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ClassCast Podcast

The ClassCast Podcast is the best education podcast for everyone, not just teachers. ClassCast is about honest discourse and critical thinking to better understand education, about big, outside-the-box ideas to improve education for students and society. The ClassCast Podcast features award-winning teacher Ryan Tibbens discussing school, education, careers, and culture with a diverse collection of entrepreneurs, community leaders, teachers, and students.

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Ep.085 -- Sonny Thadani -- Making Social-Emotional Learning Work for Everyone
ClassCast Podcast Ep.085 features Sonny Thadani, CEO & Co-Founder of Robin, discussing social-emotional learning, mindfulness, the value of personal/life coaching, and how we can serve students' and teachers' emotional needs as we strive to improve education.  Sonny initially found success as a realtor and business consultant, but a series of important personal experiences compelled him to shift paths and seek opportunities to support students (and teachers).  Initially, after forging relationships with families from Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, CT, Sonny became interested in social-emotional learning and supporting mental health; he then became a father and had a transformational experience with a personal life coach and saw the potential for coaching in schools. Now, in his role as CEO of Robin, a cutting-edge social-emotional learning and coaching program, Sonny is doing everything he can to promote mindfulness, peace, and productivity in schools across the country. If you are interested in making SEL work for students, teachers, and communities around you, don't miss Sonny's coaching-based approach.You can learn more about Robin at my-robin.com, on Twitter @robin_stories, on Instagram @robin_stories, or by contacting Sonny directly.Table of Contents (*highlights)0:00-7:12 -- Intro to Sonny Thadani, Robin, & Social-Emotional Learning (SEL)7:12-11:57 -- Making SEL Work for Students: Relationships & Voices *11:57-19:23 -- Making SEL Work for Teachers: Buy-In & Support ** 19:23-26:50 -- Flexible Curricula & Phasing-In Change26:50-35:50 -- Student & Faculty Input in SEL Implementation **35:50-41:31 -- Sonny as a Student & SEL as a Core Skill *41:31-54:07 -- The Purpose of School According to Sonny & Sonny's Ideal School54:07-58:19 -- Upcoming Goals for Robin58:19-1:03:44 -- SEL for Teachers **1:03:44-1:10:48 -- Final Wrap-Up & Sonny's Book Recs​​​The ClassCast Podcast streams on all major platforms, including iTunes/Apple Podcasts, Spotify, iHeartRadio, Pandora, Google Podcasts, Amazon Music, Audible, Stitcher, and more.  You can also find us on YouTube and at www.ClassCastPodcast.com.  Be sure to like, subscribe, follow, share, and comment wherever you listen.  Leave a comment below to let us know what you think of the discussion and if you have any questions!Support the show (http://paypal.me/TibbensEST)! ​Donations -- large and small -- help keep this podcast independent!Support the show (http://paypal.me/TibbensEST)
70:47 03/02/2022
Ep.084 -- Jeff Harris -- College, Career, & Future Readiness w/ the President & Co-Founder of Xello
ClassCast Podcast Ep.084 features Jeff Harris, President and Co-Founder of Xello, discussing college and career planning, supporting students' long-term goals, and the concept (and reality) of "future ready" students.  Jeff and host Ryan Tibbens discuss their own experiences with past versions of "career planning," why talking about and structuring long-term planning is more important than ever, and how services like Xello can serve students without over-burdening teachers and counselors. This discussion goes beyond shallow platitudes about being "future ready" and digs into how local communities and students' experiences shape their goals and options, how classical/liberal/traditional schools may need college and career planning services even more than public and STEM schools, and even how school divisions go about testing and adopting cutting edge edtech like Xello. If you are a counselor, special education transition teacher, career/technical education teacher, parent, or community member concerned about how we're preparing students for their lives beyond high school, this episode is a must-listen. You can learn more about Jeff Harris and Xello at Xello.world and through their social media accounts, including on Twitter and YouTube. Table of Contents (*highlights)0:00-8:33 -- Intro to Xello, Jeff Harris, & Helping Students Find Their Futures8:33-16:11 -- Purpose & Relevance: Student Engagement in Edtech & Career Planning *16:11-24:35 -- Who Is Involved in Most Edtech Adoptions? 24:35-26:50 -- How to Implement Xello26:50-34:57 -- The Role of College/Career Readiness in Private & Public Schools *34:57-39:30 -- The Purpose of School According to Jeff Harris39:30-45:07 -- The Dangers of College/Career Advising & Advice **45:07-55:04 -- Jeff Harris, the Student Who Needed & Created College/Career Planning **55:04-1:07:16 -- Jeff's Ideal School & the Meaning of "Future Ready" *1:07:16-1:19:24 -- Final Wrap-Up & Jeff's Book/Movie Recs​​​The ClassCast Podcast streams on all major platforms, including iTunes/Apple Podcasts, Spotify, iHeartRadio, Pandora, Google Podcasts, Amazon Music, Audible, Stitcher, and more.  You can also find us on YouTube and at www.ClassCastPodcast.com.  Be sure to like, subscribe, follow, share, and comment wherever you listen.  Leave a comment below to let us know what you think of the discussion and if you have any questions!Support the show (http://paypal.me/TibbensEST)! ​Donations -- large and small -- help keep this podcast independent!Support the show (http://paypal.me/TibbensEST)
79:24 01/31/2022
Ep.083 -- Jessica Kirkland -- Keeping It Real with Your Favorite Teacher on Twitter
ClassCast Podcast Ep.083 features Jessica Kirkland, a high school English teacher in Loudoun County, Virginia (and Twitter superstar), talking shop and exchanging ideas about improving schools, building relationships, navigating the pandemic, and much more with host Ryan Tibbens. In this laidback, funny, yet insightful discussion, you'll hear Jess proclaim that she's "pro-nonsense," share her strategies for connecting with students, divulge her secret wish to indoctrinate students (with a love for trees), and much more. Part of what makes this discussion so refreshing is that Jess has nothing to promote, nothing to sell. She has amassed over 11,000 Twitter followers in around three years just by being honest, thoughtful, and likeable -- and it all shines through in this discussion. Whether you're looking for honest perspectives on the current state of schools, a funny conversation between coworkers, or ideas about how to scale your social media presence (Jess says, "All of my demons are in the drafts"), you will love this episode.You can learn more about Jess and follow her on Twitter @JKirk___ (three underscores, LOL). Table of Contents (*highlights)0:00-5:00 -- Intro to Jessica Kirkland (& Her Twitter Fame)5:00-14:20 -- Relationships & the Purpose of School According to Jess **14:20-20:13 -- Finding Our Places during the Pandemic * 20:13-27:08 -- Are Schools Still in Panic Mode?27:08-34:57 -- Forging Relationships through Masks & Screens **34:57-41:15 -- Jess Kirkland's Experience as a Student41:15-46:44 -- Should Teachers Love Their Students?46:44-54:33 -- Does Teaching Diverse Students Require Diverse Personas? *54:33-1:07:59 -- Jess's Ideal School: Specialization & Interdisciplinary Studies **1:07:59-1:15:29 -- Is Change Impossible in Public Education? *1:15:29-1:22:16 -- Jess's Outlook for 20221:22:16-1:36:31 -- Jess's Final Thoughts, Book/Movie Recs, & Wrap-Up *​​​The ClassCast Podcast streams on all major platforms, including iTunes/Apple Podcasts, Spotify, iHeartRadio, Pandora, Google Podcasts, Amazon Music, Audible, Stitcher, and more.  You can also find us on YouTube and at www.ClassCastPodcast.com.  Be sure to like, subscribe, follow, share, and comment wherever you listen.  Leave a comment below to let us know what you think of the discussion and if you have any questions!Support the show (http://paypal.me/TibbensEST)! ​Donations -- large and small -- help keep this podcast independent!Support the show
96:31 01/05/2022
Ep.082 -- Tibbens -- Reflections on Distance Learning & 2021
