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The 180 Podcast Dec 22, 2021

The 180 Podcast: 2021 in Review

Featuring leading voices in American education, health and child development, The 180 explores how to transform 21st century education – how to turn it around – using 21st century science. In 2021, we reimagined the purpose of education, explored culturally responsive-education, and got first-hand accounts of how to support student well-being in challenging times through conversations with leaders, educators and visionaries. Listen to our favorite episodes of 2021 as we prepare for more amazing guests and conversations in 2022.


John King: Getting Back to School Safely and Better

Former Secretary of Education and CEO of The Education TrustJohn B. King, Jr., discusses the immediate actions needed to get children back in school safely, as well as long-term solutions for inequity and accessibility in education.

Hal Smith: We Can’t Just Do the Same Things We’ve Always Done


Hal Smith, Senior Vice President of Education, Youth Development & Health for the National Urban League, discusses why the pandemic presents an opportunity to not only reimagine what school what school can look like, but to take action on building back better.

Christina Theokas, Ph.D.: The Well-Being Index

Turnaround Chief Applied Science Officer Christina Theokas, Ph.D digs into the science behind the conception and creation of the Well-Being Index, a tool designed to capture a holistic view of each student’s sense of their social, emotional and physical well-being.

P.S. 340: Getting to Know How Students Are Feeling and Functioning

Continuing our discussion on the Well-Being Index, we sit down with educators from P.S. 340 in the Bronx, NY and hear about their first-hand experience using the tool in classrooms.

Dan Cogan-Drew of Newsela — Helping Students Become Agents of Their Own Learning

In this episode, we sit down with Newsela Co-founder and Chief Academic Officer Dan Cogan-Drew to discuss what experiences education technology can offer to support the dynamic relationships necessary for learning and development, and spurring engagement and motivation to learn.

Zaretta Hammond: What is Culturally-Responsive Teaching?

Author, educator and and “Ready 4 Rigor” blog founder Zaretta Hammond explains what it means to be a culturally responsive teacher – and why it’s necessary not only to stimulate intellectual curiosity, but also move beyond cognitive redlining and transition students to cognitive independence.

Zaretta Hammond: How Teachers Can Become Personal Trainers of Cognitive Development

In part two of our conversation, Zaretta Hammond outlines the practical steps for teachers to become personal trainers of cognitive development.

Jeff Duncan-Andrade: The Purpose of Education Should Be Youth Wellness


Dr. Jeff Duncan-Andrade – Professor of Latina/o Studies and Race and Resistance Studies at SFSU and Co-Founder of the Roses in Concrete Community School – discusses why the purpose of education should be youth wellness.

Dr. Jeff Duncan-Andrade: How to Build a School Where the Goal is Youth Wellness

In part two, we continue our conversation with Dr. Jeff Duncan-Andrade on the experience of building East Oakland’s Roses in Concrete Community School and how we – as parents, educators, and community members – can rethink and reorient community education.

LaShawn Routé Chatmon and Kathleen Osta: What Is an Equitable Learning Environment and How Can Your School Build One?

National Equity Project founding Executive Director, LaShawn Routé Chatmon, and Managing Director, Kathleen Osta, discuss their work helping schools across the country design and implement community-driven approaches to equitable learning.

Student Voices: Fighting for an Inclusive Education System, featuring the National Equity Project

In part two of our conversation with the National Equity Project, we hear from student youth advocates Ana De Almeida Amaral and Micah Daniels on what students need to be successful and their views the education system – who they think it is designed for, and what critical pieces are missing.