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Host Andy Vasily interviews leading experts in the field of education and beyond to discuss what matters most in their pursuit of both personal and professional excellence.
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In today's episode, British sailor, Tracy Edwards, and I sit down to discuss her extraordinary journey and the life lessons she has learned through her passion for sailing and making a difference in the world. Tracy was the first woman to win the Yachtsman of the Year Award in the United Kingdom and assembled the first all-female crew to compete in the Whitbread Around the World Race, a treacherous 33000-mile course consisting of 6 different legs. Not only did they finish second in the race, Tracy and her team changed the course of racing history and inspired countless females to follow their dreams and and to strive for excellence in their lives. In today's discussion, Tracy opens up about the hardship and challenge that she experienced and how she had to overcome these obstacles in order to find her purpose and meaning in life. A deep thank you to Tracy for her time and energy. Tracy's documentary can be seen on Netflix at: Tracy: Tracy was expelled from school at the age of 15 and with no exams or qualifications she left to travel the world. She began working on charter yachts in Greece at the age of 17 and learned how to sail. Tracy took part in her first Whitbread Round the World Race as cook aboard ‘Atlantic Privateer’ in 1985/86 becoming the first woman to race around the world on a Maxi.Upon completion she decided to enter the first all-female crew in the 1989/90 Whitbread and ‘Maiden’ crossed the start line on 2nd Sept 1989 and sailed into the history books. ‘Maiden’ went on to win two of the legs and came second in class overall. The best result for a British boat since 1977 and the best result for an all-female crew ever. Tracy was awarded the MBE and became the first woman in its 34 year history to be awarded the Yachtsman of the Year Trophy.In 1998 Tracy put together the first all-female crew to race a Multihull, this time in an attempt to be the first all-female crew to sail around the world non-stop and win the Jules Verne Trophy for the fastest non-stop circumnavigation of the world by sail. Sponsored by Royal & SunAlliance, the women had broken five world records and were well on the way to beating the Jules Verne, when their 92ft catamaran was dismasted 2000 miles off the coast of Chile.In 2002, Edwards created the first ever truly mixed gender team and broke four major world records in Maiden II.In October 2003 she signed a sponsorship deal with the Gulf State of Qatar as part of a four year sailing programme. The Oryx Quest 2005 was the first round the world race to start and finish in the Middle East. The worlds’ four largest and fastest multihulls raced against each other for the first time in sailing history. The event ended with non-payment by Qatar.In 2007 and 2008 Tracy worked for CEOP (Child Exploitation and Online Protection) as Project Manager for their International Youth Advisory Conference. Working with the UN she assisted in the creation of the 2009 Resolution to the UNCRC. Upon completion of her contract Tracy enrolled at Roehampton University taking a 3 year degree in Psychology and graduating with an upper 2:1Connect With Tracy: Twitter: and Documentary:
In today's show, Dr. Jim Knight and I have a discussion about his journey in life and the key experiences that helped to shape the work he has done developing the Instructional Coaching framework.  Jim and his team have deeply committed themselves to working with partners around the globe to improve the education of all students. In this episode, Jim unpacks different styles of coaching and their impact on teaching and learning. As well, he shares his insight into the 7 Partnership Principles that are the foundation of the Instructional Coaching framework.  Hope you enjoy this discussion with Jim and find takeaway value you can apply to your own teaching/leadership practice. Jim's Bio: Jim Knight, Senior Partner of ICG, is a research associate at the University of Kansas Center for Research on Learning. He has spent more than two decades studying instructional coaching, writing several books on the topic.  Jim’s articles on instructional coaching have been included in publications such as The Journal of Staff Development, Principal Leadership, The School Administrator, and Teachers Teaching Teachers. Jim directs several research projects, including Pathways to Success, a comprehensive, district-wide school reform project in the Topeka, Kansas, School District. Jim also leads the Intensive Instructional Coaching Institutes and the Teaching Learning Coaching annual conference. Jim has presented and consulted in more than 40 states, most Canadian provinces, and around the world. He has also won several university teaching, innovation, and service awards.Connect With Jim: Twitter: hello@instructionalcoaching.comSpecial thanks to Bronx band Conversing with Oceans & Alex Bondarev for creating the podcast music.
