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The New Schools

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Empowered Parents, Innovative Educators, Happy Learners!

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Chrisman Frank - Gamification at Synthesis School

June 11th, 2021


Chrisman Frank is the co-founder and CEO of Synthesis, an enrichment club that teaches complex problem-solving and decision-making for kids 7 to 14 …

Angela Hanscom - Balanced and Barefoot

May 28th, 2021


Angela J. Hanscom is a pediatric occupational therapist and founder of TimberNook—an award-winning developmental and nature-based program that has …

Peter Gray - Learning Through Play

May 14th, 2021


Peter Gray is the author of Psychology, an introductory textbook now in its sixth edition, and, most recently, Free to Learn: Why Unleashing the …

Lenore Skenazy - Raising Free-Range Kids

April 30th, 2021


Lenore is the Founder of Free-Range Kids and President at Let Grow, the national nonprofit promoting childhood independence.

After her newspaper …

Jeff Sandefer - A Hero's Journey

April 18th, 2021


Jeff Sandefer lives a dual life as an entrepreneur and a Socratic Guide.

As an entrepreneur, he founded his first company at age 16 and went on to …

Garrett Smiley - The School of the Future

April 2nd, 2021


Garrett Smiley is the Co-Founder of Sora Schools, an education startup based in Atlanta. Sora is a virtual, project-based high school where students …

Charles Wheelan - Learning Journey Around the World

March 19th, 2021


Charles Wheelan is the Founder and Co-Chair of Unite America. He is a senior lecturer and policy fellow at the Rockefeller Center at Dartmouth …

Matt Barnes - The Education Game

March 12th, 2021


Matt Barnes is the  Co-Founder and Parent Coach at The Education Game. Over 25 years, he has led hospital departments, distributed $500m in philanthropy, run an education reform nonprofit, served on nine educational …

Travis Adams - Every Child Can be an Entrepreneur

March 5th, 2021


Travis Adams is the Chief Executive Officer of MyFirstSale and lives in Tyler, Texas. Travis has a passion for igniting the creativity and uniqueness inside of kids.

He owns a summer camp called Camp Huawni and has …

Jesse McCarthy - Montessori Education

February 12th, 2021


Jesse McCarthy, founder of and host of The Montessori Education Podcast, has worked with thousands of children, parents, and teachers over the past 15+ years — as a principal for infants to 8th …

Clark Aldrich - Educational Simulations

February 5th, 2021


Clark Aldrich has been called a 'guru' by Fortune Magazine and a 'maverick' by CNN.  He and his work in educational media have been featured in hundreds of sources, including CBS, ABC, The New York Times, USA Today, …

Jessica Lahey - The Gift of Failure

January 29th, 2021


Jessica Lahey is a teacher, writer, and mom. Over twenty years, she’s  taught every grade from sixth to twelfth in both public and private  schools. …

Amir Nathoo - Raising Well-Balanced Learners

January 22nd, 2021


Amir Nathoo is the CEO and Co-founder at Outschool. Outschool is a marketplace for live online classes for K-12 learners. He led the development of …

Vijay Shah - The Limitless Potential of Learners

January 16th, 2021


Vijay is currently the  co-founder, director, and a Socratic Guide at The Humanist Academy.  Has  two Master's degrees, one in from The University of …

Aaron Eden - Re-humanizing Education

January 8th, 2021


Aaron Eden’s mission is to re-humanize how we work, learn, live, and lead. Aaron is Executive Director at the Institute for Applied Tinkering, the parent organization of Brightworks which is consistently listed as one …

Jerry Mintz - International Democratic Education

January 1st, 2021


Jerry Mintz is the Founder and Director of the Alternative Education Resource Organization. He was the first executive director of the National …

Esther Wojcicki - How to Raise Successful People

December 25th, 2020


Esther Wojcicki is famous for three things: teaching a high school class that has changed the lives of thousands of kids, inspiring Silicon Valley …

Samantha Jansky - Mindfulness and The Learning Environment

December 18th, 2020


Samantha Jansky joined Acton Academy as a Socratic guide in 2012, just a few years after its inception. Leading the Elementary school for 4 years, …

Blake Boles - Unschooling and College

December 11th, 2020


Blake Boles  is an Experiential Educator who has organized big trips for teenagers through his company Unschool Adventures since 2008. He is a …

Heather Staker - Blended Learning

December 4th, 2020


Heather Staker is a researcher and author in the United States  who has spent 15 years studying innovation in education and the rise of  blended learning as the enabler of student-driven learning.

She is the co-author …

Kenneth Danford - School is Optional

November 27th, 2020


Kenneth Danford is the Co-founder and Executive Director at North Star: Self- Directed Learning for Teens in Sunderland, Massachusetts. He has been working intensively with teenagers and their families since 1991. He is …

Jana Pappas - Overcoming Challenges

November 20th, 2020


Jana Pappas received her Liberal Studies Bachelor Degree in 1998, then her teaching credential and Masters in Education in 2000. She was a former classroom teacher, leader of teacher education courses, tutor of students …

Kelly Davis - Global Online Learning

November 13th, 2020


Kelly Davis is the co-founder and the Director of Education for Galileo. She has taught in various countries throughout Asia, and is thrilled to have …

Cassidy Younghans - Living is Learning

November 6th, 2020


Cassidy Younghans is a Self-Directed Education advocate and facilitator. She was a public school teacher for 5 years before changing her path to …

Michal Leshem - Starting a Microschool

October 30th, 2020


Michal Leshem is a Cyber Technology Expert with over 15 years of experience in an elite Intelligence unit of the Israeli Defense Forces. She managed …

Michael Strong - The Socratic Approach to Learning

October 30th, 2020


Michael Strong is most recently the founder of, a virtual secondary school program.  He is an experienced school creator whose …

Sarah Moore - Worldschooling and Connecting with Children

October 23rd, 2020


In this interview, Sarah Moore of Dandelion Seeds Positive Living shares her story as a worldschooler and a playful parent. Her credentials include …

Maureen O'Shaugnessy - Seven Steps to Innovate Education

October 23rd, 2020


Maureen O'Shaughnessy, EdD, is the founding director of Leadership Preparatory Academy, a nonprofit progressive micro-school in Washington State. …

Anne Olderog - Cultivating Children's Unique Creative Minds

October 23rd, 2020


For this episode, our host, Shannon Falkenstein, speaks with Anne Olderog, an Acton Founder who has an impressive wealth of knowledge on education. She is also a Partner at Vivaldi, leading projects on growth/innovation …

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