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Cultures of innovation begin with a culture of empathy. As you navigate today’s changing world the question remains how do you create these cultures? How do you scale them? And how do you help people develop the mindset and skills to thrive within them?
These are the questions people ask Dr. Sabba Quidwai, researcher, educator and storyteller. Each week we’ll explore the answers with stories and strategies from researchers, education leaders and today’s young people as we explore how might we design schools.

Designing Schools Dr. Sabba Quidwai

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Cultures of innovation begin with a culture of empathy. As you navigate today’s changing world the question remains how do you create these cultures? How do you scale them? And how do you help people develop the mindset and skills to thrive within them?
These are the questions people ask Dr. Sabba Quidwai, researcher, educator and storyteller. Each week we’ll explore the answers with stories and strategies from researchers, education leaders and today’s young people as we explore how might we design schools.

    Stories, Trust, Innovation, and Recognizing Others Through Social Networking

    Stories, Trust, Innovation, and Recognizing Others Through Social Networking

    Both personal and professional development can be improved through social media. There are many tools that can be used to share stories, ideas, and build relationships.
     
    Social media is the perfect medium for boosting creativity and encouraging innovation since it is not restricted by any physical or geographic boundaries. It's a powerful platform for those with innovative ideas to express their thoughts and share experiences. There are a number of strategies one can use on social media that can help to create deeper connections with their followers, create greater awareness of their creative endeavors, achieve objectives relating to a product launch, and also motivate people working collaboratively on projects.
     
    Please welcome the Building Services crew from the Santa Ana Unified School District to this episode. JJ, Gabriel, Lisette, and Emanuel are all wonderful people. They all agreed that having a voice was the most important aspect of leading through social influence. We'll discuss how the SAUSD team moved from being no one to becoming someone people talked about.
     
    0:00 Introduction
    1:24 Intrroducing the Building Services team
    3:43 What inspired the team to create a social media presence
    8:21 How did the team amplify their voice through their online presence
    11:34 Some fears and proud achievements from the team during the pandemic
    22:04 Some surprises met by the team on their journey with social influence
    31:42 Discussing the power of relationships between support staff and students
    34:36 Some stories from the team about relationships between students and staff
    43:48 Messages from the team members to transformational leaders
     
    Leading Teams That Work Better Together Workshop: https://designingschools.org/workshops
     
    Connect with SAUSD
     
    Website: https://www.sausd.us/
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/santaanausd/
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/SantaAnaUSD
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/sausd/
     
    Connect with me, Dr. Sabba Quidwai:
     
    Website: https://designingschools.org/
    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/sabba-quidwai/
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/askMsQ
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/designing_schools/

    • 50 min
    Align the Science of Research With the Artistry of Classroom Teaching with Jon Corippo

    Align the Science of Research With the Artistry of Classroom Teaching with Jon Corippo

    In the digital age, it’s important to teach students how to use technology as a tool in order to learn and not be left behind. When applied in tandem with design thinking, we can start to teach students how to solve problems in a new and innovative way. Jon Corippo co-founded and developed a series of instructional lesson frames called EduProtocols that are designed to engage students in learning through the 4 C's:
     
    1. Critical thinking
    2. Collaboration
    3. Communication
    4. Creativity
     
    EduProtocols were created to address the need for students to engage in deeper learning using technology as a tool instead of an automation device. Since then, hundreds of classrooms have been converted to Four Cs centered instruction.
     
    Jon is the brains behind the extremely popular Eduprotocols. He has been recognised as a County Teacher of the Year, a National School Boards Association 20 to Watch Educator, an Apple Distinguished Educator, a Google Certified Innovator, and a Microsoft Innovative Educator. Jon has a decade of experience in K-8 education, including building a 1-1 project-based high school and serving in two county offices as Assistant Superintendent and IT Director. Jon is very pleased with his work as CUE's Chief Learning Officer and Executive Director. Jon has trained over 60,000 educators through CUE professional learning.
     
