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Disrupt Education

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Ever question how we could do education better? Disrupt Education host Peter Hostrawser takes on that question with diverse learners, EdTech entrepreneurs and educators across the world.Check out for more.The Disrupt Education Podcast is a proud member of The EdUp Experience Podc… read more

184 Episodes | 2018 - 2021

#184 - Saving teacher time and helping students focus.

July 21st, 2021


William Minton launched CanopyEd after spending the 2015-16 school year traveling around the world to visit and write about top-ranked schools across …

#183 - A Wellness-First Learning System

July 14th, 2021


Uzair Hussain is and EdTech Entrepreneur set to help people remove blockers in the way of their success.  He founded District Zero, a wellness-first learning system in order to help students and teachers attain goals. …

#182 - Youth Provide Reliable Voices in Education

July 12th, 2021


As a 15-year-old innovator looking to spark change in education, Jake Donziger ignites change through meaningful conversation, relevant research, and …

#181 - Scholarships and Equity in Education

July 7th, 2021


Naphtali T Bryant is the Founder of Spark-ED University, an initiative dedicated to supporting students to achieve their education goals and find …

#180 - Simplifying Curriculum Procurement

June 30th, 2021


As a career educator, Timeri Tolnay became an edupreneur in 2008 to help start a curriculum and professional development company which she launched, …

#179 - She self directs her own learning experiences

June 23rd, 2021


Olivia Barnes is a nature enthusiast, competitive swimmer, visual artist, and a 17-year-old lover of learning. After leaving traditional high school …

#178 - Venture For People®

June 16th, 2021


Navin Goyal, MD, serves as CEO of LOUD Capital, driving the vision of how entrepreneurship, education, and investment can positively impact people, businesses, and society. He emphasizes his physician ethics of treating …

#177 - STARTedUP Empowers Student Innovators & Entrepreneurs

June 9th, 2021


Don Wettrick knows the power of curious youth.  He empowers them as the President of STARTedUP Foundation.  He believes not everyone is cut out to be …

#176 - Outdoor, Nature-Based Learning

June 2nd, 2021


The Wildlings Forest School in Queensland Australia provides outdoor, nature-based learning that focuses on the holistic development of children. …

#175 - Helping Redesign the High School Experience

May 26th, 2021


Brett Taylor recognizes that a one-size fits all approach to education does not work.  He has found a passion for designing innovative …

#174 - EquitySim for Equitable Learning in Finance

May 19th, 2021


His love for strategy games led him to the finance world.  Justin Ling then realized how to make a difference in who has access to learning and proving their financial literacy skills. He founded EquitySim in order to …

#173 - She is the Online Tutor Coach

May 12th, 2021


From being a classroom teacher to Reading Curriculum Coordinator to the Online Tutoring Coach, Joanne Kaminski shares her educational journey.  She …

#172 - The Startup Teacher Playbook

May 5th, 2021


The world is changing is lagging behind.  Michelle Blanchet and Darcy Bakkegard have creates the startup teacher playbook to get educators on offense.  Darcy and Michelle, both former teachers in …

#171 - This 13 year old empowers people.

April 28th, 2021


Raheen Fatima is a 13 year old girl from Pakistan. She is a standup-comedian, Theater Actress, interviewer and SDGs Ambassador. Her goal is to …

#170 - Happy Teachers, Happy Students

April 22nd, 2021


Komal Shah leverages her passion for education, business expertise, and personal conscious living practices to shift outdated educational paradigms and transform the educational system for the betterment of all …

#169 - From a P.E. teacher to OutboxEdu

April 20th, 2021


Denis Ocampo has experience working in the New York City Public School system as an educator, where he witnessed the disparities between school …

#168 - Interview an Innovator

April 15th, 2021


Kevin Anselmo is the creator of the Global Innovators Academy.  He is on a mission to teach youth to network and communicate with professionals.  "Interview an Innovator" is the first program experience in the Global …

#167 - EdTech needs to personalize AND accelerate learning.

April 12th, 2021


With 10+ years of experience developing informal and formal educational programs, Dr. Rachel Schechter is at her prime to help your teams incorporate …

#166 - He's a 19 year old REALTOR®

April 8th, 2021


Anthony Parello graduated school early and became a real estate agent after he missed the college registration deadline.  He shares his educational …

#165 - Revolutionary Listening / Radical Empathy

April 5th, 2021


Arielle Nobile is an American film director and producer known primarily for her documentary work. She has won multiple awards for her film Belonging …

#164 - Internships, Partnerships, and Connected Relationships

April 1st, 2021


Michael Archbold is a driven and energetic business educator. Michael has a passion for helping students reach their goals! He has past experiences …

#163 - There is no excuse for you to quit what you started.

