“Meeting Students Where They Are: Mentoring as Teaching” featuring Tonja Murphy

This post was contributed by Emmi Sprayberry. This week’s podcast features Tonja Murphy, Community Engagement Coordinator for the Mississippi Book Festival. Tonja is an amazingly passionate and talented woman who uses her skills as author, consultant, and motivational speaker to give back and invest in the community of Jackson, MS. I first met Tonja atContinue reading ““Meeting Students Where They Are: Mentoring as Teaching” featuring Tonja Murphy”

Podcast Episode Drop: “Finding your Jam when you feel like an Imposter” with Josh Brister

This post was authored by Dean Julius. This week we’re pumped to release our second episode of Series 2 (“Living it: Stories from the Teaching Life”) with a conversation with Josh Brister, a great human and an even better Spanish teacher at St. Andrew’s. Josh Brister came to St. Andrew’s in perhaps one of theContinue reading “Podcast Episode Drop: “Finding your Jam when you feel like an Imposter” with Josh Brister”

“Pure, Unadulterated Common Sense”: A Conversation with Virginia Buchanan & Harriet Whitehouse

Authored by: Marty Kelly What do you get when you interview two longtime educators? A bucket of metaphors apparently. (I hope you see what I did there.) Listening to Julie’s barely twenty-minute interview with now-retired middle school teachers, Virginia Buchanan and Harriet Whitehouse, I counted at least five analogies about teaching and school: being onContinue reading ““Pure, Unadulterated Common Sense”: A Conversation with Virginia Buchanan & Harriet Whitehouse”

Launching Our Next Series, “Living It: Stories from the Teaching Life.”

It’s that smell-of-fresh-marker-beginning-of-school-season again and Inspire & Innovate: A Podcast for Educators is back at it with a mini-series to get you back into the swing of things.  Without a doubt, our first series released last Spring (“Teaching in the Time of Covid”) remains relevant.  We are still masked, still distancing, and still very muchContinue reading “Launching Our Next Series, “Living It: Stories from the Teaching Life.””

Final Podcast Drop in Season 1: Tim Fish in “Centering Agency”

Last but certainly not least in Season 1 of Inspire & Innovate: A Podcast for Educators, we feature NAIS Chief Innovation Officer: Tim Fish.  He started his career as a 4th-grade teacher and has served as a founder, board member, and consultant for a variety of education and technology-related schools, organizations, and companies. His MagneticContinue reading “Final Podcast Drop in Season 1: Tim Fish in “Centering Agency””

i2 Inquiry-Based-Learning Fellows

Design-based thinking. Problem-based-learning. Student-centered learning. Project-based-learning. There are a host of ways to frame designing learning experiences for youth that revolve around inquiry, utilizing the general template of students: (1) Asking a question (2) Doing some research (3) Crafting an artifact or paper or project to demonstrate your sense-making and (4) Reflecting on the entireContinue reading “i2 Inquiry-Based-Learning Fellows”

“Centering Teaching by Design”: A Conversation with Michael Nachbar

This week’s Inspire & Innovate Podcast features guest, Michael Nachbar, the Executive Director of Global Online Academy, a pioneering network of schools and educators reimagining learning to empower students and educators to thrive in a globally networked society.  If you’ve ever wanted to get inside the brain of a teacher planning learning experiences, you areContinue reading ““Centering Teaching by Design”: A Conversation with Michael Nachbar”

This Week in i2 Inspire & Innovate: A Podcast for Educators, Charlie Jenkinson talks “Centering Relevance”

This week’s featured Inspire & Innovate Podcast guest, Charlie Jenkinson, serves as the Chief Strategy Officer for the World Leading Schools Association (WLSA).  He believes that “schools have responsibility to act as powerhouses of social and global mobility” and he leads with a vision of ever-broadening access to and transformation of our educational spheres.  DuringContinue reading “This Week in i2 Inspire & Innovate: A Podcast for Educators, Charlie Jenkinson talks “Centering Relevance””

“Centering Curiosity” with Julie Mountcastle

We’re back on another Tuesday with another podcast drop: this week featuring Julie Mountcastle, simultaneously Head of School and Grade 2 / 3 Teacher at Slate School, a K-12 independent school located in North Haven, Connecticut.  Slate School happens to be near and dear to our hearts, as one of the co-founders, Alexander Clark, isContinue reading ““Centering Curiosity” with Julie Mountcastle”