    0:00 Introduction
    0:51 Introducing Jon Corippo
    3:55 Jon's experience travelling around the world as an educator
    5:51 The problem with the idea of " real teaching"
    12:40 The innovation gap analysis model
    15:02 Jon's career as an educator and what changes he implemented over the years
    26:35 How Jon's experience as a student motivated him as an educator
    29:43 Discussing the relationship between assessment and mental health
    35:52 What are some short term changes schools should adopt in assessment?
    40:59 Jon's advice for educators who want to transition to a new system
     
    Leading Teams That Work Better Together Workshop: https://designingschools.org/workshops
     
    Connect with Jon Corippo:
     
    Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/joncorippo/
    Website: https://www.eduprotocols.com/
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/jcorippo
     
    Connect with me, Dr. Sabba Quidwai:
     
    Website: https://designingschools.org/
    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/sabba-quidwai/
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/askMsQ
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/designing_schools/

    • 46 min
    Trust, Creativity, Accomplishments, Vision: The Four Pillars of Success

    Trust, Creativity, Accomplishments, Vision: The Four Pillars of Success

    The four pillars of leadership and social influence are:
     
    1. Building trust
    2. Encouraging creativity
    3. Recognizing accomplishments
    4. Inspiring a collective vision.
     
    In order to be a successful leader and have social influence, one must be able to demonstrate these qualities. For example, someone who is creative can come up with new ideas that will help those around them grow; someone who has accomplished a lot can show others what they can do if they work hard enough; someone who inspires others to work together on a common goal is an excellent leader with social influence.
     
    For leaders to have social influence in their community, it is important for them to be trustworthy so that people are willing to follow their lead. Creativity is also important because it can help the community grow their skills, explore new ideas and develop new technologies.
     
    This week I’m sharing reflections from leaders on their journey with leadership and social influence. You'll hear from Superintendent Jerry Almendarez, Zandra Jo Galvan, Superintendent of Greenfield Union School District, Tony Richardson, Vice Principal of the MLK Steam Academy, Associate Professor and Online Accessibility Mentor Denise Maduli-Williams, Jeff Prickett, who was named 2021 Illinois High School Principal of the Year, and Tom Murray, Director of Innovation for Future Ready Schools.
     
    0:00 Introduction
    0:55 Sabba's discovery of the possibilities of online learning and teaching
    4:31 Jerry's take on the relationship betwenn leadership and social influence
    6:14 The importance of online presence for professional development
    8:01 Zandra's take on the importance of being part of an online circle for support
    10:12 The four pillars of the relationship between leadership and social influence
    10:49 Jerry's experience using social influence as a leader and how it created opportunities for those around him
    13:41 How leadership and social influence can also be important for people without formal titles
    16:41 Tony's experience using social media to restore trust and heal teacher trauma
    18:42 Denise's experience using social influence to nurture the relationship with her students
    22:51 Jeff's take on how relationships (both online and offline) can work as foundations to building trust
    24:26 Zandra's framework to balacing time between work, family and social media
    29:39 Tom's take on how leaders can inspire a collective vision toward change through humility and vulnerability
    34:17 Sabba's workshop announcement
     
    Leading Teams That Work Better Together Workshop: https://designingschools.org/workshops
     
    Connect with Jerry Almendarez:
    Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jerry-almendarez-916437b1/
     
    Connect with Zandra Jo Galvan:
    Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/zandra-jo-galvan-99b95172/
     
    Connect with Tony Richardson:
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/tonyrchrdsn
     
    Connect with Denise Maduli-Williams:
    Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/dmaduliwilliams/
     
    Connect with Jeff Prickett:
    Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jeffryprickett/
     
    Connect with Tom Murray:
    Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/thomascmurray/
     
    Connect with me, Dr. Sabba Quidwai:
     
    Website: https://designingschools.org/
    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/sabba-quidwai/
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/askMsQ
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/designing_schools/

    • 38 min
    Learn to Become a Life Ready Innovator and Reimagine the World

    Learn to Become a Life Ready Innovator and Reimagine the World

    The best way to get learners to see the space in between as an opportunity is to create a culture of innovation. This can be done through leadership and design thinking. When it comes to innovation, leaders should be able to take a step back and see the big picture, whereas design thinkers should be able to understand the needs of the student and create solutions that are both innovative and practical.
     
