Episode #116: Evolving to Relentlessly Rethink Learning with Lainie Rowell

By Barbara Bray

Join Barbara Bray in conversations with awesome educators, leaders, and influencers as they talk about their passion and purpose for planting seeds for change. Each podcast has a link to a related blog post with more information and resources.

Lainie Rowell is an educator, author, podcaster, and international speaker. As a consultant, Lainie’s client list ranges from Fortune 100 companies like Apple and Google to school districts and independent schools. She is a TEDx speaker and has been a consultant for the Orange County Department of Education since 2014. Lainie is also the co-host of the Lemonade Learning Podcast. 
Your background
For more than 23 years in education, I have taught elementary, secondary, and higher education. I also served in a district-level leadership position supporting 22,000 students and 1,200 teachers at 33 schools. Since 2014, Lainie has been a consultant for the Orange County Department of Education’s Institute for Leadership Development facilitating professional learning for administrators. As a consultant, I specialize in working with other educators to find innovative and sustainable ways to transform teaching and learning.
Learn like a kid: Lainie Rowell
What it was like for you as a student
My K-12 experience was not one of a motivated student. I preferred to focus on sports and the social aspects of school. As a psychology major, I started volunteering at a non-public school for learners with special needs. That is where I fell in love with working with kids and immediately decided to become a teacher which, given my focus on academics in K-12, shocked my entire family.   
Your book, Evolving Learner, is packed full of research, resources, and activities. Can you provide an overview and why you wrote it?

I co-authored Evolving Learner with Kristy Andre and Lauren Steinmann. We set out to write Evolving Learner because we wanted to curate the most innovative, effective, and sustainable approaches to professional learning. A huge part of that journey was clarity on three big ideas: 

We must be willing to learn from kids, peers, and the world. 
Continuous improvement through cycles of inquiry is the most effective form of professional learning. 
Social-emotional learning (SEL) is essential for ALL learners, both kids, and adults.

I love your Lemonade Learning Podcast you do with Brianna Hodges. Tell us about your journey.

Lemonade Learning is a refreshing look at learning today. We serve up high-impact, practical strategies, alongside honest and energizing stories to help educators. 
*Check out the trailer here!

Lainie’s Contact Information 

Website: LainieRowell.com
Book: EvolvingLearner.org
Podcast: LemonadeLearning.us
Twitter:  http://twitter.com/lainierowell 
Instagram: https://www.instagram.

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