Ann Thomas
Dave Richards

WJR Learning Matters

Learning Matters is a new program on WJR Radio (760 AM). Ann Thomas of WJR and Dave Richards of Michigan Virtual chat with some of Michigan’s educational leaders about innovation and the future of learning.

September 29, 2022:

Designing Personalized Learning Environments

Ann speaks with Purdue Polytechnic High School Associate Executive Director Dr. Keeanna Warren, KnowledgeWorks Chief Learning Officer Virgel Hammonds, and Rockford School District Superintendent Steve Matthews regarding efforts to focus on building and designing student-centered learning environments, and how to personalize learning for specific student’s needs.

June 22, 2022:

Preparing Educators for Future Learning

This month’s edition of Learning Matters has University of Michigan School of Education Dean Dr. Elizabeth Birr Moje, Concord Community Schools Superintendent Becky Hutchinson, and Port Huron Area School District Superintendent Theo Kerhoulas discussing how they are readying themselves and their faculties for an ever-changing learning environment, using their previous experiences in the industry to prepare for the future.

May 25, 2022:

Leading by Design

In this episode of Learning Matters, Chelsea Superintendent Dr. Julie Helber, Ypsilanti Community Schools Superintendent Dr. Alena Zachery-Ross, and Michigan Virtual Innovative School Design Senior Director Dr. Christopher Harrington talk about changing the learning and teaching process in the wake of the pandemic.

April 27, 2022:

Reinventing Education

Guild Education Senior Strategist and author of the new book “From Reopen to Reinvent: (Re)Creating School for Every Child” Michael Horn talks about the improvements and changes that have happened, and that need to happen in the wake of COVID-19.

March 16, 2022:

The Realities of Online Learning and Teaching

The COVID-19 pandemic created a sudden need for wide-scale online learning, a resource that was not refined enough for exclusive implementation. On today’s episode, Michigan Virtual Lead Math Instructor Adair Aumock, Senior Director of Student Learning Services Dr. Shannon Smith, Business Teacher Katie Hansen, and Michigan Virtual Part-Time Health and Personal Fitness Instructor and Mattawan Community Schools Full-Time Middle School Physical Education Instructor Cory DeGroote give their take on the adaptations needed in the changing environment.

February 24, 2022:

The Teacher Shortage and Potential Impact on Future Learning

School districts across the country are facing an increasingly difficult challenge in hiring and maintaining professional educators. The demand for teachers is outpacing the number of graduates from teacher preparation programs. Michigan Education Association President Paula Herbart, Michigan Association of Superintendents and Administrators Executive Director Dr. Tina Kerr, Novi Community School District Superintendent Dr. Steve Matthews give their take on the issue, and discuss what can be done to increase the job experience for teachers.

January 28, 2022:

The Future of Learning

The future of learning is quickly being redefined as educators work diligently to design new models of learning in a post-pandemic environment. In this episode, we will speak with Michigan Virtual CEO Jamey Fitzpatrick, Dexter Community Schools Superintendent Dr. Chris Timmis, and former Fraser Public Schools Superintendent and now Executive Learning Strategist for Michigan Virtual, Dr. Dave Richards on the challenges learning leaders are facing and their efforts to establish the Future of Learning Council to support district leaders.

September 19, 2021:

Looking Forward - Innovation in Learning

Leveraging tools and resources already available to Michigan schools, this discussion will highlight innovative solutions that encourage collaboration and partnerships, and the importance of implementing these changes to better serve schools and communities going forward.

August 21, 2021:

The Importance of Continuing Education for Teachers

This episode focuses on the importance of and pathways for professional development opportunities that strengthen skills, dispositions, and capacity so that educators are best positioned to support flexible learning models. 

June 19, 2021:

Flexible Learning Models for Michigan Schools

As Michigan schools prepare for education post-COVID-19, this discussion will explore delivery models and pathways that districts and schools can use to implement flexible learning models, including content and professional development support.

We will discuss post-pandemic learning and how schools will move forward to provide both personalization and flexibility for students and teachers.

May 22, 2021:

Emergency Remote Learning: Lessons from COVID-19

In this episode of Learning Matters, we cover lessons learned during the COVID-19 pandemic. Now a year into a pandemic that has completely disrupted the education system, this discussion will cover lessons learned and highlight schools that have successfully navigated these challenges to support their educators and students.

New episodes are coming.

Check back soon!