Podcasts with Host LeiLani Cauthen, Author, Researcher and Thought Leader

Unique Perspective

“People don’t know what they want until you show it to them. That’s paraphrasing one of Steve Jobs’ famous quotes. Today in education, there are alternatives to traditional public schools that are not necessarily alternative. Yet the mood of society is practically mutiny against traditional schooling in its aspirations for something different, but to what? They don’t know. Certainly, a lot of school leaders think they know, but the evidence is in their practice that they don’t really see how things should work today in teaching and learning. Are we understanding everything we need to about true structural shift away from the industrial age models? Choice is no choice at all if you don’t understand structure and, particularly, the fact that tech changes everything. It’s not the individual devices and bits of software or the teacher’s practice, it’s the sum of the effect, and more interestingly, which technology or logistics or trend reckoning or teaching method is missing and unapplied. The most important thing is to talk about, to show, the actual future."

Listen in as LeiLani hosts talks with both education and tech company leadership, presenting a unique perspective from her background as a researcher, author, technology developer and strategist.

June 6, 2022
Devolution & Cascading Failure in Schools

Research sourced from multiple industries and the definition of both devolution and cascading failure are the topics of this podcast. The mass teacher shortages are mirrored in other industries, and some new data from the insurance actuaries are indicating part of the “why.” At the end, LeiLani challenges listeners with the key questions about meeting challenges in K12 arriving as soon as Summer 2022.

May 31, 2022
Aftermath of the Pandemic for K12

In this podcast, LeiLani discusses the teacher shortage, what teachers were doing during the lockdowns, video conference call fatigue, the face of consumerized learning and the consumer awakening during. The perfect storm of these things plus the “short form versus long form” learning issue is discussed as influencing what schools need to think about post the pandemic.

May 13, 2022
Practical Ways to Make Literacy Instruction More Equitable

In this episode of the Learning Leadership Society Report, your Host LeiLani Cauthen speaks with Carrie Doom and Michele Pulver, both with Lexia Learning. With no holds barred, Cauthen lays it on the line, asking the team from Lexia, “Why is literacy at the heart of educational equity?” 

According to Pulver, “Literacy is at the heart of equity because it's the foundation of everything that we ask our students to do. 85 percent of what we present to students is based in text. Kids have to be able to read to participate in classroom activities, classroom instruction, and to be ready for college and career. We know that the educational landscape is not equitable right now. We know now, looking backwards at the pandemic; it shined a glaring light on the fact that access to technology is not equal.” 

Doom added, “having a high-quality educator, not by chance, but by design, is critical, knowing that best practices that are rooted in neuroscience and cognitive science in the way that we teach children to read, and teaching children to read is the key that unlocks the door to opportunities across their lifetime.”  

Don’t miss this critical podcast: get the facts. 

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.”

“The reason we're deepening the service level from the Learning Council to school systems is because they need help, somebody to come alongside who not only has the crystal ball, but also has the implementation experience to do the things now required of school systems, said McMurray. “We've put together a nice package of supports, including Advisory Schools and Hybrid Logistics, within our Innovation Services, a division of the Learning Council that provides those much needed consultative advisory services.”

April 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.

March 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.

June 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…”