This episode features a conversation with three professionals from Education Opens Doors, a Dallas-based nonprofit that works with Middle Schools, providing curriculum, professional learning and resources to help young adolescents be more informed about opportunities and choices for their future in high school, in college, and in careers. Kristen Pereira is Senior Curriculum Specialist, Kelsey Martin is Manager of Creative Projects, and Nia Cottonham is Implementation Manager. Together, they share how early adolescence is an ideal time to help young people explore their interests and learn practical skills and approaches to decision-making for turning those interests into their future learning, livelihood and life.
In Part two of their conversation, Kristen, Kelsey, Nia, and Jason drill deeper into the aspects of the program and how it is implemented. They talk about the ways Education Opens Doors leverages technology to challenge students in fun and engaging ways, the ways the programming prepares students for their next steps in high school and their opportunities for exploration and building self awareness and social capital, the program’s impact, especially in student engagement in learning, the ways the organization provides professional development and support and resources for teachers to implement the program, and the resources and supports for parents and families. They also reflect on how Education Opens Doors works to meet the unique circumstances and demands of this moment in time and what the organization is planning for its future growth and impact.
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