The Power of ASSISTments to Augment Teaching with Dr. Neil Heffernan

Dr, Neil Heffernan, the William Smith Dean Chair Professor at Worcestor Polytechnic Institute (WPI), joins Mike to talk about how his career interweaves great teaching, computer science, and “ASSISTments” – a set of digital tools designed to make homework assignment and evaluation more efficient. Neil tells us his origin story which includes meeting his wife Cristina while teaching and doing research in K12 Education right through their creation of the ASSISTments Foundation for which Neil serves as the Chair.

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School Architecture for The 21st Century with Prakash Nair

This week, Mike is joined by Prakash Nair, the Founder of Education Design International (EDI) and author of Blueprint for Tomorrow from Harvard Education Press. Prakash describes how the design of K12 schools can and should be completely rethought. School buildings and their institutional designs contribute to a “cells and bells” culture that stifles learning, creativity, and joy.

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Talking Social Emotional Learning with David Adams

David Adams, the Senior Director of Strategy at The Urban Assembly, joins Mike to explore the many facets of Social Emotional Learning or SEL. David shares his career journey which charts a path through many of the key centers of research in the field along with practical experience in schools in New York City and around the world.

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Teaching Media Literacy with Mucktracker

Kate Dalton and Dr. Eliot Chayt join Mike to talk about the critical importance of media literacy in today’s world. Eliot and Kate are the founders of an EdTech startup called Mucktracker, which provides a platform for students and educators to co-create a critical understanding of news and media drawn from various sources.

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Recent Trends in Educational Research with Youki Terada from Edutopia.org

Youki Terada, Research and Standards Editor at Edutopia, returns to the show to revisit trends in K-12 Educational research in light of the tumultuous year in which we’re living. The response to the pandemic has re-emphasized the critical role of social-emotional learning along with issues of digital divides and Youki and team have been shifting Eduopia’s focus in that direction.

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The Future of Learning Virtual Summit with Rohit Barghava

Trending in Education partnered with Rohit Barghava and the Non-Obvious Company to host a Virtual Summit on the Future of Learning. Join Rohit, Melissa Griffith, Dan Strafford, and Mike Palmer as they discuss what the future might hold for parents, learning professionals, and lifelong learners.

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