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Dr. Dana Charles Hall shares the research-backed, no gimmicks strategies to get EVERY student reading
Apr 4 2024
Dr. Dana Charles Hall shares the research-backed, no gimmicks strategies to get EVERY student reading
Dr. Charles Dana Hall, co-founder of Sterling Literacy Consulting, works with schools and districts across the country, many of which have been identified for improvement, to bring them to recognized levels of high performance in reading. In this episode he shares his passion and the research-backed strategies that serve every student - offering many examples of what is possible when using the science of reading systematically.    Resources: Reading Eggs is the multi award winning online reading program for grades PreK-5. Fully aligned with the Science of Reading and utilizing the five essential keys to reading success, the program unlocks all aspects of learning to read for students. Reading Eggs is trusted by teachers for its curriculum alignment to state standards and proven effectiveness, earning ESSA Level III evidence certification. Learn more at EdCuration.com   Sterling Literacy Consulting works to provide . . . all students with equitable learning experiences and access to rigorous instruction that develops foundational and life-long literacy skills so they can be successful in their education, life, and career experiences. educators with professional learning experiences that are accessible, valuable, and immediately applicable to their instructional repertoire.   How the Brain Learns to Read - Professor Stanislas Dehaene    #TurnThePageProject  - Emily Hanford   Sold a Story podcast with Emily Hansford   Micro Professional Learning ExPLorations - fun and free, 1-hour digital Professional Learning for teachers from all content areas and grades levels EdCuration's Blog: Learning in Action
Discover how tech integration is changing the landscape for World Language Studies
Mar 21 2024
Discover how tech integration is changing the landscape for World Language Studies
This episode of the EdCuration Podcast is brought to you by Sanako Connect at Multimedia Solutions Inc.   Guest Stephanie Knight from the Center for Applied Second Language Studies, explores the paradigm shift in world language learning catalyzed by technology integration, the significance of starting foreign language study early, and how global economy shines a spotlight on the shifting educational landscape. We also discuss the ingenious iAgents 21st Century Global Competence Curriculum, a CASLS initiative aimed at solving 'resource scarcity' with creative approaches. This curriculum makes language learning an interconnected endeavor by introducing 18 different languages to elementary learners intersecting with fundamental subjects like math and English. The episode also uncovers crucial insights into the rising demand for bilingual skills in the job market due to increasing globalization, cognitive boosters derived from learning a foreign language, the role of AI technologies in facilitating multilingual transactions, and the transformative potential of the Intercultural Pragmatic and Interactional Competence Framework.  We scrutinize the effectiveness of language learning strategies in the modern digital age and the use of mixed reality for enhancing language learning experiences. Further, we discuss opportunities provided by the Center for Applied Second Language Studies to diverse learners, teachers, and leaders, and how to select high-quality language instruction programs that aligns with defined learning objectives. This episode gifts you with practical strategies and tools to amplify your language-learning experience in the digital era.   Resources: Sanako Language Lab from Multimedia Solutions is an agile, easy to use full-featured live online language lab. Teach any language in classrooms and remotely at the same time. No additional workload. Web-based. Runs on all browsers using PCs, laptops, tablets, smartphones & Chromebooks. Teach synchronously or asynchronously. Connects speaking pronunciation and listening activities develop students' fluency and confidence in any language. Developed following highest standards in accessibility guidelines to be accessible also for students including with disabilities such as deaf and visual impairments   Explore the resources of University of Oregon's Center for Applied Second Language Study   Learn more about Stephanie Knight here, or reach out at knights@uoregon.edu   Check out the Radio Ambulante podcast, with Spanish study and educational resources!   Micro Professional Learning ExPLorations - fun and free, 1-hour digital Professional Learning for teachers from all content areas and grades levels EdCuration's Blog: Learning in Action EdCuration's upcoming Online Events
Academic eSports: A Gateway to Diverse Careers and Enhanced Academic Performance
Mar 7 2024
Academic eSports: A Gateway to Diverse Careers and Enhanced Academic Performance
