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Hear from a range of voices, educators and education leaders with diverse backgrounds and experiences, personal histories and motivations. What connects all of them is clarity of moral vision combined with a deep commitment to learners and learning.

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Slice of PI

Innovation with a purpose

Slice of PI - Innovation with purpose
Co-hosted by Hannah Jennewein and Claire Gilbert.

This podcast showcases the work being done within Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College with an eye to Principled Innovation. Principled Innovation is the ability to imagine new concepts, catalyze ideas, and form new solutions guided by principles that create positive change for humanity. This show will look to the process of changemaking – not just the clean and polished side of doing new things, but taking a look at the messier side of innovation. Each episode will hear directly from Faculty, Staff, and Students, and delve into a different area of work within the Teachers College. This podcast is made possible by a generous grant from the Kern Family Foundation.

Slice of PI: innovation with a purpose – season 1 trailer

What is Principled Innovation? Join us as we explore a new season exploring the process of changemaking and the messier side of innovation.

Using values to guide student success

Hannah and Claire sit down with members of the Student Success Team and discuss the formation of their team over the past two years.

Reflecting on the messiness of changemaking and innovation

Hannah and Claire sit down with Erica Mitchell, Executive Director of Student Services, to talk about what happened next in the story of the Student Success Team.

Creating a meaningful space for technology

Hannah and Claire chat about MLFTC's IgnitED Labs with Dr. Sean Leahy, Director of Technology Initiatives, and Jodie Donner, Lead Technology Strategist and Head of IgnitED Labs.

Value driven decision-making and reflection

Part 2 on MLFTC's IgnitED Labs with Dr. Sean Leahy, Director of Technology Initiatives, and Jodie Donner, Lead Technology Strategist and Head of IgnitED Labs.

Teaching in teams

Hannah and Claire sit down with Kelly Owen and Will Butler to talk about teaching in teams with distributed expertise.

Global education in a pandemic

Hannah and Claire chat with Ruhi Khan, Project Director at the Center for Advanced Studies in Global Education, about how she has incorporated practices of principled innovation into her work with teachers and educational leaders from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

Designing for Principled Innovation

In this episode, Hannah and Claire sit down with current (and former) members of the Design Initiatives Team, who collaborated with the Kyrene School District in designing a school for the future.

Reflecting on designing creative solutions

In this episode, Hannah and Claire continue their conversation with current (and former) members of the Design Initiatives Team about designing a school for the future with the Kyrene School District.

Value Laden

Educational leadership podcast

Dr. Punya Mishra
Hosted by Punya Mishra, associate dean of scholarship and innovation; professor

Hear from educational leaders as they share what contributed to the development of their personal ethical compass and how these value systems influence their professional work leading an educational organization. We talk about the dilemmas they struggle with and how they maintain integrity to their vision, in a complex messy world.

Value Laden recognizes that the work of educators and educational leaders is inherently valuable and is also meaningless without a discussion of the deeper values we bring to this work. This podcast reaffirms that education is moral work and strives to better understand how we can integrate practical wisdom into the next generation of educational leadership.

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Learning Futures

Shawn Loescher: from Velvet Revolution to urban schools’ CEO

Shawn Loescher, CEO of Urban Discovery Schools in San Diego, discusses with Punya Mishra the formative educational and professional experiences that served as the foundation of his philosophy on education.

Karen Bohlin: developing character through stories

Karen Bohlin, head of the Montrose School, an independent girls school in Massachusetts, talks with Punya Mishra about her views on the role that schools and education should play in fostering human flourishing and developing practical wisdom in students and educators. Bohlin explores the past influences in her life and her career path, as well as the power of literature to help us understand character.

Jeewan Chanicka: leading with equity

Education leader, speaker and activist Jeewan Chanicka explores with Punya Mishra his perspectives on equity and identity in relation to schools, education systems, and the role of education leaders. Chanicka discusses how his personal experiences have shaped his beliefs and career path, and shares how he has worked to bring equity and equitable education outcomes to the forefront of schooling through ongoing activism and community engagement.

Sonya Gunnings-Moton: urban education advocate

Dr. Sonya Gunnings-Moton, associate dean of support services and engagement at Michigan State University, joins Punya Mishra to discuss her personal and professional journey and her work in urban education and teacher preparation. Gunnings-Moton talks about her early years and explains her trajectory from psychology into education, as well how the circumstances of racial discrimination, sense of community and a dedicated spirit have pushed her to serve the underserved.

Gerald Fussell: changing the system from within

Dr. Gerald Fussell, principal of Lake Trail Community Middle School in British Columbia, Canada, has a conversation with Punya Mishra on the influences that brought him into teaching and public school administration. Fussell discusses his efforts to challenge the status quo in education by advocating for students and seeking ways to change the system to better serve them.

Pam Moran: leading a culture of contagious creativity

Dr. Pam Moran, former Superintendent of Albemarle County Schools in Virginia, discusses with Punya Mishra the early influences in her personal and professional life, her career path into teaching and administration, and her perspectives on how to build schools and school systems that encourage creativity and risk-taking in their educators and students. Through her storytelling, she imparts powerful lessons and perspective on bringing about transformational change.

Glen Lineberry: Power of Ideas and Persistence

Glen Lineberry, principal of Miami Junior-Senior High School in rural Arizona and Director of the Arizona Student Opportunity Collaborative, discusses the power of curiosity, knowledge, and persistence with Punya Mishra. Lineberry shares how he made a career change to enter teaching and talks about his efforts to ensure that his students have exposure and access to ideas and opportunities that will enable them to be open-minded and curious.