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Mind the Gap – Episode 4 Featuring Dr. Robyn Jackson

Episode 4 of Mind the Gap: Making Education Work Across the Globe, a video series presented by John Catt Educational, begins with “On Your Minds,” the show’s very first mailbag segment. Co-hosts Tom Sherrington and Emma Turner answer four thoughtful questions from viewers about the advice they’d give to themselves as new teachers, how to rebuild colleagues’ confidence after a setback, the promise and limitations of online lessons, and more. 

Thank you to Twitter users @mllegarf, @MrsLFlower, @MrsSarahMullin, and @Strickomaster for your questions. Viewers can share questions on Twitter using #AskTomandEmma for consideration.

Then, Dr. Robyn Jackson, award-winning author and CEO of Mindsteps, Inc., joins the show (6:40) for the “Mind Share” interview. She discusses the concept of “buildership,” which distinguishes a typical (or ineffective) leader from those who are effective at charting a course, walking the talk, and bringing people along with them. What are the strategies that spark action instead of “acting” and how do we clear the way to make our vision more likely? She also dives into some of the concepts explored in her best-selling books, Never Work Harder Than Your Students and Never Underestimate Your Teachers, which help teachers learn how to increase rigor, but then also demonstrate to leaders how they need to change approaches to make this possible. Jackson also discusses “context agnostic” teaching, a major topic in current times, and much more. 

The interview is followed by “The Debrief” (28:05), with Emma and Tom sharing their reflections on the interview with Robyn. 

Keep up with the conversation by subscribing on YouTube to get all Mind the Gap videos, and follow along on Twitter @teacherhead and @emma_turner75. Make sure to tweet your questions using hashtag #askTomandEmma to have them considered for the next mailbag. If you’d like to subscribe to the audio version of Mind the Gap, visit https://anchor.fm/mindthegap-edu and choose your preferred podcast app.

Mind the Gap is presented by John Catt Educational, a leading independent publisher that has supported teachers and school leaders with research-based, easy to use professional development publications since 1959. Learn more about books from Tom, Emma, and many other world-class authors at us.johncattbookshop.com (US) or johncattbookshop.com (International).

About the participants:

Dr. Robyn Jackson believes that any teacher can become a master teacher with the right kind of support and practice. She’s dedicated her career to becoming a master teacher herself and helping others do the same. A former high school English teacher and middle school administrator, Dr. Jackson is the author of nine books including the best-selling Never Work Harder Than Your Students and the award-winning Never Underestimate Your Teachers. Dr. Jackson currently is the founder and CEO of Mindsteps Inc., a professional development firm that helps educators understand the principles of effective teaching and instructional leadership so that they can make the difference they’ve always wanted to make in the lives of their students and in their own lives as well. Follow here on Twitter @Robyn_Mindsteps

Tom Sherrington is a co-host of Mind the Gap: Making Education Work Across the Globe. He has worked in schools as a teacher and leader for 30 years and is now a consultant specializing in teacher development and curriculum & assessment planning. Through his consultancy – teacherhead consulting – he is interested in working with educators to explore and implement contemporary educational ideas that deliver an excellent all-round education for young people. His books include Rosenshine’s Principles in Action and The Learning Rainforest Fieldbook.  Tom is a regular contributor to ResearchEd events and other conferences for teachers and policymakers. He regularly contributes to conferences and CPD sessions locally and nationally and is busy working in schools and colleges across the UK and around the world. Follow Tom on Twitter @teacherhead

Emma Turner is a co-host of Mind the Gap: Making Education Work Across the Globe. After 20 years in primary teaching, Emma joined Discovery Schools Academy Trust where she is currently the Research and CPD lead, devising and writing training for staff at all career stages, but specializing in continuous professional development (CPD) for early career teachers. She is the founder of ‘NewEd – Joyful CPD for early career teachers’, a not-for-profit approach to CPD to encourage positivity amongst the profession and help to retain teachers in post. Turner is author of Be More Toddler: A Leadership Education From Our Little Learners. She is an advocate of balance in leadership and family life and regularly speaks at events across the UK on how part-time leadership and flexible working can be a hugely successful model in organizations. Follow Emma on Twitter @emma_turner75

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