Join Doris Korda as she engages in conversations with educators and shares insights about the Korda Method™ of teaching. In the following episodes of Do School Better, learn how students develop 21st century skills in courses such as entrepreneurship, science, humanities, engineering, global studies, and more.
Season 3 - The Firestarters: Educators Spreading School-Wide Innovation
Structuring School to Close the Gap Between Teaching & Learning
Doris speaks with Dr. Rand Harrington and Phil Klein of Kent Denver School in Colorado. 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...
Students Tackle Food Systems and Climate Change with PBL
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...
Teaching Skills the Workforce Actually Needs
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....
Economics Teacher in Singapore Throws Out the Answer Key
In this episode, Doris speaks with Oliver Smith, Business and Economics teacher at Singapore American School. Oliver discusses the depth of learning his students experienced while solving problems for real businesses in his entrepreneurship and AP Economics courses. He describes...
Environmental Entrepreneurship Course Leads to New Way of Teaching Science
In this episode, Doris interviews Sarah Swain. 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.
Economics Teacher Engages Students in Design for Social Impact
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...
Students Learn Ancient World History by Solving Modern Problems
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...
Educator Equips Women and People of Color to Succeed in Tech
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...
Building an Entrepreneurship Program that Redefines Teaching
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...
Entrepreneurial Educators Design Courses for Impact
In this special episode, educators who recently attended the Workshops for Entrepreneurial Studies share their inspiring plans for courses and programs in entrepreneurship, history, economics, math, science and more.
Students Learn Spanish through Real World Project
In this episode, Doris speaks with Rachel Mullen, Upper School Spanish Teacher at Hawken School. Rachel shares how her students advanced their Spanish communications, cultural awareness, and collaboration skills by working on a creative project for a multicultural marketing agency.
Pioneering Entrepreneurship Education in Slovenia
In this episode, Doris speaks with Janez Gorenc, an English teacher from Gimnazija Novo mesto in Slovenia. Janez shares his journey to teach entrepreneurship so that his students develop practical, essential skills and knowledge.
Environmental Science Students Create Solutions for their School
In this episode, Doris speaks with Ben Leslie-Bole, environmental science educator at Athenian School in Danville, California. He discusses how his student’s work on a water retention project led to collaborative skill-building, meaningful discoveries about science, and informed solutions...
Entrepreneurship Education: New Model for Teaching & Learning
In this episode, Doris speaks with Jay Scheurle, Head of School and Entrepreneurship teacher at Miami Valley School. Jay describes how he modeled this method of teaching and learning for his school by implementing a new high school entrepreneurship course.
Movement to Create a New High School Transcript
Can a group of independent schools get colleges to accept a new kind of transcript without grades? In this episode, Scott Looney, Founder of the Mastery Transcript Consortium and Head of Hawken School discusses an initiative to bring important change...
Rural Public School Students Collaborate to Solve Problems
In this episode Doris speaks with Kesha Conway, Program Director at Ashtabula Leadership County. She describes her course where students gained skills in collaboration and problem solving by working on a real business challenge from their local community in rural,...
Biomimicry and Leadership for Middle School Students
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...
Scaling Entrepreneurship Education Across a High School
In this episode, Doris talks to David Peden. David is the Chair of the Entrepreneurship Leadership program at Battle Ground Academy, a K12 independent school near Nashville, TN. They discuss the entrepreneurship education program he has built after attending an...
Season 3 Intro - Igniting the Next Chapter of Do School Better
In this episode, Doris and Alison kick off Season 3 of the podcast. They share the plan for this new season, which is called The Firestarters. They also share some news about their new organization, Wildfire Education.
Season 2 - Behind the Scenes: Teaching Hawken's Entrepreneurial Studies Course
The Final Project & End of the Semester
In this episode, we talk about the final look at a semester course and how important the reflection on the entire experience is to the learning of the students.
What Happens When Students Get Stuck
In this episode, we talk about what happens in this class when students are working on real problems and they’re paralyzed because they don’t know what to do next.
A Conversation with Public School Science Teacher, Terry Chou
In this episode I talk to Terry Chou, a middle school science teacher from a public school in California who attended our first workshop. Listen to what Terry has discovered about teaching innovation and collaboration.
The Final Project: The Student Businesses
In this episode we’ll talk about these final projects where students create their own businesses and will face huge academic challenges in the process.