ClassCast Podcast Ep.082 features host Ryan Tibbens reflecting on his experiences in an all-new distance learning program, challenges teachers faced in 2021, and how educators can move forward into 2022 with optimism and determination.In many ways, distance learning represents one of the most common forms of innovation in schools today. Teachers and students must leverage technology, plan and perform with increased precision, and traditional schooling must be reimagined to fit 21st century tools and incredibly diverse settings. Students enroll in distance learning because they prefer the online format, have physical or mental health concerns, desire greater flexibility in scheduling, or want to travel. Teachers face all the regular pressures of school, but now the technology is even more important, the students' environments and home lives are more diverse (and more important), and engagement becomes paramount to success. Nearly halfway through the first year of non-COVID caused distance learning, host Ryan Tibbens shares his experiences and goals for this great new opportunity.​And, since early 2020, we've been talking about and fretting over the pandemic, delivering quality instruction through various formats, responding to diverse needs, ever-increasing administrative control, and even "culture wars," all of which have tested the creativity, ability, and determination of educators and students around the world. Shortly after returning to school for the 2021-2022 school year, unprecedented tales of teacher burnout, turnover, and anxiety surfaced that should concern all community stakeholders.  How can we do better (and feel better) this year and beyond?  How can we feel fulfillment in a job that is harder and more scrutinized than ever?  The ClassCast Podcast streams on all major platforms, including iTunes/Apple Podcasts, Spotify, iHeartRadio, Pandora, Google Podcasts, Amazon Music, Audible, Stitcher, and more.  You can also find us on YouTube and at www.ClassCastPodcast.com.  Be sure to like, subscribe, follow, share, and comment wherever you listen.  Leave a comment below to let us know what you think of the discussion and if you have any questions!Support the show (http://paypal.me/TibbensEST)! ​Donations -- large and small -- help keep this podcast independent!Support the show (http://paypal.me/TibbensEST)
38:56 12/22/2021
Ep.081 -- Tyler Rablin -- Anti-Grading Crusader on Fixing Feedback
ClassCast Podcast Ep.081 features Mr. Tyler Rablin, an instructional technology coach, high school English teacher, and anti-grading crusader in Washington, sharing his perspectives and research on grading and assessment with host Ryan Tibbens.  This is among the all-time best episodes of the ClassCast Podcast because Tyler offers insights and ideas that challenge conventional wisdom, that put students first, and that show listeners a path to better formal education.  By reforming grading, we can increase learning, boost confidence, improve culture, and help teachers to handle the burden of feedback.This is an instant-classic. Listen on the podcast service of your choice, and be sure to like, follow, subscribe, write a review, and share with friends! You can hear more from Tyler Rablin on  Twitter @Mr_Rablin, LinkedIn, and his website.Table of Contents (*highlights)0:00-11:31 -- Intro to Tyler Rablin & Crusading Against Grading *11:31-15:27 -- How Teachers & Parents React to Grading Innovation15:27-22:48 -- Ungrading: How It Works ** 22:48-29:38 -- Gender in Grading & Student Self-Assessment29:38-42:31 -- Grading's Impact on Confidence & Growth **42:31-55:59 -- Is Grading a Culture Problem? **55:59-1:10:12 -- The Purpose of School According to Tyler Rablin *1:10:12-1:17:32 -- Tyler's Ideal School1:17:32-1:28:14 -- Why Is 2021 So Hard? *1:28:14-1:38:29 -- Tyler's Book/Movie Recs & Final Wrap-Up​​​The ClassCast Podcast streams on all major platforms, including iTunes/Apple Podcasts, Spotify, iHeartRadio, Pandora, Google Podcasts, Amazon Music, Audible, Stitcher, and more.  You can also find us on YouTube and at www.ClassCastPodcast.com.  Be sure to like, subscribe, follow, share, and comment wherever you listen.  Leave a comment below to let us know what you think of the discussion and if you have any questions!Support the show (http://paypal.me/TibbensEST)! ​Donations -- large and small -- help keep this podcast independent!Support the show (http://paypal.me/TibbensEST)
98:28 11/22/2021
Ep.080 -- Doug Roberts -- Institute for Education Innovation (IEI) & Empowering Educators
ClassCast Podcast Ep.080 features Doug Roberts, the founder and CEO of the Institute for Education Innovation (IEI), speaking with host Ryan Tibbens about empowering educators, supporting superintendents, and connecting innovative education entrepreneurs with the schools and students they want to serve. After starting his career as a history/social studies teacher, Doug filled a variety of roles before launching IEI, which is a unique organization designed to support superintendents. Doug has strong feelings about empowering educators; hiring, training, and trusting great teachers; and giving excellent educational vendors, large and small, a level playing field to compete for contracts in a variety of school settings. Doug's recent work with superintendents has led to the creation of the Supes' Choice Awards, a contest and award program that is the first of its kind. Listeners will find Doug's focus on high quality service, pragmatism, and supporting students to be honest and refreshing. If you've ever been curious about how superintendents network, connect, and learn, or if you've ever wanted to better understand the complexities and difficulties facing the top educators in districts across the country, you'll love this discussion.  You can find Doug on Twitter and LinkedIn; IEI is also on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn. Table of Contents (*highlights)0:00-8:40 -- Intro to IEI & Doug Roberts/ Advice for Education Entrepreneurs8:40-10:44 -- The Value of Relationships w/ Students, Staff, & Vendors10:44-21:03 -- The Impact of Scale: Big vs Small Schools & Businesses * 21:03-29:26 -- 2021, Optics, & Scrutiny: The Impact of Politics in Schools **29:26-34:04 -- School Choice, Innovation, & Responsive Leadership34:04-45:05 -- Doug's Ideal School: Empowering Educators **45:05-50:44 -- The Purpose of School & Who Calls the Shots50:44-59:02 -- Supes' Choice Awards & Engaging with Superintendents *59:02-1:06:08 -- Wrap-Up &  Doug's Book/Movie Recs​​​The ClassCast Podcast streams on all major platforms, including iTunes/Apple Podcasts, Spotify, iHeartRadio, Pandora, Google Podcasts, Amazon Music, Audible, Stitcher, and more.  You can also find us on YouTube and at www.ClassCastPodcast.com.  Be sure to like, subscribe, follow, share, and comment wherever you listen.  Leave a comment below to let us know what you think of the discussion and if you have any questions!Support the show (http://paypal.me/TibbensEST)! ​Donations -- large and small -- help keep this podcast independent!Support the show (http://paypal.me/TibbensEST)
66:08 11/08/2021
Ep.079 -- Tibbens -- Centralized Control, Centralized Complaints
ClassCast Podcast Ep.079 features host Ryan Tibbens talking about the correlation between centralized decision-making and the surge of superintendent and school board criticisms nationwide. Over the last few years, we've seen politicians, parents, and even teachers at school board meetings speak out, shout out, and even get thrown out. The complaints are as varied as Critical Race Theory, mask mandates, diverse reading lists, opening 5-days per week, gender/pronoun/bathroom policies, schools named after Confederate generals, social media use, and beyond. The one thing all these issues have in common is where the decisions are made -- at the top of the local (and sometimes state) public education hierarchy. As more and more decisions about curricular and pedagogical specifics are made at higher and higher levels, public concerns elevate, so what once would have been a quick meeting between a parent, teacher, and principal is now a loud diatribe in a public forum against bureaucrats who don't actually teach students. Too many teachers have lost autonomy in their work and faith in their systems.  Here's one teacher's take on why centralized decision-making processes have partially caused the political debates over schools and why they hurt teachers and students. The ClassCast Podcast streams on all major platforms, including iTunes/Apple Podcasts, Spotify, iHeartRadio, Pandora, Google Podcasts, Amazon Music, Audible, Stitcher, and more.  You can also find us on YouTube and at www.ClassCastPodcast.com.  Be sure to like, subscribe, follow, share, and comment wherever you listen.  Leave a comment below to let us know what you think of the discussion and if you have any questions!Support the show (http://paypal.me/TibbensEST)! ​Donations -- large and small -- help keep this podcast independent!Support the show (http://paypal.me/TibbensEST)
43:13 10/26/2021
Ep.078 -- Kohila Sivas -- MathCodes: Coaching, Tutoring, & Serving Students
