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Professional learning communities and curriculum reform in public and private education (with Tom Conroy)

Many of my listeners don’t know this, but I went to a private Catholic school until 8th grade before transitioning to a public high school. I had what I like to call “...

Using K-12 education to create opportunities and find your calling (with Dr. Joseph Williams III)

If kids haven’t developed certain academic skills by a certain age, their ability to advance in their education diminishes. This means the opportunities they have in a...

Should I get my doctorate? (with Dr. Christy Borders)

I’m excited to share episode 127 of De Facto Leaders about a common debate for therapists and teachers:“Is it worth it to get a doctorate?”In this wide-ranging convers...

Behind the scenes of a K-12 staffing company (with Ryan Cleaveland)

Many clinicians start their careers feeling unprepared to navigate the job market. In a lot of professional groups, I’ve noticed a skepticism towards contract companie...

The Authority: Baruti Kafele on The Equity & Social Justice Education 50

This week, I’m sharing an interview from another host on the BE podcast network because I think it’s something you’ll really enjoy. The episode is going live in the De...

Time perception, anxiety, and future pacing

When I was younger I was fixated on clocks and the passage of time. It’s accurate to say it was an obsession of mine, to the point that it caused me large amounts of a...

Meditation for educators and the art of giving 85% (with Danny Bauer)

I have a love/hate relationship with meditation and mindfulness. I know I should do it. I even talk about why it’s beneficial. But I never want to do it…even though I ...

Creating equitable systems for K-12 math (with Jonathan Regino)

Do flashcards help improve basic numeracy skills? Should we use calculators as a special education accommodation? How many years of math do we really need to take in h...

Executive functioning for college students: Beyond checklists and planners (with Jill Fahy)

What if young adults are still prompt-dependent when they go away to college? Or what if they and their parents aren’t aware of how much support they’re actually getti...

Do we all have an inner voice (and if not, should we try to develop one)?

In different discussion groups, I’ve heard the claim that up to 50% of people don’t have an inner voice.  Since much of my work has focused on metacognition and langua...

Career transitions and improv for educators and therapists (with Aimee Davis)

If you’ve ever thought about leaving the school systems, you may have wondered what options you have as far as jobs go.Maybe you feel burnt out, or maybe you just want...

Teacher-centered leadership (with Dr. Chris Jones)

Many people who are involved in K-12 education want to be “student-centered”, but what if that’s not the most effective place for leaders to put their efforts?I wanted...

Coaching aspiring leaders in school turn-around and community outreach (with Edward Gordon II)

Evidence-based practices and high-quality curriculum are important, but they aren’t the ONLY things school leaders need to think about. We can’t effectively serve stud...

Post-traumatic growth and 1-minute interventions (with Dr. Mike Gaskell)

There’s a lot of talk about risk factors in education; but not as much focus on protective factors. That’s why I invited Dr. Mike Gaskell to episode 118 of De Facto Le...

Leveraging the power of teletherapy to provide high-quality services (with Lynne Inabnitt)

When the pandemic hit, many clinicians had to unexpectedly transition to online therapy, which raised a lot of concerns about treatment quality.Can you really provide ...

Trauma-informed care for therapists, teachers, and school leaders (with Rachel Archambault)

Those of us working in K-12 education interact with students and staff who have experienced trauma whether we’re aware of the specific events or not. A lot of people h...

Do school leaders need coaching? (with Dan Kelley)

A lot of professional development is still delivered in the lecture or workshop format, even though there’s evidence that this model doesn’t have a significant impact ...

Making literacy accessible and equitable (with Cassandra Williams)

Supporting language and decoding are important pieces of helping kids grow up to be successful readers. But making it happen is way more complex than that. What happen...

How to "lead up" to your school administrator (with Jethro Jones)

What do you do if your school administrator doesn’t fully understand your role and your expertise?What if you have the information and knowledge they need to drive imp...

Supporting self-regulation in K-12 kids (with Lisa Navarra)

“Behavior problems” are an external sign of what’s going on internally.  In order to support kids who are being referred for behavioral concerns, we need to address th...

Empathy, masking, and situational awareness

Do autistic people experience empathy?  Does masking cause trauma?  How do we help neurodivergent kids form relationships in a way that’s accepting of their difference...

Can my principal evaluate me if they've never done my job? (with Eric Makelky)

If you’re a therapist or educator working in the schools, there’s a high probability that the administrator who does your employee evaluation isn’t a subject-matter ex...

How to do multilingual evaluations as a monolingual therapist (with Meg Morgan)

Doing a quality evaluation when you’re assessing things like language can be a challenge because there isn’t one “magic bullet” test that gives us what we need.  What ...

How to make social skills intervention evidence-based and neurodiversity-affirming

What’s evidence-based and neurodiversity-affirming shouldn’t be in opposition. Effective interventions that build resilience and help kids build healthy relationships ...

Trauma, reactive attachment disorder, and supporting families (with Sharon Fuller)

I was honored to have Sharon Fuller, founder of The Attachment Place, LLC as a guest for episode 106 of the “De Facto Leaders” podcast.   Sharon began her journey with...

Do video games improve cognitive performance?

In 2022, a study was published in JAMA Network Open with a compelling title: “Video gaming may be associated with better cognitive performance in children.” You may re...

Unions, collective bargaining, and getting your voice heard (with Michael Campbell)

Many people in education and healthcare know that lobbying and advocacy needs to happen; but many people don’t know whose responsibility it is or how to do it. That’s ...

Self-care cabaret for teachers, therapists, and school leaders (with Dr. Theresa-Melito Conners)

We’ve all sat through some boring professional development before; but there’s nothing boring about the training you’ll get from Dr. MC, the guest on episode 103 of th...

The science of reading: A team approach (with Brett Stevens)

There are a lot of approaches to teaching kids to read; but not all of them are effective. This is especially important for kids with disabilities who need explicit in...

How school therapists can lead schools in providing district-wide executive functioning supports

Strong executive functioning skills can help kids to be resilient, adaptable, and independent. These characteristics are going to be essential for supporting mental h...