Research Connection Podcast

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It’s hard to stay on top of new developments and research in education. Join Jackie Kirk and Michelle Lam as they interview guests whose research directly impacts classrooms in the real world. Whether you are a teacher, administrator, researcher, or just want to hear more about how kids these days are learning, this is the podcast for you.

  • Rural Men’s Mental Health Service Use and Provision - In this fifth and final installment of the men’s mental health Movember podcast series, guest host and Assistant Professor of Psychiatric Nursing Candice Waddell-Henowitch talks about rural men’s mental health service use and provision with Janet Smith, of Klinic Community Health.
  • Newcomer Men’s Mental Health - In this fourth instalment of the Movember men’s mental health series, guest host and Centre for Critical Studies in Rural Mental Health RA Madeleine Kruth talks about newcomer men’s mental health with Local Immigration Partnership’s Coordinator Enver Naidoo. To learn more about newcomer men’s mental health experiences in Brandon, visit https://www.centreforruralmentalhealth.com/centre-reports; to learn more about the Brandon Neighbourhood Renewal Corporation’s Local Immigration Partnership, visit https://bnrc.ca/
  • Mental Health Experiences of Male International Students - In this third installment of the Movember Men’s Mental Health series, Centre for Critical Studies in Rural Mental Health research assistant Mairo Ahmadu talks about the mental health experience of male international students with guest and BU student Jorge Lozano.
  • Teaching During the Pandemic - Since March, teachers have been under constant stress, required to change, adjust, pivot, shift, and have done it all, going above and beyond. It is time to care for those who have been expending themselves to care for our children. Join Jackie and Michelle as they discuss what it's like to teach during the pandemic with a school administrator, a high school teacher, and an early years teacher from three different divisions.
  • Tales from the Kitchen Table – All About Homeschooling - Interest in homeschooling has surged during the pandemic. Join Jackie and Michelle as they discuss homeschooling with Betina Roberts and Heather Fraijo, two mothers who have embarked on a homeschooling journey for the first time. How are things going? What is going well? What challenges are they facing? What does a typical day look like? Listen to hear these questions answered and more!
  • Rural Men’s Mental Health - In the second installment of the Movember Men’s Mental Health series, Canada Research Chair and director of the Centre for Critical Studies in Rural Mental Health Dr. Rachel Herron talks about rural men’s mental health and lived experience with mental health advocate and speaker Gerry Friesen, a.k.a. the Recovering Farmer. Learn more about Gerry at www.gerryfriesen.ca, and see the centre’s report on rural men’s mental health at https://www.centreforruralmentalhealth.com/publications-media.
  • Indigenous Men’s Mental Health - Guest host and BU psychiatric nursing student Margaret de Jager discusses Indigenous men’s mental health with Brandon Friendship Centre’s Frank Tacan and Jason Gobeil of the Dakota Ojibway Child and Family Services. If you want to read more about this collaborative research you can find the healing journey report at https://www.centreforruralmentalhealth.com/research-1
  • All About Podcasting! - It's our anniversary! We've been podcasting for a year. In this collaborative episode, we have joined Mark Keown and Devon Calwell from Fort La Bosse school division to talk all things podcasting. Join us to hear tips and tricks, how to use podcasts in your own classroom or professional development, and some of the things we've learned along the way. Also be sure to check out the Fort La Bosse podcast, Teach Like a Bosse. 
  • Kids Talk Back To School During Covid - We've heard a lot about back to school during the pandemic. But a lot of it has been adults talking about kids. Let's flip the script and hear what kids have to say about school during the pandemic.  We talk about staying safe, making friends, working collaboratively, special programs, teachers who do creative things, and more!
  • Leadership During Times of Crisis - Join Jackie and Michelle as they discuss what it means to be a leader during times of uncertainty and crisis with Susan Gilleshammer of Brandon School Division and Dr. Alysha Farrell of Brandon University's Faculty of Education. How do leaders balance empathy with moving people forward? How do leaders manage their own emotional needs while responsible for other people's health? How much vulnerability is right? And how do leaders make decisions when they simply don't have enough information? Join us for this timely and important conversation about educational leadership during times of crisis.
  • Racism on the Prairies - Join Jackie and Michelle as they discuss the realities of racism in Canada, what it's like to grow up in rural Canada, and what is contributing to the current climate of hatred and racism. Will public statements about diversity and inclusion result in meaningful change? And how do you keep going when the work carries such an emotional cost? Guests Natashalee Thompson and Dr. Barbara Perry provide insights into these questions and more.
  • Tech Gap banner The “Tech Gap” and Covid-19 - If internet and education are both basic human rights, what does it mean when some communities in Canada don’t have internet access during Covid-19? Divisions are doing their best, but have students sitting in parking lots with giveaway devices. We need long-term solutions. Join hosts Jackie and Michelle as they discuss the tech gap and education with guests Kirsten Thompson, Dr. Michael Nantais, and Dr. Alec Couros.
  • Pandemic Literacy Assessment Assessing Literacy During Covid-19 - Join Jackie and Michelle as they discuss online literacy assessment during the Covid-19 pandemic with guests Darlene Keith and Dr. Joe Stouffer.
