Tuesday, June 23, 2020

Learning Revolution Weekly Shows - Thrive in EDU, Teaching by Heart, Reinventing.School, The Connected Classroom, Exceptional Circumstances for Exceptional Children | #learningrevolution

This week on the Learning Revolution we have two new weekly live and interactive shows starting - "Thrive in EDU" with Rachelle Dene Poth and "Exceptional Circumstances for Exceptional Children" with Rebecca Muller. They join our already-regular shows: "REINVENTING.SCHOOL" with Howard Blumenthal and "The Connected Classroom" with Rusty May. And next week, Angela Maiers will be starting her "Teaching by Heart" weekly show. This is a great lineup! We hope you will join LearningRevolution.com and participate.

More information on each of the shows is below. Each show will be held in Zoom, will be listed in the Learning Revolution SCHEDULE calendar, and then posted as a recording on the RECORDINGS page and also on the individual show's page or group. If you're interested in starting your own show, email admin@learningrevolution.com

Next week we'll be announcing the book groups that are starting. Information on hosting or joining a book is at bookschangelives.org.

See you "online!"


Angela Maiers
Founder, Choose2Matter

TUESDAYS, 4:00 PM US-EASTERN TIME. Show starting date: June 30th
NEXT SHOW: Inaugural Conversation: What Is Teaching by Heart?
SHOW DESCRIPTION: A weekly exploration of the most important aspects of education.

BIO: Angela Maiers has been creating and leading change in education and enterprise for 31 years, teaching every level of school from grade school to graduate school and consulting with companies around the world. Angela founded Choose2Matter to bring the world hope by helping every individual embrace their value and potential contribution. Initially launched to challenge and inspire students to work collaboratively to develop innovative solutions to social problems, Choose2Matter has evolved into a movement that support parents, educators, and employees around the world. Her work in 60,000 classrooms across 100 countries has rallied more than a million children who have banded together to launch 170 social enterprises and pass 17 laws. And organizations across all industries are finding new ways to ignite the genius of their employees, successfully addressing a $15 trillion employee engagement problem Angela earned a BS in Education with a minor in Neuroscience and Master Degrees in Literacy and Ed Leadership. She is the author of eight books, including Liberating Genius,The Habitudes and The Passion Driven Classroom. Angela is widely recognized as one of most influential voices on social media today, consistently ranking in the top 1% and a regular contributor to the Huffington Post.

Rusty May

School counselor, author, teacher trainer

TUESDAYS, 10:00 AM US-EASTERN TIME. Show starting date: Already ongoing!
NEXT SHOW: Falling Forward - This Fall with Angie Olson.
SHOW DESCRIPTION: On his seventh show already this week, Rusty engages the audience in a discussion around each topic related to teaching and learning in the time of pandemic.

BIO: Rusty May is a school counselor, author, teacher trainer and the creator of SchoolToolsTv.com. He helps educators connect more effectively with the kids in their care resulting in more time on task, better outcomes, increased job satisfaction and the students learning the life skills they need to succeed. Currently, his only focus is helping teachers and students cope and thrive during this pandemic.

Rebecca Muller
Special Education Geometry and Algebra 2 teacher

TUESDAYS, 2:00 PM US-EASTERN TIME. Show starting date: June 24th
NEXT SHOW: Special Guest: Ann Phillips, Executive Director of Delaware Family Voices, Inc.
SHOW DESCRIPTION: COVID19 has impacted everyone. As school districts transitioned to remote learning, students who received services throughout the day now had their routine eliminated. Families who relied on nurses had to make tough decisions whether or not to allow these professionals into their homes. Self-reliance became essential within a community that relies on each other for support. It has had a huge impact on learning for those with special needs and, at the current time, resources are scattered. Together, through conversation and community, let's help create a bridge to children and resources. As budgets get cut, special education advocacy must be paramount.

BIO: Rebecca’s dedication to exceptional learners started in elementary school when she was a “special friend” to the mainstream class. She was President of the Council for Exceptional Children at her school, attending many conferences and working with local community groups to help educate and advocate for persons with disabilities. Her senior thesis was “World Autism Awareness Day and It’s Educational Challenges” allowing her to work alongside Global Education Motivators as a Representative to the United Nations to conduct the first international video conference for teachers on the subject of autism. She earned her Master’s Degree in Special Education from Rowan University and certification in Educational Leadership from the University of Pennsylvania. Her career started in the private sector as a school district liaison working with students, families, and school districts to transition students from the home as their least restrictive environment back to the school setting. Most of these students were classified on the autism spectrum but had complex profiles. Many were children adopted from other countries dealing with reactive attachment disorders. This work drove the importance of advocacy for education programs for all children. Through attending conferences, listening to others, and building a network she continued to gather information to help her families. She taught 4th grade at a dual-language community school outside of Washington, D.C. where 70% of the population were english language learners. She helped to pilot a new mathematics program to help the school increase effective mathematics instruction. By 2013, she transitioned back to her home state of New Jersey and taught 7th grade in a suburban school as a language arts and mathematics resource teacher for five years. In addition to teaching, she was director of the school musical creating an inclusive environment. Currently with a drive to make a difference in the lives of exceptional learners she is teaching high school geometry and algebra 2 helping students find their career paths and get them on the road to success post high school education.