In today’s episode, I bring Morris Ervin Jr back on my show for a second time. In our first episode together, Morris shared his inspiring story —a journey of self-discovery, passion, and overcoming many obstacles in his life to be able to do the amazing work he now does. Morris is a talented speaker, mentor, healer, and deeply committed educator. If you didn’t get a chance to listen to my first episode with Morris, I highly encourage you to have a listen as it will help to better frame up our discussion today. You can find a link to the first episode in the show notes of today’s podcast. I asked Morris to come back on the show to share his knowledge and insight related to Non-Violent Communication. Non-Violent Communication is a unique and powerful process for inspiring compassionate connection and action. It provides a framework and set of skills to address a wide range of concerns, from the most intimate relationships to global political conflicts. The purpose of NVC is to help all involved to sharpen their awareness of language so that they can express what really matters to them and also hear what really matters to others. It involves empathic communication whereby we can attune ourselves to both our own and other people’s real needs.Morris has years of experience training in Non-Violent Communication and regularly applies it in his own life…. both personally and professionally. I asked Morris to share his experiences using non-violent communication to give us a glimpse into how it works and ways that it can be applied in our lives in difficult situations. Evidence shows that ‘being judgmental’ is the root cause of the majority of conflicts that occur in life. We’ve all been in a place where we have not only judged others but have been judged by others. NVC is about removing ‘judgement’ and genuinely tapping into our own authentic needs and the needs of others, especially when deep conflict occurs. The founder of NVC Marshall Rosenberg stated many years ago that NVC is really the LANGUAGE of LIFE and that the framework can make such a huge difference to peacefully resolving conflicts and issues that arise between people. About Morris: Morris H Ervin, Jr. is an educator, entertainer, motivational speaker, and Youth Development Professional committed to helping the youth, families, communities, and institutions “turn fear into strength, and pain into passion.” Morris is the founder of Mansa Consulting and he has provided assemblies, workshops, mentoring programs, and leadership camps/retreats to 1,000s of students in over a dozen school districts across the country. Morris believes that the ultimate measure of a man is seen through the eyes of his family. He has a beautiful wife, two teenage children, and two dogs. His ultimate, inspiration, motivation, and drive are fueled by his family’s love and unconditional support.Connect With Morris: Facebook: Instagram: Special thanks to Bronx based band Conversing with Oceans and Alex Bondarev for creating the podcast music. Episode with Morris:
Today’s episode is a special one as I had the opportunity to reconnect with an old teammate and friend from university. My guest, Warren Christie and I played football together at the University of Windsor in Canada many years ago.  Warren has a very unique story and is a great example of somebody willing to leap into the unknown to pursue a dream. You will learn all about his story in today’s episode. Warren has been a film actor for nearly 2 decades and has earned roles in several TV series over the years including October Road and The Village. He recently starred alongside Candace Cameron Bure in the movie ‘If I Only Had Christmas’ which was just released this past week in Canada and on Thanksgiving Day weekend in the US. As well, he has been in several other movies over the years. What I appreciate about this conversation with Warren is his willingness to speak honestly and openly about his journey and what he has come to learn about himself through the process of trying to improve and get better every day at developing his craft as a film actor. With the uncertainty of his profession and the fact that he will no doubt fail over and over again, Warren has displayed not only deep resilience but also tremendous gratitude for being able to do the work he does.  In this episode we dive into the weeds of what it means to be in the spotlight and what it takes to step up and perform at your best in high stakes environments. As well, Warren shares how he best prepares for his roles and the tools he must develop within himself to be able to bounce back from failure and to be in the present moment, as much as possible, when filming. It was so good to sit down and reconnect with Warren. Lots of great memories from our days together playing football, but more importantly, a great conversation about life, learning, passion, and resilience. About WarrenWarren Christie was born in Belfast, Northern Ireland, but spent most of his childhood in London, Ontario.  He left London for Windsor after being recruited to play college football.  It was during these years that Christie developed his love for performing and decided to pursue it as a career.  This decision led him to Vancouver, where his rugged good looks and keen acting ability quickly landed him desirable leading roles.In 2005, Christie landed a lead role on the series “October Road,” playing a cocky construction company owner.  Last year, Christie had the chance to stretch his performing abilities when he was cast as the star of the musical feature film “The Magical Flute Diaries,” based on one of Mozart’s operas.  Christie recently wrapped filming on ABC’s pilot “Prince of Motor City,” a gothic family drama in which he stars along side Aiden Quinn and Piper Perabo.Christie’s ability to embody diverse characters is evident in the variety of roles he takes on and masters.  He played opposite Heather Graham in the romantic comedy “Gray Matters,” and then switched gears with his next project, the psychological thriller “Beneath,” produced by the group that did “Napoleon Dynamite” in conjunction with MTV Films/Paramount Classics. Christie has also lent his talents to numerous television shows, including “Supernatural,” “The L Word,” “Battlestar Galactica” and the ABC series “The Days.”  Christie’s future plan is to pursue character-driven roles in Canadian and American film.Connect With WarrenTwitter: thanks to Bronx band Conversing with Oceans & Alex Bondarev for creating the podcast music.
