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EPISODE 41: Visual Arts in K-12 School

 

We return to our series about individual K-12 school subjects with Visual Arts, or Art Class, or whatever each individual school might label a regularly-scheduled session with an art teacher. Why is this is a school subject at all? Is this subject as important or more important than other subjects because of its use of project-based learning, collaboration, experimentation, completion, exhibition, and other topics that are now becoming tools for the entire school? Is it possible, and is it helpful to learn creative thinking and creative skills? Can they be taught? Acknowledging the help of Mario Rossaro, Executive Director of National Art Education Association (NAEA), we welcome James Rolling, NAEA President and Chair of Arts Education at Syracuse University; Krissy Ponden, Visual Arts Department Chair at The Unquowa School in Fairfield, Connecticut, Tara "Trinity" Villanueva, Founder of the mixt collective, and Andrew Watson, Fine Arts Instructional Specialist for the Alexandria City Public Schools.

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James Haywood Rolling, Jr. is Dual Professor of Arts Education and Teaching & Leadership in the Syracuse University’s College of Visual & Performing Arts (VPA) and School of Education, and he has served as Chair of the university’s Arts Education programs since 2007. Rolling is also an affiliated faculty member in African American Studies. From 2018 to 2020, Rolling was appointed to serve as the inaugural Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion for VPA. Dr. Rolling began his elected term of office as the 37th President of the National Art Education Association (NAEA) in March 2021. At the start of 2021, Dr. Rolling also added two other new roles to the gauntlet of creative leadership responsibilities he is honored to wear—as the new Co-Director of The Lender Center for Social Justice at Syracuse University, and as a new member of the Board of Trustees at the Everson Museum of Art. Over the past two years, Dr. Rolling has championed the cause of achieving greater diversity throughout the visual arts fields as the inaugural Chair of the NAEA Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Commission, overseeing the dedicated work of 11 commissioners from around the nation representing various arts and museum education-related fields. Dr. Rolling’s initial service on the Board of Directors of NAEA was as the association’s Higher Education Division Director from 2011-2013. Rolling’s record of professional contributions is highlighted by his recognition as the 2014 recipient of the National Higher Education Art Educator Award for outstanding service and achievement of national significance; his work from 2015-2017 as Senior Editor of Art Education, a bi-monthly research journal for arts education practitioners; and his induction as part of the 2017 class of NAEA Distinguished Fellows in recognition of a career of exemplary accomplishment in research, scholarship, teaching, and leadership in the field. 

Rolling is the author of Swarm Intelligence: What Nature Teaches Us About Shaping Creative Leadership, a surprising look at the social origins of creativity (Palgrave Macmillan); the Arts-based Research Primer (Peter Lang); Cinderella Story: A Scholarly Sketchbook About Race, Identity, Barack Obama, the Human Spirit, and Other Stuff That Matters (AltaMira Press) and Come Look With Me: Discovering African American Art for Children (Charlesbridge); in addition to more than 35 peer-reviewed articles and commentaries, fourteen book chapters, and five encyclopedia entries on the subjects of the arts, education, creativity, and human identity. In 2020, Rolling published Growing Up Ugly: Memoirs of a Black Boy Daydreaming (Simple Word Publications), an inspirational coming-of-age narrative tracing his emergence as a painfully shy child raised in a struggling inner-city New York neighborhood who learned to rewrite the trajectory of his life story through the development of his own creative superpowers.

 

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Krissy Ponden is the Visual Arts Department Chair at The Unquowa School in Fairfield, Connecticut, where she has taught Upper School for the past 16 years. She is also the Co-Chair of the Unquowa Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Antiracism Committee (IDEA). Krissy holds a BFA in Graphic Design from Paier College of Art and an M.A.Ed. in Art Education from the University of Nebraska, Kearney, where her thesis focused on social justice art education. She is also a 2019 graduate of the National Art Education Association's School for Art Leaders and is the Middle Division Commissioner of NAEA's inaugural Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Commission.  Krissy has given workshops, presentations, and participated in panel discussions on equity and antiracism for a variety of organizations, and she was chosen as NAEA’s Monthly Mentor for June 2020, where she blogged about her experience embedding social justice into her visual arts curriculum.  Krissy was recently selected as the 2021 Independent School Art Educator of the Year by the ISAE Interest Group of NAEA. 

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Ray Yang: "I am an artist, educator, curator, and consultant who believes that arts education is essential to learning and growing. The arts are more than an opportunity to express our creativity; they build and strengthen essential cognitive skills and support learning regardless of the subject area or setting. They are a means for communication, advocacy, and processing of challenging topics and emotions. They can clarify and elucidate complex concepts and make them accessible to more audiences. Providing these opportunities is something I am passionate about and part of my core beliefs. A native New Yorker who has arrived in the Pacific-Northwest via Chicago, I have over 20 years of experience in museums, non-profits, and schools, in areas such as: Curriculum and Instruction, Classroom Teaching, Strategic Planning, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Work, Informal Learning Environments, Assessment and Evaluation, Youth Programming, Graphic Design and Illustration.

8670341869?profile=RESIZE_400xTara "Trinity" Villanueva is the Founder. mixt collective. Tara “Trinity” Villanueva (she/ella): Elevates her mixed identity as a versatile artist and advocates for racial equity, accessibility, and belonging in the arts. She transforms on the daily and is all about dismantling/ decentering ________ (fill in the blank with some form of hierarchical structure that oppresses the global majority). She is a storyteller: an award-winning classical pianist, songwriter, a Polynesian dancer, a bilingual television show host garnering them an Emmy win, a Broadway singer/actress, and a visual artist. Trinity grew up on the stolen lands of the Lenape aka Jersey and now works/ resides on the stolen lands of the Anacostans aka DC. Her innate abilities in networking and trends leveraged a start-up company turned multi-million dollar boutique agency early on in her career. Her career evolved out of corporate and to the nonprofit world as she worked within her passions - the power of storytelling. Trinity became the founding Arts Integration + Culture Department head at the nation’s adult charter school model Carlos Rosario International which serves and empowers immigrant, transgender, and African American Native Washingtonians. Her ability to create dynamic and strategic partnerships has elevated and mobilized marginalized folx. She is scheduled to begin her term as Supervision + Administration Division Director-Elect for the National Art Education Association's Board of Directors in March 2021 during her transition into Past President for Art Education District of Columbia. More recently, Trinity finds comfort in entrepreneurship as she is currently building on a thought partnership in a grassroots arts collaborative Mixt Collective creating a safe and empowering space for artists without a defined affinity group. Trinity is a multi-instrumentalist, songwriter and vocalist in the DC hip-hop band Shining Blade Theory that has released two EPs, pulling from her original band the Tara Trinity Project performing at Howard Theatre and all around DC. She more recently has provoked muralism as a connecter to create brown and black coalitions, while painting large-scaled murals herself. Trinity educates on NHPI cultural appropriation, spins Māori poi and fire poi. She writes on topics that speak to her, underlying anti-racism, and is soon to be publishing a memoir. Trinity is an alumna of the Jacobs School of Music, Trinity College Dublin, National Arts Strategies/the University of Pennsylvania, and NAEA’s School for Art Leaders. She lives in Petworth with her gift from the universe- her son Kai.

8674188460?profile=RESIZE_400xAndrew D. Watson, the recipient of the 2015 Art Education Technology Outstanding Teacher Award from the National Art Education Association, is a leading arts educator. As the Fine Arts Instructional Specialist for the Alexandria City Public Schools, he supervises the curriculum and professional development of the ACPS Art, Music, and Theatre teachers. Andrew regularly writes and speaks on issues involving Design Thinking, Arts Integration, Creative Careers, and STEAM education. He is a founding member of the Board of Directors for the Innovation Collaborative, the Fine Arts Steering Committee of the Virginia Department of Education, and previously served on advisory boards to the National Art Honor Society, the Smithsonian Institute’s National Portrait Gallery, Congressional STEAM Caucus, and the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.

4995562699?profile=RESIZE_400xHoward Blumenthal created and produced the PBS television series, Where in the World Is Carmen Sandiego? He is currently a Senior Scholar at The University of Pennsylvania, studying learning and the lives of 21st-century children and teenagers. He travels the world, visiting K-12 schools, lecturing at universities, and interviewing young people for Kids on Earth, a global platform containing nearly 1,000 interview segments from Kentucky, Brazil, Sweden, India, and many other countries. Previously, he was a nationally syndicated newspaper columnist for The New York Times Syndicate, and United Features. He is the author of 24 books and several hundred articles about technology, learning, business, and human progress. As an executive, Howard was the CEO of a public television operation and several television production companies, and a state government official. Previously, he was a Senior Vice President for divisions of two large media companies, Hearst and Bertelsmann, and a consultant or project lead for Energizer, General Electric, American Express, CompuServe, Warner Communications, Merriam-Webster, Atari, and other companies.

 

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 On Thursday, March 11, at 4:00 pm US-EDT with a new episode of Reinventing School on Learning Revolution.
 

Earlier in pandemic time, we produced an episode that featured pod schools and micro-schools. And we promised to revisit micro-schools in depth. This week, we deliver on that promise with Maureen O’Shaughnessy, EdD.,  founding director of Leadership Preparatory Academy and returning guests, Mara Linaberger, EdD is Founder & COO, Microschool Builder, and the author of The Micro-School Builder’s HandbookTasha C. Ring, M.Ed. is the Founder, Directress, and Principal Consultant for Meridian Learning.

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More about this week's guests:

7259637897?profile=RESIZE_400xMara Linaberger believes that each of us has chosen to be here at this moment in time for a specific reason – that we are each on a mission that we chose for ourselves. And that figuring out what we love, what we’re good at, and how we can be of service, is the engine we need to fuel a lifetime of joyful learning. Mara also believes that school often slows down or stifles that excitement for students. So she is on a mission to create a global network of 100 micro-schools in the next 20 years – to harness education toward helping amazing children to develop their highest potentials while making learning fun again! Mara is a life-long educator, author, technologist, artist, ballroom dancer, and musician, having spent 25 years in service as a public school educator, teacher trainer, and administrator. Completing a doctorate in Instructional Technology, she went on to earn a Superintendent’s Letter of Eligibility in Pennsylvania. Launching “Mindful Technology Consultants” in 2013, she continues to train teachers at the masters level on the use of digital portfolios as alternative assessments, and on bringing mindfulness practices into the classroom. Mara is the international two-time best selling author of HELP! My Child Hates School and The Micro-School Builder’s Handbook. Mara currently lives in Harmony, PA with her husband Michael, while she travels far and wide, directly supporting clients in her global Micro-School Builders programs.

 

7259678659?profile=RESIZE_180x180Tasha Ring is a licensed early childhood and elementary educator specializing in multisensory-based methodologies.  She has tutored and taught students of all ages with varied gifts and abilities.  Her broad experience in the education field has included sales, marketing, and administrative positions with prominent companies such as Kaplan, Inc. and Pearson Education, but her passion remains working directly with students in a teaching capacity. As such, she continues to lead classes, as well as some tutoring sessions.  Her desire to create more personalized experiences for youth-led her to the founding of Meridian Learning in 2008.  An early and continuous advocate of a “less is more” approach to learning, she is honored to be among the first innovators of the micro-school movement. Ms. Ring completed her Masterʼs in Education, teacher training and certification at Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio, and her Bachelor’s in Arts and Entertainment Management at Eastern Michigan University.  She received an early childhood credential from the American Montessori Society, one of the premier Montessori advocacy organizations.  She has extensive training in several methods of reading and language instruction, including Orton-Gillingham and Lindamood-Bell®.  Since 2013, she has thoroughly engaged in the study of mindfulness, and she incorporates these exercises into both curriculum and parent-teacher education. She is a longtime practitioner of social-emotional learning and regularly consults with leaders in this field. Committed to best practice, continued professional development, and whole child well-being, her current studies include literature on emotional intelligence and attachment theory.  Ms Ring is also a specialist in arts integration; having spent many years studying dance and designing dance programming for several organizations including Indianapolis Parks, she is a fervent advocate for all art forms and their continuous value in learning and in life. In addition to her work with Meridian Learning, Ms. Ring has written for various publications and websites including The Huffington Post and BabyCenter. In 2017, she started a mindful Montessori lifestyle blog, and she now co-hosts a large and growing online community for others seeking positive change through the application of Montessori principles. Her most meaningful role is that of mother to two young children, her greatest gifts, and wisest teachers.

