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Coronavirus Chronicles 033 – NIST

I am talking with schools to see how they’re responding in the wake of this global pandemic. I invite you to join me for the Coronavirus Chronicles, a series of check-ins with educators all over.

Episode 033 is below. Thank you, Kyle Hawkins and Ben Sheridan, for sharing how NIST International School in Bangkok, Thailand is adapting to our new challenges and opportunities. I especially appreciated hearing about your creative scheduling, your efforts to ensure that specialist teachers had a large role in home schooling, and NISTlympics!

See the complete list of episodes, which also are available as a podcast channel on Apple Podcasts and Spotify. If you and your school(s) would like to be featured in the Coronavirus Chronicles series, please get in touch. 

Other conversation series that may be of interest are below. Check them out!

Conversation series with educators during the pandemic

Coronavirus Chronicles 032 – Futures Lab

I am talking with schools to see how they’re responding in the wake of this global pandemic. I invite you to join me for the Coronavirus Chronicles, a series of check-ins with educators all over.

Episode 032 is below. Thank you, Scott Elias and Kelly Williams, for sharing how the Futures Lab program in Fort Collins, Colorado is adapting to our new challenges and opportunities. I especially appreciated hearing how your previous investments in student agency and inquiry-based learning paid great dividends during remote instruction.

See the complete list of episodes, which also are available as a podcast channel on Apple Podcasts and Spotify. If you and your school(s) would like to be featured in the Coronavirus Chronicles series, please get in touch. 

Other conversation series that may be of interest are below. Check them out!

Conversation series with educators during the pandemic

Coronavirus Chronicles 031 – Butler Tech

I am talking with schools to see how they’re responding in the wake of this global pandemic. I invite you to join me for the Coronavirus Chronicles, a series of check-ins with educators all over.

Episode 031 is below. Thank you, Jon Graft and Marni Durham, for sharing how Butler Tech in Fairfield Township, Ohio is adapting to our new challenges and opportunities. I especially appreciated hearing about Butler Tech’s emphasis on distributed leadership and how your resilience over the past few months was a result of earlier decisions and structures around trust, empowerment, organizational values, and creation of a culture of risk-taking.

See the complete list of episodes, which also are available as a podcast channel on Apple Podcasts and Spotify. If you and your school(s) would like to be featured in the Coronavirus Chronicles series, please get in touch. 

Other conversation series that may be of interest are below. Check them out!

Conversation series with educators during the pandemic

Coronavirus Chronicles 030 – Fannie Lou Hamer Freedom High School

I am talking with schools to see how they’re responding in the wake of this global pandemic. I invite you to join me for the Coronavirus Chronicles, a series of check-ins with educators all over.

Episode 030 is below. Thank you, Jeff Palladino, for sharing how Fannie Lou Hamer Freedom High School in the Bronx, New York is adapting to our new challenges and opportunities. I especially appreciated hearing about the challenges of implementing robust, student-driven, inquiry-based learning during this time.Your school is a special place.

See the complete list of episodes, which also are available as a podcast channel on Apple Podcasts and Spotify. If you and your school(s) would like to be featured in the Coronavirus Chronicles series, please get in touch. 

Other conversation series that may be of interest are below. Check them out!

Conversation series with educators during the pandemic

If all we offer is uninspiring learning, we’re in trouble

TroubleOur students come to school for a variety of reasons:

  • to see their friends;
  • to participate in electives, extracurricular activities, and athletics;
  • to interact with and get support from caring teachers;
  • to get a credential for college, career, or the military;
  • because their parents need child care;
  • because state law requires them to attend;
  • etc.

What about learning? Yes, that’s a reason too… for some. But engagement data show that many/most of our students are not coming to school because their learning is engaging. The reasons listed above tend to be much more compelling for most students than the fairly-uninspiring learning tasks that we put before them. But many students are often willing to put up with the uninspiring learning and play ‘the game of school’ in exchange for the other aspects of school. In other words: “Most of my classes may be boring but I get to hang out with my friends, be in a club, participate in music and art, play a sport, see a couple of teachers that I like…”

One of the biggest challenges of ‘remote learning’ over the past few months has been that most of the motivators been pared away. For many students, all that has been left is the uninspiring learning. Little to no interaction with classmates. Little to no interaction with caring educators. No electives, extracurriculars, or athletics. And so on. Accordingly, we shouldn’t be surprised when our students – who generally have more control and autonomy at home over their learning decisions than they do at school – simply opt out. They decide that the exchange rate has shifted and they’re no longer interested, regardless of our pleas (or punishments) to the contrary.

