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My Disney Class podcast

Howie and Ryan visit with teachers, educators and administrators on how to integrate Disney ideals of creativity, innovation, communication, critical thinking, STEM and MakerSpace into classrooms. Twice a month they share why they are passionate about Disney and how their passions has brought them together in this joint mission to help bring ideas for innovation, storytelling, creativity, and the principal foundations of what makes Disney and great choice for projects and resources in the K-12 Classroom. They also talk about the companion website (www.mydisneyclass.com) that will spotlight incredible educators from around the globe and be packed with resources that teachers can use in their classrooms.
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Now displaying: January, 2023
Jan 31, 2023

Best Educational Experiences At WDW

  In today's My Disney Class Podcast episode, Howie and Ryan discuss some of their favorite educational attractions at Walt Disney World.  Most people when they think of Disney, think of a place that is just for fun but it also has many attractions and programs that are geared toward learning about other cultures, the arts, and the environment. Not to mention that a lot of parents wonder if taking their kids out of school for a Disney World vacation is a good idea. You can save a ton of money if you visit WDW when school is in session but are the savings worth the time and work missed in school?

On today's show, Ryan and Howie will help tackle the question of whether or not you can find educational value in a trip to Walt Disney World. They will discuss several educational attractions and places you can visit that definitely have a solid foundation in all sorts of history, arts, communication, technology, etc. They will show that with some preparation and solid planning, you can easily justify the educational quality of a Disney World vacation primarily because Walt Disney valued children and especially their education and the company carries on that tradition. 

We hope you enjoyed our discussion about educational attractions and things to do on your next Walt Disney World vacation.  Like we always say, on every trip to WDW you will learn and find something new.  Don't forget, if you haven't already, to join the fun and supportive community we have in our Facebook group, Educators who love Disney. Don't forget to rate and review our podcast on Apple music. Your support and feedback will only make us better!

 

Jan 14, 2023

Walt's Pilgrimage with Christopher Tremblay

  In today's My Disney Class Podcast episode, Ryan and Howie welcome Dr. Christopher Tremblay to the show. Christopher currently serves as Director of Admissions & Recruiting for Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning at the University of Michigan. He earned his doctorate of education in educational leadership from the University of Michigan in 2014 and has a post-master's certificate in enrollment management from Capella University. Christopher has also conducted national research on certifications in the fields of enrollment management, college admissions counseling, financial aid, and college access. He is also a Walt Disney scholar and teaches a college course based on the life of Walt Disney. Christopher has also published several books on the life of Walt Disney. These include Walt's Pilgrimage, Walt's Pilgrimage JR., The ABC's of Walt, Walt's Ancestors, and Walt of the Day

On today's show, Christopher will talk with us about his love of Disney and specifically his passion for the journey Walt Disney took to create the world of Disney we know today. We learn about what lessons can be learned from the drive and determination Walt had and how we can turn that into lessons for ourselves and our students. Christopher will also talk with us about his college course that takes students across the country following Walt's footsteps until they reach the pinnacle of Walt's journey, Disneyland! Christopher ends the show discussing his personal train trip that will recreate Walt's journey and he also shares some answers to a quick round of Disney favorites questions. 

We hope you enjoyed our chat with the amazing Dr. Christopher Tremblay! He really is following the footsteps of the great Walt Disney, in more ways than just the physical steps.  Don't forget, if you haven't already, to join the fun and supportive community we have in our Facebook group, Educators who love Disney, and don't forget to rate and review our podcast on Apple music. Your support and feedback will only make us better!

 

Jan 1, 2023

In today's My Disney Class Podcast episode, Ryan and Howie talk about the future of Disney now that Iger is back and making changes in the new year! We all make resolutions this time of year and Disney is no different. Howie and Ryan discuss some of these future predictions for the Disney company in 2023 and talk about why these may happen and what caused the need for the possible change.

            On this show, Ryan and Howie dive deep into the articles that have been recently written and published about Bob Iger returning to his role as CEO of the Walt Disney Company. They also discuss how Bob Chapek fairly or unfairly gets blamed for the needed return of Bob Iger to right the Disney ship. 

            When you think about the CEO of a company and the Board of Directors that makes all these sweeping decisions that trickle down through the company, it's not hard to draw a parallel connection to how a Superintendent and the Board of Education work. There are two basic approaches to the style of leadership that a CEO or Superintendent can take. The first is a dictatorship, where the CEO can isolate themselves from the board and try to make all the decisions themselves, or the second choice is where they take a more democratic approach and work with the board. I think we all know which way tends to work best in our school districts and it's not really that different for major companies like Disney. Ryan and Howie speculate on how Mr. Chapek's approach and Mr. Iger's approaches to their management style differ and what that has led us to today in the Disney community and world while also influencing what might come from it as well. They will also share their personal hopes and wishes for 2023 to wrap it all up.

We hope you enjoyed our evaluation of Chapek and Disney's 2022, as well as our look to the future in 2023! We also would like to take this time to personally thank each and every one of our listeners and supporters. You made 2022 a year to remember and we can't wait to experience the magic of the My Disney Class community in 2023.  Don't forget, if you haven't already, to join the fun and supportive community we have in our Facebook group, Educators who love Disney, and don't forget to rate and review our podcast on Apple music. Your support and feedback will only make us better!

 

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