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Hosted by education technology advocate, David Cicero, the Edmentum Podcast discusses trending topics in the education industry such as social emotional learning, career and technical education, project based learning, and more, with educational leaders and industry experts.
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In this episode David sits down with Catherine Cluck, AP U.S. history teacher at Westlake High School in Austin, Texas, and the producer of a viral series of on-site history videos - #thegreatamericanhistoryroadtrip. During this episode they talk about the road trip, what barriers had to be overcome to make it happen, and how this instructional strategy deeply connects students to academic content.
It's the final episode in our first-ever mini series! Many families with students learning from home have discovered that the traditional school day schedule doesn’t always work when students are at the kitchen table instead of the classroom. But that’s not a bad thing by any means. Dr. Elizabeth Davis, education veteran and online learning instructional leader for Edmentum, talks to us about how we can take advantage of learning in the home environment and utilize the 30-minute chunks for effective instruction. We hope you loved our minisodes, we can't wait to see what next year has in store for us. Don't forget to follow us on social, and be sure to leave our podcast a good review if you love it as much as we do! See ya next year!
Sometimes everyone has a little trouble sitting still, staying focused, and concentrating. How can families with kids learning from home help students focus when a case of the wiggles sets in? Lindsay Foulkes, special education expert for classroom management and learning strategy, has a few tips and tricks that can help. In our first-ever special minisode series, we're covering topics to help families, parents, and other stakeholders with navigating the twists and turns of at home learning.
Many families recognize that it’s not always easy to get your child to concentrate on what they are learning, or to teach them something in a way that really sticks. Turns out the key may have to do with developing executive functioning skills. Jen Perry, Edmentum’s learning designer for social-emotional learning, explains how executive functioning skills play in learning, and how to help your student sharpen and develop their skills to improve memory and impulse control. In our first-ever special minisode series, we're covering topics to help families, parents, and other stakeholders with navigating the twists and turns of at home learning.
Yelling is a typical human response when we feel frustrated or anxious, but every adult knows it’s not the best strategy when it comes to children. Jen Perry, Edmentum’s learning designer for social-emotional learning, chats with us on why yelling doesn’t work, and offers some better strategies to deal with behavior management at home.  In our first-ever special minisode series, we're covering topics to help families, parents, and other stakeholders with navigating the twists and turns of home learning.
How can you help your child who is learning from home stay focused? In this minisode, Lindsay Foulkes, special education expert for classroom and learning strategy, joins us to discuss strategies for helping you with successfully guiding a child’s focus for a good 20 minutes. In our first-ever special minisode series, we're covering topics to help families, parents, and other stakeholders with navigating the twists and turns of at home learning.
Introducing Edmentum Podcast Minis! In our first-ever special minisode series, we're covering topics to help families, parents, and other stakeholders with navigating the twists and turns of at home learning. Education technology professional and dad, Mark Radcliff, joins us to share his tips on how he stays productive and positive while working from home, managing his team, and helping to care for his children all at the same time.   
Dr. Troy Podell is an expert in adolescent education and online education leadership, and is currently serving Downingtown Area School District as the Coordinator of Career Readiness. During this episode, we analyze the role of the teacher, how it is changing, and identify key skills that will be invaluable over the next 10 years.
Dr. Elizabeth Davis is an education veteran. For nearly 20 years she has helped schools develop strategies for connecting school and home to provide effective learning experiences and today she is an online learning instructional leader for Edmentum. During this episode we dig into the difference between quality e-learning and "emergency" learning and how educators and families can both contribute to effective in-home instruction.
Joining us on this episode of the Edmentum Podcast is Melisa Sandoval, a licensed professional counselor and school administrator. Melisa has experience as a psychotherapist, a mental health interventionist, an assistant principal, and today she works as the Director of Social Emotional Learning and Student Agency at Westminster Public Schools in Colorado. She shares with us the WPS comprehensive SEL framework and their COVID-19 SEL recovery plan to guide schools on where to focus their attention in the fall in order to promote healthy living and academic performance.
Dr. Rolf Straubhaar is an education policy scholar trained in anthropology, and has led research on education trends in Rio de Janeiro and projects funded by the Gates Foundation. He taught and held leadership positions in adult education programs in Brazil and Mozambique for several years, before becoming a K-12 teacher in the United States. Today he is an Assistant Professor of Educational Leadership at Texas State University. He joins us on The Edmentum Podcast to help us understand Paulo Freire's perspective of inequity in education and we view it as a platform for needed changes in schooling.
In this episode, author, activist, social justice advocate, and Assistant Professor of Educational Leadership at UNC Charlotte, Dr. Tracey Benson, explains why structural racism exists, what it is, and how schools can make lasting changes towards racial equity. We also briefly discuss his new book, Unconscious Bias in Schools: A Developmental Approach to Exploring Race and Racism.
On this episode, Dr. Michael Hynes, public school superintendent for the Port Washington School district in New York, TEDx speaker, and author of "Staying Grounded: 12 Principles to Transform School Leader Effectiveness," talks with us about the first steps towards innovation in schooling, and shares insights from his time in Finland. 
In this episode of the The Edmentum Podcast, host David Cicero talks with Dr. Robin Kay, the Interim Dean of the Faculty of Education at Ontario Tech University, about what educational technology research says about what’s important when evaluating educational technology tools.
In our 5th episode of the Edmentum Podcast, David sits down with Andrew Baxter, the lead for the Alberta mental health literacy project. He's worked in school based and community mental health for over 18 years, he currently serves as the lead for the Alberta mental health literacy project, which is rolling out in school boards across the province and is also the lead project coordinator for teenmentalhealth.org, an organization devoted to providing mental health literacy education throughout Canada and across the globe.
In our 4th episode of the Edmentum Podcast, David sits down with Dee Maynard, an education veteran with over 20 years of experience teaching both in and out of the traditional classroom. Today, she is the education program manager at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex, and integral part of the astronaut training experience or ATX as it’s called.[Edmentum Podcast] Episode 4: Immersive Learning and Partnerships with Dee MaynardOriginally posted February 2020
Michael Linsin joins us for episode 3 of the Edmentum Podcast. He is the author of Happy Teacher Habits, 11 Habits of the Happiest Most Effective Teachers on Earth. Drawing from 30 years of experience as a classroom teacher and educational counselor, he explains the secret to inspiring students to pay attention and work hard is through “active learning” activities. Though as I discovered, it may not be the sort of active learning you are used to.[Edmentum Podcast] Episode 3: Happier Teachers Cause Emotionally Active LearningOriginally published January 2020
On this month’s podcast, I sit down with Liz Gallo, the founder of WhyMaker. WhyMaker helps schools implement design thinking, a method that helps groups discover and develop potential solutions for complex problems. During our interview, Liz explained that she feels the greatest thing lacking in how we educate students is how often we give them opportunities to empathize. And, she may be right.[Edmentum Podcast] Episode 2: Using Empathy to Increase Academic EngagementOriginally posted February 2020
In this first episode of the Edmentum Podcast, David Cicero sits down with David Adams, director of social-emotional learning at The Urban Assembly and member of the CASEL board of directors, to discuss how to identify and promote SEL in core instruction.[Edmentum Podcast] Episode 1: Identifying and Promoting SEL in Core InstructionOriginally published November 2019
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