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Context on K-12 Education’s Tech Transformation. Each podcast offers interviews of leaders in education or the ed-tech industry, research from the Learning Counsel and the renowned insights of LeiLani Cauthen, who has been helping define this century’s real change to teaching and learning from a deep understanding of our schools and innovations in computing and learning software for over twenty years.

May 13 2022

Towards Real Transformation

In this episode of the Learning Leadership Society Report, your Host LeiLani Cauthen speaks with Chris McMurray, the Learning Counsel’s new Chief Academic Officer. As the Learning Counsel begins direct engagements with schools and school districts, Chris McMurray will take the point and help guide them towards real transformation. According to Cauthen, “There's a new future being built. First, there's a teacher shortage and almost every single district was talking about that. And the few that weren't were experiencing other elements of the perfect storm, which is they're losing students, there's an attrition to the homeschooling movement and alternatives, that is just massive.”

Apr 8 2022

Practical Examples of Classroom Equity in Language Instruction

When entering our education system as an emergent bilingual, the nuances are everything. Especially if you have an eye towards equity. In this episode of The EduJedi Report, Host LeiLani Cauthen and her guest, Javier Ruiz, Education Content Specialist – English Language Development at Lexia Learning, discuss the growing awareness of equity as we serve our emergent bilingual students (historically known as English Language Learners), and a more culturally aware mindset for learning which includes multiple accents and dialects for superior learner self-identification.

Mar 25 2022

The Educational Epoch Change You Didn’t Know Happened

As we write our new epic and talk about the age of the Age of Knowledge and the Age of Technology, and then into the Age of Experience, we’ll see we used our knowledge in a scaffolded way to aim for the perfect life. In this episode, Host LeiLani Cauthen and Guest Tom Finn, President/CEO & Employee-Owner of AVID Products discuss the tremendous changes in the education market and the positive structural changes that are taking place in skills, preparation for the future, and the transformation of technology and its inherent value. 

Nov 10 2021

Heritage Relevant Digital Learning Design

In this episode of the EduJedi Report podcast, Host and Learning Counsel CEO LeiLani Cauthen talks with Kristie Shelley, Senior Director of Emergent Bilingual Curriculum at Lexia Learning about digital learning design that is heritage-relevant.  

Lexia English is a K-6 product that helps promote bilingualism or multilingualism. From day one, they approached the program with an asset model, which makes it unique, seeking to honor learners first and foremost. Studies indicate that teachers talk 80 percent of the time in the classroom. Lexia flipped the model because the only way to learn a language is to actually speak the language. In order to make this happen in an interactive atmosphere, they use a technology of the speech recognition engine. And to make the learner comfortable, Lexia allowed characters to use familiar accents, yet encouraged the learner to use Academic English, which showed in their writing and reading. 

The unique Lexia English program is finding huge success while removing the burden from disappearing numbers of ESL teachers, and the professional grade Ui/UX design is blowing the doors off competitors’ offerings. 

Aug 27 2021

New Answers to Systemic Inequity of Language Learning

Age-old instructional methods for language learning have had structures that predispose them to English-language only delivery models.  New digital delivery mechanisms make way for learning scaffolding that is culturally responsive to empower educators to lead bi-lingual learners in systems without built-in prejudices.  Listen in to find out exactly what it means to have learning built digitally to improve outcomes in language learning and empower educators to address individual needs in less time. 

Aug 17 2021

Getting Real about What Blended Learning Is and Isn't in the Classroom

The pandemic has taught us many things, one being there is a lot of confusion around what effective blended learning really looks like. What are some actionable strategies for integrating technology in the classroom and supporting blended learning? Listen as LeiLani talks with two pros, Alexis Treat, Sr. Director of Literacy Curriculum and Meg Van Voorhis, Director of Professional Learning from Lexia who share stories and tips.  As definitions of blended learning, simultaneous teaching, synchronous teaching, hybrid learning, flipped learning and more of the latest trends get discussed by schools it all comes down to what’s real and what isn’t for teachers’ workload and workflow.

Jun 19 2021

A Conversation about Hybrid Logistics

Longtime friend and great intellect Drew Hinds, Executive Director of Technology Services from Huntington Beach City School District in California, discusses with LeiLani the idea of Hybrid Logistics as an answer to the huge disruption of how schools use time and space now.  The student requirement for significant flexibility is here, and what does that mean for schools?  What does personalization really mean now, since the pandemic?  LeiLani mentions the “real definition” of personalization comes from the consumer world.   Drew goes further and indicates he believes a digital wrap-around of A.I.-driven resources unique to students, while still having a need for human interface, is on the horizon.  “Teachers would say they can differentiate,” says Drew, “it involves trying to shoot towards the middle,” for students.  “But it’s always to the middle…” 

Jun 4 2021

Four Surprises Post-Pandemic for Schools

LeiLani Cauthen discusses what EduJedi are seeing for changes in expectations and what schools will need to do to overcome “hidden” frictions. She also brings up “infinity scale logic” versus binary logic and why it is important to be familiar with it to address cultural shifts in schools. Listen to also find out the “two modes” of communications patterns for students today.

May 6 2021

Learning Recovery Starts with Seeing and Hearing A.I.

