The Learnit Podcast

From curriculum and creativity to pedagogy and policy, the Covid-19 pandemic is upending education globally. The Learnit Podcast explores how the mass, overnight migration to online learning will shape the future of teaching and learning.

Hosted by Jenny Anderson, this first series puts six education innovators and global leaders in the spotlight to showcase who is closing equity gaps, addressing learning loss, creating safety and belonging, and instilling in every learner the drive and skills to learn and thrive.

Listen now to discover how global changemakers are re-imagining what students need to know, how they will learn it and the technology they will use to get there.

#29, Ellen Mahoney, CEO & Co-founder, Circulus Institute: Social & Emotional Learning...For Teachers

#29, Ellen Mahoney, CEO & Co-founder, Circulus Institute: Social & Emotional Learning...For Teachers

The Circulus Institute offers the first competency based, adult social and emotional learning certification; a set of courses and coaching built around teacher well being. As CEO and Co-founder, Ellen Mahoney’s work supports teachers in order to better support children. We discuss the motivations behind their work, navigating resistance and the impact of Covid-19.

This episode is sponsored by SMART Technologies: https://www.smarttech.com/education/profile

Show Notes:

More about Circulus Institute - www.circulusinstitute.org

More about Sea Change Mentoring - www.seachangementoring.com

Mentoring work by Dr Carla Herrera - https://greatlifementoring.com/team/dr-carla-herrera/

The Hemingway scale, Dr Michael Karcher - http://adolescentconnectedness.com/

The work of Michael J. Nakkula - https://www.gse.upenn.edu/academics/faculty-directory/nakkula

The abuse of Devonte Hart - https://www.nytimes.com/2018/04/27/us/hart-family-crash.html

Adultification of Black girls - https://www.nytimes.com/2020/04/17/parenting/adultification-black-girls.html

Teacher well being index - https://www.educationsupport.org.uk/resources/research-reports/teacher-wellbeing-index-2020

RAND Corporation, report on teacher related stress - https://www.rand.org/pubs/research_reports/RRA1108-1.html

More about CASEL - https://casel.org/

#28, Ed Fidoe, Co-founder & CEO, London Interdisciplinary School: Teaching the Skills Employers Want

#28, Ed Fidoe, Co-founder & CEO, London Interdisciplinary School: Teaching the Skills Employers Want

Opening in September 2021, the London Interdisciplinary School radically challenges a lot of assumptions within higher ed. As the first new university (with degree awarding powers) in Britain since the 1960s, their curriculum is designed around solving real-world problems. With faculty from Oxford and Harvard, Co-founder and CEO Ed Fidoe discusses the need to teach skills employers want and their attempt to dismantle the traditional system - or at least offer an alternative to it.

Show notes:
More about LIS: https://www.londoninterdisciplinaryschool.org/

Importance of studying everything: https://www.independent.co.uk/independentpremium/long-reads/london-interdisciplinary-school-omniscience-study-b1800801.html

Teaching the skills employers want: https://qz.com/1781574/the-london-interdisciplinary-school-takes-a-new-real-world-approach/

More about School21: https://www.school21.org.uk/

Favourite book about learning: ‘Consilience: The Unity of Knowledge’ by Edward O. Wilson, https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/55981.Consilience

Favourite book not about learning: ‘The Years of Lyndon Johnson’ by Robert Caro, https://www.robertcaro.com/the-books/

Binge-watching: 'The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills', https://www.imdb.com/title/tt1720601/

#27, Maia Sharpley, Co-founder & Managing Partner, Juvo Ventures: Is EdTech Spending Here To Stay?

#27, Maia Sharpley, Co-founder & Managing Partner, Juvo Ventures: Is EdTech Spending Here To Stay?

Money is pouring into edtech. In 2010 there was $500 billion of venture funding; last year it was 32 times that. As Co-founder and Managing Partner of Juvo Ventures, a venture capital firm focused on early stage technology-enabled education companies, Maia Sharpley makes a compelling case for why this acceleration is here to stay. We discuss everything from how frothy the upskilling and corporate market is, to the tutoring and test prep market, to why she left an established firm to start her own venture.
Show notes:
- More about Juvo Ventures: https://www.juvovc.com/
- Global edtech unicorns: https://www.holoniq.com/edtech-unicorns/
- Growth of edtech market: https://www.holoniq.com/notes/global-education-technology-market-to-reach-404b-by-2025/
- Portfolio companies:
Onramp, https://www.onramp.io/
NewCampus, https://www.newcampus.co/
SchooLinks, https://www.schoolinks.com/
- Favourite book about learning ‘Grasp: The Science of transforming how we learn’, Sanjay Sarma, Luke Yoquinto https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/49348224-grasp’
- Favourite book not about learning: ‘ Cleopatra: A Life’, Stacy Schiff https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/7968243-cleopatra

#26, Camilla Leirvik, Rector, Elvebakken High School: Open book tests + flexible schedules = success?