  • Imagining Education in light of Covid-19 - How have teaching and learning changed since the pandemic? What questions should we be asking of ourselves and others? How can we keep what we've learned and move towards a future filled with hope? Join Jackie, Michelle, Burcu, and Tim as they discuss education in light of Covid-19.
  • Rural Men’s Mental Health - How are rural men unique when it comes to mental health? How is Covid-19 having an impact? Join Jackie and Michelle with guests Richard Whitfield and Dr. Rachel Herron as they discuss mental health, men, and rural areas.
  • French Language Episode 2 - Join Eva Eberts (French Language Specialist, Brandon School Division) and Dr. Eftihia Mihelakis (Brandon University, Classical and Modern Languages) once again as they discuss teaching French language and supports for teachers in rural areas.
  • Housing and Homelessness in Brandon, MB - Join hosts Jackie and Michelle as they talk with Carly Gasparini, director of Brandon Neighbourhood Renewal Corp., and Nancy McPherson of Brandon University's Faculty of Health Studies about housing affordability, homelessness, and local impacts.
  • French Language Learning in Brandon, Manitoba - Join Eva Eberts (French Language Specialist, Brandon School Division) and Dr. Eftihia Mihelakis (Brandon University, Classical and Modern Languages) as they discuss French language learning, community, and identity in Brandon, Manitoba.
  • All About Bees - Join Jackie and Michelle with guests Dr. Deanna Smid (Department of English & Creative Writing, BU) and Becky Lane (Library Admin Assistant at BU and Beekeeper) as they discuss bees in Brandon, conservation efforts, and even some literature recommendations!
  • Mental Health, Trauma, and Families - Join Dr. Jane Karpa (BU, Psychiatric Nursing) and Dr. Breanna Lawrence (BU, Education) as they discuss issues related to mental health, education, trauma, and families.
  • Researching Romance - Join Stacey Lee (BU Librarian) and Dr. Jonathan Allan (Canada Research Chair & BU Professor) as they discuss trends and research in the genre of romance novels.
  • Teacher-Led Learning Teams - Join Eric Sagenes (MTS) and Dr. Cathryn Smith (Brandon University) as they discuss the teacher-led learning team model of professional development.
  • Not Just For Muscle! Creatine Supplementation and Fat Loss in Older Adults - Join Jackie and Michelle as they discuss exercise, nutrition, and supplements like creatine with Bob Lee, Scott Forbes & Joel Krentz.
  • Autism and Ways of Being - Join Amanda Hamm (Rural Development Institute) and Dr. Patty Douglas (Brandon University Faculty of Education) as they discuss parenting, educating, and being with people in their lives who have attracted the label of autism.
  • English Language Learners in Classrooms - Join Joanna Ford (Brandon School Division) and Dr. Burcu Ntelioglou (Brandon University) as they discuss emerging bilingual / plurilingual students and how teacher education is changing.
  • Leadership and Mental Health - Dr. Alysha Farrell (Brandon University) and Rev. Darryl McAuley (McDiarmid Drive Alliance Church) are back! Join co-hosts Jackie and Michelle as they discuss leadership and mental health.
  • Sexualized Violence on Campuses - Join Carla Navid (Brandon University’s Sexual Violence Education and Prevention Coordinator) and Dr. Corinne Mason (Associate Professor of Gender and Women’s Studies and Sociology at Brandon University) as they discuss sexualized violence on campuses.
  • Part 2 – Locker Rooms, Pressure and Promise - Continue the conversation with hosts Jackie and Michelle as they talk about hockey locker rooms, pressure, and promise with Bantam AAA coach and Brandon School Division Paul Mandziuk and Brandon University researcher Dr. Tim Skuce.
  • Finish him! Hockey, masculinity, and culture - Join hosts Jackie and Michelle as they talk about hockey culture and masculinity with BU researcher Dr. Tim Skuce and Bantam AAA coach and Brandon School Division teacher Paul Mandziuk.
  • Effective Reading Instruction with Kathie and Joe - Join hosts Jackie and Michelle as they discuss effective reading instruction with Dr. Joe Stoeffer of Brandon University's Faculty of Education and Kathie Sutherland of Brandon School Division.
  • Leadership and Conflict - Michelle and Jackie discuss leadership and conflict with Dr. Alysha Farrell of Brandon University's Faculty of Education and Rev. Darryl McAuley of McDiarmid Drive Alliance Church.
  • Andy Mead To Friend or Not to Friend: Teachers and Students on Social Media - Michelle and Jackie discuss teachers and students on social media with Andrew Mead (Principal of Mitchell Middle School in Hanover School Division) and Dr. Mike Nantais (Associate Professor, Curriculum and Pedagogy Department).
  • Michelle Lam, Grant Hamilton, Michael Nantais, and Jacqueline Kirk. Cell Phones and the Classroom - Join hosts Michelle Lam and Jacqueline Kirk as they discuss the impact of cell phone use in the classroom with Grant Hamilton (Director of Marketing and Communications) and Dr. Michael Nantais (Assistant Professor; Chair of Curriculum & Pedagogy Department).