For the Love of Learning –Trail Blazers of the Alternative Education Movement – Epi#12

For the Love of Learning Episode #12

Show Title:

Trail Blazers of the Alternative Education Movement

original air date

Monday April 20, 2015  8:00 pm – 10:00 pm EST
Tuesday April 21, 2015 1:00 am – 3:00 am BST

Special Guests:

Matt Beaudreau
Victor Dias
Tomis Parker

Show Description:

In Episode number 12 we will speak with 3 trailblazers who are each innovative leaders within the alternative education movement. All three of our panelists have challenged the status quo, defining what education should look like and have created programs, schools and opportunities where there was none before. We’ll be speaking with an innovator who is developing an alternative “school within a school” in order to showcase the necessity of alternative philosophies to traditional education. We also speak with the founder of a new concept school within the charter school system located in Berkeley, California. Our third panelist has contributed to the creation of the Agile Learning centers in NY, a new concept approach to learning. Join us Monday April 20th, 8:00 pm Eastern, 5:00 pm Pacific for an incredible conversation.

Bios of Tonight’s Guests:

Matt Beaudreau

Matthew J BeaudreauCurrently a school administrator in a California private school, Matthew is a visionary leader and national spokesperson for the alternative school movement. With his experiences as a teacher and administrator in public and private schools, national professional development trainer, and Adjunct Professor of Education, Matthew is currently developing an alternative “school within a school” in order to showcase the necessity of alternative philosophies to traditional education. He is also the lead-educator on two committees, one of which is developing a state-of-the-art private high school in Placer County, California, and the other; a democratic-free school in the same area.

Twitter Handle: @educationdude
Web site:

Tomis Parker

tomisTomis Parker co-founded Agile Learning Centers in 2013, informed by five years of work with alternative education models, leading-edge business practices, and positive psychology.

He currently supports NYC’s Agile Learning Center and ALC Mosaic in an administrative and advisory capacity, and helps hold the larger vision of the ALC project. Tomis likes traveling with his beautiful and inspiring wife, working and playing with his fellow ALFs, hoppy beer, and humor in the form of sarcastic social commentary.


Agile Learning Centers


Victor Dias

victorVictor is the Founder and President of the Board of REALM Charter Schools. Victor, former the Principal of Berkeley Technology Academy (BTECH), the continuation High school in Berkeley, California, where he raised the API score 270 points and earned the school its first accreditation through the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) during his 6 year tenure.

Prior to BTECH, Victor was the principal of the Community Academy in Boston, and taught at the Real Alternatives Program in the Mission District of San Francisco and for San Francisco County Schools. Victor is a Koshland Fellow, a Redford Center Honoree and a Ph.D Candidate in Language, Literacy, Society, and Culture at the University of California at Berkeley. He holds a BA from UCLA, a JD from the New College of California Law School, and a Master’s of Education from the University of San Francisco. Victor has two children in Berkeley public schools.

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Lainie Liberti

As always, you can find out more about your host, Lainie Liberti at her website and the alternative education & world schooling project she runs with her teenage son at: You can also connect with her on twitter @ilainie & facebook.

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