Q-Ed Up With Ziz & Pam

Q-Ed Up With Ziz & Pam

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Ep. 15: Why Soft Skills are Critical in the 21st Century
Show notes here. In this episode, Ziz and Pam talk about the importance of soft skills in the new economy, not just for getting a job, but for navigating a successful life. These are human, interpersonal, relationship skills. How are these skills developed? It's about creating experiences, relationship and mentorship opportunities, and embracing our humanness. The rise of automation means job candidates will need these uniquely human skills. Employers are looking for agile, critical thinkers. One study found that 51% of human resource managers said that education systems have done little to help address the soft skills shortage in the workplace. As we shift from teacher/institution directed learning to learner-centered engagement, we will provide the type of environment that fosters creativity, communication, and innovation.  Parents can advocate for their children, protect their time and space, and co-own the process with teachers and students. But it starts with the learner, honoring their individuality and humanness. QUOTES Ziz: "The top missing soft skills are problem-solving, critical thinking, innovation, creativity, the ability to deal with complexity and ambiguity, and--the big one--communication." Pam: "Innovation requires so much diversity of perspective, thought culture, to be able to break out of that river of thinking. So diversity is innovation and we are not allowing that in our school system." Ziz: "Diversity isn't necessarily about a gender or a color. It's perspective." Pam: "Diversity is the human complexity that each of us brings to the table, based on our experiences." Pam: "Allow kids the time to play, to be bored, to pursue things that are of interest...Encourage them to look at themselves and what they can give to the world, not what the world is going to give to them." Pam: "We start with the human being. When you hear 'learner-centered', think 'human being centered'. That is the future of education." Pam: "There's not one school that fits all children, or all family circumstances and needs." Pam: "Human beings are open systems. We need to engage with others in different environments. So when we put ourselves in these closed silos, it leads to a lot of distress. We have to break down the school walls and give experiences, expand the multigenerational relationships, mentor-up as businesses and parents. We have to inspire each other to co-own the learning and education that can happen in museums, libraries, businesses, and different types of collaborative, online learning." RESOURCES Duncan Wardle - Diversity is Innovation Viktor Frankl Emerson Collectives QX Super school Getting Smart with Tom Vander Ark Place-Based Education No Time to Lose: We Must Broaden Our Children’s Exposure to the Real World Education Re-imagined - LEARNERS AT THE CENTER. #BuiltForThis FinTech (financial technology) Nexus Degrees In An Automated World, Our Humanness Is The Advantage The Five C’s to Success in the New World of Work
28:13
July 1, 2020
Ep. 14: What is Lifelong Learning?
Show notes here. In this episode, Ziz and Pam discuss what it means to be a lifelong learner. Given the rapid pace of technological change in our world, students need to R.E.A.D. The 'R' stands for responsibility. It is the student's responsibility to upskill and continually learn new ways of doing things so that they can adapt to changing environments. The role of parents and teachers is to step back and facilitate their learning. We no longer follow the 3-part model of school, work, retire. Lifelong learning is about teaching students how to learn, not what to learn. Students need to be agile and gain the employable skills needed to withstand the test of time. RESOURCES: Our Children Need to R.E.A.D to Succeed in the 21st Century R.E.A.D. Framework David Deming - Harvard study of STEM majors and the importance of upskilling. Jim Link, Randstad's chief human resources officer, Hiring and Developing Digital Leaders whitepaper.pdf Skills required by employers: adaptability, problem, solving creativity, influence drive, empathy, and collaboration. Viktor Frankl: Freedom Dr. Ai, Iceberg model - knowledge, life skills, mindset What If No Summer Job or Internship is an Opportunity? To Gap or Not to Gap Tim Salau and Mike Gates GUIDES QUOTES: Pam: "The struggle is growth. We only grow during times when we're really struggling, struggling to push forward. And it's what propels us forward." Pam: "You can do college in many ways now. In different places, parents, educators, and businesses are creating these environments where kids can go and explore while they're in high school and begin to get those experiences so that they don't have to take a gap year. They figure this out during their teenage years by working part-time jobs by doing internships. Particularly with disadvantaged students, we've got to mentor up, create the umbrella of mentorship and guides that they can tap into." Pam: "I just believe so strongly in honoring the unique individual, honoring their ability to do R.E.A.D. and discover their meaning. Our job is to create diverse, multigenerational, and experiential environments that allow them to do that."
