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Who hasn't once dreamed of flying?  Flying is beautiful, practical, and above all poetic.  Perhaps none has captured the grace of flying better than John Gillespe MaGee Jr. in his poem "High Flight."  There exist no such thing as a single pilot without passion for life!  Flying is passion expressed unbounded.  Yet, flying for many is grounded by the self-imposed mental gravity denying their dreams.  For many, it's lack of exposure or an opportunity.  Eagle Flight Squadron is a nonprofit organization who's mission is to fulfill the dreams of many inner city youths who would never have had the opportunity to be exposed to the field of aviation.

As you peel the layers of Eagle Flight's mission, it's not just about flying.  Its mission is a lifelong one.  For 40 years, Eagle Flight Squadron has set out to provide leadership skills, academic excellence, teamwork, build character, and promotes service.  The squadron's mission is to provide an opportunity to its students and through its rigorous curriculum, hard work, sacrifice, and dedication, produce a highly capable leader and a lifelong learner.

Joining us today is the director of Eagle Flight Squadron, Mr. Michael Chisolm.  Following the legacy of success set forth by Reverend Russell White, Michael is a former graduate of the program and has returned to the Eagle's nest to guide and nurture along each student's dreams into a reality.  Join in and listen to Michael share the success of this unique program!

Direct download: IE31_Michael_Chisolm.mp3
Category:education -- posted at: 10:30pm EDT

Johnathan Livingston Seagull, The Little Prince. To Kill A Mockingbird.  Tale of Two Cities.  Being Happy!  We have all had books that were especially meaningful to us as teenagers trying to find a direction in life, and even to this day the many lessons learned about character, grit, the spirit of adventure, and appreciation for our place in the world through our readings have become more relevant as adults.  Just words, yet they continue to swirl and occupy the deep recess of our minds and continue to shape knowledge, laughter, and guidance along with added books to the library of our souls. What a beautiful process and gift to reach out, share, and inspire the many strangers of all backgrounds, age, gender, and cultures.  Just words.

Our inspiring educator is an international speaker and author from the beautiful and friendly, Australia.  His books, "Being Happy!" and "Follow Your Heart" have sold over 7 million copies worldwide in 42 languages in 69 countries!  He has spoken to corporations around the world and has made over 3000 radio and TV appearances on 5 continents.  His current book, "How Life Works", has been on the bestseller lists in SE Asia for the past 25 weeks.  I'm grateful to have Mr. Andrew Matthews on Inspiring Educators.  Please join us and see how Andrew's inspiring writings and powerful yet simple drawings have left many to become more introspective and empowered.  
Direct download: IE30-Andrew_Matthews.mp3
Category:education -- posted at: 9:16pm EDT

Teach First NZ works to reduce educational inequality by developing talented individuals into highly effective teachers and inspirational leaders.  Inspired by the prestigious Teach First program in the UK and similar to the US Teach for America, Teach First NZ's mission is to find and place talented individuals in the classroom for two-year leadership development program and effect positive impact on student lives.

Our inspiring educator today is a Campus Marketing Manager for Teach First NZ, Holly Dixon.   Holly is tasked with generating interest in teaching among university students and recruiting top talents to work with TFNZ.  Join Inspiring Educators and listen as Holly provides a glimpse into the valued efforts in nascent stage of Teach First NZ.

Direct download: IE29_Holly_Dixon.mp3
Category:education -- posted at: 10:11pm EDT

As an educator, it's always important to look at the big picture and question where our lessons in the classroom will take our students?  We are the messengers from the past and the gatekeeper to our students for their future.

Our Inspiring Educator today is Dr. Massimiliano Tomba.  His job is to constantly question the impact of our thoughts and actions as related to the outcome and how we process our social and political surroundings.  It's Dr. Tomba's passion to challenge his students to do more than merely regurgitate facts, but to question their very own conception of self and society.

Dr. Tomba received his Ph.D. in Political Philosophy from the University of Pisa. He is a Senior Researcher in Political Philosophy in the Department of Political and Juridical Sciences and International Studies at the University of Padova. Currently, Dr. Tomba is teaching a course on the Philosophy of Human Rights and Political Theory of Global Society for graduate students and a visiting instructor at the City University of New York (CUNY).

Direct download: IE28-Massimiliano_Tomba.mp3
Category:education -- posted at: 7:34pm EDT

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