After graduating from college, Mike Marriner travelled across America with two college friends in an old, green RV. Along the way, they interviewed leaders across a wide array of fields and occupations to learn how folks got to where they were. That first trip resulted in the book Roadtrip Nation: A Guide to Discovering Your Road in Life and soon after the founding of Road Trip Nation where Mike and team now provide that experiential learning experience to other students. They’ve been featured on PBS and across major media over the past 20 years.Read more
In this special edition of Trending in Education, host Mike Palmer shares the 21 Trends he’s seeing on the horizon for 2021. Based on over 100 shows in 2020 talking to 75 different guests, we’ve been able to glean insights that help us get out ahead of what’s emerging in the future of learning in 2021 and beyond. And this is the episode where we share that all with you!Read more
Melissa Griffith and Dan Strafford join Mike Palmer for this special 2021 Kickoff show. What trends are top of mind for us as we lean into 2021? How will we turn the page from 2020 into the New Year? What have we learned?Read more
To bring 2020 to a close, we’ve compiled highlights from the 10 most downloaded episodes of Trending in Education this year. We begin with Angela Siefer talking about Digital Inclusion before hearing Adi Hanash’s perspective on how to be a great live online instructor. Then we listen to Dr. Rich Milner talk about the importance of grace in light of the Black Lives Matter movement and the challenges of teaching in 2020. From there, we hear from Helen Lee Bouygues, Zachary Davis, Frank Britt, Bryan Alexander, and David Meerman Scott and reflect back on our March Madness Tournament, the Gartner Hype Cycle, and much more.Read more
Melissa Griffith and Dan Strafford rejoin Mike to look back on an amazing year in learning trends. We take a cautiously optimistic stance looking back on the year and peering ahead into the future as we review highlights from some of the top episodes of Trending in Education from 2020. We talk about the pandemic response, the promise of the vaccines, and the transformational thinking about race that has emerged in response to George Floyd and the Black Lives Matter Movement. We also touch on the emerging renaissance in online learning as we look forward to turning the page to 2021 to lean into disruption and reinvention with renewed grace, empathy, and hope.Read more
Lindsey Dixon and Julissa Baez from The Urban Assembly join Mike to talk about Postsecondary Readiness, Workforce Pathways, and the Future of Work. We hear Julissa and Lindsey’s origin stories and learn what drives their passion to make a positive impact on students and families overcoming poverty and striving for social mobility. We explore how to move work readiness programs further upstream into high school and K12 to ensure graduates are making smart decisions planning for the careers of the future.Read more
Noah Teitelbaum is the Executive Director of Empowering Education. That means he does a bit of everything, from chatting with the principals and teachers using the program to managing program updates to writing SEL children’s stories about bunnies (https://empoweringeducation.org/book/). Empowering Education is a non-profit that enables learning by contributing to the social and emotional wellness of students, families, and educators through a mindfulness-based bilingual SEL curriculum. They offer an accessible, trauma-informed, affordable, and easy-to-use curriculum for K-8 teachers and SEL specialists to use in the classroom.Read more
James Nottingham is the Co-Founder of Challenging Learning and is the Creator of the Learning Pit, a program that he founded in 2003 to encourage students to get out of their comfort zone. Since then it has scaled across the globe to millions of educators and learners who have grabbed hold of its message of inspiration.
James joins Mike to explain how this all got started with his experiences as a troubled student, which allowed him to connect his experiences to those of students who are beginning to grapple with the discomfort that comes with pushing yourself to learn more and become more. We talk Vygotsky, desirable difficulty, and other related concepts from learning science in the context of real-world experiences and examples as we help James spread the word about the power of embracing challenging learning and the ideas behind the Learning Pit.Read more
Kate Eberle Walker is an education industry leader with 20+ years of experience in leading, managing, advising, acquiring and investing in education companies. She is the CEO of Presence Learning, the leading provider of live online special education related services for K-12.
On this episode, Kate returns to Trending in Education to talk through what it was like to lead her organization through this difficult and transformative year. We talk about the emerging trends involving teletherapy and remote care for students with special needs. Then we explore the challenges and opportunities for speech pathologists, occupational therapists, and school psychologists as those services have moved rapidly to live online delivery.Read more
Brian Tobal is the CEO of SchoolHouse, an education company that provides a home to microschools led by outstanding educators. On this episode, Brian joins Mike to tell the story of the series of successful education ventures and initiatives that he’s embarked on through his career. We conclude by diving into what led to his joining SchoolHouse to lead them through these tumultuous times.Read more
Steve Joordens is a Professor of Psychology at the University of Toronto (U of T). He’s also the Director of the Advanced Learning Technologies Lab at U of T where he researches the application of research findings to real life learning interventions. Steve joins Mike in a free-flowing conversation about the challenges and opportunities with online learning in these very confusing times.Read more