Elevate with Spark! @ Catlin Gabel

Elevate with Spark! @ Catlin Gabel

By Rob van Nood
Big ideas, little projects and everything in between from Catlin Gabel teachers, students and administrators. Elevate is hosted by Rob van Nood.
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Real-World Collaboration: a Student Run Non-Profit

Elevate with Spark! @ Catlin Gabel

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Keep Calm and Pivot
As Catlin Gabel was making plans on how to react to the Covid-19 crisis the auction committee, headed by Events Director Gen Kady, had a big choice to make.  With the school moving toward remote learning, and the public being advised to do social distancing, should the school's largest fundraising opportunity be moved to another time, potentially the fall?  The decision to move to an online streamed event gave Gen's team less than 72 hours to pivot.  In this episode of Elevate Rob has the chance to sit down with Gen, as well as Director of Technology Daisy Steele and AV &Tech Support Specialist Matt Woodard to hear about how together with a whole team of Catlin staff, students and parents they made the unthinkable possible.   Auction links:  1.  Live Stream of the Event.  2. Catlin Gabel Events Page 3.  Upcoming Auction events & Raffle    Also, Please submit audio files of your experiences of joy, wonder, and delight to Elevate@catlin.edu or upload them to https://tinyurl.com/qosnuyq  Please include your name in the title of the clip.
33:05
March 21, 2020
Real-World Collaboration: a Student Run Non-Profit
When Rob started this series on collaboration he was really thinking about the idea in the context of teaching and learning at the school. The amazing thing about Catlin Gabel is that there are so many examples of collaborations that extend beyond the school itself. His guests on this episode demonstrate what real-world collaboration can look like in the hands of motivated and inspired students. Benjamin Olshin and Hazel Walrod tell the story of the non-profit Benjamin started two and a half years ago. Babies With Books has a clear and important mission: get books into the hands of parents whose children are in the NICU (Neonatal Intensive Care Unit) at local hospitals and in doing so help support the kind of intimate connections that parents need to build with their newborns. Babies With Books Website
25:33
March 6, 2020
Start-Up Camp Collaboration: A conversation with two Seniors
In their freshman year, Britt Masback and Li Lambert both got involved in Founder's Weekend, a three-day entrepreneurial experience for high school students organized by then Catlin Gabel teacher Meredith Goddard.  It was an experience that allowed them to create a non-profit that four years later is still running and has raised over seventy thousand dollars.  Now seniors, the pair took on the heavy-lift this winter of organizing a similar event called Start-Up Camp.   Rob had the chance to sit down with these two accomplished students and hear all about the event, how it has influenced their work in the world, and the role an entrepreneurial spirit plays across the campus. Enjoy this 10th episode on collaboration.    Some links:  1.  GYE Website  2. Startup Camp Youth Portland 2020 Website 3.  DRAFT Start-Up Guide 
18:12
February 28, 2020
What Can the Preschool Teach Us?
Rebecca Wirth & Brendan Clark are in their 6th year of collaboration as Catlin Gabel's Preschool teachers.  Having had a chance to work in their class on a weekly basis for the past 4 months I really wanted to sit down with them and hear what it takes to work so closely year after year.  At the same time, I wanted to explore how we might all learn from the youngest members of our community.  
32:14
February 7, 2020
The Crown Project: 3 first graders share insights
After interviewing Sheri, Peter and Peggy for last week's "Light and Shadow" episode, Rob wanted to sit down with some first graders to hear their perspective of the project.  Sitting down to talk with a group of seven-year-olds presents such a great view of what children remember from their experiences.  Enjoy this eighth episode in the "Collaboration Series".
13:47
January 24, 2020
Light & Shadow: A collaboration that embraced the unknown
After being inspired by visual artist  Olafur Eliasson  Lower School science teacher Sheri Cocquio had a vision for a project with the first-grade class.  She approached Lower School music teacher Peter Musselman and Lower School art teacher Peggy Schauffler to see if they would join her in a world of light and shadow.  For this 7th episode in the "Collaboration Series," Rob sits down with these three teachers to hear about the project,  how they worked together and what they uncovered along the way.  
22:07
January 17, 2020
"I Love Your Work": 16 years of artistic collaborations
16 years ago, in her first year as the drama teacher in Catlin Gabel's Middle School, Deirdre Atkinson approached Middle School music teacher Mark Pritchard to see if he wanted to join forces on a theatrical production.  After 103 productions Rob had the privilege of sitting down with both of them and hearing how they kept such a successful team together for so long.    This is episode 6 in the ongoing collaboration series.   
