Curio Founder & CEO, Ashley Lamb-Sinclair, speaks about Curio, rebel teachers, creative teaching, and teachers as entrepreneurs on The Edtech Startup Show with Gerard Dawson.


By Paul Barnwell

As a content creator for Curio Learning, Paul Barnwell interviews and profiles Curio users to highlight expertise, teacher rebeldom, and general awesomeness. Barnwell also teaches freshman English part-time at a public high school in New Hampshire, writes as a freelancer for various publications, and works on a farm.

Here is his profile of Curio user and former teaching colleague Lauren Niemann:


Collaborative teaching, #CurioHappyHours, rebel teacher
Collaborative teaching, #CurioHappyHours, rebel teacher
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Why #CurioHappyHours?

#CurioHappyHours originated from Curio founder, Ashley Lamb-Sinclair’s, success as the Uber Girlboss Pitch Competition grand prize winner. As part of her prize, she won $5000 in Uber credits (along with $90k!) and started to think about ways to use the credits to support the growing rebel teacher community in the Curio platform.

During Ashley’s fourteen years as a classroom educator, she found relief, inspiration, community, and creativity on Friday afternoons when she and her teacher crew would gather at a local restaurant for happy hour after a long week of teaching. Over time, she recognized that the informal community she…


By Ryan Mandado Hawaii Hope Street Fellow

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When you ask business professionals what they look for in their workers, most responses relate to effective communication. Those without disabilities have the advantage of being able to communicate using their words, body language, and facial expressions and that advantage helps them navigate industries to find work. Students with disabilities may require extra skill-building to help them communicate with their non-disabled peers. While discussions about post-graduation plans are common with general education students, those conversations happen less frequently with our special education students. …


By Jill Fletcher 2018 Hope Street Group Hawaiʻi State Teacher Fellow

A prevailing narrative of US public education of late is that it is failing because of poor and outdated instructional methods. However, many classroom teachers know this narrative is untrue. Our education system is not failing en masse because of outdated teaching methods. The reasons parts of our school systems struggle are much more complex.

Even despite disheartening inequity, there are still phenomenal things happening in public education, but these positive stories are rarely told. As teachers, we might consider working together to change this.

If you are one…


By Paul Barnwell

As a content creator for Curio Learning, Paul Barnwell interviews and profiles Curio users to highlight expertise, teacher rebeldom, and general awesomeness. Barnwell also teaches freshman English part-time at a public high school in New Hampshire, writes as a freelancer for various publications, and works on a farm.

Here is his profile of Curio user Sam Reed III:

Sam Reed, Amazing Rebel Teacher.

They are astutely subversive, Sam Reed III says of teacher rebels. It’s like Kung Fu, he adds. Or perhaps finding cracks in the system where you can make a positive difference.

Speaking to Reed feels like conversing with an…


By Paul Barnwell

As a content creator for Curio Learning, Paul Barnwell interviews and profiles Curio users to highlight expertise, teacher rebeldom, and general awesomeness. Barnwell also teaches freshman English part-time at a public high school in New Hampshire, writes as a freelancer for various publications, and works on a farm.

Here is his profile of Curio user Ciji Thurman:

Meet Rebel Teacher, Ciji Thurman!

As I speak with Ciji Thurman, I’m sitting in my home office as snowflakes streak towards the ground, but I’m transported to her classroom. I want to be a student in her class, 1,000 miles away. She describes student-generated questions…


By Deborah Moon, Hawaii Hope Street Group State Fellow

With the achievement gap persisting, who has time for arts education? Don’t our children need to learn to read on grade level? Don’t our children need to be able to write an articulate and well-crafted essay so that they can pursue higher education and reach their full potentials? We need to cut out the excess “fluff” and focus on the academics.

Right?

In 2009, Paul Taylor walked into my life. Through the arts programming at my school, I had the opportunity to learn his original choreography from his team of dancers, and then perform for him. For the non-dancers out…


By Wendy Rush B.S. Special Education Mild/Moderate Emphasis and Utah Teacher Fellow with Hope Street Group

Have you ever asked a teacher why they teach? Try it. I challenge you to find a teacher and ask him or her to tell you why they do what they do. Listen as they describe why they keep coming back. Despite the challenges, heart-breaks, red tape, threats of violence, and financial struggles that they face, most teachers become emotional as they talk about why they teach.

I recently had the opportunity to meet with each of the teachers that I coach and ask…


By Stephanie Mew, 2016 Hawaii State Teacher of the Year and Hope Street Group Fellow

In a downtown meeting room, twenty school teachers gathered to listen to several high school students share their life passions. The energy in the room was filled with optimism and excitement to hear how these young people discovered their passions. The first student speaker expressed that he wants to help his friends deal with teen life, find their voice and have a safe place to speak out. As a result, he focuses on teen advocacy issues. When asked what lead him to his passion, he…

Ashley Lamb-Sinclair

Late to the party. Yes, an elephant licked me.

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