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Our Students Aren’t Civically Engaged! What any teacher do to promote civic learning and agency, with Kei Kawashima-Ginsberg

What are the principles of democratic practice in the classroom environment that lead to deeper student-centered learning? Kei Kawashima-Ginsberg (@CIRCLE_KKG), one of the United State's leading experts in civics education, helps us answer this question and others. Professor Kawashima-Ginsberg is the Director of CIRCLE, the Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement, part of Tisch College of Civic Life at Tufts University. CIRCLE is a nonpartisan research...

Duration: 00:18:03

Developing a Culture of SCL in Your Classroom

Students-at-the-Center Distinguished Fellow Mary Bellavance discusses how to organize your classroom space for SCL and how to develop a culture of a SCL in your classroom.

Duration: 00:12:03

How do you integrate different aspects of student-centered learning in an intentionally diverse middle school? An Interview with Joy Souza

Joy Souza is Head of School at Blackstone Valley Prep Middle School 1 and the Rhode Island Department of Ed 2017-2018 Educator Excellence Leadership Fellow. She comes on the pod to discuss how her school integrates intentionally diversity, student-owned and competency-based assessment, personalized interventions, Socio-Emotional Learning, Culturally Responsive Teaching and high academic achievement into an excelling middle school. For more information, go to or...

Duration: 00:24:50

How to improve project-based learning through a focus on "problem finding” with Frank LaBanca

Frank LaBanca is the award-winning Founding Principal of Danbury Connecticut’s Westside Middle School Academy Magnet and Students-at-the-Center distinguished fellow. He is also a national expert on project-based learning and comes on the pod to talk to us about the open-inquiry process, and how to help students define a meaningful and well-defined problem that guides deep and rigorous personalized learning.

Duration: 00:18:56

What are best practices in project-based learning for STEM instruction? Bryan Colahan of Project Engin

On this episode of the pod, Meghan Dillon, a high school Social Studies in Providence, Rhode Island, conducts a guest interview as part of her work in a graduate course I teach called Student-Centered Learning in Urban Schools at Providence College. Meghan interviews Bryan Colahan, the Director of Curriculum Development at Project Engin, an educational consulting firm dedicated to the inclusion of more Engineering in K-12 education. Mr. Colahan works with classroom teachers to create...

Duration: 00:15:37

How Do Students and Staff Transition into Summit Personalized Learning and Other SCL Tips with Jessica Waters and her Student Rachel

Guest podcaster Laura Briggs interviews educator Jessica Waters and her student Rachel about how students and staff transition into Summit Personalized Learning, and they also give some other excellent tips about SCL classroom implementation.

Duration: 00:16:55

The Challenges of Being a Black Teacher and How to Be a More Culturally Resposive Teacher with Victor Nasir Terry

Guest host Hailey Heater interviews educator Victor Nasir Terry about being a black teacher among mostly white, New England colleagues and administration. They also discuss Victor's culturally relevant pedagogy.

Duration: 00:18:19

How Do You Help Students Transition from Traditional to Student-Centered Schools?

Patrick Kavanaugh, guest podcaster and teacher in Providence, interviews Met High School teacher Omar Valerio and his student Julian about how they worked together to help Julian transition from a traditional teacher-centered high school to a student-centered model.

Duration: 00:13:00

Personalizing the Middle School Experience with Summit Learning: An Interview with Principal Gil and Science Teacher Mrs. Maruska

In this episode, high school biology teacher Joe Altongy guest interviews Principal Arzinia Gil and science teacher Mrs. Maruska of Del Sesto Middle School in Providence, RI, who are piloting the Summit Learning platform to transform their struggling urban school into a competency-based, student-owned and personalized model.

