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Rethinking Learning Podcast

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Barbara Bray

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Episode #106: Inspiring the Next Generation Leaders, Thinkers, and Problem Solvers with Derek Wenmoth

Derek Wenmoth is regarded as one of New Zealand education’s foremost future-focused thinkers, and works extensively with schools and systems in New Zealand and elsewhere as they seek to prepare students for their future. He also consults with policymakers and government agencies regarding the future directions of NZ’s educational policy and practice. Derek is currently running FutureMakers, an educational consultancy focused on making our education system more future-focused by inspiring the next generation of leaders, thinkers, and problem-solvers. I was fortunate to spend time with Derek at the 2019 Aurora Institute in Palm Springs, CA, and take this selfie. Throughout Derek’s career as a teacher, principal, teacher educator, and education policy advisor, Derek Wenmoth has followed his passion for creating future-focused education systems, and innovative teaching and learning approaches that place the learner at the center. Derek has particular skills in strategic planning and policy design, with an emphasis on future-focused education, flexible learning, and the role of digital technologies. Derek’s background in distance learning Derek’s special interest in distance education began when he was teaching in rural parts of New Zealand and undertook distance studies through Massey University. He later embarked on a Master’s degree in distance education through Deakin University while lecturing in Educational Technology at the Christchurch College of Education. While working there, Derek established NZ’s first distance pre-service teacher education program. In recognition of this work, he was awarded the Ian Stewart Memorial Award for innovation and leadership in distance education. In the 1990s, Derek helped establish NZ’s first virtual schooling program in Canterbury and has continued with that interest, working with other clusters that have developed around NZ since then. Derek developed GlobalNet2000, an online project aimed at increasing the global awareness and participation of young learners in New Zealand, with links to others across the world. In recognition of this work, he was awarded the Peter Brice award from the Pacific Circle Consortium, for achievements fostering inter-cultural understanding. In 2001 he led a team at the NZ Correspondence School (Te Kura) in pioneering approaches to online learning and also conceived of and led the creation of the Virtual Learning Network, an online course brokerage service for schools in New Zealand that has since become a key part of the Ministry of Education’s eLearning strategy. In recognition of his work as an innovator and educational change-maker, Derek was designated one of 2008’s “Global Six” by the George Lucas Educational Foundation which recognizes individuals making a difference in education. He has been a long service executive member of theFlexible Learning Association of New Zealand(FLANZ) and in 2018 was given life membership of that organization in recognition of his contribution to the field.

42 min5 d ago
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Episode #106: Inspiring the Next Generation Leaders, Thinkers, and Problem Solvers with Derek Wenmoth

Episode #105: Turning Potential into Power with Matthew X. Joseph

Dr. Matthew X. Joseph has collected incredible insights on how best to support teaching and learning, and his work has led to nationally published articles and opportunities to speak at multiple state and national events. He has been a school and district leader in many capacities in public education over his twenty-five years in the field, with experiences such as being the director of digital learning and innovation, an elementary school principal, a classroom teacher, and a district professional development specialist. Dr. Matthew X. Joseph is currently the director of curriculum, instruction, and assessment in Leicester Public School. He has been a school and district leader in many capacities in public education over his 25 years in the field. Experiences such as the Director of Digital Learning and Innovation in Milford Public Schools (MA), the elementary school principal in Natick, MA and Attleboro, MA, classroom teacher, and district professional development specialist have ...

36 min2 w ago
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Episode #105: Turning Potential into Power with Matthew X. Joseph

Episode #104: Making your Mark on the Digital World with LivBit and Cynthia Merrill

Olivia Van Ledtje (“LivBit”) and Cynthia Merrill are a mother-daughter team working together to inspire others to think about the power of citizenship online and student voice. They are co-authors of Spark Change: Make Your Mark on the Digital World. They have a surprise in the podcast about what they will be doing next. Olivia Van Ledtje (“LivBit”) Liv is a reader, thinker, and kids’ voice believer. Using technology to inspire empathy, equity, and activism, Olivia’s mission is to share messages with the world that are hopeful, kind, and true. Olivia is the creator of LivBits—short videos for kids and teachers about reading, thinking, and life. Her work is featured internationally as a model for digital citizenship and kid creation. Liv is a much sought after international keynote speaker and author of Spark Change: Make Your Mark on the Digital World with her mum, Cynthia Merrill. Liv’s Website:http://www.thelivbits.com/ Instagram:https://instagram.com/thelivbits Twitter: @...

