HighlightED is a podcast hosted by the New Brunswick Teachers’ Association and focuses on sharing innovative teaching and learning approaches happening in the province, information on services provided to NBTA members and the benefits of belonging to the NBTA community, and trending issues related to public education in New Brunswick and beyond.


July 4, 2024 27 mins

Join Dawn as she does a conference debrief with Danielle Larlee & Kendra VanLeeuwen from Nashwaaksis Middle School. These two teachers attended the Association Canadienne de Professionnels de l'Immersion conference and brought Manie Musicale to their school. Listen in on how music and competition motivated their French Language Learners to want more. 

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Join Dawn as she talks with teacher Rob Lehnert from the ASD-N ICE Centre, along with grade 12 students Mallory Stewart and Lucas Olesinski. This episode highlights how this career education centre offers direct pathways for students in ASD-N. Rob also touches of how this initiative is spreading around New Brunswick.

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May 6, 2024 32 mins

Join Dawn in a conversation with Kim Plum-Marr, Neil Hocking and Peter Bouma, three members of the Riverview Middle School Positive Behaviour Interventions Supports Team, where they describe how PBIS strategies have become the way they do business in their school. Listen in to see how they address students' unique behavioural, academic, social, emotional and mental health needs.

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Join Dawn as she highlights a high-level grade 9-10 science project led by Kim Giddens at Belleisle Regional High School. Kim enlightens us on how she and her dedicated group of students embarked on the three-year journey of scientific inquiry and environmental advocacy. It’s not just a study, it’s a project that will have a lasting impact on these students and the community. Listen in to not only be informed but to be inspired!

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Join Dawn as she explores the roles of the three executive directors of the teachers' organizations of New Brunswick. Listen to Ardith Shirley (NBTA), Alain Boisvert (AEFNB), and Kerry Leopkey (NBTF) discuss their similarities and their uniquenesses. They cover everything from solidarity, branches structures, stakeholders, recruitment and retention, and the positives within the NB education system that often go unmentioned.

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Join Dawn as she chats with Melanie Veno from Forest Glen School in Moncton about how she changed her practices during her Read Aloud time to meet the needs of all her kindergarten students. Based on Trauma-Informed School training from Lori Brown, Psy.D., Melanie highlights the progress that was made in her students’ ability to self-regulate when she implemented small changes in her classroom.

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January 4, 2024 39 mins

Join Dawn in a conversation with Ronna Gauthier and Michael LeBlanc, two NBTA Teacher Counsellors, as they highlight the importance of teacher well-being. They explain the New Brunswick Teacher Counselling and Wellness Program, explore the ins and outs of staying well, and emphasize that if teachers are well, schools are well.

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Join Dawn as she chats with Jennifer Talbot-Lavigne from Dalhousie Regional High School about the impact of the Essential Skills program at the high school level. This graduation pathway has brought hands-on learning to new heights and has opened career opportunities to many who would have otherwise not thrived in the public school system. Jennifer highlights the skills and competencies the students are learning and the invaluable ...

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November 2, 2023 33 mins

Join Dawn as she chats with Marc Merhebi about the grassroots project of hydroponics in Anglophone East School District. The conversation highlights global competencies, cross-curricular connections, and the impact of community involvement. 

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Join Dawn in this heartfelt story as she chats with Shelley Hunter, a retiring teacher from Carleton North High School, and her daughter Jaime Hunter, a beginning teacher from Birchmount School in Moncton. The conversation highlights the importance of getting involved in professional learning and reveals how this duo have inspired each other.

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September 6, 2023 41 mins

Join Dawn as she chats with NBTA past president Connie Keating and current NBTA president Peter Lagacy as they highlight the most recent work of the association, the period of transition from past to new president, and the vision of the association moving forward. 

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