ClassCast Podcast Ep.078 features Kohila Sivas, the founder and lead coach at MathCodes, an innovative program designed to help students build their math skills, personal confidence, and executive functions. Kohila's amazing work builds on the idea that most students need more than just content help, so adults must be more than just tutors or teachers; instead, Kohila recommends serving as a "coach," one who works with the student, on the same team, to achieve mutual goals. In addition to her 22+ years in private tutoring and coaching, Kohila has worked as an advocate, teacher's assistant, teacher, and parent. Recently, she launched the MathCodes Certified Coach program to help other tutors and teachers around the world to better serve their students by demystifying math and helping the whole student. She's also the author of the upcoming book Escape the Tutoring Trap: Be an Agent of Change.  If you are a tutor or teacher looking for some great ideas about serving all students or improving your practices, or if you are a parent interested in tutoring and coaching support (from Sivas, host Ryan Tibbens, or elsewhere), this episode is rich in great ideas and sound advice. Table of Contents (*highlights)0:00-9:03 -- Intro to Kohila Sivas & MathCodes9:03-14:23 -- Are You a "Math Person"? (They Don't Exist.) *14:23-22:30 -- The Importance of Purpose & the Purpose of Education According to Kohila 22:30-37:30 -- Kohila's Ideal School: Universal IEPs, Coaches, & Serving Individual Students **37:30-47:42 -- "Learning Loss," the Pandemic Tutoring Boom, & MathCodes Certification *47:42-56:15 -- The Power of Confidence in Education56:15-1:03:43 -- Kohila's Education & Preparation for Teaching & Coaching1:03:43-1:07:47 -- How Schools Limit Teacher Creativity & Enthusiasm *1:07:47-1:17:49 -- For Parents: Homework Help vs Tutoring vs Coaching **1:17:49-1:25:20 -- Kohila's Book/Movie Recs. & Wrap-Up​ ​​​The ClassCast Podcast streams on all major platforms, including iTunes/Apple Podcasts, Spotify, iHeartRadio, Pandora, Google Podcasts, Amazon Music, Audible, Stitcher, and more.  You can also find us on YouTube and at www.ClassCastPodcast.com.  Be sure to like, subscribe, follow, share, and comment wherever you listen.  Leave a comment below to let us know what you think of the discussion and if you have any questions!Support the show (http://paypal.me/TibbensEST)! ​Donations -- large and small -- help keep this podcast independent!Support the show
85:20 10/11/2021
Ep.077 -- Grant Schafer -- Connecting Communities & Schools
ClassCast Podcast Ep.077 features Grant Schafer, the Supervisor of Community Connections for Loudoun County Public Schools. Working closely with Career & Technical Education, Computer Science Experiential Learning, and a few other specialized programs in the school system, Grant strives to connect community resources with individual teachers, students, and classrooms to make school-based learning as authentic as possible. His hard work, power skills (soft skills), and ever-growing rolodex make him an asset to the whole community because he fosters relationships between local businesses, non-profits, and schools. Host Ryan Tibbens met Grant, a fellow JMU Duke, at the 2021 Loudoun 40 Under 40 celebration where he was being recognized for his amazing work connecting public schools with community resources. (Ashley Tibbens -- Ep.021 -- was also among the honorees this year!)  If you are interested in project-based learning, making school more "authentic," getting involved in public education without becoming a teacher, or understanding how community members can work together to improve education, this discussion is for you.  You can learn more about Grant's work by following @LCPSpartner and @CommunityLCPS on Twitter. Table of Contents (*highlights)0:00-5:38 -- Intro to Grant Schafer & Community Connections5:38-13:31 -- Project-Based Learning, "Authenticity," & Grant's Rolodex **13:31-20:53 -- Loudoun 40 Under 40, Networking, & Community Buy-In *20:53-28:26 -- Grant's Education: James Madison University & Outreach Services28:26-37:48 -- The Future of Community Connections in Schools **37:48-47:25 -- The Purpose of School According to Grant47:25-50:44 -- Equity & Social-Emotional Learning as Job Skills *50:44-57:04 -- Grant's Ideal School57:04-1:07:06 -- The Inflexibility of Education Bureaucracy **1:07:06-1:14:58 -- Grant's Book Recommendations & Wrap-Up​ ​​​The ClassCast Podcast streams on all major platforms, including iTunes/Apple Podcasts, Spotify, iHeartRadio, Pandora, Google Podcasts, Amazon Music, Audible, Stitcher, and more.  You can also find us on YouTube and at www.ClassCastPodcast.com.  Be sure to like, subscribe, follow, share, and comment wherever you listen.  Leave a comment below to let us know what you think of the discussion and if you have any questions!Support the show (http://paypal.me/TibbensEST)! Donations -- large and small -- help keep this podcast independent!Support the show
74:58 09/27/2021
Ep.076 -- Simon Tang -- Student, Semi-Staffer, School Critic, Sailor
ClassCast Podcast Ep.076 features Simon Tang, a former student of host Ryan Tibbens, sharing his thoughts on school improvement, student choice, dual enrollment programs, post-high school plans, Dick Wolf TV shows, and much, much more. Throughout his public school career, Simon distinguished himself from most students by serving as a technology support specialist/paraprofessional in the school, forming close bonds with faculty members, challenging the status quo, earning top grades and thousands of dollars in scholarships, and wearing a totally awesome pocket protector. Simon shares his student (and semi-staff) views on school improvement, joining the US Navy, and how COVID affected his education, post-high school plans, and personal outlook. If you're interested in serious student perspectives, challenges to tradition, or people with the quirks and confidence to change the world, don't miss Episode 076 and Mr. Simon Tang! Table of Contents (*highlights)0:00-11:03 -- Meet Simon Tang *11:03-17:00 -- Dual Enrollment, Rigorous Classes, & Scholarships **17:00-25:58 -- Simon'ns Start in the United States Navy25:58-30:02 -- The Purpose of School: Indoctrination or Self-Improvement? **30:02-35:13 -- I.T., Specialization, & Access to Education35:13-39:22 -- What's the Deal with Textbooks?39:22-53:50 -- The Importance of Student Choice & Engagement *53:50-58:01 -- The GED, Graduation, and Opportunity58:01-1:12:00 -- Simon's Ideal School: Choice & Specialization **1:12:00-1:17:00 -- Would You Send Your Kids to These Schools?1:17:00-1:27:24 -- Standardized Testing, Project-Based Learning, & Power Skills **1:27:24-1:32:00 -- Hot Topics, Hot Seat1:32:00-1:52:32 -- Simon's Book, Movie, & TV Recommendations; Final Thoughts; & Wrap-Up ​​​The ClassCast Podcast streams on all major platforms, including iTunes/Apple Podcasts, Spotify, iHeartRadio, Pandora, Google Podcasts, Amazon Music, Audible, Stitcher, and more.  You can also find us on YouTube and at www.ClassCastPodcast.com.  Be sure to like, subscribe, follow, share, and comment wherever you listen.  Leave a comment below to let us know what you think of the discussion and if you have any questions!Support the show (http://paypal.me/TibbensEST)! Donations -- large and small -- help keep this podcast independent!Support the show (http://paypal.me/TibbensEST)
112:32 09/12/2021
Ep.075 -- The Cookout (Cary Vipond & Kevin Cook) -- Anti-racism, CRT, and "The Conversation"
Classcast Podcast Ep.075 features Cary Vipond and Kevin Cook, members of "The Cookout," a discussion group focusing on race relations and making positive change in the Loudoun County, Virginia community. Along with host Ryan Tibbens, they discuss the recent debates (and hysteria?) over critical race theory, equity training for school staff, anti-racism, and politics in public schools. Given Fox News' new obsession with Loudoun County Public Schools as well as the parent and political groups seeking to influence them, Cary, Kevin, and Ryan agreed it was time for reasonable people with first-hand experience in these schools and communities to have a reasonable discussion.Cary Vipond, a long-time history and social science teacher, football coach, and father, launched "The Cookout" in the aftermath of George Floyd's murder.  He assembled a group of Black and white men, including community leaders, entrepreneurs, clergy, teachers, and students, to share perspectives and ideas, first to help one another understand the racial dynamics at play in the country, and then to take actions to improve local government, business, and schools for Black people. ClassCast Podcast host Ryan Tibbens was invited by Cary to join the group when it was formed. Kevin Cook, a certified project manager, coach, and father, joined the group soon afterward and has been a thoughtful, vocal participant in the group's efforts. Camryn Thompson (Ep.031) has also participated in The Cookout. Table of Contents (*highlights)0:00-7:57 -- The Cookout & Local Efforts Against Racism7:57-9:55 -- Educate Ignorance; Punish Malice *9:55-26:36 -- Shifting Mindsets & Community Reactions to Anti-Racist Teaching **26:36-34:00 --Kevin's Experiences as a Black Father34:00-48:04 -- Race, Anti-racism, & "CRT" in the Classroom **48:04-54:21 -- Why We Must Have Tough Conversations54:21-59:18 -- Race Education: Completing the Thought *59:18-1:06:40 -- Seeking (& Silencing) Black Perspectives1:06:40-1:12:17 -- The Intersection of Mental Health, Racism, & Politics *1:12:17-1:20:25 -- What Can Schools Do to End Racsim?1:20:25-1:31:09 -- Final Wrap Up & Book Recommendations​​​The ClassCast Podcast streams on all major platforms, including iTunes/Apple Podcasts, Spotify, iHeartRadio, Pandora, Google Podcasts, Amazon Music, Audible, Stitcher, and more.  You can also find us on YouTube and at www.ClassCastPodcast.com.  Be sure to like, subscribe, follow, share, and comment wherever you listen.  Leave a comment below to let us know what you think of the discussion and if you have any questions!Support the show (http://paypal.me/TibbensEST)! Donations -- large and small -- help keep this podcast independent!Support the show
