37 episodes

“Outliers in Education” from CEE, the Center for Educational Effectiveness, delves into the stories of school leaders who have found uncommon success in meeting the common challenges facing educators across America. Guest educators share how they’ve overcome everything from dwindling graduation rates, disenfranchised students and staff, angry school boards and underfunded mandates in their quest to deliver an equitable, top-quality education to the young people upon whom our shared future depends. Supported by cutting edge research from CEE, this podcast is a great listen for anyone interested in changing America’s educational systems for the better.Produced by Jamie Howell, Howell at the Moon Productions (www.howellatthemoon.com)

Outliers in Education from CEE Jamie Howell

    • Education
    • 5.0 • 7 Ratings

“Outliers in Education” from CEE, the Center for Educational Effectiveness, delves into the stories of school leaders who have found uncommon success in meeting the common challenges facing educators across America. Guest educators share how they’ve overcome everything from dwindling graduation rates, disenfranchised students and staff, angry school boards and underfunded mandates in their quest to deliver an equitable, top-quality education to the young people upon whom our shared future depends. Supported by cutting edge research from CEE, this podcast is a great listen for anyone interested in changing America’s educational systems for the better.Produced by Jamie Howell, Howell at the Moon Productions (www.howellatthemoon.com)

    The Power of Play: How to Keep the Joy in Learning with Geoff McLachlan

    The Power of Play: How to Keep the Joy in Learning with Geoff McLachlan

    Laughter isn't just the best medicine, it may also be a pivotal part of a successful learning experience. In this episode we speak with big-bearded and gregarious Geoff McLachlan, founder of Professionals at Play and explore how the simple joy of play can prove rejuvenating both students and educators alike.

    As the unstructured playgrounds of the past have been replaced with the excessively structured learning environments of today, we have lost our ability to play and, with it, much of the resilience once learned out on the playground, as well as many of the nurturing relationships developed there.

    Join in as we discover how a sprinkle of humor coupled with a playful spirit can indeed pave the way for a robust, inclusive educational setting where being a good human is as important as being a good student.



    "Outliers in Education" is a project of CEE, The Center for Educational Effectiveness. Find out more at effectiveness.org.

    Produced by Jamie Howell at Howell at the Moon Productions.

    • 24 min
    Courageous Principals Needed with Andre Wicks

    Courageous Principals Needed with Andre Wicks

    Andre Wicks is the creative force behind EverydayPrincipal.com, an online platform designed to connect educators and administrators with the latest research, knowledge and best practices in the field of K-12 education. A seasoned principal himself, Andre knows what his colleagues are up against on a daily basis and offers inspiring and practical insights into nurturing relationships, sustaining a vibrant school culture, and striking that ever-elusive work-life balance. Above all, courageous principals who can stand strong in support of what's best for students are what's needed most.

    Check out Andre's website and latest book at:
    EverydayPrincipal.com"What is Standing in the Way: The Journey of Becoming Your Best Self" on Amazon.com

    "Outliers in Education" is a project of CEE, The Center for Educational Effectiveness. Find out more at effectiveness.org.

    Produced by Jamie Howell at Howell at the Moon Productions.

    • 22 min
    Fighting the Epidemic of Youth Loneliness with Only 7 Seconds

    Fighting the Epidemic of Youth Loneliness with Only 7 Seconds

    The U.S. Surgeon General has officially declared loneliness a national epidemic, one that is more deadly than smoking, obesity and addiction. It is now estimated that living with a lack of social connection increases a person's risk of early death as much as smoking 15 cigarettes a day!

    But there's a cure available - connection - and it can be administered in as little as seven seconds. On this episode of Outliers in Education, we speak with a pair of connection crusaders from the non-profit, Only7Seconds. Learn from Executive Director Luke Wall and recently retired superintendent Eric Driessen (from one of the outlier districts identified in CEE's Outliers Study) about how something as simple as a text message can alter the course of a young life and sometimes even save lives.

    Established in 2019, Only7Seconds is taking the epidemic of youth loneliness head on through extensive outreach programs, podcasts, video series and their unique Connection Curriculum designed to equip, empower and inspire teachers and students to create the connections that can literally save their lives.

    You can find out more about Only7Seconds at:
    only7seconds.com 

    Also from Only7Seconds:
    I Know Lonely Project - Videos, podcasts and written storiesConnection Curriculum - A toolkit to inspire youth to make intentional connections

    "Outliers in Education" is a project of CEE, The Center for Educational Effectiveness. Find out more at effectiveness.org.

