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Ep. 2 – ‘We owe it to our kids’ featuring Erin Swanson

In this episode, Erin Swanson sits down (virtually) with Donnell and Jenny. Swanson is the director of innovation for Edgecombe County Public Schools. You’ll hear her discuss why the dominant way of doing school isn’t working for kids and how we can reimagine the way we do school. Swanson’s dream is to help create schools where all kids can thrive. Tune in to hear how she, along with Donnell and Jenny, are piloting this vision in their own county. Listen and subscribe wherever you get your podcasts.

Behind the Story

The Hummingbird Stories is produced by Alli Lindenberg, Donnell Cannon and Jenny O’Meara. The music used in this series is courtesy of 8th grade student DX4L. The hummingbird artwork on the cover is by 8th grade student Joselyn Hernandez.

The Hummingbird Stories

Children deserve great childhoods. This is a story of those who believe the same. Two principals — Donnell Cannon and Jenny O’Meara interview school designers, community organizers, learning engineers, and education activists to learn what we should be thinking about when it comes to reimagining the future and the steps we can take today to create better schools, better childhoods, and better people tomorrow.