 

4995562699?profile=RESIZE_400xHoward Blumenthal created and produced the PBS television series, Where in the World Is Carmen Sandiego? He is currently a Senior Scholar at The University of Pennsylvania, studying learning and the lives of 21st-century children and teenagers. He travels the world, visiting K-12 schools, lecturing at universities, and interviewing young people for Kids on Earth, a global platform containing nearly 1,000 interview segments from Kentucky, Brazil, Sweden, India, and many other countries. Previously, he was a nationally syndicated newspaper columnist for The New York Times Syndicate, and United Features. He is the author of 24 books and several hundred articles about technology, learning, business, and human progress. As an executive, Howard was the CEO of a public television operation and several television production companies, and a state government official. Previously, he was a Senior Vice President for divisions of two large media companies, Hearst and Bertelsmann, and a consultant or project lead for Energizer, General Electric, American Express, CompuServe, Warner Communications, Merriam-Webster, Atari, and other companies.

 

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EPISODE 39: Reading, Writing & English

 
On Thursday, February 25 at 4:00 pm US-EDT, we present a new episode of Reinventing School on Learning Revolution.
 

This time, the subject is "English"--more specifically, reading, writing, and related "language arts." Certainly, language is fundamental, so it's best if instruction in this area begins early. Is it helpful to teach, and learn, and discuss, and analyze written material for twelve of twelve years? Is it helpful to learn and improve writing skills year after year--and what happens after graduation from high school? What about languages other than English? Should every student learn Spanish or some other second language? As with curriculum subjects discussed in several recent issues, this is complicated, but it must be sorted out for 21st-century learning. Welcome our guests Laura Stewart, National Director of The Reading League; Ashley Walker, Vice President, VATE: Virginia Association of Teachers of English; Marynn Dause, President, VATE: Virginia Association of Teachers of English; Jessica Salfia teaches AP English, English 11, Mythology, and Creative Writing at Spring Mills High School in Martinsburg, WV; and Kavetta Anderson, 9th grade English teacher.

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8590376892?profile=RESIZE_400xLaura Stewart is the National Director of The Reading League, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to advance the awareness, understanding, and use of evidence-aligned reading instruction.  Her career includes education and business leadership; she has served as a classroom teacher, building and district administrator, adjunct professor, and director of numerous professional development initiatives around the country.  She also served as the Vice President of Professional Development for the Rowland Reading Foundation and was the Chief Academic Officer for Professional Development at Highlights for Children.  Laura presents nationally and internationally and is a published author.  She is the host of the podcast “Teaching, Reading, and Learning: The TRL Podcast.”  Laura serves on several advisory boards and is a certified LETRS (Language Essentials for Teachers of Reading and Spelling) trainer. Laura’s passion is empowering educators to positively impact ALL students and ultimately change the course of literacy achievement in this country.

 

8599569296?profile=RESIZE_400xAshley Walker, Vice President, VATE: Virginia Association of Teachers of English: Ashley Walker began her career in Education in 2009 teaching 9th grade English in Henrico, Virginia.  Henrico County Public Schools has offered a wealth of experiences and roles including teacher, content team leader, reading specialist, literacy coach, new teacher mentor coordinator, and school-based grant program coordinator.  She is a graduate of Longwood University where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in English with a concentration in Secondary Education.  She also holds a Master's degree in Reading from Virginia Commonwealth University and a Post Master's Certificate in Educational Leadership from Longwood University. Education is not only Ashley’s career – it is her calling and passion.  In everything that she does, the well-being of students is her top concern. Each day, parents entrust educators with their most precious cargo; she considers herself lucky to be a professional in a field where we are given such trust and opportunity. Ashley is on the executive board of the Virginia Association of Teachers of English and regularly presents at local, state, and national conferences. Outside of school, she enjoys spending time with her husband, Tyree, and three children:  Trenton, Tristan, and Aubrey, crafting, and providing literacy services to local nonprofit organizations.

 

8590378484?profile=RESIZE_400xMarynn Dause is a National Board Certified Teacher who seeks passion and purpose with all of her English Language Arts students. As a trauma survivor and adoptive mother of a teenaged son, Marynn deeply values the social-emotional aspects of education and champions trauma-informed care for all learners. Marynn's goal is to help her students live well by becoming "heroes in their own lives." Marynn graduated with her B.A. and M.A.Ed. from the College of William and Mary. Marynn serves as Past President of the Virginia Association of Teachers of English; prior to that she served five years on the advisory board for the Virginia Student Councils’ Association. Marynn has taught middle and high school students at all levels in Virginia for nine years. She has also worked as a professional developer, inspirational speaker, tutor, and performance artist. Marynn currently studies as a full-time doctoral student at the University of Virginia's School of Education and Human Development. Marynn has a cat named Emily Dickinson and a feisty Basenji named Slipper. She is married to the wonderful Mr. Dause. Their son came home to stay in 2016. Marynn enjoys getting lost in social media and can be reached on Twitter, LinkedIn, or Facebook as @DauseClause.

 

8590386679?profile=RESIZE_400xJessica Salfia is teacher, writer, educational activist, and the co-director of the West Virginia Council of Teachers of English (WVCTE). Her writing has appeared in the Charleston-Gazette Mail, West Virginia Living Magazine’s Blog, the WVCTE Best Practices Blog, multiple volumes of the Anthology of Appalachian Writers, and the Washington Post. Her poem, “Rootbound” was selected for the 2018 Women of Appalachia Project, and she was the winner of 2016 and 2019 West Virginia Fiction Competitions. She is the co-editor of the book 55 Strong: Inside the West Virginia Teachers’ Strike out now from Belt Publishing, and most recently her poem “First Lines of Emails I Received While Quarantining” was featured in several publications and media outlets and anthologized in The Covid Arts Project. She was the 2018 Berkeley County Teacher of the Year and recipient of the 2018 Stephen L. Fisher Award for Excellence in Teaching from the Appalachian Studies Association. Jessica currently is a teacher at Spring Mills High School in Martinsburg, West Virginia where she teaches Advanced Placement Language and Composition, English 11 and Creative Writing and advises the Literary and Art magazine.

 

8599568697?profile=RESIZE_400xKavetta Anderson, 9th grade English teacher: Born and raised in Greenville, South Carolina, Kavetta's journey to becoming a teacher started at the University of South Carolina, where she attained her Bachelor's in English. While her initial route to licensure began there, she decided to pursue a Master's in Teaching at the University of Virginia. Shortly after graduation, she began her career teaching 7th grade Language Arts at Buford Middle School in Charlottesville, VA. Three years later, she would move on to teaching 9th grade English at Varina High School in Henrico, VA, where she currently serves as the English 9 Content Team Leader and one among three of the Equity Team Leaders. Among her professional interests, Kavetta has gained an eye for culturally responsive teaching practices through division-level curriculum development for Varina's newest course offering in African American Literature. Aside from the profession, Ms. Anderson enjoys mentoring young women through promoting a healthy balance of beauty and wellnes.

 

4995562699?profile=RESIZE_400xHoward Blumenthal created and produced the PBS television series, Where in the World Is Carmen Sandiego? He is currently a Senior Scholar at The University of Pennsylvania, studying learning and the lives of 21st-century children and teenagers. He travels the world, visiting K-12 schools, lecturing at universities, and interviewing young people for Kids on Earth, a global platform containing nearly 1,000 interview segments from Kentucky, Brazil, Sweden, India, and many other countries. Previously, he was a nationally syndicated newspaper columnist for The New York Times Syndicate, and United Features. He is the author of 24 books and several hundred articles about technology, learning, business, and human progress. As an executive, Howard was the CEO of a public television operation and several television production companies, and a state government official. Previously, he was a Senior Vice President for divisions of two large media companies, Hearst and Bertelsmann, and a consultant or project lead for Energizer, General Electric, American Express, CompuServe, Warner Communications, Merriam-Webster, Atari, and other companies.

 

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On Thursday, February 18 at 4:00 pm US-EDT, we present a new episode of Reinventing School on Learning Revolution.
 

This time, the subject is Physical Education--a subject that rarely occupies more than a weekly hour of instructional time. And yet, from a lifelong learning perspective, it may be the most useful, and most economically sensible subject on the school curriculum. Please join our guests Crystal Williams, Elementary Physical Education Teacher, SHAPE ELIT Member, TAHPERD VP Elect, and TAHPERD Technology Chair; Brett Fuller, curriculum specialist for health and physical education within Milwaukee Public Schools; Michelle Huff, New Jersey State Coordinator for SHAPE America’s nationwide initiative health.moves.minds, and Michelle Carter, Director of Educational Content and Programs at the Society of Health and Physical Educators – SHAPE America.

Join us on Thursdays for our live shows, or visit www.reinventing.school for the recorded versions.

More about this week's guests:

8566093276?profile=RESIZE_400xCrystal Williams has over 10 years of experience in health and fitness; which includes teaching at the college-level, pre-K-8 physical education, and coaching sports. Currently, she is an Elementary Physical Education Teacher, SHAPE ELIT Member, TAHPERD VP Elect, and TAHPERD Technology Chair. In past years, she was a Lead Physical Education Teacher for her school district and a Cooperating Teacher for the University of Memphis. She was recently named SHAPE Southern District Elementary Physical Education Teacher of the Year. Students, parents, and faculty members love her energetic vibe for supporting all students and teachers. She is the true definition of a teacher helping teachers to provide their students with a great learning experience.

 

8566095253?profile=RESIZE_400xBrett Fuller is the curriculum specialist for health and physical education within Milwaukee Public Schools, which supports 160 physical education specialists. His career spans more than two decades, and in that time his philosophy has centered on teaching students to be healthy for a lifetime. At the state level, Brett served as president of Wisconsin Health and Physical Education and on the Wisconsin Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness and Health. At the national level, he has presented and published on topics ranging from bullying in the PE classroom to the Danielson Framework. In addition, he led a task force on revising the NASPE Dodgeball Position Statement, and is a certified trainer of SHAPE America Comprehensive School Physical Activity Program. Brett is the current President of SHAPE America.

 

8572574284?profile=RESIZE_400xMichelle Huff is the New Jersey State Coordinator for SHAPE America’s nationwide initiative health.moves.minds. Michelle is on the NJAHPERD Executive Board, serving as the role of Physical Education VP-Elect. Michelle Huff has recently been selected to SHAPE America’s Emerging Leaders Innovation Team (ELIT) and is a HPE teacher at Metuchen High School. Michelle also serves on the New Jersey Department of Education, Health & Physical Education Standards Review Team. She is looking forward to continuing to advocate for Health and Physical Education across the country, empowering other educators and ensuring that all of our children receive a high-quality education. :)

 

8543408069?profile=RESIZE_400xMichelle Carter is the Director of Educational Content and Programs at the Society of Health and Physical Educators – SHAPE America. SHAPE America is the national organization that serves as the voice for 200,000+ health and physical education professionals across the nation. In her role at SHAPE America, Michelle is responsible for the development and review of educational content, as well as SHAPE America’s signature Teacher of the Year program. She is also the co-creator of the SHAPE America's newest, initiative and service learning program, health. moves. minds. Michelle serves as an internal subject matter expert for SHAPE America, drawing from her educational background and years of service as a physical education and health teacher in the District of Columbia Public Schools.

