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Education Evolution, where we talk about today’s education: what’s broken, who’s fixing it, and how. We need to holistically serve a wide variety of learners and address academic, social, and emotional needs and we do that by making change happen today. Founded by Maureen O’Shaughnessy of Micro-Schools Coalition and Leadership Preparatory Academy in Seattle, Education Evolution is designed to start the conversation to transform the education system of today. Alternative education strategies including working with parents and colleagues, classroom management, lesson planning, activities, games, and more. Along with helping challenged students and those facing difficulty to find success.

What if we harnessed alternative and conventional resources and each child was seen, heard, valued, and met where they were academically, socially, and emotionally, with the goals of thriving NOW and being prepared for a productive, happy, and healthy adulthood?

Sadly, this isn’t what’s happening today. But that doesn’t mean those of us who know better have to stick with the status quo.

You’ll hear regularly from Maureen and guests from all corners of the educational landscape–from micro-school founders to concerned parents to journalists to lawmakers and decision-makers. Join the conversation today, we’re all in this together.

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Education Evolution, where we talk about today’s education: what’s broken, who’s fixing it, and how. We need to holistically serve a wide variety of learners and address academic, social, and emotional needs and we do that by making change happen today. Founded by Maureen O’Shaughnessy of Micro-Schools Coalition and Leadership Preparatory Academy in Seattle, Education Evolution is designed to start the conversation to transform the education system of today. Alternative education strategies including working with parents and colleagues, classroom management, lesson planning, activities, games, and more. Along with helping challenged students and those facing difficulty to find success.

What if we harnessed alternative and conventional resources and each child was seen, heard, valued, and met where they were academically, socially, and emotionally, with the goals of thriving NOW and being prepared for a productive, happy, and healthy adulthood?

Sadly, this isn’t what’s happening today. But that doesn’t mean those of us who know better have to stick with the status quo.

You’ll hear regularly from Maureen and guests from all corners of the educational landscape–from micro-school founders to concerned parents to journalists to lawmakers and decision-makers. Join the conversation today, we’re all in this together.

    24. The First Step of Creating a New School

    24. The First Step of Creating a New School

    Parents, are you looking for a different model for your child? Educators, are you ready to try something new, that’s outside the traditional educational system? It might be time to start your own school or micro-school.

    COVID-19 has wreaked havoc on education and parents and educational leaders alike are scrambling to support our colorful, mismatched kids who aren’t being served in a strictly online or hybrid environment.

    This week on the podcast, I’m sharing what your first steps should be when starting your own micro-school. And I’m also sharing success stories of some of my students in the Build Your Micro-School program. I’m thrilled to see how they’ve embraced this moment to make their dreams happen.

    Jump Through the Episode:

    [1:07] Anyone is capable of starting a micro-school
    [1:47] The key starting point
    [2:22] What’s the opportunity or need?
    [2:38] How Build Your Micro-School students are making change happen
    [4:22] Getting clear on your priorities
    [5:24] The questions to help you focus your vision
    [12:40] Bullock Garden Project & Their Place
    [14:25] Untethered Minds Institute
    [15:45] What comes next
    Links and Resources: https://educationevolution.org/24

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    23. A Place for Colorful Mismatched Learners to Thrive

    23. A Place for Colorful Mismatched Learners to Thrive

    As school closures continued in May of 2020, Sonya Harris saw children struggle. A former special education teacher, Sonya was heartbroken and wanted to do something about it.

    Already director of the nonprofit Bullock Garden Project in Glassboro New Jersey, Sonya knew what it was like to start a passion project. And so, she decided to pivot what she was already doing to start a nature-based micro-school to address special needs children who needed in-person education to thrive.

    The doors to this new school open as this podcast episode goes live, complete with trailblazers (not “teachers”), outdoor space, safety health checks and a mission to embrace the differences of all the children enrolled.

