The Education Concierge

Benita G.

At The Education Concierge Podcast, we are dedicated to nurturing a thriving educational ecosystem by equipping confident and innovative educators with the tools and resources they need to excel in the 21st century. Our weekly episodes delve into progressive education, collaboration, and professional development opportunities, empowering educators to stay at the forefront of educational innovation. As disruptors in the field, we coordinate all aspects of education nationally and internationally, eliminating roadblocks and layers hindering growth and progress. read less
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Episodes

A Conversation with George Stewart II
18-02-2024
A Conversation with George Stewart II
On this episode of The Education Concierge Podcast, join us as we highlight George Stewart, a dedicated educator with 16 years of experience and a fervent advocate for quality education. George's journey into education advocacy began with his acceptance into the National Education Association (NEA) Teacher Leadership Institute (TLI). Since completing the program, he's showcased his expertise by presenting at the NEA National Leadership Summit and serving as a TLI capstone reviewer. George's commitment to public education is evident in his collaboration with state legislators, where he actively contributed to writing and introducing education legislation in the Mississippi House of Representatives. His advocacy efforts have notably led to the largest teacher pay raise in Mississippi's history and impactful campaigns surrounding safe drinking water in Jackson. A staunch supporter of community schools and education equity, George has played a crucial role as the MAE representative on the OUR JPS Community Schools Planning Team and the Mississippi NAACP Education Committee. Beyond his teaching career, George is an alum of The Mississippi Black Leadership Institute, founded by Congressman Bennie Thompson, and the Congressional Black Caucus Institute Advocacy and Campaign Institute. Tune in to gain insights from George Stewart's wealth of experience, his journey in education advocacy, and the impactful changes he's spearheaded in the realm of public education. Email: thegs2project@gmail.com --- Send in a voice message: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/educationconcierge/message
A Conversation with Yamilee Toussaint
14-01-2024
A Conversation with Yamilee Toussaint
Only 29% of people employed in STEM careers are women, and less than 5% of those women are Black, Indigenous, Hispanic, and Latina.*𝙄𝙩’𝙨 𝙢𝙮 𝙢𝙞𝙨𝙨𝙞𝙤𝙣 𝙩𝙤 𝙘𝙝𝙖𝙣𝙜𝙚 𝙩𝙝𝙞𝙨.Hi, I’m Yamilée 👋🏽 – a mechanical engineer with a degree from MIT who took a literal leap of faith ten years ago to launch a STEM-focused dance organization.𝘼𝙣 𝙤𝙙𝙙 𝙘𝙤𝙢𝙗𝙞𝙣𝙖𝙩𝙞𝙤𝙣, 𝙄 𝙠𝙣𝙤𝙬. But it’s far from your traditional dance program. At STEM From Dance, we get girls of color excited about careers in technology through dance. Through engaging programs, our girls:💃🏽 Choreograph dances💃🏽 Conceptualize technology elements to complement their choreography💃🏽 Code and build that technology and incorporate it into their dancesYou’re probably asking yourself how I came up with this idea. As I sat in my first mechanical engineering class, I looked around and saw 𝙫𝙚𝙧𝙮 few women of color. That’s when I dug into the research and learned how underrepresented women and women of color are in STEM-related careers. Following college, I knew I wanted to combine my passion for dance with my desire to change the representation of women of color in STEM careers at a systemic level. I was uniquely positioned to create something new and innovative that could change those stats. That’s when STEM From Dance was born. My idea became a mission, that mission became an organization, and ten years later, we’re expanding nationally. STEM jobs play a significant role in society, and these careers are missing the insight, intellect, and creativity that black and brown women offer. They need to claim their rightful place in society among the computer scientists, engineers, and mathematicians who are innovating and reinventing how we live, work, and play. We’re encouraging girls of color to enter tech careers by building knowledge along with:✅ Culture✅ Confidence✅ Community✅ CreativityIf you’re intrigued, reach out to learn how you can help us expand STEM From Dance to the national stage. We want to establish meaningful partnerships with investors, schools, and local community organizations to bring this valuable tech-infused dance program to new regions. Check us out >> www.stemfromdance.orgYou can also reach me directly >> yamilee@stemfromdance.org*National Science Foundation --- Send in a voice message: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/educationconcierge/message
