Reinventing School - EPISODE 1

We're pleased to present our first complete episode for any time / anywhere viewing. We record new episodes at 4:00 pm Thursdays US-EDT. A short time later, we post the hour-long video on YouTube, and also on this web page. We're adding an audio podcast to the mix; when that begins, we'll announce it on this web page. The first episode features:

Ezekiel J. Emanuel,the Vice Provost for Global Initiatives, the Diane v.S. Levy and Robert M. Levy University Professor, and Co-Director of the Healthcare Transformation Institute at the University of Pennsylvania;

Randi Weingarten, president of the 1.7 million-member American Federation of Teachers, AFL-CIO;

Sonja Brookins Santelises, the CEO of Baltimore City Public Schools;

and West Virginia middle school student Lyric Lee Taylor.

Together with host Howard Blumenthal, they discuss the next 12 months of school, both in the U.S and worldwide. Guest biographies appear in the article below.

 

 

 

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ABOUT THE SHOW

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.