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While students may only be 20%-25% of our population today, they are 100% of our future. That is why education is one of the most important investments a country can make and the sole purpose for the existence of the Better Learning Podcast.

The Better Learning Podcast brings on valued guests that talk about ways we can improve education for our kids. Because after all, they are 100% of our future!

The Better Learning Podcast is hosted by Kevin Stoller, CEO of Kay-Twelve and author of Creating Better Learning Environments. The podcast is also associated with other organizations that are focused on improving education including the Education Leaders’ Organization (ELO) and the Second Class Foundation.

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While students may only be 20%-25% of our population today, they are 100% of our future. That is why education is one of the most important investments a country can make and the sole purpose for the existence of the Better Learning Podcast.

The Better Learning Podcast brings on valued guests that talk about ways we can improve education for our kids. Because after all, they are 100% of our future!

The Better Learning Podcast is hosted by Kevin Stoller, CEO of Kay-Twelve and author of Creating Better Learning Environments. The podcast is also associated with other organizations that are focused on improving education including the Education Leaders’ Organization (ELO) and the Second Class Foundation.

    Governor Doug Ducey: Pioneering Education Reform in Arizona

    Governor Doug Ducey: Pioneering Education Reform in Arizona

    Governor Doug Ducey is known as one of America's most successful entrepreneurs and most successful governors.
    In this episode, Governor Doug Ducey provides insights into the education landscape in Arizona, drawing from his background in business and politics. He emphasizes the importance of innovation and choice in the education system and discusses success stories such as charter schools and programs like Teach for America.
    The conversation delves into various aspects of education, including competition, school choice, fundamental education, innovation, and the role of community colleges. Governor Ducey also touches on the future of free enterprise and economic freedom.
     
    Takeaways
    Innovation and choice are crucial in the education system. Success stories like charter schools and Teach for America demonstrate the potential for positive change. The education establishment often prioritizes protecting its interests over student outcomes. Arizona's culture allows for greater innovation and change in education. Competition can lead to improvement in schools. School choice empowers parents and can enhance both charter and district K-12 schools. Concerns about school choice include the loss of neighborhood community and political alignment. Fundamental education should prioritize reading, writing, and arithmetic. Innovation, such as educational savings accounts and online platforms, can transform learning. Community colleges play a crucial role in providing affordable education and skills training. Economic freedom and entrepreneurship are essential for individual and national success.  
    Governor Ducey was born and raised in Toledo, Ohio, where he began his career in business with Procter & Gamble, and later served as CEO of Cold Stone Creamery. There, Ducey led the expansion of the ice cream franchise from one single store into a business with 1,400 locations in the United States and 10 other countries.
     
    Elected Arizona’s 23rd Governor in 2014 and reelected by an even wider margin in 2018, Ducey successfully championed historic policy initiatives, enacting the lowest flat income tax rate in the nation, introducing a first-in-nation law that requires students to pass a Civics test before graduating from high school, knocking-down licensing requirements that stood as a barrier to work, and eliminating or improving over 3,365 regulations resulting in the equivalent of a $183 million dollar tax cut. 
     
    Ducey may be best known for pioneering Education Scholarship Accounts and universal school choice – providing every family with the opportunity to have their student attend whatever school is best for them. As the Hill reported, Arizona’s program “has become the standard that school choice advocates argue other states need to emulate.” 
     
    Legendary Conservative Columnist George Will described Ducey as the “most successful 21st century governor.” 
     
    Under Governor Ducey’s leadership, Arizona also experienced unparalleled growth with the state’s economy having boomed while the size of government has shrunk. When Ducey left office, Arizona’s government employed 5,000 less state workers than when he took office, and the state’s economy added over 500,000 private sector jobs.  
     
     
     
     
    Learn more about Doug Ducey:
     
    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/dougducey/
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/DougDucey
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/dougducey/
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/dougducey/
    YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/@dougducey
     
     
    Learn more about creating better learning environments at www.Kay-Twelve.com.
    Kevin Stoller is the host of the Better Learning Podcast and Co-Founder of Kay-Twelve, a national leader for educational furniture. Find out more about Kevin at https://www.linkedin.com/in/kevinstoller/.
     