A Conversation with Dr. Bobby White
07-01-2024
A Conversation with Dr. Bobby White
Exciting News: Our next guest speaker on The Education Concierge Podcast is the incredible Dr. Bobby White! 🌟 Dedicated to fostering positive change in the lives of urban youth, Dr. White has been a transformative force in education. As Founder and CEO of Frayser Community Schools in Memphis, Tennessee, he pioneered the first full-scale transformation high school in the state. His journey began as a school leader within Shelby County Schools, where he gained national acclaim for the innovative "Urkel Initiative" aimed at reshaping school culture. Here are some key highlights about Dr. White: 🏫 Founder & CEO of Frayser Community Schools, leading the first full-scale transformation high school in Tennessee. 💼 Oversees a $15 million budget and guides a 150-person organization. 🎙️ A sought-after public speaker and writer, covering topics from Race in Urban Education to School Transformation. 🌐 Alum of The Broad Academy and the Flamboyan Foundation. 🏆 Recently inducted into the 2022 cohort of Pahara Fellows. With experience spanning traditional districts and charter networks, Dr. White has mentored school leaders across Tennessee and played a pivotal role in the state-wide Achievement School District. His commitment extends to various education policy councils, including the Charter School Policy Council of the Tennessee Charter School Center. Dr. White is not just a name; he's a catalyst for change. Reach out to him at bwhite@fraysercs.org for anti-racism coaching, consulting, and speaking engagements. Don't miss the chance to learn from a visionary shaping the future of education! 🌐✨ #EducationChangeMaker #PodcastGuest #DrBobbyWhite --- Send in a voice message: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/educationconcierge/message
A Conversation with Temante' Leary- Content Developer Microsoft & Founder BITE-CON Microsoft Season 6
02-01-2024
A Conversation with Temante' Leary- Content Developer Microsoft & Founder BITE-CON Microsoft Season 6
Meet our extraordinary guest on The Education Concierge Podcast - a true trailblazer in the tech and education landscape! 🌐 Joining us is a dynamic Content Developer II, a key Microsoft 365 Skilling Team player. They aim to elevate the Microsoft 365 user experience, focusing on Small-Medium, Very Small, and Solopreneurs. Through curated content on Microsoft Learn, the Support website, and the Microsoft 365 YouTube channel, they guide users on an empowering learning journey. 🌍 Beyond their role at Microsoft, this guest is a passionate entrepreneur and community leader. In January 2023, they inaugurated the BITE-CON Foundation with a visionary goal - fostering a vibrant pipeline of 1 million BIPOC and women technologists over the next five years. Their strategic alliances, thought leadership and proactive workforce development initiatives make this vision a reality. Notably, they've collaborated with computer training institutions, offering substantial coding bootcamp scholarships to aspiring software engineers, reducing education costs by at least 50%. 🤝 Community engagement is at the heart of their ethos. As a founding member of the Black Innovation Leaders of Florida (BILF), co-founder of Blacks At Microsoft Florida Chapter, and a proactive lead in the Miami/South Florida region and the Miami Chapter of Blacks In Technology, they are actively shaping the landscape. Their dedication extends to the podcast sphere, where they co-host a STEM-centric podcast with the EdUp Podcast Network. 🚀 In April 2022, they marked a significant milestone with the launch of BITE-CON’s annual technology conference during Miami Tech Month. This event set the stage for insightful dialogues and collaborative learning. 🎓 Their educational journey is equally diverse, holding a B.A. in Political Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a J.D., M.B.A. from St. Thomas University School of Law. Since 2011, they've been imparting legal and business knowledge as an Adjunct Professor in the School of Business at Miami Dade College, Hialeah campus. 🌟 Explore more about BITE-CON at bite-con.org, and connect for mutually enriching opportunities and collaborations. Prepare for an inspiring episode with insights on tech, education, and community impact! 🎙️✨ #TechLeader #EducationInnovation #CommunityImpact #PodcastGuest --- Send in a voice message: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/educationconcierge/message
