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The ClassCast Podcast is the best education podcast for everyone, not just teachers. ClassCast is about honest discourse and critical thinking to better understand education, about big, outside-the-box ideas to improve education for students and society. The ClassCast Podcast features award-winning teacher Ryan Tibbens discussing school, education, careers, and culture with a diverse collection of entrepreneurs, community leaders, teachers, and students.
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This quick highlight clip from ClassCast Podcast Ep.053 features Dr. Matthew Rhoads offering his thoughts on the concurrent hybrid and HyFlex models being implemented in some schools across the country. Dr. Rhoads is the author of Navigating the Toggled Term: Preparing Secondary Education for Navigating Fall 2020 and Beyond and has a second book dealing with blended learning, ed. tech., and pandemic responses that will be available later in 2021.  Near the end of the full episode, Matt offered up his views on concurrent hybrid school. Every student, parent, teacher, and administrator involved in a concurrent hybrid or HyFlex model should consider the issues he addresses.  The full audio of Ep.053 featuring Dr. Rhoads will be available on Sunday, 1/17/2021, on all major streaming platforms, YouTube, and at Be sure to subscribe, like, follow, review, and share the ClassCast Podcast wherever you listen! Support the show (
Episode 052 of the ClassCast Podcast features Sandy Sullivan, president of the Loudoun Education Association (LEA), speaking with host Ryan Tibbens about the LEA, its short and long term goals, collective bargaining in Virginia, pandemic safety measures, community outreach, and more.  This is Sandy's second (non-consecutive) term as LEA president; otherwise, she has spent her career teaching early elementary education in Loudoun and Montgomery (MD) counties. In this conversation, she explains the changes in Virginia's collective bargaining laws, the need for union representation, how education associations and unions function, as well as what is best for teachers and students. Whether you're for or against teachers' unions, this episode will help you better understand the issues and better contextualize their impacts in local communities. Contact Sandy Sullivan and/or the Loudoun Education association at their website, on Facebook, or by email.  You might also check out the Virginia Education Association and National Education Association. Be sure to like, share, follow, subscribe, and leave a positive review wherever you get your podcasts. Table of Contents0:00-3:40 -- Sandy's LEA Involvement3:54-8:51 -- Sandy's Path through & to Education8:52-11:41 -- Member involvement in the Loudoun Education Association11:41-20:08 -- Political Climate in 202020:08-34:14 -- How LEA Works & Unionization/Collective Bargaining ***34:14-46:33 -- Short Term LEA Goals ***46:33-52:26 -- What's Best for Teachers? (And Students?)52:26-57:06 -- Sandy's Ideal School57:06-59:54 -- Final Thoughts on Teacher Motivations & Collective Bargaining ***59:55-1:07:19 -- Sandy's Book/Movie Recommendations & Wrap-UpSupport the show (
2020 has been a special year in many ways, most of them bad.  But for the ClassCast Podcast, 2020 was a year of learning, development, and growth. These discussions about improving education reached thousands of listeners spread across six continents.  In 38 episodes this calendar year, I spoke with passionate students, innovative teachers, reflective administrators, industry-leading CEOs, elected officials -- all kinds of smart, purposeful people who are challenging the status quo of education in the United States and abroad. ​This special episode offers a quick reflection on ClassCast Podcasts from 2020, goals for 2021, and an overview of all the content generated this year.  Visit to see the TOP TEN Most Downloaded episodes of the year as well as the ten HOST'S PICKS for most commented-upon and asked-about episodes. Support the show (
