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In this episode, Lambda School co-founder and CEO Austen Allred talks about his journey in education and the creation of the innovative Lambda School.   Check out to find out more about this 30 week immersive program.

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Two Communities Should Learn Together

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August 18th, 2019


In this episode, we speak with Real Rap With Reynolds... C.J. Reynolds.  Mr. Reynolds is a high school Literature teacher and public speaker in West …

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Put relationships over academics.

June 19th, 2019


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How to be a successful young professional.

June 10th, 2019


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May 10th, 2019


 With Episode 11 guest Danny Cola, Peter Hostrawser takes a look back at the second 10 Disrupt Education videos and discuss common themes of ways …

Bring soft skills into the mainstream curriculum

May 1st, 2019


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April 25th, 2019


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Be Your Own Credential

April 17th, 2019


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Mission: Unleash Human Potential

April 11th, 2019


Iowa Big is a game changer when it comes to high school.  The school is build around one mission... to unleash student potential.  We meet with …

Drones, 3D printing, A.I. the "Next Wave" of education is here.

March 30th, 2019


 The importance of tangible learning outcomes is important to Udit Agarwal and Desmond Martin of NextWaveSTEM.  We sit down with the CEO (Udit) and Program Coordinator (Desmond) or NextWaveSTEM and talk about the future …

All Professors Should Be Practitioners

March 7th, 2019


After stepping down as one of the youngest Vice Presidents for Home Depot at age 29, she became a college professor teaching personal branding and …

Bringing a data driven mindset to education.

February 25th, 2019


Data collection is more than just a student number with UpMetrics.   We interview Vinay Mullick, UpMetrics Executive Director of the Midwest Region. …

Good Screen Time and Bad Screen Time

February 17th, 2019


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The guy who told me not to get into education.

February 10th, 2019


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Standing Up In The Classroom Is Not A Punishment, It Is A Right

February 5th, 2019


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Find Meaning Through Reading

January 23rd, 2019


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January 17th, 2019


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December 19th, 2018


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Get the students out of the four walls.

December 6th, 2018


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Don't choose college to please your parents.

November 25th, 2018


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November 20th, 2018


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November 13th, 2018


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October 29th, 2018


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October 22nd, 2018


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There's so much crap in university curriculum

October 17th, 2018


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College didn't help me and I am now $65K in debt.

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He's in the weeds everyday.

October 8th, 2018


Beau Cowan is just a guy living the dream in a wheelchair machine. His goal is to motivate and inspire people. Beau shares his educational path through his lense.


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ADHD is my superpower.

October 2nd, 2018


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Use your skills to help others.

September 24th, 2018


Courtney McGovern is the executive director of Hope’s In. She talks about her educational experiences in giving to the less fortunate.


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September 20th, 2018


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We must understand our students in order to serve them

September 9th, 2018


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September 7th, 2018


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It’s damn expensive to go to college to find yourself

September 2nd, 2018


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You have to listen to your heart in education.

August 31st, 2018


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August 27th, 2018


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August 19th, 2018


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August 16th, 2018


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August 13th, 2018


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August 9th, 2018


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August 8th, 2018


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High schools should have more fluid learning environments.

August 7th, 2018


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Give a platform in schools for students to be heard

August 6th, 2018


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The numbers game stifles kids passion about education

August 4th, 2018


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College degrees are not always what they seem.

August 3rd, 2018


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August 2nd, 2018


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There’s a whole generation that needs education reform

August 1st, 2018


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Electives should be part of the main curriculum

July 31st, 2018


Nicole Acree talks about her path from having a dream to be involved in music at the age of 12 to creating a business in her 20s. She shares her …

Schools should have students test their craft in the market

July 30th, 2018


Evan Brightfield talks about his path from high school, a little college, to being a professional photographer.


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Education needs to treat students as clients not numbers

July 29th, 2018


From high school to a few semesters in college to being a self starter and learner, Kelvin Evans gives his authentic views of how education missed …

The college competition game isn’t healthy for learning.

July 28th, 2018


From her diverse family, helping hundreds of people, to starting her own practice, Sarah VenHorst knows what needs to be changed in education.


