Aligning Kids’ Futures with Agilities Testing with Dr. Leigh Anne Taylor Knight
June 23, 2020
agilities-testing-Dr Knight

In education, we spend a lot of time educating our youth but maybe not as much time as we should getting them ready for the workforce. Today on the Education Evolution podcast, I’m talking with Dr. Leigh Anne Taylor Knight, the executive director of the DeBruce Foundation. Her organization helps teens and young adults take what they’re good at and what they love to do and discover ways to translate this knowledge into goals and plans for future employment.

It’s fascinating to think about how increased awareness can grow more informed career decision makers and I love the idea of giving youth this knowledge early on. You’ll also hear us talk about how the DeBruce Foundation is responding to COVID and enabling interns to continue learning and growing–remotely.

About Leigh Anne Taylor Knight

Dr. Leigh Anne Taylor Knight is a resourceful, innovative leader who currently serves The DeBruce Foundation in Kansas City as Executive Director and Chief Operating Officer. The Foundation’s mission is to expand pathways to economic growth and opportunity. It seeks to help people discover what they want to do, and what they’re good at doing, to open more career possibilities.

Having served as a K-12 educator, Leigh Anne established a career dedicated to improving how individuals understand themselves and view opportunities to advance in the world of work. She is driven to lead the leveraging of resources across sectors for innovative learning, rigorous research, and community collaboration in order to improve economic development and the quality of life. A teacher at heart, Leigh Anne has also served as a K-12 assistant superintendent, advised learning institutions across the nation, and led a bi-state consortium providing powerful tools for data-driven educational research to inform practice and policy.

After graduating from University of Missouri-Columbia with a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Design and Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Secondary Education, Leigh Anne earned her Education Specialist’s degree from the University of Missouri-Kansas City and her doctorate from the University of Kansas in Education Policy and Leadership.

Jump Through the Conversation

[1:30] DeBruce Foundation’s mission: expanding pathways to economic growth and opportunity
[1:49] Agilities: Discovering them and finding how those are used in careers
[4:08] What agilities success looks like
[6:09] DeBruce foundation’s connection to the community
[6:36] DeBruce virtual internships–condition of covid to innovate
[9:25] Workforce readiness
[12:44] Be more informed career decision makers with the agility advantage approach
[16:44] Leigh Anne’s Magic Wand:
Knowing their agilities and having the opportunities to grow
Organizations invite youth and embed them into the processes of the company

Links and Resources:

Thanks for listening! Don’t forget to subscribe on Apple Podcasts or Android. If you like what you heard, please leave a review on iTunes and share what you liked about the show.

Latest Episodes

Using Acting to Support Neurodivergency with Theater of Possibility

Neurodivergent students often get pulled out of classrooms and taught separately because they are “different.” Well, we’re all a little bit different. Does that mean we should all be taught in silos? Not a chance. There’s an inclusive program in the Seattle area...

Latest Blog Posts

Why Isn’t Educational Change Happening?

School change is so much harder than I thought! When I did my doctoral research on school innovation and created a hands-on learning school-within-a-school in the 90s, I had no idea that I’d spend the next few decades making tiny changes. Changes that often...

Instilling a Practice of Gratitude in Uncertain Times

Thanksgiving looks different this year. Traditions are being shattered in 2020 and new realities are emerging. Thanksgiving is no exception. After Canada’s Thanksgiving in October, COVID statistics jumped, reminding us that, sadly, the pandemic isn’t taking a break...

Building Interdisciplinary Learning into Traditional Classrooms

A traditional classroom setting is just that...traditional. Teachers must teach specific subjects for a required amount of time, often using prescribed curriculum materials that may be a decade old. There’s little consideration for the individual learner--their...


Coming Soon!


Listen to Education Evolution on Apple Podcasts
Listen to Education Evolution on Spotify
Listen to Education Evolution on Stitcher
Listen on Google Play Music

Related Posts

Why Traditional Assessment Methods Don’t Work (and what to do instead)

Why Traditional Assessment Methods Don’t Work (and what to do instead)

There are many ways to assess student learning, aside from the traditional test. And traditional summative assessments only test a student’s ability to memorize information for the short term. What happens when they need to remember information long-term and apply it in different scenarios?

Supporting Neurodivergent Youth in Schools with Vanessa Castañeda Gill

Supporting Neurodivergent Youth in Schools with Vanessa Castañeda Gill

This week on the podcast, I’m talking with Doug Roberts, an educational consultant who works with education entrepreneurs and district superintendents. He’s recognized the importance of connecting leaders across state lines to help bridge the gaps that are all too evident now.

Sign Up for Podcast & Blog Announcements
and Get our Free Guide:
Five Interdependent Hacks to Lead the Creation of a Learner-Centered Culture!

By providing your email address you are agreeing to receive email communications from Education Evolution.
You can unsubscribe at any time.