E09: Doing Real Things: Opportunities in High School: A conversation with Staci Hill and Dr. Laura Mazer

Written by Dr. Matt Bateman on January 8, 2022

Staci Hill and Dr. Laura Mazer join Matt Bateman to discuss the value of adolescents "doing something real" during their middle and high school years. Listen and subscribe on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, or the Simplecast webplayer!

Staci Hill is the head of academics at Polygence, an online academy that supports students with independent research and passion projects alongside expert mentors. You can find Staci on Twitter, @_staci_hill.

Dr. Laura Mazer is the Vice President of Academic Programs at Higher Ground Education, which operates schools for students from birth through adolescence, provides training to educators, and more. She is also the Executive Director of The Academy of Thought and Industry, Higher Ground's Montessori-inspired adolescent school network.

Dr. Matt Bateman

Dr. Matt Bateman earned his Ph.D. in Philosophy in 2012 from the University of Pennsylvania. He taught and continued his research at Franklin and Marshall College in the Department of Psychology, on topics ranging from neuroscience to evolutionary theory to philosophy, before joining the LePort Schools as Director of Curriculum and Pedagogy in 2014.

In 2016, Dr. Matt Bateman became a founding member of Higher Ground Education. He is now Vice President of Pedagogy for Higher Ground and the Executive Director of Montessorium.