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Education Disruption

Education Disruption

By The Map Academy
Frustrated by the current state of education, Rachel Babcock and Josh Charpentier decided they would open a high school.

Education Disruption is the story of how high school can be done differently, for the benefit of the students.
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29. When Students Feel Safe at School, Academic Progress Will Follow
At Map Academy, we know that life — including struggles with mental health — can get in the way of learning. And oftentimes, in traditional schools, students who fall behind aren’t given the support they need to catch up academically. This, unfortunately, happened to Jenna. She struggled to get back on track after missing a lot of school. Then, she found her way to Map.  In this episode, we hear how Map’s flexible, self-paced approach, welcoming community, and built-in mental health supports helped Jenna re-engage with her education and earn her high school diploma. --- Education Disruption is a podcast by Rachel Babcock and Josh Charpentier, founders of Map Academy — a free, public charter high school open to all Massachusetts students. More about Map Academy: themapacademy.org Follow us on Twitter: twitter.com/themapacademy This podcast is a Hairpin production: hairpin.org
13:19
December 3, 2021
28. Supporting Students in Recovery With Persistence, Patience, & Understanding
Map Academy students are survivors — many have been forced to navigate challenges beyond their years. To help students through these obstacles, Map offers wraparound supports, like social workers who help students tackle a wide range of barriers — from hunger, to housing insecurity, to substance misuse, and more. And, crucially, staff works hard to ensure students know that Map will be there for them when they’re ready and able to re-engage with their education. This persistent yet patient approach is key to the success of Map students like Maria. As a working student, she fell off track academically in traditional school, then fell into a cycle of substance misuse. In this episode, we follow her recovery journey and hear how Map has supported her along the way to her diploma. --- Education Disruption is a podcast by Rachel Babcock and Josh Charpentier, founders of Map Academy — a free, public charter high school open to all Massachusetts students. More about Map Academy: themapacademy.org Follow us on Twitter: twitter.com/themapacademy This podcast is a Hairpin production: hairpin.org
19:39
November 17, 2021
27. Building a Supportive & Resilient School Culture Takes Time
Integral to Map Academy’s unique, student-centered approach is time — for students to work at their own pace, for teachers to build trusting relationships with learners, and for staff to adjust to Map’s model. Map works hard to find staff with the patience and flexibility needed to foster Map’s supportive student and staff culture — in this episode, we hear from three of them: Steve (Teaching & Learning Co-Lead and Humanities Teacher), Shiobhan (Humanities Teacher), and Mike (Wraparound Co-Lead and Social Worker). --- Education Disruption is a podcast by Rachel Babcock and Josh Charpentier, founders of Map Academy — a free, public charter high school open to all Massachusetts students. More about Map Academy: themapacademy.org Follow us on Twitter: twitter.com/themapacademy This podcast is a Hairpin production: hairpin.org
14:52
November 3, 2021
26. Trauma-Informed Practice is Key to Student Growth
We’re back with a brand new season of Education Disruption, with more stories from the Map Academy community. In this episode, we hear from Jade, who came to Map after her anxiety made it difficult to stay on track at her traditional high school. Jade worked closely with Mike, Wraparound Co-Lead and Social Worker at Map. We also hear from him about how Map’s trauma-informed and competency-based model helps students like Jade re-engage with their education, grow emotionally, and make progress towards their goals. --- Education Disruption is a podcast by Rachel Babcock and Josh Charpentier, founders of Map Academy—a free, public charter high school open to all Massachusetts students. More about Map Academy: themapacademy.org Follow us on Twitter: twitter.com/themapacademy This podcast is a Hairpin production: hairpin.org
14:25
October 20, 2021
25. Imagining the Future of Map: Residential Programming
After more than a year of adapting their model to meet the needs of the COVID-19 pandemic, Map Academy teachers, staff, and students are preparing for their in-person reopening. And while Map’s focus at the moment is making sure they can reopen safely, founders Josh and Rachel are also thinking ahead to more long-term goals and aspirations—in particular, housing for students. A residential program could potentially be a game-changer for a school like Map. To support Map Academy, visit themapacademy.org/join-us/support. ------ Education Disruption is a podcast by Rachel Babcock and Josh Charpentier, founders of Map Academy—a free, public charter high school open to all Massachusetts students. More about Map Academy: themapacademy.org Follow us on Twitter: twitter.com/charpentierjosh twitter.com/RachelBabcock This podcast is a Hairpin production: hairpin.org