    Tune in to the episode this week and just hear how Sonya’s heart is fully immersed in this venture.

    About Sonya Harris
    Sonya is a multiple award-winning, former special educator and founder of The Bullock Garden Project, Inc. She founded the nonprofit in 2017 because she passionately believes in the importance of empowering children, teachers and families to grow their own healthy food and hopes to inspire youth to pursue careers in the green industry. After retiring from education, she founded Their Place to ensure that all children had a place to learn, grow and thrive. Sonya travels and presents to/trains educators on embedding garden-based learning into school curriculum as well as members of the green industry on the importance of partnering with organizations who serve children. Her ultimate goal is to see garden-based education help eliminate food insecurity for all children.

    Jump Through the Conversation

    [1:38] Sonya’s long-time desire to open a new kind of school for kids
    [4:30] Virtual learning doesn’t work for everyone
    [8:34] As a Black educator has had transformative conversations with her elementary students on race and differences making us special
    [10:23] Talking about race with second grade students
    [12:12] Accepting, appreciating and understanding those who are different from us
    [14:25] The importance of teaching love and acceptance
    [15:52] The challenge of pivoting and finding a location for the school
    [23:15] The universe reacts to (and with) a stolen car
    [28:20] Sonya’s Magic Wand: Smash the production-line educational model and embrace differences
    Links and Resources: https://educationevolution.org/23



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    22. Mission-Driven Pivot to a Micro-School with Nana Campana

    22. Mission-Driven Pivot to a Micro-School with Nana Campana

    With almost 20 years of experience in education, Nana Campana knew she wanted to see a change. She wanted a place for children to come where they learned–but not by rote memorization and reading books. Nana wanted a space where they could thrive through support and guidance, experiential learning and enrichment, therapy and…yes…the academics.

    As this podcast episode goes live, Nana is opening the doors to Untethered Minds, a micro-school in Miami, Florida. There she plans to educate the full child through therapy, play and individualized support.

    I’m honored to have played a part in this school opening and thrilled to watch children in the Miami area have a new place to call their school home. Listen in to hear about where the idea for her school came from and how she put all the pieces together through my Build Your Micro-School program. Maybe you’ll find the motivation and drive to start your own!

    About Nana Campana
    Nana Campana is an accomplished creative and certified educational therapist and therapeutic art facilitator with a proven track record of empowering struggling learners to become competent and independent without limitations. She is currently committed to accomplishing her mission of reforming education one student at a time through cognitive programs offered at The Paper Tree House.

    Since the brain is a muscle and everyone is able to learn to thrive and master the skills needed to leave their mark on this world, it is Nana’s utmost desire to break the belief that learning disabilities are permanent and that children (and adults) have to forever struggle with their limitations. Visit her website or follow her on Facebook and Instagram. You can also connect with Nana on LinkedIn.

    Jump Through the Conversation

    [1:35]Description of Untethered Minds micro-school
    [5:24] Summer intensives as a smaller stepping stone
    [6:30] Not every brain learns the same
    [8:43] Mindset is the biggest challenge to starting a micro-school
    [12:15] Puppies and painting prep
    [14:09] Creating a tribe
    [20:53] Nana’s Magic Wand: Inject creative curiosity back into education


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    • 32 min
    21. Realistic Expectations for Your Micro-School

    21. Realistic Expectations for Your Micro-School

    Parents and educators alike are starting micro-schools this fall in an effort to change the educational path for their children–and others in their community. But often we forget the hard work that goes into any new venture. There’s so much more involved than a passionate drive to change, though that’s a good start!

    This week on the Education Evolution podcast, I’m sharing some of the myths involved in starting a micro-school and what realistic expectations you should have. I’m drawing from my many years in education–and from starting multiple micro-schools myself.

    And I’m also sharing some of the lessons I’ve learned building my own progressive, state-accredited micro-school in the Seattle area. Listen in!

