4 episodes

How do we motivate kids to be high achievers? What qualities do teens wish they saw more of in their own educations? How do you know when your kid has a great teacher? How does school impact a teen's anxiety?
On the More Than Just a School podcast we investigate the answers to these questions and more.
When MTJAS host Karen Lock Kolp's kids needed something different in their education, she and her husband Benjamin Kolp (MTJAS producer) found Bay State Learning Center, a nurturing community of creative, self-directed learners. Their teen sons started there - and LOVED it. Karen and Ben immediately noticed amazing changes in the boys!
But when they tried to tell friends, relatives, people who care about their sons, why this new school was different...they couldn't. They didn't have the words. This podcast changes all that.
Come along on this quest to find out what works in secondary education...and what doesn't...and why.

More Than Just a School Karen Lock Kolp explores secondary education in the MTJAS Podcast. If you like Off-Trail Learning with Blake Boles, The Cult of Pedagogy with Jennifer Gonzalez, The Luminous Mind with Rebecca Bohman, and the School Sucks Podcast, you'll love More Than

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    • 4.5, 6 Ratings

How do we motivate kids to be high achievers? What qualities do teens wish they saw more of in their own educations? How do you know when your kid has a great teacher? How does school impact a teen's anxiety?
On the More Than Just a School podcast we investigate the answers to these questions and more.
When MTJAS host Karen Lock Kolp's kids needed something different in their education, she and her husband Benjamin Kolp (MTJAS producer) found Bay State Learning Center, a nurturing community of creative, self-directed learners. Their teen sons started there - and LOVED it. Karen and Ben immediately noticed amazing changes in the boys!
But when they tried to tell friends, relatives, people who care about their sons, why this new school was different...they couldn't. They didn't have the words. This podcast changes all that.
Come along on this quest to find out what works in secondary education...and what doesn't...and why.

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5
6 Ratings

6 Ratings

JendaGo ,

This is much needed

I hope this continues.

MiaWallace59 ,

Muddled, but with heart?

After listening to two episodes, this podcast content strikes me as discursive, although the topic itself is intriguing to me as a high school teacher who is eager to learn about alternative ed models. The host keeps adding personal anecdotes that she admits to not planning on sharing, which imbues the podcast with a casual feel and makes me feel like she isn’t clear on what exactly she needs to convey. The interviews are muddled and full of the host interrupting to clarify, which is warranted but as a listener makes it seem choppy and disorganized. Hopefully this podcast will improve over time because the host is passionate and the subject matter is so important. Thank you.

Willamette Wanderer ,

More Than Just A School is a fantastic podcast.

More Than Just A School is excellent and much needed! The podcast offers helpful insight into the world of alternative secondary education, specifically the North-Star model of self-directed learning. Not only do Karen and her guests beautifully articulate self-directed learning and the environment of Bay State Learning Center (a Liberated Learners member center), but they also demonstrate how it works for so many people! The show’s nuanced approach reveals how the North Star model has had a life-changing impact on many teachers and learners.

More Than Just A School helps shift the conventional paradigm that surrounds school by giving a necessary voice to a revolutionary style of education that is becoming more and more mainstream each day! It truly is a wonderful podcast!

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