In this episode, Jorge Rodriguez, Aaron Beighle, Greg Dryer and myself dive deeply into a discussion about the role of feedback on professional growth and learning in the field of physical education. Using the Harvard Business Review article The Feedback Fallacy as a starting point for our discussion, we all share what resonated the most with us in regards to the article. This led nicely into a deeper discussion about the impact that feedback can have on teacher practice, the obstacles and barriers that stand in the way of giving and receiving quality feedback, and ultimately the role that Twitter can play in promoting professional growth and learning in our profession. Although we point out the very positive impact that Twitter can have on learning and growth, we also discuss how it can get in the way of professional growth as some educators can use it to only seek praise rather than seek the critical feedback needed to grow and learn. In sharing our thoughts about feedback, we don't claim to have the right answers but are more interested in opening about dialogue about these important themes in our profession. Connect With The TeamGreg Dryer: Twitter- & Beighle: Twitter- Rodriguez: Twitter- Vasily: Twitter- thanks to Bronx band Conversing with Oceans & Alex Bondarev for creating the podcast music.
In today’s episode, my good friend and colleague, Jorge Rodriguez, and I sit down to have a conversation about the role of feedback in regards to professional growth and how feedback can be used in a positive way to consistently reflect on our teacher practice in order to continually grow and learn. Not only do we share our own curiosities and wonderings around feedback, but also what we have come to learn about our own teacher and leadership practice through critical feedback from others. As both Jorge and I use Twitter as a platform to engage in dialogue about professional growth, we also dive deeply into a discussion about some concerns we have about the way Twitter is sometimes used by teachers in our field of physical education. We hope that any educator listening to this episode can critically reflect on how they use Twitter to not only share their own work and resources, but also the main purpose of why they are posting what they are posting. Jorge and I talk about big difference between seeking praise and seeking critical feedback. There is indeed a place for both, but what is most important to Jorge and I is that dialogue around professional growth, learning, and reflection can be done using Twitter, but it takes a clear and intentional focus and a willingness to be open to the views and perspectives of others. We hope that any educator listening to this can share their own thoughts on the themes and topics we discuss in order to keep the dialogue going. We are not claiming to be experts or that are views are right, instead we aim to keep dialogue open in regards to the role of feedback as it relates to professional growth and learning. Connect With Jorge: Twitter: Physed Voxcast: with Andy: Twitter:
In this episode, Dr. Stephen Rollnick and I have a discussion about Motivational Interviewing which is a counseling approach he co-developed with Dr. William R. Miller. Motivational interviewing is a directive, client-centered counseling style for eliciting behavior change by helping clients to explore and resolve ambivalence. Our conversation digs deeply into the roles of empathy and compassion with a specific focus on the skill of empathic listening.We also discuss the reasons why he developed Motivational interviewing based on his experiences as a clinical psychologist many years ago. He has taken his Motivational Interviewing to elite sports and now works with many top coaches and athletes helping them to unlock the internal resources within themselves to thrive and flourish in their sport. It was an honor to interview Stephen and I hope you find value in this discussion.About Stephen:Stephen Rollnick provides consultancy, mentorship and training on the subjects of motivation, change, teamwork and Motivational Interviewing. He an Honorary Distinguished Professor in the School of Medicine in Cardiff University, Wales, UK with a research record focused on good practice in efforts to promote change and behaviour change among patients, clients and the practitioners who serve them.Stephen is also a clinical psychologist with many years of experience in service provision and in the training of practitioners. This work, much of it on motivational interviewing (MI), has taken him into diverse cultures and settings. He has now retired to focus on training, writing and consultancy, in the fields of healthcare and sport.Stephen is a co-founder of Motivational Interviewing.  His work has included support to programmes for pregnant teens, children with HIV-AIDS in Africa and medication adherence in different areas.  He is a co-founder of PATA (Paediatric Aids Treatment for Africa) and the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers (MINT), an international network for trainers.  He is the co-author of Motivational Interviewing: Helping People Change(Miller and Rollnick, 1991; 2001 & 2012), Health Behaviour Change: A Guide for Practitioners (Rollnick, Mason & Butler, 1999) and Motivational Interviewing in Health Care (Rollnick, Miller & Butler, 2008), Motivational Interviewing in Schools (2016) and is completing a book on motivational interviewing for sports coaches.Individual consultation on a case by case base is available on request in a wide range of settings including education, sport and healthcare.Connect with Stephen:Twitter: thanks to Bronx band Conversing with Oceans & Alex Bondarev for creating the podcast music.
