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.

On the Blog…March 2021

Code Breaker Inc. Consulting

February saw many members of our Leadership team taking the virtual stage across North America! We visited schools, districts, and conferences sharing messages of leadership and disruption in education.

Are interested in learning more about our leadership team? Are you looking for speakers for your professional learning event? Visit our website for everything you need to know.


Hacking Through Modern Learning

Did you miss Daphne McMenemy’s keynote at BYTE2021 last month? Daphne explores the world of coding in the classroom as her students become thinkers, innovators, problem solvers, and creators, all while developing a growth mindset.  


The Team Continues to Grow

This past month we signed Christine Ravesi-Weinstein and Ian Landy to the Code Breaker leadership team. Look for their upcoming books projects later this year! In the meantime, check out our library of books from our incredible authors at codebreakeredu.com/books.


On the Editor’s Desk…

Up next on the Editor’s desk is Andrew J. Canlé’s Mindset Moments. Andrew gets readers thinking about how educators can adjust their perspective in order to cultivate a positive mindset amid the challenges and demands of the profession. What if there was a way to recalibrate our thinking to endure any challenge? What if despite the circumstance we could be at our best for ourselves, our colleagues and students?

Mindset Moments will have educators feeling more readily able to face any obstacle that the educational stratosphere presents, and in turn be at their best to collaborate with colleagues and deliver a quality educational experience for their learners. Stay tuned to our socials for a release date.


New Addition to the Bookshelf

Lori Koerner defines leadership as the choices we make, the relationships we establish, and the influence we have on those we serve. She reminds readers that not only does a leader empower and encourage, they also listen actively and make certain that every member of the organization feels heard and valued.

Inspiration and empowerment work in conjunction to propel our intrinsic motivation which is at the center of what fuels our soul. Empowering others has to do with the power of yet and shifting mindsets from, I can’t to I can and I will. Inspiration and empowerment require encouragement and positivity.  Lori Koerner is a great new voice bringing insight, experience and humility to a much needed genre that requires the brightest of lights to be shined on it – women in leadership. Actually, I Can is engaging, relatable and full of practical wisdom and personal stories that both women and men can learn from. To live a life filled with one’s highest choices and brightest outcomes, one should always continue to inspire and empower – and in turn – become inspired and empowered. This book is the ultimate guide in doing so.


The Leadership Lounge

Our Code Breaker Leadership Lounge welcomes leaders in education from around the globe to collaborate, expand connections and grow their PLN.

Our weekly meetings – held Fridays at 10amEST – are a space for leaders to laugh, share, learn, vent, and connect with other leaders around all things education. Each week, our host, Matthew X. Joseph, poses a challenges that get all members thinking about what it means to lead. Here is last week’s challenge…A man takes his car to a hotel. Upon reaching the hotel, he is immediately declared bankrupt. Why? Tweet us your thoughts at #CodeBreaker.

Sign up at lead.codebreakeredu.com to get a weekly link sent right to your inbox!


Checking In With Osage Community Schools

If you want a firsthand look at how big of an impact coding classes make, check out this visit to Iowa’s Osage Community School District.

In 2017, NewBoCo partnered with Osage and our own Barb Schwamman to bring Code.org curriculum into classrooms of all grade levels. The result? Everything from an e-sports team, to students finding a whole new purpose. 


Power Summit 2021

Our Summit planning is well underway! We are thrilled to announce this year’s featured speaker, none other than Jennifer George, the granddaughter of THE Rube Goldberg. Jennifer spent some time talking about creativity, problem solving, and her grandfather with Chris Woods’ on his STEM Everyday Podcast.

Tickets for the two day event went on sale this past weekend. Visit the Summit page on our website to learn more about this amazing opportunity for learning and professional growth! Stay tuned to our socials for Summit updates and announcements!