Dive deep into the exciting universe of Academic eSports with our distinguished guest, Dr. Katrina Adkins. Leveraging her vast experience as an educator and a passionate gamer, Dr. Adkins enlightens us about the significant role eSports can play in reshaping K-12 education. The three key principals of eSports - curriculum, competition, and careers - underscore the transformative potential of a competitive, yet cooperative gaming environment. Dr. Adkins offers a fresh perspective on how eSports can boost learning experiences and pave the way for a myriad of career opportunities in the booming industry. Redressing common misconceptions, she also addresses essential concerns about increased screen time and highlights the multifaceted benefits of eSports – from improved cognitive abilities and hand-eye coordination to fostering social-emotional learning. She offers rich insights into the progressive integration of eSports into academics, suggesting simple and practical steps for schools interested in nurturing competitive eSports programs. This episode illuminates the path for educators, parents, and administrators interested in incorporating eSports, spelling out strategies for overcoming challenges and ensuring sustainability amidst high turnover. Dr. Adkins also demystifies the eSports job market, pointing out the wide range of careers that extend beyond gaming.   Resources:  Ignite interest and engagement in computer science and STEM through the exciting field of esports. With the USAEL toolkit, students and schools will have everything they need to start and run their very own esports team, enhancing learning in the classroom through play.   Join the CodeCombat AI League -- both a competitive AI battle simulator and game engine for learning real Python and JavaScript code. The AI League allows students to showcase their understanding of coding concepts in a new creative environment and practice problem solving strategies as they go head to head in battle against their classmates. Competitive coding has never been so epic!    Follow Dr Adkins on twitter Connect to Dr Adkins on Linkedin And learn more about Dr. Katrina Adkins, her work, resources and speaking engagements check out Dr. Adkins' website   Micro Professional Learning ExPLorations - fun and free, 1-hour digital Professional Learning for teachers from all content areas and grades levels EdCuration's Blog: Learning in Action EdCuration's upcoming Online Events
A Vertical Approach to Instructional Coaching for Broad and Powerful Impact
Feb 22 2024
A Vertical Approach to Instructional Coaching for Broad and Powerful Impact
In this exciting episode of the EdCuration podcast, we are joined by Jeffrey Bradbury, an influential figure in educational technology. We discussed his journey from being a music teacher to a predominant instructional coach, highlighting the importance of adaptability in learning dynamics. We also tackled the misconceptions about the role of instructional coaches and their potential to tackle district-level challenges. Bradbury’s commitment to open dialogue across all levels of the educational field is emphasized throughout the podcast. He stresses the necessity of better communication between administrators and teachers, as well as the need for a strategic approach to maximizing the efficiency of the resources available. The conversation also explores the contents of his book, in which he outlines his vision for the future of instructional coaching. This episode also emphasizes the significance of the vertical approach, as opposed to the traditional horizontal one, when it comes to instructional coaching. We discuss how such an innovative method could be implemented from the central office level and the importance of collaboration across different departments. Moreover, we explore how instructional coaches can prove their value using definable performance data. We discuss in detail the challenges faced by coaches in different situations, whether being the sole coach in the district or a member of a centralized coaching team. We also touch on goal identification, the building of support networks, and more. Towards the end of the episode, we emphasize the importance of a unified strategic plan from the administration. We wrap up with a call to action for coaches to remember that they are not alone and to continually seek ways to assert their value within the education sector. Tune in to get a wealth of knowledge on instructional coaching and its potential to reshape the educational landscape.   Resources: Edge*U is a powerful, instruction-focused professional learning system that adapts to the needs of educators designed by teachers, for teachers. EdgeU builds teacher capacity and directly impacts student learning in the form of microcredentials (badges). Talk to a representative, learn about bulk discounts, schedule a demo or inquire about a Free Pilot here.    Reach out to Jeffrey Bradbury on LinkedIn Learn how to leverage your strategic goals and Vision through your instructional coaches, to create a Standards-Based Culture for future-ready digital learning at Teachercast.net   Take your coaching to the next level with Jeffrey Bradbury at Ask the Tech Coach.    Leadership Lessons from a guy dancing on a hill   Micro Professional Learning ExPLorations - fun and free, 1-hour digital Professional Learning for teachers from all content areas and grades levels EdCuration's Blog: Learning in Action EdCuration's upcoming Online Events
Dr. Charles Barrett gives schools and districts a hands-on, team approach to Social Justice
Jan 25 2024
Dr. Charles Barrett gives schools and districts a hands-on, team approach to Social Justice
