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Education Live Thursday – Is College for Everyone? What’s your plan B? A conversation with Jonathan Brunch from Unbound

Learn about some ways that you can get a 4 year college degree… but with a different track AND no student loan debt.

We’ll discuss…
* College isn’t for everyone, and that’s a good thing
* The critical educational need for today’s world is to be able to quickly and effectively master complicated information. “Knowing” is less important than being able to learn.
* To be able to make better decisions about your educational future (and to make wiser decisions in life) reject an answers based paradigm and shift to a questions based paradigm. An answers based system says you have to know exactly what career you want to go into and retire from before you can decide your major and choose your college. That’s crazy. Who knows the answer to that at 17 or 18 (or 30 for that matter)? A questions based paradigm says that asking the right questions and seeking those answers in an iterative, small scale process, is not only a better and more accurate way to make decisions about your future, it’s also a lot less stressful.
* Your Q/A
JONATHAN BRUSH has worked in higher education for over 20 years. He worked for over a decade in traditional higher education as a Director of Admissions for a private, selective, liberal arts college and has over a decade in non-traditional higher education, first as the founder and director of a student life experience and program for an accelerate distance learning company and currently as the President and CEO of Unbound, an education company that specializes in project based education. You can learn more about Jonathan and Unbound a
This week on Education Live Thursday the guest is Ken Meyers….
Join us every thursday 8pm for a discussion of all things education and beyond.
Ken Meyers, APEX Leadership –
Learn more about Ken here:
At Apex Leadership Co. we build tomorrow’s leaders today — while simultaneously raising more money for your school with our hassle-free approach for busy volunteers.
Our powerful online platform maximizes your time and increases your reach for fundraising, all while our team of athletes does the heavy lifting and teaches PBIS-based leadership lessons. We combine fitness, fundraising and leadership into a powerful united event that builds your funds and your students’ character education.
And by the way, they help schools raise a LOT of funds for many much needed projects and enhancements.
Carlee Meyers – of Stresslessco,com – helps everyone to reduce stress using a propriety system she developed through her life experience and intuitive sense working through her own personal struggles.
Carlee offers a complimentary Stress Assessment:
Education Live Thursday – Every week – Updates on topics in Education and Academic Tips.
This week, our guest is Katie K. May is the Owner and Clinical Director of Creative Healing, a Teen Support Center with 3 locations in the Greater Philadelphia area: Flourtown, King of Prussia and Philadelphia.
Their team of teen specialists offer individual and group therapy for teen self-expression, support and skill-building with a focus on Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Trauma-Informed practices and LGBTQ-affirming care.
Check out the video version of this conversation here:
Education Live Thursday.
Every Thursday 8pm. Join host Dr Steven Greene as we discuss trends, topics and updates in the world of Education. This week a BIG announcement in the test prep world, and a new workshop you will want to know about. Also our guest this week, Sarah Morphew.
Sarah is a writer, photographer, and inner peace guide. She is a certified mindfulness and meditation instructor, she provides simple, research-based techniques that have been shown to help us focus our attention, reduce stress and anxiety, avoid burnout and overwhelm, experience more feelings of calmness and joy, and to improve memory, sleep, and overall well-being.
Did you know that the American Heart Association has said that mindfulness has many heart related benefits such as lower stress, reduced anxiety and depression, better sleep quality, and greater well-being.
Sarah teaches tools for inner peace, self-love, self-acceptance, and self-compassion. She helps seekers find true peace in the present moment, so you can stop chasing happiness, and love yourself exactly as you are.
Caring for others is an amazing gift. Having tools to deal with the heavy emotions and stressors that come up can help both our health and the ability to do our jobs well.
You provide so much value to those around you. You deserve to experience inner-peace and calm. Fill your cup first, so you’re able to help those around you to do the same.
Reach Sarah here:

For all things academic support, test prep and executive function skills – Learn more at

Here is a very important consideration…

Do you feel stressed?

Do you feel overwhelmed?

Do you feel like you don’t have a system to deal with the load of word and life stuff that you have?

Then this podcast is for you – and your family – because it tackles this very common situation head on.

Join the mAke the grAde podcast for a candid conversation with the founder of the STRESS LESS COMPANY Carlee Meyers as we discuss:

The causes of stress and overwhelm

How to cope with the stress and overwhelm

Where to seek support and help

How to share these ideas and solutions with your family and others

Connect with Carlee here…

As mentioned in the conversation:
Link to apply for a complimentary Stress Assessment:


Education Live Thursday – Every Thursday at 8pm – discussing current important topics in education.