ClassCast Podcast Ep.051 features Devin Siebold, America's favorite teacher-comedian, sharing his thoughts on education, school improvement, and why school can be so hilarious (and so tragic). Devin discusses his beginnings in comedy, his classroom experiences, and his ever-growing fanbase (up to 10 MILLION views per month).  If you've ever laughed at Devin's YouTube videos (what teacher hasn't?) and wondered what kind of teacher makes those videos, or wondered how his administrators react, this episode will make it all clear.  Throughout this conversation, Devin shares his personal career goals, sincere hopes for school improvement, and insights into comedy as an art form.  You can learn more about Devin Siebold, his upcoming events, and his social media presence by checking out his website, Be sure to like, share, follow, retweet, subscribe, leave a positive review, and send passenger pigeons to everyone in your region in support of the ClassCast Podcast!Table of Contents0:00-8:00 -- Intro to Devin Siebold, Teacher-Comedian*8:00-12:04 -- Devin's Favorite Comedian & Getting Started12:04-17:01 -- Being a Funny Teacher17:01-22:17 -- Becoming a Teacher22:19-27:31 -- Becoming the Teachers' Comedian*27:31-41:35 -- Avoiding Admin's Wrath & the Most Embarrassing All-Staff Ever**41:35-45:42 -- Favorite YouTube Clips & Coworker Conditions45:44-51:11 -- Devin's Ideal School: The Magic School Bus Meets Unschooling**51:14-53:11 -- A New Joke: Christmas Sweatshops53:12-56:29 -- Devin's Book/Movie Recommendations56:30-58:22 -- Upcoming Shows & Wrap-Up(*Highlights)Support the show (
ClassCast Podcast Ep.050 features host Ryan Tibbens discussing the value of and need for snow days, despite our ability to conduct classes online.  The shortest episode to date, just 10 minutes, this passionate defense of snow day school cancellations addresses parent concerns like falling behind, seat time, screen time, and learning as well as social-emotional learning, whole child development, and the sanctity of of snow days in American culture.  Before you criticize the decisions to close schools for snow, or before you engage with someone who opposes snow days, listen to this episode, consider your values, and remember this timeless wisdom -- there is a special place in hell for people who oppose snow days.  If you disagree with any of the ideas in the episode, or if you'd like to engage further, use the contact form at or find us on Twitter @ClassCastPod as well as Facebook and Instagram @ClassCastPodcast.  Be sure to like, subscribe, share, follow, retweet, leave a positive review, and whatever else might help spread the word about the great conversation occurring the ClassCast Podcast! Support the show (
ClassCast Podcast Ep.049 features innovator, writer, and former principal Craig Randall sharing his ideas about improving teacher observation and evaluation processes to increase the quality of teaching and of school in general. Craig is the creator and author of Trust-Based Observations, a new framework for evaluating teachers while encouraging innovation, risk-taking, and growth. His system is, as the name indicates, based on building a trusting, growth-focused relationship between teachers and evaluators; it is the culmination of a long, successful career teaching, counseling, coaching, and administrating in schools on four continents.  This episode offers food for thought AND practical solutions for anyone concerned with improving the quality of instruction of in schools, from teachers to students, from principals to parents.  Listeners with less time should check out highlights in the starred sections below. The ClassCast Podcast is available on all major streaming platforms, plus YouTube and  Be sure to like, subscribe, share, follow, and leave a positive review wherever you listen. Table of Contents0:00-6:18 -- Intro/Craig as a Student6:18-12:32 -- Craig as a Guidance Counselor, Coach, & Teacher12:33-16:49 -- Working in International Schools16:49-27:35 -- Becoming a Principal & Revolutionizing Teacher Observation w/ Trust-Based Observations**27:36-36:49 -- Can We Really Make a Good Teacher Great?36:49-47:41 -- The Evolution of Teacher Evolution Over Time47:42-52:47 -- The Reality of Teacher Observations & Evaluations, plus "Fantasy" Teachers**52:47-59:18 -- Craig's Ideal School**59:19-1:05:11 -- Action Research1:05:11-1:09:51 -- Students' Voices in Teacher Evaluations**1:09:51-1:20:48 -- Craig's Book/Movie Recommendations & Wrap-Up Contact Craig Randall at, on Twitter @trustbasedcraig, and via email @ craig  Support the show (
