BAP102 Journeys to Belonging ft Dr. Ilene Winokur

This show should be relevant to all educators.  The book “Journeys to Belonging” by Dr. Ilene Winokur is now out and available.  This show includes research and practical ideas for supporting ALL students including marginalized learners.

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Dr. Winokur has led a fascinating life and was on our show earlier this year. You can listen to that episode right here.  She is someone I have followed for years.  I appreciate all I learn from her and I’m grateful to have cited her in my doctoral research regarding what has an impact on the persistence of marginalized students.

Journey to Belonging

The hashtag is #Journeys2Belonging.  Check that out to learn so much about Ilene’s book and her work. She joined me and Stephen Hurley of VoicEd radio for this live show in September and you can now get your copy of this book on Amazon or through Edumatch Publishing.


She discusses her own journey, the research behind a sense of belonging, and how important it is for educators to set the tone of safety in our learning spaces.  You can learn so much by following Dr. Winokur on Twitter or on her website.

She also has her own great podcast and you can get links to all of that from the website.

Neuroscience and Psychological Safety

Ilene mentions a show with Stephen Hurley and Dr. Stephen Porges.  The body’s physiological response and need for safety is discussed in depth in that show.  Ilene references Dr. Porges more than once so here is that show for your continued exploration of the subject.

I am always fascinated to here Ilene’s thoughts about how we can create a safe space where everyone feels welcome.  We talk about what is practical and how we can support the emotional needs of our students and of our teachers.

I’m so grateful to Dr. Winokur for writing this book, for spending time with us, and for all she shares regularly.

Thank you so much for tuning in to this episode. You add so much to my journey!

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PS: Our new book, DIYpd: A Guide to Self-Directed Learning for Educators of Multilingual Learners is out and you can download the first chapter right here.  We hope you’ll interact with us on Twitter for the current round of #MLLchat_BkClub.  Use the #DIYpd4MLs hashtag to engage.



Join us for the DIYpd4MLs Pajama Launch Party!

If you are getting this blogpost update, you don’t need to be sold on self-directed learning.  You’re doing it right now.  So you may want to attend our #DIYpd4MLs book launch party on Nov 15th at 7:00pm ET to get a free chapter download and be eligible for prizes.  And most importantly, just to hang out with the PLN!

The launch party begins at 7:00pm ET.  Register right here and be sure to arrive early as seats are limited.

You can also order the book from Seidlitz Education


on Amazon

The Slow Chat begins Nov 13th!

Whether you can make it to the launch party or not, you may want to join us for this round of #MLLChat_BkClub! 

It begins on Nov 13 and you can find all the information right here.   Dr. Katie Topppel does such an amazing job with the slow chat book study and this one is going to be EPIC!   John Carlson of came on my podcast last month and he gave us a GREAT idea.  Our book talks about LAYERING your PD opportunities and we are giving an opportunity to do just that!  Check out the choice board challenge (thanks John!)

I’m honored to have written this book with Dr. Katie Toppel & Tan Huynh.  Both of them are heroes to many of us and exemplify what is possible when we take charge of our own PD.  And Larry Ferlazzo & Katie Hull Sypnieski wrote the forward!  We are so incredibly honored by that because those authors have contributed so many opportunities for all of us to direct our own learning.  One of the best things about this book is that it is a Seidlitz Education resource!  Anna Matis & her team do such beautiful work!

If all of this isn’t enough, our book website will launch the week of Nov 15th so stay tuned for that.  We will have extra resources available to go along with this book.

What a joy it is to highlight so many of our PLN members for the way they are directing their own learning and adding to ours. We hope you can come celebrate all of this with us!  Seats are filling fast so register to join us on Monday, Nov 15 at 7pm ET. 

Thank you for checking out this post!

Reach out with any questions or comments. I’d love to hear from you.