    Jump Through the Conversation

    [1:20] Three myths
    [5:22] How long does it take to open a micro-school?
    [8:00] External factors impacting a micro-school
    [8:57] Enrollment
    [9:25] Curriculum
    [9:55] The longer view
    [12:13] Progressive education as the goal of all schools
    [13:14] Maureen’s Magic Wand: Use this moment in history to create more relevant and holistic schools
    Links and Resources:

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    • 16 min
    20. Empowering Parents in a Micro-School

    20. Empowering Parents in a Micro-School

    Parents are a huge part of the success of a micro-school. They’re there to advocate for their children and help both the school and its community achieve common goals. But often parents shy away from participating fully because they’ve been taught by traditional institutions that their help isn’t always welcome.

    Without the support of families in a smaller school community, those schools wouldn’t be as successful as they could be. In this week’s episode of the Education Evolution podcast, I’m sharing how parents can and should get involved and how school leaders can support parent empowerment.

    Whether you’re a start-up micro-school or a school leader looking for new ways to bring parents into the fold of your school community, you’ll find tips and resources that can help you encourage parents to step up and get involved.

    Jump Through the Conversation

    [1:20] Village approach to raising a child
    [3:10] Big Picture Learning
    [4:46] Synergy with common goals to maximize learning and development
    [6:08] Three steps every school leader can take to support parent empowerment in the classroom/micro-school
    [8:56] Four quadrants of time management
    [11:46] Maureen’s magic wand
    Links and Resources:

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    19. “Honor and Service” Creating Philanthropy-Minded Youth with Larry J. Snyder

    19. “Honor and Service” Creating Philanthropy-Minded Youth with Larry J. Snyder

    How great would the world be if everyone had a heart for giving back? This is something that we don’t teach our kids about enough.

    My conversation with Larry J. Snyder, a philanthropist and author, on this episode of the Education Evolution podcast looks at his own philanthropy, what he’s doing to teach his own teen daughter about giving back and what parents can do to instill a giver’s mindset in their own children.

    According to Larry, we set the stage by helping youth identify the influential people in their lives and then guiding them to contributing in honor of those people. Knowing that sometimes teens need help with this, we also talk about what giving back looks like and how teens can hear from their peers about giving back.

    About Larry J. Snyder
    Larry J. Snyder is a seasoned philanthropist, consulting fundraiser and friend to dozens of non profit organizations, both domestic and international. His servant leadership was informed by the entrepreneurship of his grandfather Chuck and his mother Jean’s community building acumen. Of particular interest to Larry are small education communities that honor the ambitions of every student.

    Jump Through the Conversation

    [1:45] “Honor and service” the two words that guide Larry’s philanthropy
    [3:34] An example from Larry’s Which One am I? showing how one person is using her talent in service of homeless people
    [10:47] Set the stage with youth by helping them identify people who are influential in their lives and get them to be authors of how they can contribute (Honor and serve)
    [11:50] Samples of easy ways for our youth to serve others
    [15:32] Larry’s Magic Wand: Think of who has played a significant role and honor them
    [16:43] YOU MATTER…TO ME: words to say and show through our service
    [17:54] Maureen’s breakdown of the interview

    For complete show notes and more, go to https://educationevolution.org/19

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    • 21 min

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Education Evolution

Refreshing to hear these conversations.
Shifting paradigms in education are really rocking our world—changing how we see what might actually be possible for our struggling, aspiring youth when they are supported in their unique learning styles and differences.
Maybe this kind of learning perspective is what can expand our world into more vast potential? Exciting—

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Maureen's passion for this reimagining and changing learning makes her the perfect host! Her engaging questions and expressive conversation give us fuel for keeping the "bus of change" going in the right direction!

JHHealy ,

Perfect fit for today's world, love it!

As a parent and former teacher this is where I want to see education going. Such tremendous value and insight into what's working in today's wonky, wacky world for our kids. Amazing stuff!

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