Bridging the Education Gap to Future Proof Students With Dr. Ai Addyson-Zhang

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Raul talks with Dr. AI Addyson-Zhang about bridging the education gap to future proof students. Dr. Ai Addyson-Zhang is an educator and an entrepreneur. She received her MA and Ph.D. in Communications from Syracuse University and the University of Maryland. 


She is the founder of Classroom Without Walls, an alternative school to future proof the next generation. As an Adobe Education Leader, Ai specializes in incorporating social media and creative technologies into a traditional curriculum to enhance student engagement and acquire 21st-century skills.


  • Ai as a professor – 2:30
  • Her first motivation to learn English – 4:10
  • The US educational system – 5:10
  • Wanting to be part of the solution – 8:31
  • Getting outside your comfort zone – 10:39
  • Some students that are struggling with communication – 12:14
  • Practicing storytelling and storyselling – 16:06
  • Having (or not) life skills – 16:52
  • Her thoughts about online classes – 20:01
  • The importance of mindset – 22:13
  • Understanding students’ brains – 24:40
  • Her biggest challenge – 26:28
  • Wanting to be a better teacher – 29:12
  • Information plus application – 30:08
  • Having two podcasts – 30:59
  • A concern for parents – 35:49
  • Get in touch with Dr. Ai – 38:34


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