Challenge
Sep 13, 2018 • 24 min
Colin Wareham is learning the balance of being an entrepreneur & the demands of being in college. In this #InnovateWithIN series, take a listen to how Colin is finding a way to make it work.
Will Latif Little: The Power of Forgiveness
Sep 11, 2018 • 31 min
Will Little knew what it was like to live with anger and fear. From his early life of crime that led to his prison sentence for murder, Will decided that his journey had to start with his own education. What he didn’t expect was to be forgiven by his…
Declutter Your Life
Sep 9, 2018 • 4 min
I was driving home when I saw a sign for a storage unit. “Declutter Your Life.” Odd, I thought…
Morgan Spade: Lessons From My Grandma - as a Business
Sep 6, 2018 • 21 min
Morgan Spade is on a mission to get girls off their cell phone & “connect” with a grandma! Her business idea that she started off with her grandma has made some pivots. And now she wants to create the experience to more girls that could use some grandma…
Conrad Challenge: Creating Innovative Entrepreneurs
Sep 4, 2018 • 34 min
Nancy Conrad is the Founder and Chairman of the Conrad Foundation, based on the rich legacy of her late husband Pete Conrad, the Apollo I2 astronaut. Her mission is to promote collaborative, student-centered, real-world learning that fosters innovation…
Losing My Love For Twitter (AKA Why I love LinkedIn)
Sep 2, 2018 • 5 min
As an educator and entrepreneur I’m a little tired of the political polarization. So, what do I love LinkedIn so much? And why do I recommend it to my students? Take a listen:
Tiana Mudzimurema: Teach Leadership, Teach Life
Aug 30, 2018 • 19 min
Tiana Mudzimurema: Wants to help more middle school students to learn, understand leadership. She is also a member of the InnovateWithIN cohort, and this podcast is an update on her amazing journey. Tiana has won several awards for her leadership and…
Superintendent Glenn Robbins: Honest Discussion On What Education Needs
Aug 28, 2018 • 32 min
Glenn Robbins is the Superintendent of Tabernacle Schools, an award winning Principal, and opinionated on where education needs to head. In this episode Glenn speaks candidly about innovation, student branding, education platitudes, and “edu-celebrities.”…
If Money Were No Object…
Aug 27, 2018 • 6 min
The #1 thing I hear back from parents, teachers… my student doesn’t know what they want to do. They don’t know where their passions lie.
Mentorz: Finding Gen Z Better Mentorz
Aug 23, 2018 • 31 min
Ava Wettrick is the founder of Mentorz Media and the host of Mentorz Podcast. In this Friday spotlight of the InnovateWithIN cohort, we discuss the “why” of Mentorz, how she got here, and the power of LinkedIn. Lastly, Ava goes into why “playing the long…
Kevin Simpson: Why You Should Teach Overseas
Aug 21, 2018 • 32 min
Kevin Simpson wants YOU to take an Edu-venture and consider teaching internationally! This episode is full of great insights and tips if you have ever wanted to set sail and teach over seas! Kevin is a native from Flint, Michigan who has served 500+…
Ain’t No Tired Like First Week of School Tired
Aug 19, 2018 • 3 min
There is tired, and then there is first week of school exhaustion. However, to combat that, we have a suggestion.
Paradigm Esports
Aug 16, 2018 • 29 min
Paradigm Esports by Don Wettrick
Gary Hensley: Life, Loss, & Purpose
Aug 14, 2018 • 35 min
Gary Hensley is the CEO of LivingTree, a company focused on family engagement and fund raising. However, how he got there IS the story. Starting out as a classroom teacher, Gary saw a problem with schools and funding. So he did something about it, and…
Iceberg Ahead! Pretending We Don’t See It In Education
Aug 12, 2018 • 4 min
Most of us see that there is a MAJOR shift in employment. So when do educators (& employers) shout ICEBERG! STRAIGHT AHEAD! Better yet, when will the majority of our schools to start implementing strategies to prepare our students for this shift? Take a…
Go Plant It: Student Led Environmentalism
Aug 9, 2018 • 29 min
Luna Calhoun and Sarah Schaefer on a mission to make environmentalism a fun game- to both adults and students. Listen to this awesome episode as we talk to this team that works with our StartEdUp foundation. Warning: REALLY proud teacher alert. If you…
James Altucher: Experiment, Risk, Repeat
Aug 7, 2018 • 61 min
Few people have succeeded, failed, then succeeded like James Altucher. While many people know him for his books “Choose Yourself,” and “Reinvent Yourself,” as well as his podcast, “The James Altucher Show,” some might not know what it took to get there.…
ALWAYS Do This On The First Day Of School
Aug 5, 2018 • 6 min
Last week I begged you to NOT start off with the “rules and regulations” of school. This week, I begging you TO do something: Video your first days. Reflect often. It will improve your work, allow for reflection, and create a great way to enjoy your…
Spotlight: Educaid
Aug 2, 2018 • 33 min
Colin and Jackson are on a mission to make business education fun. They were also the winners of the 2018 Innovate WithIN. A pitch competition sponsored by the Indiana Economic Development Corp, Ball State University, and StartEdUp Foundation. For more…
Pam Moran: Superintendent Leadership through Innovation
Jul 31, 2018 • 37 min
Pam Moran was the Supt of Albemarle Co. Schools in Virginia. But don’t let her fool you. She is NOT retired. She is now setting her sights on empowering more schools by encouraging teachers and administrators to do what her schools did- experiment,…
Promise Me You Will NOT Start Off The Year With This…
Jul 29, 2018 • 4 min
I start back to school this week. But there is something that I NEVER start off the year with. And I’m begging you, PLEASE DON’T DO THIS!
