DivingDeepEDU

Matthew Downing

Thought provoking conversations that help listeners dive deeper into educational practices.

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What guides you?  What are the forces that direct your path? As I've reflected on those questions, I've come up with this spoken word poem, Compass. This is the final episode in season 1, and will be taking a lengthy break from podcast production. Post a review. Subscribe. Dr. Matthew Downing has over 15 years experience helping K-12 school systems integrate technology.  He is most curious about the way technology transforms the learning process, and engages students in authentic learning experiences.  He is also interested in developing professional development that leads to lasting results.  Matthew hosts and produces DivingDeepEDU podcast as well as a co-host with RethinkingEDU podcast.  Check out mdowningedu.   Music: Believin Stephen Links: www.mdowningedu.com, Matthew Downing,  RethinkingEDU, DivingDeepEDU #compass #guide #education #innovation

Nov 10

4 min 48 sec

What can we learn from Mr. Rogers in respect to blended learning? Mr. Rogers transformed the television experience for kids decades ago, and there is much we can continue to learn from him today. He encouraged listeners to slow down, established routines, created deep connections, and experimented with new ideas. These are all lessons we can bring into the traditional or blended classroom.  Listen in to this fast paced thought piece and check out the blended learning mini series.  Ep's 40-49. Post a review. Subscribe. Dr. Matthew Downing has over 15 years experience helping K-12 school systems integrate technology.  He is most curious about the way technology transforms the learning process, and engages students in authentic learning experiences.  He is also interested in developing professional development that leads to lasting results.  Matthew hosts and produces DivingDeepEDU podcast as well as a co-host with RethinkingEDU podcast.  Check out mdowningedu.   Music: Believin Stephen Links: www.mdowningedu.com, Matthew Downing, DivingDeepEDU #blendedlearning #hybrid #hyflex #innovation

Sep 3

11 min 35 sec

What does an online school look like that elevates self directed learning, utilizes learning challenges, and taps into student agency? Let me introduce you to The Forest School Online.   This conversation with Maxwell Smith seeks to elevate unique elements of The Forest School Online in order for us to see a different path forward in respect to online learning. For more information check out . . . The Forest School Online  Post a review. Subscribe. Maxwell Smith is the Head of School for The Forest School Online, an international, virtual, self-directed learning school that reimagines education by centering all of our signature learning experiences on learners finding their calling.  Max holds a Master’s in School Leadership with a concentration in School Development from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Music: Believin Stephen Links:  The Forest School Online, The Forest School Online Application, The Forest School, instagram #blendedlearning #hybrid #hyflex #innovation

Aug 27

25 min 37 sec

What if technology made the educational experience more impactful, reduced stress, and allowed us to get more done in less time? William Minton and Matthew Downing discuss these critical questions and much more on this helpful podcast episode. William showcases Canopy, a new learning management system, as a way to grapple with these questions.  Canopy helps the learner and teacher interact with tech tools in a more seamless way.   Tune into the blended learning mini series to help reflect on the past year and consider a path forward.  (see episodes 40-48) Post a review. Subscribe. William Minton is the Founder of Canopy a new blended learning platform. Prior to venturing in EdTech he worked as a math and social studies teacher, instructional coach, non-profit leader, and educational consultant. He spent the 2015-16 school year traveling and writing about top-ranked schools around the world. Music: Believin Stephen #blendedlearning #hybrid #hyflex #innovation

Aug 20

22 min 34 sec

Consistency is essential within a blended learning environment.   More than that, consistency transcends technology and blended learning models, which makes it an ideal foundational element to build effective learning environments.   Richard Byrne discusses this with Matthew Downing and why it is so critical.  They also explore examples of what consistency looks like in the classroom, and consider ways to increase engagement. Tune into the blended learning mini series to help reflect on the past year and consider a path forward. Post a review. Subscribe. Episode 6 Link (previous episode) Richard Byrne is known for his popular blog that is read by over 500,000 people worldwide, freetech4teachers.com.  He provides a plethora of professional development resources for teachers, as well as maintaining a new website called edtechfitness.com  Music: Believin Stephen #blendedlearning #hybrid #hyflex #innovation

Aug 13

23 min 43 sec

Blended learning has forced teachers across the globe to modify their teaching practice and experiment with new tools and ideas.  Dom Traynor and Matthew Downing discuss this as well as the ability of blended learning to encourage teachers to be learners at the same time as the students.  Teachers don't have to be the expert on every technology tool or idea.  Teachers can rely on students who possess an understanding or tutorials that have already been created.   Tune into the blended learning mini series to help reflect on the past year and consider a path forward (episodes 40-48). Post a review. Subscribe. Episode 8 Link (previous episode) Dom Traynor is the education evangelist at Adobe, author of recently published book Literacy Beyond the Classroom, and founder of LitFilmFest. Music: Believin Stephen Links:  DigiDom tutorials #blendedlearning #hybrid #hyflex #innovation

