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Real conversations about mindfulness, trauma-informed practices, restorative practices, social-emotional learning, yoga, neuroscience, psychology, and teacher wellness. Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/todd-scholl0/support
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This is a special edition of the Teachers Aligned Podcast featuring four amazing educators in South Carolina. Pete Stone is the Chester County Teacher of the Year. Chanda Jefferson is the 2020 SC Teacher of the Year from Fairfield. Jed Dearybury was a 2014 Honor Roll Teacher in SC and a national leader in professional development. Saani Niri is an SCforED Board Member and teacher from Rock Hill.  In this episode, we talk about the reflections we've had since the pandemic started. We focus on the inequities that this pandemic has made even more obvious. We also talk about bringing an end to standardized testing.  The conversation starts a few seconds in because I forgot to hit record. --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/todd-scholl0/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/todd-scholl0/support
Mag Dimond is the award-winning author of BOWING TO ELEPHANTS, Tales of a Travel Junkie (which hit #1 in 5 countries on the day it launched and just won Best Indie Biographies & Memoirs from Kirkus). Her book has been compared to EAT, PRAY, LOVE in professional reviews and has received accolades from many thought leaders in the mindfulness space, including Jack Kornfield. It’s full of stories of her travels around the world, self-discovery, healing, food, and so much more at magdimond.com. She has been a world traveler since age 11 — living with her mother in Italy for 3 years — and has traveled the globe. Once a 10 year hospice volunteer, she is a practicing Buddhist and dedicated member of Spirit Rock Meditation Center north of San Francisco. Mag’s essays are on Elephant Journal (being read by almost 2 million people). --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/todd-scholl0/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/todd-scholl0/support
Meena Srinivasan, MA, National Board Certified Teacher, is a South Asian-American edupreneur with deep expertise in the fields of Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) and Mindfulness in Education. She is the Founding Executive Director of Transformative Educational Leadership (TEL), an empowering, racially and culturally diverse, compassion-centered, innovative program for educational leaders who are called to integrate mindfulness-based, social, emotional, academic and ethical learning into schools and school systems. Prior to this role she spent five and a half years working in partnership with the Collaborative for Academic, Social and Emotional Learning (CASEL) to implement SEL system-wide in the Oakland Unified School District. Meena has taught and led in a variety of school settings (public, private, urban, international) and holds a Clear Administrative Services Credential in the state of California. She is the creator of the SEL Every Day online courses, author of Teach, Breathe, Learn: Mindfulness In and Out of the Classroom and SEL Every Day: Integrating SEL with Instruction in Secondary Classrooms which was chosen as one of 2019’s Favorite Books for Educators by the Greater Good Science Center at UC Berkeley. Meena’s article, “Social and Emotional Learning Starts with Adults” was one of ASCD’s 10 Best Express Articles of 2018. Meena's Resources  Tree of contemplative practices TEL website My website Also note I'm offering a significant discount on both of my online courses through May 8th in response to COVID-19 (flyer attached) Free guided meditation to support during COVID-19 Article on Integrating Mindfulness into Virtual Spaces --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/todd-scholl0/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/todd-scholl0/support
This is a short audio skit exploring a scenario where doctors were suddenly treated the way teachers are treated.  --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/todd-scholl0/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/todd-scholl0/support
Dr. Rick Hanson is a psychologist, Senior Fellow of UC Berkeley’s Greater Good Science Center, and New York Times best-selling author. His books have been published in 29 languages and include  Resilient, Hardwiring Happiness, Buddha’s Brain, Just One Thing, and Mother Nurture – with 900,000 copies in English alone. His newest book is Neurodharma: Science, Wisdom, and Steps to the Highest Happiness will be released May 5, 2020. Founder of the Wellspring Institute for Neuroscience and Contemplative Wisdom, he’s lectured at NASA, Google, Oxford, and Harvard, and taught in meditation centers worldwide. His work has been featured on the BBC, CBS, and NPR, and 150,000 subscribers receive his free Just One Thing newsletter every week. He has a variety of popular online programs in positive neuroplasticity – with scholarships available for those with financial need. Dr. Hanson has been a trustee of Saybrook