Episode 013: Matt Candler, Founder of 4.0 Schools

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On episode 013 of Meet Education Project, 4.0 Schools founder Matt Candler joins the program to talk about developing new school models, school choice, the importance of people over experience, and the passion for moving education forward in New Orleans and around the world.  Don’t miss it!

Mr. Candler, a veteran of the charter school movement is Founder of 4.0 Schools. After teaching and coaching middle school after college, Matt returned to his hometown to help run the main operations center for the 1996 Atlanta Olympics. After the Games he studied decision sciences and the emerging charter sector at the Kellogg School of Management. He then served as founding co-principal of a K-8 charter school in North Carolina and helped launch other charter schools in the Southeast.

See Matt’s TEDxTU talk here:

Matt Candler

From 2001 to 2004, Matt served as KIPP Foundation’s Vice President of School Development, where his team established 37 new schools across the U.S. Matt later served as founding COO of the New York City Center for Charter School Excellence, a $41 million effort to promote quality charter school creation. Most recently, Matt served New Schools for New Orleans as its first CEO and built a team whose human capital and school creation efforts have led to the most innovative and aggressive public school reforms in the nation. Matt continues to play an active role in Louisiana reform as chairman of the Louisiana Association of Public Charter Schools and co-founder of the city-wide teacher support community closingthenolagap.org.

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Shout Outs:

Center for Charter School Excellence

Brickolage – Re-imagining public education in New Orleans.

Maker State – MakerState empowers kids with real-world skills for college and career success through hands-on learning in science, technology, engineering, arts and math masteries.  Started by Josh Densen.

Fantasy GeoPolitics – Started by Eric Nelson, the social learning game that follows countries and world leaders as they compete for news headlines.

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Robbie Vitrano – IDEA Village, Trumpet, & Naked Pizza Founder

New Schools for New Orleans

Book:  The Same Thing Over & Over by Frederick Hess


If you could have dinner with one person you admire, who would it be and why?

Main:  Elon Musk

Supporting:  Sal Khan, Angela Duckworth, Dave Lewin

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