    Produced by Jamie Howell at Howell at the Moon Productions.

    • 33 min
    Building Better School Boards with Coherent Governance®

    Building Better School Boards with Coherent Governance®

    Is your school board in disarray? Tensions boiling over? Factions forming? Superintendent ready to jump ship? School boards across the country face unique sets of challenges daily. But one policy-based model known as Coherent Governance® maps out what its founder believes to be, "... the most 'user-friendly' system in the world for effective board governance."

    Discover the power of Coherent Governance® in revolutionizing school board effectiveness in this enlightening conversation with guests Dr. John Steach from the Center for Educational Effectiveness (CEE) and Linda Dawson, founder of the Aspen Group and Coherent Governance®.

    Also on this episode, CEE and the Aspen Group announce a new merger between the two companies as they combine to bring comprehensive support to school districts across the country.

    Learn about this novel, yet universally accepted, approach to improving board performance, creating the foundations for trust, innovation and community involvement while curbing ego clashes among board members and paving the way to success for incoming superintendents.

    Expect to gain a deeper understanding of how to navigate the complexities of board meetings and unravel the vital roles of board members and superintendents in shaping a conducive environment that puts student achievement at the forefront.

    You can find out more about Coherent Governance® at aspengroup.org or through their books:
    Good Governance is a Choice: A Way to Re-Create Your Board - The Right Way by Linda J. Dawson and Randy QuinnThe Art of Governing Coherently: Mastering the Implementation of Coherent Governance® and Policy Governance® by Linda J. Dawson and Randy QuinnYou can find out more about the Center for Educational Effectiveness (CEE) at effectiveness.org. 
    "Outliers in Education" is a project of CEE, The Center for Educational Effectiveness. Find out more at effectiveness.org.

    Produced by Jamie Howell at Howell at the Moon Productions.

    • 34 min
    Equal Opportunity Education with Reid Saaris

    Equal Opportunity Education with Reid Saaris

    What if quality education was accessible for every child, regardless of their socioeconomic background or race? Buckle up as we explore this intriguing question with Reid Saaris, the force behind the nonprofit Equal Opportunity Schools. With Reid’s unique insights, we illuminate the dark corners of educational inequality and the persistent underinvestment in students of diverse backgrounds, setting the stage for a compelling conversation about what might be done to move the needle on equity in education.

    A candidate for the Washington State Superintendency, Reid has committed his career to helping school leaders provide all student an equal opportunity to achieve their dreams.  He is the author of "The Kids Across the Hall and the Fight for Opportunity in Our Schools," available HERE on Amazon.com

    To connect with Reid, folks can find him on facebook, instagram, and linkedin. His campaign website is www.reid4waschools.com.
    "Outliers in Education" is a project of CEE, The Center for Educational Effectiveness. Find out more at effectiveness.org.

    Produced by Jamie Howell at Howell at the Moon Productions.

    • 34 min
    Brain Optimization for Educators with Dr. CK Bray

    Brain Optimization for Educators with Dr. CK Bray

    We know more about the inner workings of the human brain than ever before, but is our educational system taking advantage of what we've learned? Cognitive behavioral researcher Dr. CK Bray joins us on the podcast today to explore the intricate relationship between neuroscience, education, and culture. Dr. Bray shares insightful perspectives on the pressing need for change in our educational practices, emphasizing the importance of mental health monitoring, emotional regulation tools, the profound impact of physical activity and the vital role played by social connection in optimizing our brains for learning.

    Ever heard of box breathing? In this episode, Dr. Bray explains how this simple technique and others can reset the brain, reduce stress, and combat fatigue, creating a more conducive environment for both learning and teaching. But, it doesn't stop there! We also discuss the positive impacts of educator autonomy on their motivation and student outcomes. A little autonomy can go a long way to foster a sense of control, purpose, and increase collective teacher efficacy. 

    Finally, Dr. Bray lays out the importance of developing strong social connections. In the digital age, our interactions are often mediated by screens, resulting in a potential lack of genuine connection. Dr. Bray guides us through the influences of social media on our youth and underscores the significance of continuous learning and taking on challenges in enhancing self-efficacy and self-esteem. So, gear up as we dive into these pivotal discussions aimed at equipping educators to be more successful in their indispensable roles. Let's redefine education together!
    "Outliers in Education" is a project of CEE, The Center for Educational Effectiveness. Find out more at effectiveness.org.

    Produced by Jamie Howell at Howell at the Moon Productions.

    • 40 min

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