17:19
April 20, 2021
24. Post-Secondary Planning for Life After High School
One of the requirements to graduate from Map Academy is a post-secondary plan, ensuring that students leave Map with meaningful, actionable steps to take toward a career or college. Co-founders Rachel and Josh recognize that what happens after high school is just as important as getting a diploma. In this episode, they share their insights about the post-secondary planning process, some of the challenges their students have faced, and their hopes for a 13th year that would allow them to provide more structured support to their learners after graduation. ------ Education Disruption is a podcast by Rachel Babcock and Josh Charpentier, founders of Map Academy—a free, public charter high school open to all Massachusetts students. More about Map Academy: themapacademy.org Follow us on Twitter:   twitter.com/charpentierjosh twitter.com/RachelBabcock This podcast is a Hairpin production: hairpin.org
26:39
February 16, 2021
23. What the Pandemic Is Teaching Us
Map Academy co-founders Josh Charpentier and Rachel Babcock reflect on the impact of the pandemic—on their students, opportunities, and challenges presented, as well as some resulting innovations. Because Map was specifically designed to re-engage marginalized students who are off track or dropped out, we wanted to know what shifts Josh and Rachel are seeing in an alternative high school model under this unprecedented strain. ------ Education Disruption is a podcast by Rachel Babcock and Josh Charpentier, founders of Map Academy—a free, public charter high school open to all Massachusetts students. More about Map Academy: themapacademy.org Follow us on Twitter:   twitter.com/charpentierjosh twitter.com/RachelBabcock This podcast is a Hairpin production: hairpin.org
17:55
January 22, 2021
22. Building the Right Team
In this episode, co-founders Josh and Rachel talk about building the right team in the middle of a pandemic. Map Academy is an alternative school for disconnected and marginalized youth. Their model was built for disruption. Covid-19 is just that—another disruption. Map puts students at the center of every decision, including when it comes to hiring new staff—because who better to talk about what students need than the students themselves? ------ Education Disruption is a podcast by Rachel Babcock and Josh Charpentier, founders of Map Academy—a free, public charter high school open to all Massachusetts students. More about Map Academy: themapacademy.org Follow us on Twitter:   twitter.com/charpentierjosh twitter.com/RachelBabcock This podcast is a Hairpin production: hairpin.org
26:58
October 28, 2020
21. Getting Back to School
As schools across the country are wrestling with opening during the ongoing pandemic, we catch up with Map founders Josh and Rachel as they prepare to reopen and welcome back students and staff. They share the challenges and unexpected silver linings created by the statewide mandated closure. We hear how the Map staff is doing all they can to open—and remain open—so their students can get the support they need to continue making progress. ------ Education Disruption is a podcast by Rachel Babcock and Josh Charpentier, founders of Map Academy—a free, public charter high school open to all Massachusetts students. More about Map Academy: themapacademy.org Follow us on Twitter:    twitter.com/charpentierjosh twitter.com/RachelBabcock This podcast is a Hairpin production: hairpin.org
20:52
October 8, 2020
20. Overcoming Tragedy to Find Success in High School
Welcome back to a special edition of Education Disruption. Over the next few weeks we'll be talking to students of Map Academy that are preparing to graduate amidst a myriad of disruption. We'll hear the stories of how these students found Map, and why Map has worked so well for them. In today's episode, we talk to Virginia, who experienced tragedy in 10th grade but found her way back to high school and got on the road to her diploma in her 20s at Map Academy. ------ Education Disruption is a podcast by Rachel Babcock and Josh Charpentier, founders of Map Academy—a free, public charter high school open to all Massachusetts students. More about Map Academy: themapacademy.org Follow us on Twitter:    twitter.com/charpentierjosh twitter.com/RachelBabcock This podcast is a Hairpin production: hairpin.org
13:55
August 13, 2020
19. Supporting Older Working Students So They Can Succeed
Welcome back to a special edition of Education Disruption. Over the next few weeks, we'll be talking to students of Map Academy that are preparing to graduate amidst a myriad of disruption. We'll hear the stories of how these students found Map, and why Map has worked so well for them Meet Gustavo. He immigrated to the US with his mother and brother from Brazil at age 15. He is incredibly hardworking, but he soon found it impossible to stay in traditional high school and work enough hours to help support his family. He reluctantly dropped out. Eventually, Gustavo — like a lot of Map's older students — made the brave decision to return to school and earn his diploma. At Map Academy, he found a web of support, a flexible schedule, teachers who truly listen, and a pathways coordinator to plan his future with. ------ Education Disruption is a podcast by Rachel Babcock and Josh Charpentier, founders of Map Academy—a free, public charter high school open to all Massachusetts students. More about Map Academy: themapacademy.org Follow us on Twitter:    twitter.com/charpentierjosh twitter.com/RachelBabcock This podcast is a Hairpin production: hairpin.org
