S2 Episode 1: The Returned

We’re back! Emily and Nicole are now The Returned. We want to thank you so much for your patience while we got things started with the second season of the Empowering Modern Learners Podcast. We have been looking forward to getting our first episode out since last season. There has be a lot of learning on our part and we are elated that we’ve finally been able to get things underway. We are going to try a few new things out, but the heart of it all will continue to be stories from educators on their journeys to empower our modern learners.

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In this episode we have Lindsay Avery Principal of Worthington Public School as she shares her story of opening up her school to students every Wednesday over this past summer. She also outlines a great partnership between her school and some former students in the Fletcher’s Meadow Secondary School construction specialist high skills major. These examples and more exemplify the belief that “Together as a community of families, educators and leaders we share responsibility to inspire our modern learners to be active, critically engaged global citizens.”

What’s new in the world of EML?

Nicole shared an exciting opportunity for grade 6 and 9 teachers to be involved with the Let’s Talk Science: Living Space Project in which classes will monitor the environmental conditions of their classrooms by coding Micro:bit to collect and display data from a sensor board. The PD opportunity takes place on Saturday November 24th from 9am-1:30pm and teachers who register, attend and commit to completing the project will receive a kit with everything they need. For full details or to register for remaining spots, check out MyLearningPlan (aka Frontline).

Emily shared about the amazing Empowering Modern Learners parent conference from the beginning of the month. A new format allowed facilitators and parents to interact more fully than during years past moving from traditional sessions to tabletop displays. She described how a conversation about reading with your child at home, moved right through to 3D printing. Check out some of the tweets from the conference.

More from the interview:

View Worthington’s Kindergarten Outdoor Learning Space Grant proposal:

On her book shelf: Empower by John Spencer and AJ Juliani

Try This!

Connect with someone from an industry related to a subject that you teach. Whether in person, via e-mail, Twitter or using a tool like Google Hangouts, allow your students to see how what they are doing in school can relate to real careers.

Thank you so much for joining us!

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