The Courageous Conversations Series: Welcome to UNward!  The UNconventional, UNcommon, UNtraditional, UNorthodox, anything but UNimaginative people, ideas and organizations driving education forward.

Transforming Our Schools One Student and Teacher at a Time

Julie Smith with Ron Clark

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If you loved watching the Ron Clark story or reading any of his books, you'll enjoy this discussion on changing our schools one student and teacher at a time.   

Follow: @ronclarkacademy @bamradionetwork

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How Courageous Conversations Drive Student Success

Errol St.Clair Smith with Eric Eisner

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In this episode, we speak with the founder of YES.  YES is an unconventional program that has delivered  exceptional academic success to students in some of the toughest neighborhoods in the nation.  

Follow: @YESscholars @bamradionetwork

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