march, 2021

thu25mar5:00 pm6:00 pmEvent OverVirtual EventHow Astra Nova School is Working on the Future of Learning5:00 pm - 6:00 pm Series:EdHub

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On the 4th week of each month, EdHub hosts its “Education at the Intersection of Equity and Innovation” series sponsored by The Regional Business Council.

In 2015 Elon Musk tapped Joshua Dahn to disrupt the way we teach our children, and as a result, how they learn. Musk asked Dahn if he would be interested in starting a small school at the SpaceX campus in Los Angeles for his children and those of his employees. Dahn agreed, and from this, Ad Astra (“to the stars” in Latin) was born, an innovative school sitting in the shadow of the SpaceX rocket factory. One of the two main components of the school: no grades or age segregation and a focus on problem-solving rather than learning to use tools. 

Today, Joshua Dahn leads a spinoff school Astra Nova, an experimental school in Los Angeles, California serving kind, imaginative, and academically motivated students. Moreover, Dahn knew that these types of experiences were limited to those that could afford to attend the school, so he and co-creator Chrisman Frank took things to the next level with Synthesis, a new education platform they founded to make this form of education available to the whole world. 

SPEAKER BIOS

Joshua Dahn
Joshua Dahn is the co-founder and creative director of Synthesis. Additionally, he serves as the Executive Director and founder of Astra Nova School in Los Angeles. Previously, Joshua was the co-founder of Ad Astra School located on the campus of SpaceX from 2014-2020 and a Teach for America corps member in Las Vegas.

Marcus Howard, Moderator
Marcus Howard is a former educator and edtech innovator focused on designing equitable and future-ready education systems for low-income students of color. He is currently building a startup, ROSA, to address mental health and executive function in students to help increase their STEM scores and working with Venture Café STL as its first Expert In Residence to help other local education entrepreneurs bring their ideas to life.

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(Thursday) 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

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