BIG Announcement!
Jul 26, 2018 • 13 min
I’ve been briefly talking about what our larger goal is. Today I go into detail on what we are doing with the StartEdUp Foundation. For more information, please visit There you can meet the cohort of students, meet the…
Seth Godin: When Are You Going To Become The Person People Look Up To?
Jul 24, 2018 • 42 min
Seth Godin is known for being a pioneer of internet marketing, his books, and his legendary blog. However, what I loved about this interview was the willingness to challenge me- the public teacher. This back and forth with Hunter and I was a great…
Priorities and Balance
Jul 23, 2018 • 3 min
Knowing the differences between your priorities and balancing the “stuff” after your priorities.
Get Outside School To Network
Jul 20, 2018 • 9 min
This week we took a “field trip” with the #InnovateWithIN cohort. We took this trip to get OUT of our normal setting to learn, experience, and network. Why YOU should encourage YOUR student to get out of the school to connect.
Jeff Hoffman: There is NO THEY
Jul 17, 2018 • 49 min
Jeff Hoffman is the embodiment of the mindset of entrepreneurialism. In this podcast you will hear why teaching the mindset and skills of an entrepreneur will empower millions. I encourage you to share this with your friends and colleges. Also, connect w/…
The Need To Belong
Jul 15, 2018 • 4 min
The “feeling of belonging” is a strong force. However, many people feel like they are not connected- or worse- think that being on a social media platform will make them feel fulfilled. Here is a tip to create that feeling- talk to people.
Michael Cohen: The Tech Rabbi
Jul 12, 2018 • 35 min
Michael Cohen, aka The Tech Rabbi, wants more students to be empowered with skills on how to think- not just what to think. Michael is an entrepreneur and creativity instigator turned educator. He helps schools leverage creative thinking, collaboration,…
Tina Seelig: The Creativity Rules
Jul 10, 2018 • 34 min
Tina Seelig is on a mission to get more people to unlock our creative potential, embrace our “failure resume,” and take some creative risks. This episode will inspire you to take action and get out there! You can find her books, blog, and other info at:…
Advice from Elmo: Do Something
Jul 8, 2018 • 4 min
A life lesson from Cinder-Elmo: Do something! Dreaming doesn’t work!
Brian Aspinall: Code Breaker
Jul 5, 2018 • 32 min
Brian Aspinall is an elementary teacher, TEDx speaker, and the author of Code Breaker. He is on a mission to get more kids interesting in coding. But listen closely as WHY Brian is going beyond the obvious answers. You can find more about his mission at:…
Hardeep Gulati: Innovation Within Powerschool
Jul 3, 2018 • 27 min
Hardeep Gulati is the CEO of Powerschool and is focused on helping parents and students. One problem: I didn’t want this interview to be an advertisement for Powerschool. It wasn’t. Instead we talked about how his company is looking forward and helping…
Make Them Thirsty
Jul 1, 2018 • 4 min
You can lead a horse to water- you just make make it drink. BUT you can make it thirsty. How do you make people thirsty?
