Innovation & Entrepreneurship

Middle school doesn’t have to be this hard

Middle school often is the black sheep of the educational family. Lacking the youthful joy of elementary school and the sense of accomplishment of high school, most students consider middle school the worst segment of their education (see here and here). And while many parents and students complain about middle[Read More…]

Unique Florida learning option offers families safety, choice, peace of mind

Like a school, but better. That’s how Ali Kaufman, founder and CEO of Space of Mind, describes a revolutionary program that engages students, families, educators and the larger community in experiential learning. Kaufman’s brainchild, launched in 2004, is not a traditional school. Nor is it a tutoring center. It’s not[Read More…]

The other back-to-school story

Editor’s note: This commentary from Bruno V. Manno, senior advisor to the Walton Family Foundation’s K-12 Program and a reimaginED contributor, appeared Monday on RealClear Education. Back-to-school stories this year will focus, naturally, on the Covid-19 pandemic’s toll on students and families and on remedying these difficulties. But another story is being[Read More…]

podcastED: SUFS president Doug Tuthill interviews LearningEdge founder Chris Sturgis

On this episode, Tuthill talks with a leading expert on the subject of competency-based education, an approach that allows students to advance based on their ability to master a skill or competency at their own pace regardless of the educational setting. Sturgis developed a deep understanding of competency-based education by[Read More…]

podcastED: SUFS president Doug Tuthill interviews Friendship Public Charter School CEO Patricia Brantley

On this episode, Tuthill talks with the leader of a cohort of 16 charter schools in the Washington, D.C., area that primarily educate families of color. The two discuss how Friendship, which serves more than 4,500 students in prekindergarten through 12th grade, has adapted its education delivery in the wake[Read More…]

Five post-pandemic predictions for online and blended learning

Editor’s note: With this commentary, redefinED welcomes Julie Young as our newest guest blogger. Founding CEO and former president of Florida Virtual School, Young serves as vice president of education outreach and student services at Arizona State University and is managing director of Arizona State University’s Prep Academy and ASU[Read More…]

The empire strikes out

What is thy bidding my master? I have felt it. It will be very difficult to conceal, but if we would agree to reopen the large schools … Yes, my master… What about the organizations that are providing devices and public funding for instructors? The ones addressing the equity issues[Read More…]

Reopening online was right choice for this faith-based Orlando school

Shakelia Henderson found herself in a tough spot. The principal of Alpha Learning Academy had planned for a brick-and-mortar school re-opening based on declining COVID-19 numbers at the start of the summer, bolstered by parent surveys indicating families wanted their children back on campus. She and her team were excitedly[Read More…]