In this episode, I feel very lucky to have had an in-depth discussion with Dr. Tony Chan, the current president of KAUST. Tony has had great achievements in leadership and academics, but remains a genuinely down-to-earth person who is very curious about the world and its people. In our discussion, we dive deeply into early days in Tony’s academic life, his trajectory into leadership, and his core belief that having a broad world view is essential, regardless of one’s chosen field of study or career. In this episode, Tony describes what he has learned from years of experience as a leader and what he hopes his legacy will be. It was a genuine honor to speak to Tony.Tony's BioDr. Tony F. Chan is the third president of King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST). He joined KAUST as president on September 1, 2018, after nearly a decade as president of The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST). Dr. Chan's professional field is computational mathematics, with interests including image processing and computer vision, physical circuit design and computational brain mapping. He has been one of the most cited mathematicians in the world and published over 200 refereed papers.Connect with KAUST and to learn more about Dr. Tony ChanWebsite: thanks to Bronx band Conversing with Oceans & Alex Bondarev for creating the podcast music.
In this episode, Dr. Justen O'Connor and I dive deeply into a discussion about autonomy, differentiation, assessment and curriculum and some key ideas that teachers might consider when planning for the most meaningful learning experiences possible in physical education.  Justen's research work utilises systems thinking, social ecology and strengths-based approaches to explore curriculum and pedagogy associated with health, physical education, sport and lifetime physical activity. In our discussion, Justen shares his insight into the importance of physical educators differentiating learning experiences to meet the diverse needs of their students in PE and having an educative purpose behind all of the activities done in the the lessons and units taught. I always enjoy my chats with Justen and am happy to have been able to capture this one on my podcast. If you know a physical educator who might benefit from listening to this episode, please share. ThanksJusten's Bio: Justen has research experience that utilises systems thinking, social ecology and strengths-based approaches to explore curriculum and pedoagogy associated with health, physical education, sport and lifetime physical activity. He also has an interest in social justice within education and sports as well as informal forms of participation in movement. Justen’s research focuses on transforming existing community sport towards more inclusive practice and progressing alternative informal forms of participation in both community and education settings. His two significant research questions ask: 1) How can we reimagine policy and practice within community sport and physical education, so they open to a wider range of informal participation types, with global implications for health and inclusion? 2) How might we challenge sporting and physical education contexts to better recognise and reflect our diverse society?Connect With Justen: Twitter: Blog: thanks to Bronx band Conversing with Oceans & Alex Bondarev for creating the podcast music.