University, served on the board of Spirit Rock Meditation Center, and was president of the board of FamilyWorks, a community agency. He began meditating in 1974, trained in several traditions, and leads a weekly meditation gathering. He and his wife live in northern California and have two adult children. He enjoys being in wilderness and taking a break from emails. Please welcome Dr. Rick Hanson. Rick's Resources Social Media https://www.facebook.com/rickhansonphd/ https://www.twitter.com/drrhanson/ https://www.instagram.com/rickhansonphd/ https://www.youtube.com/user/drrhanson Website https://rickhanson.net/ Being Well Podcast https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/being-well-podcast-with-dr-rick-hanson/id1120885936?mt=2 --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/todd-scholl0/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/todd-scholl0/support
TRIGGER WARNING - This podcast contains information about suicide which may be upsetting to some people. Susan Crooks is an educator with over 25 years of teaching experience. She holds a M.Ed. from Clemson University and is a certified trainer and ambassador for The Foundation for Critical Thinking. Ms. Crooks and her son, Walt, worked at the same school for almost 10 years. They have presented their unique theory on the pairing of mindfulness and critical thinking at conferences across the United States. The loss of Walt due to anxiety and depression led Susan to establish Walt’s Waltz. A driven mother and educator, Susan strives to open conversations and change prevailing perspectives on Mental Health. Susan's Recommendations Suicide Life Line: 1-800-273-8255 waltswaltz.com PsychU Read This Till You Believe It — A book to offer encouragement and support. By M.H. Clark Walt's Waltz Song --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/todd-scholl0/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/todd-scholl0/support
Shelly Fox is the Director of Blue Mountain School, a contemplative progressive school in Floyd, Virginia. Her background is in community-based and school-based counseling.  Blue Mountain School’s model of Contemplative Progressive education is also grounded in values and practices that facilitate change and growth, and the model asks that everyone in their school community—parents, students, and teachers—support each other as they learn and grow from their experiences.  Shelly states, "I am happy to be focusing my attention and energy to co-create (on a foundation that already has been established by those who came before) a small-scale educational system that fosters the development of loving human relationships, self-awareness, and self-efficacy—all of which are things that kids (and all of us!) need to be at peace in the world." Shelly's Recommendations Blue Mountain School Onward: Cultivating Emotional Resilience in Educators The Art of Coaching: Effective Strategies for School Transformation Responsive Classroom The Courage to Teach: Exploring the Inner Landscape of a Teacher's Life The Choose Love Enrichment Program Set up a tour of Blue Mountain School at contact@bluemountainschool.net --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/todd-scholl0/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/todd-scholl0/support
Katy Swift is a certified guidance counselor who spent the last three years working at a low Socioeconomic status, high trauma primary school in Texas. Prior to her time as a counselor, she was a dyslexia interventionist in an elementary school as well as an intervention consultant to several private schools. She received training to practice classroom yoga from Yoga In My School in 2018. Among the many different counseling interventions implemented, yoga was one of the favorites of both staff and students. Recently relocated to Friendswood with her family, she volunteers teaching yoga to pre-k students at the Melinda Webb School, a school for Oral Deaf Education that uses specialized instruction to accelerate students’ development of spoken language. Her spare time is spent with her husband, her dogs and her 10 year old son who will ONLY do yoga with her if it’s Star Wars themed! Katy's Recommendations: Books Yoga for Children - Lisa Flynn GoGo Yoga for Kids - Sara J. Weis Once Upon a Pose - Donna Freeman Websites kidsyogastories.com cosmickids.com yogainmyschool.com --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/todd-scholl0/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/todd-scholl0/support
