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June 4, 2021

39 - Dr. Marci Klein: design to learn

Design offers an excellent pathway to interdisciplinary learning experiences. Dr. Marci Klein brings us into classrooms and shows us how design can be used to combine diverse learning objectives and push creativity.

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May 27, 2021

38 - Julie Jungalwala: disruptive decade

We are in the midst of a disruptive decade. Listen in to the conversation as Julie Jungalwala and Matthew Downing consider a path forward.

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May 17, 2021

37 - Pam Harris: talking real math

What is real math? Pam Harris chats with Rob Schwartz, Macie Basom, and myself about this important issue. We discuss the characteristics of real math and more importantly - how can real math be brought to the classroom?

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May 11, 2021

36 - Sam Willoughby: full throttle

How do you pursue your dream? Sam Willoughby, BMX Olympic Silver Medalist, brings us into his story of leaving home at the age of 16 to pursue his BMX dream and the many factors that led to his decision.

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May 7, 2021

35 - Katherine Adamek: fixing your mindset

What role does your mindset play in athletics and education? Katherine Adamek, 2 time Olympic Medalist, shares personal stories and coaching strategies to help us better understand.

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May 1, 2021

34 - John Coyle: design thinking

How does design thinking help us in everyday life?  Not the textbook version.  The practical day in and day out version. John Coyle, Olympic Medalist and design thinking expert, breaks down the theory of design thinking and helps us apply it. to daily life.

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April 23, 2021

33 - Mark Henderson: persevering towards gold

Perseverance helps us grow in unexpected ways. Mark Henderson, Olympic Gold Medalist, shares the story of his 1992 Olympic trial experience and how that propelled him towards gold in 1996.

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April 18, 2021

32 - Vladimir Grbic: elevating your performance

What does it take to elevate your performance to the next level? Who better to ask than Olympic Gold Medalist, Vladimir Grbic?

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April 9, 2021

31 - Shawn Kanungo: disrupt to innovate

What is the role of innovation within education?   Shawn Kanungo, a globally recognized innovation strategist, shares his insight into how innovation occurs and what it could look like within schools.

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March 29, 2021

30 - 3 kids asking some more curious questions with Judy Schachner

Anaiah Downing, Eliana Downing, and Teo Downing had the opportunity to ask some curious questions to Judy Schachner, #1 New York Times author/illustrator.  (See episode #29 for the complete conversation with Judy.)

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March 23, 2021

29 - Judy Schachner: liberating creativity

How does an award winning author and illustrator create their books? Judy Schachner, #1 NY Times Best Selling Author/Illustrator, gives us a glimpse into her creation process.

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March 19, 2021

28 - Michelle Weise: long life learning

How do we prepare for jobs that don't exist yet? Michelle Weise guides us through this transition with thoughtful insight and tons of examples.

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March 14, 2021

27 - John Couch: Rewiring Education

What is the role of technology within our learning?   John Couch, Apple's first Vice President of Education, helps us understand the difference between utilizing technology as a mental bicycle and an exercise bike.

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March 6, 2021

26 - Tony Wagner: learning by heart

What drives your learning?

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March 1, 2021

25 - Oliver Caviglioli: design to learn

Design has a significant impact on the way information is conveyed, and the degree to which learners are able to process and understand content.  Oliver Caviglioli breaks down the way the mind works, organizes content, and what we can do to better facilitate understanding.

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Feb. 18, 2021

24 - Noan Fesnoux: experiential learning

Noan Fesnoux highlights the importance of experiences within our educational journey. He shares how they have impacted his learning, and also how he views learning for students.  Noan shares all of this with clarity and a deep conviction.

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Feb. 8, 2021

23 - Kristen Graham: journalism & education

Kristen Graham, Pulitzer Prize winning journalist, shares some of her experiences while covering education in Philadelphia.  She also breaks down important skills needed in journalism and describes events from a recent arrest.

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Feb. 5, 2021

22 - Amelia Nierenberg: reflecting to move forward

Amelia Nierenberg, New York Times reporter, brings needed and helpful insight into the current state of education.  Amelia's observations are not only pertinent to our current situation with her work on the Coronavirus Briefing, but can help move education forward.

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Jan. 30, 2021

21 - Sierra Blair-Coyle: climbing to the top

Professional rock climber Sierra Blair-Coyle helps us better understand the complex dynamics of rock climbing, and what is needed to succeed.  Sierra tells us about her favorite places to climb, how to improve, and the impact of her coaches.

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Jan. 23, 2021

20 - Three kids: asking artists some curious questions

Anaiah Downing, Eliana Downing, and Teo Downing asked some curious questions to previous guests (ep 16-19).  The answers were great for listeners of all ages.

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Jan. 16, 2021

19 - Seth Stewart: space to create

"That would be dope if . . ."

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Jan. 11, 2021

18 - Betsy Struxness: broadway and beyond

Betsy Struxness takes us on a journey from a small town in Italy to the hectic backstage of Broadway performances.

