#324 - Steve Sostak and Aaron Moniz of Inspire Citizens - Empathy to Impact
An episode of DisruptEd TV presents Dismissed with Jeremy Williams
International educator Jeremy Williams interviews prominent expats, educators, and entrepreneurs from across the world. Dismissed is a global podcast that aims to make the world feel a little smaller through connecting educators through commonalities no matter their location.
Dr. Kiko Suarez is the Chief Strategy and Innovation Officer for the American College of Education. Kiko has various experiences in different industries as an executive and has lived all over the world. We discuss the ACE business model, for-profit education, the future of higher education, and much more.
Check out Dr. Kiko:
Dr. Pam Moran is a nationally recognized Superintendent from the great state of Virginia and co-authored the progressive education must-read Timeless Learning.
During Dr. Moran’s tenure, Albemarle County Public Schools has become one of the top performing school divisions for students in the state with an on-time graduation rate of 95 percent. Two out of every three high school seniors graduate with an Advanced Studies Diploma, 30 percent higher than the state average for all school divisions. In 2014, Albemarle County students had the second highest SAT scores among 133 school divisions in Virginia in critical reading and the third highest SAT scores for writing and math.
In 2017, a national survey organization ranked Albemarle County Public Schools in the top three of all school divisions in Virginia and among the top two percent of all school divisions in the county.
Pam is a world class educator and a tremendous advocate for children.
Pam Moran on Twitter
Pam Moran’s Blog
Steve Sostak and Aaron Moniz co-founded Inspire Citizens.
Inspire Citizens is a teacher-created collective that empowers all students and educators to co-create globally-minded, holistic, and customized project-based learning towards a more sustainable future. They work deeply with schools on implementing school wide visioning, strategic planning, and the building of internal capacity for sustainable education, service learning, and impactful action.
They aim to collaboratively design high-impact action opportunities, rooted in an Empathy to Impact cycle infused with community partnerships, media literacy, and wellness -- all linked to the UN Sustainable Development Goals and Targets, curricular standards, and OECD global competence frameworks.
Out of the Blocks Episode with Inspire Citizens
Jeremy Williams Article on Purpose
Inspire Citizen Steve’s Twitter
Inspire Citizen Aaron’s Twitter
Inspire Citizens Website
Mike Washburn is the host of the On Education Podcast and is the Curriculum and Training Manager for Logics Academy, the largest STEM Education provider in Canada. We discuss Mike's recent keynote entitled "What's your backflip?" , photoshopping skills, and our mutual friend Don Wettrick.
He's become an incredibly inspiring member of my PLN and is a super follow on Twitter.
Check out Mike:
On his blog
His keynote "What's your backflip?"
Samson Williams is one of the world's most interesting people and is the principal of Axes & Eggs, a DC think-tank aimed at helping businesses take on digital transformation. Additionally, Samson is considered a global authority on cryptocurrencies and bitcoin.
Axes & Eggs
- What's the big deal about 5G?
- What other disruptive tech is Samson more worried about?
- Are we (and our devices) ready for 5G?
- What's the consumer impact?
Samson on Twitter: https://twitter.com/HustleFundBaby
Axes & Eggs on Insta: https://www.instagram.com/axesandeggs/
Axes & Eggs on LinkedIn:https://www.linkedin.com/company/axes-and-eggs
Vernon Wright is part of the DisruptEd TV family with his show The Many Voices of Grit. Vernon talks to leaders all over the world focusing on the topic of Grit and its' impact on leadership and education.
Described by historian Rutger Bregman as "by far, the most effective basic income activist out there" Scott Santens has lived with a crowdfunded monthly basic income since 2016 and has been a moderator of the Basic Income community on Reddit since 2013. As a writer and blogger, his pieces about basic income have appeared in the World Economic Forum, The Boston Globe, TechCrunch, Vox, The Huffington Post, Politico, Business Insider, and Futurism among others. As a public speaker, he presented at the first World Summit on Technological Unemployment and has given keynotes and participated as a panelist at conferences across the United States and the world. He is the Editor-in-Chief of Basic Income Today, on the board of directors of the Gerald Huff Fund for Humanity and USBIG, Inc., and serves as an advisor to the Economic Security Project and Universal Income Project. He holds a Bachelor of Science in psychology and his home is in New Orleans, Louisiana where he's lived since 2009.
Learn more about Scott here:
I talk with regular Human Restoration Project contributor and teacher Nick Covington about going gradeless. Nick is a brilliant educational mind who is talking the talk and walking the walk in terms of going gradeless.
- How do you communicate this to parents?
- What does it mean?
