36 episodes

The future of education is now because today’s learners can’t wait!

Join Katie Martin, educator, author, mom and Learner-Centered Collaborative CIO, as she explores challenges in education today and celebrates the bright spots in thought-provoking conversations with practitioners working to put learners at the center. Tap into her vast experience supporting hundreds of schools and districts to turn their vision for learning into actions that best serve learners.

The Learner-Centered Collaborative Podcast Learner-Centered Collaborative

    • Education
    • 4.9 • 10 Ratings

The future of education is now because today’s learners can’t wait!

Join Katie Martin, educator, author, mom and Learner-Centered Collaborative CIO, as she explores challenges in education today and celebrates the bright spots in thought-provoking conversations with practitioners working to put learners at the center. Tap into her vast experience supporting hundreds of schools and districts to turn their vision for learning into actions that best serve learners.

    Episode 30: Empowering Learners Through Real World Challenges (with Miguel Gonzalez & Meg Parry)

    Episode 30: Empowering Learners Through Real World Challenges (with Miguel Gonzalez & Meg Parry)

    Meg Parry and Miguel Gonzalez, former leaders at Embark, a learner-centered micro-school embedded in a small business in North Denver, share their experiences and insights into creating learning environments grounded in trust, authentic challenges, and the development of learner agency.

    Meg and Miguel discuss their personal journeys into education. Meg was motivated by her father's work as a teacher and her own realization of education as a lever for social change. Miguel was motivated by his love of working with youth, which began with a high school job at a YMCA program. Both share how experiences in small school communities that put relationships first shaped their educational philosophies.

    They dive into the key elements of Embark's model, including how the school is physically embedded in a coffee and bicycle shop, how learning experiences are designed around solving real business challenges, and how they hold learners to professional standards for their work.

    Key topics covered include:

    - Flipping the script on trust, with learners managing their own schedules and learning to handle that responsibility

    - Shifting from content-focused teaching to competency-based learning

    - The importance of a community-embedded model and concentric circles of authentic challenge for learners

    - How to support educators in shifting to learner-centered mindsets and practices

    - Meg and Miguel's visions for education systems that foster learner agency and brilliance

    • 1 hr 4 min
    Episode 29: What Makes a Great Principal? (with George Couros)

    Episode 29: What Makes a Great Principal? (with George Couros)

    George Couros, an innovative teaching, learning, and leadership expert, shares his insights on what makes a great principal. The discussion revolves around the five key pillars outlined in his book "What Makes a Great Principal," co-authored with Allyson Apsey.

    The conversation delves into the following topics:

    👥 Relationship Builder: George emphasizes the importance of building meaningful connections with students, staff, and the community. He shares personal experiences and lessons learned from his parents on the value of relationships.
    🌱 Continuous Learner: George stresses the significance of principals being continuous learners themselves, modeling the behavior they expect from their staff and students. He discusses the impact of learning by example.
    🌟 Talent Cultivator: George explores the idea of recognizing and nurturing individual strengths, rather than focusing solely on weaknesses. He emphasizes the importance of helping everyone find their unique talents and supporting them in their growth.
    🔀 Resource Maximizer: George highlights the often-overlooked aspect of resource management, which is crucial for bringing visions to fruition. He shares strategies for maximizing available resources and leveraging the diverse talents within a school community.
    🔭 Visionary: George discusses the importance of cultivating a shared vision for the school, one that involves the entire community. He emphasizes the need for principals to facilitate a collaborative process, rather than imposing their personal vision.

    Throughout the episode, George draws upon personal experiences, anecdotes, and research to illustrate the significance of these pillars in shaping an effective and impactful principalship. He encourages principals to embrace a learner-centered approach, foster a culture of continuous growth, and empower their staff and students to reach their full potential.

    • 1 hr 3 min
    Episode 28: Honoring Growth Over Time With Competency-Based Learning (with Bryanna Hanson)

    Episode 28: Honoring Growth Over Time With Competency-Based Learning (with Bryanna Hanson)

    Bryanna Hanson, Learner-Centered Collaborative’s Director of Learning Design, delves into her educational journey and her commitment to transforming assessment and grading practices. Bryanna’s teaching career began with enthusiasm but soon encountered the constraints of conventional grading and curriculum standards.

    With a foundation rooted in a genuine passion for learning and an early realization of the limitations of traditional assessment methods, Bryanna’s path took a transformative turn when she found herself teaching Spanish at a competency-based micro-school. This experience steered her towards a learner-centered approach that emphasizes authentic learning experiences over teaching to the test.

