Learning Moments: Shaping the Future Podcast Season 1

HMH Learning Moments: Shaping the Future is hosted by Dr. David Dockterman (Dock), an education lecturer at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, and features education experts and thought leaders from other industries covering leading issues from across the K-12 industry. Listen to season one below for expert insights to best shape the future of education, including the future of the workforce and job skills needed, education's civic responsibilities in our democracy, and what it means to be media literate in the digital age.

Listen below to each episode and find links to the full transcripts and supporting research.

#1. Future Career Skills and Preparing Students for the Workplace

Air date: October, 2019

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Featured guests:

This episode explores key questions around the future workforce, such as:

  • Are we preparing students for today’s workforce or the one they’ll inherit?
  • How is the teaching profession changing to keep pace with an evolving world?
  • What can educators do to ensure students succeed in careers that don’t even exist yet?
  • What are the “soft skills” educators need to cultivate in their students to prepare them for a future career?

#2. Preparing Future Voters and the Influence of Educators

Air date: October 29, 2019

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Featured guests:

This episode explores how to responsibly teach civics in schools and addresses questions like:

  • How does the historical role of schools impact how we teach civics today?
  • How can we empower students to make changes in their communities?
  • Can we successfully teach civics education and remain nonpartisan?

#2.5. Teaching Impeachment and Controversial Issues 

Air date: November 12, 2019

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Featured guests:

As the presidential impeachment currently dominates national media, this episode explores how educators can address timely yet controversial and/or politicized topics. Students may come across social media posts, overhear conversations, or see major media about all kinds of controversial or politicized topics, and they will naturally have questions and opinions that could come up in class. How can teachers facilitate these difficult classroom discussions?

#3. Future Skills for Fact-Checking Online Fakes

Air date: November 19, 2019

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Featured guests:

In an era where “fake news” and false information is rampant online, this episode will explore:

  • How do we ensure ALL students are media literate?
  • What resources exist to help educators teach this complex and ever-evolving subject?
  • What role can social media play in teaching media literacy in context?


Read more from Dock about Shaping the Future and the topics we covered in season one.

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