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Podcasts

Tune into our conversations with learning specialists, support teachers and educational pioneers empowering students for the 21st century classroom. 

Episode 8: Supporting Students with Learning and Attention Issues with Suzanne Lang

Mya Dunlop

In this episode we speak with Suzanne Lang from Understood.org. Our conversation brings awareness of the challenges both Suzanne and Mya, founder of MyloWrites, both faced in the classroom as parents with children with learning differences. Suzanne also shares the mission for Understood.org, the site created for parents with children who face learning and attention issues.

Suzanne Lang is the manager of partnerships for Understood.org at the Poses Family Foundation (PFF). Prior to joining PFF, Suzanne was a program associate at the Emily Hall Tremaine Foundation, where she led their learning disability initiative.

Suzanne graduated summa cum laude in art education from Southern Connecticut State University. She’s taught art both privately and in the public school system to students of all ages. She has won several awards for her watercolor paintings.

A passionate advocate for children, she established a local support group for parents and an advisory board to special education in her community.

She is the mother of two wonderful children. Her son Alec is the inspiration for her work in the field of learning and attention issues.  

 

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Episode 7: The Power of Play with Wei Wei Shannon Gluckman

Mya Dunlop

In this episode we sit down Wei Wei Shannon Gluckman, founder of Playable Design, discuss the power of play and unpack why play is an integral part of our educational journeys.

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Wei Wei Shannon Gluckman is an architect, curator, builder, writer, philanthropist, and mom.

Born in Beijing, China, Wei Wei moved to St. Louis, Missouri when she was 13, and studied architecture at Rennsslaer Polytechnic Institute in New York.

While living in New York, Wei Wei co-founded People’s Architecture Foundation, a non-profit that seeks to strengthen the connection between China and the United States. The Foundation, through publications, exhibits, and forums, encourages creative expression and generates new ideas across architecture, urbanism, and the arts.

In 2012, inspired by LEGO systems, Wei Wei created Playable Design, a cultural and educational incubator that inspires people to imagine, build, and express through productive, open, and social play. At Playable Design, we design, build, and implement play in schools, museums, and retail outlets through LEGO inspired courses, play-workshops and models.

Today, Wei Wei lives in Shanghai with her husband Andrew and two lovely children, Kai and Kexin. 

 

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Episode 6: Mindfulness and Meditation with Terri Barnett

Mya Dunlop

Ever wondered why meditation and mindfulness is? Yoga and Meditation Guru Terri Barnett sits down with founder Mya and shares why slowing down the mind is a powerful tool to combatting anxiety inside the classroom.

As a bonus, we’ve shared a recording of Terri’s 1hr Power Yoga session for you to listen and join along with, anywhere! Grab a couple friends or practice alone, it’s like have your own personal and intimate yoga class right at your fingertips.

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An inspiring leader, Terri has spent over two decades teaching mindfulness, yoga and meditation. Leading through teaching, she fosters innovative corporate wellness through programs and retreats, private/group yoga and meditation classes. By advocating fitness in the body, mind and spirit, Terri supports her students in creating awareness and teaches them tools for practicing a more mindful approach to living fuller lives.

Terri is a 500 Hour Certified Baptiste Power Yoga Instructor, a Vedic Trained Meditation practitioner, and leads Corporate Employee Wellness Programs. As a supporter and mentor of Africa Yoga Project (AYP), Terri has contributed to the organization’s initiative to create jobs and empower leaders.

 

Here are Terri's bonus 1hr Power Yoga session for you to practice and enjoy:

 

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Episode 5: Anxiety in the classroom with NYC psychotherapist Dr. Dana Dorfman

Mya Dunlop

In this episode, we chat with published NYC psychotherapist and MyloWrites expert advisor Dr. Dana Dorfman. We talk about a topic that hits right at home for many we’ve worked with: anxiety. Dana and Mya unpack why all people, including students, parents and teachers, get anxious and how we can respond to it.

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Dana Dorfman is a psychotherapist in NYC with over 20 years of experience treating children, adolescents, and families. She earned both her Doctoral and Master's degrees from New York University, where she is an ongoing supervisor and mentor for training clinicians and mental health professionals. Through her work with hundreds of parents and teens, Dana has become a passionate advocate of social and emotional learning and their ongoing integration in progressive education. She regularly lectures and provides parenting seminars at NYC academic and learning institutions such as Horace Mann, Dalton, the JCC of Manhattan, and the NYU Child Study Center. Dana is frequently interviewed about parenting and has been quoted in publications such as Working Mother, Real Simple, Parents, and Huffington Post. Currently, she is authoring a book on academic pressures, achievement, and character-based education.