#26, Camilla Leirvik, Rector, Elvebakken High School: Open book tests + flexible schedules = success?

Renowned for being progressive, Elvebakken VGS is one of Oslo’s biggest public schools. As Rector, Camilla Leirvik shares their approach to building skills such as collaboration and time management, and how this approach generates success for all students, not just high achieving ones. We also unpack her claim that Elvebakken is a “not a regular school, it's an environment.”

Show notes:
- More about Elvebakken VGS: https://elvebakken.vgs.no/
- More about Camilla Leirvik: https://www.linkedin.com/in/camilla-hauren-leirvik-605191104/?originalSubdomain=no
- Favourite book about learning: ‘Dybdelæring’, Michael Fullan, Joanne Quinn, Joanne Mceachen https://www.ark.no/boker/Michael-Fullan-Dybdelaering-9788202595746?gclid=EAIaIQobChMIuaX1y-ij8AIVwxB7Ch1UoACWEAQYBCABEgKAIPD_BwE&gclsrc=aw.ds
- Binge-watching: 'Eventyrlig oppussing' / 'Adventurous renovation' https://www.imdb.com/title/tt10373928/

#25, Dr. Arunabh Singh, Director-Principal, Nehru World School: The Quantum Leap Envisioned For India’s New Education Policy

#25, Dr. Arunabh Singh, Director-Principal, Nehru World School: The Quantum Leap Envisioned For India’s New Education Policy

India’s new education policy proposes huge changes for the country's 472M children. As Director-Principal at Nehru World School and part of the Central Board of Secondary Education, responsible for setting the standards of national education policy, Arunabh talks about the required shift in mindset, the previous attempts to reform India's curriculum and what needs to happen to get this policy from paper into reality.

Show notes:
- Twitter: @SinghArunabh
- More about Nehru World School: https://www.nehruworldschool.com/
- Anganwadi Functions: https://womenchild.maharashtra.gov.in/content/innerpage/anganwadi-functions.php
- Continuous & Comprehensive Evaluation (CCE), https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ContinuousandComprehensive_Evaluation
- Wren & Martin: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/71722.High_School_English_Grammar_and_Composition
- Favourite book about learning: The Third Teacher, http://www.thethirdteacher.com/
- Favourite book: Made In Japan, https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/1008101.MadeinJapan
- Binge-watching: The Blacklist, https://www.imdb.com/title/tt2741602/

#24, Matthew Glotzbach, CEO, Quizlet: How the Pandemic Has Affected Study Habits Per Country

#24, Matthew Glotzbach, CEO, Quizlet: How the Pandemic Has Affected Study Habits Per Country

Valued at $1 billion, digital study platform Quizlet has 50 million active users in 130 countries, and has seen growth of 300-400% during Covid. CEO Matthew Glotzbach discusses the perils and possibilities of self-directed learning, shocking insights from Quizlet’s data on how the pandemic has affected study habits by country and how to address the very real mental health issues of young people today.

Show notes:
- Twitter: @quizlet & @mglotzbach
- More about Quizlet: https://quizlet.com/en-gb
- Series C funding round: https://www.uktech.news/featured/quizlet-raises-24m-series-c-20200514
- How pandemic has shaped how we educate: https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2021/02/digital-learning-covid-19-changed-way-we-educate-children/
- Favourite book about learning: Benedict Carey, ‘How We Learn: The Surprising Truth About When, Where, and Why It Happens’ https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/19288640-how-we-learn
- Favourite book not about learning: Ijeoma Oluo, ‘So You Want to Talk About Race’, https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/35099718-so-you-want-to-talk-about-race
- Binge-watching: Jack Ryan, https://www.imdb.com/title/tt5057054/

#23, Wendy Kopp, CEO & Co-Founder, Teach For All: How Do We Unleash the Leadership of Our Existing Educators & Students?

#23, Wendy Kopp, CEO & Co-Founder, Teach For All: How Do We Unleash the Leadership of Our Existing Educators & Students?

