Learning Can’t Wait

Learning Can’t Wait

The Learning Can’t Wait Podcast is your view into how changemakers are driving innovation in the field of education. Each week we interview leaders who are challenging the status quo at a time when it is absolutely necessary to rebuild the system for our students.

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June 20, 2022 35 min

The well-being of teachers and students is at the forefront of today's headlines. Dan Domenech's eyes are on another key stakeholder in the education space: superintendents. As the Executive Director of the American Association of School Administrators, Dan has weathered many challenges, but none so forceful as the crisis that is COVID19 and all its subsequent repercussions.

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It’s no secret that the times have changed, including the public perspective of higher education. It’s easy to focus on the negative and much harder to empower the positive. In this interview, Hayley Spira-Bauer and John Katzman discuss what higher education gets right - and it’s an inspiring list! But that's only one piece; let's dive in with Katzman and hear how he thinks K12 spaces need to be shaken up to keep up. 

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June 6, 2022 43 min

Are you leading your life with a theory of change? Jonathan Beauford, Performance Equity Manager at Google, believes investing in people is investing in the future. Jonathan has spent his career creating more diverse, equitable, and inclusive professional opportunities for individuals of all backgrounds. In this interview, Jonathan walks us through the steps he’s taken to help students and professionals connect the dots, and forge ...

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It is no secret that teachers are burned out, fatigued, and demoralized. Two years of crisis is a long time, but rather than asking, “who can blame them?” let's ask, “how can we support them?” This panel features a teacher retention expert, a new teacher leader, and a psychologist - it sounds like the beginning of an excellent joke - but preventing the mass resignation of teachers is no laughing matter. Dr. Mia Mulrennan, Henry...

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May 23, 2022 39 min

Less than 2% of venture-backed startups are women-led. This week Hayley Spira-Baur interviews two women in the EdTech sector who are striving to change that and transform the future of learning and working. Jessica Millstone is the Co-founder and Managing Director of Copper Wire Ventures, a venture fund intentionally built to fund and support women in business. Ali Iberrakan, the CEO and Founder of Chapperone, joins the conversatio...

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How do American schools compare to those educating students around the world? In this episode, Hayley Spira-Bauer interviews Morty Ballen, the Senior Vice President of Christel House International. An organization dedicated to transforming the lives of children by breaking the cycle of poverty. Morty will share his experience teaching, founding, and leading schools around the globe.

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May 9, 2022 49 min

In this episode, Hayley Spira-Bauer interviews a panel of academic experts about the state of mental health in a post-pandemic world. The COVID19 crisis affected students and teachers in unprecedented ways, and two years later we are still trying to find the new normal of education. Brandon Clayton, CJ Casciotta, and Jeff Patterson help us face the hard truths by sharing their personal journey's creating organizations that supp...

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What is the “American Social Contract”? Is it still as prevalent today as it once was? CEO of Coney Island Prep, Leslie-Bernard Joseph, speculates that the labor shortages we are experiencing today are a direct result of the unraveling of said social contract. Do you agree? Join us in this week's episode as we try to “unravel” both the philosophical and practical implications of this concept.  

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April 25, 2022 41 min

Achieving financial solvency has become a near impossibility for students across the United States. Many seek to continue their education after high school, and many face the unconscionable reality that they just can’t afford it. In this episode, Hayley Spira-Bauer interviews David Helene and Rochelle Sinclair about their organizations, OneGoal and Equity, and how they support students to achieve both a degree and financial success...

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April 18, 2022 36 min

In this episode, host Hayley Spira-Bauer, sits down with author, Jordan Reid, to discuss her new book: The Big Activity Book for Teacher People. This conversation goes from the treatment of teachers, to women in education, to motherhood, to gender and all the way back around again and more. Sharing her expertise and unique view into the intersection of artist, mother, and teacher, this isn’t an episode you want to miss, and don’t m...

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April 11, 2022 41 min

Leadership. Hustle. Impact. Are these words you associate with education? How about community? Luis Torres certainly does. For over sixteen years Luis has dedicated himself to serving the South Bronx community by blending education and civic responsibility in a never ending pursuit to better the lives around him. In this episode, our host, Hayley Spira-Bauer, gets to the heart and soul of what it is to serve community, the struggle...

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The act of cultural competency is not revolutionary, it is necessary. In this episode, Dr. Dennisha Murff and Jasmine Landry deep dive on intentional practices in building culturally competent schools. Our host, Hayley Spira-Bauer, takes us on a journey over the last two decades to explore how schools have centered students, cultural identity, and staff responsiveness as they’ve navigated this fundamental aspect of education.

 

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