100 episodes

This podcast highlights developing trends in K-12 education, postsecondary and lifelong learning. Each week, Getting Smart team members interview students, leading authors, experts and practitioners in research, tech, entrepreneurship and leadership to bring listeners innovative and actionable strategies in education leadership.

This podcast is most frequently hosted by Tom Vander Ark, CEO of Getting Smart. Be sure to check out the Getting Smart Newsletter and Twitter Feed to stay on the cutting edge of innovations in learning.

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    • 4.5 • 40 Ratings

This podcast highlights developing trends in K-12 education, postsecondary and lifelong learning. Each week, Getting Smart team members interview students, leading authors, experts and practitioners in research, tech, entrepreneurship and leadership to bring listeners innovative and actionable strategies in education leadership.

This podcast is most frequently hosted by Tom Vander Ark, CEO of Getting Smart. Be sure to check out the Getting Smart Newsletter and Twitter Feed to stay on the cutting edge of innovations in learning.

    Dr. Valerie Truesdale, Dr. David Miyashiro and Dr. Kelly Niccolls on Next Generation School Leaders

    Dr. Valerie Truesdale, Dr. David Miyashiro and Dr. Kelly Niccolls on Next Generation School Leaders

    On this episode of the Getting Smart Podcast, Tom Vander Ark is joined by Dr. Valerie Truesdale, the Assistant Executive Director of AASA, the Superintendents Association; and Dr. David Miyashiro, Superintendent of Cajon Valley Unified School District and Dr. Kelly Niccolls Teaching and Learning Asst. Director, Secondary at Cheney School District to discuss next generation school system leadership. 
    Together they cover: What skills are required today? Who is the next generation of school leaders? What matters to them?
    Links: 
    AASA Cajon Valley Unified School District Cheney School District Previous town hall with David Myashiro Previous podcast with Valerie Truesdale Decolonizing Education by Kelly Niccols

    • 36 min
    Dr. Michael Conner on the Disruptive Excellence Framework

    Dr. Michael Conner on the Disruptive Excellence Framework

    On this episode of the Getting Smart Podcast, Tom Vander Ark is joined by Dr. Michael T. Conner, CEO/Founder of the Agile Evolutionary Group. Dr. Conner served as Superintendent of Schools (Middletown, CT), Chief Academic Officer (Norwalk, CT), Assistant Superintendent of Teaching and Learning (Willimantic, CT) and Principal of Augusta Lewis Troup School (New Haven, CT). He is the creator and architect of the Disruptive Excellence Framework.
    Links: 
    Agile Evolution Group Dr. Michael Conner Twitter Dr. Michael Conner LinkedIn Thomas Siebel - Digital Transformation What’s Next - Clay Christensen Atul Gwande 

    • 34 min
    Kaya Henderson on Reconstruction and Identity Affirming Curriculum

    Kaya Henderson on Reconstruction and Identity Affirming Curriculum

    On this episode of the Getting Smart Podcast, Tom Vander Ark is joined by the phenomenal Kaya Henderson. Kaya is the CEO of Reconstruction, a edtech company that delivers k-12 courses that situates Black people, culture, and contributions in an authentic, identity-affirming way. Kaya is a career educator, starting as a middle school Spanish teacher in the South Bronx with Teach for America.
    Kaya has been a leader in DC for 20+ years, first with TFA, then TNTP and then a decade at DCPS. She co-hosts the popular podcast Pod Save the People, with DeRay McKesson. 
    Let’s listen in as they discuss representation, hosting a podcast and the importance of culturally responsive pedagogy. 
    Links:
    LinkedIn Pod Save the People

    • 27 min
    Getting Smart on Approximately 400 Podcast Episodes

    Getting Smart on Approximately 400 Podcast Episodes

    On this special episode of the Getting Smart Podcast, producer Mason Pashia is joined by Tom Vander Ark and Shawnee Caruthers to celebrate the approximately 400th episode of the Getting Smart Podcast. 
    They discuss why Getting Smart started a podcast in the first place, run through a quick lightning round of favorite moments and laugh a lot. 
    Episodes mentioned in the episode: 
    Dr. Roberta McFarland on The Magic of Outdoor Education
     
