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The TeachThought Podcast

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The TeachThought Podcast delivers thoughtful heterodox conversations and ideas to help educators think about their craft and better prepare learners for the modern world.

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Ep. 288 Depoliticizing News With The Factual

May 23rd, 2022


Drew Perkins talks with Arjun Moorthy, co-founder of The Factual, a news aggregator that uses AI and data to depoliticize and foster a more healthy …

Ep. 287 Examining Our Stories Of Teaching And Professional Growth

May 16th, 2022


Drew Perkins talks with Chase Orton about his new book, The Imperfect and Unfinished Math Teacher.

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Ep. 286 Why Higher Ed Has Lost Its Way And What To Do About It

May 10th, 2022


Drew Perkins talks with Howard Gardner and Wendy Fischman about their new book, The Real World of College: What Higher Education Is and What It Can Be

Ep. 285 Innovating For Gifted Education

April 26th, 2022


Drew Perkins talks with Malcolm Collins, founder of The Collins Institute for the Gifted, about rethinking the education model to better meet the …

Ep. 284 Hatties On Developing Great Learners (Part Two)

March 24th, 2022


Drew Perkins talks with John and Kyle Hattie about their new book, 10 Steps To Develop Great Learners: Visible Learning for Parents. Note, this is part two of a two-part conversation, part one is episode 283.

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Ep. 283 Hatties On Developing Great Learners (Part One)

March 18th, 2022


Drew Perkins talks with John and Kyle Hattie about their new book, 10 Steps To Develop Great Learners: Visible Learning for Parents. Note, this is part one of a two-part conversation with part two coming in the next …

Ep. 282 Four Principles To Reset Accountability Post Covid

March 2nd, 2022


Drew Perkins talks with Chris Domaleski, Associate Director with the Center for Assessment, about how to navigate school accountability issues …

Ep. 281 Developing Potential Through Problem Solving

February 6th, 2022


Drew Perkins talks with Richard Rusczyk, founder and CEO of Art of Problem Solving, about their programs to help develop deep expertise in individual …

Ep. 280 Navigating School Choice Challenges And Opportunities

January 20th, 2022


Drew Perkins talks with Andrew Campanella, President of School Choice Week, about the complexities of school choice challenges and opportunities. …

Ep. 279 Bridging Divisive Conversations With Curious Inquiry

January 14th, 2022


Drew Perkins talks with Mónica Guzmán about her new book, I Never Thought of It That Way: How to Have Fearlessly Curious Conversations in Dangerously Divided Times, and her work with Braver Angels and the applications …

Ep. 278 The Overlooking Of Class And Poverty In The Context Of Race

January 8th, 2022


Drew Perkins talks with Bertrand Cooper about his experiences with poverty and race in the context of education and activism. 

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Ep. 277 Meeting Mental Health Needs In Schools With E-Therapy

January 4th, 2022


Drew Perkins talks with Diana Parafiniuk, Ashley Sanders, and Jon Ebert from E-Therapy about meeting the mental health needs of schools using …

Ep. 276 Transcending Racism With The Theory Of Racelessness

December 17th, 2021


Drew Perkins talks with Dr. Sheena Mason about her Theory of Racelessness, upcoming book, and ways in which changing our understanding of race is key to transcending racism.

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Ep. 275 Rebooting Critical Thinking Into Curricula

December 13th, 2021


Drew Perkins talks with Helen Lee Bouygues about her Reboot Foundation which aims to elevate critical thinking into our daily lives. 

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Ep. 274 Hard Questions About Covid And Our Schools

December 7th, 2021


Drew Perkins talks with Anya Kamenetz, author and NPR Education Correspondent, about Covid's effects on education and schools and what she's learned …

Ep. 273 Rethinking Media Literacy

December 1st, 2021


Drew Perkins talks with Jennifer LaGarde and Darren Hudgins about their new book, Digital Detectives: Essential Lessons for Discerning Fact From Fiction in the 'Fake News' Era.

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Ep. 272 What Makes Professional Development Effective?

November 27th, 2021


Drew Perkins talks with Sarah Johnson, CEO of The Teaching Lab, about their partnership and work with the Research Partnership for Professional Learning to help improve professional development.

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Ep. 271 Empowering Student Agency Through PBL

November 18th, 2021


Drew Perkins talks with Gever Tulley, founder of Tinkering School and SF Brightworks, about their use of PBL to develop student agency and deeper …

Ep. 270 Personalization And The Trouble With 'Teaching Machines'

November 12th, 2021


Drew Perkins talks with Audrey Watters about her new book, Teaching Machines: The History of Personalized Learning.

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Ep. 269 A Theory For Change: The Future Of Smart

November 3rd, 2021


Drew Perkins talks with Ulcca Joshi Hansen about her new book, The Future of Smart: How Our Education System Needs to Change to Help All Young People Thrive, and how she thinks about a structural and sustainable …

Ep. 268 Connecting Classrooms To Help Build Human Centered Empathy

October 26th, 2021


Drew Perkins talks with Travis Hardy, Director, Programs & Partnerships at Empatico, about their efforts to connect students around the world in ways that highlights our shared humanity. 

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Ep. 267 A Conservative Case For Liberal Education

October 15th, 2021


Drew Perkins talks with Jonathan Marks, conservative political theorist and professor, about his new book, Let's Be Reasonable: A Conservative Case …

Ep. 266 Clarifying Misconceptions About Inquiry Learning

October 11th, 2021


Drew Perkins talks with Kath Murdoch, inquiry teaching and learning author and consultant, about her new children's book and some of the …

Ep. 265 The Power Of Not Embracing The Easy Way

October 3rd, 2021


Drew Perkins talks with educational psychologists Claire McGuiggan and Peter D'Lima about their project called Not The Easy Way, which helps children …

Ep. 264 Harnessing The Power Of Anxiety

September 8th, 2021


Drew Perkins talks with world-renowned neuroscientist Dr. Wendy Suzuki about her new book, Good Anxiety: Harnessing the Power of the Most …

Ep. 263 Bob Moses, Civil Rights Activist/Educator

September 1st, 2021


Drew Perkins talks with historian Stewart Burns about the life and legacy of educator and civil rights leader Bob Moses.

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Ep. 262 Moving Beyond Cancel Culture In Our Classrooms

August 11th, 2021


Drew Perkins talks with Andrea Keith. Executive Director of Moral Courage Ed and Let Grow, about building independence and resilience and the ability to navigate disagreement and discord productively in children and …

Ep. 261 Pathways Of Educational Opportunity Toward Equity

July 30th, 2021


Drew Perkins talks with Stanley Litow, professor, creator of the P TECH program a new model for high school and college that has been replicated …

Ep. 260 Starting A Human-Centered Design School

July 22nd, 2021


Drew Perkins talks with Tom Woelper, Founding Head of the New England Innovation Academy School, about the process and thinking behind their launch.

Ep. 259 Free Range Kids: Unlocking The Potential Of Our Kids

July 12th, 2021


Drew Perkins talks with Lenore Skenazy, author of Free Range Kids, about how the overly structured and protected approaches to parenting and education are limiting the potential of children and ways we can course …

Ep. 258 School Discipline, Child Abuse, And Neglect

July 8th, 2021


Drew Perkins talks with Mary Pulido, Executive Director of The New York Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children, about the role of …

Ep. 257 The Importance Of Knowledge In Teaching Literacy

June 30th, 2021


Drew Perkins talks with Michelle Brown, Founder and CEO of CommonLit, about teaching of reading and other literacy skills and how CommonLit can help.

Ep. 256 Captivating Young Readers Through Podcasts

June 22nd, 2021


Drew Perkins talks with bestselling author Patrick Carman about GoKidGo, a new podcast for kids ages 6-12 with a mission to tackle literacy rates, …

Ep. 255 Social Justice Education Via Liberal Science

June 18th, 2021


Drew Perkins talks with Luthern Williams, Head of New Roads School in Los Angeles, about their approach to critical thinking, teaching, and social …

Ep. 254 A Discussion With The 1619 Project Education Network

June 9th, 2021


Drew Perkins talks with Fareed Mostoufi and Donnalie Wilson from The Pulitzer Center about their work including the 1619 Project Education Network.