The Final Presentations for Endemic Solutions
In this episode, we talk about what students presented today as their solutions to their second business challenge and why the learning has been transformative.
Authentic Feedback: More than Just a Letter Grade
In this episode, learn how the feedback we give in this course goes far beyond a letter grade. Doris and Alison discuss how students shift away from extrinsic motivation through self-reflection, as well as giving and receiving feedback.
“Things Get Complicated” – The Second Business Challenge, Endemic Solutions
We’re a week and a half in to students’ second business challenge. And at this point in the course, things get really, really complicated. And in this episode, we share a lot of our strategies in helping guide students...
The Second Business Challenge: Endemic Solutions
In this episode we talk about what is happening in this class when the students come out of their first day of their second business challenge and are faced with a problem that is significantly more sophisticated and complicated and...
The Final Presentations for Peaceful Fruits
In this episode we discuss where the students are, given that they just finished their first business challenge and they’re about to undergo a major shift.
The First Business Challenge: Peaceful Fruits
In this episode, Doris discusses her methods of instruction and how to launch students into the habit of self-guided inquiry through early assignments and activities in the class.
Back to School: The First Week
In this episode, Doris talks to Alison about the first week of this class and the early on exercises that lead to de-schooling. They go in depth into the Business Model Canvas activity describing how it sets the stage for...
Season 1 - It's Not About What You Teach, It's About What They Learn: The Core Principles
Using Entrepreneurship Education for Empowerment
n this episode, Doris talks with Michael Hudecek of St. CLair Superior Development Corporation. He shares his “overwhelming success” in piloting Korda’s model in one of Cleveland’s most impoverished neighborhoods.
First Year Reflections with Alison and Tim
In this episode, Alison shares how the Korda Method of teaching and learning deepened her understanding of innovative teaching practices, pushing students towards rigorous and meaningful learning.
Entrepreneurship Education: Impact & Perspective from College Counseling Office
In this episode, Doris talks with Renee Bischoff, Director of College Counseling at Hawken School. Renee shares the impact the entrepreneurship program has had on students, including their personal and academic growth as well as their readiness for college.
Evolution of a Movement: The State of Entrepreneurship Education
In this episode, Doris and Alison examine the growth of the entrepreneurship education movement and how that has changed both the needs of educators seeking training and Doris’s approach to training them.
Hawken Educators Workshops 2016: Takeaways with Alison and Tim
In this episode, Alison and Tim reflect on the 2016 Hawken Educators Workshops in both Cleveland and California. They discuss how the needs of the attendees have changed as Entrepreneurship Education continues to expand and evolve.
Special Episode – Educators Trained in Model Discuss their Programs
In this special episode, Doris hosts a live panel with Jeremy Wickenheiser, Mel McGee and Sarah Jensen. They discuss how they used Korda Method to build successful programs at Denver School of Science and Technology, WeCanCode IT, and Nichols School.
Process vs. Product
In this episode, Tim and Alison recall the poor quality of the solutions presented to the first business CEOs in a semester and why the deliverables were not as important as the process. They also discuss how the use of...
Ladies and Gentlemen, Presenting…the Presentations
In this episode, Tim and Alison discuss the different types of presentations students experience in this course. They also explain how students shift away from their inclination to prove mastery of content and to the presentation of a compelling story....
Tools of the Trade
In this episode, Tim and Doris discuss the critical role of technology in Hawken’s Entrepreneurial Studies program. Tim explains his beliefs on educational technology along with practical ways to get started for the less “technically inclined.”
Growth Mindset - Ballerinas and Firefighters
In this episode, Tim and Alison discuss the importance of a growth mindset for teachers and students in this radically different kind of learning. They also explain why answering questions with questions promotes critical thinking, problem-solving and student ownership of...
The “Teacher-in-Training” – Alison’s Korda Method Training
In this episode, Alison reflects on her experience at the Hawken School Educators Workshops, how she had to learn as much as possible for the fall semester and how she is surviving as a “teacher-in-training.” Doris and Alison discuss why...
The Hot Chicken Takeover: Fostering Deep Learning & Research Skills
In this episode, Doris explains why all learning must be relevant, meaningful and timely. To illustrate, she describes how she leveraged the shortcomings of student research in a first business problem in order to drive deep learning on the second...