 

4995562699?profile=RESIZE_400xHoward Blumenthal created and produced the PBS television series, Where in the World Is Carmen Sandiego? He is currently a Senior Scholar at The University of Pennsylvania, studying learning and the lives of 21st-century children and teenagers. He travels the world, visiting K-12 schools, lecturing at universities, and interviewing young people for Kids on Earth, a global platform containing nearly 1,000 interview segments from Kentucky, Brazil, Sweden, India, and many other countries. Previously, he was a nationally syndicated newspaper columnist for The New York Times Syndicate, and United Features. He is the author of 24 books and several hundred articles about technology, learning, business, and human progress. As an executive, Howard was the CEO of a public television operation and several television production companies, and a state government official. Previously, he was a Senior Vice President for divisions of two large media companies, Hearst and Bertelsmann, and a consultant or project lead for Energizer, General Electric, American Express, CompuServe, Warner Communications, Merriam-Webster, Atari, and other companies.

 

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EPISODE 37: Teaching and Learning Science

On Thursday, February 11 at 4:00 pm US-EDT, we present a new episode of Reinventing School on Learning Revolution.
 

This time, the subject is science. Once again, there are only about 10,000 instructional hours in K-12 education, and science about 10% of them--about 1,000 hours. (That's the equivalent of 40 hours per week for 26 weeks.) Is this enough time? Too much? Should everyone learn the same concepts and theories, do the same experiments, or should students follow stories that are more relevant to their own lives? Lots to consider as we discuss 21st science education with our guests Chris Monsour, a Biology teacher in Ohio; Brenda Walsh, a Chemistry teacher in Minnesota; Lisa Kenyon, a Biology professor at Wright University in Ohio; and Mark Hannum, K-12 Programs Manager at American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT). Plus several students.

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8535460092?profile=RESIZE_400xChris Monsour is a Biology teacher at Tiffin Columbian High School in Tiffin, Ohio. In the midst of teaching science during the time of Covid, Chris has been focused on making his science classes relevant,  accessible for all students and improving how science is delivered on-line. During his 22 years in the classroom, Chris has taught AP Biology, Anatomy and Physiology, Environmental Science, and Oceanography. Throughout his professional career, Monsour has tried to model how science is practiced. This includes a month-long stint on a research vessel in Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument with NOAA as the Teacher at Sea. Chris has also traveled the world with Earth Expeditions, an organization that engages people with grassroots conservation and sustainability programs that are making a difference. His works included travel  to Trinidad to work on Leatherback turtle conservation, Namibia for Cheetah conservation, and most recently to Thailand to study what Buddhism teaches about the environment. Chris has also built relationships with science organizations dedicated to improving science education and inquiry.  Chris has been active with the National Association of Biology Teachers serving as a board member, director of NABT’s Bio Club High School Program, and now as the President-Elect. Chris has also served as a Biointeractive Ambassador for the Howard Hughes Medical Institute which is a network of expert high school and undergraduate educators who work closely with BioInteractive to promote and support evidence-based teaching practices, drive change in science education, and elevate the professional and scholarly profile of science teaching. Monsour graduated from Heidelberg University with a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Biology. He went on to earn a Master’s of Science in Science Education from Montana State University looking at incorporating reading in the Science Classroom.  In 2015, he was awarded the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching. Most recently he was awarded the Kim Foglia AP Biology Service Award from The National Association of Biology Teachers which recognizes an AP Biology teacher who displays a willingness to share materials, serves as a mentor to both students and professional colleagues and creates an innovative and student-centered classroom environment.

 

8543395670?profile=RESIZE_400xBrenda Walsh is a Chemistry teacher at Eden Prairie High School in Minnesota. She graduated from Mandan High School, Mandan North Dakota, and earned her undergraduate degree from Dickinson State University in Dickinson, North Dakota. Prior to teaching, she was in the environmental field in both private and government agencies. She earned her teaching degree and Masters of Art in Teaching from the University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, Minnesota, and started teaching in middle school in 1993. Brenda has served as a National Science Teaching Association (NSTA) District Director from 2016-2019 and is currently the NSTA High School Division Director. She is passionate about helping students become problem solvers, critical and global thinkers with the importance of evidence-based reasoning and learning good communication skills. She is also very passionate about inclusion and is an advocate for all students.

 

8543408069?profile=RESIZE_400xLisa O. Kenyon- is a Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences in the College of Science and Mathematics and Faculty Director for the Center for Teaching and Learning at Wright State University. She currently serves as board director for the division of Post-Secondary Science Teaching at the National Science Teaching Association (NSTA). Her research focuses on engaging K-12 students and teachers in scientific practices such as explanation, argumentation, and scientific modeling--specifically, examining how students use their epistemologies of science to support these practices. Other research interests include curriculum design, project-based inquiry, and teacher professional development. Kenyon has published research in Journal of Research in Science Teaching and Journal of Science Teacher Education and pedagogical articles in NSTA Science and Children, Science Scope, The Science Teacher and Journal of College Science Teaching. She has received a number of awards in teaching and research, Affiliate Societies Council Outstanding Engineers’ and Scientists’ (2017), Wright State University Professor J. Kegerreis Distinguished Professor of Teaching (2016-2019), Southern Ohio Council for Higher Education’s (SOCHE) awardee for Excellence in Teaching (2016), and Wright State University Presidential Award for Faculty Excellence Early Career Achievement (2009).

 

8543596669?profile=RESIZE_400xMark Hannum is the K-12 Program Manager with the American Association of Physics Teachers where he oversees programs that support the professional development of K-12 physics teachers. In this role, he also works to expand and promote the voice of classroom teachers for Education Policy. His expertise is derived from a unique paring of experiences in higher education, federal agencies, and many years as a high school physics teacher. He has helped managed large educational programs at the National Science Foundation and at a premier STEM magnet school in Northern Virginia where he is currently a physics instructor. As an Albert Einstein Fellow at the National Science Foundation (2008 - 2010), Hannum, supported the GK-12 grant program, evaluating the collaborations between Ph.D. candidates and K-12 teachers. In 2006 he joined the faculty of American University in Washington DC as a part-time lecturer in both the Physics Department and the School of Education where he developed new courses in both Secondary Science Instruction and Elementary Science Methods.

 

4995562699?profile=RESIZE_400xHoward Blumenthal created and produced the PBS television series, Where in the World Is Carmen Sandiego? He is currently a Senior Scholar at The University of Pennsylvania, studying learning and the lives of 21st-century children and teenagers. He travels the world, visiting K-12 schools, lecturing at universities, and interviewing young people for Kids on Earth, a global platform containing nearly 1,000 interview segments from Kentucky, Brazil, Sweden, India, and many other countries. Previously, he was a nationally syndicated newspaper columnist for The New York Times Syndicate, and United Features. He is the author of 24 books and several hundred articles about technology, learning, business, and human progress. As an executive, Howard was the CEO of a public television operation and several television production companies, and a state government official. Previously, he was a Senior Vice President for divisions of two large media companies, Hearst and Bertelsmann, and a consultant or project lead for Energizer, General Electric, American Express, CompuServe, Warner Communications, Merriam-Webster, Atari, and other companies.

 

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EPISODE 36: The Vastness of Social Studies

 
On Thursday, February 4 at 4:00 pm US-EDT, we present a new episode of Reinventing School on Learning Revolution.
 

This time, the subject is social studies. The phrase is not often used outside school, but the subject includes many areas of study. These include geography, world history, national history, regional and local history, political science, social history, civics and government, international relations, economics, aspects of humanities, anthropology, cultural history, aspects of geology, population studies, multicultural studies, heritage, and current events. There are only about 10,000 instructional hours in K-12 education, and social studies occupies about 10% of them--about 1,000 hours. (That's the equivalent of 40 hours per week for 26 weeks.) Is this enough time? Too much? Should everyone learn the same stories, or should students follow stories that are more relevant to their own lives? Lots to consider as we discuss a 21st approach to social studies with our guests Emma Humphries,​ Chief Education Officer at iCivics and Deputy Director of CivXNow, high school social studies teacher Nate McAlister, and educator and consultant Glenn Wiebe.

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8502846494?profile=RESIZE_400xEmma Humphries is a passionate civic education supporter and scholar of civic engagement, Emma Humphries is the Assistant in Citizenship at the Bob Graham Center for Public Service at the University of Florida, working to design innovative civic learning opportunities to prepare students to be informed, skilled, and engaged citizens. Her most recent efforts have centered on the creation of a digital course in civic engagement that integrates best practices and the most innovative approaches in online learning.  Throughout her professional career, Humphries has built partnerships with numerous organizations dedicated to civic education and engagement, serving as an instructional consultant for the Florida Joint Center for Citizenship, which recently named her as a fellow, and being selected for membership on the National Teacher Councils of iCivics and the Bill of Rights Institute. Prior to her doctoral work, she taught high school American Government and History in Clay County, Florida. Humphries graduated cum laude from the University of Florida with a bachelor’s degree in Political Science and a minor in Secondary Education. In 2004, she was awarded the James Madison Memorial Fellowship and went on to receive her master’s degree in Secondary Social Studies Education from the University of Florida. She received her Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Florida with an emphasis in civic education. Her research interests include civic education, innovative online pedagogies, and harnessing digital technologies to promote and support civic engagement.

 

8502859087?profile=RESIZE_400xNathan (Nate) McAlister is a History Teacher at Seaman High School. McAlister teaches in a project-based classroom focused on critical thinking, communication, collaboration, historical preservation, and creativity while encompassing citizenship components. In his 17 years in education, Nathan McAlister has taught middle and high school history in the Topeka (USD 501) and Royal Valley (USD 337) school districts in a project-based classroom focused on critical thinking, communication, collaboration, historical preservation, and creativity while encompassing citizenship components. McAlister believes that students should be active learners. To this end, his students at Royal Valley Middle School have created and led several historical preservation projects. These include two pieces of legislation, a Civil War mural, student journals, a Civil War Veterans research database, a GI Bill Oral History Project, and an annual History Fair. While teaching at Royal Valley Middle School, McAlister was named the 2010 Kansas and National History Teacher of the Year by the prestigious Gilder Lehrman Institute for American History. Additionally, the Santa Fe Trail Association named McAlister Educator of the Year in 2013. Most recently, the Kansas Association of the Daughters of the American Revolution named McAlister the Kansas Outstanding American History Teacher of the Year. In addition to his teaching duties, McAlister has coached high school football and basketball, and currently coaches middle school basketball. McAlister also serves on the boards of the Kansas Council for History Education and the National Council for History Education. Recently, McAlister was named a Master Teacher Fellow with the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, traveling the nation to present and educate teachers at workshops and summer seminars.

 

8502838654?profile=RESIZE_400xGlenn Wiebe’s love for social studies was kindled in elementary school when he fell in love with his first National Geographic map. Even at a young age, Glenn was beginning to understand what Robert Louis Stevenson meant when he described his treasure map as having the “power of infinite, eloquent suggestion.” Wiebe’s passion for history and social studies continued to grow and is now expressed in sharing that passion with others. Wiebe writes almost daily at History Tech, a 2014 Edublog finalist, and maintains Social Studies Central, a repository of resources targeted at K-12 educators cited in national professional journals. He has published articles for the National Social Studies Supervisors Association journal, the website Teaching History, and has authored numerous discipline-specific curricula. Wiebe acted as co-chair for the 2013 Kansas social standards writing and assessment committee and is president of the Kansas Council for the Social Studies. As the director of two US Department of Education Teaching American History grants, Wiebe introduced the use of mobile learning technology to middle and high school teachers. He is currently working with the Center for Children and Technology to help roll out their innovative Zoom In online software and has piloted a variety of video games and simulations for companies such as Muzzy Lane and Team Treks. Glenn especially enjoys facilitating conversations at the intersection of social studies, gamification, and technology integration. Glenn travels frequently to assist schools as they integrate Apple and Google products. He believes that learning “should be more than cute and engaging activities. Our task is simple – preparing kids to think critically and to have skills needed to be effective citizens.” His focus will always be on providing practical ideas coupled with research that teachers and administrators can use to improve the learning process. His C4 Framework – Collect, Collaborate, Create, and Communicate – provides a structure for all of Glenn’s workshops and presentations.

