Entrepreneurship At The Core of Private School Programming [Podcast]



According to the U.S. Department of Labor, 65% of today’s grade school kids will end up in a job that hasn’t been invented yet. Ed Glassman is Executive Director of Springside Chestnut Hill Academy's Sands Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership where they have developed a program that takes on this paradigm and “embodies a bold and innovative vision that challenges the constraints of traditional education, preparing students to change the world through an entrepreneurial mindset—a mindset of curiosity and courageous creativity.” The Sands Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership at SCH strives to develop students who will shape this uncertain future.

In this episode of The Sparkcast, Ed talks about the program’s goals, its workings, and why it's unique among the many independent school K-12 programs that teach innovation and problem solving. Ed holds a masters degree from The University of Pennsylvania in Education Entrepreneurship and believes that the entrepreneurial mindset—one of resilience, resourcefulness, and innovative problem solving—is a powerful framework for education.

 Ed Quoted 

Our tagline is “Entrepreneurship is much more than business.”

Independent school traditionally determines success by whether you get into your favorite college. CEL turns that on its head.

We have a number of different pathways to success. If the student crashes and burns and the project doesn’t launch, that’s still seen as success because one of the tenants of entrepreneurship is that you learn from failure.

We’re refining what pathways to success are and what success actually is within a more traditional school environment.

We’re distinctive from other schools. We’re much more than just a maker space. We have a designated curriculum with distinctive learning outcomes that every student takes at SCH. We begin early and equip students to become entrepreneurs.

We seek to build empathy. A successful entrepreneur is being able to think outside yourself. How can they be devoted not just to themselves but to the service of others?

What does it look like to measure the entrepreneurial mindset and how can do we do that in a way that isn’t tied to traditional testing? I don’t want to see kids sitting in a testing hall taking an exam on creative problem solving. I want to be able to measure it through the work that they’re doing.

What You'll Learn

  • How the Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership at Springside Chestnut Hill Academy prepares students for the uncertainties they will encounter in their careers and their futures.

  • The importance of teaching students the skillset and mindset of entrepreneurial thinkers.

  • The definition of entrepreneurial when used in CEL.

  • How the CEL redefines what success is and what it isn’t.

  • What’s great about Millennials that offsets the negative impression.

  • Why the CEL program starts in kindergarten with the study of social entrepreneurship.

  • How a course in personal finance is integrated into the CEL program.

  • Why the CEL program at SCH is different from programs at other schools that teach entrepreneurial thinking, problem-solving, and innovation.

  • Advice from Ed based on what he has learned running the CEL at SCH about starting a program at your own school.

Ed generously offers to talk to anyone on the phone about the program if you would like to learn more about what they’re doing at SCH.


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