Overland Park, United States
Entrepreneur in the public sector driven by the mission of helping people make connections that enable them to live their dreams. Executive Director of the CAPS Network.
I am the Executive Director of Blue Valley CAPS, empowering high school students to fast-forward into their future through real-world business projects and the development of professional skills. Prior to CAPS, I served as Director of Statewide Programs for the Kansas Center for Entrepreneurship.
In July 2015, CAPS launched CAPS Network, a consortium of school programs committed to this model of profession-based education. CAPS Network has grown to include 125 school districts across 19 states and three countries.
Why do you want to be a part of the HundrED Community?
I am a strong believer in the power of networks. Our program is scaling an innovative framework with students and we see potential to spread this work across the globe. This community can help, and we look forward to helping others achieve their massively transformative purposes as well.How can education support students to flourish?
Free them from constraints. Give them authentic challenges from the community. Involve businesses and entrepreneurs. Let them prove what they can do!What role does innovation play in education change?
Innovation must be front and center if any meaningful change is to take hold. The current bureaucracy around schools acts as a counterweight to innovation and will crush new ideas and approaches without networked support.Three HundrED innovations you love. (and Why?)
I am new to Hundred - everything I have seen thus far has been inspiring!Three innovations you would love for HundrED to know about. (and Why?)
1) Profession-based learning - the power of connecting students directly to business is unmatched. 2) Purpose-based learning - toolkits provided by organizations such as Indigo Education Company and Project Wayfinder assist students in finding a true passion, purpose and calling, setting the table for a happy and productive life. 3) Career cohorts for primary/elementary students.