 

4995562699?profile=RESIZE_400xHoward Blumenthal created and produced the PBS television series, Where in the World Is Carmen Sandiego? He is currently a Senior Scholar at The University of Pennsylvania, studying learning and the lives of 21st-century children and teenagers. He travels the world, visiting K-12 schools, lecturing at universities, and interviewing young people for Kids on Earth, a global platform containing nearly 1,000 interview segments from Kentucky, Brazil, Sweden, India, and many other countries. Previously, he was a nationally syndicated newspaper columnist for The New York Times Syndicate, and United Features. He is the author of 24 books and several hundred articles about technology, learning, business, and human progress. As an executive, Howard was the CEO of a public television operation and several television production companies, and a state government official. Previously, he was a Senior Vice President for divisions of two large media companies, Hearst and Bertelsmann, and a consultant or project lead for Energizer, General Electric, American Express, CompuServe, Warner Communications, Merriam-Webster, Atari, and other companies.

 

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EPISODE 35: The Math Equation

 
On Thursday, January 28, at 4:00 pm US-EDT with a new episode of Reinventing School on Learning Revolution.
 

This time, the subject is math, a subject that absorbs 10-15% of teacher budgets, student time, and curricular attention. Everywhere. All over the world. A K-12 student devotes about 15,000 hours to their schooling--and at least 1,500 of those hours are devoted to mathematics. Is that enough? Too much? Enough, but we're doing some things wrong? Not enough, but everyone must learn x, y, and z where x= (okay, enough of that for the moment). This will be the first of two or several episodes. This time, we're joined by Megan Burton, President-Elect of the Association of Mathematics Teacher Educators. She’s an Associate Professor at Auburn University’s College of Education. Our other guest will be John Ewing, Executive Director of MƒA, or Math for America. 

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More about this week's guests:

8486711868?profile=RESIZE_400xMegan Burton, associate professor of elementary education in the College of Education’s Department of Curriculum and Teaching, has been named president-elect of the Association of Mathematics Teacher Educators. Burton began her career teaching elementary students for 10 years, before becoming a professor. This experience guides her research and teaching. She has been at Auburn since 2012. Dr. Burton’s research interests focus on inclusion, teacher identities, and STEM education. She works with her elementary colleagues to offer a STEM camp for approximately 170 elementary age children every summer. Unfortunately, this summer the camp is canceled, due to COVID-19 concerns, but she looks forward to summer 2021. In addition to the above, Burton has experience teaching STEM curriculum internationally to elementary-age students. The Association of Mathematics Teacher Educators is the country’s largest professional organization devoted to the improvement of mathematics teacher education. AMTE includes more than 1,000 members devoted to the preservice education and professional development of K-12 teachers of mathematics.

 
8486720277?profile=RESIZE_400xJohn Ewing earned his Ph.D. in mathematics from Brown University in 1971. From 1973-1995, he was a mathematics faculty member at Indiana University; while there, he served two terms as Chair of the department. He has held visiting positions at Dartmouth College, the University of Virginia, Newcastle University (England), and Goettingen University (Germany). John earned his B.S. degree from St. Lawrence University, which also awarded him an honorary degree. From 1995-2009, John was Executive Director of the American Mathematical Society. In 2009, he became President of Math for America (MfA), a nonprofit organization founded in 2004 by American billionaire mathematician/philanthropist Jim Simons. Simon's goal was to promote the recruitment and retention of high-quality mathematics teachers in New York City secondary schools. Thanks to Simons, U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer, and Professor Ewing, MfA is now thriving in other parts of the United States including offices in San Diego and Los Angeles.

 

4995562699?profile=RESIZE_400xHoward Blumenthal created and produced the PBS television series, Where in the World Is Carmen Sandiego? He is currently a Senior Scholar at The University of Pennsylvania, studying learning and the lives of 21st-century children and teenagers. He travels the world, visiting K-12 schools, lecturing at universities, and interviewing young people for Kids on Earth, a global platform containing nearly 1,000 interview segments from Kentucky, Brazil, Sweden, India, and many other countries. Previously, he was a nationally syndicated newspaper columnist for The New York Times Syndicate, and United Features. He is the author of 24 books and several hundred articles about technology, learning, business, and human progress. As an executive, Howard was the CEO of a public television operation and several television production companies, and a state government official. Previously, he was a Senior Vice President for divisions of two large media companies, Hearst and Bertelsmann, and a consultant or project lead for Energizer, General Electric, American Express, CompuServe, Warner Communications, Merriam-Webster, Atari, and other companies.

 

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Back from several weeks' rest, we're back live on Thursday, January 14, at 4:00 pm US-EDT with a new episode of Reinventing School on Learning Revolution.
 

This time, we're trying something new. We're looking at the whole chain of education from Tennessee's Commissioner of Education, Penny Schwinn to Chief K-12 Impact Officer Dr. Sharon Roberts and Dr. Lisa Coons, Chief Academic Officerto Director for the Upper Cumberland Region Janice Fox to Director of Lauderdale County Schools Shawn Kimble and Director of Hamilton County Schools Dr. Bryan Johnson, Putnam County first grade teacher Sarah Vaughan, and a student from Hamilton County. Also: Dr. Ellen McIntyre, Dean, College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

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More about this week's guests:

8420789488?profile=RESIZE_400xDr. Penny Schwinn was sworn in as Tennessee’s education commissioner on February 1, 2019. As commissioner, Dr. Schwinn is committed to building on Tennessee’s momentum over the last decade and plans to continue to accelerate growth through excellence in achievement, empowerment of students and teachers, and engagement of all stakeholders. Coming from a family of educators and committed to increasing access to an excellent education for all children, Commissioner Schwinn began her work as a high school history and economics teacher in Baltimore. Her early career also includes experience as a new teacher coach in south Los Angeles and time in the private sector, where she supervised work in operations, marketing, and information management. Prior to joining the Tennessee Department of Education, Commissioner Schwinn served as the Chief Deputy Commissioner of Academics at the Texas Education Agency. Commissioner Schwinn also previously served in other state and district roles as an Assistant Secretary of Education in the Delaware Department of Education and as Assistant Superintendent of Performance Management for the Sacramento City Unified School District. She is also the founder and former superintendent of Capitol Collegiate Academy, at the time one of the county’s highest-performing charter schools serving low-income students from a region of Sacramento where she grew up.  She also served as an elected Trustee for the Sacramento County Board of Education. Commissioner Schwinn earned her Bachelor of Arts from the University of California-Berkeley, her Master of Arts in Teaching from Johns Hopkins University, and her Ph.D. in Education Policy from Claremont Graduate University in California. She is the proud parent of two daughters in Tennessee public schools, and a son not yet school age.

 

8447836656?profile=RESIZE_400xDr. Lisa Coons is Chief Academic Officer for the State of Tennessee. She was born into a family of educators, including her father and aunts, who served as high school teachers. After graduating from Wright State University, Lisa taught high school English in both rural and urban districts in central Ohio. She continued her education by earning a Master’s Degree in educational technology, a principal’s license, a superintendent’s license, and a curriculum and instruction license. Over the past 20 years, Dr. Coons has continued to advocate for children who have socio-economic barriers while focusing on developing teacher capacity and growing high-quality leaders to provide equitable opportunities for all children. Lisa was honored to serve Nashville children, teachers, and leaders as the Executive Officer for the Schools of Innovation. Dr. Coons returned to the Tennessee Department of Education in August 2019 and now serves as the Chief Academic Officer. Within this role, she oversees statewide academic programming from birth to high school.
8420795859?profile=RESIZE_400xSharon Roberts leverages deep expertise, experience, and credibility in K-12 to provide thought leadership across teams and activate key relationships in the field to drive impact in Tennessee. Prior to joining SCORE in 2012, Sharon served as Director of the Lebanon Special School District. She began her career in education as a special education teacher in the Grainger County School System. Sharon worked for more than 21 years in the Knox County School System where she served as a special education teacher, middle school science and reading teacher, instructional coach, principal, Assistant Superintendent for Supplementary Student Services, and Assistant Superintendent for Administrative Services. She currently serves on several boards that further the cause of professional learning for educators, including the Learning Forward Foundation, Learning Forward Tennessee, and the Association of Independent and Municipal Schools (AIMS) Evaluation System of Tennessee. Sharon is a native of Knoxville and received her bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville.

 

8420797857?profile=RESIZE_400xEllen McIntyre has served as the Dean of the College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences at the University of Tennessee for one year.  Prior to this role, McIntyre served in administrative roles at UNC Charlotte and North Carolina State University, and as a professor and university scholar at the University of Louisville.  She is also a former elementary classroom teacher.  Ellen’s scholarly work has focused on elementary reading instruction, especially for students who have struggled in school.  Her most recent work has focused on redesigning educator preparation programs so teachers are prepared to teach in any setting.

 

8481806863?profile=RESIZE_400xJanice Fox, Ed.D is the Executive Director of Upper Cumberland Center of Regional Excellence (CORE) with the Tennessee Department of Education. Dr. Fox is a 25+ year educator with experience as a middle school teacher, elementary reading teacher, district-level administrator, and adjunct professor of education. Janice, and CORE teams across the eight Tennessee regions, partner with district leaders to support continuous improvement efforts that provide differentiated academic designed support to build the districts’ capacity as they implement best practices to improve educational outcomes for all students.  Janice's core belief is that all students can learn at high levels when parents, community members, and educators provide the opportunities students deserve allowing them to reach their full potential. Janice helped establish a non-profit reading foundation, the Children’s Reading Foundation of the Upper Cumberland, for the regional footprint and currently serves on the board of directors with the National Children’s Reading Foundation. As CORE Director for the Upper Cumberland region, Janice has generated a regional community focus supporting the importance of building strong readers.
 
8420793264?profile=RESIZE_400xDr. Bryan Johnson, a native of Nashville and a proud product of public schools, has dedicated his career to public education, serving as a teacher, school administrator, director of secondary schools, chief academic officer, and now as the Superintendent of Schools in Hamilton County Schools, Tennessee. He holds degrees from Austin Peay State University, Belmont University, and Trevecca University, where he earned his doctorate in educational leadership. During Dr. Johnson’s tenure, Hamilton County Schools have shown historic levels of improvement. In the last three years, the district moved from 130th to 2nd in the state for student academic growth, making Hamilton County Schools the fastest improving school district in Tennessee. Some of the academic improvements include increasing the number of Reward Schools (state’s highest distinction) from 5 to 32, increasing scholarship dollars earned from $20 million to more than $100 million, increases in achievement for high school assessed subjects by 7% or more and an increase of 4.5% in the number of Black, Hispanic and Native American students scoring proficient on state assessments. During the COVID-19 pandemic, Dr. Johnson worked with community leaders and the school board to launch a 10-year commitment to providing high-speed internet to all 28,500 economically disadvantaged students in Hamilton County for free in an effort to close the digital divide. Dr. Johnson has received numerous accolades for his leadership, including being named 2021 Tennessee Superintendent of the Year and 2020 EdWeek Leader To Learn From. He was listed as a Superintendent to Watch by the National School Public Relations Association (NSPRA), Outstanding Young Alumnus at Austin Peay, and Humanitarian of the Year for Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Southeastern Region.

 

8420799482?profile=RESIZE_400xShawn Kimble, Director of Lauderdale County SchoolsAbout Lauderdale County Schools: Lauderdale County Schools is committed to a culture of high expectations for all students and staff. The district's core values guide this commitment. We Value: -The academic achievement and social development of all children. -An environment conducive to learning - clean, safe, respectful, and positive. -The involvement of parents in the education of their children. -Quality teachers and administrators who are competent, passionate, and put children first. -Accountability in all things and the use of sound, accurate data in decision-making.

 

8420800686?profile=RESIZE_400xSarah Vaughn, a first-grade teacher at Putnam County Schools. Sarah earned her Bachelor's Degree at Tennessee Technological University.

