Teaching Learning Leading K-12
Patricia A. Jennings - Teacher Burnout Turnaround: Strategies for Empowered Educators - 343

Patricia A. Jennings - Teacher Burnout Turnaround: Strategies for Empowered Educators - 343

January 18, 2021




Patricia A. Jennings talks with me about her book - Teacher Burnout Turnaround: Strategies for Empowered Educators. This is episode 343 of Teaching Learning Leading K12, an audio podcast.

Patricia (Tish) Jennings is an internationally recognized leader in the fields of social and emotional learning and mindfulness in education and Professor of Education at the School of Education and Human Development at the University of Virginia.

Her research places a specific emphasis on teacher stress and how it impacts the social and emotional context of the classroom, as articulated in her highly cited theoretical article "The Prosocial Classroom." Jennings led the team that developed CARE, a mindfulness-based professional development program shown to significantly improve teacher well-being, classroom interactions and student engagement in the largest randomized controlled trial of a mindfulness-based intervention designed specifically to address teacher occupational stress.

She is a co-author of Flourish: The Compassionate Schools Project curriculum, an integrated health and physical education program and is co-Investigator on a large randomized controlled trial to evaluate the curriculum’s efficacy.

She is currently the Principal Investigator of Project CATALYZE, a study that will examine whether CARE enhances the effectiveness of a social and emotional learning curriculum funded by an Education Innovation Research grant from the US Department of Education to conduct.

A member of the National Academy of Sciences Committee on Fostering Healthy Mental, Emotional, and Behavioral Development among Children and Youth, she was awarded the Cathy Kerr Award for Courageous and Compassionate Science by the Mind & Life Institute in 2018 and recently recognized by Mindful Magazine as one of "Ten Mindfulness Researchers You Should Know."

Earlier in her career, Jennings spent more than 22 years as a teacher, school director and teacher educator.

She is the author numerous peer-reviewed journal articles and chapters and several books: Mindfulness for Teachers: Simple Skills for Peace and Productivity in the Classroom, The Trauma-Sensitive School: Building Resilience with Compassionate Teaching, Mindfulness in the Pre-K-5 Classroom: Helping Students Stress Less and Learn More, part of Social and Emotional Learning Solutions, a book series by WW Norton of which she is editor.

Today we will focus on her latest book, Teacher Burnout Turnaround: Strategies for Empowered Teachers.

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Length - 52:20

Sara Apperson: Teaching Character Development & The Character Tree - 342

Sara Apperson: Teaching Character Development & The Character Tree - 342

January 14, 2021



Sara Apperson shares her thoughts on teaching character development and talks about her show - The Character Tree. This is episode 342 of Teaching Learning Leading K12, an audio podcast.

Sara  Apperson  teaches first grade in Washington State and portrays “Miss Sara” in The Character Tree’s https://www.charactertree.com/character development video lessons for early elementary school students. 

She runs The Primary Pal blog and is a teacher-author on Teachers Pay Teachers. 

Sara has served as an early elementary teacher for more than a decade. She specializes in literacy and writing and in 2018 received the Bonnie Campbell Hill Literacy Leader Award for Washington State. 

She holds a B.A. in Elementary Education and a B.S. in Spanish Language and Literature and an M.S. in K-6 Reading and Literacy.  

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 Length - 35:59

Adrian Ridner: Study.com, Working Scholars Program, and Eliminating Education Barriers - 341

Adrian Ridner: Study.com, Working Scholars Program, and Eliminating Education Barriers - 341

January 11, 2021



Adrian Ridner: Study.com, Working Scholars Program, and Eliminating Education Barriers. This is episode 341 of Teaching Learning Leading K12, an audio podcast.

Adrian Ridner is the Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Study.com and an industry leader in education technology.

He has created the leading online learning platform in the world — delivering a personalized learning experience to students and teachers from grade school through college and beyond. Adrian has spent the past two decades bringing together academic experts across all subjects, with the leading technologists and learning scientists to build the most innovative micro-learning platform with the sole purpose to eliminate the most common educational barriers and make education accessible.

Mr. Ridner has been committed to advancing personalized and engaging learning at scale for students of varying needs and diverse backgrounds to help level the playing field. Study.com's short video lessons and online courses help students achieve their educational goals and degrees needed to unlock economic opportunities. 

As an Argentine immigrant, Adrian is particularly proud that Study.com helps students, teachers and parents in the U.S. and around the world. He gets excited about each learner that shares their personal story, from every corner of the globe, about how Study.com empowered them to achieve their education and career dreams.

