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MindShift Podcast


It’s easy to see a child’s education as a path determined by grades, test scores and extra curricular activities. But genuine learning is about so much more than the points schools tally. MindShift explores the future of education by investigating in...Show More
Dropping Out and Coming Back: Stories of Persevering for a Diploma

23:20 | Nov 20th, 2018

Close to 24-percent of Oakland ninth graders drop out before their senior year of high school. Some of those young people ultimately decide that they need to go back to school in order to get ahead in life. We explore what it takes to support over-ag...Show More
How Teachers Designed a School Centered On Caring Relationships

19:42 | Nov 6th, 2018

Ask almost any teacher why they teach and they'll give you similar answers: they love the kids. But what does that love look like when it's a community value, shared by every adult in the building, no matter how difficult it feels? At Social Justice ...Show More
The Role of Community in Creating and Healing Trauma in Kids

24:54 | Oct 23rd, 2018

When kids live in violence-prone neighborhoods, the environment can enable trauma in their lives. One youth center in Richmond, California, is seeking to change the community’s culture by providing something to young people that’s sometimes missing i...Show More
Overcoming Childhood Trauma: How Parents and Schools Work to Stop the Cycle

25:54 | Sep 25th, 2018

Many people have experienced some kind of trauma in their childhood, such as loss of a caregiver, substance abuse in the home, homelessness or abuse. There are ten types of trauma classified as “Adverse Childhood Experiences” that came to light in a ...Show More
Why Ninth Grade Can Be a Big Shock For High School Students

32:05 | Sep 12th, 2018

High school is an important time in the life of any teen: hormones are raging, social cliques are forming and the pressure is on to develop a college resume. Teens gain more independence as they get older, but adults also expect more from teens witho...Show More
Can Inviting Teachers Over to Your Home Improve How Kids Learn?

22:52 | Aug 28th, 2018

Teachers can go an entire school year and only see a child’s parent once: on back to school night. And most parents are conditioned to think the worst when they get a phone call from the school. But what if teachers and parents could build trust with...Show More
MindShift Podcast Season 3 is Coming Soon!

02:06 | Aug 15th, 2018

This season, we investigate the intangible, and often overlooked, elements of academic success: emotional safety, trust, and relationships. You’ll hear how teacher home visits can help parents see themselves as a valued a partner in their child’s edu...Show More
Courage To Change: What It Takes to Shift to Restorative Discipline

22:53 | Oct 24th, 2017

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. ...Show More
How Listening to Podcasts Helps Students Read and Learn

15:34 | Oct 11th, 2017

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? ...Show More
Be The Change You Want To See

20:55 | Sep 26th, 2017

Catlin Tucker and Marika Neto hoped that by redesigning the classroom experience they could shift what students value about learning. Instead of being focused on grades and points, they're pushing students to see the value in self-reflection, self-as...Show More
Stepping Back from Overparenting: A Stanford Dean’s Perspective

21:43 | Sep 12th, 2017

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 saw first-hand how paren...Show More
A Whole School Approach to Behavior Issues

19:51 | Aug 29th, 2017

When Principal Michael Essien arrived at Martin Luther King Jr. Academic 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...Show More
A Preview of the MindShift Podcast

02:05 | Aug 25th, 2017

We’re back! MindShift is back with a new season of podcast episodes featuring educators, parents and students who are developing effective ways to teach and learn. Listen to this preview of what’s next.
The Epic April Fool’s Day Prank

23:22 | Mar 15th, 2016

Teachers Alex Fernandez and Al Julius set up their students for an April Fool’s Day prank that ultimately landed Mr. Julius in handcuffs. Once the prank was over, the teachers learned about their students’ character in ways they didn't anticipate.
What Makes a Teacher Special to a Student?

20:42 | Feb 23rd, 2016

Great teachers are constantly evaluating what works to help their students learn. But teachers don’t often hear what impact they have made on students. In a rare treat, we hear from one former student reading from a journal he kept during middle s...Show More
The Coach

22:17 | Feb 10th, 2016

For high school science teacher and basketball coach Jim Clark, coaching went beyond the classroom and the court. More than ten years later, he’s still a big support for one of his former athletes, Marcus Williams, who wouldn’t let go of his dream of...Show More
Questions Adolescent Boys Ask About Puberty

29:09 | Feb 3rd, 2016

For boys, the world of puberty is often a silent one when it comes to meaningful conversations with their dads and adult caregivers. Health educator Dr. Rob Lehman empowers dads and demonstrates helpful ways to answer a boy’s wide-ranging concerns ab...Show More
The Puberty Lady

24:13 | Jan 26th, 2016

Sex education is supposed to be for the kids, but Julie Metzger, known as "The Puberty Lady," also targets her message to moms who are often the ones feeling awkward talking about puberty. A mother and daughter open up about their journey of feeling ...Show More
Wet Sundays

21:51 | Jan 26th, 2016

The first year of teaching can be so tough, a teacher can't help but cry on Sundays. Sadie Guthrie recalls her first year of teaching special education and surviving with the help of her mom, boyfriend, and the inspiration she found in her incredible...Show More
The Creative Writing Assignment

17:30 | Jan 26th, 2016

When English teacher Alexa Schlechter gave an assignment to her high school students asking them to think about their personal memoirs, she received details about a student’s life that stunned her.