Season 4: Episode 6 – Who Moved My Standards with Michael Toth [Podcast]

In this episode, we are speaking with Michael Toth, founder, Chief Executive Officer and Chief Learning Officer of Learning Sciences International. Formerly the president of the National Center for the Profession of Teaching, a university faculty member, and director of research and development grants, Michael transformed his university research and development team into a company that is focused on leadership, teacher professional growth and instructional effectiveness correlated to student achievement gains. Michael is actively involved in research and development, gives public presentations, and advises education leaders on issues of leadership and teacher effectiveness, school improvement, and professional development systems. He is the author of Who Moved My Standards? Joyful Teaching in an Age of Change, and co-author, with Robert Marzano and Carla Moore, of Essentials for Standards-Driven Classrooms: Practical Instructional Model for Every Student to Achieve Rigor.

Here is what we talked about:

  1. We recently had the opportunity to read Who Moved My Standards, a touching parable that inspires teachers to tackle more rigorous standards with confidence and enthusiasm. What inspired you to write this story?
  2. In education, we are facing many changes.  For us, one of our most exciting challenges ahead is shifting our stakeholders’ mindsets to realize our vision.  As a result of this shift, we will reshape our learning spaces and beliefs about learning. How can this story help our teachers, and teachers like ours, to thrive in this time of change?
  3. By realizing our learning beliefs, learners will take on increased responsibility and agency.  How can teachers support this shift as we become more learner-centered?
  4. Talk to us about first and second order change, and how we as leaders can support our teachers in this shift.
  5. What advice would you give teachers and leaders as we shift to a more learner-centered environment?
  6. What’s next for Michael? What are you currently working on?

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This week’s questions:

  1. What ideas did you connect with during today’s conversation with Michael?
  2. How can you support students (and teachers) during times of change?

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