20:19
June 26, 2020
Ep. 13: Grace in the Learning Process
SHOW NOTES HERE. In this episode, Ziz and Pam talk about giving grace to students, parents, and teachers in the learning process. For the last several decades, we have perpetuated a culture of sameness and moved our children through an antiquated system that no longer works for all. But now we know better! As we examine some updated approaches to education, we are inspired by those models of learning that value individuality and promote collaboration and exploration. Let's give each other grace because we are all in this together! RESOURCES: New York Times, Parenting During the Coronavirus: 'I Have Given Up'  Daniel Pink The 7-20-10 Rule for Leadership Development Dr. Ai, Classroom Without Walls Pam Roy's Changing the Culture of Sameness: A Track for Everyone A New Way Forward Education Summit #anewwayforward Maya Green https://youtu.be/X5ZSwqxTD5E?t=212 EDUCATION REIMAGINED https://youtu.be/NSVKVTEuqgU
23:22
June 17, 2020
Ep. 12: Racism, Education, and Opportunity in the 21st Century
Read the show notes. In this episode, Ziz and Pam share their thoughts on racism, education, and opportunity in the 21st century. Ziz talks about how he learned the importance of positivity and a supportive environment in his early life. They discuss the state of education in relation to society's inequities, how existing frameworks  impede progress and do not allow for opportunity. In the education system, for example, factors such as under-resourced schools and the cost burden of test prep and extracurricular activities, make the playing field unequal. The good news is that new opportunities are emerging that do not rely on this antiquated framework. We see more organizations empowering opportunity and valuing the student's individuality.  RESOURCES: Privilege/Class/Social Inequalities Explained in a $100 Race Jane Elliot Big Picture Learning Design 39 Duncan Wardle: Diversity Is Innovation Viktor Frankl - Monoanthropism The Great Realization by Probably Tomfoolery QUOTES: Ziz: "It's very interesting how this pandemic put a spotlight on the inequities of the system...the things that weren't working very well already." Pam: "How do we create environments that allow them to discover, allow them to explore, versus 'we have to shape them, mold them, frame them in our image of what we say they going to be in order to be successful.'" Pam: "We not only missed an entire era shift into new opportunities, we also created a huge epidemic of mental illness...because kids were so focused on their performance, so focused on how they were judged, that they couldn't see anything else except that they didn't measure up. And they thought life was worthless." Ziz: "You can not be successful by yourself. You need a coach, a mentor, you need others around you, your teammates to understand the role and help you, to practice, and do all those things." Ziz: "We need to be together to solve this because it affects all of us...We're all created differently so that we can learn from one another." Pam: "The health and wellbeing of any one child reflects the health and wellbeing of our entire society. That is why it's our responsibility to create environments that allow every child to flourish."
32:40
June 10, 2020
Ep. 11: To Gap or Not to Gap
SHOW NOTES AVAILABLE HERE In this episode, Ziz & Pam talk about the gap year trend that is gaining popularity, especially now. They discuss why it is a good option for some students and suggest some productive ways to spend the time. When considering a gap year, start with the individual and their interests, motivations, and relationships. It may be the perfect opportunity for kids to broaden their horizons and discover the best course for their individual journeys. By having focused so narrowly on the blue-collar, white-collar track, many people have completely missed the new-collar world that's exploding. RESOURCES: Class of 2020, college can wait. It's time to take a gap year. Abby Falik CEO global citizen year Big Picture Learning https://youtu.be/MIxHRpshCvg Summit Learning Dr. Ai's Classroom Without Walls Future Ready Program The Passion Planner Viktor Frankl Duncan Wardle says, Diversity Is Innovation "We don't allow the diversity of thought of emotion, of ethnicities or of perspective. We narrow so everybody has to be trained to think the same way and we're seeing the ramifications of that in our society." High Desert Center - Gap year program AmeriCorps Online Learning: EdX Learning Western Governors University Coursera Udacity
30:34
June 3, 2020
Ep. 10: What’s A Parent to Do?