91:09 08/30/2021
Ep.074 -- Al Kingsley -- My Secret #EdTech Diary
ClassCast Podcast Ep.074 features Al Kingsley -- CEO of NetSupport Inc., school leader & administrator in the United Kingdom, and author of the hit new book My Secret #EdTech Diary -- speaking with host Ryan Tibbens about his career in educational technology, what he's learned by leading his own schools, how the pandemic has changed education, why personal reflection is so important, why #EdTech really is for everyone, and more. Al's book "gives an insider's view of education technology historically and for the post-pandemic future." With a career in technology that spans over three decades, and with experiences launching and leading great schools, Al is uniquely positioned to help teachers and school administrators better understand the value of education technology, how to leverage it, and why common sense adoption and professional development practices ultimately lead to better education and happier teachers. From focusing on students to reflecting on professional practices, from digital citizenship to data security, Kingsley and Tibbens address the most important ideas behind #EdTech.Table of Contents (*highlights)0:00-3:15 -- Intro to Al Kingsley & My Secret #Edtech Diary3:15-12:15 -- Tech Adoption for Teachers and Districts **12:15-19:00 -- Improving #EdTech by Improving Professional Development & Relationships *19:00-31:02 --Pandemic Schooling, Innovation, & Reflection31:02-37:04 -- Al's Education & Entry into School Leadership37:04-50:35 -- Assessment, Reflection, & #EdTech for Success *50:35-1:03:57 -- Student Privacy & Data Security1:03:57-1:16:19 -- Al's Ideal School *1:16:19-1:24:16 -- Final Thoughts, Book/Movie Recs, & Wrap-Up​​​The ClassCast Podcast streams on all major platforms, including iTunes/Apple Podcasts, Spotify, iHeartRadio, Pandora, Google Podcasts, Amazon Music, Audible, Stitcher, and more.  You can also find us on YouTube and at www.ClassCastPodcast.com.  Be sure to like, subscribe, follow, share, and comment wherever you listen.  Leave a comment below to let us know what you think of the discussion and if you have any questions!Support the show (http://paypal.me/TibbensEST)! Donations -- large and small -- help keep this podcast independent! Support the show (http://paypal.me/TibbensEST)
84:16 08/16/2021
Ep.073 -- Tibbens -- Don't Dummy-Proof Teaching (#EduPodlooza Innovation Response)
ClassCast Podcast Ep.073 -- Host Ryan Tibbens ruminates on how efforts to standardize, scale, and reproduce great teaching ultimately lead to dummy-proofing, to treating teachers like dummies who need scripts and Choose-Your-Own-Adventure styled lesson plans. This solo talk was recorded in response to Ep.072, the #EduPodlooza Innovation Roundtable, in which participants addressed concerns with micromanagement, groupthink, mass appeal, and more. If you believe that great schooling requires great teaching, or if you believe that the key to improving education is to improve teacher quality, this talk is for you. National teacher shortage? The answer is here. Do teachers want more money? Yes. But would most good teachers be willing to accept a smaller raise if accompanied by greater autonomy? ALSO YES. Listen, then respond. Drop a comment below or email readthinkwritespeak@yahoo.com to get involved in the discussion.  The ClassCast Podcast streams on all major platforms, YouTube, and at ClassCastPodcast.com! Support the show (http://paypal.me/TibbensEST)! Your $2.22 donation keeps this discussion alive! Support the show (http://paypal.me/TibbensEST)
39:00 08/02/2021
Ep.072 -- Make School Less Like School (Edupodlooza Roundtable, Pt.2) -- Season 3 Launch!
Episode 072, the first of Season 3, features a great segment from the "Innovation Roundtable," the first group discussion from the 1st annual #Edupodlooza, an all-day education-podcast marathon in which teachers from around the world talked about improving schools, podcasting, and hot topics, with a few games and creative elements mixed in.  The guys over at the Unprofessional Development Podcast hosted the event and did amazing work all day.  The full innovation discussion will be available at 8pm on 7/25 at ClassCastPodcast.com and on YouTube so that you can hear what innovative ideas (and hilarious exchanges) preceded this wrap-up, but the final parts of this discussion are the perfect way to launch Season 3. Host Ryan Tibbens asks participants about a unifying theme from their previous comments -- making school less like school -- and how we can use that concept to make meaningful improvements.  You'll hear some great ideas from Mike Yates (Schoolish Podcast & Teach For America's Reinvention Lab), Gerardo Munoz (2021 Colorado Teacher of the Year & secondary social studies teacher), and other all-star teachers and podcasters on the panel, including Mealey & Tudisco (Unprofessional Development), Batsheva Frankel (Overthrowing Education), Toria Claire (Tiny Voice Talks), and Sandrine Hope (Step into Mondays).  After a deep, critical discussion of changing school, this episode ends with a light-hearted game and plenty of laughs. Watch for the full roundtable discussion soon, and let us know what you think about this talk and how to make school less like school (and better overall)! WELCOME TO SEASON 3 OF THE CLASSCAST PODCAST! Since launching in July 2019, ClassCast Podcast episodes have been downloaded and streamed nearly 13,000 times! From discussions with former students to international authors and thought leaders, from local community organizers to acclaimed educators and experts around the globe, host Ryan Tibbens has worked tirelessly to record and share purposeful conversations about the philosophies, policies, pedagogies, and people that can make formal education great.  Season 3 will include a few shake-ups and new elements, most notably VIDEO.  While all previous ClassCast episodes are available to stream on YouTube, they were just audio with an accompanying slideshow. From now on, nearly all episodes will be available with real video of participants engaging in discussion. Of course, audio-only streams will continue to be available on iTunes/Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Audible, Amazon Music, iHeartRadio, Pandora, Stitcher, Google Podcasts, and most other podcast services. Support the show (http://paypal.me/TibbensEST)
41:27 07/19/2021
Ep.071 -- Cristina Groeger -- The Education Trap: Social Mobility & Public Schools
ClassCast Podcast Ep.071, the FINAL episode of Season 2, features college professor, education enthusiast, and author Christina (Tina) Groeger, whose new book -- The Education Trap: Schools and the Remaking of Inequality.  Tina and host Ryan Tibbens discuss school's limited ability to affect social inequality, how quality education relates to social mobility, project-based learning, unschooling, and much, much more. Tina is a professor at Lake Forest College, a graduate of Harvard University, and a thoughtful, sincere student of American education and its social impacts. If you are interested in equality/inequality, opportunity, the American Dream, or improving our education system, then this episode is for you! ​Table of Contents (*highlights)0:00-4:03 -- Intro to Tina & The Education Trap 4:03-12:22 -- The Purpose of School According to Tina & "Defunding" Schools *12:22-21:08 -- Economic & Political Influences on Education, Inequality, & Social Mobility21:08-28:13 --Knowledge, Merit, & Mobility *28:13-36:33 -- Vocational vs Liberal Education & Local Control *36:33-47:41 -- Tina's Ideal School47:41-57:43 -- Unschooling, Project-Based Learning, & Organizing *57:43-1:10:31 -- School Choice, Unions, and Improving Schools1:10:31-1:16:59 -- Final Thoughts, Book/Movie Recs, & Wrap-Up​​​The ClassCast Podcast streams on all major platforms, including iTunes/Apple Podcasts, Spotify, iHeartRadio, Pandora, Google Podcasts, Amazon Music, Audible, Stitcher, and more.  You can also find us on YouTube and at www.ClassCastPodcast.com.  Be sure to like, subscribe, follow, share, and comment wherever you listen.  Leave a comment below to let us know what you think of the discussion and if you have any questions!Support the show (http://paypal.me/TibbensEST)! If every listener made a one-time donation of $2-3, the podcast would be funded for the year! Support the show
