Episode 1.15 - Sy in Shanghai

Episode 1.15 - Sy in Shanghai

Living and learning in Asia, Europe and America, Sy Shi of Shanghai joins John for a fun conversation about growing up in China and living in Spain and Tennessee.

Episode 1.13 - Tom Handley Loves Backpacks

Episode 1.13 - Tom Handley Loves Backpacks

Parsons School of Design at the New School in New York creates the world’s top designers. Tom Handley is a professor of Marketing and Public Relations and has been nominated three times Distinguished Faculty of the Year. He’s an expert in public relations, social media and online education. He’s placed over 500 young and experienced students in internships and over 300 in dream jobs. Tom talks with John about his extraordinary  career and keys to career success for idealists of all ages. 

Episode 1.12 - The DNA of Disease

Episode 1.12 - The DNA of Disease

Every living thing leaves DNA in the environment, including organic waste. Andy Rothstein hunts down the genes to aid threatened species and stop forecasted pandemics. Andy gauges the health of ecosystems. He’s a researcher at the University of California at Berkeley who joints the podcast to talk about a range of topics, from research and education to environmental careers and the future of the planet. 

Episode 1.11 - Homeschooling

Episode 1.11 - Homeschooling

Public schools need to be at least as good as homeschooling. Sandy McCay stayed home while his wife worked and Sandy created years of mostly outdoor learning activities that prepared his two children for successful careers.

Episode 1.9 - Early Education, Early Childhood & Early Childhood Education

Episode 1.9 - Early Education, Early Childhood & Early Childhood Education

Andrew Krugly joins the podcast for a reflection on his education and nonprofit leader’s experience over decades in the innermost circles of education policy, administration and leadership. Topics range from Andrew’s principalship in a provocative Evanston, Illinois, elementary district to leading an early childhood education nonprofit in Chicago. Andrew speaks candidly about his unique perspective on what works and what fails in education, learning and neuroscience in practice today. Andrew provides candid advice that will help education leaders, teachers, parents and policy experts.

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Andrew began his education career in Illinois teaching grades two and four, quickly establishing himself as a talented and zealous educator. In 1992, Andrew was the recipient of the Kohl International Teaching Award, and served on the board of the Kohl Academy of Outstanding Educators.

Upon earning his Masters in Education Administration and Supervision, Andrew became an adjunct faculty member of the National-Louis University in Evanston, IL, and moved into an administrative role as Principal of Willow Creek Elementary School in 1994 (Woodridge School District 68).

Andrew served as the Principal at Dewey Elementary School in Evanston/Skokie School District 65 from 1998 to 2011. During his tenure at Dewey School, Andrew was a vanguard in behavioral and academic reform. He led sustained implementation of systemic reform including: the integration of a Spanish immersion program, the change in the Special Education service delivery model to one of inclusion, and the implementation of Positive Behavior Intervention and Supports (PBIS) and Response to Intervention (RTI)

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Andrew successfully implemented these programs, leading to sustained increases in state test scores for all student subgroups over eight consecutive years. Additionally, Dewey School was named to the State Honor Roll in 2004 for Academic Improvement and was ranked #31 in the state by the Chicago Sun Times. In 2008, the Assistant Secretary for Special Education visited the school from Washington DC, and Dewey School was named an Illinois Honor Roll School for Academic Excellence. He also served as a National Leader and Mentor for the RTI Action Network.

In 2012 Andrew moved into the world of early childhood education and served as the Director of Education for the Educare Learning Network at the Ounce of Prevention Fund from 2012 to 2016. He also served as the Vice President of Education and Program Operations at Chicago Commons, where Pre-K Instructional Support CLASS scores have risen from a 2.65 to a 4.17 (on a 7-point scale) under his leadership.  Andrew is a certified CLASS (Classroom Assessment Scoring System) Observer and Trainer. As a nationally recognized presenter and consultant, he has trained at the Wipfli Annual National Training Conference, was a plenary speaker at the 2018 QRIS/BUILD confrence, and a panelist at the Chicago Early Childhood Education Summit. He also has been a keynote speaker at the regional PBIS Conference and the featured speaker at the NAESP Summer Conference.  He is a 2017 Barbara Bowman Leadership Fellow and is a member of the Illinois Early Learning Council. 

Andrew is now an educational consultant focused on improving student outcomes.  His website is www.andrewkrugly.com, or he can be reached and andrewkrugly@me.com.


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Episode 1.8 - Writers and Writing

Episode 1.8 - Writers and Writing

What makes good writing? The centerpiece of any education plan, organization or curriculum is the written word. This fortnight John talks with Illinois Great Lakes regional poet and professor of creative writing Garin Cycholl. From the death of local television stars to demons in the suburbs, Garin discusses his writing and teaching with an eye to why teaching diverse populations is still a challenge and a thrill.

Episode 1.7 - Diversity and Reliability in Schools

Episode 1.7 - Diversity and Reliability in Schools

Just John this fortnight discusses two issues for improving schools. He talks about the value of hiring workers with diverse learning, working and living backgrounds, and he discusses how to build reliably successful schools.