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A celebration of the brave humans who are reimagining education through a liberating praxis. Hosted by teacher and assessment specialist Natalie Vardabasso, this is a show for change agents who aren't afraid to ask uncomfortable questions, embrace complexity, and continuously empower themselves and others. Your next #EduCrush is right here!

#EduCrush Natalie Vardabasso

    • Society & Culture
    • 5.0 • 41 Ratings

A celebration of the brave humans who are reimagining education through a liberating praxis. Hosted by teacher and assessment specialist Natalie Vardabasso, this is a show for change agents who aren't afraid to ask uncomfortable questions, embrace complexity, and continuously empower themselves and others. Your next #EduCrush is right here!

    How can Assessment Cultivate Equity, Learning & Community? (w Adelee Penner)

    How can Assessment Cultivate Equity, Learning & Community? (w Adelee Penner)

    Assessment has many negative emotions attached to it due to the history of the word, yet it has so much potential to cultivate the equitable learning communities we all dream of. Adelee Penner has experienced the school system in a wide range of roles, from teacher to leader, public to private, and system-wide to independent. In the episode, we discuss how changing our approach to assessment can open our doors to each other as colleagues, and our students as learners.

    • 53 min
    The Learning Diamond: A Mentor, a Champion, a Coach, and Ourselves

    The Learning Diamond: A Mentor, a Champion, a Coach, and Ourselves

    Though we are learning more about the importance of human connections in schools and workplaces, which are the relationships that actually drive learning? In this solo episode, host Natalie Vardabasso explains how our relationships with a mentor, a champion, a coach, and ourselves create the optimal learning diamond.

    • 36 min
    Elevating Sex Ed in the Curricular Hierarchy (w Alex Noel)

    Elevating Sex Ed in the Curricular Hierarchy (w Alex Noel)

    We all have memories of Sex Ed that are filled with embarrassment and shame. How might we change our collective experience of this topic? How might we reimagine Sex Ed as relationship education? Alex Noel worked for many years as a Sexual Health educator before stepping into his own classroom as a high school Science and Math teacher. The contrast of these two educational experiences has given him a passionate insight into how we might better achieve our collective goal of growing healthy kids.

    • 59 min
    Reimagining Education with Passion, Purpose, and Projects (w Loni Bergqvist)

    Reimagining Education with Passion, Purpose, and Projects (w Loni Bergqvist)

    Loni discovered a purpose-driven passion for PBL as a teacher at High Tech High in San Diego and has been on a quest to bring it to the world. She is currently the founding partner of “Imagine If” a Denmark-based organization that aims to reimagine education to be authentic, collaborative, student-owned, and equitable.

    • 56 min
    Project Feature: Nature Documentary Film Festival (w Jaclyn Demmers)

    Project Feature: Nature Documentary Film Festival (w Jaclyn Demmers)

    On the episode, we unpack how students were challenged to deepen and demonstrate their understanding of Ecosystems and Visual Literacy in a grade 7 interdisciplinary project. Teacher Jaclyn Demmers also shares her newfound insights about the potential of students with learning disabilities when given creative opportunities that spark their curiosity.

    • 26 min
    Unpacking Teacher Leadership (w Randy Swift & Pedro Dones III)

    Unpacking Teacher Leadership (w Randy Swift & Pedro Dones III)

    What is the truth about teacher leadership? Is it an exciting opportunity to become a change agent, or, is it just another managerial manifestation of the status quo? Randy Swift and Pedro Dones III are two teacher leaders from New York who have had very different experiences in the role. On the episode, we explore their perspectives and how they have each brought their unique purpose to life as teacher leaders.

    • 1 hr 9 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
41 Ratings

41 Ratings

MJConradical ,

Useful and Inspiring

Natalie and her guests are a joy to listen to and her treatment of educational topics is simultaneously comforting and challenging - which, to me, is just the right mix! Throw it on during your morning commute. You won’t regret it!

@Moskatuk @inmotion_AB ,

Must listen

Nat has such amazing energy and shares great stories to help any teacher.

hi x100000 ,

Awesome

I found this podcast very awsome. I would totaly recomend this podcast to anyone who is looking at this. Ps: Does anyone read these.

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