As CEO and Co-Founder of Teach For All, Wendy Kopp leads a global network of over 50 independent organisations cultivating leadership through locally rooted social entrepreneurs. We talk about successful innovations from around the world, the nature of leadership, what this moment means, and whether she thinks we will decide to do anything with it.

Show notes:
- Twitter: @wendykopp, @TeachForAll- More about Teach For All: https://teachforall.org/
- Recent blogpost on Medium: https://medium.com/teach-for-all-blog/how-we-can-ensure-that-covid-19-does-not-cast-a-lifelong-shadow-over-todays-young-people-fa962351fee9
- Favourite book about learning: ‘Mindset: The New Psychology of Success’, by Carol S. Dweck: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/40745.Mindset
- Favourite book not about learning: ‘Humankind: A Hopeful History’, by Rutger Bregman: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/52879286-humankind

#22, Dr. Laurie Santos, Professor Psychology, Yale University: How to be Happy in a Pandemic

#22, Dr. Laurie Santos, Professor Psychology, Yale University: How to be Happy in a Pandemic

We could all use strategies to help us cope, and where possible, positively navigate the continual stresses of pandemic life. Dr. Laurie Santos, Head of Silliman College, Professor of Psychology at Yale University, and founder of The Happiness Lab, is a leading specialist on human cognition and the cognitive biases that can negatively impact our life choices and decision making. Her course, “Psychology and the Good Life” is Yale’s most popular course in the university’s 300+ year history. Dr. Santos wants her students to be more grateful, procrastinate less and increase social connections in order to decrease mental health issues, increase motivation, and ultimately, increase happiness.

This session was recorded as part of a wider workshop and audience Q&A as part of Learnit Live.

Show notes:
- Dr. Laurie Santos’ work: https://psychology.yale.edu/people/laurie-santos
- Twitter: @lauriesantos
- ‘The Science of Wellbeing’ course, Coursera: https://www.coursera.org/learn/the-science-of-well-being
- ‘The Happiness Lab’: https://www.happinesslab.fm/

#21, Diane Tavenner, Co-Founder & CEO, Summit Public Schools: How Does a Model of High Tech & High Touch Fare During a Pandemic?

#21, Diane Tavenner, Co-Founder & CEO, Summit Public Schools: How Does a Model of High Tech & High Touch Fare During a Pandemic?

As Co-founder & CEO of Summit Public Schools, a network of 11 public charter schools in Washington State and California, Diane has built a model focused on mentoring, building student agency and supporting learning through projects. We talk about how their focus on self-directed learning paid off during the pandemic, whether tech can be used to build connection and the risks of too much emphasis on learning loss.Show notes:- More about Summit Public Schools, https://summitps.org/- More about Summit Learning Programme, https://www.summitlearning.org/- Favourite book about learning: Linda Darling Hammond, The Right to Learn, A Blueprint for Creating Schools That Work, https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/321109.The_Right_to_Learn- Favourite book not about learning: Isabel Wilkerson, Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/51152447-caste- Binge-watching, Bridgeton, https://www.imdb.com/title/tt8740790/

#20, Yuli Tamir, President of Beit Berl College: Teaching Resilience & Adaptability, to Train Teachers for a World of Uncertainty

#20, Yuli Tamir, President of Beit Berl College: Teaching Resilience & Adaptability, to Train Teachers for a World of Uncertainty

As President of one of Israel’s largest teaching colleges, Yuli is reforming their entire teaching curriculum, focusing on resilience and adaptability, to allow teachers to be more autonomous and build the support system they need for an age of uncertainty. We talk about Israel’s cautionary tale of how not to open schools, their vaccination programme, the risks of inequality and what Covid-19 has taught us about ourselves.Show notes:More about Yuli Tamir, https://yaelyulitamir.com/More about Beit Berl College: https://www.beitberl.ac.il/englishFavourite book about learning, Charles M. Payne, So Much Reform, So Little Change: The Persistence of Failure in Urban Schools, https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/3229041-so-much-reform-so-little-changeBinge watching The Crown: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt4786824/

#19 Bailey Thomson Blake, SPARK Schools: "Schools Change Communities for the Better." Creating Affordable, Values-led Private Education

#19 Bailey Thomson Blake, SPARK Schools: "Schools Change Communities for the Better." Creating Affordable, Values-led Private Education

A network of 18 affordable, globally competitive independent schools in Gauteng and the Western Cape regions of South Africa. We talk about their values-led model; what that means, how they measure it and how it positively impacts academic performance. We also talk about navigating COVID and the importance of relationships when keeping a private school afloat while families are facing unprecedented levels of hardship.
Correction on the detail given in the intro to this episode - SPARK Schools have a network of 18 schools.

