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Assist Learning Podcast

This show is all about functioning in an ever increasing digital world with learning disabilities. Created by Jennifer Cronk who is dyslexic and has executive dysfunction, this show is designed to empower students, teachers, and parents to assist learning for all students.

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#IWishMyTeacherKnew with Kyle Schwartz - ALP020
Kyle Schwartz is a third-grade teacher at Doull Elementary in Denver Public Schools. Her first book: I Wish My Teacher Knew: How One Question Can Change Everything for Our Kids focuses on realities that students face and how educators can respond to their students’ needs. Her second book: I Wish For Change: Unleashing the Power of Kids to Make a Difference speaks about youth empowerment and will be published summer 2019. In addition to teaching, Kyle is a dedicated advocate for students. She has spoken internationally about supporting all students, differentiating instruction for students learning English, and building strong communities in classrooms. Twitter: @kylemschwartz Website: http://iwishmyteacherknewbook.com/ Books authored by Kyle: I Wish My Teacher Knew: How One Question Can Change Everything for Our Kids - - - - - After you listen please share your thoughts on Twitter with Jennifer and Kyle by using #AssistLearning in your tweets. - - - - - Connect with Jennifer Cronk on Twitter.
37:46 10/30/18
It's All About That Space with Dr. Bob Dillon (Part 2) - ALP019
Part 2 of a conversation with Dr. Bob Dillon about learning spaces. Dr. Robert Dillon is an author, speaker, educator, and a lifelong learner. His twenty plus years in education has seen him serve kids and families as a teacher, principal, technology director, and innovation leader. His primary focus is working to bring synergy to instructional design, technology infusion, and learning space design. He believes that in this synergy is the educational gold that students need to be successful citizens in a modern world. He works through an equity lens and looks to bring excellence to every classroom. For this work, he has been honored by Common Sense Media, The Center for Green Schools, the dSchool at Stanford University, the Buck Institute for Education, and Future Ready Schools. Dr. Dillon has had the opportunity to work with teachers and leaders throughout the country, and he continues to speak at local, regional, and national conferences. Dr. Dillon is the co-founder of ConnectED Learning, a Saint Louis non-profit dedicated to affordable, quality professional learning for teachers. He is the author of four books including his latest, The Space: A Guide for Educators. He is supported in his work by his wife and two amazing daughters. Twitter: @drrobertdillon Books authored by Bob: The Space: A Guide For Educators Powerful Parent Partnerships: Rethinking Family Engagement for Student Success - - - - - After you listen please share your thoughts on Twitter with Jennifer and Bob by using #AssistLearning in your tweets. - - - - - Connect with Jennifer Cronk on Twitter.
24:15 9/18/18
It's All About That Space with Dr. Bob Dillon (Part 1) - ALP018
Dr. Robert Dillon is an author, speaker, educator, and a lifelong learner. His twenty plus years in education has seen him serve kids and families as a teacher, principal, technology director, and innovation leader. His primary focus is working to bring synergy to instructional design, technology infusion, and learning space design. He believes that in this synergy is the educational gold that students need to be successful citizens in a modern world. He works through an equity lens and looks to bring excellence to every classroom. For this work, he has been honored by Common Sense Media, The Center for Green Schools, the dSchool at Stanford University, the Buck Institute for Education, and Future Ready Schools. Dr. Dillon has had the opportunity to work with teachers and leaders throughout the country, and he continues to speak at local, regional, and national conferences. Dr. Dillon is the co-founder of ConnectED Learning, a Saint Louis non-profit dedicated to affordable, quality professional learning for teachers. He is the author of four books including his latest, The Space: A Guide for Educators. He is supported in his work by his wife and two amazing daughters. Twitter: @drrobertdillon Books authored by Bob: The Space: A Guide For Educators Powerful Parent Partnerships: Rethinking Family Engagement for Student Success - - - - - After you listen please share your thoughts on Twitter with Jennifer and Bob by using #AssistLearning in your tweets. - - - - - Connect with Jennifer Cronk on Twitter. LEAVE A SPEAKPIPE MESSAGE ON THE NEW ASSISTLEARNING.ORG
