Drew Perkins

TeachThought's Director of Professional Development, formerly with the Buck Institute for Education and the Collaborative for Teaching and Learning after 15 years of classroom teaching. Passionate about the leading of learning through inquiry, I have been called a professional thought stretcher due to my love for questioning.

Ep. 21: Reframing Education By Erasing the Deficit Mindset With Yong Zhao

  Ep. 21: Reframing Education By Erasing the Deficit Mindset With Yong Zhao by Drew Perkins, Director of TeachThought Professional Development This is episode 21 of the TeachThought Podcast! Drew Perkins talks with internationally recognized education thought leader Yong Zhao about reframing education from a standardized and deficit mindset to one that builds on student strengths. Also discussed were two …

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Ep. 19: Learning For Social And Personal Change With Kahoot!

  Ep. 19: Learning For Social And Personal Change With Kahoot! by Drew Perkins, Director of TeachThought Professional Development This is episode 19 of the TeachThought Podcast! Drew Perkins talks with Jamie Brooker, co-founder and Chief Creative Officer of Kahoot! about their mission driven approach to learning, how Kahoot! is more than just an assessment tool, their growth …

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5 Characteristics Of Project-Based Learning That Works

5 Characteristics Of Project-Based Learning That Works by Drew Perkins, Director of TeachThought PD As I’ve written before (What PBL Can Do For Your School…And What It Won’t) project-based learning can be an amazing tool for student, teacher, and school growth but only if you’re getting great thinking and learning as a result. It’s not enough to just …

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Ep. 17: Most Likely To Succeed – The Purpose and Possibility Of Our Schools

Ep. 17: Most Likely To Succeed – The Purpose & Possibility Of Our Schools by Drew Perkins, Director of TeachThought Professional Development This is episode 17 of the TeachThought Podcast! In this episode Drew Perkins (Director of Professional Development at TeachThought) talks with Ted Dintersmith–Producer of the education documentary Most Likely to Succeed and co-author of the …

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How The Culture Of Achievement Is Hurting Our Schools

How The Culture Of Achievement Is Hurting Our Schools by Drew Perkins, Director of TeachThought Professional Development Achievement sounds great doesn’t it? What parent doesn’t want their child to achieve? What teacher doesn’t hope their students achieve at a high level? Of course achievement in general is a good thing but the Culture of Achievement created …

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Ep. 15: Teaching And Learning vs. Accountability With @justintarte

Ep. 15: Teaching And Learning vs. Accountability With @justintarte by Drew Perkins, Director of TeachThought Professional Development This is episode 15 of the TeachThought Podcast! In this episode Drew Perkins (Director of Professional Development at TeachThought) talks with Justin Tarte–Director of Teaching and Learning and Accountability at the Union R-XI School District in Union, Missouri–about balancing teaching …

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Using The QFT To Drive Inquiry In Project-Based Learning

Using The QFT To Drive Inquiry In Project-Based Learning by Drew Perkins, Director of TeachThought Professional Development Inquiry can be a powerful teaching and learning strategy.so when I came across the When I came across the Question Formulation Technique by the Right Question Institute while reading the fantastic A More Beautiful Question by Warren Berger, I was excited …

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Ep. 14: Elevating Student Voice With The #StuVoice Movement.

  Ep. 14: Elevating student voice with the #stuvoice movement. by Drew Perkins, Director of TeachThought Professional Development This is episode 14 of the TeachThought Podcast! In this episode Drew Perkins (Director of Professional Development at TeachThought) talks with Andrew Brennen, National Field Director of Student Voice, about his work as a student to elevate and …

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Ep. 13: How Do We Actually Change Schools?

Ep 13: How Do We Actually Change Schools? by Drew Perkins, Director of TeachThought Professional Development This is episode 13 of the TeachThought Podcast! In this episode Drew Perkins (Director of Professional Development at TeachThought) talks with nationally recognized thought leader Grant Lichtman about why schools should change and how to make those changes. Interested in growing with TeachThought …

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Are The Questions You’re Asking Important To Your Students…Or Just You?

by Drew Perkins, Director of TeachThought Professional Development Most educators would agree that engagement and commitment, while elusive, are crucial to getting great work, thinking and attention from students. In pursuit of that teachers often set about the process of following their passions in planning lessons and units with the hope that students will jump …

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Ep. 11: Redefining Intelligence To Unlock The Possibility In Our Students

      Ep 11: Redefining Intelligence to unlock the possibility in our students. by Drew Perkins, Director of TeachThought Professional Development This is episode 11 of the TeachThought Podcast! In this episode Drew Perkins (Director of Professional Development at TeachThought) and Scott Barry Kaufman discuss why and how he thinks intelligence should be redefined using his Theory of …

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Ep 10: Are Charter Schools Solving The Equity Problem?

Ep 10: Are Charter Schools Solving The Equity Problem? by Drew Perkins, Director of TeachThought Professional Development This is episode 10 of the TeachThought Podcast! In this episode Drew Perkins and Julian Vasquez Heilig discuss the factors that are driving education reform, charter schools, poverty and the politics behind it all. Interested in growing with TeachThought Professional Development? …

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Ep. 9 How Can “Beautiful Questions” Improve Teaching And Learning?

Ep 9: How Can “Beautiful Questions” Improve Teaching And Learning? by Drew Perkins, Director of TeachThought Professional Development This is episode 9 of the TeachThought Podcast! In this episode Drew Perkins and Warren Berger discuss the role of inquiry in education and his book A More Beautiful Question. Interested in growing with TeachThought Professional Development? Email us at grow@www.teachthought.com …

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Ep 7: Teacher Accountability And a Challenge To The Gates Foundation

Ep 7: Teacher Accountability And A Challenge To The Gates Foundation by Drew Perkins, Director of TeachThought Professional Development This is episode 7 of the TeachThought Podcast! In this episode Drew Perkins (Director of Professional Development at TeachThought) and Anthony Cody discuss education reform efforts by the Gates Foundation, his book The Educator and the Oligarch, teacher accountability, …

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