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.

Feb 19 2021

Become a Hybrid Learning Pro: Tips & Resources to Keep Students Engaged Anywhere

The transformation of learning where suddenly students and teachers are not physically together has driven widespread use of video conferencing.  Screen fatigue complaints and disengagement were center stage early on, but certain folks like Suzanne Phillips rode in to show how to do it right.  LeiLani interviews Suzanne Phillips from Cisco Webex who has focused on creating tips and resources for teachers, by learning from successful educators worldwide.  Teaching virtually can still be human with real connection, provided simple workflows and special tricks are used to create a learning ambiance.  Who would have predicted that since the pandemic, over one million views of educator video conferencing tips would have happened in just a few months?

Jan 29 2021

Esports Driving All Academic Achievement

Esports is the new “hook” to keep students working in other subjects despite being remote or partially physically attending schools in some sort of hybrid schedule.  LeiLani discusses the emerging ultra-significance of esports and gaming in K12 education with Dr. Miles Harvey, 8th Grade Video Game-Based Learning and Esports Coach, Albuquerque Public Schools and Luke Stebick, Account Executive at TIG.  Hear them talk about the real-life workings of student attendance and engagement because of esports, getting started as a school, and what sort of life-long opportunities are out there for students.  

Jan 15 2021

Data Driven Return to Learning

Given the ongoing pandemic, schools, districts and whole States have been grappling with awkward school schedules, hybrid style environments, and mismatched achievement because student online attendance during the later part of Spring was so unpredictable. States have stepped in to measure both academics and social-emotional learning to get achievement back on track. This podcast discusses what that looks like and hosts Anita Qonja Collins-Executive Director of Elementary Instruction/Dr. Christine Russell-MTSS Coordinator/Gary A. van Staveren, Ph.D.-Assessment, Grants and School Improvement Supervisor.

Jan 6 2021

Paying for the Giant Leap in K12

The nation made a giant leap forward into technology for K12 in 2020 and that transition continues, with some new twists.  LeiLani hosts Renee Patton, Global Director of Education and Healthcare from Cisco’s Industry Solutions Group.  With “so many newbies,” the new schools and districts since the pandemic started, all rolling out massive numbers of computing devices to students, they discuss what that means for networks, achievement and student equity.  New address to small schools and districts with innovations in equipment, pricing and help for funding questions have been part of the Cisco pivot to help – detailed by Patton.  Interesting new ideas about what’s next up with schools having to be “extra-limital” are also discussed. 

Dec 16 2020

Pushed into 1-to-1? What’s next for successful programs.

LeiLani discusses with Justin Reilly, the CEO of Impero, a missing ingredient for managing the sudden mass deployments of devices by K12 schools. Student safety, but more importantly, the well-being of students socially and emotionally, has a new guardian with advanced mobile device management software. Reilly’s comments about what’s imperative now that schools are still mostly hybrid or remote learning are particularly timely. It’s not enough to create a connection to learning, vigilance by schools about student well-being means they retain those students while driving achievement. 

Nov 16 2020

Science Learning from Anywhere

Do you want to be thoroughly impressed about cross-curricular STEM learning remotely?  Anika Chebrolu, a 14-year-old, won the 3M Young Scientist Challenge and was named America’s Top Young Scientist of 2020. She found a molecule that can selectively bind to the spike protein of the SARS-CoV-2 virus in an attempt to find a cure for the pandemic.  Programs for schools from Discovery Education combine these sorts of challenges with world-class STEM learning.  Hear the discussion with Beth Meyer, VP of Growth and Partner Activation from Discovery Education; Mahfuza B. Ali, Ph.D., Corporate Scientist, 3M Materials Resource Division and 3M Young Scientist Challenge Mentor; and Anika.

Nov 9 2020

Recovery from a Lost Year of Reading Achievement

Tens of thousands of school leaders are realizing they may have lost a year of progress with students. LeiLani discusses with Dr. Liz Brooke, Chief Learning Officer at Lexia and Felecia Evans, Principal at Lander Elementary School, Mayfield Heights, OH, what to do about realigning student learning amidst ongoing alternate schedules including on-campus, remote and hybrid learning. As educators come out of the fog of issuing millions of devices and making sure students have connectivity, they are finding a professional world of digital curriculum to help them play catch-up. This discussion focuses on practical leadership from the front lines by a Principal and new software qualities that result in leaps upward in achievement in shorter time – a critical discussion right now for K12 schools who hope to recover in language literacy.

Oct 2 2020

Now is the Future of Teaching

LeiLani discusses with guest, Marty Reed of RANDA Solutions, the mass attrition of teachers during this historic perfect storm of Covid-19. Educator frustrations with remote teaching, and a lack of elevation of the profession up to the digital universe has magnified the already crisis level issue of teacher retention. Marty’s take on teacher free agentry changes the entire dynamics of teaching. By creating an  ecosystem around teacher licensure, intellectual property, professional learning and community, context can be established around credentials and portfolios of work. Teachers can present to the world the complete picture of themselves as a professional educator. When schools can’t get the teachers they need, a turn to the wide world of professionals across the internet could be the only solution for thousands of administrators. The “Lifelong Learning Project, powered by teachers” with a digital identity solution in Teacher Wallet is on the horizon.

Sep 21 2020

Education Tech Chaos

LeiLani Cauthen discusses the general education tech chaos with Tricia Kennedy, Executive Director, Instructional Development and Support, Gwinnett County Public Schools in Atlanta, Georgia. Kennedy has led years' worth of preparedness to have a fully integrated learning ecosystem so that total chaos was never evident for them in America’s March 2020 move to quarantines with all schools shutting down. While other schools went into hyper-drive, Kennedy’s chaos was minimal. With 180,000 students, Gwinnett’s tech vision leans on Amazon Web Services for dependency to watch traffic load and manage downtime in real-time, ensuring equitable access for all students.  Listen to find out the how this district kept it together in one of the most sophisticated operations nationally.

Sep 16 2020

The Lost Learning Year: Intelligent Recommendations

LeiLani discusses recent findings by researchers Dr. John Bielinski and Dr. Kyle Wagner at Illuminate Education on the effect quarantines and remote learning have had on K-8 learning outcomes.  Schools working through remote learning transitions have focused on engagement, but the data indicates that there is a clear hierarchy of needs and educators will need the tools to pinpoint risk quickly and make a recovery plan.


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

Authored by LeiLani Cauthen

The Consumerization of Learning

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The 100+ Categories of Digital
Curriculum Characteristics
Becoming Expo Learning

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