In this episode the tables are turned and host Arthur Eduardo Baraf is interviewed by Alin Bennett, an instructional leader at The Met, about free resources for the student-centered learning educators who want to hit the ground running as they begin their careers. All of the resources are linked on the Students at the Center Hub: http://studentsatthecenterhub.org/
The SCL Podcast welcomes Elina Alayeva, who talks about the importance of Agency (aka Autonomy) and how teachers can develop that in their students. Learn more and read the paper on Youth Development at
Dr. Dave Lehman of the National School Reform Faculty and founding principal of The Lehman Alternative Community School in Ithaca, NY joins The Student-Centered Learning Podcast to talk about how schools can be democratic and have more equity in voice, how classrooms can include more student voice, and how teachers can interrupt intolerance.
The SCL Podcast stopped by Tansey Elementary in Fall River Massachusetts, led by Principal Chris Audette, to talk with 2nd grade teacher Mrs. Lisa Furtado, her student Lyric and Lyric's mother Brooke about student-led conferences. They talk about what they are, how to implement them, why they are important, and missteps to avoid.
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.