Student Episode — Why

March 21, 2019

This episode corresponds to one of our social-emotional lesson plans called: Why. Healthy, happy, fulfilled people are ones who understand why they do what they do. They are self-aware, think through their values and motivations, and act in congruence with who they are and who they want to be. This lesson plan facilitates conversations for students to reflect on their motivations and values.

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039 Addressing the Inner World of Students

March 14, 2019

So much of school is managing the externals: lesson plans, worksheets, assignments, papers, tests, projects, etc. The student experience is largely about the external world, but their internal world is where all the action is happening.

If you want to lead students to more meaningful moments, moments of insight, connection, self-discovery and empathy, then you need to learn how to address their inner worlds. 

In this episode we mention the new mindfulness meditation videos available for you to use in your classroom (3 min or 6 min, no cost). Just shoot us an email and we'll send you those videos as well as a short explanation video for how you can integrate a practice like this into your classroom.

038 Tracy Yates — Designing Moments in the Classroom

March 11, 2019

How can a teacher be more thoughtful about cultivating moments in the classroom?


Tracy Yates joins us (again!) with some gold nuggets in this episode. We have an e-book for download this month- more info inside the episode.

More about Tracy

I'm a proud founding staff member at Canyon Crest Academy and began teaching full time in the fall of 1999 at La Costa Canyon High School before opening CCA in the fall of 2004.  Creating both Envision Dance and Cinema Conservatories in CCA's second year, I went on to be Envision Director after Brian Kohn, then Director stepped into the position of CCA's Principal after David Jaffe's exit. (Kohn is now with Oakland School of the Arts, Jaffe is Superintendent at Rancho Santa Fe School District).  After several years as Director and Envision Dance Coordinator, I stepped down and am "just" teaching.  I am so proud of CCA and the amazing innovation of both staff and students each year.

A dancer since the age of 3, I've always had an interest in health and wellness.  I've always been interested in exercise of any kind, eating well and mental health.  So, I'm thrilled to teach the Intro to Dance with Health.  The body has a profound ability to help heal the mind (and vice versa) so it'll be fun to infuse some of the latest research into both dance and health class. 

037 Dan Horgan — Designing Effective Mentor Moments

March 1, 2019

Daniel Horgan is the Senior Director of Corporate Engagement for MENTOR. In this role, he is responsible for building and managing corporate partnerships that help close the youth mentoring gap in America while meeting business goals. A volunteer role with a YMCA summer camp at the age of 12 sparked Daniel’s passion for service. At the age of 18, Daniel pioneered the first youth-led Community of Promise in Pittsburgh under Retired General Colin Powell’s national America’s Promise movement, landing him a seat on the national board of directors and recognition from President George W. Bush. Daniel has over 18 years of experience working in the business and nonprofit sectors having served as the Executive Director at generationOn, the Vice President of Development at The Heart of America Foundation, the Senior Director of Community Affairs at Capital One, the Youth Program Officer at the Three Rivers Workforce Investment Board, and the Executive Director of Pittsburgh Cares. Daniel has extensive experience training, consulting and coaching in the areas of leadership, management, organizational development and public/private partnerships. He has worked with Fortune 500 companies (Intel, Deloitte, JPMorgan Chase, AT&T, Bank of America), national and local nonprofit organizations (Communities In Schools, Coro,, Team Kids, Mentoring Partnership of SWPA, Youth Philanthropy Connect), school districts (Fairfax County Public Schools, NYC Department of Education) and government agencies (NYPD, NYC Service, NYC City Council, City of Pittsburgh). Daniel is the author of Tell Me I Can’t…and I Will and the producer/host of the Community Voices of Change podcast. He resides in New York City.

Connect with Dan on LinkedIn or send him an email

Show Notes:

Dan's top three tips for designing effective mentor moments:

  1. Be patient
  2. Be intentional
  3. Be super curious

Elements of Effective Practice for Mentoring, by

Student Episode — Squad

March 1, 2019

This episode corresponds to one of our social-emotional lesson plans called: Squad. Healthy, happy, fulfilled people all say one makes their lives so meaningful are the friendships they have with people they can count on. We want to help students be reflective about friendship and what they can do to build healthy friendships of mutual support and encouragement, and if possible, build a squad.

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Student Episode — Here we grow

March 1, 2019

This episode corresponds to our social-emotional lesson plan for middle and high school students entitled: Here we grow. It's all about helping students gain a growth mindset in their lives about areas in life that don't come easily to them.

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Student Episode — I hear ya

February 21, 2019

This student podcast episode corresponds to a social-emotional lesson plan we have entitled, you guessed it: I hear ya. Healthy adults are known to be curious, effective listeners. They want to understand how people think, what their experiences are, and how to connect with others. So, they practice behaviors that lead to good listening. We want to encourage students to learn how to listen well, and become natural, curious listeners. 

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Student Episode — Seek

February 17, 2019

The episode corresponds to a YouSchool emotional intelligence lesson plan called SEEK. One of the markers of a healthy, mature adult is someone who continuously seeks truth and wisdom and they have an innate desire to learn. They don't think in black-and-white terms, they want to understand the different dimensions and perspectives of an issue. We invite students to explore what they are drawn to learn. 

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036 — Travis Sevilla on the Quickest Way to Wake Students Up

February 17, 2019

Travis Sevilla is an artist and educator working for Canyon Crest Academy. Travis began teaching in San Diego at High Tech High North County as a multimedia/STEAM teacher. He moved to San Diego with his wife and two sons from Los Angeles for the opportunity to enjoy all that San Diego has to offer in the outdoors and to have an opportunity to work in a project-based learning environment with HTHNC.  He has now made the move to Canyon Crest Academy in an effort to integrate some of the project based and real-world learning into the dynamic environment CCA has to offer. In addition to CCA, Travis works with new teachers through San Diego State University and Guest Lectures at Universities on occasion. An avid Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu enthusiast, surfer, rock climber, and cyclist, Travis has a passion for learning from all of his endeavors. He is a dedicated teacher who works to bring real-world projects to his students that incorporate the arts and design thinking. He believes strongly in bringing out students' power of creative and critical thinking as solutions to complex real-world problems. 

To connect with Travis go to his website.

Student Episode — Choices, Choices, Choices

February 11, 2019

The episode corresponds to a YouSchool emotional intelligence lesson plan called Choices, Choices, Choices. One of the markers of a healthy, mature adult is someone who takes ownership for their choices, and chooses wisely to their own flourishing. In this episode, we take a look at a number of ways to better understand the choices that you can make to be a healthier human.


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