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New scientific discoveries about how children learn and develop present unprecedented opportunities for each and every child to thrive in school and in life. How can we transform the 21st century education system using 21st century science? Host Chris Riback talks with extraordinary educators, researchers and visionaries who are rethinking and redesigning K-though-12 education in America. Produced by Turnaround for Children and Good Guys Podcasts.

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New scientific discoveries about how children learn and develop present unprecedented opportunities for each and every child to thrive in school and in life. How can we transform the 21st century education system using 21st century science? Host Chris Riback talks with extraordinary educators, researchers and visionaries who are rethinking and redesigning K-though-12 education in America. Produced by Turnaround for Children and Good Guys Podcasts.

    John King: Getting Back to School Safely and Better

    John King: Getting Back to School Safely and Better

    Education is among the highest stated priorities right out of the gates for the Biden Administration. Besides the obvious – getting kids and teachers back to school safely and quickly – major challenges remain around what some call “unfinished learning” and others call “learning loss” that have been revealed and exacerbated by the pandemic – as well as enduring and systemic questions of how to address gaps in equity, race, funding, and opportunity… as well as the best ways to integrate lessons from the Science of Learning and Development in reimagining education in America.
    With each issue so urgent and so connected, how should the Department of Education prioritize them? Further, given our prized system of local school control, what exactly can a federal Department of Education do?
    To find out, we spoke with Dr. John King, our nation’s 10th Secretary of Education who served under President Obama. King has dedicated his career to education. His parents were New York City public school teachers. He taught high school social studies in Puerto Rico and Boston. He served as a middle school principal. Today King is president and CEO of The Education Trust, a nonprofit organization that seeks to identify and close opportunity and achievement gaps, from preschool through college.
    For more information, go to www.turnaroundusa.org/podcast.

    • 43 min
    When the Building is Closed but School is Open, with Ron Berger and Laina Cox

    When the Building is Closed but School is Open, with Ron Berger and Laina Cox

    As schools try to determine how best to help students, the challenges, it seems, are everywhere: Health, safety, technology, food security, personal growth, and, of course, learning. Which is what makes learning about EL Education’s approach so useful.
    EL Education guides a network of over 150 public schools in more than 30 states –  helping build schools in low-income communities that send all graduates to college through high student achievement, character and citizenship, while also building teacher capacity through professional coaching, resources and open-source curriculum.
    But how does it work? And in particular, how are the program’s fundamentals helping students, parents, teacher, and administrators maintain learning and growing.
    To learn more, we spoke with Ron Berger and Laina Cox. Ron is Chief Academic Officer for EL Education, and Laina is Principal at Capital City Public Charter Middle School in Washington D.C.
    As you’ll hear in this part one of our two-part conversation, a lynchpin to EL’s success is something called Crew robust advisories that form human connections, and the connections in EL schools form a community.
    For more information, go to www.turnaroundusa.org/podcast.

    • 29 min
    You Can't Separate Character from Student Success, with Ron Berger and Laina Cox

    You Can't Separate Character from Student Success, with Ron Berger and Laina Cox

    Today we continue our conversation with Ron Berger and Laina Cox.
    Ron is Chief Academic Officer for EL Education, and has been with the group since its founding.Ron is Chief Academic Officer for EL Education, which guides a network of over 150 public schools in more than 30 states – helping build schools in low-income communities that send all graduates to college through high student achievement, character and citizenship, while also building teacher capacity through professional coaching, resources and open-source curriculum. 
    Laina is one of those educators and administrators who bring EL’s vision to life, as Principal at Capital City Public Charter Middle School in Washington D.C.
    In fact, today’s conversation focuses even more in depth on what exactly that means in Laina’s school – literally, how they do it. In this conversation, Ron and Laina also take on the question more broadly – looking at learning in America today – and address some of the broader social questions of how learning can and should work in the face of a pandemic, social unrest, and more.
    For more information, go to www.turnaroundusa.org/podcast.

