picture-398-1378730811Cody Heitschmidt

Cody loves conversation and having a place to lay out conversation starters was the driving force behind him launching a blog in Feb of 2008.
  • He talks about what he want to talk about.
  • He welcomes requests to write a guest post… just contact him however you want. (start here)
  • He shares some private stuff, some political thoughts, some business stuff and some random stupid stuff.
  • He welcomes any kind of interaction with you… he also hold the right to deem you a jackass and not interact with you… it’s his choice. But know this… disagreeing with him doesn’t make you wrong in his opinion and he truly strives to stay open-minded… He likes discussion because he admits he doesn’t know everything.
  • Heis not an expert or a guru at anything. But he thinks he can add to a conversation on several subjects and he wants to learn more.
  • Yes, he promotes some of the things h does to pay the bills. Cause.. he’s got bills. He doesn’t do it much.
  • Thanks for stopping by.

About Cody

This was written by his Mother… so, there you go… (Thanks Mom)

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images-1Diana Wieland

Director Of Curriculum andInstruction, Colby Public School
Colby Public Schools


images-2Joni Clark-Leiker

Career Counselor, Colby High School



If you could only focus on three things in your school district? …

My answers today …

1. Change from a culture of compliance to a culture of authentic engagement. – Authentically engaging every student, this is the BIIG one and involved customized and individualized education for every kid. Project, problem and issue based learning.

2. A Dream Plan for every student … Read The Dream Manager – Matthew  Kelly … This is kind of college ready, career ready, citizen ready, career plan all rolled up in one. Joni Clark-Leiker , counselor in Colby, has been through the training (she was the only educator in the training) had her students lead a conference with their parents where they discussed their dreams and plans to achieve them.

3. It’s what they know and do, not where and how … validation of learning … move the system to acknowledge the students achievement regardless of where they learned it and how they demonstrated their learning. ie Give a music credit to the kid who has taken private lessons and done recitals outside of school.

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Twitter Chat #ksed Teaching And Learning In Kansas (What’s Become Clear #20)

May 7, 2013

First #KSed chat “Getting Started” April 15, 2013 Dan Krutka, PhD@WSUSocStudies Join @GingerLewman for the 1st ever #KSed chat in 30 minutes @ 7:30pm CST! Its the biggest thing since Bleeding Kansas… but more positive! 22 DAYS AGO REPLYRETWEETFAVORITE ksedmod@ksedmod 15min to the very first ever #KSed chat! Tonite’s topic is “Getting Started.” Tweetchat veterans and newbies are all welcomed!

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21st Century Curriculum (What’s Become Clear #19)

April 16, 2013

21st Century Curriculum 21st Century Curriculum is a common conversation today among educators. In this episode Dr. Steve Wyckoff, Kevin Honeycutt, Ginger Lewman and Tamara Konrade have a lively discussion about “algorithmic curriculum” and “heuristic curriculum” based on the discussion of algorithmic and heuristics in Dan Pink’s Book Drive.   Kevin Honeycutt Kevin grew up […]

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What is the the best evidence of school success?

April 6, 2013

School success? There is a growing debate in America about the success of public schools. We’d like to know what you believe the best evidence is that our schools are being successful. Choose up to four items in this poll. You’ll notice that there is an “other” choice. You may enter anything you wish but […]

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Kevin Honeycutt Bullying and Learning – (What’s Become Clear #18)

April 5, 2013

Kevin Honeycutt, Bullying Kevin grew up in poverty and attended school in many cities across the United States. As he witnessed education around the country he collected powerful experiences that still influence his conversations and his work with educators. He spent 13 years teaching K-12 in public schools and for 17 years spent summers leading […]

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Career and Technical Education (CTE) and Learning By Doing at Hillsboro High School – (What’s Become Clear #17)

April 2, 2013

Career and Technical Education (CTE) Max Heinrichs, Principal, and Diana Holub, counselor, discuss the transition of Hillsboro Kansas High School from a mainly traditional high school, to a very robust Career and Technical Education (CTE) environment. In the midst of declining enrollment, budget cuts and outside competition, Max and Diana have lead the transition of […]

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16 WBC Dr. Steve Woolf, Relationships, The Key to Learning

March 12, 2013

Steve Woolf Relationships! A major key to learning! Husband, Daddy, & Educator Steve is married (Kellie) and has four sons – two of which are still in high school.  In addition to being a middle school principal and superintendent for the past 23 years, Steve is speaks across the nation on issues dealing with leadership, […]

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15 WBC Terri Peckham and Dropout Recovery

