It's Intentional

A podcast from CASDA Executive Director Michael Piccirillo, Ed.D, designed to elicit reactions and stimulate thinking about important topics in the field of education and offer support and professional development for area educators.

Episode 4: Self-Regulated Learning: Empowering Student Academic and Personal Growth
In this episode Mike continues conversations centered on the theme of student empowerment. This podcast poses the question, what would happen if schools explicitly taught students how to set, monitor and adjust goals for academic and personal growth?

Episode 3: Parent/Family Empowerment: It's About Access
In this episode, Mike shares 2 stories about parent empowerment initiatives that he participated in during his career that sought to remove barriers to access for parents who had previously been excluded from school programming. He also shares relevant research and reflects on how gaps in access for parents are mirrored by opportunity gaps for students, emphasizing that if we truly aim to serve "all students," then we must include "all parents."

Episode 2: Student Empowerment: Why the Quandary for Schools
Mike asks why philosophically people are on board with student empowerment, but have a difficulty enacting it. Have schools become more like places of obedience and less like places fostering free expression? He also questions a past decision when he was a principal in which he coached a valedictorian to revise her graduation speech to limit possible backlash and criticism. At the time he convinced himself that he was supporting intellectual independence, but in retrospect may have just been reinforcing obedience by having her tailor her speech, so that it fit some unwritten standard about what graduation ceremonies are about.

Episode 1: Student Engagement or Empowerment? 
In the first episode of It's Intentional, Mike addresses how schools can use student participation in activities outside the classroom to support connectedness in the classroom, and how positive, supportive and caring relationships are the key to student engagement.

Self-Regulated Learning
00:00 / 07:05
Parent/Family Empowerment
00:00 / 16:43
Student Empowerment
00:00 / 06:59
Student Engagement or Empowerment?
00:00 / 06:51

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