Think. Pair. Share.

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Think. Pair. Share. The Podcast

A modern education podcast

that explores learning—from the everyday exchange of thoughts and ideas—to the theories and practices behind entire systems.

THINK education is cool?
PAIR two conversations. Learn about our guests, then learn from our guests.
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Episodes

Episodes

Katy Lichon: Education, Cultivated.

From Easter traditions and proper chocolate-bunny-eating etiquette to embracing and empowering the transformative power of the Latino community within Catholic schools

Think. Pair. Share. Katy Lichon

Dr. Katy Lichon, Director of Catholic School Advantage and the English as a New Language Program, discusses the domestic Church and how the legacy of Catholic education can inform our future; celebrating all gifts, talents, and cultures, as well as, Easter egg hunts, rolls, and what can happen when you give a mouse a cookie.

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Nikhit D'Sa: Education, Ventured.

From St. Patrick and his feast day to five-day cricket extravaganzas and adopting a human-centered approach to research application in the lived experience of children and teachers

Think. Pair. Share. Nikhit D'Sa

Nikhit D’Sa, Assistant Professor and Senior Associate Director for Research at the Global Center for the Development of the Whole Child discusses social emotional learning, teacher wellbeing, and the role of play in low-resource and fragile contexts, as well as, corned beef and cabbage, four-leaf clovers, and the Emerald Isle.

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Nicole McNeil: Education, Multiplied.

From The Shamrock to The Dome, traveling a providential path to understanding how children learn and what role education plays in the development of a just society

Think. Pair. Share. Nicole McNeil

Dr. Nicole McNeil, professor of psychology and Director of the Education, Schooling, and Society program considers the science behind children’s cognitive development and the duality of the power of education to change people’s lives.

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Fr. Lou DelFra, CSC: Education, Uplifted.

From Philly soft pretzels and New Year's celebrations to the essential role of lay people as “Agents of Spirituality” in our Church.

Think. Pair. Share. Fr. Lou DelFra CSC

Fr. Lou DelFra, CSC, faculty member and Director of Pastoral Life for the Alliance for Catholic Education, reflects on ACE as a movement of the Holy Spirit and its culture of discernment, as well as middle schoolers as litmus tests for relevancy and celebrating Catholic Schools Week with a joyful and boisterous racket.

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hodgePOD 21: Year-End Compilation

 

Think. Pair. Share. Hodge Pod 21

A year-end compilation of just a few of the fun and memorable moments from our inaugural year conversations. Thank you to our listeners, the team at the Institute for Education Initiatives and the Alliance for Catholic Education, and of course to our guests: John Schoenig, Chrissy Trinter, Ernest Morrell, Neil Boothby, Maria McKenna, Kevin Baxter, Kristin Valentino, Mark Berends, Luis Fraga, Anna Haskins, Chloe Gibbs, and Mike Macaluso.

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Mike Macaluso: Education, Animated.

From reflections on being the Notre Dame leprechaun to inspiring lifelong, engaged readers.

Think. Pair. Share. Mike Macaluso

Dr. Michael Macaluso, faculty member of the Alliance for Catholic Education and fellow of the Institute for Educational Initiatives, explores the implications literacy has on how we understand and therefore interact in the world, the origins of the new Alexandria Award, as well as his thoughts on a zombie apocalypse, mistaken lyrics, and DC versus Marvel comics.

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Chloe Gibbs: Education, Invested.

From apple picking and pumpkin patches to community building and examining the economics of education in pursuit of better outcomes for disadvantaged children and families. 

Think. Pair. Share. Chloe Gibbs

Dr. Chloe Gibbs, Director of Notre Dame’s Program for Interdisciplinary Educational Research (ND PIER) and Assistant Professor of Economics, discusses the importance of rigorous, relevant, and impactful policy research as the critical foundation in deciding which interventions and social programs are worth the investment to her thoughts on superstitions, bobbing for apples, and Halloween candy outliers.

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Anna Haskins: Education, Reconsidered.

From stamp collecting and favorite numbers to examining how the education system, the family, and the criminal justice system connect and interact—both preserving and mitigating social inequality.

Think. Pair. Share. Anna Haskins

Dr. Anna Haskins, Associate Professor in Sociology and the Center for Research on Educational Opportunity (CREO) considers the role of schooling in society, the long-reaching consequences of parental incarceration on children, and the eternal debate between talking and texting and peeps versus circus peanuts.

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Luis Fraga: Education, Dedicated.