    For more episodes of the Better Learning Podcast, visit https://www.betterlearningpodcast.com/
     
     
     
    Episode 167 of the Better Learning

    • 46 min
    AI Meets Apple Vision Pro

    AI Meets Apple Vision Pro

    In this conversation, Micah Miner discusses the need for change in education and the importance of relevant curriculum. He shares stories from his teaching experience and highlights the impact of AI on education.
    The introduction of Apple's Vision Pro is discussed, along with its potential impact on education. The conversation also touches on the importance of social interaction in AR/VR education and the need for affordable and inclusive access to these technologies.
    In this conversation, Micah Miner discusses the importance of reinventing education and connecting virtual and physical spaces. He also highlights the potential of AI and the need for safeguards to support and educate children. The conversation concludes with a focus on creating opportunities for every child and the active engagement of listeners in the podcast community.
     
    Takeaways
    Education needs to be relevant and inclusive, with curriculum that reflects the diversity of students' experiences.
    AI has the potential to revolutionize education, but it requires thoughtful implementation and consideration of policies and procedures.
    AR/VR technologies like Apple's Vision Pro can enhance learning experiences and provide new opportunities for students.
    Social interaction and collaboration are important aspects of AR/VR education that need to be considered.
    Affordable and inclusive access to AR/VR technologies is crucial to ensure all students can benefit from these tools.
     
     
    Micah Miner serves as the District Administrator for Instructional Technology & Social Studies at Maywood, Melrose Park, Broadview School District 89 near Chicago. He is a contributing writer for the American Consortium for Equity in Education and an author with Times 10 Publications.
    With expertise spanning instructional technology, social studies, and equity in education, Micah is dedicated to enhancing teaching and learning experiences at the intersection of technology and social studies. His career includes roles as a classroom teacher, department chair, instructional coach, and professor.
    Micah writes about emerging technologies like AI and the Metaverse, focusing on thoughtful integration that maximizes learning potential while prioritizing student privacy and equity. His insights reflect a deep commitment to expanding access and opportunity through technology.
     
    Micah Miner Website: https://micahminer.com/
    Micah Miner LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/micah-j-miner/
    Micah Miner Twitter: https://twitter.com/minerclass
     
     
    Learn more about creating better learning environments at www.Kay-Twelve.com.
    Kevin Stoller is the host of the Better Learning Podcast and Co-Founder of Kay-Twelve, a national leader for educational furniture. Find out more about Kevin at https://www.linkedin.com/in/kevinstoller/.
     
    For more episodes of the Better Learning Podcast, visit https://www.betterlearningpodcast.com/
     
     
     
    Episode 166 of the Better Learning Podcast
     
    Kevin Stoller is the host of the Better Learning Podcast and Co-Founder of Kay-Twelve, a national leader for educational furniture. Learn more about creating better learning environments at www.Kay-Twelve.com.
     
    Who made this episode possible?
     
    Association for Learning Environments (A4LE) - https://www.a4le.org/
    Education Leaders' Organization - https://www.ed-leaders.org/
    Second Class Foundation - https://secondclassfoundation.org/

    • 33 min
    The Challenges and Rewards of Educational Leadership

    The Challenges and Rewards of Educational Leadership

    In this episode, Kevin Stoller interviews Tom Murray, the Director of Innovation for Future Ready Schools. They discuss Tom's journey in education, the challenges and rewards of educational leadership, and the importance of building trust and communication with the community. They also explore the power of relationships in education and the need to share the positive stories happening in schools. Overall, the conversation highlights the need for strong leadership and collaboration to create better learning experiences for students.
     
    Takeaways
    Educators should share their stories and be proud of the work they do.
    Building trust and communication with the community is essential for the success of schools.
    Public perception of education should be based on the positive stories and impact happening in schools.
    Strong relationships are the foundation of effective education.
     
    After serving at the elementary and secondary levels as both a teacher and a principal, and then at the district level, Tom now serves as the Director of Innovation for Future Ready SchoolsR, a project of All4Ed, located in Washington, D.C. He has testified before the United States Congress and has previously worked alongside that body and the US Senate, the White House, the US Department of Education and state departments of education, and school districts throughout the country to implement student-centered learning. Murray serves as a regular conference keynote, was named one of “20 to Watch” by NSBA, the “National/Global EdTech Leader of the Year” in 2018, the “Education Thought Leader of the Year” in 2017, and the “Education Policy Person of the Year” by the Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2015. His best-selling book, Learning Transformed, was released in 2017 with ASCD, and his most recent best-seller, Personal & Authentic was released in 2019. Connect with him at thomascmurray.com or @thomascmurray.
     
    Learn more about Tom Murray:
     
    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/thomascmurray/
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/thomascmurray
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/thomascmurrayedu
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ThomasCMurrayEDU
    YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/thomascmurray
     
     
    Learn more about creating better learning environments at www.Kay-Twelve.com.
    Kevin Stoller is the host of the Better Learning Podcast and Co-Founder of Kay-Twelve, a national leader for educational furniture. Find out more about Kevin at https://www.linkedin.com/in/kevinstoller/.
     