42 min3 w ago
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Episode #104: Making your Mark on the Digital World with LivBit and Cynthia Merrill

Reflection #8: Intersectionality with Matthew Weimann

This guest post is a cross-post of Matthew Weimann’s post on Intersectionality from his website, The Captain of Class along with our reflection. An idea popped into my head about a year ago that symbolized my realization of privilege. In the spring I wrote a blog that I published in The Captain of Class, titled “Green Lights.” It is about a white guy–I don’t say he’s white in the allegory–who drives straight through the heart of a city, rather than taking the highway that would typically allow him to bypass all of the downtown traffic. In my make-believe story, I propose the reason being he has to buy something at a specific store; One only located in the middle of the city. The point of the tiny tale is to illustrate the unconscious privilege people experience. Through it, I was exploring the unveiling awareness of my own privilege. In the story, this white guy curiously does not have to stop at even one red light, his whole way through the city. Strangely, he doesn’t even ...

26 minAUG 24
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Reflection #8: Intersectionality with Matthew Weimann

Episode #103 Podcast and Post with Steve Sostak on Inspire Citizens: Impact Change

Steve Sostak, @inspirecitizen1, is co-director of Inspire Citizens, author of the Global Impact School Self-Study, designer and director of the IC Master Teacher Endorsement, co-director of GlobalYouthMedia.org, and a global education facilitator, implementing @SDG2030 into school wide learning experiences. Following 15 years teaching elementary and middle school in the U.S., Peru, Malaysia, and China, Steve specializes in working with schools, teachers, and students to illuminate how schools can thrive as community centers of personal, local and global applied learning. Grounded in compassionate empathy, Steve and Inspire Citizens empowers students and educators to amplify civic and interdisciplinary literacies to take informed systemic action for: Sustainable Development, Social Justice, Collective Well-being, and Social-Emotional-Ethical Intelligence. Steve and I had this conversation in April before the end of school during the pandemic and most schools were teaching remotely. W...

42 minAUG 7
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Episode #103 Podcast and Post with Steve Sostak on Inspire Citizens: Impact Change

Episode #102: Reimagining Personalized Learning through Lindsay Leads with Barry Sommer

Barry Sommer is a Licensed Educational Psychologist, Marriage and Family Therapist, and an Adjunct Professor at Columbia University. He recently retired as the Director of Advancement at Lindsay Unified School District where he was responsible for Lindsay Leads which was the CyberSchool reimagining learning at Lindsay Unified. Currently, Barry and Kelley Layton are consultants advancing Lindsay Leads and supporting districts outside of LUSD through visitations, training, coaching, and publications. Your background I am a native New Yorker, born in the Bronx. I have an older sister where I learned to live in small spaces with lots of women. I have two daughters and two granddaughters. I went to the Bronx High School that was a magnet HS of science where I learned how to learn. Then I went to Cornell University in upstate NY where I planned on being an architect. When I was 15, I had a summer experience working at Camp Limelight in the Catskill mountains for disabled children that cha...

39 minJUL 29
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Episode #102: Reimagining Personalized Learning through Lindsay Leads with Barry Sommer

Episode #101: Making a Difference in the Lives of Every Student with Craig Shapiro

Craig Shapiro has been teaching for 30 years. He is a health and fitness instructor at William Tennent High School in the Centennial School District, PA. Craig also coaches Cross Country, Wrestling, and Track at William Tennent. Craig is the host the #teachpos on Sunday evenings at 7:30p ET, and, I have to say, Craig is one of the most positive people I know. Your background I was in elementary school in Philadelphia, then in 5th grade, my parents moved to a suburb of Philadelphia where I lived throughout my high school career. I went to Penn State University and then Arcadia for Grad School in Educational Leadership. When I went to Penn State, my father wanted me to go into business. I didn’t know any better. At the end of my freshman year, I will never forget this, like one of those Karma moments. I was taking Economics and we were in this large lecture hall with 300 people. I was sitting in one of the top seats with one of my friends and the teacher was not there that day. The T...

40 minJUL 8
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Episode #101: Making a Difference in the Lives of Every Student with Craig Shapiro

Developing Learner Agency: Guest Post with Michaela Loo & Tricia Pettis (Reflection #7)

Moving from Theory to Practice through Proficiencies, Pathways, and Profiles Four years ago, we attended the Edina Summer Institute where Barbara Bray was sharing her expertise in personalized learning as the keynote speaker. She struck a chord with us on many levels that day but when she said, “Teachers are doing all the work…” our trajectory as teachers immediately changed. After her keynote, we set a goal. We planned to personalize our class one unit at a time, and that is exactly what we did. As we embarked on our personalized learning journey, we would never have imagined that a pandemic would have us all teaching and learning from home with very little lead time to prepare for this drastic and urgent shift. What quickly became clear was the optimal position our learners were in from the onset. Our gains in establishing systems and supports around personalized learning as instructional coaches and classroom teachers became levers we accessed to design an immediate response t...