Aug 6

29 min 14 sec

How can we utilize the blended learning environment towards deeper learning? Dr. Scott McLeod chats with Matthew Downing about this topic and much more.  They also explore the need for thoughtful planning, the temptation towards wishful thinking, and the way 4 Shifts Protocol can guide towards success. Tune into the blended learning mini series to help reflect on the past year and consider a path forward. Post a review. Subscribe. Episode 12 Link (previous episode) Dr. Scott McLeod is the Associate Professor of Educational Leadership at the University of Colorado Denver. He started off as a middle school social studies teacher before earning his JD and Ph.D.  Scott is a leading expert in K-12 technology leadership issues. He shares his work through his wonderful website (dangerously irrelevant), blog, presentations, books, and countless articles. Music: Believin Stephen Links:  4 shifts protocol training #blendedlearning #hybrid #hyflex #innovation

Jul 30

18 min 53 sec

The experiences throughout the past year have helped us grow in our understanding of using technology in the classroom and being able to ask the "why" when considering technology classroom application. Monica Burns and Matthew Downing discuss this as well as the many possibilities of participation within a blended learning environment. Tune into the blended learning mini series to help reflect on the past year and consider a path forward (episodes 40-48).  Post a review. Subscribe. Episode 9 Link (previous episode) Dr. Monica Burns is a former classroom teacher, author, speaker, and curriculum & edtech consultant. Monica also has a super helpful website, classtechtips.com, which will give you plenty of ideas on how to become a tech savvy teacher. Music: Believin Stephen Links:  #blendedlearning #hybrid #hyflex #innovation

Jul 23

14 min 44 sec

Blended learning is not for every student or educator.   Todd Nesloney and Matthew Downing discuss limitations of the blended learning environment for both students and teachers.  We also consider unique ways blended learning can serve students well along with the significance of relationships within a virtual environment.  Tune into the blended learning mini series to help reflect on the past year and consider a path forward (episodes 40-48). Post a review. Subscribe. Episode 11 Link (previous episode) Todd Nesloney is the Director of Culture and Strategic Leadership. Prior to that he was an elementary school principal, and classroom teacher. Todd is an author of multiple books, TEDx speaker, and a frequent conference presenter. Music: Believin Stephen Links:  #blendedlearning #hybrid #hyflex #innovation

Jul 16

16 min 4 sec

Risks can be a powerful tool within our learning. Blended learning has offered numerous opportunities for teachers and students to take risks they wouldn't have taken otherwise.  These risk taking experiences have led to unexpected learning opportunities, new ideas, and expanded exploration. We cover this and much more on this past paced episode.   Tune into the blended learning mini series (episodes 40-48) to help reflect on the past year and consider a path forward. Post a review. Subscribe. Episode 3 Link (previous episode) Rachelle Dene Poth is a Spanish Teacher, STEAM teacher, lawyer, author, podcaster, blogger, and the recipient of the ISTE making it happen award. Music: Believin Stephen Links:  rdene915.com #blendedlearning #hybrid #hyflex #innovation

Jul 9

17 min 59 sec

Organizing a blended learning classroom serves as one of the biggest obstacles for educators.  Matthew Rhoads shares examples of how to best organize a blended learning classroom while offering practical examples that can be easily applied to a variety of classroom settings.   On top of that, we discuss the importance of routines and embracing the less is more mentality in relationship to technology tools.   Tune into the blended learning mini series to help reflect on the past year and consider a path forward. Post a review. Subscribe. Dr. Matthew Rhoads is a blogger, author, podcaster, and he spends a lot of time thinking and practicing innovative technology integration within K-12 and higher education settings.  Check out his new book, Navigating the Toggled Term.   Music: Believin Stephen Links: The Tyranny of Merit, #blendedlearning #hybrid #hyflex #innovation

Jun 28

16 min 41 sec

Design offers an excellent pathway to interdisciplinary learning experiences. Dr. Marci Klein brings us into classrooms and shows us how design can be used to combine diverse learning objectives and push creativity.  She shares many examples that can be applied to the classroom, such as a tiny house challenge and bee pollinator project. The conversation also pushes us to consider new ways of learning. Post a review. Subscribe. Dr. Marci Klein has over 20 years experience in early childhood development as an NYU-trained pediatrician.  Recently, she has co-founded 3DuxDesign with her 2 children.  3Duxdesign is an award-winning architectural modeling system that integrates creativity and design thinking with STEM education. Music: Believin Stephen Shout outs: Liz Gallo Links: 3duxdesign, Invention Convention   #design #innovation Podcast ad:  RethinkingEDU

