22 episodes

In a world of educational chaos, where can you turn to help your child flourish? Join Carol Lloyd as she dives into the science and stories behind how kids thrive. From how kids become math-phobic to what's going on inside your teenager's brain, it’s the science of learning, fun and unspun. Visit us at greatschools.org/likeasponge for links to resources and more.

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    • Education
    • 4.9 • 58 Ratings

In a world of educational chaos, where can you turn to help your child flourish? Join Carol Lloyd as she dives into the science and stories behind how kids thrive. From how kids become math-phobic to what's going on inside your teenager's brain, it’s the science of learning, fun and unspun. Visit us at greatschools.org/likeasponge for links to resources and more.

    Trailer: A sneak peek at season 3 of Like a Sponge

    Trailer: A sneak peek at season 3 of Like a Sponge

    In this season of Like a Sponge, we explore how high schools need to change. Learn how practices rooted in equity and rigor benefit all students. What does it mean for a school to become trauma-sensitive? Or anti-rascist? Or to help teens try a career path? See how these big ideas play out in real schools.

    • 56 sec
    Radical rethink

    Radical rethink

    What does it take to turn around a high school with lagging attendance, low test scores, and few resources? Some educators might say, “baby steps.” Instead, North Edgecombe High School launched a radical rethink of the whole student experience, all guided by a design thinking process led by the students themselves.

    • 25 min
    Navigating the world

    Navigating the world

    In search of relevant learning, many traditional high schools are adding internship programs and capstone projects to their curriculum. This innovative Rhode Island high school built its entire curriculum around each individual child’s curiosity about the future. Listen in as one girl, who had lost her way in a traditional high school, found her North Star. 

    • 24 min
    Banishing bias from school

    Banishing bias from school

    A charter school in Philadelphia rethinks their policies and practices to strip out bias. In Texas, one highly effective teacher transforms her students’ learning liabilities into super powers. In both schools, ordinary educators are finding extraordinary success in questioning old assumptions that leave some kids behind.

    • 32 min
    School culture makeover

    School culture makeover

    One Massachusetts’ charter school had a culture of high behavioral expectations to match their high academic expectations. The only problem? All those rules were actually getting in the way of learning. Learn how this school transformed their culture, policies, and practices by reframing the invisible forcefield that influenced it all: the mindset of the adults.   

    • 21 min
    Sampling the future

    Sampling the future

    From the outset, Grayson High School, located just outside of Atlanta, GA, looks like a typical American high school: big football field, bigger pep rallies. But it also offers a program that enables kids to time travel into their imagined futures and sample dream careers. Grayson Tech has 12 pathway programs that teach everything from culinary arts to music tech. For students, it’s not just vocational training — it’s a path to finding their purpose.

    • 20 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
58 Ratings

58 Ratings

lamjam24 ,

Navigating the World

Very informative podcast that helps us understand how to guide our teenagers in the ever-confusing world of HS and finding their passion. Great examples of real world learning and how to utilize supports systems around them!

Dnnwise ,

Inspiring and practical!

Well-written, interesting, gives you hope with evidencebased information.

Meeee2456889 ,

Love it!!

Season 2 was my favorite, but loved it all. Very well done and entertaining.