Show notes:
- Twitter: @SPARKSchools
- More about SPARK Schools: https://www.sparkschools.co.za/
- More details on Sparks Fly: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nyN0S4EdP0c
- Bailey’s TEDxJohannesburg talk on their core values: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_tFe-Xn7Ipo&t=29s
- Launch of their vision, "South Africa leads global education": https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hOU0TYnNsZo&t=9s
- Favourite book about learning: The Wisdom of Teams: Creating the High-Performance Organization, Jon R. Katzenbach, Douglas K. Smith, https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/170486.TheWisdomof_Teams
- Favourite book not about learning: The Book of Embraces, Eduardo Galeano, https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/9490.TheBookof_Embraces
- Binge-watching: New Girl, https://www.imdb.com/title/tt1826940/

#18 Shai Reshef, University of the People: Delivering higher ed to 53k students on a budget of $13M

#18 Shai Reshef, University of the People: Delivering higher ed to 53k students on a budget of $13M

With 53k students and a budget of $13 million, University of the People provides a nonprofit, tuition free, online university. And last September, they established the first Arabic language, online degree program, after seeing students, in particular refugees, flocking to their program. We discuss their peer to peer learning model, their liberal arts foundation and how they manage to keep costs down.

Show notes:
- Twitter: @ShaiReshef @UoPeople
- Find out more about University of the People: https://www.uopeople.edu/
- More about Arabic language programme: https://www.uopeople.edu/about/worldwide-recognition/press-releases/university-of-the-people-launching-first-arabic-language-program-in-september/
- Favourite book about learning: John Sexton, Standing for Reason: The University in a Dogmatic Age, https://www.goodreads.com/en/book/show/41833036-standing-for-reason
- Favourite book not about learning: Yuval Noah Harari, Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind, https://www.ynharari.com/book/sapiens-2/
- What are you binge watching? Queen’s Gambit, https://www.imdb.com/title/tt10048342/

#17 Maria Spies, HolonIQ: What the Data Tells Us About the Future of Education

#17 Maria Spies, HolonIQ: What the Data Tells Us About the Future of Education

Frustrated at the lack of market intelligence for the education sector, Maria co-founded HolonIQ, to synthesize the billions of data points into rich global insights. We explore how Covid-19 has affected the education market, and discuss five predictions about the future of learning - including what people hope will happen versus what they expect to happen.

Show notes:
- Twitter: @marialspies1 @holoniq
- More about HolonIQ - https://www.holoniq.com
- Global Learning Landscape (Periodic Table) - https://www.globallearninglandscape.org/
- Education in 2030 Project - https://www.holoniq.com/2030/
- Favourite book about learning is Clayton Christensen, https://claytonchristensen.com/ideas-in-action/books/
- Currently binge-watching The Crown, https://www.imdb.com/title/tt4786824/

#16 Pamela Cantor, M.D., Turnaround for Children: Using Scientific Knowledge to Help Kids Thrive & Navigate Trauma

#16 Pamela Cantor, M.D., Turnaround for Children: Using Scientific Knowledge to Help Kids Thrive & Navigate Trauma

Having spent two decades as a child and adolescent psychiatrist, Pamela’s work with Turnaround for Children translates scientific knowledge about how children develop and learn, so that teachers and schools can support children where they are, and help them get where they need to be. We talk about the relationship between our genes and what we become and designing schools for the whole child rather than sorting based on narrow academic measures.

Content Warning: Please note, there are references to sexual abuse in this episode.

Show notes:
- Twitter: @Turnaround @DrPamelaCantor
- More about Turnaround For Children: https://turnaroundusa.org/
- More about Pamela Cantor, M.D.: https://turnaroundusa.org/team/pamela-cantor/
- Book Pamela references, The Boy Who Was Raised as a Dog: And Other Stories from a Child Psychiatrist's Notebook, Bruce D Perry: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/129909.The_Boy_Who_Was_Raised_as_a_Dog
- More about the building blocks for learning: https://turnaroundusa.org/what-we-do/tools/building-blocks/
- Benjamin S. Bloom’s The 2 Sigma Problem http://web.mit.edu/5.95/www/readings/bloom-two-sigma.pdfThe 180 Podcast: https://turnaroundusa.org/the-180-podcast-dr-pamela-cantor/
- Favourite book: Daniel J. Siegel, M.D., Brainstorm. The Power and Purpose of the Teenage Brain https://drdansiegel.com/book/brainstorm/
- “A Talk to Teachers”, by James Baldwin: https://www.spps.org/cms/lib010/MN01910242/Centricity/Domain/125/baldwin_atalktoteachers_1_2.pdf
- Binge watching, Queen’s Gambit, https://www.imdb.com/title/tt10048342/
- Binge watching, The Biggest Little Farm, https://www.imdb.com/title/tt8969332/
- Binge watching, My Octopus Teacher, https://www.imdb.com/title/tt12888462/

