This episode of the Getting Smart podcast is sponsored by our recent publication Designing Microschools: Why Small Learning Environments is a Big Idea. The focus is on how making a difference has been proven to be one of the most powerful types of learning, and that making a difference in today’s world has never been easier or more important. Episodes cover a variety of educational topics, from K-12, to higher education, to lifelong learning. The staff at Getting Smart believes in learning out loud and always advocating for what we are passionate about. New learning models, tools and strategies have contributed to the opening of small, moving school models. This series asks “What if?” questions each week to help us develop a new vision of what learning and education can be. It is the result of our hundreds of annual visits to schools where we can see high quality teaching and learning in action. This series is about the contributions and young people who are learning to change the world for the better. Ulka has built “his” career on the politics of inclusive and student-centered education, and in “his” new book “he” looks for ways to connect these person-centered approaches with social justice and sweeping education reform. A comprehensive and compelling argument for making communities a place of learning for students of all ages. Listen to them talk about identity, defining indigeneity, codifying learning, and more. She is also the author of The Future of Smart: How Our Education System Must Change to Help All Young People Succeed. Exploring New Mechanisms, New Practices, New Tools, and New Opportunities, with support from the Walton Family Foundation and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. On this episode of the Getting Smart podcast, Rebecca Middles joins Dr. Ulke Joshi Hansen, head of Grantmakers for Education. We share stories of best practices, lessons learned, and progressive teaching methods.