Aaron Maurer: Coffee For The Brain
Jun 28, 2018 • 33 min
Aaron Maurer is an educator focused on creativity and design. In this episode we dig deep into what is needed for our students to thrive. He is also the STEM Lead for the Mississippi Bend AEA and the Founder of a non profit called 212 STEAM Labs, Inc. You…
John Kao: Edge Makers in Innovation, Education
Jun 26, 2018 • 32 min
John Kao has spent the better part of 30 years creating compelling learning experiences for emerging innovators and entrepreneurs. His eclectic career mirrors the complexity of innovation and entrepreneurship. He was a professor at Harvard Business…
ISTE Conference: Better Than The Day Before
Jun 24, 2018 • 4 min
Conferences like ISTE can leave you feeling inadequate- if you let it. Yes, there are some amazing presenters that make it “look easy,” but you need to remind yourself of one thing every day.
Eric Patnoudes M. Ed. “The Future Isn’t Always About Technology”
Jun 21, 2018 • 31 min
Eric Patnoudes, M. Ed. is the Director of Strategic Initiatives Otus Education (Twitter: @OtusK12 ) Former Education Strategist at CDW. In this episode Eric and I delve into the future, and how education needs to focus on more than just tech. We also…
Curt Mercadante: Pursuing Freedom
Jun 19, 2018 • 31 min
Curt Mercadante is a business coach that helps entrepreneurs, business owners and C-level execs fight for lives of freedom and fulfillment. His sought-after blogs and sessions help his clients focus on their talents, not weaknesses, while also balancing…
Mr. Incredible… Dad
Jun 17, 2018 • 5 min
I just watched The Incredibles 2… No spoiler alerts here, but it DID get me thinking about the role of dad’s.
Michael Matera: Gamification & Learning
Jun 14, 2018 • 33 min
What does “gamification” mean in the classroom? Better yet, what isn’t it? Michael Matera, author of “Explore Like a Pirate,” goes into the science of motivation, and how gamification helps foster learning. He also announces his new summer professional…
JT McCormick: Started From The Bottom…
Jun 12, 2018 • 33 min
JT McCormick was raised by drug dealers, prostitutes and the streets. However, his lessons along the way transformed his life, and the life around him. Now he is inspiring others and is the CEO of “Book In A Box.” His story will inspire you to take…
Side Hustle: Are You Looking For Opportunities?
Jun 10, 2018 • 4 min
The Gig/ Freelance economy is here. A mutual friend of mine started Snapshfyt- a gig economy app that places shift workers with events and restaurants. They’re in need of workers. The problem: are people looking? Bigger question: Are we training our youth…
Doug Bergman: Computer Science K-12
Jun 7, 2018 • 40 min
Doug Bergman is not your ordinary Computer Science Teacher- and he wants more students to take the new, modern version of what CS classes are. But he also wants you to know what CS isn’t. You can connect w/ Doug on Twitter at: @dougbergmanUSA And his book…
Summer: Creating Memories & Finding Opportunities
Jun 4, 2018 • 4 min
Simple instructions for teachers and students this summer.
Dave Rubin: Re-thinking Group Think (Rebroadcast)
Jun 3, 2018 • 48 min
Dave Rubin (Twitter: @RubinReport) has become an internet sensation for his take on group think, and what it means to be a progressive. While I usually shy away from politics, I’ve seen plenty of “twitter spats” break out- and too many of them fall into…
Julie Smith: Media Literacy, “Fake News,” & Our Students
May 31, 2018 • 35 min
“Fake News” and media bias has been on everyone’s mind lately. So has extreme bias and political correctness. Today, Julie Smith, author of “Master The Media: How Teaching Media Literacy Can Save Our Plugged-in World” weighs in on why we must teach media…
A School Shooting At My Child’s School & How We Treat Each Other
May 27, 2018 • 7 min
*Disclaimer: My views on this podcast are my own. I am not making this podcast on behalf of the City of Noblesville, or the Noblesville School Corporation. You never think a school shooting can happen at your child’s school… until it does. However, I’m…
Troy Cockrum: Firefly Classrooms
May 24, 2018 • 34 min
Troy Cockrum: Firefly Classrooms by Don Wettrick
Christine Yi: I Want to be an Instagram Influencer?
May 22, 2018 • 32 min
Christine Yi had it all. She was a successful hedge fund manager, married to a successful partner, and lived a normal life. But Christine didn’t want normal- she wanted happy. Listen to her journey of taking HUGE risks, and putting passion above the…
School Shootings: Both Sides Care. Now to Solutions
May 20, 2018 • 7 min
Whether you support gun control, or the NRA, I believe that “both sides” want kids to be safe. However, I want there to be a civil dialogue of possible solutions. This is my try at proposing a solution.