15:29
July 30, 2020
18. This Mom Knew Her Daughter Needed a Different Kind of High School
Welcome back to a special edition of Education Disruption. Over the next few weeks we'll be talking to students of Map Academy that are preparing to graduate amidst a myriad of disruption. We'll hear the stories of how these students found Map, and why Map has worked so well for them Today we talk to Zo, who struggled to go to school every day in part because of bullying, and also because of her diabetes. Mom tried to step in and work with the school, but didn't get much help. Fortunately, they found Map Academy.  ------ Education Disruption is a podcast by Rachel Babcock and Josh Charpentier, founders of Map Academy—a free, public charter high school open to all Massachusetts students. More about Map Academy: themapacademy.org Follow us on Twitter:    twitter.com/charpentierjosh twitter.com/RachelBabcock This podcast is a Hairpin production: hairpin.org
11:33
July 16, 2020
17. From High School Drop-out to High School Graduate
Welcome back to a special edition of Education Disruption. Over the next few weeks, we'll be talking to students of Map Academy that are preparing to graduate amidst a myriad of disruption. We'll hear the stories of these students found Map, and why Map has worked so well for them Today we talk to Kayde, who despite all the barriers in front of him, is about to get his high school diploma from Map Academy ------ Education Disruption is a podcast by Rachel Babcock and Josh Charpentier, founders of Map Academy—a free, public charter high school open to all Massachusetts students. More about Map Academy: themapacademy.org Follow us on Twitter:    twitter.com/charpentierjosh twitter.com/RachelBabcock This podcast is a Hairpin production: hairpin.org
13:18
July 2, 2020
16. A Different Approach to Helping High School Students Find Their Path
Welcome back to a special edition of Education Disruption. Oer the next few weeks we'll be talking to students of Map Academy that are preparing to graduate amidst a myriad of disruption. We'll hear the stories of how these students found Map, and why Map has worked so well for them Today we talk to Sabrina, who was cast aside as a "bad kid" at her old school, and found success at Map Academy ------ Education Disruption is a podcast by Rachel Babcock and Josh Charpentier, founders of Map Academy—a free, public charter high school open to all Massachusetts students. More about Map Academy: themapacademy.org Follow us on Twitter: twitter.com/charpentierjosh twitter.com/RachelBabcock This podcast is a Hairpin production: hairpin.org
11:28
June 23, 2020
15. Meeting Students Needs So They Can Succeed
Welcome back to a special edition of Education Disruption. Over the next few weeks we'll be talking to students of Map Academy that are preparing to graduate amidst a myriad of disruption. We'll hear the stories of how these students found Map, and why Map has worked so well for them Today, we talk to Hayden, who in previous school experiences struggled with a lack of mental health support and bullying. Now, at Map, he's about to graduate.  ------ Education Disruption is a podcast by Rachel Babcock and Josh Charpentier, founders of Map Academy—a free, public charter high school open to all Massachusetts students. More about Map Academy: themapacademy.org Follow us on Twitter: twitter.com/charpentierjosh twitter.com/RachelBabcock This podcast is a Hairpin production: hairpin.org
14:26
June 11, 2020
14. Moving Forward | Education Disruption Special Edition
Welcome back to a special edition of Education Disruption. Over the next few weeks, we'll be talking to the co-founders and staff of Map Academy about how they are adapting to the current Covid-19 crisis and continuing to provide the wrap-around support their students count on. This episode was recorded just after Governor Baker announced that schools would remain closed for the rest of the school year. In today's episode, co-founders Rachel & Josh talk about how they are moving forward, continuing to support their community remotely, and what it means for the future.   ------ Education Disruption is a podcast by Rachel Babcock and Josh Charpentier, founders of Map Academy—a free, public charter high school open to all Massachusetts students. More about Map Academy: themapacademy.org Follow us on Twitter: twitter.com/charpentierjosh twitter.com/RachelBabcock This podcast is a Hairpin production: hairpin.org
10:17
May 5, 2020
13. Academic Progress Continues | Education Disruption Special Edition
