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Getting Smart Podcast
31 minutes | Oct 20, 2021
Dr. Kim Alexander and Alton Frailey on Rural Innovation
Be sure to sign up for our Smart Update newsletter to get a weekly round up of what's innovative in learning. On this episode of the Getting Smart Podcast Nate McClennen is joined by Kim Alexander and Alton Frailey from Collegiate Edu Nation (CEN). Kim is the CEO of Collegiate Edu Nation and has spent most of his career at Roscoe Independent School District where he served as superintendent from 2003 to 2019 before transitioning to lead CEN. Kim has done so much in Roscoe to promote early college and STEM to support disadvantaged rural students. Alton has been in the education world for 35 years, serving as a superintendent for two districts in Texas and one in Ohio. Alton is involved in numerous boards and community organizations both locally and nationally. and He is currently President of Alton L. Frailey & Associates, LLC, specializing in leadership development, community engagement, school board team building, and executive coaching. Let’s listen in as they discuss rural innovation in Texas schools and more about CEN.
39 minutes | Oct 15, 2021
Daniel Pianko and Nasir Qadree of Investing in the Future of Learning
On this episode of the Getting Smart Podcast, Tom is joined by Daniel Pianko and Nasir Qadree. Daniel is the co-founder and managing director of Achieve Partners, an investment fund harnessing digital transformation to build new models for learning and new pathways to good jobs. He also hosts the Better Money, Better World podcast. Nasir Qadree is the Founder and Managing Partner at Zeal Capital Partners, an inclusive investment vehicle partnering with entrepreneurs to bridge America's Wealth and Skills gaps. Before Zeal, Nasir led AT&T social impact fund and before that was head of education at Village Capital, an early impact seed fund. Let’s listen in as they discuss investment in learning, why it’s more important than ever and how investments are shifting towards social, as well as financial impacts.
49 minutes | Oct 13, 2021
Ask Away: A Getting Smart AMA
Getting Smart recently hosted a monthly town hall event called Ask Away: A Getting Smart AMA (Ask Me Anything). We invited the audience to ask us questions about leadership and the future of learning and we did our best to answer them. We recorded the session and you can listen to it now. You can register for our next town hall on Difference Making here.
36 minutes | Oct 6, 2021
Timothy Jones on HipHopEd and Techniques4Learning
On this episode of the Getting Smart Podcast Getting Smart team members Mason Pashia and Shawnee Caruthers are joined by Timothy Jones, a long-time educator, coach, mentor and someone who lives and breathes hip hop. Timothy is the Chief Visionary Officer at #HipHopEd, a digitally-birthed organization with a sprawling membership of brilliant educators and passionate advocates that know just how powerful this intersection can be. He is also the founder of Techniques4Learning, a company dedicated to utilizing Hip-Hop and Culturally Relevant Pedagogy to develop and implement strategies, curriculum and activities to improve teacher student engagement for schools, universities, education organizations and community based organizations. Let’s listen in as they discuss the role of hip hop in school, how being an MC is like being a minister, what educators can learn from other professions, student engagement and much more.
36 minutes | Sep 29, 2021
Sarah Stein Greenberg on Creative Acts for Curious People
On this episode of the Getting Smart Podcast, Tom is joined by Sarah Stein Greenberg, the Executive Director of the Stanford d.school and the recent author of Creative Acts for Curious People: How to Think, Create, and Lead in Unconventional Ways. Sarah has spent the last decade leading d.school and her new book is a masterclass in design activities, design process and creativity. Throughout the episode Sarah and Tom mention "Sam", they are referring to Sam Seidel K12 Lab Director of Strategy + Research. Let’s listen as Sarah and Tom discuss design thinking, a design toolkit, problem solving, community involvement and much more.
32 minutes | Sep 22, 2021
Amy McGrath on Learning Under Quarantine
This episode of the Getting Smart Podcast is sponsored by GettingSmart.com. On this episode of the Getting Smart Podcast, Nate McClennen is joined by Amy McGrath, Deputy Vice President of Arizona State University. They discuss Learning Under Quarantine, a new model that is a fully adaptable, just-in-time learning support for students who have been temporarily sent home for any reason. Amy has spent the vast majority of her career in education, working in education innovation and transformation as well as personalized learning. This exciting new initiative is a natural build on these professional passions. Let’s listen in as they discuss student supports, online learning and what higher education can do for students of all ages.
33 minutes | Sep 15, 2021
Dr. Ulcca Joshi Hansen on The Future of Smart
On this episode of the Getting Smart Podcast, Rebecca Midles is joined by Dr. Ulcca Joshi Hansen, the Chief Program Officer at Grantmakers for Education. She is also the author of The Future of Smart: How Our Education System Needs to Change to Help All Young People Thrive. Ulcca has a career built upon learner-centered and inclusive education policies and her new book looks for ways to incorporate those human-centered approaches alongside social justice and large-scale education reform. Let’s listen in as they discuss identity, definitions of indigenous, codification of learning and more.
