Challenge-Based Learning: Redefining School with Glarea Elevated Learning

In this edition of the Roundtable, host Tim Cavey connects with Rita Rai, Nadia Irshad, and Peter Anderson from Glarea Elevated Learning, a school that is charting a unique path to learning and instruction.

What is challenge-based learning, how does it help students, and how does it fit with inquiry and other approaches to instruction? You’re about to find out.

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Questions and Timestamps from This Conversation

  • 0:29 – Who is Rita Rai?
  • 3:12 – Who is Nadia Irshad?
  • 5:15 – Who is Peter Anderson?
  • 9:22 – What is Glarea Elevated Learning? How is this school different?
  • 11:38 – What is the history of Glarea Elevated Learning? How, when, and why was it founded?
  • 17:28 – What is challenge-based learning? Why is an emphasis on challenge so important in education today?
  • 21:49 – What do you see as the current and future roles of technology in education?
  • 29:15 – Why is it so important to put BIPOC women in places of institutional leadership? What work remains to be done in this space?
  • 33:43 – How are children learning differently than they were 10-20 years ago? How can teachers and schools responsively to those needs?
  • 36:29 – What is the meaning of Glarea?
  • 41:29 – How can we connect with you and join your learning journeys?

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Shannon Schinkel: Drama, Equity, and Assessment

Who is Shannon Schinkel?

SHANNON SCHINKEL is an inclusive BC high school drama teacher, progressive assessment maker, part time actor, blogger, and reader. She is also the creator and administrator of two Facebook groups: Beyond Report Cards and Humanities Zone. You can follow Shannon on Twitter @DramaQueenBRC and on her blog at https://mygrowthmindset.home.blog.

Questions, Topics, and YouTube Timestamps

  • 1:20 – Who is Shannon Schinkel? Tell us a little bit more about your current CONTEXT and work in education.
  • 3:04 – Before we go any further, how are you doing these days? What has your headspace been like, and what does PANDEMIC LEARNING look like in your context?
  • 4:48 – It’s STORY TIME. Please share with us about a low moment or an experience of adversity that you’ve faced in your teaching or education career, and describe how you overcame it.
  • 11:25 – How can educators shift student thinking and language away FROM grades to be earned TOWARD learning and proficiency to be developed?
  • 17:27 – Is a PASS/FAIL model of assessment and reporting possible or even desirable in K-12 education?
  • 19:32 – Let’s talk about BEYOND REPORT CARDS, your legendary Facebook group that now boasts almost 1,400 passionate educators and continues to grow. What fuels your passion for the area of assessment in education today?
  • 23:58 – Josh Ogilvie (@JoshOgilvie4) on Twitter, a teacher in Burnaby, BC, asked this question: “How can we help teachers develop and use sound and ALIGNED assessment and grading practices?”
  • 33:08 – And here’s a question from our mutual friend and rock star in BC education, Rose Pillay (@RPillay1) on Twitter. She asks “How can teachers OUTSIDE of your district benefit from your work, words, wit & wisdom? Beyond the blog, beyond Twitter.”
  • 36:35 – We are living and working in an incredible time for the planet and for education. Do you feel like we are on the brink of an assessment REVOLUTION in North America?
  • 41:55 – As you look across your PLN and your own practice in the remote learning environment, what is setting you ON FIRE about education today?
  • 44:42 – How are you looking to GROW professionally and improve your practice right now? Can you share about a specific professional goal or project that you’re currently working on?
  • 51:07 – Outside of education, what’s another area of LEARNING for you? Tell us why this area interests you and why you enjoy it.
  • 53:55 – Share about an app, personal habit, or PRODUCTIVITY hack that contributes to your success and helps you do everything that you do.

