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Mind the Gap – Episode 2 Featuring Peter DeWitt

Episode 2 of Mind the Gap: Making Education Work Across the Globe, a video series hosted by Tom Sherrington and Emma Turner, kicks off with “On Emma’s Mind” (0:48), in which Emma talks about the concept of “celery and chocolate buttons.” This lesson is about how leaders develop the principles they will stand for. What will you hold onto and when will you be resolute in saying “no?

In the second edition of “On Tom’s Mind” (5:54), Tom describes his approach to instructional coaching. As an advocate of this practice and believer that it’s among the best forms of PD available, Tom explains what it looks like when coaching is done right, and talks about some of the ineffective alternatives it should replace.

The following segment is the first edition of “On Our Minds” (9:17), a discussion between the co-hosts about a challenge facing all educators today: how to organize remote learning. What have we found ineffective and what strategies are proving beneficial? What is the role of technology and when is “paper-based” work just as good? As we look ahead to next school year, what practices must we adopt more widely?

Then, author, blogger and consultant Peter DeWitt joins the show (19:44) for the “Mind Share” interview. He discusses the differences between instructional leadership, collaborative leadership, and other models of leadership. He describes what he’s learned about leadership styles over the course of his career, what he has observed from other leaders, and how his views have evolved. Peter, Tom and Emma also talk about education blogging, what educators are facing during the current “distance learning moment,” what ideas are resonating in the current conversation, and more.

The episode concludes with “The Debrief” (48:43), with Emma and Tom sharing their reflections on the conversation with Peter. 

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:

Peter DeWitt is a former K-5 teacher and principal who currently works as an independent consultant. He runs competency-based workshops and provides keynotes nationally and internationally focusing on school leadership and fostering inclusive school climates. He is author of numerous books on collaborative leadership, instructional leadership, and school climate, including the recently-published Instructional Leadership: Creating Practice Out Of Theory (Corwin Press). He is also author of the popular Education Week blog Finding Common Ground. Learn more at http://www.petermdewitt.com/ or connect with Peter on Twitter @PeterMDeWitt.

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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