Author and educator Dr. Charles Barrett has been a High School and Middle school psychologist for over 13 years, and is currently a K-12 administrator in Washington DC. He is a frequent speaker and workshop presenter for educators, families, and community organizations on the topic of social justice. See his many books in the notes below. Today we discuss his most recent book Social Justice in Schools: A Framework for Equity in Education.   Resources: Connect to The Institute for Humane Education's Solutionary Framework. The Solutionary Framework is a multi-step approach that teaches students to think like solutionaries, someone who is able to identify and address unjust systems, from problem identification to solution implementation. The framework can be adapted to fit into existing curriculum. Students engaged in solutionary learning think more critically and systemically; demonstrate greater compassion for other people, animals, and the environment; and feel a greater sense of agency and optimism in the face of significant social and environmental challenges. The Institute for Humane Education's website IHE's Micro-Credential Program IHE's Graduate Programs through Antioch University The IHE podcast, Evolve with Zoe Weil Hear from teacher Julia Fliss, about how the solutionary framework applies with her students. A free Introduction to Solutionary Teaching and Learning for teachers - In this four-part mini-course, you will learn what a solutionary is and how bringing solutionary teaching and learning into our education system benefits our youth, our communities, and our world. Get a framework and supporting resources to help you bring solutionary teaching and learning into your classroom or school.   Connect to Dr. Charles Barrett  Purchase Social Justice in Schools: A Framework for Equality in Education by Charles Barrett, PhD.  Find all of Dr. Barrett's other books and resources here Charles Barrett's Focus on the Fence blog post and graphic illustrations   Micro Professional Learning ExPLorations - fun and free, 1-hour digital Professional Learning for teachers from all content areas and grades levels EdCuration's Blog: Learning in Action EdCuration's upcoming Online Events
Easily Access the Right Reading Strategy for Every Student in Any Grade Level and Content Area
Aug 3 2023
Easily Access the Right Reading Strategy for Every Student in Any Grade Level and Content Area
Jennifer Serravallo shares her New York Times bestselling, The Reading Strategies Book, helping listeners implement goal-directed, responsive instruction in every classroom. Jen is a frequent speaker at national and regional conferences and travels throughout the US and Canada to work with teachers and students creating engaging, productive and joyful classrooms.   Resources: Check out our episode sponsor, Activate Learning, for Investigation-Centered, 3-Dimensional Learning           Aligns with Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)           Flexibility to meet ALL State Standards           Literacy Focus: reading, writing, talking, and -science discovery Instructional Design with Teachers in Mind           Teacher Edition: lesson plans, discussion questions, differentiation strategies,                      and background information            Interactive Digital Edition that integrates with leading LMSs            Embedded Content and Pedagogical Support Learn More: Unlocking Young Minds: The Power of Phenomena-Based Science Learning for K-5 StudentsUnlocking Young Minds: How to Teach Engineering to K-5 Students and Make it Stick Unlocking Young Minds: Giving K-5 Students a Jump Start on STEM Careers  Jennifer Seravallo Connect with Jennifer Serravallo and her store of free stuff!Order The Reading Strategies Book and explore an example strategy page and learning progressions along with the full list of research referencesFind all of Jennifer Serravallo's books and resourcesMORE free resources from JenJen's own podcast interview with Maryanne Wolf can be found here. Maryanne Wolf's The Power of Reading   Micro Professional Learning ExPLorations - fun and free, 1-hour digital Professional Learning for teachers from all content areas and grades levels EdCuration's Blog: Learning in Action EdCuration's upcoming Online Events
Strategies from The Learning Scientists to Support & Accelerate Learning for all Students
Feb 23 2023
Strategies from The Learning Scientists to Support & Accelerate Learning for all Students
Dr Cynthia Nebel, is an instructor in the doctor of education (Ed.D.) in leadership and learning in organizations program at Vanderbilt University. In her research, she examines techniques to improve student retention, emphasizing learner charateritics and applied settings. Professor Nebel spreads the science of learning to educators worldwide through her work with the Learning Scientists.   Resources: QoreInsights’ Classroom Education Plan (CEP) creates powerful teacher learning experiences. AI uses teacher/student input to match teachers with real-time, targeted research-based strategies; tracks impact on student growth; and guides rich collaboration. Users report high teacher usage, teacher excitement around new strategies, improved teacher practices, and increased student engagement and performance in just 4 weeks of use. Click "Inquire about a Pilot" to  how to get 50% off a 4-month pilot through the current and coming school year.    The Six Strategies from the Learning Scientists:          Spaced Practice          Interleaved Practice          Elaboration          Self-Explanation          Concrete Examples The Learning Scientists on Facebook @AceThatTest on Twitter Follow The Learning Scientists on Instagram The Learning Engineering Toolkit  by James Goodell    Reach Dr. Cynthia Nebel  at cynthia.nebel@vanderbilt.edu   Books:  Ace That Test: A Student's Guide to Learning BetterUnderstanding How We Learn: A Visual GuideFive Teaching and Learning Myths Debunked: A Guide for Teachers   Mentioned Resources:         Retrieval Practice is a simple research-based teaching strategy that dramatically raises students’ grades. When students retrieve and bring information to mind, this mental challenge produces durable long-term learning. Easy learning leads to easy forgetting. Stop cramming, reviewing, and re-teaching. Instead, simply ask students what they remember. No prep, no grading, just powerful teaching. The science of learning exists. It’s time to unleash it.             The Artful Educator - Applying Cognitive Psychology to the Classroom         3 Star Learning Experiences - An Evidence-Informed Blog for Learning Professionals   EdCuration's Certified EdTrustees Micro Professional Learning ExPLorations EdCuration's Blog: Learning in Action EdCuration's upcoming Online Events
