12 episodes

This series shines a spotlight on the innovative edtech companies working to make a difference for students and educators.

Through conversations with the founders and CEOs, partner organizations, and the educators who are using their products in schools today, listeners hear about solutions relevant to their chronic challenges and opportunity-expanding ideas to go into uncharted directions.

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This series shines a spotlight on the innovative edtech companies working to make a difference for students and educators.

Through conversations with the founders and CEOs, partner organizations, and the educators who are using their products in schools today, listeners hear about solutions relevant to their chronic challenges and opportunity-expanding ideas to go into uncharted directions.

    AI and our sustained curiosity about the bright future of education with Priten Shah and Aatash Parikh

    AI and our sustained curiosity about the bright future of education with Priten Shah and Aatash Parikh

    In this exciting and idea-packed episode, we catch up with Priten Shah and Aatash Parikh, two of our edtech founders who are also innovative thinkers on artificial intelligence and its potential for schools. 

    Hear about:
    How do we understand what technologies are truly “AI?”What we’re still waiting to learn about what AI technologies can and will becomeWhat it means to become “AI literate”Helping to solve persistent problems in educationAppropriately embracing new technologies in schoolsHow are students responding to new AI tools in their classrooms?The most important advances schools should make with their use of AI in the next yearAbout today’s guests
    Aatash Parikh, founder of Inkwire, is an educator and an engineer. Aatash has worked as a software engineer at companies like Google & Khan Academy and as a middle school teacher in Oakland Unified School District. Connect on Twitter or LinkedIn. 

    Priten Shah is the CEO of Pedagogy.Cloud, which provides innovative technology solutions to help educators navigate global challenges in a rapidly evolving world. He is also the author of Wiley’s Jossey-Bass publication, AI & The Future of Education: Teaching in the Age of Artificial Intelligence. He and his team are currently focused on helping educational organizations adapt to the ever growing capabilities of AI. Connect with Priten on Twitter or LinkedIn. 

    About today’s host
    Ross Romano is a co-founder of the BE Podcast Network and CEO of September Strategies, a coaching and consulting firm that helps organizations and high-performing leaders in the K-12 education industry communicate their vision and make strategic decisions that lead to long-term success. Connect on Twitter @RossBRomano or https://www.linkedin.com/in/rossromano 

    Listen to his other shows:
    The Authority — deep-dive interviews with the leading minds in leadership, management, education, and personal development.Sideline Sessions — conversations with successful coaches and performance experts from professional, collegiate, and youth sports. 

    • 38 min
    How to stop the summer slide with Connected Class founder Christel Reaves

    How to stop the summer slide with Connected Class founder Christel Reaves

    Christel Reaves, founder and CEO of Connected Class, returns to the show to talk us through strategies for summer learning success. 

    Hear about:
    The significant challenges posed by the “Summer Slide”Why math and reading are the most critical subject areas for summer learningHow the opportunity cost of time spent re-learning material holds the whole class backSummer learning resources offered by Connected Class that make learning fun for families (Learn more: https://bit.ly/3QSDbyE) How parents support summer learningWhat schools can do to prioritize better summer learning About today’s guest
    Christel Reaves, founder and CEO of Connected Class, is an enthusiastic educator dedicated to improving learning and equipping educators to succeed.  Her passion for ensuring family engagement throughout the learning process is evident and at the core of every product and service provided by Connected Class. She oversees a team of Instructional Specialists to support schools, focusing on helping educators analyze data, develop action plans, implement instructional strategies, and enhance family engagement for improved student achievement. 