- Compliance versus "Spirit of the Law"
- Scaling innovation
You can find out more about Nick here:
Jason Shaffer is a nationally recognized educator for his work with teaching personal branding and responsible internet usage with students at his school in Florida.
We discuss what personal branding is, how to inspire students to be producers and just solely consumers of content, and much more.
He blogs at www.mybrandprofessor.com.
Jason can be found on twitter at: www.twitter.com/shaffer_jason.
Here is an article about Jason's work from Huff Post: https://www.huffpost.com/entry/why-every-personal-brand_b_11285702?utm_hp_ref=education&ir=Education
Brad Barrett is the co-host of the Top 50 Itunes business podcast ChooseFI, Personal Finance Expert, Certified Public Accountant; He has a passion for Financial Independence and helping people take action to make their lives richer in every way: wealth, health, connections and ultimately happiness.
ChooseFI has been downloaded over 10 million times with 2,000+ 5-star reviews that call this message
“life changing,” We have 200+ local ChooseFI chapters throughout the world and in the words of Jean Chatzky, The Today Show's Financial Editor, "it (the FI movement) has grown to be a movement in large part because of a podcast called ChooseFI.”
Jeremy's article on Financial Literacy - https://medium.com/@jeremywilliamsedu/the-missing-curriculum-financial-literacy-ff923293b338
Starting your path to financial independence - www.choosefi.com/start
Lord Jim Knight is the Chief Educational and External Officer of TES Global currently living in London, United Kingdom. He also chairs XRapid.com - moving towards offering free malaria diagnosis across the globe. He is a former UK Government minister and current member of the House of Lords.
His interests range from Technology and change to education. He is also interested in literature, politics, and soccer.
Chris McNutt is a co-founder of the Human Restoration Project, a research-based progressive education mega-resource. We discuss the importance of research in progressive ed, sharing your content with your colleagues in your school, imposter syndrome and much more.
Learn more about the Human Restoration Project:
For research on progressive education, check out:
Dan Jackson is the architect and creator of the Applied Synergies Partnership in North Carolina. The ASP is a partnership between Dan's school, industry, and higher education aimed at accelerating the extraordinary. Dan's students are turned loose through experiential and personalized learning to develop entrepreneurial skills within his community.
Zachary Abramczyk is a 2019 graduate and four year student of Mr. Jackson, within the Applied Synergies Partnership. A four year member in the student organization DECA, Zach has received awards
at the state and international level for business operations research and business plans developed in Mr. Jackson’s classroom. Aside from success in DECA competition, Zach is a two year vice president within
the student organization, alum of the town leadership organization Apex Youth Leadership, and business development intern at a local software company called Coworks. Outside of the classroom, Zach is an avid soccer fan and player, lettering in the sport all four years at the high school varsity level and receiving All-State honors for his achievements.
Check out Dan on Twitter at : www.twitter.com/mind_on_asap
Check out Applied Synergies Partnership at: www.appliedsynergypartnership.weebly.com
Check out Zach Abramczyk at: https://www.linkedin.com/in/zachary-abramczyk-606907177/
DeJuan Marrero is a professional basketball player and podcaster. We discuss personal branding, content creation, and networking.
Check out DeJuan's podcast here:
Check out DeJuan here:
JT McCormick is the President and CEO of Scribe Media. Scribe Media was voted by Entrepreneur as the #1 Top Company Culture in 2018.
Scribe Media Culture Bible - https://docs.google.com/document/d/1cqXRwrk1fYuFTglAR3lpu94egZDfXN_M12qVX_t1ev8/edit
We discuss JT's company culture at Scribe. We dive deep into the principles that guide Scribe on a daily basis. Also, we briefly discuss the state of education and how to apply some of the Scribe culture document and principles in a non-profit or school organization.
Check out JT on LinkedIn at:
I spoke with Christine Nasserghodsi as part of a multi-episode focus on Project Based Learning.
Christine has worked with international companies, schools, and government agencies in the United States, Europe, India, Africa, and the United Arab Emirates to develop high-impact leadership, learning, and organizational transformation programs. Christine is the co-founder of Mirai, a strategic innovation consultancy, and a doctoral candidate at the University of Pennsylvania in organizational learning with a focus on leadership for innovation.
In her previous roles as the Vice President for the TELLAL Institute (GEMS Education) and Head of Innovation Strategy for GEMS Education, Christine was responsible for leading professional learning and development, educational research, and strategic partnerships for schools and corporate entities across the UAE. In this capacity, Christine developed Creating Communities of Innovation, a project run with Harvard University’s Project Zero focused on transforming schools through pedagogical, technological, and leadership innovation.