Ep. 253 Education's Critical Thinking Crisis

June 2nd, 2021


Drew Perkins talks with Steve Pearlman about his new book, America's Critical Thinking Crisis: The Failure and Promise of Education.

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Ep. 252 A Teacher's Voice: Reflecting On The 2020-21 School Year

May 26th, 2021


Drew Perkins talks with teacher Natalie Croney about teaching through the pandemic and racial reckoning of 2020-21 and her involvement with National …

Ep. 251 American Exceptionalism, Confusing Opinion With Knowledge

May 21st, 2021


Drew Perkins talks with Howard Burton about his book, Exceptionally Upsetting: How Americans are increasingly confusing knowledge with opinion & what can be done about it. 

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Ep. 250 East Asian Education, Knowledge, And American Constructivism

May 19th, 2021


Drew Perkins talks with Cornelius Grove about his new book, "A Mirror for Americans: What the East Asian Experience Tells Us about Teaching Students Who Excel", and the points of convergence of East Asian education with …

Ep. 249 Drafting Principles To Protect K12 From Indoctrination

May 13th, 2021


Drew Perkins talks with Greg Lukianoff about his work with F.I.R.E. (Foundation for Individual Rights in Education) and his attempt to create a durable set of principles to protect freedom of speech and thought in K12. 

Ep. 248 A Framework for Social Emotional Learning

May 9th, 2021


Drew Perkins talks with Lorea Martinez Perez about her new book, Teaching with the HEART in Mind: A Complete Educator's Guide to Social Emotional …

Ep. 247 Creating Changemakers Through PBL

May 4th, 2021


Drew Perkins talks with Leesa Carter-Jones, president and CEO of the Captain Planet Foundation, about their work to engage young people through …

Ep. 246 Critical Thinking Through Creating Video

April 29th, 2021


Drew Perkins talks with former broadcaster Clement Townsend about his work to help grow critical thinking by engaging them in the video creation …

Ep. 245 Educational Complexities With Kentucky's Commissioner of Ed

April 26th, 2021


Drew Perkins talks with Jason Glass, Kentucky's Commissioner of Education, about the complexities of education in the modern world.

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Ep. 244 Teaching Different With Inquiry

April 20th, 2021


Drew Perkins talks with Dan Fouts, co-founder of Teach Different, about the challenges and potential and promise of teaching through inquiry. 

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Ep. 243 Democratizing Access To Academic Support

April 16th, 2021


Drew Perkins talks with Aly Murray, Co-Founder and Executive Director of UPchieve, about her work to provide free online tutoring to low-income high …

Ep. 242 Reconstructing The Stories Of The Slave Trade

April 11th, 2021


Drew Perkins talks with historians Walter Hawthorne and Daryle Williams about their project to help make the stories of the peoples of the historical slave trade more public and accessible.

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The TeachThought Podcast Ep. 241 Growing Boys To Men In The Modern World

April 8th, 2021


Drew Perkins talks with Emma Brown, investigative reporter for the Washington Post and author about her book "To Raise a Boy: Classrooms, Locker Rooms, Bedrooms, and the Hidden Struggles of American Boyhood"

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Ep. 240 The Importance Of Black Teacher Pipelines

April 5th, 2021


Drew Perkins talks with Sharif El-Mekki about his work to increase the number of black teachers and educators. 

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Ep. 239 Using PBL To Empower, A Critique of Anti-Racism

March 18th, 2021


Drew Perkins talks with professor Erec Smith about his views on Anti-Racism, how PBL can empower learners, and his book, A Critique of Anti-Racism in Rhetoric and Composition: The Semblance of Empowerment.

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Ep. 238 The Lost Art Of Parenting And Classroom Management

March 15th, 2021


Drew Perkins talks with Michaeleen Doucleff, correspondent for NPR’s Science Desk and author of Hunt, Gather, Parent, about the power of parenting …

Ep. 237 Social Media Safety, Advocacy, And Education

March 11th, 2021


Drew Perkins talks with Mark Berkman & Ed Peisner of The Organization for Social Media Safety about their work to help schools, parents, and …

Ep. 236 Charter Schools As Engines Of Development?

March 6th, 2021


Drew Perkins talks with Ian Rowe in a return appearance to talk about how he thinks about charter schools and the bias vs. development narratives …

Ep. 235 Experiencing Inquiry

March 1st, 2021


Drew Perkins talks with Kimberly Mitchell in a return appearance  about inquiry teaching and learning and her book, Experience Inquiry.

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Ep. 234 Unintended Consequences Of A School Busing Plan

February 25th, 2021


Drew Perkins talks with Olivia Krauth, education reporter with the Louisville Courier Journal, about their multi-part series detailing Louisville's …

Ep. 233 Schools Aren't Broken, 10 Ways They Could Be Better

February 20th, 2021


Drew Perkins talks with neuroscientist/educator/author, Jared Cooney Horvath, and Associate Director, Institute of Positive Education, David Bott, …

Ep. 232 Exploring Virtual Teaching Standards

February 15th, 2021


Drew Perkins talks with Dr. April Willis of National Virtual Teacher Association about their work to help schools and teachers improve virtual …

Ep. 231 What Works In Distance Learning?

February 13th, 2021


Drew Perkins talks with Neil Heffernan, computer science professor at Worcester Polytechnic Institute and researcher, about effective teaching and …

Ep. 230 Making PLC's More Effective

January 16th, 2021


Drew Perkins talks with Chad Dumas about his new book Let's Put the C in PLC: A Practical Guide for School Leaders.

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Ep. 229 Growing Viewpoint Diversity

December 31st, 2020


Drew Perkins talks with sociology professor, author, and consultant, Ilana Redstone about the importance of and how to develop viewpoint diversity.

Ep. 228 Developing Virtual & Intercultural Skillsets

December 23rd, 2020


Drew Perkins talks with Dr. Barbara Covarrubias about her projects to help facilitate and develop virtual events and experiences that build community …

Ep. 227 Superintendents Experience Navigating Covid-19

December 18th, 2020


Drew Perkins talks with Kentucky superintendents Rob Clayton and Gary Fields about their navigation of the tensions and challenges associated with …

Ep. 226 Parsing The Fragility Of Modern Education

December 6th, 2020


Drew Perkins talks with cognitive developmental and evolutionary psychologist David C. Geary about his recent article in Quillette, The Fragility of …

Ep. 225 Trauma-Proofing Our Schools

November 30th, 2020


Drew Perkins talks with Maggie Kline, about her new book "Brain-Changing Strategies to Trauma-Proof Our Schools". 

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Ep. 224 Inspiring A New Paradigm For Education

November 24th, 2020


Drew Perkins talks with Christopher Pommerening, founder of Learnlife, an open ecosystem of education meant to positively change education around the …

Ep. 223 Improving Teaching In The Era Of Remote Learning

November 16th, 2020


Drew Perkins talks with Michael Driskill, Chief Operating Officer at Math for America, about the evolution of their work to help improve teaching in …

Ep. 222 An Alternative Path To Empowering Traditionally Marginalized Students 

November 6th, 2020


Drew Perkins talks with Ian Rowe about his work with 1776 Unites and Vertex Partnership Academies to help marginalized students reach success.

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Ep. 221 Addressing Teacher Shortages With Online Teaching

October 10th, 2020


Drew Perkins talks with Evan Erdberg, CEO and founder of Proximity Learning, about his company's work to help address qualified teacher shortages in …

Ep. 220 Empowering Traditionally Marginalized Students

September 23rd, 2020


Drew Perkins talks with Jay McCullar about his work to empower traditionally marginalized students further their education. 

