Hosted by Rebecca Bellingham, Learning Together is produced by the San Diego Unified School District to celebrate the sounds of children learning, to highlight and inspire engagement, innovation, and creativity, to spark conversation about big topics in education, and hopefully to get a little more connected to each other through the stories and interviews that are shared here.
Finding Resilience and Growing New Artistic, Creative Muscles During a Pandemic!
For most of the year, kids have been largely tucked away at home, behind their computer screens and in virtual boxes on Zoom. But even during this difficult time, San Diego students have continued creating. They've been making art and writing scripts; they've been practicing scales and making plays. In this episode, we speak with four impressive student artists in our district and their theatre teacher about the unique, albeit unexpected, ways we are growing during this time - not just as artists, but as people.
Reflecting on 38 years as an educator with Principal Gillingham
Patrick Henry High School Principal Listy Gillingham is retiring after 38 years of dedicated service as a teacher and principal, and she sat down with us to discuss the lessons she picked up along the way.
Join us as we discuss building a school culture that centers student voice, and what principals can do to create strong communities for their students and teachers.
Reflections: Looking at an eventful year through the lens of arts education
Since the genesis of the Learning Together podcast, we've featured original music and performances from our students and staff at the School of Creative and Performing Arts as our soundtrack on several occasions. As this school year draws to a close, we take a look at the role of music and arts education during tumultuous times.
How does an education steeped in the arts continue to thrive, even while learning from home? How are students helping to lead the profound change we need to repair our country and our world? Take a listen as we discuss with principal Timothy Farson and SCPA students in this can't-miss episode of Learning Together.
High school seniors keeping music alive, even in challenging times
Over the past several weeks, all of us have had to make huge shifts in the ways we learn, teach, and work from home. For those with a passion for music, this is especially true. Hear how our students have kept that passion alive in these strange times, from the perspective of these seniors from Mira Mesa High School.
The Joy of Theatre with Patrick Henry High School
Join Rebecca Bellingham as she interviews the cast of Fiddler on the Roof at Patrick Henry High School only weeks before schools shut down around the country. Listen to their stories of putting on one of the most iconic musicals of all time and hear them sing a few numbers from the show. The students' stories of connection and transformation will move you and remind you why the arts matter, why theater matters, and why building artistic communities with kids sustains and empowers them, especially in difficult times like today.
Raising a New Generation of Readers
How do we build cultures of readers in our classrooms? How can we make books as compelling as digital screens? These are the questions explored as we dive into literacy with the English instructors and students at Marshall Middle School, along with district resource teacher Dr. Haydee Zavala.