31:43 8/28/18
20-Time Projects with Kevin Brookhouser - ALP017
The focus of this episode is going to be on engaging students through 20-time projects and providing them different avenues to express their learning. Our main focus is how are we going to harness the interest of students who are struggling to overcome learning disabilities and other challenges. Keep this in mind and share any stories that you have with students who might fit that profile. Kevin Brookhouser, M.Ed. is the author of The 20time Project: How educators can launch Google’s formula for future-ready students. He teaches digital citizenship and computer science at York School in Monterey, California and is a Google Certified Teacher, Google Education Trainer, and National Association of Independent Schools Teacher of the Future. Kevin serves on the board of The International School of Monterey. He is a learning animal. Twitter: @brookhouser Books authored by Kevin: The 20Time Project: How educators can launch Google's formula for future-ready innovation Code in Every Class - - - - - After you listen please share your thoughts on Twitter with Jennifer and Kevin by using #AssistLearning in your tweets. - - - - - Connect with Jennifer Cronk on Twitter. LEAVE A SPEAKPIPE MESSAGE ON THE NEW ASSISTLEARNING.ORG
39:15 4/23/18
Engaging All Students in Biology - ALP016
Heidi Bernasconi shares how she engages all students. Heidi has been teaching at Clarkstown (NY) High School North since 2004 where she currently teaches Marine Biology, Biology, and Business. She also serves as the high school's technology liaison and also runs the Wellness Committee.   Twitter: @biobernasconi Email: hbernasconi@ccsd.edu Jennifer and Heidi discuss specific lessons Heidi has taught that promote engagement for all learners. Sample of the curriculum alignment exercise Sample of 20-Time rubric Slides presentation for conferences Bingo Cards for Modelling - - - - - After you listen please share your thoughts on Twitter with Jennifer and Heidi by using #AssistLearning in your tweets. - - - - - Connect with Jennifer Cronk on Twitter. LEAVE A SPEAKPIPE MESSAGE ON THE NEW ASSISTLEARNING.ORG
39:01 4/9/18
The Parent Teacher Paradox - ALP015
Stephen is the author of the novel Black Ice, a coming of age thriller with five-star ratings on Amazon. And the short story collection Intolerance. These books as well as much of his writing and focus on kids in crisis - social (often racial), emotional, physical, drug/alcohol related - and the various ways they deal or don’t deal, with their problems. Stephen entered the field of education through the New York Teaching Fellows Program. He taught special education in Washington Heights Schools. There, he coached Dominican, Latino and African American students in an underserved school district, to write plays about their lives. The plays were submitted to a New York City Wide contest. 6 students won awards which they received on a stage in form of a Manhattan-wide audience. Since then, Stephen has taught English to grades 7 through 12 in the Nyack School District, in Rockland County, New York. He has worked with all kinds of learners, including special education and English as a new language (ENL) students. In Nyack, Stephen has served as a lead teacher, a teacher leader in the IDE.corp LATI Classroom model, which has been widely incorporated into the yack School District. He has run Professional Development, served as a team leader, a soccer and basketball coach, and represented the Nyack School District at Ed21Leader Conferences in Boston and Denver. His plays have been produced Off-Broadway and in Seattle, New York, and Toronto. His screenplay Freedom Mile has been optioned for production. He offers extensive writing and editing services through Fiverr.com where he has helped many developing writers achieve their goals.   Twitter: @stesher Website: http://www.teshtalk.com - - - - - After you listen please share your thoughts on Twitter with Jennifer and Stephen by using #AssistLearning in your tweets. - - - - - Connect with Jennifer Cronk on Twitter. VISIT THE NEW ASSISTLEARNING.ORG