Christine served as the TELLAL Chair for the Learning Innovations Laboratory at Harvard University, was a Harvard University Project Zero Classroom faculty member, and is a member of the advisory board for the Dubai Silicon Oasis Authority and GEMS FirstPoint School. She is also the board chair at Wellington International School. Christine writes on innovation, education, technology, and entrepreneurship for Forbes and the Huffington Post and is a regular contributor to Edutopia and on Dubai Eye.
Learn more about Christine:
Eric Nelson is a former Social Studies Teacher who created a fantasy football-like platform related to current events and politics. We discuss his educator to CEO story, do a stock watch, and talk OBJ to CLE.
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Mr. Olli Pekka-Heinonen is the Director General for the National Education Agency of Finland.
- Finnish definition of student success?
- Is the Finnish education system scalable?
- Could it be applied to the UAE?
- Are the Finnish results possible in a more diverse/larger society?
You can find Olli Pekka-Heinonen on twitter at www.twitter.com/Heino1Olli
Robert Jones is the creator of GentStyle, a youtube channel aimed at promoting men's fashion without breaking the bank. Robert is an alum from Don Wettrick's Open Source Learning and Innovation class.
- Don's fashion style
- Finding your purpose and passion
- Men's fashion advice
This week I spoke with Ted Dintersmith.
Ted Dintersmith is one of America's leaders in innovation, entrepreneurship, and education.
Ted's professional experience includes two decades in venture capital, including being ranked by Business 2.0 as the top-performing U.S. venture capitalist for 1995-1999. He served on the Board of the National Venture Capital Association, chairing its Public Policy Committee. From 1981 to 1987, he ran a business at Analog Devices that helped enable the digital revolution. In the public sector, he was a staff analyst in 1976-78 for the U.S. House of Representatives, and was appointed in 2012 by President Obama to represent the U.S. at the United Nations General Assembly. Ted earned a Ph.D. in Engineering from Stanford University and a B.A. from the College of William and Mary, with High Honors in Physics and English.
Ted has become one of America's leading advocates for education policies that foster creativity, innovation, motivation, and purpose. He knows what skills are valuable in a world of innovation, and how we can transform our schools to prepare kids for their futures. His contributions span film, books, philanthropy, and the hard work of going all across America. He's funded and executive produced acclaimed education documentaries, including Most Likely To Succeed, (Sundance, AFI, and Tribeca). With co-author Tony Wagner, he wrote Most Likely To Succeed: Preparing Our Kids for the Innovation Era. During the 2015/16 school year, he went to all fifty U.S. states, meeting with governors, legislators, educators, parents, and students, and encouraging communities to work collectively to re-imagine school and its purpose. Learn more about his work from his website or by following him on Twitter at www.twitter.com/dintersmith.
Ted speaks frequently at major events and conferences, delivering a vision of what our schools could - and need to - be. Drawing on inspiring examples garnered during his fifty-state tour, he can articulate the conditions required to let our students, teachers, and schools race forward. Recent keynotes include state superintendent meetings in Virginia and North Dakota, the annual meeting of the Coalition for Access (several hundred top college admissions officers), the annual Jobs for America's Graduates conference, and a plenary session of the Finnish parliament. In addition to his keynotes, Ted is often asked to also screen his film and lead a post-film discussion.
I had the pleasure of speaking with Ted Fujimoto.
Ted Fujimoto is an entrepreneur and expert in leadership development and organizational redesign. At age 18, Ted founded his first company that designed and implemented logistics, customer relationship management and financial systems for large company clients.
At the time in 1992, his biggest challenge was finding qualified people to hire to help grow the company thus igniting the co-development and co-creation of Napa New Technology High School, which opened in 1996. The school conducted all learning through project-based learning, modeled after the project management protocols used by his company combined with a focus on creating a culture and team agreement of trust, respect and responsibility.
Shortly thereafter, he sold his first company and became an equity partner in a consulting firm that had a 35+ year track record of redesigning the customer retail network experience for eleven automotive and hospitality brands worldwide. The magic in the firm’s methodology was how organizations can systematically create, replicate and sustain a completely different culture by changing the mindset of team members and changing the motivational drivers from extrinsic to intrinsic. This experience helped him provide guidance for the launch and expansion of the organization that evolved into the New Tech Network and the growth of Big Picture Learning that currently have over 400 schools using their whole-school designs between them.
Ted then oversaw the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and Carnegie Foundation grants for a Sacramento region education and workforce development intermediary organization working to redesign schools and later advised and helped design programs for over a dozen state charter school associations to provide better support to improve charter school quality.