Welcome back to a special edition of Education Disruption. Over the next few weeks, we'll be talking to the co-founders and staff of Map Academy about how they are adapting to the current Covid-19 crisis and continuing to provide the wrap-around support their students count on. In this episode, we talk to teachers working on-site and remotely to keep students on track academically. ------ Education Disruption is a podcast by Rachel Babcock and Josh Charpentier, founders of Map Academy—a free, public charter high school open to all Massachusetts students. More about Map Academy: themapacademy.org Follow us on Twitter: twitter.com/charpentierjosh twitter.com/RachelBabcock This podcast is a Hairpin production: hairpin.org
12:51
April 16, 2020
12. Whatever They Need, Whatever It Takes | Education Disruption Special Edition
Welcome back to a special edition of Education Disruption, over the next few weeks we'll be talking to the co-founders and staff of Map Academy about how they are adapting to the current Covid-19 crisis and continuing to provide the wrap-around support their students count on. This episode was recorded during the first week of school closures in Massachusetts and focuses on how the Map is responding to the immediate and evolving needs of their students and their families. ------ Education Disruption is a podcast by Rachel Babcock and Josh Charpentier, founders of Map Academy—a free, public charter high school open to all Massachusetts students. More about Map Academy: themapacademy.org Follow us on Twitter: twitter.com/charpentierjosh twitter.com/RachelBabcock This podcast is a Hairpin production: hairpin.org
08:57
April 9, 2020
11. The Pivot | Education Disruption Special Edition
On this new special edition of Education Disruption, we're changing the format and taking a look at how Map Academy has reacted and adapted to the ever-changing circumstances of the COVID-19 pandemic. Over the next few weeks, we'll be talking to the co-founders and staff about systems they are putting in place, and how they are continuing to support their student body even if school is closed. Today's episode was recorded during the first week of school closures in Massachusetts and focuses on the pivot from a blended learning environment, to a completely remote model. ------ Education Disruption is a podcast by Rachel Babcock and Josh Charpentier, founders of Map Academy—a free, public charter high school open to all Massachusetts students. More about Map Academy: themapacademy.org Follow us on Twitter: twitter.com/charpentierjosh twitter.com/RachelBabcock This podcast is a Hairpin production: hairpin.org
10:22
April 2, 2020
10. Remaining on Mission Even When Things Get Tough
In this final episode of our first season we discuss the challenge of remaining on mission especially when the work gets hard. It can be easy and tempting to revert back to the old model of high school education, but we knew when we started that it wouldn't be easy. We'll be taking a break from the podcast but will be returning for a second season soon potentially with a new format that will allow you to hear from the teachers, social workers, and even students of Map Academy. In the meantime please share this podcast with your friends and colleagues in education. These first 10 episodes represent the underlying foundation of our approach to high school education and we would love for this show to serve as a tool for others looking to make a change in education.  ------ Education Disruption is a podcast by Rachel Babcock and Josh Charpentier, founders of Map Academy—a free, public charter high school open to all Massachusetts students. More about Map Academy: themapacademy.org Follow us on Twitter: twitter.com/charpentierjosh twitter.com/RachelBabcock This podcast is a Hairpin production: hairpin.org
22:17
November 11, 2019
9. Running a High School as Co-Leaders
Most schools have a principal, vice-principal, and superintendent, but we chose to run our school as co-leaders. Sharing these responsibilities and taking advantage of our individual strengths, we see this co-leadership model as a crucial factor in the growth of our high school. ------ Education Disruption is a podcast by Rachel Babcock and Josh Charpentier, founders of Map Academy—a free, public charter high school open to all Massachusetts students. More about Map Academy: themapacademy.org Follow us on Twitter: twitter.com/charpentierjosh twitter.com/RachelBabcock This podcast is a Hairpin production: hairpin.org
20:38
October 28, 2019
8. No Letter Grades at This High School | A New Academic Model
Our academic model is specifically designed to meet kids where they are, and help them develop real competency in academics. This means at our high school there are no letter grades, and students aren't grouped by age. In this episode, we discuss our academic model.  ------ Education Disruption is a podcast by Rachel Babcock and Josh Charpentier, founders of Map Academy—a free, public charter high school open to all Massachusetts students. More about Map Academy: themapacademy.org Follow us on Twitter: twitter.com/charpentierjosh twitter.com/RachelBabcock This podcast is a Hairpin production: hairpin.org
24:24
October 21, 2019
