Why is it so important for school systems hoping to implement student-centered learning to be coherent in terms of systems, structures and culture? And what happens when they are not? And what initiatives can help bring that coherence? And what can a teacher leader do to help? Answers to these questions and more from Doug Knecht, the Executive Director at Bank Street Education Center on this week's episode of The Student-Centered Learning Podcast.
Dr. George Wood, Superintendent of Federal Hocking Schools in Ohio, and author of several books, talks about how good Superintendents "protect the perimeter", "find the cracks", and empower teachers to engage students in deeper learning. He gives advice on how to work with your administrator, and sometimes around them, to innovate and lead student-centered learning in your schools.
On this week's episode, Director of Curriculum and Staff Development for Project Look Sharp Chris Sperry talks to us about how to train your students to decode how media messages are constructed, produced for different purposes, contain embedded values and points of view, can influence beliefs, attitudes, values, behaviors and the democratic process and much more.
Ron Berger (teacher, author, and Chief Academic Officer at EL Education) talks about giving students authentic assignments with a public audience and purpose, showing students models of high quality work, teaching them to critique their own work, and develop an ethic of excellence more important than any test score.
In this interview, Baraf and Jacobs discuss the "what" and "why" of Competency-Based Learning, and the "how" of implementation. Courtney Jacobs is a veteran teacher and coach and works with schools through the Great Schools Partnership in New England.
Dr. Amber Kim, who teaches Education at UC Boulder and who is a writer and consultant, talks to us about teaching equity literacy. Learn about internalized oppression, anti-oppression and how student-centered learning educators can help students from marginalized communities tap into their socio-cultural identity in their project-based learning classrooms.
In our second episode of season 2, listen to an interview with Sean McClung, Principal of Envision Schools' Impact Academy in California, which focuses on many student centered learning practices, but especially learning through internships and portfolio defenses. If you are interested, feel free to contact Sean at email@example.com
Listen an interview with Jill Davidson of the Coalition of Essential Schools discuss the history of CES, the upcoming Fall Forum, and CES' next steps.
Listen to Nikki Pulito's reflection on Personalized Learning and finding a job as a teacher.