22 minJUL 7
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Developing Learner Agency: Guest Post with Michaela Loo & Tricia Pettis (Reflection #7)

Where are you on your journey in understanding systemic racism? with Hedreich & Barbara (Reflection #6)

Sometimes, a conversation is way more than a conversation. Several of those conversations I had with Hedreich Nichols empowered us to explore the different needs that black and white educators have when discussing how to create more equitable schools and communities. We talked about what systemic racism means for different people and how the problem can be approached from varying perspectives. We started writing this document together in a Google doc and want you to know that this is a “work-in-progress.” We will be updating it with a reflection and feedback from you. Here is the PDF version of this post (6/18/20). The pandemic and tragic deaths of George Floyd, Rashard Brooks, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor and so many other black lives have exposed the inequities that have always been there. Now, along with exposing more police violence against people of color, current racist policies, and the long history of racial injustice, we cannot be silent anymore. Silence means being comp...

24 minJUN 14
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Where are you on your journey in understanding systemic racism? with Hedreich & Barbara (Reflection #6)

Episode #100: Empowering Striving Readers and Writers with Laura Robb

Laura Robb, an author, teacher, coach, and speaker who has completed more than 43 years of teaching in grades 4-8 and has written more than 25 books for teachers. She presently coaches teachers in reading/writing workshop at Powhatan School in Virginia and coaches teachers in grades K-8 in Staunton, Virginia, Long Island, and Ann Arbor, Michigan, and West Nyack, New York. Her latest books that she wrote with Evan Robb (her son) are TeamMakers and School Full of Readers. Your background I came to teaching very unexpectedly. I never had any education classes when I went to Queens College as part of the University of New York. I majored in English and French Lit and then got married. My husband, a singer, and a voice instructor went to Julliard which was expensive even on a scholarship. I was writing copy for an ad agency in the city and then I got a job teaching without an education background. That’s when I realized that the best teachers were the children. If I had the courage to a...

36 minJUN 8
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Episode #100: Empowering Striving Readers and Writers with Laura Robb

Latest Episodes

Episode #106: Inspiring the Next Generation Leaders, Thinkers, and Problem Solvers with Derek Wenmoth

Derek Wenmoth is regarded as one of New Zealand education’s foremost future-focused thinkers, and works extensively with schools and systems in New Zealand and elsewhere as they seek to prepare students for their future. He also consults with policymakers and government agencies regarding the future directions of NZ’s educational policy and practice. Derek is currently running FutureMakers, an educational consultancy focused on making our education system more future-focused by inspiring the next generation of leaders, thinkers, and problem-solvers. I was fortunate to spend time with Derek at the 2019 Aurora Institute in Palm Springs, CA, and take this selfie. Throughout Derek’s career as a teacher, principal, teacher educator, and education policy advisor, Derek Wenmoth has followed his passion for creating future-focused education systems, and innovative teaching and learning approaches that place the learner at the center. Derek has particular skills in strategic planning and policy design, with an emphasis on future-focused education, flexible learning, and the role of digital technologies. Derek’s background in distance learning Derek’s special interest in distance education began when he was teaching in rural parts of New Zealand and undertook distance studies through Massey University. He later embarked on a Master’s degree in distance education through Deakin University while lecturing in Educational Technology at the Christchurch College of Education. While working there, Derek established NZ’s first distance pre-service teacher education program. In recognition of this work, he was awarded the Ian Stewart Memorial Award for innovation and leadership in distance education. In the 1990s, Derek helped establish NZ’s first virtual schooling program in Canterbury and has continued with that interest, working with other clusters that have developed around NZ since then. Derek developed GlobalNet2000, an online project aimed at increasing the global awareness and participation of young learners in New Zealand, with links to others across the world. In recognition of this work, he was awarded the Peter Brice award from the Pacific Circle Consortium, for achievements fostering inter-cultural understanding. In 2001 he led a team at the NZ Correspondence School (Te Kura) in pioneering approaches to online learning and also conceived of and led the creation of the Virtual Learning Network, an online course brokerage service for schools in New Zealand that has since become a key part of the Ministry of Education’s eLearning strategy. In recognition of his work as an innovator and educational change-maker, Derek was designated one of 2008’s “Global Six” by the George Lucas Educational Foundation which recognizes individuals making a difference in education. He has been a long service executive member of theFlexible Learning Association of New Zealand(FLANZ) and in 2018 was given life membership of that organization in recognition of his contribution to the field.