ClassCast Podcast Episode 048 features host Ryan Tibbens sharing insights and advice on reserving judgment (and passing it), building patience, and keeping an open mind.  As a teacher, he has developed a deeper appreciation for patience, optimism, and open-mindedness than most people (and certainly more than he had earlier in life); this quick solo episode includes ideas to help teachers maintain strong relationships with students and coworkers as well as advice to help families and friends overcome personal, political, and moral differences as we head into the holiday season.  Tibbens uses a line from F. Scott Fitzgerald's classic novel The Great Gatsby to anchor these insights: "Reserving judgments is a matter of infinite hope."  Before you give up on a student, "unfriend" an old friend, or uninvite someone from a holiday celebration, think long and hard about hope, possibility, and patience.  You can find this and every other episode of the ClassCast Podcast on all major streaming platforms, including Apple Podcasts/iTunes, Spotify, iHeartRadio, Pandora, YouTube, and many more.  Be sure to subscribe, like, follow, share, leave a positive review, and tell your friends.  Happy holidays! Support the show (
ClassCast Podcast Ep.047 features Shane Lawrence, the host of The Ed Podcast and a middle school drama/film/computer/art/English/everything teacher from Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. Shane and host Ryan Tibbens discuss Shane's experiences in education, podcasting, how to make school better for students, great movie and book recommendations, and more. For over six years, The Ed Podcast has been among the most loved and respected education podcasts; using that background, Shane shares what he has learned about great teaching and about how to broadcast it. For the "ideal school" section of this episode, Shane showed up prepared -- he had notes about schedules, planning times, options, and more. And of course, as a film and drama teacher, Shane shares some excellent movie and book recommendations at the end.  This episode has a little something for everyone, and it has a whole lot for teachers, administrators, and podcasters. You can contact Shane via and on Twitter @theedpodcast. Be sure to like, follow, subscribe, share, comment, review, and all that other good stuff wherever you get your podcasts.  Streaming now on all major services. Table of Contents0:00-15:52 -- Intro to Shane Lawrence & Education Podcasting15:52-26:00 -- Shane's Education & Teaching Career26:00-31:13 -- How We Schedule a School Day31:13-1:06:04 -- The Ideal School1:06:38-1:14:25 -- Shane's Movie & Book Recommendations1:14:26-1:15:27 -- Wrap UpSupport the show (
ClassCast Podcast Ep.045 features Taylor Freeman (founder & CEO of Axon Park, co-founder of Upload, Forbes 30 Under 30, and VR industry leader) sharing knowledge and insights about the exciting field of XR (virtual reality, augmented reality, etc. -- we explore the names and functions in this episode), how it can impact and improve schools, and how the world may change as virtual reality technologies become better, cheaper, and more popular. Whether you know nothing about virtual reality or you have your own headset, this episode has something for you -- educational applications, business dynamics, technical details, recommended platforms, and more. Host Ryan Tibbens first gave serious consideration to virtual reality schooling in late September 2020 after teaching synchronous online classes all day.  "It would be great if students could work from home but feel like they were around each other, if they could look around and see each other to improve class climate and discussion." From there, the idea took off: "If we had virtual reality capabilities to recreate the classroom, why stop there? Why not make every day a lab day, field trip, or hands-on activity?"  Tibbens contacted Freeman, and the result is an exciting, interesting, truly outside-the-box discussion about how we can apply new technologies to improve nearly every aspect of both traditional and online schooling. Whether you're looking for educational innovation, information about a quickly advancing technology, what the future may hold, or even a great holiday gift idea, Ep.046's conversation with Taylor Freeman is rich in ideas and inspirations.Table of Contents 0:00-9:47 -- Intro to Taylor Freeman &  VR in Schools9:47-13:31 -- The Inspiration for This Discussion 13:31-23:52 -- Taylor's Education 23:52-34:57 -- The Rise of Virtual Reality in School & Beyond34:57-42:19 -- VR, XR, AR, MR: What Are We Talking About?42:11-44:50 -- The State of XR/VR Today44:50-54:53 -- Axon Park: The School of the Future  54:53-1:01:02 -- How to Create a Virtual Setting1:01:03-1:13:56 -- Virtual Reality in Movies AND Taylor's Book/Movie Recs. 1:14:22-1:30:06 -- Final Thoughts: Video, Cyber Sickness, Oculus Quest 2, & AR in Class1:30:06-1:37:53 -- Taylor's Ideal SchoolContactsFind Taylor Freeman on Twitter @TaylorPFreeman, on Instagram @TaylorPFreeman, and on LinkedIn.  Also follow @AxonPark and @UploadVR on Twitter and other social media outlets. Check out and www. for more information.Support the show (