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This week our guest is Peggy Ployhar, SPED Homeschool Founder & CEO, is a leader in the special education homeschooling community and a frequent writer and speaker on specialized education homeschooling issues.

She is a physicist turned home educator left a lucrative career in the medical device industry to teach the struggling learners in her own home, which eventually turned into a lifetime calling.

Peggy founded SPED Homeschool in 2017 and now leads an organization that empowers thousands of families across the globe each year to create specialized home education plans. Peggy is also the host of the very popular live broadcast and podcast, SPED Homeschool Conversations, a weekly talk show where her guests address relevant issues related to customizing homeschooling for unique learners.

Here are some of the topics covered:

* What led you to start homeschooling and how did you manage to homeschool while meeting the unique learning needs of each of your three children?

* What are the most important things logistically parents need to know about homeschooling, including laws, curriculum, resources, and support?

* What about beyond the logistics? What kind of mindset and vision do parents, families and children need to have to make the homeschool experience successful?

* What encouragement do you have to share with a parent who may think their child has lost ground with all the changes in learning due to COVID?

* Why did you create SPED Homeschool and how can families connect with your resources?

Join Dr Greene for this weekly edition of Education Live Thursday , a weekly show highlighting important and timely topics in education.
If you have suggestions for topics, or you would like to be considered as a guest on Education Live Thursday  email here
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This week he is joined by Chris Crail, Financial Planner.
Chris will talk about the importance of knowledge and preparation when it comes to saving money, whether it be for college, retirement, or that second home. He’ll share some quick tips on budgeting and planning ahead.
Learn things like “Pay yourself first”, the “Rule of 72” or the “High Cost of Waiting”, and Benefits of a 529 or other college savings plans
Chris Crail is a Financial Coach with Primerica Financial. He has been in the industry over 8 years and has been helping families learn more about How Money Works. Chris graduated from Temple University and has a background in Sports and Athletics. He has used that knowledge to bring a simplified, coaching approach to various financial topics. Chris enjoys helping people as well as finding ways to give back to the community. He helps to run a non-profit networking group that Meets monthly and highlights local non-profits to raise awareness and attract volunteers, donations, etc.
Learn more at
Do you need support for your child in this age of virtual learning?   
Are you planning to send your children to college?
What is your savings plan?
I sat down with Financial Coach Chris Crail in the mAke the grAde studio and we discussed this important topic.  Some of the specifics included:
  • Ways to set your child up for financial success
  • Ways to prepare for the costs of college
  • Does college make the most sense?
  • Ways of maximizing a budget and lowering expenses
  • How to protect my families finances now, as well as in the future
  • Why it’s better to be proactive than reactive
  • Best methods of debt reduction
About Chris:
Chris Crail grew up in several different neighborhoods throughout the Philadelphia area.  He is now married and lives in Ambler.  He went to Temple University and graduated with a degree in Sport and Recreation Management.  After working in college athletics for a few years, he started working part-time in financial services.  After a few years, he transitioned full-time into finance and is currently a Financial Coach with Primerica Financial Services.  Through Primerica, Chris helps families become properly protected, debt free and financially independent.  He focuses on educating people financially and creating simple strategies to help an individual or family hit their financial goals.  Finance doesn’t have to be complicated or overwhelming and Chris is more than willing to have a conversation with anyone to see how he can help!

Chris Crail

You can find the link to the video replay here:



On Thursday November 6th 2020, Dr Steven Greene, Samanatha Feinman (New Frontiers Founder and Executive Function Specialist and Coach) and (MC) Casey Schmalaker connected for a ‘zoom’ chat.

The Five Structures of Success in and Out of the Classroom

The focus was executive function skills and the use of Dr Greene’s “5 Structures for Success”.

The group broke down each of these 5 structures and discussed each one’s important in the support of executive functioning.

The structures are:

  1. Physical
  2. Time
  3. Academic
  4. Accountability
  5. Support

You can find the link to the video replay here:


Samantha Feinman from New Frontiers Executive Function Coaching (
New Frontiers is committed to helping clients reach their fullest potential through a collaborative, creative and flexible coaching model. We offer one to one executive function coaching and academic tutoring, as well as social and transition to college and/or career support services. Group programs focus on social engagement and interpersonal skills. We provide coaching both in-person and virtually for clients school-aged through adulthood. Parent workshops and professional trainings are also available to assist in community awareness and development. In-person support to navigate virtual school and online learning during the COVID-19 crisis is also available both one on one and in groups.
We’ll discuss:
1. How to understand what executive function is and why it is important to understand?
2. Best practices for understanding Executive Functioning 
3. Executive Function and Academics
4. Where to get support
5. Your questions answered live!!