    • 17 min
    Unstacking the Deck: A Call for Candid Self-Interrogation About Racism and Identity, with Dr. Margaret Beale Spencer

    Unstacking the Deck: A Call for Candid Self-Interrogation About Racism and Identity, with Dr. Margaret Beale Spencer

    Today we continue our conversation with Margaret Beale Spencer, the Marshall Field IV Professor of Urban Education at the University of Chicago.
    In Part 1, Prof. Spencer explained – in powerful narrative – her own history and how her personal path led to the topics central to her life’s work: identity, resiliency and competency building within a racially, ethnically and economically diverse society. 
    Today, we dive deeper into Dr. Spencer’s scientific research on human development and ask her for guidance to address the elephant in many rooms today: racism. As kids, faculty, and staff have come back together in their respective school communities they don’t necessarily share a sense of urgency about righting – or even addressing – historical wrongs against Black people. Where is the most important place to start?
    For more information, go to www.turnaroundusa.org/podcast.

    • 31 min
    Where Resilience Comes From, with Dr. Margaret Beale Spencer

    Where Resilience Comes From, with Dr. Margaret Beale Spencer

    As the new school year begins in the substantial shadow of the Covid-19 pandemic, our students face challenges that go beyond making friends and making up for lost time in the classroom – beyond virtual Zoom teaching and hybrid learning.
    After a summer of protests against systemic racism and police brutality, amid calls for a racial reckoning, many students, parents, and educators are engaging in conversations about race, equality and opportunity, and they may even find themselves discussing what makes some people vulnerable – to Covid, to violence – and what makes others resilient?
    That’s just part of what makes today’s conversation with Margaret Beale Spencer so timely. Because human vulnerability, resilience and context are concepts that Prof. Spencer has spent her career studying and addressing.
    Prof. Spencer is the Marshall Field IV Professor of Urban Education in the department of Comparative Human Development at the University of Chicago. Her career spans more than 30 years during which she has authored well over 100 published articles and chapters.
    In fact, we found our conversation with Dr. Spencer so meaningful, we are bringing it to you in two parts. This first covers her personal history and the kinds of resources and support that not only fueled her resiliency but informed her work and views. 
    For more information, go to www.turnaroundusa.org/podcast.

    • 32 min
    Diane Tavenner: The Crucial Teacher, Parent and Child Relationship

    Diane Tavenner: The Crucial Teacher, Parent and Child Relationship

    In our last podcast, we spoke with Diane Tavenner about the path forward: How schools and families should prepare as we all head into the unknown – the launch of the first full school year during the Covid-19 pandemic.
    Today we talk with Diane again, this time about how she – and the approach to learning that she developed through Summit Public Schools – got here.
    Like anything else – perhaps even more so – education today requires a blend of the visionary and the practical: We need the extraordinary ideas and insights to reach the seemingly impossible goal of ensuring opportunity for every child… but also the practical paths – the daily steps required to make those opportunities possible.But what should that blend look like? How does it integrate not only a clear focus on academics, but also what's happening beyond the classroom. And how should the crucial teacher, parent and student relationships and responsibilities work together to bring that vision to reality? Diane answers these questions. And as you’ll hear, “opportunity” and “practical” are very important words in her vocabulary.Some background: Diane is the co-founder and CEO of Summit Public Schools, which operates 15 public middle and high schools in California and Washington State. She also serves on the board of T.L.P. Education, the organization helping schools across the U.S. to implement Summit Learning – Summit’s personalized approach to education. Before founding Summit, Diane spent ten years as a public school teacher, administrator, and leader in traditional urban and suburban public schools throughout California. 
    Diane is also the author of “Prepared: What Kids Need for a Fulfilled Life,” which offers “a blueprint for how parents can stop worrying about their children’s future and start helping them prepare for it.”
    One note before we start: This second conversation with Diane was actually our first one together. We recorded this conversation about five months ago – in fact, I open the talk by asking her about a great honor: Bill Gates had recently listed “Prepared” as one of his five holiday recommendations. Unfortunately, just as that conversation was about to post, Covid-19 hit, schools were in turmoil, and we delayed. We’re thrilled to finally release it now.
    For more information, go to www.turnaroundusa.org/podcast

    • 54 min

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