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Transformative Learning Experiences with Kyle Wagner is a show created for DISRUPTORS and INNOVATIVE EDUCATORS looking to create more socially, globally, emotionally aware citizens and student-centered classrooms through transformative project- based learning experiences. Through 1:1 interviews, Kyle dissects learning experiences from EDNOVATORS just like you, and unpacks the simple strategies and structures that allowed them to happen. To date, over 1,000 classrooms have been transformed through 1,000 + learning experiences.


Aug 9, 2023

There are several skills that are hard to build in students within the walls of a classroom.

Skills like leadership, community building, survival, mentorship, global citizenship, and expedition planning. 

On expeditions outside of the classroom, these skills come naturally; whether it's assisting farmers plant in the marshes of Indonesia (pictured above), or cultural treks to learn about isolated tribes' way of living in the jungles of Thailand. 

Justin Bedard, co-founder of Jump! and expert Experiential Learning Facilitator leads teams of students in these kind of experiences on a regular basis. In partnering with schools, his team of facilitators grow global citizens, while supporting classroom teachers to transform from subject teachers to experiential learning facilitators. In our podcast interview, we learn as new experiential learning facilitators:

  • The key components of experiential learning and how it differs from traditional learning
  • How to support students in honing and developing these skills  
  • Create the conditions, big questions, and environment that allows for deeper experiential learning to take root within our schools and communities
  • How to connect experiential learning opportunities meaningfully to our curriculum  
  • How to develop the mindsets and tool set required to shift from a teacher to experiential learning facilitators 

Connect with Justin: LinkedIn (@justinbedard12)

Learn more about Jump!: 

Take the 12 shifts scorecard around transitioning from teacher to facilitator: 

Sign up for the PBL Symposium on 'Building Student Agency Through PBL:' 

Justin's Bio:

Born in Lilongwei, Malawi, Justin spent my childhood in Indonesia and formative years in China. Justin has a strong passion for community development and educational innovation which is the foundation of which The JUMP! Foundation has been built.

Throughout his life, Justin has built a focused commitment to youth development programs around the world. 

Wearing many hats, he has had the chance to carry out his passion for adventure guiding, organizational consulting, leadership facilitation, community development, and time playing in the wilderness.

As a speaker, Justin is comfortable speaking to international audiences of up to 1,000. He is excited to share my thoughts, perspectives and strategies with educators, NGOs, youth leaders, and other Changemakers worldwide.