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225. Supporting Individual Interests and Strengths with Steve Heath

Steve Heath calls himself a “professional confuser.” In a world where kids are defined by grades, test scores, attendance, and behavior, Steve’s organization asks them what they want to do and then helps them do it.

Steve is executive director and co-founder of FabNewport. FabNewport provides underserved youth with the opportunity to learn how to code, sew, design, prototype, run CNC machines, and imagine new possibilities. In the 10 years, he’s served more than 20,000 middle and high school students, maintained long-term relationships with 3 school districts, and trained hundreds of educators to be better engaged.

Join us as we discuss how to develop ecosystems of personalized learning by connecting home bases, learning hubs, and field sites.

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We unbox:

  • How to scale up an organization while still providing an individualized approach for each learner.

  • The concept of ecosystems of learning and the role of community in education.

  • The importance of building a lasting mentorship team around each kid.


Produced by NOVA Media


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