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Ep 19 Lou & Pepper

Andrea (Lou’s person) and Cristina (Pepper’s person) met in the halls of their children’s preschool. Their mutual love of celebrating - birthdays, summers, LIFE! - coupled with their love (obsession) for their super adorable pets spawned the beginning of Lou & Pepper.

From the very beginning Andrea and Cristina knew there was a bright future in creating fun, memorable and (most-importantly) easy parties for those around them. The best part of a celebration is the memories it brings so sit back and relax, while Lou & Pepper curates the perfect party for you.

https://www.louandpepper.com/


Ep 18 Steve Songs

Steve has delighted audiences throughout the country, including at prestigious venues like Symphony Space in New York City, Wolftrap in Vienna VA, the Kennedy Center and the White House in Washington, D.C., and Fenway Park in Boston. Anyone who’s attended a SteveSongs concert appreciates Steve’s ability to connect with his audience – from the exuberant children flocking towards the stage, to the moms bouncing babies with the beat, to the parents and grandparents singing and grooving along. It’s no wonder he's been called a modern day Pied Piper!

http://www.stevesongs.com


Ep 17      Laurie Berkner

Bestselling, award-winning children's recording artist Laurie Berkner is widely recognized as the uncrowned queen of children’s music. Laurie's albums, released on her own label, have been best sellers on a chart typically dominated by movie soundtracks and major label compilations.  Her debut DVD, which went quadruple platinum, was the first-ever indie children’s music DVD to enter Billboard’s Top Music Video chart at #1. Laurie’s eleventh album, Superhero, was released in September 2016. A longtime fixture on TV’s Nick Jr. and Sprout channels, Laurie was the first recording artist to ever appear in a music video interstitial on Nick Jr. and was a beloved presence on Jack’s Big Music Show. Laurie currently stars in a short-form animated musical series Sing It, Laurie! on the preschool network Sprout, and she has been a frequent guest on Sprout's Sunny Side Up morning show. Laurie wrote the music and lyrics for two Off-Broadway children's musicals produced by New York City Children’s Theater: Wanda's Monster (2013) and The Amazing Adventures of Harvey and the Princess (2014).  Laurie is currently writing songs for Interstellar Cinderella, set to debut off-Broadway in November 2017. Between spring 2017 and summer 2018, Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers is publishing a series of three picture books with Laurie, each based on one of her songs. We Are the Dinosaurs was released in March 2017. Coming up are Pillowland and Monster Boogie.

http://laurieberkner.com/


Ep 16     Lou Mongello

Lou Mongello is a former attorney who left the practice to pursue his passion and is now a Disney expert, author, podcaster, speaker, entrepreneur, and host of http://WDWRadio.com, named Best Travel Podcast for 9 consecutive years.  He is the author of books and audio tours about the Disney Parks, and founder of http://DreamTeamProject.org, which has raised more than $250,000 to date to send children with life-threatening illnesses to Walt Disney World through the Make-A-Wish Foundation of America.  He provides mentoring, consulting, and workshops to those looking to build their business and brand, and is also a keynote speaker at events, conferences, and schools. Lou shares the magic of Disney and/or the power of new and social media, podcasting, live video, community, entrepreneurship, how to follow one's dreams and passions, and custom topics tailored to the event audience.

LouMongello.com
WDWRadio.com
Twitter.com/LouMongello
Facebook.com/LouMongello
Instagram.com/LouMongello
YouTube.com/WDWRadio

Ep 15     Dr. Jean

Dr. Jean Feldman’s noteworthy educational career has spanned more than 40 years.  She has served as a classroom teacher, instructor of adults, author, and consultant.  She is a member of the National Association for the Education of Young Children, the National Kindergarten Alliance,  Dr. Feldman’s list of degrees include a B.A. from the University of Georgia, a D.A.S.T. from Emory University, and both M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from Georgia State University.  She is currently Early Childhood Educator in Residence at the College of Charleston.  Dr. Feldman inspires teachers across the country with her engaging songs and creative activities that help make teaching and learning FUN!