Colin and Jackson: Entrepreneurial Student Mindsets
May 17, 2018 • 33 min
Colin Warham and Jackson Ramey are the winners of the Indiana InnovateWithIN pitch competition. Their educational board game, Educaid, won the contest, but what REALLY won the judges over was their mindset on failure and being an entrepreneur. This is one…
Matt Miller: Empowering the Educators
May 15, 2018 • 34 min
Matt Miller has spent more than a decade teaching technology-infused lessons in public schools. As an author, blogger and education speaker, he encourages teachers to free their teaching and revolutionize their classrooms with mindset, techniques and…
Listen To Your Mother
May 13, 2018 • 5 min
A moment of gratitude EVERYDAY for our moms. A special thanks for the single moms making it work everyday!
Matt Matheson: Money Basics for Kids
May 10, 2018 • 32 min
Matt Matheson wants elementary students to start thinking about money, investing, and career choices. But he doesn’t do this with boring worksheets and bank pamphlets. Instead he has other interactive tactics in mind. Take a listen: Husband and Dad,…
Quentin Allums: LinkedIn Growth
May 8, 2018 • 30 min
Quentin Allums teachs entrepreneurs, Business Coaches, and Athletes how to build and leverage their personal brand to make more money and attract more opportunities. But “Q” discovered that LinkedIn was the place to be for getting a positive, organic…
A lesson in history, civics, & education reform from Kanye West?
May 6, 2018 • 6 min
Kanye West caused quite an uproar last week. The question, has he sparked a national dialogue on history and education? Or just a shouting match with neither side listening.
Choose Financial Independence: What YOU need to retire fast, travel free
May 3, 2018 • 40 min
Jonathan Mendonsa is on a mission to get people to understand the power of money, how to retire faster, and even travel free. There is a growing community of “FI” people (Financial Independence) that know the tips and life hacks for people to earn more,…
AmyJo Martin: The Pivotal Moment
May 1, 2018 • 31 min
Amy Jo Martin is an American author, speaker, entrepreneur, and founder and CEO of Digital Royalty. Her podcast, “Why Not Now” features the TOP performers in their field, and asks them, “When did you decide- Why not now?” Guests like Mark Cuban, Jessica…
Do YOU Have a Balance Buddy?
Apr 29, 2018 • 5 min
Do you have someone that will push you past your limit, but not break you?
The Engagement Index: A Breakthrough Idea from the Wellington School
Apr 26, 2018 • 29 min
The Wellington School in Ohio has been trying to find the sweet spot between good teaching, challenging, and fun. They call it the engagement index, and I think they’re on to a breakthrough idea to make class relevant, rigorous, and fun. “John Kruzan is…
Evan Carmichael: Mindsets of Top 10 Performers
Apr 24, 2018 • 31 min
Evan Carmichael is on a mission to get you to #Believe. His YouTube videos have millions of views- all to get you to shift your mindset and work harder. You will LOVE this episode. You can find more information at:…
Quietly Suffering
Apr 22, 2018 • 6 min
I see people quietly suffering. Suffering from anger, need, and hurting. But can I be more observant? Can I be more actively compassionate? And if so, how can I help?
Vince Massara: Motivation, Wellness, Success
Apr 19, 2018 • 34 min
Vince Massara is a teacher that wants YOU to live your most optimal life. Often times, however, teachers neglect their health and overall wellness due to the stress of daily “teacher” life. Vince wants to change that. Take a listen and learn from Vince.…
Caroline Pugh: Attention All Female Entrepreneurs!
Apr 17, 2018 • 35 min
Caroline Pugh is the Chief of Staff @CareJourney and @Entrepreneur Magazine 15 Female Entrepreneurs to Watch. But what she REALLY is- is driven, motivated, and connected. Her insights on building a network, mindset, and hard work are inspirational,…
Are You On A Mission?
Apr 15, 2018 • 5 min
I’ve noticed that people who are on a mission are a little happier, even if they’re mission started from tragic circumstances. I’ve also noticed that these same people tend to post more on LinkedIn, rather than Facebook or Twitter.
DisruptED TV: The Education Revolution WILL be Televised
Apr 12, 2018 • 34 min
Rich Allen is a teacher that truly understand “positive disruption”- which is exactly why he HAD to start DisruptED TV. This episode you will hear how and why Rich started it, as well as hold up the educators he wants to feature. Please go to…
Corey Poirier: The Successful DNA
Apr 10, 2018 • 40 min
Corey Poirier has interviewed literally THOUSANDS of top performers like John C. Maxwell to Deepak Chopra and Zig Ziglar. His podcast, Conversations with Passion and his books are his way to connect with these leaders, and this interview was to bring some…
Enjoy The Silence
Apr 8, 2018 • 4 min
“Winning the morning” usually comes in complete silence. How to avoid the emails and messages in the morning and enjoy the silence. *Depeche Mode not included.