A Conversation with Brett Kopf- CEO/Founder of Remind and Omella
18-10-2023
A Conversation with Brett Kopf- CEO/Founder of Remind and Omella
Brett Kopf I live outside Boulder 🏔 Colorado, and am building💰Omella. I previously started 💬 Remind in San Francisco. 📚 Improving education: Omella.com and Remind.com are how I’m trying to do this. I’m generally interested in the intersection of FinTech and education and am obsessed with helping customers. As one friend said, “I go unreasonably deep trying to understand their problems.” 📈 I started Remind.com with my brother David in 2011. It’s used by 30M active users and 80% of U.S. teachers, who send billions of messages. The vision is to allow every student to succeed, but it all started with one: Mrs. Whitefield. We raised $60M from John Doerr, Chamath Palihapitiya, Naval Ravikant, + a few more. Remind is growing, and I’m on the board. 🧾 We started Omella in 2019 after seeing thousands of educators struggling with collecting money. It’s still early days, but we have a small set of customers who love it; we’re growing and are well-funded. More here soon... ❤️  When I’m not building Omella, I’m either with my family or on the basketball court (C- center at best, but I’ll outwork everyone 💪🏼). I care a lot about health: fasting and reversing pre-diabetes. -Brett Kopf LinkedIn: linkedin.com/in/brettkopf Websites: remind.com  Email brettkopf@gmail.com Twitter: ⁠brettkopf⁠ --- Send in a voice message: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/educationconcierge/message
A Conversation with Shawn Young, Co-Founder/CEO of Classcraft
19-07-2023
A Conversation with Shawn Young, Co-Founder/CEO of Classcraft
Shawn Young is a co-founder and CEO of Classcraft, the Engagement Management System for schools. Since its launch, Classcraft has gained incredible traction with educators worldwide, providing tools to gamify their classrooms. Shawn taught 11th-grade physics for nine years, holds a bachelor’s degree in physics and a master’s in education from Université de Sherbrooke, and is also a seasoned web developer. Shawn sits on the Scientific Advisory Board for UNESCO’s MGIEP, sits on the corporate advisory board for Future Ready Schools New Jersey, sits on the corporate advisory board for SETDA, is the vice-president of the Edteq Association and is an Ambassador for the Education faculty of the University of Sherbrooke. Shawn is interested in how we can create a community in the classroom and how playful principles can help teach the whole child. How to Connect with Shawn: Email: shawn@classcraft.com Website: https://classcraft.com Twitter: https://twitter.com/classcraftgame Instagram: https://instagram.com/classcraftgame Facebook: https://facebook.com/classcraftgame LinkedIn: https://linkedin.com/in/shawnyoung1/ How to connect with Benita G. Email: theeduconciergepodcast@gmail.com Website: https://www.podpage.com/the-education-concierge-1/ YouTube Channel: https://youtube.com/@chatwiththeeduconcierge Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/theeducationconciergepodcast Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/theeduconcierge --- Send in a voice message: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/educationconcierge/message
A Conversation with Ayedole Harrison, Senior Partner, Education Community Build Ventures | Director, Black Male Educators Talk (BMEsTalk)
12-07-2023
A Conversation with Ayedole Harrison, Senior Partner, Education Community Build Ventures | Director, Black Male Educators Talk (BMEsTalk)
Ayodele Harrison is a leadership development coach and racial equity practitioner. He has over two decades of experience teaching and leading public, private, and international schools. Ayodele spent six years as an administrator in a teacher residency program. Ayodele is currently the Senior Partner of Education at CommunityBuild Ventures (CBV) - a pro-Black solutions-focused firm committed to eliminating racial disparities by developing powerful, impactful racial equity-driven leaders and organizations. Ayodele's primary role with CBV is leading their signature initiative, Black Male Educators Talk (BMEsTalk). This initiative offers a suite of culturally affirming in-person and virtual affinity spaces and leadership development programs to Black Male Educators living in the US and several international cities around the globe. Ayodele seeks to inspire