Education Evolution: A Catalyst for Change
April 24, 2020
Maureen O'Shaughnessy and the Education Evolution Podcast

The Education Evolution podcast exists because education as we know it today is broken. Our children’s needs aren’t being met–academically, socially, or emotionally, even though the resources and strategies to meet those needs do exist.

The problem is that change takes time and money, making it easier to stick with the status quo than to gather the leaders and support needed to reimagine and change today’s learning landscape. As a result, too many children are in pain and not reaching their potential because the education system has failed them.

On this podcast, you’re going to hear from educational leaders, parents and teachers who want to be catalysts for change. We’ll talk about today’s education, what’s broken, who’s fixing it, and how.

Tune into this first episode, then new episodes each Tuesday as we highlight present concerns and share innovation solutions to spark the reimagining of learning and needed change.

About Maureen O’Shaughnessy

Maureen O’Shaughnessy, EdD, is a career school innovator with over 30 years of transforming learning in schools to better serve all students. She is the founding director of Leadership Preparatory Academy, a nonprofit progressive micro-school in Washington State. With a master’s degree in educational administration and a doctorate degree in educational leadership, she has an extensive understanding of the components needed to transform the education system.

Jump Through the Conversation

  • [0:57] Aspirational “What-If’s” for our kids
  • [1:47] The Education Evolution impetus: The educational journey of Maureen’s daughters
  • [2:28] Frustrations facing parents and educators
  • [3:50] Our personal needs fuel solutions: The founding of Leadership Preparatory Academy (LEADPrep)
  • [5:30] Students’ need to feel safe and each student being reached often happens in smaller settings
  • [7:15] Glaser’s Choice Theory: The five basic needs our children are fulfilling with their choices
  • [7:51] Scary teenage statistics: our youth are NOT thriving!
  • [9:18] Unpacking what holistic education for the whole child looks like
  • [10:20] Magic wand solution: Think small and wide in terms of learning communities

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