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School Dazed: Help For Moms and Dads of School-Aged Kids

School Dazed features experts tackling a variety of challenges affecting children’s education from bullying, to gaming, to anxiety and depression and much more.


The One About Choosing A College
Choosing the right post secondary institution is one of the first big decisions many young adults will make, and with over 5,000 colleges and universities in the US alone, there is a lot for them to consider! In this episode we sat down with Vielka Hoy, founder and CEO of Bridge to College, who shared guidance for parents and students.     Check out other School Dazed shows about college! The One About College Admissions The One About Scholarships The One About Your Freshman Year In College For more information about our show head to
68:02 04/09/2022
The One About School Choice Part 2
The closure of schools and the deficiencies of crisis virtual learning caused some parents to weigh their options to see if alternative academic solutions would better fit their families and address their children’s needs. In this episode we sit down with the president of @schoolchoiceweek , Andrew Campanella.  Andrew talked to us about a survey they conducted that revealed the reasons why parents are considering different options for their children.   Also check out our interview with Andrew in "The One About School Choice Part 1" where he talked to us in detail about different school choices.   For more information about our show head to  
59:29 01/22/2022
The One About Extracurricular and Academic Investment
One study indicates that at least, eight in ten parents believe that signing kids up for extracurricular activities could bring them extra income someday. Many parents invest significant time and money for soccer, ballet, and piano lessons, but how do you find the balance between extracurricular and academic needs? In this episode we were joined by two parents whose children were very involved in activities and who have had some 20/20 hindsight moments they wanted to share.   Related topics: The One About Coaching Students with ADHD The One About College Admissions The One About UIL Academic Competition The One About Student Athletes For more information about our show head to
70:25 01/10/2022
The One About The Purpose-Driven Student
More than half of American workers are dissatisfied with their jobs. Loyal employees that stay with companies 10, 20, and 30 years are rare. Many young people graduate lacking a basic understanding of their strengths, values, and purpose in order to make wise decisions about career paths. Greg and Beth Langston, co-founders of The College Flight Plan, lead students in transformational self-discovery allowing them to discover their life's purpose and ultimately, fulfilling careers.  For more information about our show head to
63:26 09/22/2021
The One About Fake News and Media Literacy
Fake News [ feyk-nooz, nyooz ] Noun False news stories, often of a sensational nature, created to be widely shared or distributed for the purpose of generating revenue, or promoting or discrediting a public figure, political movement, company, etc.   How can we (and how can we lead our kids to) identify credible news sources and information in order to think critically, make decisions, and form opinions in a world where Fake News is so readily available?   In this episode, we were joined by Principal Lecturer for the Mayborn School of Journalism at the University of North Texas, Corneilus "Neil" Foot. Neil has also worked at The Miami Herald, The Washington Post, The Dallas Morning News, the Belo Corporation, the Tom Joyner Morning Show, and The American Society of Newspaper Editors.   For more information about our show head to
76:03 07/29/2021
The One About Critical Race Theory and K-12 Education
Critical Race Theory or CRT has become a hot-button issue and a concern for many parents of K-12 students in the United States.  Six states (Idaho, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas, Iowa, and New Hampshire) have passed laws and nearly 20 additional states have introduced or plan to introduce similar legislation to regulate how race is discussed in the classroom.  In this episode, our guests defined CRT, talked about it’s origins, and discussed what our nation’s students are being taught in schools about race and our country’s history with racism.     For more information about our show head to
74:14 07/21/2021
The One About ADHD Coaching
An estimated 6.1 million children have been diagnosed with ADHD at some point in their lives.  Symptoms of ADHD can affect a student’s behavior and academic performance at school.  It can be misunderstood by both those who struggle with the disorder and by those around them, but with support and strategies, students can learn to thrive.  In this episode, we sat down with Dr. Norrine Russell, Academic & ADHD Coaching Expert, from Russell Coaching.  Dr. Russell gave us insight into the ADHD brain as well as effective strategies for managing the symptoms for academic success.   For more information about our show head to  Like and subscribe!  
76:30 06/24/2021
The One About College Admissions
Navigating the college admissions process can be tricky and even sometimes intimidating.  Experts suggest that students and their parents begin this process in Junior High, but where do you start and how do you know your child is on the right track?  In this episode, we sat down with college admissions expert, Dr. Shirag Shemmassian of Shemmassian Academic Consulting.  For nearly 20 years, he and his team have helped thousands of students get into top colleges.   For more information about our show head to  Don't miss a show!  Be sure to like and subscribe to School Dazed on any podcast platform.  
