Rethinking Learning Podcast

Barbara Bray

Making Learning Personal

All Episodes

Rita Wirtz reflected with Barbara Bray for Reflection #18 about why teachers are burning out that was based on a cross-post about Teachers Packing Suitcases Filled With Dreams- Walking Out Classroom Doors.

Nov 19

42 min

Episode #126 is with Dr. Julie Schmidt Hasson, a professor teaching graduate courses in educational leadership, a researcher, and a teacher advocate who researched the ways teachers influence students’ lives. She interviewed hundreds of people about the teachers they remember. This research became the Chalk and Chances project with what those stories mean for teachers.

Nov 8

42 min 50 sec

Episode #125 is with Joshua Freedman, a specialist on emotional intelligence, an author, and the Chief Executive Officer of Six Seconds, a non-profit dedicated to emotional intelligence (EQ). He has helped co-develop EQ assessments and published a number of books and articles on the topic, creating an international network of consultants and coaches.

Oct 18

45 min 49 sec

Hal Roberts has had an amazing journey as a teacher, principal, superintendent, and educational consultant. Hal is the author of Make Waves! and started Safe Harbor Academy as a school for kids with incarcerated parents. 

Sep 30

44 min 54 sec

Naomi Toland has researched a variety of areas such as nutrition, neuroscience, and psychology through the lens of education which she shares on her Empathetic Educators platform.

Sep 22

39 min 24 sec

Noa Daniel is a consultant and Chief Building Officer at Building Outside the Blocks, co-founder and executive director of The Mentoree, hosts the weekly OnEdMentors Podcast on voicEd Radio. Noa is a TEDx and the author of the newly released children’s book Strum and The Wild Turkeys.

Sep 10

29 min 10 sec

Traci Browder, M.Ed. is a trailblazer in education inspiring and is known best for her innovative, out-of-the-box teaching style with a mixture of Montessori, gifted/talented, and special services all rolled into one classroom environment.

Aug 29

55 min 3 sec

Episode #121 is with Sean Arnold who has had a number of roles in his life from construction worker to actor to musician to salesman to a bartender to tv news crew and a number of things in between. He is also a special educator and STEM Coach who has taught in New York City’s District 75 citywide special needs program since 2005.

Aug 23

48 min 1 sec

Livia Chan’s true calling was to be a classroom teacher. Her journey led her to serve on the District Staff Development Team in Learning Technologies and recently returned back to the classroom as the Head Teacher at Burnaby School District - SD41 in British Columbia, Canada.

Aug 1

45 min 44 sec

Reflection #16 is with Stephanie Rothstein Stephanie Rothstein who is an Educational Leader focused on making education more collaborative and less competitive modeling the risks we expect of our students. "Model the leaps we expect."

Jul 10

36 min 21 sec

Reflection #15: Dr. Henry Turner shares his story with Barbara Bray about an incident that impacted his role as principal of Newton North HS and his professional life.

Jun 16

39 min 9 sec

Tanya Gough is the founder of StoryBilder, a creative writing platform for new and aspiring writers. Tanya also writes middle-grade fantasy fiction and science-infused fantasy short stories for adults.

Jun 10

41 min 50 sec

Episode #118 Podcast and Post is with Dr. Daniel Fried who is Assistant Professor in Chemistry at Saint Peters University, has developed new methods and content for chemistry education in K-12. Daniel developed this methodology to bring high-level chemistry and biochemistry to kids at

May 17

38 min 15 sec

Episode #117 Podcast with Katherine Mengardon who is an education innovator and writer with 20 years of experience in developing online innovative education programs and resources. She is the author of the three Little Inventors non-fiction children’s books published by HarperCollins.

May 5

47 min 2 sec

Lainie Rowell is an educator, author, podcaster, consultant and international speaker. Lainie is also the co-host of the Lemonade Learning Podcast and co-author of Evolving Learner.

Apr 23

45 min 40 sec

Juliana Tafur is an award-winning filmmaker and workshop creator devoted to using films to facilitate experiences that promote understanding and foster human connection. Juliana runs Orkidea Films and produced/directed the documentary “List(e)n” and later she created the Listen Courageously movement.

Apr 15

36 min 25 sec

As Vice President of Strategic Foresight, she speaks and writes about the trends shaping education over the next decade and helps education stakeholders strategize about how to become active agents of change in pursuing their ideal visions for the future learning ecosystem.

Mar 22

29 min 43 sec

The Rethinking Learning Reflection #14 is a conversation with Barbara Bray and Nicole Biscotti and her son, Jason about what it was like to have ADHD from a child, a student, a teacher's, and a parent's perspective.