37:37 3/19/18
Assisting Online Learners with Rachael Sessler Trinkowsky, Ph.D. - ALP014
Rachael Sessler Trinkowsky works with a variety of assistive technology including screen readers and screen magnification software. Dr. Sessler Trinkowsky's credentials include a B.A. in Special Education and a Master of Health Science in Rehabilitation Counseling from the University of Florida. She also earned an Educational Specialist and a Ph.D. from Nova Southeastern University’s College of Engineering and Computing. Her dissertation topic focused on accessibility awareness and practices in online learning environments. She is a very proud recipient of the Florida Association for Education and Rehabilitation of the Blind and Visually Impaired (Florida FAER) award for Outstanding Rehabilitation Professional for the Blind Award (2017). Rachael is on the Board of Directors for Florida FAER for 2018 as a member-at-large. She has been a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor (CRC) since 1999 and was honored to be a member of the Subject Matter Expert (SME) Committee for the development of the new amuch-neededded specialization, called Certified Assistive Technology Instructional Specialist for People with Visual Impairments (CATIS) through the Academy for Certification of Vision Rehabilitation & Education Professionals (ACVREP). Working in this field since 1999 she has previously worked as a Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor with the Division of Blind Services and as an assistive technology sales and training representative for Florida Reading and Vision Technology, now Florida Vision Technology. Currently, Dr. Sessler Trinkowsky works for the Lighthouse for the Blind of the Palm Beaches as the Technology Training and Vocational Coordinator, where she oversees services for a 5-county territory and has more than 12 years of experience working with the Lighthouse. Lighthouse teaches a variety of assistive technology including screen readers, screen magnification software, low vision devices, braille technology, smartphone and tablet accessibility, optical character recognition (OCR) options, and many different types of specialized devices. She is an adjunct faculty member at the University of Illinois Chicago (UIC) and the University of Massachusetts Boston (UMass) where she teaches a course in the Assistive Technology Certificate Program at UIC and is developing a Graduate Certificate program through UMass to prepare professionals for the new CATIS credential through ACVREP.   Twitter: @trinkows Email: trink@lighthousepalmbeaches.org Facebook: rachael.trinkowsky   - - - - - After you listen please share your thoughts on Twitter with Jennifer and Rachael by using #AssistLearning in your tweets. - - - - - Connect with Jennifer Cronk on Twitter. VISIT THE NEW ASSISTLEARNING.ORG
39:39 2/12/18
UDL Now! with Dr. Katie Novak - ALP013
Katie Novak, Ed.D. is an internationally renowned education consultant as well as a practicing leader in education as an Assistant Superintendent of Schools at the Groton-Dunstable Regional School District in Massachusetts. With 15 years of experience in teaching and administration, an earned doctorate in curriculum and teaching, and 4 books published by CAST Professional Publications, Katie designs and presents workshops both nationally and internationally focusing on implementation of Universal Design for Learning (UDL) and universally designed leadership. Dr. Novak is the author of the best-selling book, Revised and Expanded Edition: UDL Now! A Teacher’s Guide to Applying Universal Design for Learning in Today’s Classrooms. Twitter: @katienovakudl Email: katie@katienovakudl.com Website: katienovakudl.com Purchase Dr. Novaks books - - - - - After you listen please share your thoughts on Twitter with Jennifer and Katie by using #AssistLearning in your tweets. - - - - - Connect with Jennifer Cronk on Twitter. VISIT THE NEW ASSISTLEARNING.ORG
41:11 1/29/18
Demystifying AT with Mike Marotta (Pt. 2) - ALP012