 

4995562699?profile=RESIZE_400xHoward Blumenthal created and produced the PBS television series, Where in the World Is Carmen Sandiego? He is currently a Senior Scholar at The University of Pennsylvania, studying learning and the lives of 21st-century children and teenagers. He travels the world, visiting K-12 schools, lecturing at universities, and interviewing young people for Kids on Earth, a global platform containing nearly 1,000 interview segments from Kentucky, Brazil, Sweden, India, and many other countries. Previously, he was a nationally syndicated newspaper columnist for The New York Times Syndicate, and United Features. He is the author of 24 books and several hundred articles about technology, learning, business, and human progress. As an executive, Howard was the CEO of a public television operation and several television production companies, and a state government official. Previously, he was a Senior Vice President for divisions of two large media companies, Hearst and Bertelsmann, and a consultant or project lead for Energizer, General Electric, American Express, CompuServe, Warner Communications, Merriam-Webster, Atari, and other companies.

 

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EPISODE 33: The Role of the State, Part 3

 
On Thursday, December 17 at 4:00 pm US-EDT, we present the 31st LIVE episode of the new LearningRevolution.com weekly interview series, REINVENTING SCHOOL.

When we produced Episode 25 (below), we found state leadership in at least two U.S. states to be remarkably forward-thinking and open-minded about school, so we continued with a similar discussion with Episode 31. We continue today. This was intriguing because so much of what teachers and school districts discuss are the requirements of the state. Time to look at several other states, and so this week, we visit with leadership from Tennessee and Georgia. 

We'll be joined by Jillian Balow, Wyoming Superintendent of Public Instruction; and Richard Woods, Georgia State School Superintendent.

Please join us on Thursdays for our live shows, or visit www.reinventing.school for the recorded versions.

More about this week's guests:

8299936864?profile=RESIZE_400xJillian Balow is serving a second term as Wyoming’s elected State Superintendent. She oversees education in the state, and as one of Wyoming’s five elected constitutional officers, Jillian sits on the State Loan and Investment Board and the State Board of Land Commissioners. Jillian is a fifth-generation Wyoming native. She taught in Wyoming classrooms for 10 years and has worked to support Wyoming children and families her entire career.  She has an undergraduate degree in education from the University of Wyoming and a master’s degree in education from Regis University. In addition to teaching, Jillian has consulted in the private sector, served as an administrator at both the Wyoming Department of Family Services, and was a policy advisor to Governor Matt Mead. A mother of two, Jillian’s daughter, Paiton, is 20 and is an active duty specialist in the Army. Her son Jack is 15. Her husband, John, is an elementary school principal. Jillian is the President of the Board of Directors for the Council of Chief State School Officers, the professional association of state education heads from across the nation. During her tenure, she worked with tribal partners to enact “Indian Education for All” so that all Wyoming students learn about the history and contributions of the Northern Arapaho and Eastern Shoshone Tribes. She also developed a support system for Wyoming’s lowest-performing schools. In three years, the number of schools requiring assistance has decreased by 5%. She holds true to the belief that small government is best and reduced in-agency personnel by 11% and agency operating funds by 15% while maintaining an optimal capacity, before 2020 reductions. Jillian overhauled the state standards review process to be the most collaborative and transparent in the nation.

 

8299947480?profile=RESIZE_400xRichard Woods is the State School Superintendent of the Georgia Department of Education and is a member of the Homeland Security Board. He was born in Pensacola, Florida and while growing up in a military family, lived in California, Hawaii, and Virginia before moving to Georgia. He graduated from Fitzgerald High School and went on to receive a Bachelor’s Degree from Kennesaw State University and a Master’s Degree from Valdosta State University. Woods has over 25 years of pre-k through 12th-grade experience in public education.  Woods was a high school teacher for 14 years, serving as department chair and teacher mentor. During his tenure, he was also selected as Teacher of the Year. For eight years Woods served in various administrative roles such as assistant principal, principal, curriculum director, testing coordinator, pre-k director, and alternative school director. Woods also brings a business background to the superintendent's position, having been a purchasing agent for a national/multi-national laser company and a former small business owner. He and his wife Lisha, a retired 30-year educator, are long-time residents of Tifton and have been married for 27 years.

 

4995562699?profile=RESIZE_400xHoward Blumenthal created and produced the PBS television series, Where in the World Is Carmen Sandiego? He is currently a Senior Scholar at The University of Pennsylvania, studying learning and the lives of 21st-century children and teenagers. He travels the world, visiting K-12 schools, lecturing at universities, and interviewing young people for Kids on Earth, a global platform containing nearly 1,000 interview segments from Kentucky, Brazil, Sweden, India, and many other countries. Previously, he was a nationally syndicated newspaper columnist for The New York Times Syndicate, and United Features. He is the author of 24 books and several hundred articles about technology, learning, business, and human progress. As an executive, Howard was the CEO of a public television operation and several television production companies, and a state government official. Previously, he was a Senior Vice President for divisions of two large media companies, Hearst and Bertelsmann, and a consultant or project lead for Energizer, General Electric, American Express, CompuServe, Warner Communications, Merriam-Webster, Atari, and other companies.

 

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EPISODE 32: Power of Local School Boards

On Thursday, December 10 at 4:00 pm US-EDT, we present the 31st LIVE episode of the new LearningRevolution.com weekly interview series, REINVENTING SCHOOL.

This time, we'll look at local school boards. Why? According to the OECD, the U.S. is one of the only countries in the world where most decisions about school and education are made at the local level. For the most part, these decisions are made by volunteers who devote a great deal of time and energy to local issues. Most are not trained as educators. Instead, they are concerned citizens with enormous responsibility.

We'll be joined by David Snyder, former Chair of the National Council of American Indian/Alaska Native School Board Members; Armando Rodriguez, now serving his fourth term as a member of the Canutillo ISD School Board in Texas; and Karen Brohm, President of the West Hempstead School Board in a New York City suburb (joining us via audio but not video).

Please join us on Thursdays for our live shows, or visit www.reinventing.school for the recorded versions.

 

More about this week's guests:

8266588862?profile=RESIZE_180x180David Snyder was the Chair of the AIAN Council and on the NSBA board of directors as an ex officio voting member. I was also an ex-officio voting member for the Western Region for NSBA and the Wyoming School Boards Association.

 

8266593069?profile=RESIZE_400xArmando 'Mando' Rodriguez is a Leadership TASB Master Trustee serving his fourth term on the Canutillo ISD School Board, where his fellow trustees have elected him as Board President, Vice President and Secretary. Rodriguez has the distinction of being one of the youngest people ever to be elected into office in El Paso County, and has made it his mission to improve the quality of education in his community – especially for underserved students. A graduate of Canutillo High School and the University of Texas at El Paso, Rodriguez is a native of the Border and a leader in his community. Through his work, he ensures that students have access to high- quality educational and athletic facilities. He also is one of the founding members of the Canutillo Alumni Foundation for Education – the only organization specifically designed to award scholarships to Canutillo graduates. During his time as a Trustee, Rodriguez has played a key role in modernizing Canutillo schools. Some of the accomplishments while on the Board include the establishment of Northwest Early College, a National Blue Ribbon School and one of the best high schools in the country according to U.S. News & World Report; the creation of the Canutillo Connect initiative that bridged the digital divide in the community by distributing Apple devices to all students and creating better internet connectivity throughout the District; and the back-to-back A rating for the District by the Texas Education Agency – the only District in the region to achieve this distinction. Rodriguez’s work on behalf of students extends beyond El Paso. He serves on the Board of Directors of the National School Board Association, where he also serves as chair of the National Hispanic Council and as Secretary of the National School Board Action Center. Just recently Rodriguez was selected to serve as Secretary of the Texas Association of School Boards, the state’s largest public-education advocacy and support organization. He currently serves as the Region 19 Representative on the TASB Board of Directors. Other leadership positions for Rodriguez include being a member of the Board of Directors for the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials. Previously, Rodriguez has served as president of the Mexican American School Board Association and the Far West Texas School Board Association.

 

8274954086?profile=RESIZE_400xKaren Brohm is the President of the Board of Education in West Hempstead, New York. A life-long resident of West Hempstead, Karen Brohm has served in various community and elected positions throughout the West Hempstead UFSD and community. She has a strong belief in the value of a quality education and promoting equity and diversity. She volunteers her time to deliver food to families throughout the year and for Thanksgiving. As well, she is a key organizer of our joint venture with a local hospital to deliver holiday gifts to families in need. In 2012, she decided to take the next step in her journey and became a trustee of the Board of Education. She has been on the Board ever since and has served as President for the past 9 years. Karen has been recognized by NYSSBA for her dedication and continued growth as trustee. She has served on several forums to improve education and has been a driving force behind the districts push to a student-led learning environment.

 

4995562699?profile=RESIZE_400xHoward Blumenthal created and produced the PBS television series, Where in the World Is Carmen Sandiego? He is currently a Senior Scholar at The University of Pennsylvania, studying learning and the lives of 21st-century children and teenagers. He travels the world, visiting K-12 schools, lecturing at universities, and interviewing young people for Kids on Earth, a global platform containing nearly 1,000 interview segments from Kentucky, Brazil, Sweden, India, and many other countries. Previously, he was a nationally syndicated newspaper columnist for The New York Times Syndicate, and United Features. He is the author of 24 books and several hundred articles about technology, learning, business, and human progress. As an executive, Howard was the CEO of a public television operation and several television production companies, and a state government official. Previously, he was a Senior Vice President for divisions of two large media companies, Hearst and Bertelsmann, and a consultant or project lead for Energizer, General Electric, American Express, CompuServe, Warner Communications, Merriam-Webster, Atari, and other companies.

 

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EPISODE 31: The Role of the State, Part 2

(Part 1 was Episode 25:Education Decisions at the State Level)

On Thursday, December 3 at 4:00 pm US-EDT, we present the 31st LIVE episode of the new LearningRevolution.com weekly interview series, REINVENTING SCHOOL. When we produced Episode 25 (below), we found state leadership to be remarkably forward-thinking and open-minded about school, so we continue today with a similar discussion. We continue today. This was intriguing because so much of what teachers and school districts discuss are the requirements of the state.  Time to look at several other states, and so this week, we visit with leadership from Kansas, Vermont and Maine.
 

We'll be joined by Dr. Randy Watson, Kansas Commissioner of Education; Pender Makin, Maine Commissioner of Education; and Heather Bouchey, Ph.D., Deputy Secretary, Vermont Agency of Education. In this particular episode, one or more of our guests will not be with us for the entire hour, but we look forward to a lively discussion just the same.

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8238349492?profile=RESIZE_400xDr. Randy Watson was named Commissioner of Education by the Kansas State Board of Education in November 2014, while he was still serving as Superintendent of McPherson schools, USD 418. During his tenure with the Kansas State Department of Education, Dr. Watson has rapidly become known for his visionary leadership to position Kansas as an innovator in rethinking a century-old school model. The Kansans Can vision to lead the world in the success of each student continues to drive the work of the Kansas State Board and the state education agency. Among the forward-thinking initiatives are balancing the emphasis between academic test scores and the characteristics Kansans identified as ensuring student success. Dr. Watson was instrumental in introducing statewide outcomes for social-emotional growth, kindergarten readiness, individual plans of study, graduation attainment, and post-secondary success. Commissioner Watson has been recognized nationally for guiding student-focused, personalized learning through the Kansans Can School Redesign Project, which fuels the State Board’s vision for education. Five cohorts of systems are currently engaged in the redesign process to tailor instruction to students’ strengths, needs, and interests. Dr. Watson is a lifelong Kansan who was raised in Coffeyville and went on to earn bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Kansas State University. He received his doctorate of education in secondary administration, school law, curriculum development, and instructional leadership, and district level certification also from K-State. He was named a Kansas State Education Alumni Fellow in 2002. Among his many other honors and recognitions as Kansas Superintendent of the Year (2015) and Outstanding Service Award recipient from the United School Administrators of Kansas (2020). His long-time career in education spans nearly every level of the field, all while serving Kansas students - first as a teacher and coach, followed by administrative positions as principal and superintendent, and as part-time faculty for higher education. As Commissioner, he has personally visited each of the state’s 286 school districts and continues to speak with educators, staff, and students regularly throughout the year.

