29 episodes

The Future of Smart, a project of Grantmakers for Education, explores ideas at the intersection of education, equity, and philanthropy that point us towards a radical re-envisioning of our education system. We’ll hear from those working at the edge of what’s possible and explore what it means to support transformative change for young people and their communities.

We can’t move our education system forward until we see what’s been holding us back. We have to recognize our assumptions, and our blind spots. This podcast helps listeners recognize how we got here and what assumptions we’ve accepted about young people and education. And it provides us with new ways to think about creating something truly different.

The Future of Smart Ulcca Joshi Hansen | Grantmakers for Education

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.9 • 8 Ratings

The Future of Smart, a project of Grantmakers for Education, explores ideas at the intersection of education, equity, and philanthropy that point us towards a radical re-envisioning of our education system. We’ll hear from those working at the edge of what’s possible and explore what it means to support transformative change for young people and their communities.

We can’t move our education system forward until we see what’s been holding us back. We have to recognize our assumptions, and our blind spots. This podcast helps listeners recognize how we got here and what assumptions we’ve accepted about young people and education. And it provides us with new ways to think about creating something truly different.

    Student-Centered Assessment with Temple Lovelace and Susan Lyons

    Student-Centered Assessment with Temple Lovelace and Susan Lyons

    In the final episode of Season 2, we are joined by Dr. Temple Lovelace, executive director of Assessment for Good, and Dr. Susan Lyons, co-founder and executive director of Women in Measurement. They are colleagues and leaders in the field of educational measurement, challenging fundamental assumptions that underpin how our dominant education system values, designs and uses assessments. Join us for a conversation in which we explore why thinking differently about what and how we measure is critical to building human-centered systems of learning and education.

    • 1 hr 8 min
    Doing Philanthropy Differently with Jamie Allison

    Doing Philanthropy Differently with Jamie Allison

    In this episode of the Future of Smart podcast, host Ulcca Joshi Hansen speaks with Jamie Allison, Executive Director of the Walter and Elise Haas Fund, which collaborates with partners whose work provides access and opportunity, building a more equitable community in the Bay Area. Their conversation explores the ideological shifts that have led the fund to engage in interest-based partnerships with the organizations they fund, and what this has meant for everyone engaged in the work, including the fund’s board and staff, as well as their nonprofit partners.

    • 58 min
    Expanding Definitions of Success, Equity and Innovation with Mia Howard

    Expanding Definitions of Success, Equity and Innovation with Mia Howard

    In this week’s episode, Ulcca speaks with Mia Howard, managing partner and leader of Innovative Schools at NewSchools Venture Fund. Mia and Ulcca explore the work being done by a new generation of school leaders who are dedicated to building more human-centered programs that embrace expanded definitions of success, equity and innovation. Learn about the ways in which Mia and her team are learning about what it means to codesign with communities and deconstruct assumptions about what matters most about how we educate young people.

    • 1 hr 9 min
    Innovation as Human-Centered Design with Jenny Curtin

    Innovation as Human-Centered Design with Jenny Curtin

    Ulcca and Jenny Curtin, Director of Education at the Barr Foundation, explore the innovative approaches and human-centered design principles that are transforming education. Gain insights into how these efforts are ensuring that every student not only completes their high school journey successfully but also becomes an active and engaged member of their community.

    • 53 min
    Reimagining Student Outcomes with Laurie Gagnon

    Reimagining Student Outcomes with Laurie Gagnon

    This episode explores competency-based education with Laurie Gagnon, Program Director for CompetencyWorks at the Aurora Institute. They discuss how competency models support personalized, equitable learning by focusing on demonstrated skills rather than lockstep grade-level standards.

    • 51 min
    Neurodiversity and a System for All Minds with Dr. Temple Grandin

    Neurodiversity and a System for All Minds with Dr. Temple Grandin

    This week’s guest is world-renowned animal rights advocate and autism spokesperson, Dr. Temple Grandin. Having spent her career exercising her skills in service of humane animal treatment in the livestock industry, Dr. Grandin is becoming increasingly engaged in educating communities about the need to recognize and support diverse kinds of minds within our education system. Join us for a conversation in which we explore the differences between how verbal and visual thinkers see the world, her concerns about how our education system fails to nurture the potential of learners with different kinds of minds and why that matters; as well as her suggestions for change.

    • 42 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
8 Ratings

8 Ratings

Holistic surfer ,

Mia Howard

And with that my concerns and wishes were shared. …Seemed appropriate and necessary to send the interview with Mia Howard to the new school superintendent of Minneapolis public schools. Hopeful in Minneapolis.

plillardp ,

Informative and inspiring!

I am loving the themes explored in this podcast, the superb interview style and efficient, yet compassionate tone in f the speakers and the host. It is encouraging to me personally to recognize core components of Montessori’s authentic approach in the suggested future solutions for education on this show. Excellent and thought provoking!

TatendaBlessing ,

Timely!

Very timely! Thank you Dr Ulcca. These are the conversations that must be happening now. I’m glad you are leading these conversations.

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