19:12
January 11, 2020
Outdoor Education: Building connections and skills
The Outdoor Education program at Catlin Gabel gives students and teachers unique opportunities to explore the natural world.   In this 5th episode of the collaboration series, Rob sits down with Director of Outdoor and Global Education, John Harnetiaux, and Assistant Director of Outdoor Education, Lindsay Babbitt, to learn about how their partnership has focused on creating programs and opportunities that expose people to the wonders of our world and just as importantly develop vital skills and outlooks that are increasingly important for engaging in community.  
26:09
December 6, 2019
American Studies: An Upper School Interdisciplinary Collaboration
As we head into a week where we celebrate a very American holiday, why not hear about the collaborative work that goes into teaching a very American class.  Upper School teachers Amanda Lighthiser and Maureen Reed sit down with Rob to talk about their interdisciplinary American Studies class which they run together for 35 students. Learn the ins and outs of how they got the class started, how they run it and how their close relationship makes it all happen.
28:18
November 22, 2019
Art, Chinese and Wood Shop: A Lower School Collaboration
In this third episode of the "Collaboration Series", Rob chats with 3 Lower School teachers about a project that is seeing its second iteration this school year.  Art teacher Peggy Schauffler,  Chinese teacher Guimin Tang and Wood Shop teacher Ric Fry connected during the 2018-2019 school year to undertake a project that required all three of their specialized skills and passions.  They share the process of their work together, their discoveries and how the school supported their ideas.  
26:14
November 15, 2019
Art & Science: An Upper School Collaboration
For episode one of Elevate’s second season, Rob sits down with Upper School science teacher Becky Wynne and Upper School art teacher Chris Mateer to hear about their collaborative and integrated class called Structural Design and Engineering. It’s the first in a multi-episode exploration on the topic of collaboration.
20:50
November 9, 2019
Poetry & Ecology: A Middle School Collaboration
In this Episode of Elevate, Rob continues his exploration of collaboration across the campus at Catlin Gabel by sitting down with Middle School English teacher Christa Kaainoa and Middle School Science teacher Jesse Lowes to hear all the ins and outs of how they have developed a successful partnership through poetry and ecology that has spanned many years. For more information about this project check out this link:  http://bit.ly/ForestRiversSalmon
21:50
October 22, 2019
Predicting the Stock Market: a senior’s project
In this episode of Elevate Rob sits down with senior Sasha Agapiev to explore the details of a year-long investigation he pursued in the Honors Computer Science class with Andrew Merrill.  Sasha's interest in the world of quantitative finance led him to design a project that explored ways to use natural language process algorithms to analyze historical stock market prices, and to potentially find some new market patterns. For more details about Shasha's project check out his website: https://carpeventures.com/  For more information about Word2Vec, the neural network software he used check out: https://skymind.ai/wiki/word2vec If you have questions about this episode, are curious about this podcast in general or have people or topics you think we should cover in coming episodes please email us at   vannoodr@catlin.edu
16:13
June 12, 2019
Place-Based Science
In this episode of Elevate Rob sits down with science teacher Sheri Cocquio to explore how her passion for place-based education grew from her earliest years of teaching in her native Hawaii and how she translated that to her work with Lower School students here at Catlin Gabel School.    To explore the 3rd grade interactive GIS map of Oregon that Sheri mentions in the podcast follow this link:  https://arcg.is/0WW18f  This map (https://bit.ly/2Mygu3Y) was made by Sheri as a resource for teachers and students on the Wai’anae Coast to learn about the rich stories that live and breathe there.    These are additional resources that Sheri recommends about place based education:  Place-based Education: Connecting Classrooms and Communities by David Sobel  Bringing School to Life: Place-based Education across the Curriculum by Sarah K. Anderson  Place-based Curriculum Design: Exceeding Standards through Local Investigations by Amy Demarest  If you have questions about this episode, are curious about this podcast in general or have people or topics you think we should cover in coming episodes please email us at   vannoodr@catlin.edu
17:34
June 7, 2019
Can You Really Evaluate Participation?