In this episode, Greg Dryer and I have an in-depth discussion about relevance, autonomy, meaning and purpose in physical education. Greg is the Director of the Centre for Physical Education, Sport and Activity at Kingston University in the UK and has  devoted himself  to better understanding the role of physical activity and sport in young people's lives. He is the developer of the MiMove app which is currently being used by being used by over 130 schools across 20 countries to celebrate and support over 60,000 students' physical activity journeys. In our discussion today, Greg and I also dive deeply into  the role that data can play to help inform teacher practice and how the data can be used in multiple different ways to provide more information about the impact that physical activity and sport can have in a young person's life. Hope you find value in this chat. Thanks for listening.About GregGreg founded and is the Director of the Centre for Physical Education, Sport and Activity at Kingston University (CPESA) and Co-Founder of miMove. miMove is the world’s first app designed specifically for schools to help young people develop a physical activity habit.  He is a highly experienced physical educator and critical thinker who has been lucky enough to work with pre-schoolers through to post-grads. He led PE departments in 3 London Schools, before moving into HE. His work disrupts exclusive practices in PE /Sport and re-imagine them by applying the best of what we know to create more equitable and fulfilling experiences that will allow our profession to deliver more effectively on our universal goal; more young people finding a place for physical activity in their lives. He draws inspiration from a range of disciplines from psychology, critical theory, pedagogy and economics.  Connect with GregTwitter: miMove visit http://mimoveapp.comEmail: and To read about the work that Greg and his team do at CPESA go to where you can find a number of blogs and their Beyond the Square podcast as well as recordings of their weekly Friday conversations - Let’s Chat Phys Ed. Let’s Chat Phys Ed are open to anyone who wants to join the call. Simply subscribe to the CPESa newsletter to receive the weekly update and Zoom link. Special thanks to Bronx band Conversing with Oceans & Alex Bondarev for creating the podcast music. 
In this episode, I feel very grateful to have had a conversation with Dr. Richard Ryan, the co-developer of the Self-Determination Theory. Dr. Ryan's work has been instrumental in the field of human motivation over the last 4 decades. He has won 3 lifetime achievement awards in the profession and has dedicated himself to better understanding the conditions necessary for all humans to flourish. His team's work has been accessed and applied by many researchers/writers around the world, including Daniel Pink, best-selling author of-Drive: The Surprising Truth of What Motivates Us. It was a genuine honor to speak with Dr. Ryan in this episode and to share his amazing work.Dr. Ryan's Bio: Richard M. Ryan is an influential University of Rochester Professor Emeritus of Psychology. He is a clinical psychologist and co-developer of Self-Determination Theory, an internationally recognized leading theory of human motivation. He lectures frequently in the United States and aboard on the factors that promote motivation and healthy psychological and behavioral functioning (applied to such areas as work and organizations, education, health, sport and exercise, video games and virtual environments). Ryan is among the most cited researchers in psychology and social sciences today and the author of over 400 papers and books in the areas of human motivation and well-being, including his best-selling book, Self-determination theory: Basic psychological needs in motivation, development and wellness (Ryan & Deci, 2017). Reflective of Ryan's influence internationally and across disciplines, he has been recognized as one of the eminent psychologists of the modern era[1],[2] and listed among the Top 20 most influential industrial-organizational psychologists[3]. He has also been honored with three lifetime achievement awards for his work on motivation, personal meaning, and self and identity.Connect with Richard: Website: thanks to Bronx band Conversing with Oceans & Alex Bondarev for creating the podcast music.
In this episode, Miranda Rose and myself have an in-depth discussion about how her organization, The American School of Warsaw, prepared itself for a return to face-to-face teaching and learning during these times of uncertainty due to COVID-19. Miranda speaks, in detail, about her school's journey in opening up and the health protocols that are in place to ensure that all staff and students are kept as safe as possible during this unpredictable time. Miranda also shares the successes that took place during distance learning at her school and how all faculty had a hand in creating positive solutions to help move the organization forward in such stressful times. Miranda is a wonderful educator who is deeply committed to the profession. A special thanks to Miranda for being on the podcast and for sharing her insight with us all.  Miranda's BioMiranda is on an international journey, by choice, having lived in Thailand, UAE, Ghana, India, and now Poland and travelled to many incredible destinations in between. She continues to call Canada her home, but is presently the PYP Coordinator at the American School of Warsaw in Poland. She enjoys moonlighting as an IB PYP Consultant, Workshop Leader and Evaluation and Verification Team Leader. She paused her EdD studies at University of Western Ontario to focus on her family but will get back to that in due course. Inquiry-based learning is her passion. With that, She is proud to be a lifelong learner looking to work and play with others who value learning both personally and professionally. Connect With Miranda:Twitter: mrose@aswarsaw.orgSpecial thanks to Bronx band Conversing with Oceans & Alex Bondarev for creating the podcast music.
