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.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

The Dr. Will Show - So You Want A Career in STEM? with Dr. Raychelle Burks




On this episode of The Dr. Will Show, I hangout with Dr. Raychelle Burks, and we chat about careers in STEM.

Dr. Raychelle Burks is analytical chemist working to developing detection methods for a wide variety of drugs and explosives. She is a popular science communicator, appearing on the Science Channel’s Outrageous Acts of Science and in ACS Reactions videos, plus writing a monthly forensic science column for Chemistry World, the magazine of the Royal Society of Chemistry.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

The Dr. Will Show - The Art Of Academic Conferencing And Much More with Dr. Breea Willingham



On this episode, I hangout with Dr. Breea Willingham and we chat about academic conferences and much more!

Dr. Breea Willingham is an Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice at Plattsburgh State University of New York. Her research areas include Black women’s prison writing, higher education in prison, Black women and police violence, the impact of incarceration on Black fathers and their children, and race and crime. Dr. Willingham worked as a newspaper reporter covering crime and education for 10 years before entering academia. She has presented her research at national and international conferences.

Friday, April 14, 2017

The Dr. Will Show - Quality Feedback to Guide Professional Learning with Dr. Shawn Clark and Brady Venables



On this episode of The Dr. Will Show, I hangout with Dr. Shawn Clark and Brady Venables and we chat about quality feedback to guide professional learning.



After finally recognizing she belonged in education, Shawn Berry Clark entered an alternative teaching certification program. As an alumna of the University of South Carolina, Shawn’s academic degrees include a Bachelor's of Science in Psychology, a Master's of Education in Early Childhood, a Master's of Education in Education Administration, and a PhD in Education Administration. Her career moves include being a teacher at USC Children's Center and Webber Elementary School, and an administrator at Saluda Middle School for 11 years. Shawn was Director of Curriculum and Instruction for Saluda County Schools for almost 5 years and currently serves as a Transformation Coach for the South Carolina Department of Education.

Shawn is the co-author of the book Using Quality Feedback to Guide Professional Learning: A Framework for Instructional Leaders. and she consults with Daniel Venables for the Center for Authentic PLCs and Grapple Institutes.  As a two-time high school dropout, Shawn knows the meaning of not having a quality education and has devoted her life to making school the best possible experience for all students.

Shawn and her husband live in Johnston, South Carolina and she is the mother of 2 incredible adults, Peyton Love and Dana Kippel. Shawn can be reached at shawnbclark@gmail.com or via Twitter

Brady Venables entered the teaching profession through the backdoor as a veterinary school reject trying to mend her heart in the midst of great disappointment.  Though she always loved school, valued her education, and considered herself a lifelong learner, teaching was not a profession she had ever considered for herself. 

Raised in one of the poorest counties in South Carolina, Brady started education in public school.  Unfortunately, It quickly became clear to her parents, that the public school district could not provide what they believed she needed to be successful.  Her parents enrolled her in private school, taking a risk and spending the monies they had saved for her college.  She attended Davidson College and is thankful that she received the best education money could buy.  

A student’s access to knowledge should not be limited by the district in which her home is zoned or the amount of money her parents can afford to dedicate to tuition.  All public schools should be as good as the best education money can buy and with that mindset she works to improve the education experience for students in a Title One district.  

Brady spent her first years in the classroom teaching high school biology and now serves as a technology integration specialist supporting teachers and school-based technology learning coaches.  She is a Certified Google Teacher and is Common Sense Media Certified.  She strongly believes that technology can be key to personalizing learning for students and opening opportunities for underprivileged populations.

Brady Venables is married to ASCD and Corwin author, Daniel R. Venables, who inspires her daily to do the hard work of teaching.  Together they are also teaching their most important student, two year old Benjamin Robert.  Brady can be reached at bradyven@gmail.com or on Twitter @bradyvenables.

Saturday, April 8, 2017

The Dr. Will Show - The Age of the Connected Educator with Dr. Lauren Tucker



On this episode, I hangout with Dr. Lauren Tucker, and we chat about her research in teachers using a Twitter-supported personal learning network for professional growth.

Dr. Tucker is a certified special education and regular education teacher and is currently a practicing assistive technology (AT) specialist at a regional educational service center in Connecticut. In addition to providing AT services across Connecticut, she is also an adjunct professor at Southern Connecticut State University (SCSU) and Post University. At SCSU, Dr. Tucker works with undergraduate students in the teacher preparation program and graduate students with an AT concentration.