    For more episodes of the Better Learning Podcast, visit https://www.betterlearningpodcast.com/
     
     
     
    Episode 165 of the Better Learning Podcast
     
    Kevin Stoller is the host of the Better Learning Podcast and Co-Founder of Kay-Twelve, a national leader for educational furniture. Learn more about creating better learning environments at www.Kay-Twelve.com.
     
    Who made this episode possible?
     
    Association for Learning Environments (A4LE) - https://www.a4le.org/
    Education Leaders' Organization - https://www.ed-leaders.org/
    Second Class Foundation - https://secondclassfoundation.org/

    • 35 min
    Building Better Schools That Shape the Future of Learning

    Building Better Schools That Shape the Future of Learning

    Matt Hansen, an architect based in Pittsburgh, discusses the challenges and opportunities in the education sector in Western Pennsylvania. He shares his background in architecture and how he transitioned to focusing on educational design. Matt highlights the funding shortage and the need for school renovations and replacements in the region. He also discusses the importance of incorporating innovative design concepts, such as small learning communities and outdoor spaces, into school projects. Matt emphasizes the value of collaboration between architects and educators to create effective learning environments. The conversation covers the origins of the podcast and the motivation behind it. It also explores the involvement of the podcast in the A4LE community and the unique position it holds. The conversation concludes with closing remarks and a commitment to driving change in education.
     
     
    Takeaways The education sector in Western Pennsylvania faces challenges due to funding shortages and outdated school facilities. Innovative design concepts, such as small learning communities and outdoor spaces, can enhance the learning experience. Collaboration between architects and educators is crucial to create effective and inspiring learning environments. Furniture plays a significant role in educational spaces and should be carefully considered to support learning and engagement. The podcast started as a way to continue conversations with educators and share practical experiences. The podcast became involved with A4LE as a way to support the community and have meaningful conversations. The podcast's unique position allows for discussions with architects and interior designers who deeply care about education.  
    Matt Hansen joined IKM in 2005 and has spearheaded the firm’s efforts in growing its K-12 education portfolio. He has successfully managed over $230 million of project cost in the market sector. As the Educational Practice Leader, Mr. Hansen is responsible for leading and facilitating IKM's planning and visioning process and helping clients research and identify their facility needs. Matt is a gifted designer who employs an energetic, collaborative approach that places research-driven concepts at the forefront of his work.
     
    Learn more about Matt Hansen:
    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/matt-hansen-a493968b/
     
     
    Learn more about creating better learning environments at www.Kay-Twelve.com.
    Kevin Stoller is the host of the Better Learning Podcast and Co-Founder of Kay-Twelve, a national leader for educational furniture. Find out more about Kevin at https://www.linkedin.com/in/kevinstoller/.
     
    For more episodes of the Better Learning Podcast, visit https://www.betterlearningpodcast.com/
     
    Episode 164 of the Better Learning Podcast
    Kevin Stoller is the host of the Better Learning Podcast and Co-Founder of Kay-Twelve, a national leader for educational furniture. Learn more about creating better learning environments at www.Kay-Twelve.com.
     
    Who made this episode possible?
    Association for Learning Environments (A4LE) - https://www.a4le.org/
    Education Leaders' Organization - https://www.ed-leaders.org/
    Second Class Foundation - https://secondclassfoundation.org/

    • 31 min
    Design for the Extreme Benefits of the Mean

    Design for the Extreme Benefits of the Mean

    In this conversation, Kevin Stoller interviews David O'Coimin, the founder of NookPod. They discuss the importance of student-centered learning and the need for flexible learning environments. David shares the inspiration behind NookPod and how it provides a private and comfortable space for individuals to work or learn. They also talk about the challenges of taking the leap to start a new venture and the importance of surrounding yourself with like-minded individuals. The conversation concludes with a discussion on the versatility and unexpected uses of NookPod, as well as the impact of change makers in education.
     
    Takeaways
    Student-centered learning is crucial for creating effective learning environments.
    Flexible and private spaces, like NookPod, can enhance productivity and focus.
    Taking calculated risks and surrounding yourself with like-minded individuals can lead to personal and professional growth.
    Change makers play a vital role in transforming education and improving learning outcomes.
     
    Based between Amsterdam and Bristol, David O’Coimin is a product and experience designer, inclusivity consultant, digital nomad and social-minded founder with a passion for people, places and planet. 
     
