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School 180 celebrates the ideas, strategies, and most importantly, the people helping kids thrive during this very unique school year... and beyond. Join us.

School 180 celebrates the ideas, strategies, and most importantly, the people helping kids thrive during this very unique school year... and beyond. Join us.


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School 180 celebrates the ideas, strategies, and most importantly, the people helping kids thrive during this very unique school year... and beyond. Join us.




Ep 21: Occupy the Crazy

Chris Fitzgerald Walsh chats with Kwaku Aning -- the Director of the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurial Thinking at the San Diego Jewish Academy. Kwaku is a long time educator whose passion for innovation is only outrstripped by his passion for helping students reach their full potential. In his current role, he collaborates with teachers, students, and parents to use music, media, VR, and anything else he can get his hands on to make the world a better place. We are also joined by...


Ep 20: We can't rest

Chris Fitzgerald Walsh chats with Trevor Greene -- the superintendent of Yakima School District in Central Washington. Trevor was the national principal of the year a few years back, and after a number of administrative adventures, he returned home to Yakima as Superintendent in 2019 -- barely settling-in before the pandemic hit. While he’s the first to admit that it hasn’t been an easy year, it’s remarkable what he and his colleagues have done to serve their students during the pandemic,...


Ep 19: That's Priceless

It’s a New Tech Network reunion as Chris Fitzgerald Walsh chats with principal Lee Fleming about how Samueli Academy has found a way to adapt and respond to the challenges of the pandemic without giving up on their fundamental belief that ALL kids can thrive through the power of project-based learning. They are joined by fellow New Tech alum, Dan Liebert, who shares his thoughts on why deeper learning is so essential and why relationships are at the heart of successful...


Ep 18: Siempre Adelante (Pt 2)

Chris Fitzgerald Walsh chats with Ashanti Branch, the founder and Executive Director of Ever Forward Club. They do a deep dive into why Ashanti felt compelled to leave the classroom and what fuels his passion for helping young men be their true, authentic selves. Design thinking guru, Christian Long, also joins the chat to reflect on our identities as educators, entrepreneurs, and men. \------------------ ◠‿◠ ------------------ /¯ @school_180 Chris Fitzgerald Walsh:...


Ep 17: Siempre Adelante (Part 1)

Chris Fitzgerald Walsh chats with Ashanti Branch about Ever Forward Club, the challenges of teaching, and how we can help our young men take off their masks to be themselves. \------------------ ◠‿◠ ------------------ /¯ @school_180 Chris Fitzgerald Walsh: @fitzwalsh Ashanti Branch: @BranchSpeaks | Ever Forward Club | Million Mask Movement


Ep 16: Boots on the Ground

Chris Fitzgerald Walsh chats with Lucy Gray and Betsy Corcoran on the state of ed tech: what’s working, what’s missing, and how we need to do a better job of listening to teachers and students. \------------------ ◠‿◠ ------------------ /¯ @school_180 Chris Fitzgerald Walsh: @fitzwalsh Lucy Gray: @elemenous | Lucy Gray Consulting Betsy Corcoran: @betsy_ | EdSurge


Ep 15: I See You

Chris Fitzgerald Walsh chats with Dr. Kendra Ferguson about charter schools, the future of education, leadership, and more. They are joined by organizational leadership expert, Sukari Pinnock-Fitts, to talk about bias and how to make sure students are seen. \------------------ ◠‿◠ ------------------ /¯ @school_180 Chris Fitzgerald Walsh: @fitzwalsh Dr. Kendra Ferguson: KIPP Memphis Schools Sukari Pinnock-Fitts: @Sukari17


Ep 14: There Is No Right Answer

Chris Fitzgerald Walsh chats with veteran math teacher Jinna Hwang about why she's so excited about data science and how she's using a new, free interactive textbook called CourseKata to help all high school students succeed through productive struggle. \------------------ ◠‿◠ ------------------ /¯ @school_180 Chris Fitzgerald Walsh: @fitzwalsh Jinna Hwang: @teaching_ninJa | Teaching Ninja CourseKata UCLA Teaching and Learning Lab


Ep 13: Jump for It

Chris Fitzgerald Walsh chats with Brandie Wright about being a first year teacher during the pandemic, teaching AI to middle schoolers, real time professional development and more. Brandie’s mentor Dr. Felicia Barnett stops by to chat about SEL, equity, and cheer on Brandie. \------------------ ◠‿◠ ------------------ /¯ @school_180 Chris Fitzgerald Walsh: @fitzwalsh Brandie Wright: @liveandmove Dr. Felicia Barnett: @FeliciaFBarnett ISTE's AI in Education YouTube Anxiety...


