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Listen, discuss, and share progressive thought on education. Chris McNutt interviews guests who challenge the status quo and focus on human-centered practice - regardless of the traditional "test-centered" philosophy that blankets our schools.
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Listen, discuss, and share progressive thought on education. Chris McNutt interviews guests who challenge the status quo and focus on human-centered practice - regardless of the traditional "test-centered" philosophy that blankets our schools.
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    Bonus: March Summit: Play and Outdoor Learning w/ Abe Moore

    Bonus: March Summit: Play and Outdoor Learning w/ Abe Moore

    Interested in using this opportunity for professional development credit? See our template for administrators. Consider running this event past your administrative team prior to completing.
    This discussion will talk about how we can bring about play-based learning in and out of classroom. This conversation will center on experiential learning and student voice, with some credence to how this can integrate to the COVID-19 crisis.
    Abe Moore is a primary teacher in Adelaide, Australia, and has worked on brilliant projects, including building an entire play space with his students.
    How can we build spaces and co-create curriculum with our students to encourage play, especially in the outdoors?
    What activities, games, and/or projects can we undertake with individuals or small groups of students?
    What does a play-based outdoor curriculum, classroom, and community look like?
    Resources mentioned in this episode can be found here: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1qgePI6nTaD2ihJdYHCJuhPgsg38q3RD4MhIyRbp1qW4/edit?usp=sharing

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    S3: E24: Humane Education w/ Zoe Weil

    S3: E24: Humane Education w/ Zoe Weil

    Today I'm joined by Nick Covington and Zoe Weil, where we're exploring the work of the Institute of Humane Education, which is led by Zoe. Zoe has been teaching "humane education" for over thirty years, and is an established author, speaker, and workshop leader on the topic.
    The Institute of Humane Education is an accredited program offering robust graduate and doctoral coursework in "humane education", which centers on promoting social good and minimizing harm to people, animals, and the environment. The Institute offers incredible resources on its website, including the in-depth "Solutionary Guidebook" - which is part humane education overview, part PBL guidebook, and part student activity booklet. I highly recommend checking it out, it's free!
    In our discussion, Zoe, Nick, and I talk about the purpose of humane education, how it can be incorporated into schools, and its relationship to the growing Sustainable Development Goals movement.

    GUESTSZoe Weil, the co-founder and president of IHE, who has led the humane education movement over the last thirty years; an accomplished author, speaker, and presenter.

    RESOURCESThe Institute for Humane EducationSolutionary GuidebookZoe Weil, TEDx - The World Becomes What You Teach
    FURTHER LISTENINGMy Home Planet: Why We Should All Have A Humane Education

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    Bonus: March Summit: Teaching and COVID-19

    Bonus: March Summit: Teaching and COVID-19

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    In this interactive discussion, we will discuss what teaching is like during the COVID-19 crisis.
    Participants will be posed with these questions, but the conversation will take us on a journey of its own:
    Commiserate: What’s going on? How has the response to the COVID-19 crisis impacted you and your school?Collaborate: What can we learn from your response to the crisis to do right by our kids and our communities?Community: How are you going to balance connectivity and social isolation?

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    S3: E23: Virtual Learning and COVID-19 w/ Jesse Stommel PhD

    S3: E23: Virtual Learning and COVID-19 w/ Jesse Stommel PhD

    Today we're covering COVID-19 and how it impacts the education system. Depending on when you're listening to this podcast, you're likely facing your school's physical environment shut down, or soon to be doing so. In Ohio, all schools are now expected to have at least three weeks out starting on Tuesday - and schools are frantically trying to prepare how they'll tackle this shift.
    Most districts across the United States are continuing the expectation of academic coursework across this disruption - and we have no idea how long it will last. Most teachers do not have formal training in adapting their class to a virtual environment, nor does everyone have even close to a 1:1 environment. This episode will assume that educators are dealing with a virtual shift, and looking for a place to start, further resources will be posted in the show notes concerning paper-based methods.

    GUESTSJesse Stommel, a leading expert on digital critical pedagogy, hybrid pedagogy, and assessment. He is the Digital Learning Fellow and Senior Lecturer of Digital Studies at University of Mary Washington. Further, Jesse is the co-author of An Urgency of Teachers: the Work of Critical Digital Pedagogy, and a documentary filmmaker.

    RESOURCESJesse Stommel’s WebsiteKajeet - an affordable hotspot that uses mobile data (for students lacking access“Friggin’ Packets” Blog and Podcast from Cult of Pedagogy - for ideas on alternatives to masses of papersUNICEF - Learning Through Play - for ways to introduce play-based learning to the home, primarily aimed at younger students
    FURTHER LISTENINGEdsurge: Bonus Episode: Coronavirus Has Led to a Rush of Online Teaching. How Can Professors Manage?

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    S3: E:22: Disrupting the "Same Old, Same Old" with Peter Verdin and Bruce Mansfield

    S3: E:22: Disrupting the "Same Old, Same Old" with Peter Verdin and Bruce Mansfield

    Today we are joined by two fantastic educators. First, I will be speaking with Peter Verdin, who is a "movement engineer" at Future Public School in Garden City, Idaho, which is a tuition free, progressively minded lottery-based school. Essentially, Peter is redoing the way we look at physical education with elementary students, and designing curriculum as these students grow older and the school expands.
    Then, we have Bruce Mansfield, is an instructional coach in the Bellingham School District in Bellingham, Washington. Bruce has operated a gradeless system in a traditional environment, and showcases the structure of his course, as well as how he has used portfolios and student letters to obtain evidence of learning. It's a great look at how we can spread the practice of gradeless learning to even more educators.

    GUESTSPeter Verdin, the Movement Engineer at Future Public School in Garden City, Idaho, who incorporates place-based and environmentally-focused learning into physical education; host of The Other Literacies; founder of Movement Engineering Project.
    Bruce Mansfield, an instructional coach in the Bellingham School District in Bellingham, Washington; former US history teacher of 14 years; a pusher for radical change in assessment via portfolio and student letters.

    RESOURCESThe Other Literacies podcastBruce Mansfield’s course materials
    FURTHER LISTENINGS3: E12: Making the Switch to Ungrading (feat. Abigail French, Dr. Susan Blum, and Dr. Laura Gibbs)S3: E4 - Innovation in Progressive Education feat. Bennett Jester, Ted Fujimoto, Deanna Hess, & Sophie Fenton

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    • 1 hr 6 min
    Bonus: Feb. Summit #8: Experiential Learning and the SDGs w/ Dr. Jennifer Williams

    Bonus: Feb. Summit #8: Experiential Learning and the SDGs w/ Dr. Jennifer Williams

    Interested in using this opportunity for professional development credit? See our template for administrators. Consider running this event past your administrative team prior to completing.
    Dr. Jennifer Williams, is the co-founder and executive director of Take Action Global, co-founder of TeachSDGs, professor at Saint Leo University in the College of Education and Graduate Education, and author of Teach Boldly.
    In this interactive discussion, we will discuss connecting the UN Sustainable Development Goals to authentic projects in the classroom.
    Participants will be posed with these questions, but the conversation will take us on a journey of its own:
    How does one become inspired to start a SDG-related project? How can we incorporate student inspiration and voice to the planning process?What components work well in SDG-related projects? What tools, websites, or objectives are there?How can we take projects into the community to make meaningful, authentic change for the world?
    Please see the attached Google Document for all the notes from this conversation, as well as a variety of external links.

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    • 50 min

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