In 2017, Adrian launched the Working Scholars® program as an accelerated pathway to a bachelor's degree offering flexibility, convenience and little to no student debt for working adults. The program has expanded nationally to dozens of cities, uplifting underserved communities one college graduate at a time. Adrian is very proud of the impact Working Scholars is having and humbled that it was named CA Non-Profit of the Year.

Adrian is on the board of Riecken Community Libraries. The Riecken Foundation has been promoting literacy and access to knowledge in Central America since 2000. Through their community libraries, the Foundation has brought books, newspapers, the Internet and other resources to over 60 small communities in Honduras and Guatemala.

He also serves as a board member for Cal Poly State University's Engineering & Computer Science advisory council where he has helped transform the curriculum to prepare graduates for their fast-changing technology careers. 

Adrian graduated from Cal Poly University with a Master's and Bachelor's degree in Computer Science and teamed up with Co-founder Ben Wilson to self-fund Study.com — making education readily available and affordable for every student.

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Length -29:42

Dr. Jenny Nash talks about LEGO Education, Meaningful Failure, and Learning Anywhere - 340

Dr. Jenny Nash talks about LEGO Education, Meaningful Failure, and Learning Anywhere - 340

January 7, 2021



Dr. Jenny Nash talks about LEGO Education, Meaningful Failure, and Learning Anywhere. This is episode 340 of Teaching Learning Leading K12, an audio podcast.

Dr. Jenny Nash serves as the Head of Education Impact Team for LEGO Education in the US, where she provides direction and leadership in delivering meaningful education opportunities for students. With previous experiences as a professional development provider and STEM teacher, Jenny is an advocate for hands-on, inquiry-based learning for students and building confidence in teachers to provide this type of learning.

A Little about LEGO Education

 For more than 40 years LEGO Education has been working with teachers and educational specialists to deliver playful learning experiences that bring subjects to life in the classroom and make learning fun and impactful. LEGO Education has a wide range of physical and digital educational resources that encourage students to think creatively, reason systematically and release their potential to shape their own future.

With educational sets, lesson plans and curriculum material, assessment tools and teacher training and support, LEGO Education can help you meet your curriculum objectives and provide you with the tools you need to make learning inspiring, engaging and effective.

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Length - 39:12

Ben Owens discusses his non-profit “Open Way Learning” and the book he co-authored - Open Up, Education! - 339

Ben Owens discusses his non-profit “Open Way Learning” and the book he co-authored - Open Up, Education! - 339

January 4, 2021




Ben Owens discusses his non-profit "Open Way Learning" and the book he co-authored - Open Up, Education! How Open Way Learning Can Transform Schools. This is episode 339 of Teaching Learning Leading K12, an audio podcast.

Ben Owens is an education strategist and coach with experience helping schools create the cultural conditions that allow authentic, localized innovation to thrive in their own learning communities. He specializes in working with schools to retool their approach to collaboration and the free exchange of ideas and resources by applying the core elements of the open source movement - one of the primary drivers fueling our innovation economy. This “Open Way Learning” approach allows teams to develop, remix, adapt, and sustain a culture of authentic innovation that nimbly responds to the just-in-time needs of each student. Such innovative approaches include competency-based learning, project-based learning, distributed leadership, design thinking, true personalized learning, and high-quality STEM teaching & learning - all implemented with fidelity and sustained for the long term because they are rooted in the DNA of a school’s culture (instead of being short lived fads).

As an engineer who spent a 20-year career in manufacturing locations across the US, Ben saw first-hand the essential need to rethink student success so that it was less focused on siloed curriculum and test scores and more focused on the skills, knowledge, and dispositions needed for students to thrive in a rapidly changing world. He left the corporate world in 2007 to do something about this by becoming a public school teacher in Southern Appalachia. Ben taught physics and math for 11 years at Tri-County Early College and in that role was able to work with a dynamic team of peers to craft and scale an engaging approach to student-centered teaching and learning that blurs the lines between what happens in school and what happens in the real world. 

Ben is the co-author of “Open Up, Education! How Open Way Learning Can Transform Schools,” a book that makes a compelling case for why our schools must be more open if they are to truly prepare students for a rapidly changing world. He was the recipient of the 2017 Bridging the Gap Distinguished Teacher in STEM Education; the 2016 North Carolina Center for Science, Mathematics, & Technology Outstanding 9-16 Educator Award; a member of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Teacher Advisory Council; a 2014 Hope Street Group National Teaching Fellow, and a former “Community TA” for the MIT Teaching Systems Lab. He is currently an Open Organization Ambassador and is a National Faculty member for PBLWorks, the world leader in Project Based Learning. He and his wife live in the beautiful mountains of Western North Carolina.

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Length - 54:38

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