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Ep. 219 Online Education And Growing Your Cyber Expertise

August 27th, 2020


Drew Perkins talks with Brad Hayes, Chief Technology Officer at Circadence and cybersecurity professor at University of Colorado, about online …

Ep. 218 Effectively Addressing Symptoms Of Trauma In Our Students

August 14th, 2020


Drew Perkins talks with Karen Gross about her new book, Trauma Doesn’t Stop at the School Door: Strategies and Solutions for Educators, PreK–College, …

Ep. 217 A Closer Look At Critical Race Theory And White Fragility

August 4th, 2020


Drew Perkins talks with Rod Graham, Associate Professor of Sociology and Criminal Justice at Old Dominion University, to discuss Critical Theory, …

Ep. 216 Updating Education For The Knowledge Economy

August 3rd, 2020


Drew Perkins talks with Raj Valli, CEO of Thinkster, about updating education to meet the demands of today's knowledge economy.

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Ep. 215 School Leadership Lessons On The Road To Awesome

July 24th, 2020


Drew Perkins talks with Darrin Peppard, Superintendent of West Grand, CO schools, about his new book, Road To Awesome: Empower, Lead, Change the Game …

Ep. 214 Let's Talk About Rooting Out Anti-Black Racism In Our Schools

June 27th, 2020


Drew Perkins talks with Tyrone Howard, professor of education at the University of California, Los Angeles, Graduate School of Education and …

Ep. 213 Enduring And Sustainable Anti-Racism

June 13th, 2020


Drew Perkins talks with Irshad Manji, Director for Courage, Curiosity, and Character at Let Grow, about the ways in which we can implement enduring …

Ep. 212 Academic Engagement And Heterodoxy

June 6th, 2020


Drew Perkins talks with Cory Clark, Director of Academic Engagement at Heterodox Academy, about her work to encourage viewpoint diversity in academia.

Ep. 211 Updating Maslow's Hierarchy Of Needs For Greater Student Potential

May 30th, 2020


Drew Perkins talks with social psychologist Scott Barry Kaufman about his new book, "Transcend, The New Science of Self-Actualization", and how it …

Ep. 210 Polarization, Racism, And Education

May 13th, 2020


Drew Perkins talks with John Wood Jr. of Braver Angels about bringing people together on the most polarizing of issues, including racism, and how …

Ep. 209 Exploring The Power Of Making Thinking Visible

May 10th, 2020


Drew Perkins talks with Ron Ritchhart, Author of The Power of Making Thinking Visible and Creating Cultures of Thinking & Making Thinking Visible …

Ep. 208 The Power of Inquiry in Times of Uncertainty

May 4th, 2020


Drew Perkins talks with Sarah Westbrook of the Right Question Institute and author Warren Berger as part of a Zoom discussion about inquiry teaching and learning in uncertain times. This discussion included almost 500 …

Ep. 207 The Challenge Of Dispassionate Media Production And Consumption

April 23rd, 2020


Drew Perkins talks with journalist Graham Couch about how his training as a sportswriter has helped him write dispassionately about polarizing topics.

Ep. 206 School Leadership From A Female Perspective

April 20th, 2020


Drew Perkins talks with Maria Castelluccio, Head of School at Léman Manhattan Preparatory School, about the lessons she's learned as a female …

Ep. 205 Pedagogical Takeaways From Teaching Autistic Students

April 16th, 2020


Drew Perkins talks with Caitlin Sweetapple, Director of Education at Shrub Oak International School, about teaching and learning with autistic …

Ep. 204 Inquiry, Questions, And Street Epistemology

April 8th, 2020


Drew Perkins talks with Reid Nicewonder about his street epistemology work, inquiry, and questioning.

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Ep. 203 New Virtual Education Resources Available from The White House Historical Association

April 6th, 2020


Drew Perkins talks with Colleen Shogan, Senior Vice President and Director of the David M. Rubenstein Center, about their online digital educational …

Ep. 202 What If We Had A Domestic Student Exchange Program?

April 3rd, 2020


Drew Perkins talks with David McCullough about his startup project called The American Exchange Project which aims to help American high school …

Ep. 201 The Importance Of Critical Thinking In Navigating The Modern World

March 26th, 2020


Drew Perkins talks with Colin Seale about his new book, Thinking Like a Lawyer: A Framework for Teaching Critical Thinking to All Students, and the …

Ep. 200 Teaching With Tech In Coronavirus Times (And Beyond)

March 24th, 2020


Drew Perkins talks with Sarah Gilmore and Katierose Deos of Intechgrate and authors of a new book "Integrating Technology: A School-Wide Framework to …

Ep. 199 The Intricacies Of Teaching Through Robotics And Coding

March 10th, 2020


Drew Perkins talks with Rikke Paaskesen from KUBO Robotics about the use of robots, robotics, and coding to teach STEM and critical thinking skills.

Ep. 198 The News Literacy Project

March 7th, 2020


Drew Perkins talks with Suzannah Gonzales and John Silva from the News Literacy Project about their work to empower educators to teach students the skills they need to become smart, active consumers of news and other …

Ep. 197 Are We Teaching Reading Wrong By Omitting Knowledge? 

February 28th, 2020


Drew Perkins talks with Natalie Wexler about her new book, The Knowledge Gap, which examines what elementary literacy instruction currently looks …

Ep. 196 Modernizing Our Math Programs

February 20th, 2020


Drew Perkins talks with Kathleen Almy about making our math programs better serve students as they transition from k12 to college and career. 

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Ep. 195 Using An All-Feedback-No-Grades Approach To Teaching

February 15th, 2020


The TeachThought Podcast Ep. 195 Using An All-Feedback-No-Grades Approach To Teaching

Drew Perkins talks with Laura Gibbs about her all-feedback-no-grades approach in her teaching. 

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Ep. 194 Coming of Age As A Student in Black and White America

February 12th, 2020


Drew Perkins talks with Veda Pendleton about her book which details her journey as a black student from Arkansas attending a primarily white prep …

193 Myths We Use To Improve Education

February 6th, 2020


Drew Perkins talks with Jennifer Borgioli Binis about myths and inaccuracies espoused by prominent education voices in pursuit of progress.

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Ep. 192 Using Inquiry To Unpack Charged Topics Like The Holocaust 

January 24th, 2020


Drew Perkins talks with Melissa Mott and Tyrone Shaw about Echoes and Reflections and the use of inquiry to teach emotionally and politically charged …

=Ep. 191 Is Critical Thinking A Nonsense Concept?

January 18th, 2020


Drew Perkins talks with Daniel Buck about his recent Areo magazine article titled "Critical Thinking is Nothing Without Knowledge" and how an inquiry-based approach squares with that.

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Ep. 190 Growing Engaged Citizens With Healthy Skepticism Of The News

December 23rd, 2019


Drew Perkins talks with Jane Nussbaum, Executive Editor at Junior Scholastic, about healthy skepticism of the news in service of engaged citizenship.

Ep. 189 Is Our Culture Limiting Females in STEM?

December 16th, 2019


Drew Perkins talks with Chrissy Newell about her work to help promote opportunities for girls and women in STEM.

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Ep. 188 What Might We Learn From Schools Around The World?

December 12th, 2019


Drew Perkins talks with Teru Clavel about her book, World Class: One Mother's Journey Halfway Around the Globe in Search of the Best Education for …

Ep. 187 Making Math More Accessible

December 5th, 2019


Drew Perkins talks with Robert Kaplinsky about math teaching and learning and how he thinks about making it more accessible.

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Ep. 186 Are Some Well-Intentioned Anti-Racism Efforts Actually Hurting The Cause?

December 1st, 2019


Drew Perkins talks with Steven Wilson, founder and former CEO of Ascent Charter Schools, about his work and concerns about some anti-racist efforts …

Ep. 185 Presenting Content To Students In A World Of Biased Media

November 19th, 2019


Drew Perkins talks with Dan Cogan-Drew and Matthew Gross of Newsela about the challenges and their processes in providing balanced and non-biased content for teachers and students.