In this episode, Ziz and Pam discuss the role of parents in preparing kids for life in the 21st century. Our students are caught between two worlds; one is the antiquated, one-track-for-all school system and the other is the rapidly changing workplace, advancing with technology at hyperspeed. We've entered the fourth industrial revolution and unfortunately, schools are late to the game. Institutions are slow to change but parents can pivot and become co-learners with their students.  First, we need to recognize that we don't know what the jobs of tomorrow look like. Instead of preparing our children for today's job market, we can help them gain the skills to adapt, discover their interests, and expose them to a broad range of ideas. The future of education is self-directed learning. Parents can support their children best by encouraging their discovery, mentoring them on their journey, and modeling a fulfilling life. RESOURCES R.E.A.D. Framework A Generation Caught Between Two Worlds Viktor Frankl Ziz: "It does start with interest. And I think sometimes this is where a good mentor or a great teacher it comes in." Fast Company article on Karlie Kloss Kode with Klossy: Coding camps for girls Laurent Duvernay-Tardif Gary Vaynerchuk Lenore Skenazy, Free-Range Kids Susan David, The Gift of Emotional Courage "We need to not only be the learner, but we also need to be the change-makers. We need to be role models. We need to be mentors. And in so many ways, it's a relief because we don't have to know everything to teach them because we can't. We can honor who they are and learn with them."  -- Pam Roy DOWNLOAD A TRANSCRIPT OF THIS EPISODE.
24:22
May 27, 2020
Ep. 9: 7 Ways to Inspire Engaged Learning
Show Notes & More Info Here As technology advances, we need to adapt, learn the new way, or risk being left behind. As our homes and workplaces continue to transform, updated skill sets are required for work in the new economy. In this episode, Ziz and Pam talk about redefining the role schools play in preparing our students for the future. Their discussion offers educators 7 ways to inspire engaged learning to help students succeed in the transforming job market. True Learning Requires: 1. Interest 2. Relationship 3. Safety What can teachers do in the classroom to inspire engaged learning? 1. Validate each student's individuality. They are valuable as they are. 2. Create collaborative experiences. 3. Challenge the curriculum. 4. Consider mistakes as a valued part of the learning process 5. Allow students to approach assignments according to their interests 6. Limit the role of school in the lives of students 7. Build an educational ecosystem involving the entire community RESOURCES: A Generation of Students Caught Between Two Worlds Thomas Friedman's Thank You for Being Late "Well-meaning is the opposite of meaning." Alex Vesely Vicki Abeles' The Gatekeeper: Math in America Modern Parenting: The Downside of a One-sided Balance Sheet Duncan Wardle Michael Epstein's Range IDEO Labs Kelly Notaras' The Book You Were Born to Write What Now? We Need to Build an Educational Ecosystem Viktor Frankl – https://viktorfranklamerica.com/ Dr. Shefali’s The Conscious Parent WATCH THIS EPISODE: https://youtu.be/EQXQvB1o98Y
33:57
May 20, 2020
Ep. 8: Learning From Our Children
Show Notes & More Info Here In this episode, Ziz and Pam talk about how parents can create the conditions for children to rise, simply by letting them be who they are. We can learn a lot from our children if we give them the freedom to explore and discover for themselves what makes them unique. When parents stop trying to 'fix' children and instead, empower them on their journey, children will flourish. Also discussed: Dr. Shefali's The Conscious Parent Pam's Changing the Culture of Sameness blog David Brooks' piece in The Atlantic, The Nuclear Family Was a Mistake  Daniel Pink's Drive  Duncan Wardle Viktor Frankl - https://viktorfranklamerica.com/ Frankl predicted that dealing with human beings as if they are a mere thing would take its toll. He wholeheartedly agreed with sociologist, William Irwin Thompson when he said “Humans are not objects that exist as tables and chairs. They live–and if they find that their lives are reduced to the mere existence of chairs or tables, then they commit suicide.” The Real Cost of a Meaningless Education Watch this episode: https://youtu.be/LsCTBiz8fl0
19:40
May 13, 2020
Ep. 7: Empowering the Entrepreneurial Spirit
In this episode, Ziz and Pam relate their experiences in business, parenting, and working with youth to highlight the positive impact two people can have on their communities when they are united by their mutual interests and entrepreneurial spirits. It is not 'in spite of' but 'because of' our differences and individuality that we are able to create positive change and meaning-centered lives. Ziz and Pam talk about the importance of finding common ground. Instead of blaming, "othering" and competing, if kids--and all people--discover their shared interests and develop collaborative skillsets, our whole society will benefit. Show notes and more information here.
