A bi-weekly podcast from Dirigo Collective sharing the stories of people interrupting the status quo and breaking new ground in their field. Renegades & Mavericks features interviews with professionals from a wide spectrum of industries, passions, and talents that are making their mark by doing things differently.
The Evolution of College Admission
The argument that has always been an issue is, should students go to college or not?
This episode we speak with Dr. Belinda Leon, a college advisor at Downtown Doral Upper Charter school in Doral, FL.
Dr. Leon shares how the college admission process has evolved over the past 30 years, what schools are looking for now, and how parents can best equip their children for life after graduating high school.
The Evolution of Math
As new and exciting (or for some people incredibly scary) artificial intelligence is for the future of technology, it’s rooted in one thing you learned since Kindergarten. Math.
Every bit of code and algorithms used to make all the applications & software on the planet all started from you learning basic numbers, addition & subtraction back when you started elementary school, and probably before.
And for some of you that experience was a breeze and you just rocked math all the way through your K-12 experience and beyond, or you may have been someone who struggled really hard with math from the beginning.
We’re going to focus on two stories from opposite ends of the math spectrum, showing how math has evolved, but also where math is today at the elementary level but also used every day in artificial intelligence.
Featuring Chrissy Burr, a Vermont-based 1st grade teacher, & Brian Dolan, founder of Verdant AI.
To learn more about resources Chrissy Burr utilizes in her classroom AND all about Brian Dolan’s company Verdant AI, you can visit their episode page at renegadesandmavericks.com
The Evolution of Physical Education
This episode launches a series where we explore the history of each subject area we were taught in our K-12 education, and seeing it's progression from the mid-1900's to present.
Exploring the evolution of physical education, I speak to Jerry Flora, a pre-K-12 physical education teacher and high school football coach from outside White Plains, NY about currently teaching students and keeping them engaged.
To reflect on the 1960's to today, I interviewed my own father Robert Oates, a retired physical education and dance teacher of 35 years, focusing on how the classroom (or gymnasium) has evolved.
For more information on this episode and our guests, explore today at renegadesandmavericks.com
Online vs. Offline Play
The ongoing question that is asked especially with parents and teachers, is at what age is it appropriate to incorporate technology into children’s lives and especially the classroom? Should it start at Kindergarten or before because they are already experiencing it at home, or should the K-5 experience especially be focused on tactile play, imagination, and environmental creativity?
Maria Bradley, an education technology steward and Josh Olins, a 1st grade teacher share their view points on this topic and what it looks like for the K-5 classroom moving forward.
The 21st Century Classroom
AR, VR & a virtual autopsy table sound like things you would never expect in a high school classroom. However, welcome to 2021, where these tools are becoming the foundation for student growth.
Kerin Coffey, a biomedical science teacher at Eastside High School in Lancaster, California has discovered what makes a 21st century classroom. From technology in the classroom, to understanding technology & social media outside the classroom, Kerin knows what is necessary for a student to succeed in their K-12 education.
Lee Dury & Libre Institute
The LIBRE Institute is a 501c3 nonprofit nonpartisan organization that operates to both engage and inform America’s Hispanic community on the many benefits of a free and open society.
This episode shares the story of Lee Dury, who has been an integral part of the LIBRE Institute. Lee involved himself with LIBRE as a way to help the Hispanic community, paying homage to his own family's immigration history, eventually rallying behind big causes like the impact a zip code does have on a child's education.
Discover and support the LIBRE Institute at thelibreinstitute.org
Something For Everyone
Wow! I’m loving the range of stories! JeanMarie hiking the Sierra Nevada had me on the edge of my seat, and hearing how Kate from Bixby & Co. has scaled her business and pro tips to doing it was really inspiring and helpful. Can’t wait to hear which maverick is sharing their story next!
Listening to ‘How I Built This’ on NPR has always been fun and inspiring for me, but it’s hearing from those who have already found their success. To hear Hugh from Ugly Drinks talk about the day-to-day he is still hustling through, I’m reminded that there are a load of inspiring people out there who are still building the dream, instead of just living it.