Fishing For Problems
#19 - Dr. Terrance Green - Extending the Traditional Boundaries of The School

#19 - Dr. Terrance Green - Extending the Traditional Boundaries of The School

June 4, 2021

Dr. Terrance Green is an Associate Professor in the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy at the University of Texas at Austin. His research examines the relationship between educational leadership, schools, and neighborhood-communities, with a focus on racial and educational equity. His writing has been published in several journals, including Teachers College Record and Educational Administration Quarterly. During our conversation, we discussed the role that school and district leaders play in extending the traditional physical boundaries of a school to build partnerships between schools and communities. We also talked about the impact of gentrification on the schooling system.

#18 - Dr. Judy Pace - Preparing Teachers to Teach Controversial Issues

#18 - Dr. Judy Pace - Preparing Teachers to Teach Controversial Issues

April 30, 2021

Dr. Judy Pace is a professor in the University of San Francisco education department. She aims to prepare educators with conceptual and practical tools to create constructivist, transformative, and equitable learning experiences that promote critical and democratic habits of mind, deep understanding, and civic agency.

A qualitative researcher, she is fascinated by classroom teaching and how it is shaped by teachers, students, schools, and society. Her research has focused on classroom authority and academic engagement, teaching for democratic citizenship, social studies teaching under high-stakes accountability, and preparation of preservice teachers for teaching controversial issues. Her new book is Hard Questions: Learning to Teach Controversial Issues (Rowman & Littlefield). She is the author of The Charged Classroom: Predicaments and Possibilities for Democratic Teaching (Routledge), and co-editor of Educating Democratic Citizens in Troubled Times (SUNY) and Classroom Authority: Theory, Research, and Practice (Routledge).

#17 - Dr. Joanna Goode - Computer Science For Every Student

#17 - Dr. Joanna Goode - Computer Science For Every Student

April 23, 2021

Dr. Joanna Goode is the Sommerville Knight Professor in the College of Education at the University of Oregon. She began her career in education as a high school computer science teacher in a large, diverse urban school, and she builds on this experience to research how educational policies and practices can foster equity, access, and inclusion in K-12 computer science education. Joanna has directed multiple National Science Foundation-sponsored research projects, developed the equity-focused Exploring Computer Science high school course, and is the co-author of the book, Stuck in the Shallow End: Education, Race, and Computing (MIT Press, 2008/2017). 

In this episode, Dr. Goode talks about the development of inclusion in the CS classroom. 

#16 - Dr. Norm Vaughan - A Different Definition of Blended Learning

#16 - Dr. Norm Vaughan - A Different Definition of Blended Learning

March 26, 2021

In this weeks episode, Dr. Norm Vaughan talks about why it is important to create learning centers, not student centered learning. He also talks presents an alternative definition to blended learning that is less about the technology and more about the learning experience. Norm is incredibly passionate about his work and provides a critical perspective on how to approach the design of learning environments in the 21st century.

#15 - Jeremy Stoddard - Political Simulations to Build Civic Competence

#15 - Jeremy Stoddard - Political Simulations to Build Civic Competence

March 11, 2021

Dr. Jeremy Stoddard is a (Full) Professor and the Faculty Chair of the Secondary Education Program at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His research examines the role of media in teaching and learning history and democratic citizenship – with a particular focus on engagement with difficult or marginalized histories and contemporary controversial issues. He has published numerous articles in peer-reviewed journals and is the co-author or co-editor of three books, including Teaching Difficult History Through Film. Jeremy and I talked about Purple State, a research project he’s leading that is focused on engaging high school students in an authentic political simulation. One of the goals of that work is to build civic competence. We also discussed the role of film and TV in the K-12 classroom. We hope you enjoy the conversation.

