The What School Could Be Podcast

The What School Could Be Podcast


115. A Homeric Odyssey into Deeper Learning, with Richard Boerner

October 16, 2023

I encourage all listeners to watch this short video before listening to the episode. Richard Boerner, the Superintendent at the American School in São Paulo, otherwise known as Graded, is leading his faculty, students and extended community on an Homeric and epic voyage of discovery into learner-centered, deeper learning. In this episode, find out how. For the past 30 plus years, Richard has held a variety of administrative and teaching positions in an array of international and US educational settings. At Graded, Richard launched the Graded Learning Lab: Advancing Education Beyond Boundaries. The Learning Lab provides innovative instruction in deeper learning - embedding the science of learning in everyday practice. Richard received the 2023 Association for the Advancement of International Education, Dr. Keith Miller International Innovation Leadership Award for leading Graded’s efforts in the systematic implementation of deep, learner-centered education. A colleague of Richard’s, international school thought leader, Robert Landau said the following about Graded and Richard for this episode: "The Graded School’s vision statement: 'Individuals empowered to reach their potential and positively impact the world,' speaks accurately and appropriately to the sum total of Richard’s career. As a fellow international educator and futurist, and through many encounters with him at conferences and meetings I have greatly admired Richard’s accomplishments. The Graded School has always pushed boundaries - I believe because the school continues to select the cream of the crop among the best progressive leaders in the world. Richard has consistently earned my respect and admiration as a fearless leader. It’s wonderful to see a fellow international school leader on this podcast. I look forward to hearing what is current and fresh in Richard’s magnificent mind.” Editing for these episodes is provided by the talented, Evan Kurohara. Our theme music comes from master pianist, Michael Sloan. Find his albums on all the major music platforms.



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