In this episode, I interview Dr. Bob Pangrazi and Dr. Aaron Beighle about the work that they have done together for the past 20 years. In particular, we discuss the journey of writing their well-known book Dynamic Physical Education for Elementary School Children (now in its 19th edition) and how they constantly strive to refine and improve each edition of the book. We also dive into a discussion about what quality physical education is and what it is not. Both Bob and Aaron remain highly committed to open dialogue about best practice and share not only what excites them about the profession in this episode but also what their biggest concerns are. We also share our thoughts about the role of social media in professional growth, but also how social media can stand in the way of getting better and constantly growing as educators. It was a pleasure to have Bob and Aaron on my Run Your Life podcast series. About Bob and Aaron:Bob Pangrazi: Dr. Robert Pangrazi is a Professor Emeritus at Arizona State University and an Educational Consultant for Gopher Sport. Dr. Pangrazi has been in the education field over 50 years. He began his career as a 5th grade teacher and was an ASU professor of physical education for 32 years. Pangrazi has published over 60 textbooks and 100 research and professional articles. He has been an invited speaker at nearly 500 national and international conferences.Aaron Beighle: Aaron Beighle holds a Ph.D. from Arizona State University and is currently a faculty member at the University of Kentucky. Dr. Beighle regularly collaborates with a variety of organizations interested in youth physical activity promotion. He has been a leading advocate for Comprehensive School Physical Activity Programs since its inception in 2006. Aaron has written more than 85 research-based and practical articles as well as six books, most notably Dynamic Physical Education for Elementary School Children. He recently collaborated with Dr. Bob Pangrazi and Gopher to make their widely used lessons plans available for free via with Bob and Aaron: Bob Pangrazi:Twitter: Huddle Podcast: Beighle: Twitter: thanks to Bronx band Conversing with Oceans & Alex Bondarev for creating the podcast music.
In this episode, Kellen Milad, a fitness and health professional based in Milwaukee, Wisconsin joins me for an in-depth discussion about his Movement Parallels Life YouTube series which is all about helping people find joy and flow through purpose, yet playful forms of sequenced movement patterns. Kellen's unique approach fuses his background in counseling psychology with extensive education and expertise in movement and nutrition. Kellen is a very deep thinker and has the ability to clearly articulate the language of movement and well-being so that it is understandable and accessible to any individual wanting to improve their quality of their life and health. It was a pleasure to have Kellen on my show and I'm sure any listener will find value in this episode. About Kellen Kellen is a movement coach and content creator. He advocates for a holistic and integrated approach to fitness. He focuses bringing play, creativity, and awareness to movement for sustainable fitness and strong mental health. He offers free workouts and training tips on his YouTube channel - Movement Parallels Life.Connect with KellenWebsite: Instagram: Facebook:
My guest today has an amazing story of resilience and truly embodies what it means to live a life of purpose and passion. James Wythe was an elite golfer competing nationally in the UK and had aspirations to turn professional. However, at the age of 21, he was struck down with myalgic encephalomyelitis which left him bedridden for two straight years, barely able to move and speak in the first few months. It took another 4 years of healing and recovery, but even though housebound at this time, he taught himself to cook and changed to a non-gluten, non-dairy diet. It was this diet that was a huge part of his healing journey. As James learned more about cooking, he developed a true passion for it and started up his very popular blog Healthy Living James which has a following on Instagram of more than 90000 people. His work has made a big impact on a lot of people around the world and it was a genuine pleasure to have him on my show. About JamesJames is a qualified Health Coach and food blogger. He specialises in creating quick and healthy gluten, wheat, dairy, egg and refined sugar free recipes. After suffering with a long term illness his food has been one of his ways of recovery. His aim is to inspire and motivate people to cook more to improve their overall lifestyle.Connect with JamesWebsite: thanks to Bronx band Conversing with Oceans & Alex Bondarev for creating the podcast music.
In today's podcast episode, I have an in-depth discussion with Dr. Helen Street, the author of the well-known book Contextual Well-Being. This conversation with Helen is very timely in nature as many schools around the world face an uncertain, stressful time as they make important decisions about whether to return to face-to-face, virtual or a hybrid model of teaching and learning. Helen's work around contextual well-being has been recognized and praised by leading educators around the world. Over the years, Helen has committed herself to helping schools to truly define what well-being means based on their unique context while taking 4 important domains into consideration; The people of our community, policies and practices, social norms, and the physical space of schools. Helen is a wonderful person and is very passionate about the work she does. It was a pleasure to have her on my show and I would like to thank her for her time and energy. About HelenDr Helen Street is one of Australia’s most highly respected educators. With a passion for educational reform and for challenging the status quo, she has become known as a powerful advocate for childrens’ rights as well as a pioneer in the support of learning engagement, motivation and wellbeing in schools.  Helen works with schools and colleges from more than 15 countries in and including Australia, SE Asia and Europe. She has written four books including 'Standing Without Shoes' (co-authored with George Burns) which contains a foreword by His Holiness the Dalai Lama. Helen’s book ‘Contextual Wellbeing – creating positive schools from the inside out’ has been praised by leading educators around the world. Helen is an honorary research fellow at the University of Melbourne and the founder and chair of the Positive Schools Initiative with Neil Porter. The Positive Schools Initiative includes the Positive Schools conference series ( and Positive Schools Online ( launching in September, 2020Connect With Helen:Twitter:'s Ted X Talk: Well-Being is Not a CompetitionSpecial thanks to Bronx band Conversing with Oceans & Alex Bondarev for creating the podcast music.