#14 - Diana Hess - Classroom Conversations in an Era of Political Polarization

#14 - Diana Hess - Classroom Conversations in an Era of Political Polarization

March 4, 2021

Dr. Diana Hess is the Dean of the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s School of Education. She is also the principal investigator of The Discussion Project, a professional development program that aims to strengthen campus wide capacity to create welcoming, engaging, and academically rigorous classroom environments in which students experience productive classroom discussions on important issues and topics. The topics of this conversation are drawn from a 2013 paper titled Classroom Deliberation in an Era of Political Polarization and a 2015 book titled The Political Classroom: Evidence and Ethics in Democratic Education, both co-authored with Dr. Paula McAvoy, a recent guest of the show. Dr. Hess is also the author of the 2009 book, Controversy in the Classroom. This episode is part of a larger series on how to engage students in controversial political topics in the K-12 classroom. If you enjoy what you hear, please be sure to write a review and share it with your friends and colleagues.

#13: Punya Mishra — Educators as Designers

#13: Punya Mishra — Educators as Designers

February 18, 2021

Dr. Punya Mishra is Associate Dean of Scholarship & Innovation and Professor in the Division of Educational Leadership & Innovation in the Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College at Arizona State University. He is best known for his research on the integration of technology into the PK-20 space. The Technological Pedagogical Content Knowledge Framework (“TPACK”) that Dr. Mishra developed with his Dr. Matthew Koehler is an attempt to identify the knowledge teachers need to thoughtfully integrate technology into their classroom practice. He has published numerous peer-reviewed articles and has edited three books, including his most recent book on the intersection of creativity, technology, and education.


TPACK served as the foundation for this conversation. We discussed the framework, its implications, its weaknesses, and how it might be used by educators. We also discussed Neil Postman, the concept of “education technology,” and Punya’s 23rd Law of Parenting: “for facts go to Google, for wisdom come to me.”

#12: Will Richardson — 9 Big Questions Schools Must Answer, Part 2

#12: Will Richardson — 9 Big Questions Schools Must Answer, Part 2

February 11, 2021

Will Richardson is a former public school teacher. His current work focuses on “the intersection of social online learning networks, education, and systemic change.” He is the co-founder of The Big Questions Institute, a project aimed at helping educators navigate the challenging waters of education during and after a time of Covid. He is also the co-author of a new book, 9 BIG Questions Schools Must Answer to Avoid Going "Back to Normal" (*Because "Normal" Wasn't That Great to Begin With). During our conversation, we discuss the 9 questions as well as the possibilities of school change during this complex time. If you like the show, don’t forget to rate us on your favorite podcast app.

#11: Kim Schildkamp — Data Use Doesn’t Start with Data

#11: Kim Schildkamp — Data Use Doesn’t Start with Data

February 4, 2021

Dr. Kim Schildkamp is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Behavioral, Management, and Social Sciences at the University of Twente in the Netherlands. Her research focuses on (professional development in) data-informed decision making. She is a Fulbright scholarship recipient, which she used to study data use in Louisiana. Kim is also the current president of ICSEI (International Congress on School Effectiveness and Improvement). Kim has done research on data use and school improvement in multiple countries—she is one of the top academics on the topic of data use in the K12 space—and has published numerous papers in peer reviewed journals. Kim and I talked about data use in K12, a practice that her research shows is complex and multifaceted. Because it is a commonly used strategy for school improvement, an increased focus on how to do it well and a realization that significant time and effort is required to master this practice is critical for school and district leaders as well as teachers. I hope this conversation illuminates some of the challenges and provides some recommendations for how to do this work well.

#10: Sapna Cheryan — Cultural Stereotypes in STEM

#10: Sapna Cheryan — Cultural Stereotypes in STEM

January 28, 2021

Sapna Cheryan is an American social psychologist. She is a full professor of social psychology in the Department of Psychology at the University of Washington. (1)

"Her research investigates the role of cultural stereotypes in causing and perpetuating racial and gender disparities in U.S. society. She has published numerous articles on these topics in journals such as Psychological Science, Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, and Psychological Bulletin. Her work on gender disparities in computer science has been cited widely in media outlets, including in the New York Times, NPR, and Washington Post. In 2014, the White House issued a press release that announced a high school computer science classroom design prize based on her research." (2)

(1) courtesy of wikipedia

(2) courtesy of National Center For Women Informational Technology

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