A show about learning for curious people
Maestro JoAnn Falletta
JoAnn Falletta is a Grammy Award-winning artist who has been compared to
some of the greatest conductors of the 20th century—legends like Arturo
Toscanini, Bruno Walter, Leopold Stokowski, and (one of her former teachers
at Juilliard) Leonard Bernstein. In this episode we talk about why everyone
should study music, how to get more women and people of color on the
podium, the advantages of knowing guitar for a conductor, and the BPO's
roots in the New Deal ... not to mention stories about Leonard Bernstein
and Ruth Bader Ginsburg!
Leading with Mind and Heart: Errick L. Greene
Dr. Errick L. Greene is Superintendent of Jackson (MS) Public Schools. My
conversation with him on 11 August 2020 afforded the rich opportunity to
produce three episodes in one: a look at some of the complications of
starting the school year in the time of COVID-19; select reflections on
public leadership in Mississippi at a moment of increasing awareness of
systemic racism in the U.S.; and a masterclass in team leadership.
Beginning his second quarter-century in education, Dr. Greene held
leadership roles in Washington, DC and Tulsa, Oklahoma before becoming JPS
Superintendent in 2018. Check out today’s show for the ways a supportive
community can bring kids along … plus, collaborative approaches to make
any kind of leading better for everyone. As the kids say, it’s everything.
US + THEM with Jonathan Haidt
Social psychologist Jonathan Haidt is the Thomas Cooley Professor of
Ethical Leadership at New York University’s Stern School of Business.
Haidt’s research examines the intuitive foundations of morality, and how
morality varies across cultures—including the cultures of progressives,
conservatives, and libertarians. His goal is to help people understand each
other, live and work near each other, and even learn from each other
despite their moral differences. In our conversation in early June 2020, we
discuss some of the ideas that have earned him nearly 8 million TED Talk
views and a spot in Prospect magazine's 2019 list of Top 50 Thinkers in the
world, focusing on concepts from his two New York Times-bestselling books,
The Righteous Mind and The Coddling of the American Mind (co-authored with
Shakti Yoga 2.0 with Michelle Gigante
Master teacher Michelle Gigante has been guiding people toward energetic
openings through a blend of yoga, breathing, and mindfulness techniques for
nearly 25 years. The founder and director of Shakti Yoga in Buffalo,
Michelle has an extensive background in theatre and dance, which
contributes to her ability to execute classes with clarity and precision,
improvising sequences that are creative and playful. I have appreciated her
classes since becoming a member of the Shakti community when I returned to
Buffalo two years ago. Deeply versed in healing modalities from yoga to
Reiki to Qigong, Michelle is not generally, however, a fan of
communications technologies, so when she decided to start offering
centering sessions over Facebook Live and yoga sessions via Zoom, I sensed
the opportunity for a wonderful conversation about how and why to learn to
care for the self during a global health crisis.
The Case for Contention with Jonathan Zimmerman
Jonathan Zimmerman is one of the foremost education historians working
today. His work examines how education practices and policies have
developed over time, and the myths that often cloud our understanding of
teaching and learning. We sat down in his office in late February to
discuss the teaching of controversial issues in U.S. schools. I believe
that learning how to talk about difficult topics where reasonable people
may disagree is one of the most important skills for citizens to develop.
As the headlines on any given day will confirm, it’s also one of the things
Americans are terrible at. His 2017 book The Case for Contention
(co-authored with Emily Robertson) explores why.
On today’s show, the National SEED (Seeking Educational Equity and
Diversity) Project. For over 30 years, this unique teacher-led professional
development program has cultivated multicultural teaching and learning
across the globe and around the U.S.