Cycle of Learning

We’ve developed a learning philosophy that, from our perspective, engages students and encourages them to drive their rate of learning. The process is best explained visually. Students start with a learning experience in the form of a Project. A mentor gives a small group (2-4) of learners a problem that must be solved. While some…
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Transcendent Skills

The World Economic Forum recently published its list of the skills every 21st Century student needs (What are the 21st Century Skills Every Student Needs?).  A few years ago, Tony Wagner published his Seven Survival Skills for the 21st Century.  I could go on… So many people have waved around their submission to the “what…
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#SXSWedu

There is a buzz regarding the development of micro schools. This phenomenon was quite apparent at #SXSWedu 2017. One of the early panels featured @4pt0schools, @blythtempleton and @elliotsanchez (unlearn education) in a vibrant conversation about how micro schools may shape the future of schools. One of my favorite discussion points surrounded the concept of scale…
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Time to Re-Tool

I am a product of independent schools. I graduated from University School in Cleveland, Ohio and later went back to teach and coach at my alma mater. I had the privilege of spending time at Woodberry Forest School and leading Verde Valley School. It was my assumption that an independent school would always employ me.…
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Education at Scale

There is a focus on how to change education “at scale.” I’ve learned that this term, borrowed from the world of venture capital, is translated to: “How do we create an educational model that is rapidly replicable and will impact a large number of students?” Internally, we might say, “Why can’t we build schools as…
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A micro-school? Why?

I’ve had the privilege to visit hundreds of schools. If I could assign a score or grade, the school’s I’ve visited would fill a typical curve — some schools are great and some schools are not so great. But, there were great teachers in every school I’ve visited. And, there were students that wanted to…
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What Is a Micro School? And Where Can You Find One?

by Arianna Prothero Micro schools—private schools with sometimes as few as a half dozen students—are popping up in places from Silicon Valley to Washington, D.C. And along the way, they’ve been generating excitement inside school choice circles and tech and business publications like Wired and Fast Company. Some experts predict micro schools have the potential…
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What if we tested schools the way chefs test new restaurants?

by Matt Candler I am obsessed with this question — HOW do we create next generation schools? Most of the great educators we all know are considered superheroes; they’ve defied the odds to create next generation solutions for their kids. But what if we could change the ODDS? What if next generation schools were the norm, not…
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The Rise of AltSchool and Other Micro-schools

by Michael B. Horn From San Francisco to Austin, Texas, to New York, new forms of schooling termed micro-schools are popping up. As of yet, there is no common definition that covers all these schools, which vary not only by size and cost but also in their education philosophies and operating models. Think one-room schoolhouse…
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Micro-schools

by Matt Candler What the future of school might look like — as long as we don’t treat it like a silver bullet I’m not the first person to talk about micro-schools. Small, human-scale schools have served as the preferred choice for most folks throughout the history of schooling. Unfortunately, industrial-age principles of scale efficiency and standardization…
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