Aleng Phommathep- IT Directors- Pedagogy with a Purpose
Apr 5, 2018 • 30 min
Aleng Phommathep came from humble beginnings as a refugee leaving Laos, and then serving as the IT director at Tabernacle School District in New Jersey. But most importantly is why he’s not just a “tech guy” but focused on solid pedagogy instead. Take a…
Ari Meisel: Less Doing, More Living
Apr 4, 2018 • 30 min
Ari Meisel wants people to understand how to live more & do less busy stuff that bogs down our life. This episode will make you re-consider your 9-5.
Students Please Listen- Brand & Provide Value NOW
Apr 2, 2018 • 5 min
“Preparing our students for the future” is our top priority. But so is addressing our anxiety, depression rates. Please listen. Pass this along if you know someone that needs to hear it.
Mrs Chambers: Students on a MISSION
Mar 29, 2018 • 37 min
Rebecca Chambers is a Social Science Teacher at John McCrae SS in Ottawa, Canada. A couple of weeks ago she emailed me, explaining that her classroom was a hub of amazing student projects. She was right. She can be found on twitter @MrsRChambers and you…
Steve Sims - Getting What You Want
Mar 27, 2018 • 50 min
Steve Sims knows how to make things happen- to make what seems impossible, a reality. So how did this former brick layer get access to some of the biggest celebrity names and exclusive venues? His answers are shockingly simple and insightful.
ASCD Empower 18 Recap
Mar 25, 2018 • 3 min
What an honor to present w/ @JamalCrook this weekend at #ASCD #Empower18. Major takeaway: amplifying your classroom!
Doug Bergman: The Case for Computer Science in School
Mar 22, 2018 • 32 min
Doug Bergman is a Computer Science teacher at Porter Gaud High School in Charleston, SC. In this episode I interview Doug about his program… kind of. His students took it from there. If you want to HEAR student voice, the importance of computer science,…
Jay Wong: Awaken Your Inner Chagemaker
Mar 20, 2018 • 42 min
Jay Wong is a serial entrepreneur, real estate investor and host of The Inner Changemaker; consistently rated top 100 podcasts in iTunes Canada. He recently got named as one of the Top 40 Millennial Influencers to follow in 2018 and constantly creates…
March Madness: The Underdog’s Journey
Mar 18, 2018 • 5 min
Everybody loves to see the “underdog” win. But are we preparing ourselves to be the winning team, or looking for excuses?
Neal Phalora- How to Re-Wire Your Students Brain
Mar 15, 2018 • 37 min
Neal Phalora is on a mission to get more people to “re-wire” their brain and way of thinking. This interview is candid and we go deep into the social media culture, norms, education, and the challenges of raising kids. You can find out more about Neal at:…
Dr Brynn Winegard- Brain-Based Leadership & Innovation
Mar 13, 2018 • 40 min
Dr. Brynn Winegard is an award-winning professor, speaker, and noted Neuroscientist. In this episode we discuss building better brains, the education system, and how to pursue innovation. You can find more about Dr. Winegard at and on…
Moment Of Inspiration- Charity Water
Mar 11, 2018 • 5 min
My two students asked me to go hear Scott Harrison speak. I knew about his journey, but didn’t know the details. I now feel compelled to help Charity: Water. If you would like to make a donation, please go to:
A3House: Students Producing Not Just Consuming
Mar 8, 2018 • 41 min
A3House (Albemarle Alternative Arts House)is creating student PRODUCERS! Take a listen to how Chance Dickerson and Bernard Hankins of Albemarle County Public Schools approach education, and how the A3House is focusing on design and producing authentic…
Welcome to the Grind- Randall Sampson
Mar 6, 2018 • 34 min
Dr. Randall Sampson, author of “Welcome to the Grind,” weighs in on the mindset of innovation, along with grit, and accountability in education. Randall Sampson, PhD, ensures equity and access for students through innovative learning models. Dr. Sampson…
What Is Your Side Hustle?