Dr. Jean's blog is drjeanandfriends.blogspot.com and her website is drjean.org


Ep 14     Jane Squires

Jane Squires, Ph.D., is a professor in special education, with research interests focused on early intervention and early childhood special education (EI/ECSE)--specifically screening, assessment, and early identification of developmental delays. She also focuses on personnel development and effective EI/ECSE practices. She has served as principal investigator on numerous research studies focused on assessment of social emotional competence, parent-completed developmental screening processes, personnel training, and systems change related to early identification of young children at risk for developmental and social emotional delays. Dr. Squires conducts research and outreach in early intervention/early childhood special education and is Director of the Early Intervention Program Research Area. With Diane Bricker, she is author of the Ages & Stages Questionnaires and An Activity-Based Approach to Developing Young Children’s Social Emotional Competence.

http://agesandstages.com/


                        Ep 13     Matt de la Peña

                        Ep 13     Matt de la Peña

Matt de la Peña is the New York Times Bestselling, Newbery Medal -winning author of six young adult novels: Ball Don’t Lie, Mexican WhiteBoy, We Were Here, I Will Save You, The Living and The Hunted. He’s also the author of the critically-acclaimed picture books A Nation’s Hope: The Story of Boxing Legend Joe Louis (illustrated by Kadir Nelson) and Last Stop on Market Street (illustrate d by Christian Robinson). Matt received his MFA in creative writing from San Diego State University and his BA from the University of the Pacific where he attended school on a full basketball scholarship. de la Peña currently lives in Brooklyn NY. He teaches creative writing and visits high schools and colleges throughout the country.

Website: http://mattdelapena.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/matt.delapena.5

Twitter: https://twitter.com/mattdelapena

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/mattdelapena/


                    Ep 12     Sam Donaldson

                    Ep 12     Sam Donaldson

Mr. Sam Donaldson is a distinguished reporter who has been a news anchor for ABC News, White House Correspondent, and author of the book titled, “Hold On, Mr. President!” Mr. Donaldson has anchored many television shows in the United States which include: World News Sunday and Primetime Live with Diane Sawyer. Mr. Donaldson has earned several accolades for his work including multiple Emmy and Peabody Awards. 


                      Episode 11     Frances Glascoe

                      Episode 11     Frances Glascoe

Dr. Frances Glascoe is a Professor Pediatrics at Vanderbilt University where for she directed the developmental-behavioral pediatrics rotation for 15 years and continues to work with pediatric residents, nursing and medical students, and community providers. She is the author of more than 100 peer-reviewed publications, a textbook on developmental-behavioral services in primary care, several screening tests, serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics and is a past editor of the American Academy of Pediatrics’ Section on Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics Newsletter.  In October, 2000, she received the Academy’s Dale Richmond Award in child development.

http://www.pedstest.com


             Episode 10     Craig Ramey

             Episode 10     Craig Ramey

Craig Ramey is Professor and Distinguished Research Scholar of Human Development at the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute; Professor of Psychology, Neuroscience, and Human Development at Virginia Tech; Professor of Pediatrics at the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine; and Chief Science Officer for Human Development for the City of Roanoke, Virginia. His program of research centers on the role of experience – across the human lifespan - in the development of competence and robust health. His approach relies largely on experimental interventions in education, psychology, and pediatrics that provide rigorous tests of plausible developmental mechanisms of stability and change within dynamic, multilayered ecologies. Ramey engages both epidemiological and longitudinal datasets to provide a broad contextual framework for identifying the multiple inter-related conditions that influence biopsychosocial risk, protective, and facilitating factors. His research findings are highly relevant to many national and international policy issues. Accordingly, he has extended his research into topics that address “going-to-scale” and rapid application of scientific findings that can prevent disabilities, promote children’s education and health outcomes, and improve family and community wellbeing. This new field of “implementation science” represents a new frontier for the neurosciences and for educating health practitioners and policymakers.


