Episode 37: Leadership Development & the Importance of Space

In episode 37, Dan and Michael chat with Dr. Max Klau about leadership development and the importance of creating dedicated spaces for reflection.

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Books, articles, lessons, and other amazing resources

  1. Max left some book recommendations!
    1. If you’re interested in learning more about Adaptive Leadership, check out Leadership Without East Answers by Ronald Heifetz.
    2. If you’re interested in learning more about leadership in living systems, check out Leadership and the New Science by Margaret Wheatley.
    3. If you’re interested in Joseph Campbell and the Hero’s Journey, check out his book The Hero With A Thousand Faces.
  2. Throughout the episode, we discussed City Year! City Year is an AmeriCorps program where 17 – 24 year olds spend a year in service working in schools around the country. Michael did two years of service as an AmeriCorps Member in Cleveland and became a staff member in Rhode Island. Check out their website for more information.
    1. If you’re interested in City Year’s approach to leadership development, click here.
  3. If you’d like to learn more about the New Politics Leadership Academy, click here.
  4. To learn more about the New Politics Leadership Academy Answering the Call program, click here.
  5. As our ideas for podcast episodes often stem from previous episodes, check out the two that inspired this one.
    1. Episode 16: Mentoring for retention with Destiny Warrior
    2. Episode 28: Supporting New Teachers with Lisa Dabbs


Max Klau received his doctorate from the Harvard School of Education and now the Chief Program Officer at New Politics Leadership Academy, a nonprofit ‘dedicated to creating opportunities for service veterans to engage in policy and politics.’ Before that he was the Vice President of Leadership Development, Inc (where Michael met him!!). Check out some of his writing at the Huffington Post!

Episode 36: High-Stakes Testing & the Manufactured Crisis with David Berliner

In episode 36, Dan and Michael chat with educational psychologist and researcher David Berliner about high-stakes testing and the manufactured crisis.

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Books, articles, lessons, and other amazing resources

  1. You can find detailed biographies with links to his work on the National Education Policy Center site and his Arizona State University page, or read the published one that David referenced in the episode:
    Berliner, D. C. (2016, May 11). An unanticipated successful career and some lessons learned. In S. Tobias, J. D. Fletcher, & D. Berliner (Series Eds.), Acquired Wisdom Series. Education Review, 23. Retrieved from: http://edrev.asu.edu/index.php/ER/article/view/2078/567
  2. Berliner, D. C., & Biddle, B. J. (1995). The manufactured crisis. New York: Addison-Wesley. (Published also by Harper Collins and Perseus Books) Purchase on Amazon
  3. Nichols, S. N. & Berliner, D. C. (2007). Collateral Damage: The effects of high-stakes testing on America’s schools. Cambridge, MA: Harvard Education Press. Purchase on Amazon.
  4. Berliner, D. C. & Glass, G. V. (2014). 50 Myths and Lies That Threaten America’s Public Schools: The Real Crisis in Education. New York, NY: Teachers College Press.  Purchase on Amazon.


David C. Berliner is Regents’ Professor of Education Emeritus at Arizona State University. He is a member of the National Academy of Education, the International Academy of Education, and a past president of both the American Educational Research Association (AERA) and the Division of Educational Psychology of the American Psychological Association (APA). Professor Berliner has authored more than 200 published articles, chapters and books. Among his best known works is the book co-authored with B. J. Biddle, The manufactured crisis, and the book co-authored with Sharon Nichols, Collateral damage: How high-stakes testing corrupts American education. His most recent book, 50 Myths and Lies that Threaten America’s Public Schools, was co-authored with Gene V Glass and students, and published in March, 2014. You can contact him via at berliner@asu.edu or on Twitter @

Episode 35: Media Literacy & Fake News with Renee Hobbs and Annie Jansen

In episode 35, Michael and Dan chat with past guest Renee Hobbs and AP Government teacher Annie Jansen about Media Literacy and fake news.

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Books, articles, lessons, and other amazing resources

  1. Renee Hobbs is the Director of the the Media Education Lab (mediaeducationlab.com) which advances the practice of media literacy education through scholarship and community services. At the website, you can find multimedia curriculum resources, F2F and fully online professional development, and published research that examines the impact of digital and media literacy education.
  2. Renee’s “Credible or Incredible” lesson plan is available as a PDF, part of Assignment: Media Literacy, a comprehensive K-12 curriculum on media literacy developed by Renee Hobbs for the Maryland State Department of Education with support from Discovery Communications: http://mediaeducationlab.com/secondary-school-unit-2-who-do-you-trust; Here’s the link to the PDF that’s at the top right hand corner of the screen: http://mediaeducationlab.com/sites/mediaeducationlab.com/files/AML_H_unit2.pdf
  3. Check out an NPR interview with Professor Sam Wineburg from Stanford University  about his study about students and fake news.
  4. Renne Hobbs is no stranger to Visions of Education! Check out Episode 7: Propaganda with Renee Hobbs!
  5. Annie recommends the following sites:
    1. Fake or Real? How to self check the news and get the facts by Wynne Davis (NPR): http://www.npr.org/sections/alltechconsidered/2016/12/05/503581220/fake-or-real-how-to-self-check-the-news-and-get-the-facts (Scholarly Article)
    2. Critical Media Literacy is Not and Option By Douglas Kellner and Jeff Share (UCLA) https://pages.gseis.ucla.edu/faculty/kellner/essays/2007_Kellner-Share_CML-is-not-Option.pdf (Scholarly Article)
    3. Transforming Teaching and Learning Through Critical Media Literacy Pedagogy: http://www.learninglandscapes.ca/images/documents/ll-no12/garcia.pdf (Scholarly Article)
    4. Online module Annie and Nate Bowling are using for her media unit: https://tps10-my.sharepoint.com/personal/ngibbs_tacoma_k12_wa_us/_layouts/15/WopiFrame.aspx?guestaccesstoken=9x5NuyCIH%2bx%2fGfwhWFo5%2bO5R%2fzG%2bRhNfVzahwb%2bAA78%3d&folderid=0b245acca13d64f2e902d7c3cfc9960e6&action=view


Renee Hobbs is Professor of Communication Studies and Director of the Media Education Lab at the University of Rhode Island.  You can contact her on Twitter @reneehobbs or check out her website… you’ll become more media literate just from visiting it.

Annie Jansen teaches AP Government and Politics in the state of Washington. You can contact her on Twitter!