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Episode 25 – Phil Boyte and LaVonna Roth

Episode #25: Ignite your SHINE – Guest LaVonna Roth

Join Phil Boyte and his guest, educational consultant and speaker LaVonna Roth as they talk about little things she has seen while working in schools across the nation. LaVonna shares about the concept of shifting from “my school” to “our school,” how understanding your student’s stories can be so impactful and why taking care of administrators is vital.

A little more about LaVonna:

She is the creator & founder of Ignite Your S.H.I.N.E.® & CEO of LaVonna, Inc.

Self. Heart. Inspire. Navigate. Exceptional. 

These words capture the path that LaVonna Roth uses to challenge others in finding out how to ignite the S.H.I.N.E. in their students, others and self.  As a learning specialist, author, keynote speaker and consultant, LaVonna bridges her passion for how the brain learns with education and helping every individual realize the value they bring. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Special Education, a Master’s in the Art of Teaching and a Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership. LaVonna taught at the elementary and secondary levels in OH and FL, and is the author of 8 books. She has presented in the U.S., Canada, Europe and the Middle East on increasing engagement and the fun factor in learning.  She is the creator and founder of the Ignite Your S.H.I.N.E.® movement, where every person is encouraged to use his or her skills, talents and gifts… to illuminate the world.

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Episode 24: “The Undiscussables” – Mini Podcast with Phil Boyte

Episode #24: Mini Podcast with Phil Boyte

“The Undiscussables: Three areas to work with your team to help navigate hard conversations”

We have all heard those conversations… the one’s that take place in the parking lot or by the water cooler AFTER the meeting. What if instead, your team was encouraged to share the hard stuff DURING the meeting? On this week’s podcast, Phil shares three ways you can foster an environment where people are willing to share the “undiscussables.”

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Creating, Sustaining, and Establishing Value with Your School Culture Team – Culture Committee Document

Episode 23: Phil Boyte and Eric Jackson


Episode #23 –  “Supporting students with a biracial background” – Guest Dr. Eric Jackson

Join Phil Boyte and Eric Jackson as they talk about the research he has done when it comes to supporting students with biracial backgrounds. Eric shares ideas he has used to develop relationships in his classroom that lead to deeper conversations and a better understanding of what different students face. Check out this podcast for a thought provoking conversation.

A little about Eric:

Dr. Eric Jackson II has been working in education for over ten years, from classroom facilitator (teacher) to school administration; his experience ranges from working in rural, suburban and urban school settings.  He has just completed his Ph.D from Indiana State University, in Educational Leadership, with his research focusing on biracial students secondary educational perspective.  Eric also holds two master’s degrees and he has conducted professional development sessions to both district wide and individual schools.  His sessions covered how to create a school culture for biracial students effectively, how to understand the identity development of biracial students, and how to help others embrace those who are biracial.

Dr. Jackson II is currently writing a book, lives in Indianapolis, Indiana, with his wife Sarah of 11 years and their four children, Jalynn, Quinlynn, Emmanuel, and Marshall.

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Episode 22: Phil Boyte and Kristy Cooper

Episode #22 – Empowering students from all different backgrounds – Guest Kristy Cooper

Join Phil Boyte and his guest Kristy Cooper as they talk about preparing students for success. Kristy is a leadership teacher who believes students from all different backgrounds can achieve what they set their minds to. She shares why it is important to trust your students, how she encourages them when they face adversity and shares a few activities she uses in her classroom to set her students up for success.

A little about Kristy:

Kristy Cooper is in her 13th year as a Math Teacher at Del City High School in Oklahoma. She got her  Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Oklahoma in Mathematics Education and a Master’s Degree from the University of Central Oklahoma in Educational Leadership. Kristy currently is a co-math teacher, student council advisor/leadership teacher and does a variety of other things on her campus as well.  ​Besides working at the high school, Kristy works for the Oklahoma Association of Student Councils Leadership Workshops and serve on the board as the 3rd Year Advisor.

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Episode 21: Continue building great culture… three weeks in – Mini Podcast with Phil

Continue building great culture… three weeks in: Mini Podcast with Phil Boyte

Building great culture is a year long effort and with the first few weeks under your belt, you may be scratching your head thinking, “now what?!” Join Phil Boyte as he gives a few practical ideas to continue building relationships and trust on your campus a few weeks into the new school year.

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