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Recent Episodes

May 22, 2022

Episode 114: Get Innovative! Strategies for Personal & Instructional Innovation

Jorge Valenzuela is an education coach, author, and advocate. His work focuses on improving teacher preparation in instructional innovation, project-based learning, STEM pathways, and SEL integration across the curriculum. Jo...

May 20, 2022

Episode 113: Get Badged! Ignite Your District's Professional Development

Katie serves as the Director for Curriculum & Technology Integration at Forward Edge in Cincinnati, Ohio, working closely with district leaders to help them identify the needs of their staff, plan professional development (PD...

May 14, 2022

Episode 112: Get STEAMed! Steam Programs to Support Student Success

STEAMed Drones' CEO, Stevenson Demorcy, believes high expectations trump all obstacles. As a young learner, Stevenson participated in STEAM programs to help him transition from ESL/ELL to Special Education, General education,...

May 13, 2022

Episode 111: Get Fungible! From Product Development to NFT Founder

Leslie Weitz is an NFT Project founder and always looking for ways to share family-friendly content in the cryptocurrency space with parents. Join me as I interview Leslie about why this matters so much. Connect on Twitter! h...

May 07, 2022

Episode 110: Get Inspired! From Preschool to Prosperity

Each year, millions of preschoolers walk into classrooms for the first time excited about learning and elated to start their journey of education. By their freshman year in high school, those same students dread attending sch...

May 06, 2022

Episode 109: Get Passionate! Innovative Ways to Leverage Technology

In this episode, Stacey Roshan discusses how to use technology in the classroom to help engage students and get them passionate about learning. We will explore a variety of ways that teachers can use technology to help their ...

May 04, 2022

Episode 108: Get Coding! Computer Science & Culture

What does culture have to do with coding? Victor Hicks will share how computer science and culture intersect. Victor will also share some great tech tools he is using to help kids develop computational thinking skills. Connec...

April 30, 2022

Episode 107: Get Badged: Professional Growth & EdTech Badges

In an ever-changing digital world, it's more important than ever for educators to keep up with the latest trends and technologies in order to provide the best possible learning experience for their students. Join me as I chat...

April 22, 2022

Episode 106: Get Creative! Inspire Creativity in the Classroom

In this show, Jacie Maslyk inspires creativity in the classroom by giving examples of how to get creative with teaching methods. Students will enjoy learning in a fun and innovative environment with these ideas! Connect on Tw...

April 16, 2022

Episode 105: Get Inspired! Real life Educator & Edupreneur Stories

Meet Dr. Sarah Thomas, a real-life educator, and edupreneur who will share how she turned her passion for teaching into a successful publishing business. Connect on Twitter! Visit the My EdTec...

April 08, 2022

Ep.104: What’s Your Story? The Power of Personal Branding for Educators.

What's your story? In this episode, I talk with Vernon Wright about the importance of personal branding for educators. Your story is what makes you unique and it's what will set you apart from other educators. Vernon will sha...

December 23, 2021

Episode 103: Life on the Border and Bilingual Education

Dr. Edith Treviño, also known as “Dr. ET” is a professional education consultant. Dr. ET is also a dynamic storyteller, collector of stories, author, advocate of language, wife, mother, and passionate educator who lives and t...

December 21, 2021

Episode 102:The Future of Learning With Augmented Reality

Steve Grubbs is the founder of VictoryXR, an education metaverse company. Working with higher education and K-12, VXR is creating synchronous learning classrooms in all subject areas. --- Support this podcast: https://ancho...

December 20, 2021

Episode 101: What I Wish I Knew Before Becoming An Instructional Designer

Dr. Luke Hobson is a Senior Instructional Designer and Program Manager at MIT, an Online Instructor for SNHU, and the Founder of Instructional Design Institute. I’m also the author of the book, What I Wish I Knew Before Becom...

December 16, 2021

Reflecting on 100 Episodes

Thanks to the support of my #PLF (Personal Learning Family), I have reached a podcasting milestone. It is an honor to be able to share with you some of my reflections and most memorable moments from the show. In addition, I a...

December 09, 2021

Episode 100: How To Create Meaningful Change?

George Couros is a worldwide leader in the area of innovative teaching, learning, and leading, and has a focus on innovation as a human endeavor. In his 20 plus years in the field of education, he has worked at all levels of ...

