THE FABULOUS LEARNING NERDS

Because being a nerd is Fabulous.

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Episode 92 - The Culture of Leadership

This week, the Fabulous Learning Nerds dive deep into the complexities of leadership, exploring what makes a great leader, the impact of leadership on employee tenure, and practical steps to enhance leadership skills. Zeta and the team shed light on the vital link between leadership quality and organizational success, emphasizing the significant costs of poor leadership and the high returns of effective leadership development. The conversation pivots around the transformation from individual contributors to leaders, the essential traits of successful leaders, and the difference between managing tasks and leading people. 

Listen in for an enlightening discussion on good leadership, the nuances of emotional intelligence, setting clear expectations, and the value of building high-performance teams.

Episode 91 - The Power of Design

In this enlightening episode of The Fabulous Learning Nerds, hosts Scott, Dan, and Zeta dive deep into the often underappreciated world of design. They discuss how it can be the cornerstone of effective communication and education. Through lively discussions, personal anecdotes, and expert insights, the hosts unravel the "Power of Design" and its critical role in our everyday lives. 

Whether you're a seasoned designer or new to the concept, there's something in this episode for everyone interested in making an impact through thoughtful and intentional design.

Episode 90 - Expert Learning with James McKenna

Welcome to a time-bending episode of the Fabulous Learning Nerds, featuring the inimitable James McKenna! Join us as we discuss innovative strategies, the essence of lifelong learning, the art of upskilling, and the creation of dynamic, inclusive learning spaces. This episode is a fusion of past wisdom and future strategies, perfect for educators and learners navigating today's ever-evolving educational landscape.

James McKenna, with over 20 years' experience in learning design and development, from Assistant Director of Professional Learning and Leadership Development at the California Collaborative for Educational Excellence to founding McKenna Learning. Explore James McKenna’s insights in greater depth in his book,  "Upskill, Reskill, Thrive: Optimizing Learning and Development in the Workplace" 

Episode 89 - Game Changers with Christel Reaves

Join us this week on the Fabulous Learning Nerds podcast as we welcome Christel Reaves, a visionary in educational innovation. In this episode, Christel shares her insights on integrating games into learning, emphasizing fun and effective teaching methods. As the founder of Connected Class, she highlights the impact of her Learning Link platform in bridging communication between educators and families. This episode delves into how games can significantly enhance learning experiences for both children and adults, emphasizing the importance of embracing failure as a stepping stone to success. Christel shares her innovative approach to bridging classroom and home environments with her game-based strategies, making learning an exciting and memorable journey.

Christel Reaves, founder of Connected Class, is an influential educator with over 25 years of experience. A former classroom teacher and district administrator, Christel now focuses on enhancing teacher-family communication through her Learning Link platform. Recognized as the 2020 STEM Small Business Innovator of the Year, she holds a Master’s in Educational Leadership from Florida Atlantic University and a bachelor’s from S.U.N.Y College at Cortland. Christel's dedication to education is reflected in her numerous awards and her impact on schools across Florida.

Who are the nerds?

With over 25 years of experience in the learning and development field, Scott is passionate about inspiring others. His mission: to rescue them from their own limitations and bring them into a new world of growth and impact. He and his team bring relevant and impactful change-making tools to audiences young and not-so-young. Utilizing a wide array of solutions such as micro learning design, device neutral mobile learning, distance learning solutions, augmented, and virtual reality learning. 

  

As a certified Master Trainer and Leadership Coach, Scott places as much emphasis on developing and caring for human capital as he does for financial capital. Engaging in accountability and mentorship conversations is one of his greatest pleasures. Through those conversations, he unlocks others’ superpower so they too can grow, improve, develop a healthy work/life balance, and positively impact their families and communities. 



Zeta's a seasoned fantasy illustrator and graphic designer with over a decade of expertise. She brings that eye for visual impact to how she designs compelling assets for educational materials and engaging learning experiences.  

She has overseen projects for a diverse range of clients, managing all aspects of project development and stakeholder relations.

Now as a dedicated learning nerd, she brings that skillset to help others in their never ending journey for learning and development. 

Why is Daniel a Fabulous Learning Nerd?  Well for starters, because he's on the podcast.

Well that and over a decade of experience in the L&D industry.  

Daniel is an experience focused instructional designer, and learning consultant with a decade of experience in the L&D industry.  Daniel's passion is helping people to grow and develop, and each week on the show he gets to grow and develop himself with a multitude of interesting and exciting guests.