Getting Social Emotional About Strong and Resilient NYC Schools with David Adams and Elizabeth Stranzl

David Adams is the CEO of The Urban Assembly and a Member of the Board of Directors for Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL). Elizabeth Stranzl is the Director of The School Climate and Wellness Division of the New York City Department of Education. The pair join host, Mike Palmer, in a conversation about SEL in New York City schools and beyond. We reinforce why it’s important and share how the research backs it up as we respond to the surprising backlash we’ve been seeing against some SEL programs across the United States.

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Leadership, Mentorship, and Skating to Where the Puck is Going with Adam Mendler

Adam Mendler is the CEO of the Veloz Group and the Host of the Thirty Minute Mentors podcast. He also teaches graduate-level courses on Teamwork and Leadership at UCLA. He’s an experienced keynote and public speaker with an MBA from the Anderson School of Management at UCLA.

Adam joins host, Mike Palmer, in a conversation about mentorship, leadership training, and other emerging trends in executive education. Listen in to get tips on how to find a mentor, why it’s worth it to be a mentor, and much more.

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Emerging Skills and Mindsets for Future Leaders with Beth Porter

Beth Porter is the President, CoFounder, and COO of Esme Learning, an executive education company focused on new and emerging skills. She has led multiple product and engineering teams to deliver high-value, customer-focused educational technology products in product development, business strategy and operational roles. She also founded and is CEO of Riff Analytics, an AI-enabled collaboration platform, and is a researcher and lecturer at MIT and BU Questrom School of Business.

Beth joins host, Mike Palmer, in a free-flowing conversation about emerging trends in the skills ecosystem, the future of work, and in education and media. Beth shares her experiences beginning as a Math Teacher, then proceeding through a series of ed tech, customer service, and product management roles before studying at the MIT Media Lab where she founded Riff Analytics. She then describes what led to her founding Esme Learning with Co-Founder David Shrier.

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Preparing and Sustaining Social Justice Educators with Dr. Annamarie Francois and Dr. Karen Hunter Quartz

Dr. Annamarie Francois and Dr. Karen Hunter Quartz join Mike Palmer to talk about their experience as educators and leaders in social justice education and community schooling. Annamarie is the Executive Director of UCLA Center X and Karen is the Director of the UCLA Center for Community Schooling. Together they edited and authored chapters in Preparing and Sustaining Social Justice Educators from Harvard Education Press.

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Creating a New Way for Children to Learn to Read with Zach Silverzweig

Zach Silverzweig is the CEO and Founder of TinyIvy, a startup focused on helping children learn to read. He returns to join host, Mike Palmer, in a conversation about what it’s been like launching and growing his company through the challenges of the past year. When we first met Zach a year ago, he had developed a program of flashcards and worksheets based on a system that adds marks to English letters to create a one-to-one mapping of characters to sounds to make English more decipherable for young learners.

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Screening for Gifted Programs, Civic Engagement, and the Learning Metaverse

Mike Palmer runs us through three zeitgeisty trends that are bubbling up in November 2021. We begin by digging into recent developments around the Gifted and Talented program in New York City as we explore the challenges with the existing model along with opportunities for more inclusive approaches. We revisit our conversation with David Adams, CEO of The Urban Assembly to go deeper on this topic.

Then we look at the state of civic engagement as we head into an off-cycle election day this week. We bring in conversations with Dr. Mark Sanders and Russell Glass, the CEO of Ginger and author of Voting with a Porpoise, to help flesh out the conversation.

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Immigration Enforcement and Educational Equity

Dr. Patricia Gándara and Dr. Jongyeon Ee are the authors and editors of Schools Under Siege: Immigration Enforcement and Educational Equity. They join host Mike Palmer in a conversation about the challenges immigrant children and their families face in light of the troubling history of immigration enforcement in the United States.

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Q4 2021 Learning Roundup

Mike Palmer returns to get a sense of where we are heading into the 4th Quarter of 2021. In the midst of the Fall Semester in 3K, PreK, K12, and Higher Ed, what are we observing so far? Beyond traditional formal learning channels, what’s new and emerging in lifelong learning and workforce development? And what are we on the lookout for as we head towards the close of 2021?

Mike moderates a lively panel of Virtual CoHosts featuring our returning champion, Nancy, covering new media and emerging technology along with two new guest contributors: Malcolm and Ruth. Malcolm reports on 3K through K12 and Ruth focuses on Higher Ed and Workforce Learning and Talent. We cover all the angles to help catch you up on the state of play in the worlds of learning in late 2021.

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