Jun 4

37 min 13 sec

We are in the midst of a disruptive decade. Listen in to the conversation as Julie Jungalwala and Matthew Downing consider a path forward. Julie shares her thoughts on ways to approach the disruption in order to bring about transformative change.  She provides examples, stories, and lessons she has learned through working with countless schools and organizations. Are you seeking to navigate the disruption in a positive way?  Give this episode a listen. Post a review. Subscribe. Julie Jungalwala is the founder of the Institute for the Future of Learning, seeking to transform the one size fits all model of education. She is an author, speaker, consultant, and advises at the Harvard Innovation Lab and teaches at the Harvard Extension School.  Music: Believin Stephen Shout outs: Teachers Links:  #innovation, Institute for the Future of Learning, Academic Leadership Group, Harvard Extension School, Harvard Innovation Labs, Forbes article, Google Duplex, Jal Mehta, Julie Stearn, Eleanor Duckworth Podcast ad:  RethinkingEDU

May 27

34 min 56 sec

What is real math? Pam Harris chats with Rob Schwartz, Macie Basom, and myself about this important issue. We discuss the characteristics of real math and more importantly - how can real math be brought to the classroom? The conversation also considers the role of algorithms within math instruction and alternative ways to engage and teach concepts.  The conversation inspires and provides practical application. Post a review. Subscribe. Pam Harris is a professor, author, podcast host, presenter, and founder of math is figure out able - check her out at mathisfigureoutable.com. Music: Believin Stephen Shout outs: Kristin Frang and edVario founded by Allison Maryan Links:  #math, Cathy Fosnot, Constance Kamii, Howie Hua, Dan Meyer, Robert Kaplinsky, Fawn Nguyen  Podcast ad:  RethinkingEDU

May 17

59 min 38 sec

How do you pursue your dream? Sam Willoughby, BMX Olympic Silver Medalist, brings us into his story of leaving home at the age of 16 to pursue his BMX dream and the many factors that led to his decision. We discuss the importance of following passions in the midst of a strong support system, strategies to succeed, and the multi-faceted recovery process.  Throughout our discussion we keep education in view. Post a review. Subscribe. Sam Willoughby is a two-time BMX world champion, 2012 Olympic Silver Medalist, and coach to his wife, Alice Post. Music: Believin Stephen Shout outs:  family and dream seekers Links:  Ridgeback Bikes, Alice Post, #bmx #olympics #biking Podcast ad:  RethinkingEDU

May 11

45 min 54 sec

What role does your mindset play in athletics and education? Katherine Adamek, 2 time Olympic Medalist, shares personal stories and coaching strategies to help us better understand the role our mindset plays. Katherine highlights the need for a process oriented approach as opposed to focusing primarily on the results.  This allows us to see our growth and measure success differently. The conversation is filled with personal examples and reflective observations. Post a review. Subscribe. Katherine Adamek is a 2 time Olympic medalist in speed skating.  Since retiring from competitive speed skating - she has started a performance coaching business at fixyourmindset.com, empowering others to improve the way they move, think, and feel. Music: Believin Stephen Shout outs:  Katherine's Mom, recovering from surgery Links:  fix your mindset, Mindset by Carol Dweck, The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz, #skating #olympics Podcast ad:  RethinkingEDU

May 7

41 min 20 sec

How does design thinking help us in everyday life?  Not the textbook version.  The practical day in and day out version. John Coyle, Olympic Medalist and design thinking expert, breaks down the theory of design thinking and helps us apply it to our daily life. John delves into how we approach our strengths and weaknesses, difficult decisions, and the importance of the design thinking process. Give this episode a listen to gain a deeper understanding of design thinking and practical application. Post a review. Subscribe. John Coyle is a Design Thinking & Innovation Expert, Olympic Silver Medalist, Keynote Speaker, Author, Professor, and NBC analyst. Music: Believin Stephen Shout outs:  David Eagleman Links: Amelia Nierenberg, David Kelley, d.school, #skating Podcast ad:  RethinkingEDU Check John out at: www.FACEBOOK.com/JohnKCoyle www.INSTAGRAM.com/CoyleJohnK www.TWITTER.com/CoyleJohnK www.YOUTUBE.com/c/JohnKCoyleTheArtofReallyLiving www.JohnKCoyle.com

May 1

44 min 53 sec

Perseverance helps us grow in unexpected ways. Mark Henderson, Olympic Gold Medalist, shares the story of his 1992 Olympic trial experience and how that propelled him forward towards gold in 1996. Mark reflects on lessons learned from athletics, and how they can be brought into the classroom for all students. Mark also shares about his newest venture, The Athletes Village.  A great app that assists athletes, builds community, and provides a context for professional athletes to give back.  Updated app launching in the next couple of months. Post a review. Subscribe. Mark Henderson is a former competitive swimmer.  He is an Olympic gold medalist, three-time World champion, and former world record-holder.  After his competitive swimming career, Mark went worked on Wall Street, and then started a non-profit, The Athletes Village.  Music: Believin Stephen Shout outs: US Men's Swimming Team Links: #swimming, #olympics, Shawn Kanungo, The Athletes Village Podcast ad:  RethinkingEDU

