Friday, June 23, 2017

Getting To Know Codeverse with Katy Lynch on The Dr. Will Show




On this episode, I hangout with Katy Lynch and we chat about her company Codeverse and the importance for children to learn how to code at a younger age.

Katy Lynch is a serial entrepreneur and tech powerhouse. She recently launched what she and her husband, Craig Ulliott, call their “legacy company,” a disruptive concept in education and technology called Codeverse, which has a mission to teach one billion children to code internationally. Destined to live a transatlantic life, Lynch was born in Edinburgh, Scotland. Soon after, her father’s job moved her family to England, then stateside to Connecticut and later to the Midwest in suburban Wisconsin. After graduating from University of Manchester, Lynch soon moved back to the States, where she became fascinated by the impact and purpose of Facebook. She began as a Community Manager at a Facebook app company, Where I’ve Been, unknowingly interviewing in a room with her future husband, Ulliott, the creator of the app. Lynch ultimately worked for Where I’ve Been for two years before TripAdvisor acquired the company and she launched SocialKaty, her explosively popular digital media consulting business. With over 70 clients including large national brands such as Firestone, Shopkins and Beanie Babies, Lynch grew the business into the largest Social Media marketing agency in the Midwest before being acquired. Her successes positioned her to become the first female CEO of Techweek, the nation’s leading technology conference and festival. Having created eight companies between the two of them, Lynch and Ulliott are thrilled to be working towards the mission to teach one billion children to code through Codeverse.

Friday, June 9, 2017

Collaborative Analysis of Student Learning with Dr. Langer and Dr. Colton on The Dr. Will Show




On this episode, I hangout with Dr. Amy Colton and Dr. Georgea Langer and we chat about their book Collaborative Analysis of Student Learning.


Georgea M. Langer has a long history of work with teachers’ professional development. In her 24 years with the Eastern Michigan University Department of Teacher Education, she led several initiatives to improve teacher preparation and assessment, and was a middle school teacher.

In the 1980s, Georgea joined with Amy Colton to study and develop classroom teachers’ ability to define, assess, analyze, and reflect upon their pupils' learning as displayed in student work samples. This work culminated in the 2003 bestseller, Collaborative Analysis of Student Work: Improving Teaching and Learning, published by the Association of Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD)Their most recent book, Collaborative Analysis of Student Learning, was published in 2015 by Corwin Press.


Georgea received her Ph.D. in Educational Psychology (Research on Teaching) from Stanford University. She has published extensively in the areas of staff development (as Georgea M. Sparks), teacher education, and teachers’ reflective inquiry in journals such as the Journal of Educational Psychology, Educational Leadership, The Journal of Teacher Education, and The Journal of Staff Development. She is the co-author of two undergraduate teaching methods textbooks.

Amy Colton is a senior consultant for Learning Forward and Executive Director of Learning Forward Michigan. Amy’s work is influenced by her experience as a special education teacher and a district professional learning consultant. As a teacher-in-residence for the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards, she coordinated the development of the Board’s first teaching certificate. She engages district staff in a variety of learning experiences in support of their journey to cultural. In addition, Amy facilitates professional learning in the areas of: Collaborative Inquiry, Teacher Leadership, PLC development and the Design, Implementation and Evaluation of Professional Learning. Amy is the co-creator of the Collaborative Analysis of Student Learning, a collaborative inquiry process that engages teachers in the study of student work to improve their practice. Collaborative Analysis of Student Learning, was published in 2015 by Corwin PressHer work appears in publications including the The Learning Professional, ASCD, and Corwin Press. 