While conducting her research on teachers’ use of a Twitter personal learning network (PLN) and professional decision making, she developed a preliminary model of professional decision making, Tucker’s Model of Professional Decision Making, to support schools and teachers when introducing new tools or strategies. After completing her research and graduating with her Ed.D. in 2016 she presented her research and corresponding model at the Northeastern Educational Research Association Conference and the Assistive Technology Industry Association Conference. She is passionate to support continued teacher learning and student empowerment through the use of technology.

Saturday, April 1, 2017

The Dr. Will Show - Getting Your Groove On with Think Natalia



On this episode, I hangout with Think Natalia, and we chat about how you can take charge of your life and be the you, you were meant to be.

Natalia Wiechowski (aka Think Natalia) is a Dubai based, award-winning, bilingual Public Speaker, Coach and Influencer who radically changed her life(style) and career after a self-imposed sabbatical.

After studying human behavior for over 13 years and spending almost nine months in isolation to find her purpose, the German social scientist (M.A.) and prospective DPhil came to the conclusion that her mission is to cultivate striking personal brands & great, positive minds. This insight encouraged Think Natalia to develop a new, unique training program, which combines the most successful elements out of performance coaching, personal branding and social media strategies.

Besides this, the Edutainer enjoys spreading her inspiring message of hope and empowerment on public stages.


Thursday, March 30, 2017

The Dr. Will Show - How To Blend Your Classroom with Rachelle Dene Poth



On this episode, I hangout with Rachelle Dene Poth and we chat about how teachers can blend their classrooms.

Rachelle is a Spanish and STEAM: What’s nExT in Emerging Technology Teacher at Riverview Junior Senior High School in Oakmont, PA. She is also an attorney and earned her Juris Doctor Degree from Duquesne University School of Law and has a Master’s Degree in Instructional Technology. Rachelle has presented at conferences such as ISTE, FETC, PETE&C, PSMLA and additional local conferences, on technology and more ways to benefit student learning. She is the Communications Chair for the ISTE Mobile Learning Network, a Member at Large for Games & Sims, the Innovations and Resources Co-Chair for the Teacher Education Network and the PAECT Historian. Rachelle was recently selected as the 2017 Outstanding Teacher of the Year by PAECT (the PA affiliate of ISTE. She is proud to be involved in several communities including being a Common Sense Media Educator, Amazon Inspire Educator, Atomic Learning Ambassador, BloxelsEDU Ambassador, Buncee Ambassador, Edmodo Certified Trainer, Nearpod Certified Educator and PioNear, Recap Pioneer, TES Ambassador and Ambassador for several other networks.
Rachelle is an author; She wrote chapter 3 of the Edumatch book “Snapshot in Education 2016”, and her chapter focused on Blended Learning. She also blogs regularly and continues to look for opportunities to highlight student work and student voice.


Monday, March 27, 2017

The Dr. Will Show - A Dissertation is ... with Dr. Wendy Carter-Veale



On this episode, I hangout with Dr. Wendy Carter-Veale, and we chat about the dissertation process.

Dr. Carter has obtained masters degrees from Stanford University and Carnegie Mellon University and a M.S. and Ph.D. from University of Wisconsin-Madison. 

Research and her own educational trials showed Dr. Carter that 50% of all students drop out of graduate school and 17% drop out during the thesis and the dissertation phase. In response to this startling statistic, she developed an interactive thesis dissertation help motivation tutorial product designed to alleviate the high attrition rate among graduate students. She also developed a powerful presentation that not only motivates and encourages students, but also gives them workable solutions to their own educational crises. Her company TA-DA Thesis and Dissertation Accomplished was designed to help graduate students demystify the maze of higher education. 

Currently, Dr. Carter shares her expertise with graduate students at the University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC) as the program coordinator of the PROMISE program and the PhD Completion Project, co-founder of the Dissertation House and the on-campus dissertation coach.  In addition, Dr. Carter successfully manages many other roles – parent, educator, business owner and motivational speaker. Her daughter graduated cum laude from Howard University. Dr. Carter continues to be an inspiration and invaluable resource to students and educators throughout the country.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

The Dr. Will Show - Betting On Your Strengths with Lisa Cummings



On this episode, I hangout with Lisa Cummings - CEO of Lead Through Strengths - a strengths-based training and coaching company. 