 

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Episode 4: Why is writing so hard? with Clinical Psychologist Dr. Alice Mangan

Mya Dunlop

In our latest episode, our team chats with renown Clinical Psychologist Dr. Alice Mangan to investigate the question we’ve all been asking: why is writing so hard? Alice breaks down the neuropsychological complexity of the writing process and shares how motivation can be the answer to overcoming this common challenge.

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Alice Mangan holds a Ph.D. in clinical psychology from CUNY Graduate Center and a master’s degree in special education from Bank Street College of Education.  Formerly a member of the graduate faculty at Bank Street College of Education, Alice works clinically with children, adolescents, and adults as well as parents and families providing consultation, assessment and evaluation, and psychotherapy services.  In addition to her private practice, Alice is a consulting psychologist at schools, combining her passion for progressive, child-centered special education with her training in psychology to thoughtfully respond to complex issues that arise in the life of a school community.  Alice’s research interests center on relationships between schools and families and the influence of learning disabilities on the psychological and relational life of the child, parent, and family system.  Alice has a strong commitment to sensitively addressing concerns related to learning and learning disability, autism spectrum disorders, the interplay between disability and social, emotional and psychological development, parenting, and other crucial dimensions of identity such as gender, sexuality, race and ethnicity.  

 

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Episode 3: Championing Change with Dr. Barbara McKeon, Head of School at Broome Street Academy

Nicole Abesamis

In this episode, we chat with inspirational changemaker Dr. Barbara McKeon, Head of School at Broome Street Academy, a charter school for homeless and foster children in NYC. Barbara walks us through her journey to Head of School at BSA and how she has invested in her community to bring positive change.

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"Barbara has over 15 years of experience designing and implementing evidence-based practice in the field of education. An accomplished strategic planner, she successfully led two schools through the accreditation process. She also served as Director at the Aaron Academy, where she created the first middle and high school program in the MetSchools special education family of schools.  She has also been Head of School at the Cooke Center for Learning and Development, and was a founding director of Inter-Disciplinary Education Associates, a non-profit organization dedicated to providing both clinical speech and language services to underserved populations and training to education and health professionals. Prior to working in education, Dr. McKeon worked in speech therapy, developing the first speech therapy department for a local Home Health Agency and creating NAP (newborn awareness program) providing speech and language awareness training for first time parents." Source: BSA

 

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Episode 2: Learning Through Movement with Jesse Danger, The Movement Creative

Mya Dunlop

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Here at MyloWrites, we’re huge believers in the power of movement. We’ve truly seen the positive impact of kinesthetic movement and how movement helps ingrain the learning process. That’s why we sat down with The Movement Creative founder and NYC Parkour Pioneer Jesse Danger. Jesse shares his words of wisdom about the learning process and how movement can challenge one to become better.  

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Jesse Danger is the founder of The Movement Creative, a nomadic movement studio in New York City that blends the ethos and practice of parkour with skills and lessons from other movement disciplines, including movnat, yoga, calisthenics, martial arts, dance, crossfit, and more.

“I was one of the first practitioners of parkour in the United States, finding the discipline in 2004. I immediately connected with the underlying philosophy of "be strong to be useful" and brought that into every aspect of my life. My vision as a teacher is to help others embrace and be comfortable with self-growth through perpetual self-challenge. I believe in being present to the challenges life presents to you and in being strong enough to create the mental, physical, social, and temporal environments that will help you positively grow.” Learn more about The Movement Creative at themovementcreative.com

 

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Episode 1: Learning Specialist Sari Biddelman

Mya Dunlop

Kicking off our podcasts series, we talked individualized and differentiated learning with NYC Independent School Learning Specialist Sari Biddelman. Sari shares how she sees her role in the classroom and how learning support has impacted her life in a very personal way. 

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Sari Biddelman is a Middle School Learning Specialist at a New York City progressive private school. Sari has a Master in Middle School Special and General Education from Bank Street Graduate School of Education. Growing up in NYC’s school system, Sari understands firsthand the competitive nature fostered in schools today. That is why she is passionate about empowering students and addressing education from their strengths, not their learning differences. 

 

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