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    82: Build a New Future: Teaching Action and Coalition Building w/ Dr. Kevin Gannon

    82: Build a New Future: Teaching Action and Coalition Building w/ Dr. Kevin Gannon

    Transcripts can be found via our website, humanrestorationproject.org.
    Our conversation today will center on teaching organization and collective activism. Essentially, we find ourselves at an important crossroads, as the administration shifts to new policies - teachers will be at the whim of new federal (and likely, state) policies that will have massive ramifications on classrooms, especially during COVID-19. And I hope out of this conversation, we’ll be able to address - what should I be concerned about? What problems may exist? And then, okay...what can I do to actually mitigate these problems and demand an equitable education system?

    GUESTSDr. Kevin Gannon, the Director of the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning and a Professor of History at Grand View University in Des Moines, Iowa, and author of Radical Hope: A Teaching Manifesto. Further, Gannon actively writes and teaches on the science of learning, racism and race in education, and building inclusivity online and offline. You can learn more on his website, TheTattooedProf.com and on Twitter @TheTattooedProf.

    RESOURCESThe Wolf at the Schoolhouse Door by Jack Schneider and Jennifer BerkshirePedagogy of Hope by Paulo FreireRadical Hope by Kevin GannonHRP Book Review: Radical Hope
    FURTHER LISTENINGThinkUDL with Kevin Gannon: Radical Hope for Online Teaching

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    81: One Teacher Can't Save the World

    81: One Teacher Can't Save the World

    This is a recording of our Teacher Powered Schools Virtual Conference 2020 presentation: Sharing Power with Students: Reframing Systems Toward a Liberatory Pedagogy. This session dives into why reform doesn't work, how teachers can use collective action to change systems, and what really, is the point of us working against inhumane structures if not much is actually changing?

    RESOURCESOne Teacher Can't Save the World by Nick Covington and Chris McNutt
    FURTHER LISTENINGIntroduction: Human Restoration Project

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    80: Pandemic Pods, School Choice, and Combating Inequity w/ Dr. Jon Hale

    80: Pandemic Pods, School Choice, and Combating Inequity w/ Dr. Jon Hale

    Today, Chris and I (Nick) are joined by John Hale, whose biography you will hear at the beginning of the interview. John was recently the guest of a Soho Forum debate on the topic of pandemic pods, which you heard excerpts of at the beginning of this episode and confined in its entirety on YouTube.
    Since the Human Restoration Project has primarily been focused on pedagogy and changing the structures of school, I wanted to have John on to talk more about the history and ramifications of education policy and help us unpack what's really going on in our current conversations about pandemic pods, voucher programs and the recently announced Bezos Academy. How can we simultaneously acknowledge that schools need to change while being critical advocates for the need for public institutions and employee unions? How have market oriented takes on so-called school choice actually subverted the original intent of independent and charter schools? It's a really interesting conversation and it was great to talk to John. I'm sure we'll have him on again to talk education policy, history and organization in the future.

    GUESTSDr. Joe Hale, professor of educational policy, organization, and leadership at the University of Illinois, Urban-Champaign, and author of the forthcoming book, "The Choice We Face" (working title)

    RESOURCESJeff Bezos is opening a tuition-free preschool for underserved children (CNN)Savage Inequalities by Jonathan KozolSmall Schools and Choice Revisited by Deborah Meier
    FURTHER LISTENINGAre ‘Pandemic Pods’ a Symptom of the Public School Monopoly? A Soho Forum Debate (YouTube)

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    79: Reimagine the System w/ REENVISIONED (Dr. Erin Raab)

    79: Reimagine the System w/ REENVISIONED (Dr. Erin Raab)

    Today we're joined by Dr. Erin Lynn Raab. Erin is the Co-founder of REENVISIONED, a movement to redefine the purpose of school.
  REENVISIONED aims to change the conversation of school away from standards, norms, and improving the status quo, toward human flourishing, community, democracy, and collective liberation. Erin and her co-founder, Nicole Hensel, both graduates of the Stanford Graduate School of Education, aim to collect 10,000 stories of students, teachers, and community members to develop a shared vision of what school could, and should be.

    The organization works with schools and individuals to catalyze new conversations and create new visions.  They provide a tried and true process for opening space for truly eye-opening conversations between young people, educators, and other adults in their community about what we all really want out of our education system and for our live. You can read some of these interviews at REENVISIONED.org.
    In our conversation together, Erin talks about systems-based thinking and transforming the system, rather than upholding the status quo. It's a deep, complex discussion centering on history, psychology, and more. I hope you enjoy!