In this sub-20 minute episode, host Ryan Tibbens discusses some of the less-talked-about aspects of the most common school models considered as school leaders across the country search for the best way to get students "back to school."  In many districts that have used 100% district learning through the first quarter of the school year, public pressure is mounting to open hybrid options that allow students back into the school building on a part-time basis. A model that is growing in popularity -- concurrent hybrid schooling -- allows in-person and online students to participate in the same class. That option sounds great at first, but a closer look at the logistics quickly reveal it to be just as limited as other options.  In the end, we may not have any good options, so we're all left to discuss and debate which is the least bad. No matter what your school division's leadership chooses, do your best to support students and the ultimate goal of school -- to empower individuals and uplift communities.  Please read this great article about concurrent hybrid teaching from NBC News.Support the show (
ClassCast Podcast Ep.044 features Matt Bass, candidate for Board of Supervisors in Clarke County, VA, discussing life, school, politics, community, and planning in small town America.  Clarke County, VA is located just over an hour west of Washington DC in the northern Shenandoah Valley.  A small, rural county, it is home to just under 15,000 people, one high school, one grocery store, and a whole lot of genuine Virginia character.  Situated just over the Blue Ridge Mountains from the booming DC suburbs of Loudoun, Fairfax, and Arlington, Clarke has managed to preserve thousands of acres  of pristine farmland, beautiful mountain forests, and a small town charm that makes it unique in the northern Virginia region. In this episode, Matt shares his experiences growing up and going to school in Clarke County, attending the University of Virginia, becoming an attorney, starting a family, and future plans for the community he loves.  Listeners from big cities or growing suburbs may be surprised to hear about the significance of schools in small communities; listeners from small towns will feel affirmed and reassured by Matt Bass's vision for the future. Table of Contents0:00-13:24 -- Matt's Education and Background13:25-26:11 -- Higher Education: Applicable Skills vs Academic Knowledge in Small Towns26:12-29:37 -- Expanding Opportunities in Schools29:37-39:04 -- Choice & Innovation in Smaller Rural Schools (like Clarke County, VA)39:04-50:37 -- How Schools Anchor Communities like Clarke County, VA (Clip 01)50:38-1:11:00 -- Local Politics & Bass's Vision for Clarke County1:11:31-1:15:15 -- Student Loan Debt1:15:16-1:21:01 -- Matt's Ideal School1:21:02-1:22:39 -- Choosing Home1:22:39-1:30:58 -- Matt's Book & Movie Recommendations1:30:59-1:36:23 -- Final ThoughtsBe sure to like, share, follow, subscribe, leave a positive review, and all that other good stuff wherever you get your podcasts!  Learn more about Matt Bass's platform at  ​Support the show (
In this highlight from ClassCast Podcast Ep.044, Clarke County, VA Board of Supervisors candidate Matt Bass and host Ryan Tibbens discuss politics, planning, and community preservation.  Clarke County is situated approximately an hour west of Washington DC in the northern Shenandoah Valley.  In many ways, Clarke County represents "genuine Virginia" -- small towns, agricultural economies, and traditional communities -- and its proximity to the booming, wealthy suburbs of northern Virginia present an unique situation, a bridge between two worlds in one of our nation's oldest and most historically rich regions.  Listen to this clip to hear more about Matt Bass's vision for the county's future and how to maximize opportunities and resources without departing from local culture and tradition. Learn more about Matt Bass's platform at  Support the show (
In this highlight clip from ClassCast Podcast Ep.044, Matt Bass, a candidate for Clarke County, VA Board of Supervisors, talks about how public schools anchor communities, particularly in small towns and rural areas across the country. In this clip, Matt and host Ryan Tibbens talk about the many roles that schools play in a community and how a sense of belonging, common identity, and unity can be forged through a healthy public school system.Learn more about Matt Bass's platform at  Support the show (