Ep 12: All Is Merry and Bright

Chris Fitzgerald Walsh chats with Carol Anne McGuire and Macy Cardona about the simple ways they make learning engaging and meaningful for students, and our friend Mike Lawrence drops by to spread holiday cheer through laughter and song. ¯\------------------ ◠‿◠ ------------------ /¯ @school_180 Chris Fitzgerald Walsh: @fitzwalsh Carol Anne McGuire: @rockourworld | | Macy Cardona: @macyannecardona Mike Lawrence: @techmaverick


Ep 11: It's a Magical Place

Chris Fitzgerald Walsh chats with Kurt Schwengel, a life-long kindergarten teacher who uses thematic teaching to craft magical learning experiences. Kurt’s mentor, Anne Brown, drops by to remind us how to bring wonder and joy to our youngest learners. ¯\------------------ ◠‿◠ ------------------ /¯ @school_180 Chris Fitzgerald Walsh: @fitzwalsh Kurt Schwengel: Occupy Kindergarten TEDx Talk


Ep 10: Not Gonna Hold Them Back

Chris Fitzgerald Walsh chats with math teacher Lesley Schooler, who runs one of the most innovative math programs in the country at Carondelet High School. Maths education guru Jo Boaler also stops by to share her thoughts on math mindsets, data science, and how to accelerate the maths revolution. ¯\------------------ ◠‿◠ ------------------ /¯ @school_180 Chris Fitzgerald Walsh: @fitzwalsh Lesley Schooler: @LesleySchooler | Carondelet HS Jo Boaler: @JoBoaler |...


Ep 9: Lead with Love, Grace, and Empathy

Chris Fitzgerald Walsh chats with Mike McCormick, the innovative superintendent of Val Verde Unified School District. They cover everything from the practical ways his district is tackling remote learning to overhauling state assessments. Being a public school district superintendent can be rough, so there's a little surprise mid-way through to thank Mike for everything he does. ¯\------------------ ◠‿◠ ------------------ /¯ @school_180 Chris Fitzgerald Walsh:...


Ep 8: Bam! There ya go.

Chris Fitzgerald Walsh chats with his 12 year old son, Quinn, about life as a 7th grader during 2020. They talk about school, free time, and life with friends. And Quinn even offers up a few tips on how teachers could make online learning more engaging. ¯\------------------ ◠‿◠ ------------------ /¯ @school_180 Chris Fitzgerald Walsh: @fitzwalsh


Ep 7: Be Curious, Be Kind, Be Brave

Chris Fitzgerald Walsh chats with Seewan Eng about how to bring mindfulness into our homes and our classrooms. Celebrated choreographer Alonzo King also stops by to spread some love and give a masterclass on being human. ¯\------------------ ◠‿◠ ------------------ /¯ @school_180 Chris Fitzgerald Walsh: @fitzwalsh Mindful Schools: Alonzo King LINES Ballet:


Ep 6: Do Beautiful Things

Chris Fitzgerald Walsh chats with Laura Flaxman about parenting, school leadership, and feeling connected during crazy times. Ron Berger stops by to talk about about craftsmanship in teaching and learning. ¯\------------------ ◠‿◠ ------------------ /¯ @school_180 Chris Fitzgerald Walsh: @fitzwalsh Laura Flaxman on Twitter: @FlaxmanLaura Ron Berger on Twitter: @RonBergerEL More from Ron Berger: A Culture of Quality, We Are Crew, Leaders of Their Own Learning


Ep 5: Pretend It's the 80's

Chris Fitzgerald Walsh chats with Ramsey Musallam about how to make inquiry-driven instruction effective, even online. Award-winning science teacher Frank Noschese stops by to share how he's adapting his classroom for a hybrid environment. And in spite of having two mad scientist teachers on the show, nothing explodes. ¯\------------------ ◠‿◠ ------------------ /¯ @school_180 Chris Fitzgerald Walsh: @fitzwalsh Ramsey Musallam: Frank Noschese:...


Ep 4: Menschy Moments

Chris Fitzgerald Walsh chats with Lisa Kay Solomon about Vote by Design - a non-partisan learning experience to ignite the next generation of voters. World renowned futurist Eammon Kelly also drops in to put a smile on Lisa's face and share insights on the forces shaping education, the economy, and society. ¯\------------------ ◠‿◠ ------------------ /¯ @school_180 Chris Fitzgerald Walsh: @fitzwalsh Lisa Kay Solomon: Vote By Design:...


Ep 3: Who Owns the Learning?

Chris Fitzgerald Walsh chats with high school math teacher, tech integration coach, and author, Stacey Roshan, about the practical ways technology can personalize learning and calm students' fears about feeling inadequate. Plus, Alan November drops-by to celebrate Stacey with his characteristic wit and wisdom. ¯\------------------ ◠‿◠ ------------------ /¯ @school_180 Chris Fitzgerald Walsh: @fitzwalsh Stacey Roshan: Alan November:


Ep 2: You Ain't Seen Nothing Yet, Kid!

Chris Fitzgerald Walsh chats with Chris Lehmann —the founder of Science Leadership Academy, an inquiry driven, project-based, public high school in Philadelphia. And half-way through, Deborah Meier also pops-in to celebrate Chris' achievements and share her thoughts on the state of education. ¯\------------------ ◠‿◠ ------------------ /¯ @school_180 Chris Fitzgerald Walsh: @fitzwalsh Chris Lehmann's Blog: Science Leadership Academy:...