Derek Rhodenizer – Episode 19

Planning Period Podcast
Planning Period Podcast
Derek Rhodenizer - Episode 19

Hello, and welcome to Episode 19 of the Planning Period Podcast, your #EdBreakroom. I’m your host, Brad Shreffler.

This week on the podcast I am thrilled to have Derek Rhodenizer. Derek is a Director of Academics at an independent school in Ontario, but I know him from his work on VoicEd Radio. He runs the OnEdMentors show every Thursday night as well as A Word in Progress on Sunday nights. Through these two shows I have gotten the chance to have some truly awesome conversations with Derek and I knew his perspective and expertise would make him a great guest on my podcast.

Derek and I talk about a lot, from new professional development methods, one of the reasons teachers are so change-averse, the power of authentic audiences, and the importance of taking risks, to the need for relationships with your students. We cover a lot, and Derek succeeds in bringing the conversation to great levels.

As I mentioned last week, I am looking to give you more options for how to give feedback on the show. If you have questions, thoughts, comments, or suggestions to share, checkout the feedback page at, where you will find a direct feedback form that goes straight to me, a link to the FlipGrid I have created to receive feedback, and a link to the iTunes page for the show, where I would love to have your review.

Derek actually, after recording this episode, asked me to be a guest on his show, A Word In Progress. He and I talked about the word “connection” and what it means, and I think it was a great conversation. If you’d like to check that out, go over to the On Demand section of, or subscribe to Derek’s podcast “Beyond the Staff Room.”

If you’d like to connect with Derek, you can find him on twitter @DerekRhodenizer.

As always, if you like what you’ve heard, do me a favor and give me a review on iTunes. It is the best way you can help out the show. Head over to and you’re right where you need to be.

You can also connect with me on twitter, @BradShreffler. I always love to hear from you. That’s also a great place to connect if you’d like to be a guest on the show.

Until next week, don’t let your practice be your identity instead of your profession.

Music provided by:

Vicious by Kevin MacLeod (
Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0

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