Rachelle Dene Poth
Spanish & STEAM Emerging Technologies Teacher

WEDNESDAYS, 4:00 PM US-EASTERN TIME. Show starting date: June 24th
NEXT SHOW: Inaugural Show: Let's talk about the future of education and how to thrive!
SHOW DESCRIPTION: Where learning happens and random thoughts related to all things education are shared. Join in each week to talk about some of the emerging trends and topics in education. Topics include Artificial Intelligence, AR/VR, Global Collaborations, Preparing Students for the Future, PBL, SEL, Coding, the Power of PLNS and more!

BIO: Rachelle Dene Poth is an edtech consultant, presenter, attorney, author, blogger and teacher. She teaches Spanish and a STEAM course on emerging tech that covers AR/VR and artificial intelligence. She presents regularly at conferences on technology and ways to drive student learning. She is president of the ISTE Teacher Education Network and serves on the leadership team for the ISTE Mobile Learning Network. At ISTE19, she received the Making IT Happen Award and a Presidential Gold Award for volunteer service to education. She’s a Buncee Ambassador, Nearpod PioNear, Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert and Google Certified Educator Levels I and II. Rachelle is the author of In Other Words: Quotes That Push Our Thinking, The Future Is Now: Looking Back to Move Ahead, Unconventional Ways to THRIVE in EDU, and Chart A New Course: Essential Skills for Tomorrow's World. She is a regular blogger for Getting Smart, Defined Learning, Neo LMS and STEM Informer.

Howard Blumenthal
(@hblumenthal )
Senior Scholar at The University of Pennsylvania

THURSDAYS, 4:00 PM US-EASTERN TIME. Show starting date: Already ongoing!
NEXT SHOW: Home as a Place for Learning
SHOW DESCRIPTION: Before the virus, more than a billion children and teenagers relied upon school for learning. After the virus (or, after the current wave of our current virus), basic assumptions about school and education are no longer reliable. School buildings may become unsafe for large numbers of students. The tax base may no longer support our current approach to school. Without the interaction provided by a formal school structure, students may follow their own curiosity. Many students now possess the technology to learn on their own. And many do not. Reinventing.school is a new weekly web television series that considers what happens next week, next month, next school year, and the next five years. Hosted by University of Pennsylvania Senior Scholar Howard Blumenthal, Reinventing.school features interviews with teachers, principals, school district leadership, state and Federal government officials, ed-tech innovators, students, leading education professors, authors, realists and futurists from the United States and all over the world. Each episode features 2-4 distinguished guests in conversation about high priority topics including, for example, the teaching of public health, long-term home schooling, technology access and its alternatives, the role of parents, friendship and social interaction, learning outside the curriculum, the future of testing and evaluation, interruption as part of the academic calendar, job security for teachers and support staff, setting (and rethinking) curriculum priorities, special needs, student perspectives on the job of school, the importance of play, the psychology of group dynamics and social interaction, preparing for future rounds of a virus (or cyberattack or impact of climate change, etc.), college readiness, higher education transformed, the higher education promise in an economically challenged world, and more. Clearly, there is much to discuss; nearly all of it ranks high on the list of priorities for raising the world’s children.

BIO: Howard Blumenthal created and produced the PBS television series, Where in the World Is Carmen Sandiego? He is currently a Senior Scholar at The University of Pennsylvania, studying learning and the lives of 21st-century children and teenagers. He travels the world, visiting K-12 schools, lecturing at universities, and interviewing young people for Kids on Earth, a global platform containing nearly 1,000 interview segments from Kentucky, Brazil, Sweden, India, and many other countries. Previously, he was a nationally syndicated newspaper columnist for The New York Times Syndicate, and United Features. He is the author of 24 books and several hundred articles about technology, learning, business, and human progress. As an executive, Howard was the CEO of a public television operation and several television production companies, and a state government official. Previously, he was a Senior Vice President for divisions of two large media companies, Hearst and Bertelsmann, and a consultant or project lead for Energizer, General Electric, American Express, CompuServe, Warner Communications, Merriam-Webster, Atari, and other companies.


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