Taylor Walsh established the Project for Whole Health Learning in K-12 in 2017 as a result of his work as a consultant in integrative medicine and health. Attracted to the patient- and consumer-driven demand for therapies like mind-body medicine and acupuncture, he helped client organizations elevate awareness of the evidence and outcomes for policy makers, patient organizations, healthcare providers and the public. This work included creating and managing the grass-roots advocacy program CoverMyCare for the Integrative Health Policy Consortium (IHPC), which engaged state-based advocates around provisions of the Affordable Care Act intended to end insurer discrimination against licensed healthcare providers. He has written for the field’s publication of record, The Integrator Blog, written and edited symposium reports and policy guidebooks and is co-author of the e-book, “The Rise of Integrative Heath & Medicine, The Milestones: 1963 – Present,” which chronicles the notable milestones in the evolution of integrative medicine. The work in integrative health and wellness builds on Taylor’s experience with new and disruptive enterprises: in daily journalism, personal computing, online information services (pre-web: he was managing editor at The Source, the first national online services built for personal computer owners), the Internet and Web, in local digital information services, and since 2009 in developing the concept of what is now WholeHealthED. Taylor's E-mail: taylorwalshdc@gmail.com Taylor's Recommendations Children & Nature Network Project for Whole Health Learning in K-12 Project Green Schools National Farm to School Network --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/todd-scholl0/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/todd-scholl0/support
Sophie Scholl is a fourth grade student in Horry County. She is a legendary basketball and soccer player. She began playing the violin in third grade. Sophie loves history, video games, Stranger Things, and Dr. Strange. She was named after a German student and anti-Nazi political activist, active within the White Rose non-violent resistance group in Nazi Germany. She loves to camp, ride her bike, and beat her dad at H.O.R.S.E., which she does regularly. Sophie's Recommendations Stranger Things Fortnite Dr. Strange Antman Locke and Key Goosebumps Books --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/todd-scholl0/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/todd-scholl0/support
For more than three decades, Dr. Boutte's scholarship, teaching, and service have focused on equity pedagogies and teaching for social justice in Early Childhood Education. She has served as Chair in the Department of Instruction and Teacher Education and held a distinguished endowed chair for four years. She is the author of four books: Educating African American Students: And how are the children; Multicultural Education: Raising Consciousness; Resounding Voices: School Experiences of People From Diverse Ethnic Backgrounds; and African Diaspora Literacy: The Heart of Transformation in K–12 Schools and Teacher Education. She has received more than $1,700,000 in grants and has more than 95 publications. She has served as a Fulbright Scholar and Visiting Scholar at several universities in the U.S. and abroad. Additionally, she has presented nationally and internationally on curriculum, instruction, and diversity issues.   She is the founder of the statewide Center of Excellence for the Education and Equity of African American Students (CEEEAAS).  She has presented her work internationally in Colombia, China, Sierra Leone, Ghana, London, Zambia, Botswana, South Africa, Australia, South America, Jamaica, Mexico, New Zealand, Nigeria, and Canada. Dr. Boutte's Recommendations Educating African American Students: And how are the children Multicultural Education: Raising Consciousness Resounding Voices: School Experiences of People From Diverse Ethnic Backgrounds African Diaspora Literacy: The Heart of Transformation in K–12 Schools and Teacher Education Teaching Tolerance Pedagogy of the Oppressed - Freire A People's History of the United States The Lottery Rethinking Schools The Center for the Education and Equity of African American Students (CEEAAS) Learning Why - ETV --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/todd-scholl0/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/todd-scholl0/support
Dr. Ann Marie Taylor began her college education studying Criminal Justice at Saginaw Valley State University in Michigan. She quickly realized that many of her young charges were struggling with special education needs which inspired her to become a special education teacher. She received her master’s degree in special education from Francis Marion University in South Carolina.  Dr. Taylor began teaching in 2000 at McLaurin Elementary School in Florence and while she was working at Pine Tree Hill Elementary in Camden she earned the title of 2008 South Carolina Teacher of the Year – the first special educator to ever receive this honor. In 2008, she became National Board Certified and also received the Woman of Distinction Award from the Girl Scouts of America.  In 2009, she was awarded the Educator Leadership Award from Francis Marion University.  She also received the Service Award from Palmetto State Teacher's Association (PSTA).  She has served as the Director of Exceptional Children in Edgefield County for six years. Taylor is currently the Executive Director at Horse Creek Academy. Ann Marie's Recommendations Education Rockstars Dare to Lead: Brave Work. Tough Conversations. Whole Hearts. Braving the Wilderness: The Quest for True Belonging and the Courage to Stand Alone --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/todd-scholl0/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/todd-scholl0/support