Mar 4, 2018 • 4 min
If you HAD to make your own money right now- what would you do? Some thoughts on the “side hustle.” I would LOVE to hear your ideas at:
Jason Vest: Middle School Innovation
Mar 1, 2018 • 32 min
Jason Vest has a middle school Innovation class. Yes, he has an INNOVATION CLASS. If you’ve EVER wondered if middle school can (or should) have an entire period to collaborate, innovate, invent & learn how to think- take a listen to Jason and what his…
Shaun Frankson: Turning Trash into Crypto Treasure: The Plastic Bank
Feb 27, 2018 • 27 min
Shaun Frankson is on a mission to cut down on ocean pollution AND economic empowerment. He is the co-founder of @PlasticBank, which uses block chain technology to monetize recycling plastic in developing countries! You will be amazed to learn how this…
Pay Yourself First- How To Retire Fast on a Teacher Budget
Feb 25, 2018 • 4 min
My dad taught me the simple concept of “paying yourself first” when I was young. Now I want more people to start thinking about maximizing their retirement savings, and pay less in taxes!
Bobby McCutcheon: Genius Hour Principal
Feb 22, 2018 • 32 min
Bobby McCutcheon is a Principal that wants teacher to provide more time for innovation and creativity through the “Genius Hour” (or 20% Time) movement. You can find him on Twitter at: @Fight4Mizzou, his school @RandallBears and by email…
Shane Feldman: Undercover High
Feb 20, 2018 • 36 min
Shane Feldman is a global youth empowerment expert, TV personality, motivational speaker and critically acclaimed producer. In 2017, A&E docu-series “Undercover High” was launched. In this podcast we discuss what he witnessed, and the trends parents and…
School Violence Solutions: You Can’t Be Curious And Angry
Feb 18, 2018 • 5 min
When it comes to finding solutions to gun violence and school safety I’ve was reminded that you can’t be curious and angry at the same time.
How to Freelance to Freedom w/ Vince Pugliese
Feb 13, 2018 • 41 min
Vincent has been a professional photographer for more than twenty three years and an international award winning sports and documentary photographer. Vincent has photographed every major sporting event, including the Super Bowl, the World Series, the NHL…
Do Our Students REALLY Need Innovation & Creativity in School?
Feb 11, 2018 • 5 min
I got an email that broke my heart- yet inspired me. Plus a short discussion on *if we need to include creativity and innovation in our education.
Tyler Gehrking: Creating the Student CEO
Feb 8, 2018 • 38 min
Tyler Gehrking is the Facilitator of the Kandiyohi County CEO class, Founder of DisruptED LLC, Keynote Speaker, and the Technology Integration Specialist for Willmar High School. Tyler launched his podcast, DisruptED, in 2017 to share new and sometimes…
Sergio Marrero: Just In Time Learning or Just In Case?
Feb 6, 2018 • 27 min
Sergio Marrero is an accomplished entrepreneur and disruptor. But his TEDx talk really got me to wonder- is college “just in time” learning- or just in case?
Launching An Academy
Feb 4, 2018 • 7 min
After several months of planning and inspiration, we’ve decided to launch our online academy: Listen to why & how you can join the network!
Ryan Keliher: Creating Super Star Students
Feb 1, 2018 • 23 min
Ryan Keliher is a teacher that provides an “All-Star” program to his entrepreneurial students. Take a listen & hear why his students are achieving at a high level! You can find him on Twitter at: @superstarcurric Or online at:
Darrin Gray: Being an “All Pro Dad”
Jan 30, 2018 • 31 min
All Pro Dad was started to get dad’s more involved in their child’s life. As a big fan of Tony Dungy, I wanted the backstory on how All Pro Dad started. Darrin Gray joins us on not only why All Pro Dad started, but lays out a vision on where they are…
Foo Fighters Dream Come True: Joey McClennan
Jan 28, 2018 • 11 min
Imagine what you would do if Dave Grohl asked you to come up and play with the band… in front of 52,000 people. That is EXACTLY what 22 yr old Joey McClennan of Brisbane Australia did this weekend… now hear the story behind the viral event. Story & video:…
Innovation Through Social Media w/ Nate Green & Tre Mongo
Jan 25, 2018 • 40 min
What happens when a teacher encourages social media in the curriculum- to use it as a tool for amplification? Answer: you get the class, “Disruptive Innovation Through Social Media.” In this podcast we interview Flint Hill’s very own Nate Green (Twitter:…
Atif Zafar: Self-Taught to Greatness
Jan 23, 2018 • 38 min
Dr. Atif Zafar is an internist in Indianapolis, Indiana- but his real passion is in technology. Listen to this self-taught engineer on how he got his start in medicine, but pursued his passion for engineering and entrepreneurship through trial-and-error.…
Education Insanity
Jan 21, 2018 • 5 min
The definition of insanity- doing the same things and expecting different results. Educators, parents, and “experts” keep saying that teaching to the test isn’t working. So why do we keep placing so much pressure on our students and teachers?
