25 episodes

Frustrated by the current state of education, Rachel Babcock and Josh Charpentier decided they would open a high school.

Education Disruption is the story of how high school can be done differently, for the benefit of the students.

Education Disruption The Map Academy

    • Education
    • 4.3 • 18 Ratings

Frustrated by the current state of education, Rachel Babcock and Josh Charpentier decided they would open a high school.

Education Disruption is the story of how high school can be done differently, for the benefit of the students.

    Imagining the Future of Map: Residential Programming

    Imagining the Future of Map: Residential Programming

    After more than a year of adapting their model to meet the needs of the COVID-19 pandemic, Map Academy teachers, staff, and students are preparing for their in-person reopening. And while Map’s focus at the moment is making sure they can reopen safely, founders Josh and Rachel are also thinking ahead to more long-term goals and aspirations—in particular, housing for students. A residential program could potentially be a game-changer for a school like Map.

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    Education Disruption is a podcast by Rachel Babcock and Josh Charpentier, founders of Map Academy—a free, public charter high school open to all Massachusetts students.

    More about Map Academy: themapacademy.org

    Follow us on Twitter:
    twitter.com/charpentierjosh
    twitter.com/RachelBabcock

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    • 17 min
    Post-Secondary Planning for Life After High School

    Post-Secondary Planning for Life After High School

    One of the requirements to graduate from Map Academy is a post-secondary plan, ensuring that students leave Map with meaningful, actionable steps to take toward a career or college. Co-founders Rachel and Josh recognize that what happens after high school is just as important as getting a diploma. In this episode, they share their insights about the post-secondary planning process, some of the challenges their students have faced, and their hopes for a 13th year that would allow them to provide more structured support to their learners after graduation.

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    Education Disruption is a podcast by Rachel Babcock and Josh Charpentier, founders of Map Academy—a free, public charter high school open to all Massachusetts students.

    More about Map Academy: themapacademy.org

    Follow us on Twitter:  
    twitter.com/charpentierjosh
    twitter.com/RachelBabcock

    This podcast is a Hairpin production: hairpin.org

    • 26 min
    What the Pandemic is Teaching Us

    What the Pandemic is Teaching Us

    Map Academy co-founders Josh Charpentier and Rachel Babcock reflect on the impact of the pandemic—on their students, opportunities, and challenges presented, as well as some resulting innovations. Because Map was specifically designed to re-engage marginalized students who are off track or dropped out, we wanted to know what shifts Josh and Rachel are seeing in an alternative high school model under this unprecedented strain.

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    Education Disruption is a podcast by Rachel Babcock and Josh Charpentier, founders of Map Academy—a free, public charter high school open to all Massachusetts students.

    More about Map Academy: themapacademy.org

    Follow us on Twitter:  
    twitter.com/charpentierjosh
    twitter.com/RachelBabcock

    This podcast is a Hairpin production: hairpin.org

    • 17 min
    Building the Right Team

    Building the Right Team

    In this episode, co-founders Josh and Rachel talk about building the right team in the middle of a pandemic. Map Academy is an alternative school for disconnected and marginalized youth. Their model was built for disruption. Covid-19 is just that—another disruption. Map puts students at the center of every decision, including when it comes to hiring new staff—because who better to talk about what students need than the students themselves?

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    Education Disruption is a podcast by Rachel Babcock and Josh Charpentier, founders of Map Academy—a free, public charter high school open to all Massachusetts students.

    More about Map Academy: themapacademy.org

    Follow us on Twitter:  
    twitter.com/charpentierjosh
    twitter.com/RachelBabcock

    This podcast is a Hairpin production: hairpin.org

    • 26 min
    Getting Back to School

    Getting Back to School

    As schools across the country are wrestling with opening during the ongoing pandemic, we catch up with Map founders Josh and Rachel as they prepare to reopen and welcome back students and staff. They share the challenges and unexpected silver linings created by the statewide mandated closure. We hear how the Map staff is doing all they can to open—and remain open—so their students can get the support they need to continue making progress.

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    Education Disruption is a podcast by Rachel Babcock and Josh Charpentier, founders of Map Academy—a free, public charter high school open to all Massachusetts students.

    More about Map Academy: themapacademy.org

    Follow us on Twitter:   
    twitter.com/charpentierjosh
    twitter.com/RachelBabcock

    This podcast is a Hairpin production: hairpin.org

    • 20 min
    Overcoming Tragedy to Find Success in High School

    Overcoming Tragedy to Find Success in High School

    Welcome back to a special edition of Education Disruption. Over the next few weeks we'll be talking to students of Map Academy that are preparing to graduate amidst a myriad of disruption. We'll hear the stories of how these students found Map, and why Map has worked so well for them.

    In today's episode, we talk to Virginia, who experienced tragedy in 10th grade but found her way back to high school and got on the road to her diploma in her 20s at Map Academy.

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    Education Disruption is a podcast by Rachel Babcock and Josh Charpentier, founders of Map Academy—a free, public charter high school open to all Massachusetts students.

    More about Map Academy: themapacademy.org

    Follow us on Twitter:   
    twitter.com/charpentierjosh
    twitter.com/RachelBabcock

    This podcast is a Hairpin production: hairpin.org

    • 13 min

Customer Reviews

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18 Ratings

18 Ratings

Jen in Massachusetts ,

Education Disruption

I love hearing all the stories about how Map Academy is literally disrupting a broken education system and innovating high school. Please keep the stories & podcasts coming!

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