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Ep. 184 Nurturing Curiosity And Inquiry In Academia

November 14th, 2019


Drew Perkins talks with Megan Gafford, adjunct professor at the University of Colorado Denver, about how she engages teaching, writing, and art …

Ep. 183 Developing Kindness, Character And Honesty In Today's Learners

November 5th, 2019


The TeachThought Podcast Ep. 183 Developing Kindness, Character And Honesty In Today's Learners

Drew Perkins talks with Houston Kraft about his work …

Ep. 182 Using The Element Of Surprise In Feedback To Build A Growth Mindset

October 31st, 2019


Drew Perkins talks with Dr. Michael Rousell about his research and work with using feedback that includes the element of surprise to help stimulate …

Ep. 181 What Video Content Should Children Be Exposed To?

October 27th, 2019


Drew Perkins talks with Brenda Bisner, Senior Vice-President of Content at Kidoodle.TV, about her work to provide safe video streaming content.

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Ep. 180 Rethinking Academic Credits For Digital Natives

October 16th, 2019


Drew Perkins talks with Nadav Zeimer about his idea to offer digital natives a set crowdsourced standards and academic credits.

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Ep. 179 Lesson Study And Growing A Culture Of Teaching And Learning

October 3rd, 2019


Drew Perkins talks with Vicki Collet about her new book and how the process of Lesson Study can improve the culture of teaching and learning. 

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Ep. 177 How Educators Can Help People Have Impossible Conversations

September 18th, 2019


Drew Perkins talks with James Lindsay about his new book with Peter Boghossian, How To Have Impossible Conversations, social justice, and critical …

Ep. 176 How PBL Works At The University Level

September 11th, 2019


Drew Perkins talks with Kris Wobbe and Mia Dubosarsky from Worcester Polytechnic Institute about how they use PBL and STEM to help prepare their …

Ep. 175 Are Good Intentions But Bad Ideas Growing Fragile Students?

August 21st, 2019


Drew Perkins talks with Jonathan Haidt, Social Psychologist, Professor of Ethical Leadership at New York University's Stern School of Business, and …

Ep. 174 How Might We Build A Better Transcript?

August 19th, 2019


Drew Perkins talks with Ben Rein, Senior Director of Outreach and Partnerships at Mastery Transcript Consortium, about their work to remake the …

Ep. 173 How Can We Prepare Teachers For Deeper Learning?

July 27th, 2019


Drew Perkins talks with Maria Hyler of the Learning Policy Institute about their new book and research on preparing teachers to shift their teaching …

Ep. 172 The Complexity Of Shortcomings In Education

July 14th, 2019


Drew Perkins talks with Glenn Loury, economist, academic, author, and professor at Brown University, to get his thinking on education topics like …

Ep. 171 Inspiring Collective Action In Students Around Economic Challenges

July 9th, 2019


Drew Perkins talks with Hilary Allen, Senior Associate at Net Impact and Community Manager of the Up To Us Competition, about their work to help …

Ep. 170 The Theory Of Enchantment And Connecting To Humans

July 2nd, 2019


Drew Perkins talks with Chloé Valdary about her Theory of Enchantment work and how it might help answer this question: What is the psychology of …

Ep. 169 Revisiting Mindfulness, Meditation, Awareness

June 27th, 2019


Drew Perkins talks with Susan Kaiser Greenland about how mindfulness, meditation, and awareness can help students be more successful learners. 

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Ep. 168 PBL Reflections With 3 Middle School Teachers

June 23rd, 2019


Drew Perkins talks with three teachers from The Berkeley School, Vanessa DeNino, Tanya Madrid-Campbell, and Jeff Sandler, about their experience and …

Ep. 167 Why "Anti-Bullying" Is A Problem And What Works Better

June 10th, 2019


Drew Perkins talks with school psychologist Izzy Kalman about his work to help bullied kids better deal with their aggressors and why the …

Ep. 166 Deeper Learning Of Math Concepts Through Social Constructivism

May 21st, 2019


Drew Perkins talks with Jennifer Chang Wathall about her concept-based curriculum and instruction and book and how we can use social constructivist …

Ep. 165 Bridging Polarization To Improve Education Policy

May 17th, 2019


Drew Perkins talks with Janet Tran, Director of Learning and Leadership at the Reagan Institute, about their work to host productive bipartisan …

Ep. 164 Drawing Students To Math With Authentic Purpose

May 13th, 2019


Drew Perkins talks with Michelle Montgomery of the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics and student Eric Chai of High Technology High …

Ep. 163 Using Purpose And Fiction To Teach History More Effectively

April 30th, 2019


Drew Perkins talks with Kevin Vanzant, history instructor at Tennessee State University, about how he's adjusted his teaching to better engage his introductory history class students.

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The TeachThought Podcast Ep. 162 What Do We Really Mean By "Deeper Thinking And Learning"?

April 20th, 2019


Drew Perkins talks with Dr. Tim Simpson about classical and constructivist education and how both rely heavily on inquiry in order to get to deeper thinking and learning. 

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Ep. 161 Building Critical Thinking Dispositions Using Real Life Legal Cases

April 1st, 2019


 Drew Perkins talks with Colin Seale about his work as founder and CEO of ThinkLaw to help schools teach critical thinking to students.

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Ep. 160 Navigating The Landscape Of Labels In Social Justice And Equity

March 22nd, 2019


Drew Perkins talks with Irshad Manjji about her new book and how we might better navigate the landscape of labels in the context of social justice …

Ep. 159 The Science Of Deeper Learning And Why We're Not Doing More Of It

March 8th, 2019


Drew Perkins talks with neuroscientist and author Dr. Jared Cooney Horvath about his new book and work the science of learning. 

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Ep. 158 How Do We Teach Kids To Talk About Taboo Topics?

March 4th, 2019


Drew Perkins talks with elementary teacher Liz Kleinrock about her TED Talk and work to help teachers and students talk about difficult topics.

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Ep. 157 How Can We Make Screen Time Work For Kids?

March 1st, 2019


Drew Perkins talks with Sara DeWitt, Vice-President of PBS Kids Digital, about how to navigate the positives and negatives of screen time for kids.

Ep. 156 Building Community, Overcoming Barriers, Music Education

February 21st, 2019


Drew Perkins talks with Jecorey Arthur, aka 1200, about his journey and work as a musician and educator in a world that has presented significant …

Ep. 155 Does Competition And School Choice Meaningfully Improve Education?

February 20th, 2019


The TeachThought Podcast Ep. 155 Does Competition And School Choice Meaningfully Improve Education?

Drew Perkins talks with Corey DeAngelis of the …

Ep. 154 Depolarizing America Through Inquiry And Critical Thinking

February 19th, 2019


Drew Perkins talks with John Wood Jr. and Bill Doherty of the Better Angels organization about their workshops and efforts to depolarize America.

Ep. 153 Communicating Effectively About Sexuality Education

February 12th, 2019


Drew Perkins talks with Brittany McBride about her work with Advocates for Youth about sexuality education, social justice, and equity issues.

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Ep. 152 Reading Lessons Learned From A Child Left Behind

February 8th, 2019


Drew Perkins talks with author and reading specialist Lois Letchford about her story and ongoing work teaching of reading based on lessons learned from helping her son overcome massive reading issues.

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Ep. 151 Chasing The Next Better, Reflections From #MyRoomMessage

February 2nd, 2019


Drew Perkins talks with teacher and author of #MyRoomMessage Monte Syrie about his reflections on teaching, classroom culture, and teacher …

Ep. 150 Deeper Thinking Through Inquiry And Art

January 30th, 2019


Drew Perkins talks with Nicola Giardina about her book and work with educators using her "Pyramid of Inquiry" to pull deeper learning and thinking …

Ep. 149 Is Constructivist Education Addressing Inequality?

January 23rd, 2019


Drew Perkins talks with author Natalie Wexler about her work, specifically her recent Forbes article asserting constructivist education is not closing educational gaps that are rooted in socioeconomic differences.

Links …

Ep. 148 Can We Discuss Social Justice Honestly?

