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Do School Better Season 3

Episode 68 - Michael Hudecek and Jackie Clemens

Taking Risks for Students Across Cleveland

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In this episode, Doris speaks with Michael Hudecek about the youth entrepreneurship program he developed as Program Manager for St. Clair Superior Development Corporation, an organization devoted to transforming one of the poorest neighborhoods in Cleveland. Michael discusses what he learned in his second iteration of the program. Michael shares his work to spread the method to local schools, including Open Doors Academy, an after school enrichment program for adolescents. Jacquelyn Clemens, Program Manager at ODA, discusses her work to embed this method across the program’s curriculum.  

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Episode 66 - Regina Rosi and Doris Korda, entrepreneurship education, korda method, empower girls

Using Entrepreneurship to Teach Leadership to Girls

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In this episode, Doris speaks with Regina Rosi, Assistant Division Director & Dean of Student Life at Marlborough School, an all-girls school in Los Angeles, CA. They discuss the need to modernize leadership education in K12 schools. Regina shares the entrepreneurial approach required to design courses like these and what she has learned from using community partners to create her curriculum.

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Episode 65 Do School Better

Structuring School to Close the Gap Between Teaching & Learning

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In this episode, Doris speaks with Dr. Rand Harrington and Phil Klein of Kent Denver School in Colorado. Rand is Head of School and Phil is Instructor of AP Economics, Director of the Hunt Family Institute for Entrepreneurial Education and Director of Development. They discuss creating structures in the school to leverage expertise both in and out of the building to allow for authentic learning. They highlight the importance of teachers acting as curricular architects to design classes for today’s students.

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Episode 64: Environmental Science Projects

Students Tackle Food Systems and Climate Change with PBL

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In this episode, Doris speaks with Katy Yan, instructor of AP Environmental Science and Honors Biology at The College Preparatory School and former Science Teacher at The Bentley School. Katy explains the shift from research papers to real world problem solving that resulted in meaningful learning about food systems and climate change. She also shares how this led to students developing better research techniques and critical thinking skills in her science courses.

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Korda Method, Doris Korda, Chad Williamson, Nobel Impact

Teaching at the Intersection of Entrepreneurship & Public Service

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In this episode, Doris speaks with Chad Williamson, Co-founder of Noble Impact. Chad shares his journey to teaching at the intersection of entrepreneurship and public service. He explains how the Sandy Hook School tragedy has influenced their work around social emotional learning. Doris and Chad also discuss the importance of leadership when embedding innovation in schools.

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Teaching Skills the Workforce Actually Needs

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In this episode, Doris speaks with Sarah Jensen, High School Entrepreneurship Teacher at Nichols School. Sarah brings an extensive business background to the classroom and discusses the value of students developing the skills they’ll need when they enter the workforce. Sarah and Doris discuss the realities behind the trendy but misleading notion of learning through failure.

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Korda Method, environmental entrepreneurship course

Environmental Entrepreneurship Course Leads to New Way of Teaching Science

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In this episode, Doris interviews Sarah Swain, former Science and Entrepreneurship teacher at St. Anne’s Belfield School in Virginia and the incoming Assistant Director of Entrepreneurial Studies at Hawken School. Sarah describes the integration of environmental science into her entrepreneurship course and entrepreneurial skills into her core science courses. They discuss the importance of students learning to identify problems, reflect and collaborate.

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Economics Teacher Engages Students in Design for Social Impact

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In this episode, Doris speaks with Adam Lang, a Teaching Chair and Instructor of Economics at Hotchkiss School in Connecticut. Adam shares how his students took ownership over their learning and developed skills by solving problems for community partners in his Design for Social Impact class. He also describes his plan to bring elements of the Korda Method into his AP Economics courses this year.

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Korda Method - creative world history curriculum

Students Learn Ancient World History by Solving Modern Problems

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In this episode, Doris speaks with Julia Griffin, Humanities teacher and Assistant Director of Teaching and Learning at Hawken Upper School. Julia shares how her humanities department adopted a new academic method that transformed the way their students learned ancient world history and better equipped them with skills like writing, research, critical thinking and public speaking.

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Educator Equips Women and People of Color to Succeed in Tech

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In this episode, Doris speaks with Mel McGee, Founder and CEO of We Can Code IT.  Mel shares how she applied Korda Method in Coding Bootcamps that are making the tech industry more diverse and inclusive by preparing unemployed and underemployed adults to be skilled software developers. She explains how the innovative curriculum is directly impacting student’s employability after graduation.

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Building an Entrepreneurship Program that Redefines Teaching

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In this episode, Doris speaks with Paul Chiment and Blake Dorfman of Laguna Blanca School in Santa Barbara, California. Paul is a veteran high school Math and Economics teacher and Blake an early career middle school English and Digital Art teacher who created an innovative Entrepreneurship program. Learn how their journey to teach entrepreneurship led to deeper student learning, changed teaching methods and workshops for other educators.

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Korda Method with Anna Delia in Biomimicry and Leadership projects

Biomimicry and Leadership for Middle School Students

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In this episode Doris speaks with Anna Delia. She is the Middle School Asst. Director and Science Teacher at Hawken School, a K12 independent school in Cleveland, Ohio. Anna shares how her middle school science students gain skills and knowledge by creating Biomimcry solutions to real problems. She also shares how her students are developing character and leadership skills by solving problems in their school community. 

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Anne Love, Korda Method, social entrepreneurship

Teaching Social Entrepreneurship in Shanghai

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In this episode, Doris talks to Anne Love of Concordia International School in Shanghai, China. Anne is the High School Academic Innovation Coordinator as well as a teacher of science and social entrepreneurship at her school. They discuss how Anne has changed her social entrepreneurship course using the Korda Method. She shares the shift in her instructional practice, which has changed the way she is teaching skills in the classroom.

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