March 8, 2013

Terri Peckham Director of Student Services Terri coordinates and oversees Direct Student Services at ESSDACK which includes the 14 ESSDACK Learning Centers.  The learning centers offer a diploma completion program that provides adult learners the opportunity to complete their high school diplomas. Learning centers also provide credit recovery options for high school students. Additional services she […]

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Poll: The “Silver Bullett” for educating every student

February 22, 2013

I hear all kinds of solutions for education, from all kinds of people. Educators and non-educators. Here are some of the more prominent “silver bullets” I hear. Personally, I believe that we need to focus on each individual students desires and ambitions, make every experience a learning-by-doing experience, and related to the first two, NOT sitting […]

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14 WBC Kevin Honeycutt Part 2, Learning Badges

February 6, 2013

Steve and Kevin talk about learning badges. The conversation was prompted by an article by Tom Vander Ark titled On Merit Badges.     Introduction to Merit Badges You can learn about sports, crafts, science, trades, business, and future careers as you earn merit badges. There are more than 130 merit badges. Any Boy Scout may earn […]

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13 WBC Kevin Honeycutt, Catching Up With Kevin

January 29, 2013

Kevin Honeycutt This episode features an interview that we did with Kevin Honeycutt. Kevin is a coworker, close friend, and renowned worldwide speaker on educational topics. More information can be found on Kevin at his website which is loaded with valuable information. This interview lasts about 45 minutes which is much longer than our typical show will […]

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12 WBC Gary Sechrist – School Leadership

January 28, 2013

Gary Sechrist Superintendent Gary Sechrist has announced his intent to take early retirement affective June 30th.  He tendered his resignation to the USD 405 Board of Education at the January BOE meeting. Sechrist has accepted a position with the Kansas Association of School Boards in their leadership division.   “I was not looking for a new […]

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11 WBC Dr. Howard Pitler, McREL

December 13, 2012

Dr. Howard Pitler, Chief Program Officerr, McREL As chief program officer, Howard works with schools, districts, and state agencies to improve teacher pedagogy to impact student achievement and has been invited to present at technology conferences throughout the country. He is the lead author of Using Technology with Classroom Instruction that Worksand developed McREL’s Power Walkthrough […]

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10 WBC John Heim, Kansas Association of School Boards

December 10, 2012

Dr. John Heim, Executive Director, Kansas Association of School Board.     KASB KASB is a not-for-profit organization located in Topeka, Kansas and dedicated to serving members of governing boards for unified school districts, community colleges, area vocational-technical schools and cooperatives, interlocals and regional service centers. KASB will… Provide a culture of collaboration and service. […]

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9 WBC A world perspective, education down under in New Zealand

December 3, 2012

Ali Hughes – CEO With a background in secondary school teaching and management in the UK, and with 10 years experience in tertiary education within New Zealand, Ali brings a wealth of managerial and education experience to her role as CEO of CORE. Ali holds a Masters in Business (MBA), is a member of the […]

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8 WBC Jerri Kemble Centre USD #397, A Great Place For Learning

November 9, 2012

In episode 5 Dr. Mike Cook and I talked about our visit to Centre, Kansas USD #397. Today’s interview is with Centre USD #397 Superintendent Jerri Kemble. Jerri Kemble, Superintendent USD 397 Centre. Centre School District USD 397 The USD 397 Schools are Centre High School, Centre Junior High School, Centre Middle School and Centre […]

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7 WBC Professor Ian Gibson And The State Of Education Around The World

October 29, 2012

Prof. Ian W. Gibson ,comes from a background in teaching, school based curriculum development, school leadership, and teacher education. Professor Ian Gibson is a consultant to Imagine Education and a Professorial Fellow in Teacher Education at Liverpool Hope University. He is also Education Director for tara.Education, an NGO focusing upon teacher education, teacher quality, and […]

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6 WBC Cris Richardson Children On The Autism Spectrum

October 29, 2012

Cris has over 15 years of experience as a highly qualified educator and consultant both in the state of Virginia and Kansas. Cris has taught in many capacities K-12 specializing in reading, behavior management, learning disabilities, and autism. Cris is an Autism Specialist and for a number of years consulted for Autism Spectrum Disorder and Severe Multiple Disabilities for […]

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5 WBC Dr. Mike Cook And A Visit To The The Centre School District, Perk And Al’s In Lost Springs

October 26, 2012

Mike currently serves as the Executive Director of ESSDACK where he oversees the many ESSDACK activities, services, and personnel. A former teacher and administrator, he has been at the helm of the organization since 1997. Mike received his doctoral degree from Wichita State University where his research emphasis was in the use of scenario building […]

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