The ThoughtStretchers Education Podcast: Impactful Instructional Coaching With Jim Knight

The ThoughtStretchers Education Podcast: Impactful Instructional Coaching With Jim Knight Drew Perkins talks with Jim Knight, Founding Partner at the Instructional Coaching Group, about his work and approach to instructional coaching. Links & Resources Mentioned...

The ThoughtStretchers Education Podcast: Do The Science Of Learning And Inquiry Converge?

The ThoughtStretchers Education Podcast: Do The Science Of Learning And Inquiry Converge? Drew Perkins talks with author and education professor, Carl Hendrick, about updates to his latest co-authored book and the nuances of the science of learning and inquiry. Links...

The ThoughtStretchers Education Podcast: Talking Inquiry With Kath Murdoch

The ThoughtStretchers Education Podcast: Talking Inquiry With Kath Murdoch This episode is the archived audio of a May 25, 2024, ThoughtStretchers Education Community discussion event titled “A Journey Through the Landscape of Inquiry with Kath Murdoch” Links &...

The ThoughtStretchers Education Podcast: How Should We Think About Antiracism In Education?

The ThoughtStretchers Education Podcast: How Should We Think About Antiracism In Education? This episode is the archived audio of a May 23, 2024, ThoughtStretchers Education Community discussion event titled "Antiracism in Education: How should we think about race,...

The ThoughtStretchers Education Podcast: A Veteran Teacher Who Rejects Black And White Thinking

The ThoughtStretchers Education Podcast: A Veteran Teacher Who Rejects Black And White Thinking Drew Perkins talks with veteran teacher, Melinda Karshner, about her teaching and how she navigates the landscape of false binaries being pushed about the science of...

The ThoughtStretchers Education Podcast: A Conservative Vision For Improving Education

The ThoughtStretchers Education Podcast: A Conservative Vision For Improving Education Drew Perkins talks with Rick Hess, Director of Education at the American Enterprise Institute, about his new co-authored book, Getting Education Right: A Conservative Vision for...

The ThoughtStretchers Education Podcast: When A GOP Insider Realizes Moms For Liberty Claims Are False

The ThoughtStretchers Education Podcast: When A GOP Insider Realizes Moms For Liberty Claims Are False Drew Perkins talks with Granbury, Texas school board member, Courtney Gore, and journalist, Jeremy Schwartz, about her experience with GOP efforts in her town to...

The ThoughtStretchers Education Podcast: School Desegregation In 1868? The Story Of Susie Clark

The ThoughtStretchers Education Podcast: School Desegregation In 1868? The Story Of Susie Clark Drew Perkins talks with Joshalyn Hickey-Johnson, author of the children's book, Susie Clark: The Bravest Girl You’ve Ever Seen, a story about desegregating Iowa schools in...

The ThoughtStretchers Education Podcast: Using Thinking Maps To Empower Project-Based Learning

The ThoughtStretchers Education Podcast: Using Thinking Maps To Empower Project-Based Learning Drew Perkins talks with David Hyerle, Founder of Thinking Foundation and CEO/Owner of Thinking Schools International, about the use of Thinking Maps to help learners in and...

The ThoughtStretchers Education Podcast: Hard Questions About School Choice

The ThoughtStretchers Education Podcast: Hard Questions About School Choice Drew Perkins talks with Shaka Mitchell, a Senior Fellow with the American Federation for Children, about school choice issues and challenges, including recent legislation passed in Kentucky....

The ThoughtStretchers Education Podcast: 2024 Federal Education Budget Advocacy

The ThoughtStretchers Education Podcast: 2024 Federal Education Budget Advocacy Drew Perkins talks with NASSP CEO Ronn Nozoe about their advocacy efforts regarding the 2024 federal education budget. Links & Resources Mentioned In This Episode: 2024 NAESP-NASSP...

The ThoughtStretchers Education Podcast: Community-Led Education, Overcoming The Culture Wars

The ThoughtStretchers Education Podcast: Community-Led Education, Overcoming The Culture Wars This episode is the audio archive from a ThoughtStretchers Education Community discussion event on April 18, 2024, titled Catalyzing Community-Led Change: Overcoming the...

The ThoughtStretchers Education Podcast: A School Focused On Intellectual Virtues?

The ThoughtStretchers Education Podcast: A School Focused On Intellectual Virtues? Drew Perkins talks with Jacquie Bryant, Founding Principal of a public middle school called Intellectual Virtues Academy. Links & Resources Mentioned In This Episode:...

The ThoughtStretchers Education Podcast: Sorting The Evidence For Direct Instruction And Inquiry

The ThoughtStretchers Education Podcast: Sorting The Evidence For Direct Instruction And Inquiry Drew Perkins talks with Dylan Wiliam about the evidence and support for different instructional approaches including direct instruction and inquiry-based learning. Links...

The ThoughtStretchers Education Podcast: Is Higher Education A Bait And Switch?

