Encore: Celebrating All Kinds of Minds
March 2, 2023
Hosted by Ross Danis
Today’s program is not specifically about special education or Autism, it’s about creating schools that celebrate and value different kinds of minds. The great educator Howard Gardner, the author of Multiple Intelligences, once said that he, “Rues the day someone invented the bell curve,” which suggests that some people are smart, others at not smart, and that most people are in the big middle. Absurd. There are lots of ways to be smart. There are all kinds of minds. We will be joined by two extradentary educators a generation apart in experience but both forward-thinking educators who embrace the notion that all young people can thrive, and have a right to thrive, if they are nurtured, are surrounded by love and support and are accepted and respected for who they are- for their assets, not their so-called deficits.
Let's REINVENT School!
Thursday at 8AM PST/11AM EST on VoiceAmerica Empowerment Channel
A weekly radio program focused on reinventing public education in order to prepare all young people, regardless of race, class, gender, or zip code, for their future and not our past.
Ross Danis is the president & CEO of MeckEd, a Charlotte, North Carolina-based non-profit dedicated to ensuring access to opportunity for all children. Dr. Danis’ 40 years of service as a teacher, staff developer, school principal, curriculum director, foundation executive, university dean, and non-profit leader, is fueled by his abiding belief in the power of public education to transform lives. Dr. Danis has served as an appointee to the education task forces, commissions, and education policy transition teams of four governors and six education commissioners. He has taught educational leadership to doctoral students in 36 states and seven countries on four continents. As the president & CEO of MeckEd, Dr. Danis continues to empower educators, policymakers, and community members with the knowledge and resources necessary to ensure that all children have access to the education they deserve, and the experiences necessary to thrive.