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Continuing our family-facing series on supporting your child at home, we talk about practicing social emotional learning (SEL) at home, what SEL means, and its familiar and unfamiliar applications. 02:00 Social Emotional Learning (SEL) is about being able to manage one’s self and relationships. CASEL defines SEL as the process, through which childr…
 
Malika Ali joins us in this series about parents supporting their distant learners; a resource for parents on how to set their child up to be able to learn at home. In this episode, we talk about how to set up the learning environment, and develop routines and procedures at home that allow the student ultimately to be self-directed. 03:10 This seri…
 
This episode is a deep dive on teachers and what they’re dealing with as they go back to school and focus on student success. 01:44 The teachers are on the front lines of this, having to focus on student success, but also, redesign and rethink how they’re approaching these models. 04:39 Polarization of emotions for teachers, like the excitement of …
 
How are people making back-to-school decisions for K-12? We share our perspectives on some of the different strategies for going back to school. 01:24 Guidance from the state for how schools should be considering going back to school. 02:58 How are the school leaders impacted and trying to make these decisions and what are some of the decisions you…
 
Today’s One Thing is a series produced in partnership with The Learning Accelerator. Week 6: How do you differentiate remote instruction? 00:42 Recap of past episodes 01:40 What differentiation is and is not 03:35 Tips for looking at differentiation in 3 different ways: Targeting instruction by strategically grouping your students Offering opportun…
 
In this Part 2 of the Distance Learning Feedback series, we share what students and teachers want to leave behind once we get to a new normal in the classroom. 01:04 Why talking about the “leave behinds” is important 01:22 Students and teachers miss actually being in person 04:16 Some students are struggling with independent work 06:49 Students thi…
 
Today’s One Thing is a series produced in partnership with The Learning Accelerator. Week 5: How do I assess learning to inform and improve instruction remotely? 01:12 Data points to be used not to assign grades but as a concrete way to collect information to meet students instructional needs 02:24 What is important is how we can measure how our st…
 
Christina did a survey in mid-March, asking students and teachers: What was successful about distance learning? What do you want to keep? 01:29 Reason for the survey 03:03 Use of choice boards and playlists so that students can learn at their own pace 03:51 What is a choice board? 05:18 What is a playlist? 06:11 Why do you think these things (choic…
 
Today’s One Thing is a series produced in partnership with The Learning Accelerator. Week 4: How can educators flip existing content or curate content online to personalize and engage students, still with high levels of rigor? 01:41 Teachers, don’t recreate the wheel 02:21 Flipping the content: How can teachers translate their already existing supe…
 
We’re talking about screencasting in the classroom: how is it used and how can it help re-imagine effective learning in this new virtual world. 01:30 What is screencasting? 02:14 Screencastifty https://www.screencastify.com/ 03:07 Making interactions more efficient 04:19 A teacher’s experience, and feedback from students 05:56 What Screencastify ca…
 
Today’s One Thing is a series produced in partnership with The Learning Accelerator. Week 3: How can we develop systems and strategies that help students to self-manage engagement and progress, and also own the accountability for their work? 01:13 Recap of past Today’s One Thing episodes 02:51 4 different things you can do to help encourage account…
 
We’re sharing virtual end-of-year activities and ideas in the classroom. 03:08 Compliment trade or compliment exchange 05:46 Digital scrapbook Canva https://www.canva.com/ Google Slides https://docs.google.com/presentation/u/0/ 07:05 Top 10 list 08:05 Letter to your future self 10:32 Dance video 11:17 Virtual awards event Edutopia – https://www.edu…
 
Bianca Davila of The Learning Accelerator joins us again as we talk about how can educators help set up daily structures at home so that students can engage with content, feel supported, and build habits that create independence and autonomy. The Learning Accelerator – https://learningaccelerator.org/ 02:40 What are the tips and tricks to just make…
 
Nando Prudhomme and Maureen Sigler of the Highlander Institute, and Liz Leebens of Baychester Middle School join us to talk about how the school is keeping kids and families at the center, and how that is driving student engagement in this time of a pandemic. 01:50 Background on Baychester Middle School Baychester Middle School in The Bronx, NY htt…
 
We teamed up with The Learning Accelerator for this series, Today’s One Thing, where we focus on one thing that teachers can enact within the virtual classroom every week to connect with students. In this first episode, Bianca Dávila joins us as we talk about how teachers can continue to provide touchpoints with their students to build and maintain…
 
We talk about the evolution of the parent-teacher relationship and how these virtual parent-teacher conferences have started to become much more important as parents take on more of the teaching role and the teachers take on more of a consulting role. 01:30 Feedback on BEP052 – What Does “Developmentally Appropriate” Mean? 02:44 What was the parent…
 
Mike Miele of the Highlander Institute and Stefanie Lafleur of Greystone Elementary School join us to talk about the expectations and reality of making the shift to distance learning during a pandemic. 02:31 Difference between digital and distance learning 02:58 Distance learning is not a synonym for virtual learning 04:09 Their [our kids’] social …
 