76:59 07/05/2021
Ep.070 -- Melinda Arnost -- Inclusion, Social-Emotional Learning, & Serving All Our Students
ClassCast Podcast Ep.070 features intervention specialist, special education teacher, and author Melinda Arnost discussing inclusion, social-emotional learning, differentiation, and how good relationships combine with common sense to create functional classrooms and effective teachers.  Melinda recently published her first book, Empowering Inclusion: The Tool Teachers Need to Help All Students Succeed. In this talk with host Ryan Tibbens, Melinda shares tips for team-teaching, demands consistent scheduling, explains how relationships enable effective differentiation, talks about her great new book, and more. If you have any interest in special education, social-emotional learning, inclusion, differentiation, team-teaching, or making sure that all students are learning, you'll find TONS of useful ideas and perspectives here.  If you're interested in hearing more from Melinda Arnost, follow her on Facebook and Instagram! If you're interested in hearing more about social-emotional learning on the ClassCast Podcast, check out Ep.035!Table of Contents (*highlights)0:00-0:39 -- #Edupodlooza Promo0:39-2:38 -- Intro to Melinda & the Role of "Inclusion Specialist")2:38-5:57 -- The Purpose of School According to Melinda *5:57-12:17 --Empowering Inclusion: The Tools Teacher Need to Help...12:17-19:11 -- Situational SEL & Inclusion Implementation **19:11-21:20 -- How Much SEL Is Enough?21:20-26:06 -- Formal vs Informal: Differentiation, SEL, & What Great Teachers Do **26:06-38:10 -- Differentiation and Inclusion: What Teachers Can Do *38:10-45:24 -- Melinda's Education & The Teachers We Need45:24-51:35 -- Melinda's Ideal School & Flexible Spaces51:35-57:44 -- Final Thoughts, Relationships, & SEL's Popularity57:44-1:05:00 -- Melinda's Book/Movie Recs & Wrap-Up​​​The ClassCast Podcast streams on all major platforms, including iTunes/Apple Podcasts, Spotify, iHeartRadio, Pandora, Google Podcasts, Amazon Music, Audible, Stitcher, and more.  You can also find us on YouTube and at www.ClassCastPodcast.com.  Be sure to like, subscribe, follow, share, and comment wherever you listen.  Leave a comment below to let us know what you think of the discussion and if you have any questions!Support the show (http://paypal.me/TibbensEST)! If every listener made a one-time donation of $2-3, the podcast would be funded for the year! Support the show (http://paypal.me/TibbensEST)
64:59 06/21/2021
Ep.069 -- Tibbens Goes Virtual: Pandemic, Purpose, & Progress
ClassCast Podcast Ep.069 features host Ryan Tibbens reflecting on the 2020-2021 school year, pandemic-related changes in schools, 4-day work weeks, and a HUGE career shift -- to 100% virtual instruction. The COVID-19 pandemic has affected everyone differently, but one thing is certain -- it is has affected everyone.  Tibbens has experienced loss in his family, a massive shift at work, and a sea-change in education beliefs. This quick solo talk starts with a brief promo of #Edupodlooza (check it out June 27) and quickly gets into teachers' experiences in 2020-2021. A deep reflection on a pandemic mantra -- "If not now, why ever? If now, why not always?" -- follows and is accompanied by a quick justification of a 4-day school week.  This episode ends with perhaps the most important part (bury the lead much?) -- Ryan Tibbens' shift to 100% synchronous virtual instruction in the 2021-2022 school year, the 16th year of his career.  If you're interested in innovation, education trends, school choice, or a "return to normal" in schools, then spend a few minutes on this episode and the very real experiences it presents.  Table of Contents (*highlights)0:00-0:52 -- #Edupodlooza Promo0:52-10:49 -- 2020-2021 Recap10:49-15:21 -- If not now, why ever? If now, why not always?*15:21-19:04 -- 4 Day Weeks or Bust19:04-32:49 -- Big Changes: Tibbens Goes Virtual***​​The ClassCast Podcast streams on all major platforms, including iTunes/Apple Podcasts, Spotify, iHeartRadio, Pandora, Google Podcasts, Amazon Music, Audible, Stitcher, and more.  You can also find us on YouTube and at www.ClassCastPodcast.com.  Be sure to like, subscribe, follow, share, and comment wherever you listen.  Leave a comment below to let us know what you think of the discussion and if you have any questions!If every listener made a one-time donation of $2-3, the podcast would be funded for the year!  Support the show (http://paypal.me/TibbensEST)
32:49 06/08/2021
Ep.068 -- Chris Rader -- Higher Ed Abroad, STEM, & Making High School More Valuable
EP.068 -- CHRIS RADER -- HIGHER ED ABROAD, STEM, & MAKING HIGH SCHOOL MORE VALUABLE5/24/20210 Comments ClassCast Podcast Ep.068 features Chris Rader, a former student of host Ryan Tibbens, sharing his experiences and perspectives on education and how to better serve students.  Since graduating from high school in 2012, Chris has found immense success in the fields of chemistry and material science at Virginia Tech and now as a Ph.D. student the Adolphe Merkle Institute in Switzerland. Aside from groundbreaking work with cellulose and creating environmentally friendly packaging, Chris also has some great ideas about how we can improve K12 education in the United States to better prepare young people for college, career, and the independent critical thinking we all aspire to. Chris's experiences in lab sciences have not only shaped his rare and valuable skill set; they've also helped him to better understand what education can -- and can't -- do for young people in the current paradigm. If you are interested in improving STEM in K12, learning more about chemistry and materials science, helping young people achieve more on their own, studying abroad for higher ed, or even the significance of athletics for high school students, this is a discussion you won't want to miss. For more information, leave a comment at www.ClassCastPodcast.com or contact Chris Rader directly via email, Facebook, Instagram, or LinkedIn. Table of Contents (*highlights)0:00-5:40 -- Intro to Chris Rader & His Unique Education Path5:40-14:18 -- Depth, Rigor, & Project-Based Learning in HS vs College *14:18-16:49 -- Why Get a Ph.D.?16:49-25:52 -- Patents, Saving the World, & Chris's Work in Material Science *25:52-45:25 -- Improving American High Schools, Career Prep, & Grading ** 45:25-59:32 -- Chris's Ideal School & Learning by Doing *59:32-1:07:04 -- The Value of Athletics in Human Development1:07:04-1:12:30 -- Study Abroad: Make It a Priority1:12:30-1:21:24 -- Chris's Book & Movie Recs/ Final Wrap-Up​​The ClassCast Podcast streams on all major platforms, including iTunes/Apple Podcasts, Spotify, iHeartRadio, Pandora, Google Podcasts, Amazon Music, Audible, Stitcher, and more.  You can also find us on YouTube and at www.ClassCastPodcast.com.  Be sure to like, subscribe, follow, share, and comment wherever you listen.  Leave a comment below to let us know what you think of the discussion and if you have any questions!Support the show (http://paypal.me/TibbensEST)
81:24 05/25/2021
Ep.067 -- Peter Hubbell, CEO of Apply : you, on Students' Interview Skills & Personal Branding
