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Remember the scene from "The Dead Poet's Society", when Robin Williams character Mr. Keatings guided his students out to the trophy case in the hallways, had his students lean in and stare into an old black and white photo of the bygone football team of the past and hauntingly whispered in slow crescendo,"carpe diem...seize the day..."  Who in the audience wasn't moved by the powerful yet humble and touching scene between an inspiring teacher and group of teens navigating through life?  Sitting in my reality between consuming popcorn and contemplating life, I have watched the movie as an inspired college student and later shared the scene literally 100's of times with my students and the effect, year after year, class after class, has demonstrated the importance and value of making a connection with our students. 

With all the background noise of curriculum, common core, standardized testing, pedagogy, etc., at the core of our business of education is one of relationship.  The ability for a talented instructor to cross all ethnic, social, economic, language, and racial divide to connect and earn mutual trust between the teacher and the student trumps everything.  Our inspiring educator today is Mr. James Sturtevant.  A veteran high school social studies teacher in Columbus, Ohio and the author of the book, "You've gotta connect."  In his book, Mr. Sturtevant successfully applies 30 years of classroom experience, systematically breaks down, and provides valued points and techniques on how to connect with our students.  He challenges our own self-perception as educators and provides a gut check for our role and mission in the classroom.  Mr. Sturtevant explains the key types of relationships in our schools often ignored in the discussion.  Join us and make the connection!

Direct download: IE34_James_Sturtevant_.mp3
Category:education -- posted at: 8:27pm EDT

Our inspiring educator today is a professional keynote speaker and a certified facilitator with Premier International Training Company.  Mr. Seth Sherwood is a former elementary and high school teacher and once a Peace Corps volunteer in South America.  Seth holds an MBA from the University of New Haven and recently published his first book, "Trains Make U-turns", Simple Steps to get your life on track and empower others.  Among Seth's many accolades, he was once a first place winner of a Spanish variety entertainment television.  Seth is fluent in Spanish, a musician, and his ability to constantly reinvent himself, take risks, and push past his comfort zone has inspired many in and outside the classroom.  I'm honored to put the spotlight for this show on a remarkable friend and a former colleague.

Direct download: IE33_Seth_Sherwood.mp3
Category:education -- posted at: 3:43pm EDT

Making a difference.  Providing an opportunity.  Inspiring!  Our inspiring educator today is a Peruvian Music professor.  An instructor at a high school and the highly regarded Universidad Catolica Del Peru, he was the founder of the first College Big Band in Peru.

Professor Carlos Granthon is self-educated and grew up in a tough economic condition with few opportunities.  Now an advocate for reaching out to the needy community and some of the poorest neighborhoods in Peru, Carlos provides a hope for Peruvian children to pursue music and a possibility for music to become a passionate profession of choice.  His work has inspired the Peruvian government at a national level.  An innovator who has worked with the Peruvian National Ministry of Education to create and implement a music program for school children, join in and listen to how Carlos' dream for his nation has blossomed into a single man act to a blossoming symphony!

Direct download: IE32_Carlos_Granthon.mp3
Category:education -- posted at: 11:44pm EDT

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