    Before Christel was the founder of Connected Class, she was a classroom teacher, county resource educator and district administrator. She worked closely with the state to remove low-performing Title I schools from Intervene status. Over the past 25 years, she has helped many schools improve their student performance and engage families. Learn more: www.connectedclass.com

    About today’s host
    Ross Romano is a co-founder of the Be Podcast Network and CEO of September Strategies, a coaching and consulting firm that helps organizations and high-performing leaders in the K-12 education industry communicate their vision and make strategic decisions that lead to long-term success. Connect on Twitter @RossBRomano or https://www.linkedin.com/in/rossromano 

    Listen to his other shows:
    The Authority — deep-dive interviews with the leading minds in leadership, management, education, and personal development.Sideline Sessions — conversations with successful coaches and performance experts from professional, collegiate, and youth sports. 

    • 23 min
    Wayde Sick, North Dakota State CTE Director, On Enhancing Career Exploration with VR/XR Technology

    Wayde Sick, North Dakota State CTE Director, On Enhancing Career Exploration with VR/XR Technology

    In this episode, we’re joined by special guest Wayde Sick, State Director of the North Dakota Department of Career and Technical Education. Wayde was previously Director of Workforce Development for the ND Dept. of Commerce and also worked as a school director. 

    Hear about:
    Using innovative technology to enhance career explorationExploring in-demand occupations in rural areasVirtual reality to provide tangible experiencesHow North Dakota began using CareerView XR statewide. What happens when students are introduced to careers they didn’t know existedGetting employers involvedAbout today’s host
    Tanya Sheckley is the Founder and President of UP Academy, a progressive elementary lab school in San Mateo, California. UP Academy is reinventing education by customizing learning for each student, integrating project-based learning throughout its curriculum, and supporting students with disabilities to attend alongside able-bodied students in mixed-age classrooms.

    Tanya hosts the Rebel Educator podcast, speaks across the country on the future of education, and leads professional development programs for school administrators and educators. Listen to Rebel Educator here: https://re.bepodcast.network/ 

    About Be More Colorful
    Be More Colorful, based in Fargo, North Dakota specializes in immersive technology solutions for solving workforce development problems. Co-founded by husband-and-wife team Matt and Katie Chaussee, the company has been at the forefront of creating immersive media solutions that help people make better decisions about where they choose to live, learn, work and play. Learn more:
    https://www.bemorecolorful.com https://www.facebook.com/careerviewxr  https://www.facebook.com/bemorecolorful  https://www.linkedin.com/company/careerviewxr  https://www.linkedin.com/company/be-more-colorful  https://www.instagram.com/bemorecolorful https://twitter.com/bemorecolorful  https://www.tiktok.com/@bemorecolorful 

    • 26 min
    Aidan Kestigian, Harvard philosophy fellow and ThinkerAnalytix VP, on using AI to improve information literacy and argument formation

    Aidan Kestigian, Harvard philosophy fellow and ThinkerAnalytix VP, on using AI to improve information literacy and argument formation

    In this episode, Aidan Kestigian, a visiting fellow in the Department of Philosophy at Harvard University and the Vice President of Operations and Curriculum for ThinkerAnalytix, shares her insights on using AI to help students critically evaluate information and form better arguments. 

    Hear about:
    Pedagog.ai’s connection to philosophyHow AI can have a role in moderating disagreements and creating productive discussionGiving students targeted practice in making an argumentUsing AI to make content and exercises grade- and skill-appropriateGiving students the tools to critically evaluate what they’re reading and hearingPersuasive arguments in a disagreementAbout today’s host
    Tanya Sheckley is the Founder and President of UP Academy, a progressive elementary lab school in San Mateo, California. UP Academy is reinventing education by customizing learning for each student, integrating project-based learning throughout its curriculum, and supporting students with disabilities to attend alongside able-bodied students in mixed-age classrooms.

