So We’ve Been Thinking: Episode 24 – Lauren Bercuson – Making Storytime Meaningful

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Social Emotional Learning (SEL) is currently a popular focus for schools because evidence suggests that effective SEL improves academic learning. How can we best teach students skills like self-awareness, self- management, empathy, perspective taking and cooperation? Today’s guest is someone who combines her love of reading and knowledge of books to provide support to people […]

So We’ve Been Thinking: Episode 23 – Darnisa Amante – A Commitment to Equity

SWBT Episode 23 – Darnisa Amante

If Equity work is going to be meaningful, it requires more than just a passing commitment of time and energy, more than just inviting a speaker or distributing materials. It means that community as a whole is going to take a good hard look in the mirror. So what does an Equity process look like and what does it entail? Shawn talks about Equity in Education with Dr. Darnisa Amante of Disruptive Equity Education Project (DEEP)

The Modern Challenges of Formative Assessment

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Assessment, today there is an abundance of simple, effective and free ways to collect information for learning in your classroom. A new challenge that these tools confront us with is whether we are making the most of the formative assessment data that we collect. Are we using this information effectively to inform our choices about the learning opportunities that we provide for our students?”

So We’ve Been Thinking: Episode 20 – Mary Ellen Daneels – Transforming Civic Education

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Across the country, there is a renewed focus on laws and practices to promote quality civic education, geared toward preparing our students with the skills they need to be active participants in a democracy who are able to access and insert themselves into the democratic decision making process. Shawn talks with Mary Ellen Daneels about transforming Civic Education.

The Modern Robes of Democracy

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Civic education in the United States has been getting a lot of attention lately.  Different than “Government” courses that focus on the structures of government, the goal of a Civics course is to prepare students to participate in democracy and to educate them about the rights and duties of citizenship.   One of the driving forces […]

So We’ve Been Thinking: Episode 19 – Andrew Miller – Making PBL Work

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Shawn Talks with Project Based Learning (PBL) Expert Andrew Miller. Some changes take more than just making a new lesson or building a new unit.

These changes can require a whole new mindset or in some cases building a new classroom culture.

Project based Learning is one of these changes. Andrew Miller has been sharing his PBL expertise around the world and stops by today to discuss “Making PBL Work”

The Transformation of History Instruction

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Technology has forever changed the way that History classes are taught.  Once, not very long ago, history classes relied upon two key sources of information: the teacher and the textbook. Students read the textbook, and then the teachers shared their vast knowledge, usually through lecture.  Research assignments were key, but they were limited by the […]