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Episode 6: Disruptive Thinking in our Classrooms

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How do we challenge kids to think? Author and special guest Eric Sheninger joins Katie Martin on The Learner-Centered Collaborative Podcast to discuss the powerful practice of creating a disruptive thinking culture in the classroom and beyond.

Eric works with schools throughout the world helping educators meet and exceed their potential to improve outcomes for learners. His work focuses on innovative and practical ways educators can transform teaching, learning, and leadership. Through his work with thousands of schools, Eric has emerged as an innovative leader, best-selling author, and sought-after speaker. His main focus is using research and evidence-based practices to empower learners and educators.

Episode 5: Leadership for Deeper Learning with Scott McLeod

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How do educators design for higher levels of engagement and ultimately help kids find meaning in their own learning pathways for future success? How do we lean into the redesign? Scott McLeod joins Katie Martin on this week’s episode to discuss how school leaders can change the status quo to create different learning environments for students and teachers, and rethink and reignite learning for the future of learning.

Scott McLeod, J.D., Ph.D., is widely recognized as one of the nation’s leading experts on P-12 school leadership, deeper learning, technology, and innovation. McLeod has worked with hundreds of schools, districts, universities, and other organizations and has received numerous awards for his technology leadership work, including the 2016 Award for Outstanding Leadership from the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE). Scott blogs about leadership and innovation at Dangerously Irrelevant and is also the co-creator of the 4 Shifts Protocol for lesson/unit redesign. McLeod currently serves as an ISTE Community Leader and an InnEdCO Ambassador, and also is a member of NAESP’s Professional Learning Advisory Council. He has written or edited 4 books and 170 articles and other publications, and is one of the most visible education professors in the United States.

Episode 4: Learning As We Lead with Susan Enfield

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Susan Enfield, Superintendent at Highline Public Schools, joins Katie Martin on this episode of the Learner-Centered Collaborative Podcast to discuss the importance of what she calls The Highline Promise, a vow to know every student by name, strength, and need so they graduate prepared for the future they choose. Foundational to this promise is slowing down to connect, prioritizing relationships, and making time to ensure that young people are not invisible in schools, homes, and communities.

A high school English, journalism and ELL teacher, Susan served as Chief Academic Officer and then as Interim Superintendent for Seattle Public Schools before coming to Highline in 2012. Under the leadership of Superintendent Susan Enfield, Highline Public Schools district is implementing the second phase of its strategic plan committed to the academic and social-emotional growth of all students.

Susan is a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley, and earned master’s degrees from Stanford University and Harvard University. She also holds a doctoral degree in Administration, Planning and Social Policy from Harvard’s Urban Superintendents Program.

Episode 3: Exploring How to Better Serve Our Students with Marlon Styles

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How can educators create environments where students have the room to be curious and discover their passions and interests? Katie Martin sits down with Marlon Styles to discuss how we can better support our students and provide more access and opportunities within our own communities.

Marlon Styles Jr. is currently the Superintendent at Middletown City School District (OH). During his 20 year career he has served as a Middle School Math Teacher 7-12 Principal and Executive Director of Curriculum & Instruction. In 2017 Mr. Styles received the Center for Digital Education Top 30 Digital Trailblazers Award. Under his leadership Middletown City Schools earned the 2019 ISTE Distinguished District Award for ensuring equitable accessible and appropriate technology use for all students. He was recently recognized as the 2020 K-12 DIVE Superintendent of the Year. Mr. Styles is passionate in his efforts to close the systemic equity gaps many students in this country face. He is devoted to transforming education and finding ways to integrate technology while creating inclusive learning experiences for all students.

Episode 2: Leaning into Learning with Catlin Tucker

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When we think about learning and what to prioritize in school, how can educators leverage technology and new tools to create more agency for students in the classroom? In this episode, Katie Martin is joined by Catlin Tucker to discuss blended learning and the key strategies that have been most effective in a post-pandemic classroom environment.

Dr. Catlin Tucker is a bestselling author, international trainer, and keynote speaker. She was named Teacher of the Year in 2010 in Sonoma County, where she taught for 16 years. Currently, Catlin is working as a blended learning coach, education consultant, and professor in the Master’s of Arts in Teaching program at Pepperdine University.

Catlin has written a series of bestselling books on blended learning, which include Balance With Blended Learning, Blended Learning In Action, Power Up Blended Learning, and Blended Learning In Grades 4-12.

Episode 1: Embracing Change with George Couros

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Change is an opportunity to do something amazing!

How do we help educators break out of that mold of what “A good teacher“ is supposed to do? How do we help them embrace what they actually know about learning and what is actually meaningful to them?

George Couros is an innovative teaching, learning, and leadership consultant with over 20 years of experience as an educator in a myriad of roles from K-12. He is the author of The Innovator’s Mindset and Innovate Inside the Box. He joins Katie Martin in the first episode of the Learner-Centered Collaborative Podcast to discuss what matters most in education today, and why an innovative mindset is crucial to creating the future we want for all of our students.