Apr 23

50 min 31 sec

What does it take to elevate your performance to the next level? Who better to ask than Olympic Gold Medalist, Vladimir Grbic? Vladimir provides wonderful insight into the world of athletics.  But, our conversation goes much deeper than that.  We get into mindsets, collaboration, inclusivity, and the importance of happiness. One of the highlights was Vladmir sharing guidance on what prevents people from succeeding and the secret to overcoming that obstacle. Whether you are an athlete, educator, or striving to achieve a goal - this episode is for you! Post a review. Subscribe. Vladimir Grbic is a two time Olympian medalist with a gold medal from 2000 and a bronze medal from 1996.  He is also a member of the Volleyball Hall of Fame. His international victories include a silver medal at the 1998 World Championship and a gold medal at the 2001 European Championship. In addition to his many medals, Vladimir has been declared the Best Sportsman of the Year, the Best Athlete in Yugoslavia, the Best European Volleyball Player, and the Best Volleyball Player of the Century in Yugoslavia. On top of that, Vladimir has been an Ambassador of Special Olympics since 2010. Music: Believin Stephen Shout outs:  Michael Phelps, Michelle Kwan, Misty May-Treanor Links: #volleyball, International Volleyball Hall of Fame, Special Olympics Podcast ad:  RethinkingEDU

Apr 18

1 hr 7 min

What is the role of innovation within education?   Shawn Kanungo, a globally recognized innovation strategist, shares his insight into how innovation occurs and what it could look like within schools. Shawn offers challenges and inspiration for educators and school leaders to do school differently.  For example - "if you don't understand how video games work for middle school students - you are irrelevant." Listen to the conversation for more ways that we can seek innovation within education and beyond. Post a review. Subscribe. Shawn Kanungo is a globally recognized innovation strategist. His work and interviews have been featured in a number of publications such as The Guardian, and his content has garnered millions of views.  Shawn was named in Forbes as the “Best Virtual Keynote Speaker I’ve Ever Seen.” Music: Believin Stephen Shout outs:  Matthew Downing Links:  Iowa Big, CAPS Network, Michelle Weise , Christensen Institute Podcast ad:  RethinkingEDU

Apr 9

46 min 51 sec

Anaiah Downing, Eliana Downing, and Teo Downing had the opportunity to ask some curious questions to Judy Schachner, award winning author/illustrator.  See episode #29 for the complete conversation with Judy.   The answers to the questions provide some great insight to listeners of all ages. Post a review. Subscribe. Judy Schachner is the #1 NY Times Best Selling Author/Illustrator of over 23 books for children including Bits & Pieces, the Skippyjon Jones series (my personal favorite), Yo Vikings, The Grannyman and Willy and May. She has won many awards including the first E. B. White Read Aloud Award. Anaiah Downing is a 4th grade student at Independence Charter School in Philadelphia.  She enjoys reading, writing engaging stories, and creating unique artistic expressions. Eliana Downing is a 4th grade student at Independence Charter School in Philadelphia.  You can often find Eliana crafting a culinary delight or putting together a craft sale.    Teo Downing is a Kindergarten student at Independence Charter School in Philadelphia.  He is known to build complex lego communities and dinosaur battles that can last for hours.  

Mar 29

16 min 40 sec

How does an award winning author and illustrator create their books? Judy Schachner, #1 NY Times Best Selling Author/Illustrator, gives us a glimpse into her creation process.  See this link for a wonderful example of a character bible, which serves as the foundation for her books.  Her process seeks to break down barriers that hinder creativity, and provides inspiration to potential writers and authors. Judy also provides unique insight into the character of Skippyjon Jones (my personal favorite), which causes increased laughter and understanding. Post a review. Subscribe. Judy Schachner is the #1 NY Times Best Selling Author/Illustrator of over 23 books for children including Bits & Pieces, the Skippyjon Jones series (my personal favorite), Yo Vikings, The Grannyman and Willy and May. She has won many awards including the first E. B. White Read Aloud Award. Music: Believin Stephen Shout outs:  Emma Schachner, Sarah Schachner, teachers, and librarians. Links:  SARABELLA'S THINKING CAP - example of writing bible Podcast ad:  RethinkingEDU  

Mar 23

54 min 43 sec

How do we prepare for jobs that don't exist yet? Michelle Weise guides us through this transition with thoughtful insight and tons of examples.  Michelle explains how the system needs to be transformed in order to support new workers and workforce. This conversation keeps innovation at the forefront with many ideas that can be easily applied beyond higher education. Post a review. Subscribe. Michelle Weise is a renowned thought leader and author.  She is an Entrepreneur in Residence and Senior Advisor with the US global education team of Imaginable Futures.  Before that, Michelle served as Chief Innovation Officer of Strada Education Network.  Her writing has appeared in The Economist, The Wall Street Journal, The Harvard Business Review, and her most recent book, Long Life Learning. Music: Believin Stephen Shout outs:  Strada Institute for the Future of Work, Wil Zemp, Gunnar Counselman, and Michael Horn. Links:  Strada Education Network.  The Omidyar Group.  The Strada Institute of the Future of Work.  Harvard Business Review. The Economist.  Wall Street Journal.  Long Life Learning  https://claytonchristensen.com   Mursion.  Simon Sinek Podcast ad:  RethinkingEDU

