Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Answers For The Family Interview!

Katie and Hunter had so much fun talking with Allen Cardoza and Marvin Smith, hosts of Answers For The Family. You can listen to that interview here.

Saturday, May 31, 2014

The Coaching Manual

We had so much fun sitting down with Pavl Williams of the UK-based site The Coaching Manual, a site with the very best advice for coaching soccer/football. As Pavl draws on his experience in soccer/football and we talk about academics, this conversation serves as a really great way to draw out the universal elements in effectively learning any skill.

Pretty much the only thing we didn't figure out in this interview was whether to refer to the sport they play in the World Cup as soccer or football. That's one question that's too hard even for us.

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Connie Martinson Talks Books

The legendary Connie Martinson who has interviewed everyone from Maya Angelou to Ray Bradbury just interviewed Hunter about The Straight-A Conspiracy. Pretty cool that The Straight-A Conspiracy is in such illustrious company.

Friday, April 18, 2014

Barnes & Noble Manchester, NH

We had so much fun talking to the people from Katie's home state. (Thanks so much to all the friends, family, former teachers and people we'd never met for coming out.) When Nathan from Barnes & Noble sent us these photos he said, "The crowd was larger than my iPhone could handle. Hence the fish eye shot." We'll take that as a win!

The Fastest Way to Improve Test Scores Has Nothing to Do With the Test

Just in time for standardized testing, Edutopia published our second article for them. Writing these is so much fun!

Monday, March 31, 2014

We won an award!!!

So, Katie O and I woke up this morning to discover that our Edutopia article about teaching students to embrace mistakes won Smart Blog's Editor's Choice Content Award for March. Thanks so much, Smart Blogs!

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

The Straight-A Conspiracy is Coming to Silicon Valley!

Super excited to be coming to the Bay Area to speak at our third Barnes & Noble. Only a thousand or so more to go!

Because we're all about personalizing education...and everything else, this talk is going to be geared specifically towards what Silicon Valley has to contribute to transforming education. Hint: it's probably not what you expect.

After thousands of hours working with hundreds of students from every background, Hunter Maats and Katie O’Brien are sure that America’s most innovative region holds the secret to changing the lives of millions of students. That's right: Silicon Valley has what it takes to fix America’s schools. However, the key is not getting Silicon Valley’s technology into our students’ hands; it’s getting Silicon Valley’s culture into their heads. Come hear how simply telling students the truth about their brains is all it takes to get every kid to treat his or her education like the next big startup.

Katie and Hunter are the authors of The Straight-A Conspiracy: Your Secret Guide to Ending The Stress of School and Totally Ruling the World synthesizes the latest research in neuroscience, psychology, and education in a fun, approachable, cartoon-filled book written to transform the most disgruntled, school-hating teenager into an impassioned, curious entrepreneur. Please join the authors for a talk and signing at the Barnes & Noble at the Eastridge Mall. February 18th at 7pm. FREE.

Tuesday, February 18th — 7PM

Barnes & Noble, Eastridge Mall
2200 Eastridge Loop Space 1420
San Jose,
CA 95122

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

New York Event: Thursday, January 16th at 7pm at the Barnes & Noble at 82nd and Broadway

As you can probably tell from this massive banner, Katie and Hunter will be doing a talk, Q&A and signing at the Barnes & Noble on Manhattan's Upper West Side (82nd and Broadway) at 7pm on Thursday, January 16th. We would love to see anyone and everyone there. Our signing at the Barnes & Noble at The Grove in LA sold out, so be sure to get your books early.