ClassCast Podcast Ep.067 features Peter Hubbell, founder & CEO of Apply : you, discussing personal branding, storytelling, improving education, and helping recent college graduates to secure their first jobs through innovative interviewing techniques.  Apply : you runs a series of practical workshops that apply Madison Avenue branding and storytelling techniques to help graduates market their way to their first job in any career. Peter forged an admirable career in advertising before shifting his focus to helping young people secure gainful employment. He shares his views on educating "the whole child," the importance of athletics, the value of boarding schools, and more.  You can learn more about Peter Hubbell and Apply : you on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Instagram. Table of Contents (*highlights)0:00-3:53 -- Intro to Peter Hubbell & 'Apply : you'3:53-8:25 -- Applicants: Stand Out to Win **8:25-11:53 -- Peter's Education11:53-17:45 -- The Purpose of Education According to Peter: Potential *17:45-23:45 -- How to Own Your Interview & the Moses of College Hockey * 23:45-27:36 -- Apply : you: Why Focus on College Grads?27:36-47:14 -- Personal Discovery, Branding, & Rhetoric **47:14-55:00 -- Peter's Ideal School: Boarding Schools & the Whole Child55:00-58:56 -- Academics & Athletics: Developing the Whole Child58:56-1:06:08 -- Books & Final Wrap-Up​​The ClassCast Podcast streams on all major platforms, including iTunes/Apple Podcasts, Spotify, iHeartRadio, Pandora, Google Podcasts, Amazon Music, Audible, Stitcher, and more.  You can also find us on YouTube and at www.ClassCastPodcast.com.  Be sure to like, subscribe, follow, share, and comment wherever you listen.  Leave a comment below to let us know what you think of the discussion and if you have any questions!Support the show (http://paypal.me/TibbensEST)! If every listener made a one-time donation of $2-3, the podcast would be funded for the year! Support the show (http://paypal.me/TibbensEST)
66:08 05/17/2021
Ep.066 -- Dr. Casey Jakubowski -- #ChangeTheNarrative & Better Schools for Better Communities
ClassCast Podcast Ep.066 features Dr. Casey Jakubowski, a professor, author, and teacher from upstate New York sharing his views on education in the United States, our need for greater civic education and engagement, as well as how we can "#ChangeTheNarrative" about our school system's successes and failures. Casey has worked in K12 and higher ed., in humanities and STEM, in the classroom and in leadership roles. Through his long and varied career, he has gained unique perspectives on what our schools do, how they function, and what we can do to improve how we serve students and communities. From standardized testing to specialization, from civics to community influences, we cover it all. Casey also shares a heartfelt story of family, loss, and students rising to the occasion and making change in the world.  You can contact Casey on Twitter and LinkedIn or leave a comment below if you want to continue the conversation.  Table of Contents (*highlights)0:00-4:29 -- Intro to Casey Jakubowski4:29-12:43 -- The Purpose of School According to Casey (#ChangeTheNarrative) **12:43-15:23 -- "Defunding" Schools15:23-33:37 -- Casey's Ideal School & How to Get There *33:37-44:34 -- Standardized Testing, Opportunity Data, & "Learning Loss" *44:34-54:43 -- Humanities, STEM, & Real Human Stories54:43-1:02:17 -- How Politics Limits Schools *1:02:17-1:11:01 -- Book/Movie Recs & Wrap-Up​​The ClassCast Podcast streams on all major platforms, including iTunes/Apple Podcasts, Spotify, iHeartRadio, Pandora, Google Podcasts, Amazon Music, Audible, Stitcher, and more.  You can also find us on YouTube and at www.ClassCastPodcast.com.  Be sure to like, subscribe, follow, share, and comment wherever you listen.   Leave a comment below to let us know what you think of the discussion and if you have any questions!Support the show (http://paypal.me/TibbensEST)
71:01 05/10/2021
Ep.065 -- Dr. Sam Fecich -- Improving Education via Teacher Preparation
ClassCast Podcast Ep.065 features Dr. Sam Fecich, an education professor, author, speaker, and podcaster who works with pre-service teachers. She and host Ryan Tibbens discuss teacher preparation, how we can attract and train the best talent, why pedagogy and content both matter, and more. Sam's enthusiasm is infectious, so you're sure to find this episode both engaging and enlightening. Worried about the national teacher shortage? We cover it. Wondering how to help talented young people get into education? We cover that too. In addition to authoring two books designed to help pre-service and new teachers, Sam produces the Edumagic Podcast for pre-service teachers. She recently spoke with our host, Ryan Tibbens, on her show about purpose, priorities, and organization. Be sure to check out Edumagic!  You can contact Dr. Fecich on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, LinkedIn, and via her website. Table of Contents (*highlights)0:00-6:45 -- Intro to Dr. Sam Fecich6:45-11:04 -- The Purpose of School According to Sam11:04-16:29 -- Working with Pre-Service Teachers *16:29-23:26 -- Is Content King? Learning & Professional Development Needs **23:26-36:13 -- Addressing the National Teacher Shortage & Attracting New Teachers **36:13-45:15 -- Sam's Ideal School *45:15-49:43 -- Sam's Book & Movie Recs49:43-50:33 -- Wrap Up​​The ClassCast Podcast streams on all major platforms, including iTunes/Apple Podcasts, Spotify, iHeartRadio, Pandora, Google Podcasts, Amazon Music, Audible, Stitcher, and more.  You can also find us on YouTube and at www.ClassCastPodcast.com.  Be sure to like, subscribe, follow, share, and comment wherever you listen.  Leave a comment below to let us know what you think of the discussion and if you have any questions!Support the show
50:32 05/03/2021
Ep.064 -- Tibbens -- Thoughts on School Choice (Mini-Series Wrap-Up)
ClassCast Podcast Ep.064 features host Ryan Tibbens sharing his thoughts on school choice while concluding a five episode mini-series on school choice. After engaging, informative discussions with Citizen Stewart (pro-school choice), Jennifer Berkshire (pro-public school), Neal McCluskey (pro-school choice, and Jon Hale (pro-public school), Tibbens tries to connect the dots, share the learning, and make meaningful predictions about the future of school in the United States. Over half the episode focuses on the positive aspects of school choice -- freedom, specialization, individuality, and more -- but in the final 20 minutes, Tibbens explores the potential problems, including decreased community control, monopolies, reduced quality, and -- most importantly -- the abolition of publicly funded education. Whether you are pro-choice or pro-public schools, this episode includes a synthesis of ideas that is sure to make you second guess your biases.  Support the show! If each listener donated just $2, we could fully fund the ClassCast Podcast! Please consider making a small donation to keep the discussion alive.Table of Contents (*highlights)0:00-4:32 -- Intro & Recap of School Choice Mini-Series4:32-9:51 -- Previous Connections to School Choice9:51-15:18 -- Is "Choice" Good? *15:18-24:26 -- Choice, M4A, Specializing, & Informing Parents *24:26-33:16 -- Racism & School Choice33:16-47:04 -- Tibbens' Problems with School Choice **47:04-54:04 -- The Best Path Forward: Choice and the Public System **54:04-56:58 -- Final Thoughts/Wrap-UpThe ClassCast Podcast streams on all major platforms, including iTunes/Apple Podcasts, Spotify, iHeartRadio, Pandora, Google Podcasts, Amazon Music, Audible, Stitcher, and more.  You can also find us on YouTube and at www.ClassCastPodcast.com.  Be sure to like, subscribe, follow, share, and comment wherever you listen.  Leave a comment below to let us know what you think of the discussion and if you have any questions!Support the show
56:58 04/19/2021
Ep.063 -- Jon Hale -- School Reform, Not School Choice (School Choice Mini-Series Pt.4)
ClassCast Podcast Ep.063 features education historian, professor at the University of Illinois, and author Jon Hale discussing school choice, its dark history, and the problems it may spawn in the future. Much of Jon's work focuses on past school choice movements and Civil Rights era freedom schools; he makes invaluable contributions to the on-going ClassCast discussion of school choice and freedom by provide clear historical context and common sense predictions about what the future may hold. Jon's upcoming book, The Choice We Face: How Segregation, Race, and Power Have Shaped America's Most Controversial Education Reform Movement, addresses the same topics in greater detail; he is also the author of The Freedom Schools: Student Activists in the Mississippi Civil Rights Movement and To Write in the Light of Freedom.Table of Contents (*highlights)0:00-5:37 -- The Purpose of Education According to Jon Hale5:37-10:51 -- The Appeal of School Choice10:51-21:12 -- The History of School Choice & Race **21:12-27:38 -- Freedom Schools27:38-36:26 -- Jon's Ideal School *36:26-39:34 -- Why School Choice Has Momentum & School Reform Doesn't39:34-46:23 -- Public Schools & Community Cohesion46:23-54:00 -- Are Public Schools Actually Failing? *54:00-1:04:04 -- Final Thoughts & Recommendations *Recent and upcoming ClassCast Podcast episodes feature public school advocates, school choice advocates, and the kind of thoughtful discourse that should inform our national conversation as well as individual listeners' opinions on school choice, public schools, funding, equity, justice, and opportunity. Let us know what you think about each part of this series and how you feel about school choice.  - School Choice Series Part 1: Ep.060 -- Citizen Stewart -- School Choice & Educational Opportunity (3/21/21)​- School Choice Series Part 2: Ep.061 -- Jennifer Berkshire -- The False Promises of School Choice (3/29/21)- School Choice Series Part 3: Ep.062 -- Neal McCluskey -- School Choice & Liberty (4/5/21)The ClassCast Podcast streams on all major platforms, including iTunes/Apple Podcasts, Spotify, iHeartRadio, Pandora, Google Podcasts, Amazon Music, Audible, Stitcher, and more.  You can also find us on YouTube and at www.ClassCastPodcast.com.  Be sure to like, subscribe, follow, share, and comment wherever you listen.  Leave a comment below to let us know what you think of the discussion and if you have any questions!​​​Support the show! If each listener donated just $2, we could fully fund the ClassCast Podcast! Please consider making a small donation to keep the discussion alive.Support the show (http://paypal.me/TibbensEST)