Jill Guerra is the mindfulness prep teacher at an east Oakland elementary school where she is proud and grateful to serve 425 students per week. She was a classroom teacher for thirteen years prior and holds a master’s degree in Critical Environmental and Global Literacy. She is the author of, Long Hair Don’t Care, a poem picture book about boys with long hair and is working on her next children’s book, We Are Yoga. Visit her website, www.thelovecurriculum.com or email her at jillteaching@gmail.com IG: thelovecurriculum Jill's Recommendations Mindful Schools Rainbow Kids Yoga Niroga Institute Little Flower Yoga Breathe for Change Stop, Breathe, Think? --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/todd-scholl0/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/todd-scholl0/support
Leigh Brasington has been practicing meditation since 1985 and is the senior American student of the late Ven. Ayya Khayma. He began assisting Ven. Ayya Khemma in 1994, and began teaching retreats on his on in 1997. He is also authorized to teach by Jack Kornfield. He has taught the jhanas, along with multiple insight practices, at well over one hundred residential retreats throughout the United States and Europe. He is the author of the book Right Concentration: A Practical Guide to the Jhanas. He has appeared on Dan Harris’s 10% Happier Podcast. Find more about his teaching and schedule at http://leighb.com. Leigh's Recommendations Heartwood of the Bodhi Tree: The Buddha's Teachings on Voidness Being Nobody, Going Nowhere: Meditations on the Buddhist Path Who Is My Self?: A Guide to Buddhist Meditation Michael Taft: https://deconstructingyourself.com/events Scroll down to Ongoing Events for the Thursday evening group meditation streamed on his youtube channel. Also explore his website for interesting podcasts Loving Kindness resource page: http://leighb.com/metta.htm My reading list: http://leighb.com/readlist.htm Comment from the host, Todd Scholl: This episode contains material that some may not consider secular. As with all episodes, the content does not necessarily reflect the opinions or views of Teachers Aligned. It is my belief that we should acknowledge the roots of mindfulness practice and be willing to explore those roots in a way that is respectful to people of all faith backgrounds. I heard Leigh on the 10% Happier Podcast with Dan Harris and was fascinated by his ideas. I reached out to him and was fortunate that he agreed to be a guest on the podcast.  It was my honor to record this conversation with him. --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/todd-scholl0/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/todd-scholl0/support
This is a special edition of the Teachers Aligned Podcast. Todd discusses details about the 2020 Teachers Aligned Mindfulness Retreat.  Learn more about the retreat at http://mindfulnessretreat.weebly.com/. --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/todd-scholl0/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/todd-scholl0/support
Dr. Sibinga is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics at the Johns Hopkins School and the Past-Chair of the American Academy of Pediatrics’ Section on Integrative Medicine. Dr. Sibinga is a general academic pediatrician, keenly interested in improving the lives of children and families through the expansion of evidence-based complementary approaches. With funding from foundations and the United States’ National Institutes of Health’s National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health, she has adapted and evaluated mindfulness instruction (including the mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) program) for urban children and youth in both clinic- and school-based settings. Dr. Sibinga’s randomized controlled trials have shown that mindfulness instruction for children and youth can reduce psychological symptoms (including depression, anxiety, and post-traumatic stress disorder symptoms); improve the stress response, coping, and quality of life; and enhance interpersonal and behavioral outcomes. For youth with HIV, MBSR leads to both psychological benefits and improvements in HIV medication adherence and viral suppression, important outcomes in HIV treatment. Dr. Sibinga’s current work also includes the development and evaluation of mindfulness programming for adults important to children and youth – mothers of infants in the NICU and classroom teachers. Dr. Sibinga's Recommendations Everyday Blessings: The Inner Work of Mindful Parenting Wherever You Go, There You Are: Mindfulness Meditation in Everyday Life Sacred Hoops: SPIRITUAL LESSONS OF A HARDWOOD WARRIOR Whole Health Ed - Connecting the groundbreaking work of wellness programs across K-12 campuses with the nation's health objectives for children, their families and communities, so that students leave secondary school fully prepared to live their own healthiest lives. Video with Dr. Sibinga - https://www.pbs.org/newshour/show/faced-outsized-stresses-baltimore-students-learn-take-deep-breath Vox Article with Dr. Sibinga - https://www.vox.com/science-and-health/2017/5/22/13768406/mindfulness-meditation-good-for-kids-evidence --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/todd-scholl0/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/todd-scholl0/support
