About Trevor Mattea

Trevor Mattea is the second and third grade teacher at Cascade Canyon School, an independent school in Marin County focused on relationships and the whole child. He previously taught at High Tech Elementary Chula Vista, a project-based school in San Diego, and Stevenson PACT Elementary School, a progressive school with parent participation in Silicon Valley. For the past four years, Trevor has consulted throughout the country to support teachers and administrators with deeper learning, digital portfolios, project-based learning, parent engagement, and technology integration. He is also the host of the New Books in Education podcast as well as the former director of Imagineerz Learning, a Bay Area summer camp integrating social-emotional learning with making and design thinking. As an educator, his interests include supporting student-directed learning, fostering community, and sharing high-quality student work outside the classroom. He is a Google Certified Educator and Trainer and was recognized as the Silicon Valley CUE Outstanding Emerging Teacher in 2015. He holds an M.A. in Education from Stanford University and an A.B. in Political Science from Washington University in St. Louis.
Trevor Mattea is an educational consultant and speaker. His areas of expertise include deeper learning, parent involvement, project-based learning, and technology integration. He can be reached by email at tsmattea@pm.me or on Twitter at @tsmattea.
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NBN Episodes hosted by Trevor:

Communications September 15, 2020

Critical Thinking

Jonathan Haber

Hosted by Trevor Mattea
In this episode, I speak with fellow New Books in Education host, Jonathan Haber, about his book, Critical Thinking (The MIT Press, 2020). This book explains the widely-discussed but often ill-defined concept of critical thinking, including its history and role in a democratic society. We discuss the important role critical thinking plays in making decisions and communicating our ideas to others as well as the most effective ways teachers can …
American Studies September 9, 2020

Excluded by Choice

Urban Students with Disabilities in the Education Marketplace

Federico R. Waitoller

Hosted by Trevor Mattea
In this episode, I speak with Federico R. Waitoller about his book, Excluded by Choice: Urban Students with Disabilities in the Education Marketplace (Teachers College Press). This book highlights the …
American Studies April 28, 2020

Finding America's Greatest Champion

Building Prosperity Through Manufacturing, Mentoring and the Awesome Responsibility of Parenting

Terry Iverson

Hosted by Trevor Mattea
In this episode, I speak with Terry Iverson about his book, Finding America's Greatest Champion: Building Prosperity Through Manufacturing, Mentoring and the Awesome Responsibility of Parenting (Fig Factor Media, 2018) …
American Studies August 14, 2018

Brokering Tareas

Mexican Immigrant Families Translanguaging Homework Literacies

Steven Alvarez

Hosted by Trevor Mattea
In this episode, I speak with Steven Alvarez about his book, Brokering Tareas: Mexican Immigrant Families Translanguaging Homework Literacies (SUNY Press, 2017). This book highlights a grassroots literacy mentorship program …
American Studies June 25, 2018

Community Literacies en Confianza

Learning From Bilingual After-School Programs

Steven Alvarez

Hosted by Trevor Mattea
In this episode, I speak with Steven Alvarez about his book, Community Literacies en Confianza: Learning From Bilingual After-School Programs (National Council of Teachers of English, 2017). This book highlights …
Education May 11, 2018

Nurturing Young Innovators

Cultivating Creativity in the Classroom, Home and Community

Laura McLaughlin Taddei and Stephanie Smith Budhai

Hosted by Trevor Mattea
In this episode, I speak with Laura McLaughlin Taddei and Stephanie Smith Budhai about their book, Nurturing Young Innovators: Cultivating Creativity in the Classroom, Home and Community (International Society for …
European Studies April 12, 2017

Teach Like Finland

33 Simple Strategies for Joyful Classrooms

Timothy D. Walker

Hosted by Trevor Mattea
In this episode, I speak with Tim Walker, the author of Teach Like Finland: 33 Simple Strategies for Joyful Classrooms (W. W. Norton & Company, 2017). This book stems from …
Education March 21, 2017

A Discussion with Pat Farenga

John C. Holt

Hosted by Trevor Mattea
In this episode, I speak with Pat Farenga about the new edition of John Holt's Freedom and Beyond (HoltGWS LLC, 2017). This book offers a broad critique of traditional schooling …
Education January 13, 2017

Restore the Respect

How to Mediate School Conflicts and Keep Students Learning

Ondine Gross

Hosted by Trevor Mattea
In this episode, I speak with Ondine Gross, the author of Restore the Respect: How to Mediate School Conflicts and Keep Students Learning (Brookes, 2016). Her book outlines how teachers …
Education January 11, 2017

What I Didn't Know

True Stories of Becoming a Teacher

Lee Gutkind, ed.

Hosted by Trevor Mattea
In this episode, I speak with Lee Gutkind, the editor of What I Didn't Know: True Stories of Becoming a Teacher (In Fact Books, 2016). His book shares more than …
Education January 9, 2017

Starting from Scratch

One Classroom Builds Its Own Curriculum

Steven Levy

Hosted by Trevor Mattea
In this episode, I speak with Steven Levy, the author of Starting from Scratch: One Classroom Builds Its Own Curriculum (Heinemann, 1996). His book shares his reflections on the complexities …
Arts & Letters January 7, 2017

It's OK to Go Up the Slide

Renegade Rules for Raising Confident and Creative Kids

Heather Shumaker

Hosted by Trevor Mattea
In this episode, I speak with Heather Shumaker, the author of It's OK to Go Up the Slide: Renegade Rules for Raising Confident and Creative Kids (TarcherPerigee, 2016). Her book …