64:04 04/12/2021
Ep.062 -- Neal McCluskey -- School Choice & Liberty (School Choice Mini-Series Pt.3)
ClassCast Podcast Ep.062 features Neal McCluskey PhD, the Director of the Center for Educational Freedom at the Cato Institute, discussing school choice, individual liberty, and the future of education with host Ryan Tibbens. Neal has spent most of his career studying public policy with a focus on education; he is a leader in the national school choice conversation, has written and edited three books on the subject, and explains his beliefs and goals through a lens of respect for individuals and their liberty. In this conversation, Neal explains how school choice will (and won't) affect community bonding, civil rights, and public funding. While he does concede that most school choice supporters would like to see lower taxes and/or educational costs, he doesn't agree with host Ryan Tibbens' concern that school choice legislation now will ultimately lead to the end of publicly funded education. Much as Jennifer Berkshire's (Ep.061) new book is leading the discussion against school choice, Neal McCluskey and Corey DeAngelis's new book, School Choice Myths: Setting the Record Straight on Education Freedom, is making waves in the education policy arena. This episode is Part 3 of the ClassCast Podcast mini-series on school choice; don't miss the others!Recent and upcoming ClassCast Podcast episodes will feature public school advocates, school choice advocates, and the kind of thoughtful discourse that should inform our national conversation as well as individual listeners' opinions on school choice, public schools, funding, equity, justice, and opportunity. Let us know what you think about each part of this series and how you feel about school choice.  - School Choice Series Part 1: Ep.060 -- Citizen Stewart -- School Choice & Educational Opportunity (3/21/21)​- School Choice Series Part 2: Ep.061 -- Jennifer Berkshire -- The False Promises of School Choice (3/29/21)Table of Contents (*highlights)0:00-5:05 -- Neal's Background & Entry into Education Policy5:05-10:47 -- School Choice's Effects on Communities *10:47-19:16 -- School Choice: Liberty & Respect for Individuals *19:16-30:38 -- The Purpose of School According to Neal30:38-54:46 -- Civil Rights, Diversity, & School Choice *54:46-1:08:38 -- Is School Choice a Step Toward Ending Public Funding for Education? **1:08:38-1:15:26 -- Compromise: Teachers' Unions & School Choice1:15:26-1:18:40 -- Neal's Ideal School1:18:40-1:26:40 -- Final Thoughts, Book/Movie Recs, & Wrap-UpThe ClassCast Podcast streams on all major platforms, including iTunes/Apple Podcasts, Spotify, iHeartRadio, Pandora, Google Podcasts, Amazon Music, Audible, Stitcher, and more.  You can also find us on YouTube and at www.ClassCastPodcast.com.  Be sure to like, subscribe, follow, share, and comment wherever you listen.  Leave a comment below to let us know what you think of the discussion and if you have any questions!Support the show (http://paypal.me/TibbensEST)
86:41 04/05/2021
Ep.061 -- Jennifer Berkshire -- The False Promises of School Choice (School Choice Mini-Series Pt.2)
ClassCast Podcast Ep.061 features Jennifer Berkshire, an education journalist, podcaster, and co-author of a great new book about school choice,  A Wolf at the Schoolhouse Door. She and host Ryan Tibbens discuss school choice, racial and economic inequality, the politics behind the choice movement, and problems that school choice is likely to cause. Throughout the discussion, Jennifer shares her own experience being bused across town to a public school, her concerns about how school choice may exacerbate current inequalities, and even asks a few questions of the host.  This is the second installment of the ClassCast Podcast School Choice Mini-Series; you can listen to the first episode with Citizen Stewart here and watch for additional episodes coming soon. You can learn more about Jennifer and work by following her on Twitter, listening to the Have You Heard? Podcast, or visiting the website for A Wolf at the Schoolhouse Door. Upcoming ClassCast Podcast episodes will feature public school advocates, school choice advocates, and the kind of thoughtful discourse that should inform our national conversation as well as individual listeners' opinions on school choice, public schools, funding, equity, justice, and opportunity. Let us know what you think about each part of this series and how you feel about school choice.  Support the show! If each listener donated just $2, we could fully fund the ClassCast Podcast! Please consider making a small donation to keep the discussion alive.Table of Contents (*highlights)0:00-2:14 -- Spacesedu.com (Check it out!)2:14-10:16 -- Introduction to Jennifer Berkshire & Her School Experiences10:16-17:59 -- Can Schools Fix Social Inequality & Meritocracy? *17:59-25:00 -- Reagan's Politics, Education History, & School Choice25:00-32:10 -- School Choice, Taxes, & "Poisoning the Well"32:10-35:01 -- The Purpose of School According to Jennifer35:01-40:49 -- Standardize Testing, School Choice, & Inequity *40:49-50:06 -- School Choice, Race, & Economics *50:06-59:25 -- Is Choice within the Public System Possible? *59:25-1:01:54 -- Jennifer's Ideal School1:01:54-1:04:57 -- Jennifer's Book & Movie RecommendationsThe ClassCast Podcast streams on all major platforms, including iTunes/Apple Podcasts, Spotify, iHeartRadio, Pandora, Google Podcasts, Amazon Music, Audible, Stitcher, and more.  You can also find us on YouTube and at www.ClassCastPodcast.com.  Be sure to like, subscribe, follow, share, and comment wherever you listen.  Leave a comment below to let us know what you think of the discussion and if you have any questions!Support the show (http://paypal.me/TibbensEST)
64:57 03/29/2021
Ep.060 -- Citizen Stewart -- School Choice & Educational Opportunity (School Choice Mini-Series Pt.1)
ClassCast Podcast Ep.060 features Chris "Citizen" Stewart discussing school choice, educational opportunity, dismantling oppressive systems, and empowering individuals with host Ryan Tibbens. Citizen Stewart is CEO of the Brightbeam Network, founder of Citizen.Education, host of the UnPublic Podcast, co-host of the 8 Black Hands Podcast, a former school board member, father of five, and school choice advocate.  In this episode, we discuss the value of choice, the significance of freedom for all citizens, why school choice appeals to many poor and minority families, and how great education should be tailored to individuals rather than aggregates. Stewart shares observations on school consolidation, economies of scale, parenting, and why school choice might be the future of education in America. Approach this episode with an open mind, curious intellect, and vision for what schools should be. If that "should be" is different from what currently exists, then various school choice models could be the path forward. On the other hand, a move to nationwide school choice could undermine our participation in local communities, dedication to serve others, and our long-term dedication to funding education for all students. You can learn more about Citizen Stewart at @citizenstewart on Twitter, @citizenstewart on Instagram, and @iamcitizenstewart on Facebook.  You can also see his advocacy at Brightbeam Network and Citizen.Education.  Upcoming ClassCast Podcast episodes will feature public school advocates, choice advocates, and the kind of discourse that should inform our national conversation as well as individual listeners' opinions on school choice, public schools, funding, equity, justice, and opportunity. Let us know what you think about each part of this series and how you feel about school choice.  Support the show! If each listener donated just $2, we could fully fund the ClassCast Podcast for the entire year. Please consider making a small donation to keep the discussion alive.Table of Contents (*highlights)0:00-7:53 -- Intro to Citizen Stewart & Teacher Quality7:53-10:32 -- The Purpose of Education According to Citizen Stewart10:32-17:00 -- Parents' Responsibilities in Education *17:00-29:04 -- Can School Choice Become a Reality? **29:04-35:00 -- Equity, Funding & Other Elements of School Choice35:00-42:04 -- School Consolidation, Cultural Conformity, & Civic Education *42:04-48:13 -- Citizen Stewart's Ideal School *48:13-53:08 -- Citizen's Own School Experiences53:08-1:01:16 -- Race & Educational Opportunity1:01:16-1:07:55 -- Citizen Stewart's Entry to School Policy *1:07:55-1:14:29 -- Final Comments; Book/Movie Recommendations; Contact InfoThe ClassCast Podcast streams on all major platforms, including iTunes/Apple Podcasts, Spotify, iHeartRadio, Amazon, and more.  You can also find us on YouTube and at www.ClassCastPodcast.com.  Be sure to like, subscribe, follow, share, and comment where you listen.  Leave a comment to let us know what you think of the discussion and if you have questions!Support the show (http://paypal.me/TibbensEST)