 

8238354669?profile=RESIZE_400xAcross her more than 20-year career, Pender Makin has devoted herself to the mission of public education. From 1997 to 2003, she served as a classroom teacher at Fred C. Wescott Junior High School in Westbrook. She went on to become principal at The REAL (Regional Education Alternative Learning) School on Mackworth Island in Falmouth, a position she held for more than a decade from 2003 to 2015. As principal at The REAL School – an alternative and service-based high school for students who have struggled in traditional school settings – Makin and her team supported high-risk students from 28 sending school districts through innovative academic and experiential programming. Since 2015, Makin has served as the Assistant Superintendent of the Brunswick School Department. Makin has served on Maine's Juvenile Justice Advisory Group since 2014. She is also a co-founder of Collaborative for Perpetual Innovation, a professional development, technical assistance, and consulting company for educators, school and district leaders, and counselors. Makin has served on a number of legislative workgroups and committees seeking to improve educational opportunities for Maine's students and to promote the work of Maine public schools. She also provides training for educators and mental health professionals and speaks at state and national conferences on topics such as restorative justice, cognitive neuroscience, dropout prevention, organizational culture, and climate. Makin was named the 2013-2014 Maine Principal of the Year by the Maine Principal’s Association and has also received the Milken Educator Award, a national distinction bestowed upon educators for exceptional educational talent, exemplary educational accomplishments, and an engaging and inspiring presence that motivates and impacts students. Makin has also won the MTV Local Hero Award. Makin is charged with leading the state agency that administers both state education subsidy and state and federal grant programs; coordinates the authoring of the rules for Maine State education statutes passed by the Maine State Legislature; provides professional development, information, supports, and resources, as well as a system for educator credentialing; and leads many collaborative opportunities and partnerships in support of local schools and districts. Makin grew up in Saco, attended local schools, and graduated from Thornton Academy. She worked as a mate and deckhand on her father's deep-sea fishing charter boat during the summers beginning at age eight. She earned both her B.A. in English Literature and her M.S. in School Leadership from the University of Southern Maine and received her teacher certification from the University of New England’s Department of Education in 1996. She lives in Scarborough with her husband, Mike – a middle school science teacher – and their two rescue dogs.

 

8238356056?profile=RESIZE_400xDeputy Secretary Heather Bouchey oversees all programmatic Divisions within the Agency of Education including Data Management and Analysis, Education Quality, Federal Education Support Programs, Student Pathways, and Student Support Services. She earned her Bachelor of Science at Cornell University and Ph.D. at the University of Denver, with postdoctoral training at the University of Michigan. Deputy Secretary Bouchey has published extensively in the fields of education and psychology. The aspects of her work she loves most include both team development and collaborative problem-solving, as well as bringing data to bear on policy solutions. Having come from humble economic roots, Deputy Secretary Bouchey is deeply committed to ensuring that all students have access to meaningful educational opportunities that improve their chances for life success. Her postsecondary experiences as a first-generation college student profoundly shaped her identity and professional interests.

 

4995562699?profile=RESIZE_400xHoward Blumenthal created and produced the PBS television series, Where in the World Is Carmen Sandiego? He is currently a Senior Scholar at The University of Pennsylvania, studying learning and the lives of 21st-century children and teenagers. He travels the world, visiting K-12 schools, lecturing at universities, and interviewing young people for Kids on Earth, a global platform containing nearly 1,000 interview segments from Kentucky, Brazil, Sweden, India, and many other countries. Previously, he was a nationally syndicated newspaper columnist for The New York Times Syndicate, and United Features. He is the author of 24 books and several hundred articles about technology, learning, business, and human progress. As an executive, Howard was the CEO of a public television operation and several television production companies, and a state government official. Previously, he was a Senior Vice President for divisions of two large media companies, Hearst and Bertelsmann, and a consultant or project lead for Energizer, General Electric, American Express, CompuServe, Warner Communications, Merriam-Webster, Atari, and other companies.

 

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EPISODE 30: Free to Learn

 
At this time of the year (November-December 2020), people are busy, so it's been wise to focus on single-guest episodes. Psychologist Peter Gray has been on our list of must-have guests since we started Reinventing School. His thoughts on the importance of play and students' freedom to learn have been both inspiring and extraordinarily practical in this time of the coronavirus. This one-on-one interview is unique because we were able to speak candidly about our own very different childhoods, and their fundamental similarities.
 

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8221355267?profile=RESIZE_400xPeter Gray has conducted and published research in neuroendocrinology, developmental psychology, anthropology, and education. He is the author of an internationally acclaimed introductory psychology textbook, Psychology, (Worth Publishers, 7th edition), which views all of psychology from an evolutionary perspective. His recent research focuses on the role of play in human evolution and how children educate themselves, through play and exploration, when they are free to do so. He has expanded on these ideas in his book, Free to Learn: Why Unleashing the Instinct to Play Will Make Our Children Happier, More Self-Reliant, and Better Students for Life (Basic Books). He also authors a regular blog called "Freedom to Learn," for Psychology Today magazine. Gray’s expertise has been utilized by such media entities as CNN International; Fox News Channel; Korean Education Broadcasting System; Dutch Public Television; BBC News; NPR; CJAD (Montreal); ABC Sydney, Australia; Canadian Broadcasting Company; Talk Radio 702, South Africa; News Talk Radio (Ireland).

 

4995562699?profile=RESIZE_400xHoward Blumenthal created and produced the PBS television series, Where in the World Is Carmen Sandiego? He is currently a Senior Scholar at The University of Pennsylvania, studying learning and the lives of 21st-century children and teenagers. He travels the world, visiting K-12 schools, lecturing at universities, and interviewing young people for Kids on Earth, a global platform containing nearly 1,000 interview segments from Kentucky, Brazil, Sweden, India, and many other countries. Previously, he was a nationally syndicated newspaper columnist for The New York Times Syndicate, and United Features. He is the author of 24 books and several hundred articles about technology, learning, business, and human progress. As an executive, Howard was the CEO of a public television operation and several television production companies, and a state government official. Previously, he was a Senior Vice President for divisions of two large media companies, Hearst and Bertelsmann, and a consultant or project lead for Energizer, General Electric, American Express, CompuServe, Warner Communications, Merriam-Webster, Atari, and other companies.

 

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EPISODE 29: Positive Education & Progress

 
Our exploration of well-being education continues with another one-guest episode. This time, our guest is Lea Waters, who has been a leader in the Positive Psychology movement for many years. She is one of the world's leading experts on Positive Education, Positive Organization, and Strength-Based Parenting and Teaching.
 

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8221353489?profile=RESIZE_400xLea Waters, Ph.D., is the Founding Director and Inaugural Gerry Higgins Chair in Positive Psychology at the Centre for Positive Psychology, University of Melbourne where she has held an academic position for two and a half decades. Lea holds affiliate positions at Cambridge University and the University of Michigan and serves on the Scientific Board at the University of California, Berkeley’s Greater Good Science Center. Lea is a Board Member and the recent Past President of the International Positive Psychology Association (2017-2019), serves on the Council of Happiness and Education for the World Happiness Council, is the Patron of Flourishing Education Japan and Ambassador for the Positive Education Schools Association. She is a registered psychologist (AHPRA) and a full member of the Australian Psychological Society. As a University researcher, Lea turns her science into strength-based strategies to help organizations, educators, and parents around the world build resilience in their employees and children, helping them to thrive. Lea is a Board Member and the 2017-2019 President of the International Positive Psychology Association (IPPA) and founding director of the Centre for Positive Psychology at the University of Melbourne. Lea holds affiliate positions at Cambridge University and the University of Michigan and serves on the Scientific Board at the University of California, Berkeley’s Greater Good Science Center. She is the author of The Strength Switch. Lea’s work has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, The Guardian, The Atlantic, The Washington Post, and more.

 

4995562699?profile=RESIZE_400xHoward Blumenthal created and produced the PBS television series, Where in the World Is Carmen Sandiego? He is currently a Senior Scholar at The University of Pennsylvania, studying learning and the lives of 21st-century children and teenagers. He travels the world, visiting K-12 schools, lecturing at universities, and interviewing young people for Kids on Earth, a global platform containing nearly 1,000 interview segments from Kentucky, Brazil, Sweden, India, and many other countries. Previously, he was a nationally syndicated newspaper columnist for The New York Times Syndicate, and United Features. He is the author of 24 books and several hundred articles about technology, learning, business, and human progress. As an executive, Howard was the CEO of a public television operation and several television production companies, and a state government official. Previously, he was a Senior Vice President for divisions of two large media companies, Hearst and Bertelsmann, and a consultant or project lead for Energizer, General Electric, American Express, CompuServe, Warner Communications, Merriam-Webster, Atari, and other companies.

 

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EPISODE 28: School Reform - The Long View

 

We're a bit off our regular weekly schedule, but we're thrilled to present a full hour with the remarkable Deborah Meier. She has been on the front lines of school and education reform for decades. And she is a delight: exceedingly knowledgable, deeply experienced, passionate, and reflective about all that she has done. She's also frustrated because the change has not been everything we need; in fact, we've fallen quite short. This is one of those interviews that I'm hoping people will pass along so everyone can learn as much as I did--HB

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8240672685?profile=RESIZE_710xDeborah Meier has been working in public education as a teacher, principal, writer, advocate since the early 1960s, and ranks among the most acclaimed leaders of the school reform movement in the U.S. She started her work as an early childhood teacher in Chicago after graduating from the U of Chicago. Her family moved to NYC in the late 1960s where she worked as a kindergarten teacher in Central Harlem. For the next 20 years, Meier helped revitalize public schools in New York City’s East Harlem District 4. In 1974, she founded Central Park East Elementary School (CPE I), a highly successful public school of choice that served predominantly local African American and Hispanic families. During the next dozen years, Meier opened two other Central Park East elementary schools in District 4 as well as an acclaimed secondary school (CPESS), while also supporting and directing the development of similar schools throughout NYC. She helped found the Coalition of Essential Schools, in the 1980s, under the leadership of Ted Sizer.  In 1987 she received a MacArthur “genius” Award for her work in public education. During the 1990s she also served as an Urban Fellow at the Annenberg Institute. In 1995 she moved to Boston to start Mission Hill, a K-8 school in Roxbury. These schools were part of a network Meier created that helped initiate new small schools, both elementary and secondary, both in NYC and Boston. At Coalition schools, Meier helped foster democratic communities, giving teachers greater autonomy in the running of a school, giving parents a voice in what happens to their children in schools, and promoting intergenerational connections. She has always been a proponent of active, project-based learning, and graduation through a series of exhibitions of high-quality work. She is the author of many books and articles, including The Power of Their Ideas, Lessons to America from a Small School in Harlem, and In Schools We Trust. She is an outspoken critic of state-mandated curriculum and high stakes standardized testing and has written extensively on their unreliability and class/race biases. She is on the board of  FairTest, Save Our Schools, Center for Collaborative Education, and the Association for Union Democracy. She is also on the editorial board of The Nation, The Harvard Education Letter, and Dissent magazines.

 

4995562699?profile=RESIZE_400xHoward Blumenthal created and produced the PBS television series, Where in the World Is Carmen Sandiego? He is currently a Senior Scholar at The University of Pennsylvania, studying learning and the lives of 21st-century children and teenagers. He travels the world, visiting K-12 schools, lecturing at universities, and interviewing young people for Kids on Earth, a global platform containing nearly 1,000 interview segments from Kentucky, Brazil, Sweden, India, and many other countries. Previously, he was a nationally syndicated newspaper columnist for The New York Times Syndicate, and United Features. He is the author of 24 books and several hundred articles about technology, learning, business, and human progress. As an executive, Howard was the CEO of a public television operation and several television production companies, and a state government official. Previously, he was a Senior Vice President for divisions of two large media companies, Hearst and Bertelsmann, and a consultant or project lead for Energizer, General Electric, American Express, CompuServe, Warner Communications, Merriam-Webster, Atari, and other companies.

