Pushing The Edge with Greg Curran
By Greg Curran
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If you're passionate about Making a Difference. If you love nothing more than thinking and working outside the box - Making Change Happen especially on the Social Justice front - Then you're in the right place. Join me (Greg Curran), as I chat to Educators who are Pushing The Edges of Innovation and Social Justice in their schools and communities. You'll learn how to: navigate the bumps along the way, get buy-in from your colleagues and community, challenge the 'business as usual', and bring change to fruition. Plus, we'll fuel you for the drive with plenty of inspiration along the way. Find Show-Notes and Resources at: PushingTheEdge.org
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Sharing to thrive
Greg is putting together a valuable resource for teachers who are wanting to take a proactive step in improving their practice by learning from others.
Cheers Greg. Look forward to hearing from more amazing educators.
Inspiring ideas and tips for passionate teachers
I really enjoy the inspiring stories and practical tips from teachers who are obviously excited about improving the education experience for teachers as well as students.
I think this innovation by Greg Curran is an effective way to engage educators in dialogue regarding contemporary issues. The format of the podcasts allow for targeted questions to be answered by hosts in a streamlined manner. The accessibility to this audio via podcasts means that people can access the discussions via their Mobil device. I listened in the car via Bluetooth.
Great work Greg and the other hosts. I enjoyed listening to you thoughts.