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Dec. 22, 2020

17 - Voltaire Wade-Greene: learning through dance

Voltaire shares his early learning experiences like when he recorded Thriller over a precious family VHS tape, and memorized the various movements. Voltaire goes on to share the importance of movement w/ learning, and plenty of insightful Hamilton stories!

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Dec. 17, 2020

16 - Stephanie Klemons: the beauty of choreography

What can we learn from musicals like Hamilton?   TONS! Join Matthew Downing and Stephanie Klemons as they dive into Hamilton (the musical), choreography, Katie's Art Project, and what makes a beneficial learning experience.

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Dec. 7, 2020

15 - Michael Brody-Waite: leading through authenticity

What can great leaders learn from living like a drug addict? Listen in as Matthew Downing chats with Michael Brody-Waite about his journey and the many lessons he has applied to successful leadership.

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Nov. 24, 2020

14 - Michael Soskil: flipping the system

Matthew Downing chats with Michael Soskil about his newest book and the pivotal role teachers play in transforming the education system and preserving democracy.

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Nov. 20, 2020

13 - Steven W. Anderson and Shaelynn Farnsworth: literacy and technology - the perfect pair.

What can we learn from this remote learning experience?  Matthew Downing chats with Steven W. Anderson and Shaelynn Farnsworth about broader theoretical insights as well as practical takeaways that can be easily applied.

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Nov. 11, 2020

12 - Scott McLeod: 4 shifts towards deeper learning

What can help lead to deeper learning when integrating technology?  Matthew Downing and Dr. Scott McLeod discuss this relevant and important question. Scott brings it with theory and examples galore that can be easily applied.

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Nov. 4, 2020

11 - Todd Nesloney: the power of relationships to transform education

Matthew Downing chats with Todd Nesloney about his biggest takeaways from education. Todd mentions relationships with staff, students, and families as some of the key ingredients towards success. Todd also shares stories of his creative endeavors to...

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Oct. 18, 2020

10 - Jon Smith: students as creators

What can foster an authentic learning experience?   Matthew Downing and Jon Smith discuss how to create these types of authentic learning experiences through students publishing their work.  Listen to hear practical examples and interesting stories.

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Oct. 9, 2020

9 - Monica Burns: tasks before apps to promote deeper learning

Teachers are on constant lookout to promote deeper learning with the use of technology. Matthew Downing and Monica Burns discuss many ways to accomplish deeper learning, such as creating authentic audiences, purpose, and open ended activities.

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Oct. 3, 2020

8 - Dom Traynor: literacy beyond the classroom

How can we make literature come alive for our students?  Literature is supposed to make us feel and imagine.  Stories were meant to entertain.  However, many of our students experience the opposite.

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Sept. 27, 2020

7 - Jennie Magiera: a courageous adventure to innovate

Innovation is lacking in schools across the country. Matthew Downing and Jennie Magiera talk about ways to foster greater innovation within schools, the importance of taking risks, lessons learned from remote learning, and the food scene in Chicago...

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Sept. 19, 2020

6 - Richard Byrne: helping teachers and students discover their passions

Matthew Downing chats with Richard Byrne about a multitude of topics.  They go from student agency to 200+ mile bike rides.  How do they fit together?  You will have to listen to find out.

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Sept. 12, 2020

5 - Jennie Kristoffersen: breaking down silos with Nearpod

Matthew Downing talks with Jennie Kristoffersen about classroom culture, transformative technology integration, importance of relationships, and the latest developments at .  Jennie shares from her experience as a classroom teacher and curriculum leader.

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Sept. 3, 2020

4 - Tony Vincent: Technology integration - from Palm Pilots to Shapegrams

Matthew Downing talks with Tony Vincent about the progress of technology integration, and how to effectively use it to engage students in learning. If you feel overwhelmed with technology integration, this conversation will provide a clear and simple path forward.

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Aug. 29, 2020

3 - Rachelle Dene Poth: Charting a New Course for Learning

Matthew Downing and Rachelle Dene Poth dive deep into charting a new course for learning.  Topics include AR/VR, Project Based Learning, and Genius Hour.  This conversation is filled with practical guidance that will be sure to inspire.

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Aug. 14, 2020

2 - Thomas C. Murray: Explore, Design, and Create with Technology

Technology is a great tool, but it is important to think about it in deeper terms. Matthew Downing talks with Thomas C. Murray about elevating the purpose of technology within the learning experience.

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Aug. 14, 2020

1 - Jamie Casap: What problem do you want to solve?

Education and society are changing at a rapid pace.  Instead of memorizing facts and dates, we should approach education and the work we are doing in terms of solving a problem.  Listen in as Matthew Downing and Jamie Casap discuss this and more.

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About the Host

Matthew Downing

- Host of DivingDeepEDU
- Co-Host of RethinkingEDU
- Interested in the way technology transforms the learning process
- Excited about professional development that brings about effective change
- Enjoys the educational coaching process and seeing positive results
- Understands coding implementation within curriculum
- 15 years K-12 experience
- Currently, pursuing an EdD from Northeastern University in Curriculum, Teaching, Learning, Leadership
- Google Certified Trainer and Administrator
- Check out mdowningedu.com and rethinkingedu.co
- Email - mhdowning@gmail.com