Hosted by Jenny Anderson, the Learnit podcast showcases global learning leaders re-imagining what students need to know, how they will learn it and the technology they are using to get there. We look at school leaders, tech entrepreneurs, and learning engineers who are closing equity gaps, accelerating academic learning and instilling in every learner the drive and skills to learn and thrive.
Jenny is a former financial journalist who loves to tell a story, interrogate the numbers and uncover the impact learning innovations have on children and adults. This is a podcast for edtech geeks, teachers and educators as well as parents who want to know the secrets to unlocking rich, deep learning.
#50 Rt Hon Lord Jim Knight of Weymouth, Suklaa Ltd: Models for greater climate education
With a career spanning education minister and employment minister, to digital technology executive, the Rt Hon Lord Jim Knight of Weymouth is advocating for greater climate education. We discuss a number of models of sustainable citizenship, changes to national funding formulas, the new British natural history GCSE and the role of legislation to make sustainable citizenship more equitable.
- Suklaa Education: https://www.suklaa.org/
- Teach the Future: https://www.teachthefuture.uk/
- Alliance for Sustainability Leadership in Education: https://www.eauc.org.uk/home
- Lorenzo Fioramonti’s work: https://lorenzofioramonti.org/the-author/
- The Eden Project’s teaching resources: https://www.edenproject.com/learn/schools/teaching-resources
- Aim Hi Earth: https://www.aimhi.earth/
- David Dixon, ‘Leadership for Sustainability: Saving the Planet One School at a Time’: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/59205119-leadership-for-sustainability
- Stephen Heppell’s Learnometer: https://gratnellslearnometer.com/
- Favourite book about learning: Ken Robinson, ‘Finding Your Element’
- Favourite book not about learning: Vikram Seth ‘A Suitable Boy’
#49 Sbusisiwe Myeni, Imbeleko Foundation: Bringing online education to vulnerable children in rural communities
Building on our last episode, this week we talk to Sbusisiwe Myeni, Co-founder and CEO of Imbeleko Foundation, a South African charity based in the province of KwaZulu-Natal, running after-school programmes for children with academic promise but who face challenges getting an education. We discuss creative ways non-profits like hers can partner with platforms like UCT Online (a digital high school in partnership with the University of Cape Town) to fill critically important gaps, the difficulties of bringing online education to poor, rural communities, and what works (and what doesn’t) for vulnerable children.
More about Imbeleko Foundation: https://www.imbeleko.org/?mkt_tok=MzQ0LUFFWi04OTEAAAGFMDF0s6bpP9aVLVVJ9l8dTG6ds4GGE9Yki9RhPReSqxaprZwpZKbGFWFG4dfoCRRYIegh8MKdEaDeNO8odpA
More about UCT Online High School: https://www.uctonlinehighschool.com/
Our previous episode: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/48-robert-paddock-valenture-institute-addressing-the/id1518322612?i=1000565743400
#48 Robert Paddock, Valenture Institute: Addressing the massive shortage of schools across South Africa
With the need for new schools far outstripping the available budget to build them, how can South Africa meet the needs of its growing student population? As Founder and CEO of Valenture Institute, Rob Paddock is working to address this imbalance by scaling quality education through online learning. We discuss how the rise in online schooling during Covid resulted in a pivot in their business model, how their solution addresses the massive teacher shortage, lightens the load on teachers and how a coordinated partnership with University of Cape Town gets high quality learning to thousands of students across South Africa, at an affordable price point.
- More about Valenture Institute: https://www.valentureinstitute.com/
- More about UCT High School: https://www.uctonlinehighschool.com/
- More about GetSmarter: https://www.getsmarter.com/
- Favourite book about learning: ‘The War of Art: Winning the Inner Creative Battle’ by Steven Pressfield
- Favourite book not about learning: ‘Autobiography of a Yogi’, Paramahansa Yogananda
#47 Sarah Fletcher, St Paul’s Girls’ School & Peter Hyman, Big Education: No more high stakes exams?
Does the UK education system help learners develop a love of learning, acquire life skills and develop knowledge? As High Mistress of St Paul’s Girls’ School, a high achieving independent school in London, and Co-Director of Big Education, a multi-academy trust and social enterprise, Sarah Fletcher and Peter Hyman are convinced we need to change the way we assess students in the UK. We examine the condemning data which backs the case for change, what we should be assessing and what we can do to get closer to an education of head, heart and hand.
- More about St Paul’s Girls’ School: https://spgs.org/
- More about Big Education: https://bigeducation.org/
- More about School 21: https://www.school21.org.uk/
- HMC survey on curriculum and assessment: https://www.hmc.org.uk/blog/hmc-survey-finds-curriculum-and-assessment-is-no-longer-fit-for-purpose/
#46 Jeff Maggioncalda, CEO, Coursera: diversifying the future workforce
As CEO of Coursera, Jeff Maggioncalda has witnessed the open online course provider grow from 42 million learners pre pandemic to over 80 million. We discuss the future of learning and work, the ways the two intersect and the impact increased remote working has had on diversifying workforces. We also examine the edtech market, current valuations and Coursera’s own stock price.
- More about Coursera: https://www.coursera.org/
- Coursera’s 2021 Global Skills Report: https://www.coursera.org/skills-reports/global
- Favourite ‘book’ about learning: ‘Learning How to Learn’ course on Coursera, https://www.coursera.org/learn/learning-how-to-learn
- Favourite book not about learning: ‘The Big Picture’ by Sean Carroll, https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/26150770-the-big-picture
#45 Dr. Valerie Bridges, Superintendent, Edgecombe County Public Schools: giving students a voice in their education
Awarded North Carolina’s 2022 Superintendent of the Year, Dr. Valerie Bridges’ is dedicated to innovation and providing students with the rich experiences to inspire their learning and give them a voice in their education. As Superintendent of Edgecombe County, a rural, high needs district serving 14 schools and 6,000 students, Valerie discusses how their micro school has allowed them to test some of their ideas - a different kind of school day, a different kind of curricula - and how she is scaling that success.Show notes:Case study on Edgecombe County Public Schools & Transcend: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1pI5MECv2g7ayKpWN26UnPoWYiM2sB4W1/viewCase study video: https://www.ednc.org/we-drive-it-inside-the-north-phillips-school-fo-innovation-short-film/More about Edgecombe County Public Schools: https://www.ecps.us/apps/pages/index.jsp?uREC_ID=1637934&type=d&pREC_ID=1779439Twitter: @ECPS_DrBFavourite book about learning: ‘The Listening Leader: Creating the Conditions for Equitable School Transformation’, Shane SafirFavourite book not about learning: Anything by John Grisham“Leading with love”, Learnit Podcast episode featuring Michael Sorrell: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/1-michael-sorrell-leading-with-love-during-a-time-of-crisis/id1518322612?i=1000477785314