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Welcome to the all new 360 Podcast, an all-around look at student-centered education. Through interviews with experts both on campus and further afield, we will be exploring various aspects of a great education.

If you have any questions or suggestions for the podcast, please let us know at or via Twitter @360podcastPT.


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In this episode, we chat with Dennis Bisgaard, Park Tudor School's incoming Interim Head of School. We get to know Mr. Bisgaard and discuss his priorities for the coming year, as well as what it means to be an interim head of school.

About Mr. Bisgaard from

Dennis has over 30 years of experience as an independent school educator, and prior to his upcoming post at Park Tudor, he has led five institutions as Head of School. Most recently, Dennis has successfully led two independent schools through a transition period as Interim Head of School and is currently Interim Head of School for the Friends School of Baltimore.

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About Paul Kirschner (from Google Books):

Paul A. Kirschner is Emeritus Professor of Educational Psychology at the Open University of the Netherlands and Guest Professor at Thomas More University of Applied Science in Belgium. An international speaker and researcher, he was also the President of the International Society for the Learning Sciences.

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In this episode, we talk with author and Harvard Associate Professor of Psychiatry Dr. John Ratey about the importance of exercise for effective teaching and learning.

About Dr. John Ratey (from
Best selling author, John J. Ratey, MD, is an Associate Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and an internationally recognized expert in Neuropsychiatry. He has published over 60 peer-reviewed articles, and 11 books published in 17 languages, including the groundbreaking ADD-ADHD “Driven to Distraction” series with Ned Hallowell, MD. With the publication of  "Spark-The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain," Dr. Ratey has established himself as one of the world's foremost authorities on the brain-fitness connection.  His most recent book, “Go Wild” explores how we can achieve optimal physical and mental health by getting in touch with our caveman roots, and how we can “re-wild” our lives.

 Recognized by his peers as one of the Best Doctors in America since 1997, Dr. Ratey was recently honored by the Massachusetts Psychiatric Society as "Outstanding Psychiatrist of the Year" for advancing the field. Dr. Ratey and his work are frequently profiled in the media, where he’s been featured on ABC, CBS, NBC, PBS and NPR, as well as in The New York Times, Newsweek, The Washington Post, US News and World Report, Men’s Health, and other national publications.
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In this episode, we discuss what is unique about independent school parents, and how we can best partner with parents to help students succeed in every way.

Hopes and Fears: Working with Today's Independent Schooll Parents' Description from
Too often, the standard ways of building parent cooperation no longer work well, and schools may inadvertently foster parent expectations that undermine an effective home-school partnership. Hopes and Fears offers a new approach.

Based on their decades of work with schools, psychologists Rob Evans and Michael Thompson bring insight and empathy to advice for teachers and administrators about strengthening parent relations. The book is divided into three sections:

Part 1: The Rising Tide of Anxiety examines factors that intensify the dilemmas families and schools face, from normal tensions to accelerating social, economic, and technological changes.

Part 2: Challenges illuminates why some parents act the way they do—and why the ways in which schools have traditionally dealt with them can be ineffective.

Part 3: Coping includes three nuts-and-bolts chapters for restructuring the partnership:
·      The Basic Toolkit offers advice on adopting the right mindset and skills to work constructively with the vast majority of parents.
·      The Advanced Toolkit provides tips for managing the small number of parents who are more challenging.
·      A guide for administrators covers practical ways to train and support teachers.

Robert Evans is a psychologist and school consultant. A former high school and pre-school teacher, and for many years a child and family therapist, he has consulted to more than 1,700 schools, public and private, throughout the U.S. and internationally, working with teachers, leaders, and boards.

Rob received his undergraduate degree from Princeton and his doctorate from Harvard. His particular interests are in leadership, in helping schools cope with change, in crisis intervention, and in improving collegiality and candor among educators.

He is the author of many articles and books. His newest, co-written with Michael Thompson, is Hopes and Fears: Working with Today's Independent School Parents. His others are: Seven Secrets of The Savvy School Leader, The Human Side of School Change, and Family Matters: How Schools Can Cope with The Crisis in Childrearing.

For nearly thirty-five years, I have worked as a clinical psychologist, school consultant and international speaker on the subjects of children, schools and parenting. I’ve authored nine books focusing on the emotional lives of boys, friendships and social cruelty in childhood, the impact of summer camp experiences on child development, the tensions that arise in the parent-teacher relationships, and psychological aspects of school leadership. My work with independent schools and public school districts throughout the United States, and with international schools in Europe, Asia and South America takes me to about fifty schools a year to lead workshops for teachers, administrators, parents and students.

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Adrian Pumphrey

Adrian Pumphrey

Teacher - Middle School Math, MS Math Curriculum and Placement Coordinator, Co-host and Director of Park Tudor's 360 Podcast

Mr. Pumphrey taught Middle and Upper school math in London before moving to Indianapolis in 2012. He taught Algebra 2 and Statistics at Herron High School before joining Park Tudor in 2014. He now teaches middle school mathematics and co-presents and directs the school's 360 Podcast, discussing topics around student-centered education. He recently received an award of distinction from the University of Oxford for his Masters thesis researching 'Low-floor-high-ceiling' math tasks and student engagement. Mr. Pumphrey also teaches Mathematics Education at IUPUI and is on the committee for Elementary Mathematics Specialist Standards with the Indiana Department of Education.

Laura Gellin

Laura Gellin

Teacher - Upper School English
In addition to teaching AP Language and Composition and Ninth Grade Honors English, Ms. Gellin serves as the advisor of the Artisan, the Upper School's nationally-awarded literary and arts magazine. Off-campus she has been awarded a position on the national committee for National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) Program to Recognize Excellence in Student Literary Magazines Advisory Committee, the Teacher Recognition Award and Medal from the Alliance for Young Artists and Writers, and a generous Fellowship Grant from the English-Speaking Union to study in London at Shakespeare's Globe. Over the past few years, she has presented at the national AP Conference, the national NCTE conference, the national ISACS conference, the statewide Indiana Teachers of Writing Conference, and the statewide Indiana Association of Independent Schools Conference. She taught for the Johns Hopkins University Center of Talented Youth program for several summers, teaching both English and interdisciplinary courses to gifted and talented students. From 2004-2006 she was the Ninth-Grade Team Leader and a Middle and Upper School English teacher at Gaston Day School in Gastonia, NC.