Dr. Brad Gustafson – Reclaiming Our Calling

Hello, and welcome to Episode 89 of the Planning Period Podcast, your #EdBreakroom. I’m your host, Brad Shreffler.

Before I get to this week’s episode, I have an exciting announcement! Planning Period Podcast is participating in its first in-person meetup! I will be joining up with Chris Nesi, Stacy Lindes, and AJ Bianco of Podcast PD, and others at ISTE 2019 in Philly. The meetup will be on Sunday, June 23rd at 6 pm. We will be meeting at Pat’s King of Steaks. We are going to do the Pat’s vs. Geno’s challenge, which means eat a cheesesteak at Pat’s then go across the street to Geno’s. So, if you’d like to meet me and other education podcasters, and you’ll be in Philly on Sunday, join us at Pat’s King of Steaks, June 23rd at 6 pm!

This week on the show I am joined by Dr. Brad Gustafson. Brad is an elementary principal, a former second-grade teacher. He is also the author of a new book, Reclaiming Our Calling: Hold on to the Heart, Mind, and Hope of Education.

Brad and I talk about what both our roles are like, the importance of passion in education and how to cultivate it, how we are more connected than we realized, even across states, the problems with varied versions of personalization, the balance of needs for testing and needs of life-long learning, and how teachers need to show that they care about their kids.

So, sit back and enjoy Episode 89 of the Planning Period Podcast, my interview with Dr. Brad Gustafson.


Brad, thank you for a wild and random chat. We bounced around a lot and it was so much fun.

To connect with Brad, find him on Twitter @gustafsonbrad. Also, his website https://www.bradgustafson.com/ where you can find his blog and links to his book Reclaiming Our Calling: Hold on to the Heart, Mind, and Hope of Education.

If you have comments or questions about the show, you can always connect with me on twitter, @BradShreffler, and now on Instagram @BradShreffler as well. I love to hear from you there. That’s also a great place to connect if you’d like to be a guest on the show. Or, the Feedback Page on my website gives you options for feedback as well, which you can find at BradShreffler.com/Feedback. And I look forward to meeting some of you at ISTE on Sunday, June 23rd at 6 pm!

Until next week, think about how you can personalize learning in a way that will last.

Music provided by:

Vicious by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/

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