December 02, 2021

Episode 99: Universal Design for Learning & Multi-Tiered Systems of Support

Katie Novak, Ed.D., is an internationally renowned education consultant, author, graduate instructor at the University of Pennsylvania, and a former Assistant Superintendent of Schools in Massachusetts. With 19 years of exper...

November 26, 2021

Bonus Episode: Feedback Builds Community

Josh is a Title I Specialist in Mesa, Arizona. He is also the CRO (Chief Riffin' Officer) and co-host of the Punk Rock Classrooms Podcast. Josh believes that the punk rock mindset is perfect for education and the ideas of PA...

November 20, 2021

Episode 98: Building Community

Ryan Scott hails from beautiful Western Ky! Most importantly, Ryan is a husband and dad. Professionally, he has been in education for 15 years within the elementary/high school levels. He’s been a classroom teacher, RTI speci...

November 19, 2021

Episode 97: Lessons Learned

Hunter is a 3rd-year 7th-grade science teacher, mentor teacher, and creator of the education platform Ed Essentials. He hosts "The Ed Essentials Podcast" where he interviews education experts and reflects on his teaching expe...

November 12, 2021

Episode 96: Inside the Principal's Office

Charles Williams has served in urban education for 15 years as a teacher, assistant principal, and principal while working with students in grades PK - 12. He has developed innovative programs and structures that have resulte...

November 11, 2021

Episode 95: Engaging Students Through the Power of Coding

Daphne McMenemy is an educator, author, and speaker. Her first book, Gracie, is based on her personal experiences in the classroom. Gracie is a young girl whose learning is brought to life when her teacher introduces her to ...

November 06, 2021

Episode 94: ARVR: Are You Ready for a New Reality?

Bobby Carlton has dedicated his professional career to exploring how XR technology can be used to reshape how any industry could approach education, training, and engagement. Bobby is an AR/VR influencer and has been a speaki...

October 23, 2021

Episode 93: Innovation & Leadership

We will be joined by Derek Tranchina Ed.D who is passionate about influencing schools and organizations by leveraging engaging, innovative, and empowering technology. He is also deeply committed to raising future leaders thro...

October 14, 2021

Episode 92: Why Do I Have to Learn This?

In this episode, we are joined by Beau Neal who grew up in a small town with no aspirations of being an educator. However, he later founded an online school to help answer the age-old question, "Why do I have to learn this?"

October 09, 2021

Episode 91: Saturday Is for VR!

Turning a classroom that was once in person into an online classroom was hard enough but turning that online classroom into a virtual reality classroom was another milestone imagined and realized by 4 professors at Morehouse ...

October 07, 2021

Episode 90: Workplace Relationships

In this show, Natalie Conway and Ashely White talk about the importance of workplace relationships. Workplace relationships can help improve collaboration, individual productivity and improve employee morale. Join us for a gr...

October 02, 2021

Episode 89: Coding to Kindness

Valerie Sousa is a Kindergarten teacher at Meadow Brook School in East Longmeadow, Massachusetts. She began coding with her students three years ago and loved what she saw throughout the process. One thing Valerie noticed dur...

September 25, 2021

Episode 88: Leadership: Transform Classroom Culture and School Culture

I will be joined by Mike Earnshaw who is a principal and the author of The EduCulture Cookbook. We will talk about how important school culture is for Mike, his team of teachers, and students.

September 18, 2021

Episode 87: Leadership-Inspire Your Community

Josh Tovar will join me and share how the use of social media (Facebook/Instagram/Twitter/Periscope/Snapchat), allowed for the school’s report card to increase from a D- to B- in three years and earning state distinctions. Th...

Recent Blog Posts

6 Warning Signs of a Toxic School Culture

A toxic school culture can manifest in many ways. If you're seeing any of these signs, it's time to take action.

Ideas to Help Districts Keep Teachers | by Alfonso Mendoza

In this blog post, we will explore some ideas that districts can use to help keep their teachers. Keep reading to learn more.

Title: Professional Development: Expectations vs. Reality |

What do teachers and students think of professional development? We find out in this article where we explore the major concerns with PD today.

About the Host

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Fonz Mendoza M.Ed.

I am an Instructional Technologist & Google Innovator from South Texas, U.S.A. with 15 years of experience in education. I am a K-12 Instructional Technologist. I also have a Masters in Educational Technology along with a graduate certificate in E-Learning and a graduate certificate in Technology Leadership in Education. I am a servant leader and am always looking for ways to help my learning community use the power of technology.