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Tell Me Something Good - Odyssey Leadership Academy

We last met Scott Martin in June of 2013 when he was teaching students how to become leaders at Heritage Hall.

Since then his vision of educating young minds has greatly expanded.

"What if we did schooling from the inside out," Martin said. "What if we shook the Etch A Sketch and really tried to imagine what would it look like to shape fully flourishing humans who are working to shape fully flourishing communities?"

Scott left his teaching position to start the Odyssey Leadership Academy. He calls it a school without a building; a classroom without walls.

"Rather than building a building or renting a space, we want to use the resources of the city," he said.

Students will learn art in a museum. They'll study science at a medical facility. And forget about teachers, they'll be called mentors.

Johanna Lange and her sister, Deborah, say it's all about identity formation.

"Forming healthy relationships to help each child," Lange said. "Helping (them) discover their passion, what they're interested in, and then cultivate that in them."

Mentors will team up combining math, science, and English in interdisciplinary courses. The mentors will also continue their own path of professional development. Alan Spies will coordinate mentors' growth.

"Scott was innovative enough to say here is a way we can serve our mentors so that they can grow along side our students and can go the distance," Spies said.

Chonta Veal is sold. She home schools her five children and says the Odyssey approach will help them become world changers.

"You need compassion, you need a sense of purpose, you need self-discovery," Veal said. "On the front end, not after graduation."

Child advocate Benjamin Nockels says Martin's vision for education is revolutionary and just what Oklahoma City needs.

"For him to be at the helm of a new endeavor like this... to reform, and not just reform education, but to reimagine it in it's entirety is a beautiful, beautiful thing," Nockels said.

"The idea is really to say how do we give students this rich, immersive education experience where they're learning from experts in the field, doing things that are hands-on, and it's not just about the test on Friday," Martin said.
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