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The Path To Learning Podcast

An Education, Kids and Family podcast
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Can a 19th century children's toy inform modern dance? Lincoln Jones, co-founder/artistic director of the American Contemporary Ballet in Los Angeles (and host of The Outsiders podcast), describes how he uses Froebel® blocks to boost his unders
Renowned Brazilian artist/photographer Vik Muniz discusses Froebel, creativity, and the Escola Vidigal school he established in Rio. Vik shares his experiences growing up in São Paulo and how creativity is not often nurtured in children.
What skills should our children learn to succeed in the 21st century? Industrial designer Ilana Ben-Ari shares how she approached the problem through design thinking and why she developed the Empathy Toy and Failure Toy for her company TwentyOn
Are we seeing the problem from all sides? We hear often from parents and teachers, and from nonprofit reformers. Today we discuss the view of education at an administrative level. Jonathan Tobar is Assistant Superintendent for Secondary Learnin
As a result of the Pandemic, many parents find themselves playing the "Teacher" role in their homes in some form or another. Without being trained as teachers, how can we make the most of this moment with our children and foster wonder in their
As a result of the Pandemic, many parents find themselves playing the "Teacher" role in their homes in some form or another. Without being trained as teachers, how can we make the most of this moment with our children and foster wonder in their
Play is a powerful way to learn ... so why is it disappearing from children's lives? Our guest, Nancy Carlsson-Paige, professor emerita of early childhood education at Lesley University (where she  trained teachers for 30+ years), shares her in
Is it possible to have a child-centered approach in any classroom? Julie Bennett describes how she's done this throughout her career and the importance of a child-centered approach for every educational endeavor. Julie Bennett, M.Ed has taught
How can we stop shielding kids from nature and help them explore it safely? Nature-based educator/author/consultant Rachel Larimore, of Samara Early Learning, explains how to better manage beneficial risky play. As a founder of Chippewa Nature
Why is the Reggio Approach So Popular? Jennifer Azzariti, an artist, studio teacher and atelierista, began her career at the Model Early Learning Center (MELC) in Washington, DC … a landmark school in the history of the Reggio Approach in the U
Does anyone really​ know what Froebel​ intended his Kindergarten to be? How much of that survives today, who changed it ... and why? Helge Wasmuth, Associate Professor in the Department of Childhood Education​ at Mercy College, researched these
What are parents and teachers going to do about school this year? Many are talking about starting pods or micro schools. After decades in the Pittsburgh public schools, from the classroom to upper administration, Mara Linaberger of https://micr
What can we do to empower those working in early childhood to ensure all children get a quality education? Our guest today is Rhian Evans Allvin, CEO of NAEYC https://naeyc.org, the largest organization of early childhood professionals in the U
Powerful learning happens through creative hands-on activities. How can schools better promote learning beyond eyes and ears? Doug Stowe, an expert in both Sloyd and Froebel methods, shows us how. Doug, master woodworker, developed the Wisdom o
In the first of several “behind the scenes” episodes, John, Jay and Scott discuss the history and motivation behind the Garden of Children documentary series and Path to Learning podcast. With all the talk about Froebel (and Scott’s involvement
Paul Andersen, an educational consultant and YouTube creator based in Bozeman, MT, reflects on the differences in good and bad teaching. He explains how parents and educators can move away from dumping information onto children, and instead fos
Stacey Wellman, a speech/language pathologist with Winnetka public schools, describes how the  Froebel method helps her identify and assess a child's learning profile. This natural play-based approach often avoids the need for prescriptions or
In this episode we speak with Dr. William Jeynes, Professor of Education at California State University, Long Beach about standardized testing in America.  How did testing and our industrial model come about, and is it right for young children?
In this episode we discuss visual-spatial learning with Alex Wolf and Dr. Vijal Parikh of Na2ure.com. Hear how they got started, about their Pattern Alphabet, and their work with SILC (Spatial Intelligence Learning Center) and the Tanzania Pilo
In this episode John, Jay and Scott interview Norman Brosterman at Blockspot Learning in Southampton, NY (October 2015). We discussed the history of the Froebel Kindergarten and its impact on modern art, design and architecture. We've re-record
In this episode we discuss who Friedrich Froebel was and what his educational pedagogy is all about. Learn about the Froebel's Gifts and Occupations and how he combined child-centered, play-based, hands-on, and nature-focused approaches to educ
Data tells a different story of what's really going on in the classroom. Business consultant/coach, Rex Miller http://rexmiller.com shares the research from his new book WHOLE: What Teachers Need to Help Students Thrive on  chronic stress in th
In this episode, Mariah Bruehl talks about how play should be at the center of learning. She gives key insights on how to "follow a child's natural curiosity" to help guide the teaching process. Children are filled with wonder and tapping into
In this episode, Geralyn Bywater McLaughlin talks about her experience as an early childhood teacher at Mission Hill School in the Boston Public Schools. She unpacks what "child-centered" means and the importance of play and imagination in the
Julie Wilson gives an inspiring interview on how our current educational model is failing us, and how we need to begin to ask the deeper question, "What's worth learning" as the guide for the future.  Do we value testing over the content being
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