Mar 19

43 min 47 sec

What is the role of technology within our learning?   John Couch, Apple's first Vice President of Education, helps us understand the difference between utilizing technology as a mental bicycle and an exercise bike. John does this through stories, personal examples, and providing insight into the vision of Steve Jobs. Our conversation uncovers the need to provide students with challenges, build trust, and connect learning to the real world. Post a review. Subscribe. John Couch is a pioneer of the American tech boom.  He was hired by Steve Jobs as the 54th employee and became Apple’s first Vice President of education.  He is an author of Rewiring Education, owns a winery, and leads a music production company. Music: Believin Stephen Shout outs:  Marco Torres, Apple, Apple Distinguished Educators Links: oxford day academy, Dr. Mallory Dwinal, Steve Wozniak, Jewel, eden inspirations, eden estate wines Podcast ad:  RethinkingEDU

Mar 14

49 min 36 sec

What drives your learning?   We dive into this question and much more in a conversation that is framed around Tony's newest book, Learning By Heart.  Tony shares significant stories that demonstrate the power of teachers in the learning process as well as the need to have learning tailored to curiosity and passions. Tony doesn't stop there.  He shares a pivotal moment that saved his educational journey as well as lessons learned from a personalized axemanship course.  Post a review. Subscribe. Tony Wagner is a Senior Research Fellow at the Learning Policy Institute. Prior to that, he held a variety of positions at Harvard for more than twenty years including four years as an Expert in Residence at the Harvard Innovation Lab.  Tony has written 7 books including 3 best sellers. On top of that Tony served as the Strategic Education Advisor for the education documentary, “Most Likely to Succeed."  Music: Believin Stephen Shout outs:  Ted Dintersmith, Mastery Transcript Consortium,  Better World Ed & Abhi Nangia Links:  Better World Ed, What School Could Be, Learning By Heart, Mowglis Summer Camp, Mastery Transcript, High Tech High, Grit Podcast ad:  RethinkingEDU Sponsors: Podpage.  Go to podpage.com.  Use code "divingdeep" to get first month free or half off a premium subscription.  

Mar 6

49 min 25 sec

Design has a significant impact on the way information is conveyed to learners, and the degree to which learners are able to process and understand content.   Oliver Caviglioli breaks down the way the mind works, organizes content, and what we can do to better facilitate understanding.  He shares all of this through numerous stories while referencing learning researchers.  Give a listen / Subscribe / Post a review! Oliver Caviglioli was a former special school head teacher and is now an information designer who focuses on creating visual clarity around teaching ideas and processes.  Oliver has displayed this visual clarity through books such as Dual Coding with Teachers and Teaching Walk Thrus.  Check out his work at olicav.com.  Music: Believin Stephen Shout outs:  Tom Sherrington Podcast ad:  RethinkingEDU Sponsors:  Podpage.  Go to podpage.com.  Use code "divingdeep" to get first month free or half off a premium subscription.   Upper Left Corner: PNW True Crime Podcast. Upper Left Podcast

Mar 1

51 min 50 sec

Noan Fesnoux highlights the importance of experiences within our educational journey. He shares how they have impacted his learning, and also how he views learning for students.  Noan shares numerous examples of effective experiential learning activities, details his time working at Green School Bali, and provides some insight into starting The Real School of Budapest. Noan shares all of this with clarity and a deep conviction.  Give a listen / Subscribe / Post a review! Noan Fesnoux has been working as an educator since 2003, including his work with multiple startups. In Vancouver, he helped establish Little Mountain Learning Academy. Over eight years at Green School Bali, Indonesia, Noan developed several programs core to the school, including Green Studies and an impactful experiential learning program . He moved to Budapest, Hungary in July 2019 to start up the REAL School of Budapest. Music: Believin Stephen Shout outs:  Dave Strudwick, Glenn Chickering, Aaron Eden Mentions: https://www.greenschool.org, www.realschool.eu Podcast ad:  RethinkingEDU Sponsor:  Podpage.  Go to podpage.com.  Use code "divingdeep" to get first month free or half off a premium subscription.  

Feb 18

41 min 27 sec

Kristen Graham, Pulitzer Prize winning journalist, shares some of her experiences while covering education in Philadelphia.  She also tells inside stories from the Phillies 2008 championship, breaks down important skills needed in journalism, and describes events from a recent arrest.  Kristen shares all of this through interesting stories and wonderful insight. Give a listen / Subscribe / Post a review! Kristen Graham is a Philadelphia Inquirer education reporter.  She won the Pulitzer Prize in 2012 for her work on the series - Assault on Learning - which affected large scale change.  Kristen is active covering breaking news stories and longer in depth pieces.  If you want to know what is happening - real time - in Philadelphia - then follow her on Twitter - @newskag. Music: Believin Stephen Shout outs:  Teachers Mentions: Phillies, Reading Terminal Market, Magic Gardens, Pennypack Park, Down Home Diner. Podcast Mention:  RethinkingEDU

