BEP061 – Today’s One Thing Week 2: Structures for Independent Work

June 4, 2020

Bianca Davila of The Learning Accelerator joins us again as we talk about how can educators help set up daily structures at home so that students can engage with content, feel supported, and build habits that create independence and autonomy.   The Learning Accelerator – https://learningaccelerator.org/ 02:40 What are the tips and tricks to just … Read more

BEP060 – School Story: Student Engagement with Baychester Middle School

June 2, 2020

Nando Prudhomme and Maureen Sigler of the Highlander Institute, and Liz Leebens of Baychester Middle School join us to talk about how the school is keeping kids and families at the center, and how that is driving student engagement in this time of a pandemic.   01:50 Background on Baychester Middle School  Baychester Middle School … Read more

BEP059 – Today’s One Thing Week 1: Building Connections Virtually

May 28, 2020

We teamed up with The Learning Accelerator for this series, Today’s One Thing, where we focus on one thing that teachers can enact within the virtual classroom every week to connect with students. In this first episode, Bianca Dávila joins us as we talk about how teachers can continue to provide touchpoints with their students … Read more

BEP058 – The Evolution of the Parent-Teacher Relationship

May 26, 2020

We talk about the evolution of the parent-teacher relationship and how these virtual parent-teacher conferences have started to become much more important as parents take on more of the teaching role and the teachers take on more of a consulting role.    01:30 Feedback on BEP052 – What Does “Developmentally Appropriate” Mean? 02:44 What was … Read more

BEP057 – School Story: Greystone Elementary Shifts to Distance Learning

May 19, 2020

Mike Miele of the Highlander Institute and Stefanie Lafleur of Greystone Elementary School join us to talk about the expectations and reality of making the shift to distance learning during a pandemic.   02:31 Difference between digital and distance learning 02:58 Distance learning is not a synonym for virtual learning 04:09 Their [our kids’] social … Read more

BEP056 – Experiential Learning through the Food System with Laura Jackson & The Yellow Farmhouse

May 12, 2020

Laura Jackson tells us about the Yellow Farmhouse, a working farm where they do education, food, and farm-based education for children and adults. Yellow Farmhouse Education Center – https://www.yellowfarmhouse.org/   02:20 Yellow Farmhouse Education Center and its mission 03:36 Reconnecting to food – How much extra time does it imply? 05:08 If you include kids in … Read more

BEP055 – Teaching to and through Covid-19 with Vera De Jesus

May 5, 2020

Vera De Jesus of the Highlander Institute shares a bundle of resources for teachers, families, partners, etc. that could potentially support or inform around Covid-19.   02:11 Coronavirus Resources: Teaching, Learning and Thinking Critically – resources and links that provide lenses for how we can talk to students about what’s going on currently, and what … Read more

BEP054 – Remote Learning vs. Online Learning

April 28, 2020

We talk about the differences between remote learning and online learning, and the misconceptions about the two.   02:24 If this was an easy transition, you might have been doing something wrong. 02:50 Where does the student fit in? 03:25 There needs to be some predictability and routine to how the classrooms are built out  … Read more

BEP053 – Covid-19 and the Impact on Education (4/8/20 Update)

April 21, 2020

This is an update on the Covid-19 situation and how it’s applied to K-12 education.  01:59 Trends observed as schools went into remote/distance learning  03:35 People making adjustments based on feedback coming from families and communities 04:36 Tribe: On Homecoming and Belonging by Sebastian Junger 05:00 Everybody is in the shared adversity situation where we’re … Read more

BEP052 – What Does “Developmentally Appropriate” Mean?

April 14, 2020

Malika Ali of the Highlander Institute joins us in talking about the ways that we use the concept of “developmentally appropriateness” as kind of a deficit lens or as an excuse not to have high expectations for kids. 01:53 How we hear the phrase “developmentally appropriate” thrown around without evidence or without doing work that’s … Read more