Growing up a self-proclaimed nerd and with a passion for technology, Jennifer Wadella went through school wanting to be a graphic designer, not knowing that coding and web development was even an option for her. It was a male-dominated career path. Later, as a freelancer, she quickly learned … [Read more...]
Driven To Educate – A Podcast of Hope
Driven To Educate is a podcast that showcases individuals and organizations who are working to make a difference in education today. Our focus is on those that are deep in the trenches, reaching students in different ways through new teaching techniques, crafting new school environments or by creating unique experiences in schools or outside of the school system.
We Can Do Better
This podcast is about hope! Join us each Thursday for a fresh conversation with leading educators, luminaries and people who just have a whole lot of heart! We all can make a difference and by learning how so many people are doing great work, our hope is that you will be inspired to make a difference in your community.
What is the purpose of early care and education? How does our system impact these early years of development? How do we begin building brains instead of putting up barriers early on? And what do we really do about all the problems we currently face? These are the questions that Dr. Kristie … [Read more...]
According to the founder and brand strategist of the Wayfinding Academy, the current education system has it all backwards. First, students are supposed to choose a college, then a major, then a job, then they get to try it out not knowing if all their choices will actually lead to a job they truly … [Read more...]
Where Students Can Learn "On Purpose" with Wayfinding Academy Part 1 When Michelle Jones gave her last lecture at the Concordia University in Portland, Oregon, she shared her imminent endeavor with her audience: starting a college that was an alternative to traditional institutions. Gina … [Read more...]
When Jamie Greason went to the Google Teacher Academy in 2012, she realized that up until this point, she didn’t know what she didn’t know. This life-altering experience set her on a mission to leverage Google tools in the classroom and empower students to discover a love of learning. Jamie … [Read more...]
Lindsay Yates has always dreamed of opening a school. Now, her dream is coming true. Last year, Lindsay was hired by the Crossroads Academy to be the new principle of Quality Hill Academy, a school that is going to open its doors this fall. An Iowa State University graduate, Lindsay moved to … [Read more...]
Sitting on a plane on his way to Oxford, Chris Rosson, traveling from a single-parent, low-income home in Kansas City, noticed a passenger in First Class reading a half-page article about him in the Kansas City Star. The contrast of this situation was not lost on Chris. And his life definitely … [Read more...]
A former Teach For America Corps Member, Josh Densen had a vision of creating a charter school in New Orleans that was build on 2 pillars: advancing educational equity and creating innovators who can change the world. He knew that in our times, it is important to give children a balance … [Read more...]
“Technology is never going to replace the need for great teachers.” One Mother’s Day, Alicia Herald decided to try online dating. Although she wasn’t successful in the love department, her career was thriving. After years of teaching fourth graders in South Central Los Angeles, she had joined … [Read more...]
“I see you and you’re OK and we’re going to be OK.” On Valentine’s Day of 2011, Landon committed suicide. Ricky, Landon’s twin brother, happened to be in Paul Richardson’s class the following year where Landon’s name came up over and over again. Paul noticed his absence in the way his students … [Read more...]