7. Positive Youth Development at the Center of the High School Experience
At Map Academy, our approach to high school is based in Positive Youth Development (PYD). This approach helps us better prepare our students for life, and also means that our school looks very different than other schools.  ------ Education Disruption is a podcast by Rachel Babcock and Josh Charpentier, founders of Map Academy—a free, public charter high school open to all Massachusetts students. More about Map Academy: themapacademy.org Follow us on Twitter: twitter.com/charpentierjosh twitter.com/RachelBabcock This podcast is a Hairpin production: hairpin.org
25:50
October 14, 2019
6. Keeping Teachers Informed & Empowered Through Responsive Professional Development
For our staff we don't plan out all of our trainings at the beginning of the year. Instead we have Responsive Professional Development that adapts to the needs of our community every week. ------ Education Disruption is a podcast by Rachel Babcock and Josh Charpentier, founders of Map Academy—a free, public charter high school open to all Massachusetts students. More about Map Academy: themapacademy.org Follow us on Twitter: twitter.com/charpentierjosh twitter.com/RachelBabcock This podcast is a Hairpin production: hairpin.org
22:35
October 7, 2019
5. Disrupting High School Education Requires Patience
The day-to-day challenges of running a high school that is student-centered have to be met with a certain level of patience. PROGRAM NOTE: At about 5:40 into this episode there was a knock at the door. It was a student who had just received her first credit of high school. At Map Academy, every credit earned is celebrated and announced to the entire school community. We thought this was a great moment and chose to keep it in the episode. ------ Education Disruption is a podcast by Rachel Babcock and Josh Charpentier, founders of Map Academy—a free, public charter high school open to all Massachusetts students. More about Map Academy: themapacademy.org Follow us on Twitter: twitter.com/charpentierjosh twitter.com/RachelBabcock This podcast is a Hairpin production: hairpin.org
22:58
September 30, 2019
4. Cultivating a Positive School Culture on the First Day of School
Coming right off of our first day of school, we discuss the school culture we are trying to create at Map Academy in our second year. We also talk about the nuance of integrating a new group of students and staff with our founding students and staff. ------ Education Disruption is a podcast by Rachel Babcock and Josh Charpentier, founders of Map Academy—a free, public charter high school open to all Massachusetts students. More about Map Academy: themapacademy.org Follow us on Twitter: twitter.com/charpentierjosh twitter.com/RachelBabcock This podcast is a Hairpin production: hairpin.org
18:50
September 23, 2019
3. Finding the Right Teachers to Do High School Differently
It takes a certain kind of teacher to work at a school that departs from the traditional model. We put an emphasis on building the right team and investing in human capital. In this episode, we talk all things staffing.  ------ Education Disruption is a podcast by Rachel Babcock and Josh Charpentier, founders of Map Academy—a free, public charter high school open to all Massachusetts students. More about Map Academy: themapacademy.org Follow us on Twitter: twitter.com/charpentierjosh twitter.com/RachelBabcock This podcast is a Hairpin production: hairpin.org
23:33
September 16, 2019
2. Rethinking the High School Schedule
One major aspect of the high school experience we chose to overhaul was the schedule. There are no bells at our school and students have a lot more autonomy over their day. In this episode, we talk about how we're reshaping this school day model after seeing it in action our first year.  ------ Frustrated by the current state of education, Rachel Babcock and Josh Charpentier decided they would open a high school.  Education Disruption is the story of how high school can be done differently, for the benefit of the students. ------ Education Disruption is a podcast by Rachel Babcock and Josh Charpentier, founders of Map Academy—a free, public charter high school open to all Massachusetts students. More about Map Academy: themapacademy.org Follow us on Twitter: twitter.com/charpentierjosh twitter.com/RachelBabcock This podcast is a Hairpin production: hairpin.org
23:20
September 9, 2019
1. Opening a High School That Puts Kids First
As leaders of our district's Alternative High School Program, we saw the limitations and shortcomings of the traditional model and the available alternatives. The traditional school model serves some kids, but not all kids.  We set out to reimagine high school. In our first episode of Education Disruption, we talk about how and why we came to open our own high school. ------ Education Disruption is a podcast by Rachel Babcock and Josh Charpentier, founders of Map Academy—a free, public charter high school open to all Massachusetts students. More about Map Academy: themapacademy.org Follow us on Twitter: twitter.com/charpentierjosh twitter.com/RachelBabcock This podcast is a Hairpin production: hairpin.org
27:35
August 19, 2019