May 14, 2020

Voices from the Field with Jonathan Vander Els: Tony Monfiletto

In this Voices podcast, we are joined by Tony Monfiletto, the Executive Director of Future Focused Education.

Tony discusses the importance of local wisdom in the educational sector. Tony shares a story about what’s been helpful to him in this difficult time, and the importance and “ripple effects” of the implications of not serving students and how this affects the entire community.

Mr. Monfiletto discusses how he has been approaching this profound challenge through a social lens, rather than just an educators’ lens, as the impacts are felt far further than the walls of the school.

Tony shares how they were able to keep internships for young people going by coaching employers on how to allow the students to continue to work remotely. This is critical in keeping students connected to their mentor and employer. Tony discusses the power of this deep relationship and even in this difficult time, how it’s proven resilient.

We are clearly recognizing that relationships and connectedness are crucial in learning environments, and Tony wraps up the podcast conversation by reiterating his hope that schools and school systems are thinking deeply about engagement, and how this lack of engagement impacts and lands on so many outside of the building. We must have care and concern at the heart of what we do.

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