“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...]
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.
“When I was 32 I knew I’d spend the rest of my career in education.” When Tom Vander Ark was asked by his boss to pick a children’s charity and take it to the next level, his life changed forever. He was shocked to see the dire situation in Denver schools, which made him decide to do something … [Read more...]
Why 4 walls in the classroom? Why 1 teacher for 28 students? Why this system? Why? Ricky is a student who just cannot sit still. He talks quite often out of turn and disrupts the classroom more than other kids. He’s Carrie Markel’s favorite student, but he’s the one child who’s disturbing the … [Read more...]
“The SAT is such a beautiful test.” Andrew McGlothlin’s father was a terrible student. The only classes he excelled in were chemistry and auto shop. Living in other countries of the world, Andrew believes, his father would’ve been a mechanic his whole life. In the US, however, he got into a … [Read more...]
“If the system isn’t serving you, stop trying so hard.” After 3 years of teaching History outside of DC, Kenneth Danford became frustrated with the system. Instead of blaming it on large class sizes or limited funds, he realized that the biggest problem was having a captive audience. He saw that … [Read more...]
“Education is the key for solving all your problems.” A son of a political refugee from Vietnam, Davis Nguyen grew up in Riverdale, Georgia, one of the worst neighborhoods around, in a single mom household. He was living on food stamps and welfare and attended a school district that was called … [Read more...]
When Adam Halmos, owner of the largest book publishing companies in Hungary, along with a small circle of influential friends found themselves with the question of where to place their children in the current Budapest school system, they discovered a unified passion: education and its … [Read more...]
“I think this world will be saved by kids rather than adults.” What if we all truly believed that our children would save the world rather than us adults? What if we allowed our children to experiment, play and educate themselves? What if we educated entire families in a whole new way? Marc … [Read more...]