Ep. 23: Innovation in Education with Peter Hostrawser

In this episode, Ziz and Pam talk about innovation in education with Peter Hostrawser. He shares his outlook as an educator and entrepreneur on the changing landscape of education. The world today demands more from our younger generation and we need to allow them to step up and become design thinkers and creative problem solvers.

Parents and educators can pave the way by helping less and empowering more. HallPass Education‘s Level Up Gap Year Program is an example of a program actively working with kids to help them discover their interests and purpose. Peter describes the critical role of mentorship and networking for career preparation. Our communities must also take a more active role in defining what education looks like as we change with the times.

Peter Hostrawser is the host of the podcast, Disrupt Education, highlighting journeys outside the traditional education system and educational reformers. He is also the co-founder of HallPass Education, an education think tank specializing in innovative educational solutions designed to guide people through their hallway of life. 


Find Peter at and, YouTube: HallPass Education with Peter Hostrawser, Audrey Boyle, and Dr. Peter James

HallPass EducationThe 5-Day Challenge

Cody Cotton, Greater Good Foundation

John Krumboltz’s Theory of Happenstance

Austin Allred, Lambda School

Isaac Morehouse

TK Coleman, Praxis

Holburton school

Patiño E School – HS incubator program

Big Picture Learning

Todd Rose

Dr. Edith Eger “Expression is the antidote to depression”

George Couros

Mike Yates


Peter:  “We thought about roaming the hallways in high school…That is kind of how we look at life. There are so many different opportunities out there, so many different doors. Once you see all the doors, you can look around… and you can get ‘opportunity drunk’ with all the technology and all the information.”

Peter: “With HallPass Education, we realize there’s a gap in academia and reality. We’re looking to connect those two things.”

Peter: “We help people to lean in and find who they are and what their skill sets are. And then basically, try to put it with their purpose in life. That’s how we connect it. That’s the ‘hallway of life.'”

Pam: “We’re so conditioned to the trajectory and we believe it’s a straight line, not the zig and zag that it actually is but the Theory of Planned Happenstance is to be aware of what’s going on and be ready to pivot, not ‘put your blinders on and focus on the goal.'”

Peter: “The unschooling movement has been incredible, the homeschooling piece has changed a lot, …but there are so many individuals who need that individual kind of path so it is going to take more to create these programs.”

Ziz: “Covid-19, this pandemic, has put a spotlight on the inequities of school so when you think about what’s actually happening from a social justice standpoint, how do we help students who may not have the technology or opportunities to get mentored?”

Peter: “We need to listen to people in their communities about what they really want. It’s not what I want, I can’t fix problems that I don’t know about or I haven’t lived, and I think in education, we are really missing that.”

Peter: “One system can’t fix every community. The community has to use the system however they want to, …to build what they need and want out of their community.”

Peter: “The change is going to happen, and we all kind of knew it, but this (pandemic) is just accelerating the change.”

Peter: “When we’re all in a digital area, we’ve got to find our family digitally, as well as in a neighborhood. I always tell young people and their parents to get outside your comfort zone a little bit. Find somebody who’s doing something that you think is cool and ask them for advice.”

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