Michael Matsuda on Over a Decade of Educating For Purposeful Life

Key Points

  • Students are volunteers in the system – they need more opportunities for agency and voice.

  • It’s critical that curriculum specialists are also bought in on your district’s mission and vision.

  • Colleges are crediting Anaheim students excelling performance for their ability to find purpose and agency.

This episode of the Getting Smart Podcast is a part of our New Pathways campaign. In partnership with American Student Assistance (ASA), the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Stand Together and the Walton Family Foundation, the New Pathways campaign will question education’s status quo and propose new methods of giving students a chance to experience success in what’s next. 

On this episode of the Getting Smart Podcast we’re joined by Superintendent Michael Matsuda. Superintendent Matsuda has served in his role at Anaheim Union High School District for a decade and is also the author of the great new book: Educating for Purposeful Life: A New Conception of Schooling for the 21st Century.

The mission of the Anaheim Union High School District is to prepare high school graduates who possess a clear sense of purpose and the capacity to achieve their goals … talk about a pathways vision. The Career Preparedness Systems Framework is a great framework for helping to map AUHSD’s vision onto real students day in and day out. 



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