Feb 8

38 min 38 sec

Amelia Nierenberg, New York Times reporter, brings needed and helpful insight into the current state of education.  Amelia's observations are not only pertinent to our current situation with her work on the Coronavirus Briefing, but can help move education forward in significant ways.   The conversation isn't entirely about education though . . . we started in Senegal, explored some of the best unknown restaurants in NYC (Amelia was a NY Times food reporter prior to the Coronavirus Briefing), and somehow we discussed a local stray cat named Molly.   The enjoyable interaction will cause us to contemplate in refreshing ways.  Give a listen! Amelia Nierenberg is a writer for the New York Times - focusing on the Coronavirus Schools Briefing.  She has also written about food at the times, worked for the associated press in West Africa, and started things off at the Boston Globe. Shout outs:  Alexander Russo. @alexanderrusso Music: Believin Stephen Links: NYTimes Coronavirus Briefing. amelianierenberg.com Podcast mention:  RethinkingEDU. www.rethinkingedu.co

Feb 5

50 min 12 sec

Professional rock climber Sierra Blair-Coyle helps us better understand the complex dynamics of rock climbing, and what is needed to succeed.  Sierra tells us about her favorite places to climb, how to improve, and the impact her coaches have had in her development.  Sierra also shares some helpful stories from her educational background that allow us to consider ways to tailor systems to student needs.    Sierra Blair-Coyle has been competing professionally as a rock climber since the age of 14.  Sierra is the current Pan American Bouldering Champion, she has also been a World Cup Competitor (2010-2019), and was a two-time National Champion.  Sierra enjoys traveling the world competing and doing what she loves full-time. Shout outs: Brad Music: Believin Stephen Links:  sierrabc

Jan 30

29 min 7 sec

Anaiah Downing, Eliana Downing, and Teo Downing had the opportunity to ask some curious questions to previous guests from episodes 16, 17, 18, and 19.  The answers provide some great insight to listeners of all ages. Previous guests - Stephanie Klemons, Voltaire Wade-Greene, Betsy Struxness, and Seth Stewart are talented artists (see previous episodes for details) who share a connection of being original cast members of the musical Hamilton.   Anaiah Downing is a 4th grade student at Independence Charter School in Philadelphia.  She enjoys reading, writing engaging stories, and creating unique artistic expressions. Eliana Downing is a 4th grade student at Independence Charter School in Philadelphia.  You can often find Eliana crafting a culinary delight or putting together a craft sale.    Teo Downing is a Kindergarten student at Independence Charter School in Philadelphia.  He is known to build complex lego communities and dinosaur battles that can last for hours.    

Jan 23

14 min 29 sec

"That would be dope if . . ." Matthew Downing and Seth Stewart delve into the creation process. Seth shares the need for space, finding a passion, and doing.  So often we get caught in our own heads, don't know what we want, or spend a majority of our time consuming. Those issues serve as major roadblocks towards creating beautiful art. Seth tells some interesting stories from Hamilton like how he went about practicing Lafayette's quick hitting lines.  The conversation concludes by contemplating the roles of teachers and some of the best teaching methods. Seth Stewart played Marquis de Lafayette and Thomas Jefferson in Hamilton, as well as originating the role of Graffiti Pete in Miranda’s In The Heights.  Seth also has numerous film credits to his name such as Karma Club and Sex and the City. Seth has a passion for writing and creating characters that possess great depth. When he’s not doing that - he’s probably listening to hip hop, watching a superhero movie, or trying to save the planet!  Check out iamsethstewart.com. Shout outs: choir teacher, Kent City Schools, family, dance teachers Music: Believin Stephen

Jan 16

51 min 32 sec

Betsy Struxness takes us on a journey from a small town in Italy to the hectic backstage of Broadway performances.   Throughout the conversation Betsy provides an inside look into the creative process for an artist, the essence of an impactful learning experience (JOY), and what it is like to perform on Broadway under those bright lights. This is an engaging and authentic interaction that opens our eyes in more ways than the interesting stories shared from Hamilton, Matilda, and Wicked. Betsy Struxness has had extensive experience on Broadway, including Wicked, Memphis, Matilda, and as an original cast member in Hamilton. Apart from Broadway, Betsy is a multi-faceted artist who enjoys photography, choreography, creating content, and WERQ Cardio Dance Fitness.  Connect w/ her at www.betsystruxness.com Shout outs: Family  Music: Believin Stephen