74:29 03/21/2021
Ep.059 -- Tibbens -- The Lies of Learning Loss
ClassCast Podcast Ep.059 features host Ryan Tibbens exploring the concept of "learning loss," how it's being applied during the COVID-19 pandemic, and why most of these discussions are biased, flawed, and misleading. If you pay attention to education-related news, then you know that politicians, state education boards, testing companies, university researchers, school choice advocates, and even some local school leaders have been ranting about "learning loss" for months. But you may not have considered how narrow and limited that discussion has been.  Are students really 3-6 months behind? Are the disparities between racial and socioeconomic groups insurmountable? If we really want to promote top-quality education for all citizens, if we really want to create life-long learners, then shouldn't we all be concerned?  The sky is not falling. Learning hasn't stopped. "Learning loss" is a talking point for those hoping to capitalize on the pandemic, but the situation isn't nearly as dire as they would have you believe.  Tibbens takes the long view and points out why "learning loss" isn't going to cripple a generation.  Don't panic (and carry a towel). The ClassCast Podcast streams on all major platforms, including iTunes/Apple Podcasts, Spotify, iHeartRadio, Google Podcasts, Amazon Music, Audible, Stitcher, and more.  You can also find us on YouTube and at www.ClassCastPodcast.com.  Be sure to like, subscribe, follow, share, and comment wherever you listen.  Leave a comment below to let us know what you think of the discussion and if you have any questions!Support the show (http://paypal.me/TibbensEST)
50:57 03/08/2021
Ep.058 -- Iman Ghanizada -- The Certs Guy: Google Certifications, Decentralizing Learning, & the Future of Education
ClassCast Podcast Ep.058 features Iman Ghanizada, aka "The Certs Guy," a young star at Google, newly published author, and former student of host Ryan Tibbens. Iman shares ideas about his new book, Google Cloud Certified Professional Cloud Architect: All in One Exam Guide, about how technology can improve education, and how people must maintain strong morals and respect if they truly want to live good lives and serve others. Tibbens taught Iman in 9th grade English during his first year as a teacher, so the episode begins with a little catching up but quickly moves on to focus on Iman's goals of mentorship, representation, and personal development.  If you are interested in how technology is reshaping our world, how young leaders are building networks to support others, or even how to get certified as a Google Cloud Architect, this episode is for you. Table of Contents (highlights*) 0:00-5:13 -- 9th Grade English5:13-10:55 -- Why Write and Teach? *10:55-17:47 -- The Purpose of Education17:47-24:59 -- How the Internet Decentralizes Learning *24:59-31:25 -- Morality in Tech31:25-37:34 -- Blockchain: Decentralizing Education27:34-43:39 -- Certificates vs Degrees43:39-46:12 -- Communication: The Value of Schooling46:12-56:42 -- Iman's Ideal School *56:42-1:08:53 -- The Certs Guy: How to Think, Help Others, Increase Representation, & Advance Careers *1:08:53-1:15:23 -- Iman's Recommendations & Wrap-UpThe ClassCast Podcast streams on all major platforms, including iTunes/Apple Podcasts, Spotify, iHeartRadio, Google Podcasts, Amazon Music, Audible, Stitcher, and more.  You can also find us on YouTube and  at www.ClassCastPodcast.com.  Be sure to like, subscribe, follow, share, and comment wherever you listen.  Leave a comment below to let us know what you think of the discussion and if you have any questions! Support the show
74:16 03/01/2021
Ep.057 -- Tibbens -- Returning to School: Money, Power, & Pandemic
ClassCast Podcast Ep.057 features host Ryan Tibbens examining the motivations behind returning to in-person schooling this spring. Many community members, particularly teachers, have been shocked by how rapidly local officials have shifted their positions on distance vs hybrid options this winter. What people often fail to realize is that the return to school is not motivated by infection rates, a few loud parents at school board meetings, or even the quality of education. Rather, there are financial and political interests at play, and government officials -- local, state, and federal -- see the writing on the wall.  Don't forget to like, subscribe, follow, share, and leave a positive review. The ClassCast Podcast doesn't pay for promotion, so your support and referrals are vital. Get more commentary, innovation, news, occasional snark, and school memes by following the ClassCast Podcast on Facebook & Instagram @ClassCastPodcast and on Twitter @ClassCastPod. You can also access current and archival content at www. ClassCastPodcast.com. If you are interested in advertising on the ClassCast Podcast, please inquire via the contact forms on our website. Support the show (http://paypal.me/TibbensEST)
19:19 02/21/2021
Ep.056 -- Rachelle Dene Poth -- Virtual Reality in Schools & Evolving Education
ClassCast Podcast Ep.056 features teacher, innovator, author, lawyer, and speaker Rachelle Dene Poth discussing virtual reality and augmented reality in the classroom, accessing VR hardware for students, and preparing students and teachers alike for the technology of tomorrow. After speaking with Taylor Freeman, an AR/VR industry leader and Forbes 30 Under 30 winner, in ClassCast Podcast Ep.046, host Ryan Tibbens made exploration of VR in education a top priority for future podcasts. Crowdsourcing ideas for future interviews led to Rachelle, a talented foreign language and STEAM teacher who has presented at ISTE, ASCD, and professional development events and conferences across the country. In this episode, Rachelle describes her amateur beginnings in the AR/VR space, how she gradually incorporated the technology into her STEAM and foreign language classes, and offers ideas to help other teachers access the technology for their students. If you are interested in AR/VR, or if you are a teacher or parent who wants to bring learning to life for your students, check out this discussion with Rachelle Dene Poth (and then listen to Ep.046 with Taylor Freeman)! You can keep up with Rachelle at www.rdene915.com and follow her on Twitter @rdene915.  Her books -- In Other Words: Quotes That Push Our Thinking, The Future Is Now: Looking Back to Move Ahead, Unconventional: Ways to Thrive in EDU, Chart a New Course: A Guide to Teaching Essential Skills for Tomorrow's World, and True Story: Lessons That One Kid Taught Us -- are available on Amazon.com, her website, and many education booksellers. The ClassCast Podcast streams on all major platforms, including iTunes/Apple Podcasts, Spotify, iHeartRadio, Google Podcasts, Amazon Music, Audible, Stitcher, and more.  You can also find us on YouTube and right here at www.ClassCastPodcast.com.  Be sure to like, subscribe, follow, share, and comment wherever you listen.  Leave a comment below to let us know what you think of the discussion and if you have any questions!  ​Table of Contents (Highlight clips*)3:19-8:40 -- Intro to Rachelle Dene Poth & Her Work with Virtual Reality/Augment Reality8:40-17:49 -- AR/VR Equipment in the Classroom *21:08-23:01 -- What VR Has in Store for Us **23:01-27:48 -- Why Isn't EdTech More Kid Friendly?27:48-38:37 -- Rachelle's Education & 9,000 Degrees38:37-45:39 -- Rachelle's Ideal School **45:39-53:42 -- Rachelle's Education Books & Being an Author53:42-55:42 -- Rachelle's Book/Movie Recs.55:42-56:58 -- Final Wrap-Up & Contact Info ~~ And be sure to check out Spaces, a great digital portfolio and collaboration software that empowers teachers and students to focus on learning and growth. They helped to make this episode possible. ~~Support the show (http://paypal.me/TibbensEST)
56:50 02/14/2021