and equip Black Male Educators to live well and engage in transformational action that improves students' lives. Ayodele Harrison is from Seattle, Washington. He holds a BS and MS in Civil Engineering from Howard University and the University of California, Berkeley, respectively. Ayodele is married to Natasha, and they have two beautifully brilliant children, Ajani and Ifetayo. How to Connect with Ayodele Email: ayodele@communitybuildventures.com Website: https://bmestalk.com/ Twitter:https://twitter.com/BMEsTalk Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/bmestalk/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/BMEsTalk LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/ayodeleharrison/ How to Connect with Benita G. LinkedIn: https://linkedin.com/in/benita-c-gordon Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/theeducationconciergepodcast Website: https://www.podpage.com/the-education-concierge-1/ Youtube: https://youtube.com/@chatwiththeeduconcierge --- Send in a voice message: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/educationconcierge/message
A Conversation with Kwame Sarfo-Mensah
25-06-2023
A Conversation with Kwame Sarfo-Mensah
Kwame Sarfo-Mensah holds a Bachelor’s in Mathematics and a Master’s in Elementary Education from Temple University. He served as a middle school math teacher for nine years in Philadelphia, PA, and Boston, MA. He is the founder & CEO of Identity Talk Consulting, providing professional development and consulting to K-12 schools and educators globally. He also authorizes two books: "Shaping the Teacher Identity: 8 Lessons That Will Help Define the Teacher in You" and "From Inaction to 'In Action': Creating a New Normal for Urban Educators." Outside of teaching and consulting, Kwame hosts the Identity Talk 4 Educators LIVE and the Radical Math Talk podcasts, which highlight the educators who are reshaping, redefining, and decolonizing the way education is taught in our schools. Throughout his 15-year career as a math educator, author, and consultant, Kwame has earned numerous accolades for this work, which include being honored as the 2019 National Member of the Year by Black Educators Rock, Inc. and is recognized as a Top Education Influencer by brightbeam, Inc. in 2021 and 2022. Kwame's work has been featured on The Tavis Smiley Show, Edutopia, Ed Post, Teaching Channel, WGBH News, The Educators' Room, LLC., and Medium. How to Connect Twitter: https://twitter.com/identityshaper Instagram: https://instagram.com/kwam_the_identity_shaper Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/kwamesm YouTube: https://youtube.com/@kwamesarfo-mensah5785 LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/kwame-sarfo-mensah-76142482 How to Connect with Benita G. Email: theeduconciergepodcast@gmail.com Website: https://justteachbasics.wixsite.com/globaled Twitter: https://twitter.com/educonciergebg Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/theeduconcierge Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/theeducationconciergepodcast LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/compnay/global-education-concierge-bg/ TikTok: https://www.tiktok.com/@theeduconcierge?+t=8dSONI0fRv8&_r=1 --- Send in a voice message: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/educationconcierge/message
A Conversation with Wendell Scales, Jr., Deputy Director of Innovation
23-04-2023
A Conversation with Wendell Scales, Jr., Deputy Director of Innovation
Wendell Scales, Jr. is an award-winning youth advocate who has pioneered many first-of-its-kind access K-12 pathway programs focused on financial literacy, STEM, social justice, and community engagement. Over the last decade, he enhanced college and career-going outcomes among predominately BIPOC scholars in Pulaski County. These scholars would achieve a 97 percent graduation rate, a 95 percent acceptance rate, and nearly $20 million in grants and scholarships. He is currently the deputy director of innovation at Arkansas Lighthouse Charter Schools, his efforts have led to being recognized as a national 2022 Yass Prize Semifinalist and a $200k STOP Awardee (Sustainable, Transformation, Outstanding Permissionless) for their AgriSTEM initiative. A champion of community advocacy has led Scales to advisory board appointments for Pulaski County Youth Services and Electus Global Education Co. He has been recognized as 2022 AY Magazine-Men of Distinction, 2021 Arkansas Community Colleges(ACC) Outstanding Alumni, and 100 Black Men of Greater Little Rock 2019 Real Men of Service