How DO we change education?  That big question doesn’t have easy answers.  But now is the time to dig in — to listen to each other and work on solutions.  Because the decisions we are making right now are ALREADY determining our future.

GEA’s new podcast Bright Futures Start Now features real changemakers talking real issues.  Each episode is less than 30 minutes long and can be found on Google Play, Spotify, Amazon/Audible, iHeart Radio, Stitcher, Podbean, Podcast Addict and Deezer. Plug in and be a part of the discussion.  Episodes are listed below:

Episode 1:  Can We Talk…Really?
On this episode, we explore how 2 opposing candidates from VERY different backgrounds ran a clean campaign in the dynamic and divisive 2020 election season, built a lasting friendship and found they share some common virtues. Listen to the conversation with businessman and Guilford County Board of Education member Pat Tillman and his opponent and community leader Blake Odum. Click here to access on Spotify.

Episode 2:  Can’t Be Great without Great Schools!
As we move out a historic pandemic, is now the right time to make significant investments in our schools?  S.M.A.R.T. Bond co-chairs Cecelia Thompson, executive director of Action Greensboro and the Rev. Dr. Frank Thomas, pastor of Mt. Zion Baptist in High Point, explore why we are at crossroads in our community and why investing in education can position Guilford County for long-term economic growth. Click here to access on Spotify 

Episode 3: How Education Can Get It’s Groove Back
Former educator and GEA volunteer Julia Osborne talks with GCS Chief Academic Officer Dr. Whitney Oakley and Chief Innovation Officer Dr. Eboni Chillis  to explore what education could look like. School facilities, career-technical education, hands-on learning – even how we structure a typical school day are all on the table. Click here to access on Spotify

Episode 4:  Making Sure All Students Have a Bright Future
GCS Executive Director of Equity and Student Achievement Rodney Wilds sits down with Dudley High School Principal Lise Timmons McLaughlin and Page High Principal Erik Naglee for a robust discussion about what GCS is doing to make sure every child thrives. This is a unique opportunity to hear about what’s happening on the frontlines of our schools from three GCS leaders.  Coming Soon!