    Leadership is key when it comes to creating a culture of innovation. Leaders should be able to step back from their day-to-day work and see the bigger picture in terms of innovation.
     
    The future of education is not about the end result, but about the process. The process of learning is what matters most, and this is where design thinking can be applied. Design thinking is a process that helps learners see obstacles as opportunities and know how to navigate the space in between. It teaches them to be resilient and persistent in their pursuits, which are skills that will serve them well in any field they pursue.
     
    Tony Richardson, Vice Principal, leads the MLK Steam and Design Campus in California. He joins us today to discuss how he's assisting his primary school community in becoming "life-ready innovators, rethinking the world."
     
    0:00 Introduction
    1:49 Importance of design thinking for overcoming obstacles and unlocking your creativity
    3:24 How Tony designed his vision for MLK Steam
    8:22 Creating a growth mindset culture
    10:07 Tony's journey and two inflection points that shaped him into a leader
    13:35 How Tony first came to learn about design thinking and how has it impacted his work
    15:52 Some strategies that Tony used to create a culture of trust
    19:46 Knowledge, motivation and organization influence performance
    21:12 Tony's views on motivation influences and how to balance them against toxic positivity
    23:06 Examples of changes made by Tony through design thinking in classroom
    27:28 Transitioning to integrated learning
    30:11 What is 'teacher trauma' and how can one create an enviroment of psychological safety
    35:36 Tony's current area and students he is working with
    37:27 Presenting a study on how design thinking can help low achieving students
    39:16 Using portfolios as assessment
    42:21 Tony's views on the relationship between leadership and social influence
    43:46 Some strategies and advice on creating a culture of trust and safety
     
    Leading Teams That Work Better Together Workshop:
     
    https://designingschools.org/workshops
     
    Connect with Tony Richardson:
     
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/tonyrchrdsn
     
    Connect with me, Dr. Sabba Quidwai:
     
    Website: https://designingschools.org/
    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/sabba-quidwai/
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/askMsQ
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/designing_schools/

    • 47 min
    Promoting Educational Innovation and Equity in Our Community’s Schools

    Promoting Educational Innovation and Equity in Our Community’s Schools

    The future of schools is changing. The current education system is in need of change more than ever. Schools should focus on what students want to learn, and not what teachers want to teach them. Students should have the opportunity to explore their interests and passions in a safe environment.
     
    The nation's schools are under more pressure than ever to educate kids for an information-rich, high-tech, entrepreneurial, global economy that demands a highly trained, informed, adaptable, and competent workforce. Today, postsecondary education is required for 80% of well-paying occupations.
     
    A school that embraces design thinking will be able to create a more innovative environment for students by encouraging them to experiment with new ideas, engage in teamwork, take risks, and develop relationships with other students who have different skillsets from them.  The design process is one that starts with a problem and works through the steps of finding the solution.
     
    Today's guest, Thomas Murray works with Future Ready Schools as the director of innovation. He's testified in front of the United States Congress and appeared on a variety of television and radio shows. Murray is a frequent conference keynote speaker who was named one of the NSBA's "20 to Watch" in 2018, the "national/global edtech leader of the year" in 2017, and the academy of arts and sciences' "education policy person of the year" in 2015. Both Learning Transformed and Personal and Authentic Learning have become best-sellers.
     