In this episode Rob sits down with Upper School History Teacher Pat Walsh to talk about his year-long action research project that explored the question "How do students engage in collaborative work and how do we better record and assess it?" Pat was one of four educators who worked with the Catlin Gabel Ed Lab Team this school year to investigate a pedagogical question using action research. To read more about Pat's work and research check out his blog post https://bigpictureeducation.wordpress.com/2019/03/13/an-attempt-at-measuring-class-participation/  If you have questions about this episode, are curious about this podcast in general or have people or topics you think we should cover in coming episodes please email us at   vannoodr@catlin.edu
19:50
May 31, 2019
Equity is Not a Program: Identity, Code-switching and The Center
In this episode of Elevate Rob sits down with Director of Inclusion and Outreach, Jasmine Love, and Coordinator of Multicultural Programs and Youth Partnerships, Kofi Obeng, to talk about the experience of being black at independent schools, code switching and how The Center has empowered students.    For more information about The Center check out their website http://www.thecenterpdx.org  or write to info@thecenterpdx.org   Also listen to this broadcast from OPB https://bit.ly/2EBqnra where "students [from The Center], teachers and others in education  talk about how race and racial identity are playing out – in curricula, class discussions and everyday life." If you have questions about this episode, are curious about this podcast in general or have people or topics you think we should cover in coming episodes please email us at   vannoodr@catlin.edu
17:45
May 25, 2019
Art of Storytelling: Making Space for Refuge Stories
In this episode of Elevate Rob sits down with Middle School teachers Brendan Gill and Deirdre Atkinson to talk about their year-long student teacher experiential project called "Art of Storytelling" and how their original vision turned into something completely different after meeting refuge camp survivor Wilson Kubwayo. For more information about The Refuge Center Online check out their webiste at https://therefugeecenter.org/ If you have questions about this episode, are curious about this podcast in general or have people or topics you think we should cover in coming episodes please email us at   vannoodr@catlin.edu
15:04
May 20, 2019
Genius Hour Part 2: Chess in Equatorial Guinea
In this second episode about the use of Genius Hour in the Upper School  Rob sits down with seniors Avi and Seth  to talk about how they used their time to develop a three year project that ended with a trip to Equatorial Guinea to establish a national chess curriculum and federation there.   More information about this project can be found here:  1.  Blog about trip the students 2018 trip to Equatorial Guinea  2. Seth and Avi on A Fondo (national Equatoguinean morning show) 3.  Chess. com newsletter  If you have questions about this episode, are curious about this podcast in general or have people or topics you think we should cover in coming episodes please email us at   vannoodr@catlin.edu
15:22
May 17, 2019
Genius Hour Part 1: Letting Students Decide
In this first of a two part series on the use of "Genius Hour"  Rob sits down with Upper School Spanish Teacher Enrique Escalona to discuss how and why he decided to give 20% of  class time over to students to explore anything they want.   For more information about genius hour check out the work by AJ Juliani: http://ajjuliani.com/category/genius-hour/.   If you have questions about this episode, are curious about this podcast in general or have people or topics you think we should cover in coming episodes please email us at   vannoodr@catlin.edu
18:03
May 10, 2019
Democratizing Discussions with the Harkness Method
In this episode Rob sits down with Upper School Dean of Students Brandon Woods to talk about his class Rewriting Childhood and the Harkness Method he uses to democratize classroom discussions.  If you have questions about this episode, are curious about this podcast in general or have people or topics you think we should cover in coming episodes please email us at   vannoodr@catlin.edu
16:38
May 7, 2019
A Peak into the Upper School Learning Center
In this episode Rob sits down with Upper School Learning Specialist (and Elevate host) Jeffrey Silverstein to talk about how the Learning Center is an advocate for students and what Jeffrey wants to improve in the coming year. If you have questions about this episode, are curious about this podcast in general or have people or topics you think we should cover in coming episodes please email us at   vannoodr@catlin.edu
16:51
May 6, 2019
Reimagining Feedback for Writers
In this episode Rob sits down with 8th grade English teacher Holly Walsh to hear about how she, with the help of the Ed Lab Team and her students, uncovered a more powerful way to get writers to consider and use ongoing feedback.   If you have questions about this episode, are curious about this podcast in general or have people or topics you think we should cover in coming episodes please email us at   vannoodr@catlin.edu
13:14
May 6, 2019
The 5th Grade Capstone Project Part 2: a student's perspective
In this episode Rob sits down with 5th grade student Mira to hear about her passion for Harry Potter and how it became a driving force for a film she is creating and a lens to look at peace, conflict and change.   If you have questions about this episode, are curious about this podcast in general or have people or topics you think we should cover in coming episodes please email us at   vannoodr@catlin.edu
13:32
May 3, 2019
The 5th Grade Capstone Project Part I
In this episode Rob sits down with 5th grade teachers Maggie Bendicksen and Keli Gump to learn about a whole new way they are approaching inquiry and student questions through a Capstone Project.   If you have questions about this episode, are curious about this podcast in general or have people or topics you think we should cover in coming episodes please email us at   vannoodr@catlin.edu
15:57
May 3, 2019
The Tree House Project
In this episode Rob sits down with Jennifer Marcus (the Beginning School wood shop teacher) and Leondra Brackett (the Beginning School art teacher) to talk about a year long project that started from one student's idea and developed into a division wide project that lasted an entire year.   If you have questions about this episode, are curious about this podcast in general or have people or topics you think we should cover in coming episodes please email us at   vannoodr@catlin.edu
15:38
May 3, 2019