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Episode 115 : Eva Moskowitz, Educational Reform Advocate

Eva Moskowitz is a leading figure in the education reform movement promoting charter schools. Her charter school system, the Success Academy Charter Schools in New York City, has 45 locations and serves nearly 15,000 students. In this episode of Teaching Matters, Moskowitz describes how her schools have created a culture of success despite the many political challenges advanced by charter school opponents. Additional information about Eva's work as an educational reformer can be found in her memoir, "The Education of Eva Moskowitz," published by Harper Collins.

Episode 114 : Sydney Chaffee, 2017 Massachusetts Teacher of the Year

Teaching Matters is excited to announce a special series of podcasts with award-winning teachers who will share their personal stories about teaching excellence. The first program in this series is with Sydney Chaffee, who was selected as the 2017 Massachusetts Teacher of the Year by the Council of Chief State School Officials, which is the oldest and most prestigious national honors program focusing on teaching excellence. In this podcast, Sydney discusses how she uses social justice as an orientation for bringing authentic, culturally-based, and real-world experiences to her classroom. She also discusses her "epiphany" about the purpose of learning.

Episode 113 : Math and Science Teaching Challenges w/ Dr. Courtney Koestler

Math and Science education poses challenges for teachers as they confront phobias, anxieties and perceived differential abilities among students. Dr. Courtney Koestler, Director of the OHIO Center for Equity in Math and Science in the Patton College of Education at Ohio University, discusses the political dimensions of math and science education as well as the role played by the center in promoting educational equity with improved learning outcomes for students.

Episode 113 : Math and Science Teaching Challenges w/ Dr. Courtney Koestler

Episode 112 : Student/Teacher Communication Motives with Dr. Scott Myers

Students have a variety of motives for communicating with their instructors over the course of a semester or term. In this episode, Dr. Scott Myers from West Virginia University discusses a recent study he published in the journal, Communication Education, titled, "A longitudinal analysis of students' motives for communicating with their instructors." Dr. Myers research observes that, in general, students' motives surrounding the need for information decreases as a semester progresses, but that their motives for relational communication increases.

Episode 112 : Student/Teacher Communication Motives with Dr. Scott Myers

Episode 111 - Immersive Media for Teaching and Learning

Virtual and augmented reality are poised to disrupt media consumption in all areas—entertainment, journalism, and education to name a few. Are you skeptical about this influencing your teaching and learning? If so, think about how smart phones and mobile computing has changed the ways in which we consume information. Virtual and augmented reality is the next evolution of mobile media consumption, and will disrupt our uses of media in the same way that the iPhone did less than a few years ago. Eric Williams, Josh Antonuccio, and John Bowditch are the chief architects of the Immersive Media Initiative at Ohio University. In this episode, you will hear how they teach students in a technology environment that changes rapidly, as well as how uses of AR/VR technology is presenting exciting learning opportunities across a wide array of fields, and at all age levels. This is the first in a multi-show series on VR/AR uses in education settings. You can learn more about the Immersive Media Initiative by visiting http://gridlab.ohio.edu/projects/immersive-media-initative/

Episode 110 - Appalachian Peace and Justice Network

On this episode, Scott Titsworth welcomes two members of the Appalachian Peace & Justice Network, a non-profit organization that empowers and challenges groups and individuals to work for peace and social justice, to talk about how the organization helps to embed social and emotional learning directly into schools in the region. Mara Giglio, director of the Appalachian Peace and Justice Network, where she she provides training on bully and violence prevention, conflict management and peer mediation. Jennifer L. Seifert, Ph.D., directs the Sexual Assault Prevention Program, an affiliate program within the APJN. For more info on the APJN, visit: http://www.apjn.org/

Episode 109 - Problem-Based Learning

Dr. Craig Davis and Mr. Chuck Borghese teach courses in strategic communication in the E. W. Scripps School of Journalism at Ohio University. Both Craig and Chuck draw upon years of experience working in the communication industry to integrate real world, problem-based learning into their courses. They emphasize creativity, problem-solving, team-based collaboration, and real-world application. In this episode, Chuck and Craig describe their approaches and how teachers in various settings might use problem-based learning to help students develop transferable skills.

Episode 108 - Academic Service Learning

Academic Service Learning is a pedagogical approach to problem-based learning that involves maximizing benefits for both learners and local communities in which educational projects are enacted. This episode describes an ongoing (20-year) project in Ecuador involving faculty from multiple disciplines and multiple universities. Dr. Mario Grijalva, Director of Ohio University's Infectious and Tropical Disease Institute, and Diana Marvel, Director of Ohio University's Center for Campus and Community Engagement, describe the service learning project in Ecuador, the philosophy behind service learning, and their approaches to emphasize multidisciplinary work by faculty and student participants. To learn more about this program, visit the ITDI website at: https://www.ohio.edu/medicine/itdi/

Episode 107 - Accelerating Opportunity Model

This program focuses on the link between educational credentials and future earning potential for students. Guests on the program describe an initiative called, Accelerating Opportunity, which is designed to advance the credentials of underprepared students with the objective of increasing their preparedness for careers that could increase their earning potential. Our discussion is centered on a recently released report, titled "New Evidence on Integrated Career Pathways: Final Impact Report for Accelerating Opportunity," from the Urban Institute. Guests on the program include: Dr. Barbara Endel, Senior Director of Jobs for the Future, who led the Accelerating Opportunity initiative, Monty Sullivan, President of the Louisiana Community & Technical College System in Baton Rouge, LA, and Peggy Heinrich, Interim Vice President of Teaching, Learning, and Student Development at Elgin Community College.

Episode 106 : The Problem of Cell Phone Use in Class

On this episode of Teaching Matters, Scott discusses the problem, the challenge, and the rewards of technology, specifically cell phones, in the classroom with Dave Panzer, Director of Sales at Pocket Points, Inc. and Dr. Jeff Kuznekoff, Assistant Professor of Communication at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. Pocket Points is a new app providing a powerful and innovative solution to a modern day challenge for Educator's across America. Pocket Points rewards students for doing the right thing of staying off their cell phones during class time. For more information on the app, visit: https://pocketpoints.com

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