ClassCast Podcast Ep.043 features host Ryan Tibbens discussing wide-reaching, intrusive, and imperfect policy changes in his school division that are resulting in suppression of teachers' First Amendment rights, paranoia among employees, book banning, censorship, and more. Banned Books Week 2020 runs from September 27 through October 3 and, ironically, included Tibbens' first personal run-in with book banning during his 15 year teaching career. The new policy not only infringes upon employees' first amendment rights in hopes of protecting the division's public image and efficiency, but it declares a universal ban on racial slurs "regardless of intent" as well.  That, of course, sounds great, but it results in a wide variety of high quality texts becoming unsafe -- or possibly banned -- for classroom use, rendering teachers' efforts to support national and local antiracist goals harder to achieve because teachers have fewer options for texts to inform and guide those discussions. In this episode, Tibbens addresses problematic aspects of the new policy, connects it to classroom realities, and defends The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, The Autobiography of Malcolm X, Of Mice and Men, To Kill a Mockingbird, Just Mercy, and more. If you are serious about fighting racism and censorship while promoting critical thinking and intellectual freedom, this episode is not to be missed. Don't forget to like, share, follow, subscribe, and leave a positive review wherever you get your podcasts! ~~ UPDATE: Since this episode was released, several leaders within the school system have reached out for clarification.  Contrary to initial comments, they say no specific books are being banned. They also  state that teachers have their full support and that some of the "diverse classroom library" books mentioned are either no longer included or are not present in elementary classrooms, as I mistakenly indicated.  Additionally, in part because of awareness and concerns raised by this podcast, the proposed Professional Conduct Policy has been sent back to committee for revision. Final language is still pending.  That being said, the clarifying comments also suggest a shift from what the ALA calls "direct censorship" (a formal ban by school leaders) to "indirect censorship" (an informal ban imposed by teachers/librarians on themselves in order to avoid conflicts or problems at work or in the community). At this point, the censorship concern seems to fall upon individual teachers, not leadership, because there is no formal ban or limitation on the texts.  School leadership has issued formal guidelines on how to handle books with racially offensive language, which includes "DO NOT use audio books or read passages with sensitive language or racial slurs aloud, nor should students read these passages aloud. Teachers may not read the passage and omit the offensive word or supply a substitute word. Language spoken aloud that is oppressive causes violence and trauma to students and provides tacit permission for students to use these terms outside of the classroom."  This guideline makes the texts addressed in this episode (The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, and The Autobiography of Malcolm X) unusable for whole class and small group applications because the texts can't be read or discussed aloud. The broader concerns of this episode stand.Support the show (
ClassCast Podcast Episode 042 features Joe Pizzo, the Association for Middle Level Education (AMLE) 2020 National Educator of the Year, sharing his thoughts about education, progress, project-based learning, classroom dynamics, and much, much more as he begins his remarkable 47th year teaching middle school English in Chester, New Jersey.  Joe talks with host Ryan Tibbens about adjusting to pandemic conditions, supporting young teachers, creating "real world" and project-based opportunities for students, publishing, and more -- including why he hasn't retired yet! Joe is one of the busiest people we've met on the ClassCast Podcast, from winning multiple state and national level awards to serving on professional organizations' boards, from teaching middle school and college to volunteering with the Boy Scouts of America and at his local church. In this wide-ranging, intimate conversation, Joe shares what keeps him motivated, how to connect with students, and even why a comfort note or sincere consolation can help someone through personal tragedy and loss. Given that 50% of teachers leave the profession within five years and that the national average career length is currently around 14 years (and dropping steadily in recent decades), Joe Pizzo offers a refreshing look at what