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Projects engage students more that 15 page math packets

July 27th, 2018


Ciara Doherty did education differently after she was deemed to not be a good traditional student. Her story takes you from her struggle to read to …

We need to encourage more creativity in schools.

July 26th, 2018


Entrepreneur Carlo Navarro talks about his pivots through education, teaching his own children about life, and his passion to connect businesses with diverse sets of employees.


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How a professional Doula would change education

July 25th, 2018


Chanel Washington talks about her trials and tribulations through a large high school and how she found her way to become a professional Doula. Oh …

Senioritis is just Boredom

July 24th, 2018


Recent high school grad Emma Thompson talks about how schools need to realign their curriculum to not repeat the same topics four years in a row.


Malcolm Crawford

July 23rd, 2018


Malcolm talks about how school should be more individualized surrounded by student interests.


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Ms Wait What

July 22nd, 2018


Jen Roth talks about her pivots in education and her blog and even ways to find a path to study abroad while in community college.


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Disruption Joe

July 21st, 2018


Disruption Joe of the Chicago Blockchain Project. Joe talks about how early in his schooling, he was outcast as a student and it changed the way he …

Naraia Griffin

July 20th, 2018


Naraia talks about how business courses in high school helped pave the path to get her apparel company up and running.


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Afenya Montgomery

July 19th, 2018


As the founder of the I Can Collective, Afenya talks about her pivot from fashion to nursing to being an entrepreneur and learning that comes with …

Patrick Chrisp

July 18th, 2018


Patrick is a rapper and creative who talks about how systemic education misses the target on teaching artists and creatives.


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Sydney Babbington

July 17th, 2018


Sydney talks about the importance of taking some time after high school to find your true passion and interests before rushing into post secondary …

Dan Darrah

July 16th, 2018


Dan writes and performs music. He talks about his educational path in and out of his musical passion.


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Levi Baer

July 15th, 2018


Levi Co-founded Second Shift Chicago as a diverse community based Co-working space. He talks about his educational journey along with he path to making communities stronger.


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Cliff Wright

July 14th, 2018


Cliff has been given the unique opportunity to rebuild a state of the art school in Oakland California. That’s perfect because Cliff is a unique …

Joshua Seitz and Isaiah Easo

July 13th, 2018


Joshua and Isaiah founded Novus Club out of the need to learn more about business at the secondary level. These two share their insights on education.


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Jeff Proctor

July 12th, 2018


Being a leading real estate agent is no easy task. Learning to become one isn’t easy either. Jeff Proctor shares his educational journey to becoming one of the top agents in Chicago and the learning moments that come …

Tom Herner

July 11th, 2018


Tom talks about how his goals in the trades and traditional education are vastly different. Tom talks straight about how many students are being pushed into areas of post secondary education they don’t want to be in.

Rachel Mautner

July 10th, 2018


Rachel talks about her journey becoming a top tier interior designer which includes a lot of hard work and learning along the way.


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Lucas Zeidner

July 9th, 2018


Lucas who is the Farm Manager at NoMi roots in Minnesota talks about getting involved in helping others through growing and preparing food in urban …

A Greater Good Foundation

July 8th, 2018


Chuck Carter, Cody Cotton and Anthony Garland talk about how they created a place for young people to grow through empowerment, inclusion, financial literacy, and navigation.


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Brooke Owens

July 7th, 2018


Brooke shares her educational journey from high school to her artistic blog Pariah Muse.


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Jen Kanwischer

July 6th, 2018


Jen talks about her dance background and how bringing different ways of meditation and body movement into education could help student learn more.

Jake Grant

July 5th, 2018


Recorded in the campus of The Georgia Institute of Technology, Jake talks about engineering, being involved and authentic learning.


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Will Bones

July 4th, 2018


Will talks about graduating high school early and his future plans.


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Liam Sundling

July 3rd, 2018


Liam talks about his pivots through education as well as the engineering educational experience.


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Shane Davis and Lloyd Yates

July 2nd, 2018


Starting a business together with very different educational backgrounds is working out for these two entrepreneurs.