    GUESTSDr. Erin Lynn Raab, who earned her Ph.D. in Education from Stanford University, where her scholarship pertained to the question of how we can transform education systems so they foster individual flourishing and thriving democracy, and is the co-founder of REENVISIONED.

    RESOURCESREENVISIONED: Hundreds of interviews on the purpose of school, with free resources and activities to help facilitate these conversations by yourself or with classes.“Why School?": A Systems Perspective on Creating Schooling for Individual Flourishing and a Thriving Democratic Society” - Dr. Raab’s Ph.D. DissertationThe End of Policing by Alex Vitale (referenced)
    Shorter, broad audience pieces by Erin:
    If We Want a More Just, Equitable Society We Have to Re-envision School. Here’s how to start. Designing School for Human Flourishing & Thriving Democracy   The Four Purposes of Schooling
    FURTHER LISTENING43: The Good Life feat. Steven Gumbay, REENVISIONED, The Future Project, Anne Connolly, Richard Loeper-Viti, & Gamal Sherif

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    78: A Way to Ungrade, Floop w/ Christine Witcher

    78: A Way to Ungrade, Floop w/ Christine Witcher

    Today we're talking about ungrading with the EdTech tool, Floop, short for feedback loop, found over at FloopEdu.com. Now, we don't normally talk about specific tools and strategies at HRP - we get into the theory and pedagogy of progressive systems...but the most common question we're asked is: okay well, is it even possible to do any of these things? It seems like a ton of work and it'll be overwhelming, and everyone is against me!
    Well, one potential solution is Floop! In summary, Floop allows you to easily provide feedback to your students. You create dropboxes on the platform, students upload their assignments, and then you are given audio and text-based tools to comment on what they've done. You can assign feedback visually, through comment banks, see growth over past revisions, and you can see if students have read what you've said. I personally love that Floop is committed to ungrading - and you don't need to enter in any grade whatsoever. The company actively promote practices to distance ourselves from grades altogether.
    I, myself, started using Floop this year and I'm excited to share it. I think it's a great example of an ed tech company using their tools for actual education as opposed to maintaining the status quo, and it's affordable and ethical as you'll soon find out.
    Finally, this episode is not sponsored in any way, I'm just excited about it. Christine offered our listeners 20% off their first year - putting the platform at roughly $67. Just use code "RESTORE20" before October 31st, 2020.

    GUESTSChristine Witcher, a current middle school STEM educator and co-founder of Floop, founded in 2017.

    RESOURCESStudy: LMS, Grading, and CommentsPD on Feedback-Driven LearningThe Floop Curriculum
    FURTHER LISTENINGTeach Better Podcast: 94: A Two-Way Conversation – Christine Witcher chats with us about the importance of feedback, and how to make sure our students are emotionally ready for it, and prepared to learn from it. 

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    77: Normalizing Teacher Self-Care (in a Pandemic) w/ Evan Whitehead

    77: Normalizing Teacher Self-Care (in a Pandemic) w/ Evan Whitehead

    Today we are joined by Evan Whitehead, a veteran educator who is the director of special services at a K-8 school in Illinois. Evan has served in a variety of roles, from crisis and behavior interventionist to Latino parent outreach coordinator to Title 1 director. Further, Evan actively presents on reaching at-risk youth, leadership, and self-care for everyone in education, and is a national consultant for the Aha! Process.
    We discuss how educators can best prepare for self-care, especially now within remote and hybrid contexts. Further, we focus on conversation on two themes: 1) how can we build systems (e.g. breaks, SEL check-ins) to ensure teachers are supported by administration, and 2) how can we ensure that toxic positivity doesn’t ignore equity and social justice in the “name of” self-care?
    Transcript available here.

    GUESTSEvan Whitehead, a leader in social-emotional learning, leadership, and self-care, and director of special services at a K-8 school.

    RESOURCESHow Self-Compassion Can Help Prevent Teacher BurnoutDena Simmons: Without Context, Social-Emotional Learning Can Backfire
    FURTHER LISTENINGThe Innovator’s Mindset: Balance, Boundaries, and Breaks (YouTube)
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Awesome stuff!

"Awesome stuff! I love the multiple perspectives and views on progressive education. I will say some of the sound quality of the early podcasts is "tinny" and it can be really hard to hear Dan sometimes...but otherwise this is a fantastic ed podcast. I wish I would've had educators with this mentality when I was in school! Ended up even supporting their Patreon. 🙌🙌 "

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Really thought about a lot while listening to this...makes you really think different about school! Keep getting guests. Love it.

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