Education On Fire - Sharing creative and inspiring learning in our schools

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By: Mark Taylor

Do you feel the education system is sucking the life out of you and the pupils you serve? I think many of us wish we could click our fingers and make it fit for purpose. A place of growth with shared learning that empowers pupils to be their best selves, so they can create a world they want to inhabit now and in the future. While a magic wand or a visionary politician might sound like the answer I believe change is already happening. Educators are changing futures one conversation at a time. New technology and the environments where we...

395: Failure Free Reading with Dr. Joe Lockavitch
Last Monday at 12:00 AM

Failure Free Reading is an effective reading intervention for our students who have been resistant to phonics-based reading instruction.

Dr. Joe Lockavitch, a former classroom teacher, school psychologist, university professor, special education director, applied reading researcher, is the author and developer of: The Failure Free Reading Program, Don’t Close the Book on Your Not-Yet Readers, Joseph’s Readers Talking Software for Non-Readers, Verbal Master-An Accelerated Vocabulary Program, Life Skills – A School to Career Language Literacy Intervention and The Test of Lateral Awareness and Directionality.

A noted speaker who is listed in Outstanding Teachers in Except...


394: Resultant with Curt Merlau
05/06/2024

Curt is the Director of the educational consulting practice at Resultant, a modern consulting firm focused on data analytics, tech, and digital transformation. With a background as a youth worker, educator, and key contributor to several education organizations, Curt leads his team in delivering solutions for K-12 and post-secondary educational institutions.

'Education holds tremendous influence and touches nearly every life, throughout childhood and well into adulthood. The dizzying complexity that challenges schools, teachers, and systems deserves a partner that has not just data and technology expertise but experience within schools—the former teachers, researchers, and administrators who’ve alw...


393: Teaching personal and social responsibility through P.E with Dr. Michael Hemphill
04/29/2024

Dr. Hemphill’s research focuses on teaching personal and social responsibility through sport, physical activity, and physical education with specific applications to urban communities and professional development programs for physical activity providers. His research is grounded in community-engaged scholarship, which features reciprocal community partnerships and interdisciplinary collaborations to address community-identified needs.

This research has been situated in local contexts in Charleston, SC and Greensboro, NC as well as international applications in New Zealand and Sri Lanka. He has published several research articles in refereed journals including the Journal of Youth Development, Journal of Teaching in Physical Education, Eu...


392: Toddlers Can Read with Spencer Russell
04/22/2024

Spencer Russell is the Founder of Toddlers Can Read, a groundbreaking program that helps thousands of parents across the world teach their children to read. His fierce conviction that every child deserves the best start in life inspired him to walk away from a comfortable 100K salary job after teaching his son to read at just two years old.

With a background as a former award-winning kindergarten and first-grade teacher, Spencer has received widespread recognition as one of the most outstanding educators in his city, state, and national charter network. He has become a trailblazer in literacy...


391: Wisdom Factories: AI, Games, and the Education of a Modern Worker with Dr. Tim Dasey
04/15/2024

Dr. Tim Dasey has a long history in AI and learning science, and recently published the book “Wisdom Factories: AI, Games, and the Education of a Modern Worker.” After thirty years at MIT leading AI development for diverse government needs, Tim leapt into education due to concern that minds won’t be ready for the jobs that remain human.

He has a smidge of teaching experience at corporate, higher ed, and K-12 levels. Dr. Dasey has atypical perspectives on the future of schooling built from a blend of AI expertise, experience with many industries, depth in the scienc...


390: Setting and Scoring Financial Goals with Pete Huryk
04/08/2024

Setting and Scoring Financial Goals is a basic guide for any soccer fan who wants to understand personal finance better.  The consistent sports metaphor explains intimidating concepts such as "small cap stocks" with ease for anyone who understands "the beautiful game."  Although it may seem complex, finance is simply a game like any other with players, strategies, and results.  In order to win the game, it's necessary first to understand it and this book is a great first step!

Fill Your Boots was Pete Huryk’s first book. Intended for high school-age soccer players, it is filled with l...


389: Viable alternatives to a 4-year college degree with Nat Greene
04/01/2024

Nat has accelerated the careers of hundreds of professionals of all ages as consultant, coach, and business leader. 

His latest startup Futures Forge, a challenger to the current university system, is inspired by the success Nat had developing recent grads from Ivy+ schools in the firm he founded, Stroud International. Stroud’s success helping Global 1000 businesses and the rapid learning of early employees, Stroud won “Best Small Consulting Firm” 7 times in 8 years. 

Nat’s mission with Futures Forge is to provide gifted students the opportunity to develop the core skills and attributes that matter far more for c...


388: AI and CYPHER Learning with Graham Glass
03/25/2024

Graham Glass is the founder and CEO of CYPHER Learning, which offers game-changing training and learning solutions for businesses, educational institutions, and entrepreneurs around the world. He is passionate about leveraging better experience design in digital platforms that delight learners and make organizations more effective.

As an ex-university lecturer, serial entrepreneur and innovator, he took his university lectures on training dynamics to high-technology organizations, then launched a series of companies culminating in CYPHER Learning, whose platforms are used today by more than 20,000 organizations. Graham has also written multiple books and spoken internationally on the case for better...


387: Own Your Work Journey with Edward D. Hess
03/18/2024

Edward D. Hess is Professor Emeritus of Business Administration, Batten Fellow and Batten Executive-in-Residence Emeritus at the Darden Graduate School of Business, University of Virginia, and the author of Hyper-Learning: How to Adapt to the Speed of Change,” which was published by Berrett-Koehler in August 2020.

Professor Hess spent twenty years in the business world as a Senior Executive and has spent the last 18 years in academia. He is the author of 13 books and over 140 articles and 60 Darden Case studies. His work has appeared in over 400 global media outlets including Fortune magazine, European Business Review, HBR, SHRM, Fast Co...


386: Strengthening Executive Function Skills for Children with Dr. Lynne Kenney
03/11/2024

Dr. Lynne Kenney is the nation’s leading pediatric psychologist in the development of classroom cognitive-physical activity programs for students grades K-8. Dr. Kenney develops curriculum, programming, and activities to improve children’s cognition through coordinative cognitive-motor movement, executive function skill-building strategies, and social-emotional learning.

Dr. Kenney is a pediatric psychologist on the Language & Cognition Team at Wellington-Alexander Center for the Treatment of Dyslexia, Scottsdale, Arizona. She has advanced fellowship training in forensic psychology and developmental pediatric psychology from Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School and Harbor-UCLA/UCLA Medical School.

As an international educator, researcher, and...