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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How To Up Your Llama Llama Red Pajama Game

How To Up Your Llama Llama Red Pajama Game

How To Up Your Llama Llama Red Pajama Game by Drew Perkins, Director of ThoughtStretchers Education We wouldn't recommend playing this version for your kids as a substitute for reading it to them as there is a bit of an "adult-ish" spin toward the end but it's...

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How To Get Quality PBL Work From Your Students

How To Get Quality PBL Work From Your Students

Lessons Learned On The Journey To High-Quality Student Work (Part 2) by Eric White, ThoughtStretchers Education Workshop Facilitator *this blog is part 2 of 2 In my previous post, I discussed three major lessons learned on my way to high-quality student work. Let’s...

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3 Ways To Get High Quality Student Work

3 Ways To Get High Quality Student Work

Lessons Learned On The Journey To High-Quality Student Work (Part 1) by Eric White, ThoughtStretchers Education Workshop Facilitator *this blog is part 1 of 2 ( (read part 2 here) While educators have differing philosophies on how students best learn, one statement I...

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Shifting Your Assessments To Grow Higher-Level Thinking

Shifting Your Assessments To Grow Higher-Level Thinking

As a new principal, I sat at my desk reviewing classroom assessments and I dropped my head in dismay.

It was no wonder our students were receiving high marks on classroom assessments—almost all the questions required students to recall memorized information. However, our state assessment and content standards demanded higher levels of thinking. Due to this misalignment, our school results on the state assessment were expectedly low.

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20 Practical Everyday Assessment Strategies

20 Practical Everyday Assessment Strategies

20 Practical Everyday Assessment Strategies It's crucial for teachers to have a toolkit of effective assessment strategies to gauge student understanding and progress. Daily assessments not only inform educators about their students' comprehension but also provide...

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5 Powerful Teaching Strategies For Project Based Learning

5 Powerful Teaching Strategies For Project Based Learning

5 Powerful Teaching Strategies For Project-Based Learning by Jill Ackers-Clayton and Dayna Laur, Have you ever been sitting at your table thinking about how to start planning for your first, second, or twenty-second project and thought to yourself, “Where do I begin?”...

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The Future Of Learning Includes Spiral Slides

The Future Of Learning Includes Spiral Slides

The Future Of Learning Includes Spiral Slides by Drew Perkins, Director of ThoughtStretchers Education Innovation comes in many shapes and sizes and I love the way Eminence Independent Schools included fun in their new building addition they call The EDhub. The EDhub...

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10 Benefits Of Inquiry-Based Learning

10 Benefits Of Inquiry-Based Learning

10 Benefits of Inquiry Based Learning Inquiry based learning is a dynamic educational approach that encourages students to ask questions, investigate topics, and explore solutions independently. Instead of passive absorption of information, students actively engage...

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The Challenges of Assessment

The Challenges of Assessment

The Challenges of Assessment by ThoughtStretchers Education staff, Assessments should serve the primary purpose of providing data to refine instructional plans. However, the intricate task of designing personalized assessments for each student can overwhelm educators...

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How Do I Differentiate In Project Based Learning?

How Do I Differentiate In Project Based Learning?

“How do I differentiate through PBL?” Teachers often ask this question as they see the possibilities of planning and implementing project-based learning units (PBL). Changing practice to PBL from traditional instruction can be liberating for its potential to meet the differentiated needs of all learners.

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What’s Your Theme Music?

What’s Your Theme Music?

What's your theme music? by Drew Perkins, Director of ThoughtStretchers Education At the risk of being a little too edgy for education, let's have some fun here, ok? Tell us in the comments section below...if you could have theme music for your classroom or school...

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