The Edmentum Podcast

The Edmentum Podcast

Hosted by education technology advocate, David Cicero, the Edmentum Podcast discusses trending topics in the education industry such as social emotional learning, career and technical education, project based learning, and more, with educational leaders and industry experts.

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September 15, 2022 53 min

 David sits down with Special Education leader, innovator, and CEO of Creatively Focused, Elizabeth Hickey Orme to uncover the enormous challenges facing Special Education teachers and students, and how tapping in to their "super powers" is the key to professional and academic fulfillment.

Creatively Focused is committed to helping special education teachers, paraprofessionals, and administrators feel connected and supporte...

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There’s little doubt that virtual learning will play a prominent role in the future of education. What is less clear is exactly what that role is and the essentials for success.

In light of the new whitepaper from Whiteboard Advisor and Edmentum, A Human-Centered Vision for Quality Virtual Learning, David sits down with Edmentum's Chief Strategy Officer, Amanda Kocon, to talk about leading all education stakeholders towards a hu...

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Dr. Troy Hicks is a professor of English and education at Central Michigan University and focuses his work on the intersections of literacy and technology, and, more broadly, teacher education and professional development. David and Dr. Hicks sit down to explore how teacher and student roles are gravitating away from their historical consumer paradigm, and the mindsets needed to thrive in this new environment.

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David sits down with Dr. Stacey Adamiak, Edmentum Advocacy Consultant and former Principal for Frederick County Virtual School in Maryland, to discuss the stages of accessibility in online learning and the importance of placing a greater focus on the gap between physical access and access to academic knowledge.

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What strategies are you using to overcome the challenges of virtual instruction? EdOptions Academy's Interim Leader of Student and Teacher Services, Nichole Bansberg and Instructional Coach/Mentor, Diane McRandal, come on to talk about how purposeful mentoring and coaching fuels virtual school program success by cultivating stakeholder connections. 

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Dave Adams, former Edmentum Chief Academic Officer, comes on the show to share newly published research on building high quality academic programs. From re-imagining stakeholder roles to teacher communities, this research dives into the most important elements of successful virtual programs, and serves as a model for districts and school around the globe.

Check out the research on edmentum.com:

Executive Summary: Building High-Quali...

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Continuation instruction, nuclear footballs, and "fenergy." Dr. Troy Podell returns to the Edmentum Podcast to help answer the question: What can educators do to feel excitement, instead of uncertainty, when it's time to switch to virtual learning?

Searching for virtual or hybrid-learning resources? We collected our best tools and resources to help make sure you and your students will be successful with your virtual, hy...

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Ever heard of a global academic community? You may soon enough if the Tinkering School has anything to say about it. David sits down with Tinkering School Founder Gever Tulley, and the Tinkering School Volunteer Space Agency (VSA) - a student group formed by Tinkering School students and alumni - to talk about how they transformed a classroom into a Mars lava tube, built web-controlled rovers, and now are opening their online doors...

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Education Coach and author, Jorge Valenzeula, joins David to talk about the power of systematically connecting with students using empathy mapping, and shares special considerations for remote learners. You can find his empathy mapping explainer video on Edutopia here.

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Why is social experience critical to students success in their core academic subjects? How important is it to the future of schooling? David Adams, former CASEL board member and current CEO at The Urban Assembly in New York, joins us to help answer these questions. 

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David sits down with Edmentum's Teacher of the Year, Lindsay Wilhoyte, Success Coach at Vigo Virtual Success Academy in Indiana. Lindsay talks about how an "above and beyond" mindset is required to run an effective virtual program, and how they are re-imagining relationship building in a remote learning environment.

Meet Edmentum's 2021 Inspiring Educator Award winners here

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Edmentum's Administrator of the Year, Denise Handlon, joins us to talk about how they used Edmentum Courseware to increase credits earned in their credit recovery program by over 2000%. By laser focusing on preparing student's to re-enter first time credit classrooms, Denise and her team have been able to maximize the impact their school's curriculum on their most in-need students.

Meet Edmentum's 2021 Inspiring Educ...

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To kick off this summer of reflection series, Edmentum's SEL Learning Designer Jen Perry joins us to rethink what "reflection" means. From cooking, to kayaking, to listening to podcasts, David and Jen explore ways to find new meaning in summer activities.  

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Daryl Vavrichek is a Change Management expert with over 20 years of experience in education. In this episode, David sits down with Daryl to discuss the first two steps in any change management effort, and reveals how the Mandalorian inspires us to walk the walk of the change we want to see in our districts and schools. #SummerofReflectionSeries

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You may remember Jonte Lee, the DCPS kitchen chemistry teacher, from Ep 15 of The Edmentum Podcast. Through countless media features (Good Morning America, The Washington Post, CNN, and more) Jonte has honed his brand to maintain his commitment to the communities he serves. In addition to being an SME in science, Jonte also holds a masters in Marketing. In this episode, David and Jonte talk about how to build a personal brand.

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In our final episode of the Summer of Reflection mini series, David sits down with Samantha Snowden, a Kids and Family Mindfulness Expert at headspace. They talk about what mindfulness is, and how educators can use it to completely change the dynamic of their schools and classrooms. Also, a headspace subscription is FREE for educators. Check it out here https://www.headspace.com/educators

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Exploration. Expression. Exposition. These are the cornerstones of learning at the Brightworks School in San Francisco, CA. This month David interviews Founder Gever Tulley to discuss how a strong student agency model re-evaluates the strictness of curriculum and instructional strategies to empower students AND teachers to learn and be resourceful.

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Listen to the recording from our [SXSW EDU 2021] live podcast event where special guest Jen Molitor, author of The Happy Teacher Handbook and principal of Blanchester Local Schools in Ohio, comes on The Edmentum Podcast to talk to host David Cicero about the importance of making resilience a conscious effort. We’ll discuss how to positively affect student engagement, parent interaction, and the teachers experience. Edmentum Educato...

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Jonte Lee is the DCPS STEM teacher whose popularity skyrocketed after he turned his kitchen into an online chemistry lab for his students. In this episode, David sits down with Jonte and discovers how this innovation has led to increased access to authentic teaching and learning experiences not only for students, but the community at large.


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Meghan Ramsey, the traveling teacher, has traveled to 27 countries so far throughout her teaching career. In this episode David sits down with Meghan to explore her transition from teaching inside to teaching outside the classroom, and how this drive to see the world has helped her approach education from a different lens.

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