Jon Gordon’s best-selling books and talks have inspired readers and audiences around the world. His principles have been put to the test by numerous Fortune 500 companies, professional and college sports teams, school districts, hospitals, and non-profits. He is the author of 17 books including multiple best-sellers: The Energy Bus, The Carpenter, Training Camp, You Win in the Locker Room First, The Power of Positive Leadership and The Power of a Positive Team. Jon and his tips have been featured on The Today Show, CNN, CNBC, The Golf Channel, Fox and Friends and in numerous magazines and newspapers. His clients include The Los Angeles Dodgers, The Atlanta Falcons, Campbell Soup, Dell, Publix, Southwest Airlines, LA Clippers, Miami Heat, Pittsburgh Pirates, BB&T Bank, Clemson Football, Northwestern Mutual, Bayer, West Point Academy and more. In this episode, Gordon shares his love of leadership and how to stay positive in every aspect of your life. Later, Ellie joins Taya and Macey and they discuss difficult times in their lives and how they are learning to stay positive and to be grateful.
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Andrew McPeak is a millennial speaker and content developer with Growing Leaders. His experiences as both presenter and curriculum designer have led him to become well versed in communicating to and about the next generation. McPeak also serves as the Director of Program Excellence at Growing Leaders where he and his team work closely with schools, universities and sports teams on effectively implementing Habitudes as a tool to teach life and leadership skills. Additionally, McPeak is the co-author of an incredible teen book, “Marching Off the Map.” In this episode, McPeak shares his love of leadership and character development. Later, Brayden joins Desi and Ellen to discuss what leadership means to them.
Dave Burgess is the New York Times Best-Selling author of “Teach Like A PIRATE” and co-author of “P is for PIRATE”. He is a highly sought after professional development speaker well known for his creative, entertaining, and outrageously energetic style. His workshops, seminars, and keynotes not only motivate and inspire teachers, but also help them to develop practical ways to become more creative and engaging in the classroom. As a teacher at West Hills High School in San Diego, he was the 2001 and 2012 Golden Apple recipient and the 2007/2008 Teacher of the Year. He was voted a faculty standout for seventeen consecutive years in categories such as: Most Entertaining, Most Energetic, and Most Dramatic. At a ceremony in Washington D.C., the Academy of Education Arts and Sciences awarded him the 2014 BAMMY for Secondary School Teacher of the Year. Additionally, Burgess founded his own publishing company to support educational thought leaders around the world. In this episode, Burgess shares the secrets behind his passion for education and learning. Later, Brayden joins Josh and Taya to explore Burgess’ treasure chest of wisdom.
Aija Mayrock is a writer, actress, author and activist that is speaking out about Bullying through her own experiences as a teenager. Mayrock is the author of “The Survival Guide to Bullying” which she wrote at the age of 16. She travels the country speaking and performing spoken word rap that not only shares her bullying experience, but inspires and equips audiences with the tools to take a stand for injustice and discrimination everywhere. She has spoken to over 3 million people in the U.S. including at venues such as Madison Square Garden and the Key Arena and been featured on Good Morning America, The View, Fox News, AOL Build, Huffington Post, Seventeen Magazine, Teen Vogue, and many others. In this episode, Aija shares her incredible survival story and how writing helped her overcome pain as she helped others. Later, Desi joins Elli and Hayes as they discuss the impact of bullying on teens and how culture can help prevent bullying.
David Geurin is a principal and lead learner at Bolivar High School in Bolivar, Missouri. He earned his doctorate in Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis from the University of Missouri. Beyond his principalship, Geurin teaches graduate education classes for Southwest Baptist University and Regent University. In 2013, his school was named a National Blue Ribbon School and he was honored as principal of the year for his state. Additionally, he was recognized as a NASSP Digital Principal in 2017. Furthermore, Geurin is the author of a landmark book titled: “Future Driven” which focuses on empowering students to navigate an unpredictable world. In the episode, Geurin talks about compliance vs. empowered students, shares his vision for improving education, and challenges educators to use their unique gifts. Later, Brielle joins Audrey and Brayden as they reflect on teacher characteristics that they enjoy most.
Tom Thelen is one of America’s top anti-bullying speakers and the Founder of No Bullying Schools. He has spoken at over 500 schools and conferences inspiring groups of all ages to take responsibility for their choices and to make a positive impact on their local culture. He’s the creator of a social-emotional learning program called “Victimproof.” The program helps students take responsibility for their choices and create a positive culture at their school. Thelen has been on all major TV networks talking about bullying and helping students to “Be the Change” that they want to see. In this episode, Thelen talks about "Victimproof", shares his story of overcoming middle school bullying and encourages students to seek help from a trusted adult. Later, Brayden and Macey reflect on reporting bullying.
Brian Williams is a Kindness Ninja that has been practicing his craft of kindness since he was very young. Williams is a 4th degree black belt in martial arts. He is the founder of the company ThinkKindness that believes that even a small little act of kindness can have a ripple effect on a school and spread to a create a culture of kindness. He has spoken at over 250,000 students around the country and believes in not just coming to a school for a 1 hour assembly and leaving, he believes in spending time with the schools and creating a culture of kindness with a 15 day kindness challenge. He is inspiring youth to spread kindness in the little things that they do. In this episode, Williams discusses his life journey through martial arts and how that inspired him to create the kindness ninja movement. Later, Josh joins Taya and Brayden to discuss the idea of being a kindness ninja, practice mindset, and looking for kindness all around you.
Dr. Michele Borba is an internationally recognized expert, motivational speaker, spokesperson, and award winning author on children, teens, parenting, bullying, and moral development. She is a national media contributor and has made regular appearances on the TODAY show, Dr. Phil, Dateline, The View, The Doctors, Fox News, The Early Show, and CNN. Her work has been featured in national magazines, newspapers, and media all over the world. In this episode, Dr. Borba talks about her book “UnSelfie.” Additionally, she shares advice for teens, parents, and educators on Character Development, School Culture, and Bullying. Later, Wildcat Nation students reflect on Borba’s insights into Empathy.
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John Norlin is the co-founder of Character Strong. He's worked as the Program Administrator for the Whole Child and Director of Student Leadership and Community Involvement. Additionally, he was an award winning teacher and advisor at Sumner High School; where he taught leadership for 10 years. Norlin travels all around the country talking about servant leadership and character development as he's shared his message with over 300,000 teachers, students, and parents. Character Strong has become a catalyst for change across the country and Mr. Norlin helped us foster an Award Winning Culture here. In this episode, Norlin shares the inspiration behind his life long passion for leadership, character education, and student empowerment. Later, Wildcat Nation students riff with Norlin on podcasting, influence, and character strong.
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Chris Reykdal is the Superintendent of Public Instruction for the State of Washington. In this episode, Reykdal shares his passion for public service, the importance of Whole Child programs like Character Strong, and his vision for the future of education/learning. Later, Jack joins Hayes and Macey to reflect on student centered learning, teacher-student relationships, and making education relevant.
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Enterprise MiddleSchool received the 2018 ASCD Whole Child Award in Washington, for its award winning culture and the 2018 Global "Class Act Award" for Kindness. By creating a culture of kindness, service, and empathy we've taken student leadership to an epic level. We invite you to join in this student-led journey where we explore Character, Excellence, and Community with some of the best leadership minds. We'll be sharing interviews with authors, educators, experts, and even other leadership students around the country. Whether you're an educator, student, parent or just passionate about culture and leadership, we invite you into this unique platform focused on raising education to incredible heights.