Jan 11

59 min 13 sec

Voltaire Wade-Greene and Matthew Downing explore Voltaire's early learning experiences like when he recorded Thriller over a precious family VHS tape, and memorized the various movements. Voltaire goes on to share the importance of movement within learning and ways to encourage it within schools.  We save the Hamilton stories for last. Voltaire gives insight after insight of what it was like to perform with Hamilton.  He speaks about the energy and the need to improv at times.  Voltaire has had extensive dance training including stops at the San Francisco Ballet and the Dance Theatre of Harlem.  He has had a number of Broadway credits including Jesus Christ Superstar, The Wiz, and as an original cast member of Hamilton.  Voltaire served as the resident choreographer for the 1st national tour of Hamilton. Shout outs: Daniel Watts, Ephraim, Jeremy Adams Music: Believin Stephen

Dec 2020

51 min 52 sec

What can we learn from musicals like Hamilton?   TONS! Join Matthew Downing and Stephanie Klemons as they dive into Hamilton (the musical), choreography, Katie's Art Project, and what makes a beneficial learning experience.  Stephanie shares plenty of stories, behind the scenes insight about Hamilton, the intricate process of choreography, and benefits of art towards healing. Stephanie is an award-winning performer, choreographer and director who has worked on the pre-Broadway and Broadway productions of HAMILTON, IN THE HEIGHTS, BRING IT ON and IF/THEN. Her body of work can be seen currently on Broadway and around the world as the Associate and Supervising Choreographer of HAMILTON. Stephanie is most proud of her Non-Profit, Katie’s art project, started ten years ago, which connects kids facing life-threatening and terminal Illness with artists to collaborate on an art, dance and music project. Shout outs: Andy Blankenbuehler and Brandon Schneider Music:   Believin Stephen

Dec 2020

58 min 23 sec

What can great leaders learn from living like a drug addict? Listen in as Matthew Downing chats with Michael Brody-Waite about his journey and the many lessons he has applied to successful leadership.  First, we must take off our masks.  We can do this by practicing authenticity, surrendering the outcome, and doing uncomfortable work. Michael brings it with refreshing insight and numerous examples. He is a TedX speaker, author of Great Leaders Live Like Drug Addicts, CEO of a number of successful businesses, and seeks to help others live a mask free life. Listen - Subscribe - Post a review Shout out:  Brene Brown Music:  Believin Stephen  

Dec 2020

44 min 10 sec

Matthew Downing chats with Michael Soskil about his newest book and the pivotal role teachers play in transforming the education system and preserving democracy. Throughout the conversation they discuss powerful classroom activities that can be easily implemented, the importance of student agency within a school, and how student voice should be at the center of school decisions.  Michael Soskil was the 2017-18 Pennsylvania Teacher of the Year, recipient of the US Presidential Award for Excellence in Math and Science Teaching, in 2016 named one of the top 10 teachers in the world, and a Global Teacher Prize finalist by the late Dr. Stephen Hawking.  His newest book is "Flip the System US: How Teachers Can Transform Education and Save Democracy".  Shout outs: Josh Parker, Jinni Forcucci, Jelmer Evers Music:  Believin Stephen  

Nov 2020

36 min 25 sec

What can we learn from this remote learning experience?  Matthew Downing chats with Steven W. Anderson and Shaelynn Farnsworth about broader theoretical insights as well as practical takeaways.   They delve into change theory, high quality professional learning, engaging in deeper learning, and the nuts and bolts of a pandemic journal activity. Throughout the conversation effective technology integration and literacy instruction remain front and center.   Steven W. Anderson and Shaelynn Farnsworth direct the ship at web 2.0 classroom.  Steven guides the technology integration and Shaelynn spearheads literacy development. They are frequent contributors, speakers, and presenters. Shout outs:  Grace & Aiden / Reaghan & Chesney Music: Believin Stephen

Nov 2020

47 min 27 sec

What can help lead to deeper learning when integrating technology?  Matthew Downing and Dr. Scott McLeod discuss this relevant and important question. Scott brings it with theory and examples galore that can be easily applied to the learning environment.   Scott adds to the conversation by highlighting his 4 Shifts Protocol: higher level thinking, student agency, authentic work, and technology infusion.   Dr. Scott McLeod is the Associate Professor of Educational Leadership at the University of Colorado Denver. He started off as a middle school social studies teacher before earning his JD and Ph.D.  Scott is a leading expert in K-12 technology leadership issues. He shares his work through his wonderful website (dangerously irrelevant), blog, presentations, books, and countless articles. Music: Believin Stephen Shout outs:  Virginia Educators, Big Picture Learning, PBL, High Tech High, New Tech Network Give a listen.  Subscribe.  Post a review.