makes teaching great and why great teachers stick around. Table of Contents0:00 - 7:40 -- Intro/Why Not Retire?7:46 - 17:39 -- Changes during 47 Year Career?17:40 - 24:15 -- Pandemics & Tough Discussions in School24:30 - 32:25 -- Joseph Pizzo: the Student & Young Teacher32:26 - 36:15 -- Advice for Young Teachers (continued below)36:16 - 43:57 -- A Case Study in Patient, Persistent Education44:07 - 53:44 -- Pizzo's Ideal School (plus Standardized Testing & Accountability)53:45 - 1:01:12 -- 9/11 Ceremony & Project-Based Learning1:01:13 - 1:02:33 -- Advice for Young Teachers (continued)1:02:33 - 1:04:06 -- PBL & Real World Opportunities1:04:15 - 1:07:23 -- AMLE 2020 Educator of the Year1:07:24 - 1:11:54 -- Power Skills, Soft Skills, & Personal Development1:11:54 - 1:25:00 -- Book & Movie Recommendations1:25:00 - 1:32:18 -- Writing Can Change Everything & Comfort Notes1:32:18 - 1:39:40 -- Final ThoughtsBe sure to like, share, follow, subscribe, and leave a positive review wherever you get your podcasts.  The ClassCast Podcast streams on all major services and aims to improve education by hosting thoughtful, critical discussions about how we can do school (and life) better -- an education podcast for everyone, not just teachers.  Be sure to leave a comment or review and let us know what you think.  Support the show (
ClassCast Podcast Ep.041 features host Ryan Tibbens discussing racism, antiracism, acts of protest (particularly in professional sports), reactions to those protests, as well as why and how teachers can facilitate these discussions in the classroom. If you have ever paid attention to debates about NFL players kneeling during the national anthem, or if you heard about players' moment of silence (and the crowd booing) during the first game of the season, this episode provides perspectives that might help people better understand both sides of the discussion. And for teachers and parents, the examination of those perspectives should serve as starting point for deep, honest discussions with our students and peers. For additional ideas on the subject, here's an article I wrote in 2016 about Colin Kaepernick's demonstrations. You can access the full, correct text of Martin Luther King's "Letter from Birmingham Jail" here; his speech to the APA, including discussion of "Urban Riots" is available here. Be sure to like, follow, share, subscribe, and leave a positive review to help spread the word about the ClassCast Podcast. If you want to share your own views on these protests or how to facilitate discussions about racism in school, join the discussions via and Support the show (
ClassCast Podcast Ep.040 features Garrett Pierce, a recent online college graduate AND face-to-face college graduate, sharing insights into distance learning, the rigidity of high school, students' mental health struggles, improving schools, school choice, and learning by doing. Garrett, a former student of host Ryan Tibbens, also shares his passions for music, movies, brewing beer, baking bread and pizzas, and the finer things in life. If you're interested in a student and young professional's perspective on education and worthy reforms, look no further. Check out the Table of Contents below to identify clips and sections that fit your interests, or enjoy the whole conversation.  Don't forget to like, follow, share, retweet, subscribe, and leave a positive review wherever you get your podcasts. Table of ContentsIntro/ Garrett as a Student/ Student Mental Health -- 0:00-11:41Hands-On Learning & VoTech -- 11:42-17:21Breweing Beer -- 17:25-22:152nd Degree Software Programmer -- 22:16-29:51Religion & Education -- 29:53-35:03School as Vocational Training -- 35:04-41:25The Ideal School, Learning Styles, & Choice -- 45:26-57:20Class Choice, Mental Health, & Student Loans -- 57:12-105:30Distance Learning -- 1:05:30-1:18:18Movie/Book Recs. -- 1:18:14-1:32:09The War on Normal People -- 1:25:39-1:30:17Cooking, Baking, & Brewing -- 1:32:10-1:37:53Support the show (
