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No Such Thing: K12 Education in the Digital Age

A podcast about the promise and reality of learning with technology

The show is about learning with technology, but it's not the same old EdTech or "STEM" preachery. It's about the realities and exciting potential, but it's also about youth and the practitioners who support them: youth d
Latest Episode9/11/2020

How Tech Divides the Back-To-School Experience in LA

Ep. 83
The Fulfillment Fund works to make college a reality for students growing up in educationally and economically under-resourced communities. To this end, our services build pathways to college, help students navigate educational barriers, create life-changing support networks, and empower future leaders.Joanne ReyesJoanne Reyes is a senior non-profit development professional with more than 16 years of experience. She is currently President at the Fulfillment Fund, a college access and college success non-profit with a 40-year history of providing pathways of opportunity to young people from under-resourced communities in Los Angeles.Prior to her joining the Fulfillment Fund, initially as Chief Development Officer, she was Associate Vice President, Development at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles and focused on funding opportunities for the Children’s Center for Cancer and Blood Diseases and other medical specialties. She also oversaw the Foundation’s Special Events department, including the hospital’s signature biennial gala, which has raised more than $24 million since its inception. She first joined the hospital in 2009 as Director, Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals and was elevated to lead the hospital’s corporate philanthropy efforts, cause marketing, and special events before transitioning to major gifts fundraising for medical specialties. She raised more than $70 million during her tenure at Children’s Hospital, including the successful solicitation of two of the hospital’s largest corporate gifts in its 117-year storied history.Prior to her tenure at Children’s Hospital, she served as Marketing and Communications Administrator for Didi Hirsch Mental Health Services, where she led development communications efforts. She began her career in nonprofit development at Hillsides, where she raised funds to support services for severely emotionally and physically abused children.Joanne holds a Master of Arts from Stanford University, Cum Laude and a Bachelor of Arts, Summa Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa from the University of California, Los Angeles and is a native Angeleno, having been raised in the San Fernando Valley and attended Los Angeles Unified School District schools from K-12. Organizations that serve to better the lives of children, teens, and young adults have always been the focal point of Joanne’s professional and personal interests, and in addition to serving in her most important role as a mom of two bright and energetic girls, Joanne has volunteered for various local non-profit organizations and has served as a mentor to several young women achieving their Gold Awards for the Girl Scouts of America.Guest Bio:Elizabeth ZamudioVP ProgramsElizabeth is a senior education professional with more than 19 years of experience.She joined Fulfillment Fund in 2007, first as a college counselor and later as leader of the College Access Program. Elizabeth now oversees all programmatic activity at Fulfillment Fund including the delivery of Fulfillment Fund’s college access curriculum, college counseling, college success efforts including scholarships, and alumni programming.Prior to joining Fulfillment Fund, Elizabeth worked at Loyola Marymount University’s Controller’s Office supporting first-generation college-going students in navigating financial aid and scholarships. A first-generation college graduate herself, Elizabeth holds bachelor’s degrees and a master’s degree from Loyola Marymount University.Links:Fulfillment Fund: https://fulfillment.org/LA College Promise: http://lacollegepromise.org/Fulfillment Fund's Destination College: https://fulfillment.org/destinationcollege/United States Bureau of Labor Statistics: https://www.bls.gov/charts/employment-situation/unemployment-rates-for-persons-25-years-and-older-by-educational-attainment.htmCal State LA Strategic Plan: https://www.calstatela.edu/strategicplan The spreadsheet that Fulfillment Team used to rate platforms for their upcoming event: https://drive.google.com/file/d/11e_g1PDXOfOD5xzjzyRqLEvFS7Yaq2Hp/view?usp=sharing
9/11/2020

