48: Meeting All Students Where They Are
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by Dr. Christine Mason, Jesse Kohler and Jeff Ikler
3w ago
Our guest Diane Wagenhals is a Program Director for Lakeside Educational Network. Her current responsibilities include overseeing programming and authoring curriculum for the Lakeside Global Institute. Lakeside manages therapeutic schools and services that identify and address student behaviors but also the real reasons students struggle and fail. Lakeside also trains professionals across the country and around the world in a brain-based, trauma-informed approach. Diane has authored over 35 courses and workshops and was a fellow with the Child Trauma Academy from 2010 - 2021. She serves as Sec ..read more
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47: Integrating Social and Emotional Learning and Academics
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by Dr. Christine Mason, Jesse Kohler and Jeff Ikler
2M ago
The Takeaway “SEL has five major components: self-awareness, self management, social management – the skills we use to manage relationships — and responsible decision making. There used to be this notion that you had your cognition — your rational side, your frontal brain — and you had your emotional side — you're limbic system — and they just fought for each other for dominance over decisions. But we now know that's not the case. Your emotions are deeply entwined with what you're paying attention to, how you're encoding information and memories. And your cognition is deeply entwined with how ..read more
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46: Moving from Visioning to Conversation to Action
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by Dr. Christine Mason, Jesse Kohler and Jeff Ikler
3M ago
The Takeaway The Michigan Elementary Middle School Principals Association (MEMSPA) facilitates conversations among school communities to bring together the vision and voices of many districts. Such communication establishes a plan for a better future while working in the present. Constant discussion helps leaders learn new methods, update their vision, and address the current implications of trauma-informed learning. Our guests Paul Liabenow joined the MEMSPA staff as Executive Director in 2012. He has dedicated his 38 years in education to Michigan’s youth. With degrees from Michigan State Un ..read more
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45: Following a Compassionate, Holistic Approach with Students
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by Dr. Christine Mason, Jesse Kohler and Jeff Ikler
4M ago
Summary Our discussion explored visioning and building schools through a more holistic, compassionate approach to working with students. The Rainbow Community School in Ashville, NC, was used as a case study. Drs. Renee Owen and Christine Mason led us into trauma-informed visioning, weaving understanding and support into the fabric of schools. We learned to craft visions prioritizing relationships, well-being, and spiritual connections, fostering student growth beyond traditional academic metrics. Our guests Dr. Christine Mason Executive Director, Center for Educational Improvement; Assistant ..read more
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44: Taking Care of Teachers, So They Can Take Care of the Kids
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by Dr. Christine Mason, Jesse Kohler and Jeff Ikler
5M ago
Guest Dr. Debra Gustafson is the Associate Superintendent for the Geary County Unified School District 475 in Juncture City, Kansas. Deb’s primary responsibilities focus on providing leadership and expertise in developing, achieving, and maintaining the district’s educational programs and related services to increase student achievement. SummaryOur conversation focused on the challenges and opportunities of education leadership, particularly in the context of a military community and a high-poverty school district. We discussed the importance of supporting teachers' well-being, especially duri ..read more
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43: Developing Culturally Sensitive and Responsive Educators
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by Dr. Christine Mason, Jesse Kohler and Jeff Ikler
6M ago
Guest Gary R. Howard, Ph.D., has been supporting individuals and organizations in the deeper work of personal, professional, and systemic transformation for the purpose of achieving social justice and equity in our schools and our nation. Howard is the president and founder of the REACH Center for Multicultural Education in Seattle, Washington. He is the author of  We Can’t Teach What We Don’t Know 3rd Edition and We Can’t Lead Where We Won’t Go: An Educators’ Guide to Equity. Summary In this conversation, Gary Howard invites listeners to engage in reflective thinking about our racializin ..read more
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42: A Servant Leader Approach to Enhancing Well-being in Schools
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by Dr. Christine Mason, Jesse Kohler and Jeff Ikler
6M ago
Guest Dr. Kelvin Butts is the Superintendent of Benton Harbor, MI, area schools and a lifelong educator, having served as a teacher, assistant principal, and principal. Summary Our discussion touched upon trauma and mental health issues in the Benton Harbor Area Schools, emphasizing the need for mental health initiatives for both teachers and students. The importance of leadership philosophy and growing leaders within the district was highlighted, focusing on equity and addressing barriers through strategic planning and partnerships. The conversation also delved into education, neuroscience, a ..read more
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42: A Servant Leader Approach to Enhancing Well-being in Schools
Cultivating Resilience
by Dr. Christine Mason, Jesse Kohler and Jeff Ikler
7M ago
Guest Dr. Kelvin Butts is the Superintendent of Benton Harbor, MI, area schools and a lifelong educator, having served as a teacher, assistant principal, and principal. Summary Our discussion touched upon trauma and mental health issues in the Benton Harbor Area Schools, emphasizing the need for mental health initiatives for both teachers and students. The importance of leadership philosophy and growing leaders within the district was highlighted, focusing on equity and addressing barriers through strategic planning and partnerships. The conversation also delved into education, neuroscience, a ..read more
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41: How a School Leader Creates the Conditions for Healing
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by Dr. Christine Mason, Jesse Kohler and Jeff Ikler
8M ago
Guest Anitra Gallegos is the Principal of the Panorama Middle School in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Summary As a passionate and dedicated principal, Anitra is committed to addressing trauma and creating a culturally responsive and trauma-informed environment in her school. She believes that all students can learn and succeed, and she is always looking for ways to improve their education. She is a strong advocate for her students, and she is committed to addressing trauma and promoting wellness in her school community. She is also a strong advocate for her faculty, and she believes they should ..read more
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41: How a School Leader Creates the Conditions for Healing
Cultivating Resilience
by Dr. Christine Mason, Jesse Kohler and Jeff Ikler
8M ago
Guest Anitra Gallegos is the Principal of the Panorama Middle School in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Summary As a passionate and dedicated principal, Anitra is committed to addressing trauma and creating a culturally responsive and trauma-informed environment in her school. She believes that all students can learn and succeed, and she is always looking for ways to improve their education. She is a strong advocate for her students, and she is committed to addressing trauma and promoting wellness in her school community. She is also a strong advocate for her faculty, and she believes they should ..read more
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