Lisa has delivered events to over 9,000 people in 14 countries. In her signature program, Notice What Works, she helps leaders improve performance on their teams by tapping into each person’s strengths. You can see her featured in places like Harvard Business Publishing, Training Magazine, and Forbes. She’s currently the CEO of a company called Lead Through Strengths. If you’ve been trying to turn your Shaquille O’Neal players into horse racing jockeys, it’s time to use their natural talents instead. Although that example sounds obvious, this misfit dynamic exists on most corporate teams today. Attend this event and learn how the weakness zone contributes to the 87% of employees who are not fully engaged at work (source: Gallup). With 20 years of experience and an MBA, the most persistent trend she sees is a lopsided focus on hard skills in the workplace. She'll help you invest in natural talents so that how your team gets things done boosts performance as much as what gets done.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

The Dr. Will Show - Digital Transformation with Dr. Courtney Teague



On  this episode, I hangout with Dr. Courtney Teague and chat about digital transformation in K-12 education. 

Dr. Courtney L. Teague  is the innovative and energetic mastermind behind TechTechTeach.com and is an internationally known brain-tech empowered educational consultant, speaker, educator, and presenter. She brings over 12 years of experience and a passion for excellence. Known for her work ethic and professional generosity, she views technology and new media as essentials in facilitating educational and societal change.

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

The Dr. Will Show - FormativeTech with Monica Burns



On this episode of The Dr. Will Show, I hangout with Monica Burns and we chat about her new book, "FormtiveTech" and how teachers can use technology in assessment.

Dr. Monica Burns is a curriculum and educational technology consultant, Apple Distinguished Educator and founder of ClassTechTips.com. As a classroom teacher, Monica used one-to-one technology to create engaging, standards-based lessons for students. Monica has presented to teachers, administrators and tech enthusiasts at numerous national and international conferences including SXSWedu, ISTE, and EduTECH. She is a webinar host for SimpleK12 and a regular contributor to Edutopia.  Monica is the author of Deeper Learning with QR Codes and Augmented Reality: A Scannable Solution for Your Classroom (Corwin Press, 2016) and #FormativeTech: Meaningful, Sustainable, and Scannable Formative Assessment with Technology (Corwin Press, 2017).

Monica visits schools across the country to work with PreK-20 teachers to make technology integration exciting and accessible. She also provides support to organizations using technology to reach children and families in need. Her mission is to help educators place tasks before apps and promote deeper learning with technology.

You can find out more about working with Monica, and her books and resources by visiting ClassTechTips.com.

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Friday, March 3, 2017

The Dr. Will Show - Rolling Out A 1:1 Digital Initiative with Hope Elliot




On this episode of The Dr. Will Show, I hangout with Hope Elliot and we chat about her experiences in rolling out a 1:1 iPad and Macbook initiative.

Hope is a 21-year education veteran who was a former special education teacher and RTI Coordinator. I am now an Instructional Technology Coach for Lowndes County School District in Columbus, MS. Hope has a passion for educational technology and its integral part of education and she considers herself a life long learner. Hope is a Schoology Ambassador, Nearpod Pionear, Apple Teacher, Certified Nearpod Educator, Sophia Certified Flipped Classroom Instructor, and was Teacher of the Year for North Jefferson Middle School in Birmingham, AL. As a Instructional Technology Coach, she has played an integral part in the 1:1 initiative. She has helped create, presented on and lead the majority of the professional development for the Lowndes County School District for the last two years. Hope has presented at FETC, MECA, AETC and Tech, Teach, Learn Conferences and at the Mississippi Association of School Superintendents’ Conference on two different occasions. Hope holds a Bachelor’s degree in Special Education, a Master’s degree in Instructional Leadership, and Special Education. Follow her or visit her website.

Sunday, February 19, 2017

The Dr. Will Show - Race with Michelle Moore



On this episode of The Dr. Will Show, I hangout with Michelle Moore and talk about race in education.

Michelle Moore is a District Resource Teacher for the Educational Leadership and Professional Development department in Hillsborough County Schools. She taught a variety of high school English, reading and journalism courses for seven years in Hillsborough County before leaving the classroom to impact professional learning.

Friday, February 17, 2017

Full-Top Down or Bottom Up - A Webinar I Co-led with Adam Larson for Schoology



Rolling out a 1:1 device initiative, tool, or platform is a massive undertaking. Often, these kinds of rollouts stumble because of the lack of planning, support, and buy-in from the stakeholders involved. 

Watch Adam Larson and I discuss the pros and cons of a top down approach vs a bottom up approach for technology implementation. 