Laura Jackson tells us about the Yellow Farmhouse, a working farm where they do education, food, and farm-based education for children and adults. Yellow Farmhouse Education Center – https://www.yellowfarmhouse.org/ 02:20 Yellow Farmhouse Education Center and its mission 03:36 Reconnecting to food – How much extra time does it imply? 05:08 If you i…
 
Vera De Jesus of the Highlander Institute shares a bundle of resources for teachers, families, partners, etc. that could potentially support or inform around Covid-19. 02:11 Coronavirus Resources: Teaching, Learning and Thinking Critically – resources and links that provide lenses for how we can talk to students about what’s going on currently, and…
 
We talk about the differences between remote learning and online learning, and the misconceptions about the two. 02:24 If this was an easy transition, you might have been doing something wrong. 02:50 Where does the student fit in? 03:25 There needs to be some predictability and routine to how the classrooms are built out 03:35 Bigger adjustments ar…
 
This is an update on the Covid-19 situation and how it’s applied to K-12 education. 01:59 Trends observed as schools went into remote/distance learning 03:35 People making adjustments based on feedback coming from families and communities 04:36 Tribe: On Homecoming and Belonging by Sebastian Junger 05:00 Everybody is in the shared adversity situati…
 
Malika Ali of the Highlander Institute joins us in talking about the ways that we use the concept of “developmentally appropriateness” as kind of a deficit lens or as an excuse not to have high expectations for kids. 01:53 How we hear the phrase “developmentally appropriate” thrown around without evidence or without doing work that’s necessary to c…
 
The WOOP toolkit for educators helps students set a goal (wish), and by visualizations, help them imagine an outcome and an obstacle, then plan for it. 01:01 What is WOOP? WOOP for classrooms: https://characterlab.org/activities/woop-for-classrooms/ 02:28. WOOP process (Nick) Wish: To be in much better shape in 3 months Outcome: I will feel much mo…
 
What’s the importance of preparation in education, in the classroom setting? 02:00 Home Depot analogy: You wouldn’t go into Home Depot without a project in mind. 03:10 How do you plan with just the right amount of effort? 03:45 To those who say, “I’ve been in this for 10-20 years, so why do I have to prep?” What do you say to those people as far as…
 
In the midst of the coronavirus discussion, we talk about the implications that this is going to have through the end of the school year, what this is going to do to student learning, and to administrations who are making these decisions. 02:06 What I see is not necessarily a fear of this actual illness but a fear of all the structures and systems …
 
Author and educator Michael Horn provides insights for parents, students and educators about the research in his book, Choosing College: How to Make Better Learning Decisions Throughout Your Life. Guest Bio: Michael Horn speaks and writes about the future of education and works with a portfolio of education organizations to improve the life of each…
 
If you could wave a magic wand to create a school system of your dreams, what would it look like or what would the change be? Mike: 02:42 1. How might we create an integrated school system that honors all kids and their families? How might we train teachers and administrators to exist in that space and honor that space? 05:13 2. Places where kids c…
 
Mike Klein of the Highlander Institute joins us today as we talk about digital citizenship and how to become a great digital citizen. 01:57 Definition of digital citizenship 03:08 I was just thinking about what digital citizenship means to me, and I started to think about the words “steward,” “collaboration,” “transparency,” and really helping peop…
 
In this episode we talk about adaptive software. How do you use it well? How do you make it work for you? And some ways to make sure that you’re not doing it the wrong way. 01:30 Definition of adaptive software 02:08 Prodigy Math 02:46 Adaptive software being on a spectrum 03:31 What have you seen work best in the classroom? 04:12 Do’s and Don’ts o…
 
Today we talk about student ownership, not just about student engagement and being entrepreneurial, but also teacher happiness and sharing the “effort” in the classroom. 01:10 Story of a teacher in the classroom 03:47 Delegating tasks to lighten teachers’ load 04:31 Is this something that gets taught when a teacher is getting their Masters or early…
 
In this episode, we talk about the logistics of starting a podcast and how podcasting can be applied in the classroom. We heard from teachers and students not only about great podcasts to listen to, but also that people have ideas to start a podcast. So how do you actually get a podcast done? We talk about the gear you need, how to use it, and the …
 
In this episode, we talk about podcasting as an alternative route to content in the classroom. How do you leverage the existing great content that’s out in the world now via podcasts, in different themes and discipline areas? How do you do that to potentially provide a different type of learning experience in the classroom? Suggested Podcasts: More…
 
“Only My Smartest Kids Can Handle This” In talking about why this phrase may come out of someone’s mouth and how is it handled, we also talk about student mastery, honors-based education and classroom culture. 02:09 Concept of high kids, low kids, honors kids, non-honors kids 02:59 Phrase is heard from many teachers at many different levels 03:26 “…
 
