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#35: The Answer to How is Yes

Today’s show is another one of the “thought exercise” episodes, so get ready for your thinking to be challenged! We’re discussing a book that came out about 20 years ago, The Answer to How is Yes, by Peter Block. This book twists the way we think about how change happens and explores the relationship between …

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#31: Cold Shower Keynotes

Building on Bruce’s post earlier this week,  in our latest podcast we dive a little deeper into the expectations we bring to keynotes and presentations at large (or small) conferences. Do we want to be affirmed? Challenged? Both? Our feeling is that it’s incumbent upon those with a platform to use it to provoke a …

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#29: The Value of Teaching

If you’ve enjoyed being pushed by the conversations between me and Bruce in the past, you’ll definitely enjoy our latest podcast that digs into the value of teaching, not just in the modern world, but in general. After a couple of weeks of scintillating interviews with Joel Pelcyger and Conrad Wolfram, this week we spend …

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#27: A Pluralistic School

We’ve moved from an experience rich, information poor world to an experience poor, information rich world. And that, according to Joel Pelcyger, is a cause for some deep thinking about the role and value of schools in the modern world. Pelcyger, who founded Pluralistic School One in Santa Monica, CA 46 years ago, has been …

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#26: Alternatives to Assessment

With all of the problems associated with standardized testing and school assessments in general, is it finally time to start a different conversation about how we assess learning in schools? That’s the question that Will and Bruce discuss on this our 26th episode of the Modern Learners podcast. This conversation stem from a post from …

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#25: Students Saving the World

In this podcast Bruce has a conversation with Michael Furdyk, Director of Innovation at Taking It Global which he co-founded with his wife Jennifer Corriero seventeen years ago. TiG is a truly global organization, representing the exceptional work of young people across more than 150 countries focused around global awareness, environment stewardship and student voice. …

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#24: Culture of Change

If you can change the culture of a huge business that has over 124,000 employees, does that mean you can change the culture of schools that in many cases have only a few hundred, or in some cases a few dozen employees? That’s the question Bruce and Will kick around in this the 24th episode …

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#23: Of Hurricanes and Agency

It’s been a while since our last podcast, partly by design and partly due to travels to islands during hurricane season. (Smart move.) But regardless, we’re back with our 23rd episode! If you haven’t noticed, we want to push the conversations that we’re having about education to a higher level, and so much of that …

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