Welcome back to America‘s premier K12 education podcast! In this fantastic episode of The EdUp Edge Dr. Stacey Gonzales speaks with Michelle Blanchet, educational consultant and author of The Startup Teacher. In this episode, we discuss the need to reinvent the education system. The Startup Teacher provides educators with an education canvas (modeled after a business canvas) in order to intentionally design creative learning experiences for students. We discuss how polarization is impacting learning in classrooms across the U.S. and the distrust many teachers are facing but lack autonomy. Michelle is an educator striving to improve how we treat, train, and value our teachers. After ten years of experience working with young people, she founded the Educators’ Lab, which supports teacher-driven solutions to educational challenges.
Michelle earned a master’s in international relations from Instituto de Empresa in Madrid. She has taught social studies in Switzerland and the U.S. and has presented at numerous events, including SXSWedu and TEDxLausanne. Michelle is a part of the Global Shaper Community of the World Economic Forum. She has worked with organizations like PBS Education, the Center for Transformative Teaching and Learning, Ashoka, and the Center for Curriculum Redesign. She is the co-author of The Startup Teacher Playbook. Her new book Preventing Polarization: How any teacher can promote civic-mindedness and constructive dialogue is expected to come out Fall of 2021.
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