22:40
May 6, 2020
Ep. 6: Upskilling in the New Economy
In this episode, Ziz and Pam talk about the importance of upskilling for success in today's job market. As technology advances, more workers are required to learn new skills which is why a growth mindset is critical for students today. Lifelong learning is the key, not only for keeping a job but also for discovering meaning and fulfillment. Join Ziz and Pam in their discussion about what it means to be educated--and employed--in the 21st century. For show notes and more information, go HERE.
19:53
April 29, 2020
Ep. 5: What Matters is Meaning
In this episode, Ziz and Pam have another powerful conversation about what it means to be educated in the 21st century. As they've shared before, students need to 'R.E.A.D.' and the 'D' is for 'discover their meaning.' Pam shares some inspired wisdom from Viktor Frankl on the importance of allowing our children to be who they are and to find their unique motivation for living. This message applies not just to parents with children but to all of us.  Our humanness requires us to do what matters to us and to discover meaning.  We are beginning to see the much-needed collaboration between parents, educators, and businesses that are creating new ways to empower students to be in the world.  Check out the show notes here!
19:15
April 23, 2020
Ep. 4: How We Met (BONUS)
In this BONUS episode, Ziz and Pam talk about how their mutual interests in education and the health and wellbeing of young people brought them together. Over the years, they've both raised kids, worked extensively with youth in their communities, and developed a passion for making a difference.   Tune in to hear more about their journey, their discoveries, and what led them to start this podcast. Check out the show notes here!
14:44
April 22, 2020
Ep. 3: Preparing Students for Success in the New Economy
In this episode, Ziz and Pam discuss ways we can create opportunities for our students to experience what's happening in the world today. Students can be empowered to own the learning process, to be free to choose, to discover their meaning. It's our job, as parents and educators, to support that endeavor. Communities and businesses are getting in on the action, too. In this conversation, we learn about the new economy and hiring trends. This involves upskilling, knowledge brokering, apprenticeship and last-mile training programs. More pathways are open that provide alternatives to the traditional college track. Ziz and Pam talk about when competition elevates play, and when it can prove to be a disadvantage. There's plenty of name dropping in this episode. You'll hear about Tony Robbins, Dean Graziosi, Frank Reich, Tua Tagovailoa, Maya Angelou, Sara Blakely, Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, and of course, Viktor Frankl. Not to mention butterflies and Super Chickens. Don't miss this third installment of the Powerful Conversations Series on Q-Ed Up with Ziz and Pam.
27:09
April 8, 2020
Ep. 2: Whose responsibility is it to educate our children?
In this episode, Ziz and Pam discuss the responsibility we share as a society to help our kids find their way. Learning is not limited to the classroom and homework. It occurs on the playground, in free play and when interacting with people of all different ages. We learn by teaching others. In recent years, kids have lost the freedom to spend time in exploratory play and experiential learning. Our school system has forced kids into a standard trajectory of learning. We must create community ecosystems that support student's individual journey and model for our children what a healthy, thriving life looks like.  RESOURCES College Board CEO, David Coleman's article in The Atlantic, Stop the College Admissions Madness Ted Talk by Dixon Chibanda - Why I Train Grandmothers To Treat Depression David Brooks' article in The Atlantic, The Nuclear Family was a Mistake Brene Brown  Dr. Shefali Conscious Parent For more details, go to Q-EdUp.com.
19:00
April 8, 2020
Ep. 1: Are We Preparing Students for Life in the 21st Century?
What Does It Mean To Be Educated in the 21st Century? Ziz and Pam tackle this, and many other important questions facing our youth as they prepare for a future that is rapidly changing. They discuss the role that parents, schools, our society, and students themselves must play as the definition of education broadens. Do our kids have the skill set required for success in the workplace of tomorrow? Will they create a meaningful life? Can they R.E.A.D? Don't miss the first discussion in a series of Powerful Conversations Q-Ed up with Ziz and Pam. For more details, go to Q-EdUp.com.
23:51
April 7, 2020