#WHOISaps: Do we really mean All Means All?

Jocelyn Stephens, P-20 director for Learning Community A in Aurora Public Schools, considers just how we might really serve ALL of our learners. She also dives into how we can engage students wherever they are in their learning, taking into account their strengths and needs.

My favorite part is when she discusses how we can “frame, but not control” student learning.

#WHOISaps: How can we create interest-driven learning in our schools?

Joe Dillon, Teacher and Coach at Rangeview High School in Aurora Public Schools, answered important questions about relevance in the classroom. He deeply considered how we might increase and leverage curiosity in the classroom and ways that teachers and truly support students in their learning.

#WHOISaps: What should technology’s role in the classroom be?

Jacki Sloan, an Educational Technology Coach in Aurora Public Schools, discusses the way in which Technology should be a ubiquitous tool in our classrooms. She also asks about how we can create equity through the use of technology, even if it means bringing in cell phones and other devices from home.

#WHOISaps: How can school leaders support a culture of learning in early learning?

Maureen Gurrini, an ECE coach in Aurora Public Schools, digs into how we can support teachers and leaders in creating engaging and relevant learning environments for learners even from the first few years of school.

My favorite part is when she discusses the privilege and responsibility of working with our youngest learners and being the first teacher to a child.

#WHOISaps: What is “the how” of creating equity?

Kevin Riebau, Program Director for Educational Technology, discusses creating engaging and relevant classrooms and then dives deeply into the next steps for us in creating equity across Aurora Public Schools. Specifically, he reveals that we have established “the why” and “the what” of equity, but we have still not worked through “the how.”

#WHOISaps: What should the role of teachers in the classroom be?

Jessica Cuthbertson, Teacher Leadership TOSA for Aurora Public Schools, discusses how facilitation and reflection play key roles for teachers. She also digs into the ways in which we can actualize equity through our shared work in schools.

#WHOISaps: How do we create a culture of authentic learning?

John McKinley, a vidographer and educational storyteller in Aurora Public Schools discusses how we can make schools more engaging and relevant for kids. He digs into the need for authenticity and solving of real world problems.

#WHOISaps: How do we not let our knowledge of schools get in the way of what kids need?

Bev Clemens, Program Director for Professional Learning in Aurora Public Schools dives into her thinking for the role of teachers in the classroom, the types of support that we can provide to teachers, and the ways in which new models of learning can be created to better serve the needs of students.

My favorite part of this #WHOISaps is at 7:09 where she goes into a wonderful metaphor for how scientific theories continue to exist until there is enough evidence to construct new ones and how this relates to our own theories of teaching and learning.

#WHOISaps: What are our biggest barriers to equity?

Mark Calhoun, Director of MTSS for Aurora Public Schools, discusses issues of equity, the accountability era, and the ways in which we can break down silos across schools and in central office. He also dives into the pressure of modern public education and the way in which we take things “off the plate” of teachers.

#WHOISaps: Which resources do you need in order to learn?

Amanda McLean, Badge Partner for Aurora Public Schools, digs into the question of which resources teachers and leaders need in order to innovate in the classroom. She also asks a few questions of her own, including “How do we share resources in order to most effectively implement badging in the district?”