Dr. Scott Kretchmar is a leading sports philosopher world wide with more than four decades of experience in the field of exercise and sport science. His research interests include the role of games and play in human evolution and theory of mind and the intellectual requirements of sporting activity. He has played a key role in making sport philosophy a legitimate field of scholarship and study and has had a huge impact on the physical education/health profession. In today's episode, Scott and I dive deeply into a discussion that focuses on how physical educators can plant the seeds for all students to flourish in a PE setting and how they can help young people to create personal narratives that include physical activity, sport, and exercise as part of the ongoing stories that they create for themselves. It was a pleasure to speak with Scott. He is an important mentor of mine and I always learn so much from our discussions. Scott's BioProfessor R. Scott Kretchmar is one of the leading sports philosophers in the country.  He has taught philosophy of sport for over three decades and played a key role in making it a legitimate field of scholarship and study.  He is one of the founding members of the Philosophic Society for the Study of Sport and served as its president.  He has also served as the president of the Philosophic Academy of the National Association for Sport and Physical Education.  He is a retired professor at Pennsylvania State University in the Exercise and Sports Science department, where he has served as department chair. He was elected as the president of the American Academy of Kinesiology and Physical Education and is leading the way to making the subject of sports philosophy an important facet of the study of Kinesiology.Scott has received numerous awards over the course of his career and the impact that he has on the field of physical and health has been felt around the world. Connect with Scott: Email: rsk1@psu.eduSpecial thanks to Bronx band Conversing with Oceans & Alex Bondarev for creating the podcast music.
In this episode, Dr. Aaron Beighle and I have an in-depth discussion about quality teaching and learning in physical education. In particular, we dive into a conversation about what teachers need to think more deeply about when planning for high quality virtual learning lessons. As well, we discuss our thoughts about how teachers might reframe what's possible in regards to the learning experiences they offer students in relation to important health and fitness outcomes in physical education. Aaron is a not only a fantastic educator but a wonderful person who I am happy to have met and formed a friendship with. Thanks for being on the show for a second time Aaron. Aaron's Bio: Aaron Beighle holds a Ph.D. from Arizona State University and is currently a faculty member at the University of Kentucky. Dr. Beighle regularly collaborates with a variety of organizations interested in youth physical activity promotion. He has been a leading advocate for Comprehensive School Physical Activity Programs since its inception in 2006. Aaron has written more than 85 research-based and practical articles as well as six books, most notably Dynamic Physical Education for Elementary School Children. He recently collaborated with Dr. Bob Pangrazi and Gopher to make their widely used lessons plans available for free via Connect With Aaron:Twitter: thanks to Bronx band Conversing with Oceans & Alex Bondarev for creating the podcast music. Song: Thrive by Casting Crowns-
In this episode, I speak with long time friend and scientist, Dr. Al Scott. Al is doing some amazing work in the field of science and presently works in the Canadian space industry. He has a PhD in Laboratory Astrophysics and his current work focuses on developing laser communication systems for satellites. Al recently started up his own podcast called the Rational View and this is why I brought him on the show. I wanted to hear about Al's work and to learn more about the themes and topics he covers in each episode of his podcast. His podcast takes a deep dive into important societal issues and it is Al's hope that through each episode he provides a clear voice for the moderate majority on highly polarized issues such as climate change, social inequity, and the growth of anti-science sentiment. I highly recommend you have a listen to The Rational View, it's a fantastic podcast. I want to thank Al for taking the time to be on my podcast. About Al: My name is Dr. Alan Scott, namesake to the original Green Lantern. I grew up on the Scott Brothers' apple farm in the tiny village of Olinda, near Leamington Ontario where I was taught the value of an honest day's work in the orchards.  