Human Restoration Project


Bonus: Summit: Changing the Status Quo Through Effective Research w/ Dr. Susan Engel

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Dr. Susan Engel is a professor of developmental psychology at Williams College, with a focus on curiosity, school reform, and educational research. Her many works include The Hungry Mind: The Origins of Curiosity in Childhood and The End of the Rainbow: How Educating for Happiness, Not Money, Would Transform Our Schools. Further, Dr. Engel is co-founder and educational advisor to the Hayground School in Bridgehampton, NY.

In this interactive discussion, we’ll talk the importance of research and dissect how to analyze research results as well as revamping teacher professional development models.

*Apologies for the relatively low audio quality. First time we’ve recorded on Jitsi!

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Ep. 131
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Ep. 130
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Ep. 129
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