14 episodes

Building capacity to ask meaningful questions in service to children.

Join us for conversation with an array of big picture thinkers in the field of education and beyond, to activate a transformative future for thinking and learning.

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Building capacity to ask meaningful questions in service to children.

Join us for conversation with an array of big picture thinkers in the field of education and beyond, to activate a transformative future for thinking and learning.

    File #18: James Lang on Distraction

    File #18: James Lang on Distraction

    How might we learn to intentionally cultivate attention?  How does the reciprocal nature of attention contribute to the experience of belonging? How can modular planning for classroom experiences contribute to increased achievement and optimal challenge?



    Dr. James Lang, author of the recently published, Distracted: Why Students Can't Focus and What You Can Do About It, pushes listeners to deliberately reframe attention so that it is not considered the norm, with distraction as the falling away from the norm, but an achievement that can be cultivated carefully. 

    • 48 min
    File #14: Ryan Burke, Founding and Senior Partner, Leadership + Design, on Fear

    File #14: Ryan Burke, Founding and Senior Partner, Leadership + Design, on Fear

    How might we manage fear as it percolates in the classroom? How does fear-setting help us use the emotion as a doorway? Why do people in schools struggle to communicate bad news?

    Ryan Burke, Founding and Senior Partner at Leadership + Design, helps us grapple with this strong emotion in an era where it runs rampant.

    • 43 min
    File #12: Christian Talbot and the Basecamp Team on Expeditionaries

    File #12: Christian Talbot and the Basecamp Team on Expeditionaries

    How do we make room in a crowded curriculum for the passions and interests of our students? How might we reframe our roles to advance student voice and agency? How can the hero's journey frame the arc of a classroom exploration? How might we front-load a learning experience to build anticipation and create lasting motivation?

    Christian Talbot, Founder and Princpal of Basecamp, and his team reflect on their first virtual "expeditionary" in social entrepreneurship. Their reflection on their own roles and goals and the insights gained following their shift from in-person to online learning facilitation provides a fresh look at how to frame our work. 

    • 48 min
    File #11: E. Gordon Gee, President, West Virginia University, on Purpose and Possibility

    File #11: E. Gordon Gee, President, West Virginia University, on Purpose and Possibility

    What possibilities does the current existential moment in higher ed offer? Why is culture-building paramount to talent to ensure our schools are places of purpose? Why is uniformity the enemy of success in school structures?

    America's university president, E. Gordon Gee, joins us to reflect on the connective tissue between K-12 schools and universities. Having served as a university president since 1981, from West Virginia University to the University of Colorado to The Ohio State University to Brown to Vanderbilt and back again, President Gee offers insights into ways to turn the collateral damage of the current moment into collateral opportunity. 

    • 41 min
    File #10: Carla Silver, Executive Director, Leadership + Design, Task, Maintenance and Group Life

    File #10: Carla Silver, Executive Director, Leadership + Design, Task, Maintenance and Group Life

    How do you give everyone in the group a sense of agency and ownership while keeping the team focused on a common goal? How do I manage a group when my emotions feel unmanageable at the moment? How do we create and maintain a group culture which encourages members to assume good intent and shared purpose regardless of position and title?

    Carla Silver, Executive Director of Leadership + Design, uses the Waterline Model to explain why teams need to spend time on group "maintenance" instead of a singular, laser focus on "task".  She leverages L + D's core values - people, collaboration, action, transformation, and joy - to help groups "build capacity, create conversations, and make connections."

    • 52 min
    File #9: Andrea Saveri, Making the Future Actionable

    File #9: Andrea Saveri, Making the Future Actionable

    What is strategic foresight and how does it help schools create resilient ecosystems ready for a VUCA world?  How might we optimize human and machine contributions to design distinctive experiences for students and for teachers? How might we lengthen the now in education to create a more equitable, sustainable and life affirming system of education?

    Educational futurist, Andrea Saveri invites us to dream about the future.  What if we had educator swarms? Smart learning environments? Self-organizing schools? The technology exists and the students of tomorrow deserve schools for their futures, not our pasts. 

    • 51 min

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