March 29th, 2021


Aarolyn J. Casillas has grown up all over the world.  As the daughter in a military family, she shares her experiences and thoughts on education. …

#162 - Educational Simulations For Authentic Learning

March 25th, 2021


From fleeing Iran to Stanford Law and beyond, Benjamin Radd is an educator all about simulations.  As the co-founder of Fascination Lab, he creates …

#161 - She went Rogue in Education

March 22nd, 2021


Lauren Pinto knows how to go Rogue.  As an educational tech specialist, curriculum designer, podcast host and innovative educator knows how to make …

#160 - It's Simple Online Learning

March 18th, 2021


Beau McCoy is the founder and CEO at SOLcademy. An educational short-format video platform, distraction-free & ad-free.  Beau shares his diverse …

#159 - What Could Go Wrong?

March 15th, 2021


Chelsea Robberson was not your typical traditional student.  She shares her educational journey and how she became the founder of Lealyn Growth.  She is definitely an innovative educator who is partnering with those …

#158 - Helping Educators Avoid Burnout

March 11th, 2021


Shylla Webb loves to inspire people to take action on simple things that can substantially improve their lives. Working with others is like being on a playground for her. Her training helps people understand the 'why' …

#157 - She started a Talk Revolution

March 8th, 2021


Tasha Lawton had a challenging time growing up herself, surrounded by drugs and alcohol, experienced sexual abuse, suffered with an eating disorder …

#156 - The eLearning Partners

March 2nd, 2021


Hector and Jonny met in college.  They both have different journeys and came together to co-found eLearning Partners (formerly VP Legacies). Items …

#155 - Super Superintendents

February 24th, 2021


On this episode, our guests are Dr. Nick Polyak and Dr. Mike Lubelfeld.  Dr. Polyak is the superintendent of Leyden High School District 212.  Dr. …

#154 - Life Coaches in Education

February 17th, 2021


Boruch DuBrow has worked his way up the ranks in education. Now an innovative educator, coach, and consultant, he shares his journey in faith, …

#153 - Expose Your Kids To Finance and Business Earlier

February 10th, 2021


Brian Maucere is what you would call a Renaissance man who is digital marketing strategist.  He is a story teller who is able to take his experiences …

#152 - Working While In School Should Be An Elective

February 3rd, 2021


Eddie Hartmann started working at age 14.  His educational journey is definitely not typical.  Eddie shares his pivots in traditional systems and beyond in this podcast.  Now beginning his career in Cyber Security, …

#151 - He Chose A College Degree Before Going To The MLB

January 13th, 2021


Andrew Groves had a choice after high school to follow the path of baseball or choose college AND baseball.  He chose the college degree before the …

#150 - Trust Based Observations are Essential in Growing Educators

January 6th, 2021


Craig Randall's experience as a school counselor, coach, teacher, and principal in schools across the world has led him to develop a model of teacher …

#149 - How Teaching Math Started a Reinvention Journey

December 23rd, 2020


Roger Osorio shares his journey of learning and coaching on Disrupt Education.  Roger helps people who want more from life or want to reinvent themselves by unleashing them to define and pursue their unique version of …

#148 - He helps companies find exceptional talent without college degrees

December 12th, 2020


Jonaed Iqbal is the founder of  For job seekers who are seeking employment or looking to transition, NoDegree provides customized career strategy assistance.  Jonaed talks about his educational path and …

#147 - What we can learn from schools across the world.

December 3rd, 2020


On this episode, Michaela Foster Marsh is our guest. Michaela is author of the book Starchild, a memoir about Michaela’s life with her adopted brother Frankie and Michaela’s journey to learn more about Frankie after his …

#146 - Burn Your Resume

November 24th, 2020


Joel Bein is the Business Development lead, CX and Content at Crash.  From being an educator to launching people on the job hunt with the innovative …

#145 - The Rebel Teacher Network

November 11th, 2020


Karl Millsom was not a great student in school... now he teaches teachers.  He is also the founder of the #RebelTeacherNetwork.  Follow his …

#144 - A Ghostwriter's journey through education.