Heather Marshall is a teacher and writer. She has taught creative writing, arts integration, and English in classrooms K-16 for the past 22 years. Since she became an registered yoga teacher in 2013, she has a been teaching yoga in studios and schools. Most recently, she has begun teaching mindfulness as well. She currently teaches English, creative writing, yoga, and mindfulness at Greenville Technical Charter High School. Her fiction and creative nonfiction are published in a variety of periodicals. Her first novel, The Thorn Tree, released in 2014. Heather holds a BA in English and an MFA in Creative Writing. She is in the Mindful Schools teacher training program, class of 2020. Heather's Recommendations www.mindfulschools.org Jamie Elmer Online Yoga The Whole-Brain Child – Dan Siegel Jon Kabat-Zinn Books You can reach her at heather@heathergmarshall.com and find her on Instagram @heathergracem. --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/todd-scholl0/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/todd-scholl0/support
Chrissie Keillor is a yoga instructor and high school teacher in the Myrtle Beach area. She graduated with a degree in Kinesiology from Illinois State University and began her career as a certified athletic trainer at the high school level. Searching for a more creative outlet, she became a 200 Hour RYT in 2011 and shortly thereafter also acquired her Fitness Nutrition Specialization and Personal Training Certification through NASM. Chrissie started her own yoga business named Subala just a year ago to streamline her vision with athletics, yoga, mindfulness, healthy lifestyle and safer beauty and body products. She currently teaches yoga at New South Brewery, Quigleys Pint and Plate, Twelve 33 and Top Golf. You can follow her on Facebook and Instagram using the handle @Subala843 Chrissie's Recommendations Teaching Yoga Beyond the Poses: A Practical Workbook for Integrating Themes, Ideas, and Inspiration into Your Class Science of Yoga: Understand the Anatomy and Physiology to Perfect Your Practice Ashtanga Yoga: The Practice Manual The Freedom of Being: At Ease with What Is The Book of Awakening: Having the Life You Want by Being Present to the Life You Have The Golden Present: Daily Inspirational Readings by Sri Swami Satchidananda Spark: The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/todd-scholl0/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/todd-scholl0/support
Danna Thomas is a former Baltimore City Public School teacher turned founder of a global initiative to support the mental health and wellness of educators. Her organization, Happy Teacher Revolution, is on a mission to increase teacher happiness, retention, and professional sustainability by providing educators with the time and space to heal, deal, and be real about the social-emotional demands they face on the job. Danna served as the national spokeswoman for the National Alliance of Mental Illness (NAMI) Maryland and the “Music for Mental Health” campaign. She is the recipient of the 2019 Johns Hopkins Community Hero Award and the 2019 Winner of the Johns Hopkins Social Innovation Lab. Her favorite forms of self-care include playing backgammon, community hot yoga, and rocking out on the saxophone. Danna's Book/Resource Recommendations Happy Teacher Revolution Website Radical Wholeness: The Embodied Present and the Ordinary Grace of Being First Aid for Teacher Burnout: How You Can Find Peace and Success Teach Happy: Educating Wellness for Teacher and Student Success Happy Teachers Change the World: A Guide for Cultivating Mindfulness in Education The Beginning Teacher's Field Guide: Embarking on Your First Years (Self-Care and Teaching Tips for New Teachers) Unshakeable: 20 Ways to Enjoy Teaching Every Day...No Matter What If you are interested in connecting and collaborating with Danna, you can e-mail her at general@happyteacherrevolution.com. --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/todd-scholl0/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/todd-scholl0/support
Senator Mike Fanning represents District 17 in South Carolina which includes Chester, Fairfield and York Counties. A military veteran and former high school social studies teacher, Senator Fanning has been a strong advocate for public education in South Carolina. In this episode, he discusses the importance of educators being involved in politics and provides valuable insights on current legislation that will impact the lives of teachers and their students. Mike's Recommendations SC Statehouse Website If you are interested in connecting and collaborating with Senator Fanning, you can e-mail him at MikeFanning@scsenate.gov. --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/todd-scholl0/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/todd-scholl0/support
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