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Disrupt The Everyday Podcast

Feb 7, 2022


On this episode we are joined by Julie Hasson. Julie is an educator, who took on answering the question, "What difference do teachers really make in the lives of their students?", which led to an eventual book "Chalk and Chances" and a TED Talk.  We discuss:

  • Making kids feel safe and seen so they can be stretched

  • Parents partnering with teachers to help kids reach their potential

  • How teachers and parents are the bridge to where children are and where they can be

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About Julie in her words

I set out to answer a big question,

What difference do teachers really make in the lives of their students?

Since then, I have talked to hundreds of people about teachers who made an impact on their lives. As a qualitative researcher, I love to collect people’s stories. Chalk and Chances started as a research project, an attempt to answer my big question, but it turned into a mission.

I call myself a teacher, researcher and story collector. After playing school as a kid, I spent fifteen years as an early childhood and elementary school teacher. Over the next ten years as an assistant principal and principal, I loved seeing the educators in my school stretch and grow. During my time as a school administrator, I earned a doctorate in Educational Leadership from the University of South Florida.

Now I am a professor, teaching graduate students and also teaching people around the country to make a bigger impact on those they serve. I am a nationally known speaker and the author of Safe, Seen, and Stretched in the Classroom: The Remarkable Ways Teachers Shape Students’ Lives and Unmapped Potential: An Educator’s Guide to Lasting Change. I am forever grateful to my teachers, and I hope my work honors them.

Wishing you an endless supply of chalk and chance