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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

In The Hummingbird Stories, passionate educators Donnell Cannon and Jenny O’Meara host conversations with the most innovative, equity-minded leaders in education from all across the country.

These “Hummingbirds” are no longer waiting for change in a system on fire, but rather choosing to do something. We hope they’ll inspire you to take real action, no matter how small, toward redesigning schools.

An extraordinary education for all young people is possible. But it’s going to take all of us to make it happen.