    0:00 Introduction
    1:49 What is Future Ready and what does it's framework look like?
    6:20 How Future Ready answered the challenges posed by the pandemic
    10:35 How to use design thinking to design studying practices with (and not for) students
    11:50 The importance of the design thinking mindset and challenges when shifting mindset
    17:21 Two inflection points that made Tom a great leader
    22:01 Some strategies to help people develop empathy
    24:45 Tom's views on leaders building social trust and influence
    29:49 How can leaders build personal and authentic relationships with their teams
     
    Download: How Do I Learn Best: A Design Thinking Experience
    https://designingschools.org/2022/03/22/part-two-how-do-i-learn-best-a-design-thinking-experience/
     
    Leading Teams That Work Better Together Workshop: https://designingschools.org/workshops
     
    Connect with Thomas Murray:
     
    Website: https://www.thomascmurray.com
     
    Connect with me, Dr. Sabba Quidwai:
     
    Website: https://designingschools.org/
    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/sabba-quidwai/
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/askMsQ
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/designing_schools/

    • 37 min
    More Teachers and More Leaders: Dr. Shane Hotchkiss on How to Improve Education in the Future

    More Teachers and More Leaders: Dr. Shane Hotchkiss on How to Improve Education in the Future

    In both Virginia and Pennsylvania, Shane Hotchkiss has over 23 years of combined educational and managerial experience. He's worked as a fourth grade teacher, an elementary reading specialist, an elementary assistant principal, an elementary principal, and an assistant superintendent. Dr. Hotchkiss has also taught at Wilkes University, Cabrini College, and Wilson College as an adjunct professor.
     
    Shane graduated from Widener University in Chester, Pennsylvania, with a doctorate in educational leadership. He got his Master's Degree in Education from Mansfield University in Mansfield, PA, along with a Reading Specialist certification. He also has a Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education from Mansfield University.
     
    Often, discussions on the future of employment focus on how we prepare kids. We seldom take a step back and consider what work may look like today for the grownups in the company. We now have the chance to explore the best of both worlds and what options exist for how we spend our time and resources, especially now that we've seen what working remotely may look like.
     
    Shane joins me today to discuss his daring vision for his district, as well as how he models and leads an innovative culture through cultivating empathy. We also address how to stay creative as an adult and educator, how to recognize your talents and personality, and so much more.
     
    0:00 Introduction
    1:24 Introducing Shane Hotchkiss and his journey as a leader over a decade
    6:42 How to keep being creative as an adult and educator?
    9:50 Assessments for identifying your strengths and personality
    10:55 How to encourage creativity among a team as a leader?
    16:22 Preparing for the future today: what's the meaning of this statement in practice
    23:45 Shane's views on the relationship between leadership and social influence
    29:24 What did Shane have to learn and relearn during his experience as a leader
    34:33 Shane's take on what we should do to improve education in the future: more teachers and more leaders
     
    Leading Teams That Work Better Together Workshop: https://designingschools.org/workshops
     
    Connect with Shane Hotchkiss:
     
    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/shane-hotchkiss-29004037/
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/shane_hotchkiss
     
    Connect with me, Dr. Sabba Quidwai:
     
    Website: https://designingschools.org/
    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/sabba-quidwai/
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/askMsQ
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/designing_schools/

    • 37 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
24 Ratings

24 Ratings

Smc617 ,

A must for those interested in what schools can become.

Sabba’s podcast is more than just a discussion of education, it is an insightful, critical evaluation of what we can do to make education more meaningful to kids. What I love is that she and her guests are willing to look at every piece of our current system to determine how it could better fit with what we know education should be. I also love that these guests are in the trenches doing the work and showing that these changes can be real. If there is an innovator in education Sabba will find them and their stories will inspire you.

diskon4no ,

Designing Schools is a winner!

Dr. Q is super! She has such insight and knows exactly what to ask her guests to get the most useful and authentic response. Her knowledge and experience in using Design Thinking is truly an asset that she uses throughout each episode. I highly recommend having an in-depth listen to this podcast!

Rip off alerter ,

Insightful & Relevant Conversations!

As a community college educator, I find so many relevant insights on this podcast. As we navigate these exciting and changing times, we need to hear voices from all fields and industries so that we can draw from each other. I appreciate the variety of leaders that Sabba (Dr. Q) interviews, and I learn something new and valuable in every episode. Mostly though, I feel energized and excited about the future after hearing these conversations. Sabba’s enthusiasm jumps through and her thoughtful questions lead to fascinating revelations from everyone she speaks with.

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