Susan Rodgerson is Founder and Executive Director of Artists for Humanity, a Boston-based non-profit organization that provides youth with keys to self-sufficiency through paid employment in the arts. We talk about the value of young artists working collaboratively with mentors to design solutions to meet client’s needs, however big or small.
Learning is Open
David is currently the Director of Technology for Big Picture - a network of schools that puts students at the center of their learning. Before that, David was an advisor and Vice Principal at the Met Sacramento High School. One key feature of Big Picture’s approach is Learning Through Internships and we talk with David about how exposure to mentors in an authentic workplace connects students' interests to the real world.
Gary Stager, a leading expert and advocate for computer programming, robotics, and learning by doing, talks about how he works with teachers to design classrooms that are coercion free, where there are interesting things to do, and where kids can become lost in projects that matter to them.
Bob Lenz is Executive Director of the Buck Institute for Education, the premier professional development organization for project based learning. He co-founded Envision Education and is a nationally recognized leader in high school redesign. Bob talks about what it looks like to teach in a project based classroom and about the opportunities it affords students to do rigorous, relevant, and authentic work.
Bob Regan is Director of Education for the Big History Project, a free online educational resource that was inspired by the work of historian David Christian and is funded by Bill Gates. We talk about how teachers can use Big History’s curriculum to encourage their students to examine history in expansive, interdisciplinary, and creative ways.
Alex Gilliam is the founder of Public Workshop and Tiny WPA, Philadelphia-based organizations that create uniquely engaging opportunities for youth and their communities to shape the design of their cities. We talk about how designing in public energizes communities and gives young people a chance to participate as citizens and leaders.
Rick Kreinbring is a 26 year veteran and teaches AP language and AP literature in Auburn Hills Michigan. We talk about how he emphasizes to his students the critical importance of the role of empathy and audience in producing effective writing.