October 29th, 2020


Jody Aberdeen's path to being a ghostwriter was definitely not a linear path.  Peter Hostrawser interviews Jody about his educational path and journey to becoming a ghostwriter.  Jody also shares some great advice for …

#143 - The New England Innovation Academy

October 22nd, 2020


An amazing new innovative school is launching in the Fall of 2021.  The New England Innovation Academy (NEIA) will open its doors and start a new era …

#142 - Start sooner to go further.

September 22nd, 2020


Emmanuel Thompson (ET) the 18 year old CEO of Strength Together talks about his experiences in education and building coding skills.  ET is self …

#141 - Disruption by Design Thinking

September 17th, 2020


Seelan Karthi speaks with us from Malaysia about Design Thinking in education.  Hear Seelan's thoughts and efforts to break down barriers in …

#140 - UX Designer meets Innovative Education

July 31st, 2020


Natasha Price is an Oakland-based product designer with a background in visual design and management experience. Specializing in rapid prototyping, organized and thorough UX research, and branding. She is interested in …

#139 - She has powerful conversations about what it means to be educated in the 21st century.

July 26th, 2020


Pam Roy describes herself as a Meaningful Education Advocate. She is a co-founder of the Viktor Frankl Institute of America and co-author of The …

#138 - The Youngest PSM-1 Certified Student Talks Education

July 15th, 2020


He was PSM-1 Certified as a 15 year old.  Jake Weinberg is now going into his senior year at Oak Park and River Forest High School. He taught middle …

#137 - It only takes one relationship to change your life.

July 8th, 2020


One of Dallas’ top custom suit tailors, speaker and social media marketer JC Scott in on #137 of Disrupt Education.  JC talks about his journey in …

#136 - Bring Education Back To School By Updating The System

June 28th, 2020


He was named as one of 100 Most Influential Young Africans in 2019.  Julio Maria Muhorro is a driving force in bettering the lives of others in …

#135 - The 15 Year Old Turning Learners Into Leaders

June 24th, 2020


Tray-Sean Ben Salmi aka I'm That KID is not your average 15yr old. Tray-Sean Ben Salmi is a 15yr old Amazon #1 Best Seller & Award Winning …

#134 How Students Can Master Their Learning

June 14th, 2020


Jamal Maatuka is the Curriculum Advisory Chair of  He is also a father, husband, activist, coach, mentor, educator, lifelong …

#133 - Restorative Justice and Trauma Informed Practices Should be at the Forefront of Education

June 8th, 2020


Christopher C. King, MPA, MBA is an activist entrepreneur, educator, and consultant recognized by Black Enterprise, Village Capital, the DC Mayor's …

#132 The Importance of Cultural Intelligence in Education

June 1st, 2020


This episode features international educational professional and cultural trainer Jordyn Hawkins-Rippie.  A Fulbright Scholar and higher edcation …

#131 The future is bright for online education companies.

May 21st, 2020


In this episode we interview Billy Bross.  Billy left a promising career in the renewable energy industry to go full-time on a side project he had …

#130 What is it like to be a P.E. Teacher During eLearning?

May 11th, 2020


It must be a struggle to be an elementary school P.E. Teacher during the pandemic... right?  With a few adjustments and some learning of technology, …

#129 - Racial Equity Coaching in Educational Systems

May 3rd, 2020


Devon Alexander was born and raised in the Northwest suburban area of Chicago, Illinois. Given his lived experience of race within American society and the American educational system, it’s fitting that Devon grew up in …

#128 - There are tons of alternative school options out there.

April 28th, 2020


Blake Boles is the founder and director of Unschool Adventures and the author of Why Are You Still Sending Your Kids to School?, The Art of …

#127 - Acting for a Cause

April 18th, 2020


Brando Fermi Crawford talks about the Acting For A Cause movement raising money for families affected by COVID-19.  Award wining actors such as …

#126 She's Driven to Elevate Education

March 27th, 2020


We interview Elisabeth Bostwick on this episode of Disrupt Education.  Elisabeth is a multi-award-winning educator who is passionate about creating …

#125 Education needs to be more self directed.

March 20th, 2020


Corne' van Straten and Jeremy Chevallier of speak about their educational pasts and how is changing the game from paper awards and diplomas to real value based credentials.  Take a look at for …

#124 Educate at the speed of need.

