Episode 32: Dr. Ulcca Joshi Hansen

The Future of Smart

hosted by: Jessica Pfeiffer & Steve Graner

About our guest:

In this episode we connect with Dr. Ulcca Joshi Hansen. Ulcca reminds us that if we want to look forward and change this system, we must start by first looking back and understanding how we got here. She shares her knowledge about the history of our educational system and we explore how that history has left so many students with the belief that they are not smart. Ulcca also highlights that we must focus on our sphere of influence and not be afraid to make changes in the systems we directly work in. 

Dr. Ulcca Joshi Hansen is Chief Program Officer at Grantmakers for Education and author of The Future of Smart. Ulcca has been an educator for more than twenty years, committed to transforming American education in ways that ensure that all students have access to learning experiences that help them achieve their unique potential by meeting their developmental and learning needs. She is the child of two immigrants from Tanzania who began school as an English language learner. Her experiences fuel her desire to interrogate and advocate for an expanded vision of what it means to ensure every child has access to a high-quality education.