Shawn Rubin, Chief Education Officer, and Cathy Sanford, Director of Research and Development, both from the Highlander Institute, talk about their new book, Pathways to Personalization: A Framework for School Change. This is the seventh of a multi-part series about the book. In this episode, Shawn and Cathy talk about the pilot— the time frame, wh…
 
Shawn Rubin, Chief Education Officer, and Cathy Sanford, Director of Research and Development, both from the Highlander Institute, talk about their new book, Pathways to Personalization: A Framework for School Change. This is the sixth of a multi-part series about the book. In this episode, Shawn and Cathy talk about the importance and value of dev…
 
Shawn Rubin, Chief Education Officer, and Cathy Sanford, Director of Research and Development, both from the Highlander Institute, talk about their new book, Pathways to Personalization: A Framework for School Change. This is the fifth of a multi-part series about the book. In this episode, Shawn and Cathy talk about the importance of the early ado…
 
Shawn Rubin, Chief Education Officer, and Cathy Sanford, Director of Research and Development, both from the Highlander Institute, talk about their new book, Pathways to Personalization: A Framework for School Change. This is the fourth of a multi-part series about the book. In this episode, Shawn and Cathy talk about the importance of change agent…
 
Shawn Rubin, Chief Education Officer, and Cathy Sanford, Director of Research and Development, both from the Highlander Institute, talk about their new book, Pathways to Personalization: A Framework for School Change. This is the third of a multi-part series about the book. In this episode, Shawn and Cathy talk about best practices for data collect…
 
Shawn Rubin, Chief Education Officer, and Cathy Sanford, Director of Research and Development, both from the Highlander Institute, talk about their new book, Pathways to Personalization: A Framework for School Change. This is the second of a multi-part series about the book. In this episode, Shawn and Cathy talk about the 5 components of the framew…
 
Shawn Rubin, Chief Education Officer, and Cathy Sanford, Director of Research and Development, both from the Highlander Institute, talk about their new book, Pathways to Personalization: A Framework for School Change. This is the first of a multi-part series about the book. In this episode, Shawn and Cathy talk about why they wrote the book, the pr…
 
What do awards actually do for student performance? Is there a benchmark for an approach to recognition, plaques, awards overall? What is the goal for having those awards? 01:31 Christina’s perspective on awards as a student 02:52 Christina’s perspective on awards as a teacher 03:45 Nick’s perspective on awards 04:29 The Risks of Reward By Alfie Ko…
 
How do teachers and administrators approach the end of year extension phase? 01:43 Christina’s experience and what she hears from teachers 02:30 How do I use this time in a way that’s meaningful for both me and my students? 03:02 How are you fighting your teacher fatigue? How are you helping students fight their student fatigue? And how are you bot…
 
Can you do project-based learning in a blended learning classroom? How do you do it in the right way? 02:00 What’s the difference between PBL (project-based learning) and BL (blended learning)? 02:40 Project-based learning is coaching your students to engage with content through the lens of a project. 04:40 How do you frame it? How do you approach …
 
In this episode, we talk about teacher rubrics. How do you think beyond the traditional rubric? 01:35 The single-point rubric and how simplification and clarity could be the key to getting teachers much more excited about rubrics and making sure it’s much more impactful to student success in the classroom 02:03 Christina and her twin boys: giving k…
 
In this episode, we talk about incorporating parent and community engagement in the classroom. How do you engage parents in a holistic way? And how do you also engage the broader community to share their experiences on certain topics that you have? And also just engage them in collaboration with your students, and making sure that there’s a holisti…
 
In this episode, we talk about how to be an innovator in a traditional system. How can you innovate as a teacher or as an administrator, and what are the systems that hold you back from doing what you want to do? What are some of the things that hold you back? How can you overcome them, or how can you work around them? 02:19 The problem is real. An…
 
In this episode, we talk about athletics, and teaching versus coaching. What coaches do from a mentorship and teaching perspective, and what traditional teaching offers our students. 01:30 Christina’s experience as a swim coach; comparing coaching and traditional teaching 02:00 We should rethink our teachers as coaches 04:31 Nick’s experience playi…
 
In this episode, our guest, Ray Steinmetz, a math teacher at Portsmouth Middle School in Rhode Island, talks about his classroom experience from being a traditional math teacher to transitioning to blended learning. 01:35 Ray’s experience as a traditional math teacher 01:54 Learning through the Highlander Institute and shifting to blended learning …
 
In this episode, we talk about homework: why is it important, how do we make sure that students see the value in it, and how do we administer it the right way. Vera De Jesus and Mike Klein from the Highlander Institute join Nick and Christina in this discussion. 01:57 Vera’s experience: homework was not being completed and submitted with consistenc…
 
In this episode, we define what honors courses are and discuss how we can think about what’s going to be best for students’ success. 01:45 Desire for honors 01:55 How the way it’s played out is counterproductive and works against equity 02:22 While the goal is to differentiate for students, what ends up happening is only certain students end up get…
 
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