ClassCast Podcast Ep.039 features Mike Bergin and Amy Seeley -- standardized test experts, tutors, entrepreneurs, networkers, and podcasters -- speaking with host Ryan Tibbens about high stakes testing, the evolution of tests, "good testers," equity, grade inflation, improving schools, and much more. This discussion covers it all -- from becoming standardized test experts to school curriculum, from Randy Moss to Leo Tolstoy.Table of Contents Intro/Changing Tests over Time     --     0:00-9:12Randy Moss: Do "Good Testers" Make Good Tutors?     --     9:15-17:37Leo Tolstoy: All about "Naturally Good Testers"     --     17:38-20:46Is the SAT Legit?     --     20:47-23:40Test Prep: Strategies vs Skills and Curriculum     --     23:49-33:28Don't Kill the Messenger: Grade Inflation & Equity     --     33:29-44:41Ideal Schools: More Reading, Smaller Classes, & Peer Teaching     --     44:53-49:48Recommendations: Books & Movies     --     49:50-53:03Wrap-Up/Final Wisdom     --     53:21-54:58Mike Bergin and Amy Seeley host the Tests & the Rest: The College Admissions Industry Podcast, which Ryan appeared on to talk about rhetoric and admissions essays; through their podcasting, they've spoken with well over 100 industry experts about different aspects of college admissions, testing, writing, research, and more.  In addition to their podcast, Mike and Amy are the co-founders of the Test Prep Tribe private Facebook group for tutors and the National Test Prep Association, an all-new professional organization that connects and supports independent test prep tutors around the world. Mike Bergin is the president of Chariot Learning in Rochester, New York; he previously tutored and worked as testing expert for Princeton Review and Huntington Learning Center. Amy Seeley is the president of Seeley Test Pros in Cleveland, Ohio; she previously tutored and trained with Princeton Review. Between them, they have over 50 years of test prep tutoring experience. Be sure to check out their podcast, particularly the episode featuring our host Ryan Tibbens.Support the show (
ClassCast Podcast Ep.038 features writer, traveler, and teacher Janet LoSole, author of Adventure by Chicken Bus: An Unschooling Odyssey through Central America. Janet is an experienced world traveler and ESL teacher who advocates for a special brand of homeschooling or unschooling -- "world schooling." In this episode, we discuss what world schooling is, why people do it, what kinds of families pursue the option, and what can be learned. We also address travel, educational freedom, books, and more. If you've ever thought about taking an extended field trip with family -- foreign or domestic -- you MUST learn more about world schooling and how travel can create the curriculum you need to learn everything from traditional school and more. In particular, listeners who enjoyed our recent episode about unschooling with Catina Franklin Sweedy will find a lot to think about in this conversation. As always, be sure to like, follow, share, retweet, follow, subscribe, comment, and all that jazz wherever you get your podcasts!TABLE OF CONTENTS- Intro/What Is World Schooling?     --     1:17 - 10:40- World Schooling: Language, Family, & Duration     --     16:31 - 27:08- How Language Impacts Travel     --     27:09 - 34:41- World Schooling Networks & Support     --     34:42 - 38:52- Is World Schooling for Rich People?     --     42:15 - 50:53 - The Chicken Bus & the Book     --     50:58 - 59:04- Janet's Ideal (Un)School     --     1:00:24 - 1:12:05- Book/Movie Recommendations     --     1:12:05 - 1:17:19 - Seeing Poverty Up Close     --     1:17:20 - 1:22:05Support the show (
ClassCast Podcast Ep.037 features Jeremy Wayne Tate, CEO of the CLT exam, talking with host Ryan Tibbens about classical education, school choice, improving education, and the CLT exam itself. After spending around 10 years working in schools, he now leads an upstart testing company that hopes to challenge the SAT and ACT in the college admissions testing space. A self-proclaimed disrupter, Jeremy Wayne Tate cares deeply about education and about bringing back the classical form of schooling that has dominated western culture for hundreds of years. If you use Twitter and care about education, you MUST follow Jeremy (@JeremyTate41) -- you will love or hate his each and every tweet, but you will never feel apathetic about them. Whether you are a homeschooling, unschooling, private schooling, or public schooling family, the concepts of classical education, school choice, and admissions options should at least be on your radar.  Don't miss this chance to learn about a new test and a new, old form of school from an up-and-coming education entrepreneur. HIGHLIGHTS1) What is the CLT Exam & Why Classical Education?   --     2:22-21:022) Tate's Ideal School   --    21:30-29:303) Parents as Teachers & Government Schools   --     30:12-38:074) School Choice   --     38:08-50:185) Test Optional Admissions & Grades   --     52:08-56:566) The CLT's Growth   --     56:56-1:01:257) Cultural Bias   --     1:01:33-1:12:428) Books & Ending   --     1:14:56-1:21:00Support the show (
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