Improve your teaching practice with strategies and advice from leading experts, shared in ways you can put into action in your classroom now! The Continuing Educator is a professional development podcast for educators that recognizes the growth journey we’re all on to empower students. We want to make growth, mastery, and achievement for every kid a replicable and reliable outcome, not a random one. This podcast is produced by the Professional Learning team at NWEA, dedicated to supporting educators in their work to help kids achieve in ways that will be meaningful throughout their lives. Each week you’ll learn from new guests, including thought leaders, authors, researchers, practitioners, parents, and students. We can’t wait to grow with you on this journey. Learn how the NWEA Professional Learning team helps educators become their best professional selves: https://www.nwea.org/professional-learning-overview/
Assessment Empowerment, with E. Caroline Wylie and Erin Beard (Season 2, Ep 7)
How do we as educators ensure that the empowering intent of assessment remains front and center, while helping students built self-efficacy skills in tandem with content skills? In this episode, we present the five principles of assessment empowerment—learner context, learning environments and relationships, appropriate purpose, responsive learning cycles, communication—and offer listeners strategies they can try for each. Our guests are E. Caroline Wylie, principal research scientist and research director in the K12 Teaching, Learning and Assessment center at ETS, and Erin Beard, content design coordinator for NWEA and host of the previous season of The Continuing Educator.
Accessibility and student agency, with Douglas Buttorff and Elizabeth Barker (Season 2, Ep 6)
General education teachers aren’t often provided the training they need to effectively reach children with disabilities in their classroom, but there are simple things they can do to gain more expertise at working with these students. In this episode, we discuss information why and how teaching programs fail to prepare gen ed teachers for working with students with disabilities, break down a few common myths about students with disabilities, and give teachers actionable ideas and strategies for building student agency with their entire class. Our guests are two NWEA experts in special education: Douglas Buttorff (content designer) and Elizabeth Barker (accessibility research scientist).
Emergent bilingual student agency, with Angela Johnson, Teresa Krastel, and Adam Withycombe (Season 2, Ep 5)
Our education system had been failing our emergent bilingual students since long before the pandemic. How can teachers better serve the emergent bilingual students coming back to the classroom and build their agency as they become proficient? In this discussion, we cover how to recognize the assets emergent bilingual students bring with them, how to get back into the groove of academic language, and how to make room for both language and communication with English language learners. Our guests are three experts from NWEA (who all happen to be emergent bilingual speakers): Teresa Krastel (Spanish solutions lead), Angela Johnson (research scientist), and Adam Withycombe (content design and development).
Building student agency in ELA, math and science, with Ted Coe, Fenesha Hubbard and Miah Daughtery (Season 2, Ep 4)
In this conversation, we venture into the domain specific ways we, as educators, can empower students within our classrooms. How is building student agency in ELA different than in mathematics or science? How can we leverage our curriculum, content-specific learning progressions and practices to build in students a robust belief in their abilities to master academic content and apply their learning in new contexts? We ask what roles do mathematical practices, next generation science expectations for emerging scientists, and the ELA expectations play in building student agency, then discuss how we as content area teachers leverage our content areas in impactful ways to build, not just content knowledge of students, but the deep belief in themselves to master grade level expectations and beyond. Our guests are Miah Daughtery (Literacy Director of Content Advocacy and Design at NWEA), Ted Coe (Director of Content Advocacy and Design at NWEA), and Fenesha Hubbard (Content Designer at NWEA) -- all three of whom came to NWEA with years of experience in classrooms.
How culturally responsive teaching enables student agency, with Benjie Howard and Lindsay Prendergast (Season 2, Ep 3)
Setting the conditions within which an environment of student agency is possible is not something that happens by accident. This episode will explore elements of culturally responsive teaching, supportive environments, and the actions that educators and leaders can take to create a space where students belong, feel valued, and thereby are more likely to take risks, make mistakes, and build a sense of self-efficacy that will serve them well in their academic journeys and in their lives beyond school. Our guests: Benjie Howard is Benjie Howard is the executive director of New Wilderness Project, an outdoor education program focused on developing youth leadership for equity and land justice, and he is the co-founder of Youth Equity Stewardship (YES!). Lindsay Prendergast is a former principal, guidance counselor, and special ed teacher who is now at school improvement coach at NWEA.
Giving students a say, with Myron Dueck and Brooke Mabry (Season 2, Ep 2)
At the heart of student agency is engaging students directly in their learning in ways that provide them choice points, skill in navigating formative learning cycles, and increasing levels of expertise to assess, as Royce Sadler famously coined, “Where Am I Now?,” “Where Am I Going?”, and “How Will I Get There?” This session examines elements of student ‘voice and choice’ as critical enabling elements needed to build in students that kind of self-efficacy that will help them thrive and meet their full potential as learners. The conversation centers on practices and routines that are applicable to a number of scenarios and classroom contexts. Our guests are Myron Dueck, author of Giving Students a Say and Grading Smarter, Not Harder; and Brooke Mabry, Strategic Content Design Manager at NWEA.
Very smart - an essential discussion for educators
What an insightful, necessary, and enjoyable talk! Can’t wait for more episodes. As someone who works in the education field it’s nice to hear from those who really know what they’re talking about.