YOUTH EDUCATION INSIDER
Bobbi DePorter: Co-Founder of SuperCamp and President of Quantum Learning Network.
Bobbi DePorter is the founder and president of Quantum Learning Network (QLN), which offers training to youth, educators and businesses throughout the United States and in other countries. Her learning, life skills and character education programs have impacted the lives of over 20 million young people worldwide. The mission of QLN is to change the lives of 50 million children through the 8 Keys of Excellence Character Education Program – see www.8Keys.org.
Bobbi is an early pioneer in the applications of accelerated learning, which she first applied in her highly successful business school. She then had the vision to help children realize their personal greatness by teaching these same accelerated learning techniques to them. This inspiration led to the launch of SuperCamp® learning and life skills academic summer camps in 1982. SuperCamp has achieved worldwide success with over 75,000 student graduates from the program. See www.SuperCamp.com.
Bobbi has also written over a dozen books including: ‘The 8 Keys of Excellence: Principles to Live By,’ and her latest, co-authored with Barbara K. Given Ph.D, ‘Excellence in Teaching and Learning: The Quantum Learning System.’
So what does it take to be a successful in the world of youth education? Listen to our Big Blend Radio discussion with Bobbi DePorter (along with Linda Kissam, Glynn Burrows and Rob Ridgeway), and read her answers to our 10 Youth Education Questions about her career, including the challenges she faces, as well as her inspirations.
- What led you to work in education – especially youth education?
Having teenagers and seeing the need to teach students how to learn. It’s assumed as students attend school they should know how to learn effectively. We have found that teaching lifelong learning skills makes a big difference.
- What attributes do you have that makes you a good fit for being an educator?
I am passionate about learning and curious about most things. I believe it’s important for educators to model this love of learning.
- Who or what inspires you?
I am inspired by the greats – Einstein, daVinci, others … and ones I personally knew including R. Buckminster Fuller for his genius and commitment, and Georgi Lozanov for his relentless pursuit and research of what works in teaching and learning.
- Describe your ideal client who would enroll in the various SuperCamp and Quantum Learning Network programs?
For SuperCamp, our client is a parent of a student 11-20 years of age, one who is doing okay and could improve greatly with effective learning and life skills. Our Quantum Learning Education clients are administrators who are committed to masterful teaching and learning – and teachers who have the skills to meaningfully engage students in learning.
- What is your pet peeve in regards to your industry?
Focus on bureaucracy and not allocating funds where it can make the most difference for students.
- What personal changes have you had to make in order to build your career?
Acknowledge my interest in learning. I was in business – real estate and investments – and through that experience I got interested in the power of positive cultures and continuous improvement and learning. I followed my heart and committed to make a difference for youth.
- What do you consider your biggest challenge?
Number one is having enough time for all I want and have to do. A friend once responded to me complaining with – “The ocean is so big and your boat is so small, whoa is me”. It made me smile. Keeping up with changes in technology and marketing is also a challenge – it’s always changing.
If you could invite any three people (alive or passed on) for a dinner party who would they be?
Most certainly Bucky Fuller and Georgi Lozanov. Then Bill and Melinda Gates to talk about education. That’s four.
- If you could switch careers for a day, what would you choose?
First I wouldn’t switch as I love what I do – especially talking with students, parents and educators and hearing about the difference our programs have made in their lives. Beyond that in my early years I wanted to be an architect. I’m highly visual/spatial. I wish I knew that when I was a student. School would have been so much easier if I had the skills we’re now teaching!
- What is the most important tip you would pass on to another person just getting started in youth education?
Listen to students! They have so much to say and we can learn so much from them. Also model – model your values and beliefs, model being an excellent learner and a love of learning, model everything you’re asking of your students.