29 minutes | Sep 10, 2021
Remembering Dr. Roger Weissberg (Repost)
Dr. Roger Weissberg passed away this week after a multi-year battle with cancer. Roger always strove to live social and emotional learning as well as teach it, and he helped to shape much of the present day vision of what education should be. We are deeply grateful for Roger’s leadership and his commitment to making education better for all learners. You can go to this link to read more about Roger’s life and work. We are reposting this 2016 conversation with Roger in his memory. Roger Weissberg, chief knowledge officer for the Collaborative For Academic, Social and Emotional Learning (CASEL), joins Tom for a discussion around Social Emotional Learning (SEL), and shares more on reasons he feels SEL has become so prominent in education discussions and what the future of SEL in schools might be.
44 minutes | Sep 8, 2021
Dr. Roberta McFarland on The Magic of Outdoor Education
On this episode of the Getting Smart Podcast, Tom Vander Ark sits down with Roberta McFarland, Director/Principal of Outdoor Environmental Education for Waskowitz Outdoor Programs. Dr. McFarland has a long career in residential outdoor environmental education and she loves helping young people find magic by engaging on a journey of diversity with people and nature. Let’s listen in as they discuss the magic of the outdoors, learning by playing,
34 minutes | Sep 1, 2021
Martin Reeves on The Imagination Machine
his episode of the Getting Smart Podcast is sponsored by our recent publication Designing Microschools: Why Small Learning Environments is a Big Idea On this episode of the Getting Smart Podcast, Tom Vander Ark sits down with Martin Reeves, SVP Boston Consulting Group, BCG, and chairman of the BCG Henderson Institute, Martin recently co-authored a book called The Imagination Machine, an executive’s guide to systematically harnessing imagination for organizational reinvention and rejuvenation. Let’s listen in as Tom and Martin discuss collective imagination, how schools can better empower young people to imagine and how imagination intersects with strategy.
38 minutes | Aug 25, 2021
Michael Levine on A Research-Based Approach to Early Learning & Development
On this episode of the Getting Smart Podcast we’re talking with Michael Levine, Senior Vice President of Noggin, Nickelodeon’s direct-to-consumer interactive learning service for young people. Michael spent time at Carnegie, Sesame Street, the Joan Ganz Cooney Center and has been a leading advocate for the importance of research in early learning. He is also the co-author of Tap, Click, Read. Let’s listen in as he and Tom discuss the role of digital media in early learning, the importance of learning sciences, and more. Links Digilearn Gregg Behr & Ryan Rydzewski on When You Wonder, You’re Learning
28 minutes | Aug 18, 2021
Katie Martin on Evolving Education: Shifting to a Learner-Centered Paradigm
This episode of the Getting Smart Podcast is sponsored by 20 Invention Opportunities in Learning & Development. On this episode of the Getting Smart Podcast Rebecca Midles sits down with Katie Martin, Chief Impact Officer at Learner-Centered Collaborative. Katie supports school and district leaders to reimagine school. Along with the professional learning team, Katie supports district and school leaders to create the conditions and experiences to shift to learner-centered models of education. Before her time at Learner-Centered Collaborative, Katie was an educator and also served as Director of District Leadership at the Buck Institute for Education. She is recently the author of Evolving Education: Shifting to a Learner-Centered Paradigm.
38 minutes | Aug 11, 2021
Richard Culatta on Digital For Good: Raising Kids To Thrive in an Online World
This episode of Getting Smart Podcast is sponsored by Screencastify. On this episode of the Getting Smart Podcast, Tom Vander Ark sits down with Richard Culatta, CEO of the International Society for Technology in Education (better known as ISTE), a nonprofit serving education leaders in 127 countries. Richard was appointed by President Obama as the Director of the Office of Educational Technology for the US Department of Education. Richard also is the author of a new book, Digital For Good: Raising Kids to Thrive in an Online World. Let’s listen in as Tom talks with Richard about smart tools, inclusion and more.
41 minutes | Aug 4, 2021
Ken Kay & Suzie Boss on Redefining Student Success
On this episode of the Getting Smart Podcast, Tom Vander Ark sits down with Ken Kay, founder of Partnership for 21st Century Skills and its successor EdLeader 21, and Suzie Boss, long time education writer and consultant. Ken and Suzie recently co-authored the book Redefining Student Success: Building a New Vision to Transform Leading, Teaching and Learning. On this episode they discuss who should be present for the create of a portrait of a graduate, whether or not PBL is catching on, how to truly center the student and co-author learning experiences alongside them and more.