#15 Gregg Behr, Remake Learning: How to Mobilise a Community Around the Future of Education

#15 Gregg Behr, Remake Learning: How to Mobilise a Community Around the Future of Education

Over the last 15 years, Remake Learning has invested $100M, making a series of "small bets" to support and invest in a network of people igniting change, and empowering those ready for it. Their first annual Remake Learning Day saw 30,000 families take part in what he calls an “amusement park of innovative learning”, bringing to life what the future of education could look like. We talk about measuring the success of those small bets and how to mobilize a community around the future of learning.

Show notes:
- Twitter: @remakelearning, @RemakeDays, @greggbehr
- More about Remake Learning: https://remakelearning.org/
- More about Remake Learning Days: https://remakelearningdays.org/
- More about Grable Foundation: https://grable.org/
- Remake Learning Playbook: https://playbook.remakelearning.org/
- Book: Lest Innocent Blood Be Shed, Philip Paul Hallie https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/167405.Lest_Innocent_Blood_Be_Shed
- Binge-watching: Vikings, https://www.imdb.com/title/tt2306299/

#14 Wisdom Amouzou & Olivia Jones, Empower High School: What Happens in a Student-led School?

#14 Wisdom Amouzou & Olivia Jones, Empower High School: What Happens in a Student-led School?

Wisdom and Olivia founded Empower High School to develop young leaders who can transformatively resist systems of oppression and build new systems of liberation. With a school led by students, guided by educators and co-created with the community, things can get messy, but they’re committed to being comfortable with continual change and to resisting the impulse to revert to a broken system.

Show notes:
- Twitter - @EmpowerHS, @BrotherAmouzou
- More about Empower High School - https://empowerhighschool.org/
- Education as a means of liberation - https://globallearninglab.teachforall.org/video-page/465/wisdom-amouzou-education-is-a-means-for-liberation
- Explanation of transformative resistance - https://empowerhighschool.org/blog/2019/10/28/what-do-we-mean-by-transformative-resistance
- Teaching Community, Bell Hooks - https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/833590.Teaching_Community
- Pedagogy of the oppressed by Paulo Freire - https://www.goodreads.com/en/book/show/72657.Pedagogy_of_the_Oppressed
- Another Country, James Baldwin - https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/38474.Another_Country
- This is How you Lose Her, Junot Diaz - https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/13503109-this-is-how-you-lose-her
- Queen’s Gambit - https://www.imdb.com/title/tt10048342/
- The Mandalorian - https://www.imdb.com/title/tt8111088/

#13 Christopher Pommerening, Learnlife: A future of education without teachers, classrooms or schools

#13 Christopher Pommerening, Learnlife: A future of education without teachers, classrooms or schools

With a map of global learning innovations and a Learning Hub in Barcelona, Chris aims to give educators a vision of what the future of education might look like, as well as a plug and play toolkit to allow educators to pick and choose the ideas, practices and mindsets they want to put into their own schools and communities.

Show notes:
- Twitter: https://twitter.com/christopherpomm?lang=en
- More about LearnLife: https://learnlife.com/
- More about RE:Learn, LearnLife’s festival of learning: https://relearnfestival.com/
- More about Learning Hub in Barcelona: https://learnlife.com/barcelona
- More about the new learning paradigm: https://learnlife.com/alliance/learning-paradigm
- LearnLife’s research on global innovation: https://learnlife.com/alliance/learning-from-the-best

#12 Byju Raveendran, BYJU’S: One of the Most Valuable Edtech Companies in the World

#12 Byju Raveendran, BYJU’S: One of the Most Valuable Edtech Companies in the World

With 4.2 million paid subscribers, BYJU’S is one of the largest global edtech companies and has seen students’ time on their platforms increase from 71 to 110 minutes during Covid-19. Having raised $2 billion, company founder Byju’s ambition is to harness students’ innate curiosity and enable students to learn, unlearn and relearn in order to thrive in an ever-changing world.