Taking Flight – Getting Your Program Off the Ground: Korda Method Pilot
In this episode, Doris explains the process for building a program and how it can be grown in many different ways outside of a traditional classroom setting. She explains the role of piloting in education and the importance of identifying...
”Just Because We Covered It, Doesn’t Mean They Learned It.” with Ted Dintersmith
In this episode, Doris discusses the state of the American educational system with acclaimed film maker and author, Ted Dintersmith. The educational reformers discuss why we should want our children to ask the hard questions about school instead of accepting...
The New American Spirit
In this episode, Doris defines entrepreneurship as turning ideas into successful realities. She explains why an entrepreneurship class is a powerful vehicle for mastering skills and why the current celebrity of the label “entrepreneurship” threatens the educational quality of entrepreneurship...
“If Your Feelings Get Hurt Easily, Get Over It” – The Student Experience
In this episode, Doris describes the Hawken Entrepreneurial Studies class from the student perspective. She explains how this style of “learning by doing” is different than traditional school and how collaboration plays a critical role in students’ growth.
How is Entrepreneurship Education Useful for K12 Students - Steve Blank
In this episode, Doris talks to Steve Blank, Stanford professor and creator of Lean LaunchPad ® about how students learn creative problem-solving for today’s world in courses that incorporate the same methodologies Steve designed for use by engineers, graduate school...
It’s Not About Being the Smartest Person in the Room - Steve Blank & Doris Korda
In this episode, Steve Blank interviews Doris for his radio series, “Entrepreneurs are Everywhere.” Hear what Doris learned as an immigrant, engineer and entrepreneur that led her to develop her different models for teaching and learning.
In this episode, Doris explores her core mission; to do school better. She reflects on past students who did not fit school’s narrow definition of academic success. She shares how an entrepreneurship class can be a model for how...
“Get Out of the Building.” – Hawken's Entrepreneurial Studies Origin Story
In this episode, Doris recalls the process of designing and building Hawken’s Entrepreneurial Studies program in a high school and why using real business problems should be core to entrepreneurship programs. Doris and Tim also discuss the role of...
21st Century Motivation – Bringing in the Real World
Doris explains strategies for bringing real-world learning into the classroom without the use of guest speakers. She decries the use of trickery or external motivation to get students engaged in their own learning and highlights the value of working on...
The Decision Filter
In this episode, Doris explores the “decision filter” she uses for choosing which businesses will work with the students. She discusses the reasoning behind her “rule of three” and explains why students must relate to the problem and see the...
“I’m Not Afraid to Try Things and Fail.” – Tim’s Story
In this episode, Tim Desmond explains the path that led him to the Assistant Director position at the Miller Institute for Entrepreneurial Studies at Hawken School. He explains how being a risk-taker and divergent thinker led to his epiphany of “...
Sequencing the Learning Terrain
In this episode, Doris explains how she uses real, local startups in Hawken’s Entrepreneurial Studies program. She details one semester’s line up of businesses, the challenges posed and expectations for the student-designed solutions.
Student Stories: Transformation
In this episode, Doris chronicles the journey of two specific students through Hawken’s Entrepreneurial Studies program. She elaborates on those who have not thrived in traditional school and explains what the experience did for them as learners and emerging...
“You Can’t Get an A by Yourself” – Teamwork and Collaboration in the 21st Century
In this episode, Doris elaborates on the shift in the workplace where employers increasingly value skills–like teamwork and collaboration–over the possession of content knowledge. Doris and Alison discuss why “you can’t get an A by yourself” and...
A Look Inside the Signature Immersion Course
In this episode, Doris describes the Entrepreneurial Studies class offered at Hawken School. She explains the role of real business problems in addition to the “final project” and how this highly developed curriculum fosters real-world skills in students.
This is Radically Different: Hawken’s Entrepreneurial Studies Program
In this episode, Doris and Alison discuss the Hawken School Entrepreneurial Studies program and its radical method of entrepreneurship education. They reveal how a rigorous, academic program using real and urgent business problems is different than teaching “how to run...
School is Broken. Let’s #DoSchoolBetter.
In this episode, Doris explains why our current educational system doesn’t work anymore and why skills mastery matters more for today’s students than it ever has before. She discusses how her career of teaching and entrepreneurship have led...