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Angela Maiers
Angela Maiers has been creating and leading change in education and enterprise for 25 years, teaching every level of school from kindergarten to graduate school and consulting with companies around the world.

She helps learners and leaders understand the transformative power of technology and the Internet. Her powerful message and down-to-earth style has made her a highly sought-after keynote speaker for education conferences, corporate events and innovation summits.

She is the author of six books, including Classroom Habitudes and The Passion-Driven Classroom, and her You Matter talk at TEDxDesMoines has been viewed several hundred thousand times.

Angela is the founder of Choose2Matter, a global movement that challenges and inspires students to work collaboratively to develop innovative solutions to social problems. She is an alumna of The University of Iowa, where she earned her Bachelor’s in Education and her Master’s in Educational Supervision and Reading.

Follow her blog, and on Twitter, @AngelaMaiers

Entries by Angela Maiers

Want to Raise Test Scores? Then Honor Student Passion!

(0) Comments | Posted May 5, 2016 | 12:00 AM

This article was co-authored by Mark Moran, my co-founder at Choose2Matter.

At the recent What Great Educators Do Differently Conference in Houston, we participated in a breakout on Genius Hour. All of the participants had a keen interest in helping students discover, develop and explore their...

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Turning the Tide: Giving Students Permission to Become Their Best Selves

(1) Comments | Posted February 18, 2016 | 3:42 PM

There has been some really exciting news in the world of education in this new year.

A large consortium of college admissions offices endorsed a recent report by Harvard's Graduate School of Education, titled "Turning the Tide: Inspiring Concern for Others and the Common Good Through College Admissions."...

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No Genius Left Behind

(0) Comments | Posted August 27, 2015 | 2:36 AM


Stand up if you're a genius.

Are you standing? Would your students be?

It's an interesting experiment to try. Stand in a room of adults, or even teenagers, and ask each genius in the room...

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Teachers Matter (Now More Than Ever)

(0) Comments | Posted May 6, 2014 | 12:00 PM

It's not easy being a teacher today.

National, state and local politicians, philanthropists, researchers, journalists and many other people who have never actually taught a K-12 student are deciding how and what teachers should teach, and how their effectiveness should be assessed.

Sadly, I've met many veteran teachers who are...

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26 Keys to Student Engagement

(0) Comments | Posted March 12, 2014 | 12:36 PM

Last year, the Gallup Organization reported that a survey of 500,000 students showed that student engagement plummets every year a child continues in school. By the end of high school, only 4 in 10 students are fully engaged.

Gallup called this our "monumental, collective national failure."

I've spent...

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The Sandbox Manifesto

(0) Comments | Posted November 11, 2013 | 12:54 PM

I happily and honestly proclaim that everything I have learned about social media, I learned from children. Children have no ulterior motives; they play authentically and transparently. In doing so, they place profound lessons in front of us.

How do I know this? From the many times...

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Tactical Serendipity

(5) Comments | Posted October 14, 2013 | 12:11 PM

Have you ever met a person, come across an idea, or found a resource that was precisely what you needed at exactly that moment in time?

These "happy accidents" bring us surprise and joy. But more than that, they are essential to moving us forward as leaders and learners.

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Choose to Write

(4) Comments | Posted September 5, 2013 | 2:55 PM

I am just about to publish my sixth book.

As my writing partner and I are putting on the final touches and gearing up for the big release, a realization came to me:


This is ironic to me because, growing up, I never considered becoming...

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The Soldiers & the Schoolteachers: An Unlikely Coalition Committed to Liberating Genius in America

(3) Comments | Posted September 3, 2013 | 1:28 PM

This post was written jointly with General John E. Michel of the United States Air Force. The team of educators at Choose2Matter is joining forces with John and his team of military and civilian leaders at General Leadership to create a new platform called...

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Students Changing the World: A Progress Report Worth Celebrating

(1) Comments | Posted August 27, 2013 | 8:11 AM

A few months ago, I introduced you to the Quest2Matter, which challenged students to use their individual genius to change the world. Quest2Matter was the first embodiment of the movement Choose2Matter.

The title of my post was, "When Students Say They Want to Change the World,...

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9 Essential Lessons For Changing the World

(3) Comments | Posted July 16, 2013 | 11:37 AM

Schools have a standardized system and protocols in place for every aspect of student learning -- except one.

Schools have no system at all in place to teach students how to bring about change in the world.

Few, if any, schools offer a set of lessons and practices that...

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People Know They Matter When...

(3) Comments | Posted May 28, 2013 | 3:53 PM

Choose2Matter is a global movement that challenges people to solve problems that break their hearts.

It is a call action that invites you:

To ACCEPT that you matter, by recognizing that you were created for significance, and that you have a contribution to make to the world....

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Breaking Down Generational Silos

(0) Comments | Posted May 16, 2013 | 11:14 AM

Editor's Note: This post is part of a series produced by HuffPost's Girls In STEM Mentorship Program. Join the community as we discuss issues affecting women in science, technology, engineering and math.