Podcast Drop: “Centering Relationships,” Featuring Ian Symmonds

Inspire & Innovate: A Podcast for Educators is excited to release our second set of episodes about this unique moment in the education landscape featuring the ideas and expertise of consultant, author, and ed-activist, Ian Symmonds. Ian’s experience in senior positions such as executive director and dean spans over 30 years, and he has workedContinue reading “Podcast Drop: “Centering Relationships,” Featuring Ian Symmonds”

Launching Season 1 of “Innovate & Inspire: A Podcast for Educators”

The i2 (Inspire & Innovate) blog has highlighted the ideas and experiences of faculty at St. Andrew’s Episcopal School ideas since August 2019.  Today we are excited to launch Inspire & Innovate: A Podcast for Educators.  In our first twelve episode series, we explore the nuances of teaching and learning during this challenging past yearContinue reading “Launching Season 1 of “Innovate & Inspire: A Podcast for Educators””

Words to the Wise: Inspiration from Veteran Teachers

I’ll never forget a moment when I was seven or eight riding in the gray Plymouth Voyager minivan and my mom, for the millionth time, explained the meaning of a word I’d encountered in my (fifth) re-read of a Babysitter’s Club book. “I don’t get it, Mom,” I said, “it seems like you and DadContinue reading “Words to the Wise: Inspiration from Veteran Teachers”

From Page to Screen: Exploring Faiths through Video Production

Blog Contributed by Rev. Annie Elliott Over the past year, I’ve learned that creating concise, informative, and engaging content requires a variety of skills and a tremendous amount of planning.  This summer, as I wrote the syllabus for my World Religions class, I reflected on both the knowledge and the abilities that I wanted myContinue reading “From Page to Screen: Exploring Faiths through Video Production”

On Movie Soundscapes & Growing to Trust Ourselves: A Conversation with Ray McFarland

Ray McFarland is many things.  He is an award-winning, beloved faculty member.  He is an accomplished actor and singer.  He is keeper of our beautiful Center for Performing Arts. He is the first to remind colleagues that “our St. Andrew’s community is a family.”   But one thing he would be the first to pointContinue reading “On Movie Soundscapes & Growing to Trust Ourselves: A Conversation with Ray McFarland”

Dante’s Inferno Meets Meme Culture

Like it or not, memes are a firm part of our culture. They can be offensive, problematic, overly-simplistic, derivative, and we could all go on with some not-so-nice adjectives. But they can also be incredibly witty, weirdly compelling and sometimes poignant, and they are most certainly quickly digestible and easy to share/adapt for other purposes.Continue reading “Dante’s Inferno Meets Meme Culture”

On Teamwork, Survival, & Homework that Energizes

I don’t know about you all, but the theme of 2020-2021 has felt a lot like survival.  As if global pandemics weren’t enough to reckon with, we are all just now thawing out from a freak February ice storm.  So in more ways than one, it seems completely apropos that eighth graders are currently steepedContinue reading “On Teamwork, Survival, & Homework that Energizes”

Textbook Transformation: Ninth Graders Address Bias in World History

Blog authored by Emily Jones Even though I teach world history, my course, like many other “world history” classes, still favors Western history more heavily than any other area. I would blame that on my backgrounds in both Classics and medieval European history (it is true that I can provide a depth of knowledge inContinue reading “Textbook Transformation: Ninth Graders Address Bias in World History”

Darin Maier’s City Video Project: Teaching as Indigenous Creation

I first learned about Darin Maier’s City Video project the way I learn about most everything of worth on campus . . . in a google chat message from the fabulous Hollie Marjanovic: “You need to showcase Darin Maier’s city video project from his US History class!  I just watched one and it was awesome!!!!!!!! Continue reading “Darin Maier’s City Video Project: Teaching as Indigenous Creation”

Spreading the Love as We Wave Goodbye to 2020

One of our 2021 i2 New Year’s Resolutions is to get this blog active again, reinvigorated with regular bursts of faculty voices and ideas. But make no mistake.  The low quantity of verbiage in the Fall 2020 i2 blog in no way correlates with the quantity and quality of innovation that has been going on inContinue reading “Spreading the Love as We Wave Goodbye to 2020”