Duration: 00:18:47

SCL Resources, Part 3

In the final part of this three episode series, host Arthur Eduardo Baraf talks with Alin Bennett, an instructional leader at The Met, about free resources for student-centered learning educators who want to hit the ground running as they begin their careers. All of the resources are linked to the Students at the Center Hub:

Duration: 00:16:29

Resources for the Next Generation of SCL Educators, Part 2

In this episode, the tables are turned and host Arthur Eduardo Baraf is interviewed by Alin Bennett, an instructional leader at The Met, about free resources for the student-centered learning educators who want to hit the ground running as they begin their careers. All of the resources are linked to the Students at the Center Hub:

Duration: 00:22:45

Resources for the Next Generation of SCL Educators, Part 1

In this episode the tables are turned and host Arthur Eduardo Baraf is interviewed by Alin Bennett, an instructional leader at The Met, about free resources for the student-centered learning educators who want to hit the ground running as they begin their careers. All of the resources are linked on the Students at the Center Hub:

Duration: 00:24:47

Developing Student Agency with Postive Youth Development - An Interview with Elina Alayeva

The SCL Podcast welcomes Elina Alayeva, who talks about the importance of Agency (aka Autonomy) and how teachers can develop that in their students. Learn more and read the paper on Youth Development at

Duration: 00:17:39

How Can Schools Be More Democratic? with Dr. Dave Lehman

Dr. Dave Lehman of the National School Reform Faculty and founding principal of The Lehman Alternative Community School in Ithaca, NY joins The Student-Centered Learning Podcast to talk about how schools can be democratic and have more equity in voice, how classrooms can include more student voice, and how teachers can interrupt intolerance.

Duration: 00:16:13

Implementing Student-Led Conferences in 2nd Grade

The SCL Podcast stopped by Tansey Elementary in Fall River Massachusetts, led by Principal Chris Audette, to talk with 2nd grade teacher Mrs. Lisa Furtado, her student Lyric and Lyric's mother Brooke about student-led conferences. They talk about what they are, how to implement them, why they are important, and missteps to avoid.

Duration: 00:22:48

Creating Coherence In SCL School Systems: What's a Teacher Leader to Do? An interview with Doug Knecht

Why is it so important for school systems hoping to implement student-centered learning to be coherent in terms of systems, structures and culture? And what happens when they are not? And what initiatives can help bring that coherence? And what can a teacher leader do to help? Answers to these questions and more from Doug Knecht, the Executive Director at Bank Street Education Center on this week's episode of The Student-Centered Learning Podcast.

Duration: 00:18:40

Working with - and around - Your Administrators to Create Student-Centered Classrooms: An Interview with Superintendent and Author Dr. George Wood

Dr. George Wood, Superintendent of Federal Hocking Schools in Ohio, and author of several books, talks about how good Superintendents "protect the perimeter", "find the cracks", and empower teachers to engage students in deeper learning. He gives advice on how to work with your administrator, and sometimes around them, to innovate and lead student-centered learning in your schools.

Duration: 00:15:09

How do we inoculate students from Fake News and prepare them for a post-truth world? An interview with Project Look Sharp's Chris Sperry

On this week's episode, Director of Curriculum and Staff Development for Project Look Sharp Chris Sperry talks to us about how to train your students to decode how media messages are constructed, produced for different purposes, contain embedded values and points of view, can influence beliefs, attitudes, values, behaviors and the democratic process and much more.

Duration: 00:15:28

Why have your students create beautiful work? An Interview with Ron Berger

Ron Berger (teacher, author, and Chief Academic Officer at EL Education) talks about giving students authentic assignments with a public audience and purpose, showing students models of high quality work, teaching them to critique their own work, and develop an ethic of excellence more important than any test score.

Duration: 00:16:02

Competency-Based Learning in Your Classroom and School with Courtney Jacobs of the Great Schools Partnership

In this interview, Baraf and Jacobs discuss the "what" and "why" of Competency-Based Learning, and the "how" of implementation. Courtney Jacobs is a veteran teacher and coach and works with schools through the Great Schools Partnership in New England.

Duration: 00:19:35

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