Show Notes:
- Find out more about BYJU'S - https://byjus.com/
- More details about Byju's acquisitions and expansion plans - https://techcrunch.com/2020/09/15/indian-decacorn-byjus-ceo-talks-about-future-acquisitions-coronavirus-and-international-expansion/
- Find out more about BYJU'S partnership with Disney India - https://byjus.com/disney-byjus-early-learn/

#11 Jim Steyer, Common Sense Media: Tech, Kids & Education - Which Side of History Will Big Tech Be On?

#11 Jim Steyer, Common Sense Media: Tech, Kids & Education - Which Side of History Will Big Tech Be On?

At a time when technology is essential to remote learning, Jim believes there has never been a more important time to hold tech companies accountable. As founder of Common Sense Media & author of "Which Side of History?”, Jim campaigns to ensure tech is used for good, to protect our kids, families & the future of democracy.

Show notes:
- Details of Jim’s new book ‘Which Side of History?’ https://www.commonsensemedia.org/about-us/news/press-releases/common-sense-launches-which-side-of-history-campaign-to-challenge
- Find out more about Common Sense Education: https://www.commonsense.org/education/
- Find out more about Common Sense’s initiative, ‘Wide Open School’: https://wideopenschool.org/#grades-3-5/
- Find out more about Common Sense’s Digital Citizenship course: https://www.commonsense.org/education/digital-citizenship
- Find out more about Common Sense’s Edtech ratings and reviews: https://www.commonsense.org/education/search?contentType=reviews
- Author Nicholas Lemann, ‘The Big Test, The Secret History of the American Meritocracy’: https://us.macmillan.com/books/9780374527518
- Author Paul Tough, ‘The Years That Matter Most’: https://www.paultough.com/books/years-that-matter-most/
- Author Paul Tough, ‘Helping Children Succeed’: http://www.paultough.com/helping/
- Author Pat Conroy, ‘The Prince of Tides’: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/16735.The_Prince_of_Tides
- Sacha Baron Cohen’s 'The Spy': https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5UijUOy0MmE
- Sacha Baron Cohen’s 'Borat Subsequent Moviefilm': https://www.bbc.com/culture/article/20201021-borat-2-review-fascinating-and-urgently-satirical
- TV show 'The Bureau': https://www.imdb.com/title/tt4063800/

#10 David Miyashiro, Cajon Valley Union School District: What Can Business Teach Us About How to Build Equitable Classrooms?

#10 David Miyashiro, Cajon Valley Union School District: What Can Business Teach Us About How to Build Equitable Classrooms?

With the risk of inequities growing, Miyashiro is committed to ensuring all families, not just wealthy ones, have choices. Looking to the world of business for solutions, Cajon Valley Union School District remains committed to innovation & is trialling new approaches to keep kids in classrooms.

Show notes:
- Twitter: @davidmiyashiro
- Details about Cajon Valley Union School District: https://www.cajonvalley.net/
- How One District Got Its Students Back Into Classrooms, New York Times article: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/09/20/us/school-covid-reopening.html?smid=tw-share
- Cajon Valley’s regular flash mob: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GGhwNrNVh1A
- Cajon Valley’s Work of Work curriculum: https://www.forbes.com/sites/tomvanderark/2018/10/17/the-world-of-work-in-elementary-school/#3c65924dd128

#9 Bertie Hubbard, MyTutor: Making Tutoring Accessible & Affordable to Every Child in the UK

#9 Bertie Hubbard, MyTutor: Making Tutoring Accessible & Affordable to Every Child in the UK

Until now, tutoring has been out of reach for most children - too expensive, hard to access and largely an opportunity for the privileged few. With an online offer, working with both schools and parents, and government investment to deliver tutoring to those who need it most, MyTutor is growing. Fast.