March 1st, 2020


Insomniac Studios is on the Podcast today with Owner / Producer Marlon King @nsomniacstudios along with Brian Sykes @7Metrix1 and two artists/interns Sam Geralds @mixedbyunstable and Gabrielle Malone @lotus_flies .  

#123 Moments of struggle are natural in a students educational journey.

February 1st, 2020


Northern Illinois University Senior, Professional Photographer, Model and being involved in the fashion industry is a lot for Alina Gofman to juggle. …

#122 He won his first Rap Contest by learning to take a risk.

January 18th, 2020


D'zaire (pronounced DESIRE) traveled to Miami and teamed up with another artist as a 16 year old to compete in a rap contest.  He won it.  He hasn't …

#121 It's about empowering kids to live an incredible life.

January 11th, 2020


We chat with the Co-Founder of Guide and lead Guide at Alpha, Mike Yates.  Mike shares his insight on new ways to do education and the entrepreneur look in learning.  He also discusses his upcoming TEDx talk.  Find out …

#120 He's the Educational Pyromaniac

January 1st, 2020


Known as the "Educational Pyromaniac," Marc Isseks lights fires under educators who work; setting fire to systemic conventions that do not.  Marc is …

#119 The current US educational system is not sustainable.

December 26th, 2019


Dagmar Kauffman founded On Balance Parenting to support parents in raising joyful, competent and resilient children who live whole-hearted and …

#118 Gender Inclusive Biology

December 12th, 2019


Sam Long (he/him) and River Suh (they/them or he/him) are science teachers in Colorado and San Francisco respectively.  They have a unique focus on …

#117 How can each individual find their own unique learning method?

November 26th, 2019


In this episode, we speak with Praxis content strategist Lolita Allgyer.  Lolita takes us through her traditional educational and homeschool paths …

#116 Mentorship programs could be really impactful in the educational system.

November 11th, 2019


In this episode, we speak with Mary Blankemeier.  Mary runs track for the University of Virginia and is also the Co-founder and CEO of Run Charlottesville.  She talks about her path as a Division 1 athlete and running a …

#115 We need to help students explore more before choosing college.

November 4th, 2019


In this episode, we speak with Coach Pabon.  Coach Pabon has seen it all!  From being in the military to education to the corporate world, Pabon has always coached people to be better.  He brings his lens on education …

#114 The job market isn't uniform, why is education?

October 27th, 2019


In this episode, we speak with the founder of Trade Tools and entrepreneur, Luke Allington.  Luke is a non-traditional student who is bypassing …

#113 From California to Cornell and Beyond

October 16th, 2019


On this episode of Disrupt Education, we interview the VP of Strategic Operations at, Brandon Huang.  Brandon shares his educational journey from California to Cornell.  Along the way he talks about his …

#112 Middle School Students Empowered By Their Community

October 6th, 2019


In this episode, we interview the innovative eduator, Mr. Craig Podolski.  Mr. "Podo" is a middle school English teacher in the Aptakisic-Tripp …

#111 A professional photographer who is still in high school.

September 22nd, 2019


On this episode of Disrupt Education we interview Christopher Ray.  Christopher Ray is a professional photographer while finishing his senior year in …

#110 School should focus on helping kids find their passion.

September 15th, 2019


On this episode of Disrupt Education we interview Jason Gant and Jawaan Jackson.  These two business partners had very different paths in education yet ended up creating a top notch business called Every Single Day 365 …

#109 Get into Ivy League schools without straight A's

September 7th, 2019


On this episode of Disrupt Education we interview Christopher Rim.  Christopher is the Founder and CEO of Command Education. He has been recognized by Forbes 30 Under 30, PEOPLE Magazine’s “Heroes Among Us,” Luce’s …

#108 We are not empowering everyone in the education system.

September 1st, 2019


In this episode we speak with Lauren Flowers.  Lauren talks about her experiences in activism and what is has taught her about education.  Now a …

#107 Two Communities Should Learn Together

August 25th, 2019


Breshawn Wilkerson is seeking to make positive changes in the two communities he grew up in.  As a preacher, hooper, and community organizer, Breshawn is using all his skills to share the Good Word while helping connect …

#106 The Real Rap With Reynolds!

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 …

#105 Learn in innovative ways in this mansion!

July 7th, 2019


The International Mansion of Education and Innovation is set to open September 2019 in Oak Park, Illinois.  We talk with founders Maria Emilia Fermi …

#104 Put relationships over academics.