 

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EPISODE 27: Learning as a Hero's Journey

On Thursday, October 29 at 4:00 pm US-EDT, we present the 27th LIVE episode of the new LearningRevolution.com weekly interview series, REINVENTING SCHOOL.

One of the best ways to understand the life of a student is to study the mythology of the Hero's Journey. Over a dozen years, every student leaves the ordinary world of his or her young childhood and responds to a call for adventure. Many students don't want to go. They want the security and comfort of the familiar, so they refuse the call. Then, they meet a mentor, a teacher, a kind soul who guides them toward a threshold. But there are tests along the way, allies, enemies, and eventually, a series of difficult ordeals. The young student becomes the smarter older soul; he or she overcomes the midpoint in the journey and carries the reward along a road back home, much improved by the process. But there are further obstacles, deeper dangers, reasons for doubt, and the very real possibility that the elixir, the magic of personal growth, will be lost. This is the hero's journey, the basis for so many stories, books, movies, videogames, legends. Fortunately, author Christopher Vogler studied the journey and has written about it in great detail. His work, written for writers who use it as a tool to build their own stories (many books, many screenplays), is called The Writer's Journey: Mythic Structure for Writers. Earlier this year, the book was published in a 25th-anniversary edition, and we're here to celebrate. We're also here to discuss the use of this important, and popular book, for learning and in school. To help us do that, we'll be joined by Will Linn, Founder of the Mythology Channel and Founding Chair of the General Education Department at Hussian College--a new film and performing arts school; Julia Torres, Teacher Librarian, Montbello Campus Library, Denver Public Schools; and Julie M. Wilson, Founder & Executive Director of the Institute for the Future of Learning. 

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8085067269?profile=RESIZE_400xChris Vogler is the author of THE WRITER'S JOURNEY: Mythic Structure for Writers, now in its 4th (25th Anniversary) Edition.  A synthesis of screenwriting structure and the ancient patterns of mythology, the book has become required reading in movie studios, publishing houses, game design studios, and creative writing programs around the world.  As an Air Force officer, Vogler made documentary films for the military space program, then attended the University of Southern California School of Cinematic Arts.  He entered the movie business as a story analyst and worked for many years as a story consultant and researcher for the Walt Disney Company, where he contributed to the animated stories of HERCULES, ALADDIN and THE LION KING.  He became a studio executive at 20th Century Fox and helped to develop the films COURAGE UNDER FIRE, VOLCANO, FIGHT CLUB and THE THIN RED LINE.  He now gives workshops on the Hero's Journey pattern in literature and film.

 

8085070083?profile=RESIZE_400xWill Linn currently co-hosts a radio show that he created for the Santa Barbara News-Press called Mythosophia, in which he interviews leading story artists and scholars from such territories as myth and religion, sci-fi and fantasy, visions and dreams, rituals, novels, films, comics, and other storytelling formats and mediums. He is in his fifth year as founder and host of the Joseph Campbell Foundation Mythological RoundTable® group of Ojai, CA, which meets beneath the historic Teaching Tree at The Ojai Foundation. He also writes the newsletter for the global grassroots network of Mythological RoundTable® groups (60+ on 6 continents). In the last five years, he has been a leader and participant on research tours through England, Prague, Israel, Jordan, Turkey, Greece, Italy, and the Vatican. These tours were oriented around his mythological interests in Arthurian legend and the Holy Grail, the Golem and alchemy, Abrahamic religion, and Classical mythology. He is the oldest of five closely knit-brothers and has had the good fortune of having lived in Birmingham, AL; Findlay, OH; Detroit, MI; Sewanee, TN; Myrtle Beach, SC; Orlando & New Smyrna, FL; Ojai and Los Angeles, CA.

 

8085071068?profile=RESIZE_400xJulia Torres - "For many of our students, the library is the only place on campus they feel truly free," says teacher librarian Julia Torres. Close to 2,000 students attend the five middle and high schools on the Montbello Campus in northeast Denver, where an unstaffed, frequently shuttered school library suffered eight years of neglect. In its place now is a vibrant, student-focused media center, thanks to Torres. A former language arts teacher, Torres describes herself as "book mad," and it is this reputation that led the school administration to court her for a long-overdue library program overhaul. Hired as a full-time school librarian in 2018 with newly allocated funds, Torres jumped right in by "genrefying" the fiction collection. "Many of our students are not familiar with the names of YA authors, and searching the fiction collection by last name simply was not practical," Torres says. In her first year, circulation hit over 3,200 items and by February of the 2019–20 school year, it had increased to over 3,700. "Our library is currently third in the district for top circulation in libraries serving grades 6–12," she says. In addition to reinvigorating the collection, Torres arranged Skype visits with popular authors such as Jason Reynolds and Angie Thomas. "I have experienced a lot of joy in my career helping language arts teachers think in new ways about what is possible in the classroom when students really and truly feel free to shape their unique relationship with reading and with words," says Torres. She is a cofounder of #disrupttexts, described as "a crowdsourced, grassroots effort by teachers for teachers to challenge the traditional canon in order to create a more inclusive, representative, and equitable language arts curriculum." Torres’s teaching is "the practice of education for intellectual and physical liberation," she says. "Some of our most vulnerable students are often in the most restrictive and oppressive environments… We, as adults will do what we must to become facilitators supporting them, rather than enforcers indoctrinating them." She is also a "Book Ambassador" for the Educator Collaborative, a K–12 literacy think tank, and an educational consulting group.

 

8085074266?profile=RESIZE_400xJulie Margretta Wilson - "I am driven to help others realize and achieve their potential. Whether that be through my work as the President of the Academic Leadership Group, Founder of the Institute for the Future of Learning, or as an Instructor at Harvard's Extension School. I work with leaders to unlock this potential--so they can thrive as human beings and build organizations that learn and grow. The book that started it all? The Little Engine That Could :)

 

4995562699?profile=RESIZE_400xHoward Blumenthal created and produced the PBS television series, Where in the World Is Carmen Sandiego? He is currently a Senior Scholar at The University of Pennsylvania, studying learning and the lives of 21st-century children and teenagers. He travels the world, visiting K-12 schools, lecturing at universities, and interviewing young people for Kids on Earth, a global platform containing nearly 1,000 interview segments from Kentucky, Brazil, Sweden, India, and many other countries. Previously, he was a nationally syndicated newspaper columnist for The New York Times Syndicate, and United Features. He is the author of 24 books and several hundred articles about technology, learning, business, and human progress. As an executive, Howard was the CEO of a public television operation and several television production companies, and a state government official. Previously, he was a Senior Vice President for divisions of two large media companies, Hearst and Bertelsmann, and a consultant or project lead for Energizer, General Electric, American Express, CompuServe, Warner Communications, Merriam-Webster, Atari, and other companies.

 

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On Thursday, October 23 at 4:00 pm US-EDT, we present the 26th LIVE episode of the new LearningRevolution.com weekly interview series, REINVENTING SCHOOL.

All-day, every day, we are exposed to news stories about the dreaded COVID-19 (2019 Novel Coronavirus) Coronavirus. As a result, most people know about six-foot distancing, masks, and we can recite some of the unfortunate statistics by county, state, and nation. There has been a great deal of discussion among teachers, in school board meetings, among parents, and certainly among students about what we must do, what could happen, whether there is a vaccine around the bend, and more. However, most of us don't know much about viruses, about this particular virus, how viruses work, what we can reasonably expect from science and medicine, and whether this is an isolated incident. To answer those questions--keeping politics out of the discussion, we've invited several scientists to help us navigate current knowledge, history, beliefs, and the future. And so, this week, we welcome Tista Ghosh, MD, MPH, Senior Director of Impact Evaluation at Grand Rounds, and former Lieutenant-Commander in the United States Public Health Service; Glenn F. Rall, Ph.D., Professor and Chief Academic Officer for Fox Chase Cancer Center; and Steven Taffet, Ph.D., Professor of Microbiology and Immunology, SUNY Upstate Medical University.

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8060054263?profile=RESIZE_400xTista Ghosh, MD, MPH. Senior Director of Impact Evaluation. Dr. Tista Ghosh is a physician trained in both internal medicine and preventive medicine, with her MD from Indiana University and her master’s degree in public health from Yale University. She also has had specialized training in applied epidemiology and public health practice through the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). She has served our country as a Lieutenant-Commander in the United States Public Health Service. Dr. Ghosh has broad experience in population health at the local, state, federal, and international levels. She was the chief medical epidemiologist for Colorado’s largest local health department and has served as Chief Medical Officer of the State of Colorado. She is also an assistant adjunct professor at the University of Colorado. Dr. Ghosh has served in a consulting role to a variety of international organizations, including the World Health Organization and UNICEF. From 2017-2019, she was appointed by the director of the CDC to serve on the United States Community Preventive Services Task Force, a panel of experts who review the evidence and make recommendations to guide population health efforts across the country. Currently, she is the Senior Director of Impact Evaluation/Regional Medical Director for Grand Rounds. Her role is to help maximize and quantify Grand Rounds’ population health impact.

 

8060060490?profile=RESIZE_400xGlenn Rall, Ph.D. is a Professor with Temple University and Chief Academic Officer at Fox Chase Cancer Center. His research interests include viral infection, immunity, and disease in the brain: Elucidating how neurotropic viruses spread to, and across, synaptic junctions; Defining principles that govern unique aspects of the host immune response within the brain; Developing mouse models to study immunity to multiple pathogenic encounters; Evaluating long-term neuropathological consequences of viral infections. His laboratory studies viral infections of the brain and the immune responses to those infections, with the goal of defining how viruses contribute to disease in humans, including cancer. Over the past decade, we have developed mouse models that have enabled mechanistic insights into viral replication and spread within neurons, and the roles played by soluble immune mediators, such as chemokines and cytokines, in viral clearance.

 

8060687678?profile=RESIZE_180x180Steven Mark Taffet, Ph.D.: Recognized as a dedicated educator and an expert in his field, Dr. Steven Taffet has been an indispensable resource at Upstate for 35 years in diverse roles, encompassing the entire spectrum of education, research, and leadership. He has led a research laboratory, authored 79 peer-reviewed publications, and obtained external funding for more than three decades.  Since 1985, he has taught Immunology to the medical students’ class, summer students in and graduate students. In addition, Dr. Taffet has been a member of numerous thesis committees for Ph.D. student research and has successfully guided two students to their MS degrees and 11 students to their PhDs. He is one of the national leaders for teaching an innovative active-learning method to Immunology. His research originally focused on the cell biology of immune function however during a 20-year collaboration he ventured into cardiovascular research making fundamental discoveries into the regulation of the cardiac gap junction protein. Dr. Taffet has chaired the College of Graduate Studies Curriculum Committee and College of Medicine Faculty Appointment and Promotions Committee served as interim chair of the Department of Microbiology and Immunology and as assistant dean for Faculty Development, among many others. He has given 20 years of exemplary service to the American Heart Association (AHA) in his various roles in research, including service on the National Research Committee, a highly competitive committee where members are selected for being outstanding scholars. When not teaching medical students Dr. Taffet is an instructor for the National Ski Patrol teaching first aid skills to patrollers. He is one of the leaders in the local ski patrol educational programs.

 

4995562699?profile=RESIZE_400xHoward Blumenthal created and produced the PBS television series, Where in the World Is Carmen Sandiego? He is currently a Senior Scholar at The University of Pennsylvania, studying learning and the lives of 21st-century children and teenagers. He travels the world, visiting K-12 schools, lecturing at universities, and interviewing young people for Kids on Earth, a global platform containing nearly 1,000 interview segments from Kentucky, Brazil, Sweden, India, and many other countries. Previously, he was a nationally syndicated newspaper columnist for The New York Times Syndicate, and United Features. He is the author of 24 books and several hundred articles about technology, learning, business, and human progress. As an executive, Howard was the CEO of a public television operation and several television production companies, and a state government official. Previously, he was a Senior Vice President for divisions of two large media companies, Hearst and Bertelsmann, and a consultant or project lead for Energizer, General Electric, American Express, CompuServe, Warner Communications, Merriam-Webster, Atari, and other companies.