The ThoughtStretchers Education Podcast: Is Higher Education A Bait And Switch? Drew Perkins talks with Bill Coplin about his new book, The Path to Equity: Inclusion in the Kingdom of Liberal Arts, which calls for a shift in liberal arts education to a more practical...
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Nurturing Deep Learning in Middle Schoolers

Nurturing Deep Learning in Middle Schoolers

Nurturing Deep Learning in Middle Schoolers By Aprajita Ralli Student Engagement at School: A Sense of Belonging and Participation, Results From PISA 2000, states: “Researchers have recently used the term engagement to refer to the extent to which students identify...

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12 Ways To Engage Students In Authentic Learning

12 Ways To Engage Students In Authentic Learning

12 Ways To Engage Students In Authentic Learning Authentic learning experiences are activities or projects that reflect real-world situations, challenges, and contexts. These experiences are designed to engage students in meaningful, hands-on learning that goes beyond...

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We’re Now ThoughtStretchers Education!

We’re Now ThoughtStretchers Education!

We're Now ThoughtStretchers Education! by Drew Perkins, Director of ThoughtStretchers Education We're excited to shift gears with a new name and brand from ThoughtStretchers Education PD to ThoughtStretchers Education! We will still offer our wide array of...

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What Is Social Emotional Learning?

What Is Social Emotional Learning?

What Is SocialEmotional Learning? by ThoughtStretchers Education Staff, Education is about more than just academic achievement. It's also about equipping students with the skills and knowledge they need to navigate the complexities of life successfully. Social...

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Inquiry Teaching And Reducing Polarization

Inquiry Teaching And Reducing Polarization

Inquiry Teaching And Reducing Polarization by Drew Perkins, Director of ThoughtStretchers Education The approach to teaching and learning in our K-12 schools over the past four decades is a contributing factor to the divisive, downward spiral that may be the end of...

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What Is Project Based Learning?

What Is Project Based Learning?

Project based learning is an instructional approach that revolves around the creation of a product, using inquiry to identify what students need to know and learn in order to do so successfully.

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Four ‘Circuit Breakers’ That Disrupt Student Inquiry

Four ‘Circuit Breakers’ That Disrupt Student Inquiry

Creating a classroom environment where the stakes for students don’t feel quite so high, especially when exploring sensitive issues, is crucial. It can help them ask better questions and enjoy intellectual “play” in a way that ultimately leads to deeper thinking and more curious exploration of ideas.

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5 Ways To Differentiate Instruction

5 Ways To Differentiate Instruction

5 Ways to Differentiate Instruction by ThoughtStretchers Education Differentiation is an important aspect of education that aims to meet the diverse needs of students in the classroom. It is the process of tailoring instruction to meet the individual learning needs...

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The 5 Phases of Project Based Learning

The 5 Phases of Project Based Learning

The 5 Phases of Project Based Learning by Drew Perkins, Director of ThoughtStretchers Education Project based learning experiences can range from highly complex in scope, scale, and timeline to much more simple versions with more limited complexity and sophistication....

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What To Expect From A ThoughtStretchers PBL Workshop

What To Expect From A ThoughtStretchers PBL Workshop

What To Expect From A ThoughtStretchers Project Based Learning Professional Development Workshop by Drew Perkins, Director of ThoughtStretchers Education Inquiry is one of my passions. In fact, I view it as a superpower that enables us to navigate the kinds of diverse...

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Why Assessment Is Important

Why Assessment Is Important

Why Assessment is Important by ThoughtStretchers Education Staff In the realm of education, assessments hold a crucial role as versatile and indispensable tools, akin to the Swiss Army knife of teaching aids. Just as educators rely on pacing guides, educational...

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The Importance of ‘Bad’ Questions

The Importance of ‘Bad’ Questions

The Importance of 'Bad' Questions In the quest to nurture students' ability to ask good questions, it's equally important to address the notion of 'bad' questions. Understanding what constitutes a less effective or poorly framed question can be just as instructive as...

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6 Ways To Empower Students With SEL

6 Ways To Empower Students With SEL

6 Ways To Empower Students With SEL by Drew Perkins and Jason Littlefield In recent years educators and students have increasingly endured a social-emotional crisis as divisiveness and chaos continue to spread through our culture. As education leaders answer the call...

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Teaching for Both Knowledge and Understanding

Teaching for Both Knowledge and Understanding

Teaching for Both Knowledge and Understanding Education has always been the cornerstone of human progress. It's the key to unlocking our potential, solving complex problems, and making informed decisions. But what's the best approach to education? Is it enough to...

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8 Ways Emotional Intelligence Benefits Teachers

8 Ways Emotional Intelligence Benefits Teachers

8 Ways Emotional Intelligence Benefits Teachers  by ThoughtStretchers Education, Emotional intelligence, often called EQ, is a fundamental quality that sets the best teachers apart. It encompasses the ability to recognize, understand, manage, and effectively use one's...

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