June 19th, 2019


 On this episode of Disrupt Education, we speak with one of the most passionate people fighting for positive change in Chicago and surrounding neighborhoods.  Anthony Clark is a fighter for change and equality for all …

#103 How to be a successful young professional.

June 10th, 2019


From being homeschooled and on to Praxis, we talk to Emony Anderson and Randi Hill.  These two young professionals are making moves faster than their …

Disrupt Education Throwbacks Episodes 11-20

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 …

#102 Bring soft skills into the mainstream curriculum

May 1st, 2019


Darius Grissom has pivoted though his educational journey.  He landed on Mind Over Tutors.  Find out how Darius has been working at changing education since the 90s and what is next for this educational entrepreneur. …

Disrupt Education Throwbacks 1-10

April 25th, 2019


We take a look back to the beginning of our Disrupt Education journey.  Peter Hostrawser and guest Daniel Bevan review each of the first 10 episodes and find common themes among them.  A clear view of how education …

#101 Be Your Own Credential

April 17th, 2019


Isaac Morehouse knows that careers aren't found, they're made.  Isaac is the founder of Praxis and CEO of Crash, a career launch platform built around the idea that you don't need credentials to launch an awesome …

#100 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 …

#99 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 …

#98 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 …

#97 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. …

#96 Good Screen Time and Bad Screen Time

February 17th, 2019


Co-founder of BitsBox, Aidan Chopra, talks about the importance of combining technology and the arts to make a great educational experience.  Check …

#95 The guy who told me not to get into education.

February 10th, 2019


 I interview the guy who told me not to become a teacher.  My father, John Hostrawser, tells it like it is as a high school math teacher for over 35 …

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

February 5th, 2019


His mission is to give every kid in America the opportunity to stand up in their classroom if they choose. Derek Lopez started a movement called …

#93 How to make a risk free entirely online education work.

January 28th, 2019


In this episode, Lambda School co-founder and CEO Austen Allred talks about his journey in education and the creation of the innovative Lambda …

#92 Find Meaning Through Reading

January 23rd, 2019


In this episode, Matt Hutson talks about his journey in education from the United States to Indonesia.  Matt founded Bookmattic and consults, speaks, …

#91 Learn by working a project and collaborating.

January 17th, 2019


In this episode, Sylvain Kalache talks about his educational journey and co-founding Holberton School.  Holberton School is an alternative to college …

#90 What should we really value in education?

December 19th, 2018


In this episode Brian Marth, the Assistant Provost for Academic Services at Columbia College Chicago, talks about his journey through education.

#89 Get the students out of the four walls.

December 6th, 2018


Darcel Washington is a mentor, education consultant and visionary. She is the Founder and CEO of Mentoring You and co-Founder of ScholarChics. Her …

#88 Don't choose college to please your parents.

November 25th, 2018


Entrepreneur, Coach, Mentor, Motivator, Creative, and Actor Henry Nwoko talks about his path to Los Angeles from Oak Park. He shares his Nigerian background and how he chose his path to success though formal and …

#87 Hawaii's Teacher of the Year

November 20th, 2018


The 2018 Hawaii Teacher of the Year Mathieu Williams talks about his past in education and how it formed his passion for teaching others. See more of Mathieu's journey at

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#86 Take control of your education.

November 13th, 2018


In this episode, we talk with Elliot Friedland of Lunacy Now. Elliot talks about how people can take advantage of their learning by searching out different ways to learn. Check out more at 

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#85 College might be the most inefficient path to finding out what you want to do.

October 29th, 2018


T.K. Coleman is the Education Director for Discover Praxis. He talks about a different look at education and learning... a common sense one. Check …

#84 School does tear down students.

October 22nd, 2018


DeViaughn Benion talks about how his changed mindset in college helped him become successful in his studies and much more on changing education.

#83 There's so much crap in university curriculum

October 17th, 2018


Chris "Kubby" Kubbernus is the CEO of Kubb & Co. and has experiences a global look at education. From Canada to Denmark becoming an entrepreneur has given Chris a great look at different systems. He highlights the …

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

October 12th, 2018


Nedo is one of Chicago's premier sound engineers. He's from Bosnia and is making moves in the music industry. College didn't help him much. Here's …

#81 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 lens.

Hello, my name is Peter Hostrawser and I am the host of a …

#80 ADHD is my superpower.