From illuminating the artistic side of a political scientist to two-way immersion and empowering and serving communities of understanding and tolerance

Think. Pair. Share. Luis Fraga

Dr. Luis Fraga, Director of the Institute for Latino Studies at the University of Notre Dame, reflects on the transformative nature of Catholic education and the potential lasting legacy of building diverse communities of understanding and tolerance, as well as the adventures of family road trips and being a grandfather again.

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Luis Fraga: Education, Dedicated.

From illuminating the artistic side of a political scientist to two-way immersion and empowering and serving communities of understanding and tolerance.

Think. Pair. Share. Luis Fraga

Dr. Luis Fraga, Director of the Institute for Latino Studies at the University of Notre Dame, reflects on the transformative nature of Catholic education and the potential lasting legacy of building diverse communities of understanding and tolerance, as well as the adventures of family road trips and being a grandfather again.

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Mark Berends: Education, Vitalized.

From imagining running the Olympic 1500m to galvanizing the hearts and minds of those who believe in the power of education.

Think. Pair. Share. Mark Berends

Dr. Mark Berends, Director of the Institute for Educational Initiatives at Notre Dame, talks about looking forward while reflecting on the incredible dedication and spirit of hope that strengthens and sustains the mission to positively affect children in Catholic schools, as well as his thoughts on Etch-a-Sketch and the significance of being a "tailender."

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Kristin Valentino: Education, Analyzed.

From daring to compete as a race car driver to discovering how the transactional nature through which children’s interactions with their family, community, and culture can shape the course of their development.

Think. Pair. Share. Kristin Valentino

Dr. Kristin Valentino, Director of the William J. Shaw Center for Children and Families and a Professor of Psychology at Notre Dame, discusses the integration of biological, psychological and environmental factors that impact parent-child relationships in overcoming adversity and achieving overall well-being, as well as her days in the ROTC and why her favorite of the Seven Dwarfs will surprise you.

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Kevin Baxter: Education, Committed.

From contemplating a guitar duet with Bruce Springsteen to leading the charge for thriving Catholic schools across the United States.

Think. Pair. Share. Kevin Baxter

Kevin Baxter, Director of the Mary Ann Remick Leadership program at Notre Dame, shares some thoughts about the intangible aspects that make Catholic schools so special, leadership as vision, strategy and tactics, as well as his reflections on silly fears and big family moves.

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Maria McKenna: Education, Unified.

From the origins of Sesame Street and Photovoice, to the pedagogy of vulnerability to equity, inclusion, and diversity as foundations of education

Think. Pair. Share. Maria McKenna

Maria McKenna, Associate Professor of the Practice in the Department of Africana Studies and the Education, Schooling, & Society program at Notre Dame discusses youth empowerment, equity, inclusion, and diversity as foundations of education, as well as her stand on cereal as soup and why she doesn’t really want to live forever.

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Neil Boothby: Education, Engaged.

From dreaming of mastering Creole overnight to learning through doing and creating sustainable pathways out of adversity for children and youth.

Think. Pair. Share. Neil Boothby

Neil Boothby, Director of the Global Center for the Development of the Whole Child at Notre Dame and an internationally recognized expert and advocate for children in adversity around the world explores inward vulnerability and outward resilience, the “conspiracy of goodness”, his weakness for Lay’s potato chips and the perks of having a time capsule.

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Ernest Morrell: Education, Empowered.

From Beowulf and hip-hop to the power of literacy transforming lives and changing the world

Think. Pair. Share. Ernest Morrell

Ernest Morrell, Director of the Center for Literacy Education, Coyle Professor of Literacy Education, and faculty member in the English, and Africana Studies Departments at Notre Dame, discusses the power of literacy, the limitless potential of children, and being a night person all while having Michelangelo and Raphael painting in his garage.

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Chrissy Trinter: Education, Energized.

 

From the delicacy of ice cream to the intersection of mathematics and Catholic Social Teaching

 

Think. Pair. Share. Chrissy Trinter

 

Chrissy Trinter, Associate Professor of Mathematics Education of the ACE Teaching Fellows and in the Notre Dame Center for STEM Education, shares some thoughts on mathematics and Catholic Social Teaching, her passion for students’ human flourishing, Star Wars and why you won’t see her singing karaoke any time soon.

 

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John Schoenig: Education, Inspired.

 

From handy super powers to the origins of school choice in America

 

Think. Pair. Share. John Schoenig

 

 

 

John Schoenig, ACE’s senior director of teacher formation and education policy, shares some thoughts on why school choice matters, Catholic education in light of the pandemic, and how Jack Nicholson and Prince left a stamp on his childhood.

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