This post was co-authored with Saul Kaplan, Founder of The Business Innovation Factory.

Beware of random collisions with unusual suspects.

Unless, that is, you want to learn something new. In that case, seek out innovators from across every imaginable silo and listen, really listen, to their stories. New ideas, perspectives, and opportunities await in the gray areas between the unusual suspects.

It seems so obvious and yet we spend most of our time with the usual suspects in our respective silos. One of the most important silos we need to break down is the one between generations.

We keep youth off to the side while the adults talk and talk about how to improve the world. To youth, it is a lot of talk and little change. It's ironic and sad that youth, with the biggest stake in the future, are so often seen and not heard. Think of all the areas where adults are monopolizing a conversation in which youth have the largest stake.

We should recognize that young people seek purpose and want to impact their surroundings. We should listen to and give them access to the tools they need to design the future they will inherit. Would they imagine a world they are more likely to engage in and commit to? What if we connected youth, our burgeoning innovators, with today's most successful innovators?

Choose2Matter and the Business Innovation Factory (BIF) are doing exactly that.

Choose2Matter recently launched the Quest2Matter, which challenges students to accept that they matter and act to solve problems that break their heart. Imagine connecting these impassioned young leaders with today's leading innovators and transformation artists.

The annual BIF Summit is the place for innovators across sectors and silos to be crazy, get inspired and collide with unexpected collaborators. During this year's #BIF9 Summit from September 18-19, 2013, we will break down the generational silos and bring the Quest2Matter's most inspiring young voices to join Angela on stage for one of the leading innovation conversations.

Let's get started. Join us for #BIFQuest!

What we've learned from the Quest2Matter, so far, is that students are ready to stop talking and start doing. BIF is helping students get better faster by hosting an ongoing #BIFQuest tweetchat between students and BIF's innovators to ask questions and share what works and what doesn't.

Students! Ask specific, action-based questions (How do I do...? What have you done to...?) on Twitter to @TheBIF whenever you want. Just make sure to add #BIFQuest to your tweet.

BIF troublemakers! Let @TheBIF know if you would like to be a part of the #BIFQuest tweetchat and in what areas you think you could be most helpful and we will connect you with relevant questions.

Want to learn more?

Angela and Saul discussed our partnership in this video.

Catch Angela, Saul, and several BIF troublemakers on a Huffpost Live "Tech Game Changers" segment on Friday, May 17th from 2:30 to 3:00 pm EST here.

The segment will also be archived and available for subsequent...

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Secure Students' Hearts, or You Don't Have a Shot at Their Brains

(44) Comments | Posted May 4, 2013 | 11:46 PM

Click here to read an original op-ed from the TED speaker who inspired this post and watch the TEDTalk below.

As an education consultant, I visit dozens of schools every year. My engagement usually has an official sounding title. I conduct "walk-throughs" and "technology audits," and...

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Two Words: Teachers Matter

(0) Comments | Posted April 22, 2013 | 11:05 AM

As the pace of education "reform" heats up, what it means to be a teacher is being defined by everyone except teachers. In the wake of this, we need to remind ourselves of these two undeniable words:

Teachers matter.

After the horrific shootings in Newtown, CT, I published a blog...

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When Students Say They Want to Change the World -- Listen to Them!

(3) Comments | Posted April 11, 2013 | 1:10 PM

If we are to reach real peace in this world...
We shall have to begin with children.
Mahatma Gandhi

Most conversations about changing the world are met with skepticism, cynicism and despair. Audacious solutions degenerate into "yeah but" and "I would if" before steering into something more practical...

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Reframing, Rebranding and Re-Energizing the STEM Conversation

(4) Comments | Posted March 22, 2013 | 2:38 PM

When it comes to encouraging more young women to pursue careers in STEM (Science, Technology, Math and Engineering), we need to forget the pep talks, the tactics, the reviews and the carrots.

Here's the one thing that you're probably not doing -- but need to.

REBRAND the Conversation.


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Habitudes of STEM Leaders

(1) Comments | Posted March 8, 2013 | 9:35 PM

In our recent columns, we've discussed the dearth of U.S. students choosing careers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math ("STEM").

Today, we want to discuss the behavior set, mindset and belief system of STEM leaders.

We call these habitudes -- because success is a combination of disciplined habits...

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To-Be List for Aspiring Women Leaders

(4) Comments | Posted February 14, 2013 | 2:26 PM

Editor's Note: This post is part of a series produced by HuffPost's Girls In STEM Mentorship Program. Join the community as we discuss issues affecting women in science, technology, engineering and math.

I speak often to groups of aspiring young leaders. Typically, the question on their...

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You Matter: The Two Most Important Words to Motivate Women in STEM

(16) Comments | Posted January 23, 2013 | 4:10 PM

Editor's Note: This post is part of a series produced by HuffPost's Girls In STEM Mentorship Program. Join the community as we discuss issues affecting women in science, technology, engineering and math.

In my first post, I wrote about the importance of the words...

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