Lifelong-learners. Problem-solvers. Global thinkers. This is what we want for students - and what we hope we are ourselves. But for all of the programs, language, and initiatives we use to cultivate these traits, we may be overlooking the most effective way to get there. In this episode I talk with Widad Luqman, STEAM education thought leader and founder of Coding Out of Poverty (C.O.O.P.), about the power of experiential learning. For nearly 20 years, Widad has worked with students, educators, schools, and districts across the U.S., using experiential learning methodologies to create deep and enduring learning opportunities for students - and new mental models for educators. Widad shares the moment that changed everything for her as an educator, how experience and global perspective lead to greater equity and inclusivity, and awesome ideas to get started.
Connect with Widad and Coding Out of Poverty:
Instagram: @COOPSTEAM and @learnteachtravelrepeat
Twitter: @COOPSTEAM and @widadluqman
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Coding-Out-Of-Poverty and https://www.facebook.com/teachluqman
0.00 - Intro to the episode
1:39 - What HAVEN'T you done Widad?
3:16 - Widad's journey as a STEAM education advocate
7:51 - How an experiential STEM conference changed everything
11:41 - The impact of experiential learning on retention
13:58 - The three-part disconnect between higher ed, K12 classrooms, and the workforce
17:36 - How K12 teachers can start to fill these gaps
20:42 - Opening a window to bring the outside world in
23:55 - How Coding Out of Poverty empowers students around the globe to grow and advance in any circumstance
26:20 - STEM/STEAM is a tool for equity
28:09 - How a global perspective creates inclusivity, lifelong learning, and more
33:04 - How can education leaders build a global mindset for students and districts?
39:00 - The urgency of systemic inequity and the willingness to learn
44:16 - Who are you giving an A to Widad?
45:46 - Get connected with Widad and Coding Out of Poverty
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