January 14th, 2019


Drew Perkins talks with James Lindsay about his recent article in Areo and work about social justice and activism in the peer review process in …

Ep. 147 Unpacking PBL Through A Student's Passion

January 9th, 2019


Drew Perkins talks with New Zealand student E. Wen Wong about her passion for project-based learning and how it has impacted her thinking, learning, and future.

Ep. 146 Does Education Have A Twitter Problem?

January 5th, 2019


Drew Perkins talks with Dean Shareski about the lack of substance in some education related social media postings, the importance of being able to …

Ep. 145 Project-Based Learning in the Math Classroom

January 3rd, 2019


Drew Perkins talks with Telannia Norfar and Chris Fancher about their upcoming book "Project-Based Learning in the Math Classroom". 

Ep. 144 Creating Cultures Of Thinking And Intellectual Character

December 22nd, 2018


Drew Perkins talks with Ron Ritchhart, Principal Investigator for the Cultures of Thinking Project and Senior Research Associate at Project Zero …

Ep. 143 Talking Finland And The Soul Of Education

December 14th, 2018


Drew Perkins talks with Michael J. Hynes, Superintendent of Pat-Med Schools in Long Island, NY, to reflect on his recent trip to visit and learn from …

Ep. 142 Addressing Teacher Shortages By Creating Strong Work Environments

November 18th, 2018


Drew Perkins talks with Talia Milgrom-Elcott, co-founder and Executive Director of 100Kin10, about their work to address teacher shortages by …

Ep. 141 Using SEL to Manage Emotions, Set Boundaries, And Empower Vs. Protect Kids

November 13th, 2018


Drew Perkins talks with Tamara Fyke, creator of Love in A Big World, about her work in Social Emotional Learning and how things like managing emotions and setting boundaries can empower kids.

Ep. 140 Getting The Most Out Of Minecraft In Education

November 9th, 2018


Drew Perkins talks with Neal Manegold, Director of Minecraft: Education Edition and Mark Sparvell, who leads marketing at Microsoft Education, about …

Ep. 139 Exploring False Dichotomies In Education

November 7th, 2018


Drew Perkins talks with Michael B. Horn, Chief Strategy Officer at The Entangled Group and Distinguished Fellow at the  Clayton Christensen Institute for Disruptive Education, about his work and thoughts about the …

Ep. 138 Is Knowledge Being Overlooked For Inquiry In Progressive Education?

November 1st, 2018


Drew Perkins talks with Katharine Birbalsingh, Headmistress and Founder of Michaela School in London, and Tom Hudock, Director and Founder of ARC …

Ep. 137 Using Movement Theater And Inquiry To Increase Authentic Learning

October 25th, 2018


Drew Perkins talks with Paul Rajeckas, Co-Artistic Director of Theater Moves, about his work with physical movement theater to help deepen learning …

Ep. 136 Designing "Low Floor/High Ceiling" Learning Through Edtech

October 9th, 2018


Drew Perkins talks with Charlotte Cheng, Curriculum Product Manager at Wonder Workshop, about their design processes to engage and sustain learners.

Ep. 135 Teaching With Apps In Elementary

October 3rd, 2018


Drew Perkins talks with Angela French about her work and experience in helping to develop learning apps geared towards elementary learners.

Ep. 134 Equity and Authentic PBL through #HipHopEd

September 27th, 2018


Drew Perkins talks with Sam Seidel about his work to improve teaching and learning with the Stanford Design School and through the lens of Hip Hop …

Ep. 133 How To Build An Authentic And Entrepreneurial High School Experience

September 17th, 2018


Drew Perkins talks with Trace Pickering, Executive Director/Co-Founder of Iowa BIG, about how their program develops and delivers a more authentic …

Ep. 132 How Should We Be Teaching Math?

September 10th, 2018


Drew Perkins talks with Dan Meyer about the role of inquiry, practice, and drilling in the teaching of math.

Ep. 131 Balancing Screen Time And Digital Media With Real Life

September 5th, 2018


Drew Perkins talks with Anya Kamenetz about her new book and the issue of balancing the use of digital media and screen time with our children and students.

Ep. 130 How Can We Improve Teaching And Learning Using Protocols?

August 29th, 2018


Drew Perkins talks with Director of National School Reform Faculty, Michele Mattoon, about their work with educators around the world using protocols …

Ep. 129 Learning To Learn: Rote Memorization Or Constructivism?

August 28th, 2018


Drew Perkins talks with author, professor, and MOOC instructor Barb Oakley about their differences and intersections of thinking about teaching and learning.

Ep. 128 Navigating Victimhood Culture As An Educator

August 22nd, 2018


Drew Perkins talks with sociologist and author Bradley Campbell about how educators might benefit from a better understanding of victimhood culture.

Ep. 127 What If We Ignored State Tests And Encouraged More Play?

August 19th, 2018


Drew Perkins talks with Michael J. Hynes, Superintendent of Pat-Med Schools, about his recent letter to his district principals and teachers asking …

Ep. 126 Improving School Ratings And Accountability

August 8th, 2018


Drew Perkins talks with Chris Domaleski, Associate Director at the Center for Assessment, about his recent publication "Establishing Performance …

Ep. 125 Mindshifting School Leadership

July 20th, 2018


Drew Perkins talks with Heather Warrell about using digital tools and shifting mindset to help school leaders improve workflow and transparency in …

Ep. 124 Teachers Going Gradeless

June 17th, 2018


Drew Perkins talks with Arthur Chiaravalli, teacher and editor of Teachers Going Gradeless, about teaching and assessing with an eye towards going gradeless.

Ep. 123 Moving Education from Post-Modern to Metamodern

June 4th, 2018


Drew Perkins talks with writer, educator, and futurist Zak Stein about the past, present, and possible future of education.

Ep. 122 Rescuing Public Education From Reformers

May 26th, 2018


Drew Perkins talks with John Merrow in a repeat appearance about his new book, "Addicted to Reform: A 12-Step Program to Rescue Public Education"

Ep. 121 The Teacher Prep That Our Schools Really Need

May 14th, 2018


Drew Perkins talks with Carole Basile, Dean of the Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College at Arizona State University, about how they're shifting their …

Ep. 120 Conversation in Collaborative Leadership

May 8th, 2018


Drew Perkins talks with Peter DeWitt about his work in the area of collaborative leadership, John Hattie's work, and innovating schools.

Ep. 119 Building Learner-Centered Edtech And Culture

May 3rd, 2018


Drew Perkins talks with Jamie Brooker in a repeat appearance about his experience with Kahoot! and We Are Human towards a more learner-centered …

Ep. 118 Democratizing Leadership To Empower And Grow Schools

April 24th, 2018


Drew Perkins talks with Round Rock ISD Executive Director of Teaching and Learning, Ryan Smith, about his work to democratize leadership to help …

Ep. 117 PBL Lessons Learned By Designing A PBL Edtech Tool

April 10th, 2018


Drew Perkins talks with Mike Hourahine, CEO and Co-Founder of Edio, a PBL and Design Thinking Edtech Platform, about their work and lessons learned …

Ep. 116 Changing The Landscape Of Math Teaching

April 8th, 2018


Drew Perkins talks with John Ewing, President of Math for America about how they support and grow math and science teachers and how math teaching and learning might be better and much different. 

Ep. 115 Let's Talk About What School Could Be

April 5th, 2018


Drew Perkins talks with Ted Dintersmith about his experiences visiting schools and leaders in all 50 states following his first book and documentary …

Ep. 114 Helping Kids Get More Out Of Play With SEL

April 4th, 2018


Drew Perkins talks with Playworks President, Elizabeth Cushing, and  Sara Shorey, Principal of Adams Elementary about using social-emotional learning to help kids navigate the world of play more productively. 

