The Answer Key: Learning and Leadership in the K-12 World
Summary: Learning and leadership evolve but what remains constant are school professionals who believe in student success. As Stephen Covey and Bud Spillane often said, “The main thing is to keep the main thing the main thing.” In a school setting, that means kids. This podcast journey is an opportunity to meet educators who love what they do and affect positive change in their school community.
Disciplinary literacy is the ability to read, write, think and discuss across content areas. Maps, graphs, poetry and prose are examples of different text structures. How well a student can read, write, think and discuss diverse texts takes practice and purposeful planning. Educators Chris Tovani and Paige Whitlock share how secondary teachers can embolden students to own literacy in all subject areas.
Shakespeare is taught in high schools all across the country, but have you ever thought about what goes into teaching Shakespeare? West Potomac High School English Teacher Colin O'Grady has spent years studying Shakespeare and recently he designed an elective course called Shakespeare Studies to share with students what he has learned. Through an engaging, and inquiry-driven curriculum students discover that Shakespeare is still as relevant as ever.
Youngsters on the autism spectrum benefit from a preschool experience with specially trained instructional and support staff. The Preschool Autism Classes (PAC) is a full day program where a variety of learning strategies are used, including the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis and Verbal Behavior. PAC is the beginning of a learning journey that encourages the ability of every child to communicate their wants and needs in a socially acceptable manner.
Local history is frequently forgotten or underappreciated, but high school history teacher Brian Heintz encourages his students to see local history in context of national events and regional custom. By facilitating internship opportunities, Heintz is able to guide his students to experience and explain local history in a variety of ways. Jeff Clark, educational media producer, joins the discussion as an intern mentor and local history enthusiast.
In Project Based Learning (PBL) students are given time to investigate and solve an open-ended challenge that leads to deeper thinking and real world understanding. But how to do it? Educators Jeff Lonnett and Christie Day explain how PBL breaks down content silos to become a powerful instructional model.
When technology is used with purpose in a classroom setting it can maximize how students learn and teachers teach. This is an interview with Ellen Mukai, who leads a dynamic team of school based technology specialists for one of the largest school systems in the country.