67:51 05/26/2021
The One For When You're New To SPED
In this episode, we welcomed three moms who have children in the Special Education program at their schools.  When our son first entered into the SPED program, friends who had gone before us provided a wealth of knowledge and much-needed comfort when we knew nothing.  We wanted to invite some parents to share their experiences and wisdom with our audience to do the same for those of you that are new to SPED.   For more information about our show head to
80:35 05/13/2021
The One About Career Exploration
In this episode, we talked to career coach and author of "Dream It & Do It: 100 Possibilities, Stories and Real-Life Role Models", Holly Sharp. Her book helps students explore different careers and helps parents have meaningful conversations with their kids about what they want to be when they grow up.    For more information about our show head to
66:11 05/05/2021
The One About Critical Thinking
Critical thinking is the ability to learn new information and respond to complex problems and challenges. In today's rapidly changing world, critical thinking is one of the most vital skills kids can learn for present and future success.   In this episode, we sat down with Peter Ellerton, Curriculum Director of the University of Queensland's Critical Thinking Project in Brisbane Australia.   For more information about our show head to
72:52 04/16/2021
The One About Study Skills
Studying, we've all had to do it, but it's usually not something that is taught in schools. Studying is much more than just preparing for a test, and unfortunately, most students have to figure it out on their own. Whether you have a college student, you are a student YOURSELF, or you have a school-aged kid, you'll want to listen to this one!  In this episode, our own David Bailey shared about how to study for academic success.    Find out more about our show at   #academicsuccess #students #studying #studyskills #academics #elementaryeducation #achievementgap #testtaking #virtuallearning
72:11 04/08/2021
The One About Youth Vaping
The Surgeon General has declared e-cigarette use by youth an epidemic. More than 3.6 million U.S. youth, including 1 in 5 high school students and 1 in 20 middle school students, currently use them. Serious lung injury and even death have been associated with vaping products. Because of the threat to students, school officials are mobilizing nationwide to bring awareness and keep vaping out of schools.   In this episode, we sat down with Jennifer Folkenroth, National Senior Director of Tobacco Programs for the American Lung Association, and Dr. Matthew Gibbins, Chief Executive Director of Student Services for the Richardson Independent School District in North Texas.   For more information about our show head to  Catch us live on our Facebook page, Noggin Educational Foundation on Tuesdays.  Check our website for dates and show topics.  
63:18 03/25/2021
The One About Test-Taking Strategies
Tests. We’ve all taken them. Most of us DREAD them, but did you know that with some tests knowing the content isn’t the only thing that can help you? On certain tests, strategy can be just as important as being able to remember what the teacher taught you. Today, we will hear from our own, David Bailey, who is a veteran teacher and private tutor of over 20 years!   Also check out School Dazed episode, "The One About Test Anxiety".   For more information about our show head to  
71:08 03/17/2021
The One About Coding For Kids
Coding can improve problem-solving skills, foster a growth mindset, and develop creativity and confidence. Coding, many say, is basic literacy in the digital age and essential for students to learn in order to be competitive in the future. In this episode, we discussed coding with STEM teacher, Dr. Mary Payton; Darryl Hughes, CEO of game development company, Hughes Who Technologies; and Dr. Tonjia Gimble, Senior Association Director of Teen Programs for YMCA Metropolitan Dallas.   Another episode to consider:  The One About STEM Education For more information about our show head to
71:00 02/25/2021
The One About Music Education and Academic Performance
Research shows that students who study music show improved math and reading scores, greater concentration, and confidence. In this episode we were joined by music educators Rondi Allen and Michael Scott who shared with us the academic benefits of music education.   Watch our show live on Tuesdays from 5:30-6:30 CST.  For more information head to
68:38 02/10/2021
The One About Tech Safety for Kids and Teens
Kids and Teens spend between 6-9 hours on digital technology a day potentially exposing themselves and your family to malicious content and individuals. In this episode of #schooldazedshow we sat down with cybersecurity and risk strategist, Dr. Laura Jones who shared tips to help keep kids and teens safe from the digital dangers that lurk behind our screens. #cybersecurity #techsafety #onlinesafety #digitalfootprint #onlinerisk #onlinekidsafety Find out more about our show at
83:06 01/27/2021
The One About Effective Memory Strategies for Students
Memory Athletes use techniques and tricks that enable them to remember long lists of information. Research shows that students who use memory strategies perform better academically, because these strategies help expand working memory and access long term memory. In this episode we sat down with 4x USA Memory Champion, author, and mountaineer, Nelson Delllis. Nelson wrote the book, "Memory Superpowers", that helps readers learn the secrets to remembering everything from the world capitals to the elements of the periodic table to speeches and soliloquies.   Watch our show live on our Facebook page, Noggin Educational Foundation, Tuesdays at 5:30 pm CST.  For more information about School Dazed head to
68:31 01/13/2021
The One about the Insurrection at the Capitol
Only a few days into 2021 we find ourselves having to have hard conversations with our kids about current events...again. The insurrection on Capitol Hill is an event that many of us are still processing as adults. In this episode we welcomed guests to discuss the the events of January 6th. Victoria Farrar-Meyers is a political scientist with expertise in the American presidency. James Dickey is former Chairman of the Republican Party of Texas. Katie Flores-Burgess is an 8th Grade Social Studies Department Chair.   For more information about our show head to