As we try to figure out what schooling will look like in the months to come, we need to pay attention to the motivators and demotivators that help foster student engagement. If all we’re offering students is the uninspiring learning, we’re in a heap of trouble.

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Still learning… Still growing…

As a history major in college and former Social Studies teacher, I am aware of the racial abuses that have permeated our nation’s history and continue to be present. As a former attorney and current school law instructor, I also am cognizant of the laws and policies that perpetuate existing injustices and active harm to people of color. 

AND… AND… as a tall, White, straight, cisgender, financially secure, male professor, I must continue to confront my privilege, bias, and need to take greater action with introspection and humility.

Below are some resources that have been helpful to me in my personal journey. By themselves, they are not enough. They require context, dialogue, and action, but they are a start. Beginning next week, my summer students and I will co-create our Leadership for Social Justice class together, recognizing that none of us has all of the answers but that we all can do something. I am grateful for the willingness of others to share their leadership and resources.

Still learning… Still growing…

 

Some anti-racism resources that have been helpful to me in my journey

 

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Coronavirus Chronicles 029 – Burlington Public Schools

I am talking with schools to see how they’re responding in the wake of this global pandemic. I invite you to join me for the Coronavirus Chronicles, a series of check-ins with educators all over.

Episode 029 is below. Thank you, Patrick Larkin and Dennis Villano, for sharing how the Burlington Public Schools in Burlington, Massachusetts are adapting to our new challenges and opportunities. I especially appreciated hearing about the challenges that exist even when you’ve been a nationally-recognized 1:1 school district for years, how you’re highlighting teacher voices in district messaging to students and families, and the emphasis on trauma-informed practices as the system opens up again next year.

See the complete list of episodes, which also are available as a podcast channel on Apple Podcasts and Spotify. If you and your school(s) would like to be featured in the Coronavirus Chronicles series, please get in touch. 

Other conversation series that may be of interest are below. Check them out!

Conversation series with educators during the pandemic

Books I read in May 2020

NewYork2140Books I finished reading (or rereading) in May 2020…

Hope you’re reading something fun too!

Coronavirus Chronicles 028 – Heritage High School

I am talking with schools to see how they’re responding in the wake of this global pandemic. I invite you to join me for the Coronavirus Chronicles, a series of 10- to 15-minute check-ins with educators all over.

Episode 028 is below. Thank you, Shameka Gerald, for sharing how Heritage High School in Newport News, Virginia is adapting to our new challenges and opportunities. I especially appreciated hearing about your organic staff bonding (via ramen conversations!) and your school’s efforts to stay connected to your students.

See the complete list of episodes, which also are available as a podcast channel on Apple Podcasts and Spotify. If you and your school(s) would like to be featured in the Coronavirus Chronicles series, please get in touch. 

Other conversation series that may be of interest are below. Check them out!

Conversation series with educators during the pandemic

Coronavirus Chronicles 027 – Marion-Walker Elementary School

I am talking with schools to see how they’re responding in the wake of this global pandemic. I invite you to join me for the Coronavirus Chronicles, a series of 10- to 15-minute check-ins with educators all over.

Episode 027 is below. Thank you, Karen Krisch, for sharing how Marion-Walker Elementary School in Pennsylvania is adapting to our new challenges and opportunities. I especially appreciated hearing about your social-emotional learning efforts and the variety of student choice boards that your teachers are creating.

See the complete list of episodes, which also are available as a podcast channel on Apple Podcasts and Spotify. If you and your school(s) would like to be featured in the Coronavirus Chronicles series, please get in touch. 

Other conversation series that may be of interest are below. Check them out!

Conversation series with educators during the pandemic