Voices and Resources That Spark Shannon’s Thinking

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Song Track Credits

  • Sunrise Drive by South London Hifi*
  • Anthem by The Grand Affair*
  • Roots of Legend by Density & Time
  • Jane Fonda by The Grand Affair*
  • *tracks courtesy of the YouTube Audio Library

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Assessment Practices: Building Sustainability, Equity, and Literacy (featuring ACBC)

In this edition of the Roundtable, host Tim Cavey connects with five educators from the Assessment Consortium of BC. The purpose of ACBC is “To foster growth in assessment literacy for educators in British Columbia that will lead to sustainable and equitable practices, benefiting learners from K to post-secondary.” Whether you’re a British Columbian educator or not, if you’re interested in learning more about assessment practices in K-16, this conversation is for you.

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Questions and Timestamps from This Conversation

  • 0:30 – Who are you and what is your current context in education?
    • 0:38 – Who is Shannon Schinkel?
    • 1:44 – Who is Nina Pak Lui?
    • 2:14 – Who is Phil Stringer?
    • 3:06 – Who is Josh Ogilvie?
    • 4:00 – Who is Katie Marren?
  • 5:07 – What is the Assessment Consortium of BC? How and why did ACBC start?
  • 7:53 – Why do you call it a consortium? What do you see as ACBC’s mission?
  • 12:18 – What is your personal assessment story? What sorts of experiences have shaped your thinking around assessment today?
  • 31:53 – Who are the voices who have inspired you and influenced your assessment journey?
  • 41:33 – What are your hopes for the launch and learn EdCamp event?
  • 44:46 – What is next for ACBC? What are some of your long-term GOALS?
  • 47:48 – How can we connect with you and join your learning journey?

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Assessment Authors and Speakers Recommended by the Panelists

  • Barbara Oakley
  • Benjamin Bloom
  • Brooke Moore
  • Carol Ann Tomlinson
  • Dustin Louie
  • Dylan Wiliam
  • Grant Wiggins
  • Henry Roediger III
  • Jan Chappuis
  • Jay McTighe
  • Jo Chrona
  • Jody Carrington
  • Judy Halbert
  • Katie White
  • Ken O’Connor
  • Leyton Schnellert
  • Linda Kaser
  • Mark A. McDaniel
  • Paige Fisher
  • Peter C. Brown
  • Peter Liljedahl
  • Rick Stiggins
  • Rick Wormeli
  • Shelley Moore
  • Starr Sackstein
  • Susan Brookhart
  • Thomas Guskey
  • Tom Schimmer

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Effective Feedback and Assessment in the English Classroom

How can we improve student learning while saving teacher sanity at the same time? In this edition of the Roundtable, Tim Cavey hosts a stimulating conversation around feedback and assessment in the English classroom. Guests included Marisa Thompson, Matthew Johnson, Gina Benz, and Tyler Rablin.

Questions That Guided Our Conversation

  • 2:26​ – Describe your journey with English assessment. How dark did it go for you, and where do you see teachers assessing their way to BURNOUT?
  • 10:07​ – What are some practical tools and STRATEGIES that actually improve student learning in the English classroom while saving teacher sanity?
  • 31:04​ – What else can you say about your present PHILOSOPHY of instruction and feedback? How do we need to think about assessment differently?
  • 49:51​ – Who are the voices and INFLUENCES that you learn from in this space?
  • 53:21​ – How can we learn with you going forward? Tell us about the work you’re most proud of and let us know where we can CONNECT.

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Student-Led Conferences: Why, How, and Best Practices

In this edition of the Roundtable, Tim Cavey facilitates a conversation around student-led conferences: why, how, and best practices. Guests included Starr Sackstein, Melisa Hayes, Skylar Primm, Jeffery Frieden, and Victoria Thompson.

Questions That Guided Our Conversation

  • 1:04 – Who are you and what is your current context in education?
  • 4:15 – Let’s start with the rationale. Why do you believe in student-led conferences as an essential practice?
  • 13:02 – Tell us about your experiences with student-led conferences. How have they looked in your world?
  • 35:15 – For schools looking to refine and improve their approach, what are some other best practices, tools, or strategies that you can recommend?
  • 48:35 – What about the student who doesn’t have a parent that is able or willing to attend the conference?
  • 51:50 – When it comes to student-led conferences, who should we be reading? Which authors and books have you learned from?
  • 56:01 – How can we connect with you? What’s next in your learning journey?

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Books Recommended by the Panelists

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