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Episode 12 - Teach & Learn

How to Manage Learning Loss in the K-12 Classroom, with Dr. Kiana Pendleton

Join D2L for a discussion on learning loss, equity and leadership in the K-12 classroom with Dr. Kiana Pendleton.

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Episode Description

In today’s show, we delve back into the K-12 space to address the topic of learning loss. A 2020 article from the American Education Research Association found that students in grades one through eight lost an average of 17-34 percent from the prior year’s learning gains over the summer break. When you tack on a few years of remote schooling due to a pandemic, that number only increases.

To discuss this issue further, we welcomed Dr. Kiana Pendleton, Principal at Laurel Magnet School for the Arts. Dr. Pendleton and Dr. Ford discussed:

  • The myths surrounding magnet schools
  • The role of good leadership in combating learning loss
  • How equitable access to technology impacts learner journeys
  • Using qualitive and quantitative data to track student progress
  • The importance of offering professional development opportunities that fit into a teacher’s lifestyle

Show Notes

01:00: An introduction to Dr. Kiana Pendleton

02:40: How Dr. Pendleton maintained a sense of normalcy during the pandemic

08:24: How good leadership has a trickle-down effect

11:09: Dr. Pendleton on the myths around magnet schools

15:42: Why leadership matters when addressing both summer and pandemic-related learning loss

19:31: How accelerated learning opportunities differ for a first or second grader vs. a fifth grader

23:15: How Dr. Pendleton uses quantitative and qualitative data to track continued learning experience

28:03: Dr. Pendleton’s best practices to create accelerated learning opportunities and/or mitigate learning loss

33:01: Providing opportunities for professional development in an easily accessible way

38:36: How Dr. Pendleton is trying to level the playing field when it comes to equity in technology and what she’s learned along the way

47:01: Dr. Pendleton’s suggestions for other leaders with respect to managing learning gaps coupled with the implementation of equity and technology


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