    Operating under the mantra of 'Design For The Extreme Benefits The Mean’ and guided by the UN Sustainable Development Goals, David helps organisations to realise the full potential of their space and the people who use them, with a particular focus on micro-spaces and neuroinclusivity.
     
    Learn more about David O’Coimin:
     
    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/davidocoimin/
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/ddfoc
     
     
    Learn more about creating better learning environments at www.Kay-Twelve.com.
    Kevin Stoller is the host of the Better Learning Podcast and Co-Founder of Kay-Twelve, a national leader for educational furniture. Find out more about Kevin at https://www.linkedin.com/in/kevinstoller/.
     
    For more episodes of the Better Learning Podcast, visit https://www.betterlearningpodcast.com/
     
    Episode 163 of the Better Learning Podcast
    Kevin Stoller is the host of the Better Learning Podcast and Co-Founder of Kay-Twelve, a national leader for educational furniture. Learn more about creating better learning environments at www.Kay-Twelve.com.
     
    Who made this episode possible?
    Association for Learning Environments (A4LE) - https://www.a4le.org/
    Education Leaders' Organization - https://www.ed-leaders.org/
    Second Class Foundation - https://secondclassfoundation.org/

    • 25 min
    Helping Small Rural Schools Give Students Premium Opportunities

    Helping Small Rural Schools Give Students Premium Opportunities

    Small rural schools often face challenges in providing diverse career training opportunities for their students. Limited resources and infrastructure can hinder students from gaining exposure to high-demand, high-wage positions upon graduation.
    Recognizing the need for a transformative solution, McCamey ISD, in collaboration with three other districts, took a bold step to kick off the Permian Basin Innovation Zone (PBIZ). This initiative stems from the belief that every student, regardless of their school's size or location, should have access to quality career training.
    PBIZ is not just an ordinary program; it's a Texas Education Agency (TEA) backed initiative that goes beyond traditional boundaries. The program is designed to facilitate collaboration among small rural schools, allowing them to pool resources, share students, and even exchange staff. This collaborative effort aims to create a dynamic learning environment that mirrors the real-world demands of the workforce.
    PBIZ breaks down the barriers that often limit rural students. By collaborating with neighboring districts, schools can offer a broader range of trades and vocational programs. This enables students to explore and graduate with valuable skills that align with high-demand and high-wage positions in the job market.
    PBIZ isn't just about providing technical skills; it's a holistic approach to education that considers the unique needs of rural communities. By fostering collaboration, PBIZ ensures that students not only receive quality training but also gain a broader perspective on the career opportunities available to them.
    In this episode, learn about the transformative impact of PBIZ on rural education, gain insights into Mr. Valencia's journey and his efforts to enhance learning opportunities, and explore Elizabeth Hegi's expertise in education technology and creating innovative learning environments.
     
    Mr. Michael Valencia is the Superintendent of McCamey Independent School District.  He has served in various positions throughout his 22 year educational career. Michael began his career with Pecos Barstow Toyah ISD as a teacher and coach. He is married to his wife Ashley, and together, they share six wonderful children.
    Elizabeth Hegi is with Kay-Twelve and has over 17 years experience working with school districts in Texas in the Education Technology, School Photography and Yearbook industries. Most recently she partnered with school districts to provide technology solutions to their campuses. She is excited to continue partnering with schools to assist them in creating more unique, collaborative, and effective learning spaces. She has lived and worked in the Houston area most of her life, and now resides in New Braunfels with her husband and three children.
     
    Learn more about Michael Valencia:
    McCamey ISD Website: https://www.mcisd.esc18.net/
    Michael's LinkedIn Profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/michael-valencia-987b448b/
     
    Learn more about Elizabeth Hegi:
    Kay-Twelve's Website: https://www.kay-twelve.com/
    Elizabeth's LinkedIn Profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/elizabeth3302/
     
    Learn more about creating better learning environments at www.Kay-Twelve.com.
    Kevin Stoller is the host of the Better Learning Podcast and Co-Founder of Kay-Twelve, a national leader for educational furniture. Find out more about Kevin at https://www.linkedin.com/in/kevinstoller/
    For more episodes of the Better Learning Podcast, visit https://www.betterlearningpodcast.com/
     
    Episode 162 of the Better Learning Podcast
    Kevin Stoller is the host of the Better Learning Podcast and Co-Founder of Kay-Twelve, a national leader for educational furniture. Learn more about creating better learning environments at www.Kay-Twelve.com.
     
    Who made this episode possible?
    Association for Learning Environments (A4LE) - https://www.a4le.org/
    Education Leaders' Organization - https://www.ed-leaders.org/
    Second Class Foundation - https://secondclas

    • 28 min

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