Thursday, June 8, 2017

Getting Jiggy with Social with Nika Stewart on The Dr. Will Show




On this episode, I hangout with Nika Stewart and we chat about making the right moves with social media.
Social Media Trailblazer, National Speaker, and CEO of GhostTweeting.com, Nika Stewart has built a reputation for turning entrepreneurs and thought leaders into social media superstars. Her company has been building social communities and amplifying the visibility of celebrities and those who should be. Nika helps clients leverage the awesome power of social media to spread their messages and maximize brand awareness.
Authors, speakers, entrepreneurs, executives, politicians, and celebrities have all enjoyed increased social media popularity through the expertise of Nika and her world-class Ghost Tweeting team. Nika is a contributor to the Huffington Post, and she and her company have been featured by the global media including the BBC, NBC NY, Fast Company, Entrepreneur Magazine, and USA Today.
Connect with Nika on Twitter: @nikastewart

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Courageous Edventures with Jennie Magiera on The Dr. Will Show




On this episode, I hangout with Jennie Magiera and we chat about her book Courageous Edventures.

Jennie Magiera is the Chief Innovation Officer for Des Plaines Public School District 62 on the North side of Chicago, IL. Previously the Digital Learning Coordinator for the Academy for Urban School Leadership and a Chicago Public Schools teacher, Jennie uses her classroom experiences to inform her work supporting educators to create new and better opportunities for their students. She believes that despite the many challenges facing schools today, every classroom can be a place for “edventures”: student-centered, passion-based experiential learning. Her work centers around acknowledging problems and finding innovative ways to navigate them so as to allow teachers and students dive into these classroom edventures.

Jennie is also passionate about reimagining professional learning to facilitate more relevant teacher support. She has served on the Technical Working Group for the US Department of Education’s National Educational Technology Plan and co-founded various new conference concepts such as PLAYDATE. She has been recognized for her work as a White House Champion for Change, Chicago Public Schools Innovator of the Year, TEDx Speaker, Golden Apple Teacher of Distinction, Apple Distinguished Educator, Google for Education Certified Innovator, and featured on various programs such as NBC’s Education Nation, C-SPAN’s Reimagining Education and NPR.

Jennie shares her experiences taking risks in the classroom and helping others to feel comfortable doing the same in her book, Courageous Edventures. You can follow her on Twitter at @MsMagiera and learn more about her work and her book at bit.ly/edventuresbook.

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

The Disruption of Blended Learning with Michael Horn on The Dr. Will Show



On this episode, I hangout with Michael Horn and we chat about the disruption of innovation and blended learning
Michael Horn speaks and writes about the future of education and works with a portfolio of education organizations to improve the life of each and every student. He serves as the Chief Strategy Officer for Entangled Ventures, an education technology studio, and as a principal consultant for Entangled Solutions, which offers innovation services to higher education institutions. He is also the co-founder of and a distinguished fellow at the Clayton Christensen Institute for Disruptive Innovation, a non-profit think tank.
Horn is the author and coauthor of multiple books, white papers, and articles on education, including the award-winning book Disrupting Class: How Disruptive Innovation Will Change the Way the World Learns and the Amazon-bestseller Blended: Using Disruptive Innovation to Improve Schools. An expert on disruptive innovation, online learning, blended learning, competency-based learning, and how to transform the education system into a student-centered one, he serves on the board and advisory boards of a range of education organizations.
He serves as an advisor to PedagoKnodAltSchoolDegreedEmotuitSchoolCNXTReUp Education, the Adult Literacy XPRIZEASU Prep Digital, and the Hechinger Institute on Education and the Media at Teachers College, Columbia University, and he is an executive editor at Education Next. He is also a venture partner at NextGen Venture Partners.
Horn was selected as a 2014 Eisenhower Fellow to study innovation in education in Vietnam and Korea, and Tech&Learning magazine named him to its list of the 100 most important people in the creation and advancement of the use of technology in education. Horn holds a BA in history from Yale University and an MBA from the Harvard Business School.

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Making Shhh Happen with Sunny Lenarduzzi on The Dr. Will Show




On this episode, I hangout with Sunny Lenarduzzi and we chat about making things happen and using video to brand your business.

Sunny has almost a decade of experience as an award winning video, social media and online business strategist. From tech start up’s to authors, Sunny has worked with clients across industries – helping Hootsuite develop a YouTube series that increased subscriptions by 75% and Applebee’s hit 1 billion impressions in 1 day. Sunny is also the creator of Boss Video Branding, a digital course on how to leverage social video from Snapchat to YouTube, for your brand or business. Speaking internationally, from NATO’s Headquarters in Brussels to Creative Live in San Francisco, Sunny is passionate about helping brands and businesses leverage social video for increased leads and awareness. Sunny has been featured on national and international radio, television and online publications like Entrepreneur.com , Forbes, and  The Huffington Post. You can also catch her weekly YouTube show talking about social media trends and the latest digital news.

