Let's REINVENT School!

Let's REINVENT School!

A weekly radio program focused on reinventing public education in order to prepare all young people, regardless of race, class, gender, or zip code, for their future and not our past.

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March 2, 2023 60 mins
Today’s program is not specifically about special education or Autism, it’s about creating schools that celebrate and value different kinds of minds. The great educator Howard Gardner, the author of Multiple Intelligences, once said that he, “Rues the day someone invented the bell curve,” which suggests that some people are smart, others at not smart, and that most people are in the big middle. Absurd. There are lots of ways t...
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Dedicating one’s life to serving others is both honorable and challenging. This is particularly true in a world where communitarian values are often at odds with those that define success as what is best for the individual. Today’s program will spotlight the journey of two individuals who have chosen to serve. How did their experiences in school inspire them? What motivates them to continue to serve? Today’s episode feature...
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In this episode of Let’s Reinvent School we turn to internationally recognized educator, author, and education policy scholar, Professor James Guthrie. We are joined in our third segment by Dr. Robert Goodman, the Executive Director of the New Jersey Center for Teaching and Learning. Together we will identify the structural and systemic challenges that are contributing to our schools not being able to meet the diverse needs of ...
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February 9, 2023 60 mins
Preparing young people to thrive as adults will take more than school. Success in life is often a result of the experiences young people have outside of school. Mentoring programs, internships, exposure to a variety of career opportunities, mental health services, and financial support can clear a path to a bright future, particularly for those young people who face obstacles. Join us as five nonprofit leaders operating in the...
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February 2, 2023 60 mins
Join our conversation with the nation's leading expert on Music and Arts Education, Bob Morrison. Given that standardized tests do not measure the Arts, school districts do not have the incentive to provide substantive, comprehensive, and articulated Arts programming in our schools. Why do the Arts matter? The Arts foster creativity, an essential characteristic of intelligent behavior, and success in a complicated, often dangerou...
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Everyone has a story about their experiences in school. Many had to overcome religious or racial prejudice and low expectations, others were bullied because of their sexual orientation or economic status or assigned to classes that did not lead to college. Yet, despite enormous challenges, they prevailed. Today’s Episode? Beyond School: Building a Meaningful Life As many of us know, experiences outside of school frequentl...
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January 19, 2023 60 mins
When it comes to equity vs equality in education, the terms are often used interchangeably. But understanding the distinction between the two is essential for resolving issues faced by disadvantaged students in the classroom. While working towards equity and equality can both do good, equity should be an educator’s end goal. The reason lies in the difference between being fair vs equal. Join us, along with James Ford, Marta Duran, ...
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January 12, 2023 60 mins
Join Ross and his guests as they take us into their world to help us understand how they overcame obstacles and manifested their best lives. We are proud to point to the success of not only our graduates but so many others in our community. Join us as we unlock the secrets to their success. We want to hear how they navigated a system that was not designed for everyone to succeed. You will be moved and inspired by the storie...
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Did you know that there are approximately 179,000 young people in NC alone who are being educated in over 112,000 Homeschools? That is a 100% increase from the previous year. In fact, Homeschooling is up all across the country. You might say it is the fastest-growing educational initiative in America right now! Join us as we take a deep dive into the world of homeschooling, through the eyes of four different homeschool parents w...
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December 29, 2022 60 mins
Season II of Let's Reinvent School will move beyond inputs (programs, policies, and practices) and put a spotlight on outputs- the people whose experiences in school have contributed to who they are as adults. Everyone has their own unique school experience. Some of us have great memories of our years in school, while others had to overcome obstacles to succeed both in school and in life. We want to highlight all your school ...
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With the current focus on standardized test scores as a measure of success in educational attainment, it is reasonable to believe that there is just no time to foster critical and creative thinking in our young people. Not true. One does not excuse the other. Our school can graduate critical and creative thinkers as well as students who score well on their End of the Year Grades or standardized tests. Join us on this week’s ...
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In this episode, we focus on what it would take to create schools that are excellent and equitable. We will hear from Cami Anderson, a CEO who is committed to creating a path to a bright future for underserved youth. The conversation includes reactions from Professor James Guthrie. It's provocative, thoughtful, and inspired.
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December 8, 2022 60 mins
Join our conversation with the nation's leading expert on Music and Arts Education, Bob Morrison. Given that standardized tests do not measure the Arts, school districts do not have the incentive to provide substantive, comprehensive, and articulated Arts programming in our schools. Why do the Arts matter? The Arts foster creativity, an essential characteristic of intelligent behavior, and success in a complicated, often dangerou...
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December 1, 2022 60 mins
Join Ross and his guests as they take us into their world to help us understand how they overcame obstacles and manifested their best lives. We are proud to point to the success of not only our graduates but so many others in our community. Join us as we unlock the secrets to their success. We want to hear how they navigated a system that was not designed for everyone to succeed. You will be moved and inspired by the storie...
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November 24, 2022 60 mins
When it comes to equity vs equality in education, the terms are often used interchangeably. But understanding the distinction between the two is essential for resolving issues faced by disadvantaged students in the classroom. While working towards equity and equality can both do good, equity should be an educator’s end goal. The reason lies in the difference between being fair vs equal. Join us, along with James Ford, Marta Duran, ...
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November 17, 2022 60 mins
Everyone has a story about their experiences in school. Many had to overcome religious or racial prejudice and low expectations, others were bullied because of their sexual orientation or economic status or assigned to classes that did not lead to college. Yet, despite enormous challenges, they prevailed. Today’s Episode? Beyond School: Building a Meaningful Life As many of us know, experiences outside of school frequentl...
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November 10, 2022 60 mins
In Manifesting Your Best Life, we seek to unlock the secrets of success. We want to hear how our guest navigated a system that was not designed for everyone to succeed. Research tells us that in many cases, it was one person who turns life around and puts someone on a path to success. Who was it in Federico's life? In your life? ? We want to learn about that person. What made them such an important part of your success? I...
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November 3, 2022 60 mins
In Manifesting Your Best Life, we seek to unlock the secrets of success. We want to hear how our guest navigated a system that was not designed for everyone to succeed. Research tells us that in many cases, it was one person who turns life around and puts someone on a path to success. Who was it in Federico's life? In your life? ? We want to learn about that person. What made them such an important part of your success? I...
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October 27, 2022 60 mins
Dedicating one’s life to serving others is both honorable and challenging. This is particularly true in a world where communitarian values are often at odds with those that define success as what is best for the individual. Today’s program will spotlight the journey of two individuals who have chosen to serve. How did their experiences in school inspire them? What motivates them to continue to serve? Today’s episode feature...
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October 20, 2022 60 mins
Mark Twain famously said, Never let school get in the way of an education. We know that young people are always learning and that experiences matter regarding expanding a worldview or increasing opportunity. Greg Jackson is a tireless educator committed to serving young people who face obstacles that limit their access to excellence. Greg will not only discuss his own school experiences, but he will also highlight how, through his ...
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