This summer, Generation Schools Network has been fortunate to work with Angela Cobian, an Ed Pioneer. I had the opportunity to speak with Angela about her experience. by Kathryn Harris, Director of Development
This summer, Generation Schools Network has been fortunate to work with Angela Cobian, an Ed Pioneer. I had the opportunity to speak with Angela about her experience.
Tell me a little about the Ed Pioneers program and why you chose to participate?
Ed Pioneers “attracts, prepares, and advances top leaders and managers to transform education into the best led and children receive a high-quality education.” I chose to participate in the program so I could broaden my impact beyond the classroom because the opportunity gap is something I experienced both as a student and teacher of color. Put simply, I wanted to affect change in my hometown of Denver in partnership with an organization that was already working towards closing the opportunity gap. To this end, I am honored to be working with Generation Schools Network. For more info on the program: http:// www.educationpioneers.org/what-wedo
What have you been working on at GSN and why do you think this work has been important?
I expanded GSN’s innovative intensives program to three primary schools by creating a project based learning curriculum that empowers students to create change through action, while exploring career and higher education opportunities at the elementary school level. This work is important because the opportunity gap is not simply closed when students have the information they need to navigate systems of higher education and career opportunities. Rather, students also need to successfully utilize 21st century skills like critical thinking, collaboration, communication, and creativity as they work towards questioning systems around them and transforming their own communities.
In terms of what you have learned as an Ed Pioneer, how do you see Generation Schools Network playing a role in transforming public education?
Generation Schools Network plays a critical role in transforming public education on both systematic and personal level. GSN uses time, talent, and resources in a creative way when they work towards rethinking traditional school structures to maximize learning. In this way, they disrupt path dependency in school systems that can be stagnant in their schedule and daily routines. However, the greater role GSN plays in transforming public education is its dedication to exposing students to the world of higher education and career opportunities through inquiry. This implicitly sets high expectations for students, and arms them with the knowledge necessary to make well-informed choices in school, work, and life.
While we are sad to see Angela leave at the end of the summer, we know she will continue to use her talents and passions to transform education.