Craig Frehlich The future of VR in the classroom
Jan 18, 2018 • 26 min
Craig Frehlich has been teacher for over 20 years and is currently a middle school design teacher at an independent school, Strathcona Tweedsmuir (Twitter: @stsconnections ), near Calgary, Alberta, Canada. He works with students in grade 8-10 on design…
Dr. Laura Jana - The Developing Brain As a Startup
Jan 16, 2018 • 49 min
Dr. Laura Jana is an internationally acclaimed pediatrician, award winning author and renowned health communicator and parenting expert. Having most recently served as Director of Innovation in Public Health at the University of Nebraska Medical Center,…
A Rant- Is College Really Worth It?
Jan 14, 2018 • 5 min
The price of college is out of control? But is it worth it? A rant on starting your journey NOW.
Scott Harrison of Charity Water: Mentoring 101
Jan 11, 2018 • 39 min
Scott Harrison, founder of Charity Water gives some advice to two student’s that are starting a school in Ghana.
Chip Reece: Graphic Novel Special Needs Superhero
Jan 9, 2018 • 36 min
Chip Reece and his son, Ollie wanted to bring some diversity to the comic book/ graphic novel scene. Ollie, born with Down Syndrome, and his dad wanted to create a new superhero and highlight their story. Together they created “Metaphase,” a graphic novel…
Ep 136: Who Made YOU The Expert?
Jan 7, 2018 • 5 min
Who is an “expert” and do you need permission to be a thought leader? What about a blogger? YouTuber? Some points to consider from two emails I received. One nice. One not-so-nice.
Sarah Thomas - The Pursuit of Balanced EdTech
Jan 4, 2018 • 30 min
Sarah-Jane Thomas, PhD (@sarahdateechur) is a Regional Technology Coordinator in Prince George’s County Public Schools. Sarah is also a Google Certified Innovator, Google Education Trainer, and founder of the EduMatch project, which promotes connection…
Jon Acuff on How to FINISH that Resolution or Goal
Jan 2, 2018 • 41 min
Jon Acuff doesn’t want to inspire you to start that big goal- he focused in on what we need to do to FINISH the goal. While others focus on starting resolutions, Jon has done research on what it takes to see it through and finish. You can find more about…
2017 Year In Review: Lessons From Our Guests
Dec 31, 2017 • 15 min
We launched January 1, 2017. It’s been quite a year. Here are some highlights and thoughts from an amazing journey w/ amazing guests. Credit: Intro/ Outro music “Hello,” by DJ Quads
Kristi Zuhlke: Learning Corporate to Launch a Startup
Dec 28, 2017 • 36 min
Kristi Zuhlke is the founder and CEO of Knowledge Hound. In this episode Kristi lays out the path she took, and also highlights the benefits of working for a big corporation before launching. She also details what young people should look for in a culture…
Jake Kelfer: Elevate Beyond
Dec 26, 2017 • 39 min
Jake Kelfer wants you to succeed- so start now. His book and work points to success in practical, easy to understand ways. This is the perfect episode before you put off your New Year’s Resolutions. His book can be purchased at:…
Ep 130: Slow Down, Savor the Memories & Be Mindful
Dec 24, 2017 • 7 min
This Christmas season, please take time to be mindful of the present moment. It will be gone before you know it…
Keven Stonewall: Curing Cancer from College
Dec 21, 2017 • 37 min
Meet Keven Stonewall. As a child he was inspired to learn more about the disease that had hurt so many people, including his best friend’s family. So Keven dug deep into cancer research- AS A HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT. Now he is in college and making major…
Dave Burgess: Disrupt Like A Pirate
Dec 19, 2017 • 50 min
Dave Burgess has turned the publishing industry upside down. While many know Dave for his book, “Teach Like a Pirate,” many don’t know how he got here- a New York Times best selling author, and now publisher of dozens of authors in the education space.…
Ep 127: Inspirational Vs Motivational - Why You Need A Network To Help Know The Difference
Dec 17, 2017 • 7 min
Please don’t just listen to today’s podcast- act on it. When people say that something was “inspirational” they often don’t see themselves trying to achieve the concept at hand. BUT- if you are motivated, that is something totally different. Please listen…
Wes Wagner on Remote Entrepreneurialism
Dec 14, 2017 • 41 min
Wes isn’t a “regular student,” nor is he a billionaire (yet). But what he does possess is a willingness to learn & grow- both on campus (Indiana University) and abroad.