91:49 01/10/2021
The One About Making Math Easier
Welcome to Season 3 of School Dazed!  Many of us grew up believing that we didn't have math minds. Our guest would argue that educators have "taken the language of math and abstracted it beyond recognition, and that's why kids are confused." Dr. Randy Palisoc is 6th grade math teacher and in his TED Talk, "Math Isn't Hard, It's A Language" he explains how math can be made accessible for all students.   Watch our show live on our Facebook page on Tuesdays from 5:30-6:30 pm CST.  For more information about our show head to Other episodes to consider:  The One About Understanding The "New Math"
69:25 01/06/2021
The One About Adolescent Suicide Prevention
Suicide is the second leading cause of death among adolescents (aged 15-19). The pressures of the global COVID-19 crisis have increased rates of anxiety and depression, and early studies by health officials suggest an increase in the rates of death by suicide in teens. We as parents, loved ones, and friends need to know the signs and be better equipped, if and when we hear a cry for help.  Joining us in a discussion about adolescent suicide prevention:   Carol Deely - Founder, Gabriel's Light Dr. Nicole Fisher, Psy. D. - Great Life Counseling Center Kristi Wiley - Program Director, The Jordan Elizabeth Harris Foundation   Other episodes to consider:  The One About Depression and Anxiety   For more information about our show head to
79:38 11/19/2020
The Kid Takeover About Returning to Campus in 2020
These kids are making history! In this Kid Takeover episode we talked to students to hear about their experiences with in-person learning during the COVID-19 global crisis.  I also invited my kiddos to help us start the show!     For more information about School Dazed head to
67:20 10/14/2020
The One About Self-Advocacy and Independence
Our job as parents is to give our kids the wisdom and tools they need to grow into adults that flourish, but letting go can be hard!  How do we assist them and at the same time give them wings?  In this episode I invited health teacher and author, Jodi Maurici to talk to us about building independence and self-advocacy in our kids.     Find out more about our show at
45:00 10/07/2020
The One About Learning Disabilities, Special Needs, and Virtual Learning
Virtual Learning has been a challenge for so many families. The added complexity of having a student with a learning difference or special need can make learning that much more difficult. In this episode we sat down with 4 veteran educators who specialize in working with these students and provided valuable insight and advice to make learning in a virutal world more successful.   Watch our show live each Tuesday at 5:pm CST on our Facebook Page, Noggin Educational Foundation. For more information about our show head to
76:25 09/23/2020
The One About Cold, Flu, and COVID-19
Cold and flu season can be tricky for parents. The added complexity of COVID-19 will definitely make this cold and flu season interesting. In this episode we sat down with pediatrician Dr. Ahmad Anwar who talked to us about managing sick kids and in-person learning in the midst of a global pandemic. Catch our show live on Facebook every Tuesday evening at 5:pm CST.  For more information about our show head to
73:42 09/19/2020
The One About Healthy Screen Use in a Virtual Learning World
In this episode we welcome licensed professional counseor Jeremy Edge Counseling Services. Whether it’s too much video games, social media, pornography, gambling, shopping, virtual reality, or any other online activity, Jeremy helps his clients stop problematic screen use, and improve tech-life balance. Jeremy talked to us about helping our kids acheive this balance when learning is primarily online.   Our show is live on our Facebook page @nogginfoundation on Tuesdays from 5:pm-6:pm CST.  For more information about our show head to
64:49 09/09/2020
The One About Nutrition and Academic Performance
In this episode we sat down with dietitian and nutritionist, Nara Reed. Nara talked to us about the impact of nutrition on academic achievement and behavior and how to help your family make healthy food choices.   Catch our show live each week at 5:pm (CST) on our Facebook page, Noggin Educational Foundation.  For more information about our show head to
76:36 09/02/2020
The One About Social Emotional Learning in 2020
Social and emotional learning (SEL) refers to the building of skills needed to recognize and manage emotions, make responsible decisions, and establish and maintain positive relationships. The events of 2020 including the abrupt closure of schools, the quarantine due to the pandemic, and racial unrest have caused a myriad of psychological issues educators must begin to address as school reopens. Despite the need to tackle academic gaps caused by the long absence from school, SEL must be considered as a foundation for learning.   Watch our show live every Tuesday evening at 5:00 pm on our Facebook page, For more information about our show head to
79:11 08/26/2020
The One About What Teachers Say As We Reopen
So much is up in the air about the 2020-2021 school year. Many parents are apprehensive about facilitating learning at home once again and schools are scrambling to ready themselves for the first day of school. But teachers are amazing, aren't they? They are passionate and dedicated to the wellbeing of our kids and to their academic success. Join us as we talk to several veteran educators about their outlook for the upcoming school year.  For more information about our show head to
86:14 08/11/2020
The One About COVID-19 and the Upcoming School Year
COVID-19 has had an indelible impact on the education system across the world. Parents are waiting with bated breath for their school districts to lay out their game plans for the 2020-2021 school year, and parents are preparing to make some tough decisions. In this episode our guests shared with us how school districts like theirs are going about decision-making, and the factors that are being weighed to make sure both student health and quality education are top priority in our districts.  For more information about or show head to
102:37 07/21/2020