Sunny took home the award for 'Best in Social Media' for Western Canada in 2014, given to her by Notable, an organization that recognizes young professionals across Canada.

For the Boss YouTube Channel Checklist mentioned in the podcast, please click here.

You can learn more about Sunny on her website.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

The Dr. Will Show - Careers In Tech with Drea Alphonso




On this episode, I hangout with Drea Alphonso, a Program Manager for Education at Google, and we chat about careers in technology and what she has learned from working at Google. Drea is also a writer and co-host of the G Suite Show.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

The Dr. Will Show - Blended Learning In Action with Catlin Tucker



On this episode, I hangout with Catlin Tucker, and we chat about Blended Learning In Action.

Catlin Tucker is a Google Certified Innovator, bestselling author, international trainer, and frequent Edtech speaker, who currently teaches in Sonoma County where she was named Teacher of the Year in 2010. Catlin’s books Blended Learning in Grades 4-12 and Blended Learning In Action are both bestsellers. She has also written a book titled Creatively Teach the Common Core Literacy Standards with Technology to support teachers in thinking outside of the box as they shift to a new set of standards. Catlin is currently writing her fourth book titled Professional Learning for Blended Instruction to be published in early 2018. Catlin is working on her doctorate at Pepperdine University. She writes the “Techy Teacher” column for ASCD’s Educational Leadership. She is active on Twitter and writes an internationally ranked education blog at .

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

The Dr. Will Show - Build Your Dream Network with Kelly Hoey



On this episode, I hangout with Kelly Hoey, and we chat about Build Your Dream Network

Kelly Hoey is the author of Build Your Dream Network (January 2017 / Tarcher Perigee).

Kelly has been lauded from Forbes (“1 of 5 Women Changing the World of VC/Entrepreneurship”) to Fast Company (“1 of the 25 Smartest Women On Twitter”) to Business Insider (“1 of the 100 Most Influential Tech Women On Twitter”) and Inc. (“1 of the 10 Most Well-Connected People in New York City's Startup Scene”). EBW 2020 included her on their list of the “100 Most Influential Global Leaders Empowering Women Worldwide”. She has appeared on CNBC’s Power Pitch, contributed to publications such as Fast Company and Inc., and works with inclusive companies including Comcast and Capital One.           

Kelly’s career story is one transformation, and can only be explained by her unique ability to tap into networks and make valuable connections. Her career started in corporate law, eventually transitioning to the management side of Big Law. A chance opportunity in 2009 to work with a visionary leader sparked her transition from earning a paycheck to seeking equity. Co-founding a startup accelerator then an interim CMO role with an emerging tech company are just part of her journey of reinvention as an author, influencer and investor. In addition to her portfolio of angel investments, she is a limited partner in two venture capital funds  and an advisor to New Zealand Trade and Enterprise. On top of her professional pursuits, Kelly is the Chief Tech Ambassador for the YWCA of NYC’s Girls Geek Club.

Thursday, April 27, 2017

The Dr. Will Show - Leadership 911 with Dr. Latoya Dixon



On this episode, I hangout with Dr. Latoya Dixon and we chat about excellence in leadership.

Dr. Latoya Dixon is a former middle school co-principal/transformational leader. She also served as an elementary school principal in the Rock Hill School District. As a product of Rock Hill School District 3, Latoya began her career as a middle school English Language Arts teacher after graduating from Clemson University in 1999. Latoya holds a Master's degree in Educational Leadership, an Educational Specialist degree, and a Doctorate of Philosophy from the University of South Carolina. Latoya is known across the Carolinas not only for her expertise as a leader, but also for her inspirational spirit. She currently serves as a state level leader in South Carolina. Latoya is available to do keynote speaking and professional development. Contact her at leadershipwithlatoya@gmail.com.