Ep. 113 Reinventing Learning: Time for a Change

March 27th, 2018


Episode 113 of the TeachThought Podcast is the final episode in a 12-part series on reinventing learning for the always-on generation. The series is …

Ep. 112 Critical Media Literacy and Fake News in Post-Truth America

March 24th, 2018


Drew Perkins talks with University of Arkansas professor Chris Goering about his new book "Critical Media Literacy and Fake News in Post-Truth America". 

Ep. 111 Science and Earth Through The Eyes Of An Astronaut

March 19th, 2018


Drew Perkins talks with former astronaut and current MIT professor Jeff Hoffman about his experiences in space, science teaching and learning, and …

Ep. 110 Reinventing Learning: Digital Learners want Useful, Relevant, and Fun Learning

March 12th, 2018


Episode 110 of the TeachThought Podcast is the 11th episode in a 12-part series on reinventing learning for the always-on generation.

The series is …

Ep. 109 What The Research Says About Quality PBL

March 8th, 2018


Drew Perkins talks with Barbara Condliffe, Research Associate at MDRC, about their recent research review publication "Project-Based Learning: A Promising Approach to Improving Student Outcomes".

Ep. 108 Breaking Barriers With The Values of Jackie Robinson

March 1st, 2018


Drew Perkins talks with the daughter of Jackie Robinson, Sharon, about her life and experiences and wisdom in addition to her educational work with …

Ep. 107 School Safety: What You May Not Have Considered

February 23rd, 2018


Drew Perkins talks with Doug Parisi, Director of Training at SafeDefend and school and workplace safety expert, about school safety, active shooters, …

Ep. 106 Empowering Teachers To Accelerate Deeper Learning

February 21st, 2018


Drew Perkins talks with a group of Fern Creek High School teachers from Louisville, KY who are engaging in a School Startup cohort attempting to …

Ep. 105 Debating The Impact Of Scholarship Tax Credits

February 16th, 2018


Drew Perkins talks with Senior Policy Analyst at The Kentucky Center for Economic Policy, Anna Baumann, and Associate Professor of Educational …

Ep. 104 Education Budgets And Legislative Priorities

February 14th, 2018


Drew Perkins talks with Kentucky superintendents Dr. Nick Brake and Matt Robbins about education budget cuts, their potential impact on teaching and …

Ep. 103 Critical Thinking Your Way Through The News

February 12th, 2018


Drew Perkins talks with Jens Erik Gould, Editor in Chief of The Knife Media, about how they use critical thinking to analyze the spin, slant, and …

Ep. 102 Reinventing Learning: Digital Learners are Transfluent

January 28th, 2018


Episode 102 of the TeachThought Podcast is the ninth episode in a 12-part series on reinventing learning for the always-on generation.

The series is …

Ep. 101 Removing Barriers To Higher Ed With Virtual Learning

January 13th, 2018


Drew Perkins talks with Deputy VP & CEO of Arizona State University's Prep Digital High School, Julie Young, about their work to help remove …

Ep. 100 So All Can Learn: A Practical Guide To Differentiation

December 31st, 2017


Drew Perkins talks with TeachThought PD Facilitator John McCarthy about his new book, So All Can Learn: A Practical Guide to Differentiation.

Ep. 99 Reinventing Learning: Digital Learners Prefer Instant Gratification

December 27th, 2017


Episode 99 of the TeachThought Podcast is the ninth episode in a 12-part series on reinventing learning for the always-on generation.

The series is …

Ep. 98 Moving PBL From Surface To Transfer Level

December 21st, 2017


Drew Perkins talks with Napa New Technology High School Principal Riley Johnson about his school's work to deepen the quality of PBL including …

Ep. 97 Growing PBL With Mentorship

December 17th, 2017


Drew Perkins talks with author Patty Alper about her book "Teach To Work" and how adding quality mentors can help students, especially in the context of PBL.

Ep. 96 Reinventing Learning for the Always-On Generation Series: Part 8

December 4th, 2017


Episode 96 of the TeachThought Podcast is the eighth episode in a 12-part series on reinventing learning for the always-on generation.

The series is …

Ep. 95 Growing Deeper Thinking With Coding

December 4th, 2017


Drew Perkins talks with former NASA Engineer now game designer Mark Engelberg about coding, math education, and the transferability to thinking in disciplines outside of STEM.

Ep. 94 Why I Don't Grade

November 17th, 2017


Drew Perkins talks with Jesse Stommel, Executive Director of the Division of Teaching and Learning Technologies at University of Mary Washington …

Ep. 93 Recognizing Learning And Growth With Open Badges

November 9th, 2017


Drew Perkins talks with Wayne Skipper, CEO and Founder of Concentric Sky about open badging, micro-credentialing and education and learning. 

Ep. 92: Translating Courses from Face-to-Face to Online

November 4th, 2017


TeachThought Podcast Ep. 92: Translating Courses from Face-to-Face to Online

by: TeachThought Staff

For episode 92 of the TeachThought podcast, Dr. Stacy Greathouse and Dr. Sheryl Hathaway explain a six-step process to …

Ep. 91 Reinventing Learning For The Always-On Generation Series: Part 7

October 30th, 2017


by TeachThought Staff

Episode 91 of the TeachThought Podcast is the seventh episode in a 12-part series on reinventing learning for the always-on …

Ep. 90 Reinventing Learning For The Always-On Generation Series: Part 6

October 19th, 2017


Episode 90 of the TeachThought Podcast is the sixth episode in a 12-part series on reinventing learning for the always-on generation. The series is …

Ep. 89 Reinventing Learning For The Always-On Generation Series: Part 5

October 9th, 2017


Episode 89 of the TeachThought Podcast is the fifth episode in a 12-part series on reinventing learning for the always-on generation. The series is …

Ep. 88 Reinventing Learning For The Always-On Generation Series: Part 4

September 23rd, 2017


Episode 88 of the TeachThought Podcast is the fourth episode in a 12-part series on reinventing learning for the always-on generation. The series is …

Ep. 87 Helping Questions Flourish With Recap

September 19th, 2017


Director of TeachThought Professional Development, Drew Perkins, talks with Emily Merritt and Brian Lamb of Recap about the inquiry process and how they've iterated and used Design Thinking to develop their and their …

Ep. 86 Engaging Students With Robotics And STEM

September 14th, 2017


Drew Perkins talks with recent high school graduate, Edward Holicky, about his experience and involvement in FIRST Robotics Competitions and STEM …

Ep. 85 Reinventing Learning For The Always-On Generation Series: Part 3

September 7th, 2017


Episode 85 of the TeachThought podcast is the third in a 12-part series on reinventing learning for the 'always on' generation.

In this series, Ryan Schaaf takes a look at what a modern learner 'is' and how teachers can …

Ep. 84 Reinventing Learning: Part 2: The Nine Core Learning Attributes of the Digital Generation: A Primer

August 31st, 2017


Episode 84 of the TeachThought Podcast is the second in a 12-part series on reinventing learning for the always-on generation.

In this series, Ryan Schaaf takes a look at what a modern learner ‘is’ and how teachers can …

Ep. 83 School Choice And Control, The Structure Of Educational Revolutions

August 18th, 2017


Drew Perkins talks with Andy Smarick, Morgridge Fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, about his recent article in National Affairs Magazine …

Ep. 82 Navigating The Ever-Changing Landscape Of #Edtech

August 17th, 2017


Drew Perkins talks with Jeff Lowe and Sarah Richards from SMART Technologies about the challenges and best practices for implementing #Edtech and …

Ep. 81 Reinventing Learning For The Always-On Generation Series

August 9th, 2017


Episode 81 of the TeachThought podcast is the first in a 12-part series on reinventing learning for the 'always on' generation.

In this series, Ryan Schaaf takes a look at what a modern learner 'is' and how teachers can …

Ep. 80 A Deep Dive Into Equity Through Assessment And PBL

July 26th, 2017


Drew Perkins talks with JuanCarlos Arauz of E3 Education as a second part to their recent initial conversation about equity and education. This time they take a deeper dive into equity in assessment and differentiation …

Ep. 79 Moving The Rock Of Educational Change

July 8th, 2017


Drew Perkins talks with author and thought-leader Grant Lichtman about educational change and his latest book. 