Saturday, February 4, 2017

The Dr. Will Show - Leadership and Innovation with Dr. Kristan Rodriguez



On this episode of The Dr. Will Show, I hangout with Dr. Kristan Rodriguez.

Kristan Rodriguez, Ph.D. is a highly successful K-12 administrator and college professor with twenty years experience in the field of education. Kristan is the founder of Rodriguez Educational Consulting Agency and has presented nationally on leadership and learning for the past 15 years. Dr. Rodriguez specializes her consulting in the application of Universal Design for Learning (UDL) in the field of educational leadership. The book she co-authored Universally Designed Leadership is the premier title for implementing UDL in systems and schools, and was ranked in the top 100 books on Educational Administration on Amazon. Dr. Rodriguez has been the recipient of numerous honors including the Ansin Intercultural Research Award from Boston University. Kristan spent her childhood living internationally in Europe, Africa, and Asia. She now resides in Massachusetts with her husband and children.


Thursday, January 19, 2017

The Dr. Will Show - 5 Questions with Rafranz Davis



On today's episode, I hangout with Rafranz Davis. This episode doesn't have a theme or topic. We just chat about education.

Rafranz Davis is the Executive Director of Professional and Digital Learning for Lufkin ISD. Her passion for creativity and student centered learning has driven her work in supporting Lufkin’s transition to taking more innovative approaches to teaching and learning through integrated computational thinking, makerspaces and community driven personalized professional learning. When Rafranz is not disrupting the status quo in East Texas, she can be found connecting with the global education community as an advocate for STEM education, teacher voice, digital equity and diversity in edtech.

Thursday, January 5, 2017

The Dr. Will Show - Digital Leadership with Eric Sheninger



On this episode, I hangout with Eric Sheninger to talk about digital leadership.

Eric is a Senior Fellow and Thought Leader on Digital Leadership with the International Center for Leadership in Education (ICLE). Prior to this he was the award-winning Principal at New Milford High School.  Under his leadership his school became a globally recognized model for innovative practices.  Eric oversaw the successful implementation of several sustainable change initiatives that radically transformed the learning culture at his school while increasing achievement.  
His work focuses on leading and learning in the digital age as a model for moving schools and districts forward. This has led to the formation of the Pillars of Digital Leadership, a framework for all educators to initiate sustainable change to transform school cultures.  As a result Eric has emerged as an innovative leader, best selling author, and sought after speaker.  His main focus is purposeful integration of technology to facilitate student learning, improve communications with stakeholders, enhance public relations, create a positive brand presence, discover opportunity, transform learning spaces, and help educators grow professionally.
Eric has received numerous awards and acknowledgements for his work. He is a CDE Top 30 award recipient, Bammy Award winner, NASSP Digital Principal Award winner, PDK Emerging Leader Award recipient, winner of Learning Forward's Excellence in Professional Practice Award, Google Certified Innovator, Adobe Education Leader, and ASCD 2011 Conference Scholar.  He has authored and co-authored the following:  
He has also contributed on education for the Huffington Post, sits on the advisory board for many innovative companies, and was named to the NSBA "20 to Watch" list in 2010 for technology leadership. TIME Magazine also identified Eric as having one of the 140 Best Twitter Feeds in 2014.  He now presents and speaks nationally to assist other school leaders embrace and effectively utilize technology. His blog, A Principal's Reflections, was selected as Best School Administrator Blog in 2013 and 2011 by Edublogs. It was also recognized with an Editor’s Choice Content Award in 2014 by Smartbrief Education.

The Dr. Will Show - Blended Learning In Action with Tiffany Wycoff



On this episode of The Dr. Will Show, I hangout with Tiffany Wycoff to chat about Blended Learning In Action.

Tiffany Wycoff is an innovative school leader and author with a specialization in blended learning and change leadership. She was an early adopter of blended learning at the K-12 level, teaching and leading in both online and face-to-face settings. Tiffany is the coauthor of Blended Learning in Action: a Practical Guide Toward Sustainable Change; has presented on blended learning at conferences and universities; and has helped other school leaders transform their programs through blended learning consultation. She holds a B.A. in Elementary Education and a MA in Educational Leadership from Florida Atlantic University, and an Executive MS in Technology Management from Columbia University. Tiffany writes an educational leadership blog at www.TeachOntheEdge.com, contributes thought leadership to BLinAction.com, and is active on Twitter @TeachOnTheEdge.