Episode 9     Robert Gallen

Episode 9     Robert Gallen

Robert Gallen, PhD, is a licensed clinical psychologist and Associate Professor of practice at the University of Pittsburgh where he coordinates the Master of Science in Applied Developmental Psychology program. He was founding president of the Pennsylvania Association for Infant Mental Health and is a fellow in the ZERO TO THREE Academy. He teaches courses in infant mental health and evidence-based practices.


                      Episode 8     Mary Jo Huff

                      Episode 8     Mary Jo Huff

Mary Jo is an author, storyteller, recording artist and puppeteer who creates books, CDs and DVDs filled with original stories, songs, and finger plays.  She has visited 46 states and presented to thousands of children and adults.  Mary Jo is an Early Childhood teaching artist, past director of a center with 115 children, and is an onsite consultant for Early Childhood centers, schools, 4C, Head Start and Family Childcare.  Mary Jo has written for the Frog Street’s Pre-K Curriculum and Gryphon House, Monday Morning Publishing, SECA and many publications for Early Childhood educators.  She works with children in school settings.  Her information and experiences are presented in a humorous, enthusiastic style with practical ideas that create new early literacy activities that can be implemented immediately.  Mary Jo shares passionately, in an interactive, hands-on, participatory atmosphere.   Plan to snap, clap, wiggle and giggle as you learn new ways to connect with children and parents.

www.storytellin.com
maryjo@storytellin.com

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                      Episode 7     Kevin Marks

                      Episode 7     Kevin Marks

Kevin Marks, MD FAAP is a full-time general pediatrician. He received his bachelor of science degree at the University of Notre Dame, attended medical school at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and completed his pediatric residency at the University of California School of Medicine San Francisco-Fresno. He enjoys precepting medical students as a clinical assistant professor at Oregon Health & Science University and heavily encourages his students to use evidence-based screening tools, rather than informal milestone checklists. Dr. Marks has authored numerous journal articles and textbook chapters on the early identification, prevention, treatment and ongoing monitoring of children with developmental and behavioral challenges. He has been a stalwart and enthusiastic “screening champion” in his own medical group, which blazed quality improvement trails by being “early adopters” of multiple screening tools, one of them being the Ages & Stages Questionnaire (ASQ), and then employed these tools in combination with the Read Out and Read (ROR) program, which promotes early literacy and school readiness. Dr. Marks was a key member behind Oregon’s Assuring Better Child Development (ABCD) leadership team that spread the use of evidence-based screening tools statewide to other primary care practices. He participated in Oregon's Help Me Grow (HMG) project to improve care coordination services for children identified with suspected developmental delays and/or mental health problems. He has been involved in Oregon’s Screening Tools and Referral Training (START) project and is also a health advisor board member for his county’s Head Start program.


                Episode 6     Kurt Kondrich

                Episode 6     Kurt Kondrich

Kurt married his wife Margie in 1996, and he is the father of his son Nolan and daughter Chloe.  Chloe was born in 2003 with a diagnosis of Down syndrome, and her birth placed Kurt and his family on an incredible journey.  Kurt served as a Police Officer for 20 years and received many awards/citations for service to the community.  Kurt left his career as a Pittsburgh Police Officer and returned to college to receive a Masters Degree in Early Intervention from the University of Pittsburgh in 2007.  Kurt serves as a Developmental Therapist at TEIS Early Intervention, and he also serves on several councils representing individuals with disabilities.  Kurt was appointed Chair of the Governor’s Advisory Council for Early Intervention in 2008, and since then he has made it his mission to be a strong Voice for children with disabilities and their families across PA.