I determined at that time that it would be worthwhile exploring the big world and so I left the farm for University. I earned a BSc in Physics from the University of Guelph, Ontario. While there, I served as president of the College of Physical and Engineering Sciences student council. I was also a member of the varsity curling squad for which I was awarded the President's Trophy for combined academics/athletics achievement. Several years later, I graduated with a PhD in Laboratory Astrophysics from University of Waterloo under Professor Walt Duley. After this period of academic freedom I turned to the 'dark side' and entered the Canadian space industry working on the development of optical remote sensing instruments for scientific satellite experiments. I have been active in this field ever since, enjoying the opportunity to work with an amazingly broad range of cutting edge technology. I currently work for COM DEV/Honeywell as an 'Engineering Fellow' in optical technologies, developing laser communications systems for satellites. During this time I have also been involved in the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada, Ottawa chapter.  I served as the Ted Bean Telescope Loan Librarian for over a decade, and also as Counselor, VP, and President.  I was awarded a service award in 2016 by the Ottawa Center. As for my family, I have two wonderful teenage children, Clare and Will, a supportive and intelligent wife, Sarah, and a young kindergarten troublemaker, Rigel.Connect With Al: Twitter: thanks to Bronx band Conversing with Oceans & Alex Bondarev for creating the podcast music.
I'm thankful to have had this round table discussion with my wonderful colleagues Laura Pendergast, Jessica Boland, and Carrie Mcewen about the role of the Pedagogical Coordinator and the work that we do at The KAUST School in Saudi Arabia. The role itself is a very unique one that not only involves being a coach, collaborator,  consultant, and curriculum coordinator but also to work side-by-side with the amazing teachers in our school helping to support them with their own professional growth journeys. Not a day goes by when I am not extremely appreciative and thankful to do the work that I do at the school and to be a part of such a great leadership team at Gardens Elementary School. A special thanks to Laura, Jessica, and Carrie for their willingness to share their insight and experiences. About LauraBorn and raised in small-town Ontario, Canada I always knew I wanted to be a teacher.I was very fortunate to attend local schools that were brimming with kind and passionate teachers who always went above and beyond to help me and my fellow students. I saw from an early age the power of teachers in my own life and the lives of my peers. While in university in Canada, and facing an unstable job market for newly qualified teachers, I decided to teach aboard. The plan was to spend two years teaching overseas in Kuwait and then move back home to Canada to continue my career. Well, nearly 15 years later I am still teaching overseas. Currently, I am a Pedagogical Coordinator at the KAUST School in Thuwal, Saudi Arabia.As a mother to three young boys I am furthering my own beliefs around learning and researching more about the power of play. I am finding ways to sneak vegetables into every meal I serve. Most importantly, I am eternally grateful for the opportunities to travel and connect with other people that life as an international Educator has brought me and my family.Twitter: JessicaJessica Boland always knew that she would be a teacher.  As an educator for 20 years, in the states and internationally, she has held many roles, such as an elementary teacher, mathematics coach, Asst. Director of Math and Science and is currently working as a G1 Pedagogical Coordinator at KAUST. In addition to having two Masters in Curriculum and Instruction and Mathematics Education, she received the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics Teaching for the state of Arizona in 2010 and received National Board Certification for Professional Teaching Standards as an Early Childhood Generalist in 2008 and received renewal in 2017. She contributed classroom vignettes and student work to the book, Beyond Answers: Exploring Mathematical Practices with Young Children. About CarrieI’m American, born in Iowa, grew up in Ohio and in 1998 started my teaching career in Texas.  I’ve been teaching internationally now for 17 years, in Syria, Bangladesh and now Saudi Arabia at the Kaust School.  My classroom experience is in the early years, teaching kindergarten, first and second grade.  My undergrad degree is in early childhood education and my masters is in International Education.  Four years ago, after a number of years in the classroom, I moved into the role of pedagogical coordinator.  I feel so fortunate to have opportunities to work alongside such highly professional teachers.  From our partnerships we work together to really have a lasting impact on student learning and growth. Twitter: thanks to Bronx band Conversing with Oceans & Alex Bondarev for creating the podcast music.
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