Award. He is an alumnus of several leadership programs, such as SCOP (Stanford College Outreach Program), a college-access immersion program; he is a graduate of Leadership Greater Little Rock Class XXXV and currently serves as Arkansas State, Government Relations Co-Chairfor The Southern Association for College Admissions Counseling (SACAC). He earned his bachelor’s(2012) in Finance at Henderson State University, and a Master of Arts degree in higher education (2019) with an emphasis in student affairs from University of Arkansas at Little Rock. How to Connect with Wendell Email: wendell@scalingtheworld.com LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/wendell-scales-jr/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/scalingtheworld Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/scalingtheworld/ --- Send in a voice message: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/educationconcierge/message
A Conversation with Dr. Terry Ross
16-04-2023
A Conversation with Dr. Terry Ross
Dr. Terry Ross is the President and Founder of New Teacher University. Dr. Ross has dedicated his adult life to public education and to ensure that all students receive a world-class education. He is an award-winning teacher and administrator. Serving as a classroom teacher, principal, associate superintendent, educational consultant/educational entrepreneur, and director for an educational nonprofit cemented Dr. Ross as a transformational leader. As a transformational leader, he has worked with many districts, charter management organizations, principals, and teachers to develop their capacity to make data-driven decisions and coach them to have robust Professional Learning Communities. His school work convinced him that the answers to students making dramatic gains in achievement lie within the communities, teachers, and leaders serving the students. Dr. Ross has trained thousands of educators and educational leaders nationwide to be data-driven, equity-centered advocates for students and their success. His philosophy is grounded in the belief that all students can and want to learn. He also believes that all families want what is best for their children. His background in Special Education has given him a ‘no opt out’ attitude toward student learning and developed a ‘can do’ spirit. How to Connect with Dr. Ross Website: ⁠https://www.amazon.com/Strategies-Developing-Resilient-Confident-Children/dp/1736798901/ref=sr_1_1?crid=2SNC70LP1QG0A&keywords=terry+ross+10&qid=1681566481&sprefix=terry+ross+10%2Caps%2C119&sr=8-1⁠ Email: trossterryr@aim.com Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/newteacheru/?viewas=100000686899395&show_switched_toast=0&show_invite_to_follow=0&show_switched_tooltip=0&show_podcast_settings=0&show_community_review_changes=0&show_community_rollback=0&show_follower_visibility_disclosure=0 LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/terry-ross-ph-d-89b39671/ Amazon Link: https://www.amazon.com/Strategies-Developing-Resilient-Confident-Children/dp/1736798901/ref=sr_1_ --- Send in a voice message: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/educationconcierge/message
Conversation with Jeffrey Smith- Global Education Influencer
24-10-2022
Conversation with Jeffrey Smith- Global Education Influencer
Jeffrey Smith serves as Director of International School Partnerships for iCademy Middle East.  He also oversees operations for the iCademy Middle East Knowledge Hub, a learning center providing blended model education to nearly 300 online students. Jeffrey has worked in the field of education for more than 20 years.  He has grown profitable in US and GCC organizations, specializing in educational technology, business development, and sales management. Jeffrey is a native of Columbia, Maryland, USA. After launching successful collaborations with the US Department of Defense and several private schools in the US, Jeffrey moved to the United Arab Emirates to serve as Founding Director for a large US-based education franchise. He describes a business start-up in a new country as the most challenging and rewarding experience of his professional life.  Jeffrey has resided in the UAE since 2008. Jeffrey has a reputation for developing "win-win" partnerships.  He regularly leverages his vast network to support others.  He was listed on Which School Advisor - Most Influential in Education for 2018 and KDSL Global - 10 To Know in Education for 2017. How to Connect with Jeffrey Smith Email: jsmith@icademymiddleeast.com Website: https://www.icademymiddleeast.com LinkedIn:  https://www.linkedin.com/in/jeffrey-smith-copperstone-edu --- Send in a voice message: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/educationconcierge/message