How Tech Divides the Back-To-School Experience in LA

Ep. 83
The Fulfillment Fund works to make college a reality for students growing up in educationally and economically under-resourced communities. To this end, our services build pathways to college, help students navigate educational barriers, create life-changing support networks, and empower future leaders.Joanne ReyesJoanne Reyes is a senior non-profit development professional with more than 16 years of experience. She is currently President at the Fulfillment Fund, a college access and college success non-profit with a 40-year history of providing pathways of opportunity to young people from under-resourced communities in Los Angeles.Prior to her joining the Fulfillment Fund, initially as Chief Development Officer, she was Associate Vice President, Development at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles and focused on funding opportunities for the Children’s Center for Cancer and Blood Diseases and other medical specialties. She also oversaw the Foundation’s Special Events department, including the hospital’s signature biennial gala, which has raised more than $24 million since its inception. She first joined the hospital in 2009 as Director, Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals and was elevated to lead the hospital’s corporate philanthropy efforts, cause marketing, and special events before transitioning to major gifts fundraising for medical specialties. She raised more than $70 million during her tenure at Children’s Hospital, including the successful solicitation of two of the hospital’s largest corporate gifts in its 117-year storied history.Prior to her tenure at Children’s Hospital, she served as Marketing and Communications Administrator for Didi Hirsch Mental Health Services, where she led development communications efforts. She began her career in nonprofit development at Hillsides, where she raised funds to support services for severely emotionally and physically abused children.Joanne holds a Master of Arts from Stanford University, Cum Laude and a Bachelor of Arts, Summa Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa from the University of California, Los Angeles and is a native Angeleno, having been raised in the San Fernando Valley and attended Los Angeles Unified School District schools from K-12. Organizations that serve to better the lives of children, teens, and young adults have always been the focal point of Joanne’s professional and personal interests, and in addition to serving in her most important role as a mom of two bright and energetic girls, Joanne has volunteered for various local non-profit organizations and has served as a mentor to several young women achieving their Gold Awards for the Girl Scouts of America.Guest Bio:Elizabeth ZamudioVP ProgramsElizabeth is a senior education professional with more than 19 years of experience.She joined Fulfillment Fund in 2007, first as a college counselor and later as leader of the College Access Program. Elizabeth now oversees all programmatic activity at Fulfillment Fund including the delivery of Fulfillment Fund’s college access curriculum, college counseling, college success efforts including scholarships, and alumni programming.Prior to joining Fulfillment Fund, Elizabeth worked at Loyola Marymount University’s Controller’s Office supporting first-generation college-going students in navigating financial aid and scholarships. A first-generation college graduate herself, Elizabeth holds bachelor’s degrees and a master’s degree from Loyola Marymount University.Links:Fulfillment Fund: https://fulfillment.org/LA College Promise: http://lacollegepromise.org/Fulfillment Fund's Destination College: https://fulfillment.org/destinationcollege/United States Bureau of Labor Statistics: https://www.bls.gov/charts/employment-situation/unemployment-rates-for-persons-25-years-and-older-by-educational-attainment.htmCal State LA Strategic Plan: https://www.calstatela.edu/strategicplan The spreadsheet that Fulfillment Team used to rate platforms for their upcoming event: https://drive.google.com/file/d/11e_g1PDXOfOD5xzjzyRqLEvFS7Yaq2Hp/view?usp=sharing
7/3/2020

Universal Design for Learning CS

Ep. 81
Universal Design is a practice born out of architecture, and the late Ronald Mace, whose approach was to consider every body in the design of the built environment, not to design for some and amend or "adapt" for others. Guests in this episode discuss Universal Design for Learning, which shares this ideology as it relates to pedagogy and the design of learning environments.Maya Israel, Ph.D. is an associate professor of Educational Technology in the School of Teaching and Learning at the University of Florida. She is also the research director at the Creative Technology Research Lab. Dr. Israel’s research focuses on strategies for supporting students with disabilities and other struggling learners’ meaningful engagement in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) with emphases on computational thinking, computer science education, and Universal Design for Learning (UDL).Meg Ray is the Teacher in Residence at Cornell Tech. She is responsible for the implementation and design of the Teacher in Residence program, a coaching program for K-8 teachers in New York City schools. An experienced middle and high school computer science teacher and special educator, Meg directed the design of the Codesters Python curricula for middle school students and served as a writer for the Computer Science Teachers’ Association K-12 CS Standards and as a special advisor to the K12 CS Framework. She lives in New York.Ron Summers is a nationally recognized educator and the Executive Director for NYC Department of Education's Computer Science 4 All. He is an expert in developing computer science and entrepreneurship programs for special project initiatives that focus on youth education using the design processes and computer science principles.Links from this episode:Ronald Mace: https://projects.ncsu.edu/ncsu/design/cud/about_us/usronmace.htmUniversal Design for Learning: http://www.cast.org/our-work/about-udl.htmlCreative Technology Research Lab:https://education.ufl.edu/ctrl/Direct link to the UDL and collaborative discussion framework section of the lab website: https://education.ufl.edu/ctrl/projects/tactic/UDL in CS crowdsourced document: https://education.ufl.edu/ctrl/files/2020/05/Copy-of-UDL-and-CS_CT-remix.pdfCornell Tech: www.tech.cornell.eduCAST: http://www.cast.org/Thompson Education Consulting: http://tectalksolve.com/Thompson Education Consulting on Twitter: https://twitter.com/TECtalkTECsolveThompson Education Consulting on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/tectalktecsolve/New Event Details for the Black Women in Ed Talk: file:///C:/Users/mlesser/AppData/Local/Temp/BlackWomenEDflyerLink.pdf
6/25/2020

