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The Square Pizza podcast focuses on the intersection of education, innovation, and diversity. We host and interview leaders doing incredible work around the country to ensure all students have access to an equitable education. The Square Pizza podcast is hosted by SchermCo, a social-impact implementation firm that offers strategic implementation and project management services to schools and education-focused organizations across the country.

Welcome back to the Square Pizza podcast. In the first episode of 2021, Mia Howard of The Opportunity Trust joins Greg in conversation. Mia will share more about The Opportunity Trust later in the episode, an organization that is working to ensure that every child in St. Louis is prepared to lead a life of choice and dignity.

Keep listening on to hear Mia and Greg discuss:

– Mia’s new podcast, The Pop Junction, that’s focused on the 80s + 90s pop culture

– Mia shares about the “wins” she’s experienced in her first two years at The Opportunity Trust

– They also discuss the potential return to in-person learning and the importance of talking and listening to parents when making this decision.

Enjoy the episode!

More about Mia Howard:

Mia is a Partner at The Opportunity Trust, where she leads the organization’s $21mm investment strategy in innovative schools and talent across the St. Louis region.  Previously, Mia founded and led Intrepid College Prep Schools, consistently leading middle school and high school performance in Nashville and across Tennessee. Under her leadership, the schools received numerous distinctions from Metro Nashville Public Schools and the state of Tennessee including recognition as a Reward School in 2015 and 2018, and acknowledgment as an Excelling School for Economically Disadvantaged students and English Language Learners. Notably, Intrepid was a member of the E-CMO cohort program at CSGF and Achievement First Charter Network Accelerator.  Prior to launching Intrepid, Mia was a Fellow at Building Excellent Schools. Mia received a B.A. in Communication Studies from Vanderbilt University and a J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania. In her spare time, she loves to play with her dog Fizzy and she just launched a podcast called Pop Junction about 80s, 90s, and early aughts pop culture.