 

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On Thursday, October 15 at 4:00 pm US-EDT, we present the 25th LIVE episode of the new LearningRevolution.com weekly interview series, REINVENTING SCHOOL.

This week's episode looks at the world of school from a different point-of-view. Often, when asked about key classroom and school decisions, people at the local level (teachers, principals, school districts) look to state government. And so, this week, we're joined by people in charge of state education departments. This week: Randy Spaulding, Executive Director of the Washington State Board of Education; and Sydnee Dickson, Utah State Superintendent of Public Instruction.

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https://schools.utah.gov/portraitgraduate

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8031730684?profile=RESIZE_400xRandy Spaulding has served as the Executive Director for the Washington State Board of Education since 2018. Previously he had served as the Director of Academic Affairs and Policy at the Washington Student Achievement Council (WSAC) and Higher Education Coordinating Board (HECB). His work focused on the intersections of secondary and postsecondary education to improve student transitions and raise educational attainment. Prior to his work at the Council (HECB), Randy worked in student services, admissions, and financial aid at the University of Washington Bothell. Randy received his Ph.D. from the University of Washington in 2003.

 

8031801293?profile=RESIZE_400xSydnee Dickson has been serving as Utah State Superintendent of Public Instruction since June of 2016 and served as interim state superintendent for six months prior to that. She has nearly 10 years of experience working in the office of the Utah State Board of Education (USBE). Prior to that Dickson worked in various counseling, teaching, and leadership capacities in the Davis, Granite and Murray school districts for 27 years. She holds an Ed.D. degree in Education Leadership and Policy from the University of Utah and a master of education degree from Brigham Young University in educational leadership and administration. Her bachelor’s degree in elementary education and teaching is from Utah State University.

 

4995562699?profile=RESIZE_400xHoward Blumenthal created and produced the PBS television series, Where in the World Is Carmen Sandiego? He is currently a Senior Scholar at The University of Pennsylvania, studying learning and the lives of 21st-century children and teenagers. He travels the world, visiting K-12 schools, lecturing at universities, and interviewing young people for Kids on Earth, a global platform containing nearly 1,000 interview segments from Kentucky, Brazil, Sweden, India, and many other countries. Previously, he was a nationally syndicated newspaper columnist for The New York Times Syndicate, and United Features. He is the author of 24 books and several hundred articles about technology, learning, business, and human progress. As an executive, Howard was the CEO of a public television operation and several television production companies, and a state government official. Previously, he was a Senior Vice President for divisions of two large media companies, Hearst and Bertelsmann, and a consultant or project lead for Energizer, General Electric, American Express, CompuServe, Warner Communications, Merriam-Webster, Atari, and other companies.

 

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EPISODE 24: Measuring Well-Being

 

On Thursday, October 8 at 4:00 pm US-EDT, we presented the 24st LIVE episode of the LearningRevolution.com weekly interview series, REINVENTING SCHOOL.

This week's episode continues our one-on-one interviews about Positive Psychology and Positive Education. Our guest is Peggy Kern, an associate professor at Centre for Positive Psychology within the University of Melbourne's Graduate School of Education.

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8031663677?profile=RESIZE_400xPeggy Kern's research addresses the question of who thrives in life, why, and what enhances or hinders healthy life trajectories. My research involves several related foci: understanding and measuring healthy functioning across the lifespan; identifying individual and social factors that impact life trajectories; developing positive educational communities; and systems-based approaches to wellbeing. She incorporates a lifespan perspective, innovative methodologies, and interdisciplinary collaboration throughout my research. My work is collaborative in nature, and my studies draw on multiple fields of study and a combination of quantitative, qualitative, and mixed methodologies. Peggy is well-respected in the field, and notable for her excellent (and very useful) work in defining, measuring, and building well-being. (You can find several them here: https://www.peggykern.org/research-overview.html).

 

4995562699?profile=RESIZE_400xHoward Blumenthal created and produced the PBS television series, Where in the World Is Carmen Sandiego? He is currently a Senior Scholar at The University of Pennsylvania, studying learning and the lives of 21st-century children and teenagers. He travels the world, visiting K-12 schools, lecturing at universities, and interviewing young people for Kids on Earth, a global platform containing nearly 1,000 interview segments from Kentucky, Brazil, Sweden, India, and many other countries. Previously, he was a nationally syndicated newspaper columnist for The New York Times Syndicate, and United Features. He is the author of 24 books and several hundred articles about technology, learning, business, and human progress. As an executive, Howard was the CEO of a public television operation and several television production companies, and a state government official. Previously, he was a Senior Vice President for divisions of two large media companies, Hearst and Bertelsmann, and a consultant or project lead for Energizer, General Electric, American Express, CompuServe, Warner Communications, Merriam-Webster, Atari, and other companies.

 

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On Thursday, October 1, we produced our first one-on-one LIVE hour of the LearningRevolution.com weekly interview series, REINVENTING SCHOOL.

If you miss any of the LIVE sessions, you can always find the recordings on this web page several days after the recording session. You may be familiar with the concept of Positive Psychology--a two-decade-old part of psychology that studies the positive side of the human experience through hope, resilience, mindfulness, relationships, agency, and future mindedness. All of this applies to education in very useful ways. Positive Education incorporates aspects of social-emotional learning, but it goes much further. This week, we're joined for the full hour by Laurie Santos, a psychology professor whose big project at Yale University is to positively influence the culture of the institution by teaching happiness and well-being.

 

 

Please join us on Thursdays for our live shows, or visit www.reinventing.school for the recorded versions.

7934960696?profile=RESIZE_400xPsychologist Dr. Laurie Santos is an expert on human cognition, its origins, and the evolutionary biases that influence our all-too imperfect life choices. She is also knowledgeable about how behavioral change through positive psychology can lead to a happy and fulfilling life. Currently. the big project of Dr. Santos is to positively influence the culture of Yale University by teaching happiness and well-being. She created a course so meaningful that it became the most popular class taken at Yale in over 316 years. In her course, "Psychology and the Good Life," Santos teaches her 1200 students about behavioral change through positive psychology. Dr. Santos wants her students to be more grateful, procrastinate less, and increase social connections. She believes that those positive habits will decrease mental health issues on campus and create happier and more motivated students. The popularity of the class has prompted Yale to create a free online course. Dr. Santos is the host of the podcast, "The Happiness Lab." From her research, Santos speaks to how we are biologically programmed to be motivated by sex, to be deeply influenced by other people — and to repeat our mistakes. And while Santos often uses subjects from the animal kingdom to help explain our sometimes-illogical behaviors, she also provides advice on how to engage our uniquely human faculties to counteract evolution, choose more wisely, and live happier lives.

 

4995562699?profile=RESIZE_400xHoward Blumenthal created and produced the PBS television series, Where in the World Is Carmen Sandiego? He is currently a Senior Scholar at The University of Pennsylvania, studying learning and the lives of 21st-century children and teenagers. He travels the world, visiting K-12 schools, lecturing at universities, and interviewing young people for Kids on Earth, a global platform containing nearly 1,000 interview segments from Kentucky, Brazil, Sweden, India, and many other countries. Previously, he was a nationally syndicated newspaper columnist for The New York Times Syndicate, and United Features. He is the author of 24 books and several hundred articles about technology, learning, business, and human progress. As an executive, Howard was the CEO of a public television operation and several television production companies, and a state government official. Previously, he was a Senior Vice President for divisions of two large media companies, Hearst and Bertelsmann, and a consultant or project lead for Energizer, General Electric, American Express, CompuServe, Warner Communications, Merriam-Webster, Atari, and other companies.

 

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EPISODE 22: Intro to Positive Education

On Thursday, September 24 at 3:00 pm US-EDT, we produced our first LIVE half-hour of the LearningRevolution.com weekly interview series, REINVENTING SCHOOL.

If you miss any of the LIVE sessions, you can always find the recordings on this web page several days after the recording session.

You may be familiar with the concept of Positive Psychology--a two-decade-old part of psychology that studies the positive side of the human experience through hope, resilience, mindfulness, relationships, agency and future mindedness. All of this applies to education in very useful ways. Positive Education incorporates aspects of social-emotional learning, but it goes mufh further. This week, we're joined by Sir Anthony Seldon, Vice-Chancellor of The University of Buckingham since 2015, one of Britain’s leading contemporary historians, educationalists, commentators and political authors.

Please join us on Thursdays for our live shows, or visit www.reinventing.school for the recorded versions.

More about this week's guests:

7934962490?profile=RESIZE_400xSir Anthony Seldon, Vice-Chancellor of The University of Buckingham since 2015, is one of Britain’s leading contemporary historians, educationalists, commentators, and political authors. He was a transformative head for 20 years, first of Brighton College, and then Wellington College. He is author or editor of over 40 books on contemporary history, including the inside books on the last four Prime Ministers, was the co-founder and first director of the Institute for Contemporary British History, is co-founder of Action for Happiness, an honorary historical adviser to 10 Downing Street, UK Special Representative for Saudi Education, a member of the Government’s First World War Culture Committee, was chair of the Comment Awards, is a director of the Royal Shakespeare Company, the President of IPEN, (International Positive Education Network), Chair of the National Archives Trust, is patron or on the board of several charities, founder of the Via Sacra Western Front Walk, and was executive producer of the film Journey’s End. He appeared on the Desert Island Discs in 2016.  For the last fifteen years, he has given all his money from writing and lecturing to charity

 

4995562699?profile=RESIZE_400xHoward Blumenthal created and produced the PBS television series, Where in the World Is Carmen Sandiego? He is currently a Senior Scholar at The University of Pennsylvania, studying learning and the lives of 21st-century children and teenagers. He travels the world, visiting K-12 schools, lecturing at universities, and interviewing young people for Kids on Earth, a global platform containing nearly 1,000 interview segments from Kentucky, Brazil, Sweden, India, and many other countries. Previously, he was a nationally syndicated newspaper columnist for The New York Times Syndicate, and United Features. He is the author of 24 books and several hundred articles about technology, learning, business, and human progress. As an executive, Howard was the CEO of a public television operation and several television production companies, and a state government official. Previously, he was a Senior Vice President for divisions of two large media companies, Hearst and Bertelsmann, and a consultant or project lead for Energizer, General Electric, American Express, CompuServe, Warner Communications, Merriam-Webster, Atari, and other companies.
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ABOUT THE SHOW

Before the virus, more than a billion children and teenagers relied upon school for learning. After the virus (or, after the current wave of our current virus), basic assumptions about school and education are no longer reliable. School buildings may become unsafe for large numbers of students. The tax base may no longer support our current approach to school. Without the interaction provided by a formal school structure, students may follow their own curiosity. Many students now possess the technology to learn on their own. And many do not.

Reinventing.school is a new weekly web television series that considers what happens next week, next month, next school year, and the next five years. Hosted by University of Pennsylvania Senior Scholar Howard Blumenthal, Reinventing.school features interviews with teachers, principals, school district leadership, state and Federal government officials, ed-tech innovators, students, leading education professors, authors, realists and futurists from the United States and all over the world.

Each episode features 2-4 distinguished guests in conversation about high priority topics including, for example, the teaching of public health, long-term home schooling, technology access and its alternatives, the role of parents, friendship and social interaction, learning outside the curriculum, the future of testing and evaluation, interruption as part of the academic calendar, job security for teachers and support staff, setting (and rethinking) curriculum priorities, special needs, student perspectives on the job of school, the importance of play, the psychology of group dynamics and social interaction, preparing for future rounds of a virus (or cyberattack or impact of climate change, etc.), college readiness, higher education transformed, the higher education promise in an economically challenged world, and more. Clearly, there is much to discuss; nearly all of it ranks high on the list of priorities for raising the world’s children.