Mike Marotta continues the conversation and shares great AT recommendations! Mike Marotta is a RESNA Certified AT Professional with over 28 yrs experience. He runs his own technology consulting firm, Inclusive Technology Solutions, LLC. As an evaluator, Mike works collaboratively with teams in all environments (school, workplace, and community) to effectively match the individual’s needs to technology supports. Twitter: @mmatp Email: mike@mmatp.com In this episode (part 1 of 2) Mike and Jennifer discuss his favorite parts of his work in assistive technology as well as the aspects of this field that he finds most challenging. - - - - - After you listen please share your thoughts on Twitter with Jennifer and Mike by using #AssistLearning in your tweets. - - - - - Connect with Jennifer Cronk on Twitter. VISIT THE NEW ASSISTLEARNING.ORG
29:51 1/8/18
Demystifying AT with Mike Marotta - ALP011
Mike Marotta is a RESNA Certified AT Professional with over 28 yrs experience. He runs his own technology consulting firm, Inclusive Technology Solutions, LLC. As an evaluator, Mike works collaboratively with teams in all environments (school, workplace, and community) to effectively match the individual’s needs to technology supports. Twitter: @mmatp Email: mike@mmatp.com In this episode (part 1 of 2) Mike and Jennifer discuss his favorite parts of his work in assistive technology as well as the aspects of this field that he finds most challenging. - - - - - After you listen please share your thoughts on Twitter with Jennifer and Amber by using #AssistLearning in your tweets. - - - - - Connect with Jennifer Cronk on Twitter. VISIT THE NEW ASSISTLEARNING.ORG
39:11 1/3/18
Something Special with Rushton Hurley - ALP010
Host, Jennifer Cronk speaks with author, Rushton Hurley. Rushton Hurley, speaker, consultant and author recently published his second book, “Making Your Teaching Something Special.” This book, in addition to his first, really spoke to me as a student and educator with learning disabilities. Rushton’s work describes how a teacher can shift their practice and interactions with others to make connections with students and foster diverse ways of expression. You know how much I love Universal Design for Learning and Rushton touches on many UDL themes such as Expression, Representation and Engagement. Resources and Highlights: Making Your Teaching Something Special on Amazon: http://tinyurl.com/RH-MYTSS Making Your School Something Special on Amazon: http://tinyurl.com/RH-MYSSS Next Vista video library: http://nextvista.org/videos/ My Name is Michael: http://www.nextvista.org/my-name-is-michael/ Resources for teachers: http://nextvista.org/resources/ Inspirational videos: http://nextvista.org/resources/inspiration/ Newsletter sign-up: http://www.nextvista.org/newsletter-sign-up/ December 2017 newsletter: http://tinyurl.com/NVnewsletter2017-12 The 5-Day Teacher Challenge: http://www.rushtonh.com/5day/ - - - - - After you listen please share your thoughts on Twitter with Jennifer and Amber by using #AssistLearning in your tweets. - - - - - Connect with Jennifer Cronk on Twitter.
45:22 12/11/17
Everyday Is Party Time! - ALP009
Host, Jennifer Cronk speaks with Dee Lanier. Originally from Southern California, “Sociologist turned Technologist,” Dee Lanier is a passionate and energetic educator and learner with over a decade of instructional experience on the K-12 and collegiate level. Dee holds Undergraduate and Master’s degrees in Sociology with special interests in education, race relations, and inequality. Dee served at Crossroads Charter High School as a full-time Vocational Studies teacher, Testing Coordinator and Title I Director then went on to become the Technology Catalyst for the Lower School at Trinity Episcopal School. He also was the Executive Director of a nonprofit called UNCOMMEN. Most recently, Dee served on the board of Charlotte Lab School then worked as the school’s STEM Specialist and Tech Coach. Dee and his wife have four wonderful children. You can find him online at @deelanier and dee@edtechteam.com. Resources and Highlights: Design Thinking is a cycle Empathy- whom does this problem affect? Define- the problem Ideate- (bad ideas welcome) Prototype- design or model/presentation/process Test- Put out to the people it is meant to serve. Visit SmashboardEdu.com Also, check out #makerkitchen edutechserve.com/makerkitchen Interested in having Dee come to your school, district, or event? Contact ken@edtechteam.com for keynoting or speaking inquiries. - - - - - After you listen please share your thoughts on Twitter with Jennifer and Amber by using #AssistLearning in your tweets. - - - - - Connect with Jennifer Cronk on Twitter.
