The Brighter Side of Ed.

The Brighter Side of Ed.

Hosted by author and educator, Dr. Lisa R. Hassler, The Brighter Side of Ed. podcast focuses on what people are doing to create positive change in education. The mission is to shine the light on what is working to enlighten and enhance schools and give our children a brighter future.The music in this podcast was created by musician, Brandon Picciolini, from The Lonesome Family Band. For more, check him out on Instagram.


December 2, 2022 42 min

In this episode, educational theory is discussed with Dr. Michael Grahame Moore.  As the father of distance education theory (theory of transactional distance) and pioneer of teaching online practices, Moore gives background on what is educational theory, why we need it, and how to best apply it. Moore also gives insight to the development of our modern day online classrooms, reflects on the bittersweet global COVID experience, dis...

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In this episode, I focus on culture as a variable. Educating the young Black girl is becoming an increasing problem for American educators. The Black girl is characterized as sassy, aggressive, bossy, and disrespectful. Here to discuss the topic of Black girls in the American educational system is Dr. Hyacinth Dyer. She is an expert in this field and has examined the experiences of the Black girl in the K-12 public school system in...

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In this episode, student dyslexia is discussed with Dr. Livia Pailer-Duller. As the Director of the American Dyslexia Association (ADA) and co-author of the book, Dyslexia-Dyscalculia?, she gives recommendations for testing and support to be used at home and at school.  Her organization also trains dyslexia specialists in AFS testing and didactic assistance around the world. With 1 in every 5 students estimated to have dyslexia, pa...

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In this episode, professor Dr. Carla Sparks discusses her book, Be the Manatee, and how she "grows" educational leaders. By creating a positive environment and modeling resonant leadership qualities, Dr. Sparks shows by example how leading with the heart impacts school environments. If you're an educational leader, looking for ways to create a positive environment in your school or district, you'll want to listen to...

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In this episode, former school board member, Eric Robinson, joins Dr. Lisa Hassler to discuss the educational leader variable in the education system and the importance of policy. How can an educational leader make a positive difference in the school community? While in office, Mr. Robinson used creative methods to bring attention and help to the needs in his district. From mowing lawns and other janitor duties, to donating his sal...

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In this episode, teacher Erin Phillips joins Dr. Lisa Hassler to discuss the reading crisis and  how implementing online strategies  can help. Mrs. Phillips taught middle school, 3rd grade, and is currently in kindergarten. She discusses her experiences with students at reading different levels and how she modifies her teaching strategies to meet the needs of her students with success. What are the benefits to including an online p...

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September 9, 2022 2 min

This brief episode of The Brighter Side of Ed. sets the tone and purpose for the podcast as well introduces the host, Dr. Lisa Richardson Hassler. Hassler is a new voice in education and comes to you as an educator, author, and parent. The mission is simple: shed light onto what good things are happening in education so that it will spread. It's a grass-roots, feel-good kind of podcast to motivate and inspire change. After all,...

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