33 minutes | Jul 28, 2021
Amir Nathoo on Outschool: Learning for the Future
This episode of the Getting Smart Podcast is sponsored by Screencastify. On this episode of the Getting Smart Podcast, Tom Vander Ark sits down with Amir Nathoo (@AmirNathoo), CEO of Outschool, an education platform that offers live online classes for K-12 learners. Amir earned a Masters degree in Electrical and Information Sciences from Cambridge 20 years ago and has been an entrepreneur and business builder since. Amir led the development of Square Payroll and served as CEO and co-founder of Trigger.io. Let's listen in as Tom and Amir discuss the opportunity of live online classes and his history in tech. Navid Nathoo on What Education Can Learn From the Real World Learners From The Knowledge Society
27 minutes | Jul 21, 2021
Rebecca Wolfe and Ryan MacDonald on Educator Competencies
This episode of the Getting Smart Podcast is sponsored by Screencastify. On this episode of the Getting Smart Podcast, Rebecca Midles (@AKRebecca) sits down with Rebecca Wolfe (@rewolfe13), Vice President of Impact and Improvement at Knowledgeworks and Ryan MacDonald, Senior Program Associate on the Student-Centered Learning team at the Council of Chief State School Officers. They discuss the updated version of the Educator Competencies for Personalized, Learner-Centered Environments, a new customizable toolkit and a district usage map. Listen in to hear more about the competency toolkit, the pandemic’s impact on SEL and equity and what’s coming next.
30 minutes | Jul 14, 2021
John Watson on The Promise of Online Learning
This episode of the Getting Smart Podcast is sponsored by Screencastify. On this episode of the Getting Smart Podcast, Tom Vander Ark is joined by John Watson, founder of Evergreen Education Group. John is the leading expert on online learning. He recently hosted the Digital Learning Annual Conference (DLAC). Let’s listen in as Tom and John discuss the promise of online learning, how it is different from remote learning and how educators and districts can better use online learning to serve their learners.
27 minutes | Jul 7, 2021
Briony Chown on Exploring the Potential of Elementary Education
Be sure to sign up for the Getting Smart Smart Update for a weekly blast about what's next in learning. On this episode of the Getting Smart Podcast Tom sits down with Briony Chown (@BrionyChown), Director of High Tech High Elementary Explorer. Briony is a seasoned educator who is passionate about creating a better future of elementary education. She is going into her sixth year as Director of High Tech Elementary Explorer and her ninth year with the Explorer team. Let’s listen in as Tom and Briony chat what elementary schools could be, the outstanding student work at High Tech High, international approaches to learning and community connected projects for young learners. Additional Links Episode 217 - How Educators Can Positively Impact a Child’s Cognitive Development with Dr. Pamela Cantor.
41 minutes | Jun 30, 2021
Dr. Rhoda Mhiripiri-Reed and Randy Fielding on Reimagined Learning Spaces
This episode of the Getting Smart Podcast is sponsored by Screencastify. On this episode of the Getting Smart Podcast, Tom speaks with Dr. Rhoda Mhiripiri-Reed, superintendent of Hopkins Public Schools in southwest Minneapolis and famous school architect Randy Fielding, who is focused on pathfinding efforts and making Hopkins a more collaborative space. Let’s listen in as Tom, Randy and Dr. Mihiripiri-Reed discuss transformation, pillars of innovation, reimagining learner experience and environment and much more. Links Twitter: Randy Fielding Twitter: Dr. Rhoda Mhiripiri-Reed Hopkins Public School Royal Report Screencastify
31 minutes | Jun 23, 2021
Dr. Luvelle Brown, Dr. Pamela Cantor and Valerie Truesdale on the New Vision For Student-Centered Equity-Focused Education
On this episode of the Getting Smart Podcast we’re joined by three esteemed guests to discuss the new AASA Report issued by the Learning 2025 Commission, which makes a commitment and a recommendation for whole child design. Joining us today is Dr. Luvelle Brown who is currently serving as the Superintendent of the Ithaca City School District (ICSD) in Ithaca, New York. We’re also joined by Dr. Pamela Cantor, founder of Turnaround for Children and currently a governing partner of the Science of Learning and Development Alliance. Lastly, we are joined by Valerie Truesdale, Deputy Director of AASA, The School Superintendents Association. Let’s listen in as Tom talks with these guests about the findings in the new report and why a commitment to whole child design is more important than ever. Links: Learning 2025 Report Twitter: Dr. Luvelle Brown Twitter: Dr. Pamela Cantor Twitter: Valerie Truesdale Science of Learning and Development Alliance Ithaca City School District Turnaround for Children Toolbox AASA
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