Listen to conversations with teachers, administrators, and other experts in the K-8 education space with host Andrea Keith, VP of School Programs for Let Grow. She shares insights from a career spent as an educator and education technology leader, as well as commentary on the latest survey data demonstrating the extraordinary talent of today’s kids. Keith invites guests to share their unique perspectives, successes, and strategies for schools to promote students’ creativity, confidence, self-motivation, autonomy, and resilience.
Encouraging Purposeful Creativity & Innovation with Butch Herod
How do we give kids a learning environment that helps innovation, collaboration, and entrepreneurship flourish? This podcast episode takes this on, as we interview Dr. Edmond “Butch” Herod. He is the director of the West Houston Institute for Innovation. Butch gives his take on the need to give students space to take risks and explore, which is how students develop resilience and confidence. He also discusses his work with the IDEAS Academy, a program expanding youth's ideas and possibilities. He shares how innovative partnerships have given students the opportunity to use their ingenuity, critical thinking, and problem-solving skills.
How Play Enhances Social-Emotional Learning with Dr. Lori Koerner
This podcast episode explores the importance of free play and its essential role in social-emotional and academic learning. We interview Dr. Lori Koerner, executive director of curriculum, instruction, and professional personnel for New York’s Riverhead Central School District. Lori gives her expert perspective on “the boredom question” and looks at how many children are overscheduled today. She also shares her experience using a teaching style that allows students to explore, make choices, and become creative, self-directed learners. Lori highlights three key benefits of play that educators should keep in mind. This includes helping students release energy, express emotion, and form relationships.
The Whole Child, Wholly Capable With Dr. Michael Hynes
In this podcast episode, the conversation centers on the amazing capabilities of our students. We interview Dr. Michael Hynes, superintendent of schools for the Port Washington School District in New York. He is a TEDx speaker and also an experienced educational leader committed to whole-child education. With Michael, we take a look at how students excel on their own when they're given time and space to grow. Right now, many schools are working to solve the reentry dilemma. Michaels also talks about why whole-child education and social-emotional learning (SEL) are still important pieces of this equation. And he helps tackle some of these hurdles and reminds us that our students are wholly capable.