    Joe Erpelding on Magical Schools and Thrively  
    EduCatered: Ululani Shiraishi 100 Days of Conversation Project and The Importance of Community Agreements Chris Emdin on STEM, STEAM, Make Dream Summit Tech Academy on Learning Pathways Immokalee High School on Entrepreneurship and Projects That Serve Community Embark Education on Embedding Learning in Business Jamie Merisotis on Human Work in the Age of Smart Machines Clifton Taulbert on Habits of the Heart Timothy Jones on HipHopEd and Techniques4Learning Erin Jones on Stories and Strategies for Racial Healing Dr. Trish Scanlon on How Voice Technologies Should Work For Kids Dr. Angela Duckworth on Developing Character The Future of Learning with Dr. Pamela Moran, Byron Sanders and Dr. Ed Hess Stephanie Krauss on Readiness, Opportunity, and The Right to a Decent Life Michelle Weise on Long Life Learning  Chelsea Craig and Dr. Anthony Craig on Indigenous Ways of Knowing and Leading

    • 46 min
    Frank Keil on Wonder, Childhood and Lifelong Learning

    Frank Keil on Wonder, Childhood and Lifelong Learning

    This episode of the Getting Smart Podcast is brought to you by What If. 
    On this episode of the Getting Smart Podcast, Tom Vander Ark and Getting Smart Podcast Producer Mason Pashia are joined by Dr. Frank Keil, a Yale Professor of Psychology & Linguistics and author of the new book Wonder: Childhood and the Lifelong Love of Science. When it comes to thinking about thinking … Frank is one of the best. 
    Together, they discuss the majesty of wonder, how we need to do a better job of instilling wonder on a daily basis and how it is how science is a fantastic avenue for exploring a sense of wonder. 
    Links: 
    Frank Keil Bio Wonder: Childhood and the Lifelong Love of Science Excerpt from Wonder: Childhood and the Lifelong Love of Science The Age of Wonder Annie Murphy Paul Podcast Marin Reeves Podcast When You Wonder, You’re Learning Podcast

    • 34 min
    Mark Benigni and Barbara Haeffner on Education As The Great Equalizer

    Mark Benigni and Barbara Haeffner on Education As The Great Equalizer

    This episode of the Getting Smart podcast is a part of our New Pathways campaign. Find out more here.
    On this episode of the Getting Smart Podcast, Tom Vander Ark is joined by Dr. Mark Benigni, the award-winning superintendent of Meriden Public Schools and the co-author of the forthcoming book The Great Equalizer: Six Strategies to Make Public Education Work in America.
    We’re also joined by Barbara Haeffner, Assistant Superintendent of Teaching and Innovation at Meriden Public Schools and co-author. 
    Together, they discuss Mark’s legacy in Meriden and the book’s strategies for reimagining and building a better public education. 
    Links
    Book Link Mark Benigni LinkedIn Mark Benigni Twitter Barbara Haeffner LinkedIn New Pathways Campaign Meriden Portrait of a Graduate Tools For Building a Climate

    • 31 min

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5
40 Ratings

40 Ratings

JoshReppun ,

100% Revlevant Podcast Series

This podcast series of a must listen for all educators, public, private and charter. The topics are 100% relevant to reimagining education. If you listen to only one episode, choose the one with Aaron Schorn and Trinity Asing. It’s an incredible conversation that gets to the heart of what school could be.

EduPodcastFan ,

Top education podcast!

Big podcast fan and this is a top pick for teaching and learning topics.

Denny@TheLodge ,

Let’s try OPEN-ENDED questions

Just listened to my first episode and found the opening painful. Awesome guest (Anant Agarwal from EdX), but the interviewer led with yes/no questions and personal interjections that clearly made the guest uncomfortable. I won’t give up yet, but it was an unfortunate first impression.

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