Beyond the Classroom

At Beyond the Classroom we bring guests with a well established background in education to discuss overcoming learning loss, accelerating learning and re-engaging students by giving them agency over their own learning. This includes Centric Learning best practices using a Project-based Learning instructional model.

Watch our host Tom Watkins present Beyond the Classroom on the video to learn more.


June 10, 2022

Student’s Voice & Choice in a Blended Learning Environment

Our guests from our partners WAY Program, Rich Klemm (Executive Director) and Heather Winter (Teacher and Team Leader) talk about student’s voice and choice in a blended learning environment. This episode explores how the WAY Program encourages students to explore their interests by choosing projects that speak to their personal experience and also how Project-Based Learning (PBL) prepares students for real-world situations through problem-solving and collaboration. They bring students perspectives […]
September 28, 2021

#07 – Creating future-ready schools

Dr Kevin Brown has been a teacher for 31 years, an assistant principal, principal, an assistant superintendent, and a superintendent. He is also a long-time supporter of future-ready schools, and is now our guest in Beyond the Classroom.   On this episode of Beyond the Classroom, Host Tyler Kern discussed future-ready learning with Ron Stefanski, Executive Director, Strategic Partnerships at Centric Learning, and Dr. Kevin Brown, Executive Director of Texas Association of School […]
July 1, 2021

#06 – Empowering Students to Design their own Future

Students should be able to design their own futures, but that takes systemic change. These are big challenges and questions for Beyond the Classroom with host Tom Watkins and guest Marcy Raymond.   In moving education forward, how much does the system empower students to become successful citizens? Students should be able to design their own futures, but that takes systemic change. These are big challenges and questions for Beyond the Classroom with host […]
June 3, 2021

#05 – Looking at the Past, Present and Future of Higher Education

One challenge in higher education today that grows more of a barrier to education every year is the cost, and minorities and under-served areas of communities are disproportionately missing out on higher education opportunities.   Dr. James Smith is the 23rd President of East Michigan University. Dr. Smith’s education focus is on EMU students’ futures, not the past, because what they do in life with that education experience will make […]
May 6, 2021

#04 – Rethinking What’s Normal in Education

With the knowledge that some kids need additional education support and that many kids learn differently, now is the time to rethink education for future success.   In terms of the COVID-19 pandemic, an often-discussed notion is getting things back to normal. But in children’s education, what if normal was never good enough? What if, along with this pandemic, comes an opportunity to create a better normal? Technology and other […]
April 23, 2021

#03 – Educational Reform in a Post-Pandemic World

Dave Strudwick has a career of working on subjects like learning reform and project-based education across four continents, before coming into his current leadership role at REAL School in Budapest, Hungary.   Although no one can argue that the COVID-19 pandemic has set back education and student learning for months, if not years, there is still some good that has come out of our current situation. Now, educators better understand […]