Show notes:
- Twitter: @Bertie_Hubbard @MyTutor
- Benjamin Bloom, The 2 Sigma Problem: The Search for Methods of Group Instruction as Effective as One to One Tutoring http://web.mit.edu/5.95/readings/bloom-two-sigma.pdf
- Teacher Tapp survey - How much learning are pupils doing remotely? https://teachertapp.co.uk/who-could-return-to-school-if-it-were-possible/
- National tuition programme, £350 million investment in tutoring to most disadvantaged students: https://educationendowmentfoundation.org.uk/projects-and-evaluation/projects/online-tuition-pilot/
- MyTutor raises €4.4 million to expand: https://www.eu-startups.com/2020/06/uk-edtech-mytutor-raises-e4-4-million-to-expand-its-online-tutoring-platform-post-covid/
- The Name of The Wind - Patrick Rothfuss: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/186074.The_Name_of_the_Wind
- Barbara Oakley, Learning How to Learn: https://www.coursera.org/learn/learning-how-to-learn

#8 Kaya Henderson, Reconstruction: Rebuilding the Black Community Through an Unapologetically Black Curriculum

#8 Kaya Henderson, Reconstruction: Rebuilding the Black Community Through an Unapologetically Black Curriculum

Veteran educator and activist Kaya Henderson has launched Reconstruction, an organisation providing unapologetically Black education to help kids understand their rich history and empower them to see themselves positively in school and in life. Will building safe and culturally connected communities catalyze young adults to lead the change that is so desperately needed?

Show notes:
- About Reconstruction: https://reconstruction.us/
- Fred Rogers 'Look for the Helpers' quote: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-LGHtc_D328
- Artist Leroy Campbell - https://www.leroycampbelloriginals.com/
- Author Derrick Bell, Faces at the Bottom of the Well: The Permanence of Racism: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/466460.Faces_at_the_Bottom_of_the_Well
- Author Jonathan Kozol, Savage Inequalities, Children in America's Schools: https://www.jonathankozol.com/savage-inequalities
- Author Amanda Ripley, The Smartest Kids in the World & How They Got that Way: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/13259960-the-smartest-kids-in-the-world
- TV show Lovecraft Country: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt6905686/

#7 Lisa Barrett, WhiteHat: Revolutionising Apprenticeships to Provide an Equal Alternative to University

#7 Lisa Barrett, WhiteHat: Revolutionising Apprenticeships to Provide an Equal Alternative to University

Elite jobs are hard to get. Tech startup WhiteHat is working to democratise access to the best careers through offering an alternative to university; apprenticeships. Despite a national reduction in apprenticeship applications in 2020, WhiteHat’s UK applications are increasing, and fast. As VP Learning & Delivery, Lisa Barrett shares some of the WhiteHat ‘secret sauce’; building community, recruiting for super powers and world class remote teaching. As we enter a global downturn, will students abandon the dream of a university degree and opt for a WhiteHat type apprenticeship?

Show notes:
- Twitter: @WhiteHatGB
- WhiteHat's audacious goals: https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/university-shouldnt-gatekeeper-great-careers-isabelle-roughol/
- Ken Robinson 'Do Schools Kill Creativity?': https://www.ted.com/talks/sir_ken_robinson_do_schools_kill_creativity?language=en
- Rodham, Curtis Sittenfeld: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/50253429-rodham

#6, Chernor Bah: Without Schools, Girls Lose a Network of Social Safety Nets.

#6, Chernor Bah: Without Schools, Girls Lose a Network of Social Safety Nets.

As a feminist activist, Chernor Bah’s work as CEO and Co-Founder of Purposeful focuses on giving girls the curriculum, the social capital and the space, to find, develop and use their voices. We explore how learnings from the Ebola epidemic have shaped Sierra Leone’s response to COVID-19 and how a transformative approach has resulted in 21% of the country’s GDP being consistently spent on education.

Show notes -
- Twitter: @Cee_Bah
- More about Chernor's work: www.wearepurposeful.org/
- Remote learning through radio broadcasting: www.unicef.org/wca/stories/covid-19-sierra-leone-education
- Karo Kura, creative drama series: https://avstudios.com/project/corona-lan-de-trut
- John Kenndey Toole, A Confederacy of Dunces: www.goodreads.com/book/show/310612.AConfederacyof_Dunces
- Ta-Nehisi Coates, Between the World and Me: www.goodreads.com/book/show/25489625-between-the-world-and-me

#5, Liz Robinson: What will school leaders do with this new rebellious streak?

#5, Liz Robinson: What will school leaders do with this new rebellious streak?

As head of Surrey Square Primary School at 29, Liz was the youngest headteacher in England. She has continually championed values as a route to achieving positive impact, for the children but also the communities the school serves. At Big Education, this work has continued, helping headteachers deliver a more holistic education, focused around the principals of Head, Heart and Hand. In this episode we discuss her work, values and how COVID-19 has driven the movement to achieve a more balanced approach to education.

