Think. Pair. Share.

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.

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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 what it means to be a tailender.


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.

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.

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.

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.

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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