Mar 9

37 min 6 sec

Natalie Reeves Billing lives in Liverpool, UK, and is an inspirational teacher, creative author. lyricist, and social entrepreneur. She has a wicked sense of humor and writes fantastical stories for young audiences. Natalie enjoys map making, pranking people, and munching on jelly beans.

Feb 21

40 min 3 sec

Jillian DuBois teaches 2nd grade in Clearwater, FL, a learner, and infuser of JOY. Education has been her passion and heartbeat for 20 years where she loves guiding and partnering with her littles and colleagues to help them be all that they can with diligence and patience. This reflection is about her why to impart JOY, her book Liv's Seashells, and her story about her sister who influenced her book.

Feb 12

33 min 20 sec

Just listen to Dr. Basil Marin, "JT" Taylor, and Barbara Bray share their thoughts about why now is the time to disrupt the status quo. It sounds as if they're sitting on a porch having a drink or coffee while sharing ideas. It goes deep. Enjoy!

Feb 2

53 min 43 sec

Episode #112 is with Rich Simpson, a Year 6 teacher, Literacy Lead, from the Isle of Wight in the UK. He blogs about books and kindness and started the hashtag #kindnessripple on Twitter. After talking with Rich about his growing up in Northern Ireland and learning a little about his story, you will want to learn more.

Jan 28

45 min 25 sec

Episode #111 is with Kendrick Thomas (KTTeeV), an Asst. Principal in Houston, certified life coach, speaker, mentor,  podcast host of Daily K, and the host of the KTTeeV Radio show.

Jan 25

39 min 6 sec

            Why we want to talk about Humanizing Distance Learning  Most of us have little choice now about incorporating digital pedagogy into our teaching. But that doesn’t mean we have to succumb to the dehumanizing effects of individualized or digitally driven education technology. We don’t have to force students to use web-based adaptive tools ...

Dec 2020

35 min 10 sec

          Chip Baker is a fourth-generation educator, a speaker, host of the Success Chronicles Podcast, host of the Radio 111.7 Show, a Coach/Trainer for the John Gordon Power of Positive Leadership, and is the author of multiple books, videos, and resources.  What it was like growing up I was born in Dallas, Tx. My parents ...

Dec 2020

38 min 55 sec

Tommaso Lana is a performance and consulting artist and creator of Embodied Learning that is a multidisciplinary experiential training program that transforms educators’ communication and collaboration through sensory play, movement, and imagination. If you want to have joy in your life, check out what Tommaso (Tom) is doing to find resources behind the wall to design the future.

Nov 2020

45 min 52 sec

Enjoy Reflection #10: Barbara Bray's conversation with Chris McNutt, a 9th-grade digital design and media educator and Executive Director of the Human Restoration Project, on how to build a more human-centered classroom amidst a pandemic.

Nov 2020

23 min 39 sec

Joshua (Josh) Stamper, a middle school administrator in North Texas, provides strategies on trauma-informed practices and how to develop a restorative mindset. Josh hosts the Leadership Development Podcast and created the A.S.P.I.R.E. model, which is the staple in his new book, “Aspire to Lead”.

Nov 2020

36 min 14 sec

Dr. Cynthia Sistek-Chandler shares her journey in Episode #107 as she became a teacher, staff developer, trainer, and professor of educational technology. She works with school sites and with cadres of learners at National University and at San Diego County Office of Education.

Oct 2020

42 min 28 sec

Barbara Bray reflects on empathy during this pandemic. She shares her journey when she lost her purpose and came back by reaching out for help and learning mindfulness strategies. Read her post for her story and tips to have empathy for you.

Oct 2020

13 min 20 sec

Episode #106 is with Derek Wenmoth who is regarded as one of New Zealand education’s foremost future-focused thinkers, and works extensively with schools and systems in New Zealand and elsewhere as they seek to prepare students for their future.

Sep 2020

42 min 22 sec

Episode #105 is about Turning Potential into Power. Experiences such as the Director of Digital Learning and Innovation in Milford Public Schools (MA), the elementary school principal in Natick, MA and Attleboro, MA, classroom teacher,  and district professional development specialist have provided Dr. Matthew X. Joseph incredible insights on how to best support teaching and learning.

Sep 2020

36 min 30 sec

Episode #104 with Olivia Van Ledtje (“LivBit”) and Cynthia Merrill, a mother-daughter team work together to inspire others to think about the power of citizenship online and student voice. They are co-authors of Spark Change: Make Your Mark on the Digital World.

Aug 2020

42 min 5 sec

This guest post is a cross-post of Matthew Weimann's post on Intersectionality from his website, The Captain of Class along with a reflection with Matt and Barbara.

