On the Blog…June 2021

#PowerOfConnections

Lifelong learning requires effort. Collaboration as a method of learning has been a fabric of education for years. With today’s technology, our ability to connect is limitless. With an openness to learn, anyone can begin to expand their knowledge by being part of a Professional Learning Network.

A PLN is a mindset; it is not a one-shot association. When managed well, these connections can help educational leaders innovate in their classrooms, schools, and beyond to improve student outcomes. Power of Connections is an opportunity to take your professional relationships to the next level. This book will empower your growth by putting your personalized professional development ideas into your own hands. This book is about the IMPACT – Inspiration, Meaningful, Passionate, Authentic, Care, Today & Tomorrow – connecting with others will have on you. These IMPACT components are the heart of connecting and it is the impact itself that proves just how powerful these connections can be. Dr. Matthew X. Joseph’s latest title is due out later this week! Pick up your copy here.

We are thrilled to welcome Brett Salakas to the Code Breaker Leadership Team. Uniquely experienced, Brett’s innovation, curriculum insight and passion to deliver results set him apart. His reputation for innovation in the education industry is truly global. Brett’s current project brings his mission of connection, collaboration, and inspiration to life.

Matthew J. Bowerman believes that Heart Leadership is living out the mission of love, compassionately guiding our students’ academic and social-emotional wellness. His upcoming project, Heartleader, is driven by the belief that kids come first everyday, and from the moment they show up it’s all about authentic relationships, all about authentic love. Stay tuned to our socials for updates and release details!

Ambassador Program

The Code Breaker Ambassador Program strives to lift the voices of those who embody our motto. Our ambassadors are risk takers. They disrupt the status quo.

Code Breaker Ambassadors are a part of a global community of leaders in education who understand the importance of educating the whole child – mind, body and soul.

Visit our Ambassador page to learn more about our program and meet our newest Ambassadors.

Personal Professional PD

Applying and integrating critical thinking into learning and instruction will allow for students’ independence and create greater relevance for their lessons.

In our latest addition to our course line-up, Dr. Matthew X. Joseph empowers you to build an inquiry-based virtual environment Enrol in the course for FREE today!

On the Editor’s Desk

Dr. Lori Koerner, author of Actually, I Can, takes her first project to new levels with Rosie and the Power of Positivity Team, an Actually, I Can children’s book.

Audiences will meet Rosie and her friends as they discover their superpowers and become a part of the newest superhero squad, The Power of Positivity Team! Stay tuned to our socials for updates!

On the Blog…May 2021

Power Summit Edition

Our 2nd annual Code Breaker Power Summit took place at the end of April. Leaders in education from across the globe took the virtual stage to motivate and inspire!

Over the course of 2 days, 19 hrs, and 23 sessions, we were challenged to change our thinking, inspired to be better, and motivated to keep going. The weekend wrapped up as Brian Aspinall recapped two incredible days of learning and growing…

Our Summit opened with keynote Jennifer George of Rube Goldberg Inc., who introduced us to her grandfather, Rube Goldberg himself and told the story of the birth of STEM before STEM was even a thing!

Charles Williams spoke to problem with colour blindness. He reminded us that if we don’t see colour then we are missing a lot of cultural capital. His session allowed a great opportunity for reflection as attendees spoke to their journeys and wanting to move past where they are.

In her Amplifying Thinking Routines session, Debbie Tannenbaum showed us so many ways to slow down and THINK; Reminding us that whatever we think is never perfect or wrong; it is just a moment in time.

Peter LeBlanc joined us from Belgium with his session, Lessons Behind the Gates. Peter inspired us to take risks and try difficult things. He reminds us that there is opportunity in being outside of our comfort zone, that being human is making tough decisions, and that being vulnerable is not weakness.

Lauren Watkins and Deb Dixon from Unruly Splats, through kinesthetic coding, demonstrated that collaboration helps us grow and gives us confidence to try more.

Dr. Frank Rudnesky spoke about the 5 Domains of Fired Up Leadership. He reminded us of the importance of self-talk and that love is the most powerful thing we can offer ourselves. A session highlight was when participants were asked to set a calendar date in their phones to check in with themselves, encouraging us to ask, “Am I where I want to be?” His closing thought…DREAM SO BIG, IT SCARES PEOPLE!

Chad LeDune took us through Discomfort by Design. He challenged us to live through what we cannot control. He shared personal and professional stories that drove home the idea that personal growth is the best kind of success.

Barb Schwamman shared the enormous growth that she and her district have accomplished in computer science. There was no denying her passion and enthusiasm as she took us through the development of the CS ed. programs and the opportunities these programs have afforded her staff and students.

In her session Mental Health in Schools, Christine Ravesi-Weinstein helped us all reflect on how we are dealing with anxiety in our students. She spoke to the how and why of anxiety and offered strategies for supporting our students and their families. She shared her own personal story of mental health and reminded us that as with anything we may not understand, the key is to ask questions.

The EduSisters spoke very passionately in their session surrounding Historical Empathy. They shared that learning history through feelings will help us to understand and empathize in the world in which we live today.

Dr. Darrin Peppard closed our first day with his session, Educators Matter. He wore his heart on his sleeve as he shared personal stories that allowed us to reflect on our impact. He reminded us that our job comes with challenges and hardships but to never forget that we matter. Our day ended in tears of gratitude.

Day two opened up with Dr. Matthew X. Joseph asking a very poignant question: What are you going to do today to change your tomorrow? In his session on the Power of Connections, Matt drove home the point that the connections we make are our choice. And with all things, be authentic and unapologetically you.

In their session Preventing Polarization, Michelle Blanchet and Brian Deters shared some amazing skills we all should focus on more to be able to have constructive dialogue about tough subjects to elicit change in the future.