42 min5 d ago
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Episode #106: Inspiring the Next Generation Leaders, Thinkers, and Problem Solvers with Derek Wenmoth

Episode #105: Turning Potential into Power with Matthew X. Joseph

Dr. Matthew X. Joseph has collected incredible insights on how best to support teaching and learning, and his work has led to nationally published articles and opportunities to speak at multiple state and national events. He has been a school and district leader in many capacities in public education over his twenty-five years in the field, with experiences such as being the director of digital learning and innovation, an elementary school principal, a classroom teacher, and a district professional development specialist. Dr. Matthew X. Joseph is currently the director of curriculum, instruction, and assessment in Leicester Public School. He has been a school and district leader in many capacities in public education over his 25 years in the field. Experiences such as the Director of Digital Learning and Innovation in Milford Public Schools (MA), the elementary school principal in Natick, MA and Attleboro, MA, classroom teacher, and district professional development specialist have ...

36 min2 w ago
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Episode #105: Turning Potential into Power with Matthew X. Joseph

Episode #104: Making your Mark on the Digital World with LivBit and Cynthia Merrill

Olivia Van Ledtje (“LivBit”) and Cynthia Merrill are a mother-daughter team working together to inspire others to think about the power of citizenship online and student voice. They are co-authors of Spark Change: Make Your Mark on the Digital World. They have a surprise in the podcast about what they will be doing next. Olivia Van Ledtje (“LivBit”) Liv is a reader, thinker, and kids’ voice believer. Using technology to inspire empathy, equity, and activism, Olivia’s mission is to share messages with the world that are hopeful, kind, and true. Olivia is the creator of LivBits—short videos for kids and teachers about reading, thinking, and life. Her work is featured internationally as a model for digital citizenship and kid creation. Liv is a much sought after international keynote speaker and author of Spark Change: Make Your Mark on the Digital World with her mum, Cynthia Merrill. Liv’s Website:http://www.thelivbits.com/ Instagram:https://instagram.com/thelivbits Twitter: @...

42 min3 w ago
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Episode #104: Making your Mark on the Digital World with LivBit and Cynthia Merrill

Reflection #8: Intersectionality with Matthew Weimann

This guest post is a cross-post of Matthew Weimann’s post on Intersectionality from his website, The Captain of Class along with our reflection. An idea popped into my head about a year ago that symbolized my realization of privilege. In the spring I wrote a blog that I published in The Captain of Class, titled “Green Lights.” It is about a white guy–I don’t say he’s white in the allegory–who drives straight through the heart of a city, rather than taking the highway that would typically allow him to bypass all of the downtown traffic. In my make-believe story, I propose the reason being he has to buy something at a specific store; One only located in the middle of the city. The point of the tiny tale is to illustrate the unconscious privilege people experience. Through it, I was exploring the unveiling awareness of my own privilege. In the story, this white guy curiously does not have to stop at even one red light, his whole way through the city. Strangely, he doesn’t even ...

26 minAUG 24
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Reflection #8: Intersectionality with Matthew Weimann

Episode #103 Podcast and Post with Steve Sostak on Inspire Citizens: Impact Change

Steve Sostak, @inspirecitizen1, is co-director of Inspire Citizens, author of the Global Impact School Self-Study, designer and director of the IC Master Teacher Endorsement, co-director of GlobalYouthMedia.org, and a global education facilitator, implementing @SDG2030 into school wide learning experiences. Following 15 years teaching elementary and middle school in the U.S., Peru, Malaysia, and China, Steve specializes in working with schools, teachers, and students to illuminate how schools can thrive as community centers of personal, local and global applied learning. Grounded in compassionate empathy, Steve and Inspire Citizens empowers students and educators to amplify civic and interdisciplinary literacies to take informed systemic action for: Sustainable Development, Social Justice, Collective Well-being, and Social-Emotional-Ethical Intelligence. Steve and I had this conversation in April before the end of school during the pandemic and most schools were teaching remotely. W...

