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Topics: Edtech, Elearning, Blended learning, Student engagement, Culturally relevant education, Urban education, Student-centered learning, 21st century skills, Flipped classroom, hip-hop education, achievement gap, diversity in tech, tech startups, entrepreneurship, motivating inner city youth, social justice, education reform, Latinos in tech, non-cognitive skills, games based learning
Services: Keynote, presenter, consultant, blogger, podcaster, panelists, emcee, host, curriculum / instructional designer, qualitative / ethnographic education research, anti-bullying projects, student enrichment, professional development
Abran is an entrepreneur, scholar and music industry veteran, Abran Maldonado is the CEO and Founder of NuSkool. He has spent over a decade addressing the needs of underserved youth using a hybrid approach fusing both entertainment and education through professional development, student enrichment and educational research. After several years in the entertainment industry, Abran decided to enter the academy to further explore digital media and other aspects of youth culture and their implications on the advancement of 21st century education.
Abran was honored by the Gates Foundation as a Gates Millennium Scholar, an award given to future leaders in the community. He has made the most of the opportunity and has since received a BS in Communication Arts from St. John’s University, an MA in Adolescent Culture in Education from Teachers College of Columbia University and is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Teaching and Learning at New York University where he is working with renowned education reformer Pedro Noguera, Ph.D. on developing new research in the field of Urban Education. Abran is also credited for his work as a researcher and contributor for the book “Improbable Scholars: The Rebirth of a Great American School System and a Strategy for America’s Schools” by sociologist and policy analyst David Kirp.
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