A Conversation with Samantha Murray, Founder/CEO of SAM Catalysts, LLC
09-10-2022
A Conversation with Samantha Murray, Founder/CEO of SAM Catalysts, LLC
Samantha is the founder and CEO of SAM Catalysts, LLC and is a valued thought partner for leaders in K-12 education. Her vision: A world where every school is a high-quality school able to serve all students equally well.  To help us get there, she created the 𝗘𝗱𝘂𝗰𝗮𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻 𝗧𝗿𝗮𝗷𝗲𝗰𝘁𝗼𝗿𝘆 𝗙𝗿𝗮𝗺𝗲𝘄𝗼𝗿𝗸™ to reorient our thinking to focus on integrating equity, context, quality, and value in order to accelerate improvement, innovation, and transformation in K-12 education.  Samantha has spoken at events, delivered workshops, and consulted with schools across the globe—Sydney, London, across Asia, and throughout the US. She has been an educator, district administrator, charter school board member, policy analyst and researcher, and was the founding SME and first-ever Experience Management (XM) Scientist for K-12 Education at Qualtrics. Samantha has presented at the Carnegie Foundation Summit on Improvement in Education, AERA, the Maryland Connections Summit, and the Annual Bryce Canyon Society Deming Forum.  Samantha earned an A.B. in Public Policy Studies from Duke University and an M.S.Ed. in Education Policy from the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education. She has completed additional certification programs: Education Policy Fellowship Program sponsored by the Institute for Educational Leadership, Harvard Strategic Data Project Summer Institute for Leadership in Analytics, and Global Education Entrepreneurship & Innovation at PennGSE.  A Baltimore native, Samantha is a member of Baltimore Area Evaluators, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated, and is the Sanford School of Public Policy Representative on the Duke Baltimore Board of Directors. --- Send in a voice message: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/educationconcierge/message
Conversations with Ms. Avice Warren of MoodMent LLC
28-08-2022
Conversations with Ms. Avice Warren of MoodMent LLC
Conversations with Ms. Avice Warren of MoodMent LLC. Avice Warren has trained extensively in the areas of Jazz, contemporary modern dance, ballet, and African Diaspora Dance Movement forms. She is an independent guest lecturer and independent performer. She has performed and presented throughout the United States and Europe.  She was previously the Arts Integration Specialist in Dance for Hearts and Minds at Robert Russa Moton Elementary, Adjunct Professor for Barry University and Florida International University Dual Enrollment. She currently teaches at Miami Dade County Public Schools. Her works have been presented throughout Miami-Dade County as an experienced performer, choreographer, and educator.  Ms. Warren holds a Master of Arts degree in Dance Performance/Education from the State University of New York at Brockport.  In addition to her MA, she has an undergraduate degree in Media Production from Florida State University, an associate degree from Florida A & M University, and a Master’s in Business Administration/Sports Administration from St. Thomas University. Ms. Warren is also a certified 200-hour yoga teacher and MDCPS-Mindfulness Champion. Avice designed and directed the St. Thomas University Dance Team from 2010 until 2013. Additionally, she has the distinct honor and pleasure of performing with the Read Me A Story Visa National Tour, Dance Esais, Black Door Dance Ensemble, and Urban Bush Women Community Outreach.  A strong advocate of the arts and mental health care, Ms.Warren is a recruited and featured presenter for various functions, churches, and organizations.  In 2020, Avice officially launched Taking Up Space: It’s A Moodment, a self-care and movement-based company. She also partners with her sons in the operation of their small business, Turbo and Trill Candle Company. Avice resides in Miami, Florida with her family, and is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc, Top Ladies of Distinction Southern Pearls, Yoga Alliance, and the Dade Association of Dance Educators. She loves to spend time with family and friends.  She also likes new adventures, bowling, skating, eating great food, and traveling. --- Send in a voice message: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/educationconcierge/message