Nov 2020

36 min 27 sec

Matthew Downing chats with Todd Nesloney about his biggest takeaways from education. Todd mentions relationships with staff, students, and families as some of the key ingredients towards success. Todd also shares stories of his creative endeavors to engage community members and students.  Have you ever heard of a book prom?  Listen in to find out, and hear some other great insight.  Todd is the Director of Culture and Strategic Leadership. Prior to that he was an elementary school principal, and classroom teacher. Todd is an author of multiple books, TEDx speaker, and a frequent conference presenter. Shout outs: Adam Dovico Music:  Believin Stephen

Nov 2020

27 min 50 sec

What can foster an authentic learning experience?   Matthew Downing and Jon Smith discuss how to create these types of authentic learning experiences through students publishing their work.  They also discuss student agency, car detailing, and unique features of Book Creator. Includes many practical examples that can be directly applied to the classroom. Jon Smith is a former teacher and tech integrator.  He is a speaker, college professor, auto detailer, golfer, and helps teachers succeed using Book Creator. Shout outs: Jason Hubbard, Larry Kosilla Music:  Believin Stephen

Oct 2020

41 min 26 sec

Teachers are on constant lookout to promote deeper learning with the use of technology.   Matthew Downing and Monica Burns discuss many ways to accomplish that such as creating authentic audiences, purpose, and open ended activities. Listen in as we discuss these important concepts with practical application.  Subscribe / post a review. Dr. Monica Burns is a former classroom teacher, author, speaker, and curriculum & edtech consultant. Monica also has a super helpful website, classtechtips.com, which will give you plenty of ideas on how to become a tech savvy teacher. Shout Outs: Elevate Education Crew Music: Believin Stephen

Oct 2020

32 min 29 sec

How can we make literature come alive for our students?  Literature is supposed to make us feel and imagine.  Stories were meant to entertain.  However, many of our students experience the opposite of excitement and entertainment when studying literature.  Join Matthew Downing and Dom Traynor as they discuss ways to infuse life into literature along with tons of other pertinent educational topics.   Dom Traynor is the education evangelist at Adobe, author of recently published book Literacy Beyond the Classroom, and founder of LitFilmFest. Video Book Shout outs: Parents Music:  Believin Stephen

Oct 2020

44 min 40 sec

Innovation is lacking in schools across the country. Matthew Downing and Jennie Magiera talk about ways to foster greater innovation within schools, the importance of taking risks, lessons learned from remote learning, and the food scene in Chicago (Jennie loves food). Jennie is the Global Head of Education Impact at Google, bestselling author of Courageous Edventures, and founder and president of Our Voice Alliance. Shout outs: Kat Cho Music: Believin Stephen

Sep 2020

42 min 55 sec

Matthew Downing chats with Richard Byrne about a multitude of topics.  They go from student agency to 200+ mile bike rides.  How do they fit together?  You will have to listen to find out.  Richard Byrne is known for his popular blog that is read by over 500,000 people worldwide, freetech4teachers.com.  He provides a plethora of professional development resources for teachers, as well as maintaining a new website called edtechfitness.com  Shout outs: Sylvia Martinez, Gary Stager, Lance Belanger, Freddie Rodriguez / Fast Freddie Foundation Music:  Believin Stephen

Sep 2020

51 min 15 sec

Matthew Downing talks with Jennie Kristofferson about classroom culture, transformative technology integration, importance of relationships, and the latest developments at Nearpod.  Jennie shares from her experience as a classroom teacher, curriculum leader, and educational product executive.  Many practical examples shared and thought provoking topics discussed.  Give a listen and post a review! Shout outs:  Flocabulary Music:  Believin Stephen

Sep 2020

34 min 50 sec

Matthew Downing talks with Tony Vincent about the progress of technology integration, and how to effectively use it to engage students in learning. If you feel overwhelmed with technology integration, this conversation will provide a clear and simple path forward.  Filled with anecdotes and examples that can be easily applied. The conversation concludes with Tony's passion project, Shapegrams. Shout outs:  Dr. Catlin Tucker Music:  Believin Stephen

Sep 2020

38 min 5 sec

Matthew Downing and Rachelle Dene Poth dive deep into charting a new course for learning.  Topics include AR/VR, Project Based Learning, and Genius Hour.  This conversation is filled with practical guidance that will inspire and assist in applying. Rachelle is a Spanish Teacher, STEAM teacher, lawyer, author, podcaster, blogger, and the recipient of the ISTE making it happen award. Shout outs: Jaime Donally, Rodney Turner, Jennifer Casa-Todd, Mandy Froehlich, Tisha Richmond and Laura Steinbrink Music: Believin Stephen

Aug 2020

34 min 35 sec

Technology is a great tool, but it is important to think about it in deeper terms.  Instead of chasing the newest app, explore the purpose of technology within the learning experience.  Matthew Downing and Thomas C. Murray discuss this and more. Thomas C. Murray serves as the Director of Innovation for Future Ready.  He is an author and frequent speaker. His most recent book is titled Personal and Authentic.   Shout outs:  Ken Shelton Music: Believin Stephen

Aug 2020

44 min 12 sec

Education and society are changing at a rapid pace.  Instead of memorizing facts and dates, we should approach education and the work we are doing in terms of solving a problem.  Listen in as Matthew Downing and Jamie Casap discuss this and much more. Jamie Casap was the former Chief Education Evangelist at Google where he helped launch Chromebooks into education and establish G Suite for Education.  Jamie is an author, advocate for equity, and has a popular youtube channel.   Shout Outs:  Google and Teachers

Aug 2020

43 min 38 sec