Georgina Dean and Shannon Moore reminded us that creativity belongs to every human and that it only takes one person to spread the seed for others to give in to growth. 

Dr. Brandon Beck in his session Unlocking Unlimited Potential, moved us all with his beautiful tribute to his brother-in-law, reminding us that the time is fleeting. If you don’t love what you are doing, get out of your own way and live now! 

Pav Wander and Chey Cheney of the Staffroom Podcast encouraged everyone to rediscover their voice through self-directed PD in a podcast. Archiving leads to accountability and better reflection.

Brian Lamb from Swivl spoke of the evolution of A.I. and that the skills of today are not enough for the future. We need those skills with value.

Roman Nowak inspired all of us to never stop questioning and that leading with HOPE will allow us to transform our current realities.

Bradlee W. Skinner left us speechless and searching for Kleenex. In his brilliant session Answering the Call, he validated what we were all feeling, teaching is hard. He reminded us of the importance of supporting one another as we grow and learn.

Andrew Canlé’s 10 step credo, Mindset Moments, is an excellent way to concentrate on the things we can do to get to where we want to be.

Monte Syrie serenaded us with his Smiles and Frowns song, modelling one of his idols, Fred Rogers. He even changed into his sweater as he reminded us that grades are not what’s important. It is our influence as educators, not power, that will allow us to continue to “Break Better”.

Alice Aspinall spoke passionately about the need for growth mindset in all things math. By changing the narrative of what math is, we can change the mindset of what math can be for our students.

This year’s Summit was sponsored by Robotical, Unruly Splats, Logics Academy, Swivl, Wipebook, and Rube Goldberg Inc.

Thank you to all who attended and to our sponsors for their generous donations. See you all next year!

On the Blog…April 2021

March 13th, 2021 was a big day in the company’s growing history. On March 13th, 2020, schools across the globe closed their doors, forcing a massive shift in how education and professional development would be delivered for the foreseeable future. Code Breaker Inc. had to pivot to survive. Read our story and find out a computer science grad became the founder and CEO of a global publishing and consulting company.

DefineYOUniversity

Lindsay Titus has done it again with her DefineYOUniversity Journal series. A follow up to the 30 Day Journal, Lindsay brings us a 90 Day Journal for three months of intentional reflection for the busiest of educators.

Defining who you are, starts one day at a time. Beyond that, it starts with small, simple, yet strategic moments in time. The Define YOUniversity 90 Day Journal will provide educators moments of time to focus on themselves. The work we do as educators is revolutionary. It’s truly transformative. And it’s time to revolutionize and transform the way that we view ourselves too!  It’s time to commit to serving yourself so that you can serve others with all of who you are. The commitment to defining who we are, starts each morning and continues through the day. And this commitment of our thoughts, our words, and our actions, guides us to creating a life full of purpose and passion inside and outside of the classroom.  Pick up your copy here.

Released TODAY

In Mindset Moments, educator Andrew J. Canlé shares his strategies for overcoming the difficulties of your day to day. This 10-part credo unearths how educators can achieve their best reality to get better results both personally and professionally. From Canlé’s catalogue of riveting tid-bits making you say, “Aha!” you’ll learn how to…

  • Think about your thinking and adjust your perspectives
  • Stay positive amid trials and tribulations of adversity 
  • Overcome any obstacle and be at your best

By the end of Mindset Moments, you’ll have a renewed outlook and be equipped with guiding steps to take on any challenge that comes your way. Canlé recalibrates your thinking to be at your best no matter the circumstances!

GRAB YOUR COPY OF THIS AMAZING READ TODAY!

Do You Have Your Ticket Yet?

Our Code Breaker Power Summit is just around the corner!

This year’s event is sponsored by Robotical, Wipebook and Rube Goldberg!

Visit the Summit page to learn more about our presenters and their sessions. This year we welcome Dr. Matthew X. Joseph, Chey & Pav of the Staffroom Podcast, Roman Nowak, and #TheEduSisters to name a few. This two-day event promises to deliver live professional development that will inspire and motivate, bringing us all back to our why. Get your tickets today!

Marty Meets Code Breaker

This past month Code Breaker Inc. teamed up with Robotical to put Marty The Robot in the hands of young coders across the globe!

In her blog post, Meet Marty The Robot, Daphne McMenemy gives the low down on all things Marty. From the post…

With such a vast programming environment, I’d consider Robotical’s Marty the Robot a low floor (accessible by many learners) and high ceiling (added complexity for students who are ready for more) piece of technology.  Mitch Resnick, a professor at MIT and the creator of Scratch explains low floor, high ceiling according to his mentor, Seymour Papert, “For a technology to be effective, he said it should provide easy ways for novices to get started (low floor) but also ways for them to work on increasingly sophisticated projects over time (high ceiling).” Marty the Robot is exactly that!

Enjoy An Exclusive FREE Trial Offer With A REAL, Walking Robot At Your School!

Why Put Marty To The Test?

  • Instant Connection – Marty is a humanoid robot with a big personality that creates an instant human connection!
  • STEAM class in a box – Marty comes with lesson plans ready for your classroom
  • Video & chat support with our inhouse experts to train and help you become a STEM champion
  •  Integrates with other areas of learning – Such as Language, Math and Health & Wellbeing
  • Lots of flexibility in use – Marty is best suited for grades 2-8 but the functionality and learning resources supports all students K through 12!

CLICK HERE TO LEARN ABOUT THIS EXCLUSIVE FREE TRIAL

A huge welcome to Georgina Dean who joined the Code Breaker team last month! You can learn more about Georgina and all of the members of our Leadership Team here.