For the past 12 years, Ted Fujimoto has been president of Landmark Consulting Group that helps clients redesign their organization and scale innovations, and develop strategic alliances. The firm works with and at times holds equity in game changing clients that span across education, entertainment, music, technology and real estate. He serves on the board of the California Credit Union, a $3 billion credit union which recently completed the largest merger of equals in credit union history. Ted is the co-founder and co-chair of the Right to Succeed Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to transforming at least 6,000 public schools into “American Dream Schools” within the next 10 years using replicable deeper learning whole-school designs like New Tech Network and Big Picture Learning.
Learn more about Ted at twitter.com/tedfujimoto
I talk with Manor Hall International School teacher Ms. Ada Salazar who has been a learner and educator in Mexico, USA, and the UAE. In this episode, Ada shares her story for how she indirectly ended up finding her purpose of teaching through a very unique set of circumstances.
Learn more about Ada on her instagram:
I'm joined by podcast host Shane Lawrence of the Ed Podcast. The Ed Podcast focuses on conversations about teaching life.
Shane and I discuss:
- Impact of PD
- Media Narrative of Teachers
- Microcredentialing PD
- Educational Mercenaries/Stability of the teaching profession
- Shane's "happy place" teaching Film Studies
- Parenting and our hopes for our children in school
- Jingle All the Way
DisruptEd TV Presents Dismissed with special guest Don Wettrick. Don is one of the leaders in entrepreneurial education in the United States. We talk about his class, foundation, and how he gets students to be doers and put themselves out there. Also, I talk about how we get our entrepreneurship program better through learning from what Don is doing.
I mention my interview on Don's podcast. Here's the link:
Samson and I discuss:
- Wifi as a human right
- Blockchain, and other exponential technologies place in K12
- The future of higher education
- Universal Basic Income
My Blockchain 101 podcast can be found here:
Samson can be found on twitter at @hustlefundbaby and on LinkedIn.
I talk with Eno Umoh, Co-Founder of Global Air Media about drones and our partnership to get his afterschool drone program here in the UAE. We discuss drones in general and talk about what sets GAM apart.
I talk with Taran about finding purpose in your work, the fear of putting yourself out there, and how you must anticipate and be ready to ride the next wave. Also we discuss the value and importance of internships.
Trisha Gonzalez describes how she's created businesses that have thrived for 23 years in the very-difficult-to-survive entertainment industry. A self-made entrepreneur from the age of 21, Trisha followed her passion with a relentless grind. She shares her wisdom on finances, following your passion, and the importance of having a backup plan,
I talk with Dave Stewart (@eal4maths) and discuss a recent article from Blake Harvard (@effortfuleduktr) about US vs UK Twitter. Lastly, a brief discussion of @garyvee's visit to the Sharjah Entrepeneurship Festival.
How do you complete transformative change within a tough neighborhood like the South Bronx? One vegetable at a time. I talk with Stephen Ritz from Green Bronx Machine about NYC, unique challenges within the UAE, Dubai sustainable city, and how to get students who may apprehensive to create and get off the couch to take the first step.
Really insightful conversation with TME's Leisa Grace Wilson as we discuss LinkedIn, content creation for students and adults, and much more. Also, we discuss the upcoming Middle East School Leaders Conference coming up next week. This is one of the most enjoyable pods I've recorded. Check it out.
A new episode of Dismissed presented by Bounce Middle East is live. This week I talk with Kevin Simpson of KDSL Global about the upcoming MENA Teacher Summit. We talk about being an #expat, career pathways for teachers, and what it will take to shift schools to become more future-oriented.
We discuss making policies for all when they are only needed for a few through an odd Legoland Waterpark experience, Tee talks summer plans and summer friends. Also, Danny Rodriguez (co creator of MHIS Entrepreneurship Incubator)joins us to discuss innovation, entrepreneurship, and lessons learned.
Kate Jones (@87history) joins the podcast and we discuss her journey as a great edutwitter contributer, organizer, and sharer of all things teaching and learning. Her work has inspired teachers all over the world.
We discuss our unique Thaliand trips, Jeremy's elephant adventure, Tee's refined culinary palette and transition into discussing the importance of embedding values and competencies into teaching and learning.
Jeremy pays homage to a lost friend. T talks about the positives and negatives of living abroad. We talk about all of the weirdness associated with teaching US History in the middle east at the MS level, and all of the greatness of living in such a multicultural environment when teaching Social Studies at the elementary level.
Episode 1 of Dismissed, a new podcast discussing the expat life of teachers as well as K-12 Education.
On episode 1, Octevia and Jeremy discuss Thanksgiving in Abu Dhabi, Holidays in the UAE, as well as a K-12 discussion around which is more important: content knowledge or pedagogy.