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Morganne Yambrovich

July 1st, 2018


Morganne talks about how her fitness and educational journey intersected and much more.


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Dasierra Owens

June 30th, 2018


Spirituality and pivots in her learning take a major role in the life of Dasierra. This fashion designer featured in the Jan 2018 issue of LAXUM XP …

Mecca Highsmith

June 29th, 2018


Mecca talks about his blog experience at and how education should be viewed as an investment.


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Ang Ali

June 28th, 2018


Ang started at college and pivoted into the Navy. She has learned so much about education and life along the way.


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Alana Cunningham

June 27th, 2018


Alana talks about her interest in business in high school to her move to Montana. She talks about how schools and communities should work together.

Reed Barron

June 26th, 2018


From taking business management in high school to working in the fashion industry, Reed talks about his educational path and how authentic learning …

Darien Marion-Burton

June 25th, 2018


Darien talks about how as a society we need to look at different ways to evaluate our students in education.


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Carlos Font

June 24th, 2018


Young entrepreneur and college student Carlos Font talks about how entrepreneurship education in high schools could help many.


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Darryl Allen

June 23rd, 2018


Darryl is not your typical educator. He has taught at virtually every level and dives deep into how our current state is failing many people.


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Jonathan Beech

June 22nd, 2018


Jonathan started high school struggling to succeed. He chose to pivot his mindset to be a better student. This is his story.


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Juanita Williams

June 21st, 2018


Juanita talks about her path through high school and college and how classes in humanities really helped understand differences with classmates.


Bennett Sully

June 20th, 2018


Bennett is not your average student who is following the traditional path of education. He talks about how schools should offer other options rather …

Deno Andrews

June 19th, 2018


Deno Andrews talks about how high school failed to prepare him in many ways and how it can be improved.


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Christian Harris

June 18th, 2018


Christian Harris tells his journey from Bradley University to becoming a business owner and community leader.


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Clayton Bertoletti

June 17th, 2018


Listen to how Clayton found his way into business education and beyond and how he would change the system as a whole.


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Luke Gawne

June 16th, 2018


Luke Gawne’s path of education is not typical. Through it all, he attained a degree and a recording contract.


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Stephen Jackson

June 15th, 2018


Stephen has seen it all and his authentic look at education reform is spot on on.


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Donny and the Machine on Disrupt Education

June 14th, 2018


Podcasters interviewing podcasters! Donny and the Machine talk about their educational paths and how they questioned everything along the way.


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Isaiah Mākar

June 13th, 2018


Isaiah Mākar was never going to participate in his poetry slam class. Now he uses poetry to teach corporations how to communicate better.


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Amy Renzulli on Disrupt Education

June 12th, 2018


Amy left her corporate gig to start a School of Rock in Oak Park Illinois. Her efforts have taught a community music, confidence, and so many more …

Jack Deiter

June 11th, 2018


Jack Deiter talks about how owning Big Bills Sandwich Shop provides a lot of authentic education.


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Isaac Palmer on Disrupt Education

June 10th, 2018


Isaac Palmer talks to Disrupt Education about touring worldwide as a DJ and trails and tribulations of his personalized education.


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David Douglas founder of Yolobe

June 9th, 2018


David Douglas talks about how education and opportunities should intersect more often.


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Dan Bevan on Disrupt Education

June 8th, 2018


Dan Bevan explains how dropping out of college after a few weeks got him started on a successful entrepreneurial path.


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Peter Mullin of OPC kicks on Disrupt Education

June 7th, 2018


Since he was a middle schooler, Peter Mullin was transforming shoes into pieces of art. He now runs the very successful OPC Kicks shoe customization …

Sebastian Medala on Disrupt Education

June 6th, 2018


Sebastian Medala talks about how high school education didn’t fit his learning style on this episode of disrupt education.


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June 5th, 2018


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Disrupt Education #1 - Derrick Griffin

June 4th, 2018


In this episode Peter Hostrawser interviews Derrick Griffin about him juggling being a musician an entrepreneur and a full-time college student.


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