Schools now have a big worry about lack of learning because students just can’t see or hear well, either because of masks and plexiglass everywhere on site or from a distance over video feeds. Guest Daniel Kleman and EduJedi LeiLani Cauthen discuss things like invisible sound bubbles that block background noise, artificial intelligence managing audio beams so the teacher is heard by all and students don’t get left behind.

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May 6 2021

Becoming Human Using Assessment Data

What if testing was more human centric and not so scary and indiscriminate? Listen to this discussion about bringing back meaning to assessments through new skills in data and logic that work even in distance learning scenarios. EduJedi LeiLani Cauthen interviews CEO Laura Slover and Joey Web, Director of Academic Services, of CenterPoint Education Solutions.

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LeiLani Cauthen is the most connected thought leader in K12 education. She is the CEO and Publisher of the Learning Counsel, a research and news media hub for K12 education with 215,000 primarily executive education readers. She produces leadership training events in twenty-five or more U.S. cities annually and keynotes other conferences. Her on-the-ground approach for the last seven years connected her with districts of all sizes as well as charter schools, private schools, and government leaders. Learning Counsel also produces hot topic webinars with school administrators from across America, a series of Special Reports, ongoing news, and the largest ed-tech research study annually. LeiLani is also the Founder of Knowstory, a social media site just for education, the GrandMaster of the Edujedi Leadership Society, and author of “The Consumerization of Learning.”

Known as an everyday philosopher, author, speaker, research analyst, and futurist, LeiLani has gained accolades from thousands of educators. She is well versed in the digital content universe, software development, hardware innovation, school academic planning and digital coverage model strategies. Her work has included creating a model architecture for learning software in K12 that encompasses tech advance areas with useful labeling, writing the renowned “100+ Characteristics of Digital Curriculum” and “Leadership versus the Classroom” Special Reports, pioneering stair-step maturity archetypes for school transitioning, and making new professional development games including “Personalized Learning Workflow Twister.” With over twenty years of tech, news media and education experience, LeiLani has a reputation for accurately predicting the trajectory of education. She is currently writing a new book entitled “The Uberization of Learning.”

What People are Saying:

“My biggest moment of just trying to learn what this is about, was listening to LeiLani just be real and not be afraid to say some things you probably wouldn’t typically hear and then allow people to process that through and expose their own vulnerability a little bit and say, ‘Okay, where do I fit in this and how does this work and am I doing the right things.’ And challenging your mindset and challenging what you think you know, and what you may or may not know . Which I think is good. I appreciate that. I think that’s one of the healthiest things I can do is put myself in a situation where I have to listen to some things where I am not comfortable yet.”

Jeff Plaman
Online Learning Specialist, Minnesota Dept of Education

“Education is in chaos. Many schools are struggling, they are going in all directions, trying to get the latest technology because they hear buzzwords and they’re trying to stand in front of the board and say ‘Yes, we do that!’ It’s not going anywhere, and you feel it. You feel the confusion. What LeiLani lays out is a roadmap for education, ‘This is what’s going to happen, this is what is happening, this is what needs to happen if you’re going to solve this tangled situation which you are at right now.’ I really think this is her putting a mirror in front of the industry and saying, ‘Look at the mirror, this is the picture, this is what it IS, now let’s take it somewhere else.’”

Elad Inbar
CEO RobotLab

“There’s always a forward look as to where this could be going. LeiLani’s got a wonderful vision about where things could take us, and so just hearing that is inspiration; there are nuggets I can take back to my own district that we pull out of that to build into our own system and architecture.”

Superintendent Greg Magnuson
Buena Park School District, CA

“LeiLani brings together educational leaders from across the country in unique forums to challenge them to think differently about technology in education. She has an amazing vision for what technology in education will look like in the very near future. Her new book is a testament to the new reality of the digital transformation taking place. She explains how technology in education is being implemented and suggests systems of change to adopt digital learning and knowledge. These systems of change represent a very authentic and real-world approach to ‘upset ́ the present culture of education and transform into a truly digital one that will result in better learning outcomes.”

Keith A. Bockwoldt
CETL, NSBA “20 to Watch”, Chief Information Officer
Hinsdale Township High School District 86, Chicago

“LeiLani is a fantastic researcher who can describe broad trends in the educational marketplace, while also articulating specific future needs that will be essential for successful educational institutions. She is a true education industry thought leader. The Consumerization of Learning does a wonderful job of codifying the trajectory of education, showing how we are on the precipice of consumerization, and describing a great need for education to catch up to the Age of Experience.”

Dan Stoneman
(Former) Chief Innovation Officer of San Diego USD, 2017
Classroom of the Future Foundation
Innovator of the Year

“The research that LeiLani has conducted and artfully summarized in The Consumerization of Learning is presented in a way that positions education leaders to adopt common language and understandings of the rapidly changing landscape of K-12 education. As we collectively work to redefine what we believe about learning, how people learn, and what role technology plays in modern learning environments, leaders recognize that technology is an essential piece of the education puzzle, but that it is not the driver.”

Beth Pocius
Manager, Blended and Digital Curriculum
Implementation and Support,
Seminole County Public Schools, FL

Publications
Authored by LeiLani Cauthen

Book:
The Consumerization of Learning

Special Reports:

Digital Curriculum Strategy
Model Architecture
The 100+ Categories of Digital
Curriculum Characteristics
Becoming Expo Learning

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