 


           Episode 5     Garrett Weinzierl

           Episode 5     Garrett Weinzierl

Garrett Weinzierl is a podcaster, graphic designer, founder of Amove.tv, and a Jedi in training. Garrett produces and hosts multiple gaming, tech, and pop-culture shows like The Angry Chicken, Into the Nexus, Let’s Talk About Star Wars, and Embrace the Spoilers. When he isn’t producing his own online entertainment he can be seen guesting on shows like the Daily Tech News Show, Pixels, and The Instance. Garrett graduated from the Ringling College of Art and Design in Sarasota, Florida. After working many jobs just to pay the bills, he started podcasting as a hobby. That hobby grew into tens of thousands of downloads a week, an active community of gamers and hobbyists, and a steady source of income thanks to that same community and the crowdfunding platform Patreon. The platform Garrett helped build through podcasting also became a source of recurring graphic design freelance clients.

You can find Garrett's work at Nomoonart.com and Amove.tv


                Episode 4     Kristie Pretti-Frontczak

                Episode 4     Kristie Pretti-Frontczak

Dr. Kristie Pretti-Frontczak is a {r}evolutionary speaker, researcher, and play advocate. Through podcasts, blogs, free resources, and trainings, Kristie inspires and supports early educators in {r}evolutionizing their teaching. Kristie spent 16 years, as faculty, at Kent State University and now trains and coaches early educators worldwide. Kristie is a Past President of the Division for Early Childhood and works with intentness and determination to sort through the clutter and chaos to join seemingly disparate ideas. She also aims to celebrate differences and shared attributes to achieve solutions. You can access her latest solutions at: 

http://prekteachandplay.com.


     Episode 3     Stephen Bagnato

     Episode 3     Stephen Bagnato

STEPHEN J. BAGNATO, Ed.D., NCSP is a Developmental School Psychologist and Professor of Psychology and Pediatrics at the University of Pittsburgh, Schools of Education (Psychology-in-Education, Applied Developmental Psychology--ADP) and Medicine (Pediatrics); Coordinator, Children with Special Healthcare Needs—Child Life specialization; He is founder and Faculty Mentor of the Division for Early Childhood Partnerships (www.earlychildhoodpartnerships.org) at the University (Office of Child Development), and affiliated with Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC through the LEND Center at the University of Pittsburgh as a core interdisciplinary faculty for leadership education in neurodevelopmental disabilities for Maternal and Child Health Bureau fellows and university interns.


        Episode 2     Toni Linder

        Episode 2     Toni Linder

Toni Linder, Ed.D., is professor emeritus in the Child, Family, and School Psychology Program at the Morgridge College of Education at the University of Denver in Denver, Colorado. Dr. Linder has been a leader in the development of authentic assessment for young children and is known for her work on Transdisciplinary Play-Based Assessment and Transdisciplinary Play-Based Intervention (1990, 1993, 2008). In addition, she developed Read, Play, and Learn (1999), an inclusive, literature and play-based curriculum for preschool and kindergarten learning and development. She consults nationally and internationally on assessment, intervention, early childhood education, program development, and family involvement issues. Dr. Linder has conducted research on a variety of issues, including transdisciplinary influences on development, parent-child interaction, curriculum outcomes, and using technology for professional development in rural areas. In 2012 Dr. Linder formed Early Learning Dynamics LLC to serve as a platform for her continuing consulting, curriculum development, and play-based assessments. Dr. Linder will use Early Learning Dynamics to serve children worldwide.


       Episode 1    Ellen Galinsky

       Episode 1    Ellen Galinsky

Ellen Galinsky, President and Co-Founder of Families and Work Institute (FWI), helped establish the field of work and family life during the time she was at Bank Street College of Education, where she was on the faculty for 25 years. Her more than 100 books and reports include the best-selling Mind in the Making: The Seven Essential Life Skills Every Child Needs, Ask The Children, and the now classic The Six Stages of Parenthood. She has published over 300 articles in journals, books and magazines