33:49 11/13/17
The Executive Functioning Coach
Learn strategies for working with learners who have executive function disorder. Host, Jennifer Cronk speaks with, friend and colleague, Amber Reilly. Amber is a Google Education Trainer, Certified Google Administrator and a Microsoft Innovative Educator. Amber's background in curriculum and instruction in conjunction with 10+ years of classroom experience, has helped hone her skills for successful technology integration in the GAFE and Microsoft environments. Connect with Amber on Twitter - @emergingteched Strategies Mentioned Color Coding Chunking 5-minute Goal Use charts and organizational planners Tools Mentioned Quizlet BVA - - - - - After you listen please share your thoughts on Twitter with Jennifer and Amber by using #AssistLearning in your tweets. - - - - - Connect with Jennifer Cronk on Twitter
22:35 10/16/17
Setting Up Students for Success
Executive dysfunction is a term for the range of cognitive, emotional and behavioral difficulties which often occur after injury to the frontal lobes of the brain. Impairment of executive functions is common after acquired brain injury and has a profound effect on many aspects of everyday life. Jennifer provides insight into her own life with executive dysfunction and dyslexia. She also shares tips and talks about how to set your students up for success in your schools and classrooms. Recommended Tech Resources: The Noun Project Read Write Toolbar Talking Comment Screencastify Soapbox Share your thoughts on Twitter with me and use #AssistLearning in your tweets.
19:37 10/9/17
#DiveIntoInquiry with Trevor MacKenzie (Pt. 2)
Author Trevor MacKenzie provides insight into inquiry-based learning for special education students in part 2 of 2. Trevor is a full-time English teacher in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada and has started a revolution among educators with his book Dive into Inquiry: Amplify Learning and Empower Student Voice. In this episode, we talk about how the inquiry approach empowers students with disabilities, challenges Trevor has experienced himself that he has had to overcome as an inquiry teacher, and how to help begin your own shift towards empowering your learners through inquiry. Come share in the conversation on Twitter by tagging both #AssistLearning and #DiveIntoInquiry. Connect with Trevor: Website - http://trevormackenzie.com/ Blog- https://trevmackenzie.wordpress.com/ Twitter - @trev_mackenzie
26:02 10/2/17
#DiveIntoInquiry with Trevor MacKenzie (Pt. 1)
Author Trevor MacKenzie provides insight into inquiry-based learning for special education students in part 1 of 2. Trevor is a full-time English teacher in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada and has started a revolution among educators with his book Dive into Inquiry: Amplify Learning and Empower Student Voice. In this episode, we talk about how the inquiry approach empowers students with disabilities, challenges Trevor has experienced himself that he has had to overcome as an inquiry teacher, and how to help begin your own shift towards empowering your learners through inquiry. Come share in the conversation on Twitter by tagging both #AssistLearning and #DiveIntoInquiry. Connect with Trevor: Website - http://trevormackenzie.com/ Blog- https://trevmackenzie.wordpress.com/ Twitter - @trev_mackenzie
29:20 9/26/17
Multiple Means of Expression
This podcast is a quick reflection on the concept of multiple means of expression through the UDL Guidelines.  Expression means that we give our students the opportunity and agency to choose the way interact with content and represent their learning. For more information on the UDL Guidelines please visit the UDL center.  To access a PDF of the Guidelines please follow the resource link below. http://www.udlcenter.org/sites/udlcenter.org/files/updateguidelines2_0.pdf 
09:57 9/17/17
UDL and Executive Functioning
This episode discusses different ways, analog, and digital that can be used to help students with executive dysfunction. 
08:25 8/30/17
Universal Design for Learning- Multiple Means of Representation
This episode discusses a review of what I have learned as I am working my way through an Assistive Technology certification.  This week's focus is on using multiple means of representation to make learning accessible for all students.
08:34 8/30/17
Birth of #AssistLearning and why I HATE text
My brief intro podcast, I am an educator who is also a learning disabled adult. I am an Educational technology specialist who discuss strategies, tips, and tools I use to help students and the modifications I use to function in daily life.
08:16 8/30/17