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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

40:44

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

43:06

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

1:13:30

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

1:09:23

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

43:53

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

40:05

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

44:58

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

1:27:54

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

38:45

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

59:29

Jesse McCarthy, founder of MontessoriEducation.com 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

1:00:05

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

1:10:10

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

46:37

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

52:48

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

1:14:08

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

51:42

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

54:56

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

41:26

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

49:36

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

38:22

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

1:12:05

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

1:01:57

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

45:54

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

1:15:50

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

1:01:18

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

59:56

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

Sarah Moore - Worldschooling and Connecting with Children

October 23rd, 2020

1:11:02

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

54:15

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

1:00:33

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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