August 28, 2017, San Francisco, CA — KQED is pleased to announce the launch of a second season of the MindShiftpodcast. Hosts Ki Sung and Katrina Schwartz, editors of KQED’s popular MindShift blog, explore the innovations in education that are shaping how kids learn. The five-episode season officially launches on August 29, with new episodes every other Tuesday through October 24 

The new season highlights the stories of educators who are developing innovative ways to improve how kids learn. Listeners will meet Michael Essien, a middle-school principal who shares the one thing that finally helped teachers get a grip on classroom management. After seeing the behavior of so many college students and their highly involved parents, former Stanford Dean of Freshmen Julie Lythcott-Haims cautions against overparenting so that young adults can develop self-efficacy. Catlin Tucker explains why she started an interdisciplinary program within her Sonoma County high school, and how it has upended the way she teaches and grades. Michael Godsey, a high school English teacher who started teaching with the Serial podcast, shares his discoveries on how audio can help students be better readers and writers. And listeners will learn about a new approach to discipline at KIPP, a successful and controversial charter school network that prepares kids from low-income communities for college.

Click here for the season preview episode.


Look for MindShift wherever you get your podcasts, including Apple Podcasts, Google Play, Stitcher, and the NPR One app.  You can also visit the MindShift website for episodes and supplemental blog posts.


Season Two Episodes

A Whole School Approach to Behavior Issues: 
August 29

When Principal Michael Essien arrived at Martin Luther King Middle School in San Francisco, he knew his first order of business would be helping teachers struggling to handle routine disruptions to class. But rather than kicking students out of class, he’s trying to a new approach — bringing counselors inside classrooms to help teachers de-escalate conflicts.

What Overparenting Looks Like from a Stanford Dean’s Perspective: 
September 12

Parents are essential to a child’s development. But when parents get too involved in helping and directing a child’s every move, they can end up doing more harm than good. Former Stanford Dean of Freshman Julie Lythcott-Haims witnessed first-hand how parents were interfering with the lives of their college-aged children and keeping them from maturing into self-reliant adults.


Be the Change You Want to See: September 26

Over the course of her fifteen-year teaching career, Catlin Tucker has become increasingly worried that school isn’t preparing students for the world they will face after high school. As a public school teacher, Tucker is beholden to a specific set of standards, but she’s not letting that stand in the way of innovation. She’s co-piloting a program called “NEW School” that has upended how she teaches and grades, and changed her relationships with students for the better.


How Listening to Podcasts Help Students Read and Learn: October 10

High school English teacher Michael Godsey found the Serial podcast so compelling, he stopped teaching his favorite work of Shakespeare to teach the wildly popular podcast instead. What does audio have to do with learning traditional English skills? Godsey’s students helped him discover a new side of literacy.


The Courage to Change: October 24

The KIPP charter school network has made a name for itself preparing kids from low-income communities for college. Its early years were marked by strict and controversial discipline policies meant to hold students to a rigorous standard of behavior. But KIPP Bay Area Schools are leading the network away from this model in favor of restorative discipline practices that build a school culture of understanding, trust and respect.

About MindShift
MindShift explores the future of learning in all its dimensions via its blog, email newsletter, social media accounts and podcast series. MindShift examines how learning is being impacted by technology, discoveries about how the brain works, poverty and inequities, social and emotional practices, assessments, digital games, design thinking and music, among many other topics. We look at how learning is evolving in the classroom and beyond. We also revisit old ideas that have come full circle in the era of the over-scheduled child, such as unschooling, tinkering, playing in the woods, mindfulness, inquiry-based learning and student motivation. We report on shifts in how educators practice their craft as they apply innovative ideas to help students learn, while meeting the rigorous demands of their standards and curriculum.

MindShift has a unique audience of educators, tinkerers, policy makers and life-long learners who engage in meaningful dialogue with one another on our sites.

About KQED

KQED serves the people of Northern California with a public-supported alternative to commercial media. An NPR and PBS affiliate based in San Francisco, KQED is home to one of the most listened-to public radio stations in the nation, one of the highest-rated public television services and an award-winning education program helping students and educators thrive in 21st-century classrooms. A trusted news source and leader and innovator in interactive technology, KQED takes people of all ages on journeys of exploration — exposing them to new people, places and ideas.

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