Ep. 78 The Ripple Effect Of Valuing The Lives Of Girls And Women

July 4th, 2017


Drew Perkins talks with Erin Geiger, VP of Business Development at Hackbright Academy, about the role of women in the tech industry and how …

Ep. 77 Growing Educational Excellence Through Equity

June 28th, 2017


Drew Perkins talks with E3 Education's Founding Executive Director, JuanCarlos Arauz about educational equity as it relates to excellence. 

Ep. 76 Deeper Learning Through Collaborative Edtech Tools

June 17th, 2017


Drew Perkins talks with Soundtrap Education Ambassador Meredith Allen about using tools like Soundtrap to increase student collaboration and deepen …

Ep. 75 Sustainability And Project-Based Learning

June 13th, 2017


Drew Perkins talks with Chief Innovation Officer for EcoRise in Austin, Texas, Richard Kincaid, about their work with teachers to design and develop PBL that focuses on teaching environmental literacy, social innovation …

Ep. 74 Reflections Of A First Year Principal

May 29th, 2017


Drew Perkins talks with Jennifer Cox about what she learned from her first year of being a middle school principal.

Ep. 73 The Power Of A Plant: Growing Healthy Minds and Schools

May 17th, 2017


Drew Perkins talks with Stephen Ritz and Suzie Boss, co-authors of The Power of a Plant: A Teacher's Odyssey to Grow Healthy Minds and Schools.

Ep. 72 The Power of Inquiry

May 1st, 2017


Drew Perkins talks with Kath Murdoch from Australia about her work and book and creating a culture of inquiry in schools around the world.

Ep. 71 How Can Virtual Reality Grow Teaching And Learning?

April 26th, 2017


Drew Perkins talks with Steve Grubbs of VictoryVR about their virtual science books as well as the current and future state of virtual reality in education.

Ep. 70 Assessment and Personalized Learning in Project-Based Learning

April 7th, 2017


Drew Perkins talks with Drew Schrader from the New Tech Network about the role of assessment, rubrics, and student contracts in personalizing …

Ep. 69: Coming To Terms With The 21st Century Classroom

March 20th, 2017


Today's episode by educator Sam Nulf takes a look at the 21st century classroom.   Sam has been working in education since graduating from Queen’s …

Ep. 68: How I Personalize Learning For Students Part 2

March 13th, 2017


Today's episode is the follow-up in our first series guest-hosted by a variety of voices in and around education.   In this episode John Dollar, a …

Ep. 67: How I Personalize Learning For Students In My Classroom

March 6th, 2017

Today's episode is the first in a series guest-hosted by a variety of voices in and around education.   In this episode John Dollar, a former …

Ep. 66 Teaching Like A Rebel With KY Teacher Of The Year

February 23rd, 2017


Drew Perkins talks with 2016 Kentucky Teacher of the Year Ashley Lamb-Sinclair about her web app Curio, education reform thoughts, and how her Teacher of the Year experience has helped her grow.

Ep. 64 The War On Teaching Evolution And Science

January 5th, 2017


Drew Perkins talks with the makers of We Believe in Dinosaurs about their film which explores the battle between teaching evolution and creationism …

Ep. 63 Rethinking Leadership Through The Lens of Technology

December 6th, 2016


Drew Perkins talks with co-authors of Blending Leadership, Reshan Richards and Stephen Valentine, about how leadership might look different through …

Ep. 62 Preparing Teachers For A Project-Based World

November 22nd, 2016


Drew Perkins talks with Emily Liebtag, Project Manager at Getting Smart, about their recent paper, Preparing Teachers for a Project-Based World.

Ep. 61 Teaching Math Through PBL

November 14th, 2016


Drew Perkins talks with New Tech Network School Development & Math Coach and author of the Emergent Math blog, Geoff Krall about teaching of math …

Ep. 60 Making History Come Alive Through Podcasting

November 10th, 2016


Drew Perkins talks with Mick Sullivan, host of The Past and the Curious Podcast about his work to help make history come alive.

Ep. 59 Innovating With Authentic PBL And 3D Printing

October 31st, 2016


Drew Perkins talks with Rich Lehrer, Innovation Coordinator for the Enable Community Foundation and Brookwood School, about his work with 3D …

Ep. 58 Lessons From Second City Improv To Improve Teaching And Learning

October 17th, 2016


Drew Perkins talks with Second City's Executive Vice President Kelly Leonard, about his book, Yes, And and how we might use the lessons from improv to improve teaching and learning.

Ep. 56 How Google Is Winning The #Edtech Battle For America’s Classrooms

October 4th, 2016


Drew Perkins talks with Ainsley O’Connell, Staff Writer at Fast Company, about the battle between Google, Microsoft and Apple for America’s classrooms as well as trends and challenges in the Edtech space.

Ep. 55 How Can EdTech Help Build Knowledge And Critical Thinking?

September 20th, 2016


Drew Perkins talks with Quizlet CEO Matthew Glotzbach about his Edtech journey that includes stints at Google and YouTube as well as how apps like Quizlet can help build critical thinking through better understanding of …

Ep. 54 How The Gates And Other Foundations Have An Inside Track To Ed Policy

September 8th, 2016


Drew Perkins talks with author Megan Tompkins-Stange about the influence four major non-profit foundations (Bill and Melinda Gates, Eli and Edythe …

Ep. 53 Exploring Ed Reform With Veteran Journalist John Merrow

August 24th, 2016


Drew Perkins talks with veteran education journalist John Merrow about the origin of charter schools, how to get policymakers to affect real change, …

Ep. 52 Using #Edtech And Graphic Novels to Engage Reluctant Readers

July 19th, 2016


Drew Perkins talks with Jeff Faulconer, VP of product development at StoryArc Media about engaging with reluctant readers using and …

Ep. 51 Is The Gates Foundation Really Helping Our Schools and Students?

May 25th, 2016


Drew Perkins talks with Anthony Cody about the second edition of his book The Educator and the Oligarch and new developments in the type of education …

Ep 50 What Are The Benefits Of Student Blogging?

May 21st, 2016


In this episode, Terry Heick talks with Ronnie Burt of edublogs about blogging, specifically how blogging can improve student literacy, create opportunities for digital citizenship, and even act as publishable digital …

Ep. 49 What New Technology Tools Are Teachers Using?

May 19th, 2016


Terry Heick talks with Jennifer Gonzales about how teachers are using new technology in the classroom, and what they're hoping to accomplish as a …

Ep. 48 Let's Make Thinking And Learning Visible With @explainevrythng

May 16th, 2016


Drew Perkins talks with Reshan Richards, Chief Learning Officer at Explain Everything, about their new Collaborative Whiteboard feature, his graduate …

Ep. 47 The Future Of Learning With Google For Education

May 11th, 2016


Drew Perkins talks with Jaime Casap, Google's Chief Education Evangelist, about the impact Google has made on the future of learning and what he sees as the important next steps.

Ep. 46 Shared Learning With Quizlet

May 3rd, 2016


Drew Perkins, Director of TeachThoughtPD talks with Andrew Sutherland CTO andFounder of Quizlet about how he created and grew Quizlet as wellas the process behind the new and upcoming features. 

Ep. 45 Let's Start With Why

April 25th, 2016


Drew Perkins talks with David Mead from Simon Senek's Start With Why organization about the how and why of establishing purpose in education.

Ep. 44 A Teacher Tells How Project-Based Learning Has Impacted Her Teaching

April 21st, 2016


Drew Perkins talks with elementary teacher Nan Arant about her experience in our PBL workshop and the impact it has made on her teaching and her students.

Ep. 43 Let's Grow Students With PBL And Urban Agriculture

April 18th, 2016


Drew Perkins talks with the mind and personality behind the Green Bronx Machine, Stephen Ritz about his work to grow students by growing food. 

Ep. 42 Should We Assign Homework And Grades?