42 minAUG 7
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Episode #103 Podcast and Post with Steve Sostak on Inspire Citizens: Impact Change

Episode #102: Reimagining Personalized Learning through Lindsay Leads with Barry Sommer

Barry Sommer is a Licensed Educational Psychologist, Marriage and Family Therapist, and an Adjunct Professor at Columbia University. He recently retired as the Director of Advancement at Lindsay Unified School District where he was responsible for Lindsay Leads which was the CyberSchool reimagining learning at Lindsay Unified. Currently, Barry and Kelley Layton are consultants advancing Lindsay Leads and supporting districts outside of LUSD through visitations, training, coaching, and publications. Your background I am a native New Yorker, born in the Bronx. I have an older sister where I learned to live in small spaces with lots of women. I have two daughters and two granddaughters. I went to the Bronx High School that was a magnet HS of science where I learned how to learn. Then I went to Cornell University in upstate NY where I planned on being an architect. When I was 15, I had a summer experience working at Camp Limelight in the Catskill mountains for disabled children that cha...

39 minJUL 29
Comments
Episode #102: Reimagining Personalized Learning through Lindsay Leads with Barry Sommer

Episode #101: Making a Difference in the Lives of Every Student with Craig Shapiro

Craig Shapiro has been teaching for 30 years. He is a health and fitness instructor at William Tennent High School in the Centennial School District, PA. Craig also coaches Cross Country, Wrestling, and Track at William Tennent. Craig is the host the #teachpos on Sunday evenings at 7:30p ET, and, I have to say, Craig is one of the most positive people I know. Your background I was in elementary school in Philadelphia, then in 5th grade, my parents moved to a suburb of Philadelphia where I lived throughout my high school career. I went to Penn State University and then Arcadia for Grad School in Educational Leadership. When I went to Penn State, my father wanted me to go into business. I didn’t know any better. At the end of my freshman year, I will never forget this, like one of those Karma moments. I was taking Economics and we were in this large lecture hall with 300 people. I was sitting in one of the top seats with one of my friends and the teacher was not there that day. The T...

40 minJUL 8
Comments
Episode #101: Making a Difference in the Lives of Every Student with Craig Shapiro

Developing Learner Agency: Guest Post with Michaela Loo & Tricia Pettis (Reflection #7)

Moving from Theory to Practice through Proficiencies, Pathways, and Profiles Four years ago, we attended the Edina Summer Institute where Barbara Bray was sharing her expertise in personalized learning as the keynote speaker. She struck a chord with us on many levels that day but when she said, “Teachers are doing all the work…” our trajectory as teachers immediately changed. After her keynote, we set a goal. We planned to personalize our class one unit at a time, and that is exactly what we did. As we embarked on our personalized learning journey, we would never have imagined that a pandemic would have us all teaching and learning from home with very little lead time to prepare for this drastic and urgent shift. What quickly became clear was the optimal position our learners were in from the onset. Our gains in establishing systems and supports around personalized learning as instructional coaches and classroom teachers became levers we accessed to design an immediate response t...

22 minJUL 7
Comments
Developing Learner Agency: Guest Post with Michaela Loo & Tricia Pettis (Reflection #7)

Where are you on your journey in understanding systemic racism? with Hedreich & Barbara (Reflection #6)

Sometimes, a conversation is way more than a conversation. Several of those conversations I had with Hedreich Nichols empowered us to explore the different needs that black and white educators have when discussing how to create more equitable schools and communities. We talked about what systemic racism means for different people and how the problem can be approached from varying perspectives. We started writing this document together in a Google doc and want you to know that this is a “work-in-progress.” We will be updating it with a reflection and feedback from you. Here is the PDF version of this post (6/18/20). The pandemic and tragic deaths of George Floyd, Rashard Brooks, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor and so many other black lives have exposed the inequities that have always been there. Now, along with exposing more police violence against people of color, current racist policies, and the long history of racial injustice, we cannot be silent anymore. Silence means being comp...

24 minJUN 14
Comments
Where are you on your journey in understanding systemic racism? with Hedreich & Barbara (Reflection #6)

Episode #100: Empowering Striving Readers and Writers with Laura Robb

Laura Robb, an author, teacher, coach, and speaker who has completed more than 43 years of teaching in grades 4-8 and has written more than 25 books for teachers. She presently coaches teachers in reading/writing workshop at Powhatan School in Virginia and coaches teachers in grades K-8 in Staunton, Virginia, Long Island, and Ann Arbor, Michigan, and West Nyack, New York. Her latest books that she wrote with Evan Robb (her son) are TeamMakers and School Full of Readers. Your background I came to teaching very unexpectedly. I never had any education classes when I went to Queens College as part of the University of New York. I majored in English and French Lit and then got married. My husband, a singer, and a voice instructor went to Julliard which was expensive even on a scholarship. I was writing copy for an ad agency in the city and then I got a job teaching without an education background. That’s when I realized that the best teachers were the children. If I had the courage to a...

36 minJUN 8
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Episode #100: Empowering Striving Readers and Writers with Laura Robb
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