    Tanya hosts the Rebel Educator podcast, speaks across the country on the future of education, and leads professional development programs for school administrators and educators. Listen to Rebel Educator here: https://re.bepodcast.network/ 

    About Pedagog.ai
    Pedagog.ai is focused on supporting educators in adapting to the age of artificial intelligence in education. The company offers a variety of professional development options, including books, online courses, webinars, and in-person workshops, to help teachers learn about the latest advancements in AI and education. Their suite of tools is designed with educators in mind, aiming to enhance curriculum development and workflow efficiency through AI technology. They also provide tools tailored for student use, enabling them to engage in assignments that leverage AI capabilities in a classroom setting. Learn more:
    http://pedagog.ai https://twitter.com/pedagogycloud https://www.instagram.com/pedagogycloud https://facebook.com/pedagogycloud 

    • 27 min
    Physics and engineering teacher Ted Cuevas on reigniting his passion by empowering all learners

    Physics and engineering teacher Ted Cuevas on reigniting his passion by empowering all learners

    In this episode, Ted Cuevas, a physics and engineering teacher at High Tech High – Chula Vista (California), is our guest. He was the first teacher to start using Inkwire two years ago, pioneering innovative projects with students and contributing significantly to the shaping of Inkwire's platform with his pedagogical vision around learning and assessment.

    Hear about:
    Ted’s transition from mechanical engineering to teachingHow Ted, High Tech High, and Inkwire all commit to equity and empowermentCollaborating to design a platform for portfolios and enabling students to communicate about their learningHow the past few years have reignited his passion for teachingThe purpose and process of assessmentCompetency-based learning, project-based learning, AI, design, and moreAbout today’s host
    Tanya Sheckley is the Founder and President of UP Academy, a progressive elementary lab school in San Mateo, California. UP Academy is reinventing education by customizing learning for each student, integrating project-based learning throughout its curriculum, and supporting students with disabilities to attend alongside able-bodied students in mixed-age classrooms.

    Tanya hosts the Rebel Educator podcast, speaks across the country on the future of education, and leads professional development programs for school administrators and educators. Listen to Rebel Educator here: https://re.bepodcast.network/ 

    About Inkwire
    In a world in which generative AI has called into question the value of traditional curriculum and assessments, Inkwire is a platform that engages students in real projects and helps them demonstrate their original thinking & skills through portfolios. Learn more: https://inkwire.co 

    • 36 min
    Instructional specialist Amanda Anthony on empowering parents and differentiating to meet learners' needs

    Instructional specialist Amanda Anthony on empowering parents and differentiating to meet learners' needs

    In this episode, Amanda Anthony, an instructional specialist with Connected Class, discusses her journey in education and shares insights on improving parent engagement, empowering parents to support learning, differentiation, and more. This begins a series of five episodes hosted by Tanya Sheckley, host of Rebel Educator on the BE Podcast Network. 

    Hear about:
    Amanda’s journey from music to K-8 educationHow Connected Class developed organically to meet teachers’ desire for better trainingCreating a real community between parents and schoolsEffective strategies for differentiated instructionMeeting students’ diverse needsHow to help parents become empowered learning partnersPlay as a tool for learning About today’s guest
    Amanda Anthony is a Learning Link Instructional Specialist at Connected Class with over 20 years experience as an educator. She is known for providing invaluable feedback and differentiating instruction. Learn more about Connected Class:
    www.connectedclass.com   https://twitter.com/connectedclass _https://www.instagram.com/connected_class   https://www.linkedin.com/company/connected-class About today’s host
    Tanya Sheckley is the Founder and President of UP Academy, a progressive elementary lab school in San Mateo, California. UP Academy is reinventing education by customizing learning for each student, integrating project-based learning throughout its curriculum, and supporting students with disabilities to attend alongside able-bodied students in mixed-age classrooms.
    Tanya hosts the Rebel Educator podcast, speaks across the country on the future of education, and leads professional development programs for school administrators and educators. Listen to Rebel Educator here: https://re.bepodcast.network/ 

    • 25 min

Customer Reviews

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8 Ratings

8 Ratings

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EdTech Innovation

Great, short episodes with innovative people in the educational technology space!

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New and Innovative

It is incredible to hear about these new companies and the pour of entrepreneurs!

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This show makes me feel optimistic

With all the criticism directed towards education, this show makes me feel optimistic because it highlights some amazing work being done to support teachers.

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