    During this episode, Bryanna and Katie discuss:

    🇪🇸 Bryanna’s “aha” moment when studying abroad in Spain and seeing how acing Spanish class did not translate to real-world use.
    ⛓️ The limitations and inequities traditional grading and assessment create.
    🌮 Lessons learned when doing competency-based assessment within the context of a student-run food truck.
    🎯 Distinguishing between traditional, standards-based, and competency-based assessment practices.
    🕓 The power of measuring growth over time and how competency-based assessment honors this goal.

    Throughout the conversation, Bryanna reflects on the challenges and opportunities within the current educational landscape, advocating for a future where education is more aligned with fostering holistic development and preparing students for the complexities of the world they live in every day.

    • 1 hr 1 min
    Episode 27: Creating Meaningful Learning Experiences in the Age of AI (with A.J. Juliani)

    Episode 27: Creating Meaningful Learning Experiences in the Age of AI (with A.J. Juliani)

    A.J. Juliani, author, speaker, and educator, shares his insights and experiences on creating meaningful and relevant learning experiences for young people. And, how doing so is evolving in the age of AI.

    Key topics covered include:


    🏈 Drawing parallels between effective coaching practices and effective teaching practices, such as focusing on skill development and nurturing a love for the process rather than solely on winning. As A.J. put it, "first downs over touchdowns."
    🤖 Realistic perspectives on the opportunities and challenges presented by AI in education, including the need to move beyond using AI as a classroom management tool and towards harnessing its potential to support meaningful learning and teaching.
    💻 Practical strategies for using AI tools like SchoolAI to provide timely feedback and facilitate teacher-student conferencing.
    📖 Insights from his upcoming book Meaningful and Relevant on addressing student distraction by prioritizing purposeful and contextualized learning experiences.
    🎯 His hope for the future of education to move beyond narrow academic achievement measures and embrace a more holistic view of student success, potentially leveraging AI to support data-driven approaches to well-being and competency development.

    • 54 min
    Episode 26: From Reactive to Reflective: Cultivating Learner-Centered Literacy Through Student Voice (with Dr. Stephanie Buelow)

    Episode 26: From Reactive to Reflective: Cultivating Learner-Centered Literacy Through Student Voice (with Dr. Stephanie Buelow)

    Dr. Stephanie Buelow, Associate Professor of Literacy Education at the University of Hawaii, shares her experiences and insights as an educator aimed at putting learners at the center through literacy instruction and teacher development.

    Stephanie discusses key moments that shaped her teaching philosophy, including the power of student conversation and letting students take the lead with technology integration. She also reflects on how being a parent has influenced her view of honoring students as whole people.

    Key topics covered include:

    📚 Moving beyond novel studies to provide authentic reading experiences
    🏫 The need for extended clinical experiences in teacher preparation programs
    🗣️ Developing a literacy clinic for teacher candidates to apply their learning
    👥 Envisioning fluid, collaborative models of co-teaching for novice educators
    ✍️ Stephanie's own journey to developing an identity as a reader after college

    Stephanie shares her vision for education that empowers both teachers and students through autonomy, collaboration, and investing in people over programs.

    • 52 min
    Episode 25: What Happens When We Believe All Young People Are Brilliant? with Dr. Sonn Sam

    Episode 25: What Happens When We Believe All Young People Are Brilliant? with Dr. Sonn Sam

    Sonn Sam, National Director of Partnerships at Big Picture Learning, discusses his experiences and insights on creating learner-centered education systems.

    Sonn shares how his experiences as a refugee from Cambodia shaped his educational journey and how he did not feel seen or supported in traditional school environments. He found mentors and purpose through community programs focused on his interests, like dance.

    Later, transformative educators helped Sonn discover his passion for empowering youth by asking him questions no one had asked before about what he cared about. This led him into education and working with Big Picture Learning.

    Key topics covered include:


    The importance of knowing students' interests and passions to drive relevant learning
    Small group advisory structures for relationship building- Connecting students with mentors and internships in the community
    Developing competency-based systems and authentic assessments
    Moving from theory to action by starting small and evolving practice over time

    Sonn emphasizes the need to build ecosystems that honor the brilliance in every student, not just those who fit traditional measures of success. His vision is for an education system where every child feels seen, heard, and loved.

    • 55 min

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Enjoyable and relevant!

Dr. Katie Martin always facilitates such provoking conversations that promote innovation and boost best practice. She is motivational and real! Can’t wait for the next podcast.

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Great Educational Podcast

Great podcast that is led by a great writer and leader that motivates me to think about education today and to reflect on what is best for our children. Love the chance to now hear her on this show is exciting!

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