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Innovation catalyst Kirsten Richert, and career and leadership coach Jeff Ikler help leaders and schools think differently about change. They look broadly at change in education and ask: • Who is leading it? • What are they trying to accomplish on behalf of their students and why? • What obstacles are they encountering and overcoming? They’re intensely interested in who is trying to move education from its current and traditional “normal” toward something that is more meaningful for students facing the 21st (and 22nd!) century. We hear from practitioners inside schools and from thought leaders outside of schools. Through these podcast episodes, they will expose listeners to innovative tools and experienced thought-leaders to help them get unstuck and move toward their desired goals.

Innovation catalyst Kirsten Richert, and career and leadership coach Jeff Ikler help leaders and schools think differently about change. They look broadly at change in education and ask: • Who is leading it? • What are they trying to accomplish on behalf of their students and why? • What obstacles are they encountering and overcoming? They’re intensely interested in who is trying to move education from its current and traditional “normal” toward something that is more meaningful for students facing the 21st (and 22nd!) century. We hear from practitioners inside schools and from thought leaders outside of schools. Through these podcast episodes, they will expose listeners to innovative tools and experienced thought-leaders to help them get unstuck and move toward their desired goals.

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United States

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Innovation catalyst Kirsten Richert, and career and leadership coach Jeff Ikler help leaders and schools think differently about change. They look broadly at change in education and ask: • Who is leading it? • What are they trying to accomplish on behalf of their students and why? • What obstacles are they encountering and overcoming? They’re intensely interested in who is trying to move education from its current and traditional “normal” toward something that is more meaningful for students facing the 21st (and 22nd!) century. We hear from practitioners inside schools and from thought leaders outside of schools. Through these podcast episodes, they will expose listeners to innovative tools and experienced thought-leaders to help them get unstuck and move toward their desired goals.

Language:

English


Episodes

191: Changing the K12 System of Education — Update

10/19/2021
We recorded our first interview with Peter McWain, Santa Fe Public Schools Director of Curriculum and Instruction during the summer of 2018. As schools emerge from COVID — and as educators try to prepare today’s students for an ever volatile, uncertain, complex, and ambiguous world, we wanted to revisit some questions from our initial conversation: What is the purpose of U.S. education? What do we want for our graduates to know and do with their knowledge? And what kind of people do we want...

Duration:00:23:16

190: Changing the K12 System of Education

10/19/2021
We recorded our first interview with Peter McWain, Santa Fe Public Schools Director of Curriculum and Instruction during the summer of 2018. As schools emerge from COVID — and as educators try to prepare today’s students for an ever volatile, uncertain, complex, and ambiguous world, we wanted to revisit some questions from our initial conversation: What is the purpose of U.S. education? What do we want for our graduates to know and do with their knowledge? And what kind of people do we want...

Duration:01:09:29

Worth It #21: I Know You Can Do It

10/15/2021
This week I talked with Dr. Lindsay Lyons, an educational coach who helps teachers integrate student voice in classroom learning so as to develop shared classroom leadership. There's a lot of interest in student agency, but there's also concern from many teachers and students. Teachers are leery of giving up control and not being able to cover everything they need to cover. Students are simply used to taking direction from their teachers. The research, though, says "Just do it!" and the...

Duration:00:06:38

189: Creating the Right Environment for Shared Leadership

10/12/2021
If you asked people to identify the qualities they want to see in high school graduates, most people would respond with points such as Independent thinking, Collaborative, Problem solving, Emotionally intelligence and Adaptability. These are also all qualities that we would want to see in leaders, rights? But what kind of opportunities do we routinely give kids to develop these leadership qualities? And what kind of barriers stand in the way of practice? Leadership coach, Dr. Lindsay Lyons,...

Duration:00:46:01

Worth It #20: The Power of Plural

10/8/2021
This week I talked with Erin Mote, co-founder of the Brooklyn Lab Charter School in Brooklyn, New York. Erin is passionate about helping the school's "scholars" discover their interests, their passions, and in the process, help shape their individual identity. This idea that we can be shaped by multiple interests and passions led us to investigate the book RANGE and the TEDx Talk "The Hidden Power of Not (Always) Fitting In." Life, we discovered, should be about investigating and living...

Duration:00:06:19

188: Helping Students Unlock Their Superpower

10/5/2021
Erin Mote is the cofounder of the Brooklyn Laboratory Charter School, a community-based school organization that serves more than 1000 students. She is also the Executive Director and Co-Founder of InnovateEDU. In this episode, we'll go from the design of the charter school that Erin and her then soon-to-be-husband scratched out on the back of a cocktail napkin to a flourishing school of "scholars," many of whom come with a figurative backpack full of challenges and hard-earned grit and...

Duration:00:56:05

Worth it #19 — Give Your Imposter Syndrome a Time Out

10/1/2021
This week I talked with Daniel Bauer, podcast host, author, mastermind facilitator, and coach. He has defined the art of growing leadership talent that seeks to change education to better serve 21st century students. He grows "Ruckus Makers." As successful as he is, he's as susceptible to self-doubt and the voice of his inner critic – his imposter syndrome – as the rest of us. The imposter syndrome is an extremely persuasive, loud, and rude critic – a real bully. But there are ways to turn...

Duration:00:04:52

187: The Art of Unlocking Leadership Talent

9/28/2021
We’ve been running a series called “Unstuck,” which focuses on school leaders who are not just getting unstuck, they’re already "unstuck." And by "Unstuck," we mean they are leading or embracing a major shift in student learning, instruction, ongoing teacher professional development, community relations, or personal leadership. Whiles he’s not technically a leader inside a school anymore, Daniel Bauer epitomizes our “unstuck” philosophy with a unique brand of his own: developing "Ruckus...

