This podcast highlights developing trends in K-12 education, postsecondary and lifelong learning. Each week, Getting Smart team members interview students, leading authors, experts and practitioners in research, tech, entrepreneurship and leadership to bring listeners innovative and actionable strategies in education leadership. This podcast is most frequently hosted by Tom Vander Ark, CEO of Getting Smart. Be sure to check out the Getting Smart Newsletter and Twitter Feed to stay on the cutting edge of innovations in learning.
Stephanie Short and David Zasada on Design For Delight and Durable Skills
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33:21This episode of the Getting Smart Podcast is a part of our New Pathways campaign. In partnership with American Student Assistance (ASA), the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Stand Together and the Walton Foundation, the New Pathways campaign will question education’s status quo and propose new methods of giving students a chance to experience success in what’s next. On this episode of the Getting Smart Podcast, Shawnee Caruthers is joined by Stephanie Short and David Zasada to discuss Design for Delight’s (D4D) latest case study which highlights core takeaways from the recent D4D camp and course. Earlier this year, America Succeeds and Design4Delight partnered to articulate the effectiveness of Intuit’s Design for Delight program and how well it cultivates Durable Skills. Stephanie Short is Vice President of Partnerships at America Succeeds, a non-profit education advocacy organization committed to improving educational opportunities, outcomes, and equity by harnessing the influence and acumen of the business community in accelerating systems change. Dave Zasada is Vice President of Education and Corporate Responsibility at Intuit, a global technology firm specializing in software and the creator of the Design for Delight program. Links Design for Delight: Building Durable Schools with Learners Design for Delight: Durable Skills Case Study Design for Delight Resources Stephanie Short Design for Delight Dave Zasada CompTIA
Dr. David Dimmett on Leading the Way with Project Lead the Way
27:49What would an economy look like that centered justice, regenerativity and collaboration? Want to play a role? Find out more about the Next Economy MBA from LIFT Economy. On this episode of the Getting Smart Podcast Tom Vander Ark is joined by Dr. David Dimmett, President and CEO of Project Lead the Way. Prior to Project Lead the Way he served for over a decade at the Evansville Vanderburgh school district in a variety of roles. Links: LinkedIn PLTW David Dimmett PLTW Project Lead the Way 2022 Annual Report Sam Seidel and Olatunde Sobomehin on Creative Hustle Stoked
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Raise the Bar: Policy Shaping Pathways
49:56We hosted a town hall event called Raise the Bar: Policy Shaping Pathways. We were lucky to be joined by two policy gurus: Dr. Amy Loyd, Assistant Secretary at the Department of Education and Julie Lammers, Senior Vice President, Advocacy and Corporate Social Responsibility at American Student Assistance (ASA). Together, we discussed how recent policies will drive school change through intentionally building and designing pathways toward student success. One of these policies is Raise the Bar: Lead the World, a recent initiative from Secretary Cardona which will focus on: Creating Pathways for Global Engagements Ensure every student has a pathway to college and careers Provide every student a pathway to multilingualism You can find the links from the chat here.
Al O’Bannon on Community Supports for Young People
30:42Interested in learning more about the World of Work? We’d love to see you at the summit. Register here. On this episode of the Getting Smart Podcast, New Pathways Senior Fellow Trace Pickering is joined by Al O’Bannon. Al is the Executive Director of the LBA Foundation in Cedar Rapids, Iowa and is a Certified School Counseling Leadership Specialist, recognized by the American School Counseling Association. Al has over 20 years of experience with non-profit organizations.
Dr. Dennis Johnston on Student & Educator Agency with AVID
34:18This episode of the Getting Smart Podcast is a part of our New Pathways campaign. In partnership with American Student Assistance® (ASA), the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Stand Together and the Walton Foundation, the New Pathways campaign will question education’s status quo and propose new methods of giving students a chance to experience success in what’s next. On this episode of the Getting Smart Podcast, Shawnee Caruthers is joined by Dr. Dennis Johnston, Senior Director and Chief Research Officer at AVID, a resource for professional development, feedback and continued knowledge sharing. Links: LinkedIn AVID Link to White Paper
David Weinberg on The Art of the School Visit
40:40On this episode of the Getting Smart Podcast, New Pathways Senior Fellow Trace Pickering is joined by David Weinberg, a teacher, principal, curriculum director, assistant superintendent, and a founder of EPIC North HS in New York City. He now spends his time working to help schools become more innovative and restorative.
Josh Fryday on Public Service and Volunteerism
32:00On this episode of the Getting Smart Podcast, Shawnee Caruthers is joined by Josh Fryday,California’s Chief Service Officer within the Office of Governor Gavin Newsom to lead service, volunteer, and civic engagement efforts throughout California. Links: Josh Fryday California Volunteers College Corps Climate Action Corps Mission: Joy On To Greener Pathways: The Future of Work Has New Opportunities for Students
Justin Aglio on The Readiness Institute
29:09What would an economy look like that centered justice, regenerativity and collaboration? Want to play a role? Find out more about the Next Economy MBA from LIFT Economy. On this episode of the Getting Smart Podcast Tom Vander Ark is joined by Dr. Justin Aglio, the Executive Director of the Readiness Institute at Penn State University. Previously, Justin was a district leader in Montour School District, one of the first districts to pilot the AI+Ethics middle-grade curriculum. Links: Justin Aglio LinkedIn Montour School District Readiness Institute at Penn State University. Mark Cuban Foundation AI Bootcamp Penn State AI Ethics - Media Lab Unbundled Learning Instagram Readiness Institute
Jenee Henry Wood and David Nitkin on Conversations with Kids
40:55Will we be seeing you this year at SXSW EDU? Register today. On this episode of the Getting Smart Podcast, Shawnee Caruthers is joined by Jenee Henry Wood, a Partner at Transcend Education and David Nitkin, also a Partner at Transcend. David and Jenee recently worked on an initiative called Conversations with Kids, a research project and culminating paper that analyzed data from 20,000+ students who participated in Transcend's Leaps Student Voice Survey and focus groups. Tons of outstanding themes were identified as a result. Links Conversations with Kids Initiative Survey Tool Conversation Guide Jenee Henry Wood LinkedIn David Nitkin LinkedIn Northern Cass School District Transcend Education
Getting Smart Town Hall: What’s next in learning?
46:09On the 2023 edition of our annual “What’s next in learning?” Getting Smart Town Hall, we dug into some of the core drivers impacting learning today: the Pandemic Response, New Pathways and AI Everywhere. We then broke these categories down further into trends that we are seeing that are likely to have a big impact on the education ecosystem in 2023. See the links that we mentioned here.