Leonard Sekyonda - “My Come Up”
Dec 12, 2017 • 41 min
Leonard Sekyonda started an online platform in the UK that brought together seasoned experts and young entrepreneurs getting a “come up” in networking and learning. Now that they’ve blown past 100k users, Leonard is providing more services and mentorship…
Ep 124: Mindset is Nice. Done is Better
Dec 10, 2017 • 6 min
There has been a lot of talk about the “mindset” in our students. But what happens when our students can talk the “mindset” game, and not follow through on the work?
Adam Kahane - How to Collaborate w/ the Enemy
Dec 8, 2017 • 29 min
Adam Kahane wants more people to work together and learn how to compromise, no matter what your politics are. He is the author of “Collaborating with the Enemy: How to Work with People You Don’t Agree with or Like or Trust.” Let the debate begin!
Ep 122: Bitcoin, Cryptocurrency, & Your Retirement
Dec 7, 2017 • 20 min
There has been a LOT of talk about Bitcoin lately. So I had a talk with two of my students (yes, two high school students) to talk about understanding blockchain, and why you might want to consider getting on the cryptocurrency bandwagon- responsibly. You…
Laurie Pickard - Don’t Pay For Your MBA
Dec 5, 2017 • 34 min
Laurie Pickard - Don’t Pay For Your MBA by Don Wettrick
Ep 120: How to Build Your All-Star Network (NOW)
Dec 3, 2017 • 5 min
One of the most beneficial things you can start doing in your spare time is build a network. But who do you want to meet? How do you “network” if you’re not at an event. It starts with a simple attitude and willingness to provide value first. Take a…
Jon Youshaei on YouTube, doodling, and Every Vowel
Nov 30, 2017 • 36 min
From sketching in class, to high profile job at YouTube, to creating Every Vowel, Jon Youshaei is focusing on creating great content and giving back. Follow his journey (and see his dope rap video w/ Larry King) at: Also, check out…
Nathan Barnatt: “Going Viral” after relentlessly working
Nov 28, 2017 • 45 min
You might not know the name Nathan Barnatt, but you might recognize some of his YouTube personalities. Wether it’s doing videos for musical artists like Flo Rida, Yelle, Madeon, or Kimberly Cole- or having the stars of HBO’s “Silicon Valley” pop into this…
Ep 117: I Need Your Recommendations
Nov 26, 2017 • 4 min
This podcast launched almost a year ago- and we didn’t feature any educators… on purpose. I felt that our educators needed to hear from leaders in innovation and entrepreneurship. Now I want to start featuring educators that “do it.” So… I need your help!…
Tempo Storm’s Reynad
Nov 23, 2017 • 44 min
“Reynad” (AKA Andrey Yanyuk) went from dropping out of school to play online poker- to becoming one of the most successful eSports players in the world. In this episode we talk about the rise of eSports, why education should embrace this “sport,” and his…
Soledad O’Brien - The Politics of Truth
Nov 21, 2017 • 44 min
Soledad O’Brien is an award winning journalist with a reputation for being tough, fair, and factual. So it was no surprise when she candidly talked about politics, truthful reporting, the changing culture of “truth,” and why some of this “political…
Ep 114: Rule of Thirds (A Better Resolution)
Nov 19, 2017 • 5 min
You should start thinking NOW about a New Years Resolution. BUT… you should consider the “Rule of Thirds” first!
Kusal Kularatne: Ultimate Student Mindset
Nov 16, 2017 • 35 min
What happens when a student decides to “gap year” instead of going immediately go to college? Take a listen to the future of why many GenZ students are choosing experience over academia.
Mike Smith - Legacy Vs. Likes
Nov 14, 2017 • 40 min
Mike Smith is on a mission to get more students to think about their legacy vs the empty “likes” of a social media site. He wants more to be purpose driven- to DO SOMETHING! You will be inspired & energized by this amazing podcast! Go now to…
Ep 111: How To Find Mentors- NOW
Nov 12, 2017 • 7 min
Stop binge watching and start networking. How and when to start. I got my start in 1994 when I cold-called a think tank in Indianapolis. Instead of watching more MTV (yes, that was a thing in 1994), I volunteered my time to network, and provide value to a…
Tyler Webb: “@ILiveforFBall”
Nov 9, 2017 • 23 min
What happens when some high school students put their efforts into a social media site? They take it to new heights.
Rapper NoBigDyl - Christian Rapper… or Rapper That Happens to be a Christian?
Nov 7, 2017 • 30 min
Nobigdyl (Dylan Phillips) is a non-conventional rap artist. From his early days of being a promoter (he was fired for being too good), to his identity as a “Middle-America” hip hop artist, Nobigdyl is forging his identity as a Christian Rapper. Or is that…