Show notes:
- Twitter: @LizzieRobinson3 & @jandersonQZ
- Big Education: https://bigeducation.org/
- London Interdisciplinary School: https://qz.com/1781574/the-london-interdisciplinary-school-takes-a-new-real-world-approach/
- Carl R Rogers, On Becoming a Person: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/174879.On_Becoming_a_Person
- Madeline Miller, Circe: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/35959740-circe

#4, Pia Pakarinen: The case of Finland: When you build an equitable system, it performs in a crisis.

#4, Pia Pakarinen: The case of Finland: When you build an equitable system, it performs in a crisis.

Today we talk to Pia Pakarinen, Deputy Mayor for Education, City of Helsinki.Finland has long been viewed as an educational success story, and appears to be the outlier during COVID-19; teachers had the tools they needed, and the training and support to respond, parents felt equipped to help their kids, and children fared well as a result. We discuss these areas, alongside the extensive data collection underway and the resulting changes being put in place as a result.

Show notes:
- Twitter: @Pia_Pakarinen
- More about Pia's work: https://www.piapakarinen.net/

#3, Sal Khan: What Sal Khan Has Been Doing in Lockdown

#3, Sal Khan: What Sal Khan Has Been Doing in Lockdown

During the pandemic, demand for Khan Academy sky-rocketed, with usage of the site rising to 75 million minutes a day. With a huge sense of purpose and endless energy, Sal has led his team to build further ways to help students, parents and teachers during this time. Today we discuss the COVID-19 learning loss, 'in terms of progress around equity, I think we could lose decades', what works and doesn’t with online learning, the range of ‘back to school tools’ they’re developing, the role tutoring can play, and how he came to his decision to establish the company as a non-profit.

Show notes -
- Twitter: @salkhanacademy
- One World Schoolhouse: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WUHRaoD7d34
- Schoolhouse.World: https://coda.io/@schoolhouse/welcome
- The Diamond Age, Neil Stephenson: https://www.nealstephenson.com/the-diamond-age.html
- Isaac Asimov, Foundation: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/29579.
- Foundation Avatar, The Last Airbender: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCN_u5w69V9wUZYG8WeJWuNg

#2, Andreas Schleicher: Will COVID-19 Accelerate or Squash Efforts to Make Education More Than Just Tests?

#2, Andreas Schleicher: Will COVID-19 Accelerate or Squash Efforts to Make Education More Than Just Tests?

If you want to start a heated discussion in global education circles, mention the name Andreas Schleicher. As head of the OECD’s education unit, he is the face of PISA, a test administered to 15 year olds around the world every 3 years. Depending on who you ask, Schleicher, a German data scientist, is responsible for launching a global education arms race, or he is one of education’s most enlightened reformers, committed to changing what is measured in education so it better reflects the world in 2020. In this episode, we talk about how different countries are trying to battle the COVID-19 learning loss, the elevated role of wellbeing during the pandemic, where online learning has and hasn't worked, the role of motivation and self-regulation, parents as faculty, the future of assessment and how tutoring could help the most disadvantaged kids catch up, if designed and funded well.

Show Notes:
- Twitter: @SchleicherOECD | @jandersonQZ | @Learnit_World
- More information on the OECD's work: http://www.oecd.org/education/
- OECD Report 'Schooling Disrupted, Schooling Rethought'
- Yuval Noah Harari, '21 Lessons for the 21st Century'

#1, Michael Sorrell: Leading with Love during a Time of Crisis

#1, Michael Sorrell: Leading with Love during a Time of Crisis

Thirteen years ago Michael Sorrell saved Paul Quinn College, a historically Black Methodist college in Dallas, Texas, from financial collapse, transforming it into America’s first urban work college. Today, he explains why he won’t welcome students back on campus this fall unless he can keep them safe, what America’s anti-racism protests mean for higher ed, and why the single best piece of advice he ever got was to “lead with love.” “At the end of the day we are fighting for something bigger than the perpetuation of ourselves as an institution. We are fighting for the salvation of our students. That’s a bigger cause.”

Show notes:
- Twitter: @michaelsorrell | @jandersonQZ | @Learnit_World
- Paul Quinn College website for more information on their work: https://pqc-edu.squarespace.com/
- More details regarding the reality of social mobility in US college system, available via corresponding Quartz article, written by Jenny Anderson: https://bit.ly/3e0jOhs
- Michael Sorrell, ranked 34 in Fortune's 50 Greatest Leaders: https://fortune.com/worlds-greatest-leaders/2018/michael-sorrell/
- Michael Sorrell's SXSW Edu 2018 talk: https://bit.ly/3fxj4B5