April 11th, 2016


Drew Perkins talks with author, speaker, and researcher Alfie Kohn about the negative effects of homework, grading and standardized testing.  

Ep. 41 Is School Choice and Charter Schools The Answer?

April 4th, 2016


Drew Perkins talks with Western Kentucky University professor Gary Houchens about school choice and charter schools as a school reform model. 

Ep. 39 What Is Differentiation?

March 22nd, 2016


Terry Heick talks with the godmother of differentiation, Carol Ann Tomlinson, about what differentiation is, why it's important, and how to begin to …

Ep. 38 Scaling Project Based Learning Online

March 21st, 2016


Drew Perkins talks with Thom Markham about world class project based learning and how his new online course can help bring this framework to teachers around the world.

Ep. 37 Growing Inquiry In The Classroom With The i5 Strategy

March 14th, 2016


Drew Perkins talks with Kimberly Mitchell about her journey as an educator and work increasing inquiry in the classroom.

Ep 36 How Technology Is Changing Modern Knowledge Demands

March 11th, 2016


Terry Heick talks with Conrad Wolfram of the Wolfram Knowledge Engine fame about knowledge, and how technology is changing how we think about it, …

Ep. 33 Innovating Education At High Tech High With Larry Rosenstock

March 2nd, 2016


Drew Perkins talks with Larry Rosenstock, co-founder and CEO of High Tech High, about their approach in designing, sustaining and refining their approach as an education innovation.

Ep. 31 Let's Teach Students To Ask More And Better Questions With The QFT

February 24th, 2016


Drew Perkins discusses the Question Formulation Technique with the Co-Director of the Right Question Institute, Dan Rothstein. Visit our Inquiry …

Ep. 30 Let's Grow A Culture Of Personalized Learning

February 22nd, 2016


Drew Perkins talks with Jim Rickabaugh, Director of the Institute for Personalized Learning, about his work with schools to build a culture where …

Ep. 29 Let's Increase The Use of #Inquiry In our Schools

February 17th, 2016


Drew Perkins talks with Amy Spinelli from Inquiry Partners about their work to spread the gospel of inquiry including their i5 approach and the new Earshot app.

Ep. 28 Integrating #EdTech With The Padagogy Wheel

February 15th, 2016


Drew Perkins talks with Allan Carrington, the inventor of the popular Padagogy Wheel, about it's evolution and how to use it to purposefully …

Ep. 27 Let's Make Professional Development More Effective

February 10th, 2016


Drew Perkins discusses ways to make professional development more effective by using inquiry to align it with your mission and vision statements.

Ep. 25 Education Through The Eyes And Work Of A Libyan Exile

February 8th, 2016


Drew Perkins talks with Shahrazad Kablan about her role in the overthrow of the Libyan regime and her efforts to help establish a working education …

Ep 24: Let's Build Better Relationships With Students

February 5th, 2016


In this episode, Terry Heick speaks with James Sturtevant, a social studies teacher and author of 'You've Gotta Connect: Building Relationships That Lead to Engaged Students, Productive Classrooms, and Higher …

Ep. 23 Teacher Of The Year: Defining And Measuring Teachers

February 3rd, 2016


Drew Perkins talks with Jason Korreck and Rob Phillips about their documentary, Teacher of the Year which explores the complexity of the teaching profession. 

Ep. 22 Education And Entrepreneurship With Dyme Startup Founder Joey Prather

February 1st, 2016


Drew Perkins talks with Dyme startup founder Joey Prather about the parallels between the startup and the education worlds and how being more entrepreneurial can benefit teaching and learning. 

Ep. 21: Reframing Education By Erasing the Deficit Mindset With Yong Zhao

January 27th, 2016


Drew Perkins talks with internationally recognized education thought leader Yong Zhao about changing education from a standardized and deficit …

Ep 20: The One Where Terry Speaks To A PhD That Prints Living Tissue

January 26th, 2016


In this episode, Terry speaks with Dr. Adam Feinberg, Associate Professor of Materials Science and Biomedical Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University, and a leader in the field of the creepy and stunningly interesting …

Ep. 19: Learning for Social and Personal Change with Kahoot!

January 25th, 2016


Drew Perkins talks with Jamie Brooker, co-founder and Chief Creative Officer of Kahoot! about their mission driven approach to learning, how Kahoot! …

Ep. 18: #Edtech talk with the ISTE Chair of the Board of Directors

January 20th, 2016


Drew Perkins talks with Dr. Matt Harris about his work as the new Board Chair of ISTE, the refreshed ISTE Standards, teaching internationally and the …

Ep. 17: Most Likely To Succeed - The Purpose and Possibility Of Our Schools

January 18th, 2016


Drew Perkins talks with Ted Dintersmith, the producer of Most Likely to Succeed, about the film and book and why we need to innovate our current …

Ep. 15: Teaching And Learning vs. Accountability With @justintarte

January 13th, 2016


Drew Perkins talks with Justin Tarte about his role as the Director of Teaching and Learning and Accountability in a school district near St. Louis, …

Ep. 14: Elevating student voice with the #stuvoice movement.

January 11th, 2016


Drew Perkins talks with Andrew Brennen, National Field Director of Student Voice, about his work as a student to elevate and amplify student voice in …

Ep 12: What Are The Different Types Of Assessment?

January 4th, 2016


In this 'quick' episode, Terry Heick reviews different types of assessment (e.g., formative, norm-referenced, etc.), and the defining characteristics of each.

Ep. 11: Redefining intelligence to unlock the possibility in our students.

January 4th, 2016


Drew Perkins talks with Scott Barry Kaufman about his book Ungifted: Intelligence Redefined which challenges the traditional measures of intelligence in a way that can actually help students unlock their possibilities.

Ep 10: Are Charter Schools Solving The Equity Problem?

December 30th, 2015


Director of Teachthought PD, Drew Perkins talks with Julian Vasquez Heilig about what is driving education reform, charter schools, poverty and the …

Ep. 9 How can "Beautiful Questions" improve teaching and learning?

December 28th, 2015


Drew Perkins talks with Warren Berger, author of the book A More Beautiful Question, about the importance of increasing inquiry in innovating …

Ep 8: An Introduction To Critical Pedagogy

December 12th, 2015


Critical Pedagogy and Critical Literacy both involve the idea of thinking carefully about human and social contexts--using knowledge to think …

Ep 7: Teacher Accountability And a Challenge To The Gates Foundation

December 11th, 2015


Drew Perkins and Anthony Cody discuss education reform efforts by the Gates Foundation, his book The Educator and the Oligarch, teacher accountability, the future of education--and his treehouse. 

Ep 6: What's Wrong With Professional Development?

December 3rd, 2015


Terry Heick and Drew Perkins discuss what's so wrong with current approaches to professional development, and how TeachThought's new professional development company seeks to improve on those failures while helping to …

Ep 5: The Struggle Of Teaching In A Non-Progressive District

November 15th, 2015


In this conversation, among other topics I talk with Jennifer Gonzalez about where she's from, how to pronounce "pedagogy," and how and why it's …

Ep 4: Would Shakespeare Be On Twitter?

October 25th, 2015


Would Shakespeare be on twitter? Was he an intellectual, or a budding Capitalist? In episode 4, I speak to Cass Foster, a theater professor, about …

Ep 3: How Technology Is Changing Our Behavior

October 15th, 2015


In this episode we talk with Nita Nehru from Kinsa, the company that created the world's first app-enabled thermometer. Among other topics, we …

Ep 2: The Truth About College Entrance Exams

October 14th, 2015


In this episode, we talk with Anthony-James Green, who's been profiled by the Wall Street Journal for commanding $1000 an hour for his services. We discuss test prep, how students can use what they don't know as a …

Ep 1: 3D Printing Is Changing Everything

October 13th, 2015


In this episode, we talk with Dr. Laura Taalman, Professor of Mathematics at James Madison University and Senior Product Manager for Education at MakerBot. Among other topics, we discuss what it means to "make," the …

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