Matt Silverthorne brings 30 years of high school teaching experience with him to Empowered — he introduced the program to its very first classroom in 1991.

Today Matt is the Strategic Growth Director. His job entails inspiring and growing a movement that attracts and motivates Empowered educator customers to become principled social change entrepreneurs.

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Show Highlights

  • “Playing School” pivot to a Ruckus Maker connection to kids
  • First business we all start is the business of ourselves
  • Ownership of growth for the entire learning community
  • Blended methodology connecting students to markets and entrepreneurial thinking
  • 3D Empowered model to discover innate talents and abilities 
  • The components of the “special sauce” 
  • “Transformational mindset” Turning barriers into opportunities
  • Connecting Content to our own value  
  • Incentivize behavior and own your choices  
Matt Silverthorne: Empowering Educators

“We believe real change happens when we transform the classroom into a deeply experiential environment and we power those experiences with the undeniable power of markets. It means deemphasizing, tests, grades, and material. It doesn’t mean deemphasizing their importance. It means deemphasizing those as the outcome in the classroom. Not getting the student to focus on the test, the material, but to focus on their own transformation, their own learning, their own transformation in terms of knowledge and skills. It means shining the spotlight on each individual student,  helping each individual student discover, develop and apply their unique gifts.”

Matt Silverthorne



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