32 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.

    32. Establishing Boundaries to Balance Life, Work, & Academics

    32. Establishing Boundaries to Balance Life, Work, & Academics

    Map Academy’s model was designed with flexibility built-in, making it ideal for students who can’t attend school on a traditional schedule — including those who are working full-time to support themselves and their families, like Sophia. Sophia struggled with mental health and family issues, causing instability that disrupted her education. Her experience at her last school was challenging, and she wasn’t getting the support she needed to stay engaged, so she dropped out. Then, she found her way to Map.

    Map’s flexible schedule allows her to keep her job as a full-time certified nursing assistant while pursuing her high school diploma. Sophia worked with Map social worker Mike Balaschi, who helped establish boundaries around academic expectations while still allowing Sophia the accommodations she needed to balance work, life, and school.

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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/themapacademy

    This podcast is a Hairpin production: hairpin.org

    • 13 min
    31. Youth Development is About Helping Students Reach Their Full Potential

    31. Youth Development is About Helping Students Reach Their Full Potential

    Youth development requires meeting students where they’re at. At Map Academy, that means understanding that some students might have experienced trauma that has caused them to struggle in previous schools. That’s why Map educators prioritize fostering mutual trust with their students.

    In this episode, we hear from Anre Dowell (Community Support Partner). During his time at Map, Anre used his youth development experience to build strong, genuine relationships with students — including Anthony and Carlie, who also share their stories in this episode. Anthony and Carlie say that Anre consistently pushed them to engage. But first, Anre got to know them, what brought them to Map, and the reasons why they might not be able to focus on academics. “If you lock in and you keep going back … we'll eventually build the bond,” Anre says.

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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/themapacademy

    This podcast is a Hairpin production: hairpin.org

    • 16 min
    30. When Student-Teacher Relationships are Prioritized, Learners Thrive

    30. When Student-Teacher Relationships are Prioritized, Learners Thrive

    In order for an educational practice to be truly student-centered, teachers must understand their students — their strengths, weaknesses, hopes, and lives beyond the classroom. With trusting relationships in place, learning experiences are more effective because they are tailored to student needs.

    In this episode of Education Disruption, we hear Ryan’s story. Map's flexible, student-centered approach — cultivated during one-on-one time with history teacher Avia during COVID — helped him re-engage with high school, avoid dropping out, and incorporate his passions into his education.

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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/themapacademy

    This podcast is a Hairpin production: hairpin.org

    • 15 min
    29. When Students Feel Safe at School, Academic Progress Will Follow

    29. When Students Feel Safe at School, Academic Progress Will Follow

    At Map Academy, we know that life — including struggles with mental health — can get in the way of learning. And oftentimes, in traditional schools, students who fall behind aren’t given the support they need to catch up academically. This, unfortunately, happened to Jenna. She struggled to get back on track after missing a lot of school. Then, she found her way to Map. 

    In this episode, we hear how Map’s flexible, self-paced approach, welcoming community, and built-in mental health supports helped Jenna re-engage with her education and earn her high school diploma.

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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/themapacademy

    This podcast is a Hairpin production: hairpin.org

    • 13 min
    28. Supporting Students in Recovery With Persistence, Patience, & Understanding

    28. Supporting Students in Recovery With Persistence, Patience, & Understanding

    Map Academy students are survivors — many have been forced to navigate challenges beyond their years. To help students through these obstacles, Map offers wraparound supports, like social workers who help students tackle a wide range of barriers — from hunger, to housing insecurity, to substance misuse, and more. And, crucially, staff works hard to ensure students know that Map will be there for them when they’re ready and able to re-engage with their education.

    This persistent yet patient approach is key to the success of Map students like Maria. As a working student, she fell off track academically in traditional school, then fell into a cycle of substance misuse. In this episode, we follow her recovery journey and hear how Map has supported her along the way to her diploma.

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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/themapacademy

    This podcast is a Hairpin production: hairpin.org

    • 19 min
    27. Building a Supportive & Resilient School Culture Takes Time

    27. Building a Supportive & Resilient School Culture Takes Time

    Integral to Map Academy’s unique, student-centered approach is time — for students to work at their own pace, for teachers to build trusting relationships with learners, and for staff to adjust to Map’s model. Map works hard to find staff with the patience and flexibility needed to foster Map’s supportive student and staff culture — in this episode, we hear from three of them: Steve (Teaching & Learning Co-Lead and Humanities Teacher), Shiobhan (Humanities Teacher), and Mike (Wraparound Co-Lead and Social Worker).

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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/themapacademy

    This podcast is a Hairpin production: hairpin.org

    • 14 min

Customer Reviews

4.3 out of 5
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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