19 episodes

A fresh perspective on education. What's working, what's broken, and how we can best advocate for children. A companion to the Garden of Children documentary series, this podcast explores a wider perspective on education in America. We shine a light on forces preventing a return to the play-based, STEM/design education we started with 150 years ago.

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A fresh perspective on education. What's working, what's broken, and how we can best advocate for children. A companion to the Garden of Children documentary series, this podcast explores a wider perspective on education in America. We shine a light on forces preventing a return to the play-based, STEM/design education we started with 150 years ago.

    How to Bring Child Centered Teaching in Any Setting - Julie Bennett

    How to Bring Child Centered Teaching in Any Setting - Julie Bennett

    Is it possible to have a child-centered approach in any classroom? Julie Bennett describes how she's done this throughout her career and the importance of a child-centered approach.

    For over 30 years Julie Bennett, M.Ed has taught a range of ages from early childhood to adult continuing ed, in both private and public schools. A frequent presenter at Froebel USA events, she lectures on Froebel methods to university education students.

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    • 32 min
    Risky Play - Rachel Larimore

    Risky Play - Rachel Larimore

    How can we stop shielding kids from nature and help them explore it safely? Nature-based educator/author/consultant Rachel Larimore, of Samara Early Learning, explains how to better manage beneficial risky play.

    Rachel's books:
    "Establishing a Nature-Based Preschool"
    https://amzn.to/3kU7rGO

    "Preschool Beyond Walls: Blending Early Childhood Education and Nature-Based Learning"
    https://amzn.to/30lx3EV

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    • 39 min
    Why is the Reggio Approach So Popular - (Jennifer Azzariti)

    Why is the Reggio Approach So Popular - (Jennifer Azzariti)

    Why Is the Reggio Approach So Popular?

    Jennifer Azzariti, an artist, studio teacher and atelierista, began her career at the Model Early Learning Center (MELC) in Washington, DC … a landmark school in the history of the Reggio Approach in the U.S. She’s worked closely with Amelia Gambetti and Lella Gandini, and is the founder of the DC Area Reggio Study Group.]

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    • 37 min
    Who Speaks for Froebel? - (Helge Wasmuth)

    Who Speaks for Froebel? - (Helge Wasmuth)

    Does anyone really​ know what Froebel​ intended his Kindergaten to be? How much of that survives today, who changed it ... and why? Helge Wasmuth, Associate Professor in the Department of Childhood Education​ at Mercy College, researched these questions and joins us to discuss.

    Check out Helge's Book:
    "Fröbel’s Pedagogy of Kindergarten and Play"
    https://amzn.to/30EtsSW

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    • 39 min
    Pandemic Pods vs. Micro Schools - (Mara Linaberger)

    Pandemic Pods vs. Micro Schools - (Mara Linaberger)

    What are parents and teachers going to do about school this year? Many are talking about starting pods or micro schools. After decades in the Pittsburgh public schools, from the classroom to upper administration, Mara Linaberger of https://microschoolbuilders.com has experience to share.

    Mara's books:
    The Micro School Builder’s Handbook: https://amzn.to/2Die1Xj
    My Kid Hates School: https://amzn.to/312IT6j

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    • 42 min
    Power to the Profession - (Rhian Allvin)

    Power to the Profession - (Rhian Allvin)

    What can we do to empower those working in early childhood to ensure all children get a quality education?

    Our guest today is Rhian Evans Allvin, CEO of NAEYC https://naeyc.org, the largest organization of early childhood professionals in the US. She has a new initiative to do just that.

    Power to the Profession was established as a national collaboration to define the early childhood education profession across states.

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    • 40 min

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