October 2nd, 2018


Rene Ayala and Rawan Elshafei come from different backgrounds. That doesn’t mean they are different in the way they want to change education. This is their story of how their paths lead them to believe that disruption …

#79 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.

Hello, my name is Peter Hostrawser and I am the host of a podcast called Disrupt …

#78 Teach students what it’s like to lose money.

September 20th, 2018


Singer and songwriter Conner Cherland talks about his journey to write and perform music. Along the way to becoming an artist, Conner tells how …

#77 We must understand our students in order to serve them

September 9th, 2018


Maui Jones is the founder and artistic director of Echo Theatre Collective. His insights run deep in figuring out how to understand all students in …

#76 Everything is so fast paced... education needs to catch up

September 7th, 2018


Sydney Claps is going into her senior year with the goal to learn as much as she can. From struggling in school to gaining a B- in a graduate-level …

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

September 2nd, 2018


Kevin Price leads us through his journey in education from working through being a struggling learners, to realizing he had to work harder than his …

#74 You have to listen to your heart in education.

August 31st, 2018


Matt Starcher traveled from Illinois to Colorado to further his education. College didn’t work out for him and he pivoted to be getting an education …

#73 A college professor said some of you shouldn’t be in college

August 27th, 2018


As an artist, Robby Love has an innovative look at the current educational system and how he would change it. His view on education was rattled when …

#72 Look for knowledge in everything you do.

August 19th, 2018


Valparaiso University student athlete Emily Richardson talks about her journey being an athlete, a student and now training to become a teacher. Her …

#71 30% of those classes in high school you will never use again

August 16th, 2018


University of Wyoming student athlete Jahmari Moore shares his lens growing up and learning in three very different environments his insight on how he taught himself to interact with people not like him made him a …

#70 Students need to shift mindsets to high performance

August 13th, 2018


Dr. Peter James is not your typical college professor. He teaches business and entrepreneurship and is a business consultant and coach. Dr. James …

#69 How the INCubatoredu launched a high school entrepreneur

August 10th, 2018


Connor Boundy takes us through his path participating in the INCubatoredu course in high school and how it helped him see authentic learning in and …

#68 Why wait until college to explore your interests?

August 9th, 2018


Carl Lee talks about his family business, grind, becoming an entrepreneur in his educational journey. Carl explains the importance of showing what you can do in projects and creating actually have something to present …

#67 Being told what to do for 11 years is not good in education

August 8th, 2018


Jake Fine talks about his work ethic in an out dated educational system. Explains his journey as a high school student and a Vlogger who has very …

#66 High schools should have more fluid learning environments.

August 7th, 2018


Gil Lemar talks about his high school journey and how most of the traditional structures didn’t work for him and many others.

Hello, my name is Peter …

#65 Give a platform in schools for students to be heard

August 6th, 2018


Cynthia Martz talks about her expertise in restorative justice and the theater. Hear her journey and how she would change the narrative on students …

#64 The numbers game stifles kids passion about education

August 4th, 2018


Once a thriving basketball player during her educational path, Lyneice gave it all up to learn more about herself. Now on the verge of her first book being published she talks about how she learned from her experiences …

#63 College degrees are not always what they seem.

August 3rd, 2018


Brian Branand and Cullen Benson talk about their journey into being filmmakers at Deaf and Blind Video. Their path into college was not what they …

#62 There should be more time to explore careers in high school

August 2nd, 2018


Nehemiah Moon is not your typical student. He explains how he pivoted many times in his educational path and how he would change education to provide …

#61 There’s a whole generation that needs education reform

August 1st, 2018


Jams The Flavor Child has a very unique eye on life as a musician and artist. He is ready to build a place where youth can learn all aspects of music and recording. This is his path in education and life.

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#60 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 …

#59 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.

Hello, my name is Peter Hostrawser …

#58 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 …

#57 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.

Hello, my name is Peter Hostrawser and I am the host of a podcast called …

#56 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 …

#55 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.

Hello, my name is Peter Hostrawser and I …

#54 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 …

#53 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.

#52 Malcolm Crawford

July 23rd, 2018


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

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#51 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 it.

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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Episode 14

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 …

#3 StrongmanSeb

June 6th, 2018


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

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#2 The Disrupt Education Speech

June 5th, 2018


In this episode Peter Hostrawser speaks to high school students about how to find opportunity in everything, find your passion, and disrupting …

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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