A Path to Educational Equity and Justice: Our Turn Brings Real Change
Feb 2 2023
A Path to Educational Equity and Justice: Our Turn Brings Real Change
Mohan Sivaloganathan is the Batman of Social Impact, as a nonprofit leader by day and hip-hop artist by night. He guides the work of Our Turn, the nation's leading movement of students fighting for education justice.  Mohan was awarded as a “40 Under 40 Rising Star” by New York Nonprofit Media and a “Next Generation Leader” by the Human Services Council, and was featured in Good is the New Cool, an Amazon Philanthropy & Charity #1 new release.  Visit Mohan Sivaloganthan on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/msivaloganathan  Visit Our Turn to learn more about the work of changemaking in education : https://www.itsourturn.org   Visit Ahmen's website to hear his music and learn about his music, speaking, events, and social impact: https://ahmen.us    Resources: Learn about today's sponsor, Reading With Relevance. Reading with Relevance is an evidence-based curriculum using high-interest diverse books to unite academic and social/emotional learning. Our intentional lesson plans inspire students to read deeply, think critically, talk openly, and write reflectively about topics that matter. Reading with Relevance has been approved by CASEL as one of their few academically-integrated SEL programs — demonstrating evidence of effectiveness at improving student outcomes at the highest level by supporting students' academic, social & emotional growth.   Visit Mohan Sivaloganthan on LinkedIn  Visit Our Turn to learn more about the work of changemaking in education Visit Ahmen's website to hear his music and learn about his music, speaking, events, and social impact View Ahmen's new release, Love Letter View Ahmen's song Troublemaker View Mohan's speaker reel   EdCuration's Certified EdTrustees Micro Professional Learning ExPLorations EdCuration's Blog: Learning in Action EdCuration's upcoming Online Events
Proven Strategies for Students with Dyslexia & Structured Literacy for ALL Readers
Feb 2 2023
Proven Strategies for Students with Dyslexia & Structured Literacy for ALL Readers
Stephanie Pratt, M.Ed. is a Structured Literacy Dyslexia Specialist, explains the proven strategies to support students with dyslexia, and how the Science of Reading is essential tier one instruction for all learners. Stephanie is Founder and Director of the Pratt Program for Students with Dyslexia at Bishop Walsh School in Cumberland, Maryland, where she has used the Orton-Gillingham approach to help hundreds of students in grades K-12, learn to read, write and spell. She has taught a reading remediation course to graduate education students at Frostburg University and has many years of experience testing children with learning differences and guiding their families.  Stephanie joined Dr. Fran Levin Bowman in training educators in the Orton-Gillingham approach to reading intervention using Bowman’s Orton-Gillingham “Plus” Guidebook; she has trained hundreds of educators in public schools, private schools, as well as many private tutors and parents. When Dr. Bowman passed away in 2021, Stephanie became Director of Bowman Educational Services. She is proud to carry on Dr. Bowman’s legacy of training teachers in the Orton-Gillingham approach, giving them the knowledge and tools they need to help struggling students become become competent readers.   Resources: OgStar Reading follows the Science of Reading, and has a patented, multi-sensory learning approach. Their Orton-Gillingham app offers a home or school-based full structured literacy curriculum for early readers, dyslexics, English language learners, or struggling students from ages 4 - 13. OgStar is currently offering a ten day free trial, and as a thank you for listening to todays episode, they are  providing 10 free iPad apps and 10 free Chrome web-based apps. Visit OgStar, click the “Let’s Talk” button and type "EdCuration podcast" in the question field.     The Bowman Educational Services (Stephanie's Website - find information about upcoming trainings, resources, etc.)   Fumiko Hoeft, MD, PhD is Professor of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry and Weill Institute for Neurosciences and directs the UCSF Hoeft Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience Laboratory (brainLENS.org).   Nadine Gaab, PhD is an associate professor of Education, with degrees from University of Zürich, Stanford and MIT. She is the 2019 recipient of the LDA Award (Learning Disabilities Association America) for her work on learning disabilities.    EdCuration's Certified EdTrustees Micro Professional Learning ExPLorations EdCuration's Blog: Learning in Action EdCuration's upcoming Online Events