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Meet Education Project

Summary: The Meet Education Project is a podcast series, hosted by Nick DiNardo, focused on deep conversations with the thought leaders, action takers, and “do’ers” in the education industry. Learning and education are only as good as the people behind it. MEP interviews inspiring people who hold many different roles in K-12 and higher education, such as: Teachers, Education entrepreneurs and startups, School leaders & administrators (public, private, and new school models), Consultants, Professors, Higher education professionals, & Students.

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  • Artist: Nick DiNardo: Education Technology Professional, Action-Taker, and Podcaster
  • Copyright: 2013


 BEP033 – What is the Value of Awards in School? | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 13:58

What do awards actually do for student performance? Is there a benchmark for an approach to recognition, plaques, awards overall? What is the goal for having those awards? 01:31 Christina’s perspective on awards as a student 02:52 Christina’s perspective on awards as a teacher 03:45 Nick’s perspective on awards 04:29 The Risks of Reward By […]

 BEP032 – How Do I Approach End of Year Extensions? | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 10:18

How do teachers and administrators approach the end of year extension phase? 01:43 Christina’s experience and what she hears from teachers 02:30 How do I use this time in a way that’s meaningful for both me and my students? 03:02 How are you fighting your teacher fatigue? How are you helping students fight their student […]

 BEP031 – Driving Project Based Learning in a Blended Classroom | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 16:44

Can you do project-based learning in a blended learning classroom? How do you do it in the right way? 02:00 What’s the difference between PBL (project-based learning) and BL (blended learning)? 02:40 Project-based learning is coaching your students to engage with content through the lens of a project. 04:40 How do you frame it? How […]

 BEP030 – How Do I Make My Rubrics More Valuable? | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 13:28

In this episode, we talk about teacher rubrics. How do you think beyond the traditional rubric? 01:35 The single-point rubric and how simplification and clarity could be the key to getting teachers much more excited about rubrics and making sure it’s much more impactful to student success in the classroom 02:03 Christina and her twin […]

 BEP029 – How Do I Incorporate Parent and Community Engagement Into My Classroom? | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 12:44

In this episode, we talk about incorporating parent and community engagement in the classroom. How do you engage parents in a holistic way? And how do you also engage the broader community to share their experiences on certain topics that you have? And also just engage them in collaboration with your students, and making sure […]

 BEP028 – How to Be an Innovator in a Traditional System | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 13:03

In this episode, we talk about how to be an innovator in a traditional system. How can you innovate as a teacher or as an administrator, and what are the systems that hold you back from doing what you want to do? What are some of the things that hold you back? How can you […]

 BEP027 – Coaching vs. Teaching | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 18:46

In this episode, we talk about athletics, and teaching versus coaching. What coaches do from a mentorship and teaching perspective, and what traditional teaching offers our students. 01:30 Christina’s experience as a swim coach; comparing coaching and traditional teaching 02:00 We should rethink our teachers as coaches 04:31 Nick’s experience playing sports, and what he […]

 BEP026 – Tales From the Field with Portsmouth (RI) Middle School Math Teacher Ray Steinmetz | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 24:26

In this episode, our guest, Ray Steinmetz, a math teacher at Portsmouth Middle School in Rhode Island, talks about his classroom experience from being a traditional math teacher to transitioning to blended learning. 01:35 Ray’s experience as a traditional math teacher 01:54 Learning through the Highlander Institute and shifting to blended learning 02:26 Ray’s technology […]

 BEP025 – What is the Value of Homework? | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 20:24

In this episode, we talk about homework: why is it important, how do we make sure that students see the value in it, and how do we administer it the right way. Vera De Jesus and Mike Klein from the Highlander Institute join Nick and Christina in this discussion. 01:57 Vera’s experience: homework was not […]

 BEP024 – How Do We Rethink Honors Education | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 19:45

In this episode, we define what honors courses are and discuss how we can think about what’s going to be best for students’ success. 01:45 Desire for honors 01:55 How the way it’s played out is counterproductive and works against equity 02:22 While the goal is to differentiate for students, what ends up happening is […]

 BEP023 – What is Adaptive Learning, and Does It Make Me Obsolete? | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 16:03

In this episode, we talk about adaptive learning: how to use adaptive software to personalize learning for your kids. 01:24 How do we continue to drive personalized experiences for our students? Something that teachers are always thinking about, but, where does technology fit into this conversation? What are these technologies? How do they help? What […]

 BEP022 – How To Design Projects For An Authentic Audience | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 14:08

In this episode, we talk about how to design projects for an authentic audience, as an extension of the topic of project-based learning. 01:02 Why this topic? 01:51 Working through designing different projects with different teachers 02:33 Who would the kids present to? 02:55 Are we designing the project and then presenting it to an […]

 BEP021 – Rethinking Student Government | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 11:50

In this episode, we talking about rethinking student government within the confines of traditional structures. Blended and Personalized Learning Conference 01:55 What is the best way to provide students agency, give them leadership opportunities and make sure they can communicate and share their voice with institutional leadership and teachers? What have you seen as far […]

 BEP020 – How Does Small Group Instruction Drive Student Success? | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 12:40

In this episode, we talk about small group instruction and differentiation. 01:11 How do you provide a consistent experience? Are there structures that you can put in place to do that on a day-to-day, week-to-week, month-to-month basis? 01:53 What is small group instruction? 02:49 So how do you make the time meaningful? What are the […]

 BEP019 – How Do I Approach Student Feedback? | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 11:35

In this episode, we talk about receiving and giving good, constructive student feedback. 01:16 What’s the problem that you usually see in the classroom with student feedback? 01:56 The problem is: What are the lines of communication between teacher and student, and how can we build upon those lines of communication? 02:19 How do we […]


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