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Mind the Gap – Episode 1 Featuring Richard Gerver

Welcome to the premiere episode of Mind the Gap: Making Education Work Across the Globe, a video series hosted by Tom Sherrington and Emma Turner.

First, the hosts introduce themselves and give you an overview of the new show. Mind the Gap will bring insights from both Tom and Emma, as well as engaging interviews with many of the leading authors and thinkers in global education. The hosts then preview today’s episode.

In the second segment (2:29), “On Tom’s Mind,” Tom shares his response to a question he often gets from educators: “What does ‘The Learning Rainforest’ mean?” He describes the concept in action, which manifests as excellence taking many forms, with a diversity of approaches. Teachers thrive on autonomy, so we can’t define “excellence” in only one way. Practitioners need to be able to apply their skills through a range of strategies.

Next (6:47), Emma takes over for “On Emma’s Mind” and explains why she has a chapter in her book called “101 Gruffalos.” The chapter is all about the concept of prioritizing the adventure of learning. Emma describes how educators can follow the lead of young learners in cultivating an ongoing intellectual curiosity.

Then, international keynoter and best-selling author Richard Gerver joins the show (12:08) for the first-ever “Mind Share.” During the discussion, Richard shares many compelling ideas around leadership and learning. He describes how educators have many common challenges that feel unique, yet actually present opportunities to learn from one another, and explains how the challenges of the future demand that we prepare our students to become well-rounded individuals with “soft skills” and not only technical competencies. Tom, Emma, and Richard engage in a conversation about how we navigate the balance of teaching both skills and knowledge. What does, and what should, this look like in the global education system?

The episode concludes with “The Debrief” (42:17), with Emma and Tom sharing their reflections on the conversation with Richard. They describe how leaders with different approaches and perspectives can work together to make meaningful change.

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.

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:

Richard Gerver is a former teacher and school leader who authored the best-selling books Education: A Manifesto for Change, Creating Tomorrow’s Schools Today, Change, and Simple Thinking. He is an internationally recognized and celebrated speaker whose insights into change and leadership have seen him work with organizations including Google, Visa, Harrods, Technicolor and Deloitte; and have given him the opportunity to keynote education conferences and advise a U.S. Presidential campaign and Olympic sports organizations worldwide. Learn more at https://www.richardgerver.com/ or follow him on Twitter @richardgerver.

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 and assessment planning. Through his consultancy – teacherhead consulting – he is interested in working with teachers and school leaders to explore and implement contemporary educational ideas that help deliver an excellent all-round education for all 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 left to join Discovery Schools Academy Trust where she is currently their Research and CPD lead, devising and writing training for staff at all career stages, but specialising 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 (John Catt Educational). She is an advocate of balance in leadership and family life and regularly speaks at events across the United Kingdom 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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