Dr. Ulcca Joshi Hansen is currently Chief Program Officer for Grantmakers for Education, a membership organization committed to strengthening philanthropy’s capacity to improve educational outcomes for all students. Prior to Grantmakers for Education, Ulcca served as Chief Strategy Officer at Boundless and as Vice President for Partnerships and Research at Education Reimagined. She began her career as an elementary teacher in New Jersey public schools, after which she served as a Program Fellow with the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation.
Ulcca brings a diverse set of experiences working with educators, funders, policymakers, researchers, legislators, business leaders, and community advocates in the US and internationally to her work and writing. Her work is aimed at helping transform the foundational values of our educational, cultural, and social systems, and building the capacities of educators, families, communities, and advocates to work with young people toward new ways of being in the world.
Ulcca holds a BA in Philosophy and German from Drew University and a certificate in early childhood and elementary education with a focus on special education. She earned her Ph.D. from Oxford University and a JD from Harvard Law School. She has been recognized nationally for her academic achievements and her commitment to public service through education as a Harry S. Truman Scholar, a British Marshall Scholar, and a Paul and Daisy Soros Fellow.
In this episode, we discuss:
How outdated Western philosophical ideas took over our education system and prioritized intellect over body
What we pathologize in children instead of teaching each individual child to claim their power and own their future
The difference between the 3 types of education systems that exist - factory schools, innovative reforms, and human-centered - and which is the only one which creates conditions in which every individual child can thrive
How each person - whether educator, donor, parent, or neighbor - can be a part of educational transformation
PLUS an extra unplanned exchange of brags that will inspire every woman listener
Get ready for another powerful episode here on The Power Shift Podcast!
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