Duration:00:37:21

Worth It #18: Take Time for Yourself

9/23/2021
This week I talked with Dr. Daisy Morales, the new Superintendent of the Live Oak School District in Santa Cruz, CA. Daisy’s big concern coming into the district on Day 1 wasn’t rectifying the “lost learning” associated with managing classrooms in a virtual or hybrid environment. Her primary concern coming out of a year of COVID was with the wellness of her faculty and staff. So, we stay with wellness in this episode and focus on three unique ideas to help faculty and staff promote their own...

Duration:00:04:54

186: Developing a Wellness-Focused Culture

9/21/2021
Dr. Daisy Morales is the new Superintendent of the Live Oak School District in Santa Cruz, CA. Like other smart, experienced leaders, Dr. Morales didn't come into the district with her guns of change blazing. Instead, she began a series of one-on-one and group listening meetings to determine the priority for the year. Not priorities, but priority. And what she discovered is that the worlds of instruction and learning, and social-emotional learning need to come together. Fast.

Duration:00:41:30

Worth It #17: Nurturing the "Beginner's Mind"

9/17/2021
This week I talked with Connie Liu and Jordan Mareno of “Project Invent,” an organization that brings innovation, design thinking, and community problem solving into the classroom. "Project Invent" is all about helping students maintain their curiosity and sense of discovery — what a ZEN master would call their "beginner's mind." This approach isn't just a nice to have. Today’s organizations operating in an environment of volatility, complexity, and ambiguity want innovative thinking from...

Duration:00:04:42

#185: Developing Community Changemakers

9/14/2021
Teaching kids 21st century skills is not new news. Fortunately, most school systems have instruction in place that addresses the 4Cs or variations of them along with life & career skills and media skills. How schools develop the skills, however, does vary. Do you teach these skills in discrete lessons? Or do you weave them seamlessly into project-based experiences? In this episode, Connie Liu and Jordan Mareno of Project Invent share their philosophy and program.

Duration:00:39:03

Worth it #16: Redefining the Impact of Global Warming

9/10/2021
This week we talked with Sunny Summers, the Founding School Leader of New Harmony High School in New Orleans. Our conversation centered on how one goes about designing a new school, especially one that is place-based around the local ecosystem. That approach is unique, but what really defines New Harmony is its people – its faculty and students. And people is where we go with this week's mini-feature, as we explore how one author is redefining global warming by focusing on the people...

Duration:00:04:41

#184: Hiring Teachers Who Have That "Thing"

9/7/2021
This interview is part of our “Unstuck” series. By "Unstuck," we mean our guest is leading or embracing a major shift in student learning, instruction, ongoing teacher professional development, community relations, or personal leadership. This week talked with Sunny Summers, Executive Director of New Harmony High in New Orleans. New Harmony High rewrote the book on place-based learning because everything the students engage in leverages the local ecosystem: the land, the people and their...

Duration:00:48:28

Worth It #15: It's Critical to Think Critically

9/3/2021
This week we spoke with K12 social studies educator, Casey Jakubowski, Ph.D.. Our conversation dove into the debate about the purpose of teaching U.S. History. Is it about instilling patriotism, examining the promise of America versus its practices, or teaching critical life skills? A mixture? Teaching skills is where we go with this week's "Worth a Listen, Look or Read." We make the case that helping students develop their critical thinking is critical given that employers are looking for...

Duration:00:05:18

183: Whose History Is It Anyway?

8/31/2021
The teaching of U.S. history and civics is in the news a lot these days. We’re seeing controversy and divisiveness around the approach we should take with our students. Stress what's good about the U.S. and where we're making progress toward meeting our goals? Focus on where the promise is not yet being met? The discussions are leaving many teachers in pedagogical limbo. And students may be denied the opportunity to engage in some critical thinking. Guest Casey Jakubowski PhD, a K12...

Duration:00:48:48

Worth It #14: W.A.I.T. – Why Am I Talking?

8/27/2021
This week we spoke with Principal Michelle Pinchot who was asked to turn around a low-performing school. Rather than jump in immediately with a bunch of 'solutions," Michelle started asking a lot of questions and listening. And listening is where we go with this week's "Worth a Listen, Look or Read." We'll watch a TED Talk to learn about 5 strategies we can use to improve our listening. And then we'll learn about the 7-38-55 rule, which, well...check out the episode for the skinny on that.

Duration:00:05:58

182: Unleashing the Power of a Team of Teacher Leaders

8/24/2021
This interview is part of our “Unstuck” series. By "Unstuck," we mean our guest is leading or embracing a major shift in student learning, instruction, ongoing teacher professional development, community relations, or personal leadership. This week we talked with Michelle Pinchot, Principal of the Heritage Computer Academy in Garden Grove, CA. Her challenge? How do you improve a low-performing school where only 50% of the faculty feel pride in what they're doing? Hint: don't start with a...

Duration:00:45:24

Worth It #13: Aspire to Make a Difference

8/20/2021
In this week's podcast, we talked with Mike Matsuda, Superintendent of the Anaheim Union High School District. Mike's focus has been to build a three-part framework that brings greater alignment between what happens in the classroom and the world of work. One of those elements speaks to developing student voice. We dug into that idea by watching a video that features a graduation speech given by Denzel Washington. In that speech, Washington outlines the real goal of having students develop...

Duration:00:03:52

181: Stressing The Urgency for Change. Now.

8/17/2021
This interview is part of our “Unstuck” series. By "Unstuck," we mean our guest is leading or embracing a major shift in student learning, instruction, ongoing teacher professional development, community relations, or personal leadership. In this episode, we talk with Superintendent Mike Matsuda around his singular vision — to bring better alignment between what students are doing in the classroom right now and the world they’ll face upon graduation — and the urgency by which he's pursuing...

Duration:00:45:05