Boys and Girls Clubs of America During Covid

Ep. 80
You may be having a similar experience to my own where, when I ask my kids about what they miss from their non-Covid schedule, they talk a lot about afterschool. Sometimes I make the mistake of thinking that it goes without saying at this point, but it doesn't, that out of school time, and the professionals who support learners beyond the school bell are absolutely critical in the special sauce of your kids. If you haven't yet, reach out and find out how you can support your local programs - give a high five to the education professionals, many of whom, are spending a lot more time with your kids than their teachers are.Boys and Girls Clubs of America (BGCA for short) is an iconic brand, and for good reason - it serves more than 4mm students through its federated network of clubs all over the country, and my guest is the national organization's Sr. Director of Product:Dave Crusoe is an education technology researcher, architect and producer. He loves to dream big and make big happen–especially by bringing together astute and eager teams. He is Senior Director – Youth Digital Engagement for Boys & Girls Clubs of America, a role that enables infinite imagination about how to construct youth digital visitor experience, provides focus on youth learning and life outcomes and requires engaging a curious set of resources. He holds an EdM degree from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, enjoys writing, plays the banjo poorly, explores caves and writes children’s stories.Links from the episode:Visit MyFuture.net: https://myfuture.net/
6/10/2020

Decoding Tech & Race through Racial Literacy

Ep. 79
Christy Crawford ChristyCrawfordserves as the Director of Culturally Responsive-Sustaining Education for New York City’sComputer Science forAllInitiative.For more than a decade she taught K-8 classes in Harlem and the Bronx.She was also a curriculum fellow for theNew York City Computer Science forAllBlueprintand an adjunct lecturer for the City College of New York.She was an education consultant for companies such as Scholastic, BrainPOP, and Nickelodeon.Prior to teaching,Crawfordwas a television producer for severalnetworks.She uses her experience in education and media to foster equity byallmeansnecessary.Crawfordis an advocate for communities of color in computer science.Dr. Lloyd Talley is a mixed-methods developmental psychologist and interdisciplinary social policy researcher. He focuses on the intersections of social and life course identity development as a lens for meaning-making and in the prediction of educational, behavioral, and mental health outcomes. He received his PhD in applied psychology and human development and Master of Science in Education from the University of Pennsylvania and his BA in communication and culture from Howard University. Overall, he seeks to develop complex models of human behavior which highlight the central role of identity development and socialization processes in behavioral patterns and social outcomes. Recently, Talley has focused on exploring the within-group diversity of Black populations by developing profiles of identity (racial, gender, religious) and examining their relationship to patterns in social and health outcomes.Notes from this episode:Howard C.StevensenJames Banks is the Kerry and Linda Killinger Endowed Chair in Diversity Studies Emeritus and is the founding director of the Center for Multicultural Education at the University of Washington,, which is now the Banks Center for Educational Justice.Zaretta HammondTranslanguagingAkbar Cooke’s Instagram A Pathway to Racial Literacy: Using the LETS ACT Framework to Teach Controversial Issues
4/18/2020

900 Middle Schoolers in CA Might* Have One of the Country's Most Innovative Learning Experiences This Fall

Ep. 77
Back in Episode 67 we had our first conversation with this group. In a close community in the central valley of California, once, long ago founded by the timber industry, there lies a school district that's building one of the most important school experiences that any 12 or 13-year-old student in the country will experience this coming year.For those unfamiliar with the jargon - "Career and Technical Education" is a category of education models in the US (in parts of the country you know it as Vo-Tech or Vocational Technical education) that historically has been reserved for high schools, where, since the early 80's the federal government has been funding them through the Carl D. Perkins Vocational and Technical Education Act.I'm excited to check in with the principle designers of MAD Tech, what excites them about the year to come, and, of course, with current events, what has them worried about what should be a celebrated kickoff this coming fall for what they've built, together as a community for education.Alyson Rocco is Principal at the Madera Technical Exploration Center - “Madera TEC.” She was a Madera High School graduate and is returning to the district after fifteen years in ClovisUnified, ten as a classroom teacher and five in administration.Theron Cosgrave (aka “Cos”) is a national consultant who works with educators on a wide range of issues including project-based learning, curriculum development, school design, leadership development, and strategic planning.Kristin McKenna is the Director of College and Career Readiness. Kristin supports the teachers in Madera Unified’s 25 career pathways, and helps build industry partnerships to align with the courses.She manages all of the CTE specific funding and is responsible for writing new grants as they become available.When you're done listening - head over to facebook.com/nosuchthingpodcast and check out some of the photos that Alyson sent me of the new school. For those you who like to geek out about the architectural spaces where learning happens you might love these.