Aug 2020

26 min 39 sec

Episode #103 is with Steve Sostak is co-director of Inspire Citizens, author of the Global Impact School Self-Study, designer and director of the IC Master Teacher Endorsement, co-director of , and a global education facilitator, implementing  @SDG2030 into school wide learning experiences.

Aug 2020

42 min 16 sec

          Barry Sommer is a Licensed Educational Psychologist, a Marriage and Family Therapist, and an Adjunct Professor at Columbia University. He recently retired as the Director of Advancement at Lindsay Unified School District where he was responsible for Lindsay Leads which was the CyberSchool reimagining learning at Lindsay Unified. Currently, Barry and Kelley Layton are ...

Jul 2020

39 min 18 sec

          Craig Shapiro has been teaching for 30 years. He is a health and fitness instructor at William Tennent High School in the Centennial School District, PA. Craig also coaches Cross Country, Wrestling, and Track at William Tennent. Craig is the host of the #teachpos on Sunday evenings at 7:30p ET, and, I have to ...

Jul 2020

40 min 4 sec

Team Teaching Sisters, Michaela Loo, and Tricia Pettis shared their journey as personalized learning coaches and classroom teachers at South View Middle School in Edina, MN. They detail three components of the unit guide: the 3Ps, proficiencies, pathways, and profile that begins with an essential question as a great place to incorporate voice and choice.

Jul 2020

22 min 29 sec

This post and PDF from Barbara Bray and Hedreich Nichols is a "work in progress" that was created from a conversation they had around systemic racism. There are resources, scenarios, ideas about what or what not to say or do in different situations.

Jun 2020

24 min 46 sec

          Laura Robb, an author, teacher, coach, and speaker who has completed more than 43 years of teaching in grades 4-8 and has written more than 25 books for teachers. She presently coaches teachers in reading/writing workshops at Powhatan School in Virginia and coaches teachers in grades K-8 in Staunton, Virginia, Long Island, and Ann ...

Jun 2020

36 min 38 sec

          I have known Joan Young for over 10 years and realize through her background in psychology and teaching that we needed to connect. After talking for a few minutes on May 31st, we decided it was a good idea to discuss some of the issues around emotional health during this pandemic and issues around ...

Jun 2020

16 min 1 sec

Episode #99. Elisabeth Bostwick is a multi-award-winning educator who is passionate about creating the conditions to spark curiosity and unleash creativity to empower learning. She is the author of Take the L.E.A.P.: Ignite a Culture of Innovation and speaks nationally and internationally.

May 2020

36 min 39 sec

          I am so honored to know Kecia McDonald and to learn why mental health awareness is important all the time. Kecia is Curriculum Coordinator at Kealakehe Intermediate School and a certified health teacher for K-12. I reached out to Kecia to reflect on positive mental health.  What is good mental health? Why is it ...

May 2020

26 min 13 sec

Episode #98 is with Dr. Michael Crawford who is the co-founder of EdSpace, the social learning network for the world of education. At EdSpace, he's the lead on product development, strategy, and community engagement. Enjoy the deep conversations with Michael and Barbara in this episode.

May 2020

45 min 50 sec

Episode #97 is with Roman Nowak, an HS ELA Teacher in Rockland, Ontario, Canada who is passionate about student success, school transformation, and building HOPE in schools through authentic learning experiences. Roman is the host of BuildHOPEedu and among many other things, a Fitness Enthusiast.

May 2020

34 min 56 sec

Barbara Bray and Ilene Winokur were sharing ideas during a podcast and decided to record their reflections on our sense of belonging and re-defining our WHY during COVID-19

Apr 2020

16 min 41 sec

          Jennifer Appel has been teaching for 21 years and is a teacher and coach at Enterprise Middle School in West Richland, Washington. She helped launch a blog about School Culture and helped roll out a student-led leadership podcast called the Award-Winning Culture. Jennifer as part of the coveted Teach Better Speakers Network presents at ...

Apr 2020

41 min 21 sec

          I’ve been staying at home for over a month. I have experienced being alone and working from home for some time — actually years. I have been able to do this because I have the Internet. I’m privileged to have the resources and fortunate to have connections to family, friends, and people around the ...

Apr 2020

8 min 53 sec

          What do you do if your child fails first grade? The system can label your child. That label then defines your child. That happened to Lois Letchford’s son, Nicholas, and Lois decided to change the label and his mindset to overcome the odds so he believed in himself. I asked Lois if she could ...

Mar 2020

38 min 53 sec

          Your school closed because of Covid-19. You found out that your students will be off for the next few weeks. You still have to teach them or provide resources so they continue to learn. You may not have taught any classes online. This could be all-new for you. If so, it can be scary ...

Mar 2020

7 min 7 sec